The role Huff played in saving Joplin is detailed on the conference's speakers page:
Following the devastating tornado on May 22, 2011, Dr. Huff declared that school would start on time. This key factor drew the community of Joplin together just days after the tornado and provided a positive light for the country to rally around in the midst of such tragedy and destruction.
Dr. Huff is well respected by the community and his peers as a man of vision and a man who keeps his word.
Huff will spread his light to the more than 200 who have already signed up for the conference.
According to the website, his topic will be "Building the Culture of Service Learning," which is described in this fashion:
Huff's speech is scheduled for 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. Tuesday.
The other keynote speaker is Carrie Caruthers, Harrisonville, a member of the Bright Futures USA Board of Directors.
The list of speakers no longer includes Joplin R-8 Board of Education member Shawn McGrew, who was listed as training and operations manager for Bright Futures USA. It was noted in the Feb. 1, 2015 Turner Report that McGrew having a paid position at Bright Futures USA would appear to be an ethical concern as long as he is a member of the school board.