Announcing the RootsTech Keynote Speakers!
We're excited for the General Sessions at RootsTech! Each morning the General Sessions will start at 8:30 a.m. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. so you can arrive early to claim your seat.
We've got great keynote speakers lined up each day! From storytellers to CEOs and genealogy gurus to technology experts, you're sure to be inspired, motivate, and even entertained as they share new ways for you to find, organize, preserve, and share your family's connections, stories, and history.
Thursday General Session Sponsored by findmypast.com
Dennis C. Brimhall is currently the President and CEO of FamilySearch International. FamilySearch International is a worldwide organization helping individuals find, preserve, catalogue, and search genealogical information. FamilySearch International is sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was formerly the President and Chief Executive Officer of University of Colorado Hospital.
Syd is a nationally acclaimed storyteller, an author, and an award-winning teacher. Many of his best-loved stories deal with growing up in Chicago and raising a family in Evanston, Illinois. Also known for his original historical pieces, Syd has written stories for some of America's leading institutions and agencies, including the Smithsonian; Historic Philadelphia, Inc.; NASA; and the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center.
D. Joshua Taylor
D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS is the Business Development Manager - North America for brightsolid online publishing, the creator of findmypast.com. A nationally known and recognized professional genealogist, lecturer, genealogical author, and researcher, Taylor is the current president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) and the former Director of Education at the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
Friday General Session
Sponsored by Ancestry.com
Jyl Johnson Pattee is the founder of Mom It Forward Media, a digital agency and network of social media influencers. Currently, she sits on the Mom Advisory Council for ONE.org, is a Shot@Life Champion with the United Nations Foundation, was named one of Parent Magazine's Top 10 Power Moms, and is on Babble's list of Top Twitter Moms.
Timothy Sullivan has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer and as a director of Ancestry.com, Inc. since September 2005. Prior to joining Ancestry.com, Mr. Sullivan was Chief Operating Officer and then President and CEO of Match.com. Mr. Sullivan holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Saturday General Session
Sponsored by MyHeritage
David PogueDavid Pogue is the weekly personal-technology columnist for The New York Times. He is also an Emmy Award-winning tech correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning and the current host of NOVA ScienceNow. Merging his musical background with his scientific knowledge, David Pogue delivers unique presentations that generally end with him sitting at a piano performing a couple of his famous tech-industry song parodies.
Gilad JaphetGilad Japhet is the Founder and CEO of MyHeritage. A rare mix of hardcore genealogist, hands-on technologist and visionary, Gilad is one of the most influential people today in the advancement of online genealogy. Gilad has grown MyHeritage into the world's second largest genealogy company with 72 million registered users and 1.5 billion family tree profiles.