Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Actor, Director, Musician, and Philanthropist
For over thirty years, Gary Sinise has stood as an advocate of America’s servicemen and women and first responders. It began in the early 80’s with his support of Vietnam Veterans groups and the creation of Vets Night, a program offering free dinners and performances to veterans at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. His commitment continued into the 90’s working on behalf of the Disabled American Veterans organization which he continues to actively support. His dedication to our nation’s active duty defenders, veterans, first responders and their families has become a tireless crusade of support, service and gratitude to all those who protect our freedom and serve our country. His portrayal of ‘Lt. Dan Taylor’ in the landmark film Forrest Gump formed an enduring connection with servicemen and women throughout the military community. After several USO handshake tours in 2003, Sinise formed the “Lt. Dan Band” in early 2004 and began entertaining troops serving at home and abroad. The band now performs close to 50 shows a year for military bases, charities and fundraisers supporting veterans and troops around the world.
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Wednesday, December 04, 2019 04:30 PM|Wednesday, December 04, 2019 05:15 PM
Guest Keynote: A Personal Journey of Gratitude, Service, and Celebration

We close out the second day of the conference with Gary Sinise, Academy Award nominated actor, philanthropist and author of a new memoir. Sinise will demonstrate the art of storytelling – a powerful tool for all personal and professional endeavors. And engage and inspire us to consider how to connect our personal passions with our career. He’ll brings to the stage his motivational journey of the intersection of career, faith and work on behalf of America's military veterans, their families and first responders.

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