Matt Roloff, Star of ‘Little People, Big World’ Television Series, to give Keynote at JCC Leadership Day

Matt Roloff, entrepreneur and star of The Learning Channel’s “Little People, Big World” television program, will give the keynote address at Jefferson Community College’s fifth annual Leadership Day on October 25, 2012. Jefferson’s Leadership Day program is designed to build and strengthen leadership skills and is open to Jefferson Community College (JCC) students as well as area high school students.   Last year, more than 400 high school and college students attended the program which featured Ben & Jerry’s co-founder Jerry Greenfield.

Perhaps best known for the hit reality television series in which he stars with his family, “Little People, Big World” on Discovery/The Learning Channel, Roloff is also an accomplished entrepreneur.  He operates a successful family farm in Oregon with his wife and four children, has authored two books, was a top salesman for Fortune 500 companies, and currently owns a manufacturing company specializing in mobility equipment designed for little people.

Roloff’s most inspiring success has been to overcome the challenges imposed on him by diastrophic dysplasia, a rare form of dwarfism. His philosophy has always been: “I may not be able to take the traditional avenues to reach goals, but with persistence and creativity I’ll find a way to succeed.”  It is a philosophy at the heart of his new passion for motivational speaking and Roloff shares his inspiration with audiences around the world. In his presentations, he offers action-oriented advice on how individuals can make positive changes at work, at home and in their communities.  He has appeared on Oprah, The View, Good Morning America, The Bonny Hunt Show and the Rachel Ray Show. He has been interviewed by CNN, Fox News, the New York Times, and People Magazine.

Matt is the past President of Little People of America, the national advocacy organization for people with dwarfism. He co-founded and serves as the President of the Coalition for Dwarf Advocacy, a non-profit organization that advocates for individuals with short stature in areas such as medicine, vocation, education, adoption and public accommodations.

In addition to the keynote address by Roloff, Leadership Day features a presentation by PLAYFAIR, Novelty Entertainer of the Year as named by the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA).  PLAYFAIR celebrates the diversity of each and every individual in an atmosphere of non-competitive play and allows students to meet one another in a positive and supportive environment. PLAYFAIR’s program on team-building, campus unity and school spirit is interactive, informational, inspirational and entertaining.

Participation is free for students and includes lunch followed by a poetry performance by slam poet Asia.

Leadership Day is sponsored by JCC Student Government, Campus Activities Board and Student Ambassadors.