November 4-6, 2012
(In alphabetical order)
Al Duncan, Master of Ceremonies
Youth Keynote | Tuesday, November 6, 2012 | 8:00 a.m.
Al Duncan is an award-winning youth advocate, publisher, and an internationally recognized authority on soft skills. As the world’s leading speaker for at risk youth and troubled young people, he has delivered Duncan Nuggets®, live and in person, to over one million young people around the world. Al is the author of four books including the bestseller, My Success Journal For Young People. He is the recipient of the President’s Call to Service Award and the National PTA Life Achievement Award for his work in the field of youth development and empowerment. Born to teen-aged parents, raised in a poverty stricken neighborhood in North Philadelphia, being molested as a child, and his father’s addiction to crack cocaine, left Al devastated, but not defeated. He went on to enjoy careers as a professional saxophone player, a professional chef, and he is the former executive producer and host of his own television show. At the age of 24 he walked away from his musical career in order to raise his youngest brother who was 12 years old at the time. http://www.alduncan.net/
Dr. Kevin Sabet
Monday, November 5, 2012 | 9:00 a.m.
Working on drug policy issues for more than eighteen years, Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D. is the Director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida. He is also an Assistant Professor in the College of Medicine there. Kevin has served three presidents, most recently as the Senior Advisor to ONDCP Director Gil Kerlikowske. Besides his UF work, he is the founder of the Policy Solutions Lab, a consulting company in Cambridge, MA, and an advisor to the UN. He has a regular column with the Huffington Post and his work has won accolades from The Atlantic. As a Marshall Scholar, he received his Ph.D. and M.S. in Social Policy at Oxford University and B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. kevinsabet.com
Mandy Schendel, Emcee
Mandy Schendel, at the age of 11, created her own nonprofit, The Difference Maker Organization, which is now a national nonprofit corporation (www.thedifferencemaker.org). The Difference Maker Organization’s mission is teaching children and teens how to become leaders through volunteer service. A senior at Azusa Pacific University, Schendel is also a published author of a motivational book, “Do Something” where she shares the challenges and triumphs of running a national company, working as a professional actress for Disney, as well as her long-time involvement in pageantry.
Schendel was recently crowned Miss Washington 2012 and will be competing for Miss America. Watch for Miss Washington, Mandy Schendel, when Miss America airs live on ABC January 12, 2013.
Monte Stiles, Adult Keynote
Monday, November 5, 2012 | 12:15 p.m.
Monte Stiles served his entire professional career of 28 years as a state and federal prosecutor. For the past 24 years, as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Idaho, he supervised the Organized Crime/Drug Enforcement Task Force – a group of agents and prosecutors who investigate and prosecute high-level drug trafficking organizations, including Los Angeles street gangs, Mexican cartels, and international drug smuggling and money laundering operations.
One of his proudest personal and career achievements was the organization and implementation of the statewide "Enough is Enough” anti-drug campaign which produced community coalitions in every area of Idaho. In addition to the prosecution of drug traffickers, Monte has been a passionate drug educator and motivational speaker for schools, businesses, churches, law enforcement agencies, and other youth and parent organizations.
Because of Monte’s passion for nature and wildlife photography, his images have been featured on the cover of magazines and in articles about the great outdoors, which has led to other opportunities as a highly sought-after speaker on the subject of photography, with recent presentations in Phoenix, Arizona, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Portland, Oregon and Hudson, Massachusetts. See www.montestiles.com and www.montestilesphotography.com.
Hannah Michelle Weeks, Opening Celebration Performance
Sunday, November 4, 2012 | 6:15 p.m.
Hannah Michelle Weeks has shared the stage with Country Super Stars Kenny Chesney, Darius Rucker, Rodney Atkins, Eric Church, Trent Tomlinson and more! Hannah is on her way to becoming one of the most successful artists out of the Northwest in years. She performs nationally with her band of phenomenal musicians.
A handful of trips to Nashville later and the two were creating “Life’s a Drama,” Hannah’s debut EP album (HunnyBee Records) featuring seven tracks about the realities of life and showcasing her songwriting talents on four songs, including singles like “I Think I Am” and “Good Hair Day.” From the writing on this album and guidance from Johnson, Hannah received a publishing deal with one of Nashville’s premier publishing companies in 2009.
Hannah has always had a desire to reach out to teens/young adults and the adults in their lives and bring awareness to the realities of the pressures and day-to-day choices they are faced with. With this subject heavy on her heart, Hannah co-wrote her song “I Thought You Were My Friend” with Tim Johnson & Jamie Houston. In July 2011, Hannah was named a National Ambassador for The Partnership at DrugFree.org. She joins actress Melissa Gilbert and is now lending her inspiring and powerful voice to help educate others about one of our nation’s most preventable health issues – teen substance abuse. To read more about Hannah Michelle Weeks, download her complete bio or visit her website at: www.hannahweeks.com
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 | Noon
Maketa Wilborn is a national corporate and youth development trainer and team development consultant. He designs and facilitates team development, leadership, strategic visioning, community drumming and equity trainings. Maketa doesn’t approach any situation or problem sitting down…and within minutes, neither is the rest of the group! Organizations call Maketa when they want tangible outcomes achieved through spirited and energized sessions.
Get ready to feel the power of everyone’s voice – get ready collaborate, to innovate, to promote and to be empowered – this is ZaBoomBa let’s rock the rhythm!