Opening Keynote Session
Saturday, February 16 – 3:30pm
Tim Shriver is the Chairman of Special Olympics International, and in that capacity he serves with over 5.6 million Special Olympics athletes and their families in 172 countries.
Timothy P. Shriver, Ph.D.
Shriver has been a part of an amazing team that has created exciting new Special Olympics programs in athlete leadership, cross-cultural research, health, education, and family support. Among them, Special Olympics Healthy Athletes® has become the world’s largest public health examination and education program for people with intellectual disabilities, and Special Olympics Unified Schools has become a powerful program promoting school-based social inclusion and unified leadership. In addition, he has worked to garner more government support for issues of concern to the Special Olympics community, testifying before the United States Congress and challenging government leaders worldwide to respect the dignity and possibilities of people with intellectual disabilities.
As part of his passion for promoting the gifts of the marginalized, Shriver has harnessed the power of Hollywood to share stories of inspiration and change, co-producing DreamWorks Studios’ 1997 release, “Amistad,” and Disney Studios’ 2000 release, “The Loretta Claiborne Story.” He is Executive Producer of “The Ringer,” a Farrelly Brothers’ film, and “Front of the Class,” a Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie. He has produced or co-produced shows for ABC, TNT, and NBC networks, and made broadcast appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Meet the Press, CNN, the Stephen Colbert Show, and Real Time with Bill Maher. In 2014, Shriver wrote the New York Times bestseller Fully Alive: Discovering What Matters Most, where he shares the life-changing impact of people with intellectual disabilities and their capacity to inspire others to find out about what matters most.
Before joining Special Olympics as Chairman in 1996, Shriver was and remains a leading educator focusing on the social and emotional factors in learning. He co-founded and currently chairs the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the leading research organization in the field of social and emotional learning, and currently Co-Chairs the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development.
Shriver earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University, a Master’s degree in Religion and Religious Education from Catholic University, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Connecticut. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including honorary degrees from Loyola University, New England College, Albertus Magnus College, University of Connecticut, Niagara University, University of Illinois, Villanova University, Springfield College, and St. Peter’s University; the Medal of the City of Athens, Greece; the Order de Manuel Amador Guerrera of the Republic of Panama; the Connecticut Citizen of the Year Award; the U.S. Surgeon General’s Medallion; the Lions Humanitarian Award; the Quincy Jones Humanitarian Award; the Children’s Hospital Health System’s Friend of Children Award; the “Bammy” Special Achievement in Education Award; and the 2015 Walter Camp Football Foundation’s Distinguished American Award. In 2011 he was recognized by The Huffington Post as one of the top 100 Game Changers and in 2016 he was named to the Oprah Winfrey Network’s SuperSoul 100 list of trailblazers whose vision and life’s work are bringing a higher level of consciousness to the world around them. He has also authored numerous articles in leading publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and Commonweal Magazine.
Shriver is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, President of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, serves on the Board of the WPP Group, LLC, and is a co-founder of Lovin’ Scoopful Ice Cream Company.
He and his wife, Linda Potter, reside in the Washington, D.C. area and have five adult children.
Closing Keynote Session
Tuesday, February 19 – 1:00pm
Ash has talked about the importance of acceptance, empathy and conversation at several events throughout the US and Canada, including more than 30 colleges and universities over the last year.
She was the keynote speaker at the first-ever LEGTQ Conference at Harvard University and has been sought by companies including: Deutsche Bank, Baxter Health Care Corporation and Altria Group.
Ash didn’t set out to become a viral sensation with her TEDx talk “Coming Out of Your Closet” or her Boulder Ignite speech, “I am SO GAY”. She was just a person with a lot on her mind and a story to share. Nonetheless, her willingness to strike a conversation about tough topics inspired more than 8 million YouTube views across the country. Today, she considers herself an accidental advocate, motivating others to embrace the kind of social behaviors that trigger societal shifts.
Her speeches are dynamic, intrepid, highly relatable and intrinsically comical. By taking listeners though colorful stories about her own struggle with acceptance, Ash intrigues with a new perspective on the differences that make each of us human, uniting audiences by daring them to consider one simple truth shared by all.
Lee Mun Wah
Lee Mun Wah is an internationally-renowned Chinese American documentary filmmaker, author, poet, Asian storyteller, educator, community therapist, and master diversity trainer.
Lee Mun Wah
Lee Mun Wah is an internationally-renowned Chinese American documentary filmmaker, author, poet, Asian storyteller, educator, community therapist, and master diversity trainer. For more than 25 years he was a resource specialist and counselor in the San Francisco Unified School District. He later became a consultant to private schools, working with students that had severe learning and behavioral issues. Lee Mun Wah is now the Executive Director of Stirfry Seminars & Consulting, a diversity training company that provides educational tools and workshops on issues pertaining to cross-cultural communication and awareness, mindful facilitation and conflict mediation techniques.
As a documentary filmmaker, Lee Mun Wah’s first film, Stolen Ground, about the experience of Asian Americans, won honorable mention at the San Francisco International Film Festival. His most famous film about racism, The Color of Fear, won the Gold Medal for Best Social Studies Documentary and in 1995, Oprah Winfrey did a one-hour special on Lee Mun Wah’s life and work that was seen by many. His latest film, If These Halls Could Talk, was just released. The film’s focus is on college students and their experience with racism and other diversity issues in higher education.
Thousands of people from government and social service agencies, corporations and educational institutions have taken Lee Mun Wah’s workshops and partnered with Stirfry Seminars & Consulting on their diversity initiatives.
Dr. Delvina Miremadi-Baldino
Dr. Miremadi-Baldino’s extensive training in education and psychology places her at the forefront of developing programs that promote resilience to help students, parents, and professionals live more flourishing lives.
Dr. Delvina Miremadi-Baldino is the founder and Chief Resilience Officer of Realize Your Resilience, a company dedicated to helping individuals, schools, and organizations leverage the science of positive psychology so they can build upon their strengths, increase optimism, foster resilience, improve wellbeing, and promote success. Dr. Miremadi-Baldino also currently works as the Director of Research and Program Development at Life Advantages, LLC, where she applies over twelve years of experience specializing in resilience education and program development. Prior to this, she worked for Children’s Hospital of Boston’s department of psychiatry where she developed and delivered innovative depression and suicide prevention curriculum for middle schools and high schools across the state.
Dr. Miremadi-Baldino received her Ed.M. in human development and psychology from Harvard University and completed her doctorate in educational leadership at Simmons College where she specialized in college student resilience. Dr. Miremadi-Baldino is a Certified Applied Positive Psychology Practitioner (CAPP) and a certified coach. Dr. Miremadi-Baldino’s extensive training in education and psychology places her at the forefront of developing programs that promote resilience to help students, parents, and professionals live more flourishing lives.