2018 Keynote Speakers

Robin Roberts


Robin Roberts is co-anchor of ABC’s Emmy-award winning “Good Morning America.” She has been honored with the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame and Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame, and named one of Glamour’s Women of the Year, and was voted the “Most Trusted Person on Television” by a Reader’s Digest poll in 2013. Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2007, and five years later, she was diagnosed with MDS. She joined forces with Be the Match to inform the public about the need for more donors, and since her diagnosis, the bone marrow registry has seen a tremendous increase. Her battle has been recognized with awards and honors from organizations around the country, including The Susan G. Komen Foundation and The Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program. Roberts is the author of “From the Heart: 7 Rules to Live By” and her memoir, “Everybody’s Got Something.”

Peyton Manning


Peyton Manning, the NFL’s only five-time Most Valuable Player and a 14-time Pro Bowl selection, has earned his place among the greatest quarterbacks in league history. Manning entered the NFL in 1998 with the Indianapolis Colts as the first overall draft pick and to amass the most career touchdown passes in league history, in addition to ranking first all-time in completions and passing yards. During the 2015-2016 season, Manning led the Denver Broncos to a 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, making him the first starting quarterback in NFL history to win a Super Bowl with two different teams. For his off-the-field efforts, Manning was honored with the Byron “Whizzer” White Humanitarian Award and the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2005, the Bart Starr Award in 2015 and the Lincoln Medal in 2017. He and his wife, Ashley, established the PeyBack Foundation in 1999 to promote the future success of disadvantaged youth by assisting programs that provide leadership and growth opportunities for children at risk.


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