2017 Day

Day of Excellence, Inc. (DOE) is thrilled to announce its Eighth Annual ‘Day’ coming to the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Theater, Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 8:30 am to 4pm. The ‘Day’ is an annual high energy event offering the community an opportunity to hear from nationally renowned speakers, with expertise in a number of personal and professional related topics.

Are you ready for improvement – both personally and professionally?
Chart Your Course at the big ‘Day’.


Schedule of Events:

7:30am                 Doors open
8:30-8:50am        Welcome and Opening Ceremonies
8:50-10:00am      Mack Dryden
10:00-10:20am    Networking Break
10:20-11:30am    Matt Guthmiller
11:30-1:00pm      Lunch on your own
1:00-2:10pm        Juli Burney
2:10-2:30pm        Networking Break
2:30-3:40pm        Judson Laipply
3:40-4:00pm        Closing Remarks

Mack Dryden
Changing the World One Belly-Laugh at a Time!
Sponsored by First Interstate Bank

From humble beginnings as a blue-collar paper mill employee in Mississippi, Mack’s path to becoming one of the top corporate comedians and humorous motivational speakers in the country was a circuitous one to say the least. He was an award-winning newspaper reporter, taught karate after earning a black belt, and finally made a career of his true love, making people laugh and having a positive impact on their lives—which he has done on five continents.  As a performer, he’s appeared on numerous TV shows, including several appearances on The Tonight Show, as well as acting roles on many dramas like ABC’s The Guardian and JAG.  As a writer, he’s won a prestigious fiction-writing contest, and was handpicked by Bill Maher for the writing staff of ABC’S Politically Incorrect.  He’s a two-time cancer survivor who speaks at dozens of survival celebrations every year and has also survived a harrowing stay in an African prison, not to mention “the sharks in showbiz who stab you in the front!”  Instead of brooding about his misfortunes, he does the opposite and shares his goal-achieving secrets with hilarious, moving stories about the challenges he’s overcome to reach his goals.

“Laugh to the Top: A Hilarious Guide to Achieving Your Goals”

Mack will deliver non-stop laughs and powerful tools and techniques for goal-achieving in a uniquely humorous and engaging style. His practical seven-step formula for achieving personal and professional goals has garnered nothing but rave reviews! Mack will give you all the laughs and motivation needed to re-invigorate your life, bounce back from defeat (“Falling on your face is still moving forward!“) and reach for loftier goals than ever.
In his speech, Mack will outline the Goal Achieving formula and offer practical tools for how to:

  1. Control Your Fears and Stresses
  2. Maintain a Positive Mental Attitude
  3. Identify a Specific Target
  4. Write a Plan for how to get to your goal
  5. Take Decisive Action
  6. Study the Reaction you get, the Response
  7. Learn from the Response, and Adjust your approach until you find what works.


matt_guthmiller_publicity_headshotMatt Guthmiller
A Remarkable Journey for a Noble Cause
Sponsored by Black Hills Energy

On July 14, 2014, then-19-year-old MIT student Matt Guthmiller became a Guinness World Record™ holder as the youngest person to fly solo around the world!

Matt may have completed his flight around the globe, but there are still opportunities to be a part of the voyage. Matt is touring the country, speaking about his flight and the extraordinary journey it took just to get off the ground. In addition, Matt still has the plane he flew. It is a centerpiece of many events, along with airshows and other aviation gatherings.

“Limitless Horizons: Challenge. Believe. Succeed.”

By his 20th birthday, Matt Guthmiller had started three successful businesses, set the world record as the youngest person to fly a plane around the world, and finished his first year at one of the top universities in the world. Learn why he says there is nothing special about him, but rather something special about a realization he came to early on. As he shares his experience with believing in one’s self and one’s team, find out what led to his journey around the world, what he experienced along the way, and most critically, the immense challenges in even getting it off the ground. Find out how Matt combined effective teamwork, leadership, and decision-making to identify and mitigate risk, assemble the project, and dampen bumps that arose along the way to complete the mission. Walk away with the few key lessons needed to begin your own path towards goals never thought possible.


juli-burneyJuli Burney
Communication Specialist, Motivational Humorist, and Author
Sponsored by Synchrony Financial

Multiple award winning teacher, humorist and author, Juli makes an amazing connection with her audiences.  She is able to entertain with the ability of a headlining comedian while either motivating or training with ease as a nationally recognized speaker.  Juli has been honored by her state as Artist of the Year because of her ability to help improve people’s lives through humor and effective use of communication tools.

She has worked in all 48 continental United States and Canada, and has been commissioned by a variety of associations from the National Endowment for the Arts to Fortune 500 companies to develop training programs that stick.  She has filmed for Showtime and HBO, along with making numerous guest appearances on radio and television programs.  Her humor is insightful, delightful, universal and enlightening which ever topic she presents.

“Those Who Laugh, Last”

With the constantly shifting landscape of today’s world sometimes it’s hard to find a sense of well-being.  Humor is the key!  Everyone has a sense of humor, they just don’t use it to their potential. Humor helps us remain cool under pressure and keep challenges in perspective. It helps to strengthen relationships and enhance our lives so that we can be the best version of ourselves. Come and discover your own delightful-ness!


judson2Judson Laipply
Inspirational Comedian and Evolution of Dance™ Creator
Sponsored by Black Hills Federal Credit Union

Award-Winning Speaker and Inspirational Comedian Judson Laipply promises to do two things: make you laugh and make you think. And for the last seven years, his passion for both has entertained and educated audiences all over the world. Judson is an award-winning speaker and performer who utilizes a phenomenon labeled “Inspirational Comedy” to blend the realities of life with side-splitting humor. After graduating from Bluffton University with a BA and from Bowling Green State University with a Master’s degree, Judson Laipply burst onto the professional speaking scene and has quickly become a breath of fresh air in a sometimes suffocating world. His presentations are down to earth and highly motivational, creative and appealing, humorous and thought provoking, lively and enriching.

Judson’s artistic and refreshing approach to viewing life and accepting the changes it brings, combined with his energetic demeanor and playful stage presence, never fails to surprise and inspire audiences. Drawing from his vast array of experiences that include working on a cruise ship, at a camp in Colorado, as a certified Aerobics instructor, as a part- time auctioneer, teaching college courses, being a published poet, and writing a weekly column, he can relate to audiences of all ages from all over the country.

“The Evolution of You” 

Evolution is the process of  changing over time. Everything evolves. Everything changes. The question is: Are you changing for the better? Or are you changing for the worse?
Imagine being able to have more control over the course of those changes. Being able to exert influence to change and evolve in the ways that you  desire. Or being able to help influence change in your organization or community. Inspirational Comedian Judson Laipply will help you understand the unique journey we call life. Explore the realm of emotional intelligence, letting go, exerting influence, and most of all dealing with and creating change. High energy, interactive, and incredibly memorable Judson will have you engaged, energized and evolved.