Careers in Technology
Marita Cheng

Marita Cheng is a top technology keynote speaker, and the founder of global nonprofit Robogals, AI company Aipoly, and robotics company Aubot, impacting over 600,000 people around the world. Marita is an inspirational speaker who has given over 350 speeches since 2012 in 15 countries.  She has won numerous awards including 2019 Member of the Order of Australia, 2018 Forbes World’s Top 50 Women in Tech, 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30, and 2012 Young Australian of the Year.

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March 18, 2024
@ 12:00 pm ET
Persevering through Adversity
Colonel Edward Hubbard

Author, artist, and internationally known speaker, is dedicated to helping others overcome any obstacle, handle any ordeal, and reach any goal by developing the correct state of mind. Building upon his adverse experiences during more than six and a half years of captivity in North Vietnam, Ed conveys a positive message for personal growth. After hearing his presentation, you will feel good about your country, yourself, and your own ability. A product of the Midwest, Ed spent his childhood in the Kansas City area. At age seventeen, he joined the Air Force Reserve and in 1962, entered active duty where he received his navigator wings and commission through the Aviation Cadet program. Ed culminated a twenty-eight-year, active duty, military career in August, 1990, of which almost 25% (six years, seven months, and 12 days) were spent as a prisoner of war. It was an experience that truly changed his life, and as a result, the lives of countless others. Following his release from prison in 1973, Ed completed five college degrees in seven years, in his spare time and at night. In 1976, his concept-after only eight days of implementation -increased the productivity of a $350 million resource by 50%. He later inherited an organization designated "...the worst managed..." among fifty-eight units by an Air Force audit. Within four month, he turned the unit around and demonstrated statistically significant improvement in 96% of the audited areas. During ten years as head of the largest safety organization in the Air Force, they shattered all records. The unit achieved 30% to 70% improvements in all categories, where a 3% improvement had long been the norm. His organization was recognized as "best in the Air Force" for ten consecutive years, and a previously accepted, multi-million dollar loss rate per year was reduced to lee than fifty-thousand dollars per year. In 1985, Ed began motivational speaking. Following his Air Force retirement in 1990, Ed formed Positive Vectors, Inc. in order to share the lessons he learned during captivity and authenticated by his Air Force results. Since, he has spoken to thousands of members of corporate America, government agencies, and non-profit groups. Ed's desire to change the attitudes of individuals through a better understanding of true, human potential remains his number one goal in life. Today, Ed is an acknowledged motivational speaker, management consultant, artist, and author. His book, "Escape from the box: The wonder of Human Potential" was published in January, 1994.

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March 19, 2024
@ 12:00 pm ET
Middle School/High School
Careers in Entertainment
John O'Hurley

Best known as J. Peterman on “Seinfeld,” the #1 syndicated television show in the world, for which he won a Screen Actor’s Guild Award. Known for playing Billy Flynn in over 1000 Broadway performances of Chicago, as well as touring lead in Spamalot, Pirates, Brigadoon etc, John won Dancing with the Stars, hosted Family Feud for 6 years, and has one of the most recognizable voices in VO, including as King Neptune on Spongebob. This year is the 33rd Anniversary of Seinfeld, also 22nd Anniversary of the NBC Dog Show (32 million viewers) which he hosts every Thanksgiving. He is a New York Times- bestselling author with three titles, including “The Perfect Dog”.

 

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March 19, 2024
@ 1:00 pm ET
Middle School/High School
The Power of Mindfulness
Shauna Shapiro, PhD

Shauna Shapiro, PhD is a best-selling author, clinical psychologist and internationally recognized expert in mindfulness and self-compassion. She is a professor at Santa Clara University and has published over 150 papers and three critically acclaimed books, translated into 16 languages. Dr. Shapiro has presented her research to the King of Thailand, the Danish Government, Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness Summit, and the World Council for Psychotherapy, as well as to Fortune 100 Companies including Google, Cisco Systems and LinkedIn. Her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, OprahNPR, and the American Psychologist. Dr. Shapiro is a summa cum laude graduate of Duke University and a Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, co-founded by the Dalai Lama. Her TEDx Talk, The Power of Mindfulness, has been viewed over 3 million times.

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March 20, 2024
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Middle School/High School
Careers in Academic Leadership
Hervé Lecomte

Originally from Le Havre, France, Hervé Lecomte began his career as a mathematics teacher. In 2005, he became the director of the La Providence school group in Fécamp and continued to enhance his career by taking on the role of diocesan director of Catholic Education for the Diocese of Le Havre in 2012.

In 2018, he expanded his responsibilities to include the position of Secretary General of the CREC of Catholic Education in Normandy.

Given his openness to others and to different cultures, it was natural and immensely pleasurable for him to accept, in 2021, the new mission of overseeing the PLANET FRATERNITY project, entrusted to him by the Office of International Catholic Education.

In December 2022, he assumed the role of Secretary General of this organization, representing the voices of over 68 million students and their families from more than 210,000 schools in various international institutions, including the UN, UNESCO, and the Council of Europe.

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April 12, 2024
@ 12:00 pm ET
Middle School/High School
Dreaming Big!
Meb Keflezighi

Meb is a runner, best-selling author and co-founder of 26, a brand celebrating and enriching the enduring spirit of running culture. He is the only runner in history to win the New York City Marathon, the Boston Marathon, and an Olympic medal. Today, Meb is committed to helping runners become elite versions of themselves and nurturing the sport of running for the next generation.

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April 30, 2024
@ 2:00 pm ET
K-12
A Career as a Spy
JJ Brun

JJ Brun – Operative 431 – is a renowned Human Behaviour and Communication Specialist. JJ is a veteran who, for 20 years, worked in the Intelligence Branch of the Canadian Armed Forces. As a seasoned Intelligence Officer, he’s well-acquainted with the demands of operating in high-stakes environments and has gained profound knowledge of human behaviour under intense pressure. JJ has also undergone 30 years of behavioural training, allowing him to be an expert in interpersonal communication and human behaviour analysis. Drawing from a wealth of expertise gained through years of training and observation, he imparts his knowledge to people seeking to thrive in their industry. As a DISC Trainer of Trainers, JJ’s mission is to help people maximize the potential of analyzing human conduct to create healthy and meaningful relationships. His exclusive training programs comprehensively analyze communication techniques, empowering individuals to enhance authentic relationships that promote trust, innovation, and productivity.

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May 21, 2024
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Middle School/High School
Careers in Firefighting
bob Dombrowski

Decorated Firefighter and true-blue Detroiter Bob Dombrowski risked life and limb saving lives for as long as he could remember. Along with being a retired Firefighter, Bob is also a published author. With his book "38 Years: A Detroit Firefighter's Story", he narrates an engrossing account of his illustrious firefighting career, from being a trial man to retiring as Senior Chief. In his book he gives a vivid description of the Motor City in its' glory days and the events that led to its current state. Born and raised on the west side of Detroit, Bob is happily married to his wife, Linda, and has been for over thirty-five years. They have three sons, Andy, Bobby, and Kevin. 

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May 22, 2024
@ 12:00 pm ET
K-12

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