Texas Transition Conference

The 2021 Texas Transition Conference will be held online from February 16-18.

Keynotes for 2021

February 16, 2021
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Richard Hight

As a masterful artist, Richard Hight is an international speaker who inspires audiences to imagine possibilities and discover their creative processes. He understands the importance of utilizing his presentation to motivate the crowd, and he uses a variety of learning methods to connect with every individual in the room though spoken word, music, and fine art. From the moment Richard steps onto a stage, he captures the attention of each individual by combining powerful illustrations, compelling music and inspiring messages, to challenge people to think like an artist and act like a leader.  On stage, he will encourage the audience to expand their creativity, and the message is shared through an interactive visual display of art. The audience will be astonished as they watch a beautiful image revealed, as Richard uses his artistic talents to create an amazing original illustration within minutes.  Through the art demonstration and the motivating speech, he helps people to see their own life as a work of art, so that they can find the unique brilliance that sets them apart in the world. As a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) through the National Speakers Association, Richard enjoys educating, entertaining, and inspiring on stage. His presentations can be catered to appeal to any demographic and he is skilled at tailoring the message to fit your audience, which means that your event will be personalized based on the needs of your organization.  Residing in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Richard travels the world and has shared his messages with millions of people. He has appeared on CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX networks, and his artwork is placed in museums and over 50 universities around the country. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, the theater, reading, and music.  Richard is a dedicated husband to his wife, Marty, and a loving father to his two children, Averie and Coleman. As a family, they have actively supported Averie, who has Down Syndrome, in Special Olympics.

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Michael Stoehr, M.S.

February 17, 2021

Michael Stoehr, M.S., is a Knowledge Development and Technical Assistance Specialist with the National Technical Assistance Center on Transition (NTACT). Michael assists states in collaborative inter-agency engagement to ensure the successful implementation of secondary transition legislation and effective practices. Prior to working at NTACT, Michael worked for the Pennsylvania Department of Education as the statewide lead educational consultant for Secondary Transition. He has worked in the special education field for the past 35 years and has extensive experience in the areas of secondary transition, assessment, job analysis, and job coaching, transition communities of practice, effective transition planning, inter-agency collaboration, transition practices for students with complex support needs, and youth engagement and self-advocacy.

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Dr. Nekeshia Hammond

February 18, 2021

Dr. Nekeshia Hammond is the host of BWE Mental Health Moment, Amazon international best-selling author, international speaker, and psychologist.  She is the Founder of Hammond Psychology & Associates and former President of the Florida Psychological Association.  Dr. Hammond has been featured on a variety of media outlets throughout the country.