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Opening Keynotes


Option A (Attendance October 9-11)

Steve Pemberton

Opening the conference for Option A will be our Keynote Speaker, Steven Pemberton.  Considered one of America’s most inspiring business and HR leaders, Pemberton’s triumphant life story is about defying seemingly insurmountable beginnings as a child orphaned into foster care. As told in the major motion picture and acclaimed, best-selling memoir, A Chance in the World, adversity only fueled his desire to become a man of resilience, determination and vision. Pemberton went on to find success as a corporate executive, innovative diversity and inclusion thought leader, visionary youth advocate and acclaimed speaker devoted to inspiring and helping others. Pemberton’s keynotes, like his life story, amplify his highly motivational messages: Believe in your dreams, rise above obstacles, create opportunities for others, and most of all, persevere.

Armed with a warrior spirit and a servant’s heart, Pemberton has made equality, access and opportunity pillars of both his professional and personal life. He currently serves as Chief Human Resources Officer for Workhuman (formerly Globoforce), a leading provider of social recognition and continuous performance development solutions. In this capacity, he is responsible for all aspects of people function from talent acquisition and human resource systems to performance management.

Option B (Attendance October 12-14)

Jon Dorenbos

Our opening Keynote speech for Option B will be given by Jon Dorenbos. Dorenbos played 14 seasons in the NFL, notably making the Pro Bowl twice as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. In 2016, Jon competed on America’s Got Talent where he showcased his skills as a sleight-of-hand magician, making it to the finals and placing third overall in the competition amongst tens of thousands of competitors. He then put his talent on display as a guest on Ellen, who quickly became one of his biggest fans and advocates. Jon has appeared on Ellen’s show in various capacities as well as on The Today Show. He just retired from the NFL after having successful open heart surgery to repair a defective aortic valve.

Dorenbos is a seasoned motivational and keynote speaker with more than 10 years of experience. Known for his great sense of humor and positive outlook on life, Jon is a successful speaker who uses his skills as a magician and his incredible life story to inspire.