2017 PWX Keynote Speeches Now Available in the APWA Members' Library

Derreck Kayongo
Harnessing Your Power to Create Change

With his trademark panache, Derreck Kayongo inspires and empowers with his courageous story of survival, social entrepreneurship, and humanitarianism. From Ugandan refugee to successful entrepreneur and renowned human rights activist, he inspires audiences to dream big as he shares his vision for harnessing the power of observation to identify issues and solve challenges in any community or organization. With palpable energy and enthusiasm, he will bring to life the personal guiding principles that have led him to success: S.E.L.F.

Bob Allen
The Magic of Storytelling - Making the Public Works Story Compelling

Storying is a practical, feet-on-the ground discipline and is as useful and critical a leadership skill as budgeting, marketing, and managing operations. Stories, it turns out, are how the human brain constructs reality. They are so powerful that recent studies indicate that the brain doesn't discriminate between stories and "reality." The root of what we experience in our lives is in the stories that we tell about ourselves and others. Think for a moment about the public works story. What are the stories that we tell our residents, elected officials and each other about public works and the essential role we play in the community's well-being? Do we let outside factors drive the narrative or are we deliberate "tellers" of public works' powerful story? In this presentation Bob Allen, Founder and Chief Storytelling Officer of the innovative, multi-faceted media and experience design firm called IDEAS, will explore the native storytelling ability we all have and how we can bring it forward, in these critical times, as a powerful tool for the advancement of public works.
This video only available through December 18, 2017!

Lisa Monaco
Exponential Times, Exponential Threats

When Lisa Monaco attended President Obama's daily briefings, the question he usually asked of her was "What are you worried about today?" Monaco says the answer was almost always cyber security. As she explains, while the Internet has given the world better ways to work, play, and share ideas across borders, it has also rapidly expanded the so-called "attack surface" of the United States - a fact that nation states, terrorist actors, hackers, and thieves have been eager to seize upon. With this talk, Lisa Monaco draws on her time at the forefront of combating national security and homeland security threats. Sharing stories from her time in the Oval Office and the Situation Room, she lays out the current state of the cyber threat in clear terms and explains how it is more sophisticated than ever before, touching on things like: The diverse nature of the cyber threat from nation states to "hacktivists" - and why, for example, ISIS is recruiting terrorists and hackers. Aggressive actors testing the boundaries of cyberwarfare. The implication of cyber threats on public works services and critical infrastructure such as roadways, bridges, transit, and other transportation systems, water and wastewater facilities, and public buildings and community spaces.

Thom Singer
In Real Life: Connecting in a Gadget Crazed World

There is more to creating work and business relationships than a "like", "link", "share", or "follow." While the popular social media tools can make it seem like we have countless friends and business associates, it is real human engagement that leads to opportunity. Thom Singer helped make the 2017 PWX "a human laboratory for connecting!" Thom Singer speaks regularly at business and association conferences around the United States and beyond. He enjoys speaking to audiences in industries and professions that rely on personal relationships for growth and advancement opportunity and helps them cut through the fog of technology and social media to create real connections. He is the host of the popular podcast "Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do" interviewing business leaders, entrepreneurs, and solopreneurs for their perspective on professional and personal success. Be prepared to be challenged to be more engaged and enthusiastic in all your actions.

All recordings are available free-of-charge to current APWA and CPWA members in the Members' Library.

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