Tuesday, May 20
8:00 - 9:30 AM
Delivered by former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle "Gabby" Giffords and her husband, Captain Mark Kelly, a retired combat pilot and astronaut.
Sponsored by Thomson Reuters
On January 8, 2011, Mark Kelly faced the toughest challenge of his life when a would-be assassin shot his wife, who was then serving as a U.S. Congresswoman. His dedication to family and Gabby Giffords' arduous road to recovery captivated the world.
For Kelly, focus equals success-even in the face of adversity. Personifying resilience and spirit, he was a combat pilot in Iraq, an astronaut on four Space Shuttle missions and commander of the final flight of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. He has combined teamwork, leadership, communication and family in an unwavering commitment to succeed. Kelly shows audiences how to accomplish their missions while maintaining the love and devotion to family that make up the foundation of true success.
Kelly and Giffords will have their international bestselling book, Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope, available in the onsite ALA Bookstore, with a book signing to follow the ALA Keynote Address on Tuesday, May 20.