John Croyle

Anne Donovan

Jan McInnis

Conferences and MeetingsNBEA 2014 Annual Convention

Keynote Speakers

Wednesday, April 16
Opening General Session: John Croyle

Business That Counts!
John Croyle is the founder and executive director of Big Oak Ranch, Inc., in Springville, Alabama. Big Oak Ranch is a Christian home for children needing a chance. The chance to find a normal life. The chance to find that we are all more than our circumstances—we are what we have the strength to become.

John was a defensive end for the University of Alabama’s 1973 National Championship football team, playing for the legendary Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. At 19, John felt he had been given a gift to work with young people. His dream was to have the best children’s home in America. On the advice of Coach Bryant, John declined opportunities for professional football to pursue his dream of helping children in need. Since 1974, more than 1,800 children have called Big Oak Ranch home.

John’s philosophy is: “A hundred years from now it will not matter what kind of house we lived in, the kind of car we drove or how much money we had in the bank, but the world may be different because you and I were important in the life of a child.”


Thursday, April 17
Second General Session: Anne Donovan

Next Gen:  A Global Generational Study
Anne Donovan is the U.S. and West Cluster Transformation Leader for Human Capital at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), one of the world's largest professional services firms and one of Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For." In her role, Anne is the steward for PwC's human capital strategy and innovation, responsible for shaping the change management approaches for numerous people initiatives at the firm.

Anne is an expert in anticipating marketplace trends and preparing for their people-related implications, such as changes to firm strategy, culture, business model, environment and workforce demographics. She helps the firm navigate organizational change from start to completion -- identifying key issues, designing solutions, executing on plans and assessing their outcomes.

Anne's deep knowledge of human capital issues was gained from nearly three decades of experience at PwC in diverse roles across client service, operations, diversity and firm strategy. Since joining PwC's Assurance practice in 1983, she has held numerous national HR leadership positions. Previously, she served for 10 years as HR Leader for the Systems and Process Assurance practice and then joined the National Human Resources Leadership team responsible for Diversity and Strategy.

It was through her expertise, that Anne was a key player in the largest global generational study ever conducted. The study, conducted by PwC and the London Business School, found that in order to gain a greater commitment from Millennials, it will be necessary to transform the core dynamics of the workplace. Through this study, which included more than 40,000 responses from Millennials and non-Millennials, PwC “possesses the most comprehensive body of research into the aspirations, work styles, and values of professional service employees in the Millennial generation.”

Saturday, April 19
Closing General Session: Jan McInnis

Finding the Funny in Change
For comedienne and professional speaker Jan McInnis, life is full of “finding the funny.”
Inspired by 15 years as a marketing director in the business world, Jan shows that learning does not have to be boring! She has a knack for humorous analysis and shows how to use humor to handle change.

Jan’s talents as a comedienne have also allowed her to provide material to The Tonight Show monologue, to greeting card companies, to hundreds of radio stations, and even some guests on the Jerry Springer Show (yes, some of it is staged). Jan is the author of the book Finding the Funny Fast: How to Create Quick Humor to Connect with Clients, Coworkers, and Crowds.

Born in Washington, DC, Jan was in charge of the “Joke of the Day” for her junior high school lunch table. Not surprisingly, she majored in communications at Virginia Tech, where she was a disk jockey for the local radio station.