General Sessions

OPENING GENERAL SESSION

HOWIE LONG
NFL Analyst, Pro Football Hall of Fame Recipient

Since 1994, Howie Long has been a staple as a lead in-studio analyst on the award-winning “FOX NFL Sunday” pregame show broadcast. His performance won him an Emmy Award for Outstanding Personality/Analyst in 1997. Additionally, he has hosted and appeared in a variety of sports-related television programs.

On the gridiron, Long was regarded as one of the most feared defensive players in the history of the NFL as a member of the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders for 13 seasons. Long would go onto earn eight Pro Bowl selections, plus three first team All-Pro selections and become a Super Bowl XVIII (1984) champion. In 2000, he gained a permanent place alongside the all-time greats, with his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

As a celebrity spokesman, Long has also appeared in various advertising campaigns with companies that include Allstate, Chevrolet/General Motors, Radio Shack, Coca-Cola, A1 Steak Sauce, Nike, DMI, Sprint, FedEx and M&M’s.

In addition to the impact he made on the playing field, Long has made a positive impression in the community through his support to philanthropic organizations including the Boys and Girls Club, United Way and the Mental Health Association.

Pro football has also become the family business in the Long household with Howie’s two oldest sons being drafted in the 1st round. In 2008, Chris, #2 overall, by the St. Louis Rams and Kyle, #20 overall, by the Chicago Bears in 2013. Long’s youngest son, Howie, joined his dad’s old team, the Oakland Raiders, in their player personnel department.

SECOND GENERAL SESSION

LAURA SCHROFF
Inspirational Best-selling Author

Laura Schroff is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and keynote speaker, and is a passionate and compelling voice on the power of small acts of kindness and mentorship. Schroff is committed to advocating and inspiring others through her book, An Invisible Thread. The book brings to life the inspiring true story of an 11-year-old panhandler (Maurice), a busy sales executive and their unlikely meeting with destiny. When Schroff first met Maurice on a New York City street corner, she had no idea that she was standing on the brink of an incredible and unlikely friendship that would inevitably change both their lives forever.

Schroff encourages her audience to look for their own invisible thread connections and highlights the importance of opening up their eyes and hearts to the opportunities where they can make a difference in the lives of others.

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION

LES BROWN
Motivational Speaker

As a motivational speaker Les Brown is highly sought after for motivating the masses and expanding opportunity. For decades he’s strived to master the science of achievement by interviewing hundreds of leading authorities and collaborating with CEOs, non-profits and businesses thus creating measurable results for clients.

In elementary school, Brown was mistakenly declared, "educable mentally retarded." However, his tenacity and belief in his ability unleashed a course of amazing achievements from sanitation worker to broadcast station manager, political commentator and multi-term state representative in Ohio.

Brown has spoken to audiences as large as 80,000 from Denmark to Dubai and Canada to the Caribbean. His legions of admirers flock to stadiums to hear a man who never stops believing that with proper guidance and training you can begin achieving the things you desire now.

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