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Keynote speakers

Sixto Cancel

Sixto Cancel is the founder and CEO of Think of Us, a nonprofit dedicated to leveraging technology to improve the life outcomes of foster youth aging out of the system.

Sixto was selected as Forbes “Top 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs” in 2017. Sixto has also been recognized by the White House as a “White House Champion of Change,” a “Millennial Maker” by BET, and was named as one of the “Top 24 Changemakers in Government under 24” by the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council and Sparkaction. In the spring of 2016, Sixto and his team co-organizer and executed the first White House Foster Care and Technology Hackathon. Sixto has served as a Young Fellow at Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative since 2010, where he has worked on youth engagement, asset development, and permanency.

Think of Us website


Steve Gilliland

Steve Gilliland is a dynamic storyteller, comedian, and author; member of the Speaker Hall of Fame who is able to connect with audiences through inspiring reminders of the impact each individual can make within their role or position. With a personal tie to social services, Steve will share insights and thoughtful connections to the nature of what it takes to work in helping professions, through inspiring passion, purpose, and humor. 

Steve Gilliland's website


Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea

Lorie Skjerven Gildea was appointed Minnesota’s 22nd Chief Justice by Governor Tim Pawlenty, taking office on July 1, 2010. Before her appointment, she had served as a Supreme Court associate justice since January 11, 2006. During her term on the Supreme Court, she chaired the Supreme Court Gender Fairness Implementation Committee and served as the court’s liaison to the Board of Legal Certification, the Advisory Committee on Juvenile Protection Rules, and the Committee on General Rules of Practice of District Courts.

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