Our Presenting Team

We will build out our team in early 2023. For reference, here is our 2022 team. Hover (desktop) or touch (mobile) to see each presenter’s alter ego…

Keynote Speakers

Cliff Atkinson

Author, Beyond Bullet Points

Cliff Atkinson

Author, Beyond Bullet Points

Jasmine Sadler

Rocket Scientist and Ballerina

Jasmine Sadler

Rocket Scientist and Ballerina

Dierdre Wolownick

Matriarch of First Family of Climbing

Deirdre Wolownick

Matriarch of First Family of Climbing

Jeff Pearlman

Sports Journalist and Author

Jeff Pearlman

Sports Journalist and Author

Seminar Leaders


Rick Altman

Cliff Atkinson

Yulia Barnakova

Ilene Bergelson

Ric Bretschneider

Troy Chollar

Lori Chollar

Taylor Croonquist

Jim Endicott

Jamie Garroch

Glenn Gibson

Nolan Haims

Ingrid Mengdehl

Mike Parkinson

Kristaps Petersons

John Rahmlow

Jole Simmons

Julie Terberg

Detailed Agenda

We will be creating our schedule of seminars across the first few months of 2023. For reference, here is our 2022 schedule, to give you an idea of the breadth and scope of our coverage. You can also download a fully-formatted PDF file of the entire schedule here:

3:00pm
Registration opens

5:00pm
Welcome reception

6:30pm
Hosted dinner

8:00am - 9:00am  |  Keynote Address

Visceral Storytelling
Bypass the brain!
How to bypass the brain and get straight to the gut of your audience
Cliff Atkinson   |  Detailed outline

9:15am - 10:00am  |  The Artistry

Beautiful Music
Activating a new presentation sense
Can you make your presentations sound as good as they look?
Glenn Gibson   |  Detailed outline

9:15am - 10:00am  |  The Science

Quick Fixes for Big Misses
Some PowerPoint features work best when used backwards
Taylor Croonquist   |  Detailed outline

10:15am - 11:00am  |  The Artistry

The Makeover Mentor
Before-and-after example slides
Makeovers inspire us by giving us a glimpse of the possibilities.
Julie Terberg   |  Detailed outline

10:15am - 11:00am  |  The Science

Insane Animation
Mind-blowing techniques that only look difficult
If you've ever wondered how designers create almost Pixar-level animations in their PowerPoint presentations, you'll get your answer here.
Jole Simmons   |  Detailed outline

11:15am - 12:00pm  |  The Artistry

Presenter Warm Ups
Body, breath, and voice
What do Serena Williams, Lady Gaga, and Yo Yo Ma have in common? They warm up before they deliver their greatness.
Ilene Bergelson   |  Detailed outline

11:15am - 12:00pm  |  The Science

No More Stalling!
Level up with all those tricks you've been putting off learning
PowerPoint users tend to learn enough to get by and then work with what they have. There is a better way.
Steve Sheets   |  Detailed outline

1:00pm - 1:30pm  |  The Virtual

The Daily Dish for Monday
Once Around the Virtual Conference
Join John for his daily mid-day schmoozefest.
John Chen   |  Detailed outline

1:30pm - 2:30pm  |  General Session

Everyone's a Character
You just need to know how to look for them
We are told to always look for great stories, while the truth is that everyone is a character.
Jeff Pearlman   |  Detailed outline

2:45pm - 3:30pm  |  The Artistry

How to BARF All Over Your Slides
Think outside of the box and be more creative with your slide designs
Using the B.A.R.F. technique, transform your slides with a fresh perspective and some creative brainstorming.
Lori Chollar   |  Detailed outline

2:45pm - 3:30pm  |  The Science

Victory with Vectors
Rock out with shapes
Learn how to make vector graphics and designs in PowerPoint that ROCK!
Mike Parkinson   |  Detailed outline

3:45pm - 4:30pm  |  The Artistry

The Art of Interaction
How to make magic happen
How to unlock PowerPoint's hidden capabilities of interactivity.
Ingrid Mengdehl   |  Detailed outline

3:45pm - 4:30pm  |  The Science

Broadening Your Role
From Presentation Designer to Communication Consultant
Even those without world-class delivery skills can enhance their contributions by understanding what to look for and how to rally important resources.
Jim Endicott   |  Detailed outline

4:30pm - 6:00pm  |  Special Event

The PowerPoint Trivia Contest
The intersection of creativity, ingenuity, and foolishness
You haven’t lived until you have participated in our PowerPoint Trivia Contest.
  |  Detailed outline

7:30pm - 8:30pm  |  Late Night at the Summit

The Future of Presentations
Stay on the cutting edge of presentation technology
See what's coming in the future of presentations - and learn how you can stay on the leading edge
Yulia Barnakova   |  Detailed outline

9:00pm - 11:59pm  |  Late Night at the Summit

The Guru Session
Drop in and chat with Garr Reynolds and your extended family
Stay up and learn with us, and maybe teach us a thing or two. This legendary session features things you won’t get anywhere else.
Ric Bretschneider   |  Detailed outline

8:00am - 9:00am  |  Keynote Address

How to Succeed at Anything
An extraordinary journey over granite and through life
The mother of Alex Honnold has marvelous stories to tell of maintaining her sanity, finding her own way in life, and becoming a gifted storyteller.
Dierdre Wolownick  |  Detailed outline

9:15am - 10:00am  |  The Artistry

Finding the Story
Not just any story...THE story
To move your audience, find the story that connects with who they are and what they want to achieve.
John Rahmlow  |  Detailed outline

9:15am - 10:00am  |  The Science

Advanced Infographics
Going beyond pretty pictures
Learn to turn words and ideas into clear, compelling illustrations.
Mike Parkinson  |  Detailed outline

10:15am - 11:00am  |  The Artistry

Real-World Makeovers
For the busy professional for whom everything is due yesterday
The makeovers during this hour, taken from patron submissions, carry with them the hope that you will look at them and say, “Hey, I can do that.”
Rick Altman  |  Detailed outline

10:15am - 11:00am  |  The Science

Charts that Wow
Alternatives to Bars and Pies
We have the utmost respect for bars, lines, and pies, but sometimes we just don't want to see them on our slides.
Nolan Haims  |  Detailed outline

11:15am - 12:00pm  |  The Artistry

PowerPoint Karaoke
Expect the unexpected
PowerPoint Karaoke is a social exercise that helps train you to think quickly on your feet while remembering all the important rules of good presenting.
Ric Bretschneider  |  Detailed outline

11:15am - 12:00pm  |  The Science

Turn off Your Auto-Pilots!
The trick to new techniques is to forget the old ones
Jole Simmons  |  Detailed outline

1:00pm - 1:30pm  |  The Virtual

The Daily Dish for Tuesday
Once Around the Virtual Conference
Join John for his daily mid-day schmoozefest.
John Chen  |  Detailed outline

1:30pm - 2:30pm  |  General Session

Short Stories
Two vignettes to make you think
Nolan Haims  |  Detailed outline

2:45pm - 3:30pm  |  The Artistry

The Science of Art
A methodical approach to the process of design
How do you go from a blank slide to a beautifully crafted presentation? There's a process...
Julie Terberg  |  Detailed outline

2:45pm - 3:30pm  |  The Science

The Star Quality of Cameo
Live camera comes to PowerPoint
Learn all about Microsoft's new Cameo Live camera feature.
Troy Chollar  |  Detailed outline

3:45pm - 4:30pm  |  The Artistry

Single-Slide Stories
The nirvana of storytelling
Apply storytelling and messaging skills to everyday slide production.
Lori Chollar  |  Detailed outline

3:45pm - 4:30pm  |  The Science

Is this Even Possible??
Do stuff you never dreamed you could
How do you do "impossible" things? After this seminar, you will know.
Taylor Croonquist  |  Detailed outline

6:00pm - 9:00pm  |  Special Event

Tuesday Night Celebration
In Old Town
  |  Detailed outline

8:00am - 9:00am  |  Keynote Address

Moments that Define Your Life
Making them all make sense
All of the thoughts you have are there for a reason.
Jasmine Sadler   |  Detailed outline

9:15am - 10:00am  |  The Artistry

Value Added Add-Ins
Behind the scenes with a PowerPoint developer
Add-ins can transform PowerPoint with extra capabilities.
Jamie Garroch   |  Detailed outline

9:15am - 10:00am  |  The Science

Demystifying Fonts
A font primer for presentationists
Microsoft's move to cloud fonts is a huge improvement...if users understand what that even means!
Troy Chollar   |  Detailed outline

10:15am - 11:00am  |  The Artistry

Remote Control
Tools, tips, and tricks
Take a behind-the-scenes tour of how to present online.
Nolan Haims   |  Detailed outline

10:15am - 11:00am  |  The Science

Presenting for Introverts
Shy is not a four-letter word
Learn how to keep an audience engaged without feeling awkward.
Ilene Bergelson   |  Detailed outline

11:15am - 12:00pm  |  The Artistry

No More Bullets!
Designing slides audiences actually want to look at
Put an end once and for all to slides filled with bullet points.
Nolan Haims   |  Detailed outline

11:15am - 12:00pm  |  The Science

Template Check-Up
Recipes and strategies for better PowerPoint templates
Julie Terberg   |  Detailed outline

1:00pm - 1:30pm  |  The Virtual

The Daily Dish for Wednesday
Once Around the Virtual Conference
Join John for his daily mid-day schmoozefest.
John Chen   |  Detailed outline

1:30pm - 2:30pm  |  General Session

The Wonders of Pecha Kucha
Embracing two easy rules creates amazing presentations
Twenty slides, 20 seconds each. The Pecha Kucha presentation style entertains, informs, and is the antithesis of Death by PowerPoint.
Ric Bretschneider   |  Detailed outline

2:45pm - 3:30pm  |  General Session

Five Minutes or Fewer
Tips to match your attention span
Here is a friendly procession of short tips, pieces of advice, and anecdotes, as told by both conference team members and patrons.
  |  Detailed outline

5:00pm - 6:30pm  |  Special Event

One Final Happy Hour
Poolside
  |  Detailed outline

We typically get a dozen folks who stay on with us for an unwind day. We usually move as a pack during the day and enjoy a nice group dinner as our farewell.