Rootstech Keynote Speakers


Over the past month there have been many press releases from RootsTech about who their keynote speakers would be. I absolutely love this time because this is the time I decided if I am really going to go to the conference.

A few years back they had First Lady Laura Bush and daughter Jenna Bush Hagar as well as Donny Osmond. I do not think they will ever top that. Well, maybe if they pulled in an Obama family member….

This year the keynotes are:

Wednesday, Feb. 8: Liz Wiseman
Thursday, Feb. 9: The Scott Brothers
Friday, Feb. 10: LeVar Burton
Saturday, Feb. 11: Buddy Valestro

So to me it won’t pass up my favorite year, but these are some great keynote speakers.

Lets take a look at each of them.

Liz Wiseman

As the keynote for the Innovator Summit, Liz is no stranger to the tech side of life. Her recent clients include Disney, Paypal, Google and Facebook.

She is also the author of best-selling books: Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work; Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter; and The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools.

For more information on Liz, please see the original press release from FamilySearch.

The Scott Brothers

Known for their HGTC show The Property Brothers, they are identical twins and are known to wear a kilt…

The Scott brothers have HGTV’s highest ratings, their first series, the Property Brothers, spun off several other series including Brother vs BrotherBuying and SellingProperty Brothers at Home, and Property Brothers at home on the Ranch. They recently authored their first book, Dream Home.

For more information see the original press release from FamilySearch.

LeVar Burton

Known for his role as Kunta Kinte in the 1977 television series, Roots.  He also played Geordi La Forge in the television series, Star Trek: The Next Generation. He was also the host and executive producer of the children’s series, Reading Rainbow.

He plans to share stories about all the above shows, and some personal stories about his mother.

For more information see the original press release from FamilySearch.

Buddy Valestro

AKA The Cake Boss! Buddy has been on TLC the past few years with his tv shows, The Cake Boss and The Next Great Baker and Buddy’s Bakery Rescue. If you have watched any of these shows, you know that family is important to Buddy.

He plans to share how his past, present and future shaped who he is.

For more information see the original press release from FamilySearch.

I am looking forward to a few of these keynote addresses, how about you? Feel free to share with me which one you are most excited about. Right now, I can’t pick just one!!!

If you still need to register for Rootstech, do not delay because you could be missing the best conference of the year!

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Terri O’Connell is a professional genealogist in the Chicago area, focusing on Midwestern United States Genealogy, with a main focus in Illinois and a special interest in Irish research. She is also the owner of Cruise Planners – O’Connell Cruise and Travel, a full service travel company. Their mission is to encompass the full family: vacations, reunions, and history travel. Terri is a travel enthusiast with a passion for genealogy and enjoys bringing the two together to assist her clients in their travel needs. You can find Terri online at www.facebook.com/cruiseplannersoconnell, www.facebook.com/tracingmyfamily. Terri is the Executive Director of The In-Depth Genealogist, www.theindepthgenealogist.com.

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