Youth Nations

Speakers for Youth Nations


2016 Youth Nation Speakers:  Students also will hear from speakers throughout the week, including:


Clint Longenecker

Dr. Clinton O. Longenecker

Dr. Longenecker is an award-winning educator, one of America’s leaders in the area of rapid performance improvement and the Stranahan Professor of Leadership and Organizational Excellence in UT’s College of Business and Innovation. Longenecker is an active management consultant, educator and executive coach whose clients include a wide variety of Fortune 500 firms and entrepreneurial organizations, including Harley-Davidson, ConAgra Foods, Inc., SSOE Group, ProMedica, Whirlpool, Eaton, Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, Dana Holding Corporation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Owens-Illinois, Inc. Longenecker has been described by Career Publications as “one of the top motivational speakers in the U.S. who can blend cutting edge research, common sense, humor and conviction into a real and inspiring call for better performance that can help us all.”


Kerri Strug




 Kerri Strug, Olympic Gymnast

In the Gym, Ms. Strug earned nationwide stardom for her heroic efforts at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. After injuring her ankle on her first vault attempt, Kerri needed to land her second and final vault in order to seal the victory over Russia for the team combined gymnastics gold medal. With millions of people watching, and two torn ligaments in her leg, Kerri got the job done with a solid landing before collapsing to her hands and knees. She was carried to the award ceremony where she received her first gold medal. It was the first time the U.S. Gymnastics Team won gold.

  • 1996, Won the team combined gold medal
  • 1996, Won a gold medal at the America's Cup
  • 1992, Youngest U.S. Athlete at the Olympic Games in Barcelona
  • 1992, Won a bronze medal on the U.S. Gymnastics Team

Coached by legendary gymnastics coach Bela Karolyi

Received a Bachelors Degree in Communications and a Masters Degree in Social Psychology at Stanford University

Worked for the United States Juvenile Justice Department and formerly worked at the White House in Student Correspondence

Became a mother in March 2012 when she had her first child, Tyler






Last Updated: 5/8/18