Christopher Novak to Give 'Conquering Adversity' Keynote at National Advocacy Center

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After speaking engagements in Las Vegas, Baltimore, Naples and Rochester this summer, author Christopher Novak heads to Columbia, South Carolina and a keynote at the U.S. Dept. of Justice's National Advocacy Center.

Nearly 200 top legal professionals from the National District Attorney's Association, the U.S. Attorney's Offices and the Department of Justice will gather on Sept. 7 on the campus of South Carolina University at the National Advocacy Center to hear a closing keynote by Syracuse-based author, motivational speaker and leadership coach Christopher Novak.

The author of, Conquering Adversity: Six Strategies to Move You and Your Team Through Tough Times, Novak will share his signature presentation with an elite group of federal officials that are gathering from across the country for a 3-day Victim Witness Conference. His keynote will also be taped for rebroadcast on the DOJ's Justice Television Network.

Novak turned the tragic death of his pregnant wife in 1998 into a powerful book and keynote that has inspired thousands to discover and unleash the hero inside each of us. His six strategies for moving forward with purpose and passion apply with equal impact to our professional and personal lives and have served as an inspiring road-map for people and organizations facing change, challenge and adversity.

A popular keynote speaker, Novak transforms a riveting personal journey into a compelling professional message that focuses on such workplace necessities as core values, optimism, communication, relationships, change management, persistence, work-life balance and much more. Novak's interactive format personalizes the presentation and provides tangible takeaways. He has been a speaker at the Victim's of Violence Memorial in Albany, New York and drew a standing ovation from 150 FBI, state and local law enforcement professionals at a conference in Meriden, Connecticut last year.

Also in September, Novak brings "Conquering Adversity" to 250 education professionals in the Cato School District (Syracuse, NY) and a team of senior executive leaders with Lane Construction in Pennsylvania.

"Conquering Adversity" has been featured at conferences, executive retreats, training sessions and special events for groups that include the Society for Human Resources Management (national and regional), College and University Professionals Association - HR (national and regional), Association of Physical Plant Administrators, Florida Hospital Association, Nike, Crowley Foods, Suburban Propane, Magna Powertrain, Colgate University, Ithaca College, Hess Corporation and American military families stationed in Europe.

Novak's professional background includes former human resources director at Cornell University and chief human resources officer for a ceramic manufacturer. He is founder of, The Summit Team, whose focus is leader-to-leader training and executive coaching. He has a master's degree in business management and a dual bachelor's degree in aeronautics-mathematics. Novak is the author of two other books, 4 Circles of Good Business (Core Concepts Inc.; 2006) and the soon to be released, Lead Like a Pirate! (Cornerstone Leadership Institute; 2007) along with more than 20 magazine articles for publications that include Newsweek, Smithsonian's Air & Space, HR Magazine, CUPA-HR Journal, APPA Journal and syndication by The New York Times.

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