2018 NASW National Conference Speakers


The 2018 NASW National Conference will feature an exceptional cast of world-renowned speakers who are eager to engage, inform and inspire. 

We are excited that CNN commentator Van Jones will serve as our opening keynote speaker and New York Times best-selling author and podcaster, Gretchen Rubin, will be our closing keynote speaker.

Stay tuned for upcoming announcements about additional speakers.

Van Jones

Van Jones

Opening Keynote Speaker

Van Jones, a correspondent for CNN and a regular guest on political talk shows, is the opening keynote presenter for NASW’s 2018 National Conference.

He is President & Founder of the nonprofit, Dream Corps — a justice incubator that houses: #cut50, #YesWeCode, #GreenForAll, and #LoveArmy — all with the overarching goal to create innovative solutions that "close prison doors and open doors of opportunity."  Van has also led a number of other social and environmental justice enterprises, including The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Color of Change.

A Yale-educated attorney, he has written three New York Times Bestsellers: The Green Collar Economy, the definitive book on green jobs; Rebuild the Dream, a roadmap for progressives; and most recently, Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together.

In 2009, Van worked as the green jobs advisor to the Obama White House. There, he helped run the inter-agency process that oversaw $80 billion in green energy recovery spending. He has earned many honors, including the World Economic Forum’s "Young Global Leader" designation, Rolling Stone’s 12 Leaders Who Get Things Done, Fast Company's 12 Most Creative Minds on Earth, a Webby Special Achievement Award and Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

Closing Keynote Speaker

Gretchen Rubin is the author of several books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, Better Than Before, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home. She has an enormous readership, both in print and online, and her books have sold almost three million copies worldwide, in more than 30 languages.

In her popular weekly podcast, "Happier with Gretchen Rubin," she discusses happiness and good habits with her sister Elizabeth Craft; they’ve been called the “Click and Clack of podcasters.” Their podcast was named in iTunes’s lists of Best Podcasts of 2015 and was named in the Academy of Podcasters “Best Podcasts of 2016.” BuzzFeed listed Happier in "10 Life-Changing Things to Try in June." The New Yorker said, “Their voices remind you that life is a human project that we’re all experimenting with.” The podcast consistently ranks in the iTunes Top Charts. 

Fast Company named Gretchen Rubin to its list of Most Creative People in Business, and she’s a member of Oprah’s SuperSoul 100.

The easy thing to do is always to divide people based on a problem; the hard thing to do is to unite people based on a solution. Van Jones
One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy. One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself. Gretchen Rubin
Shaping Tomorrow Together: 2018 NASW National Conference

We look forward to seeing you June 20-23 at the 2018 NASW National Conference!

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