Any Questions?

pexels-photo-356079.jpegHere is an opportunity for the #NotAtRootstech followers to pose a question. Rootstech Ambassadors are given the opportunity to interview the keynote speakers and celebrities who appear at RootsTech. Obviously there are only a certain number of opportunities and Ambassadors cannot be greedy and attempt to grab all the slots, so a system has been set up where we can apply for an opportunity to ask our chosen speakers some questions.

Some opportunities are described as “Sofa Chats” where a group of ambassadors sit down and chat and others “Backdrops” which someone has described as a Red Carpet style opportunity to pose a couple of questions.

The interview opportunities were released earlier this week and I have secured a sofa chat opportunity with Steve Redwood* CEO of FamilySearch on Wednesday 28th February and a backdrop opportunity to ask Henry Louis Gates Jr.* a couple of questions on Saturday March 3rd.

For those of you unable to attend Rootstech you can let me know what question you would wish to ask either of these speakers, and I will do my best to pose one of these questions on your behalf. Email me at

Obviously I can’t promise to ask your question, but I would be interested to hear your ideas.


*The RoostTech website provides these helpful biographies for both speakers

Stephen T. Rockwood is president and chief executive officer of FamilySearch International ( Rockwood, who most recently served as director of the international division at FamilySearch, became president and CEO on October 1, 2015. Prior to joining FamilySearch, Rockwood specialized in creating unique service offerings for worldwide customers of such brands as MasterCard International, AT&T, Disney, Office Depot, and Citibank among others. He was also a successful entrepreneur building two companies from the ground up that were later acquired by larger companies


Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and institution builder, Professor Gates has authored or co-authored twenty-two books and created eighteen documentary films, including Wonders of the African World, African American Lives, Faces of America, Black in Latin America, Black America since MLK: And Still I Rise, Africa’s Great Civilizations, and Finding Your Roots, his groundbreaking genealogy series now in its fourth season on PBS. His six-part PBS documentary series, The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross (2013), which he wrote, executive produced, and hosted, earned the Emmy Award


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