Keynote & Speakers

Keynote & Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Garrison Wynn
What the Most Influential Do Differently
Monday, May 21 | 8:45am - 9:45am

Garrison helps people learn how to make the jump from being great at what they do to understanding and developing the qualities it takes to be chosen for the job. He gets them to understand why their products, services, or leadership styles or those of their competitors are selected. As he says, "If the world agreed on what's best, everybody would choose the best and nothing else would be considered. Decision making doesn't work that way."

As a speaker, advisor, author, and entertainer, Garrison has worked with some of the world's most effective corporate leaders and business developers, from multibillion-dollar manufacturers to top New York Stock Exchange wire houses. He has a background in manufacturing, entertainment, telecommunications, and financial services. In his teens, Garrison worked with Magnavox and baseball legend Hank Aaron to promote the world's first video gaming system, and by age 27, he became the youngest department head in a Fortune 500 company's history. He researched and designed processes for 38 company locations nationwide and developed and marketed products still being sold in 30 countries. An experienced actor in films and a former professional stand-up comedian, Garrison has hosted television specials and national radio programs. His new top-selling book, published by McGraw-Hill and available in bookstores worldwide, blends a decade of research and Garrison's candid, laugh-out-loud delivery to finally tell The Real Truth About Success. His additional writing credits include business journal articles, weekly contributions to The Washington Post and a book co-authored with Stephen R. Covey, Ken Blanchard, and Jack Canfield.

Amy Blankson
Strategic Happiness
Monday. May 21 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Amy Blankson, bestselling author of The Future of Happiness, is the only person to receive a Point of Light from two sitting US Presidents. After graduating from Harvard College and Yale School of Management, she has focused her work on understanding how to cultivate happiness in a digital era. She is a member of the UN Global Happiness Council, a Fellow of the World Innovation Organization, and is currently working with the IEEE to create standards for well-being in the creation of artificial intelligence and emotion awareness.

Most recently, Amy has shared her thought leadership as a speaker at TEDx, as a regular contributor for Forbes on Women, Technology, and Leadership, and as a featured professor in Oprah’s Happiness course.

Randy Slechta
Effective Leadership in the 21st Century
Tuesday, May 22 | 8:30am - 9:30am

Randy Slechta has more than 30 years experience in the leadership, management, personal and professional development industry. He has coached and trained thousands of people from all over the world.

Mr. Slechta is CEO of Leadership Management International, Inc. and Success Motivation International, Inc.  LMI is a pioneer in the leadership development industry and currently operates in over 80 countries. Its programs are offered in 26 different languages.

Mr. Slechta’s many accomplishments include:

  • Expanded LMI into over 35 new countries, doubling its global presence.
  • Since 1994, he has led LMI to more than 20 years of double digit sales growth, more than quintupling the sales of LMI.  LMI has now trained over 2 million leaders in 80 countries.
  • Mr. Slechta’s expertise is recognized throughout the world as he has given more than 1,000 keynote speeches in 40 different countries. 
  • Mr. Slechta developed the Total Leader® Concept, a comprehensive leadership development process now used in thousands of organizations around the world.
  • Randy and Paul J. Meyer co-authored the book “The 5 Pillars of Leadership.” This book lays out a blueprint for leaders in the 21st Century and has been translated into 10 languages.
  • Since 1984, we have given away over $50,000,000 to more than 400 different charities.
  • We have given and pledged almost $10,000,000 to Baylor University, including the Paul J. Meyer arena in the Ferrell Center, the Paul and Jane Meyer Conference Center in Hankamer School of Business, William Hinson Chair in Christian Scriptures, Christian Leadership in Business endowment.
  • Served as Board President of Waco Baptist Academy and Board President of Texas Christian Academy.
  • Currently serving on Ethics and Leadership Advisory Council at Baylor.
  • Served on various charitable boards.

Mr. Slechta and Mr. Meyer have also developed and co-authored many best selling courses, including:

  • Effective Team Dynamics®
  • Effective Personal Productivity®
  • Effective Personal Leadership®
  • Effective Leadership Development®
  • Effective Motivational Leadership®
  • Effective Strategic Leadership®
  • Effective Selling Strategies®
  • Leadership For Women®

Conference Presenting Sponsor Speaker Bios

Daniel P. Saftig


  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, B.S
  • University of San Francisco, MNA
  • Senior Consultant & Principal

Dan has enjoyed a successful 30-year career in fundraising, serving four large public universities and providing consulting services to many college campuses and nonprofit organizations across the country.

Prior to joining Marts & Lundy, Dan led the fundraising efforts at the Arizona State University Foundation where he helped launch Campaign ASU 2020, a $1.5 billion effort and ASU’s first comprehensive campaign in 20 years. Previously, as President and CEO of the Iowa State University Foundation, Dan and his team attracted more than $1 billion in private support while completing the largest campaign in Iowa State’s history. The ISU Foundation secured more private support during Campaign Iowa State than in the previous 25 years combined.

As Vice President of Marketing and Communications for the Minnesota Medical Foundation (MMF) at the University of Minnesota, Dan helped lead a $500 million campaign supporting medical research and education.

Dan was the architect of the groundbreaking Penn State annual giving program in the 1990s. He also worked for the American Heart Association in Wisconsin and California and served as an executive campaign director for CCS, a national consulting firm.

Dan began his career as sports information director at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He also holds a master’s degree in nonprofit administration from the University of San Francisco. Dan is a John Maxwell-certified coach, trainer and speaker on issues related to leadership and personal growth.

Sarah W. Williams
Senior Consultant & Principal; Leader of Analytical Solutions


  • Trinity University, B.A.
  • University of Texas at Austin, M.P.Aff.

Sarah joined Marts & Lundy in 2002 as an analyst in our Analytical Solutions Group. She is the team leader for Analytical Solutions and works with consultants and clients on data mining and analysis projects, constituent surveys and custom benchmarking projects of all sizes. Sarah’s extensive experience in research and analysis, and nonprofit program development and management, puts her in the perfect position to work with our clients and her colleagues in continuously refining our philanthropic Capacity Analysis reports as well as developing new data-mining tools.

Her previous experience includes work as a strategic communications and research consultant with Shipley & Associates, Inc. She also served as a special projects consultant with the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Sarah has been an AmeriCorps volunteer and a reporter/researcher for the Congressional Quarterly. In addition, she has completed language training at the Centro Linguistico Conversa, Intensive Spanish Institute, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Sarah was a member of the Marts & Lundy Board of Directors from 2009-2012 and has been a member of the Executive Committee since January 2013. Sarah is a Fundraising Operations Task Force Member and Adjunct Instructor at Rice University’s Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. In addition she is on the board of the Giving USA Foundation.