2019 AdvanceUGA Conference

by Andrea Parris

Ready to be inspired?

2019 AdvanceUGA Conference
Friday, May 3
8am to 4:30pm
University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
Mahler Hall

Deadline to register: April 19


2019 Keynote Speakers


James Jackson

A retired banking executive, James spent his successful career demonstrating servant leadership. He will share insights from his career at Bank of America and other major financial institutions where he motivated individuals and teams to overcome obstacles and succeed in difficult circumstances. He continues to serve and inspire others through his volunteer work with local non-profits in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Danielle Mason Hosker

A three-time Bulldog 100 winner, Danielle Hosker is no stranger to the hard work and determination it takes to run a successful business. She started DanceFX, a popular, not-for-profit dance organization, in 2000 while she was a student at the University of Georgia. She has since created a linen company, become a fashion designer, and opened her own retail store, Mason Hosker, a high-end women’s fashion label, in Charleston, SC.  Danielle will inspire us with her innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.

Bart Newman

Bart Newman is the Chief Operating Officer for THRIVE Farmers International, Inc., which in 2016 placed No. 19 on the Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing private companies. Bart’s professional experience began in the U.S. Army where he completed a one-year tour in Baghdad, Iraq. Upon returning from Iraq, Bart wrote the book “Because of Baghdad: What a Father Would Say About Life, if He Didn’t Come Home to Say It”. Committed to making the world a better place, Bart will share his personal and professional experiences that have shaped him as a leader.

Malcolm Mitchell

Valdosta native and former UGA football star Malcolm Mitchell self-published his first book, “The Magician’s Hat”, during his junior year at Georgia. As the recipient of the 2016 Georgia Writer’s Association Children’s Book of the year, Malcolm used his platform to launch Read with Malcolm, a youth literacy initiative. Later Malcolm signed on to become a Scholastic author. In the 2016 NFL Draft, Malcolm was selected in the fourth round by the New England Patriots. He was part of the Patriots team that won Super Bowl LI, a game that is considered the best comeback in football history. In his inspiring message, you will learn how Malcolm expresses his creativity today through literature, photography and fashion design.


Afternoon Workshop Sessions


Stan Deaton, Ph.D.

A Georgia Bulldog Walks into the Constitutional Convention: The Leadership and Legacy of Abraham Baldwin

Stan Deaton, Senior Historian at the Georgia Historical Society, loves his job because he gets paid to read, write, think and talk about history.  Stan will share entertaining stories about Georgia history and how it informs the work we do in Development and Alumni Relations. You will learn about the leadership and legacy of UGA founder Abraham Baldwin and the pivotal role he played in creating the Unites States Constitution and much more in this engaging history lesson.

Randolph Carter

When Employees Lead!

Randolph Carter is a high energy presenter with a wealth of knowledge in teambuilding, leadership, career development and diversity and inclusion. He engages his audiences through storytelling, authenticity, and a touch of humor. Randolph has worked in positions in the Office of Institutional Diversity and Human Resources and now serves as a project manager for OneSource.

Leadership in the eyes of most employees is interpreted as a function of a pay grade or level on the organizational chart. In this session, you will examine the components of engaged leadership where every member of DAR is aware of the unit’s priorities, actively builds key skillsets, and aggressively seeks to achieve inclusive excellence.

Dawn Bennett-Alexander, J.D., Assoc. Professor of Employment Law & Legal Studies

Everything you wanted to know about diversity and inclusion but didn’t know who to ask!

Professor, Author, Attorney are all words that describe Dr. Dawn Bennett-Alexander or Dr. BA, as her students affectionately call her.  Using her extensive experience consulting in the workplace and teaching in the classroom about diversity, Dr. Alexander will present an informative, interactive, FUN, and impactful session around common but important trends, misconceptions and skills in a diverse workplace.

Kizmet S. Adams, J.D.

Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time

A human resource specialist, Kiz is an advocate on campus for promoting balance and wellbeing among faculty and staff and for creating a healthy, positive, productive work environment at the University.  As Kiz likes to say, you can’t manage time, extend time, or turn back time. However, you can increase your ability to use time effectively by managing your energy.  In this session you will identify your personal energy draining habits, and then develop practices that help replenish your energy. As a result, you can build physical, emotional, and mental resilience that will increase your engagement with work and life.



Breakfast, a buffet lunch and afternoon refreshments will be provided. Dietary restrictions should be shared during the registration process or by emailing ude.agu@tnelatrad.

Parking vouchers will be distributed to attendees upon check-in.

Business casual attire.

Questions? Email Andrea Parris.