Forum Keynote Speakers

Tim ShriverTimothy P. Shriver
Chairman of Special Olympics
Fri. Oct. 5 | 8:00 am | Thurgood Marshall Ballroom
Timothy Shriver is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Special Olympics International, and in that capacity, he serves with over 5.6 million Special Olympics athletes in 172 countries, all working to promote health, education and a more unified world through the joy of sports. Before joining Special Olympics in 1996, Shriver was and remains a leading educator focusing on the social and emotional factors in learning. He co-founded and currently chairs the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the leading school reform organization in the field of social and emotional learning. He is Co-Chair of the National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development; President of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation; member of the Board of Directors for the WPP Group, LLC; a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a co-founder of Lovin’ Scoopful Ice Cream Company. Shriver earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University, a Master’s degree from Catholic University and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Connecticut. He has produced 4 films, is the author of the New York Times bestselling book Fully Alive – Discovering What Matters Most, written numerous published articles and has been rewarded with degrees and honors which he happily accepted on behalf of others. 
Anne Snyder
Director of The Character Initiative
The Philanthropy Roundtable
Fri. Oct. 5 | 4:15 pm | Thurgood Marshall Ballroom
Anne Snyder is the Director of The Philanthropy Roundtable’s Character Initiative, a pilot program that seeks to help foundations and business leaders strengthen “the middle ring” of morally formative institutions in the United States. She has worked at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, World Affairs Journal and The New York Times. She is currently working on a book about the most effective character forming institutions alive today.
Snyder is also a Fellow at the Center for Opportunity Urbanism, a Houston-based think tank that explores how cities can drive opportunity for the bulk of their citizens.  From 2014 to 2017 Anne worked for Laity Lodge and the H.E. Butt Family Foundation in Texas, and before that she worked at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, World Affairs Journal and The New York Times. She holds a Master’s degree in journalism from Georgetown University and a B.A. in philosophy and international relations from Wheaton College (IL). Anne is a Contributing Editor to Comment Magazine, an advisor to Sea Dog Theater and serves as a trustee for the Center for Public Justice as well as the Hyde Park Institute at the University of Chicago. She has contributed to a host of publications including The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, National Journal, Philanthropy Magazine, Houston Business Journal, The Institute for Family Studies, Comment Magazine and FareForward. She is currently working on a book about the most effective character forming institutions alive today. 
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Laura Grammer
Head of School
The Oaks Academy Middle School
Fri. Oct. 5 | 4:15 pm | Thurgood Marshall Ballroom

Laura Grammer currently serves as the Head of School of The Oaks Academy Middle School, a highly successful, independent school serving a diverse student body in the urban core of Indianapolis. She has a Master’s degree in educational leadership and spent many years teaching in the Chicago Public Schools. After moving back to Indianapolis with her family, Laura was selected as Indianapolis Public Schools Teacher of the Year in 2000. Through her 28-year career in education, she has enjoyed leading the hiring and professional development of faculty and inspiring others to think deeply about how students are motivated to lead mature and virtuous lives. Laura is also a board member for the Indianapolis Classical Schools, a nationally recognized charter school network in Indianapolis.
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Jim Thompson
Positive Coaching Alliance
Sat. Oct. 6 | 8:00 am | Thurgood Marshall Ballroom
Jim Thompson started Positive Coaching Alliance at Stanford University in 1998 to create a movement to transform the culture of youth sports into a Development Zone® with the goal to develop Better Athletes, Better People. PCA has helped lead a sea change in public awareness that positive coaching is the key to get the best out of youth athletes (everyone, really!) and help them elevate self, teammates and the game. PCA has 18 Chapters across the U.S. and does more than 3,000 live workshops annually for more than 1,000 youth sports organizations and partnerships with Major League Baseball and the NBA.
Jim has written nine books including: The Double-Goal Coach, Elevating Your Game and The Positive Sports Parent. An Ashoka fellow, Jim is on Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program faculty where he teaches courses in coaching, leadership and sport and spiritually. Jim and his wife, Sandra Hietala, are founding board members of Recovery Café San José, a healing community for homeless individuals with mental illness and drug abuse issues.