Keynotes are our large gatherings featuring speakers and topics of interest to everyone in the JCC Movement.
Kostya Kimlat is known as “the business magician” — a world-renowned speaker, entertainer and author of the forthcoming book, Think Like A Magician. Kostya has presented his sophisticated brand of magic for thinking audiences in over 200 cities on 5 continents.
In 2006, Kostya was the youngest magician to appear on the cover of MAGIC Magazine — a leading industry publication. As an entrepreneur, Kostya founded See Magic Live, which trains and books magicians for events across the country.
His company’s local team has served as the magicians for the NBA’s Orlando Magic since 2010. On stage, for corporations like NASA and GE, Kostya unravels centuries old principles of perception and secrets of communication, empowering people to be more effective in their business and every day lives.
Most recently he amazed the famous Vegas duo, Penn & Teller, on their hit CW TV show, “Penn and Teller: Fool Us.”
Tiffany Shlain, documentary filmmaker, speaker, known to JCCs through our partner event Character Day, and in the Jewish world for her clever film, “The Tribe,” will be speaking on Sunday.
Shlain has has premiered four films at Sundance and the U.S. State Department has also selected four of her films to represent the U.S. at embassies around the world for their American Film Showcase. Her AOL Original series, The Future Starts Here was nominated for an Emmy Award and has over 40 million views to date. Shlain’s films encourage us all to think about where we’re headed in our increasingly connected world. She has an impressive roster of speaking engagements and has been featured at Google, Harvard, NASA, and was the closing speaker for TEDWomen and TEDMED.
Kevin A. Trapani has been President and CEO of The Redwoods Group since its inception in 1997. Prior to the formation of The Redwoods Group, Kevin was Executive Vice President of Burlington Insurance Group; Senior Vice President and Chief Underwriting Officer of Coregis Insurance Group; held senior leadership positions at Great American Insurance Companies and the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies; and started the first statewide HMO in New Jersey. A 1979 Duke University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in political science, Kevin is a regular speaker at Duke University’s Hart Center for Ethical Leadership. Kevin has been named one of the 50 most influential leaders in the state of North Carolina for his deep involvement in multiple philanthropic interests and his leadership of what is broadly recognized as one of the most innovative socially conscious for profit companies in the nation