Special Guests

Arnold W. Donald

President & Chief Executive Officer

Carnival Corporation & PLC

Keynote: Thursday Closing General Session Luncheon

Arnold Donald is President & Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Corporation & PLC, the world’s largest travel and leisure company. Their ten cruise brands -- Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America, Princess, Seabourn, AIDA, Costa, Cunard, P&O UK, P&O Australia and Fathom are based throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Asia and maintain a fleet of more than 100 ships and serve more than 12 million guests annually. Carnival Corporation & PLC is included in both the S&P500 and the FTSE 100 indices and trades on both the New York and London Stock Exchanges. Mr. Donald has been President & CEO of Carnival Corporation since 2013 and served on the board for 12 years before that. He serves on the board of Bank of America Corporation and Crown Holdings, Inc. Mr. Donald spent more than twenty years at Monsanto Company as Corporate Senior Vice-President, and President of the Consumer and Nutrition sector and President of the Agricultural sector. After leaving Monsanto, Mr. Donald was Chairman of Merisant Company whose products included the leading global sweetener brands Equal and Canderel. Prior to Carnival, Mr. Donald was President and CEO of the Executive Leadership Council, a professional network and leadership forum for African-American executives of Fortune 500 companies, and the President and CEO of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International. A native of New Orleans, Mr. Donald received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton College, a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Washington University in St Louis, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Mr. Donald serves on the boards of Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and Washington University in St. Louis, in Missouri, The Greater New Orleans Foundation and St. Louis-based BJC Healthcare among others.

John O'Leary

Speaker and Best Selling Author

Keynote: Wednesday General Session Luncheon

John O’Leary has dedicated his life to connecting with and inspiring others, both in his career and as a Big Brother. While sharing his personal story, he identifies key lessons from what he has endured that apply to everyone. When he was a child, John’s curiosity got the best of him and he tried to experiment with fire and gasoline in his garage. He created a massive explosion that burned 100% of his body. Doctors said his chance of survival was less than 1%. John’s unlikely recovery was a journey of pain and loss that could have easily made him give up. However, far from being an example of someone who simply endured tragedy, he is a luminous example of thriving through adversity. This “survivor story” isn’t focused on John O’Leary—rather, it is a celebration of the heroes who served him and his family. From a Hall of Fame sports announcer to a burn nurse (and countless others), every person involved in his life after the fire teaches us this truth: one person can make a profound difference in the lives of others. John O’Leary is the author of the #1 bestselling book ON FIRE – The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life.

Esta Soler

Founder and President

Futures Without Violence

Wednesday General Session Luncheon

Esta Soler founded Futures Without Violence (FUTURES) more than 30 years ago and transformed it into one of the world’s most effective advocacy organizations designed to prevent and end violence against women and children.

Under Soler’s direction, FUTURES, then called the Family Violence Prevention Fund, was a driving force behind the passage of the original Violence Against Women Act of 1994—the nation’s first comprehensive federal response to the violence that affects women, families, and communities.

FUTURES develops trailblazing policies, programs, and public-education campaigns, as well as provides leadership training that helps lawmakers, health care providers, judges, and employers stop gender-based violence and childhood trauma.

Soler is on the advisory board for the Global Women’s Institute of George Washington University and is the former vice chair of the Blue Shield of California Foundation.

Soler’s many awards and honors include a Kellogg Foundation National Leadership Fellowship, the Koret Israel Prize, the University of California’s Public Health Heroes Award, Coro Center for Civic Leadership, an honorary doctorate from of Simmons College, and the UCSF Medal, among others. She has been featured on MAKERS, and her 2014 TEDTalk charted 30 years of tactics and technologies—from the Polaroid camera to social media—that have shaped the movement to end domestic violence.

Jeff King



Tuesday Opening General Session

Jeff started his career as an intern with Barkley while obtaining an advertising degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. After five years in account management, he left the company to broaden his experience at Omnicon-owned GSD &M (Austin, TX) and MDC-owned Fletcher Martin (Atlanta, GA). Jeff moved back to KC in 2005. He and his team have transformed the 50+ year-old agency into one of the most sought-after experts on brand modernization and future-proofing clients. He has helped build a purpose-driven culture that inspires our partners and enables great work. Since 2011, Barkley has enjoyed its most rapid growth in the company 's history.

Guy Adami

Director of Advisor Advocacy

CNBC's Fast Money

Awards Gala Host

Guy is an original member of CNBC's Fast Money. He is currently the Director of Advisor Advocacy at Private Advisor Group in Morristown, New Jersey. Private Advisor Group is comprised of a network of nearly 600 advisors with assets approaching $17B.

Guy has held numerous key leadership roles in the financial services industry. He began his career at Drexel Burnham Lambert in 1986 and was quickly promoted to Vice President and Head Gold Trader at the firm. He then joined Goldman Sachs in 1996 as the head gold trader and one of the many proprietary traders within the Fixed Income Currency and Commodity division. In the spring of 2000, Adami joined the U.S. Equities division of Goldman Sachs where he was put in charge of the firm's Industrial/Basic Material group.

Guy is the Vice Chairman of the NJ Chapter of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, who named him "Man of the Year" in 2015. He is also a board member of Invest in Others.

Caren Harp


Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Wednesday General Session

Caren Harp was sworn in as Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention on January 19, 2018.

Ms. Harp is a former director of the National Juvenile Justice Prosecution Center at the American Prosecutors Research Institute. She also served as Chief of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit in the Family Court Division of the New York City Law Department. Ms. Harp was a member of the American Bar Association's Juvenile Justice Standards Task Force and the National Steering Committee of the Office for Victims of Crime-sponsored Vision 21 Project of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

During her 23-year career as a trial lawyer, Ms. Harp spent 20 years on the prosecution side of the court system, either prosecuting cases or training prosecutors, and 3 years as a public defender. As a deputy prosecutor, Ms. Harp tried a wide range of cases in criminal and juvenile court, including sexual assault, domestic violence, and capital murder. As a trial attorney for the Arkansas Public Defender Commission, she represented indigent defendants charged with major felonies, including capital murder, and managed attorney caseloads and court coverage in six counties.

Prior to being appointed Administrator, Ms. Harp served for 5 years as an associate professor of law at the Liberty University School of Law where she taught courses on children and the law, evidence, professional responsibility, and trial advocacy.

She received her bachelor of science and master's degrees from the University of Arkansas and her juris doctor degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law. Ms. Harp is admitted to practice in Arkansas and New York.

Emily Lipman

High School Big

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Wednesday General Session

Emily Lipman is committed, patient, caring and true of self. She has been a high school mentor for several years to a student at the neighboring elementary school during the aftercare program.  Emily brings forth her quiet, calming nature to allow her introverted Little to connect with her easily.  As students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Emily and Emilie bring a unique insight into the power of the younger generation and look to shed light on what being a mentor means to today’s teenager.

Emilie Prestroenning

High School Big

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Wednesday General Session

Emilie Prestroenning is one of two High School Bigs visiting the National Conference who exemplify the qualities BBBS looks for in a mentor. Committed, patient, caring, and true of self. Both have been high school mentors for several years to students at their neighboring elementary school during the aftercare program.  Emilie exudes a fun, vibrant aura when she comes into aftercare to make sure her Little completes her assignments from the school day.  As students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Emily and Emilie bring a unique insight into the power of the younger generation and look to shed light on what being a mentor means to today’s teenager.