PUBLISHED: 5:33 PM on Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Jason Dorsey, Coach Carter headline return of Rotary speaker series
Wunderkind Jason Dorsey and famed basketball coach Ken Carter will headline the return of Juneau Glacier Valley Rotary's "Pillars of America Speaker Series."

The series' 16th program kicks off April 16 with Dorsey after a year hiatus. Carter will be the focus of the April 23 program.

Speaker series chair Jamie Letterman said the upcoming speakers continue the program's tradition of bringing big names to Juneau and that Dorsey and Carter were selected after reviewing hundreds of possible speakers.

  Jason Dorsey
"There's quite a selection process," she said. "We really are looking for somebody who speaks to a varied audience and has a message that is both inspirational and invaluable. We want ... the audience to leave feeling they've really gained something."

The series is aimed at both youths and adults. Students from the local high school and middle school will be in attendance.

"Some kids in Juneau don't have a chance to travel and hear speakers like this," Letterman said. "The goal is to offer inspiration to youth in our community as well as leave a message with the business community. The kids often don't get an opportunity to be in a situation with business owners like this."

  Coach Ken Carter
Dorsey, a best-selling author by age 18, will talk about Generation Y's role in the workforce. His most recently published work is "My Reality Check Bounced."

Dorsey's insight into Generation Y led to appearances on 60 Minutes, 20/20, NBC's Today Show, and ABC's The View. In recognition of his business achievements, Dorsey won the "Austin Under 40 Entrepreneur of the Year" award at age 25. He also headlined a comedy show with Keenen Thompson, of Keenen & Kel/Sarturday Night Live fame.

Coach Carter, whose inspirational story was made into the Hollywood blockbuster "Coach Carter," starring Denzel Washington, will be the guest speaker on April 23.

Cost to attend the event is $30 per person and includes lunch. Program will begin at noon, doors open at 11:30 a.m., and will be held at Centennial Hall. Tickets are available at both Hearthside Books locations.