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Each year at Greenbuild, the world’s business, environmental, and social leaders take the stage to motivate, inspire, and teach our industry via keynotes addresses (formerly known as Plenaries). In 2019, Greenbuild will feature three keynote addresses - one each day on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Previous speakers include Ret. Gen. Colin Powell, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former President Bill Clinton, Secretary Hillary Clinton, Bjarke Ingles, astrophysicist Neil degrasse Tyson, human rights activist Amal Clooney, and many more.
Dr. Bernice A. King is a global thought leader, peace advocate, and Chief Executive Officer of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (The King Center), founded in 1968 by her mother, Coretta Scott King. Through her work at The King Center, Dr. King educates youth and adults about the nonviolent principles modeled by her parents.
Barack H. Obama is the 44th President of the United States.
Few presidents have walked a more improbable path to the White House. Born in Hawaii to a mother from Kansas and a father from Kenya, Obama was raised with help from his grandparents, whose generosity of spirit reflected their Midwestern roots. The homespun values they instilled in him, paired with his innate sense of optimism, compelled Obama to devote his life to giving every child, regardless of his or her background, the same chance America gave him.
Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd is a leading international expert in weather and climate and is the Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Georgia. Dr. Shepherd is also the host of The Weather Channel’s Award-Winning show Weather Geeks, a pioneering Sunday talk podcast/show and a contributor to Forbes Magazine.