2018 ESP National Conference

October 1 - 4, 2018

Hilton Garden Inn

Guest Speakers


Jim Richardson
National Geographic Magazine Photographer

Jim Richardson is a photographer for National Geographic Magazine and a contributing editor for its sister publication, TRAVELER Magazine.  Richardson has photographed more than 30 stories for National Geographic.

Richardson's work takes him around the world, from the tops of volcanic peaks to below the surface of swamps and wetlands.  ABC News Nightline produced a story about the long process of assembling a National Geographic coverage by following Richardson in the field and at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C. 

In addition to his color photography, Richardson has built a distinguished body of black-and-white documentary work about rural Kansas life.  His audiovisual presentation, “Reflections From a Wide Spot in the Road,” has toured internationally.  A 22-page story about his 30 years of photographing life in the north central Kansas town of Cuba, population 230, was published in National Geographic and featured twice by CBS News Sunday Morning, most recently in May 2004.   His 1979 study of adolescence, “High School USA,” is now considered a photo essay classic and is used in college classrooms. He was named Kansan of the Year in 2007 by the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas.

Richardson speaks nationally and internationally.  He lives in Lindsborg, Kansas, where his work is featured at his gallery, Small World, on Lindsborg’s Main Street.



Clifton Taulbert
Author and Entrepreneur


According to Clifton L. Taulbert, noted author and entrepreneur businessman, he could have failed had he not encountered community builders and entrepreneurial thinkers early on in his life. Taulbert was born on the Mississippi Delta during the era of legal segregation where he completed his secondary education. Though opportunities were few and barriers were plentiful, Taulbert managed to dream of being successful, not knowing the shape that success would take. Today Taulbert is the President and CEO of the Freemount Corporation (a human capital development company) serving clients nationally and internationally-Fortune 500 Companies, small businesses, federal agencies, professional organizations, community colleges and K-12 leadership. Additionally, entrepreneur Taulbert is the President and CEO of Roots Java Coffee-an African-American owned national coffee brand, importing coffee from Africa. To pass his life lessons along, Taulbert shares his entrepreneurial journey with others as a Thrive15.com mentor.



Dr. JoAnne Owens-Nausler
Motivational Speaker and Physical Ac
tivity Advocate

Dr. JoAnne Owens-Nauslar has spent 43 years promoting the benefits of healthy active living. She is considered one of the nation’s most vocal personalities on issues of physical activity and the need for physical education in the critical core day.

JoAnne has been described as Past President of almost everything, including the National Association for Sport and Physical Education; the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance; and The Husker Athletic Fund.

She has taught at all levels and was the State Director for Comprehensive Health and Physical Education at the Nebraska Department of Education for 19 years. For 9 years, Dr. Owens-Nauslar held the title of Director of Professional Development for the American School Health Association. In 2004, she decided to make a change and join corporate America to share her beliefs.

With more than 2,000 keynotes, presentations, and trainings to her credit, she has enlightened and entertained corporate America, non-profit organizations, school personnel, faith-based groups, children/youth, school boards, policy makers, and stake holders. When you see JoAnne live, you will have the opportunity to laugh, learn, network, and share, while being reminded that we must "move to improve."


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