We are excited to announce the Elevate 2018 keynote and workshop speakers!
Dan Amos is chairman and chief executive officer of Aflac Incorporated. Aflac is a Fortune 500 company that insures more than 50 million people worldwide. It is the leading provider of individual insurance policies offered at the worksite in the United States and is the largest life insurer in Japan in terms of individual policies in force. During Mr. Amos’ tenure as CEO, revenues have grown from $2.7 billion to $21 billion as of Dec. 31, 2015. He also is responsible for launching the company's national advertising program featuring the popular Aflac Duck. Today, Aflac is a top national brand and was named by FORTUNE magazine in 2016 as one of America's Most Admired Companies for the 15th year. Under his leadership, Aflac has been named to the Ethisphere Institute's annual list of The World's Most Ethical Companies for 10 consecutive years, the only insurance company to appear on this list every year since its inception in 2007.
Prashan De Visser ‘08 is the founder and president of Global Unites, a diverse, multi-cultural, non-partisan global movement led by young professionals who are strongly committed to the long-term transformation of conflict and sustainable peace.
Prashan returned to his home, Sri Lanka, to initiate the vision for Sri Lanka Unites and its commitment to encourage, equip and serve Sri Lankan youth across the country as they face the challenges of post-war Sri Lanka. With over 20,000 members, Sri Lanka Unites has become a nationwide movement that promotes reconciliation and youth leadership. Having proven their model in Sri Lanka, they have now grown into a multi-national team now working in 11 other countries that are prone to or recovering from violent conflicts.
While a student at Gordon College, Prashan was elected student body President, he interned in Washington, D.C. for Senator Rick Santorum, Senator John McCain, and went on to pursue a graduate degree in Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame.
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Corey McLellan joined Gordon College in March of 2018 as the inaugural executive director of the Career and Connection Institute. An experienced corporate manager, pastor and entrepreneur, McLellan brings more than 20 years’ experience that includes church planting, launching and selling a software company, working inside large multinationals like Accenture and Engie, and running his own management consulting and deal advisory business. McLellan earned B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from the University of Virginia and an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is married to a Gordon grad, Pamela (Britton) McLellan ’98.
Dr. Christine Gardner is the Chair of the Communications Department at Gordon College. She works at the intersection of rhetoric and cultural sociology, focusing on gender, sexuality, religion, and social movements. Her scholarship focuses on questions of identity, agency, power, the role of religion in the public sphere, and the role of rhetoric in social change. She has taught courses in Rhetorics of Sex and Gender; Rhetoric of HIV/AIDS; Public Advocacy; Theology of the Body; Communication Criticism; Messages, Influence, and Culture; Public Speaking; Devising Performance; and Perspectives on Communication. She most recently served as Visiting Professor with the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame, where she continues to hold a visiting appointment. She previously served as Associate Professor at Wheaton College, on the editorial staff of Christianity Today, Communications Director for World Concern, and as a radio broadcaster at contemporary Christian music and adult album alternative stations.