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Keynote: Stop, Collaborate & Listen: Vanilla Ice's Ultimate Evolution, Robert Van Winkle (a.k.a Vanilla Ice)

Thursday, April 11 at 8:45 AM

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Join us as we bring Vanilla Ice to the stage for an up-close-and-intimate conversation with one of the hottest stars on the DIY Network. Evolution and transformation are themes pervasive across many industries, not just IT. We will explore how Ice transformed from of the hottest stars in the '90s to a real estate entrepreneur and remodeling expert. We'll discuss his evolution, how he was able to take lessons learned from one career to thrive in another and all the hits and bumps along the way. This keynote is guaranteed to make you stop, collaborate, listen, and think about how to start your own personal evolution.

Robert Van Winkle


Robert Matthew Van Winkle, known professionally as Vanilla Ice, is an American rapper, extreme athlete, and home improvement TV personality. His 1990 single "Ice Ice Baby" was the first hip-hop single to top the Billboard charts. After surviving a suicide attempt, Ice was inspired to change his musical style and lifestyle. While his later, less mainstream albums failed to chart or receive much radio airplay, Ice has had a loyal underground following. His latest album WTF – Wisdom, Tenacity & Focus was released in August 2011.

A successful real estate entrepreneur and a remodeling expert, Vanilla Ice began hosting The Vanilla Ice Project on the DIY Network in 2009. He published a book called Vanilla Ice Project—Real Estate Guide about succeeding in the real estate market. Vanilla loves to include the latest in state-of-the-art technology in his new houses and showcases them regularly on the show.