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.
Athletic gold medalist, charitable fundraiser, social entrepreneur, and inspirational speaker
Born with Cerebral Palsy, Cam Calkoen was told that his biggest challenges would be the way he walks and talks. He dreamed big, becoming an athletic gold medalist, highly effective charitable fundraiser, social entrepreneur, and now a globally renowned inspirational speaker who ignites a connection and clarity between inspiration, dreams and people. Through strength of human attitude and potential Cam chose to embrace the challenges he was born with, and harnesses his gifts to live in the pursuit of excellence and make life as awesome as it can be. He is a living example that life is what we make it, and the values needed to achieve awesomeness are simple - we need to believe!
Edward Partridge, MD
Director Emeritus, O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center; Medical Director, UABHS Cancer Community Network; Chief Medical Officer, Guideway Care, Inc.
Dr. Edward E. Partridge is Director Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Medical Director UABHS Cancer Community Network and Chief Medical Officer, Guideway Care, Inc. He has a history of translating academic research into practical real-world applications, particularly in the areas of cancer prevention and control in minority populations. Dr. Partridge has served as Primary Investigator of two Specialized Progress of Research Excellence (SPOREs) in gynecological cancer (cervix and ovarian). He is a longtime volunteer for the American Cancer Society, and in 2011 served as president of the ACS National Board of Directors.
Nirmali Samaratunga, FCMA (U.K.); CGMA (U.K.)
Independent Business Consultant
Nirmali was the first female president of the 93-year-old Rotary Club of Colombo, Sri Lanka. She spearheaded, and chairs the club’s flagship project, the Cancer Prevention and Early Detection project, which up to date, has screened almost 80,000 women for cancer at no charge. A Management Accountant, she was formerly Co-chair of a leading Corporate Enterprise in Sri Lanka. She was also the first female president of the National Chamber of Commerce and has represented Sri Lanka at overseas forums. Nirmali was recognized for her life-saving humanitarian work with the Service Above Self Award from Rotary International.