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Testimonials for Jo

Easy to Work With

We recently had Jo Burns be our keynote speaker at our Park Rx Utah Stakeholder Retreat. Not only was she well received by the audience but she was easy to work with, engaging, personable and spent extra time listening to and interacting with the attendees. Her enthusiasm for outdoor recreation and collaboration was inspiring. You won’t be disappointed when connecting and collaborating with Jo in the future.

Sarah Kinnison ~ Salt Lake County Public Health~ Health Educator

Dynamic and Engaging

Jo is a dynamic and engaging public speaker. She is a wealth of knowledge in the field of Public Health and Parks and Recreation and knows how to apply that knowledge in a practical and results-oriented way. She is easy to work with and does her homework to understand exactly what you are looking for. I've worked with Jo for many years on a variety of things and I can truly say she's the queen of connections!

Ashley Perillo ~ Colorado Parks & Recreation Association ~ Professional Development Program Manager

Responsive and Flexible

Jo was a speaker at our state professional association conference, which was quickly transitioned from in-person to virtual. She was extremely responsive, flexible and her session was well-attended. As the chair of the virtual conference, I received several compliments regarding Jo's session, along with requests to have her back in the future. I highly recommend Jo for conferences, workshops, in-service trainings or any other professional development opportunity.

Katey Legg ~ Virginia Recreation & Park Society ~ Virtual Conference Chair

The Kind of Speaker You Want

Jo is wonderful to work with and she did a great job for us at our recent virtual conference. She delivered a high quality simulated live (simulive) session that was interactive and engaging for participants, which is not an easy thing to do for virtual. Jo is the kind of speaker you want to have on your program because she is the consummate professional who is responsive, easy to work with and will provide thought-provoking content in a timely manner. We were thrilled to welcome her contributions this year and look forward to working with her again in the future.

Leesa Kuo-Johnson ~ Illinois Park & Recreation Association ~ Conference and Meeting Director

Made it an Absolute Breeze

What a pleasure it was to work with you as a presenter at the Florida Recreation and Park Association’s 2021 Annual Conference.  You made it incredibly easy to select sessions appropriate for our audience, negotiate your speaking needs with you, and to have you on-site with our delegates.  It was an added bonus to have had you find me at the event and introduce yourself to me.  With over 186 speakers at our event each year, the task of making sure each has what they need to maximize their time with us, and to insure our delegates are pleased with our program selections, can be an overwhelming adventure.  You made it an absolute breeze and I wish we had more speakers like yourself.  Thank you for being a professional in dealing with my staff and me in advance, and for being so independent once you arrived on-site.  

Eleanor Warmack ~ Florida Recreation & Park Association ~ Executive Director

Well Received

Thank YOU, for providing such professional, useful content in a successful virtual format. I sat in on all three sessions, and I was very impressed. I’m not sure what feedback you may have received from your survey or the KRPA participants’ ratings, but from the conversations I’ve heard (and seen), you were very well received and everyone thought highly of you. Thanks for the great presentations, and I hope that some Kansas Parks & Rec agencies collaborate with you further. 

Ted Nelson ~ Kansas Recreation and Park Assocation ~ Health and Wellness Track Coordinator

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Colorado Public Health | Parks & Recreation Collaborative

The PHPR Collaborative focuses on improving community health through education, discussion and project collaboration with like minded professionals. With a focus on health equity, healthy eating, active living, access to recreation, connection to places and spaces and reducing social isolation we've got you covered. Whether you are in the city, suburbs, rural communities or mountain towns we've got the connections, experience, and ideas that help make it happen.