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Storyteller - Keynote Speakers

Alfredo Fuentes

For most of Captain Al Fuentes’ life, he has participated in disaster relief efforts across the US and internationally. On September 11th, 2001, Captain Alfredo Fuentes, as acting battalion chief, led a contingent of fireboats on a mission to carry away survivors from the burning World Trade Center Towers. In the midst of coordinating rescuers and pulling wounded firefighters from the wreckage, Fuentes himself was caught in the collapsing rubble as he rushed to search for more survivors in the North Tower. He sustained crushing injuries to his skull, lungs, and ribs and lay pinned beneath a steel girder for over two hours. Capt. Fuentes persevered through prayer, finally managing to radio his comrades and lead them to his position and his eventual rescue. Due to the events of 9/11, being a survivor and suffering from PTSD, Captain Fuentes started the Patriot Group. After the tragic events of Hurricane Katrina, Captain Fuentes and other retired FDNY members and counselors traveled to New Orleans to counsel and assist first-responders and emergency personnel. It is his goal to assist and protect the citizens and first responders of our nation and those around the world.

Helen Farrell

Award winning Harvard psychiatrist and international speaker – Dr. Helen Farrell is a mental health and addictions expert. Helen creatively blends the art of storytelling with informative commentary to help your company take care of your greatest asset – employees. Helen energizes the work force by dispelling fears of anxiety, depression, and alcoholism. She can help your employees recognize how mental health matters can interfere with motivation and workplace productivity, thereby affecting your bottom-line! In addition, Helen can help your company develop strategies aimed at caring for the mental health needs of your employees, and she provides executive coaching– teaching employees how to leverage psychiatric symptoms to their advantage for enhanced career success. Helen is frequently sought after by the mass media for expert and authoritative commentary on mental health, wellness and forensics. Her bright and fresh perspective has been featured in The New York Times, Psychology Today, NPR, The Boston Globe and The Huffington Post. Helen’s TEDx Talk, Creating Hope for Mental Health, and TED-Ed animated short-film, What is Depression?, have been viewed by millions.

Bill Rasmussen

It is safe to say that Bill Rasmussen changed the face of sports, and the face of television. His brainstorm for a 24-hour cable sports television station, born out of adversity, has become the Worldwide Leader in Sports, ESPN. He had his innovative brainstorm for an all-sports cable TV network within days of his firing by the New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association. His idea captured his imagination, and 14 months later, ESPN was on air for the first time. A life-long entrepreneur and sports fan, Rasmussen’s innovations in advertising, sports and broadcasting are numerous and include not only the creation of ESPN, but also the concept for “Sports Center,” wall-to-wall coverage of NCAA regular- season and “March Madness” college basketball, and coverage of the College World Series. Bill’s entrepreneurial daring, his irrepressible enthusiasm and a dash of good luck gave the world the first 24-hour television network. Once unleashed upon sports fans, ESPN’s impact forever changed the way we watch television.

Melissa Stockwell

If you ask Melissa Stockwell to describe herself one of the first things you’ll hear is, “I am a Patriot, a lover of the red, the white and the blue.” Melissa proudly wore the uniform of the United States Army, where she very nearly gave her life for her country. Today, she proudly wears the uniform of Team USA as a World Champion athlete and Paralympic medalist. Melissa shares her inspiring story, from the battlefields of Bagdad to the podium on the beach of Rio de Janeiro, in an emotionally powerful presentation that leaves audiences forever changed to see ability not disability, to maximize what you do have and forget about what you don’t and to apply, as she details, “…the amazing power of choice.” Melissa fully believes that anyone can do anything that they put their mind to and hopes her audience walks away with a greater appreciation of life and an ‘I can do anything’ attitude.

Rick Searfoss

Colonel Rick Searfoss shares with only a handful of people in history the sublime joys of actually flying in space. In his career he has led many different teams, including commanding the most complex science research space mission ever, the STS-90 Neurolab flight on Columbia. He also piloted two other space flights, including a joint Russian-American mission to the Mir space station. Rick brings unparalleled expertise to his audiences, coupled with a truly entertaining, exciting, and enlightening audience experience. With compelling firsthand examples, he speaks from the heart to teach, motivate, enlighten, and uplift audiences. His extensive leadership experience and work with some of the most innovative companies of the new millennium enable him to fulfill his mission of sharing the teamwork, leadership, and innovation lessons of human space flight with business leaders worldwide.

Pete Souza

From eyewitness to history maker, Pete Souza provides behind-the-scenes photographs from the White House and beyond. Pete Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and President Reagan. During Obama’s eight years as president, Pete took close to two million photographs. To truly document both of the president’s lives, Pete would take on the responsibility of attending every meeting the president was a part of, all the time. It was important for him to capture the president not just as a leader, but as a human being. In addition to the national political scene, Pete has covered stories around the world. After 9/11, he was among the first journalists to cover the fall of Kabul, Afghanistan, after crossing the Hindu Kush mountains by horseback in three feet of snow. Pete has lectured many times on his photography including at the Smithsonian Museum of American History, Harvard University, Boston University, and has appeared on ABC’s 20-20. Dateline NBC, CBS Sunday Morning, NBC Nightly News, Fox News Sunday, and Fox Friends and Family.

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