NACA® Live - 2022 Featured Speakers

Raining Jane

Raining Jane

Welcome Keynote
Sunday, Feb. 13, 9am

Raining Jane is Mai Bloomfield, Becky Gebhardt, Chaska Potter, and Mona Tavakoli. The four have been making music together and making a social impact for two decades, releasing four albums independently, collaborating extensively with Jason Mraz, touring the globe, and co-founding a music education non-profit.

Raining Jane started out by performing at small venues in L.A. They soon moved on to prominence in the national college market, and opened for Sara Bareilles on tour. Self-booked and self-managed, they cut their teeth by criss-crossing the US in their van and trailer, playing 120 shows annually and coming into their own musically during this time. It was at a college show in 2006 when Raining Jane met Jason Mraz, marking the beginning of a new collaboration.

Instant musical alchemy and deep philosophical kinship have led Raining Jane and Jason Mraz to amass an ever-growing catalog of co-written songs, starting with “A Beautiful Mess” released in 2008, to 2014's Yes! featuring 11 co-writes (including "Love Someone"), to the certified Gold single "Have It All" from 2018, and several co-writes on Mraz's 2020 album, Look For The Good.

Raining Jane is a mission-driven band, here to make music and facilitate the joy and healing power of music-making in community. They've been involved in many social impact projects over the years, including co-founding Rock n' Roll Camp for Girls L.A., a non-profit dedicated to empowering girls and gender expansive youth through music.

Amy Morin

Amy Morin

Professional Development Luncheon
Monday, Feb. 14, 12pm

Amy Morin is the Editor-in-Chief of Verywell Mind, the biggest mental health site in the world. She’s a licensed therapist, a psychology lecturer at Northeastern University, and an international bestselling author. Her books, 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do, 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do, and 13 Things Strong Kids Do, have been translated into more than 40 languages.

The Guardian dubbed her “the self-help guru of the moment” and Forbes calls her a “thought leadership star.”

Her TEDx talk, The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong, is one of the most popular talks of all time with more than 17 million views. Her articles on mental strength reach more than 2 million readers every month. 

Her advice has been featured by major media outlets, including Fox News, CNN, Oprah.com, Today, Good Morning America, Inside Edition, Business Insider, Time, and the Hallmark Channel. She also hosts The Verywell Mind Podcast.

When she's not on the road for speaking engagements, you can find her in the Florida Keys where she lives on a sailboat.

Sponsored by The Montag Group

Evan Austin

Evan Austin

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility Keynote
Tuesday, Feb. 15, 9am

Evan Austin is a 3-time Paralympic Swimmer, Team USA Captain, and gold and bronze medalist at the 2021 Tokyo Games. You might assume he speaks all about winning but, as Evan says, winning was the shortest part of his journey! The Wait of Gold is about a process; it is about helping attendees and organizations recognize roadblocks and deterrents are essential to achieve any “gold” in life. Evan shares his life story of thriving with a disability and overcoming tremendous failures on his way to eventual successes.  Evan is a proud graduate of Indiana State University, member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, Assistant Swimming and Diving Coach at Purdue University, and recently had “Evan Austin Day” declared in his hometown of Terra Haute, Indiana. You can connect with him on social media @e_a_swim

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Dr. Alexandria White

Amy Morin

Special Guest Presenter
Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2:15pm & 3:05pm

Dr. Alexandria White is the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at ReBoot Accel. She has 16 years of experience delivering training around diversity, leadership, and motivational speaking. Dr. White consults with organizations on ways to create more diverse and inclusive workplaces. She founded S.A.M.S. (Student Affairs MomS), the largest online community for mothers who work in the student affairs profession. Dr. White's professional career has involved retail banking, leadership, community activism, diversity planning and higher education. She holds a BA from Indiana University, MA from Ball State University and a EdD from University of Mississippi. Dr. White is adjunct faculty in the School of Education at the University of Mississippi.

In addition, Dr. White has been featured on numerous podcasts such as Working Capital Review, Diversity Like Me, The Inner Circle and The Confidence Factor, to discuss various topics. Her love for podcasting has evolved to her co-hosting a podcast, called Call In, where she provides advice to business leaders on how to navigate cancel culture. She has also been featured on Power To Fly, MixR and the Global Mentor Network.

Dr. White has one daughter and enjoys extreme activities such as skydiving, parasailing and ziplining. She is originally from Chicago, Illinois but currently resides in Oxford, Mississippi.


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