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2022 Conference Featured Breakout Speakers


Beth Ziesenis
Your Nerdy Best Friend

Since her first Motorola RAZR flip phone , Beth has made a verb out of the word nerd. She’s here to help you filter through thousands of apps, gadgets, widgets and doodads to find the perfect free and bargain technology tools for work and home. Although the only real trophy she ever won was for making perfect French fries at McDonald’s in high school, Beth Z has been featured on Best Speaker lists by several groups that write best speaker lists. She is also a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), the highest earned credential from the National Speakers Association. It’s kind of a big deal. She has written multiple books on apps and has spoken to about 100,000 people, about 99.9% of whom can’t pronounce her last name.



Silas Dulan III, MSM
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at 
Evergy

As director, Silas Dulan is responsible for developing, implementing, and cultivating Evergy’s overarching diversity, equity and inclusion strategy. Silas began his career with Evergy in 2016 as a Sr. HR Business Partner. Subsequently, he served as Trading Analyst within the company’s Power Marketing Department. He has led the company’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts since June 2019.

Before joining Evergy, he served as Financial Business Manager, then University Recruiting Manager at Kiewit; Director of Multicultural Affairs (CAS) & Director of Retention (SPGS) at Baker University and in Supply Chain Management at Sprint, now T-Mobile. Silas is a graduate of Baker University where he earned a master’s degree in Management and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a minor in Psychology.

Active in the Topeka, Kansas City and Wichita areas, Silas was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees for Baker University. He currently serves on the boards of Center for Disability Inclusion and the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD). He is an executive member of the YMCA of KC’s DE&I Council and the KACCTE (Kansas Advisory Committee for Careers and Technical Education). Silas also serves on DE&I tasks forces for the Wichita Chamber, KC Rising and the Southwest Power Pool (SPP). In addition, he is an advisory council member of the NUDC (National Utility Diversity Council) and alumni of Advance Kansas (Class XII) – an organization focused on bringing inclusion and diversity to the workplace. Silas has also been a KSHSAA certificate official since 2015.

Silas resides in Lawrence, KS with his wife and three children.

Rachel Berbiglia
"Uncovering Kansas" Podcast Creator

Rachel Berbiglia is the creator of a new podcast series, "Uncovering Kansas", and a self-proclaimer Kansas Ambassador. Rachel is a problem solver, with over 15 years of experience managing enterprise-wide, complex strategic and operational programs. She enjoys the challenge of seeing the big picture while being able to execute on the details to ensure successful outcomes. Additionally, she runs a children's literacy program, Building a Bookshelf, which she and husband founded in 2010. Through this program, they've distributed over 26,000 books to children of low income families in the Kansas City area.

Frank Tracz
Professor of Music and Director of Bands, Kansas State University

Dr. Frank Tracz is professor of music and director of bands at Kansas State University. He earned his B.M.E. from The Ohio State University, the M.M. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Ph.D. from the Ohio State University. He has public school teaching experience in Wisconsin and Ohio and has also served as Assistant Director of bands at Syracuse University and Director of bands at Morehead State University.

Dr. Tracz has served as an adjudicator, clinician, speaker in various schools and conferences and has conducted All-State and Honor bands across the United States as well as in Canada, Singapore, South Africa, Fiji, Australia, and New Zealand.

At Kansas State he directs the Wind Ensemble and the Marching Band, teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting, advisor to Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, and the Band Ambassadors, and administers and guides all aspects of a large BIG XII comprehensive band program. Ensembles under his direction have been invited to perform at numerous State conferences, MENC, two CBDNA regional conferences, The Larry Sutherland Wind band Festival at Fresno State, Carnegie Hall, and the Kennedy Center.

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