Create Your Life, Define Your Joy: Closing Keynote for Adults and Youth

Presented by: Justin Young

In 1931, Columbia University President Nicholas Butler made a humorous yet depressingly honest observation. He noted that there are three types of people in this world:

1.) People who make things happen,

2.) People who watch things happen, and

3.) People who scratch their heads asking “What happened?”

Which group are you in? Which one do you want to be in? How do you create a life, let alone find joy in that life, when nothing seems to go your way and all the odds are stacked against you? Wrap up this year’s LDSHE journey with this final keynote address that will empower you with the tools you need to answer life’s call to adventure. You will discover how to create a life for yourself that is full of meaning and purpose that leads to the ultimate of life’s treasures: Joy.


As an author, speaker, and entertainer with 25 years of professional experience in the entertainment, media, and creative arts industry, Justin has lent his voice as an announcer/actor to companies such as ESPN, Liberty Tax, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Monster Energy Drink, and Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream as well as video games, documentaries, and more. Justin is also a teen acting and vocal coach and a published singer/songwriter, and he served as the Musical Director for Broadway Disney’s national pre-release production of The Little Mermaid in Norfolk, Virginia. The audiobook for his critically acclaimed middle-grade dystopian novelette, The Tale of Nottingswood (think Tim Burton meets Dr. Seuss), was released in 2015, and his mini e-book The Three Keys of Effective Communication with Teens is now available as a download. He is also a motivational speaker for youth and adults, but his most cherished title is “Dad.”

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