Our Speakers

Our full 2017 speaker lineup will be announced soon!

Keynote Speaker
Temple Grandin, Ph.D.

Professional Background:

Dr. Grandin has inspired people around the world as a champion for individuals with autism and their families.

Her accomplishments as a speaker, author and advocate earned her a place among TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2010, and her life story was the subject of the acclaimed 2010 HBO biopic, “Temple Grandin,” winner of seven Emmy awards and a Golden Globe.

Temple Grandin is world-famous for using insights gained from her autism to lead dramatic improvements in the livestock industry. A professor at Colorado State University for more than 20 years, Dr. Grandin is a celebrated speaker who lectures internationally on autism and livestock handling.

Ryan Blair
Professional Background:
In March 2013, Ryan Blair released the paperback version of his #1 New York Times Best Seller, Nothing To Lose, Everything To GainHow I Went From Gang Member To Multimillionaire Entrepreneur. Uncensored and raw in his account of growing up in the face of adversity, Blair effectively imparts lessons learned from obstacles he faced and provides a road map for entrepreneurial success. Blair is no ordinary businessman: he’s a master of personal reinvention.  Ryan has also had to adapt as a single parent of his son with autism, and will share his deeply personal journey to being the best parent he can be.
Session Description:
A Single Father’s Perspective on Raising a Child with Autism

There is a high divorce rate associated with autism, and having experienced what it was like not to have a father myself, I am even more determined to be a better father to my son than the example that was given to me. Not only am I a single father of a child that was diagnosed with autism when he was two years old, but I am the CEO of a multi-national company. Balancing the needs of my family with work has been a unique challenge, one that has required me to learn special skills to adapt and continue to be the best parent I possibly can. I know there are many others in the community that face much harder circumstances than I have, but I’d like to share my insights with you, in hopes that what I’ve learned will help more single parents and families endure.