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Mark Kelly, Kevin Caroll to Keynote at AGS Conclave '12

Sep 14, 2011 3:33 PM   By Jeff Miller
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RAPAPORT... The American Gem Society (AGS) has announced the first two speakers for the 2012 Conclave, which will be held at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami, Florida, from April 25 to 28, 2012.  U.S. astronaut Mark Kelly, who is also the husband of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, will lead the roster of speaking talent at the event. Secondly, author and motivational speaker Kevin Carroll, the founder of Kevin Carroll Katalyst LLC, will  discuss the importance of sport play in life.

''The 2011 Conclave provided our members with enormous talent, and we realized we had a tough act to follow,'' said Ruth Batson, the chief executive of AGS. ''With the announcement of these two gentlemen, who have inspired millions of people both personally and professionally, we feel we are well on our way to raising the bar again.''

Kelly is U.S. Navy Captain and a decorated naval aviator who flew combat missions during the Gulf War and began the first of four space missions in 2001 aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour.  He has also led Space Shuttle Discovery and is one of only two individuals who have visited the International Space Station on four different occasions. This past January, a lone gunman shot Kelly's wife through the head at point-blank range and 18 others in shooting spree that left six dead in Tucson, Arizona. While Giffords survived and is continuing a long recovery process, the experience has undoubtedly added to Kelly's thoughts on inspiration, leadership, and the importance of teamwork and courage under great pressure.  

Carroll is the author of Rules of the Red Rubber Ball, What’s Your Red Rubber Ball, and The Rubber Ball at Work and  has helped turn creative ideas into reality for organizations such as The National Hockey League, ESPN, Nike, Starbucks,  Mattel and many others.

AGS will make additional announcements regarding  featured speakers at the 2012 Conclave in the coming weeks.

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