General Session Presenters

Monday, October 16
1:30 PM 





Marjorie Kostelnik
Senior Associate to the President of the University of Nebraska

Planting the Seeds for Innovative Program Development in Extension
The world is changing under our feet – not steady and sure, but at a break-neck pace.  Such change brings new opportunities for Extension to pursue innovative programming in the community – it also brings great challenges.  How can FCS Extension professionals be innovative, take appropriate risks, and engage with local, state and national audiences to enhance the lives of individuals, families and communities in new and different ways? How can we create programs that are more likely to stick? How do we get programs ‘out of the box’ and into people’s lives where they can really make a difference?  That’s what this session is all about.

Learning Objectives:

This presentation will focus on the following objectives for the participants:

  • Finding your voice
  • Serving as a change agent
  • Developing innovations that stick
  • Leadership and Followership – two great tools for improving the lives of individuals, families, and communities
  • What you can do now!

Bio: Marjorie J. Kostelnik, Senior Associate to the President of the University of Nebraska, came to UNL in 2000 as dean of the College of Human Resources and Family Sciences. In 2003, Human Resources and Family Sciences combined with Teachers College to become one of the first colleges of Education and Human Sciences in the country.

Kostelnik received a bachelor of science in child development from the University of Pittsburgh and began her career working with Head Start, before receiving her master's and doctoral degrees in Human Development and Family Studies from Pennsylvania State University. She was on faculty at Michigan State University for 22 years, serving as a professor and program supervisor of the Child Development Laboratories and then as chair of the Department of Family and Child Ecology. During this time, she worked with educators in 100+ programs inside and outside the United States designing developmentally appropriate curriculum, enhancing children’s school readiness and working with teachers to develop positive child guidance strategies.

Author of 58 articles/chapters and 17 books, Dr. Kostelnik is a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Early Childhood Research and Practice and the Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education. Locally, she serves as chair of the Educare-Lincoln Partners Board (early education, birth to age 5), the Malaika Foundation Board (global education), and the Dimensions Foundation Board (nature education).

Nationally, Dr. Kostelnik has served as vice president of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, as a member of the Board on Human Sciences, and chair for the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance, a consortium of universities engaged in distance education. She is past chair of the Great Plains IDEA Cabinet, a governing group for more than 50 universities focused on providing masters degrees through distance education to students worldwide. Most recently, she was appointed to the National Academies of Science Institute of Medicine Committee to Study the Science of Children Birth to Age 8.

Wednesday, October 18
10:15 AM 





Juli Burney
Multiple award winning teacher, humorist and author

One Step at a Time
With the constantly shifting landscape in today’s world it is more important then ever for Family and Consumer Science educators to navigate with solid footing.  This can be done by understanding ourselves through emotional intelligence and accepting our diversity across all generations.  Through this presentation learn how to empower yourself and others to face any challenge with wit and wisdom, taking steps to a brighter tomorrow by maintaining a positive attitude and building strong relationships. Come and discover your own delightfulness.

Learning Objectives:

After this presentation participants will -

  • Recognize the importance of emotions to mental wellbeing and success.
  • Embrace differences to create strong collaborations.
  • Examine how to communicate in challenging situations.
  • Learn how to become a change catalyst.
  • Discover the importance of appropriate good humor to building relationships.

Bio: Multiple award winning college professor, communication specialist, humorist and author, Juli Burney, M.A. makes an amazing connection with her audiences. She is able to entertain with the ability of a headlining comedian while either motivating or training with ease as a nationally recognized speaker. Juli has been honored by her state as Artist of the Year because of her ability to help improve people’s lives through humor and effective use of communication tools.

She has worked in all 48 continental United States and Canada, and has been commissioned by a variety of associations from the National Endowment for the Arts to Fortune 500 companies to develop training programs that stick. She has filmed for Showtime and HBO, along with making numerous guest appearances on radio and television programs. Her humor is insightful, delightful, universal and enlightening on whichever topic she presents.



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