Virtual Education Keynote Speakers

Meet your keynote speakers for the 2021 program.

Growing Weeders into Leaders

Tuesday, Jan. 12 – 11:45 a.m.
Jeff McManus
Director of Landscape Services at the University of Mississippi





Jeff McManus describes the joys, the defeats, the brilliant problem-solving and the “best laid plans” that are proven worthless… until the bigger picture is told.  It is the “bigger picture” told from the ground level.  Growing Weeders into Leaders takes you through the practical applications of empowering people to experience not only what it means to grow outstanding landscapes, but also to grow greatness in themselves and encourage it in others.

Jeff’s methods of ramping up organizational performance are documented in his book, Growing Weeders into Leaders, and it has made waves across the business industry. In it, he offers his unique techniques to motivate staff from under-performing to winning national championships. As a keynote speaker and webinar leader, Jeff coaches others to find, define, and actualize their teams. If you’re looking to get inspired and inspire those around you, Jeff is a natural choice.

Jeff McManus is the Founder of the Jeff McManus Corporate Training and Consulting in Oxford, Mississippi. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Landscape and Ornamental Horticulture from Auburn University and is a PGMS Certified Grounds manager, and Certified Arborist. His message rings true for any industry leader or manager looking to GROW a high-performance and dedicated workforce. Jeff has spoken at Caterpillar Inc, the Biltmore Estates, Leadercast, SRAPPA, Trent Lott Leadership Institute as well as the SEC Ole Miss Athletics. He has also worked with Memphis University, the University of Tennessee, the University of Georgia and private firms in developing their own training programs.


Managing Stress and Preventing Burnout

Wednesday, Jan. 13 – 11:45 a.m.

Jeanie Y. Chang
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Founder of Your Change Provider, PLLC





The historic pandemic has resulted in an altered workplace that has caused a strain on work-life balance. Managing our stress is vital now, more than ever. In her keynote address, clinician and national speaker Jeanie Y. Chang, LMFT, CMHIMP, CCTP, shares insights on building stress resilience to prevent burnout by being solution-focused and proactive.

Jeanie Chang is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Founder of Your Change Provider, PLLC, an interdisciplinary practice founded on solutions and cultural confidence™ in promoting good mental health and wellbeing. She is an accomplished national speaker for corporate, community and colleges on topics such as burnout, resilience, mindfulness, stress, workplace wellness and mental health. Jeanie is also a corporate wellness and DEI consultant, executive leadership advisor, and family/parenting coach. In addition, she provides support groups for non-profit and DEI leaders. Jeanie founded the national “Self-Care & Wellness” program which she created for business leaders and professionals.

Presented by members of the North Carolina Nursery & Landscape Association

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