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Program Overview and Presenter Information

    2017 Maryland SHRM State Conference in Ocean City, Maryland


    Program Overview/Presenter Information: 


    Sunday Opening Keynote, October 15th, 2017

    Cindy Solomon 


    Cindy Solomon is a world-renowned leadership expert, author and speaker who helps Fortune 1000 companies build Courageous LeadersTM, better enabling their teams and organizations to compete and win in today’s customer-driven economy.  

    With her Courageous Leadership keynotes and programs, Cindy has helped hundreds of companies around the world identify, nurture and leverage the leadership potential in both their front line employees and their leadership teams. Cindy counts among her clients 26 J.D. Power Award winners, and industry leaders such as Google, Alaska Airlines, UPS, Oracle, Wells Fargo and The Ritz-Carlton, among others.  

    One of the most highly sought-after leadership speakers in the world, Cindy has traveled the globe sharing her provocative, and often hilarious insights on business, customer service and courage with tens of thousands each year. She is also a best-selling author on the topic of leadership, with books Creating a Culture of Courage, and The Rules of Woo both available on Amazon. Learn more about Cindy at, and follow Cindy at @cindysolomon


    Monday Keynote, October 16th, 2017

    David Hart 


    David Hart is a Skydiver, Author and former US Army Ranger. He served 3 years in an Elite US Army Ranger unit and an additional five in a Pathfinder unit. David has accumulated thousands of parachute jumps from large cargo airplanes, out of helicopters, hot air balloons and even off bridges.   

    He has competed at the US Nationals of Skydiving and has facilitated over a thousand first jump experiences. 

    David is a founding member of the most active commercial skydiving team in the world.  Founded in 2002, Team Fastrax Professional Skydiving Team performs over 200 shows a year and takes celebrities and wounded warrior skydiving.   

    He has jumped over Lower Manhattan on the anniversary of 9/11, into NASCAR races, fireworks shows at night, professional sport stadiums, airshows and even symphony performances. 

    A Graduate of the University of Cincinnati, his experience spans from small startups to large Fortune 100 companies.  David is active in the defense industry and works as a Director for Segue Technologies.   

    David is the author of “Jump! Leaps in Organizational Performance and Teamwork.”  


    Tuesday Closing Keynote, October 17th, 2017

    Avish Parashar 


    Avish Parashar is an energetic and humorous speaker who uses his 20+ years of experience performing, teaching and studying improv comedy to show organizations and individuals how to deal with the unexpected quickly, effectively, and with a sense of humor. Avish is the author of "Improvise to Success!" and the Amazon best-seller, "Say 'Yes, And!'" He has also created dozens of other products on applying improv skills to business and life.  

    Weaving together humorous stories, jokes, audience interaction, and improv comedy games, Avish keeps the audience engaged while imparting a key lesson: Planning is Important, but Improvising is Essential! No matter how well you plan, things will go wrong, surprises will arise, and the Universe will throw you a curveball. Your success and sanity are directly related to how you respond these challenges. By the end of one of Avish's presentations you will have key tools to flow with all that life throws at you.  

    Avish has spoken to the very creative (actors and directors), the very un-creative (accountants), the very casual (college students), and the very business-like (sales professionals). The end result is always the same - smiles, laughs, and a new way of looking at life and business.