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2017 IBSC Annual Conference

The Boys' Latin School of Maryland
Baltimore, Maryland, United States
25 – 28 June 2017

Conference Speakers

Our annual global gathering is renowned for drawing hundreds upon hundreds of advocates for boys. Come join us in Baltimore where we will gather together as champions who share the mission and vision of the conference theme: Beyond Innovation: creativity | discovery | engagement.

Leading the way is our distinguished roster of speakers. Additional speakers will be added as logistics are confirmed.

Wes Moore

Wes Moore

Conference Opening Plenary Session
Sunday, 25 June
3:00 PM

Decorated U.S. Army combat veteran and youth advocate, Wes Moore currently leads BridgeEDU. As CEO, Moore heads this national initiative that focuses on addressing the college completion and career placement crisis by reinventing the freshman year of college. The Baltimore native has authored two instant New York Times bestselling books: The Other Wes Moore and The Work.

A Phi Theta Kappa graduate of Valley Forge Military College (Pennsylvania), Moore earned his bachelor’s degree with honors from Johns Hopkins University in 1998. He completed an MLitt from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 2004. Upon graduation, Moore served as a paratrooper and Captain in the United States Army, serving in Afghanistan with the 82nd Airborne Division.

Versatile and innovative, Moore is also the host of “Beyond Belief” on the Oprah Winfrey Network and executive producer and host of “Coming Back with Wes Moore,” which follows veterans as they reintegrate back into society. He is also the executive producer for the PBS documentary “All the Difference,” which follows two African-American teens from the South Side of Chicago on their journey to achieve their dream of graduating from college.

Ronald Daniels

Ronald J. Daniels

Keynote Address at Johns Hopkins University
Monday, June 26
1:00 PM

Ronald J. Daniels serves as the 14th president of Johns Hopkins University, America’s first research university. Since taking the helm of the world-renowned university in 2009, he has focused his leadership on three overarching themes: enhanced interdisciplinary collaboration, individual excellence, and community engagement. These themes form the backbone of the university’s strategic vision through 2020, and underscore the priorities of Johns Hopkins’ largest-ever fundraising campaign.

During Daniels’ tenure, the university has launched a series of multidisciplinary initiatives aimed at addressing some of society’s most vexing issues; bolstered the efforts of faculty, staff, and students to translate discoveries into novel technologies; invested heavily in student access; and extended its rich community partnerships.

A law and economics scholar, Daniels is author or editor of seven books and dozens of scholarly articles. Before coming to Johns Hopkins, he served as provost and professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania and dean and James M. Tory Professor of Law of the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto.

Demian Costa

Demian Costa

Plenary Session
Tuesday, 27 June
9:00 AM

Demian Costa is the Managing Partner of Sagamore Ventures, the venture investment arm of Plank Industries, a privately-held company with diversified holdings in commercial real estate, hospitality, food and beverage and thoroughbred horseracing, all under the Sagamore group of brands. The company is based in Baltimore, MD, USA and serves as the family investment arm of Kevin A. Plank, founder, Chairman and CEO of Under Armour, Inc. (NYSE:UA).

Demian is a military veteran having served 12 years as a US Navy SEAL. Following his military career, Demian Co-Founded FX Studios, focused on building virtual and on premise employee wellness programs globally. He is currently focused on Venture, Private Equity, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation growth in Baltimore and beyond. Demian holds an undergraduate degree in finance and an MBA from the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Andrew Reiner

Andrew Reiner

Plenary Session
Tuesday, 27 June
9:00 AM

Andrew Reiner teaches in the Honors College and English department at Towson University, where he offers the seminar Real Men Smile: The Changing Face of Masculinity. His writing about masculinity and men's issues has appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post Magazine. A piece he wrote about fatherhood was selected as one of the 10 best in 2016 for the Well Family column in The New York Times. Another article he wrote for The New York Times, about the need to teach boys and men greater emotional honesty, gained traction with more than 1.4 million reads internationally. National Public Radio, Canadian Broadcasting Company, The Guardian, Men's Health magazine, and Forbes have interviewed Reiner and relied on his expertise in topics related to masculine identity. Currently he is writing a book about masculinity that explores some of the themes he will share with our community of boys’ educators..

Joe Ehrmann

Joe Erhmann

Plenary Session
Tuesday, 27 June
2:00 PM

An All-American football player, Joe Ehrmann was named to Syracuse University’s All-Century Team. He also lettered in lacrosse at while studying at Syracuse, and later received the George Arents Award, the university’s highest alumni honor, presented annually to alumni who have made outstanding contributions to their chosen fields. For 13 years, Ehrmann played professional football. The Baltimore Colts named him Man of the Year. He was the NFL’s first Ed Block Courage Award Recipient, and named “The Most Important Coach in America” by Parade Magazine. The Institute for International Sport chose him as one of The Most Influential Sports Educators in America.

He shares his revolutionary concepts of transformational coaching in his book, InSideOut Coaching: How Sports Can Transform Lives. Ehrmann is also the subject of New York Times Best-Seller, Season of Life: A Football Star, a Boy, a Journey to Manhood. In addition to the many other accolades he has garnered, the Baltimore Business Journal selected him as the Renaissance Person of the Decade for his dedication and commitment to Baltimore City’s betterment. He was the National Fatherhood Initiative’s Man of the Year and the Frederick Douglass National Man of the Year award recipient for empowering youth to prevent rape and other forms of male violence. Ehrmann is co-founder of the NFL Foundation-funded InSideOut Initiative, aimed at implementing education-based athletics that are co-curricular, character-based, and led by transformational coaching.

Yet, his greatest accomplishments are his four children, Ali, Esther, Barney, and Joey, and his two adorable grandsons, Murphy and Beau.

Freeman Hrabowski

Freeman A. Hrabowski

Plenary Session
Wednesday, 28 June
10:30 AM

President of University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) since 1992, Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski consults on science and math education for national agencies, universities, and school systems. President Obama named him to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Hrabowski also chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the report Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads (2011).

Named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World byTime in 2012 and one of America’s Best Leaders by U.S. News & World Report in 2008, he also received TIAA-CREF’s Theodore M. Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence in 2011, the Carnegie Corporation’s Academic Leadership Award in 2011, and the Heinz Award in 2012 for contributions to improving the human condition. Under his expert leadership, UMBC has won commendation as a model for inclusive excellence by publications such as U.S. News & World Report, which has recognized UMBC as a national leader in academic innovation and undergraduate teaching for the past eight years.

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