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23 03, 2017

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author Rebecca Wells Serves as a Southern Voices Festival Keynote Speaker

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AzjZ9T_XThe Southern Voices Festival took place at the Hoover Library in Birmingham, Alabama last month. On February 24st, New York Times bestselling author Rebecca Wells served as keynote speaker.

Her 7 p.m. presentation was sold out. The events of the festival kicked off on February 21st with a reception titled, “The Art of Darius and Bethanne Hill.”

Activities culminated with an authors conference on February 25th. Tickets for the main theater sold out a week in advance, but some were still able to get tickets in the plaza.

Wells debuted as an author and made the bestseller list in 1992 with “Little Altars Everywhere.” It won a Western Book Award.

Wells then published her most famous work, “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.” That second […]

23 03, 2017

Academy Award-Winning Director Barry Levinson Keynotes Ivy Film Festival Next Month

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Barry LevinsonBrown University is hosting this year’s Ivy Film Festival with plenty of big names from the world of entertainment expected to be in attendance from April 10-16. One of those is Academy Award-winning director Barry Levinson.

The festival is in its 16th year and it is entirely student run. On April 13th, Levinson will take part in an evening conversation with The Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk.

IFF is also featuring the 25 best undergraduate and graduate student films from around the world. They will have a special program this year highlighting the lack of female participation in film scoring.

Levinson won the Oscar for Best Director for his work on “Rain Man.” He has directed other hit films like, “Diner,” “The Natural” […]

22 03, 2017

Legendary Recording Artist Stevie Wonder Keynotes ASCAP Expo Next Month

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steviewondertoproduceminiseriesbroadwayproductionabouttheundergroundrailroadThe “I Create Music” Expo is taking place next month in Los Angeles with a special visit from music icon Stevie Wonder. He will give a keynote talk and receive the “Key of Life” Award.

The “Key of Life” Award is presented by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Wonder’s work is the inspiration behind the honor and he is the inaugural recipient.

Many other speakers across a broad array of spectrums within the music business will also present. Last year broke a record as 3,000 people attended the Expo.

Wonder signed with Motown when he was 11 years old and embarked on one of the most accomplished careers in music history. He has recorded 30 top ten hits and won a […]

22 03, 2017

Oberlin College Names Ford Foundation President Darren Walker Commencement Speaker

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TUwCZTprOberlin College is hosting commencement May 22nd. Ford Foundation president Darren Walker will serve as speaker at the event.

Proceedings will be held on campus at Tappan Square at 9:30 a.m. In addition to his presentation, Walker will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities.

Several other special guests will also be the recipients of honorary degrees. There are several reunion events across commencement weekend that encourage Oberlin graduates to make their way back to the school.

As president of the Ford Foundation, Walker oversees the nation’s second-largest philanthropic organization. He led the philanthropic push to find a resolution to the city of Detroit’s bankruptcy.

Walker is also currently the chairman of the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance. Before coming to Ford, he was the Rockefeller Foundation’s […]

22 03, 2017

Philanthropist David Rockefeller Jr. Speaks at Steelworks Center of the West Fundraiser

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David_20Rockefeller_20Jr.Philanthropist David Rockefeller Jr. recently made his way to Pueblo, Colorado, a town his family had a great impact on over the years. He was the keynote speaker at Faces of Colorado Fuel & Iron on February 17th.

The event is held annually as a fundraiser for the Steelworks Center of the West. Rockefeller’s grandfather and great-grandfather were the founders of CF&I Inc.

There was a capacity crowd at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center ballroom to hear Rockefeller speak. He gave a 30-minute presentation tackling many of the world’s problems and some of his life lessons.

The Rockefeller family amassed one of the world’s largest fortunes through their work primarily in the oil business around the turn of the 20th century. […]

22 03, 2017

Academy Award-Nominated Director Lee Daniels Speaks at SXSW

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lee-daniels-empire-premiere-la-2015-billboard-650Academy Award-nominated director Lee Daniels was one of the special speakers this year at SXSW. He was a Film Keynote Speaker on March 12th.

Daniels spoke about his desire to do what is unexpected. His hour-long speech was a highlight of the event that ran March 10-19 in Austin, Texas.

The Film & TV track is always one of the most well-attended sessions and it ran March 10-14 this year. Some of the other top speakers throughout the ten days included former Vice President Joe Biden and country music star Garth Brooks.

The big hit of Daniels directorial career was “Precious.” He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Direction as part of the film’s  six overall Academy Award nominations.

Daniels debut as a […]

21 03, 2017

Famed Novelist Stephen King Holds Sold-Out Book Signing in Florida

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Author Stephen King at a press event to unveil the Kindle 2Bookstore1Sarasota brought in one of the most well-known authors in the world to celebrate their new location. Famed novelist Stephen King ventured down to Florida for the book signing.

The event was held last Wednesday to a sold-out crowd. King makes frequent trips to Southwest Florida and is a fan of Bookstore1Sarasota.

He has previously appeared at four different events for the store, including two fundraisers for the Manatee County Library Foundation. On one visit, he brought fellow author John Grisham with him.

King’s books have sold over 350 million copies worldwide. He has written 54 novels and six non-fiction books.

Many of King’s books have been adapted to film. “Rita Hayworth and the […]

21 03, 2017

Insipirational Speaker John O’Leary Gives General Session Keynote at Commodity Classic

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1WIodz2yEarlier this month, the American Soybean Association brought inspirational speaker John O’Leary in to give a presentation. He was the general session keynote speaker at the Commodity Classic on March 3rd.

The event took place from 9-11 a.m. O’Leary shared his life story as a way to inspire attendees to achieve their greatest potential.

During the conference, some of the top issues facing soybean, corn, wheat and sorghum farmers. There was also a performance by comedian Mark Mayfield that was a part of the festivities.

When he was nine years old, O’Leary had 100 percent of his body burned by a terrible fire explosion. He was given a one percent chance to live and hospitalized for five months

Through the ordeal, O’Leary lost all of […]

21 03, 2017

APRO Names Customer Service Expert Jay Baer Opening Keynote Speaker

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7-Questions-with-Jay-BaerAPRO is the leading voice when it comes to the rent-to-own industry. They are hosting their FUSE Convention and Trade Show May 9-11 in Galveston Island, Texas.

Customer service expert Jay Baer will be on hand as the opening keynote speaker. He will discuss how to retain and delight customers while teaching attendees how to use technology to their advantage.

Following Baer’s day one talk, a full trade show will take place at the Galveston Island Convention Center on May 10th. Full conference registration is $495 for members and $595 for members.

For 23 years, Baer has honed his techniques as a professional in digital marketing and customer experience. He has consulted for over 700 companies in that span of time.

Of those organizations, 32 […]

21 03, 2017

Businessman Donald Trump Jr. Keynotes Dallas County Republican Reagan Day Dinner

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donald-trump-jr-2Earlier this month, the Dallas County Republican Party got to hear from businessman Donald Trump Jr. He spoke at their Reagan Day Dinner on March 11th.

Trump Jr. thanked the state of Texas for helping his father secure a presidential victory. Around 950 people attended the event at the Omni Hotel in Dallas.

In addition, Trump Jr. discussed the importance of fundraising in Texas and how that led to wins in other states. There were several other state political figures in attendance.

Trump Jr. was an active presence throughout the campaign, making stops along the trail to support his father. That just added to his significant public profile.

Trump Jr. currently serves as a trustee for The Trump Organization. He has been with the company […]

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