We are incredibly excited to introduce Thursday’s keynote speaker for the Annual Conference. Robert Young Pelton’s story reads like a movie: started in the mailroom, moved up to the top in the marketing world, eventually working for high-profile clients like Apple and Marvel. And then, leaving it all behind for a life of adventure.
Pelton goes to the world’s most dangerous places inside of conflicts and wars to explore the human side of the events we often only see snippets of on the news, if at all. The unique access he has gained in these regions and his independent point of view has made him a popular guest and contributer on countless news and talk programs.
Many of his experiences became the subject of the Discovery Channel series Robert Young Pelton’s – The World’s Most Dangerous Places that ran from 1996 until 2003. He has also written several books, and even a novel.
Aside from adventure, Robert has created innovative ground networks of local reporters during the height of conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Libya to provide information on solving conflict, stability, kidnapping, piracy, human trafficking and local insight. He has served as an unpaid advisor to Four Star commanders in Afghanistan and heads of state and spent two years advising MOAS, the Migrant Offshore Aid Station in Malta. These days he finds himself in Libya and Sudan.
Robert will discuss many conflicts and wars, with an emphasis on how they begin and how the solution lies in understanding people. While these explanations are rarely focused on in our 15-minute news segments, this presentation will focus on the human geography that’s at the root of it all.
Join us for this exciting and one-of-a-kind keynote address on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 10AM CST. Register now for the 2021 WLIA Annual Conference – we hope to see you there!