2016 Keynote Speakers

Photo of Jeremy RichmanOpening Keynote

Dr. Jeremy Richman has extensive research experience that spans the range from neuroscience and neuropsychopharmacology to cardiovascular biology, diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, immunology, and inflammation. He has worked in the research and drug discovery arena for more than two decades and is passionate about helping people live happier and healthier lives. Most importantly, Dr. Richman believes it is critical to empower youth to advocate for themselves and their peers when it comes to brain health and brain illnesses. He and his wife, Jennifer Hensel, started the Avielle Foundation in honor of their 6-year-old daughter who was killed in the Newtown, Conn. shootings of 2012. The foundation is dedicated to supporting research into the forces that increase a person's risk of violence and aggression, as well as building compassion through brain health research, community education, and engagement.




Photo of Silken LaumannSaturday Keynote

Four-time Olympian Silken Laumann is one of Canada’s most inspirational leaders, a bestselling author, and a beloved athlete. Each day she strives to reach her own potential and help others to do the same by summoning the courage to see opportunities within obstacles, and the tenacity to keep learning through life’s failures. In her memoir, Unsinkable, Laumann shines a spotlight on the many obstacles she has encountered—and overcome. She speaks candidly about her athletic success and triumph over physical adversity, but also the intense personal challenges of her past and the fierce determination she applies to living a bold, loving, and successful life today.