JEFF HENDERSON: Chef, Philanthropist
Sunday, April 3 | 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Welcome Lunch/Keynote
Chef Jeff Henderson discovered his passion and gift for cooking in a most unlikely place—prison. Now an award-winning chef, bestselling author and Food Network television star, he is one of the most influential role models in the country. Drawing from his personal journey of redemption—from imprisoned drug dealer to renowned celebrity chef and TV star—he provides audiences with inspiration, real life strategies and unique life lessons to help others reboot their own dreams, expand their perspective and gain a new foothold on the ladder to success.
RORY VADEN: Self-Discipline Strategist, Best-selling Author
Sunday, April 3 | 4 – 5:15 p.m. | Keynote/CEO Presentation
Self-Discipline Strategist Rory Vaden’s book Take the Stairs is a #1 Wall St Journal, #1 USA Today, and #2 New York Times bestseller. As an award-winning entrepreneur and business leader, Rory Co-Founded Southwestern Consulting™, a multi-million dollar global consulting practice that helps clients in more than 14 countries drive educated decisions with relevant data. He’s also the Founder of The Center for the Study of Self-Discipline (CSSD).
JOHNNY QUINN: Olympian, Entrepreneur
Monday, April 4 | 8 – 9 a.m. | Breakfast with Keynote
Johnny Quinn is a professional speaker and travels the globe to inspire audiences by delivering thought-provoking and action-packed messages on leadership, teamwork, motivation, faith and social media. He is a United States Olympian in the sport of bobsled and competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Johnny is also a former professional football player spending time with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers and Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL. He is one of three people to have played in the NFL and competed in the Winter Olympics.
DR. NATALIE STAVAS: Pediatrician, 2013 Bostonian of the Year
Monday, April 4 | 12 – 1 p.m. | Lunch with Keynote/Distinguished Achievement Award
Dr. Natalie Stavas was approaching the finish line of her 5th Boston marathon when explosions shook the city. Instinctively running towards the chaos that ravaged the renowned athletic event, she raced to save as many lives as possible, administering CPR, applying tourniquets and triaging the wounded. Recognized for her bravery, her actions resulted in her emerging as a national hero, honored by President Barack Obama and named “2013 Bostonian of the Year” by The Boston Globe.
SCOTT CHRISTOPHER: Work Culture Expert, Author
Tuesday, April 5 | 9 – 10 a.m. | Breakfast Keynote
Scott Christopher is co-author of the best selling book “The Levity Effect: Why It Pays to Lighten Up” and author of the worst selling book “Lighten Up: Managing with Mirth Ain’t Rocket Surgery.” As the former director of the Carrot Culture, Scott was also a contributing author of the very good selling A Carrot a Day and The Daily Carrot Principle. As a celebrated author (hah!), Scott has traveled the world entertaining and motivating thousands of individuals to get up and leave his presentation, most of them long before it ends
WILLIAM MCRAVEN: UT Chancellor, Retired Four-Star Admiral
Tuesday, April 5 | 12 – 1:15 p.m. | Lunch with Keynote, Rising Star/Service Awards
Bill McRaven began his service as eleventh Chancellor of The University of Texas System in January 2015. As Chancellor, he serves as the chief executive officer of the UT System, managing all operational aspects of the system and reporting to the UT Board of Regents. McRaven recently retired as a four-star admiral after 37 years as a Navy SEAL. His last assignment was as the Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command during which time he led a force of 69,000 men and women with an annual budget of more than $10 billion. (video)