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2007 State Conference Speakers


Open Roads Open Minds: An Exploration of Creative Problem Solving
Steve Uzzell

Steve Uzzell is one of the top advertising and corporate photographers in the country. He started in the photography business 34 years ago as the assistant to the editor of National Geographic and a member of their photographic staff. He now shoots for a roster of clients that includes airlines and automobile manufacturers; travel, shelter and fashion magazines; many of our United States and even some foreign countries. His work has garnered international acclaim and won numerous awards, including ten from Communication Arts. Along the way he has photographed two books, Maryland, and The View From Sterling Bluff and had editorial work published in over 80 publications worldwide.

Using his striking photographs as illustrations of his metaphor about possibility and creativity, Steve inspires audiences to take advantage of his experience and vision to make any venture an adventure. In any project he undertakes, Steve's preparation lays the foundation for magic to happen; "Chance favors the prepared mind," said Louis Pasteur. After all, our eyes will only ever see what our mind is prepared to comprehend. He spends six months of the year traveling the world for his clients; the remainder teaching and delivering his presentation "Open Roads Open Minds: An Exploration of Creative Problem Solving".

Steve’s approach to his photographic work serves as a universal blueprint for magic to happen. Learn to put this perspective to work for you everyday – in problem solving, in the creative process, and in your life.

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Helping Organizations Make Personal Accountability a Core Value
John G. Miller

John G. Miller is the author of two books, QBQ! The Question Behind the Question and Flipping the Switch…Unleashing the Power of Personal Accountability. He is the founder of QBQ, Inc., an organizational development firm based in Denver, Colorado, dedicated to helping organizations make personal accountability a core value.

Ever heard questions like these? Why do we have to go through all this change? When is someone going to train me? Who dropped the ball? Why can’t they communicate better? When is that department going to do its job right? Who’s going to solve the problem? When am I going to find good people? Why don’t they share the vision? Who’s going to clarify my job? If so, then John G. Miller’s message of personal accountability is for you.

In every organization — corporations, nonprofit, schools, churches, even families — there is blame, complaining, and procrastination. With a captivating and humorous speaking style, John provides practical tools that help people eliminate these dangerous traps and improve their lives.

A native of Ithaca, NY and a 1980 graduate of Cornell University, John began his business career with Cargill, Inc. He has been actively involved in the organizational development and speaking industry since 1986. John lives in Denver with his wife of almost 25 years, Karen, and their seven children — six girls and one son!

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