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Keynote speakers at RootsTech 2017


Every year the RootsTech conference features fascinating and knowledgeable keynote speakers, and this year is no different. What will make this year better than ever is that, for the first time ever, keynote speakers from all RootsTech sessions, including Wednesday’s Innovator Summit, will be streamed live online at

Take a look at the full keynote speaker lineup, and plan to participate from wherever you are.

Steve Rockwood, CEO of FamilySearch International

Rockwood currently serves as president and CEO of FamilySearch International. Over the past two years, he has made it his mission to emphasize the personal side of family history work, inspiring people to focus on the stories of ancestors and encouraging the use of technology to make records, photos, and memories more accessible.

You can watch Steve Rockwood’s remarks on Wednesday, February 8, from 9 to 10 a.m. MST and Thursday, February 8, from 9 to 10 a.m. MST.

Liz Wiseman, author and business leader

Wiseman, a best-selling author, teaches leadership strategies to executives and emerging leaders around the world. She is a frequent lecturer at BYU, the Naval Postgraduate School, and Stanford University.

You can watch Liz Wiseman’s remarks on Wednesday, February 8, from 9 to 10 a.m. MST.

The Scott Brothers

Drew and Jonathan Scott, more commonly known as the Property Brothers from the popular HGTV show, have built an impressive entertainment empire by working together in film, entertainment, and home renovation. At RootsTech, they’ll share stories from their past and explain why their family heritage is an important part of their lives.

Watch the Scott Brothers’ remarks on Thursday, February 9, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. MST.

Learn more about the Scott Brothers.

LeVar Burton

Award-winning actor, producer, and director, LeVar Burton will be the keynote speaker on Friday, February 10. Burton burst on to the acting stage with his role as Kunta Kinte in ABC’s 1977 award-winning television series Roots. He is also widely recognized as the host and executive producer of Reading Rainbow. Burton also appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generationas he took the role of Lieutenant Geordi La Forge.

Watch LeVar Burton’s remarks on Friday, February 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. MST.

Learn more about LeVar Burton.

Buddy Valastro

More commonly known as the Cake Boss from the hit TLC television show, Buddy Valastro will be the keynote speaker on Saturday, February 11. At RootsTech, Buddy will share why mixing eggs, sugar, and butter means a lot more than “making a cake.”

Watch Buddy Valastro’s remarks on Saturday, February 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. MST.

Learn more about Buddy Valastro.

CeCe Moore

CeCe Moore is a genetic genealogist that uses DNA to uncover hidden truths about family relationships. Her work has been used to help adoptees reunite with their biological families.

Watch CeCe Moore’s remarks on Saturday, February 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. MST.

See a full list of RootsTech speakers.

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