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Plenary Speaker

Opening Plenary, Friday, September 19, 2014


He's bold. He's daring. He's compelling. And best of all, he's sharing his secrets to turbo-charge your communications!

Andy Goodman

Goodman photoAndy Goodman is a nationally recognized author, speaker and consultant in the field of public interest communications. Along with Storytelling as Best Practice, he is author of Why Bad Ads Happen to Good Causes and Why Bad Presentations Happen to Good Causes. He also publishes a monthly journal, free-range thinking, to share best practices in the field.

Andy is best known for his speeches and workshops on storytelling, presenting, and strategic communications, and has been invited to speak at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs at Princeton, the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, as well as at many national nonprofit conferences.

While his work with nonprofits extends to many fields, Andy has been most deeply involved with the environmental community. He was Executive Director of the Environmental  Media Association, worked with former Vice President Al Gore to train 2,000 volunteers in The Climate Project, and has consulted for numerous environmental organizations including Environmental Defense Fund, The Nature Conservancy, Union of Concerned Scientists and World Wildlife Fund.

When not teaching, traveling, or recovering from teaching and traveling, Andy also serves as a Senior Advisor for and is on the advisory boards of VolunteerMatch and Great Nonprofits. For more information about his work, please visit

Photo courtesy of The Goodman Center

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