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Aug 11

WACO Announces 2021 Conference Keynote Speaker

Posted on August 11, 2021 at 11:23 AM by Melanie Terry

Courthouse Journal Blog  

July 11th, 2021 

2021 Conference Keynote Speaker Announced  


Elected County Officials have always worked hard to ensure the job requirements and duties of their office are met. However, the COVID-19 pandemic altered the routines and procedures of county government, sending county officials and their staff into overdrive. A 2020 study by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence reported that 31% of state and local government employees said that their experiences in working while COVID-19 ravaged the nation, has encouraged them to consider quitting. 

When considering keynote speakers for the 2021 Conference, WACO Education Committee members wished to find a dynamic speaker able to address this urgent topic. They did not need to look any further than Betsy Allen-Manning.  

WACO is delighted to announce Betsy Allen-Manning will be the keynote speaker for WACO’s Annual Conference in October 2021. Betsy will present “Reset & Recharge: Master your mindset, productivity, habits, health and relationships to unleash your potential and live your best life”. This program will give actionable takeaways, like discovering techniques to reduce stress, burnout & overwhelm while increasing resilience & positive thinking and learning how different personality styles react to stress and how to tap into your strengths for stronger ’Mental Performance’.  

Betsy has been featured on Fox, CBS, ABC, NBC and TEDx. She is a internationally recognized keynote speaker & success strategist, for high-performing leaders & teams. Betsy’s specialty is helping leaders develop both foundational & critical skills to improve performance & productivity, while building a ‘wonderful place to work’ culture. 

The WACO Education Committee is extremely excited to select Betsy has the 2021 Keynote Speaker and knows she will bring knowledge that can help WACO Members become better elected officials and managers.