Opening Session / Keynote

Joze Piranian

Saturday 9:00AM - 10:15AM EDT


Drawing from his personal stuttering journey, from holding back immensely to performing on stages worldwide, Joze Piranian will share insights about confronting our speaking challenges, reframing our relationship with fear, and becoming the best version of ourselves as stutterers with confidence. Moreover, Joze will share mindset shifts and mental wellness strategies that have empowered him towards self-acceptance and ongoing personal growth. The transformational insights of this keynote will be infused with lighthearted moments of stand-up comedy.

About the presenter

Born and raised in Lebanon, Joze avoided speaking for more than 25 years out of the fear of being judged for being a person who stutters. Over the past few years, everything changed. Jose has won multiple public speaking competitions, delivered several TEDx talks, and performed stand-up comedy in North America, Europe, and the Middle East in English, French, Spanish, and Arabic. Joze has since delivered hundreds of stand-up comedy and speaking engagements at the United Nations, Google, Boeing, Tesla, Meta, TikTok, and IBM, as well at schools and conferences internationally. He has been featured in Forbes, TED, ABC, Fox, NowThis (where he was interviewed about the public perception of Joe Biden’s stutter during the elections), Ashton Kutcher’s “A Plus”, and John Krasinski’s “Some Good News.

Last updated: 2023-09-04