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Keynote Speakers

General Session

Wednesday, January 20, 8:30 AM

 

Donald Driver

Donald Driver

Keynote Speaker

Donald Driver overcame poverty and homelessness to become a Super Bowl champion, Green Bay Packers all-time leading receiver, Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer, New York Times bestselling author, “Dancing with the Stars” champion and award-winning humanitarian.

Donald is the Green Bay Packers all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards and is the only player in franchise history to record seven 1,000 yard receiving seasons. A top performer his entire career, he was a four-time Pro Bowl selection. In 2013, Donald asked the Packers organization to retire the only way he knew how, by celebrating with the fans. He held his official retirement celebration in the Lambeau Field Atrium in front of thousands of fans who lined up in below-zero temperatures to thank him for 14 amazing seasons of playing for the green and gold.

 Donald’s on-field success and charismatic personality earned him an invitation onto “Dancing with the Stars” with 35 million viewers tuning in every week. With millions of fans behind Donald and his partner Peta Murgatroyd, the duo clinched the competition. Since then, Donald has served as a guest correspondent for ABC’s “Good Morning America” nearly a dozen times, guest-hosted “The View” and “Ellen,” and appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “On Air with Ryan Seacrest,” “Entertainment Tonight,” CNN, ESPN, NFL Network, People Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and numerous leading media outlets.

Donald has continued to showcase his desire to give back through his television show “The Hero Effect” on Oprah Winfrey’s network OWN. Co-hosted by himself and actress Emily Wilson, the inspirational docuseries showcases stories of ordinary individuals who are making extraordinary differences in their communities.

Known for his incredible fitness during his playing career Donald has become a renowned health and wellness expert.  Driver released the chart topping book, The 3D Body Revolution.   The book is the ultimate workout and nutrition blueprint to get healthy and lean.  He has also appeared on Good Morning America to offer healthy living tips. Additionally, Donald owns and operates three Driven ELITE Fitness and Health centers in Texas.

General Session

Thursday, January 21, 8:30 am

 

Anna Chavez

Anna Chavez

Keynote Speaker

Anna Maria Chávez is the executive director and chief executive officer of the National School Boards Association (NSBA) and serves as an ex-officio director on its Board of Directors.

Chávez developed the leadership skills growing up in Eloy, Arizona, that would propel her into a career of public service. Her desire to transform the world through servant leadership led her to Yale University, before pursuing a juris doctorate at the University of Arizona. She held numerous posts in President Bill Clinton’s administration and later returned to Arizona to serve then-governor Janet Napolitano.

Chávez’s success led to her appointment as CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, where she served from 2011-2016 as the first woman of color to lead the 104-year-old group. In 2016, she was named as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune magazine, cited for her vision and creativity in working to revitalize the Girl Scout brand for a new century and was named number 22 by Fast Company in its annual list of the most creative people in business. Prior to joining NSBA, she was executive vice president and chief growth officer for the National Council on Aging.

As one of the world’s top experts on women’s leadership, youth development and aging issues, Chávez achieved that recognition by drawing on her 25 years of public service and nonprofit leadership. She brings a wealth of experience from previous legal, public policy, nonprofit management and brand management positions in Arizona, Texas, Washington, D.C., and New York City.

General Session

Friday, January 22, 11 AM

 

Governor Tony Evers (Invited)

Governor Tony Evers (Invited)

Keynote Speaker

Tony Evers is the 46th governor of Wisconsin. Prior to his election, he served as the Wisconsin state superintendent of public instruction for a decade, winning statewide elections in 2009, 2013 and 2017. With over three decades of public education experience, Evers has dedicated his life to fighting for Wisconsin’s kids and serving the people of Wisconsin.

Born and raised in Plymouth, Wisconsin, Evers graduated from Plymouth High School and earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree in educational administration from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He began his career as a teacher and media coordinator in the Tomah school district, becoming principal of Tomah Elementary School and Tomah High School.

He became superintendent of the Oakfield school district in 1984 and the Verona district in 1988. From 1992 to 2001, Evers was the administrator of Cooperative Education Service Agency (CESA) 6, in Oshkosh.

In 2001, Evers was named deputy superintendent of public instruction, a position he held until being elected superintendent of public instruction in 2009.

He is married to his high school sweetheart, Kathy, an educator. They are parents of three adult children, all public-school graduates, and have nine grandchildren.

As a life-long educator, the governor believes in bringing people together to solve the problems facing our state and putting the people of Wisconsin first.

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