PAST BOOST CONFERENCE KEYNOTES

A comprehensive list of all past Keynote and General Session speakers at the BOOST Conference.

 2019 Keynote Speakers  

Dr. Bertice Berry

Dr. Bertice Berry
Founder, Dr. Bertice Berry Productions

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Dr. Shawn Ginwright
Founder & CEO, Flourish Agenda

Amy Smith TOMS round

Amy Smith
Chief Giving Officer, TOMS

David Hogg round

David Hogg
Co-Founder, March for Our Lives

Matthew Deitsch round

Matt Deitsch
Co-Founder, March for Our Lives

Dairrick Hodges round

Dairrick Khalil Hodges
Founder & Director, The SOULcial Workers 

Jeffrey Zlotnik round

Jeffrey Zlotnik
Founder, The Mediation Initiative

 

 

2018 Keynote Speakers

 

 Bryan-Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson
Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative

Jodie Knowles

Jodie Knowles
LEARNING CURVE: Confessions of A Special Ed Kid 

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Positivity Rocks with Every Monday Matters

 

 

2017 Keynote Speakers

 

 

Barbara Boxer
Former U.S. Senator

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Jesse Williams
Actor & Activist 

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Adriana Ibanez 

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Merveille Kouekabakilaho

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Royce Mann

 

 

2016 Keynote Speakers

 

 

Matthew Emerzian
Founder & CEO, Every Monday Matters

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Dr. Tererai Trent
Founder, Tererai Trent International

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Father Gregory Boyle
Founder & Executive Director, Homeboy Industries

 

 

2015 Keynote Speakers

 

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Simon Sinek
Keynote Speaker & Author, Start With Why

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Jodi Grant
Executive Director, Afterschool Alliance 

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Roberto Rivera
President/Lead Change Agent, The Good Life Alliance

 

 

2014 Keynote Speakers

 

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John Hunter
Founder, World Peace Games

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Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D.
Author & Educator, "Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined"

 Senna Kajitani

Senna Kajitani
Founder, Little Miss Vegan

 

 

2013 Keynote Speakers   

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Paul Tough
Author, How Children Succeed

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Dr. Christopher Emdin
Professor of Science Education, Columbia University 

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Jonathan Mooney
Author, The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal

 

 

2012 Keynote Speakers

 

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Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D.
Author & Educator, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

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Dr. Milton Chen
Senior Fellow & Executive Director, Emeritus at the George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF)

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Michelle Cummings
Big Wheel & Founder, Training Wheels

 

 

2011 Keynote Speakers

 

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Taylor Mali
American Slam Poet, What Teachers Make                                                               

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Jonathan Kozol
Author and Educator, Savage Inequalities, Death at an Early Age, The Shame of the Nation, and Amazing Grace

 

2010 Keynote Speakers

 

 Gordon Jackson

Gordon Jackson
Assistant Superintendent, California Department of Education

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Adora Svitak
Education, Technology, and Literacy Advocate, Teacher, Speaker, and Author 

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Dr. Cathy Vatterott
Author and Educator, The Homework Lady 

 

 

2009 Keynote Speakers

 

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Jodi Grant
Executive Director, Afterschool Alliance                                                              

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Pedro Noguera, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Steinhardt School of Education, Metropolitan Center for Urban Education 

 

 

2008 Keynote Speakers

 

 JonathanMooney1

Jonathan Mooney
Author, The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal

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Yvonne and Rich Dutra-St. John
Founders, Challenge Day and Be the Change Movement

 

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