:: 2020 keynote speakers ::
Dr. Delaney Ruston
Delaney Ruston chose her two career paths of primary care physician and documentary filmmaker for one reason: to help create positive change in people’s lives. Her experiences receiving medical care in free clinics while growing up motivated her to pursue health care. During her medicine residency, she began studying filmmaking for social impact and made her first award-winning film.
For twenty years Delaney has split her time between providing primary care and creating short and feature-length documentaries, such as Screenagers. Examples of her other films include Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia about her father and Hidden Pictures about global mental health. These films have been screened widely, aired on PBS, and were at the forefront of advocacy campaigns, including with the World Health Organization.
For her work in using films to building movements, Delaney has won several awards including Harvard’s McLean National Council Recognition Award and New York’s Fountain House Advocacy Award.
Delaney trained at Stanford Medical School, followed by a medicine residency at UC San Francisco. She has practiced and taught medicine in diverse settings including faculty positions at The University of Washington School of Medicine and at The Center for Medical Humanities, Bioethics and Compassionate Care at Stony Brook School of Medicine, NY.
Ruston has conducted investigative research in diverse fields—including biophysics at NIH, bioethics, and communication at UCSF and behavioral health as a Fulbright Scholar. She has spent the past six years intensely researching the impact of screen time on youth and solutions for screen time balance.
Gerry Brooks is principal at an elementary school in Lexington, Kentucky. His educational experience includes six years in the classroom, two years as an intervention specialist, and 12 years as an administrator.
He is a passionate public speaker whose focus is on encouraging and helping teachers improve their instructional abilities through personal climate and culture strategies. He also has a desire to help administrators successfully lead their staff in a positive and constructive manner.
His following on social media has developed through humorous videos that focus on real-world educational experiences. He is currently followed on these social media sites by over 500,000 people.
Brad is an award-winning principal, avid reader, speaker and best-selling author. He also serves as National Advisor with Future Ready Schools and as School Improvement Advisor with Scholastic.
Brad was recognized as a "20 to Watch" by the National School Boards Association, and he was Minnesota's Principal of the Year in 2016. He received the Digital Innovation in Learning Award from EdSurge and Digital Promise, and his school was recognized with a Local Government Innovation Award by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
He co-hosts the "UnearthED" podcast on the Bam Radio Network and is the author of Renegade Leadership. His newest book, Reclaiming Our Calling, is a genre-busting book that's helping educators hold onto things that matter most in this profession.