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Opening Keynote: Tuesday, March 12th

Sir Ken Robinson

An internationally recognized authority in creativity and innovation in education and business, Sir KenRobinson is also one of the world’s leading speakers. Videos of his famous talks to the prestigious TEDConference are the most viewed in the history of the organization and have been seen by an estimated300 million people in over 150 countries.

Sir Ken works with governments in Europe, Asia and the US, international agencies, Fortune 500companies and leading cultural organizations. He led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government, was the central figure in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, and was one of four international advisors to the Singapore Government for a strategy to become the creative hub of SE Asia.

Called “one of the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation” by Fast Company magazine, Sir Ken has received numerous awards and recognitions for his groundbreaking contributions. He was included in Thinkers50 list of the world’s leading business thinkers and has been named one ofTIME/Fortune/CNN’s Principal Voices. In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts. His 2009 book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, is a NewYork Times best seller and has been translated into 21 languages. A 10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, was published in 2011.Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life, was published by Viking in May 2013 and is also a New York Times best seller. His latest book, Creative Schools: TheGrassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education (Viking, 2015), written with Robinson’s trademark wit and engaging style, includes groundbreaking research and tackles the critical issue of how to transform the nation’s troubled educational system.


Closing Keynote: Thursday, March 14th

Karamo Brown

Television Host and Culture Expert on the Emmy-winning Netflix reboot of Queer Eye, Karamo Brown says that the key to his success is tapping into the many facets of his identity. Whether as an openly gay man, a black man, a single father, or psychotherapist, Karamo strategically utilizes the strengths of his different identities to achieve success ­­­­­­­­­– and teaches others to do the same. Lauded for his ease and natural comfort in relating to different types of people, Karamo is tasked with making-over the hearts and minds of the “culturally challenged,” and helps them to confront and grow beyond the internal issues holding them back.

According to the LA Times, “Karamo is at the intersection of where pop culture, social media, and real life collide!” Winner of three Emmys, including for Outstanding Structured Reality Program, and a Television Critics Association award. 

Brown began his television career in 2004 as a housemate on the MTV hit reality series The Real World, becoming the first openly-gay African- American in the history of reality television. Shortly after the conclusion of The Real World, Karamo learned that he was the father of a nine-year-old boy, Jason. With the support of his child’s mother, Brown petitioned and gained full custody of his son. A year later, Karamo adopted Jason’s half-brother Christian.

In 2014, he joined the Oprah Winfrey Network to host and produce their first digital show, #OWNShow. From there, Karamo became a host and producer for HuffPost Live, a recurring guest host of Access Hollywood Live, and a contributor for HLN/CNN. He was also host of MTV's Are You The One: Second Chances.

As a co-founder of 6in10.org, an organization addressing the mental health and self-esteem of individuals affected by HIV, Karamo was the recipient of the 2018 Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award. He was also invited by the Obama Administration to work with the White House to create policy and legislation supporting LGBTQ youth and their allies after school hours.

Karamo is an active member of the Never Again MSD gun-control movement after his Florida high school, Stoneman Douglas, suffered a fatal shooting in 2018.

A graduate of Florida A&M University, Karamo worked as a licensed social worker and psychotherapist for over a decade before transitioning into media.


Past Keynotes

2018Dr. Shefali Tsabary
Billie Jean King
2017Susan CainBrandon Stanton, Creator of Humans of NY
2016John Jacobs,
Life is Good
Dr. Angela Duckworth
2015Marc Kielburger, Me to WeFormer Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton 
2014Po Bronson,
The Un-Wild of Childhood
Dr. Tim Elmore,
Solving the Joshua Problem
2013Jonathan KozolMolly Barker
2012Kevin JenningsRosalind Wiseman
2011Seth GodinJean Kilbourne

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