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Keynote Speakers


Dan Pallotta

Dan Pallotta spoke during the conference’s opening session on October 14, 2015. Pallotta is the founder and chief humanity officer of Advertising for Humanity, a full-service brand and inspiration agency for the humanitarian sector. He's also the founder and president of the Charity Defense Council, a new national leadership movement dedicated to transforming the way the donating public thinks about charity and change. Pallotta invented the multi-day charitable event industry and his methods have been used by charities to raise more than $1.5 billion. Pallotta is the author of Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential and Charity Case: How the Nonprofit Community Can Stand Up for Itself and Really Change the World. Pallotta’s TED Talk has been viewed more than 3.5 million times. 

Craig Boykin

Craig Boykin was the student luncheon keynote speaker on October 15, 2015. Boykin came from a difficult childhood. He grew up with low-level literacy skills and eventually dropped out of high school. After being incarcerated, Boykin decided to improve his situation and earn his GED. He went on to obtain both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and is now working toward a Ph.D. in adult education. Boykin has become a celebrated speaker on education and motivates others to live up to greatness. 

Azar Nafisi

Azar Nafisi was the conference banquet speaker on October 16, 2015. She is the author of the national bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, and is the director of Cultural Conversations at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, in Washington, D.C. Nafisi has also taught classes in her native Iran. Her latest book, The Republic of Imagination, is a tribute to the importance of fiction in a democratic society. 

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