2020 Conference Keynote Speakers

Jamerika Haynes

Motivational speaker at Clever Jam Communications, foster care youth advocate

Jamerika has more than ten years’ experience as a journalist and advocate for foster care children, having previously worked for the YMCA of Greater Seattle and the Press Enterprise in Riverside, California. She holds a B.A. in Communication from the Edward. R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. She is currently the reigning titleholder Ms. Evergreen State 2020 through the USA Ambassador Pageant.

In 2015, Jamerika earned a certificate in Public Relations & Strategic Communications from the University of Washington. A native of Tacoma, WA, she has worked as a communications consultant for a number of organizations including the Washington State Department of Social Health & Services, the University of Washington and numerous non-profits. She also owns and operates Clever Jam Communications, a consulting firm offering strategic communications guidance, motivational speaking and facilitation to those working in child welfare.

 

George Duvall

Motivational speaker, comedian, trainer, and author

George Duvall is a motivational speaker, author, and entertainer who shares his positive message of success with colleges, schools, and organizations across America. George spent 15 years of his life in foster care and youth facilities. Now he speaks to audiences about the importance of education, fun, family, and fatherhood using humor and his own unique journey from struggle to success. George has presented at over 1,000 events over the past 18 years, and published his book, “Dead or in Prison; My Journey through Foster Care,” in 2014. His first speaking engagement was for the Kentucky State Foster Parent dinner in 1995, and in the time since his first speech, he has become one of the nation’s most entertaining and inspirational motivational speakers on youth issues.

George’s extensive speaking experience includes keynotes around the country, ranging from conferences to trainings to graduation ceremonies and more. In addition to speaking, George is also a skilled training professional who expertly facilitates training for youth and adults. Training topics include Self-Empowerment and LeadershipThe Father Factor: “They call me Daddy!” and Independent Living: Teaching Youth to Think Independently, while Living Interdependently. George provides informative and engaging trainings by explaining his upbringing, life in foster care, college, and personal experiences using a platform all people can understand…laughter! Humor is an important component of George’s life and work. His comedic pursuit originated on the stage of Comedy Off Broadway in Lexington, Kentucky as a way to propose to his wife. During George’s speeches and trainings, you will be moved and educated by his knowledge, sincerity, courage, humor, and straight talk about his experiences growing up in America’s foster care system.