"I must say, the conference was thoroughly energizing and engaging - the format is unique and quite effective. I was honored to participate." —T. Jameson Brewer, PhD, Assistant Professor of Social Foundations of Education, University of North Georgia

"Thank you so much! I had a wonderful time. I felt I got almost too spirited in my last panel -- where did all of my passion come from? But you know, it's good to be passionate, and that's a beautiful thing about my experience. I will remember it for a long time. " —Karen Craigo, 2020 Poet Laureate of Missouri, Editor and General Manager, The Marshfield Mail

"The conference was such an incredible experience. I was surprised by how effective and enjoyable the format was and I am truly grateful that you chose to invite and include me. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors and I hope we can work together in the future. " —Liv Dooley, Med, Founder, The Colorfully Candid Paradigm

"Thank you (and others) for organizing such a wonderful conference. I was so impressed with everything and everyone throughout the experience. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I’m very honored for the opportunity to participate." —Brian Dotts, PhD, Professor of Educational Foundations, University of Georgia

"This event is definitely the professional highlight of my 2020…and in a year that doesn’t have a lot of highlights, it’s something I’m going to hold onto for a long time. Again, thank you so, so much for this opportunity!" —Marcus Engel, Co-founder, I'm Here Movement

"It really was an honor and pleasure to participate. I'll admit that when Gary asked me if it would be alright to nominate me, I didn't know what I was getting into - but I trust him and I am really happy that I did. That was a great experience, and the conference is definitely something for Missouri State to be proud of." —Mark Kleinschmit, PhD, Co-founder, Other Half Processing

"I love how the public affairs conference invites people from all fields to think about their role in the world and how different fields of study connect to one another. Post-college I find myself more and more interested in fields I was afraid to explore as a student. Thanks for everything you do for your students!" —Samantha Nichols, Ordained Pastor, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

"I’m so happy to have been a part of the conference, and I love to hear that the sessions in which I participated were beneficial to the participants. I would have loved to meet everyone in person, but it was such an honor to be involved, even virtually. If you ever have events in the future that I can support, please let me know." —Carlene Thomas, ESL Program Coordinator, Texas Education Agency

"I wanted to thank you for asking me to be a part of the conference. I truly enjoyed each panel I was on and all of those I listened to. I loved the format of it as we got very interesting perspectives from very interesting people. I was honored to be asked, and I'd jump on the chance to be asked again! Thank you!" —Laura Janusik, PhD, MBA, CLP, Consultant and Change Agent, Listening to Change