Danny rubin

Keynote Speaker

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Danny Rubin is an award-winning author and speaker on business communication. Rubin's ACTE-supported material teaches practical writing, speaking and interpersonal skills for career development, entrepreneurship and leadership. He's the author of three books of writing guides for the business world (ex: Wait, How Do I Write This Email?, 100+ writing templates for employability).


Through his company, Rubin Education, Danny provides ebooks and online curriculum to CTE staffs at schools in more than 35 states. He is a 2002 graduate of Kempsville High School in Virginia Beach. He received a degree in history from the University of Virginia and a master's in journalism from the University of Maryland-College Park.

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Cheryl Tan

Closing Speaker

Cheryl Tan is the founder and CEO of Cheryl Tan Media, a coaching, consulting and video marketing company based in Virginia Beach. Cheryl believes everyone has a story to tell. Her company's mission is to help entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations and corporations tell those stories more effectively on video so they can create a greater impact within their communities.

Prior to starting her company in 2014, Cheryl was a broadcast journalist, working for TV stations in Georgia and Virginia. You may remember her during her time on WAVY TV 10’s morning show. She currently hosts Connect on WVEC-TV. In her 20-year career in television news, she had the honor of telling thousands of stories for a TV audience. Now she shares the skills she learned in the newsroom to help businesses and organizations around the country understand the media and create their own pieces of valuable content.

Cheryl hosts the STANDOUT with Cheryl Tan podcast, which offers strategies and stories to inspire high-performing entrepreneurs.  She and her husband have three sons and live in Virginia Beach.