Harper College

Build Your Bench Strength: Elevating Your Game for a Winning Future

8 – 8:20 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

First Quarter
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

  • Welcome
    • Kevin Long
  • Keys to the game
    • Dr. Avis Proctor, President, Harper College
  • Kick Off
    • Sam Acho, Change Starts with You

Second Quarter
9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

  • Sideline Report from the Manufacturing Lab
  • How to Build a Successful Training Program
    • Antonio Mannings, Moderator

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

  • Music performed by Harper’s Back Porch Revue

Third Quarter
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

  • Harper Experts Panel: Connecting Training Options for Success
    • Antonio Mannings, Moderator
    • Susan Mulvey, Account Executive, Harper Business Solutions
    • Besa Sadiku, Manager, Workforce Initiatives
    • Kelly Taylor, Professor, Career and Technical Programs
    • Darice Trout, Senior Director, Workforce Solutions and Job Placement
    • Jose Vital, Instructor, Career and Technical Programs

Fourth Quarter
11:30 – 11:45 a.m.

  • Sideline Report from Harper's Similation Laboratory
  • Finishing Strong
    • Dr. Michele Smith, Vice President, Workforce Solutions, Harper College

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • Post-Game Networking in the lobby

Speaker Bios

        Sam Acho

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Former University of Texas and NFL linebacker Sam Acho joined ESPN in 2021 as part of the platform’s comprehensive college football coverage team. He also serves as a Vice President of the NFL Players Association and has authored his second book, Change Starts with You. Mr. Acho also serves as an ambassador for the International Justice Mission. 
Sam Acho Football Career
Linebacker and Defensive:
August 11, 2019 (Buffalo Bills),
2019 (Tampa Bay Buccaneers),
2015 (Chicago Bears),
2011 (Arizona Cardinals)


   Antonio Mannings

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Antonio Mannings, is a decorated combat veteran of the United States Air Force. He has a graduate degree in Organizational Leadership, is a Leadership Training Consultant and a PMI Certified Project Management Professional. Mr. Mannings has 15 years experience consulting, educating and training leaders working in both the public and private sectors. 
Last Updated: 12/14/23