Conference Speakers

Chris Gardner - Tuesday Opening Session


Chris Gardner is an entrepreneur, best-selling author and single parent. Gardner's autobiography, The Pursuit of Happyness, became a New York Times #1 best seller and was the inspiration for the critically acclaimed movie of the same title, starring Will Smith. Chris works closely with the U.S. Veterans Administration to end homelessness among veterans. Chris is a major supporter of food banks and pantries across the U.S. and continues to speak in an effort help others achieve their full potential.


Frank Luntz - Wednesday General Session Keynote

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Frank Luntz is one of the most honored communication professionals in America today.  “The Nostradamus of pollsters,” declared Sir David Frost, while Time magazine named him one of “50 of America’s most promising leaders aged 40 and under.” Frank has worked for 50 Fortune 500 companies and CEOs, but he’s best known for political commentary.  More media outlets have turned to Dr. Luntz to understand the hopes and fears of Americans than to any other political pollster.

Chad Hymas - Thursday Luncheon Keynote

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Chad Hymas is “One of the 10 most inspirational speakers in the world.” – The Wall Street Journal. On April 3, 2001, Chad Hymas’ life changed instantaneously when a tragic accident left him a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the chest down with limited function of his arms and hands. Chad is now a world record wheelchair athlete, setting the record by wheeling his chair from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas (513 miles) in July 2003. His message inspires, motivates and moves people to action. His take on change, vision, leadership, safety and life are among the most moving and inspirational that any speaker has conveyed.  


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