Keynote Speakers

Each year, we feature Rotary International leaders and other special guests as our keynote speakers. They bring us humor, challenges, and inspiration.

For our 2018 event, the four keynote speakers are:

Portrait of Paul Netzel

Paul Netzel

Trustee Chair 2017-2018, The Rotary Foundation

Paul A. Netzel is Founder & Chairman of Netzel Grigsby Associates, Inc., a leading management and consulting firm specializing in work with not-for-profit organizations and institutions throughout the Western United States. In Culver City CA, Paul has served as Mayor, Council member, Board of Education, and numerous local and national societies and non-profits.

A recipient of the Citation for Meritorious Service, Paul has served Rotary in many capacities over his almost fifty years as a Rotarian. He and his wife, Diane, are members of the Rotary Club of Los Angeles and are ccharter members of the Arch Klumph Society. They reside in Los Angeles and enjoy traveling, community service, reading and are proud of their two grown children, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.

Portrait of Brad Howard

Brad Howard

Director 2014-2016, Rotary International

Bio to be posted in October.




Portrait of Nicki Scott

Nicki Scott

Governor 2014-2015, District 6450

Rotary is a way of life for Nicki who considers herself to be a global citizen. The values of Service above Self, Internationalism and building understanding between different cultures and religions resonate strongly with Nicki's own principles.

Having experienced first hand in Zambia and India the incredible good that The Rotary Foundation and our EndPolioNow effort does in the world, Nicki is a strong supporter: a founding member of the PaulHarris Society, a Major Donor and member of the Bequest Society.

Nicki's core passions are professional speaking, business coaching and leadership development. She aims to use these skills in service to Rotary International to help to bridge the gap to the next generation of leaders for our second century of service to the world.

Portrait of David Forward

David Forward

Rotarian and Author

David was born and educated in England and became a Rotarian in 1978 shortly after moving to the United States. He will be familiar to many Rotarians through Frank Talk, the fastest selling book in Rotary history as well as the author of the official history book of Rotary, A Century of Service.

David's passion is volunteerism, and has initiated and led humanitarian work trips across America and to the Dominican Republic and Beirut. He has served his church as deacon, elder, and mission committee chairman. As a Rotarian for 28 years, he served three times as club president, and has been awarded the Citation for Meritorious Service.

In 1991, David founded International Children's Aid Foundation, an all-volunteer foundation that has its own orphanage, dental and medical clinics in Romania and has taught hundreds of abandoned children early childhood education, vocational training and life skills. David hosts several groups of volunteers each year who go to Romania.