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Community Brands Announces Keynote Speakers for Xperience 2018 in Orlando

Leading technology and business visionaries-Community Brands CEO Jean-Paul (JP) Guilbault, former IBM Chief Innovation Officer Linda Bernardi and Dr. Derreck Kayongo, CEO of The Center for Civil and Human Rights-to share their journeys of creating opportunity, powering social impact and affecting positive change for purpose-driven organizations and the members, donors, educators and volunteers they serve

St. PETERSBURG, Fla. — February 22, 2018 — Community Brands, a purpose-driven company that delivers connected solutions to leading associations, nonprofits and schools worldwide, today announced the keynotes to speak at Xperience 2018, the company’s first annual technology conference where association and nonprofit leaders can meet to reimagine the digital experience. Opening the conference on May 7, 2018, will be Community Brands CEO Jean-Paul (JP) Guilbault, followed the next day by Linda Bernardi, former Chief Innovation Officer at IBM for internet of things and cloud, and Dr. Derreck Kayongo, business visionary for the Global Soap Project and CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights, closing the conference on May 9. All three keynotes will be delivered at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida.

“We welcome Linda and Derreck as keynotes as they share their influential stories to empower and inspire how modern technology, accelerated innovation and leadership further the causes of purpose-driven organizations,” Guilbault said. “This is a powerful opportunity for the best in the association and nonprofit markets to understand different perspectives about leadership and the important role it plays as we promote social good worldwide. Their addresses, and the entire conference, are vital educational elements contributing to organizations succeeding faster, growing stronger and achieving their missions.”

Community Brands has partnered with Keppler Speakers, the exclusive speaker bureau of Xperience18, to bring in both Bernardi and Dr. Kayongo to the annual technology conference.

Jean-Paul (JP) Guilbault – Welcome to Xperience18 (9 a.m., Monday, May 7, 2018)

Guilbault connects people and purpose-driven organizations to what they value most. A techy at heart, he has more than 20 years of leadership in the world of technology, where he leverages technology to grow organizations, spur positive change and simplify how we connect, engage, learn and work. Favoring a mobile-first approach to collect data, improve engagement, personalize marketing, automate transactions, deliver education, inspire collaboration and make a greater social impact, he is enthusiastic about developing technologies to help associations, nonprofits, schools and faith-based organizations break through the siloed systems and disparate information that hold them back in the ever-changing digital world.

Linda Bernardi – Keynote (9 a.m., Tuesday, May 8, 2018)

Bernardi is an author, technology provocateur, entrepreneur, ex-CEO, strategist, investor, lecturer and board member. These combined functions enable her to have a true global perspective regarding cutting edge innovation worldwide. Formerly Chief Innovation Officer at IBM, she focused on how artificial intelligence and cognitive capabilities change the landscape of the internet of things and big data analytics, generating new products for Fortune 100 companies around the globe. She’s all about Disrupt | Innovate | Lead.

Dr. Derreck Kayongo – Closing Keynote (9:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 9, 2018)

Dr. Kayongo inspires and empowers with his courageous story of survival, social entrepreneurship and humanitarianism, and the life lessons he learned along the way. He is the founder of the Global Soap Project, which recycles used hotel soap and redistributes it to impoverished populations around the world. In creating this global humanitarian initiative, he demonstrated that a simple, yet novel idea has the power to transform the lives of millions. A Top Ten CNN Hero in 2011, his passion for helping others and commitment to innovative thinking earned him his current role as CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights.

About Xperience 2018

Community Brands Xperience 2018 is the first technology conference that unifies the annual user and technology conferences of 501 Auctions, Abila, Aptify, Configio, Digital Ignite, Gesture, GiveSmart, MIP, NimbleUser and YourMembership, all of which are now part of Community Brands, which was formed in April 2017. Xperience 2018 is being held May 6 – 9, 2018, at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, with an Event Night at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 8, at Marvel® Super Hero Island, Universal Studios Florida™. Learn more about Xpereience 2018.

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