2009 Conference Keynote Speakers


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Following her activist efforts in The Education of Shelby Knox, Shelby graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Political Science.  She continues to travel across the country as a speaker and organizer with a specialization in designing workshop programming for youth leaders.  Shelby has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, and the Dr. Phil Show and in Glamour, Bust, and Seventeen magazines as an advocate for comprehensive sex education.  She also blogs on feminism and sexual health for the Huffington Post and contributes to the feminist quarterly, The F-Word.  She currently lives in New York City and is a full time speaker and organizer working with progressive organizations to promote sex education, women's rights, and youth empowerment. 

Nicole Lynn Lewis              

 CoNicoleined “The Adversity Coach” for her unique approach to embracing and utilizing the obstacles in our lives, Nicole Lynn Lewis has dedicated herself both personally and professionally to giving people and businesses the tools they need to reach their goals. As the CEO of NicoleInk, a multi-faceted company aimed at helping people live up to their full potential, Lewis is changing the way we approach success.

NicoleInk’s first product and Lewis’ first book,
Glori: A Different Story, was published in May 2007, setting the stage for the company’s work. Glori is a powerful memoir on Lewis’ experience as a teenage mother chronicling her determination to beat the odds despite homelessness, a drug infested environment, and an oppressive relationship by putting herself through college with a newborn baby. In Glori, readers are able to see the results of Lewis’ effective approach to goal achievement. Inspiring people across the nation, Glori has received rave reviews. Quickly becoming an authority on self-empowerment, Lewis has had numerous articles published on topics from affirmative action policy to the media’s influence on teen girls’ body images, appearing in various publications such as The Virginian-Pilot. Her writing has been recognized with Honorable Mention in the Patrick Hayes 2002 Alumni Writing Festival G. Glenwood Clark Short Fiction Contest and participation in The Hurston/Wright Foundation 2002 Writer’s Week in Washington D.C.