Monday, February 02, 2015

RootsTech Keynote Speakers to Share Family Stories

The following is from RootsTech.

RootsTech - February 12-14, 2015RootsTech Keynotes to Share Family Stories at RootsTech

RootsTech Keynote Speakers to Share Family Stories at RootsTech

We’re excited to have you join us at what will be the largest and most exciting and largest RootsTech yet!

There will be so much more to experience including a star-studded lineup of world-class speakers who will take the stage to share with you and thousands of other attendees their family stories and who inspires them.

“This world-class conference continues to be a game changer,” says FamilySearch CEO Dennis Brimhall. “Multiple generations of families attending together will discover new ideas and tools to strengthen and connect their families, while discovering how people they admire personally celebrate their families and their family histories. That’s what RootsTech is all about.”

Learn more about each of the keynote speakers and find out what they’ll be sharing at RootsTech 2015.
Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager
On Friday, February 13, former first lady Laura Bush will talk about life in the White House and the importance of family during those eight years. Her daughter Jenna Bush Hager will join the former first lady onstage for a fireside chat, where the two of them will share family stories as a new grandmother and mother. In 2013, Jenna Hager gave birth to daughter Margaret Laura “Mila” Hager, adding a new generation to the Bush family.

Laura Bush served with her husband, President George W. Bush, in the White House from 2001 to 2009, and she currently serves as chair of the Women’s Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute. Hager currently works as a contributor for NBC’s The Today Show and as an editor-at-large for Southern Living magazine.

“This is going to be one of the high points of the conference,” Brimhall says. “It will be an unforgettable way to show how this remarkable family, with all their amazing life experiences, is still a family that functions like many of our own families.”
Donny OsmondSinger and entertainer Donny Osmond, an international superstar who’s been entertaining millions for almost 50 years, is also a part of the keynote lineup. His fans may not be aware of how engaged he is offstage in his family history. Donny will share some lesser-known insights into his family’s history during his keynote address onSaturday, February 14. “It has always been such a big part of who I am,” Osmond is proud to admit. “For as long as I can remember, my family has been involved in family history. My family ties have influenced me on and off the stage. So it’s such an honor to share some of that at RootsTech with some stories and maybe a song or two.”

Other RootsTech 2015 Keynote Speakers
Tan LeTan Le is a Vietnamese-Australian technology innovator, entrepreneur, and founder and CEO of EMOTIV, a bioinformatics company advancing the understanding of the human brain. Ms. Le has been featured in Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology in 2010 and Forbes’ s 50 Names You Need to Know in 2011. Tan Le will be the featured guest speaker at the opening general session on Thursday, February 12, 2015.

A.J. JacobsA.J. Jacobs is the author of four New York Timesbestsellers and the founder of the Global Family Reunion. He’s given three TED talks with a combined total of nearly three million views. Jacobs is also editor-at-large at Esquire magazine and a contributor for theNew York TimesSlate , and Parade magazines. A.J. Jacobs will be speaking on Saturday, February 14, the final day of RootsTech 2015.

RootsTech offers more than 200 classes and workshops over the course of the three-day conference. A “Getting Started” track of classes is offered for beginners. Visit for more information.


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