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.

Keynote Speakers

Brittany Arthur

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. 

About Brittany Arthur

Rajashree Birla

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.

About Rajashree Birla

John Cena

WWE Superstar, actor, Rotary polio ambassador 

John Cena devotes much of his time working on behalf of numerous charitable causes. He joined Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign in 2015 as a celebrity ambassador and is Make-A-Wish’s most requested wish granter of all time and the only celebrity to grant 500 wishes. Cena also committed to Susan G. Komen and has helped raise more than $1.6 million for breast cancer research and awareness. He is a longtime supporter of the U.S. military, recently recognized by USO Metro as the recipient of their 2016 Legacy of Achievement Award. He recently starred in Ad Council’s Love Has No Labels campaign, We Are America, to further the message of acceptance and love for all communities across the United States. In addition to his work in the community, Cena is a powerhouse on social media with 44 million Facebook fans, making him the most popular active U.S. athlete on Facebook. He is also one of the most followed athletes on Twitter and Instagram with 9.5 and 6.8 million followers respectively.

Cena’s well known acting credits include roles in The Wall, Trainwreck, Sisters, and Daddy’s Home. Cena is the host and executive producer of American Grit, the second season will premiere in June 2017.  Cena has hosted the ESPYS, the Teen Choice Awards, Saturday Night Live, and the Kids’ Choice Awards. He frequently co-hosts the 9 a.m. hour of TODAY. This Christmas, John will voice the title role of Ferdinand the bull in Ferdinand, the animated film based on the iconic children’s book.

As the face of the WWE and a 16-time world champion, John Cena combines his athleticism, charisma, strong work ethic, and genuine personality to make him one of today’s brightest stars.

About John Cena

Bob Corker

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.

About Bob Corker

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.

About Nathan Deal

Minda Dentler

Insurance professional, triathlete, health advocate, and mother

Despite her legs being paralyzed from contracting polio in India, Minda Dentler became the first female wheelchair athlete to complete the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii in October 2013. This accomplishment led her to be an ESPN ESPY Award Nominee for Best Female Athlete with a Disability. Dentler has been featured on CNN, NBC, Time, CCTV America and Glamour. She has also written articles for Time and Huffington Post on the importance of global childhood immunization and polio eradication.  Dentler is a 2017 Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow. She earned an MBA from Baruch College in New York and a BA in Management Information Systems from the University of Washington. She currently resides in New York City with her husband and daughter. 

About Minda Dentler

Bill Gates

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.

About Bill Gates

Gary Haugen

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.

About Gary Haugen

Bob Hope

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. 

About Bob Hope

Ashton Kutcher

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.

Jack Nicklaus

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.

About Jack Nicklaus

James Quincey

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.

About James Quincey

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.

About Kasim Reed

Andrew Young

Chair of the Andrew J. Young Foundation, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and documentary filmmaker

Andrew Young is chair of the Andrew J. Young Foundation, a nonprofit organization established to promote more just and prosperous communities in the U.S. and globally by developing and supporting new generations of multiracial leadership.

The Foundation supports efforts in four areas that reflect Young’s work as a pastor, activist, ambassador, and elected official – community and faith-based initiatives, civil rights and civic participation, international humanitarian initiatives, and public service. Young is an Emmy-winning producer of more than 20 documentaries, which have been syndicated and distributed nationally and internationally.

Young was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Jimmy Carter. And his portrait is on permanent display in the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

About Andrew Young

Rotary Senior Leaders

RI President John F. Germ

About the president

Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Kalyan Banerjee

About the trustee chair

RI President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley

About the president-elect

RI President-nominee Sam F. Owori

About the president-nominee

Jennifer E. Jones

Vice President Jennifer E. Jones

About the vice president

Barry Matheson

2017 Atlanta Convention Committee chair

Robert Hall

2017 Atlanta Convention Host Organization Committee chair

General Secretary John Hewko

About the general secretary