Weren’t lucky enough to attend this years SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference? Watch the opening ceremony live on the web. The webcast will begin at 6pm CST and the ceremony is scheduled to begin at 7pm CST. There are always excellent keynote speakers at the opening ceremony. This year’s speakers are:
Wendy Venturini, the first female play-by-play announcer in auto racing history and reporter for the SPEED CHANNEL pre-race show, “NASCAR RaceDay.” Wendy was also a national gold medalist in the prepared speech contest at the 1996 SkillsUSA Championships – see, SkillsUSA takes you places :).
Stephen Paletta, philanthropist and winner of Oprah’s Big Give. Paletta created The International Education Exchange, a nonprofit organization that builds schools and libraries, and trains teachers in Africa, and since being awarded one million dollars for winning Oprah’s Big Give, he founded Stephen’s Journey Foundation, dedicated to shining a light on social entrepreneurs around the world to provide a portal for donors to find effective, accountable grassroots nonprofit groups.
Minnesotans should logon to see our very own Jennifer Leff, Region IV Advisor of the Year (and a great roomie too), receive her award. She may even win National Advisor of the Year – good luck, Jen!