2022 Leaders of the North Bay Opening Remarks by Patty Garbarino and Cynthia Murray, Keynote by Hollis Belger
Winner, NBLC’s 2022 Youth Power Speech Contest
The 2022 teen Keynote Speaker is Hollis Belger, a high school senior. Hollis is a California native, a philanthropy advocate, public speaker, and researcher. At the age of nine, she founded Juggling for Jude, a soccer juggling fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In addition to raising more than $500,000 so far, she has raised awareness worldwide about the hospital and the fight against pediatric cancer. Hollis speaks to students and athletes around the Bay Area, encouraging them to find causes they care about and to make use of passions, talents, and interests as avenues for giving.
Hollis is currently working with renowned market researcher, Dr. Howard Moskowitz, using his artificial intelligence technology to support St. Jude market research and training other young people to research areas of their own passion.
Hollis says, “In places like Marin, with our hyper-focus on the outcome-driven path of achievement, we haven’t paid enough attention to developing purpose in teens, helping my generation sustain interest and engagement in something meaningful to us and beneficial to our community and society as a whole.”
Hollis has won a number of international, national, and regional awards for service, including the Diana Award, the Prudential Spirit of Community Award, the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award, the President’s Vol-unteer Service Award (Gold), the US Soccer SheBelieves Hero Award, the Association of Fundraising Professionals Golden Gate Chapter Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, and the Carson Scholar Award. Recently named as one of People Magazine’s Teens Changing the World. Hollis has been featured in countless TV and print news outlets, including NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt Inspiring Kids, as well as Sports Illustrated Kids Magazine, A Mighty Girl, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, 60Second Docs, and more.