Six inspiring speakers will tackle the question, “…can one person make a difference, and how?” Each speaker brings a unique perspective and experience to the table, offering insights and strategies for individuals looking to impact their communities and beyond. Our speakers will share their stories of success and failure and discuss the challenges and opportunities of creating change. These speakers will surely leave you feeling motivated and empowered to make a difference.
Master of ceremonies
President | Executive Publisher
Rotary Club of Coeur d’Alene (Idaho)
Clint Schroeder joined his first Rotary club in June 2000. Being the youngest member of the Rotary Club of Loveland-Thompson Valley (CO), Clint quickly learned the importance of membership recruitment and retention. After relocating to Hawaii in 2005, he joined the Rotary Club of Metropolitan Honolulu (HI).
Clint’s passion for Rotary has never stopped growing, specifically in global service, disease prevention, and the Rotary Foundation. During the 2012-13 Rotary year, Clint was President of the Rotary Club of Metropolitan Honolulu and District 5000 Vocational Chair. Clint served Rotary International’s District 5000 in several capacities, including as District Governor from 2016 to 2017.
In 2018, Clint relocated with his company to Coeur d’Alene, ID, and is currently a Rotary Club of Coeur d’Alene member. Clint is in his third year as Zones 26/27 Governor-Elect Training (GETS) Chair and will assume the mantle of Zones 26/27 GETS and GNTS Education Chair in 2024.
On the professional side, he joined the Hagadone Corporation in early 2010 as President and Chief Operating Officer for the Hagadone Corporations Hawaii holdings. Clint currently serves as the President and Executive Publisher of the Hagadone Corporation’s Communications Division, overseeing the company’s communications, local media operations, centralized production hubs, and portfolio of community newspapers in Idaho, Montana, Hawaii, and Washington.
Clint is a recognized global procurement professional with international business experience and expertise in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam, Korea, Thailand, and Canada. Clint is called on regularly to provide Master’s-level training, instruction, and certification in the US, Vietnam, and China.
Clint is heavily involved in giving back to the community. He serves on several local boards, including the North Idaho Economic Development Council, the Coeur d’Alene Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Idaho Press Association, and the Pacific Northwest’s Human Rights Education Institute.
Clint and his partner Jason have traveled extensively under the banner of Rotary, including India, Cambodia, Thailand, and Myanmar, to serve on a Polio National Immunization Day Team and develop educational and sanitation programs in monastic schools and rural villages.
Leadership Expert and Author
Rotary Club of Puget Sound Designer Passport (North Carolina)
Dr. Gloria J. Burgess is an international expert in transformational leadership. She collaborates with individuals, teams, organizations, communities, NGOs, and nations as a thought leader, trusted advisor, executive coach, consultant, and mentor. A best-selling author, she is also an inspirational speaker who positions her work at the intersections of leadership, artistry, integrity, ethics, and justice. One of the rare practitioners who integrates the arts into her practice and work, Gloria draws on her expertise in strategy and complex systems as well as theatre, music, poetry,
design, and dance. Whether she is working with business executives, community stewards, police, government officials, HR leaders, hospital administrators, engineers, clergy, educators, or students, Gloria’s focus is singular: collective transformation.
A former executive in IT, human services, philanthropy, and education, Dr. Burgess has served as interim college president; program head; lead faculty; full-time faculty; and visiting faculty at University of Washington’s (UW) Executive Leadership Program in Public Affairs, UW’s Non- Profit Executive Leadership Institute, University of Southern California’s Executive Leadership Program in Public Policy, and Seattle University’s Transformational Leadership Program. She also leads Executive Forums for clients in corporate, health care, government, IT, arts, civic, financial, faith-based, philanthropic, and educational settings.
A dynamic, sought-after speaker, Dr. Burgess presents in numerous countries on six continents in diverse contexts, including TEDx, Microsoft, Google, Starbucks, Boeing, South African Embassy, Kenyan Parliament, Paraguay’s Office of the President, International Coach Federation (Australasia), IEDC Bled School of Management (Slovenia), Sankofa Young Leaders of Color Institute (Ghana), Maxwell Leadership, World Economic Forum, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She masterfully combines insightful commentary with personal engagement, weaving the arts into her inspiring keynotes and transformational learning experiences to foster courage, creativity, growth, healing, hope, and resilience—qualities we all yearn for and need.
Born in rural Mississippi, Dr. Burgess came of age during the turbulent Civil Rights era in the United States. She says, “Growing up in dehumanizing conditions in the Deep South formed me into the leader I am today. The bigotry and hatred I experienced made me better, not bitter. It actually helped equip me for the work I do now, which is all about inspiring and equipping adults and youth to live, lead, and serve well in our dynamic, ever-evolving global community.”
Dr. Burgess’s books include Flawless Leadership, Dare to Wear Your Soul on the Outside: Live Your Legacy NOW, and Pass It On!, an inspiring, sumptuously illustrated visual biography about her father, Earnest McEwen, Jr., and his life-changing friendship with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Nobel Laureate William Faulkner. Learn more about Gloria and her work: www.gloriaburgess.com.
Rotary Club of Puget Sound Designer Passport (North Carolina)
John Burgess is a rare individual—a Maestro and executive thought partner who integrates the arts of music and leadership. Many years ago while attending the University of Michigan’s School of Music, John developed his passion for conducting. Meanwhile, he launched his leadership and business career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. John now enjoys partnering with musical artists and leaders, using his conducting platform for artistry and social transformation.
John’s conducting and creative collaborations include the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (Great Britain), Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Palm Beach Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Nor59 String Institute (Norway), Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Tacoma Symphony Orchestra, Doctoral Program for Executive Leaders at IEDC – Bled School of Management in Slovenia, International Coach Federation (Australasia), Kentucky Association for School Administrators, Art of Management & Organization, and International Leadership Association. John has also served as leadership and musical artist for the Program in Executive Leadership at University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy.
As executive thought partner, John has collaborated with diverse organizations, including Purex Corporation, Sage Software, Seattle Opera, PEMCO Insurance, Bering Air, Cell Therapeutics, Maxwell Leadership, Tobias Leadership Center, Diana Naturals, Pacific Marine Management, LEAD Leaders Network, and Fran’s Chocolates.
John lives in the beautiful state of North Carolina with his wife Gloria.
Jean Irwin Hatfield
Rotary Club of Folsom (California)
Jean Irwin was a teacher of the Deaf for seven years in Reno, Nevada. Her students were on the path to achieving the typical 4th-grade level in reading upon graduation from high school. Then she heard about some children in England doing much better than that and commented at a party, “I wonder what they’re doing in England that we’re not doing here?” A Rotarian heard this question. He suggested that if she wanted an answer, she should contact Rotary about their Foundation Scholar program, which provided scholarships to study overseas, and told her how. That was in 1989. She did apply but didn’t make the cut and remained ignorant of those techniques.
Of course, she didn’t, or she would not be speaking to you today! Jean received sponsorship from the Rotary Club of Sparks and went to Nottingham University to learn how to foster the best reading in children who can’t exactly “sound words out.” When she returned and used these reading methods, her students ended up graduating at double the years of the national level. Many of these students could and have graduated from college- something only 5% of the profoundly deaf can do.
The Rotary Scholarship Jean received has enabled her to teach other teachers what she learned and use it for second language learners. She has “added on” to Rotary grant projects internationally and lectures teachers on these reading methods to get more bang out of those foundation bucks. Jean became a “real boy” and joined Rotary in 2003 as a Reno Centennial Sunset charter member. After her marriage to Dave Hatfield in 2010, she moved to California and joined the Folsom Rotary club- where the theme song contains the lyrics, “I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die,” bringing her full circle in Rotary.
Jean is retired. She has been the District Literacy chair in Rotary Districts 5180 and 5190. If you could read this bio, remember: You’re doing something 880 million adults on this planet cannot do (and you have an excellent tolerance for pretty dull material!) See you from the podium.
Malaria Partners International
Rotary Club of Tacoma (Washington)
Stacey Ogle is the President of Cole Graphic Solutions, Inc., a commercial screen print and digital print manufacturer of durable decals, signage, overlays, and other forms of custom graphics. Stacey and her husband/partner, Ed Ogle, have owned and operated the business for 30 years with the partnership of their skilled and dedicated team.
Stacey has been a member of the Rotary Club of Tacoma #8 since 1990 and has been honored to serve as club Secretary and Board Member several times, as well as chairing and participating in several committees. Her current commitment is to the World Community Service Committee, where she learned of Malaria Partners International.
Stacey traveled with Rotary to India in 2015 to visit Tacoma #8’s water projects and to participate in polio vaccinations and anticipates future travel to areas impacted by malaria. She has served as a board member for a number of Tacoma based non-profits and enjoys time with her family, church, skiing and enjoying a great community of friends.
Rotary Club of James River (Virginia)
GARY POWERS, JR. lectures internationally and appears regularly on C-SPAN, the History, Discovery, and A&E channels. He is the son of Gary Powers, Sr. the U-2 pilot whose plane was shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960, triggering an international incident during the Cold War. He is the author of Enemy Territory (2022), Letters from a Soviet Prison (2017), and Spy Pilot (2019) which all help to dispel the misinformation surrounding the U-2 Incident.
Gary is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of The Cold War Museum, a 501(c) (3) charity located at Vint Hill, VA 45 minutes west of Washington, DC. He founded the museum in 1996 to honor Cold War veterans, preserve Cold War history, and educate future generations about this time period. He is also the past President of the Vienna Tysons Corner Chamber of Commerce. As Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee for the Cold War Theme Study he worked with the National Park Service and leading Cold War experts to identify historic Cold War sites for preservation. In 2015, he consulted for a Steven Spielberg Cold War thriller, Bridge of Spies, about James Donovan who brokered the 1962 spy exchange between KGB spy Rudolph Abel and CIA U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers, Sr.
Gary is a past Board Member of the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace and an Honorary Board Member of the International Spy Museum. Because of his efforts to honor Cold War veterans the Junior Chamber of Commerce selected him as one of the “Ten Outstanding Young Americans” for 2002. He holds a BA in Philosophy, and Master’s Degrees in Public Administration and US History. He is married and has one son.
Semiahmoo Resort is a beautiful location with stunning views of the water and surrounding mountains, making it the perfect place to relax and recharge.
The conference features a lineup of world-class speakers who will share their expertise and insights on the topic, "...can one person make a difference."
This will be a Southern-style family reunion with traditional hospitality and cuisine. You can expect to enjoy some of the best southern food during your stay, with plenty of options to suit all dietary requirements.
The conference is designed to be family-friendly, with activities and events for everyone, making it an excellent opportunity to bring your loved ones along and enjoy some quality time together while learning and growing.