Speakers

National 4-H Congress is excited to hosting a great panel of outstanding speakers for the event.  Those scheduled to appear include:

JOHN BEEDEE
John Beede is an Everest climber, global adventurer, entrepreneur, author, humanitarian, and keynote speaker. He has climbed the tallest mountain on every continent and survived hurricanes, earthquakes, avalanches, tribal warfare, and was once struck by lightning. These experience have led to features in prestigious media outlets including 60 Minutes and The Weather Channel.

DAN CLARK
When you hire Dan Clark as your Keynote Speaker, you get a CEO of an international high performance communication and leadership development company; a New York Times Best Selling Author; a Hall of Fame Professional Speaker; a University Professor; an Extreme Adventurer; a Gold Record Songwriter; an Award Winning Athlete; and 2012 Utah Father of the Year, who has become the modern day Napoleon Hill, having interviewed the world’s most successful business gurus and champion athletes to share their secrets on what works and why.

A IMANI FRANKLIN, MISS AMERICA 2019
Nia Franklin was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and lived in the state through graduate school. She earned an undergraduate degree in composition from East Carolina University, and a master’s in fine arts from The University of North Carolina’s School of the Arts. Shortly after, Nia was awarded a Kenan Fellowship at New York’s Lincoln Center Education and made the move to New York City.  She currently resides in Brooklyn.

During Nia’s college freshman year, her father was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and she became his stem cell donor. This turn of events led Nia to the Miss America Organization. “I had to find a way to pay for myself to go to school and so I entered this competition and this organization and it became much more than just the scholarship money for me, it was also about the mentorship, leadership and sisterhood you find in this program.”

Nia was crowned Miss Five Boroughs at the age of 23, and then went on to win Miss New York 2018. And was awarded the job of Miss America 2019 on September 9, 2018.

MANNY OHONME
Over 30 years ago, on a hot summer afternoon in Lagos, Nigeria, a missionary from Wisconsin approached a young African boy and invited him to enter a contest where the prize was a pair of shoes. For this young boy, like so many others in Africa, the chance to own just one pair of shoes was beyond his wildest dreams that day. That boy’s name was Emmanuel 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.

DR. EUGEN SCHOENFELD
Mr. Eugen Schoenfeld was born November 8, 1925 and is a Holocaust survivor. He is the oldest son of a book store owner in a small town in Czechoslovakia. Mr. Schoenfeld discusses the gradual influence of anti-Semitism, transfer to, life in, and liberation from a concentration camp.