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Grand Slam: Andre Agassi Headlines Conclave Keynotes

Andre Agassi, author, philanthropist, education advocate, and former #1 ranked tennis player and multi-grand slam champion, will be the opening keynote speaker for the American Gem Society’s Conclave in Louisville, KY, on May 1–3, 2023, at the Omni Louisville Hotel.

“Andre Agassi exudes qualities from his tennis career that aligns with our businesses and the American Gem Society,” said Denise Richards, CGA, Chair of the Conclave Subcommittee. “Being the best, hard work, dedication, and training are all themes we can identify with, and his philanthropic endeavors are something to be admired.”

After turning pro at 16, tennis prodigy Andre Agassi rose to international fame, earning 60 men’s singles titles, including eight Grand Slam singles championships, over a 20-year career. At 24, he created the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education.

Andre Agassi
Andre Agassi

For over 20 years, the Foundation has honed its mission to focus on transforming public education. Since the inception of the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education, $185 million has been raised to benefit the mission of the Foundation. His autobiography, Open, reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and continues to hit record sales internationally.

In addition to Mr. Agassi, two other notable keynotes will be featured at Conclave. Liz Forkin Bohannon will present on May 2nd. Liz was named a top speaker by Forbes. She is the founder of Sseko Designs and the author of Beginner’s Pluck: Build Your Life of Purpose and Impact Now.

Sseko Designs is an ethical fashion brand that works to educate and empower women. By providing employment and educational opportunities, Sseko enables women to continue their education and become leaders in their country.

The keynote for May 3rd is the comedy act, The Passing Zone, featuring Owen Morse and Jon Wee.

This highly entertaining duo are inductees in the National Speaker’s Association’s Speaker Hall of Fame and have appeared with headlines like Jay Leno, George Carlin, Penn & Teller, and appeared on CNN’s Road Warriors, Hell’s Kitchen, An Evening at the Improv, and NBC’s Today. They’ve even performed at the White House. Their most recent show, The Passing Zone Saves the World! is currently touring.

Liz Forkin Bohannon
Liz Forkin Bohannon

The two have published articles in Teamwork, Work-Life Balance, Taking Risks, and countless industry periodicals, including Smart Meetings, Networking Times, Financial Executives, Successful Meetings, and many more. They were chosen as a “Best Bet” for entertainment by the Wall Street Journal, and Special Events Magazine named them one of the Hottest 26 Speakers.

To register for Conclave, visit AGS.org/Conclave. Be sure to book your hotel rooms early, as the Kentucky Derby immediately follows Conclave.

The American Gem Society would like to thank Jewelers Mutual Group for serving as the Presenting Sponsor.

The Passing Zone
The Passing Zone
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