Monday, August 22, 2011

World Class Speakers Set to Electrify SLC

World Class Speakers Set to Electrify SLC

by Diana Yin

This time last year, I had just moved to Salt Lake City and was exploring downtown when a flood of excited people came pouring out of what I realize now was USANA’s 2010 International Convention.

The buzz downtown was electric. The excitement of all the convention-goers was almost tangible. What I noticed immediately was that the people I saw seemed really, really happy. Not only was that my first introduction to USANA, but looking back, it was USANA’s wonderful employees and associates — their enthusiasm and friendly greetings as I wandered through Gateway Mall — who first welcomed me to Salt Lake City.

This year I get to experience convention for myself, and I’m excited about all the events we’ve got planned, the people I’ll get to meet and the amazing speakers we have lined up.

Here’s what we have to look forward to (in order of appearance)!

Dr. Christiane Northrup is someone I admire a great deal because of her amazing contributions as a passionate advocate for women’s health. The author of not one but two New York Times best-selling books, Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom and The Wisdom of Menopause, Dr. Northrup is a leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness, as well as a big supporter of USANA’s science-based products.

Kathy Kaehler is also someone many of us know and love. She’s a celebrity trainer who’s worked with stars like Cindy Crawford, Julia Roberts and Jennifer Aniston. Kathy has been seen on television, in magazines and online recommending USANA products as part of a healthy lifestyle. We’re in for quite a treat, as she will be presenting several times throughout the convention, including leading a warm-up for those of us participating in the Children’s Hunger Run/Walk!

Billie Jean King is a true tennis legend and the founder of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), of which USANA is a sponsor and close partner (we provide supplements to over 160 WTA players). Billie Jean’s impressive career includes winning 39 Grand Slam singles, doubles and mixed doubles tennis titles, helping to establish the World TeamTennis league, the Women’s Sports Foundation and other important groups, and making a real impact through organizations like UNESCO, GLAAD and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Billie Jean was recently honored with a Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama.

Dr. Libby Weaver is a holistic nutrition specialist and renowned weight loss expert from Australia whose goal is to help empower people to make effective lifestyle changes and better health decisions. Her doctoral research on how biochemical and nutritional factors affect autistic children ultimately affected the way the condition is treated in Australia and New Zealand. Dr. Weaver’s new book, Accidentally Overweight, helps readers use their own body chemistry to better achieve their health and weight-loss goals.

A former Canadian Member of Parliament, Dr. Lyle MacWilliam is an accomplished author, educator and biochemist who served at the behest of Canada’s former Minister of Health to help develop new ways for Canadian consumers to access safe, effective and high quality nutritional supplements. He is also the author of the prestigious Comparative Guide to Nutrition, a publication that independently tests and rates nutritional supplements.

We all know Rudy Ruettiger’s inspirational story as the young man who achieved his dreams of playing college football despite the odds and obstacles he faced. His is a story of perseverance, faith and heart—something perhaps we can all appreciate having a little more of in our lives.

Known as The Gen Y Guy®, Jason Ryan Dorsey is a preeminent “generation expert” and the best-selling author of Graduate to Your Perfect Job, My Reality Check Bounced! and Y-Size Your Business. His research on generational differences and strengths, which has been featured in 60 Minutes, The Today Show, The Wall Street Journal and countless other media, helps businesses solve generational disconnects, increase innovation across generations, and drive sales based on cross-generational best practices.

Shawn Achor is an author and motivational speaker who spent over a decade conducting research on happiness and human potential and lecturing on psychology and positive thinking at Harvard University. In his newest book The Happiness Advantage, Shawn shares an important discovery: that success doesn’t fuel happiness… happiness fuels success. In fact, 75% of someone’s job success depends on his or her social support network and ability to manage energy and stress in a positive way. You can read more on Lisa’s blog post about The Happiness Advantage!

If you’ve ever seen The Pursuit of Happyness, then you already know Chris Gardner’s heart-breaking, yet deeply moving and inspirational story. Once homeless and raising his son on his own, Chris, without connections, an MBA or even a college degree, was determined to become successful. Today, Chris is not only a passionate philanthropist but the head of Gardner Rich LLC, a world-class investment firm that services public pension funds and Taft-Hartley plans for some of the nation’s largest institutions and unions.

As someone who loves to learn new ways to be successful at work and in life, I’m genuinely excited about our convention speakers and by now I’m sure you know why — each of them has a unique perspective on what it means to achieve success, whether it’s improving your health, making a difference in the world or building a thriving business, and what it means to truly live our dreams.

Check out this year’s conference agenda and get more information online at

Have a great convention and can’t wait to see all of you!

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