AAPA 2020 Keynote Alex Sheen Shares His Journey of Keeping Promises

Free CME Offers How Tos on Making and Keeping Commitments

May 19, 2020

Alex Sheen
Alex Sheen

Feel like you’re missing out since AAPA 2020 was canceled in Nashville? You can still experience General Session keynote speaker Alex Sheen’s poignant story of how he came to launch because i said i would, a nonprofit focused on bettering humanity through making and keeping promises. Sheen also asks listeners to make a commitment and outlines three steps on how to keep promises, especially during challenging times for healthcare providers and those at home. Conference registrants can access his CME session online for free in the AAPA 2020 Conference on Demand: Special Edition.

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As he explains how because i said i would came to be, Sheen shares his family’s story. His father was a pharmacist who died in 2012 of lung cancer. “My family asked me to give my father’s eulogy. In those final resting words, I chose to speak about my father and how he treated his promises. Too often we say things like ‘I’ll get to it’ and ‘tomorrow.’ One day there is no tomorrow. The promises we make and keep and those we choose to dishonor define us and this world.

“On that day, I handed out for the first time what I would call ‘promise cards’ to help remind people of the importance of our commitments. Simply write a promise on the card and use it as a symbol of your honor. I offered to send 10 promise cards to anyone anywhere in the world at no cost to them.”

Tired of living in a world of broken promises and sparked by his father’s death, Sheen began sending promise cards to anyone who requested them at no cost. That led to the establishment of because I said I would, an organization dedicated to changing the world through promises kept.

A four-time TEDx presenter, the story of Sheen’s promises has been shared virally on social media and international news. He has appeared on CNN, the Today’s Show, and many other programs.

In addition to keynote speaker Alex Sheen, nine CME sessions are free to AAPA 2020 registrants and available now in Learning Central. Check out all the sessions and get started learning and earning today. Other popular features of AAPA 2020 will be available in the next few months, and our full AAPA Conference on Demand 2020 library will be ready for purchase in mid-June.

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