Education Expert Mark Perna to Speak at Performing Arts Center on August 10

| Community | August 9, 2018

Local educators, employers and parents are invited to attend a special presentation from author, education expert and motivational speaker Mark Perna during one of two sessions designed to inspire individuals currently working with Generation Y and Z students.

Considered a national expert in education enrollment, retention and performance, Perna’s presentation will seek to unleash passion, purpose and performance in students by helping attendees understand how to best give those same students a competitive advantage by expanding the educational options and opportunities available to them.

Through his ongoing work with educational and business organizations, Perna has recognized the distinct issues that younger generations are continually faced with, and in response, has developed several best practices for addressing them.

“These proven strategies, pioneered through years of experience with educational organizations of all sizes, will change the game for educators and the students they seek to serve,” said Perna.

Perna’s speaking points will reflect those expressed in his upcoming book “Answering Why: Unleashing Passion, Purpose, and Performance in Younger Generation.”


“I have attended several of Mark’s presentations over the years,” said Harriet Happel, Director of Career and Technical Education at COC. “I guarantee that attendees will leave this event feeling encouraged and empowered to take the journey with our Generations Y and Z students to inspire them to greater performance in all areas of life.”

Perna’s presentation will take place Friday, Aug. 10 at the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) at College of the Canyons. A morning session will run from 9 to 11 a.m. followed by an afternoon presentation from 1 to 3 p.m.

A book signing will be held immediately following both sessions. This event is free and open to the public, with parking available in college lots 2, 4, 5, 13, 14 and 15. This event is being hosted through a partnership with College of the Canyons and the William S. Hart Union High School District, with funding provided by a California Career Pathways Trust Grant.
For more information, call (661) 362-3653 or email Nancy.Sandoval@canyons.edu.

More About the Speaker

Mark C. Perna is the founder of TFS in Cleveland, Ohio, a full-service strategic consulting firm whose mission is to share and support every client’s desire to make a difference. Perna, a graduate of John Carroll University, has many years of experience addressing industry leaders on the topic of expanding their reach in an increasingly global marketplace. A dynamic public speaker, he frequently delivers keynote speeches across the country and recently spoke at Harvard University by special invitation. At TFS, Perna’s team shares his vision of helping organizations experience significant gains in recruitment, engagement, retention, and performance. His first book, “Answering Why: Unleashing Passion, Purpose, and Performance in Younger Generations” was written to help educators, employers, and parents understand Generations Y and Z and inspire them to greater performance in all areas of life. Perna is the father of two successful millennials. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio.

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