Keynote Presentations & Motivational Speaking

Tony has been referred to by many as a highly motivational and inspirational speaker who effectively engages diverse audiences with a unique lecture/conversation style. Listed below are some of the topics Tony speaks on, as well as a list of recent presentations and media appearances. For fees and availability, please email

Selected Recent Presentations

  • “’Reinventing’ America’s Schools,” Microsoft Corporation Guest Speaker Series
  • “Starting Points for Reinvention,” Keynote, U.S. Department of Education Conference on Reinventing High Schools
  • “Educators Are From Mars; Business Leaders Live on Venus: How Are We Going To Get Down To Earth Together?” Keynote, Illinois State School/Business Partnership Conference
  • “Seeing the School Reform Elephant: What Policymakers Need to Know,” American Educational Research Association
  • “Seeking Higher Moral and Academic Standards: A Response to Character Education,” Closing Address, American Association of Higher Education Conference
  • “Strategies for Building Community Partnerships,” Keynote Address, Connecticut Priority School Districts Conference
  • “What is The Aim of Educational Reform?” Keynote Address, Pennsylvania School Reform Network
  • “Are Schools ‘Failing’?” Keynote Address, Texas School-to-Work State Conference
  • “Successful Strategies for Community Involvement,” Coalition of Essential Schools Fall Forum
  • “Charter Schools: Promises, Problems, and Policy Recommendations,” Connecticut State Legislature Policy Briefing
  • “Charter Schools: Policy Implications for Educational Reform,” Education Week Press Briefing
  • “Towards a New Definition of Parental Involvement,” U.S. Department of Education Goals 2000 Launch Conference
  • “Why School Reform: Making the Case for Change,” Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Professional Development Program for Administrators
  • “New Strategies for Public Engagement,” A series of seminars and planning sessions for the New England Superintendents’ Leadership Council at Brown University

Media Appearances

  • McNeil/Lehrer NewsHour
  • NBC “Today” Show
  • National Public Radio, “Talk of the Nation” and “All Things Considered”
  • numerous local television and radio programs around the country