ASOA General Session Speakers

ASOA Opening General Session
Saturday, May 4
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Brad Montgomery Keynote SpeakerKeynote Speaker: Brad Montgomery

Embrace Your Awesomeness

Knowing that our people are our most valuable asset isn’t enough. We need to fully understand how to empower and inspire them. Brad Montgomery believes that most of us forget both the fact that investing in others is powerful, as well as the fact that we all have a greater ability to meaningfully encourage others than we suspect.

Whether your business is large or small, public or private, (or even personal,) improvement often lies in our often-untapped ability to create and sustain positivity, optimism and meaningfulness in others. Focusing on the People Side of Business not only improves the bottom line, it can be enormously satisfying, inspiring, and sometimes very funny.

Brad helps you improve….

  • Productivity
  • Accuracy
  • Retention & Loyalty
  • Morale
  • Customer Service
  • Quality Leadership
… Your Bottom Line.


About Brad: Brad has transformed audiences in all 50 states and on four continents. He’s spoken to dozens of banks, insurance companies, associations, hospitals and Fortune 500 businesses. His past clients include Microsoft, Verizon, the FBI (yes, that FBI) the CIA (yes, that CIA) and the IRS (where he withheld 30% of his best strategies).

Brad specializes in using humor, interactivity, sound, music and visuals to ignite audiences so that they can get more out of themselves and help those people around them to improve their lives and their jobs. Audiences and meeting planners describe Brad as “authentic.” He’s a real guy on stage and off. Thinking of a canned and over-polished motivational speaker? Brad is the polar opposite.

Other speakers TALK about engagement. But Brad SHOWS you how to harness the power of your own AWESOMENESS in hands-on, experiences that you’ll remember and implement. It’s the difference between a “speech” and an “event.”

Brad graduated from Brown University, and has earned his Certified Speaking Professional designation, which is the highest earned award from the National Speakers Association. (Fewer than 7% of speakers worldwide have earned the CSP.)

He was inducted to the Council of Peers Award for Excellence (CPAE)® Speakers Hall of Fame, which is a big deal. Like an Oscar, but without the movie stars.

Brad joined John Gray (of Mars/Venus fame) and Mark Victor Hansen (of Chicken Soup renown) to write Mission Possible. He has also produced and published Humor Me: America’s Funniest Humorists on the Power of Laughter, as well as Humor Us: America’s Funniest Humorists on the Power of Laughter.

Brad lives in Centennial, Colorado with his wife, three kids and one neurotic dog. Although he is proud of his many awards and national credits, he’s convinced that his best feats so far are his kids.

ASOA Sunday General Session
Sunday, May 5
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Cara Stoletto Head shot Keynote Speaker: Cara Silletto, MBA

Staying Power: Why Your Employees Leave & How to Keep Them Longer

While some of today’s workforce is made up of deep-rooted, dependable staff, a larger number of positions are now a revolving door of employee turnover. Crescendo Strategies workforce thought leader, Cara Silletto, MBA, will share insight on why staffing is so challenging today and additional ways to gain greater staffing stability. Join us to learn how to slow the revolving door, more effectively manage the impending shorter-term workforce, and maximize the time you have with each employee.


  • Discover current employee turnover trends and future staffing projections.
  • Uncover the real reasons employees leave most organizations and ways to encourage them to stay.
  • Learn ways to become a M.A.G.N.E.T. employer who attracts better applicants and keeps staff longer.


About Cara: Workforce thought leader Cara Silletto, MBA, works with organizations to reduce unnecessary employee turnover by bridging generational gaps and making managers more effective in their roles. Workforce Magazine named Cara a “Game Changer” and named her in their “Top 10 Company Culture Experts to Watch.” Cara is the President & Chief Retention Officer of Crescendo Strategies, and is also the author of the 2018 book, “Staying Power: Why Your Employees Leave & How to Keep Them Longer.”