STACEY BESS - Sunday KeynoteAn inspirational educator and author, Stacey speaks on the importance of service, mentorship and leadership, and overcoming adversity. Drawing on her fascinating personal story—teaching homeless children in a small shed known as The School with No Name—she offers powerful insights and lessons that audiences yearning to make a difference can apply to their community or organization.
Bess has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Utah, and has been recognized with awards on the local, state, and national levels, including the National Jefferson Award for Greatest Public Service. She has also enjoyed speaking in many forums around the country as she works to shed light on her quest as a leading advocate for the educational rights of impoverished children. A dynamic, powerful speaker, Bess engages groups large and small, sharing the story that changed her life as she taught and nurtured hundreds of underprivileged children. Her story continues to change lives as her audiences are inspired to become more involved in their own communities.
ROGER CRAWFORD - Monday KeynoteSports Illustrated has acknowledged Roger Crawford as “one of the most accomplished physically challenged athletes in the world.” In recognition of his extraordinary athletic achievements, he was the recipient of the prestigious ITA Achievement Award, presented by the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
After realizing tremendous success on Center Court, as a Division 1 athlete he took his talents to Center Stage and became a motivational speaker. Roger positively influences audiences worldwide, eloquently sharing the principles he has lived—adaptability, possibility thinking, and eliminating self-imposed obstacles. His remarkable life story is a powerful example that “Challenges are inevitable, defeat is optional!” Roger has been inducted into the National Speakers Association Hall of Fame in recognition of his professional speaking success. As a member of the Hall of Fame for People with Disabilities, he shares this impressive distinction with fellow honorees such as Christopher Reeves, Helen Keller, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Session Sponsored by:
Jia Jiang - Tuesday Closing KeynoteJia Jiang came to the United States with the dream of being the next Bill Gates. But despite early success in the corporate world, his first attempt to pursue his entrepreneurial dream ended in rejection. Jia was crushed, and spiraled into a period of deep self doubt. But he realized that his fear of rejection was a bigger obstacle than any single rejection would ever be, and he needed to find a way to cope with being told no without letting it destroy him. Thus was born his "100 days of rejection" experiment, during which he willfully sought rejection on a daily basis--from requesting a lesson in sales from a car salesman (no) to asking a flight attendant if he could make an announcement on the loud speaker (yes) to his famous request to get Krispy Kreme doughnuts in the shape of Olympic rings (yes, with a viral video to prove it).
Jia learned that even the most preposterous wish may be granted if you ask in the right way, and shares the secret of successful asking, how to pick targets, and how to tell when an initial no can be converted into something positive. But more important, he learned techniques for steeling himself against rejection and ways to develop his own confidence--a plan that can't be derailed by a single setback.
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