General Sessions

General Sessions

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Join your peers at ASTRA’s General Session programs to learn from expert presenters! These sessions set the tone for the week, support the theme of the show and trends of the industry.



Opening General Session

Date and Time | Sunday, June 7th - 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Location | The Tangerine Ballroom

Speaker | Jeff Civillico 

ASTRA’s opening session provides an introduction and jumpstart to the week for full-conference attendees. Thom Singer of The Conference Catalyst returns to ASTRA’s Marketplace & Academy as emcee and to introduce our opening session speaker, Jeff Civillico. Jeff Civillico is an upbeat, motivational entertainer and his energy will prepare everyone for a day full of learning and inspiration. The opening session wraps up with brief previews into the workshop sessions from the following five thought leaders: 
  • From Travel Hell to Travel Well: Inside Secrets to Stay Energized, Healthy and Balanced | John Ayo
  • Destroy the Box from the Inside Out | Jed Dearybury
  • Understand Your Financial Statements and Put More Cash in Your Pocket | Jennifer Rust
  • The Psychology of Persuasion | Kevin Carroll
  • Pressure Cooker Confidence: The Me You Want to Be | Roger Haskett

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Jeff Civillico is a Las Vegas Headliner, TV Host Personality, and Philanthropist. He has been a Las Vegas Headliner with Caesars Entertainment for 7 years, having performed 1000+ shows at The LINQ, The Flamingo, and now at The Paris Hotel & Casino. Jeff is the Founder & Chairman of Win-Win Entertainment, a 501c3 national nonprofit based in Las Vegas that creates opportunities for professional performers to share their time and talent with children in need. Jeff serves on the board of several organizations including his alma mater Georgetown University, Las Vegas Academy of the Arts high school, Nevada Medical Center and The Greater Good Council of Las Vegas.



Lunch and Learn

Date and Time | Monday, June 8th - 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Location | The Tangerine Ballroom

Speaker | Stacey Hanke 

This year the tradeshow floor will close and the Lunch & Learn will begin! Everyone (trade show and full conference registrants) is invited and encouraged to come network over lunch while listening to the insightful stories and knowledge from Stacey Hanke. Stacey Hanke is a Certified Speaking Professional and author of the book Influence Redefined…Be the Leader You Were Meant to Be, Monday to Monday. Join us and challenge yourself to grow! 

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Stacey Hanke is author of the book; Influence Redefined…Be the Leader You Were Meant to Be, Monday to Monday®. She is also co-author of the book; Yes You Can! Everything You Need From A To Z To Influence Others To Take Action. Stacey is founder of Stacey Hanke Inc. She has trained and presented to thousands to rid business leaders of bad body language habits and to choose words wisely in the financial industry to the healthcare industry to government and everyone in between. Her client list is vast from Coca-Cola, FedEx, Kohl’s, United States Army, Navy and Air Force, McDonald’s, Publicis Media, Nationwide, US Cellular, Discover, GE, General Mills and Abbvie. Her team works with Directors up to the C-Suite. In addition to her client list, she has been the Emcee for Tedx. She has inspired thousands as a featured guest on media outlets including; The New York Times, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Thrive, SmartMoney magazine, The Economist and Business Week. She is a Certified Speaking Professional—a valuable accreditation earned by less than 10% of speakers worldwide.


Closing Session

Date and Time | Wednesday, June 10th - 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Location | The Tangerine Ballroom

Speaker | Kevin Brown 

Title | The HERO Effect 

To wrap up another successful year at ASTRA’s Marketplace & Academy, everyone is invited to say their goodbyes and ponder their closing thoughts with keynote speaker, Kevin Brown. Author of The HERO Effect, Kevin Brown brings heartwarming and thought-provoking content that will leave you ready to be your own hero. The tradeshow will be closed, but your mind will be opened with new thoughts and new beginnings to ponder.

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Kevin Brown’s unconventional path to business and personal success has taught him that winning in business and in life requires anything but conventional thinking. He grew up in Muskegon, Michigan where his blue-collar roots taught him the value of hard work and determination. With a streetwise aptitude and a never quit attitude, he worked his way from the front lines in business to the executive boardroom. Kevin understands what drives organizational excellence and customer loyalty. He knows first-hand how great brands think, feel and act. He is a branding and culture expert with a career in franchise development that spans 30 years. He spent the past 19 years as part of a leadership team that built a little-known family business into the #1 franchise in their industry with annual revenues exceeding $2 billion dollars. In 2017 he retired from corporate America to pursue his passion for bringing The HERO Effect® message to as many people and organizations as possible. Kevin is on a mission to help people and organizations embrace a simple philosophy that separates world class organizations and high-performance people from everybody else. He is passionate about helping people expand their vision, develop their potential and grow their results. And, as the father of an autistic child he knows firsthand how the principles of true success reach beyond the boardroom and into the lives of real people facing the challenges of everyday life. Kevin entertains, inspires and challenges people to show up every day and make a positive difference at work and in life!