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Amy Gallimore Speaks on Leadership Tennessee’s Electric Cooperative Association’s annual Youth Summit


March 2009

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TRI’s Director of Leadership Amy Gallimore was the featured presenter for the annual Tennessee Electric Cooperative Associations annual Youth Leadership Summit March 16-18 in downtown Nashville.  Forty-four high school juniors representing 22 electric cooperatives across the state experienced a day of Amy’s humor, leadership insight, and hands-on leadership experiences.  Amy’s presentation on leadership was a highlight of the program which included rich personal and professional development experiences for the high school juniors including meetings with legislators, networking activities, and tours of the state capitol.

TeamTRI Joins with Olympian Dara Torres to help National PTA win Target/Facebook Campaign
Vote online via Facebook each day until May 25 to help PTA fund the Help Children Succeed Campaign!

Target has selected 10 national charities to join in a unique Facebook voting campaign.  The more votes charities receive, the more funding they'll receive from Target.  As a national partner in the campaign to provide high quality education for every child, TRI is encouraging everyone to help support PTA in this campaign.  See the message below from USA Olympian Dara Torres for details!  Thanks for joining us in this initiative!  Click on www.facebook.com/target to get voting!

National PTA

Help Children Succeed: Vote for PTA on Facebook!
By Dara Torres, Olympic Medalist and PTA National Ambassador
March 11, 2009

As a PTA® Ambassador and devoted parent, I am extremely excited and honored to share with you a fantastic opportunity to show your support for education, families and the future of our country, America's children.  Starting Sunday, May 10 to Monday, May 25, with just the click of a button, you can help PTA earn a portion of $3 million from Target!
Recently, Target and Facebook created the "Bullseye Gives" campaign that will allow Facebook users and guests to vote for their top non-profit to receive the most funds.  PTA will be listed along with nine other national non-profits to earn a share of $3 million.  The level of funding awarded to each charity is based on the number of votes garnered during the two-week campaign.  Individuals can vote once each day.  So it's important you vote, and vote often!

You can participate in three easy steps:

  1. Visit Target's Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/target;
  2. Find the "Vote" tab at the top of the page; and
  3. Vote for the Parent Teacher Association (PTA).

As the demands of the global economy continue to rise, our nation's education system is losing its competitive edge and is slipping behind.  These gaps are especially prevalent in urban communities.  The 50 largest cities in the nation account for nearly one quarter of the over one million high school students who fail to graduate with a diploma each year. 
PTA will use these funds to support its new Urban Family Engagement Initiative.  In order to address this crisis, the National PTA has identified 10 cities to develop new models of parent engagement, inclusive of all parents, to ensure opportunity and equity for the students in each city.   

I'm so thrilled to be part of such a robust and dynamic network of advocates for children and families, and hope you'll join me in voting for PTA everyday over the next two weeks.  Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your participation and selection of PTA in the "Bullseye Gives" campaign!   

All the Best,

Dara Torres
Olympic Medalist and PTA National Ambassador
Connect with Dara Torres on Facebook!

TRI’s Senior Leadership Fellow Byron Garrett Comments on the Economy and Impact to our School System

USA Today

Schools revamp schedules to save money
By Emily Bazar, USA Today
March 24, 2009

TRI’s Senior Leadership Fellow Byron Garrett was interviewed recently in USA Today regarding the measures schools have been taking to maintain high standards of excellence while navigating tough economic conditions.  Byron is the CEO of National PTA and a nationally recognized youth development and education leadership expert.  In regard to the cost cutting measures many schools are considering or implementing, Byron commented, “While school districts save money, the cost is transferred to parents who may have to pay for more day care. For low-income families whose children get free or reduced-price meals at school, they must find a way to provide the food.  It will have a significant impact on the wallets and budgets of many families that are already struggling."

To read the full USA Today article click here.  http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2009-03-23-schoolschedules_N.htm

TRI Announces New CEO


TRI’s Chief Executive Officer Ryan Underwood and President Carrie Underwood are excited and overjoyed to announce that TRI will be bringing on a new CEO effective September 2009. The new Chief Executive Offspring is yet to be named (as we do not know yet if we’re being blessed with a boy or a girl) but we are getting ready for a full takeover of operations as we’ve known them!

We’ve joined PTA, are working out, eating right, reading feverishly, and learning from the many wonderful team members and friends who have so successfully made the journey to the ultimate leadership role of “parent.”

We are grateful for the many prayers, support, care, and love from our family, friends, and community of difference makers we are so fortunate to be a part of through TRI. Our baby is going to be so lucky to have so many encouraging, fun and cool friends, “aunts”, “uncles”, “Grandma’s” and “Grandpa’s”.

Sending you all good cheer and rich blessings as we embark on this new adventure!

TRI’s Vice President Named President and CEO of the Visalia Chamber of Commerce – March 2009

Visalia Chamber of Commerce

Visalia Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Message

It is with great pride that TRI announces that our Vice President Glenn Morris has been appointed as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Visalia Chamber of Commerce. 

In this new position Glenn will be responsible for leading a staff of seven, supporting an active chamber membership of over 1,000 business and community leaders, and managing a $1.2 million budget.  In addition to the Chamber’s many community, tourism, education, advocacy, networking, and economic development programs and events, Glenn will also be the key leader guiding the Chamber’s initiative to make a comprehensive transformation of member services and value benefits to its members.  Glenn has already been hard at work in his new position helping to mobilize Visalia’s community efforts as a co-host of the Amgen Tour of California (one of the largest cycling events in the world which recently featured the return of the legendary Lance Armstrong to the sport). 

The Chamber of Commerce led a six month exhaustive search of many tremendously qualified association executives.  In appointing Glenn to President and CEO, the Visalia Chamber of Commerce Chairman Connie Kautz recently announced, “Glenn brings with him nearly two decades of experience in leadership and organization excellence. The board of directors voted unanimously to select Glenn to fill the position.”

In addition to his experience as an association leadership and event management executive for TRI, Glenn also had a wide range of business and community leadership expertise that made him the most attractive candidate.  Glenn previously served as the interim President and CEO of the Chamber, Executive Director of the Visalia Convention and Visitors Bureau (an organization he helped Visalia found), Executive Director of the Visalia Economic Development Corporation, Executive Director of California Future Business Leaders of America, and National Education Director for FBLA-PBL, Inc.

In accepting the position, Glenn shared his enthusiasm to work with the Board, Chamber staff, and Visalia community partners to provide leadership as the Chamber undergoes one of the most comprehensive transformations in its history: a major overhaul of its membership programs and benefits. “That will mean revisiting all of our processes and procedures to ensure they are effective as possible in delivering value to our members and community,” Glenn explains. “This echoes my own personal mission to provide Chamber members with the tools and resources they need to succeed.”

Visalia is located in the heart of Tulare County in California’s Central Valley about half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles.  The area boasts the most productive agricultural region in the world and has used this strength to diversify economic growth into the manufacturing, production, processing, and service sectors.  Visalia is home to over 128,000 citizens and is California’s gateway to some of the most dramatic landscapes in North America including Mt. Whitney the tallest mountain in the continental U.S. and Sequoia National Park home to the majestic Giant Sequoia trees which reach heights of 300 feet or more.  It will be Glenn’s charge to work throughout the community to leverage Visalia’s vast natural, citizen, and business capital to continue building a robust and thriving community that is location of choice for businesses, families, and tourists.

And, while Glenn will be leaving day-to-day operations at TRI, he will continue to serve as a Leadership Fellow and Advisor to our team in our continuing efforts to help organizations, enterprises, and government agencies deliver strong leadership and powerful results for its constituents.  While we will miss Glenn’s daily leadership, we are proud that one of ours has been appointed to such a distinguished position of service.  He’ll always be part of our team in spirit and has left a portfolio of accomplishments and endeavors that leaves TeamTRI strongly positioned for future growth and opportunity.

Mike Oechsner Named Director of Projects and Partner Development at TRI Leadership Resources – February 2009


We are pleased to announce that long time TeamTRI member Mike Oechsner has been promoted to Director of Projects and Partner Development.  In this new role Mike will be the key leader responsible for project development at TeamTRI especially with our blossoming spectrum of partners ranging from the NBA and media to special events and association management.

Mike joins TeamTRI full time after nearly 10 years of distinguished service as a Project Manager and Leadership Specialist at TRI.  We first met Mike through our friends in Washington State FBLA where he served as a program specialist in their statewide headquarters.  We were always impressed with his relentless make a difference spirit, ability to organize complex variables into logical undertakings, and his special ability to grow relationships and organizations no matter the environment or where he served. 

Mike has served in a variety of key roles for TRI in our association leadership, event management, and leadership development businesses.  Whether it was assisting with event management for our Southern California market area nonprofits, leading day-to-day operations for organizations in Nevada, heading up events and competition in Oregon, providing national travel and tour coordination in Washington, or serving as the chief planner for the School Nurse Organization of Washington annual conferences, Board of Directors support, financial management, and membership services—Mike has never left a challenge that he did not improve, make a lasting positive impact, and delight clients with superior customer service.

Mike is a state officer alumnus of the Career Technical Student Organization Future Business Leaders of America.  He is a graduate of Washington State University where he received his bachelors degree in education.  Mike went on to earn additional distinction and advanced training from Meetings Planners International (MPI) by obtaining their Certified Meeting Professional certification—one of the meeting industry’s highest individual certifications.  Mike also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) in the Pacific Northwest.  In addition to Mike’s project leadership work at TRI, he was a top leader in the hospitality sales industry for Martin Resorts on the Central California Coast and most recently for Red Lion Hotels in Washington State. 

TeamTRI is excited to welcome Mike to his new role as Director of Projects and Partnership Development.  He will have the exciting responsibility to work in all three areas of TRI’s business practices from training and coaching leaders to managing state and national events to growing the membership and involvement in our nonprofit management clients.  His experience, wealth of knowledge, and relentless pursuit of growth and excellence will continue to bring opportunity to our client partners and the Team at TRI.

TRI Helps Complete Presidential Transition – January 31, 2009

North Texas E-News

UNT’s CyberCemetery to preserve Internet sites from Bush Administration
By UNT News Service
Jan 31, 2009

NOTE:  Since 2006 TRI Leadership Resources has hosted, designed, and maintained the federal website for the Helping America’s Youth initiative led by former First Lady Laura Bush.  The website was recognized by several federal agency officials as one of “the best websites in government” during its two years in operation. 

This website maintained in partnership with the White House Office of the First Lady, Department of Justice, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Education, and seven other federal agencies has been a resource center, online conference center with over 50 hours of video footage from youth development experts, and a portal for volunteers and citizens around the nation to find tools and methods for effectively Helping America’s Youth.  TRI’s Technology Team has been working with Presidential Transition and the National Archives to complete the move of this website to the Presidential Library.  

As part of the legacy of the Helping America’s Youth initiative, a successor website has taken its place at www.findyouthinfo.gov.  While TRI does not maintain this new website, we have been proud partners in its development and know that it will continue the spirit of helping America’s youth and will continue advancing into a super resource for all those who wish to connect, help, support, and encourage our youth to live lives to their fullest potential and promise.

DENTON (UNT), Texas — Construction hasn’t yet begun on the George W. Bush Presidential Library, but within a few weeks after the shift in power in Washington, D.C., the University of North Texas will preserve access to some of the legacies of the Bush administration through its CyberCemetery, an archive of inactive government web sites maintained by the UNT Libraries’ Digital Projects Unit.

The UNT Libraries, an affiliated archive of the National Archives and Records Administration, will add two web sites that were maintained by first lady Laura Bush’s office to the libraries’ CyberCemetery (http://govinfo.library.unt.edu). In addition, the UNT Libraries have partnered with the Library of Congress; the California Digital Libraries maintained by the University of California; the U.S. Government Archive, and Internet Archive, a nonprofit organization, to preserve all federal government agencies’ web sites that were created during the Bush administration.

The CyberCemetery was created in 1997 after UNT and the U.S. Government Printing Office established a memorandum of understanding to create a prototype digital depository for accumulated information from defunct agency web sites. The archive is an extension of the UNT Libraries’ Government Documents Department, which has provided the general public with free government information since 1948 as part of the Federal Depository Library Program.

The CyberCemetery is currently comprised of 50 web sites from the U.S. executive and legislative branches and independent commissions, including former Vice President Al Gore’s National Partnership for Reinventing Government site and the site of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, also known as the 9/11 Commission.
Sites that the UNT Libraries will capture from the Bush administration for the CyberCemetery will include those of the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Association, as well as sites from agriculture, environment and oil and gas agencies.

Suzanne Sears, director of the Government Document Department, said the UNT Libraries will primarily harvest sites that cover topics that are relevant to UNT’s academic programs and have the most impact on the Dallas-Fort Worth area. She notes that by preserving the web sites, students and others conducting research will quickly find information that they need.

“It takes two or three months for printed documents from the National Archives to be sent to you after you request them,” she said. “We are so used to sending students to certain web sites, but there will be offices and agencies that disappear with the new presidential administration. We want to make sure that certain government areas are archived so that when someone looks back at the Bush administration 100 years from now, he or she will be able to read primary source materials from the web sites.”

The sites from Laura Bush’s office that UNT will preserve on the CyberCemetery are www.usafreedomcorps.gov for the USA Freedom Corps, which President Bush created in 2002 to promote and expand volunteer service in America; and www.helpingamericasyouth.gov for Helping America’s Youth, the first lady’s effort to raise awareness about the challenges facing youths, particularly boys at risk for dropping out of school, and to motivate caring adults to connect with youths through families, schools and communities (designed and maintained by TRI Leadership Resources). These sites will be placed on the CyberCemetery by Feb. 1, said Cathy Hartman, assistant dean of the UNT Libraries for digital and information technologies.

In addition, the www.whitehouse.gov  web site from the Bush administration is expected to come to the CyberCemetery within a few months.

She noted that George W. Bush’s administration is only the second presidential administration to leave behind a huge collection of materials published only on web sites.

“The Web was just being developed when the elder Bush left office in January of 1993. But the Clinton administration left thousands of pages on the Internet,” she said. “The government publishes high quality materials, and it is so important that they be preserved for future generations.”

Brycen Woodley Honored as Senior Leadership Fellow at TRI Leadership Resources—December 2008


We are pleased to announce that TRI’s Senior Vice President, Brycen Woodley, has advanced from Leadership Fellow to Senior Leadership Fellow. 

The Leadership Fellows program at TRI recognizes our team members who have achieved distinguished levels of leadership mastery.  The honor recognizes:

  • aquisition of superior levels of leadership knowledge,
  • application of leadership practices successfully,
  • contribution to the development of fellow team members, and
  • overall addition of new expertise and innovative strategies to the field of leadership performance. 

All TRI team members begin their fellowship journey as Leadership Specialists and progress through the three highest levels of distinction:  Associate Leadership Fellow, Leadership Fellow, and finally Senior Leadership Fellow.

Brycen is the third team member at TRI to recieve our highest honor.  He joins the distinguished company of Byron V. Garrett the extraordinary speaker, author, leadership expert and current Chief Executive Officer of the National PTA and Carrie Underwood the former White House appointee, organizational expert, and current President of TRI Leadership Resources, as Senior Leadership Fellows.

Brycen was named Senior Vice President and General Counsel of TRI Leadership in October of 2008 after more than a decade of service working his way up from Leadership Coach to Vice President.  In this role, Brycen serves on the senior executive team for TRI providing leadership, counsel, and guideance on all aspects of TRI’s operations, businesses, strategy, and client services.  In addition to his role as an executive at TRI, Brycen also manages our leadership coaching, technical services, design studio, and association leadership practices. 

Alongside his distinguished career at TRI, Brycen has also been a successful field director for the Bush-Cheney '04, Inc. presidential campaign, project coordinator at Novell, Inc., and political assistant for Gordon Smith for U.S. Senate 2002.

Brycen embodies the spirit of leadership and service through his volunteer efforts as well.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Western Region DECA, California DECA, and Nevada DECA.  Previously he served as an intern in the Washington, DC Office of U.S. Senator Gordon H. Smith, spent two years as a church missionary/volunteer in Spain, and served as an event services volunteer for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City.

Brycen earned his law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2008 where he was awarded Outstanding Oral Advocate Honors, helped lead the university’s mock trial team in Moot Court Regional Competition in San Francisco, and was selected as one of two Law School representatives to the Lewis and Clark Strategic Planning Taskforce commsion by the College President.  Brycen is admitted to the Oregon State Bar.  He received his bachelor of arts degree in economics with a minor in business management from Brigham Young University, was the recipient of the Roland A. and Dora Mae Crabtree Scholarship and was a BYU Student Government Program Director.

In addition to these many honors and career achievements, Brycen has been a key leader at TRI in many of our most distinguished leadership efforts and notable advancements including:

  • Live event communications lead for seven White House Summits
  • Live event communications lead for the National HOSA Leadership Conference
  • Event production team for the White House Helping America’s Youth initiative
  • Event production team for The Aspen Institute’s National Education Summit
  • Design team for the National FBLA-PBL Institute for Leaders program
  • Design team for the National DECA Leadership Education and Development Series
  • Design team for the National DECA Chapter Management Academy
  • Design team for the DECA University training program
  • Design team for the National FCCLA Ultimate State officer Academy
  • Developer of the EXTRA STEP leadership coaching strategy
  • Association management lead for California DECA, Nevada DECA, Oregon FBLA, and Oregon DECA

In Brycen’s formative years at Ashland High School in Southern Oregon he earned opportunity and distinction that established a sound life plan and leadership path.  He graduated with academic honors, earned his Eagle Scout from the Boy Scouts of America, was Senior Class President, earned top state honors in business through Future Business Leaders of America and top state and national honors in marketing competition through DECA—An Association of Marketing Students, and served as DECA’s first International President from Oregon.

Brycen leads TeamTRI’s national business and makes his home in Porltand, Oregon with his amazing wife Lori and their three children Austin, Brooklyn, and Colton.

All of TeamTRI salutes and congratulates Brycen for achieving the distinguished honor of Senior Leadership Fellow and look forward to many more years of his leadership and positive impact. 

TRI Leads Pennsylvania FBLA State Leadership Workshop for 12th Year – October 2008
Students from Western Wayne High School Reflect on their SLW Experience



TRI Leadership Resources is the featured leadership services provider for Pennsylvania FBLA.  Each year TRI provides over 100 leadership sessions organized into leadership tracks concentrating on Professionalism, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Business Management, Communication, Chapter Management, and more!  Students from Western Wayne High School reported on their experience with TeamTRI in this article to the FBLA National Magazine featured in their online newsroom.

President Bush Hosts White House Summit on International Development – October 21, 2008

White House recognizes the Summit produced by TeamTRI described by the White House as:
“Your grace, knowledge and professionalism in executing the summit was absolutely outstanding.  Thank you for all you did to make today such a success.”

Listen to the President’s keynote address at the Summit produced by TeamTRI at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C.

President Bush Speaks at the White House Summit on International Development

View Photographs by Getty Images of the President at the White House Summit on International Development produced by TeamTRI

View Text of Remarks from the President at the White House Summit
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, all. Madam President. Madam President I could not think of anybody better to give me dancing lessons than you. (Laughter.) We love you. I love your spirit. I love your leadership. I love the example you set for leaders all across the globe. And it's an honor to be here with you. (Applause.)

And it's an honor to be here with you all. I welcome you to the White House Summit on International Development. It's a summit to herald the outstanding work being done to lift up souls in need. I appreciate the fact that folks in this room represent thousands that are replacing disease with health, dependency with self-reliance, and despair with hope.

The people gathered here come from different countries -- I see we represent different professions -- but we're united by our commitment to charting a new era in development. Today I'm going to talk with you about this new philosophy, about the way it's transforming countries and saving lives, and about why it's essential to continue in the years ahead.

TRI Selected as the Event Logistics and Production Team for the White House Summit on International Development – October 2008

The White House

Press Secretary Dana Perino Announces President Bush to Deliver Keynote Speech at White House Summit on International Development: Sustaining the New Era

Office of the Press Secretary
The White House
October 8, 2008

The President will deliver the keynote speech at the White House Summit on International Development: Sustaining the New Era, which will be held on October 21st in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Secretary Rice will also give opening remarks.

This Summit, being coordinated in conjunction with USAID, President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) at the U.S. State Department, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), will bring together a wide range of country beneficiaries, faith-based organizations, and other stakeholders in the international development community, including public, private, and nongovernmental leaders from the United States and the developing world.

Given the slowdown in the global economy, and the impact of the financial crisis around the world, it is even more important that we and our partners continue to pursue our shared development agenda: to lift people from poverty, fight disease, and increase educational opportunities.

This Summit will focus on the Administration's core principles in transforming international development: country ownership, good governance, results-based programs and accountability, and the importance of economic growth.  [End of White House Press Briefing]

TRI Note:
The White House Summit was a full day event in Washington, DC held at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.  It is TRI’s tenth international or national summit involving the President, First Lady, Members of Congress, Members of the Cabinet, and/or Agency Administrators.  This event also featured foreign officials including ambassadors, foreign heads of state, ministers, diplomatic corps, and members of parliament from countries on three continents.  Private industry and executives from Fortune 500 companies, prominent leaders from faith-based organizations, and NGOs including the Inter-American Development Bank, World Health Organization, Catholic Relief Services, Council on Foreign Relations, ONE Campaign, and more.  TRI provided full service coordination of administration, logistics, event management, and communication to support the multi-agency leadership of the White House Working Group.

As always, TRI worked with multiple partners to bring the highest quality and value to the event experience.  The Office of Public Liaison, Working Group, and Advance Teams all worked endless hours and across the globe to deliver the Summit Program.  The Reagan Center’s in-house audio-visual team from Projection was outstanding, meals provided by in-house catering chefs delicious, and federal security outstanding.  The Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill staff from top-to-bottom are true customer service pros who provided an outstanding service experience and attentiveness to all the guest needs.  Our long-time partners at Cybis continue to astonish with creative design, live show, lighting/sound management, and excellence in total media management.  And, Conference Direct continues to come through with supremely fair, favorable, and friendly venue support services

For more information regarding the White House Summit on International Development, email www.whitehousesummit.org

Journal-Advocate Reports on TeamTRI’s Work with Business Students - October 2008

Journal Advocate

Business Students Learn Leadership Skills
Colorado FBLA Fall Leadership Conference held Tuesday at NJC
Callie Jones, Journal-Advocate staff writer

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

STERLING — Northeastern Junior College was filled with high school students Tuesday when the college hosted the Colorado FBLA Fall Leadership Conference.

Students from high schools around the area attended the conference to enhance their leadership skills. The conference showed new members of FBLA the possibilities that come with being part of the organization, as well as enhancing returning members’ skills and driving executive officers to new levels.

This conference was lead by Amy Gallimore, Rhett Laubach, Ryan Underwood and Sean Robinson, members of TRI Leadership Resources, LLC and former state and national officers.

The conference began with an opening session which all students attended. Gallimore challenged the students, asking them what kind of leaders they wanted to be. She challenged the students to be a leader that doesn’t just sit back, but one that gets involved.

Gallimore also challenged the students to use their minds.

 “Expand your mind. Think, ‘This knowledge is going to make me a better person,’” Gallimore said.

She also challenged the students to realize it’s not all about them, but them helping other people.

“Think of ‘you’ as a global concept,” Gallimore said.

Breakout Sessions

After the opening session, the students split up into four groups. Each group spent the rest of the morning in a different program.

There were four different programs the students could sign up for, including: Officer Leadership, Member Leadership, Business Leadership and Senior Management.

The officer leadership program was for new and veteran chapter officers. In this program, the officers worked on developing team skills, received team training on specific officer roles and FBLA programs, developed their Program of Work and Accountability Charts and took action to lead their chapters this year.

In the business leadership program, members with a passion for business, entrepreneurship and being a future executive reviewed the FBLA Entrepreneurship, Partnership with Business and American Enterprise Project.

Another program, the senior management program, was for seniors heading out into the real world of career and business. These students worked on being prepared to take that step into the real world.

The final program, the member leadership program, was for first-year members. In this program, the students learned leadership skills such as goal setting, time management and conflict-resolution.

Laubach talked to the students about setting goals.

“You having goals is a critically important thing to your success,” Laubach said. “Goals make dreams happen.”

He talked to the students about the difference between good goals and great goals. Laubach said great goals must gel, have a real benefit, be exact, and have a timeline. Also, there needs to be some sort of accountability for achieving the goal.

He also encouraged students to set large goals instead of small goals, because if you set a large goal you’ll meet smaller goals along the way to the larger goal.

Gallimore talked to the students about time management.

“Own your own time,” she said.

Gallimore encouraged them to think about what takes up the most time in their day and whether or not spending that amount of time on that thing is necessary.

In addition, she encouraged the students to delegate because that is a time saver, and if they don’t delegate or give enough information to another person then they’re wasting that person’s time.

Underwood talked to the students about conflict resolution. He told the students that it’s important to understand how other people work. That allows them to better understand the conflict.

He had the students get into a small group and practice conflict resolution and then he had those small groups combine into larger groups so the students could really get a feel for conflict resolution.

After the students finished all the sessions within their program, it was time to head home, where they will share their knowledge and put their leadership skills to the test.

Callie Jones: (970) 526-9286; cjones@journal-advocate.com

TeamTRI Supports Georgia FBLA’s Annual Rally for 6,000 Members - October 2008

Lincoln Journal

The Lincoln Journal
October 2, 2008
FBLA students travel to Macon for rally

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) traveled to Macon to attend the 2008 FBLA Fall Motivational Rally on Sept 25. Twenty eight Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) students accompanied Mrs. Dukes, FBLA Adviser and Alice Woods, chaperone to the 7th Annual Motivational FBLA Rally in Macon on September 25.

Over six thousand Georgia FBLA members were in attendance at the Macon Coliseum to gather information about the upcoming FBLA happenings, to promote the service projects and competitive events, to enter a t-shirt and invention contests, network, as well as get motivated by guest speaker, Rhett Laubach.

Mr. Laubach inspired the students to start now in addressing three emergencies in their lives: their future, relationships and joy. He emphasized to live now for your future and don't be wishing to be in the future yet; work on your relationships with family, friends and others and realize their importance and influence on you, and have joy in your life now. Be preparing for your future, but love who you are and what you are doing to get there.

After the Rally, the students enjoyed attending the Macon State Fair.

Note: Rhett Laubach is a Leadership Fellow at TeamTRI and CEO of YourNextSpeaker, LLC.  Scripting, staging, and leadership coaching was provided by TeamTRI Project Managers Sean Robinson and Carrie Underwood.

TeamTRI Selected to Coordinate National Education Summit by The Aspen Institute – September 2008

Aspen Institute - An Urgent Call

TeamTRI is honored to have been selected by prestigious Aspen Institute as the event managers, logistics coordinators, and show producers for their National Education Summit held in Washington, D.C. at the Mayflower Hotel on September 15.  The one day meeting featured on CSPAN included a who’s who of national leaders, thinkers, policy-makers, and influncers in the area of education and youth development.  Featured speakers include:

Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, The Aspen Institute ● Margaret Spellings, U.S. Secretary of Education ● Roy Romer, Former Governor of Colorado ● Tom Donohue, President & CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce ● Joel Klein, Chancellor, New York City Public Schools ● Tommy Thompson, Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services ● John Podesta, President & CEO, Center for American Progress ● Wade Henderson, President, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights ● John Engler, President & CEO, National Association of Manufacturers ● Juan Williams, Fox News and National Public Radio ● Ronald Brownstein, Atlantic Monthly ● Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers ● Kati Haycock, President, The Education Trust ● John Deasy, Superintendent, Prince George’s County Public Schools ● Beverly Hall, Superintendent, Atlanta Public Schools ● Sir Michael Barber, Partner, McKinsey & Company and Former Chief Advisor to Prime Minister Tony Blair ● J.C. Watts, Former U.S. Representative from Oklahoma ● Dr. Condoleezza Rice, U.S. Secretary of State

The Summit included a full spectrum of presentation and participation techniques including general plenary sessions, panel discussions, keynote speakers, live play-by-play blogging, interviews with experts, webcasting, and audience feedback systems designed to bring leaders together to solidify a national commitment on key principles of education reform including accountability, transparency on performance, and setting high and measurable outcomes. 

This is a full service event where TRI in partnership with The Aspen Institute’s in-house event team was responsible for logistics planning and execution for all meeting aspects including registration, guest call-in support center, live event media execution, stage management, hotel and lodging coordination, guest hospitality, ADA compliance, branding and collateral materials, program support, meal functions, press coordination, and creative support.

As always, TRI worked with multiple partners to bring the highest quality and value to the event experience.  The Mayflower Hotel’s catering and inhouse AV provided key delivery support of meeting functions, guest accommodations, and a superb meeting environment. Cybis Communications contributed the creative design, live show, lighting, sound, and excellence in total media management. Xplane supplied specially produced motion media content.  New Media Mill hosted the live webcast of the event proceedings.  Collaborative Communications Group designed a robust and informative event program.  Strategies and Concepts provided blogging services so that interested citizens around the nation could join the Summit virtually with their ideas and thoughts.

For more information about The Aspen Institute or the National Education Summit visit www.aspeninstitute.org/urgentcall.

TeamTRI Unanimously Selected as Association Managers for the California Association of DECA – September 2008

California DECA

TeamTRI is excited to have been selected by the California Association of DECA Board of Directors and the California Department of Education as the new association managers for this 50+ year old educational nonprofit organization.  California DECA is a state chapter of DECA—the international association of marketing students and one of seven Career Technical Student Organizations endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education.

In this new role TRI will be providing comprehensive leadership services to more than 50 high schools and over 2,000 students, educators, and industry partners throughout California including:  governance, financial management, membership support, training, event management, online services, outreach, advocacy, marketing, partner recruitment, competitive event management, and day-to-day service support.

In addition to managing day-to-day operations, TRI will support California DECA’s selection as the host for the DECA International Career Development Conference in April 2009 which will bring over 14,000 students to Anaheim for their annual event.  TRI will also be supporting California DECA’s selection as the DECA Western Region Officer Training Camp destination in Summer 2009 and the DECA Western Region Leadership Conference in 2011.

TRI’s selection as association leaders for California DECA follows the 15 year tenure of retiring State Advisor and Executive Director Pam McKenney.  Pam has been a super champion and ideal partner in transitioning leadership to TRI and ensuring a smooth and successful hand-off of service support.

More information:  www.cadeca.org

TeamTRI Supports Maryland Department of Education Leadership Training - September 2008

Howard County Times

DECA members earn statewide positions
News From Glenwood/Glenelg
By Leslie Bauer   
Posted 9/12/08

Part of a new school year means getting involved in school activities and organizations. I recently heard from Bradley Carpenter, a junior at Glenelg High School, who is also a member of DECA (Delta Epsilon Chi), a business organization that promotes student interests and participation in marketing, management and entrepreneurship.

Bradley said that while school has only been in session for the past few weeks, the Glenelg High School DECA chapter keeps busy year round. Back in March, several students from Howard County attended the Maryland DECA Career Development Conference. While at the conference these students decided to take the initiative to get involved in a leadership role in Maryland DECA.

Glenelg High School students who will be representing the state are Christina Lee, as state president; Bradley, as state secretary, Rakia Stancil, as state historian, and Rebekah So as the state parliamentarian.

Also elected from Howard County was Jake Williams, a student from Reservoir High School who is the region vice president.

Before heading back to school, these newly elected officers had the opportunity to attend an officer training in Timonium to prepare for their duties. The training had officers from other Career Technology Student Organizations such as Future Business Leaders of America, Skills USA, The National Future Farmers of America Association and Health Occupation Students of America.

At the training session, guest speaker Ryan Underwood helped the officers get ready for the year by providing leadership exercises and activities. Ryan is the Chief Leadership Officer of TRI Leadership Resources, one of America's leading providers of management, event, and training services for nonprofit and student organizations. He is also a consultant with clients ranging from Disney and March of Dimes to schools, universities, and state departments of education.

In addition to the training that was received from Underwood, the state officers also had a chance to ask the CTSO board of directors questions regarding their involvement to help the officers this year.

The Board took ten questions and answered them thoroughly and the Maryland DECA team said that the answers are going to help a lot this year. Some of the questions that were answered were regarding to membership, what is the future of CTSOs and how to promote that CTSOs are co-curricular.

As the start of the school year begins for Howard County students, Christina, Brad, Rakia, Rebekah and Jake, are ready and excited to assume their duties as state officers for DECA.

TeamTRI Honored as Business & Industry Partner of the Year – July 2008


TRI was honored to be presented with the Business & Industry Partner Award by the Nevada Association for Career Technical Education (NACTE) at their annual meeting in Lake Tahoe.  Nevada Department of Education Director Phyllis Dryden presented the award to TRI’s CEO Ryan Underwood for the collective work all of TeamTRI’s support of NACTE mission over the past ten years.  In her remarks Phyllis noted that, “Without TRI these programs simply wouldn’t exist let alone be a showcase of some of the best education efforts in Nevada.”

During this time TRI has led management and leadership advancements that have doubled foundation income for two student organizations, increased student and school participation in programs, enhanced communication and internet tools, co-founded the CTSO Leadership Summit for five organizations, doubled community service support, provided numerous professional development and technical assistance training programs for educators and administrators, improved conference value and operations, helped provide event sponsorship, and increased national recognition for students and chapters. 

Thank you NACTE and Nevada Department of Education for your partnership, support, and for providing the environment for TRI to succeed.  We look forward to another decade of supporting your good works!

TRI Selected by FBLA-PBL to Launch New Middle Level Academy – June 2008


Future Business Leaders of America selects TeamTRI to build and design their new Middle Level Academy for debut at their National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. 

With more than 20 years of successful partnership together, FBLA-PBL turned to its long-term leadership friends at TRI to build a two-day leadership program especially for one of its fastest growing divisions—the middle level.  TeamTRI’s custom leadership curriculum will concentrate on teams, leadership styles, running for office, knowledge building, community service, professionalism, entrepreneurship, money management, starting the career quest, and the power of fun and laughter. 

TeamTRI is excited to adapt the powerful and results-based leadership curriculum we provide for collegiate and high school audiences to get the next generation of super star leaders an early and effective start to their leadership, education, and business journey.

Carrie Underwood Named President of TRI Leadership Resources – May 2008


We are pleased to announce that Carrie Underwood has been named President of TRI Leadership Resources, LLC effective June 1, 2008.  As President, Carrie will manage TRI’s nationwide team providing innovative training and development, event management, and association leadership services.

Carrie joins TeamTRI following her distinguished service at the White House for Mrs. Laura Bush.  During her tenure, Carrie helped lead a dynamic team in the Office of the First Lady that  the successfully delivered of more than one hundred events, projects, and initiatives.  Her experience included collaborations with the United Nations, U.S. embassies, federal agencies, and state/local governments and service organizations to advance key initiatives in the areas of youth, historic preservation, women’s health and wellness, national parks, education, literacy, and global diplomacy.  As Deputy Director of Policy and Projects, Carrie worked regularly with leaders in the Executive Office of the President including the Domestic Policy Council, National Security Council, Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives, Intergovernmental Affairs, Council on Environmental Quality, Social Office, Press Office, and the Office of Management and Budget. 

TeamTRI is excited to welcome Carrie to the lead role in the day-to-day operations and service effort of more than 50 team members located across the U.S.  Her experience, knowledge, leadership, and organizational expertise make her ideally suited to manage TRI’s rapid growth and expansion while maintaining a high degree of personal service to our clients, partners, and organizations.

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Sean Robinson Named Project Manager at TRI Leadership Resources – May 2008


We are pleased to announce that Sean Robinson has been named Project Manager at TRI Leadership Resources effective May 15, 2008.  As Project Manager, Sean will be responsible for managing projects and a portfolio of assignments related to TRI’s core business areas of training and development, event management, and association leadership.  

Sean joins TeamTRI after five years of distinguished service going back to his internship days at TRI as a senior in high school.  We met Sean as a high school student who had attended our Institute for Leaders training program.  As a statewide Colorado student leader for a Career Technical Student Organization Sean made a positive impression with us when we were welcomed to the state to conduct a leadership tour covering more than 1,000 of the Rocky Mountain State.  During that time Sean distinguished himself as a smart and driven leader who works independently and on teams with ease and excellence. 

Sean is a graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder where he received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration.  While at Boulder, Sean took on several unique opportunities including study abroad in Asia and Europe designed to bring global appreciation to his future endeavors; internships at major global finance firms; and service to Boulder in a series of campus leadership roles. 

While Sean was pursuing his degree, he also continued to study leadership with TeamTRI working to learn all of our programs and approaches to become both an Event Specialist and Leadership Specialist.  And, as he advanced at TRI he also began to add his own insights and valuable contributions to our programs.  Sean is a dedicated force who currently holds the record in the company for the service on the most White House and federal events.  He has been an instrumental force in all lines of business for TRI.  He coaches two leadership teams in Nevada, manages stages for our live events, directs registration processing and call-center support for initiatives, leads conference logistics teams, and serves on five of TRI’s association leadership teams. And, that’s just the start of the duties this organized leader is taking on for TRI.

TeamTRI is excited to welcome Sean to his new role as Project Manager and look forward to his daily contributions and leadership from his base of operation in the Mile High City of Denver.  His drive, commitment to details, and concentration on providing top service will be a delight to all our clients and team members as we continue our expansion and goal to help organizations of all sizes make a difference.

TRI Leadership President Carrie Underwood honored as Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) – October 2008

By Oklahoma Baptist University
October 2007

Carrie Phillips Underwood, a 2001 graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University, received the Graduate Of the Last Decade (GOLD) Alum of the Year Award. She serves as deputy director of policy and projects for U.S. First Lady Laura Bush.  The Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Alum of the Year Award is presented annually to a young alum of OBU who, in his or her life and career, “has demonstrated outstanding achievement and brought pride and honor to the university.”


Challenge Magazine Highlights TRI’s Etiquette Training in Making a Positive Impression Article – January 2008

By Herff Jones IMPACT Resource for Students
January 2008

Herff Jones and Leadership Logistics highlighted TRI Leadership Resources’ rules of etiquette and professionalism.


Touchstone Energy Leadership Summit set for Tuesday at the Express Events Center – April 2006

The Journal Record

Journal Record, The (Oklahoma City)

Apr 10, 2006  
by Journal Record Staff

The sixth annual Touchstone Energy Leadership Summit is Tuesday at the Express Events Center.

Thirty-eight high school students from across Oklahoma were selected to attend the summit and will each receive a $250 scholarship.

Presenters will include Rhett Laubach, owner of YourNextSpeaker; Ryan Underwood, co-author of The Extra Step and Go Mad: Make a Difference and co-owner of TRI Leadership Resources; and Kelly Barnes, associate speaker at YourNextSpeaker.

The summit provides these students with a great opportunity to sharpen their leadership skills, Laubach said. Our goal is to give them practical leadership tools that they can apply to their lives in school, home and community.

Note: Kelly Barnes, Rhett Laubach, and Ryan Underwood are Leadership Fellows at TRI Leadership Resources

FBLA Chapter Returns From Leadership Conference – November 2002

Morgan Hill Times

Morgan Hill Times
November, 8 2002  
by Staff

Sanguine smiles gleamed on the faces if the 13 Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members who returned recently from the California Leadership Development Institute (LDI) in Fresno.

Leadership training for chapter officers and members from throughout California was the thrust of this conference. In addition to tuning in to the message from the keynote speaker, the members attended a variety of workshops to help them in motivating fellow members, working as a team with a variety of personalities and backgrounds, becoming better communicators, being a role model, and learning how to complete California FBLA’s projects for this year.

Jim Lemoine, the opening speaker, talked about leadership and communication in ways that are not taught in business school. He currently is a Leadership Fellow with TRI Leadership Resources and author of the Business Defined.

Alan Mello, the breakfast speaker, talked about getting to where you are today, but where you go beyond today and your future is what you make of it. He is the chief financial officer at Leapfrog Ventures, an early-stage private equity fund in Silicon Valley.

Both Jim and Alan are FBLA alumni who are giving back to their organization that gave them a head start in the competitive workforce.

The talent show, FBLA Idol, was relaxing, fun and enjoyable. Live Oak’s group performed a unique and interesting dance routine.

“It was so much fun getting to mingle with others from all over California, but the whole conference was educational as well,” stated Alana Lee, a first-time attendee.


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