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Drew Dudley to keynote 37th Council Convention and Jonathan Elias to host awards ceremony

The Providers' Council is excited to announce our Keynote Speaker and Peer Provider Awards Host for our 37th Annual Convention and Expo: Caring It Forward on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at the Marriott Copley Place hotel in Boston.

Drew Dudley                Jonathan Elias

Drew Dudley                                   Jonathan Elias 

Founder, Nuance Leadership              Anchor, WBZ-TV News    

Keynote Speaker                               Awards Host     

Drew Dudley, Keynote Speaker

Drew Dudley is the founder and chief catalyst of Nuance Leadership, Inc. In this role, he works with dozens of universities, colleges, high schools, charities ad other organizations around the world to empower young people to increase their leadership capacity. He has shared the stage with some of the world's most dynamic speakers, high-profile musicians and athletes and even with a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Dudley, the former director of one of Canada's largest university leadership development programs, has helped raise over $3 million as the founder or chair of several organizations. This includes a record-breaking term as the National Chair of Canada’s largest student fundraiser — Shinerama: Students Fighting Cystic Fibrosis — which mobilizes 35,000 students at 60 colleges and universities to raise a million dollars annually to support the work of Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

He has been invited to speak three times at the prestigious TEDx series of conferences and will soon be releasing his first book. He has spoken about living his life with bipolar disorder and how he eventually reached out for help.

Jonathan Elias, Peer Provider Awards Host

For more than a quarter century Jonathan Elias has been an award winning journalist. He anchors WBZTV News at 5PM and 11PM with co-anchor Lisa Hughes on WBZ-TV, and he anchors the “WBZ-TV News at 10PM” with co-anchor Kate Merrill on WBZTV’s sister-station myTV38 (WSBK-TV).

Since joining the team in 2007, he has won eight Emmy awards including Best Anchor and Best Reporter three times. In addition to his work with local charities, Elias is involved with the U.S. Military. He serves as the Honorary Commander of Hanscom Air Force Base, and also teaches once a year at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

In all, Jonathan has won 2 Peabody Awards, 16 Emmys and more than 15 Associated Press Awards.

Jonathan has a B.A. in history from California State University at Northridge. He enjoys golf, martial arts, weightlifting, rock climbing, and target shooting. Now and then he likes to play the piano or “pick his banjo.”

Please save the date to join us on Wednesday, November 28 for this special occassion! Please watch your inbox for an invitation to register for this event. Online registration will be available shortly as well.

We're looking forward to a well-attended and successful convention this year and hope that you will be a part of it. Exhibitor registrations are filling up, if you haven't had a chance to do so already, please be sure to secure your Expo table today!

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, November 28 and will keep you posted on new developments.