2016 Keynote Speaker: Captain Mark Kelly
Commander of the Space Shuttle Endeavour’s Final Mission
With the recent launch of the historic year-long space expedition and Twins Study, American astronaut, Mark Kelly participates with his brother Scott in an unprecedented NASA study on how space affects the human body. During this yearlong experiment, he will provide intimate coverage to the world. In 1987, Captain Kelly became a naval aviator assigned to Attack Squadron 115 in Atsugi, Japan. He made two deployments to the Persian Gulf, flying 39 combat missions in Operation Desert Storm. After receiving his master’s degree, he attended the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School from June 1993 to June 1994. Kelly then began his career with NASA as an astronaut in 1996. His first trip into space was as pilot of STS-108 Endeavor. He spent more than 50 days in space and has visited the International Space Station on four different occasions. Some of Captain Kelly’s notable awards include two Defense Superior Service Medal, Naval Commendation Medal, and NASA Exceptional Service Medal. Kelly is also a #1 New York Times best-selling author and a founder of World View Enterprises, a company pioneering a new frontier at the edge of space. In January 2011, Kelly became the center of international attention after the assassination attempt on his wife, former US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Their story resulted in the couple becoming a symbol of strength and perseverance to the nation. An American hero who exemplifies effective leadership and courage under pressure, Kelly offers his insight drawn from his experiences in order to truly define and achieve success.
2016 Keynote Speaker: Joe Sweeney
Joe’s experience and perspective help individuals & businesses grow by defining goals, focusing efforts, & acquiring tools to get clear, get free, & get going.
Joe Sweeney, has 30+ years of experience starting and leading ventures in investment banking and sports management, including representing professional athletes like Brett Favre. Joe is also the author of Networking Is a Contact Sport which made The New York Times best-seller list. His recently released second book, Moving the Needle: Get Clear, Get Free, and Get Going in YourBusiness, Career, and Life, shares a five-year period of being in high demand to share his insights on leadership and life-planning as a result of hundreds of speaking appearances with organizations as diverse as the Navy SEALs, the University of Wisconsin NCAA Final Four mens’ basketball team, and General Electric.