Keynote Speakers for the 2018 National Conference

Dr. Shimi Kang, MD, FRCPCFlorence Williams
Tuesday, February 20

Florence Williams is the author of The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Creative (W.W. Norton, 2017), which The New York Times calls "fascinating." She is a contributing editor at Outside Magazine and a freelance writer for The New York Times, National Geographic, and numerous other publications. She is also the writer and host of a new podcast series, The Woman Factor for Outside Magazine. A fellow at the Center for Humans and Nature and a visiting scholar at George Washington University, her work focuses on the environment, health and science. She lives with her family in Washington, D.C. and is the mother of two campers.


Dan Heath
Wednesday, February 21

Dan Heath co-wrote three of the most-loved business books of the past decade: Made to Stick, Switch, and Decisive. Together, the Heath brothers' books have sold over two million copies worldwide and been translated into 33 languages. Their latest book, The Power of Moments, explores why certain brief experiences can jolt, elevate, and change us — and how we can learn to create these extraordinary moments in our life and work. Dan is a senior fellow at Duke University's CASE center, which supports entrepreneurs who fight for social good.  Dan has a master of business administration degree from the Harvard Business School, and a bachelor of arts degree from the Plan II Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.


Hakeem Oluseyi
Friday, February 23

Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi is currently stationed at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, via the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Mobility Program, and is a professor at Florida Institute of Technology, where he leads a physics and space science research group. He describes his professional mission as: 1) advancing humanity's understanding of the universe through scientific inquiry; 2) passing on the detailed knowledge of this process and its results to the next generation; and 3) service to humanity and country. Dr. Oluseyi currently appears in several television series, including Outrageous Acts of Science and How the Universe Works; and regularly contributes scientific expertise to CNN, MSNBC, and NBC.


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