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Keynote Speakers



Thursday, April 23
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Deshauna Barber
Miss America, Captain in the U.S. Army and Diversity Champion 

Power and Excellence through Resilience 

Deshauna will inspire and encourage attendees with her powerful message!

In 2016, Deshauna was crowned the first soldier to the win the prestigious title of Miss USA.  She spent her year-long reign as Miss USA partnering with and lending her voice to organizations such as the USO, Smile Train, Best Buddies, Operation Homefront and numerous others. 
Deshauna is currently receiving her Diversity & Inclusion Certification at the University of Colorado. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Virginia State University and a Master of Science degree in Computer Information Systems and Services from University of Maryland University College.  

When she is not serving her country, she travels the world as a full-time Motivational Speaker.  She has made it her life goal to encourage, inspire and strengthen people. 
Deshauna has appeared on The Steve Harvey Show, The Rachael Ray Show, Fox and Friends, The Chelsea Show, Good Morning Washington, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The T.D. Jakes Show, The Source on Sirius XM, The Daily Show, Live with Kelly and Good Morning America 

Deshauna Barber
Friday, April 24
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Viral internet star Gerry Brooks will have you laughing and loving life during this special keynote.  With a social media following of more than 1 million people, Gerry is known for his humorous videos that focus on real-world educational experiences. 

Gerry currently serves as a full-time elementary principal and also travels the country encouraging teachers to improve their instruction through personal climate and culture strategies.

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Gerry Brooks
Youtube Star and Educational Leader
Personal Climate and Culture:
The Key to Professional Success
Friday, April 24
Greg & Steve
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Greg & Steve
Music Legends

Music, Movement &
Engaging Child


With high energy, participatory songs for children, Grammy nominated Greg & Steve have been entertaining kids, teachers, parents and grandparents alike for over 30 years!

Their singable lyrics and catchy melodies set to contemporary beats provide a fun way to encourage movement and teach basic concepts like friendship, cooperation and social-emotional development.


Greg & Steve will provide a keynote you will not forget!



Saturday, April 25
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Steve Gross
Chief Playmaker, Life is Good
The Power of Optimism

Steve Gross is the Founder and Chief Playmaker of the Life is Good Kids Foundation. He is a pioneer in utilizing playful engagement and meaningful relationships to overcome the devastating impact of early childhood trauma.

Steve is serious about play and a recognized expert in utilizing joyful play to promote resiliency in children.  He has extended those insights to adults, reconnecting them to the passionate, joyful and playful selves that enable them to be their best for the children they serve.

Through research and his uniquely humorous and participatory engagement with audiences, Steve will demonstrate how to use playfulness to reach your full potential.



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