I still remember the excitement I felt as a child, fidgeting in my seat in the school’s multipurpose room, eagerly awaiting the start of an assembly. Who would our special guest be? A mesmerizing magician? A juggling clown? An Olympic athlete or world traveler? Five decades later, I feel a similar anticipation when I walk into a school auditorium, but now I’m honored to be the special guest. I take that role seriously. I try my best to motivate, educate and entertain my young audience, hoping each child will walk out of that room with a smile on his or her face, feeling inspired and empowered.