RootsTech 2002: first keynote speakers announced


14 January 2022
The first two keynote speakers for the free online family history event RootsTech 2022 have been announced.

RootsTech 2022 will take place online from 4-6 March 2022.

Every year, RootsTech welcome a number of keynote speakers who share their stories with a global audience at the conference.

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Apollonia Poilâne

Apollonia Poilâne is the first speaker to be announced. She is recognised as one of the best bread bakers in the world. She runs a well-known bakery in Paris and shares her baking skills with people around the world in recipe books and online baking classes. 

At RootsTech she will share about how bread links people and creates bonds when you share it. 

As a daughter and granddaughter of bakers, Apollonia grew up surrounded by the smell of freshly baked bread. Baking and bread have been an essential part of her life from a young age.

But things changed drastically for Apollonia when her parents died in a helicopter accident. Despite being only 18 years old, she took charge of the family business—her family's bakery since 1932—while completing her studies at Harvard University. She managed to turn something devastating into an overwhelming success.

Apollonia Poilâne's story is one of tragedy, resilience, vision, and triumph and is sure to inspire her RootsTech audience.

Matthew Modine

Matthew Modine was the second keynote speaker to be announced. This award-winning actor is well known for his roles in Hollywood and on Netflix. In line with this year's theme of "Choose Connection," he will talk about how he has chosen connection in his life. Matthew says: "There are dozens of things each of us can do that have an immediate and positive impact [on others].”

Register for the conference at the RootsTech website.

(Report and images courtesy FamilySearch/RootsTech)