David W. Brezina Memorial Sessions

David W. Brezina served as ALA President from 1996 to 1997. His career in legal administration spanned more than 20 years. In 1996, Dave was involved in a tragic bicycling accident resulting in paralysis and quadriplegia. Even as he fought this disability, he served his term as President with distinction and vigor. At the time of his death in 1999, Dave was serving as a Trustee of the Foundation. A memorial fund was created in his honor to further the educational and charitable work of the Foundation.

Each year at the Annual Conference, the Foundation sponsors the David W. Brezina Memorial Session by bringing a speaker who personifies the spirit of community, professional ethics, personal fortitude and high personal standards of human civility that David represented in both his professional life and his personal struggles.

This year's speaker, Michelle Silverthorn, heads Inclusion Nation, a diversity consulting firm that partners with forward-thinking organizations to design authentic, inclusive workplaces built for success. She'll be presenting "Get Out of Your Silos: How to Respectfully Discuss Race, Gender and Politics in a Fragmented World" at the 2019 Annual Conference & Expo.

Here is a listing of speakers and topics presented over the past several years:

It's Okay to Be the Boss
Speaker: Bruce Tulgan, 2011

Managing with Aloha
Speaker: Rosa Say, 2012

The Inclusion Paradox
Speaker: Andrés Tapia, 2013

The Trial of Salim Ahmed Hamdan: Pro Bono Legal Services
Speaker: Harry Schneider Jr., 2014

Broken Eyes, Unbroken Spirit
Speaker: David Meador, 2015

Civility Pays
Speaker: Christine Porath, PhD, 2016

Giving Voice to Values: The "How" of Values-Driven Leadership
Speaker: Mary Gentile, PhD, 2017