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Featured Speakers 

Sunday Evening Keynote, 8-9 PM

Dave Raymond

Moving from college student to campy green fur-ball, Dave Raymond pioneered the field of sports mascots as the first inhabiter of the world-renowned Phillie Phanatic. Over his sixteen years in the suit, David’s performance as the Phanatic carried the Philadelphia Phillies to World Series victories and unimagined levels of popularity, helping to spawn a revolution in the mascot business.

Leveraging the unique lessons he learned from the inside out – literally! – Dave made a seamless transition to the world of character branding and mascot training.  Since starting Raymond Entertainment nearly twenty years ago, he has overseen the creation and rehabilitation of hundreds of mascots and the brands that support them.

With The Power of Fun, Dave shares his “phantastic” story from his performance career and outlines a simple model that can change your life.   Learn how Dave’s time as the Phanatic led him to realize that fun’s transformative effects are the key to living happier, healthier and having a more productive life.

Monday Breakfast Keynote, 8:45-9:30 AM

Pat Colleluori

Pat is the brother of Nick Colleluori who founded the HEADstrong Foundation, but who passed away from cancer at age 21. During his treatment, Nick took notes of resources that were lacking for cancer patients and the families who are affected. Resources such as lodging when traveling for treatment, financial help with medical expenses and other challenges, and the need for understanding and support. Today Nick’s mother Cheryl heads the foundation, and we direct resources whenever we can to families in need.

Nick’s House
Each year, thousands of families travel to the Philadelphia region seeking world-renowned cancer treatments from some of the top facilities in the country. For many families, their stay in Philadelphia can exceed 50 days, which impacts their already challenging financial situation.

In response to the demand for long-term housing for families that have been displaced in the Philadelphia region, the HEADstrong Foundation provides complementary housing for cancer patients and their families at Nick’s House. Nick’s House can serve seven families at once, providing more than 2,555 complementary nights annually. Located in Swarthmore, PA, Nick’s House offers families a haven of comfort, allowing them to focus on taking care of their loved one.

Monday Lunch Keynote, 1:15-2:15 PM

Dr. L. Robert Furman

Rob is an educator, leader, scholar, speaker and author; but most notably, Dr. Rob is a true champion for education in the 21st century. Beyond speaking at venues across the country, Dr. Rob is also a contributing Educational blogger for The Huffington Post as well as Ed Tech Review. He has received numerous prestigious awards, such as being named in the National School Board Association’s 20 To Watch in technology education and an ISTE Best Selling Author.

Publications include:

The Future Ready Challenge (2017), Reading, Technology and Digital Literacy (2015) and Instructional Technology (2012)

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