Service Unites, powered by Points of Light, will be held in Atlanta, June 18-20
ATLANTA – May 17, 2018 – The world’s largest conference on service and volunteering, Service Unites, powered by Points of Light, is adding to its powerful line up of keynote speakers and panelists who have made social and civic responsibility a priority. Youth leaders Jaclyn Corin, Emma Gonzalez and Alex Wind of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida; ABC News veteran John Quiñones; 2018 Olympic medalist figure skater Adam Rippon; and author, artist and poet Cleo Wade, are joining other nationally-known speakers like former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, retired astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly, NBA player Dwight Howard and more.
“Points of Light believes that people drive change in addressing society’s growing and most profound challenges. We help individuals, companies and organizations lead and lend support to a diversity of causes they care about,” said Diane Quest, chief communications and marketing officer, Points of Light. “At Service Unites 2018, attendees will be inspired by a broad variety of changemakers who are using their voice and actions to help people change the world.”
High school students Jaclyn Corin, Emma Gonzalez and Alex Wind had their lives changed forever at 2:21 p.m. on Feb. 14, 2018, when a former student opened fire into four classrooms with an AR-15. After one of the deadliest school shootings in United States history, students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School decided to become active voices in the gun control debate. What started as a one-day protest evolved into a movement across the U.S., as these students organized a national protest in less than five weeks. The March for Our Lives is just one example in the recent wave of civic engagement in the United States dominated by America’s youth. Corin, Gonzalez and Wind will speak at the Opening Plenary, leading an important conversation about the power of young people to change the world.
John Quiñones is a more than 30-year news veteran with ABC News, anchoring the desk at “20/20” and “Primetime,” and is the creator and host of “What Would You Do?” He is known to speak of his journey in achieving the Latino-American dream and champions the life-changing power of education. Quiñones’ thought-provoking insights into human nature and ethical behavior is the subject of his hidden camera show, “What Would You Do?” where every day Americans are faced with the consequences of their choices when presented with an ethical dilemma. He was recently recognized with honorary doctorates from Davis & Elkins College and Utah Valley University. As a journalist and observer, Quiñones will join the Opening Plenary to share the ways he has seen people igniting a civic culture in small and big ways.
Adam Rippon is a 2018 Olympic bronze-medalist figure skater who made history as the first openly gay U.S. male athlete to qualify for the Winter Games. At the age of 28, he was the oldest figure skater since 1939 to make their first trip to the games and became the first openly gay athlete to medal at the Winter Olympics. Dubbed “one of the most entertaining athletes at the Winter Games,” by Billboard, Rippon is part of the cast of contestants on the current season of “Dancing with the Stars.” As an outspoken voice in the LGBTQ community, Rippon will speak at the Opening Plenary about the power of young people to create change.
Cleo Wade is the author of “Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life.” She is also an artist, poet and speaker who emphasizes the importance of self-care, community building and social justice for women, people of color and the LGBTQ community. Along with her highly visible art projects, such as a 25-foot love poem in the New Orleans French Quarter and a 50-foot warehouse collaboration with graffiti artist, Brandon Odums, Wade created the “Are You Ok” project, a public booth at the Hester Street Fair in New York City for free, peaceful and loving conversations. She is a contributing writer to The New York Times, Teen Vogue and W Magazine, and has been invited to speak at major universities, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Essence Music Festival, TED Talks and more. Named as one of America’s 50 Most Influential Women by Marie Claire, 100 Most Creative people in Business by Fast Company and “The Millennial Oprah” by New York Magazine, Wade will speak about community engagement as part of the Closing Plenary.
Corin, Gonzalez, Wind, Quiñones, Rippon and Wade 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. New speakers and guests for the 2018 Service Unites conference are being confirmed every day.
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.
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