High-Profile Actors, Athletes and Activists Will Speak at World’s Largest Service-Related Conference

Service Unites, powered by Points of Light, will be held in Atlanta, June 18-20

ATLANTA, April 19, 2018 – Service Unites, the world’s largest conference on service and volunteering will feature a number of high-profile actors, authors and athletes all of whom make giving back and sparking change a priority. Speakers at the 2018 Service Unites conference, powered by Points of Light, include Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Coty Sensabaugh and his wife, Dominique; and Syrian-American Muslim slam poet Amal Kassir.

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Coty Sensabaugh met his artist wife Dominique while they were attending Clemson University. They married four years later in 2016, and instead of a traditional honeymoon, they traveled to the Dominican Republic where they delivered shoes to children and their families in need. They have since been back to the Dominican Republic and Haiti multiple times to distribute shoes, along with a recent trip to Puerto Rico in March to provide shoes for citizens still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Both Coty and Dominique say their grandmothers instilled the value of volunteerism and altruism in them, and they intend to do the same for their new son, Marri. The Sensabaughs will join a discussion on the global water crisis during the Opening Plenary.

Amal Kassir is a Syrian-American Muslim slam poet/public speaker from Denver. Kassir has conducted workshops and lectures, given TED Talks and recited poetry in 10 countries on the subjects of youth prisons, orphanages, refugee camps, identity, churches and culture. She is a major proponent of education for the underserved and vulnerable populations, and aspires to be part of the global effort for literacy in war-struck areas and refugee camps. Kassir will speak about women and identity as part of the Opening Plenary.

The Sensabaughs and Kassir will join a list of distinguished 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. New speakers and guests for the 2018 Service Unites conference are being confirmed every day.

Early-bird registration for Service Unites is open. Registering before April 22 saves up to $200 per pass.

More information on the Service Unites schedule, speakers, 12 learning paths and more than 100 workshops can be found at www.volunteeringandservice.org.

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.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Frances Chang on behalf of Points of Light fchang@c21pr.com 404.814.1330

or

Meghann Gibbons Vice President, Marketing & Communications mgibbons@pointsoflight.org 404.979.2920

Posted in 2018 Atlanta, Announcements, Press Releases on Apr 19, 2018

Service Unites, powered by Points of Light, will be held in Atlanta, June 18-20

ATLANTA, April 19, 2018 – Service Unites, the world’s largest conference on service and volunteering will feature a number of high-profile actors, authors and athletes all of whom make giving back and sparking change a priority. Speakers at the 2018 Service Unites conference, powered by Points of Light, include Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Coty Sensabaugh and his wife, Dominique; and Syrian-American Muslim slam poet Amal Kassir.

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Coty Sensabaugh met his artist wife Dominique while they were attending Clemson University. They married four years later in 2016, and instead of a traditional honeymoon, they traveled to the Dominican Republic where they delivered shoes to children and their families in need. They have since been back to the Dominican Republic and Haiti multiple times to distribute shoes, along with a recent trip to Puerto Rico in March to provide shoes for citizens still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Both Coty and Dominique say their grandmothers instilled the value of volunteerism and altruism in them, and they intend to do the same for their new son, Marri. The Sensabaughs will join a discussion on the global water crisis during the Opening Plenary.

Amal Kassir is a Syrian-American Muslim slam poet/public speaker from Denver. Kassir has conducted workshops and lectures, given TED Talks and recited poetry in 10 countries on the subjects of youth prisons, orphanages, refugee camps, identity, churches and culture. She is a major proponent of education for the underserved and vulnerable populations, and aspires to be part of the global effort for literacy in war-struck areas and refugee camps. Kassir will speak about women and identity as part of the Opening Plenary.

The Sensabaughs and Kassir will join a list of distinguished 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. New speakers and guests for the 2018 Service Unites conference are being confirmed every day.

Early-bird registration for Service Unites is open. Registering before April 22 saves up to $200 per pass.

More information on the Service Unites schedule, speakers, 12 learning paths and more than 100 workshops can be found at www.volunteeringandservice.org.

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.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Frances Chang on behalf of Points of Light fchang@c21pr.com 404.814.1330

or

Meghann Gibbons Vice President, Marketing & Communications mgibbons@pointsoflight.org 404.979.2920

Posted in 2018 Atlanta, Announcements, Press Releases on Apr 19, 2018

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This is one of the few events where all members of the social good sector are in attendance. With business, nonprofit and public sectors attending, we can dig deeper and have cross-sector conversations.

— 2018 Atlanta Attendee

The conference proved to be one of the most engaging and exciting professional gatherings of like-minded people I've ever attended. Although the topics, content, and presentations all appropriately centered around volunteering and service in some way, the sheer range of them was simply astounding.

— 2017 Seattle Attendee