2019 Keynote Speakers

Tom Rosenberg
Tom RosenbergPresident & CEO of the American Camp Association
Tom Rosenberg, President & CEO of the American Camp Association, has a distinguished career in the camp profession and a long resume of service to ACA. He most recently served as the executive director of Camp Judaea in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Prior to Camp Judaea, Tom spent more than two decades with Blue Star Camps in North Carolina, most of those years as a director. Tom is a past national treasurer and board member of the ACA as well as a past board president and treasurer of ACA Southeastern. A founding board member of the North Carolina Youth Camp Association, Tom was awarded the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Camp Industry Leadership Award as well as the American Camp Association’s National Honor Award and ACA Southeastern’s Distinguished Service Award.

With an educational focus in business, Tom graduated with distinction from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California with an MBA and from the AB Freeman School of Business at Tulane University with a BS in Management. He is also a graduate of ACA’s Camp Director Institute.
Tom melds his experience in the camp profession with business expertise, inspirational vision, successful fundraising experience, professional agility, organizational skills, and strategic focus —a thoughtful, dedicated, and experienced leader who is committed to youth development. Tom, his wife Pam Sugarman, and their son Daniel live in Atlanta, Georgia.

Niambi Jaha-Echols
Niambi Jaha-EcholsFounder of Project Butterfly
Niambi Jaha-Echols is a Cultural Agility Strategist, Inspirational Speaker, Thought Leader, Author, Visionary, Professional Educator, and nationally recognized Life Empowerment and Transformation Advocate with over 30 years experience working with various modalities of creativity. She is the Principal and Lead Consultant for Cross-Cultural Agility where she serves as a subject matter expert and consultant to organizations, working with both leadership and staff. She provides creative strategic support on matters of diversity management and inclusive practices in educational and workplace cultures. She offers her advice and guidance to supervisors and managers on best practices associated with leading staff/employees from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and aligns inclusion initiatives with the organizational mission, goals, strategies and metrics.

Niambi is a co-contributor to the book “African Americans and Community Engagement in Higher Education”, published by SUNY Press, and is also the author of “Project Butterfly”, “Inspiring The Souls of Our Girls” and the Founder of Project Butterfly.

Niambi has been featured in Essence and Ebony Magazines, MSN.com and Oprah’s Angel Network. Niambi has also been recognized by the State of Illinois and Essence Magazine as a woman who is “shaping the world.” She is currently serving on American Camp Association’s National Board Development Committee and National Conference Program Planning Committee, is a faculty member of Expert Online Training, is a member of the National Diversity Council and serves as a Professional Advisor to graduate students at DePaul University’s School for New Learning.

Niambi lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She enjoys traveling, inspiring creativity in others and uncovering solutions to challenges that beseech the human spirit.

Jorge Perez
Jorge PerezPresident and CEO at YMCA of Greater Cincinnati
Jorge Perez is the president and CEO at YMCA Of Greater Cincinnati . Prior to this role, he served as the VP of Youth Development, Family Enrichment and Social Responsibility for YMCA of the USA where he has had oversight of $16 million in awards to local Ys annually. His accomplishments there include maintaining national partnerships around critical social issues (achievement gap, college access, anti-hunger, STEM, early learning, etc.), scaling two signature programs nationwide and focusing on youth development and member engagement (Achievement Gap and Togetherhood)

His experience includes 21 years at YMCAs in Dallas, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, and as CEO of the YMCA of Southwest Illinois. He has served in multiple national/state-wide roles including: YUSA Board member, Emerging Leaders Leadership Network (Executive Champion), Multicultural Leadership Development Institute (coach/speaker), and the Illinois State Alliance.

Jorge (a native Texan) and his wife Amy have two daughters: Olivia and Isabel. Jorge holds 2 Masters Degrees in Christian Education (Dallas Theological Seminary) and Business Administration (University of Dallas).

2019 Workshop Presenters

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