2017 Conference Keynotes

President's Program

All are invited to kick-off the full conference program by joining us at a special event on Monday, April 24 at 6:00 p.m. hosted by NJLA President Chris Carbone Melinda Emerson. Melinda F. Emerson, known as SmallBizLady, is America’s #1 Small Business Expert. Melinda’s small business advice is widely read, reaching more than 3 million entrepreneurs each week on the internet. A pioneer in social media marketing, she is the creator and host of #Smallbizchat, the longest running live chat on Twitter for small business owners. She is the publisher of her resource blog www.succeedasyourownboss.com, which is syndicated by the Huffington Post, and is the bestselling author of Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months and the ebook How To Become a Social Media Ninja. Read more: Full program details here.

Tuesday Keynote

Janet Mock is a writer, TV host and advocate whose memoir, Redefining Realness, debuted on the New York Times bestsellers list in 2014. She is a sought-after speaker, an advocate for trans women’s rights, and the founder of #GirlsLikeUs, a social media project that empowers trans women. A millennial media powerhouse, Janet began her career as a Staff Editor for People.com and has since worked as a correspondent for Entertainment Tonight and host of MSNBC's "So POPular!" a weekly series about popular culture, politics, identity and representation. She also serves as Contributing Editor for Marie Claire, the magazine where she first stepped forward publicly as a young trans woman. Read more: Full program details here.

Wednesday Keynote

Developing a new vision for libraries, Valerie J. Gross worked with the Howard County Library System Board and staff members, local government, and the community to implement the “Libraries = Education" approach. She led the transformation of HCLS to its current prominence as a renowned educational institution, alongside the region’s schools, colleges, and universities. Gross has delivered 80+ keynotes, workshops, seminars, and webinars on "Libraries = Education," drawing the participation and input of thousands of library professionals from 46 states and more than a dozen countries around the world. For living this game-changing vision, HCLS received Library Journal's prestigious Library of the Year award from among North America's 21,000 public and academic libraries. Read more: Full program details here.