Ohio Higher Education Computing Council (OHECC) 2023

Keynote Speakers

Jon Petz - Wednesday, May 10

Jon Petz is a two-time, best-sellers list author, motivational keynote speaker on performance and the power of human connections and one-of-a-kind conference emcee. He brings this passion and energy for performance, purpose and impact to events of all types, as well as to those he professionally coaches to strengthen their performance mindset and success in life, business and careers.

Jon is a former sales & marketing executive in big corporate as well as a tech entrepreneur. As a remarkable addition - Jon is a professional magician and has performed around the globe for audiences of all types. This one-of-a-kind combination brings relevancy, experience and understanding to the real-world challenges and opportunities we face in our professional pursuits. It also produces a masterful storytelling, engagement and entertainment factor that is uniquely and unequivocally the Jon Petz Experience.  Far more than “JUST” a keynote or live emcee event, it is the perfected trifecta of strategy & mindset, personal inspiration, and incredible entertainment.

USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, ABC News, Success Magazine and many other media outlets have covered the success of Jon Petz and his quest to help people engage deeper, perform better and fuel growth personally and professionally.  His second book, Boring Meetings Suck, ™ was named by Inc. Magazine as a top ten and must-read business book.

Jon’s third book, Significance In Simple Moments, has gone through six printings and focuses on human connections to help you achieve significance. Profits from this book are donated in support of the Miracles & Magic™ Foundation a show which was founded by Jon and his family.  Miracles & Magic is a grand illusion and comedy magic show that provides children with life-threatening illnesses a chance to forget about the treatments, shots and hospital, and instead shares the wonder and joy of comedy, magic and illusion.

Kirk Weisler - Thursday, May 11

Chief Morale Officer Kirk Weisler is an expert at creating outrageously cool workplace cultures and high-performance teams. Over the past 19 years over 60,000 Leaders from organizations including Delta, MAYO Clinic, Johns Hopkins, YUM Brands, Bausch & Lomb, Lincoln Financial, Holmes Murphy, and more have specifically sought Kirk’s advice and wisdom on building teams, strengthening leaders, and improving culture. 

His unique background as a US Army Ranger, a member of the 19th Special Forces, his work with At-Risk Youth and experience as a Master Storyteller & Team Builder make him a very fun, engaging, and sought-after speaker.  He is the founder and President of The Initiative Institute, with it’s mission to inspire more initiative worldwide.  He authored several books including the Best Smelling, Dog Poop Initiative and the semi –sweet, best smeller, “The Cookie Thief.  Kirk lives in Phoenix AZ with wife Rebecca and they have six children.”