CommHIT24

October 17, 2024 | Thursday
CommHIT HQ at the Kennedy Space Center

About the Event

C.S. Lewis rightly said that “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.”

Overcoming hardships, whatever the hardships may be, is no simple task. Yet, we can boil it down to one word: Resilience. Resilience is usually accomplished by teams that are prepared for challenges and, in a coordinated way, shift with the chaos of the unavoidable crisis. Leaders who understand that all teammates play important roles and help teammates explicitly understand their purposes are better prepared for adversity.

For all of us, life is full of difficulties. Our futures promise more challenges—challenges that will test the resilience of your company, your family and friends, and you.

Come to CommHIT24 on October 17, 2024 at the Kennedy Space Center. When you face challenges, we want your story to be one of resilience.

Attendees

We welcome leaders from all business sectors that are critical to a thriving and prosperous Florida. These sectors include space, aerospace, transportation, logistics, health, tech, education, manufacturing, construction, and government.

Event Purpose

CommHIT24 will showcase the latest and greatest presentations and activities to instill resilience into your business. This year’s CommHIT24 is dedicated to sharing what businesses and individuals need to know to recover, stabilize, and continue with purpose and mission when they face volatility, adversity, struggles, or disasters.

Event Speakers

Kathy Ireland
Founder of kathy ireland Worldwide®
Keynote


Kathy Ireland is an American actress, author, entrepreneur, fashion designer, philanthropist, and former fashion model. Kathy is the founder of kathy ireland Worldwide® (kiWW®)–one of the most powerful brands in the world according to License Global magazine, Forbes, ABC, CBS, NBC and other media reports. KiWW® is responsible for billions of dollars in retail sales and is the most valuable woman-owned licensing company in American history according to WWD. Kathy has graced the cover of Forbes Magazine more times than Sports Illustrated. Kathy is ranked #1 in Lifestyle in Forbes magazine’s most recent 50 Over 50 special issues, one of the 19 most influential women in licensing by License Global magazine, according to Fairchild Publications, one of the 50 most influential people in fashion and one of the most influential leaders in the furniture industry. Kathy and kiWW® support multiple philanthropic efforts including women and children’s health, HIV/AIDS, Education, human freedom, human rights, wars against religious persecution and violence of every kind. Kathy is the first female Board Member of the NFLPI, WNBPA Board of Advocates, an Ambassador and donor for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and International Youth Chair for the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

John Spence
Leadership Development Expert
Headliner


For more than 30 years, John Spence has helped people and businesses, including large corporations, worldwide harness success. John is the author of five books and co-author of several more, a business consultant, workshop facilitator, keynote speaker and executive coach with a client list that includes numerous Fortune 500 firms (including Coca-Cola, Apple, and Microsoft) to small businesses, professional associations and other organizations. John’s areas of expertise include: leadership, high-performance teams, managing change, organizational culture, consultative selling, strategic planning, strategy execution and the future of business.

Meghan Michael, DODC
Co-founder
Collective Resilience Institute


Dr. Michael is the co-founder of the Collective Resilience Institute which facilitates leader development training on team and organizational resilience. A graduate of United States Naval Academy, she has 30+ years of leadership experience as a career Naval Officer that includes Command ashore, overseas deployments, and Director of Personnel, Operations and Training. She financially managed the Navy’s multimillion-dollar Active Duty for Operational Support program. She has taught adult learners for several years, both in the Navy classroom and as an adjunct professor. Dr. Michael earned her Doctorate in Organization Development and Change from Bowling Green State University. She researches team resilience both in the sports context and the workplace. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources and Society for Human Resources Management Certified Professional, a Resilience Building Leader Program-Trainer, a certified practitioner in EQ-I 2.0/EQ 360, and a World Rugby Level 1 certified coach and referee.

Kellie O’Dare, PhD
Florida A&M University Assistant Professor
2nd Alarm Project Executive Director


Dr. O’Dare is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management with the Institute of Public Health at Florida A&M University and the Founder and Executive Director of the 2nd Alarm Project. She is the Principal Investigator on $5.5 million in federal and state funding for first responder resiliency initiatives. Dr. O’Dare has actively worked with dozens of Florida based agencies to conduct needs assessments, provide capacity building for peer support teams, and develop BHAP programs. She has conducted mental health training with hundreds of first responders, family members, and leadership teams and functioned as a behavioral health navigator and clinical advisor to peer support teams. She has also served on local and statewide critical incident activations and deployments, including to Surfside, FL in 2021 and Hurricane Ian in 2022. She frequently provides consultation and technical assistance to first responder organizations across the country on best practices in building mental wellness programs.

Zach Eichholz
Chief Resilience Manager
City of Cape Canaveral


Zach Eichholz is the Chief Resilience Manager and Emergency Operations Coordinator for the City of Cape Canaveral in Brevard County, Florida. He received a Bachelor of Science in Sustainability Studies (2016) and a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Sciences (2019) from the Florida Institute of Technology before being hired in by the City of Cape Canaveral to help write the City’s first-ever Resiliency Action Plan. Five years later, with this action plan in place, Zach is in charge of Cape Canaveral’s Resilience Division – set within the Community and Economic Development Department – where he oversees the implementation of a variety of sustainability and resilience-based initiatives that include but are not limited to renewable energy deployment, flood mitigation and adaption projects, disaster preparation and relief, fleet electrification, and decarbonization efforts. Before this position, Zach worked as a project assistant through his time as a master’s student researching and writing the City of Satellite Beach 2017 Sustainability Action Plan; developing a series of actionable targets designed to reduce the City’s environmental footprint and mitigate future climate change impacts.

Kendra Siler, PhD
CommHIT CEO
Master of Ceremonies


Dr. Siler is a nationally-recognized leader in supporting rural, underserved, and remote settings. She has been an appointed stakeholder advisor to the Trump Administration White House Office of American Innovation and the Obama Administration White House Rural Council. After COVID was first discovered, Dr. Siler was a panelist for a UN Event discuss technologies to shorten COVID severity and spread. Specializing in Immunology and Biochemistry, she received her PhD from the University of Florida where she worked on securing centralized patient databases. Dr. Siler leads Wave 1 of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 405(d) Task Group and develops registered apprenticeship programs.

CommHIT24
EARLY BIRD
Registration is OPEN

Registration includes admission to event, breakfast, lunch, and access to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on October 17 and 18, 2024.

Ticket Price: $225*

CommHIT Members Save 25%

CommHIT member price:

$225 $168.75*


*Eventbrite fees and taxes not included

Join the CommHIT Team

Become a CommHIT Team Titan by purchasing a CommHIT 2024 membership. All members receive exclusive discounts on CommHIT events, including 25% off of your CommHIT24 event ticket.

Travel Information

Registered attendees will receive an email by October 14, 2024 letting them know that they are cleared on the NASA security logs and instructions to park and enter. If you are registered and you don’t receive this information by October 14, 2024, please contact Jaquesha.Jefferson@CommHIT.org.

Area Lodging

We recommend booking early, in case hotel rates increase unexpectedly. For instance, hotel rates in the Titusville area go up if a launch is planned. Click below for a (non-exhaustive) list of nearby hotel recommendations.

CommHIT Location

CommHIT is headquartered at the Astronauts Memorial Foundation Building at the Kennedy Space Center.

Curious About Last Year’s Event?

Learn about our 2023 event by visiting its archived event page and photo gallery.