2023 Global TapRooT® Summit Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to announce our 2023 Keynote Speakers.

Frank Abagnale, “Art of the Steal”
RaDonda Vaught, “Criminalizing Errors”
Garrison Wynn, “Influencing Safety for All Generations”
Susan Carnicero, “Spy the Lie”
Barb Carr, “The Psychology of Happiness”

Wednesday, 10:20 AM

RaDonda Vaught

“Criminalizing Errors”

RaDonda Vaught, a nurse in Tennessee, was charged with criminally negligent homicide and abuse of an impaired adult after making a mistake. Hear her story and learn about what she is doing to improve the systems that support both patients and healthcare workers.

RaDonda Vaught

Wednesday, 4:00 PM

Garrison Wynn

“Influencing Safety for All Generations: How to Get Total Buy-in from Everyone”

Whether you are trying to reduce your number of recordables or prevent a good safety record from creating complacency, this entertaining, presentation is more than just a safe bet. It will get you laughing, learning and motivated to create a culture of safety. With a focus on generational differences, the program explains why older employees get stuck in their ways and why younger people are more likely to snap a picture of a fire than run from it!

Garrison is an authentic guy, with a varied background in manufacturing and finance and even six years of touring as a professional stand-up comedian. In his teens he worked with Magnavox and baseball legend Hank Aaron; and at age 27, he was the youngest department head in a Fortune 500 company’s history. Garrison not only survived a chemical plant explosion but also developed safety products still being sold in 30 countries! He is the author of the bestseller The REAL Truth About Success, has co-authored with Stephen Covey and has been a weekly contributor to the Washington Post. Garrison’s presentation goes beyond a magnetic performance; it leaves you with research-based solutions from his Fortune 100 client list that you can implement right away.

Garrison Wynn

Thursday, 9:00 AM

Susan Carnicero

“Spy the Lie”

A former security specialist with the Central Intelligence Agency, Susan Carnicero has 20 years of experience in interviewing, interrogation, and polygraph examination, focused primarily on national security, employment, and criminal issues. Susan is the developer of a behavioral screening program currently used within the federal government and in a variety of private industries, tapping experience gained in government service. She is widely considered a leading authority on interviewing, detection of deception, and elicitation.

Susan has extensive experience in conducting training for federal government agencies and the law enforcement community, as well as for financial services firms and other private-sector companies. Most recently, she has been involved in conducting high-level screening interviews within the U.S. government, and in providing consulting services for Forbes Top 10 families.

Prior to joining the CIA, Susan served in the investor relations and corporate communications field, where she achieved the position of Director of Public Relations for a Fortune 500 company.

Susan is co-author of The New York Times bestsellers Spy the Lie and Get the Truth. She holds an M.A. in Forensic Psychology and an M.A. in Secondary Education/English from Marymount University in Arlington, Va.


Thursday, 4:00 PM

Barb Carr

“The Psychology of Happiness”

As we gained greater control over our lives this past year, it hasn’t been all sunshine and roses. We adapted to less stimulation, little social contact, and more personal time in 2020, and we have also been grappling with multiple emotionally-charged social issues and hard economic challenges.

Many of us are finding that our previous sources of happiness in relationships, places, and experiences are gone or are just not the same. Will life ever be “normal” again? It takes time to reframe and learn where happiness exists for each of us now … but it does exist. Maybe it won’t be exactly the same but it doesn’t have to steal our joy. We can create a new healthy normal. There is a science to happiness and if you know enough about how it works, you will tip the odds in your favor!

Barb joined the TapRooT® Team in 2006. She is a Certified Professional Coach and often speaks about soft skills like emotional intelligence, communication skills, and living life true to core values.  Barb has a BS in Psychology from King University and completed human factors training at the University of Michigan. She is a TapRooT® Root Cause Analysis Instructor and the Editorial Director for System Improvements – TapRooT®.

Barb Carr

Friday, 11:00 AM

Frank Abagnale

“Art of the Steal”

Frank W. Abagnale is one of the world’s most respected authorities on the subjects of forgery, embezzlement and secure documents. For over forty years he has lectured to and consulted with hundreds of financial institutions, corporations and government agencies around the world.

Mr. Abagnale has been associated with the FBI for over four decades. He lectures extensively at the FBI Academy and for the field offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He is a faculty member at the National Advocacy Center (NAC) which is operated by the Department of Justice, Executive Office for United States Attorneys. More than 14,000 financial institutions, corporations and law enforcement agencies use his fraud prevention programs. In 1998, he was selected as a distinguished member of “Pinnacle 400” by CNN Financial News. Today Mr. Abagnale is a member of the Board of Editors for Bank Fraud and IT Security, as well as the Financial Fraud Law Report. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the LexisNexis Fraud Defense Network, as well as an Advisory Board Member of the University of New Haven Masters in Investigation Program.

Today the majority of Mr. Abagnale’s work is for the U. S. government. His company does not sell products or provide services, with the exception of his public speaking engagements.