Speakers

National 4-H Congress is excited announce the following session speakers for 2019.

SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE SONNY PERDUE
“U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue came by his knowledge of agriculture the old fashioned way: he was born into a farming family in Bonaire, Georgia. From childhood, and through his life in business and elected office, Perdue has experienced the industry from every possible perspective. Under Secretary Perdue, the USDA is facts-based and data-driven, with a decision-making mindset that is customer-focused. As the former governor of Georgia, heis a strong believer in good government who will seek solutions to problems and not lament that the agency might be faced with difficult challenges. His four guiding principles are clear: to maximize the ability of American agriculture to create jobs, sell foods and fiber, and feed and clothe the world; to prioritize customer service for the taxpayers; to ensure that our food supply is safe and secure; and to maintain good stewardship of the natural resources that provide us with our miraculous bounty. And understanding that we live in a global economy where trade is of top importance, Secretary Perdue has pledged to be an unapologetic advocate for American agriculture.”

JOHN BEEDE
John Beede is an Everest climber, global adventurer, entrepreneur, author, humanitarian, and keynote speaker. Along with reaching his lifelong dream of climbing the tallest mountain on every continent, John has been featured in prestigious media outlets including 60 Minutes and The Weather Channel.

Teens love his epic adventure stories and “rock concert” style of motivation. Adults and advisors love his proven goal-setting, leadership, and value-driven teachings.

MASON McCLINTOCK
From his effervescent personality to his retro sense of style, Mason McClintock always felt different from others his age. Then, 4-H came into the picture and became an outlet for him to be himself and feel encouraged by his peers and adults alike. It was in 4-H where he found the belonging he so desperately desired. Through the program, he developed strong communication and leadership skills and used those skills to make a difference in his small, rural hometown, where he saw an opportunity to help youth in his community to embrace their individuality through the concept of entrepreneurship and the exploration of new careers and workplaces.

His program, the Alma Entrepreneur Tour, taught youth helpful business principles while connecting them with local entrepreneurs to expose them to new fields. From financial institutions and inns to department stores and agricultural operations, Mason empowered the youth of his community to seek lifestyles and occupations that suit and fulfil them.

Mason is from Alma, Georgia, and is a proud alumnus of Georgia 4-H, where he was a member of Clovers & Company and served as the President of the State Board of Directors. He won the 2019 National 4-H Youth in Action Award for Civic Engagement. Whether it’s TED Talk or National 4-H Congress, Mason now travels across the U.S. speaking as a National 4-H Youth Spokesperson, sharing his story and spreading his message of hope and light. He is currently a freshman at the University of Georgia, pursuing degrees in Business and Public Relations with goals to become a soul-pop recording artist, songwriter, fashion model, and non-profit business spokesperson and advocate.

KELLY L. LOEFFLER
Chief Executive Officer, Bakkt
Co-owner, WNBA Atlanta Dream
Kelly Loeffler is Chief Executive Officer of Bakkt, a subsidiary of Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE: ICE). Bakkt is enabling institutional, merchant and consumer access to digital assets in a secure, trusted ecosystem. As CEO, she is responsible for establishing the strategy and team, as well as the regulatory, financial and operational performance of the company. She is a member of ICE’s Executive Management Committee.

Loeffler joined Intercontinental Exchange in 2002 where she built and led investor relations, corporate communications and marketing for over 15 years. She led a global team and was responsible for managing all aspects of the Company’s investor relations program, as well as media relations, marketing and brand strategy in support of the company’s global exchange, clearing and data operations.

With more than two decades’ experience in financial services, Loeffler previously held roles in equity research at William Blair & Company and Citi Global Asset Management. She also managed investor relations at Crossroads Investment Advisers, L.P., a private equity fund of funds. Loeffler began her career in the automotive industry, holding marketing and operations roles at Toyota Motor Sales, USA.

Loeffler is also co-owner and co-chairman of the WNBA Atlanta Dream, the first women-owned professional sports team in Georgia. As a result of her own positive experiences gained through athletic participation, she is an advocate of combining education and sports to contribute to the success of young people from the classroom to the workplace.

Loeffler is a member of the Board of Directors of Georgia Power, the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO). She is also active in the community, including as a Board Trustee for the Georgia Research Alliance , and on the boards of Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation, Skyland Trail, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. She previously served on the boards of the Red Cross of Metro Atlanta, Central Atlanta Progress and the Atlanta Sports Council.

Loeffler earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed a Master of Business Administration from DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at. She is a CFA charterholder.

BRENDA REID
Brenda Reid is the Media and Community Relations Manager for Publix Super Markets’ Atlanta Division. Brenda’s area of expertise includes: media relations, crisis communications, brand management, corporate philanthropy, community partnerships and public speaking.  Her territory includes North and Middle Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. She has been with Publix since 2000. Publix is privately owned with 1,237 stores and operated by its 200,000 associates, with 2018 sales of $36.1 billion.

Currently, Publix has stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. The company has been named one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for 22 consecutive years and ranked No. 1 on Fortune’s inaugural Best Big Companies list. In addition, Publix’s dedication to superior quality and customer service is recognized among the top in the grocery business.

Formerly Brenda served as Public Relations and Communications Manager for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She spent 20 years in the marketing and public relations departments.

EMMANUEL “MANNY” OHONME
Emmanuel “Manny” Ohonme won the contest on that hot summer day and earned his first ever pair of shoes. But, even more important than the pair of shoes, were the words of hope shared by this “Good Samaritan”. The missionary gave not only the gift of shoes to the young boy, but the gift of encouragement about believing in your dreams, reaching for the sky, and never giving up.

That gift of hope propelled the young boy to work hard at developing his talents, skills, and confidence. As a young man, he turned those lessons into success, earning a full basketball scholarship to a college in America.Earning his Bachelors and Masters, Manny was climbing the ladder of success in the technology industry when on a trip home to Nigeria, his passion and compassion collided and became a vision of Samaritan’s Feet.

Determined to make a difference, both in his homeland and around the world, Manny and his wife, Tracie began Samaritan’s Feet in 2003. Through Samaritan’s Feet, Manny has the opportunity to continue the legacy of love and hope he received when he was given his first pair of shoes and make a difference in the lives of millions.

DAN CLARK
Dan Clark is CEO of a multi-million dollar corporation, an internationally recognized Speaker, Entertainer, Songwriter/ Recording Artist and New York Times Best Selling Author. Since 1982, Dan has spoken to more than 3 million people in over 4,000 audiences, in all 50 states, and in 30 foreign countries. Achievers North America and Achievers Europe named Dan one of the Top Ten Speakers in the World!

Dan is the primary contributing author to the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series and author of twenty of his own best selling books, including “Puppies for Sale” which was made into a film at Paramount Studios starring the late Jack Lemmon. Dan has been published in more than 30 million books in 30 languages worldwide!

Dan suffered a paralyzing injury that cut short his football career. Sixteen doctors told him he would not recover, but recover he did! Since then, Dan has flown in fighter jets twice the speed of sound, raced automobiles in Germany and was honored to carry the Olympic Torch in the 2002 Winter Games. Dan has been the general session speaker at the United Nations World Congress, conducted UN leadership training in Europe, Asia and Russia, and was the keynote speaker at the U.S. Air Force Four Star Generals conference. Dan has spoken to our combat troops all over the world, is a Leadership and Character Development Consultant for the US Armed Forces, has worked with Fortune 500 companies, NASA and Super Bowl champions. Dan’s inspirational story has been featured on over 500 TV and radio shows, in Entrepreneur Magazine and as the feature article in Mayo Clinic Magazine. Dan is one of the most in demand speakers in America and recognized expert on Managing Change, Building Winning Teams and Taking Life To The Next Level!