2019 Keynotes

Fatima Doman, MA, CCCP

Author, Speaker and Executive Coach, Fatima Doman has motivated audiences across six continents to leverage their authentic strengths for transformation.  A globally recognized voice in leadership, engagement, well-being and positive change, Doman is passionate about empowering people for sustainable high performance—at work and in life.  Doman’s experience fleeing her country of birth in the wake of war informs her work to help people build resilience in the midst of challenges.  For decades, Doman has worked successfully with Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 clients representing a variety of industries, and with educators around the world. Her books, Authentic Strengths and True You have been featured by the Huffington Post, Psychology Today, on TV, Radio, e-learning, and her workshops have been licensed globally.

As Founder of Authentic Strengths Advantage, Doman shares innovative, evidence-based tools rooted in the groundbreaking science of Positive Psychology—engaging audiences to bring out the best in themselves and in those they influence.  Her compelling message has inspired positive leadership while boosting emotional intelligence for individuals in hundreds of organizations.  Doman has served as Co-Founder/Co-Director of FranklinCovey’s Global Executive Coaching Practice, as Faculty for the FranklinCovey/Columbia University Executive Coach Certification Program, and managed certification/developed content for the internationally acclaimed 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  Her post-graduate work includes an Advanced Executive Coaching Certification from the Columbia University Coaching Program and an MA in Communication, among numerous accreditations.

Learn more: authenticstrengths.com

Fatima Doman

Wednesday, May 15th – 1:00-4:00 p.m. – Pre-conference Session – Authentic Strengths: Move from What’s Wrong to What’s Strong

Thursday, May 16th – 9:00-10:30 a.m. – Keynote Address – Thriving in Transition: Finding Strength in Change


Lance Werner

Lance Werner has served as Executive Director for Kent District Library since 2011. He received a juris doctorate degree from Michigan State University’s College of Law and his master’s degree in Library Science from Wayne State University (WSU). In 2018, he was chosen as Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year, and in years past, he was the recipient of the Joey Rodger Leadership Award from the Urban Libraries Council, Librarian of the Year Award from the Michigan Library Association (MLA), the WSU Distinguished Alumni award, and Library Journal’s Mover and Shaker Award. Lance is currently involved in the ALA Policy Corps, WSU’s Capital Campaign, MLA’s Legislative committee, and is a fellow at Michigan Political Leadership Course. Lance was recently named as a candidate for the 2020-21 presidency of the American Library Association.

In his tenure as KDL Director, Lance has undertaken a number of successful projects including the opening of a satellite library branch in an underserved local high school, working with KDL’s HR Director to develop staffing assessment tools to determine if candidates skillsets, both soft skills and hard skills, are a good fit for library services, convincing the Board at his very first meeting to invest $400k  in ebooks (KDL now has one of the most robust collections in the US), testifying before the Michigan Senate and House committees to win tax capture amnesty for libraries in a fiscally conservative region, conducting many educational workshops for successful millages, securing health care for part-time KDL employees, and securing grant money and community support to revive the library’s bookmobile after a 30-year hiatus.

Lance’s mantra of kindness, empathy, and love has not only created a covetable work culture at KDL, but has also trickled into the way staff approaches customer service with their new “KDL Way” relationship-based service initiative. This mantra is also important when considering other local library systems, as Lance is a big advocate in their successes. He has helped libraries all over the state of Michigan with millage campaigns, director searches, information technology services, cataloguing, and other necessary support.

Lance Werner

Wednesday, May 15th – 8:30-11:30 a.m. – Pre-conference Session – The Value of Relationships in Advocacy

Friday, May 17th – 8:30-9:30 a.m. – Keynote Address – Better Libraries and Stronger Communities Through Kindness, Empathy, and Love


Shannon Hale

Shannon’s mother says she was a storyteller from birth, jabbering endlessly in nonsensical baby-talk. Once she could speak, she made up stories and bribed younger siblings to perform them in mini-plays until, thankfully, an elementary school teacher introduced her to the wonder of written fiction. At age 10, she began to write books, mostly fantasy stories where she was the heroine.

She continued to write secretly for years while pursuing acting in television, stage, and improv comedy and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Utah. Shannon was finally forced out of the writers’ closet when she received her Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Montana.

A few years and many rejections later, she published her first book, The Goose Girl, an ALA Teens’ Top Ten and Josette Frank Award winner. Enna BurningRiver Secrets, and Forest Born continue the award-winning Books of Bayern series. Princess Academy won a prestigious Newbery Honor award and is followed by bestsellers Princess Academy: Palace of Stone and Princess Academy: The Forgotten SistersBook of a Thousand Days received a Cybils award and was featured on many best of the year lists. With director Jerusha Hess, Shannon co-wrote a screenplay based on her first book for adults, Austenland. Shot in England, the film was a selection at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically by Sony Pictures Classics. She penned a sequel, Midnight in Austenland, as well as a third novel for adults, The Actor and the Housewife, which was the City Weekly readers’ choice winner for best novel of the year. She and her husband Dean Hale co-wrote the graphic novels Rapunzel’s Revenge, an Al Roker’s Book Club for Kids selection and Eisner nominee, and its sequel, Utah Book Award winner Calamity Jack, both illustrated by Nathan Hale. With illustrator LeUyen Pham, they created the Princess in Black series of early chapter books.

In addition to her own creations, Shannon has written a number of books about characters created by others, such as her Ever After High series, supported by Mattel’s animated series and doll line; with her husband Dean, two books about Marvel’s Squirrel Girl; and the fourth book in the Spirit Animals series. She makes her home near Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, with her super-human husband, their four children, and their two cats, Misty Knight and Mike Hat.

Shannon Hale

Friday, May 17th – 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Lunch Speaker