Keynote Speakers - ACA, Texoma Winter Camp Conference

Sarah Kurtz McKinnon

Sarah Kurtz McKinnon is passionate about changing lives through the power of summer camp. In 2009, she became one of the youngest YMCA camp executives in the country, taking the helm of Ann Arbor YMCA Camp Al-Gon-Quian. During her tenure at Camp AGQ the camp saw incredible growth with a 40 percent increase in positive annual net for the program and nearly $1 million in capital construction improvements. In 2015 Sarah became an independent consultant and trainer and is a sought-after speaker at camp and recreation conferences.  She and Jack Schott co-founded, The Summer Camp Society, a collaborative, community-based education program for emerging camp professionals.


Opening Keynote -- "The Power of Positive Organizational Scholarship"

Founded at the University of Michigan, Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) aims “to inspire and enable leaders to build high-performing organizations that bring out the best in people.” Whether a Fortune 500 company or a local camp, organizations
that employ these principles find enormous success. This presentation explores important tenants of POS and applies them to our industry, including how to leverage strengths, motivate staff and utilize positive social capital. Participants will gain tools they can employ right away to improve organizational excellence and positive outcomes at their camps.

Kurt Podeszwa

Kurt is the director at Camp For All, is an accomplished presenter and author, and the founder of Journey Consulting.  He is a faculty member of Expert Online Training and has presented at national and regional conferences as well as for companies on topics ranging from staff training to adaptive programming.  Kurt has held various positions within the American Camp Association including the National Board and National Standards Commission. 


Closing Keynote --"Refreshed, Refocused, Recharged-Taking It All Home"

We have focused on Mind, Body, and Spirit, what do we do now?  Kurt will close us out with a reminder that what we do matters and help us use what we have learned to serve our campers and ourselves even better this year.