This year's keynote speaker will be Craig Boykin. Craig has devoted his life to creating lasting change for those who desire it; Craig has risen to the national stage by delivering an inspirational message that tells people how to shake off mediocrity and live up to their greatness. It is a message that Craig has learned from his own life challenges and one he is helping others apply to their lives. Craig’s personal mission in life is to provide hope to individuals who may feel that their current situation is hopeless. Craig J. Boykin, is the originator of "Make Your Time Count,” an author, and speaker. Recognized nationally, Mr. Boykin has traveled extensively to present a variety of speeches and workshops based on his foundational work “Helping Educators Overcome Cultural Poverty, Disengaged Parents, and Apathetic Students.” Craig also offers approaches for effectively nurturing student achievement and overcoming economic class barriers. An expert in overcoming cultural poverty. Craig has literally pulled himself up by the bootstraps, reinventing not only his life but hundreds of thousands of educators and other professionals in seminars around the world.