Presentation Title

Don't Waste a Crisis! A Story of Perseverance During Tough Times!

Presenter Information

Vernon H. Mason

Primary Presenter Brief Bio

With a $5,000 credit card in 1991, Vernon Mason and his mother opened a small child care center with a capacity of 30 that grew to 125 children. In 1999, it was destroyed by a natural disaster. After rebuilding and starting over, Mason grew WEE SCHOOL Child Development Center to 248 children in just two years. When he turned 40, he purchased three troubled childcare centers in just 12 months. What a midlife crisis! He still wonders why he didn’t have an affair or buy a sports car like everybody else. He is currently the owner of five centers with 100 staff caring for 600 children.

Type of Presentation

Regular Session

Location

Ballroom

Topic Category

Strand 6: Leadership & Professionalism

Targeted Age Group

Adult Learners

Targeted Audience

Child Care Center, Directors/Administrators

Brief Session Description

This is an inspiring story of a director who brought his early childhood program through a natural disaster and came out on top! According to Mason, “I didn’t make it on my looks, brain, or my family’s money because all 3 are mediocre!” Mason will also share stories of some of the most seemingly talented people, like Julia Child and Lucille Ball, and how they were discouraged and told they would never make it. Participants will leave uplifted with a sense that anything is possible as long as you have humor and perseverance!

Full Session Description

Opening Keynote Address

Start Date

26-1-2019 8:30 AM

End Date

26-1-2019 10:00 AM

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Jan 26th, 8:30 AM Jan 26th, 10:00 AM

Don't Waste a Crisis! A Story of Perseverance During Tough Times!

Ballroom

This is an inspiring story of a director who brought his early childhood program through a natural disaster and came out on top! According to Mason, “I didn’t make it on my looks, brain, or my family’s money because all 3 are mediocre!” Mason will also share stories of some of the most seemingly talented people, like Julia Child and Lucille Ball, and how they were discouraged and told they would never make it. Participants will leave uplifted with a sense that anything is possible as long as you have humor and perseverance!