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General Sessions

Friday, April 22

General Session Guest Speaker - 8:00 AM
  Sylvia Alice Earle, National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence since 1998, is Founder of Mission Blue, Founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, a Founding Ocean Elder, Founding IUCN Patron, Council Chair of Harte Research Institute and former Chief Scientist of NOAA. Author of 240 publications, leader of more than 100 expeditions with years of research at sea and thousands of hours underwater, she has a B.S. from Florida State University, M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University and 33 honorary doctorates. She researches the ecology and conservation of marine ecosystems and development of technologies for access to the deep sea.  A speaker in more than 100 countries, subject of the Netflix film Mission Blue, Time magazine’s first “Hero for the Planet,” a Library of Congress Living Legend, and recipient of Carl Sagan, Lewis Thomas, and Rachel Carson honors for science communication, she holds awards for global leadership from the United Nations, Tallberg Foundation, On Cue, and the World Affairs Council. Her other 150 honors include Netherlands Order of the Golden Ark, Princess of Asturias Prize for Concord (Peace), TED Prize, Explorers Club Medal, Royal Geographic Society’s Patron’s Medal, and the National Geographic Hubbard Medal.


Saturday, April 23

Breakfast with Exhibitors - 7:30 AM
General Session - 8:00 AM

  Enjoy breakfast as AZA honors a deserving animal program with the Species Survival Plan ® (SSP) Sustainability Award. Join Dan Ashe, AZA President and CEO, as well as the AZA Board of Directors Executive Committee, as they explore timely topics and share their own views.


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