RCMA has announced keynote speakers for its 40th World Conference & Expo, January 24-27 in Kansas City, Mo. These talented presenters come from all walks of life and are guaranteed to inspire, energize, and wow their RCMA audience. Here’s a look at the lineup:
Since launching her entertainment career at the tender age of 2 with her father, Allen Funt, of the famed “Candid Camera” television series, Juliet Funt has thrilled audiences on national TV and radio shows. Specializing in helping people deal with the pressures of everyday life, she blends a quarter century of performing experience with a decade of expertise in what makes people tick.
Her mission is simple: to help people shift the way they think about daily pressures and responsibilities so they can prioritize their time, reach their goals, and be present and peaceful enough to live life to the fullest. She draws upon her experience as a meeting planner, a human resources trainer for the Los Angeles Police Department, and a liaison for a Palestinian/Israeli peace project.
Mike Schlappi has an inspiring message for everyone young and old: “Just because you can’t stand up doesn’t mean you can’t stand out.” Nicknamed “Happy Schlappi” as a boy, he has cultivated an ability to put life into proper perspective no matter what—and that’s why so many have looked to him as a leading authority on attitude.
Schlappi is a four-time Paralympic medalist and two-time World Champion in wheelchair basketball. The story of his tragic shooting accident challenges individuals to succeed despite difficult circumstances by empowering themselves and accepting personal responsibility.
It’s impossible to hear Al Walker give an address and not get more excited about your own life. Outspoken, humorous, and effective, Walker has received two of the highest recognition awards in professional speaking: the Speaker Hall of Fame’s Council of Peers Award and the National Speakers Association’s Cavett Award.
Barbara Glanz, an internationally known speaker, author, and consultant, is an expert in the areas of motivation, change, and blending work and home life. By sharing her personal motto, “Spreading Contagious Enthusiasm,” she shows individuals how to rediscover the joy in their work and their personal lives. With her sincerity, passion, and professionalism, she is known as “the speaker who speaks to your heart as well as your head.”
She has spoken worldwide to conferences and companies, and has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and FOX-TV, among others. Glanz is a trustee at Northern Theological Seminary, a board adviser of the Loyola University Center for Ethics and Social Justice, and a member of the board of directors for Ken Blanchard’s Center for Faithwalk Leadership.
Ed Hearn fulfilled his childhood dream by becoming a member of the Kansas City Royals Major League Baseball team. He was set to make it big when a serious injury brought a premature end to a very promising career. Then, he was diagnosed with three potentially life threatening health conditions. Hearn hung on, and through faith and determination he made an amazing comeback.