Keynote Speakers

Leigh Anne Tuohy

Friday General Session

Leigh Anne Tuohy and her family’s inspirational journey are proof that when we give a bit of ourselves to others, we can make the world a better place and perhaps, even save a life. She shares her personal “Blind Side” observations, from seeing Michael Oher for the first time to how the experience changed her and her family. Tuohy focuses on the importance of recognizing the full potential of individuals, inspiring us to recognize the value in those that society has deemed valueless and to give whatever we can, whenever we can.
 
Tuohy’s personal journey was documented in Michael Lewis’ best-selling story, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, which follows Oher from his impoverished beginnings, to how the Tuohy family adopted him, to reaching football success. The book was later adapted into a movie, The Blind Side, in which Sandra Bullock portrayed Tuohy in an Academy Award-winning role.
 
Tuohy is also a best-selling author. Her newest release, Turn Around: Reach Out, Give Back, and Get Moving, challenges readers to rethink what it means to be generous.

 

Charles V. Payne

Sunday General Session

Charles V. Payne is the CEO and principal analyst of Wall Street Strategies, Inc. With less than $10,000, he launched WSSI to provide a unique brand of stock market advice. Through this service, subscribers, including money managers and individual investors, began to reap sizeable profits and the firm developed a national reputation as a provider of timely and effective equity analysis. Today, WSSI provides information to over 120,000 registered subscribers and several of the largest bank/brokerage firms.
 
Payne began his career on Wall Street as an analyst at E.F. Hutton in 1985. After two years, he joined GreenTree Securities, where he first saw a niche for independent and timely equity advice, which led to the creation of WSSI. Payne is sought after by many organizations, is recognized as a leader in the analyst community, and is routinely contacted for his market opinions. He is a contributor to FOX News Channel and an on-air contributor to the Fox Business Network. Over the years, opinions and articles on Payne have been featured in publications like The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. He’s also been the keynote speaker at numerous conferences.