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Potpourri Conference: Speakers

Potpourri Regional Conference 2020

        The 2020 Potpourri Conference is an online training for parents and childcare, social work, and education professionals. For more information, including how to register, please go to


Keynote Speaker: Josh Dye

Failing Fearlessly: How to Leverage Failure to Innovate, Grow and Lead

Where in your life and work do you need to fail to make it better? Failure surrounds us and is a part of our lives every day. It is also filled with valuable lessons, if we have the courage to learn them.

Josh Dye profile

In this thought-provoking presentation you will learn:

o   How to make good decisions and move forward in the midst of difficult emotions.

o   How to determine when quitting or making a change is the right thing to do.

o   Three ways to identify where you can grow through failing fearlessly.

o   How regular experimentation helps you innovate, grow, and lead.

You will also get inspired by learning to overcome fear through the 5 Steps of Courage and how to handle failure with humility and resilience. Featuring high profile examples from celebrities we all know, and some personal examples too, Josh identifies how failure can propel us as people and organizations forward.

Josh Dye is the President & Founder of the Convene Training + Resilience Community. His presentations offer attendees to learn how to harness the courage to lead, create, have tough conversations, maximize precious time, and leverage moments of failure for meaningful growth.  Josh combines practical, actionable tips with inspiration and motivation. He doesn’t just tell you what to do, he charts the course for how to do it. Josh authentically speaks from his own experiences, benefiting audiences with lessons from both his successes and gut-wrenching failures.

Josh is a regular presenter at the Minnesota Social Service Association Conference, St Louis County Health and Human Services Conference, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Essentials Conference, and many other events throughout Minnesota and the United States. He has his Master’s Degree in Public & Nonprofit Adm. from MSU.   

Plenary Speaker: Dr. Dan Baker 

Lifelong Career Awareness, When do we Start?

Dr. Dan Baker profile

Preparing for a life of good work from early childhood can set a path for a meaningful and successful life.  Youth who experience disabilities need professionals and family that will support them as prepare for adult life. This session will focus on specific strategies school, care providers, employment providers, and families can do to help make that transition as smooth as possible. Employment rates for people with disabilities remains too low, so let’s focus on the individual’s capacity, talents, interests and skills to support their career development.

Dr. Dan Baker is with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, where he serves as the Positive Support Compliance Specialist and Internal Reviewer with Quality Assurance and Disability Compliance Services.  Dr. Baker is involved with the design, development, and monitoring of treatment programs to align with the Positive Supports and a person-centered culture. Dr. Baker’s clinical focus is on positive behavior support, models of community and educational support, transition services, and mental health services for persons with disabilities. Dr. Baker is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional.  He is also am a parent of a child with some challenges.