Keynote Speakers

April 10-13, 2014
FUTURE READY: Passion. Purpose. Perspective.
The Westin Galleria
Dallas, Texas

David Houle

David Houle is a futurist, thinker and speaker. Houle spent more than 20 years in media and entertainment. He has worked at NBC, CBS and was part of the senior executive team that created and launched MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1 and CNN Headline News.

Houle has won a number of awards. He won two Emmy's, the prestigious George Foster Peabody award and the Heartland award for "Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream". He was also nominated for an Academy Award.

Houle is consistently ranked as one of the top futurists and futurist keynote speakers on the major search engines and in the world today. In the last three years he has delivered keynotes on six continents and twelve countries. He is often called "the CEOs' Futurist" having spoken to or advised 2,000+ CEOs and business owners in the past four years.

In February 2010 he also became a featured contributor to Oprah.com.

His first book, the influential and highly acclaimed "The Shift Age" was published in 2008. His second book, "Shift Ed: A Call to Action for Transforming K-12 Education" was published in April 2011 by Corwin. His third book, "The New Health Age: the Future of Healthcare and Medicine in America" was published by Sourcebooks in December 2011 and became a #1 category best seller on Amazon. His fourth book, "Entering the Shift Age" was published by Sourcebooks in January 2013 and reached #1 best seller in the category of Business Planning and Forecasting.

Houle is a member of the faculty and the futurist in residence at the Ringling College of Art + Design.

Seth Maxwell

Seth's life is busy and full – just the way he likes it! Like most 20-somethings, Seth wears many hats: Son, Friend, Actor, Entrepreneur, Activist, and Speaker. Seth is the Founder & CEO of The Thirst Project, a creative and diverse non-profit organization located in the heart of Los Angeles. The Thirst Project has made a bold commitment to ending clean water crisis. In less than 5 years, The Thirst Project has raised the funds for the construction of over 788 water projects in 11 countries, giving clean water and hope to hundreds of thousands of people.

Armed with a powerful Education Outreach program, The Thirst Project's programming attracts a growing number of schools as students and educators catch the vision that water is a human right. The organization is made up of amazing volunteers who make operating possible and attracts a diverse crowd of people ranging from business people, students, singles, families and many in Hollywood's entertainment industry. Seth and his college friends started the organization less than three years ago on Hollywood Boulevard with 7 people and now reach over 300,000 students each year.

A storyteller at heart, Seth made his living acting on stage since age 7, but in 2008 set acting aside to tell the story of the nearly 1 billion people who don't have access to clean water. Since then, Seth has spoken internationally at over 300 schools, countless churches, and numerous conferences, including the TEDx Hollywood Youth Conference, the Nexus Global Youth Summit, and addressing the United Nations General Assembly. Seth challenges people to fulfill their true purpose in life & become an engaged and socially-conscious human being. He also is passionate about providing relief for those impacted by the clean water crisis, HIV/AIDS pandemic, feeding the hungry and providing support for the millions of orphans and widows in our world today.

With his inspiring and humorous style, Seth challenges your thinking and touches your heart. He has traveled internationally speaking to audiences about The Clean Water Crisis, Courageous Leadership, The Power of Youth, and Living an Adventurous & Extraordinary Life. Seth has been honored with the Vh1 Do Something Award, and the Charles Jellinger Humanitarian in Entertainment Award from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Seth currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
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