AILA Inspires Series at the 2018 AILA Annual Conference

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Leon Logothetis

1:30 pm-2:30 pm
AILA Inspires Series: Leon Logothetis, Global Adventurer/Motivational Speaker/Philanthropist, New York, NY
This limited-seating "TED-Talk"- inspired session will feature Leon Logothetis, who will use storytelling to engage, inspire, and ignite the AILA community.

Leon Logothetis is a global adventurer, motivational speaker, and philanthropist. It wasn't always that way. He used to be a broker in the city of London where he felt uninspired and chronically depressed. He gave it all up for a life on the road. This radical life change was inspired by the inspirational movie The Motorcycle Diaries.

Leon has visited more than 90 countries and traveled to every continent.

His show The Kindness Diaries is streaming on Netflix! His books, Amazing Adventures of a Nobody, The Kindness Diaries and Live, Love, Explore: Discover the Way of the Traveler a Roadmap to the Life You Were Meant to Live, published by Readers Digest, are in stores now.


Tom Steyer

2:50 pm-3:50 pm
AILA Inspires Series: Tom Steyer, Founder and President of NextGen America
This limited-seating "TED-Talk"- inspired session will feature Tom Steyer who will use storytelling to engage, inspire, and ignite the AILA community.

Tom Steyer, Founder and President of NextGen America

Tom Steyer is a business leader and philanthropist who believes we have a moral responsibility to give back and help ensure that every family shares the benefits of economic opportunity, education, and a healthy climate.

In 2010, Tom and his wife, Kat Taylor, pledged to contribute most of their wealth to charitable causes during their lifetimes. That same year, Tom worked to defeat Proposition 23, an attempt by the oil industry to roll back California's historic plan to reduce pollution and address climate change.

In 2012, Tom led a campaign to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in California schools annually by closing a corporate tax loophole. To date, Proposition 39 has put nearly a billion dollars into California schools and clean energy projects, saving millions of dollars in annual energy costs.

Tom founded a successful California business, which he left to work full-time on non-profit and advocacy efforts. He now serves as President of NextGen America, an organization he founded in 2013 to fight for progressive outcomes on issues like climate change, healthcare, immigration, inequality, and criminal justice. Tom also serves as co-chair of Save Lives California, the coalition to prevent teen smoking and fund cancer research.

Tom's dedication to public service is greatly inspired by his wife, Kat, the co-CEO of Beneficial State Bank in Oakland. They founded this nonprofit community bank in 2007 to provide loans to people and small businesses shut out by the traditional banking system. Unlike most banks, by statute Beneficial State Bank invests any profits back into the community.

Tom and Kat live in San Francisco and have four children.


4:10 pm-5:10 pm
AILA Inspires Series
This limited-seating "TED-Talk"-inspired session will feature an expert media strategist who will use storytelling to engage, inspire, and ignite the AILA community.

* The speakers’ views do not necessarily represent the views of AILA.