2023 NBAA-BACE Keynotes
- Day 1 Keynote – Tuesday, Oct. 17, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
- Day 2 Keynote – Wednesday, Oct. 18, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday will start in the most epic and exciting way with NBAA-BACE Keynotes! This year, the presentations are bringing innovation, motivation and inspiration to the stage – and straight to you.
Day 1 Keynote
Tuesday, Oct. 17
Author, Philanthropist & Former #1 Ranked Tennis Player
After turning pro at the age of 16, tennis prodigy Andre Agassi rose to international fame, earning 60 men’s singles titles, including eight Grand Slam singles championships, over a 20-year career. A former World No. 1 player, Agassi is the only male player ever to win all four Grand Slam titles and an Olympic gold medal. He was also a member of three winning Davis Cup teams (1990, 1992 and 1995). On July 9, 2011, Andre was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame for the Class of 2011.
While his tennis career took him all over the world, Agassi always stayed connected to his hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada. In 1994, at the age of 24, he created the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education. Early activities included building a shelter in Las Vegas for abused and neglected children, creating the Andre Agassi Boys and Girls Club, and developing Team Agassi, a tennis program that nurtures professional players and puts college within reach.
For over 25 years, the Foundation has honed its mission to focus on transforming public education. In 2001, the Foundation opened the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, a tuition free K -12 public charter school, in historical West Las Vegas with approximately 1,200 students. Recognized as a model charter school, Agassi Prep graduated its first senior class in June 2009 with a 100 percent college acceptance rate.
Tennis Legend & Philanthropist
Tennis champion Stefanie Graf, winner of 22 Grand Slam singles titles, remains the only player to win Wimbledon, the French Open, the US Open and the Australian Open at least four times.
In a career spanning 17 years, Graf won 107 singles titles and is the first—and still only— woman player to achieve the “Golden Slam” by winning all four Grand Slam singles titles and the Olympic gold medal in the same year.
Graf was ranked No. 1 for a WTA-record 377 weeks, the longest of any player, male or female, since rankings began. She was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 2004.
With the same purposeful strength she brought to professional tennis, Stefanie turned her attention to aiding suffering children. In 1998, she founded Children for Tomorrow, a charity focused on providing psychological help for children and families who have suffered the trauma of war, violence, abuse, exile or loss of the family. She established the organization in conjunction with Outpatient Clinic for Refugee Children and their Families at the University Clinics of Hamburg-Eppendorf.
Day 2 Keynote
Wednesday, Oct. 18
Entrepreneur, Investor and “Shark Tank” Television Personality
Daymond John overcame dyslexia to launch FUBU (“For Us, By Us”) in 1992 from the basement of his mother’s home. Initial funding came from a $100,000 mortgage taken against that home; today, John’s global lifestyle brand touts more than $6 billion in product sales worldwide. The FUBU brand is featured at the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture.
Since 2009, John has shared his knack for entrepreneurism and marketing on ABC TV’s business-reality program “Shark Tank.” The five-time Emmy-winning show features John – known today as “the people’s Shark.”
Colonel Nicole Malachowski
First Woman Thunderbird Pilot, Combat Veteran, Fighter Squadron Commander, White House Fellow & Adviser and Indomitable Spirit
Colonel Nicole Malachowski is a leader, a combat veteran, the first woman pilot on the Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron, a White House Fellow, and an inductee into both the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the Women in Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame. She even has a Star Trek Federation starship named after her – the USS Malachowski (NCC-1619).
Malachowski’s distinguished 21-year Air Force career exceeded her wildest dreams, but the dream came to an end when a devastating tick-borne illness left her struggling to speak or walk for almost nine months. An indomitable spirit, Malachowski fought back against overwhelming odds and prevailed.
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