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Event Schedule

Videos posted from the Celebration of Diversity gala, hosted Oct. 15-17, to support diversity in the profession through donations to the Minority Scholarship Fund will be posted here as we receive them.

Thursday, Oct. 15

7-8:15 p.m. ET
First night events sponsored by HPSO.
Watch the recording.

  • Kickoff remarks by APTA President Sharon Dunn, PT, PhD.
  • Keynote Speaker V. Kai Kennedy, PT, DPT: The Middle of the Movement.
  • Listen to current and prior minority scholarship fund recipients discuss their journeys into leadership.
  • Sneak preview of fabulous silent auction bidding items.
Kai Kennedy
Kai Kennedy
Thursday Keynote Speaker

Kai Kennedy, PT, DPT, serves as associate professor and vice chair of equity in the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science at the University of California, San Francisco. She has extensive experience addressing issues of health equity through the lens of functional movement.

Friday, Oct. 16

7-8:15 p.m. ET
Second night events sponsored by REAL.
Watch the recording.

  • Keynote Speaker Robert (Rob) C. Tillman, PT: Think Globally, Act Locally.
  • Celebration of Diversity game night: An exciting Family Feud-style game with event sponsors and APTA members!
  • APTA archives with APTA librarian Gini Blodgett, MSLS.
    • Items showing APTA's history will be shared.
  • APTA Centennial Challenge:
    • Test your knowledge of APTA’s history for a chance to win prizes!
Rob Tillman
Rob Tillman
Friday Keynote Speaker

Rob Tillman, PT, is president of Ortho Rehab & Specialty Centers and the American Academy of Physical Therapy. He earned a degree in physical therapy from the University of Missouri. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy and American Academy of Physical Therapy.

Saturday, Oct. 17

7-8:15 p.m. ET
Final night events sponsored by HPSO.
Watch the recording.

  • Keynote Speaker Marie A. Vazquez-Morgan, PT, PhD: We are on a Journey: Accelerating DEI Initiatives.
  • Mixology class with Paxton, live from his underground bar.
  • Dance party led by DJ Miss H.E.R.! Show us your moves and join in the fun.
  • Silent auction closes — place your bid to win.
  • Closing remarks by APTA President Sharon Dunn.
Marie A. Vazquez-Morgan
Marie A. Vazquez-Morgan
Saturday Keynote Speaker

Marie A. Vazquez-Morgan, PT, PhD, earned a bachelor's degree in physical therapy, a master's degree in health sciences from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, and a PhD in health studies from Texas Woman’s University.

Mixology Class: Ingredients To Make the Drinks

Thanksgiving Punch (nonalcoholic)

½ gallon unspiced apple cider
3 ounces caramel syrup
Pumpkin pie spice
Cinnamon sticks (optional)
Apple slices (optional)

Pecan Pie Martini (alcoholic)

Garnish for One Martini
2 tablespoons caramel syrup
1/8 cup of pecans - toasted and very finely chopped
1 whole pecan for garnish
Whipped cream or Cool Whip
Sprinkle of ground cinnamon

Cocktail Makes One Martini
2 ounces RumChata
2 ounces crème de cocoa
1 ounce bourbon
Cocktail shaker
Cocktail glass

2020 Recipients

Thank you Celebration of Diversity sponsors!