Pete Thomas Delivers Keynote Address to over 2,000 at Florida Department of Children and Families “Pathway to Independence” Summit
The Season 2 At-Home Winner of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” shares his inspirational story and experience in foster care to over 2,000 Child Welfare Advocates at the “Pathway to Independence” Summit hosted by the Florida Department of Children and Families in Orlando, Florida.
Ann Arbor, MI— Pete Thomas, Motivational Speaker and Season 2 At-Home Winner of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” will address child welfare stakeholders at the Florida Department of Children and Families “Family Accountability Summit” on Friday, Sep 9, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. The Family Accountability Summit is the largest child welfare event in the State of Florida with over 2,000 professionals and stakeholders attending.
Pete Thomas understands firsthand the challenges met by those who work in the child welfare system. “I have a very strong affinity for child welfare workers and the children and families they serve because I am product of that system. My mother suffered from mental illness and as a result I was in and out of foster care. I know the struggles and obstacles these children face—as well as those who serve them. I want them all to know there is life on the other side of the system. There is hope. These young people can overcome and achieve their dreams,” Thomas shares.
During the Friday keynote address, Thomas will share his experiences growing up in the foster care system and how he managed to overcome. Thomas will address a diverse audience consisting of Advocates, Attorneys, Child Investigation Professionals, Child Protection Professionals, Case Managers, Stakeholders from local judicial circuits, Community Based Care Providers, Guardians Ad Litem, Judges, Juvenile Justice Professionals, Law Enforcement, Professionals, Mental Health and Medical Child Welfare Providers and Foster Parents.
Thomas is looking forward to sharing with the group and believes it is essential that all of the stakeholders serving children and families come together in one place.
“I think it is great that Department of Children and Families Secretary David E. Wilkins and his team have assembled such a wide audience of stakeholders for this Summit,” says Thomas. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to share my story, offer any insight I can, and most of all—inspire those in attendance to embrace the power they have to positively and permanently affect lives—and to never give up!”
About Pete Thomas
Pete Thomas is the Season 2 $100,000 At-home Winner of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” and the President of Pete Thomas Wellness—a multi-faceted weight loss education and consulting company. As a highly skilled TV personality, teacher, certified trainer, weight-loss coach and consultant, Thomas helps organizations and corporations design and implement wellness programs—including “Biggest Loser” style weight-loss and teambuilding programs— that get results! His company also provides cutting-edge content for health and fitness oriented blogs, books and magazines—including the best-selling “Biggest Loser” book series. Of the former Biggest Loser contestants, only Pete Thomas has personally created other “Biggest Losers” through his teaching and coaching programs.
Pete has appeared on ABC’s The View, The 700 Club, and eXtra, as well as being featured in People Magazine, Runner’s World, TV Guide, inTouch Weekly, Real Health and commercials nationwide. A full time motivational speaker, weight-loss coach, consultant, and product spokesman for companies such as NordicTrack, Pete travels and spreads his “Winning Principles” to organizations worldwide—both in person and through his website at www.PeteThomasOnline.com.
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