2024 Global TapRooT® Summit Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce our 2024 Keynote Speakers.

Erika Armstrong, “Flying to the Scene of the Crash”
Betsy Allen-Manning, “DNA of High Achievers”
Mark Paradies, Alex Paradies, and Amy Souders, “Aligning Your Improvement Activities with Managements’s Goals to Achieve Total Management Support ”
Dan Verlinde, “TapRooT® Software”
Karl Mecklenburg, “Six Keys to Success”

Wednesday, 10:20 AM

Erika Armstrong

“Flying to the Scene of the Crash”

Why do pilots crash instead of “going around.” You might call this flying to the scene of the crash. And it isn’t just pilots that commit to actions that lead to failures. Erika will share ideas about why people become committed to actions and can’t seem to recognize that failure is coming. This talk will help you recognize “flying to the scene of the crash” and stop it before it is too late.

Erika is a pilot and a LinkedIn Influencer. Learn more about her qualifications by following her on LinkedIn.

Erika Armstrong keynote speaker

Wednesday, 4:00 PM

Betsy Allen-Manning

“DNA of High Achievers”

Does this sound familiar….you want this to be your year to reach new heights, be considered for that new position, or stand out as a thought leader in your industry, but you don’t have the strategies, disciplines, motivation, or game plan to see it through? Through Betsy’s interviews with super achievers, along with her expertise in human behavior, she breaks down the DNA of top performers and gives you their 6-step strategy to develop a game plan that works, manage your time better, and start each day with an ‘ALL IN’ mentality, so you’re prepared to crush your next level. Use these strategies to implement the best practices you learn at the Summit, and you will be sure to succeed when you return to work.

Find out more about Betsy’s extensive speaking experience at her LinkedIn profile.


Thursday, 9:00 AM

Alex Paradies, Mark Paradies, & Amy Souders

“Aligning Your Improvement Activities With Managements’ Goals to Achieve Total Management Support “

TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis is a great system to reactively and proactively improve performance. But can you explain to your senior management how TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis helps them meet their corporate goals? Mark, Amy, and Alex will share three examples from three different industries, help you match your improvement efforts to your company’s goals, and help you explain how TapRooT® RCA makes your company’s improvement efforts effective.

Read more about Mark’s, Amy’s, and Alex’s backgrounds at their LinkedIn profiles and connect with them.

Thursday, 4:00 PM

Dan Verlinde

“TapRooT® Software”

Learn how the latest improvements in the TapRooT® Software can help you be more efficient and effective when applying TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis to investigate incidents or proactively improve using audits or assessments.

Dan is System Improvements’ Chief Technology Officer and knows everything there is to know about the TapRooT® Software. This session is a great place to ask any questions you have about the TapRooT® Software and make suggestions if you have ideas to improve it.

Dan Verlinde - Keynote Speaker - 2024 Global TapRooT® Summit

Friday, 11:00 AM

Karl Mecklenburg

“Six Keys to Success”

Karl Mecklenburg’s life is a testimony to overcoming obstacles to achieve success.  Karl’s journey through junior varsity football, losing a partial scholarship at his first college, walking on at the University of Minnesota, and coming to the Broncos as the 310th pick of the draft were all obstacles overcome.  He achieved his dream by becoming the most versatile player in the NFL and a team captain. Karl’s twelve-year NFL career included six Pro Bowl and three Super Bowl appearances. Learn the six keys to success that Karl learned in his journey and apply them to achieve your goals.

Learn more about Karl on his LinkedIn page.