2017 Keynote Speakers
Friday, 4 p.m.
Broadcast Journalist, Author
A 20/20 Vision of Opportunity through Education
John Quiñones, who grew up in poverty in the barrios of San Antonio, Texas, will discuss the role that education played in his career as he rose through the ranks of network news. The little boy who spoke only Spanish when he entered the first grade is the creator and host of the hidden camera show, “What Would You Do?” His has been a fascinating, whirlwind journey from migrant farmworker to network news correspondent. His story of success was made possible thanks to his dogged determination, the diehard encouragement of his 10th grade English teacher, and a federal government program called, “Upward Bound.” You will walk away motivated and inspired.
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Saturday, 10:30 a.m.
Manufacturing Your Destiny and Conquering FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real)
Fear is the No. 1 thing that holds most of us back from living our best lives and truly manifesting our destinies. Inspired by Nelson Mandela's philosophy "...that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it,” Harper will explore fear and the limitations that fear puts on our potential. He will help us develop the tool kit we need to identify our most debilitating fears and sharpen our self-awareness to enable us to conquer them. By reinforcing his personal philosophy that we all have our own unique and purpose-driven destiny, Harper will teach us about the critical value of perspective in order to live fulfilled lives at home, school, and in the workplace.
Sunday, 10:30 a.m.
The Great Conversation: Defending Public Education One Community at a Time
An award-winning advocate of public education, Jamie Vollmer has worked for the past 29 years to help schools and communities remove obstacles to student learning. His goal is to show you that you have the power to create a community-wide climate that supports rising student achievement. His premise is simple: We are engaged in a great struggle for the future of public education, which is tantamount to fighting for the future of America as our founders conceived it. He will explain how this struggle is being fought on three fronts: the battle against an unrelenting stream of criticism designed to undermine trust in public schools; the fight to create 21st century schools, often in the face of stiff resistance; and the guerrilla war waged against a never-ending stream of intrusive, ill-conceived government regulations. You’ll walk away with practical, concrete steps you can take to neutralize the negativity, overcome the resistance, and push back against the usurpation of local control.