2020 Keynote Speakers

The 2020 Monterrey Conference will feature keynote speakers from Mexico, Canada and the United States. Below is a bit more information on each of our keynote speakers.
 

Frank Devlyn

Frank J. Devlyn nació el 22 de septiembre de 1939 en Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México. Sus padres: Dr. Frank Devlyn y Dra. Nelva Mortensen; ambos optometristas de profesión.
Estudió Administración de Empresas en la Universidad de Texas, en El Paso y es Optometrista por la Escuela de Optometría del Estado de Texas. Cursó un MBA  en el Instituto Panamericano de Alta Dirección de Empresas (IPADE), Ciudad de México. Sus antecedentes son una buena razón del porqué es considerado por muchos, como un líder único y exitoso. Cuando el Dr. Devlyn falleció, Frank tenía escasos 22 años, quedándose al frente del negocio familiar. Con ayuda de su mamá y sus dos hermanos menores: Jesse y Pat, continuaron con la expansión de Ópticas Devlyn. En la actualidad Grupo Devlyn es, dentro del ramo óptico, la compañía más grande de ventas al menudeo de Latinoamérica, y cuenta con sucursales en Estados Unidos, Guatemala y El Salvador.
Como testimonio de su liderazgo y reconocimiento mundial, Frank ha servido como Presidente, miembro y asesor de muchas de las mesas directivas de organizaciones nacionales e internacionales del sector comercial, industrial, social y filantrópico más conocidas; tales como el University Club, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Hospital General de México, Hospital de Perinatología y, Hospital Juárez de México,  Asociación de Cónsules Honorarios de México, entre otras.
Sigue activo en los Consejos de Banamex, Comité Nacional de Lucha Contra la Tuberculosis, Cemefi, y Funsalud.
En el mundo de Rotary, Frank Devlyn es reconocido por ser uno de los oradores más solicitados, teniendo una constante demanda para presentarse en conferencias y eventos Rotarios alrededor del mundo. Se incorporó al Club Rotario Anáhuac de la Ciudad de México cuando tenía 29 años; fue el tercer presidente de su club. Es el segundo mexicano en ocupar la Presidencia de Rotary International (2000-2001); su proyecto, se caracterizó por tener objetivos ambiciosos,  bajo el lema “Crear Conciencia y Tomar Acción”, constituyendo 20 grupos de trabajo. Miembro Distinguido Arch Klump de la Fundación Rotaria.
Ha recibido reconocimientos como doctorados honoris causa, condecoraciones, nombramientos especiales de diferentes universidades, llaves de la ciudad en diversos países, y premios de organizaciones de prestigio internacional. Ha sido Cónsul Honorario del Reino de Jordania y fue Presidente de la Asociación Nacional de Cónsules Honorarios de México.
En su vida activa como empresario, recibió la Medalla de Honor de la Cámara de Comercio de la Ciudad de México; forma parte del Salón de Empresarios Mexicanos. Es uno de los 200 Emprendedores Sobresalientes que ha tenido México en el siglo XX, por la Secretaría de Economía en la celebración del Bicentenario de México, 2010. Emprendedor del Año de México por el Grupo EY (Ernst&Young), 2016. Miembro del Salón Mundial de Emprendedores, 2017. Premio Negocio Familiar del Año a Grupo Devlyn por Family Transition  y Grupo Deloitte en su conferencia anual de 2018. Recibe el reconocimiento como Líder Social 2019 otorgado por la escuela de Responsabilidad Social de la Universidad Anáhuac de México.
Frank está casado con la Sra. Gloria Rita, con quien tiene tres hijas y 9 nietos.
Frank también es autor de cinco libros que conforman la serie bestseller Frank Habla que se han traducido en 13 idiomas y se venden en diversos países.
Este año, con motivo de sus 80 años, Frank lanza a la luz pública su biografía llamada Frank Devlyn Habla. Desde mi óptica. Las memorias de un líder y empresario mexicano con visión.
 
Frank J. Devlyn was born on September 22, 1939 in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. His parents: Dr. Frank Devlyn and Dr. Nelva Mortensen; Both optometrists by profession. He studied Business Administration at the University of Texas, in El Paso and is an Optometrist from the State of Texas School of Optometry. He studied an MBA at the Pan American Institute of Senior Business Management (IPADE), Mexico City.
His background is a good reason why he is considered by many to be a unique and successful leader. When Dr. Devlyn passed away, Frank was barely 22 years old, continuing in charge of the family business. With the help of his mother and his two younger brothers: Jesse and Pat, they continued with the expansion of Devlyn Optics. At present time, Grupo Devlyn is, within the optical industry, the largest retail sales company in Latin America, and it has branches in the United States, Guatemala and El Salvador.
As a testament to his leadership and worldwide recognition, Frank has served as President, member and advisor to many of the boards of national and international organizations of the best-known commercial, industrial, social and philanthropic sector; such as the University Club, Mexican Red Cross, General Hospital of Mexico, Perinatology Hospital and, Hospital Juárez de México, Association of Honorary Consuls of Mexico, among others.
He is still active in the Banamex Councils, National Committee to Fight Tuberculosis, Cemefi, and Funsalud.
In the world of Rotary, Frank Devlyn is recognized as one of the most requested speakers, having a constant demand to present at Rotary conferences and events around the world. He joined the Anáhuac Rotary Club of Mexico City when he was 29 years old; He was the third president of his club. He is the second Mexican to occupy the Presidency of Rotary International (2000-2001); His project was characterized by having ambitious objectives, under the slogan "Create Consciousness and Take Action", constituting 20 working groups. He is also a distinguished Member Arch Klump of the Rotary Foundation.
He has received awards such as honorary doctorates, awards, special appointments from different universities, city keys in various countries, and awards from internationally renowned organizations. He has been Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Jordan and was President of the National Association of Honorary Consuls of Mexico.
As an entrepreneur, he received the Medal of Honor from the Chamber of Commerce of Mexico City; he is part of the Mexican Businessmen Hall. He is one of the 200 Outstanding Entrepreneurs that Mexico has had in the 20th century, by the Ministry of Economy in the celebration of the Bicentennial of Mexico, 2010. He was Entrepreneur of the Year of Mexico by the EY Group (Ernst & Young), 2016. Since 2017 he is Member of the World Hall de Entrepreneurs. Family Business of the Year Award to Devlyn Group, for Family Transition and Deloitte Group at its 2018 annual conference. He received recognition as a Social Leader 2019 granted by the School of Social Responsibility of the Universidad Anáhuac de México.
Frank is married to Mrs. Gloria Rita, with whom she has three daughters and 9 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Frank is also the author of five books that make up the bestseller series Frank Talk that have been translated into 13 languages ​​and sold in numerous countries.
This year, on the occasion of his 80 years, Frank launches his biography called Frank Devlyn Talk into public light: “From my perspective. The memories of a Mexican leader and businessman with vision.
 
 

Heidi Kühn

The California spirit is deeply rooted in Heidi Kuhn, as her pioneer family from the 1850's taught her respect for the land and its people. The stewardship of the Earth is violated when landmines are planted, and the land is held hostage for future generations. Inspired by the peace movement on her campus at U.C. Berkeley during the 1970's, she majored in Political Economics and set forth her footsteps for peace. Bridging borders from Alaska, Heidi was a CNN producer/reporter on the melting of the 'ice curtain' between US/Soviet Relations. In the midst of her career in journalism, while raising three children, Heidi was diagnosed with cancer. In 1997, she realized that 'Cancer was a landmine, and landmines were a cancer to the Earth,' and made a prophetic toast that the world may go from 'MINES TO VINES'--replacing the scourge of landmines with bountiful vineyards and orchards worldwide. From the basement of her family home, she reached out to Napa Valley vintners to support her vision, which grew to the United Nations, World Bank, and international governments and leaders. For the past two decades, with support from her family, Heidi has truly planted the Roots of Peace on Earth.

Heidi was been awarded the Gubernatorial Appointment to the California Council of the Humanities - 1996; the Cal Berkeley Alumni Award for Excellence and Achievement – 2002; the Marin Women’s Hall of Fame Award - 2003; the World Association of Non-Governmental Organization (WANGO) Award for Peace & Security - 2005; the United Nations World Environment Day “Walk the Talk” Award - 2005; The Rotary International “Service Above Self” Award - 2005; The Skoll Award on Social Entrepreneurship - 2006; The Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award/National Jefferson Award for Public Service – 2007; The Spirit of Marin Award - 2013. She has also was invited in 2016 to be an speaker at the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.
 

Dennis White

Dr. Dennis White was an American Peace Corps volunteer in Iran from 1968-1970. Following his return to the United States, he earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and has worked in a variety of social service agencies and universities. He is currently a licensed psychologist in private practice in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. He has worked with many international exchange programs. He makes annual presentations at Youth Exchange Conferences and district orientations around the United States and the world.
 
He is past Chairman of the Rotary International Youth Exchange Committee (RIYE) and past President of the North American Youth Exchange Network (NAYEN). He is a member of the NAYEN Online Training Committee and the NAYEN Post Exchange Survey Committee. He has written numerous articles about Youth Exchange, particularly related to Culture Shock, Reverse Culture Shock and Ethnocentrism.
 

Liz Hulley

Liz was born in Zambia and grew up in South Africa. She was a Rotary Youth Exchange Student sponsored by District 9370 in South Africa and hosted by 7230 in New York, USA. She spent her year in Chappaqua, a small town near New York City, and describes it as the best year of her life because of the on-going impact in her life.
 
Most of her career was spent in South Africa working in marketing and communications in various industries. She moved to Canada 13 years ago where she reconnected with Rotary Youth Exchange through a chance meeting with Pauline Perreault, co-founder of the BEs. Liz was privileged to serve on the District 5370 RYE team for 8 years as Inbound Coordinator and received a Paul Harris Fellow award in 2014. The many inbounds Liz has placed, trained and supported over the years have cemented her belief in the importance of training ambassadors to create peace across the world.
 
Liz will be sharing her story of how on exchange a single incident catapulted her into realizing the importance of being an ambassador and promoting dialogue and understanding. This spurred her to deliver over 340 talks during her year. The lessons from this experience were a primary motivator for Liz’s involvement in South Africa’s first democratic election as a peace monitor and a voter education workshop facilitator. These valuable learnings proved helpful when she moved to Canada and experienced culture shock. And they have enabled her to better support and understand inbound students and build bridges of mutual respect.
 

Dr. “Bowtie” Todd Jenkins

Dr. Todd Jenkins serves as Senior Diversity, Inclusion, and Innovation Leader in Corporate America at a Fortune 400 company. As a diversity and inclusion executive consultant, he has worked with several companies such as Walmart, Google, Facebook, American Airlines, Deloitte, etc., small and large non-profits, and entrepreneurs. He graduated with honors from the University of South Carolina with two degrees, a Bachelor's of Science in Psychology and Sociology, obtained a Master's of Science from Illinois State University, and Doctorate from the University of Arkansas. His research area focused on minority professionals; retention and perception of their supervisor within the workplace. Currently, he is enrolled at Harvard University, completing a Post-Doctoral Fellowship and Executive Program "Strategies for
Building and Leading Diverse Organizations." Dr. Jenkins is a proud Rotarian from the Rotary Club of Fayetteville, Arkansas; he has served as the former Rotaract Advisor, Interact Sponsor, RYLA presenter, two terms on Club Board of Directors, and graduated from his District and Zone Leadership Academy. Dr. Jenkins is currently one of the youngest Youth Exchange District Chairs in Rotary International. He continues to serve on various boards locally and internationally in education, business, and inclusion initiatives.
 
Dr. Jenkins was recently named top 100 diversity and inclusion executives under 50 by DiversityMBA Global magazine, "40 under 40" by Arkansas Business Journal, Top 12 of Ones to Watch in 2017, the Rodney Momon Award recipient, Paul Harris Fellow, and included in the "30 under 30" 2016 list of Top Minority-Owned Businesses. Additionally, Dr. Jenkins is the Founder of Bowtie Leadership and Development, Inc., a global leadership management and personal development training firm with a focus in bringing diverse people together to increase individual or organizational productivity and performance. Today he is known as Dr. "Bowtie Todd" who has given inspirational talks and education to audiences of all sizes and backgrounds throughout North America, Asia, South America, and Europe. Dr. Todd Jenkins is a proud husband, educator, servant leader, and conversationalist who believes in the philosophy "bowtie" it all together, serve and simply be a gift unto the world!
 
Feel free to connect with Dr. Jenkins on social media outlets Instagram/Facebook @dr.bowtietodd!
 

Juanita Rabelo 

Mexican, born in the city of Villahermosa, Tabasco known as the Emerald of the South. 
Rotarian's daughter began to live the magic of Rotary in childhood. If followed naturally that she  participate in the Rotary Long-Term Youth Exchange program. She spent one year in the city of Asahikawa, Japan in D.2500 where she came to understand how diverse is the world in which we live. Because of that expansive experience in Japan,  her love for Rotary increased. On her return to Mexico she participated in all the activities of her sponsor Rotary Club, where her mother was a member. That is why one day the club members decide to accept her as a cub member even though she was only 26, which is very young for a Rotarian in Mexico.  In 2013 she becomes the youngest President her club ever had. In 2014 she began a new stage in her Rotary life when she received the position as Chair of the Short Exchange Program in D4195, a position that functions until today. Juanita is Associate of the United Rotary Fund of Mexico (FURMEX A.C.), Member of the Paul Harris Fellowship Circle and Vice-Chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee of the NAYEN Board.  Today, at 37, she is the 2nd youngest District Governor Nominee for 2021-2022.  Rotary is a story of love, dedication and effort for Juanita.
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