Partners in Progress is pleased to announce that Herm Edwards will be the keynote speaker at the 2020 Partners in Progress Conference. From February 25 – 26, 2020 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, the 2020 Partners in Progress Conference will once again foster an environment for both labor and management to build on their current relationships, share relevant information, and learn new and innovative strategies to work together for a stronger industry.
Current Arizona State University head football coach, and former NFL head coach and player, Herm Edwards will deliver the keynote address to conference participants on Wednesday, February 26. Whether it is his faith, his family or his football team, Herman Edwards exudes passion in all areas of life. Herm’s career is defined by his energetic and enthusiastic attitude, first as an NFL player and coach, then as an NFL studio analyst for ESPN, and now as the head football coach at Arizona State University.
A charismatic, inspirational speaker, Edwards will share his special game plan which centers on the pillars of teamwork -- work ethic, communication, integrity and legacy. Additionally, this dynamic presentation will include stories and motivational moments from his career that are sure to resonate with Conference participants. Herm Edwards has a zest for life that is hard to match and will be clearly evident in his keynote address.
Born in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey bur raised in Monterey, CA, Edwards enjoyed a 10-year professional NFL playing career from 1977-86, earning second-team All-NFC honors in 1980 and played an instrumental role on a hard-hitting Philadelphia defense that helped boost the Eagles to a berth in Super Bowl XV that season.
A shining example of dedication, Edwards never missed a game in his nine-year career with the Philadelphia Eagles. He concluded his NFL playing career in 1986 and secured his first job with the Kansas City Chiefs in ‘89 as the recipient of the club’s Minority Coaching Fellowship.
Beginning his coaching career as defensive backs coach at San Jose State (1987-89), Edwards later returned to Kansas City as the defensive backs coach from 1992-94. After a one-year stint as a pro personnel scout with Kansas City in ‘95, Edwards moved with Tony Dungy to Tampa Bay in 1996.
In 2001, Edwards departed Tampa Bay to become head coach of the New York Jets. In five seasons as the Jets head coach, Edwards was on the sideline for five postseason contests with the Jets, the best total of any coach in team history.
Edwards rejoined the Chiefs in 2006, becoming the first head coach in franchise history to guide Kansas City to the playoffs in his initial season with the club. Edwards joined Arizona State University in December of 2017 after nine years at ESPN.
Don’t miss what promises to be a highly memorable event. Online registration for the 2020 Partners in Progress Conference opens on September 3.