KLA/MPLA Conference Keynote Speakers

    Opening Keynote - Patrick "P.C." Sweeney

    Patrick “P.C.” Sweeney is co-author of “Winning Elections and Influencing Politicians for Library Funding.” He is the former Administrative Librarian of the Sunnyvale (CA) Public Library and Executive Director of EveryLibrary California, a statewide initiative to support library propositions. He currently works as the Political Director for EveryLibrary, the nation’s first and only national Political Action Committee for Libraries and is a lecturer on politics at the San Jose State University iSchool. He is a 2015 Library Journal Mover and Shaker recipient for his advocacy work in California and across the country. He can be found online as PC Sweeney.

    Closing Keynote - Marci Penner

    Marci Penner is the executive director of the Inman-based Kansas Sampler Foundation, and author, speaker, promoter and supporter of rural Kansas. Marci and her dad founded the Foundation in 1993. The mission of the non-profit is to preserve and sustain rural culture by educating Kansans about Kansas and networking and supporting rural communities. Some of the better known projects are the Kansas Explorers Club, the Big Kansas Road Trip, the Big Rural Brainstorm, the We Kan! Conference, the 8 Wonders of Kansas contests and guidebook, the PowerUp Movement, and Kansas Guidebooks for Explorers. Marci was named Distinguished Kansas of the Year in 2005 and has received other state and national awards for her work with rural communities.

    Author Luncheon Keynote - Ed O'Malley

    The titles “president” and “CEO” may conjure up traditional notions of authoritarian leadership, but Ed O’Malley, who holds those titles at the Kansas Leadership Center, doesn’t see them that way. Author of For the Common Good: Redefining Civic Leadership (co-authored with David C. Chrislip) and  Your Leadership Edge: Lead Anytime, Anywhere (co-authored with Amanda Cebula), O’Malley spent four years as a state legislator, with a ringside seat for both effective and ineffective displays of civic leadership. To him, leadership is not a title, personality trait or workshop topic. Instead, it’s an opportunity that people can grasp and choose to exercise in many different ways and venues.

    KASL Luncheon Speaker - Liesl Shurtliff

    I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah the fifth of eight children. My seven siblings tortured me but I really like them now. I loved dancing, singing, playing the piano and reading books by Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary, and Roald Dahl. I also read Grimms’ Fairy Tales so often I wore through the binding. Today I live with my husband and four children in Chicago, which is a wonderful city except that it is decidedly flat and very cold in the winter. When I write, I often wander back to my childhood and gather the magic that still remains. I hope to share that magic with children everywhere. [bio from Liesl Shurtliff's website, here]