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Opening Week Events

Opening Week Events

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    Opening Week Speaker
    7:00 AM

    “because I said I would” is a social movement and nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of humanity through promises made and kept. We are changing lives through volunteerism in local chapters, character education programming in schools and awareness campaigns with global reach. Our mission is to end suffering, establish peace and build happiness. To this, we are committed.

    Additional Information on Our Speaker: At a young age Amanda learned the effect that promises broken have on relationships. Her father struggled with addiction and was not good with keeping his commitments to his little girl. Amanda was drawn to helping start because I said I would knowing that there are other people whose lives are deeply affected by broken promises. Amanda uses her deep personal connection to promises to inspire and motivate her audiences to become better with their commitments. Watch Amanda’s story through her TEDx talk.

    As the youngest of five children, Amanda grew up in Lorain, OH. In November of 2013, Amanda became because I said I would’s first full-time employee after over a year of volunteering her time to the cause. Prior to co-founding because I said I would, she worked at Hyland Software – one of Fortune magazine’s top 100 places to work in the United States. Amanda has also served as the Vice President for the Cleveland User Experience Professionals Association. She currently resides in Lakewood, OH, with her son, Trent, and her dog, Miska (pronounced Meesh-ka).

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    Opening Week - Comedic Magician: Tim Gabrielson
    8:00 PM

    A native of Minnesota, Tim began performing at a local theme park at age 16. His comedic wit and natural timing combined with magical prowess quickly made him a park favorite.  He soon became in-demand nationally for his riveting show combining clean humor and highly-skilled magic. It didn¿t take long to gain the attention of agents and producers alike¿which landed him fill-in spots for Vegas headliners like Ron Lucas and Mac King¿before acquiring his own room at The House of Blues in Mandalay Bay on the Vegas Strip.

    When Tim realized, however, that his humor was touching lives by allowing people to see beyond their immediate hardships, he began infusing his highly-entertaining show with a simple and profound take-away message. His signature message about the power of positive choice and responding rather than reacting blends comedy and breathtaking magic with principles for creating a more meaningful and enthusiastic life¿starting now. Today, Tim is a keynote speaker who blends comedy, magic, and inspirational principles as he presents to corporations and educational groups¿equipping them to live with more joy and intentionality.

    Tim¿s journey has been both magical and inspiring. He has entertained hundreds of thousands along the way and come to this realization: It is less about the hour-long entertainment and more about the lifelong influence. He has masterfully crafted his message while sharing tools-of-the-trade for real-life improvements all the while entertaining everyone in attendance.

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    Opening Week Engagement Fair
    7:00 AM

    With over 200+ organizations there is definitely something for for everyone.  Experience all you can get involved in this year at Engagment Fair! Immediately following Convocation, there will be a free BBQ.

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    Veterans' Welcome and Orientation
    5:30 PM

    Veterans Orientation and Welcome