Dec 21, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; Wyoming Cowboys wide receiver Tanner Gentry (4) runs against the Brigham Young Cougars during the first half of the Poinsettia Bowl college football game at Qualcomm Stadium. (Courtesy Troy Babbitt-UW Media-Athletics)

CASPER, Wyo. — Former University of Wyoming player and Buffalo Bills wide receiver Tanner Gentry will be one of three speakers at this year’s annual LIFT Wyoming Conference on Wednesday.

The one-day event is aimed at inspiring leadership skills in high school students. This is the fifth year for the event, which takes place at Wheeler Music Hall Building at Casper College, with registration starting at 8 a.m.

According to its website, LIFT was launched in 2018 to encourage future young Wyoming professionals to focus on working in Wyoming, which currently has an aging population.

“Wyomingites need the inspiration and passion from our youth to help propel us into new economic markets and continue developing existing ones,” according to LIFT’s mission statement. “We need our young people to rise up, fill the void, and create opportunities for strategic growth.”

Along with Gentry, the other featured speakers are Child Development Center Executive Director Alisha Rone and BARK Firm partner and creative director Sommer Grogan. Both are Wyoming natives, according to their biographies.

Gentry played for four seasons with the UW Cowboys before spending five seasons in the NFL with the Chicago Bears and the Buffalo Bills. He signed to the Toronto Argonauts earlier this year. “He can’t wait to talk to you about setting goals, committing everything you have to those goals, the challenges that come with trying to achieve success, and the importance of surrounding yourself with others who support you in every way,” according to his biography for the LIFT event.

The event on Wednesday, Sept. 27 is $25, with registration starting at 8 a.m. It is in partnership with Wyoming schools, but parents will need to excuse their kids from the school day, according to the website.

More information on the event can be found here.