Feature Presenters


brandon.jpgBrandon Farbstein

Brandon Farbstein is a 22-year-old speaker, Gen Z activist, and author. He inspires millions of people across the globe with his universal message of living life on your own terms and building the framework for self-acceptance. 

Born with an extremely rare form of dwarfism (metatropic dysplasia), Brandon has turned his life experience of suffering, isolation, and victimhood into empowerment, impact and influence. After a severe battle with cyberbullying in high school, he decided to share his story - to both offer hope and to enact change. Brandon was the driving force behind two new pieces of legislation that were signed into law in Virginia by the time he turned 18. The first addressing bullying prevention and the other requiring empathy and emotional intelligence to be taught in all K-12 classrooms across the state.
 
Whether sharing his message with thousands of students at a time, empowering readers with his books Ten Feet Tall & A Kids Book About Self-Love, or working with Fortune 100 companies like Facebook, HP, and Marriott, Brandon consistently delivers tools to audiences of all ages to shatter limiting beliefs, elevate their mindset, and create an amplified life. 
 
He frequently advises foundations, boards, and large-scale organizations on their DEI efforts, especially towards the disability community - the largest minority group in the world comprising 15% of the global population.
 
Brandon continues to break barriers and pave the way for people who often feel invisible. He was named Instagrams #19under19 as one of the most influential young people in the world with his mission to Elevate Empathy®. In 2020, Brandon made his runway debut at NY Fashion Week wearing Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive and has become a sought-after voice for inclusion.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022 (8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.)
KN1   Ten Feet Tall: Becoming Your Greatest Hero

Wednesday, August 10, 2022 (10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)
A-05  Shifting the Lens of Uncertainty and Leaning into Curiosity 

 

sylvia.jpgSylvia Farbstein

Sylvia Farbstein is an inspiring speaker, writer and advocate who is on a mission to widen the lens through which people see their world.  She has spent the last 2 decades learning how life presents us with unexpected twists and turns that can stop us in our tracks or provide a catalyst for exciting change. Her professional world took a leap from the defined realm of financial services to one of few answers and no blueprint when son Brandon was born with a rare form of dwarfism. Their experiences navigating a world not built for somebody like him prompted them to seek out ways to neither be confined nor defined by limitations, perceived or otherwise. This has led to an entrepreneurial career path for both mother and son that has impacted millions of lives.

Sylvia has helped Brandon launch his professional speaking career, advocated on anti-bullying legislation, collaborated on his two books and has advised hundreds of families how to leverage curiosity to turn obstacles into opportunities. She proudly works as Brandon’s “Momager” as they spread his universal message to elevate empathy across the globe.   

Wednesday, August 10, 2022 (8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.)
KN1   Ten Feet Tall: Becoming Your Greatest Hero

Wednesday, August 10, 2022 (10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)
A-05  Shifting the Lens of Uncertainty and Leaning into Curiosity 
 
 

megan.pngMegan Bomgaars

Megan Bomgaars, 27, is a well-known self-advocate with Down Syndrome, a tv personality and entrepreneur. Loving to share her life experiences with others, she has developed her skills as a public speaker and travels across the world giving keynote speeches. She composed a popular video called “Don’t Limit Me” which has become the motto that Megan lives by.
 
 
Thursday, August 11, 2022 (2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.)
KN3  Don’t Limit Me