Service Unites, powered by Points of Light, will be held in Atlanta, June 18-20
ATLANTA – June 12, 2018 – Service Unites, powered by Points of Light, the world’s largest service-related conference, has confirmed the final participating speakers for its June 18-20 conference. Actors Brooke Shields and Jesse Williams, along with author and Today Show contributor Lilliana Vazquez, will be joining former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, her husband, former astronaut Captain Mark Kelly; Parkland students Jaclyn Corin, Emma Gonzalez, Alex Wind; Charlotte Hornets’ Dwight Howard; ABC journalist John Quiñones; Olympic bronze medalist Adam Rippon; Pittsburgh Steelers’ Coty Sensabaugh, his wife Dominique, and more.
Brooke Shields, who began modeling at the age of 11 months old, became the youngest fashion model to appear on the cover of Vogue at the age of 14. Shields is best known for her early work in the movies “Pretty Baby” and “The Blue Lagoon,” and her work on “Suddenly Susan” garnered her a Golden Globe nomination and five People's Choice Awards. She currently can be seen on “Law & Order: SVU” in a major recurring role and is featured in the indie drama “Daisy Winters,” released fall of 2017. In her personal life, she continues to be a strong advocate for women’s issues and keeping the arts alive in schools. Shields will participate in the Opening Plenary, introducing a segment exploring how the mentorship, guidance and leadership of women has empowered other women, and fueled their ambition, drive and understanding of their potential.
Jesse Williams stars as Dr. Jackson Avery on ABC’s hit show “Grey’s Anatomy.” Williams, who began his career teaching at low-income Philadelphia public charter schools, gained international renown for his 2016 BET Humanitarian Award acceptance speech, where he eloquently covered a range of issues including police abuse and systemic inequities. He is the youngest board member of civil rights advocacy group The Advancement Project, and is the executive producer of the documentary “Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement,” and “Question Bridge: Black Males,” a series of transmedia art installations, films, curriculum and website. Williams will lead a panel at the Opening Plenary, bringing together young men from different walks of life who are leveraging their skills, experiences and voice for service and social justice.
Lilliana Vazquez is a television style expert for shows like “The Today Show,” “Access Hollywood,” “E! News,” “Wendy Williams” and “The Rachael Ray Show.” She is author of the book “Cheap Chica’s Guide to Style: Secrets to Shopping Cheap and Looking Chic.” Vazquez will join a panel discussion at the Opening Plenary, discussing the global water crisis, life-saving water technologies, and the companies and organizations addressing the crisis.
Shields, Williams and Vazquez will join a distinguished list of speakers who have participated in previous Service Unites events, including Points of Light Chairman Neil Bush; actress Yara Shahidi; former first lady Michelle Obama; U.S. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi; comedian John Oliver; author Cheryl Strayed; musician Harry Connick, Jr.; U.S. Congressman John Lewis; and former President Jimmy Carter. The Charlotte Hornets’ Dwight Howard will also speak, joining Chairman Neil Bush during the Closing Plenary for a discussion about the importance of service. Howard will also play a one-on-one game of “P.O.L.,” a customized game of H.O.R.S.E., with a lucky conference attendee, at the plenary on Wednesday, June 20.
More information on the Service Unites schedule, speakers, 12 learning paths and more than 100 workshops can be found at www.volunteeringandservice.org.
Arrangements for the appearance of Brooke Shields, Jesse Williams and Lilliana Vazquez are made through Greater Talent Network, LLC., New York, NY.
About Service Unites The Service Unites conference is powered by Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. Points of Light inspires, equips and mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 5 million volunteers in 20 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it’s needed most. For more information, go to www.pointsoflight.org.
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