Keynote Speaker

Hollis ConwayAs a two-time Olympic medalist, Hollis Conway has been one of the world’s most dominating athletes. He was a  six-time NCAA All-American and three-time NCAA champion at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette (known as University of Southwestern Louisiana at the time).  Conway was the top-ranked high jumper in the U.S. seven straight years from 1988–94 and in the world for two of those years (1990 and 1991).

He is a faithful husband, a father, and an ordained minister. He is also the president of Overcoming Obstacles, Inc., a non-profit motivational speaking company and is the author of "Yes I Can" and "Grasshopper"

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Hollis is the youngest of seven children.  At the age of two, Hollis and his family moved to Detroit, Michigan and at the age of nine, they moved to Shreveport, Louisiana. Because of instability at home, Hollis quickly found solace in the athletic arena. He tried basketball and football but it was in the high jump that Hollis found his mark. While not being able to clear 5’6″ as a freshman, he was just a junior varsity jumper. However his remaining years in high school saw him go from that JV jumper to one of the best high jumpers in the United States. Hollis eventually went on to have a 16 year career and is considered one of the best high jumpers in all of history.

Since he retired from jumping in 2001, Hollis has taken the same drive, dedication and determination that he used to become the number one jumper in the world, to the world of motivational speaking. From school assemblies to corporate meetings, Hollis is truly inspiring a generation.