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2019 Conference Speakers

Aaron Wolowiec, CAE, CMP

Aaron Wolowiec is a learning strategist and meetings coach for leading trade associations and individual membership societies across the United States. Committed to the latest research and trends on learning, intentional networking environments and meaningful transfer exercises, he launched Event Garde, a professional development consultancy, in 2011.

Aaron earned a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University (CMU). He’s also a certified association executive (CAE), a certified meeting professional (CMP) and a certified tourism ambassador (CTA), as well as an Association for Talent Development (ATD) master instructional designer.

An active member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Aaron is past chairman of both the Professional Development Section Council (PDSC) and the Young Association Executives Committee (YAEC), as well as a 2009-2011 Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) scholar.

Currently, he serves the Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE) as a top-rated Academy of Association Management faculty member on professional development and as the lead CMP Prep Course instructional designer/facilitator. Aaron is also a nationally recognized presenter on professional development, meetings and events-related topics.

His contributions to the meetings industry earned Aaron the Convention Industry Council’s (CIC) top #CMP30 Influencer Award in 2015. Likewise, he’s served on the Michigan Meetings + Events editorial advisory board and has written a regular column for the magazine called, “The Meetings Coach.”

In addition to maintaining the Event Garde blog, featured in both Alltop and Association Universe, Aaron has contributed to such national publications as Association AdviserAssociations NowBizBash and Meetings & Conventions.

When he isn’t traveling, Aaron enjoys exploring the local food and drink scene, as well as transforming his 1912 Spanish Revival house into a tranquil home. He is currently co-writing a learner engagement e-book and pursuing certification as a Technology of Participation (ToP) facilitator with the Institute of Cultural Affairs.


Teri Aulph

As an Executive Coach and Senior Advisory Consultant, Teri plays a vital role in helping Persimmon clients in leadership development and organizational effectiveness. As a business consultant, executive coach and professional speaker, Teri helps organizations build and refine talent, and heal and nurture cultures to support collaboration and innovation. She has deep experience working in human resources including 3 Fortune 500 companies. Teri’s experience is within both the private and public sector. She earned her B.A. degree from the University of Oklahoma, where she also studied Human Relations in the MHRA program. Teri also attended the EMBA program at the University of Michigan.

Teri is active in the Tulsa community, volunteering with the American Heart Association and as a Baron for the Cattle Baron’s Ball. In 2017, she was inducted into the Woman of the Year Circle of Excellence. Teri has been awarded the “Women in Business Champion of the Year” by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and has been named on numerous lists recognizing distinguished professionals in Oklahoma.


Dorien Morin-van Dam

Dorien Morin-van Dam is a social media consultant, trainer and keynote speaker. She is a regularly featured expert on CBS where she
shares social media strategies, live video tips and the latest marketing news for small businesses. You'll recognize Dorien online
and on-stage by her signature orange glasses, a nod to her Dutch heritage.




Pamela J. Green, MBA, SPHR, PCC, ICC

Pamela J Green, MBA, SPHR, PCC, ICC is a business executive, leadership consultant, executive coach, keynote speaker, and a published author with more than 30 years of business leadership experience. As the former Chief Membership Officer for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) (the world’s largest association for HR professionals), she was responsible for membership revenue and strategies to engage and retain more than 260k business professionals and managed more than $38M in revenue.

After a wonderful relationship with SHRM, Pamela’s desire to enhance the leadership expertise of professionals in the business community and expand her coaching practice grew stronger. With these goals in mind, she became a Business Strategist and Management Consultant, where she now focuses on helping business leaders avoid strategic drift and achieve business outcomes by developing their communication, collaboration, conflict resolution and conflict coaching skills.