Seven keynote speakers to share stories at family history conference

Mar 9 2013 - 1:03am

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Dennis Brimhall
Syd Lieberman
D. Joshua Taylor
Jyl Patee
Tim Sullivan
David Pogue
Gilad Japhet
Dennis Brimhall
Syd Lieberman
D. Joshua Taylor
Jyl Patee
Tim Sullivan
David Pogue
Gilad Japhet

Listed are the keynote speakers for RootsTech 2013:

Thursday:

Dennis Brimhall

Brimhall is currently the president and CEO of FamilySearch International, a worldwide organization helping individuals find, preserve and catalogue genealogical information sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He was formerly the president and chief executive officer of University of Colorado Hospital.

He was president of the Kentucky Louisville Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He worked as an administrator at the University of Utah.

Syd Lieberman

Lieberman is a nationally acclaimed storyteller, author and award-winning teacher.

Many of his best-loved stories deal with growing up in Chicago and raising a family in Evanston, Ill. He also is known for his original historical pieces.

Lieberman has received commissions to write stories for some of America's leading institutions and agencies, including the Smithsonian; Historic Philadelphia Inc.; NASA; and the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center.

His work has garnered awards from the American Library Association, Parents' Choice, and Storytelling World.

Lieberman was one of six tellers featured on the television special "The Call of Story."

D. Joshua Taylor

Taylor is the North America business development manager for brightsolid online publishing, the creator of findmypast.com.

A nationally known and recognized professional genealogist, lecturer, genealogical author and researcher, Taylor is the current president of the Federation of Genealogical Societies and the former director of education at the New England Historic Genealogical Society.

Taylor is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Federation of Genealogical Societies Award of Merit, and the Rubincam Youth Award from the National Genealogical Society. Taylor was also a featured genealogist on NBC's "Who Do You Think You Are?"

Friday:

Jyl Patee

Pattee is the founder of Mom It Forward Media, a digital agency and network of social media influencers.

She is also the co-founder of the Evo Conference and was on the founding board of the Social Media Club of Salt Lake City. Currently, she sits on the Mom Advisory Council for ONE.org, is a Shot@Life Champion with the United Nations Foundation, was named one of Parent Magazine's Top 10 Power Moms and is on Babble's list of Top Twitter Moms.

In a past life, she was an award-winning copywriter, designer of corporate training programs for Fortune 100 companies, and PTO president.

Tim Sullivan

Sullivan has served as the president and chief executive officer and as a director of Ancestry.com Inc. since September 2005.

Before joining Ancestry.com, Sullivan was chief operating officer and then president and CEO of Match.com.

He has served as vice president of E-commerce for Ticketmaster Online-Citysearch Inc.

He also held multiple positions at The Walt Disney Company, including vice president and managing director of Buena Vista Home Entertainment Asia Pacific.

Saturday:

David Pogue

Pogue is the personal-technology columnist for The New York Times and a monthly columnist for Scientific American.

He also is an Emmy Award-winning tech correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning and the current host of NOVA ScienceNow.

With more than 3 million books in print, Pogue is one of the world's best-selling how-to authors. He has written or co-written seven books in the For Dummies series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music). In 1999, he launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes 120 titles.

Gilad Japhet

Japhet is the founder and CEO of MyHeritage, the popular online family history network.

A rare mix of hardcore genealogist, hands-on technologist and visionary, Gilad is one of the most influential people today in the advancement of online genealogy.

Gilad grew MyHeritage from a one-person startup based out of his living room into the world's second-largest genealogy company with 72 million registered users, 1.5 billion family tree profiles, 150 employees and eight acquisitions, including Geni.com.

Before founding MyHeritage, Gilad played instrumental roles in product development at BRM Technologies (acquired by Symantec) and BackWeb Technologies (NASDAQ).

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