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NLC Keynote Speakers

Opening General Session Keynote Presentation
Friday, Oct. 31
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Adam Braun“Ordinary Person, Extraordinary Change: How to Affect the Masses” with Adam Braun

Before his 25th birthday, Adam Braun started a bank account for a nonprofit organization called Pencils of Promise. His $25 deposit catalyzed a movement that has raised millions and built more than 200 schools. Adam's story is one of an ordinary person creating extraordinary change. Hear his tips for getting "unstuck" by using 10 steps to transform even the smallest ideas into a big reality.

About Adam Braun:
Adam Braun is a New York Times bestselling author and the Founder of Pencils of Promise, an award-winning organization that has broken ground on more than 200 schools around the world. Braun began working summers at hedge funds when he was just sixteen years old, sprinting down the path to a successful Wall Street career. He started his college career as a Division 1 basketball player, but while traveling abroad he met a young boy begging on the streets of India. When Braun asked him what he wanted most in the world, he simply answered, "a pencil."


Saturday General Session
Sunday, Nov. 1
8:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m.

Vanessa Van Edwards"Body Language for Dentists" with Vanessa Van Edwards

How can dentists improve patient relationships without saying a word? Vanessa Van Edwards will review the latest research on body language for health care professionals, from helping patients manage fear and pain to building rapport with future patients. Learn how to use non-verbal behavior to improve your own presence and bedside manner. Vanessa will also cover how body language can be applied to all aspects of a dental practice, including:

  • Interacting with office colleagues, nurses and admin staff
  • Improving your first impression and quickly connecting and calming patients
  • Getting a non-verbal edge in generating business and potential contacts
  • How to decode hidden emotions in patients

About Vanessa Van Edwards:
Vanessa Van Edwards is the lead investigator at Science of People, a human behavior research lab. She is a Huffington Post columnist and published author. Her innovative work has been featured on NPR, Business Week and USA Today. She regularly gives keynotes and appears in the media to talk about her research. She has written for CNN, Fast Company and Forbes.


Sunday General Session
Sunday, Nov. 2
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Roger Crawford"How High Can You Bounce: Capture the Possibilities of Change" with Roger Crawford

Have you ever heard someone say, “I’ll be a lot more optimistic when things get back to normal”? The truth is, what may have been successful yesterday may not be successful tomorrow.

This powerful program explores the attitudes and actions needed to bounce forward, equipped to conquer change and triumph over trials. Discover how to bounce to new heights and achieve extraordinary results. With these proven success principles, it doesn’t mean you won’t get knocked down, but it does mean you won’t get knocked out!

This powerful program will help you:

  • Conquer change and triumph over trials
  • Discover there is no limit to how high you can bounce
  • Learn to bounce forward despite the obstacles
  • Dispel the myth of predictability to become a change-ready peak performer
  • Dramatically improve your personal bounce-factor to catapult above and beyond your competition
  • Be equipped to prevail when you fail
  • Discover the secrets of resilient leadership

About Roger Crawford:
Although born with ectrodactylism, a rare birth defect, Roger Crawford not only became the only athlete with four impaired limbs to compete in a NCAA Division I sport, he also became a Hall of Fame Division I athlete. His compelling story of how he became a tennis champion communicates and demonstrates the power of “I Can!” attitude to redefine the possible!

After achieving immense success as a Hall of Fame athlete, Roger went on to inspire audiences worldwide, eloquently sharing the principles he has lived – perseverance, unshakable optimism, and overcoming adversity. His remarkable life story is a powerful example that “Challenges are inevitable, defeat is optional!”

As a member of the Hall of Fame for People with Disabilities, he shares this prestigious distinction with fellow honorees such as Christopher Reeves, Helen Keller and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.


There are more than 30 sessions taking place at NLC. Download the agenda for a full listing.

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