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Keynote Speakers



​​Debra Fine

Author / Communication Expert

Attendee Orientation // Sunday, April 23, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm                         

A formerly shy, tongue-tied engineer, Debra Fine is now an internationally recognized speaker, business networking guru, trainer and communication expert who will teach you how turn every conversation into an opportunity for success. She’s also a bestselling author of three books on the topic of conversation. Together we’ll laugh, learn and leave with the tools to develop and cultivate outstanding networking techniques that will result in building rapport and engaging new and current clients.


Derreck Kayongo

Business Visionary / Global Soap Project Founder /CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights

General Session // Monday, April 24, 8:30 am – 9:45 am

Have you ever wondered​ what happens to that barely used bar of soap in your hotel room? This guy did, and he didn’t like the answer. So Derreck Kayongo talked hotels into donating their used bars of soap instead of throwing them away. His Global Soap Project takes donated, melted, purified and reprocessed hotel soap and redistributes it to vulnerable populations around the world. This successful entrepreneur is a renowned expert in environmental sustainability and global health and is using his knowledge to disrupt the way hotels dispose of their “trash.”


​Allison Massari

International Speaker / Executive Coach / Visual Artist

Awards Luncheon // Monday, April 24, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm 

Hailed as life-changing, riveting, extraordinary, bold and deeply moving, Allison Massari¹s triumphant keynote is packed with poignancy and insight. As the survivor of two life-threatening car accidents, and having suffered second and third degree burns on more than half of her body, Allison shares her story of absolute loss, to forgiveness and understanding, and finally to success and a life beyond anything she could have imagined. Her dynamic and deeply moving keynote offers applicable tools to rise above any obstacle and find peace, purpose, and happiness despite turbulent times. Allison ignites vitality, inspires confidence, and offers essential tools for self-mastery to audiences worldwide. Prepare to be inspired, moved, and energized. Prepare to be taken on a journey.


Michael J. Fox

Award-winning Actor / Parkinson’s Disease Advocate

Conference Finale // Wednesday, April 26, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

He’s been charming audiences for decades. Life threw him a curveball but he didn’t let that hold him back. Now hear about his struggles in his own words as he shares the remarkable lessons he has learned and the hard-won perspective that ultimately helped him view challenges as opportunities.

Speaking about his life through the critical themes of work, politics, faith, and family, he walks audiences through his journey of self-discovery and reinvention with captivating humor and wit.

Describing how to become a happier, more satisfied person by recognizing the gifts of everyday life, Fox encourages audiences to not build walls but rather develop a personal policy of engagement and discove​ry. It is this emotional, psychological, intellectual, and spiritual outlook that has served him throughout his struggle with Parkinson's disease.​