NY Tech Summit Announces Keynote Speaker: John Robinson to Discuss How to Transform Obstacles into Opportunities

NY Tech Summit Announces Keynote Speaker: John Robinson to Discuss How to Transform Obstacles into Opportunities

Posted on 02/26/2015

Contact Jamie King, NY Tech Summit

February 26, 2015

NY Tech Summit Announces Keynote Speaker

John Robinson to Discuss How to Transform Obstacles into Opportunities

SYRACUSE, N.Y.NY Tech Summit announced today that John Robinson, managing partner and CEO of Our Ability, will deliver the keynote address at its 11th annual event taking place on June 4 and 5 at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona.

Robinson’s keynote address, “Overcoming Obstacles – Get Off Your Knees,” will take the audience on a journey of self-discovery with stories of success and will showcase what it takes to overcome obstacles in life and business.

In his role at Our Ability, Robinson advocates for diversity inclusion and delivers personalized training for organizations. Born a congenital amputee, his story demonstrates how people can overcome adversity and impact change with a positive mindset. Robinson has spoken at numerous events worldwide and was named a White House Disability Employment Champion of Change in 2014.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to share my experiences with hundreds of IT and business professionals at NY Tech Summit,” Robinson said. “The technology industry is continually changing and change can often create obstacles. This makes it even more important for leaders to understand how to view these obstacles as opportunities.”

Robinson is the subject of a national documentary that is shown on Public Broadcasting Service stations, “Get Off Your Knees: The John Robinson Story.” He also authored the autobiography, “Get Off Your Knees: A Story of Faith, Courage, and Determination.” In 2001, he was selected to carry the Olympic torch as it passed through Albany on its way to Salt Lake City for the 2002 games.

“Successful organizations are those that are able to effectively transform obstacles into opportunities that can drive business forward,” said Peter Belyea, president of the event’s presenting sponsors, TERACAI and CXtec. “John’s keynote address will provide a learning opportunity for all attendees to discover the inspiration necessary to create positive change within their organizations.”

Robinson is a graduate of Syracuse University. He resides in Albany with his wife and three children.

For more information and to register for NY Tech Summit, visit www.nytechsummit.com/register. Attendees can save $200 off their conference pass if registered by March 31.

About NY Tech Summit
NY Tech Summit is an educational event for IT and business professionals focused on technologies that drive business value. The event provides classroom sessions with experienced industry speakers, an extensive tradeshow, and several networking opportunities. Topics to be covered include leadership and growth; security and information management; organizational innovation; staffing; and building strategic partnerships. The 11th annual NY Tech Summit will be held June 4-5, 2015 at Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, N.Y. For more information, visit www.nytechsummit.com.  

Our Ability, Inc.
Our Ability, Inc. is a company owned and operated by people with disabilities to support people with disabilities. Our Ability is a USBLN Disability Owned Business Enterprise (DOBE) specializing in diversity inclusion messaging, disability etiquette and video production. For more information, visit www.ourability.com.

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We have come to NY Tech Summit for four years now and my team and I get a good variety of technical, business, and strategic sessions to complement our work objectives. I like that there is a balance of end users, consultants, and vendors to present and facilitate the sessions. The interaction is candid and engaging, but not a sales pitch. Being a regional conference helps, it is the right amount of time and location for a couple days to reenergize my team and refocus on our objectives. There seems to be quite a bit of peer discussion with a smaller conference, which I like.

- Randy
Director of IT