Program - Agenda
We're planning a great weekend for you, full of information, inspiration and interaction!  Check back in February for a detailed schedule.
 
Our Great Lineup of Speakers
With six districts participating, High Country PETS can offer top level speakers to inform and inspire you.  The following speakers have been scheduled for High Country PETS 2020:
 

Holger Knaack (Saturday Dinner)

Rotary International President 2020-21
Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany
Knaack is the CEO of Knaack KG, a real estate company. He was previously a partner and general manager of Knaack Enterprises, a 125-year-old family business. 
 
A Rotary member since 1992, Knaack has served RI as president’s representative, Council on Legislation representative, resource group zone coordinator, GETS trainer and RI training leader. He has been a member and chair of numerous RI committees. He is an endowment/major gifts adviser and was co-chair of the Host Organization Committee for the 2019 Rotary International Convention in Hamburg. Knaack and his wife, Susanne, are Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation and members of the Bequest Society.
 
 
 
Johrita Solari (Friday Dinner)
Rotary International Director - Zones 26 & 27
 
Johrita Solari joined the Rotary Club of Anaheim East Anaheim, California, USA in 1993 and served in many positions including Club President in 1995-96. She is currently a member of the Rotary Club of Anaheim and served as District Governor (2010-2011).  She held the first District 5320 Million Dollar dinner for the Rotary Foundation raising $1,100,000. Under Johrita’s leadership, her District became the second District in the world to become a 100% Paul Harris Club District.  She is a Paul Harris Society member, a Major Donor, and lifetime member of the “White Hat Society”.   
 
Johrita is the Co-Founder, Board Chair/CVO of Solari Enterprises, Inc. of Orange, CA, a full service property management company specializing in the management of affordable multifamily housing. She teams up with her husband and fellow Rotarian Bruce to  create a working environment where a high level of ethics and  integrity is maintained.
 
 
Regina Lewis (Saturday Breakfast)
With 16 years of experience in leadership development, Dr. Regina Lewis has served diverse clientele, from executives to scholars, government agencies, educational institutions, and non-profits. Regina is a consulting partner, national speaker, and director of ReginaSpeaking, LLC. She has presented and facilitated on topics of diversity and inclusion, cross-cultural leveraging, interpersonal communication, personal professional development, and media & public relations. 
 
Dr. Lewis holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership, Research and Policy, a Master of Arts in Communication, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, all from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
 
 
Alia Ali (Saturday Lunch)
Alia Ali is the President of the Surrey Rotaract Club in District 5050 which won the Rotary International Award of Honour for more than doubling its Rotaract members. Her club is the largest in the district and has had the fastest growth. She has facilitated RYLA twice, and facilitated or head facilitated a variety of other Rotary led youth leadership retreats. She is also serving her 2nd year as a Director on the Big West MDIO and Conference Chair for 2020. For her professional life she has served as an executive in the waterworks industry, Head of Operations of a Vancouver tech start up and is currently a Female Empowerment and Leadership Instructor for the non-profit Voices of Muslim Women.  She has lived and built a life of service and is passionate about Rotary and helping bridge the gap between Rotaractors and Rotarians. She is also an outspoken advocate for empathy and encourages you to ask her about the Empathy Museum she is trying to build in Vancouver!
 
Devin D. Thorpe (Sunday Breakfast)
Devin Thorpe joined Rotary in 2012 and has served in many club and district roles since.
 
He calls himself a champion of social good. He travels extensively as a volunteer doing service, as a journalist finding heroes and as a speaker sharing what he’s learned. As a Forbes Contributor he covers social entrepreneurship and impact investing, reaching an audience of over 1 million people. He’s produced 1200 episodes of his Your Mark on the World show featuring luminary change agents, including Bill Gates and four Rotary International presidents. His books—read over 1 million times—help people use money for good.  Previously he worked on the U.S. Senate Banking committee staff and earned an MBA at Cornell. Frequently finding himself on airplanes, Devin is glad to be middle seat sized.