Keynote Speakers

We are excited to announce our keynotes for the 2018 MACUL Conference! The keynote lineup is as follows:

Opening, March 8 – Bonnie St. John

Friday, March 9 – Jack Andraka

Closing, March 9 – Joe Sanfelippo

STS at the Conference

Bonnie St. John

Despite having her right leg amputated at age five, Bonnie St. John became the first African-American ever to win medals in Winter Olympic competition, taking home a silver and two bronze medals in downhill events at the 1984 Paralympics in Innsbruck, Austria. In recognition of this historic achievement, St. John was quoted on millions of Starbucks coffee cups and was honored at the White House by President George W. Bush.

In addition to her success as a Paralympic athlete, she is a best-selling author, a highly sought after keynote speaker, a television and radio personality, a business owner and a Fortune 500 leadership consultant. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in 1986, and won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, taking an Master of Letters degree in Economics.

The celebrated author of seven books, St. John co-authored her most recent best seller, How Great Women Lead, with her teenage daughter, Darcy.  She also co-authored her latest work, MICRO-RESILIENCE: Minor Shifts for Major Boosts in Focus, Drive, & Energy, with her husband, former entertainment industry CEO, Allen Haines.

St. John has been featured extensively in both national and international media including: Today, CNN, CBS Morning News, NBC News, PBS, NPR and The New York Times, as well as People, “O” and Essence magazines, to name just a few.

In 2015, Bonnie was inducted into the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Hall of Fame

To read her complete bio visit her website or connect with her on Facebook at or follow her on Twitter at @bonniestjohn.

Bonnie St. John - Resilience Ringleader, Olympic Medalist

Bonnie St. John – Resilience Ringleader, Olympic Medalist

Jack Andraka

Jack Andraka is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer who speaks to audiences of youths and adults all across the globe about his personal story, research, and his ideas for STEM education reform and fostering innovation and creativity. His journey began at age fifteen when, after losing a close family friend to pancreatic cancer, he invented an inexpensive early detection method for pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancer that costs 3 cents and takes 5 minutes to run. Now studying electrical engineering and public policy at Stanford University (Class of 2019), Andraka conducts research on nanorobots, inexpensive biosensors, disease diagnostics, water filters, and econometrics while serving as faculty at the Stanford Anesthesiology Summer Institute.

To read his complete bio visit his website at or connect with him on Facebook at or follow him on Twitter at @jackandraka.

Jack Andraka - Visionary Teenage Scientist, Inventor

Jack Andraka – Visionary Teenage Scientist, Inventor

Joe Sanfelippo

Dr. Joe Sanfelippo is the Superintendent of the Fall Creek School District in Fall Creek, WI…home of the Fall Creek Crickets. The Fall Creek School District was named an Innovative District in 2016 and 2017 by the International Center for Leadership in Education.

Joe holds a BA in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, a MS in Educational Psychology, a MS in Educational Leadership, and a PhD in Leadership, Learning, and Service. Joe co-hosts the Hacking Leadership Podcast and co-authored The Power of Branding: Telling Your School’s Story, Principal Professional Development: Leading Learning in a Digital Age, and Hacking Leadership: 10 Ways Great Leaders Inspire Learning That Teachers, Students, and Parents Love.

He was selected as 1 of 117 Future Ready Superintendents in 2014 and 1 of 50 Superintendents as a Personalized Learning Leader by the US Department of Education in 2016. He attended summits at the White House for both distinctions. Go Crickets!!

To find out more about him visit his website or follow him on Twitter at @Joe_Sanfelippo.

Dr. Joe Sanfelippo - Superintendent, Author

Dr. Joe Sanfelippo – Superintendent, Author