Keynote Speakers | AMTA 2019 National Convention

AMTA 2019 National Convention

Inspire Your Massage Therapy Career with a New Keynote Speaker Each Day

AMTA continues to forge change and grow the profession by advancing education, expanding relations with healthcare organizations, and engaging federal agencies for all massage therapists. As the largest non-profit organization for massage therapists, students and schools, AMTA believes in the power of life-long learning and giving back. Come be inspired by our keynote speakers as they share the ways they create positive change in the world.


Robyn Benincasa, World Champion Adventure Racer & CNN Hero 

Listen as Robyn Benincasa, World Champion Adventure Racer and CNN Hero shares about the Project Athena Foundation which encourages and inspires individuals who’ve endured life-altering medical setbacks to unleash the adventurer within and complete the journey of a lifetime. Whether it’s climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, crossing the finish line of an Ironman Triathlon or falling into the arms of a family member at the end of a 5K – Robyn believes it’s not about the setback, it’s about the comeback.

Come together with massage therapists from across the nation to hear the many achievements of the association while celebrating contributions to AMTA and the massage profession. 


Melissa Stockwell, Former U.S. Army 1st Lieutenant, World Champion Triathlete, and 2016 Paralympic Bronze Medalist

Kick off Friday with a morning of inspiration alongside your community of massage therapists before starting your CE courses for the day. 

Melissa Stockwell, former U.S. Army 1st Lieutenant, World Champion Triathlete, and 2016 Paralympic Bronze Medalist, is an American war hero who has triumphed over personal tragedy to achieve greatness and world champion status. After losing her left leg above the knee due to a roadside bomb in Iraq, Melissa used sports as the road to recovery, becoming the first Iraqi War Veteran to qualify for the Beijing Paralympic Games in 2008. She has dedicated her life to chasing remarkable accomplishments while giving back to others, particularly those who face challenges similar to her own. 


Daniel Pink, Best-Selling Author of When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Being a massage therapist matters more now than ever before! Too many Americans are struggling with chronic pain, sleep disorders and anxiety. Learn how you are an important part of the answer and explore ways to make the most of your precious time.

Best-Selling Author, Daniel Pink will share timing secrets that you can use to make smarter decisions for your practice, better serve your clients, and gain a deeper sense of purpose in your massage therapy career and life. Daniel will be joined by Retired Colonel Bruce Schoneboom, Associate Dean at John Hopkins Health System, and Nicole Hemmenway, Vice President of the U.S. Pain Foundation and Director of the Invisible Project. They will discuss the latest science on massage therapy for pain management – reminding you of the opportunity you have to make a difference in the lives of others.

"AMTA is just the best professional organization there is and does the most for their people."

Karen T., AMTA member since 2002

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