Erik ReesCEO & Founder

For more than 25 years, Erik Rees has dedicated himself to empowering people to find and fulfill their purpose in life. Rees began his career as a leader, strategist, and trainer at world-renowned Saddleback Church, where he helped grow the congregation from 3,000 to more than 30,000 followers over a 20-year period. During this amazing time, Rees helped train church leaders. In addition, he wrote several best selling's books: SHAPE: Finding & Fulfilling Your Purpose In Life; Only You Can Be You: 21 Days to Living Your Purpose and Tilt: Small Leadership Changes for Big Results.

Upon losing his daughter, Jessie, to inoperable brain cancer on January 5, 2012, he and his wife Stacey formed the Jessie Rees Foundation and has functioned as the CEO to ensure children fighting cancer have the support, resources, and encouragement they need to “Never Ever Give Up.” He shares this inspiring message in his newest book Never Ever Give Up: The Inspiring Story of Jessie and her JoyJars.

Since 2012, the Jessie Rees Foundation has raised over $12,000,000 dollars in donations to care for children, sibling and parents impacted by childhood cancer. Over 200,000 JoyJars have been stuffed and sent to homes, hospitals, Ronald McDonald Houses, charity partners and oncology camps. Each one of Jessie’s JoyJars provides ways for each family to sign-up for the free Year of Joy program and get connected to the free iNEGU smartphone app. For those families that have children in Heaven with Jessie, the foundation provides Memory Canvases to assist in the grief process and create lasting memories.

He and his wife live in Orange County, Calif. with their two other children, Shaya and JT, and their four dogs.

Opening Keynote: Never Ever Give Up! (101)
Jessie Rees Foundation
Orange County, California