Keynotes & Presentations

Our presentations are engaging, interactive and provide resources and tools. We bring practical experience and knowledge of best-practices in the areas of school bullying and violence-prevention, whole school climate and youth empowerment. Our keynotes and presentations inspire audiences and equip them to take effective action. We work closely with you so we can design and deliver keynotes, workshops and other presentations that meet your exact needs and wishes.

Community Matters has spoken at many national, regional and local conferences, events, meetings and assemblies. Following is a list of some of the presentations given to date:

  • National Association of Secondary School Principals Convention
  • Boston Safer School Forum
  • Texas School Boards Association/Texas Association of School Administrators Conference
  • Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development Annual Conference
  • National School Board Association Conference
  • Clinton School of Public Service, Speaker Series
  • California School Boards Association Conference
  • Oregon Medical Alliance Association Conference

About Our Presenters

Our presenters connect with and inspire diverse audiences across the continent, from education, government, youth-serving organizations, businesses and corporations, families and young people of all ages. 

Please contact us if you are interested in having a representative from Community Matters speak at your conference or workshop.

Rick Phillips, Founder, Community Matters

Rick Phillips, founder of Community Matters, is a nationally-recognized educator, trainer, keynote presenter, and workshop leader who has presented to more than 300 organizations and groups. He has been interviewed on The Today Show and many other radio, television and online interviews. Rick is the lead author of Safe School Ambassadors: Harnessing Student Power to Stop Bullying and Violence and Ten Years after Columbine: School Violence-Prevention Report Card. He co-created the Safe School Ambassadors® program, a youth-involvement, bullying-prevention program implemented in nearly 1,000 schools across North America. Rick earned his Master’s of Science Degree in education from the University of Southern California, where he was a recipient of a United States Office of Education Fellowship. He has been a principal and teacher at elementary, middle, and high schools, a school district and county office of education administrator, and a Regional Director at the Healthy Kids Center for the California Department of Education. Rick brings these years of expertise and practical experience to his inspiring presentations. He is a father, grandfather and champion of children and youth.

John Linney, Senior Trainer

John Linney holds an M.A. and is considered a master speaker and trainer with a participatory approach to learning and a speaking style described as engaging, authentic and energizing. John is passionate about creating positive, healthy and safe youth climates that tap into young people as allies in preventing cruelty and violence in schools. He has been the keynote speaker at several events and conferences and has been a featured guest on numerous local and national television and radio programs in the U.S. and Mexico including C-SPAN, Univision, and National Public Radio. As a Senior Trainer for Community Matters, he has worked within the Safe School Ambassadors® model since 2002. 

Annette Schyadrè, Senior Trainer

For the past ten years, Annette has been combining her ability to inspire with her background in psychology and behavioral science to facilitate change. She has trained 1,000’s of youth and adults in schools across the country in the areas of bullying prevention and improving school climates. Annette has also worked with men and women in abusive relationships, victims of crimes, individuals, groups and families seeking personal growth and who are ready to rediscover lost passions, create positive change and live their lives out of their purpose.

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In just a few minutes, easily calculate your Annual Costs & Losses in time and money as a result of Student Suspensions...and discover how much your school or district could recover.

Student Suspensions equal higher absenteeism, which translates directly to losses in your attendance-based revenue. Suspensions also have a secondary cost: the amount of time and money it takes to process the suspensions.

We have focused on suspensions here as an example of discipline costs because they’re a significant predictor of the quality of school climate, and because they’re universally tracked by schools. Similar calculations could be made for expulsions and drop outs, or for the growing numbers of children who stay home from school every day for fear of being bullied or otherwise mistreated by their peers.

Fill in the fields below to learn what suspensions are costing your school or district and how much could be saved.

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Now, imagine recovering and reallocating this much time and money, and possibly more!

Research shows that the most effective strategy for the prevention of harassment, cyber-aggression and bullying is empowering student bystanders to intervene. When they do, these incidents are defused, deescalated and prevented, resulting in fewer referable offenses, and ultimately, fewer suspensions.

Community Matters’ Safe School Ambassadors (SSA) program does exactly that. It wakes up students’ courage and equips them with skills to safely and effectively intervene. Based on a two‐year independent study, it has been shown that schools where the SSA program was implemented as designed, experienced a 33% decrease in suspensions. The following calculation uses that 33% decrease to calculate the amount of your potential recovery.

Rick Phillips - Keynote Speaker Profile An overview of Rick Phillips Keynotes and Presentations history
I knew I wanted to break the old mold of keynote ‘speeches’ and move our participants into a different mode. you made it happen. . . . Thank you for a great energizer and motivating keynote. -Starla Jewell-Kelley, Executive Director, National Community Education Association
The Safe School Ambassadors program has provided us with a well-designed student-to-student initiative that has made a positive difference in over 30 of our district’s schools. - Alison Adler, Ed.D., Chief, Safety & Learning Environment, School District of Palm Beach County, FL