Keynote Speakers


Edward L. Deci

Edward L. Deci is the Helen F. and Fred H. Gowen Professor in the Social Sciences at the University of Rochester. He holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University, studied at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of London, and Hamilton College, and was an interdisciplinary post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University. For more than 45 years Deci has been engaged in a program of research on human motivation and is co-founder with Richard M. Ryan of Self-Determination Theory. He has published eleven books, including: Intrinsic Motivation and Self-Determination in Human Behavior (co-authored with R. M. Ryan, Plenum, 1985) and Self-Determination Theory (co-authored with R. M. Ryan, Guilford, 2017). He has been a grantee of the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Education Sciences, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 


Promoting Optimal Motivation, Wellness, and Effective Behaving

Edward L. Deci

Self-Determination Theory (SDT) is a motivational theory of personality, development, social behavior, and wellness. It distinguishes two primary types of motivation—autonomous motivation and controlled motivation. To be autonomous is to act with a full sense of volition and choice; to be autonomous is to act with the experience of pressure and obligation. Substantial research has shown that autonomous motivation leads to more positive consequences than controlled motivation across life’s domains—including parenting, education, work, health care, psychotherapy, and close relationships. SDT also maintains that there are three basic, growth-oriented psychological needs—autonomy, competence, and relatedness. Social contexts that support the three basic needs promote autonomous motivation, integrity, and wellness, whereas those that thwart the needs lead to controlled motivation, rigidity, and ill-being. Research in many domains has shown that interventions can train authority figures to be more need-supportive, and when they do positive outcomes follow in their domains. SDT also argues that people can create their own supportive contexts, and that learn to act autonomously.






Juan Pablo Aljure

Systems Thinking is a key skill for inspirational leaders in strategic planning within their organization.  The keynote presented by Juan Pablo Aljure will help participants understand the difference between “quick fixes”, that backfire, and fundamental systemic solutions in an organization, class, school or family.

Juan Pablo will present systemic tools like the iceberg analogy and causality diagrams to help participants understand relationships between undesired symptoms and possible causes embedded in the design of an organization.

This keynote will assist participants use Systems Thinking to understand how to think and act systemically when Lead Managing using Choice Theory.  Systems Thinking is a skill, or way of thinking, that promotes understanding instead of blaming or fault finding of people in the organization.  Systems Thinking supports an organization in sustaining long-lasting change directed towards desired goals.

Dr. Glasser’s Lead Management is based on Choice theory and requires systemic change instead of trying to change the students or teachers in a school, or changing the workers or managers in an organization.  It requires changing the system so that results come without using the destructive behaviours of critising and blaming.




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