Thank you to all who attended our 20th Anniversary Celebration!


We enjoyed an amazing two days with memorable speakers, outstanding clients, family and friends, and look forward to many more years of bringing unforgettable experiences to audiences around the world.

If you are interested in booking one of the speakers from our event, please reach out to your GDA sales person today.


Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Open House at GDA Offices
3500 Oak Lawn, Suite 740
Dallas, TX 75219

3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Welcome Party for Out-of-Town Guest
(Casual attire)

Sky Club at The Mayfair at Turtle Creek
3401 Lee Pkwy
Dallas, TX 75219

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.     Dinner will be served


Thursday, July 25, 2019

20th Anniversary Celebration*
(Business casual attire during the day)

Arlington Hall at Turtle Creek Park
3333 Turtle Creek Blvd
Dallas, TX 75219

Main Entrance/Parking off Lee Parkway; Valet Parking available all day


8:30 a.m. Doors Open, Check-in begins   Coffee and pastries
9:00 a.m. Welcome  

Gail Davis

9:15 a.m. The Five Secrets to an Unstoppable Memory Ron White

Ron White

Memory Expert
9:45 a.m. Lessons in Partnership Carey Lohrenz

Carey Lohrenz

First Female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in North America
10:15 a.m. Break   Coffee, cold beverages and pastries
10:30 a.m. Rules versus Principles Andy Fastow

Andy Fastow

Former CFO of Enron
11:45 a.m. The Happiness Advantage: Linking Positive Brains to Performance Shawn Achor

Shawn Achor

Former Harvard Professor, Positive Psychology Expert

12:15 p.m. A special Q&A/discussion with Bruce Feiler
--Moderated by Jeff Civillico
Bruce Feiler

Bruce Feiler

Best-selling Author and New York Times Columnist
12:45 p.m. Lunch    
1:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Creating the Ultimate Audience Member Experience
--Moderated by Tim Sanders



Dana Ayres, Executive Director Program Services - SMU

Heather Davis, Corporate Vice President - The Nautilus Group, a service of New York Life Insurance Company

Jan Langbein, Executive Director - Genesis Women's Shelter

Tim Sanders

Tim Sanders

Technology Pioneer, New York Times Best-Selling Author
2:00 p.m. Collaborating Our Way to the Ultimate Audience Member Experience
--Facilitated by Tim Sanders and David Burkus
David Burkus

David Burkus

Best-selling Author, Professor
3:00 p.m. The Lost Years Kristina Wandzilak & Costance Curry

Kristina Wandzilak & Constance Curry

Authors of "The Lost Years"
3:45 p.m. A Conversation with Nando Parrado and Gail Davis
--Moderated by Jeff Civillico
Nando Parrado

Nando Parrado

New York Times Bestselling Author, Rugby Legend, Hero and Inspiration for the Movie, Alive
4:30 p.m. End of daytime sessions   Break until 6:30pm



Evening Reception and Dinner
(Evening Chic Attire)

Arlington Hall at Oak Lawn Park
3333 Turtle Creek Blvd
Dallas, TX 75219

Main Entrance/Parking off Lee Parkway; Valet Parking available


6:30 p.m. Evening Reception   Beer, Wine and hors d'oeuvres
7:00 p.m. Special Recognition  

Gail Davis

  Dinner Served  


  Entertainment Jeff Civillico

Jeff Civillico

Las Vegas Headliner, TV Host Personality, & Philanthropist
  Celebration and Champagne  



Thank you to our event Emcee Jeff Civillico.  Also a special thank you to Nando Parrado for hosting our full day beverage station and to Ron White for hosting our champagne toast.


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