OPENING GENERAL SESSION
World-Class Adaptive Snowboarder
A world-class adaptive snowboarder, actress/model and motivational speaker, at 19 Amy Purdy lost both her legs below the knee. After going through this life-altering experience, she challenged herself to move on with her life and attain goals that even those who have both legs struggle to achieve. Today, she is one of the top ranked adaptive snowboarders in the world and has won multiple World Cup medals.
Purdy’s creativity, positive outlook and her never give up attitude have opened doors to many other opportunities including being featured in numerous national and international publications and in 2012 she raced around the world on the television show The Amazing Race. Most recently, Purdy became a breakout star of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars by inspiring the judges, fellow competitors, the professional dance staff and millions of fans.
Although Purdy has numerous accomplishments, she is most proud of cofounding Adaptive Action Sports (AAS), a non-profit organization which helps those with permanent disabilities to get involved in action sports. AAS has partnered with ESPN and runs “adaptive” action sport competitions at the summer and winter ESPN X Games. These events were instrumental in getting adaptive snowboarding added to the 2014 Paralympic Games.
Purdy has evolved into a powerful, inspirational and motivational speaker who has literally been seen by millions of people and has been invited to share her story to audiences around the world.
SECOND GENERAL SESSION
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Share Our Strength
Billy Shore is the founder and chief executive officer of Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit committed to ending childhood hunger in America. Shore founded Share Our Strength in 1984 with his sister, Debbie, and a $2,000 cash advance on a credit card. Since then, Share Our Strength—an organization with the mission of feeding the nation’s children, much like SNA— has raised and invested more than $376 million in the fight against hunger, and has won the support of national leaders in business, government, health and education.
From 1978 through 1987, Shore served on the senatorial and presidential campaign staffs of former U.S. Senator Gary Hart (D-Colorado). From 1988 to 1991, Shore served as chief of staff for former U.S. Senator Robert Kerrey (D-Nebraska). He has authored four books focused on social change, including “Revolution of the Heart” (Riverhead Press, 1995), “The Cathedral Within” (Random House, 1999), “The Light of Conscience” (Random House, 2004) and most recently, “The Imaginations of Unreasonable Men” (PublicAffairs, 2010).
A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., Shore earned his B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania and his law degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He was named one of America’s Best Leaders (October 2005) by US News & World Report. Shore has been an adjunct professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business and an advisor for the Reynolds Foundation Fellowship program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
FINAL GENERAL SESSION
As motivational speaker, trainer and author, Aric Bostick has spoken to more than a half-million people in nearly every industry, helping leaders and employees to get Fired Up! Using his one-of-a-kind, high-energy performance and style, Bostick passionately infuses real-world skills and motivation into the workplace, making ANC 14 an amazing and memorable experience for all!
Bostick has overcome his own hardships and setbacks that allow him to really connect with his audience, their struggles and each person’s life ambitions. Bostick’s philosophy is straightforward: “The way to stay motivated is to create a vision for our lives as difference makers. As a difference-maker, you can choose to take care of yourself while creating a strong and lasting connection with others.” He exemplifies one of his favorite quotes: “I am not afraid. I was born to do this!” (Joan of Arc)