September 9-10, 2009 - Des Moines Downtown Marriot
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Chris Rose

Chris Rose is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Times-Picyune in New Orleans an essayist for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and a frequent commentator for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. Chris’ book, 1 Dead In Attic, is a collection of stories recounting the first harrowing year and a half of life in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Known as the “Crescent City Bard,” Rose is celebrated as a local treasure and heaped with national praise. He provides a roller-coaster ride of observation, commentary, emotion, tragedy, and even humor – in a way that only he could find in a devastated city.

Governor Parris N. Glendening

Governor Glendening is President of the Smart Growth Leadership Institute. Prior to his current role, Mr. Glendening spent eight years as Governor of the state of Maryland, where he made the environment, especially smart growth education and inclusiveness, the heart of his legislative, administrative and personal agenda. He led the creation of a groundbreaking smart growth initiative that focused on using the entire $23 billion state budget as an incentive for smart growth.

In addition, Governor Glendening had the honor of being elected chairman of the National Governor's Association by his colleagues, where he made quality of life issues his top agenda item. He also served as President of the Council of State Governments. Before becoming Governor, Parris N. Glendening was a local elected official for more than 20 years. He began public service in 1973 as a city councilman in Hyattsville and was later elected to the Prince George's County Council in 1974. He was elected to statewide office after serving three terms as county executive of Prince George's County, a jurisdiction of 800,000 outside of Washington, D.C.

Deadra Stanton

Deadra Stanton, owner and presenter for her company, Creative Communications, has been a teacher of English, Speech, and Theatre for over 31 years. She is an honor graduate of Mankato State University in Mankato, Minnesota, and recently earned her Masters in Education from
St. Mary’s University. With majors in Speech Communications, Theatre Arts, and Business Administration, she brings a diverse background to the podium.

When not in the classroom, Deadra is a frequent presenter and motivational speaker for numerous audiences across the nation. Her humorous style and up-beat presentations make her a versatile and sought-after speaker. Deadra’s husband Mark is a business owner and she has two children: Sarah is Project Manger for Motorola and Nathan is a professional Hockey Official.
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