Larry Weaver

Comedian Larry Weaver specializes in clean, original humor. His easy-going demeanor, Southern charm and quick wit have won the hearts of audiences across America for over 25 years.

Larry grew up in the rural village of Saxapahaw, NC, and started performing at a young age. After majoring in accounting at the University of North Carolina, Larry left his CPA dreams behind to tour across America as a stand-up comedian. Along the way, he has shared the stage with entertainment legends like Faith Hill, Ray Romano, Chris Rock and "Weird Al" Yankovic — just to name a few.

Larry's stand-up routines receive heavy airplay on SIRIUS XM Blue Collar Radio and Laugh USA, as well as John Boy & BillyBig D & Bubba, and radio stations around the U.S. Some of his most popular tracks include "Ghost in the Trailer," "Redneck Rehab," and "Pot Luck Dinner."

His live performances include tales of growing up in the country, home remedies, family gatherings, marriage, traveling, trying to eat right, and more. Larry's lightning-fast wit is always on display as he playfully banters with the audience.

A true comedy veteran, he has headlined well over 1,000 events at corporate meetings, Chamber of Commerce banquets, churches, comedy clubs and conferences across 37 states.

Dr. Tim Bono

Timothy J. Bono, PhD, is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis where his teaching and research focus on positive psychology and college student development. 

Over the last decade, thousands of students have enrolled in his courses on the Psychology of Young Adulthood and the Science of Happiness. His teaching has earned numerous awards, including the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences as well as the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences. 

In 2011, he received NODA's Outstanding Research Award for his work identifying key variables that predict academic success and university satisfaction during the freshman transition. 

His research and ideas also have been featured in a number of media outlets including Fast Company, CNN, and the Associated Press. He is currently writing a book on happiness in young adulthood, coming out in Spring 2018 from Grand Central Publishing.

William Powell

William Powell has dedicated his entire life to ensuring that our socioeconomically disadvantaged youth have a fair chance at a brighter future. "A man destined to change the world," is how he is described by many.

As a parent/teacher liaison and youth mentor for the Niagara Falls New York Board of Education, Mr. Powell has endless opportunities to encourage, motivate, and inspire people from all age groups and backgrounds, and he wears those opportunities like a badge of honor.

Mr. Powell is a true change agent who for the past five years has worked with various communities in developing and implementing highly effective programs to enhance the social and emotional development of economically disadvantaged youth and their parents.

Through his communication and leadership firm, Will Motivates, Mr. Powell is also a communication and leadership trainer for numerous organizations throughout Upstate New York. 

He has won numerous awards in the area of public speaking and once competed in a six-month-long international public speaking competition and was ranked as one of the Top Twenty Best Public Speakers in the world. Through this world-class speaking style, and sincere and engaging storytelling technique, he has the ability to reach audiences from diverse backgrounds and age levels.

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