Holly Elissa Bruno

Closing Ceremony Speaker March 5th, 2020
8:30 – 11:30 am ET


Keynote Topic
It’s not a mistake if I learn from it:
The art and science of transforming shamed reaction into hopeful action



Holly Elissa Bruno, MA, JD, is an award winning best selling author on emotional intelligence and managing legal risks in early childhood education. Before joining our field, she served as Assistant Attorney General in Maine, Dean of Faculty, Associate Professor and was selected Outstanding Professor at the University of Maine-Augusta.

Holly Elissa Bruno, MA, JD, award-winning and best-selling author specializing in emotionally intelligent leadership and preventing legal risks, is an international keynote speaker. iTunes ranked her radio program, Heart to Heart Conversations on Leadership: Your Guide to Making a Difference in its top 200 k-12 podcasts. She served as Assistant Attorney General for the state of Maine and Assistant Dean at the University of Maine School of Law. While working as Associate Professor and Academic Dean at the University of Maine-Augusta, Holly Elissa was selected “Outstanding Professor.” An alumna of Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management, she teaches leadership courses for Wheelock College, most recently in Singapore. Her first book, Leading on Purpose was published by McGraw-Hill in 2008. Its sequel, What You Need to Lead: Emotional Intelligence in Practice has been one of NAEYC’s best-sellers. Managing Legal Risks, Teachers College Press, is another best-seller. The Comfort of Little Things received the Living Now Award for books in any field that “uplift the quality of life”. Watch for the Spring 2020 release of Holly Elissa’s new book, “Happiness is running through the streets to find you: Translating trauma’s harsh legacy into healing.”