HOSA Announces Keynote Speakers for the 40th Anniversary Celebration

The 40th Anniversary Conference Program for the 2016 International Leadership Conference is now available at ilc.hosa.org.

HOSA-Future Health Professionals welcomes Dr. Vivek Murthy and Brad Montague as speakers at the 40th Anniversary Celebration at HOSA’s International Leadership Conference on Wednesday, June 22 at 7:30 PM at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN. 

Vice Admiral (VADM) Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A., U.S. Surgeon General

Opening remarks for HOSA’s International Leadership Conference will be delivered by U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy. The nation’s leading spokesman for public health, Murthy is a champion of improving care and building coalitions, having devoted his career to the enhancement of global public health through education, service, clinical care and entrepreneurship.

Murthy, 38, was nominated by President Barack Obama in November 2013 and then confirmed as the 19th U.S. Surgeon General in December 2014, becoming the first Indian American and the youngest person to hold the position in recent history.

The son of immigrants from India, Murthy discovered a love for the art of healing early in his childhood while spending time in his father’s medical clinic in Miami, Florida. He graduated from Harvard University in 1997 with a degree in biochemical sciences. In 2003, he earned his medical degree from the Yale School of Medicine, and also a Master of Business Administration, with a focus in health care management, from the Yale School of Management.

Murthy believes that the nation’s greatest asset always has been its people. As surgeon general, he has fought to educate and inspire his fellow Americans around a key set of priorities: mental health and emotional well-being, healthful eating, active and tobacco-free living, chronic disease prevention, and the country’s growing opioid epidemic.

As “America’s Doctor,” Murthy is responsible for communicating the most advanced and relevant scientific information to the public. He oversees the operations of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, which includes approximately 6,700 uniformed health officers serving in nearly 800 locations globally. The officers work to promote, protect and advance the health and safety of the nation and world.

Brad Montague, Creator of “Kid President”

Brad will deliver a memorable address following HOSA’s 40th Anniversary Celebration!

Brad Montague is an award-winning writer and director. He is creator of Kid President, which began its life online and has grown into a New York Times bestselling book, television series, and movement for good among families, children, and classrooms around the world. He is also the force behind ‘Socktober’ – an annual social campaign designed to help connect communities to their local homeless shelters and GO! Camp - a week long experience for teenagers who want to change the world.

He and his wife, Kristi, own and operate Montague Workshop, a creative space dedicated to developing projects that inspire and encourage. His story of joyfully rebelling against how things are to create the world as it should be has led to collaborations with many different types of communities, brands, and influencers. Brad has spoken to thousands across the country at events for companies, creatives, churches, schools, and more. As a writer, he has appeared in many publications including Time, Parent Magazine, and Reader’s Digest. He and his work have been featured on CNN, Fox News, BBC, NPR, the Today Show, Good Morning America, and the New York Times - just to name a few.

Over the years, Brad has helped several non-profits tell their stories and better connect with people. With a special emphasis on finding ways kids and grown-ups can work together, creating real change in the world has been at the heart of every project. From campaigns and collaborations with organizations like Feeding America and the UN Foundation, to projects with youth ministries and local change makers building a house for homeless families in Little Rock, AR: it’ s all a joyful rebellion. He and his wife have two young children and a cat. They live and work in Henderson, TN.