Expert Training

Matt Mattson

The Social Excellence Project

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Matt Mattson is a co-creator of The Social Excellence project and a co-owner of three other companies that help people come together around important causes. He and some great friends have spent over a decade building companies that make the world better. He grew up in Michigan, attended Grand Valley State University as an undergrad, and has found his way to beautiful Colorado where he lives with his wife and two adorable daughters. Matt has a Master’s Degree in Education and a Bachelor’s in Advertising and Public Relations. He has authored a couple of books, he’s a runner, and he’s a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan. Most importantly, he loves helping people, like you, connect to others who want to change the world.

Learn more about Matt at Watch his TEDx Talk on #SocialExcellence, titled “When We Gather, We Matter” here. Follow Matt on Twitter (@PhiredUpMatt & @SocialXcellence)

A.J. McCombs and Maggie Phenicie

The Baltimore Improv Group

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Baltimore Improv Group (BIG) is a nonprofit that provides corporate training, educational workshops, and private performances using improv comedy. Instructors show how to apply improv principles and techniques to the workplace. 

Veteran instructors A.J. McCombs and Maggie Phenicie will lead group improv games to get you out of your comfort zone and into a "Yes, And" collaboration mindset.


Peggy Hoffman 

Mariner Management

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In addition to serving as executive director for PRSA Maryland, Peggy provides training and consultation to national associations on component relations and volunteer development. Peggy has more than 30 years’ experience in associations with focus on membership and communications. She has spoken, facilitated or managed leadership conferences and strategic planning meetings for more than a dozen organizations. She serves on ASAE’s online university faculty as well as the Association Management Week faculty.  (ASAE is the professional society for association pros.) 

When she’s not working, you’ll find her on the triathlon training trail or dancing. Peggy blogs at and you can catch up with her on Twitter @peggyhoffman or on LinkedIn.

Rebecca Klein Scott and Keith Scott

TALLsmall Productions

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Keith Scott and Rebecca Klein Scott co-founded TALLsmall Productions with the mission of helping people feel comfortable with public speaking and to learn to communicate in a clear, concise and engaging style. 

TALLsmall Productions leads communications training sessions for such clients as MTA (Maryland Transit Authority), BGE (Baltimore Gas and Electric), Baltimore County Public Schools and Toyota on topics including public speaking, body language, leadership, crisis communications and media training. They also work with individuals and small groups. Keith and Rebecca frequently make TV appearances, weighing in on the impact of communication in politics, news and daily life.  And, in case you're wondering, the company name is a nod to their heights — Keith is 6'9'' and Rebecca is 5'2'