Keynote Speakers

Deanna Cantrell

Chief, San Luis Obispo

Sunday, October 21 - General Session

Deanna started with the San Luis Obispo Police Department as the new Chief of Police on January 4th, 2016.  The San Luis Obispo Police Department serves a city of 47,000 people on the Central Coast of California and is home to California Polytechnic University.  Prior to this appointment, she was with the Mesa, Arizona Police Department for 21 years with her last assignment as the Assistant Chief of the Administrative Services Bureau. Deanna served as the Deputy Chief of Special Operations, Patrol Commander, Internal Affairs Lieutenant and Sergeant, Gang and Patrol Lieutenant, and many other positions within the police department including time spent as a Motor officer in Traffic, and several Special Operations positions.

Deanna developed a deep-rooted history of community engagement and participation while in Mesa and has continued that tradition in San Luis Obispo (SLO).  She started the Police And Community Together (PACT) Board and Policing Education And Community Engagement (PEACE) program since moving to SLO. She was an advisor and briefly served as the Chair of the Arizona Women’s Initiative Network (AZ-WIN) in order to increase the number of women in policing.  Deanna is now the chair of the Criminal Justice Administrators Association for SLO County and serves on several local and state boards.   

Deanna holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Education and a Masters of Administration from Northern Arizona University. She is a graduate of Northwestern University Police Staff and Command School and the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Leadership in Policing Organizations.  Deanna is an adjunct faculty member for Northwestern University teaching policy, contemporary policing and executive image.

Brett Culp

Filmmaker & Documentary Producer

Monday, October 22 - Opening Session

Brett Culp inspires us to engage in a passionate, meaningful mission that leaves a positive impact on the world and brings out the heroic spirit in us all.

Brett is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and founder of the not-for-profit, The Rising Heroes Project. He is known for the films, “Legends of the Knight,” and his latest, “Look to the Sky,” both of which explore the power of heroic stories and heroic individuals to inspire us to believe in a better tomorrow. His films are featured on Netflix, iTunes, Hulu, and other top digital platforms.

Through his groundbreaking non-profit documentary work, Brett has pioneered the art of creating “mini-movements” that inspire the super-human spirit in us all. His unique approach to community-building and relationship-driven engagement invite people to connect with a noble vision and make a difference together.

Passionate, energetic, and engaging, Brett encourages audiences to find the superhero within and their own path to “everyday leadership.” His insights on connecting individuals to an organization's mission and goals resonate, help us realize our greatest personal and business potential, and renew our collective sense of hope for the future and belief that our efforts can make an impact.

Jason Schechterle

Officer, Phoenix AZ Police Dept. (Ret.)

Monday, October 22 - General Session

Growing up, Jason had one dream - to serve as a Phoenix Police Officer.  Inspired by his brother and the tragic loss of a local law enforcement hero, Jason worked persistently towards his dream. After serving four years in the Air Force, at the age 26, Jason achieved his goal to work on the streets of Phoenix as a rookie police officer.  Then, only 14 months into what was supposed to be a life-long career, Jason's life took an unexpected, dramatic and, at the time, tragic turn.

On the night of March 26th, 2001, a taxi cab crashed into the rear of Jason's patrol car.  Upon impact, Jason's car burst into flames, trapping him inside with temperatures reaching over 700 degrees.
Through a series of miraculous and fateful circumstances, Jason survived the crash and ensuing physical and emotional catastrophe.  He suffered severe burns to over 40% of his body which drastically altered his appearance. He has undergone more than 50 surgeries just to have the ability to accomplish simple daily tasks we often take for granted.
Jason's journey chronicles his fight for life, his triumph over tragedy and the inspiration that enables him to continue to overcome unimaginable adversity.  His personal narrative exemplifies that the power of the human spirit can never be underestimated or extinguished.  His story is also a testament of true love and the dedication Jason and his wife have in their commitment to honor their family and the vows of marriage in good times and bad. 
His story is one of life, rebirth and transformation. Jason represents the human experience at its very best - an ascent from despair to describing himself as the luckiest person alive!


Dr. Connie Mariano

President & Founder, Center for Executive Medicine (CEM)

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - General Session 

Dr. Eleanor C. Mariano is the President and founder of the Center for Executive Medicine (CEM) in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is known to her patients and the media as Dr. Connie Mariano. To two former Presidents of the United States and their families, Dr. Mariano is simply “Dr. Connie.” Dr. Mariano graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology, cum laude, June 1977 from Revelle College at the University of California in San Diego. She attended the nation’s military medical school, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, graduating with a Doctor of Medicine degree in May 1981. Dr. Mariano completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Naval Hospital San Diego, CA in 1982 and 1986 respectively. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) and board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine since 1987. She has been a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners since 1982. Dr. Mariano currently is licensed to perform medicine in three states: Arizona, California, and the District of Columbia.

Dr. Mariano’s highest position in medicine was held as Physician to the President for President William J. Clinton, from 1994-2001. She has also held the title of Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University School of Health Sciences and the Mayo School of Medicine.

An expert on the care of VIPs, celebrities, and world leaders, Dr. Mariano is a frequent guest speaker at international conferences as well as on media specials such as CNN’s “The Health of the President.”

With over thirty years in the medical profession, Dr. Mariano has taken care of patients both in the military and private sector. She brings to the CEM her unique experience and passion in providing the highest standard of care to all her patients.

During those rare moments she can define as “free time,” Dr. Mariano enjoys writing (author of The White House Doctor: My Patients were Presidents published in 2010 by St. Martin’s Press), hosting her on monthly internet radio show, “Dr. Connie’s House Calls” on the Empowerment Channel of Voice America network; travel with her retired-CEO husband; and visiting her grandchildren.

Critical Incident Panel 

Tuesday, October 23 - Closing Session

Route 91 Harvest Festival, Las Vegas Shooting

On a warm weekend in October 2017, more than 22,000 people were enjoying the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.  As headliner Jason Aldean was performing, shots rang out and chaos ensued.  From the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino a lone gunman unleashed a stream of constant, rapid gunfire that left 58 dead and more than 500 hurt.  Las Vegas Metro PD Sergeant Annette Mullin will provide insight into what has been described as ‘the worst shooting in modern US history’; she will be joined by three off-duty law enforcement professionals who will share their stories of survival and how this experience has changed their lives. 

Presenters :     Sergeant Annette Mullin, Las Vegas Metro Police Department, Officer Deborah Thomas, Los Angeles Police Department, Sergeant Brad Powers, San Bernardino County Sheriffs Department, Officer Tim DeGrano, San Leandro Police Department (Retired)