NERAOC, May 3-6, 2015
NERAOC, May 3-6, 2015
NERAOC, May 3-6, 2015
University of California
NERAOC, May 3-6, 2015

Keynote Presentation

because I said I would is a social movement and nonprofit dedicated to bettering humanity through promises made and kept. To encourage positive change and acts of kindness, we send promise cards” to anywhere in the world at no cost.
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About Alex Sheen

Alex Sheen is the founder of "Because I said I would" movement. Alex's father died of small cell lung cancer on September 4, 2012. His father was good with his promises, so Alex titled his father’s eulogy “because I said I would” and created the promise card in his memory. Eventually, Alex would decide to resign from his corporate position in order to advance because I said I would‘s mission.

Alex now works to better of humanity through the importance of a promise in what little ways he can. It started by waking up early before going to work and handwriting letters to people thanking them for requesting promise cards. This dedication continued to develop as he began fulfilling charitable promises. These promises include getting 100 tickets to Disneyland for children with cancer and walking 245 miles across the entire state of Ohio in 10 days to raise awareness for the victims of sexual violence (a promise he made to Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight).

Alex was born in Toledo, Ohio and was raised in Powell, Ohio. He graduated from Olentangy High School in 2003 and continued his academic career at Ohio University as a proud Bobcat where he received his B.B.A. in Marketing. In 2007, Alex moved to Lakewood, Ohio where he currently resides with his incredibly adorable dog, Kimchi.  He was a Corporate Strategy Lead at Hyland Software until March 2013.

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Golden Opportunities

Opportunities are only as good as your commitments. Without commitment a golden opportunity is only something that could have been. Rosa Parks refusal to sit at the back of the bus was a golden opportunity for the civil rights movement. But if it wasn't for her commitment, if it wasn't for the dedication of MLK Jr., if it wasn't for the hundreds of thousands who promised to show up and protest...that golden opportunity would have never become the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 

Leadership discussion: Alex will conduct a 1/2 hour leadership discussion with those who are interested. He will share mini stories and thought provoking questions that open to discussion but eventually come back to an actionable or philosophical point. 

Alex Sheen, Founder of Because I said I would.

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