EOPO Spring Conference

May 03, 2019
8:00 AM - 3:15 PM
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Educational Service Center of Central Ohio
2080 Citygate Drive
Columbus, OH 43219
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Who should attend: Educational office staff from schools, ESC’s, Boards of DD’s, colleges and universities, ITC’s, State Department of Education, etc. i.e. Administrative Assistants, Executive Secretaries, Human Resource Specialists, Finance Department Staff, Building Secretaries, EMIS Coordinators, Purchasing Managers, Academic Specialists, Assistant to Academic Affairs, Program Coordinators, Office Managers, Program Managers and other support staff.

Registration and payment deadline: April 19, 2019

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Hotel: Thursday, May 2

Holiday Inn Express
Columbus Easton, 4899
Sunbury Road, Columbus,
OH 43230

EOPO Group Rate Code: $109/night.

Reservation deadline for group rate is April 15, 2019.

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Or call (614) 476-1100

Thursday, May 2, 2019
6:30 p.m.
Fadó Irish Pub

Easton Town Center
4022 Townsfair Way, Columbus

The Holiday Inn Express hotel will
shuttle to and from the restaurant.

Guests will have separate checks.




Keynote Presentation: “Starting Fires”

presented by Chad J. Willett, Motivational Speaker, Author, Actor

“Starting Fires” focuses on the 93% of communication (Non-verbal) rather than the 7% of communication (Verbal). This interactive keynote address focuses on our gestures, facial expressions, body language, and tone of voice during the communication process. By shifting the focus off of the spoken word and onto our non-verbal cues the communication process transforms and improves by:

  • Transparency: Being more transparent with our words and gestures.

  • Relationships: Strengthening relationships by saying what you mean and meaning what you say.

  • Fierce Conversations: Having fierce/difficult conversations at the workplace.

  • Alignment: Aligning our body language with the words we are saying.


  • Focus on the 93%-Get the focus off the words and onto our nonverbal cues.

  • Leave the Party of “No”- By saying “Yes And” energy levels increase which has a direct impact on one’s ability to communicate clearly and effectively.

  • Stop Throwing Stones- By suspending judgments cultures go from negative to positive.

  • Manufactured Realities- Escape a negative manufactured reality that creates fictitious stories with a beginning, middle, and an end.

Keynote Presenter: Chad J. Willett, Motivational Speaker, Author, Actor

National Speakers Association/Screen Actors Guild is a TEDx speaker, two time author, and creativity and innovation leader who trained at the world famous improvisational school, “The Groundlings.” He was featured in the hit films “She’s All That” with Paul Walker, “Halloween H2O,” with Jamie Lee Curtis and “Can’t Hardly Wait” with Jennifer Love Hewitt.

Chad has also worked for three fortune 500 companies (Manpower, ITT Technical Institute and the Washington Post) and is the owner/ operator of Broadway2LA Acting Studio. He leverages his acting background with his experience in working America to create one of a kind keynote addresses/workshops for his audiences.

How to Work in Education and Live to Tell About It!

Presented by Debbie Wade

Learn the secrets to surviving our daily educational challenges while having some “wild and crazy” fun! Discover why humor, creativity, flexibility, observation, listening, and stress management are the keys to surviving in the workplace. This one’s for YOU!

Racing with the Clock: Time Management Strategies to Keep You Up and Running

Presented by Debbie Wade

Get Ready! Get Set! GO! Let’s stay on the right track and finish the race! Learn some terrific tips and surefire strategies to improve your time management skills.

Debbie Wade, CEOP, CEOE, Speaker

Retiree from San Jacinto College District in Pasadena, Texas, after 31 years as an administrative assistant. Past President of her local and state associations, a member of the National Association of Educational Office Professionals, a presenter for many state and national conferences and institutes, and the recipient of the 2004 Olive T. Ritchie National Educational Office Professional of the Year Award.


May 3, 2019 Spring Conference Agenda

7:45 am – 8:15 am

Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:15 am – 8:30 am

Welcome & Introductions

8:30 am – 10:00 am

“How to Work in Education and Live to Tell About” presented by Debbie Wade, CEOP, CEOE

10:00 am – 10:15 am


10:15 am – 11:45 am

“Racing with the Clock: Time Management Strategies to Keep You Up and Running” presented by Debbie Wade, CEOP, CEOE

11:45 am – 1:00 pm

Lunch, Awards, Installation

1:00 pm – 1:10 pm


1:10 pm – 1:30 pm

Discussion on EOPO Future Conferences

1:30 am – 3:00 pm

Keynote Presentation

“Starting Fires” presented by Chad Willett, Speaker, Author, Artist

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Wrap-Up & Evaluation

Apply for 5 hours PSP credit.

Register by: April 19

no cancellations or refunds after April 22


Service Project

At the EOPO Spring Conference on May 3, we will host a drive to benefit Dress for Success, an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

We will be collecting contemporary, seasonal, nearly new women's professional clothing, shoes, handbags & accessories. Donations must be clean and ready to wear. In addition to helping women enter or re-enter the workforce, all donations are tax-deductible!

Don’t have any Professional Clothing to Donate? Dress for Success also accepts monetary donations to provide a continuum of services to help women secure, retain and develop their professional employment. These ongoing support services enable women to successfully transition into the workforce, build thriving careers and succeed professionally and personally. Monetary contributions are 100% tax deductible and no donation is too small! Checks should be made payable to “Dress for Success Worldwide” or you may donate directly on the website; dressforsuccess.org/getinvolved/donate/


$100.00 Member Registration
$90.00 Earlybird rate before March 22

$90.00 Member Registration - 1st time conference attendee
$80.00 Earlybird rate before March 22

$75.00 Retired Member Registration
$65.00 Earlybird rate before March 22

$120.00 Non-Member Registration
$110.00 Earlybird rate before March 22

$110.00 Non-Member Registration - 1st time conference attendee
$100.00 Earlybird rate before March 22