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GearUp 2 Lead Fall Conference 2016

The GearUp 2 Lead Fall Conference is designed to educate and inspire both youth and adults to become heroic leaders and create positive change within their communities.  Dynamic speakers and purposeful break out sessions will bring a diverse group of people together for one Be Heroic!  



October 7, 2016

8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

(8:30 a.m. -2:00 p.m. for school teams)



Flint, MI

The Whiting

College Cultural Campus


Fall 2016

Heroic Speakers


Audrey Gordon

President of the Progeria Research Foundation

Audrey Gordon, the 2016 GEARup2LEAD opening keynote speaker, is the aunt of Sam Berns, who had Progeria and was the inspiration for the creation of PRF.

Sam's TEDx Talk, My Philosophy of a Happy Life, has reached over 14 million viewers and continues to inspire heroic leaders througout the world.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

Heroic Doctor

Mona Hanna-Attisha MD MPH FAAP is director of Hurley Children's Hospital’s Pediatric Residency Program and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Human Development at Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine in Flint, Michigan. She has been a leader in helping families during water crisis n Flint, MI.

Christian Moore

Founder of WhyTry? and Heroic Author

Founder of WhyTry? Author of The Resilience Breakthrough


See a message from Christian to Flint regarding the water crisis (Click here)

Kellen Brandon

Heroic Publisher/Author

Founder and CEO of Brandon Publishing


Co-Author of KT and Radical Roundball and more!

Jeremiah Anthony

founder of Westhighbros

Jeremiah Anthony is the founder of Westhighbros a global anti-bullying campaign. Jeremiah noticed his classmates getting bullied online so he started a Twitter account to encourage everyone to build each other up rather than bring people down. After some initial success Jeremiah expanded his efforts to include a suicide hotline and an anti-bullying resource center. The Westhigbros movement has spread into over nearly 50 countries and is communicated in over 60 languages.

Aaron Donaghy

Heroic Teacher

Aaron Donaghy is not your typical high school teacher. He started GO four years ago as an avenue to create opportunities for students to develop into leaders who will change the world. By providing a direct link between students’ lives and the global community he believes students would be inspired to act. Four years later, the students in GO are directly responsible for community development both locally and globally. GO has evolved into a non-profit that is on a mission to inspire student leaders to believe they can achieve the impossible.

Special Guest

Stay tuned for a full list of GearUp 2 Lead speakers!


All participants take part in two meaningful and engaging breakout sessions with topics ranging from "Student Motivation" to "Everything I Needed to Know about Heroism I Learned from a Hula Hoop". Click below to learn more!


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