Connect 2017 Keynote Speakers

Neil Patrick Harris

 

Neil Patrick Harris currently stars as Count Olaf in Netflix’s series adaptation of “A Series of Unfortunate Events.” The second season is slated to premiere in early 2018.

 

Harris is a five-time Emmy Award winner for his role as host of the 63rd, 65th, 66th and 67th Annual Tony Awards and his guest-starring role on "Glee." He also served as host and producer of the 61st and 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, as well as the 67th Annual Tony Awards. Additionally, Harris served as the host of the 87th Annual Academy Awards. Named one of the 2008 Entertainers of the Year by Entertainment Weekly, Neil was included in Time Magazine's 2010 Time 100 List, an annual list of the world's leading thinkers, leaders, artists, and heroes.

 

Harris will host NBC’s brand new competition series “Genius Jr.” Previously, he starred as Barney Stinson in the hit CBS comedy series “How I Met Your Mother,” a role which garnered him multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations, as well as two People’s Choice Awards and a Critics’ Choice Award. Harris’ additional television credits include “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris,” “Stark Raving Mad,” "Joan of Arc," "My Antonia," "The Wedding Dress," "The Christmas Blessing" and “Doogie Howser, M.D.”  Neil has also made notable guest appearances on such shows as “American Horror Story,” "Sesame Street," “Numb3rs,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Touched by an Angel,” "Ed," "Will & Grace," and many others.

 

Under the direction of David Fincher, Harris starred in 20th Century Fox’s "Gone Girl." His other film credits include notable roles in "A Million Ways to Die in the West," "The Smurfs," "Beastly," "The Best and the Brightest," "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle," "Undercover Brother," "The Next Best Thing," "The Proposition," "Starship Troopers" and "Clara’s Heart."

 

A veteran of the theatre, Harris originated the role of Hedwig in the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" (Tony, Drama League and Drama Desk Awards). His additional theatrical credits include "Assassins" (Studio 54), "Proof" (Walter Kerr Theatre), "Cabaret" (Studio 54), "Company" (New York Philharmonic), "All My Sons" (Geffen Theater), "The Paris Letter" (Kirk Douglas Theater), "Sweeney Todd" (NY Phil, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra), "Romeo and Juliet" (Old Globe Theater), "Rent" (Los Angeles/2nd National Tour), "Luck, Pluck, Virtue" (Atlantic Theater Co.) and "tick, tick…BOOM!" (Menier Chocolate Factory).

 

Utilizing his theatrical expertise behind the curtain, Harris made his musical directorial debut with the Hollywood Bowl's staging of Jonathan Larson's "Rent." His additional directing credits include "Nothing to Hide" (Pershing Square Signature Center & Geffen Theater), "The Expert at the Card Table" (Ediburgh Fringe Festival & Broad Stage Theater) and "I Am Grock" (El Portal Theater). Additionally, Harris currently serves as Executive Producer of "In & Of Itself," an off-Broadway illusion show directed by Frank Oz at the Daryl Roth Theater in New York.

 

As a result of the 2007-08 Writer’s Guild of America strike, Neil starred as the title character in Joss Whedon’s Emmy Award-winning web-based musical miniseries "Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog." Harris was also one of the leading cast members of the all-star Internet hit "Prop 8: The Musical." Most recently, he starred in and executive produced the comedic web series "Neil’s Puppet Dreams."

 

Harris lengthened his list of credits with his first literary project in 2014, titled "Neil Patrick Harris:  Choose Your Own Autobiography." He will soon add to his list of titles with the upcoming release of a new middle grade fiction series "The Magic Misfits" in 2017.

 

The multi-talented Harris rounds out his accomplishments on stage and screen with an equal measure of success in the world of voice-overs. His numerous voiceover credits include "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2," “Adventure Time,” “The Penguins of Madagascar,” Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore,  “Yes, Virginia,” “Robot Chicken,” “Batman: The Brave and the Bold,” “Family Guy,” “Justice League: The New Frontier,” “Spider-Man,” “Capitol Critters” and “Saints Row 4.”

Molly Fletcher

 

Molly Fletcher is a trailblazer in every sense of the word—a rare talent of business wisdom, relationship brilliance and unwavering optimism. As a CEO, she shares the unconventional and unique techniques that made her one of the first female sports agents in the high stakes, big ego world of professional sports and now a successful entrepreneur.

 

Formerly, as president of client representation for sports and entertainment agency CSE, Molly spent two decades as one of the world’s only female sports agents. Hailed by CNN as the “female Jerry Maguire,” she recruited and represented hundreds of sport’s biggest names, including Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz, PGA TOUR golfer Matt Kuchar, broadcaster Erin Andrews, and basketball championship coaches Tom Izzo and Doc Rivers. As she successfully negotiated over $500 million in contracts and built lasting relationships, she also observed and adopted the traits of those at the top of their game.

 

Molly has been featured in ESPN, Fast Company, Forbes and Sports Illustrated. She is the author of four books: “Fearless At Work;” “A Winner’s Guide to Negotiating;” “The Business of Being the Best;” and “The 5 Best Tools to Find Your Dream Career.” She’s also the founder of an e-learning platform that provides personal and professional development content for individuals and companies.

 

Among numerous other achievements, Molly received the Outstanding Alumni award from Michigan State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications while captaining the women’s tennis team. She currently serves as a National Trustee member for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and on the national advisory board for the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA).

 

Molly’s energy and passion for life shines through everything she does. She finds her greatest joy at home in Atlanta with her husband Fred and their three daughters.

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