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Keynote Speakers


Alex Sheen

Founder, because I said I would

General Session and Opening Keynote // Monday, April 16, 8:30 am – 9:45 am

Alex Sheen is the founder of because I said I would, a social movement and nonprofit dedicated to bettering humanity through promises made and kept. Sparked by the loss of his father, Alex and his organization send “promise cards” to anyone anywhere in the world at no cost. Alex is someone who truly honors commitment. He once walked over 240 miles across the entire state of Ohio in 10 days to fulfill a promise. Since his father’s passing on September 4, 2012, because I said I would has sent over 4.47 million promise cards to over 150 countries. His charitable projects and awareness campaigns have been featured on ABC World News, CBS Nightly News, Fox News, The Today Show, Good Morning America and many other programs.



Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour

Entrepreneur / Author / America's First African-American Female Pilot

Awards Luncheon // Monday, April 16, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Leveraging her “Breakthrough Mentality” and “Get Gutsy” mindset, Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour propelled herself from beat cop to combat pilot in a record-breaking three years to become America’s first African-American female combat pilot. She has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, The View, FOX News, Oprah Winfrey and more. FlyGirl’s fresh style, contagious energy and unique essence jump off the stage, page and screen to move people into action. Since 2007, she has inspired countless organizations and individuals to make courageous moves and create breakthrough results.


Jay Leno

Award-Winning Late-Night TV Show Host / Stand-Up Comedian / Best-Selling Author

Closing Entertainer // Wednesday, April 18, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Acclaimed late-night TV show host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, much in-demand corporate speaker, TV and movie voice-over artist, pioneering car builder and mechanic, and philanthropist…Jay Leno is widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.”

Jay Leno’s late-night television ratings domination included two decades as the host of the #1-rated “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”—he never lost a ratings year in which he served as host.

Leno currently produces and is host of the CNBC Television series “Jay Leno’s Garage” now in its third season. “Jay Leno’s Garage” explores the world of cars, never forgetting that it’s the people behind the wheel who provide the real stories. The series debuted in October 2015 and delivered CNBC’s most-watched first season in network history.