The Psychology of Productivity

Melissa Gratias

Monday, September 9, 2019 | 11:15 a.m.


SPEAKER BIO:  Melissa Gratias, Ph.D., is an international speaker, coach, blogger, and author. For more than 20 years, Melissa’s coaching and consulting work has improved productivity for multinational, billion-dollar companies as well as individual solopreneurs. She creates workable systems so people can accomplish their professional goals in less time and with less stress. As a result, thousands of business owners, CEOs, and other overwhelmed professionals have become more focused, effective, and balanced in their lives and work. Melissa’s expertise helps people thrive, and according to her clients, she is knowledgeable, approachable, and “ridiculously fun to work with.”

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Melissa as she presents The Psychology of Productivity. Getting organized at work is an emotion-laden journey for many people. In this one-hour keynote, Dr. Gratias describes five case studies of clients whose experiences and results will resonate with and inspire you. Sometimes the biggest hurdle is your own brain.

Education Update from Georgia Governor Brian Kemp

invited to speak

Tuesday, September 10, 2019 | 11:15 a.m.


SPEAKER BIO:  Brian Kemp is a husband, father, businessman, and public servant. On November 6, 2018, he was elected as Georgia’s 83rd Governor, earning more votes than any gubernatorial candidate in state history.

Governor Kemp built his first business – Kemp Development and Construction Company – with a pick-up truck and a shovel. Over thirty years later, he is a successful entrepreneur with businesses and investments in banking, farming, timber, manufacturing, and real estate.

Kemp served on the Board of Suncrest Stone in Tifton, as a Founding Director of First Madison Bank, and on the St. Mary’s Hospital Board in Athens. From the backhoe to the Board Room, Governor Kemp understands how to successfully create jobs, grow companies, recruit start-ups, and make deals on the international stage while also providing opportunities for hundreds of hardworking Georgians.

Out of frustration with government, Brian Kemp ran for public office in the early 2000s. In the State Senate, Kemp was instrumental in fighting to cut fees, taxes, and mandates on job creators and Georgia families. As Secretary of State, Kemp utilized technology and innovation to cut bureaucratic red tape, slash spending, and streamline government.

As Governor, Brian Kemp will fight to make Georgia #1 for small business through regulatory reform. He will ensure that all parts of our state – including rural Georgia – have opportunities to grow and thrive. Kemp will fundamentally reform state government, keep our families safe, and always put hardworking Georgians first.

Kemp, 55, is married to the former Marty Argo of Athens. They are the proud parents of three daughters – Jarrett, Lucy, and Amy Porter – and are active members of Emmanuel Episcopal Church.

50 Informative Breakout Sessions! Track descriptions are below.

Culture of Success

These sessions will highlight innovation and best practices from schools around the state in curriculum, classroom instruction, and school climate. You’ll hear from colleagues who beat the odds and guided their schools to success despite challenges.

Educating Georgia’s Future Workforce

This track will focus on partnerships that create high-quality Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education experiences for students. Learn how to partner with businesses in your community to create courses that lead to jobs for your graduates.

School Climate and Safety

A positive school climate directly impacts indicators of success such as increased teacher retention, lower dropout rates, decreased incidences of violence, and higher student achievement. Come learn about the four major categories that shape perception of school climate: safety; teaching and learning; interpersonal relationships; and the institutional environment.

Teacher & Leader Development

This track will focus on identifying, developing and retaining your best teachers. It will also focus on the effectiveness and development of other leaders within your school or district.

Business and Operational Management

These sessions are designed for CFOs, Finance Directors, and other members of your district’s business office. Network and share best practices with other professionals within your field.

Tentative Schedule

Sunday, September 8, 2019

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Registration Open

We hope you will take advantage your time away to relax and be refreshed around the beautiful Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel! Click here to see things to do in the area.

Monday, September 9, 2019

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Registration Open

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Exhibits Open

9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Opening General Session
Kickoff remarks by Richard Woods, State School Superintendent

9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors

10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Breakout Session

11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

General Session, Lunch, Keynote Speaker – Melissa Gratias

12:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Breakout Session

2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors

2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Breakout Session

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

7:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Exhibits Open

8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Breakout Session

9:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors

10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Breakout Session

11:15 a.m.  to 12:30 p.m.

Special Luncheon Address
Governor Kemp invited to speak

The Institute will feature music provided by students from Peachtree Ridge High School, Gwinnett County Schools



Five Easy Ways to Register!!!

  1. ONLINE: Use the online form below to register online and pay with a CREDIT CARD.
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  4. TOLL FREE NUMBER: (866) 318-6294
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Please make your check or purchase order payable to:
National Center for Youth
PO Box 22185
Chattanooga, TN 37422-2185

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GELI Registration

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  • PLEASE NOTE: There will be no refunds after August 18, 2019. All cancellations before August 18, 2019 will be refunded less a $25 handling fee. The institute is not responsible for and cannot give refunds due to problems beyond its control such as weather or school closings.

Make Hotel Reservations Early! Limited Availability!


Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center

3405 Lenox Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326


The Atlanta Marriott, the Institute’s host hotel, has a rate of $148 per night, plus tax, which remains valid for reservations made by August 23, 2019, while rooms are available.


  • CALL:  (404) 261-9250 or (800) 228-9290. Please be sure to tell the hotel that you are with group “GA Leadership Institute (GELI) 2019″.
  • REGISTER ONLINE:  Go to the Marriott website.

In the evening, make sure you take time to relax and enjoy the surrounding area. Click on the images to see the things to do around the beautiful Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel.

Visit the Lenox Square, across the street from the Marriott! Or go to Phipps Plaza, just minutes from the hotel.

You can sit back and relax at the many restaurants at the Lenox Square, such as California Pizza Kitchen, Cheesecake Factory, Cousins Maine Lobster, and True Food Kitchen, along with others.

At Lenox Square enjoy shopping at Ann Taylor, Anthropology, Apply, Bloomingdales, Coach, Forever 21, Pottery Barn, Sephora, Williams and Sonoma, and many more!

Phipps Plaza has an AMC movie theater, so you can finally watch that movie you have been wanting to see.

At Phipps Plaza enjoy shopping at Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstoms and dining at Davios and Johnny Rockets!

We hope this conference will educate and equip you to do your job well, and we also hope you will take advantage of the wonderful ways you can relax and be refreshed!