Check out our Keynote Speakers!


Kat Perkins

Check out our opening keynote speaker and her session: “Fearless: An Inspiring Experience featuring Kat Perkins” 

Kat Perkins appeared on NBC’s The Voice Season 6 and advanced to the show’s finals. Mentored by Adam Levine, Kat climbed her way to fourth place! A native of the tiny town of Scranton, ND, Kat has resided in Minneapolis, Minnesota since 1999.  Kat has released five albums since The Voice with two of her singles charting inside #20 on the iTunes Charts! Along with full time touring, Kat founded The Rising Star Foundation and runs her own music camp in the badlands of North Dakota! Music and education is her passion and she tries to combine them whenever possible!

 Kat will be speaking during the opening session on Monday morning of the conference. Check out what Kat has to say in this video.


Ian Leonard

Ian has been Chief Meteorologist at FOX 9 in Minneapolis since 2006. His science is the great outdoors and his passion is forecasting the weather. His passion has taken him from Alberta, Canada to Mississippi, Iowa and finally Minnesota. For over 20 years he has used the phrase “stay sky aware” to help viewers stay ahead of the storm. It now is a regular “hashtag” in Ian’s social media updates during severe weather season to his 35 thousand Facebook and Twitter followers. Ian is an extremely active supporter of persons with intellectual disabilities. He is on the road every month supporting the incredible athletes of Special Olympics Minnesota. Ian has had his share of personal storms - making it through a traumatic brain injury in 2013 and adding the line "cancer survivor" to his resume in 2016.

Ian is a humorous and impactful Speaker who motivates organization's teams to move through their business and personal storms - toward finding passion and purpose. You’ll love his high energy and quick wit!

Ian will be speaking during the conference closing session on Wednesday.