TASA/TASB Convention Speakers
General Session Speakers
Friday, 4 p.m.
Best-Selling Author; Contributing Correspondent, NBC's Today; Chair, UNICEF's Next Generation and Editor-at-Large, Southern Living Magazine
Jenna Hager is a contributing correspondent on NBC's Today show and an editor-at-large for Southern Living magazine.
She is also the author of The New York Times best seller Ana's Story: A Journey of Hope, which she wrote after traveling to Latin America in 2006 as an intern with UNICEF. Hager remains involved with UNICEF and is currently the chair of its Next Generation initiative, which is dedicated to reducing childhood deaths around the world.
Hager holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin. She is also co-author of the children's books Read All About It! and Our Great Big Backyard. Hager also co-authored Sisters First, a New York Times best seller. Hager is the daughter of former U.S. President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.
Saturday, 10:30 a.m.
NFL Hall of Fame Running Back, Analyst, NFL Network
The 2006 NFL MVP and Walter Payton Man of the Year, LaDainian Tomlinson serves as a studio analyst for NFL Network Programming.
Tomlinson is an NFL Analyst on NFL GameDay Highlights and NFL GameDay Final while also contributing to NFL Total Access throughout the week.
He played the majority of his 11-year career with the San Diego Chargers, who selected him with the fifth overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft. Tomlinson was selected to five Pro Bowls, was an All-Pro six times, and won two rushing titles (2006 and 2007). He has been elected to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, TCU Hall of Fame and in 2014 the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame.
A proud product of Texas public schools, Tomlinson attended University High School in Waco, Texas, where he played basketball, baseball, and football. He currently resides with his wife and 2 children splitting their time between the Dallas Fort Worth and San Diego communities for his charitable giving.
Sunday, 10:30 a.m.
Founder, because I said I would
Alex Sheen’s father died of small cell lung cancer on September 4, 2012. His father was good with his promises, so Sheen titled his father’s eulogy “because I said I would” and created the promise card in his memory. Eventually, he would decide to resign from his corporate position in order to advance because I said I would’s mission.
Sheen now works to better humanity through the importance of a promise in what little ways he can. It started by waking up early before going to work and handwriting letters to people thanking them for requesting promise cards. This dedication continued to develop as he began fulfilling charitable promises. These promises include getting 100 tickets to Disneyland for children with cancer and walking 245 miles across the entire state of Ohio in 10 days to raise awareness for the victims of sexual violence (a promise he made to Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight). Sheen now gives speeches on behalf of because I said I would, with 100% of the proceeds going to fund the work of this nonprofit organization, like volunteer projects, awareness campaigns, character education programs in schools, and teacher resources provided at no cost.
Prominent experts in education-related fields who are passionate about providing trustees and administrators with cutting-edge research and ideas to help foster improved student performance.
Friday, 10:15 a.m.
Global Education Evangelist, Google, Adjunct Professor, Arizona State University
Friday, 11:45 a.m.
Executive Vice President and Senior Advisor to the President, Federal Reserve bank of Dallas
Mike Collier, Candidate for Lt. Governor
Friday, 2:15 p.m.
Business Professor, Tulane University
Saturday, 8:45 a.m.
Clay Johnston, MD, PhD
Dean, Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin
Saturday, 1 p.m.
Art Markman, PhD
Cognitive Science Psychology Professor, Human Dimensions of Organizations Director, University of Texas at Austin
Professor, Head of Music and Human Learning, University of Texas at Austin
Creator, Host, Executive Producer, Two Guys on Your Head
Saturday, 4:30 p.m.
Commissioner of Education, TEA