GUEST KEYNOTE SPEAKER
JON DORENBOS

MAGICIAN & FORMER NFL PRO-BOWLER

“LIFE IS MAGIC”

Jon is one of the most sought after Keynote Speakers on the circuit. His presentation, LIFE IS MAGIC, is truly one-of-a-kind. Weaving his inspirational story with world-class magic, his energy is contagious and his passion for life infectious.

After losing both parents at the age of 12, Jon spent a year in foster care before moving in with his Aunt Susan. With the attitude of “Live in Vision, not in Circumstance”, Jon rose above all odds to eventually earn two Pro Bowl appearances and a Super Bowl ring in his 14 year NFL career. Jon was forced to retire from the NFL when the New Orleans Saints diagnosed him with a life-threatening heart condition that required emergency open heart surgery. When asked about it, Jon saw the ‘magic’.

“I was traded to New Orleans and my life was saved by a Saint. All of us have experienced hard times in our life. That’s something all of us can relate to. We then make a decision, do we become victims or do we become people of vision? That decision is what separates us.”

Jon placed 3rd on NBC’s hit TV show, America’s Got Talent, and is a regular on the ELLEN DEGENERES Show. He was honored when asked to compete on America’s Got Talent: The Champions Edition, and making it to the finals recognized him as 1 of the top 10 acts in the world. His book, Life Is Magic, is scheduled to be released in 2019 by Simon & Schuster and Academy Award nominated producer, Mike Tollin, is in the process of making a major motion picture based on Jon’s life.

‘AN INSPIRING JOURNEY FROM TRAGEDY TO SELF-DISCOVERY’

Jon Dorenbos is an entertainer, an inspiring motivator, and a master storyteller. He held our NECA audience of 5,000 in rapt attention as he wove his life story through magic and emotion. What an uplifting performance!
John Grau
CEO, NECA
Jon is by far the most powerful, engaging, dynamic and authentic presenter I have ever hired in my 15 years of producing conferences and events. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll remember what really matters in life and you'll leave inspired to make a difference. This guy is for real.
Michael Clarke
Director, Marriott Intl.
I've seen a lot of keynote speakers, and while most are good, very few are remembered well after the event. Our attendees still talk about Jon's incredible performance as one of the best they have ever experienced[...] Jon's story goes straight to the heart, and the way he tells it is the real magic. He's genuine and engaging...
Patrick Maley
CMO, BluJay Solutions

Jon Dorenbos at CONNECT 2019

Join us to hear Jon’s extraordinary and empowering story of resilience, forgiveness, and living a life of purpose in the face of unfathomable obstacles. Jon’s keynote will leave you with best practices on overcoming adversity, the power of teamwork, self talk, accountability, leadership, living in vision and embracing change.

Jon will present on October 29, at 1:30PM in the Arizona Ballroom.