Opening Keynote Speaker: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future
Thursday, June 19
12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Come join more than 7,000 of your colleagues at the 2014 NAA Education Conference & Exposition June 18-21 in Denver and hear the remarkable and inspirational story of Michael J. Fox, who will address NAA on Thursday June 19 as the Thursday Keynote Speaker.
The renowned actor, author and activist uses his characteristic wit and charm to take you through his inspiring journey and draws on his own life experiences to make a case that real learning and growth actually happens when life goes skidding sideways.
Fox debuted as a professional actor at 15. When he was 18, Fox moved to Los Angeles. He had a series of bit parts before winning the role of lovable conservative Alex P. Keaton on NBC’s enormously popular “Family Ties” (1982–89). During Fox’s seven years on “Ties,” he earned three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe, making him one of the country’s most prominent young actors.
Fox returned to series television in 1996 with ABC’s “Spin City.” He won critical praise, garnering three Golden Globe Awards, one Emmy Award, three Emmy nominations, a GQ Man-of-the-Year Award (in the TV comedy category), a People’s Choice Award, and two SAG Awards. He also served as executive producer.
Fox also had time during his busy TV work to become an international film star, appearing in over a dozen features showcasing his keen ability to shift between comedy and drama. Fox remains in demand as an actor and is the bestselling author of three books.
Fox married his “Family Ties” co-star, actress Tracy Pollan, in 1988. Together they have four children. Fox was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s disease in 1991 and in 1998, he committed himself to the campaign for increased Parkinson’s research.