Brazilian actress Thaís Pacholek will be among the international keynote speakers at RootsTech 2022, FamilySearch announced in a blog post Wednesday.
RootsTech is a free, three-day global family history conference that will be held entirely online March 3-5.
Who is Thaís Pacholek?
Pacholek is considered one of the leading telenovela (soap opera) stars in Brazil.
- She was born in Curitiba, Brazil, and first began acting onstage at age 9.
- Pacholek was elected Miss Curitiba in 2005.
- She moved to Rio de Janeiro when she was 18 to continue acting.
- She has starred in 15 live theater productions, three films, five television shows and eight telenovelas.
- She is married to Bruno Belucci Pereira, who sings in the Brazilian sertanejo (country) duo Marcos & Belutti.
How Thaís Pacholek feels about family
Pacholek attributes much of her professional success to her family.
- “My family made me feel secure, that this was the path I should take,” she said in the blogpost. “Without them, I wouldn’t have had the confidence to venture to Rio de Janeiro. My family is my foundation; they were there for me. They guided me emotionally, as they still do to this day.”
The actress also values her family heritage.
- “I really believe that we are what we are today because of all those stories that exist in our family tree, which we all belong to,” she said. “I believe that the strong woman that I am, the positive woman that I am, the optimistic woman that I am, the hardworking woman that I am — it’s all because of all these (family) stories.”
Who is speaking at RootsTech 2022?
Pacholek is the seventh speaker RootsTech has announced from its diverse lineup, following the announcements of:
- Food Network’s Molly Yeh.
- African boxing champion Azumah Nelson.
- Argentine singer Diego Torres.
- Actor Matthew Modine.
- French baker Apollonia Poilâne.
- Palestinian comedia and actress Maysoon Zayid.
- Elder Ulisses Soares, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and his wife, Sister Rosana Soares, will be the featured keynote speakers at the event’s Family Discovery Day.
Register for RootsTech 2022 at rootstech.org.