Keynotes & Honor Lectures


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Keynote Presentations

Attend our opening sessions to hear featured speakers discuss issues impacting chest medicine. The presentations will be at 8:45am in Exhibit Hall G.

Sunday’s Keynote

Do You Believe in Miracles? Lessons in Team-Building, Leadership, and Motivation
Presented by: Ross Bernstein

About the presentation:
Do you believe in miracles? Well, believe it or not, legendary hockey coach Herb Brooks didn’t. Sure, he was a dreamer, but there were no shortcuts or divine interventions in his vocabulary—for him, it was all about hard work, commitment, and passion—and through those ideals he truly changed the world. Ross Bernstein is proud to share the inspirational story of the man behind the fabled 1980 gold medal-winning US Olympic “Miracle on Ice” hockey team—which pulled off the greatest upset in modern sports history. Ross, who had actually been working with Brooks on writing a series of motivational/self-help books at the time of his tragic passing in 2003, decided to honor the legacy of his friend and mentor by turning their project into a living memorial.

In his program, Ross speaks about the influence Brooks had on the world of sports, his unorthodox leadership style, his philosophies on roles and role players, his thoughts on mentorship and community service, how he was able to adapt and change in different work environments, how he fostered team chemistry, and about his unparalleled motivational tactics. Brooks was a winner in every sense of the word and the culture he created with his teams consistently delivered winning results— that was the bottom line.

About the Speaker:
Sunday's Keynote speaker, Ross BernsteinThe best-selling author of close to 50 sports books, Ross Bernstein is an award-winning, peak performance business speaker who’s keynoted conferences on four continents for audiences as small as 10 and as large as 10,000. Ross and his books have been featured on thousands of television and radio programs over the years, including CNN, ESPN, Bloomberg, Fox News, and CBS This Morning, as well as in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA Today.

As a working member of the media in his home state of Minnesota, Ross has a unique behind-the-scenes access to all of the local sports franchises in the area, including the Vikings, Twins, Timberwolves, Wild, and Gophers. As such, he spends lots of his time in dugouts, clubhouses, locker rooms, and press boxes — and it’s there where Ross has met and interviewed thousands of professional athletes over the years.

Monday’s Keynote

The Power of One: How One Attitude, One Action, and One Person Can Change the World
Presented by John O’Leary

About the presentation:
Engagement: According to a Gallup poll, 70% of the workforce is not engaged. John dramatically “wakes people up” to realize their role and responsibility is significant. Culture: John helps organizations build a positive atmosphere to increase creativity and productivity. Audiences learn how to reignite an environment built on shared goals, values, and focus. Communication: John outlines unconventional communication methods to dramatically (and positively) impact relationships.

About the speaker:

Monday's Keynote speaker, John O'LearyIn 1987, John O’Leary was a curious 9-year-old boy. Playing with fire and gasoline, John created a massive explosion in his home and received burns on 100% of his body. He was given a 1% chance to live. This epic story of survival was first showcased in his parents’ book, Overwhelming Odds, in 2006. Originally printing 200 copies for friends and family, his parents have sold more than 60,000 copies, most in back-of-room sales at John’s speaking events. It was this book that first inspired John to embrace his miraculous recovery and share it with the world.

John speaks to about 50,000 people at more than 100 events each year. He presents to companies and organizations across varied industries, including sales, health care, business, safety, marketing, financial services, faith, education, and insurance.

Opening Ceremony including Presentation of the Honor Awards

See the presentation of the College Medalist and Distinguished Service Awards awards during the opening session on Sunday, October 29 at 8:45 am in the Convention Center, Exhibit Hall G.

Honor and Memorial Lectures

Attend memorial lectures, where chest medicine professionals will be recognized for their distinguished work.

  • Thomas L. Petty, MD, Master FCCP Memorial Lecture
    Sunday, October 29, at 7:30 am Convention Center, Room 713AB
  • Margaret Pfrommer Memorial Lecture in Long-term Mechanical Ventilation
    Monday, October 30, at 1:30 pm Convention Center, Room 701A
  • Distinguished Scientist Honor Lecture in Cardiopulmonary Physiology
    Monday, October 30, at 3:15 pm Convention Center, Room 701A
  • Pasquale Ciaglia Memorial Lecture in Interventional Medicine
    Tuesday, October 31, at 11:00 am Convention Center, Room 701B
  • Roger C. Bone Memorial Lecture in Critical Care
    Tuesday, October 31, at 2:45 pm Convention Center, Room 701B
  • Edward C. Rosenow III, MD, Master FCCP/Master Teacher Honor Lecture
    Wednesday, November 1, at 8:45 am Convention Center, Room 701B
  • Murray Kornfeld Memorial Founders Lecture
    Wednesday, November 1 at 11:00 am Convention Center, Room 701B