KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

GENERAL SESSION SPEAKERS FOR THE 2019 SAFE SCHOOLS CONFERENCE INCLUDE:

JULY 17, 2019 – TBD

JULY 18, 2019 – Kevin Briggs "Guardian of the Golden Gate"

Kevin Briggs entered the United States Army in 1981, where he spent three years serving across the U.S. and Europe. In 1987, he became a correctional officer and worked at Soledad and San Quentin State Prisons. In 1990, he graduated from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) academy and worked predominantly on the Golden Gate Bridge (GGB). This assignment proved to be very challenging, as the GGB produced an average of four to six suicidal subjects, multiple collisions, and dozens of other law enforcement ‘calls’ each month. In 1999, Kevin completed training at the CHP Motor School, and in 2008, was promoted to Sergeant. Having graduated from the FBI’s Crisis Negotiation Course, one of his duties was to train new CHP officers and GGB staff on crisis interventions / negotiations.

Sgt. Kevin Briggs retired from the CHP in November 2013 to promote Crisis Management, Leadership Skills, and Suicide Intervention/Prevention worldwide. He continues speaking and teaching at conferences and law enforcement events, as well as consulting and advising major corporations. Kevin Briggs’ personal story includes being a cancer survivor, overcoming heart issues, divorce, PTSD, and depression. He is also a survivor of suicide loss. His story and experiences have been featured in The New Yorker Magazine, Men’s Health Magazine, NPR’s Bob Edwards Radio Show, The Steve Harvey Show, People Magazine, and a Yahoo documentary. Kevin also spoke at the 2014 Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) Conference, held in Vancouver, B.C. in March 2014.

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JULY 19, 2019 - Riverside County Supervising Deputy District Attorney Gerry Lopez

A father of four and a 26-year veteran prosecutor, Riverside County Supervising District Attorney Lopez has seen it all. Using his vast experience in the juvenile justice system, Lopez has created an inspirational presentation providing parents the tools they need to build positive and healthy relationships with their children while getting them ready for life.

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