One of the main benefits of attending a Rotary convention is the range of topics and the exceptional speakers from around the world.
Simultaneous interpretation will be offered in English, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish, and other languages, depending on registrants’ needs.
President, Rotaract Club of Berlin; vice chair, Joint Young Leaders and Alumni Engagement Committee
In 2003, a Rotary Youth Exchange student sat next to Brittany Arthur in class at her suburban school in Australia, and changed her life forever. Inspired to study abroad, Arthur graduated from universities in Australia, Germany, and Japan. She received a scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Education and was a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar in Germany. Today, Arthur provides businesses with the tools and talent they need to expand into international markets.
Philanthropist and advocate for corporate social responsibility; chair of the Aditya Birla Centre for Community Initiatives and Rural Development
Padma Bhushan Rajashree Birla is an icon in the field of corporate social responsibility. As chair of the Aditya Birla Centre for Community Initiatives and Rural Development, she leads her team with a single-minded focus: to do whatever is necessary to lift the poor out of poverty. She is also a champion for the homeless through her involvement as director on the board of Habitat for Humanity’s Asia Pacific Committee and Global Committee.
United States Senator
In 2012, Tennesseans overwhelmingly re-elected Bob Corker to his second term in the U.S. Senate, where he currently serves as chair of the Foreign Relations Committee and is a member of the Banking and Budget committees. Corker has used his influence in Congress to elevate the plight of the more than 27 million people enslaved worldwide. He spearheaded the End Modern Slavery Initiative, which will create a powerful effort in concert with the private sector and foreign governments to help eliminate modern slavery and human trafficking around the globe.
The Honorable Nathan Deal
Governor of the State of Georgia, USA
Since taking office in 2011, Governor Nathan Deal has led Georgia to become the No. 1 state in the nation for business for four years in a row — a first in Georgia history — and helped create more than 575,000 private-sector jobs. Through tax reform, workforce development initiatives, and investment in education and infrastructure, the state continues to grow local small businesses and attract top companies from around the world.
Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Bill Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Along with co-chair, Melinda Gates, he shapes and approves grant-making strategies, advocates for the foundation’s issues, and helps set the direction of the organization. Gates began his major philanthropic efforts in 1994, when he created the William H. Gates Foundation, focusing on global health. Three years later, he and Melinda created the Gates Library Foundation, which worked to bring public access computers with Internet connections to libraries in the United States. Its name changed to the Gates Learning Foundation in 1999 to reflect its focus on ensuring that low-income minority students are prepared for college and have the means to attend. In 2000, to increase efficiency and communication, the two groups merged into the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Chief Executive Officer, International Justice Mission
Before founding the International Justice Mission in 1997, Gary Haugen was a human rights attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, where he focused on crimes of police misconduct. In 1994, he served as the director of the United Nations’ investigation into the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. He has been recognized by the U.S. State Department as a Trafficking in Persons “Hero” — the highest honor given by the U.S. government for anti-slavery leadership.
Marketing and public relations vice chair, 2017 Atlanta Convention Host Organization Committee
Bob Hope owns public relations firm Hope-Beckham Inc. He has been a member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta since 2007 and is the only member to receive all four of his club’s top honors. He also has been selected Rotarian of the Year in District 6900 and is a recipient of Rotary International's Service Above Self Award. He serves on a variety of boards, including The Carter Center Board of Councilors, the Atlanta Sports Council, the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Georgia Global Health Alliance. He has been named one of the 100 Most Influential Atlantans.
Entrepreneur and founder of Right To Play, a humanitarian organization dedicated to educating and empowering underserved children and youths through play
Johann Koss is an internationally recognized social entrepreneur who has been widely acknowledged for his work in promoting sport and play as tools for positive childhood development. He founded Right To Play in 2000, and has dedicated himself to growing it into an influential international nongovernmental organization and leader in the movement of sport for development and peace. With a staff of 650 worldwide and 16,000 volunteer coaches, Right To Play reaches over 1 million children in more than 20 countries.
Co-founder of Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children
Co-founder of Thorn, Ashton Kutcher is an actor, tech investor, and philanthropist focused on using technology to effect positive change in the world. In February, Kutcher testified before Congress at a Senate committee hearing on ending modern slavery and human sex trafficking.
Thorn drives technology innovation to fight child sexual exploitation. Thorn partners with nonprofits and academic institutions to gather new insights into the role technology plays in child sex trafficking, the creation and proliferation of child pornography, and the normalization of child sexual exploitation. Thorn then goes beyond insight to action to develop the tools, systems, and approaches to help address these issues.
Currently, more than 1,100 law enforcement agencies use Thorn’s Spotlight tool, which leverages machine learning algorithms to allow officers in the field to connect disparate data to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of domestic sex trafficking investigations.
This year alone, Spotlight is being used by more than 4,500 law enforcement officers in over 7,500 trafficking investigations. It has helped law enforcement identify more than 6,000 trafficking victims and 2,000 traffickers.
Time Magazine named Kutcher among their Top 100 Most Influential People. He was also honored by Vanity Fair on their New Establishment List, which identifies the top 50 of an innovative new breed of buccaneering visionaries, engineering prodigies, and entrepreneurs.
Golf icon, philanthropist, and Rotary ambassador for polio eradication
No name is more synonymous with greatness in the sport of golf than Jack Nicklaus. And no single person has changed the face of the sport more than he has — the player, the designer, the philanthropist, and the goodwill ambassador. Nicklaus was named “Golfer of the Century” and “Golfer of the Millennium” by almost every major golf publication in the world. He was also named Individual Male Athlete of the Century by Sports Illustrated, and one of the 10 Greatest Athletes of the Century by ESPN.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Coca-Cola
James Quincey is president and chief executive officer of The Coca-Cola Company. From 2015 to 2017, he led all of the company’s operating units as president and chief operating officer. Before that, Quincey served as president of The Coca-Cola Company’s Europe Group, which comprises 38 countries, including the member states of the European Union, the European Free Trade Association countries, and the Balkans. Under Quincey’s leadership, the Europe Group, the company’s most profitable operating group, strategically expanded its brand portfolio and improved execution across the geography.
The Honorable Kasim Reed
Mayor of the City of Atlanta
Kasim Reed is the 59th mayor of the City of Atlanta. Since taking office, he has hired more than 900 police officers and created the largest force in the city’s history, and has reopened all of the city’s recreation centers as safe havens for young people. Working with the Atlanta City Council and the city’s employee unions, he successfully initiated a series of sweeping reforms to address the city’s $1.5 billion unfunded pension liability.