Residency Conference Keynote

2020 Residency Conference Keynote

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The College of Graduate and Continuing Studies is proud to welcome Pete Smith to campus as the 2020 Residency Conference keynote and Todd Lecture Series speaker. Pete Smith is an international speaker and coach in the fields of leadership, management, personal growth and development. Having been called “One of America’s leading personal and professional development coaches," his energetic, edgy, and interactive style is complimented by his ability to provide practical takeaways that actually work, while having a little fun in the process.

He is the author of Dare to Matter, which hit the best seller list in the Business Motivation and Self-Improvement category in 2017. Formerly, Pete was the Operations Executive at one of the largest non-profit, alternative schools in Northern Virginia. During his tenure, he helped increase the total income, employee base and client base by over 102%. Additionally, by focusing his efforts on developing an engaged and productive workforce, he helped increase the average employee tenure by 74%, while saving the organization $420,000 in turnover costs during that time.

Working in higher education as the Director of High School Programs, Pete took historically underperforming Mid-Atlantic regions to a national ranking of #1, #2, and #4. Early in his career, Pete taught history at the 9th and 11th grade levels, and was a Career Counselor at the high school level for four years.

Having a stroke at the age of 35, Pete has since used that experience to inspire, educate, and entertain audiences throughout the world on the importance of pursuing significance in their personal and professional lives. As he says, “If you relentlessly pursue success and happiness in your life, you are settling for far less than what you were created for.”

Past Residency Keynote Speakers

2019

Carey Lohrenz, Author, Speaker; U.S. Navy (Ret.)

2018
​Vinh Giang, Magician and Entrepreneur | watch lecture

2017
Peter Singer, Senior Fellow at New America, Author | watch lecture

2016
Nancy Lindborg, President of the United States Institute of Peace | watch lecture

2015
U.S. Army Lieutenant General Mark Bowman, Director, Command, Control, Communications and Computers/Cyber & Chief Information Officer for the Joint Chiefs of Staff | watch lecture

2014
Condoleezza Rice, US Secretary of State | watch lecture

Todd Lecture Series

The Residency Conference Keynote is part of Norwich University’s Todd Lecture Series. Since 2008, the Todd Lecture Series has brought revered, provocative and surprising speakers to campus. With a single guest in the fall, a series of lectures in the spring and one in the summer—each selected and hosted by an academic college—each year the series covers a variety of themes while remaining free and open to the public and the students, faculty, and staff.

The Todd Lecture Series has brought revered, provocative and surprising speakers to campus. With a single guest in the fall, a series of lectures in the spring and one in the summer--each selected and hosted by an academic college--each year the series covers a variety of themes while remaining free and open to the public and the students, faculty, and staff. For more information and a list of past speakers, visit the website.