Attendees will be inspired by Marlee Matlin, Academy Award winner, author and creator of the app, Marlee Signs. This app teaches American Sign Language to millions of smartphone users.
Brent Dunn, Missouri State University Foundation executive director, states, "Matlin is not only an accomplished artist but also a true humanitarian. Her story is inspirational because she overcame odds and broke barriers to achieve great success. Even more admirable, she has used her platform to champion the deaf and hard of hearing community, as well as advocate for diversity, equity, inclusion and access."
Matlin’s keynote is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required. The event is made possible by the Missouri State Foundation with support from KY3/KSPR, Springfield's NBC/ABC TV affiliate.
The Foundation will host a VIP reception with Matlin at 5:30 p.m. before the talk. Guests will have a photo op with Matlin, and receive an autographed copy of her book and reserved seating at the event. The cost is $125 and tickets are available for purchase online. Contact Stephanie Smith at 417-836-4143 for more information.