2020 Keynote Speaker Information Coming Soon

Doug's Bio

Doug currently works at Light of Life Rescue Mission as the Director of Development. He is the author of his eBook, “Making the Most of Mentoring”, a step by step guide to help you build and cultivate relationships with mentors. He blogs at dougsmithlive.com, he is host of the L3 Leadership podcast, and he is sought after public speaker. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Laura, who currently works as an Account Executive at Ivalua. Together, they love family, personal growth, travel, working out, and serving others.

Founder of L3 Leadership

Matt's Bio

Matt Keller is the founding and lead pastor of Next Level Church in Fort Myers. He also oversees Next Level Coaching, through which he trains thousands of Leaders each year. Matt has worked with such companies as Chick-fil-A, Walgreens, the Florida Country Club Managers Association, Waypoint Homes as well as industries ranging from the medical field to the construction world. He’s led Next Level Church from 15 people in a coffee shop to over 3,200 in 3 locations. Matt is also the Founder of the Fort Myers Dream Center, a non-profit outreach center that exists to help meet the needs and challenges of our community, while bringing hope and restoring dreams. Over the past two decades, Matt has helped thousands of leaders around the country take their organizations, teams and influence to the next level.

Lead Pastor of Next Level Church

Kim's Bio


Chairman and CEO of Hefren-Tillotson

Chris's Bio

He is a distinguished graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and earned a doctorate in politics as a Rhodes Scholar from the University of Oxford. He also has an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School, and in 2018 he received the school's Alumni Achievement Award. Dr. Howard's service to his country began as a helicopter pilot, then as an intelligence officer, where he was assigned to the elite Joint Special Operations Command. He served in Afghanistan in the Air Force Reserve and was awarded the Bronze Star. He also served as the Reserve Air Attaché to Liberia.

Dr. Howard aims to make RMU the preferred strategic partner for corporations, organizations, professionals, and aspiring professionals in the Pittsburgh region and beyond. The university is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report and is now undertaking a $50 million capital project, the largest in its history, which will include the UPMC Events Center.

Before coming to RMU, Dr. Howard was President of Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, and vice president for Leadership & Strategic Initiatives at the University of Oklahoma. Previously he worked in General Electric's Corporate Initiatives Group and Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Corporate Associates Program. Dr. Howard has served on the National Security Education Board, appointed by President Barack Obama, and the MyVA Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

He is a member of the board of directors of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Young Presidents Phi, also known as the Boule, the oldest African-American fraternity in the United States Organization. He is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a member of Sigma Pi

Dr. Howard won the Campbell Trophy, the nation’s highest academic award for a senior college football player. He is a member of the Verizon Academic All-American Hall of Fame and a winner of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award. He also is a member of the National Football Foundation Awards Committee, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, and the College Football Playoff Selection Committee.

Dr. Howard is the founder and a trustee of the Impact Young Lives Foundation, a nonprofit organization that brings South African college students of color to the U.S. for summer educational and cultural tours. His wife, Barbara Noble Howard, is the foundation's executive director and a native of South Africa. The Howards have two sons, Cohen and Joshua.


President of Robert Morris University

Saleem's Bio

Saleem Ghubril is a passionate advocate for children and for the City of Pittsburgh. An ordained Presbyterian minister, he has devoted his life to serving the people of his community through outreach and education programs.

In 1985, Saleem founded The Pittsburgh Project, a community development organization that provides free home renovations to hundreds of vulnerable seniors each year. It also mentors, educates, and deploys thousands of youth in meaningful volunteer community service. Saleem led The Pittsburgh Project until 2008, when he assumed the leadership of The Pittsburgh Promise.

The Pittsburgh Promise works for a future where:
• all urban youth are equipped to reach post-secondary success,
• all public schools serve all children excellently,
• Pittsburgh is flourishing in all its neighborhoods,
• and our workforce is widely diverse and highly skilled to advance a region that is good and just for all.

In the last 10 years, The Pittsburgh Promise has sent more than 8,400 urban youth to college and provided them with over $124 million in scholarships. Saleem is the volunteer pastor of the Mosaic Community Church in Pittsburgh. He also serves on the boards of The Buhl Foundation, Vibrant Pittsburgh, and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh.


Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Promise


2020 Breakout Sessions Information Coming Soon
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Eric Guy

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Alexandra Pursglove

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Matt Keller

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8:00 am………….Registration & Light Breakfast
8:30 am………….Doors Open
9:00 am………….Main Session 1
11:00 am…………Break
11:15 am………….Breakout Sessions
12:00 pm…………Lunch Break (Off-site)
1:15 pm……………Main Session 2
2:55 pm…………..Break
3:10 pm…………..Main Session 3
4:00 pm………….Conference Ends