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Inspiration & Motivation

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Optimist of "Life is Good"

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Bert Jacobs is the co-founder and Chief Executive Optimist of The Life is good Company. A $100 million privately held business based in Boston, MA, Life is good® spreads positive vibes with its colorful collection of apparel and accessories. Jake, Life is good’s iconic hero with the contagious smile, teaches men, women and children that optimism is fun, healthy, and empowering. Bert has appeared on CNN’s Tips from the Top, CNBC’s Business Nation, and The Donny Deutch Show. Life is good has been featured in the New York Times, on the cover of Inc Magazine, and on NBC’s The Today Show.

Founder and Chief Playmaker, Life is Good Playmakers

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Steve Gross, M.S.W., is the founder and chief playmaker of the Life is Good Playmakers, a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to harness the power of optimism to help kids heal. Life is Good Playmakers partners with leading childcare organizations to strengthen their capacity to build healing, life-changing relationships with the children in their care. Steve’s teachings have been utilized across the country and throughout the world in response to the social and emotional needs of communities deeply impacted by poverty, violence and neglect. Steve helps others discover their own sense of optimism so that they can inspire the people around them to focus on the good and overcome life’s most difficult challenges.

Olympic Silver Medal-Winning Gymnast

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Acclaimed for her indomitable tenacity and daredevil skills, Olympic silver medalist MyKayla Skinner burst onto the American gymnastics scene when she won the junior individual all-around title at the 2011 American Classic. At 24, she became the oldest U.S. Olympic gymnast since 2004 when she competed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, where she brought the trademark resilience and competitive spirit that have earned her a reputation as a powerhouse performer and model teammate, vaulting her way to a silver medal on the global stage. Her optimism, fire, and flair can be felt throughout the room as she provides an Olympian’s perspective on performing at a championship-level in high-pressure situations, overcoming adversity, and charting your own path to achieving your goals.

Co-Founder of the Himalayan Cataract Project and Professor of Ophthalmology & Global Medicine at Stanford University

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Dr. Geoff Tabin is a medical visionary, humanitarian, accomplished mountain climber, professor of ophthalmology and global medicine at Stanford University, and co-founder of the Himalayan Cataract Project, a nonprofit organization working to eradicate preventable blindness in the developing world.

Former NFL Player, Neurosurgeon, and Humanitarian

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As a young man, Dr. Rolle hopes to be an inspirer of dreams, an educator of purpose, a patient centered healer and a leader for many. Sports enthusiasts and intellectuals alike know Dr. Myron Laurent Rolle as a gifted athlete, scholar and philanthropist. As a graduate medical student at the FSU College of Medicine and neurosurgery resident at Harvard/Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Rolle is achieving his dream of becoming a doctor and hoping to inspire others as well.

Founder & Chief Catalyzing Officer of Limitless Possibility

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As a motivational keynote speaker, author, and entrepreneur, Laura Gassner Otting helps innovators, idealists, and iconoclasts get “unstuck”, increase confidence, and achieve extraordinary results. Laura inspires change agents, entrepreneurs, investors, leaders, and donors to push past the doubt and indecision that keeps great ideas in limbo. She delivers strategic thinking, well-honed wisdom, and catalytic perspective informed by decades of navigating change across the start-up, non-profit, political, and philanthropic landscapes. Laura dares listeners to find their voice, and generate the confidence needed to tackle larger-than-life challenges, and ultimately leads them to seek new ways of leading, managing, and mentoring others. Excited by the audacity of The Big Idea and the larger-than-life goal you just can’t seem to shake, she's an instigator, a motivator, and a provocateur, and she’s never met a revolution she didn’t like.

Conductor of the Boston Philharmonic

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Benjamin Zander is the conductor of The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and a guest conductor around the world. Zander was nominated for 2010 Grammy and recieved outstanding positive acclaim. Along with this Zander is a sought after speaker. He gave the opening Keynote address at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where on another occasion he was awarded the Crystal award for "outstanding contributions in the Arts and international relations. Using music as a metaphor and a medium, Benjamin Zander relates his position as a symphony orchestra conductor to the role of business leaders and challenges them to look at transformation and change in a new way.

Olympic Legend

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Mike Eruzione served as the captain that led the 1980 United States Olympic Hockey Team to its Gold Medal victory at Lake Placid. The highlight of the games for Mike was his winning goal against the Soviet Union in the game that stunned the world. A native of Massachusetts, Mike Eruzione was well-known as a local sports talent, being on all-scholastic teams in baseball, football and hockey.

Record Breaking Olympic Medalist and Author

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Dara is a record-breaking Olympic swimmer who encourages all athletes to strive for their dreams at any age. She has been an inspiration to many people around the world.

NFL Legend

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The patriarch of America's most famous football family, Manning inspires audiences with his warm personality, drive, and sense of humor.
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Former First Lady of Massachusetts and NYT Best-Selling Author

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Ann Romney is the former First Lady of Massachusetts and the New York Times best-selling author of The Romney Family Table: Sharing Home-Cooked Recipes & Favorite Traditions, and her recently released In This Together: My Story, which chronicles her experiences living with multiple sclerosis (MS). The wife of politician and businessman Mitt Romney, Ann Romney served as a powerful voice in her husband’s 2008 and 2012 bids for the White House.

Author & Award-Winning Entertainer

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Craig Karges is an award-winning entertainer, a nationally recognized speaker and an author. He combines the art of magic with the science of psychology and the power of intuition to create the impression that nothing is impossible. He is the author of Ignite Your Intuition, The Wizard’s Legacy – A Tale of Real Magic, and Extraordinary Tales – Stories from the Road.