Time: 2:30PM to 4:00PM | Keynote Session | Speaker: Kevin Lacz

With a rare combination of passion and humor, Kevin Lacz shares his journey from borderline college dropout to commended U.S. Navy SEAL. While he struggled to define his own future as a college student, Lacz describes how the events of 9/11 were a turning point in his life, prompting him to enlist in the Navy and take the chance to not only prove himself but also better himself. After nearly failing as an undergrad, where most people succeed, he risked it all and succeeded where most people fail (the SEAL program boasts an 85% attrition rate). Lacz inspires audiences with his transformation from struggling undergrad to honor student and college graduate following his years of service.

Lacz also shares anecdotes from his two tours of duty on SEAL team THREE as a sniper and medic in dangerous combat zones with fellow SEAL Chris Kyle, subject of the critically acclaimed film, American Sniper. With stories “from the ground” of combat, Lacz takes audiences behind the scenes of the movie—peeling back the Hollywood veneer to offer a glimpse of true bravery, service, and sacrifice.