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Jesse LeBeau      

Sunday, April 22nd - Opening Session

Jesse LeBeau is an American actor, street ball player, and motivational speaker.

He grew up on a small island in Alaska that had no roads or stores. Every day he had to commute by small boat to get 'to town' for school. At a young age he developed a love for sports, particularly basketball as the warm and well lit gymnasium provided a great sanctuary from the often inclement weather conditions.

Since moving to LA his basketball skills have helped get his foot in the door in the entertainment industry, landing starring roles in commercials for Kobe Bryant and with other NBA players such as Dwayne Wade, Rajon Rondo, Blake Griffin and Amare Stoudemire. Jesse made his movie debut in the Warner Brother's film Thunderstruck starring NBA All-Star Kevin Durant.

He has become a name in the world of street ball playing in nationally televised games on Fox Sports Net against the best players in world. Playing under the nickname 'Spin Cycle' he has had the opportunity to be coached by Matt Barnes Chauncey Billups and Dennis Rodman to name a few.

Working with kids and giving back to the community is very close to his heart. He puts on basketball camps for youth in rural parts of Alaska. Jesse's passion for inspiring and encouraging kids is something that drives him to excel. He aspires to create the largest platform he can allowing him to positively influence the lives of as many people (particularly the youth) as possible.

In his spare time, Jesse enjoys doing motivational speaking and writing about experiences in his own life with the hope to inspire others to follow their dreams.



Filmmaker and Speaker Who Documents the Positivity of the Human Experience

Monday, April 23rd - Session 2

Brett Culp inspires us to engage in a passionate, meaningful mission that leaves a positive impact on the world and brings out the heroic spirit in us all.

Brett is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and founder of the not-for-profit, The Rising Heroes Project. He is known for the films, “Legends of the Knight,” and his latest, “Look to the Sky,” both of which explore the power of heroic stories and heroic individuals to inspire us to believe in a better tomorrow. His films are featured on Netflix, iTunes, Hulu, and other top digital platforms.

Through his groundbreaking non-profit documentary work, Brett has pioneered the art of creating “mini-movements” that inspire the super-human spirit in us all. His unique approach to community-building and relationship-driven engagement invite people to connect with a noble vision and make a difference together.

Passionate, energetic, and engaging, Brett encourages audiences to find the superhero within and their own path to “everyday leadership.” His insights on connecting individuals to an organization's mission and goals resonate, help us realize our greatest personal and business potential, and renew our collective sense of hope for the future and belief that our efforts can make an impact.

John Paul DeJoria      

Tuesday, April 24th - Session 5

John Paul DeJoria’s rags-to-riches biography exemplifies the American dream—he is a first-generation American turned entrepreneur, philanthropist, and pillar of the business community.  Once homeless, he has struggled against the odds to achieve success, launching multiple global enterprises, while always supporting his motto, “Success Unshared is Failure.”

John Paul has been profiled for his corporate and philanthropic initiatives across a multitude of media outlets including 20/20, CNN, Forbes, Fortune, Inc., and Fox, Fox Business News, Bloomberg, CNBC and NBC, and recently appeared as a mentor for budding entrepreneurs via a guest shark appearance on Shark Tank.

CDFA Secretary Karen Ross      

Tuesday, April 24th - Session 5

KAREN ROSS was appointed Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture on January 12, 2011, by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Secretary Ross has deep leadership experience in agricultural issues nationally, internationally, and here in California. Prior to joining CDFA, Secretary Ross was chief of staff for U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, a position she accepted in 2009. Prior to that appointment, she served as President of the California Association of Winegrape Growers from 1996-2009, and as Vice-President of the Agricultural Council of California from 1989-1996. Before moving to California, Secretary Ross served as Director of Government Relations for the Nebraska Rural Electric Association and as Field Representative for U.S. Senator Edward Zorinsky. [MORE


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