Champion NFL Quarterback and Sports Commentator
Since former NLF quarterback and Hall of Famer Jim Kelly retired from football, he has overcome incredible odds, surviving cancer, a plane crash and the loss of his nine-year-old son. He continues to leave a legacy off the field with his passion for giving back.
Kelly began his illustrious career at the University of Miami. In 1983 he was the first round draft pick for the Buffalo Bills. However, he signed with the Houston Gamblers completing two seasons in the USFL before finally joining the Bills. He helped lead the Bills to four consecutive Super Bowl appearances and six divisional championships from 1988 to 1995. Kelly holds a number of records for his time in Buffalo, including the all-time NFL record for the most yards gained per completion in a single game and most passing touchdowns in a season. Kelly’s number, 12, is the only jersey retired in Bills’ franchise history.
Since losing his son Hunter to Krabbe disease, Kelly is a passionate advocate lobbying for the legislation and reform of infant-disease screening. The family organized Hunter’s Hope Foundation, dedicated to supporting and encouraging families affected by the illness. He also founded the Kelly for Kids Foundation, which is committed to serving disadvantaged and disabled youth in Western New York. Each summer he runs a football camp held in Rochester, New York, which has had over 10,000 campers attend since it’s inception in 1988.
Kelly is a polished keynote speaker and has spoken to a wide variety of organizations including Fortune 500 companies, universities, health care organizations, as well as many other businesses. In his speech, he shares his life story of overcoming obstacles including his insights on teamwork, leadership, and having a special needs child. Kelly’s story is one of “Perseverance.”
Kelly currently resides with his wife and two daughters in Western New York.
Washington Post Correspondent
Dana Priest covers the intelligence community for The Washington Post. She spent the previous eight years writing about the U.S. military. Her book about the military's expanding responsibility and influence, "THE MISSION: Waging War and Keeping Peace With America's Military," published in Feb. 2003 by WW Norton & Co.
She has worked at the Post for 15 years, where she was the Post's Pentagon correspondent for six years and then wrote exclusively about the military as an investigative reporter. She was one of the first reporters on the ground for the invasion of Panama (1989), reported from Iraq in late 1990 just before the war began, and covered the 1999 Kosovo war from air bases in Europe.
CBS Sports Broadcaster, and Host, Showtime's Inside the NFL
Greg Gumbel’s standout work in the world of sports broadcasting has made his face, name and voice as familiar as any in the industry. Throughout 40+ years in the business, Gumbel has become one of the most outstanding and best-known announcers in sports television. He has covered everything from Major League Baseball to the NBA to the NFL, the Men’s NCAA Championship Tournament, the Summer and Winter Olympic games, World Figure Skating Championships and the Daytona 500 to name a few. (Read more)
Small Business Growth Expert
Little did he know at 21, how inspired he would be by his employer’s words, “You don’t have the work ethic to make it in your own business.” Just six months later, Mark would venture out on his own and never look back. 33 years later, Mark shares his expertise on how to grow a business via, nine best practices. LeBlanc regularly speaks from 30 minutes to a three day, business development retreat or anything in between. Mark LeBlanc is the architect of a unique, business development philosophy that zeros in on the core issues that small business owners face on a daily basis. (Read more.)
Award Winning Speaker and Best Selling Author
A communications and performance expert, Amanda Gore uses latest research in neuroscience, positive psychology, epigenetics, and emotional intelligence, to help business leaders achieve the results they need by getting people engaged in, enthusiastic about and aligned with conference and corporate goals and vision. And by creating joyful workplaces that lead to better performance. (Read more)