Our speakers have presented to groups of all sizes. They are professional and entertaining. Their presentations are interactive, and each speaker has a unique style. Please feel free to contact them to discuss options that will fit your needs.
CEO and Executive Director
Pulling Apart the Chains: Unraveling Success
Kaitlyn Worman is a community college advocate and accomplished public speaker who frequently travels the country meeting with students just like her to share resources, leadership development skills and the benefits of becoming engaged in organizations on one’s campus. Despite being told she wasn’t smart enough for college, Kaitlyn has just completed her first two years of undergraduate work at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon where she was a member of the inaugural class of the college’s honors program. She has consistently placed on the Vice President’s and President’s lists and was named to the 2013 All-Oregon Academic Team as one of Lane’s Outstanding Student Scholars. She is recognized on the college’s website as a student success story and featured Honors Program student and has received numerous other awards and honors while at Lane. She plans to transfer to Southern Oregon University to complete her undergraduate work in English and hopes to pursue a career in education.
Kaitlyn most recently served as the 2013-14 International Vice President of Division IV for the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, the oldest and largest honor society in the world for two year colleges. Each year only five students are elected to represent the three million honor society members. Division IV includes the states of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming; as well as Alberta, Canada, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, the Republic of Palau, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. In her position, Kaitlyn traveled the country to present workshops, give speeches, and preside over conferences where she has been able to motivate, inspire, and help community college students. Most recently, with her team, she presided over the Society’s annual convention in Orlando, FL to an audience of 4,102 students.
Everywhere she goes, Kaitlyn spreads her simple philosophy of “Do Well, Do Good.” Do well professionally; get those good grades, be amazing at your job, and always give your best. But never become so busy doing well that you forget to do good, never forget where you came from and always give back to your community.
Previously, Kaitlyn traveled to a tornado-ravaged Joplin, MO to serve as a disaster relief first responder with The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). She currently works at Greenhill Humane Society in Eugene where she cares for homeless, stray, neglected, and abused dogs. Kaitlyn is an accomplish writer; she has placed in local essay competitions and was named a National Semi-Finalist in the 2012 Norman Mailer National Award for Community College Fiction Writing. In 2012, she served on the editorial board for Lane Community College’s Denali Literary Arts magazine.
Lead, Educate, Service Society
Success, for me, is sharing my knowledge and experiences with other people to help them learn, grow, and reach their goals.
Dr. Arnaud teaches business and leadership courses at Blue Mountain Community College in Pendleton, Oregon. In 2013, Velda, as she prefers to be called, received her Ph.D. in community college leadership after 3.5 years of online study at Walden University.
Velda's scholarly interests include service learning, non-traditional students, and leadership. She has taught for many years and has mentored leaders of all ages. Many of her teams and mentees have received awards and scholarships.
She has received numerous awards including the Phi Theta Kappa Marshall Leadership award, four consecutive Paragon Advisor awards, and the Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver honor.
Her personal interests are hiking, reading, research, photography, and writing. Velda has been traveling on leadership tours, and she blogs at leadershiptour.wordpress.com.