With a mix of TV celebrities, Church leaders, and BYU's head football coach, RootsTech2017 is shaping up to be an exciting event. Here's what Steve Rockwood, the CEO of FamilySearch International, says about this year's lineup.
As the 2017 RootsTech Conference convenes Feb. 8-11 at the Salt Palace Convention Center, the main theme will be exploring cultures and traditions that bring families together.
"Music runs in families. Food, with its traditions and settings, brings families together around the kitchen table," Rockwood said. "What runs in your family? Sports, science, doctors, special interest hobbies — these create your family culture and heritage. We'll be highlighting a lot about that."
The "family gathering" theme is reflected in a host of celebrity keynote speakers and activities, including "Property Brothers" stars Jonathan and Drew Scott, "Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro, author and actor LeVar Burton, high-ranking leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and BYU football coach Kalani Sitake, among others.
"It’s open to absolutely everyone — it’s a great gathering of avid, certified, even professional genealogists, down to the curious novice," Rockwood said. "We’ll have people from all 50 states and 30 countries. We have large organizations and companies, societies and archives, down to individuals that all gather together, accompanied by this incredible spirit that is there."
Wednesday, Feb. 8
Rockwood, who has been FamilySearch president and CEO since October 2015, along with Liz Wiseman, one of the top 10 leadership thinkers in the world, will be the keynote speakers Wednesday.
The first day of the conference will also feature a welcome party with '80s-themed music and video games and food.