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
Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative

Jodie Knowles

Jodie Knowles
LEARNING CURVE: Confessions of A Special Ed Kid 


Positivity Rocks with Every Monday Matters



2017 Keynote Speakers



Barbara Boxer
Former U.S. Senator


Jesse Williams
Actor & Activist 

Youth Speakeasy Keynotes 



Adriana Ibanez 


Merveille Kouekabakilaho

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Royce Mann



2016 Keynote Speakers



Matthew Emerzian
Founder & CEO, Every Monday Matters


Dr. Tererai Trent
Founder, Tererai Trent International


Father Gregory Boyle
Founder & Executive Director, Homeboy Industries



2015 Keynote Speakers



Simon Sinek
Keynote Speaker & Author, Start With Why


Jodi Grant
Executive Director, Afterschool Alliance 


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"

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Senna Kajitani
Founder, Little Miss Vegan



2013 Keynote Speakers   

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Paul Tough
Author, How Children Succeed


Dr. Christopher Emdin
Professor of Science Education, Columbia University 


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



Taylor Mali
American Slam Poet, What Teachers Make                                                               


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 


Dr. Cathy Vatterott
Author and Educator, The Homework Lady 



2009 Keynote Speakers



Jodi Grant
Executive Director, Afterschool Alliance                                                              


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



2008 Keynote Speakers



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


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


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