Jim Abbott speaker

Jim Abbott

Former Major League Baseball Pitcher & Gold Medal Winner in the 1988 Olympics

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Born without a right hand, Jim Abbott is a former MLB pitcher who led Team USA to a Gold Medal in the 1988 Olympics. He was an All-America hurler at Michigan and won the Sullivan Award in 1987. Jim threw a 4-0 no-hitter for the New York Yankees versus Cleveland on September 4, 1993. He played for 10 seasons on 4 different teams and ended his big league playing career in 1999.

Abbott has worked with The Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) on several initiatives encouraging businesses to hire people with disabilities.

Today, in addition to often being a Guest Pitching Instructor during Spring Training for the Los Angeles Angels, Jim Abbott is a motivational speaker who shares his incredible story of overcoming adversity and achieving ultimate goal.

Mike Abrashoff speaker

Mike Abrashoff

Inspiring story of leadership from former Commander of USS Benfold, and author of It's Your Ship

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Mike Abrashoff's inspiring speeches challenge people to re-imagine their own leadership thinking and instill a renewed responsibility for results and success. At the age of 36, the Navy selected Abrashoff to become Commander of USS Benfold, at the time the most junior commanding officer in the Pacific Fleet. The immediate challenges that faced him on this under performing Naval war ship were staggering: exceptionally low morale, high turnover and unacceptably low performance evaluations. Few thought that this ship could improve. In many ways, the USS Benfold was actually an extreme example of the same problems facing many organizations today.

The solution was to establish a system of management techniques that Abrashoff calls The Leadership Roadmap. At the core of his leadership approach on Benfold was a process of replacing command and control with commitment and cohesion, and by engaging the hearts, minds, and loyalties of workers, with conviction and humility. The most important thing that a captain can do is to see the ship through the eyes of the crew. According to Abrashoff, The Leadership Roadmap is a practice that empowers every individual to share the responsibility of achieving excellence. "It's your ship", he was known to say. His former sailors to this day still remind him of it.

By every measure, these principles were able to achieve breakthrough results. Personnel turnover decreased to an unprecedented 1 percent. The rate of military promotions tripled, and the crew slashed operating expenses by 25 percent. Regarded as the finest ship in the Pacific Fleet, Benfold won the prestigious Spokane Trophy for having the highest degree of combat readiness. Most important this transformation took place with the same crew. What had changed was the ship's culture and Abrashoff's leadership style.

Abrashoff recounted the leadership lessons from the turnaround of USS Benfold in It's Your Ship, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, with over 800,000 copies sold to date. This extraordinary interest in Abrashoff's leadership journey and Benfold's organizational lessons led to two follow-up books - Get Your Ship Together and It's Our Ship. These books took readers deeper into ways these principles have been put into action by business leaders in their own organizations.

Prior to commanding USS Benfold, Abrashoff served as the Military Assistant to Secretary of Defense William J. Perry. He also helped draft the air defense plan for naval forces in the Persian Gulf in 1990, coinciding with Iraq's invasion of Kuwait; and served as the Executive Officer of the Cruiser Shiloh, where he deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of United Nations sanctions against Iraq.

Mike Abrashoff is the founder of GLS Worldwide, a consulting firm which works with and supports leaders as they address leadership, talent and business challenges within their organization. The firm challenges leaders at all levels to re-imagine their leadership thinking and create new ways to elevate individual, team and organizational performance.

Bill Acheson speaker

Bill Acheson

Non-verbal body language communication expert for sales and marketing professionals.

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Bill Acheson is an expert in nonverbal communication. Since 1985, Bill has taught communication at the University of Pittsburgh. As a keynote speaker, he uses his knowledge of nonverbal communication, body language, to teach professionals how to project themselves with greater impact. In the process they also learn to interpret the subconscious messages sent by others.

Presenting academic research with humor and an engaging personality, Bill Acheson presents a model so compelling that people use the information before they leave the room.

Bill Acheson has worked with professionals from such companies as 3M, American Express, AIG, Bank of America, Citigroup, Ernst & Young, Fidelity Investments, Finance America, Merrill Lynch, MorganStanley, Nationwide, SmithBarney, and Van Kampen Investments.


Shawn Achor speaker

Shawn Achor

Author and Speaker on Leadership, Performance and Change

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Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage, spent over a decade at Harvard University where he won numerous distinguished teaching awards for his work. Shawn's research on happiness and human potential has received attention from the Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Forbes, CNN, and NPR. His keynotes help organizations to improve performance, leadership and manage change.

Shawn graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and earned a Masters from Harvard Divinity School in Christian and Buddhist ethics. In 2006, he was Head Teaching Fellow for Positive Psychology, the most popular course at Harvard at the time.

In 2007, Shawn founded Good Think Inc. to share his research with a wider population. When the global economy collapsed in 2008, Shawn was immediately called in as an expert by the world's largest banks to help restart forward progress. Subsequently, Shawn has spoken in 45 countries to a wide variety of audiences: bankers on Wall Street, students in Dubai, CEOs in Zimbabwe.

Jeff Adams speaker

Jeff Adams

Paralypmian, World Champion and Motivational Speaker.

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For Jeff Adams, a wheelchair is a vehicle for success. This five-time Paralympian and six-time World Champion in wheelchair sports is living proof that focus, determination, and spirit are the keys to achieving “gold medal” dreams. Combining his unique understanding of life’s challenges with his experience as a world-class athlete, Jeff synthesises his experience in sport, government, and business into messages that show how the path to success is often the same, regardless of the goal that is being pursued.

A rare breed of athlete, Jeff successfully transitioned from sport to business.  Over the last decade, he founded and sold two companies, Marvel Wheelchairs and Icon Wheelchairs, raising over $6 million dollars in private equity funding for the startups. Marvel underwent an acquisition in 2010, and Icon was acquired in 2015. Jeff is currently the Executive Director of the ArtsGames Foundation.

Jeff started using a wheelchair at nine years old; the radiation therapy that saved his life while battling cancer in infancy had, by nine, permanently damaged his spinal cord. Since then, he has faced this monumental challenge admirably, competed in six consecutive Summer Paralympics, from 1988 to 2008, and winning a total of three gold, four silver, and six bronze medals.

Jeff has appeared in television commercials, acted as a global spokesperson for multinational corporations, and worked as a journalist and commentator for media. He served as Chair of the Accessibility Committee for the Toronto 2008 Olympic Bid Committee, and is Chair of the Ontarians with Disability Advisory Council. He is a recent inductee into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame.

Dr. Tony Alessandra speaker

Dr. Tony Alessandra

Renowned Sales and Marketing strategist, motivational speaker and author.

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Dr. Tony Alessandra has a street-wise, college-smart perspective on business, having been raised in the housing projects of NYC to eventually realizing success as a graduate professor of marketing, entrepreneur, business author, and hall-of-fame keynote speaker. He earned a BBA from the University of Notre Dame, an MBA from the University of Connecticut and his PhD in marketing from Georgia State University.

In addition to being president of Assessment Business Center, a company that offers online 360 assessments, Tony is also a founding partner in The Cyrano Group and Platinum Rule Group--companies which have successfully combined cutting-edge technology and proven psychology to give salespeople the ability to build and maintain positive relationships with hundreds of clients and prospects.

Dr. Alessandra is a prolific author with 19 books translated into 49 foreign language editions, including his newest book co-authored with Dr. Jerry Teplitz, Switched-On Selling: Balance Your Brain For Sales Success (July 2010); the newly revised, best selling The NEW Art of Managing People (2008); The Platinum Rule (1996); Collaborative Selling (1993); and Communicating at Work (1993). He is featured in over 50 audio/video programs and films, including Relationship Strategies (American Media); The Dynamics of Effective Listening (Nightingale-Conant; and Non-Manipulative Selling (Walt Disney). He is also the originator of the internationally-recognized behavioral style assessment tool - The Platinum Rule.

Recognized by Meetings & Conventions Magazine as one of America's most electrifying speakers, Dr. Alessandra was inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame in 1985 and is a member of the Speakers Roundtable, a group of 20 of the world's top professional speakers. Tony's polished style, powerful message, and proven ability as a consummate business strategist consistently earn rave reviews and loyal clients.

David Allen speaker

David Allen

Getting Things Done author and leading time management speaker.

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David Allen is an author, consultant, international speaker, founder and chairman of the David Allen Company. He is widely recognized as the world's leading authority on personal and organizational productivity. His thirty years of pioneering research, motivation and education of some of the world's highest-performing professionals, corporations and institutions, has earned him Forbes' recognition as one of the top five executive coaches in the United States, and as one of the Top 100 thought leaders by Leadership magazine. Fast Company hailed David Allen One of the world's most influential thinkers in the arena of personal productivity, for his outstanding programs and writing on time and stress management, the power of aligned focus and vision in the face of change, and his groundbreaking methodologies in management and executive peak performance. Time Magazine labeled his first book, Getting Things Done, as the defining self-help business book of the decade.

David Allen is the author of three books; the international bestseller, Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress-Free Productivity (GTD - as the method is popularly known), Ready for Anything, and Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life. Getting Things Done has been a perennial business bestseller since it's publication in 2001, and is now published in 28 languages.

Getting Things Done has spawned an international movement of devoted adopters from executives, techies, soldiers, entrepreneurs, university professors, musicians, students and the clergy. It has given rise to a thriving GTD industry of web sites, blogs and software applications. Internet searches bring up tens of millions of references. David Allen is a rarity in the twitter world, as one of the few non-celebrities with over a million followers hanging on his wit and inspiration.

Piloting a productivity seminar for a thousand managers at Lockheed in 1983, David has continued to test and refine the techniques and principles we now know as GTD - a powerful method to manage commitments, information, and communication. This pioneering and proven system is the result of those twenty plus years of David's consulting, private coaching and organizational programs with over a half million people internationally. GTD has well earned its recognition as the gold standard in personal management and productivity for many of the world's best and brightest people and companies.

Sophisticated without being confining, the subtle effectiveness of GTD lies in its radically common sense notion that with a complete and current inventory of all your commitments , organized and reviewed in a systematic way, you can focus clearly, view your world from optimal angles and make trusted choices about what to do (and not do) at any moment. GTD embodies an easy, step-by-step and highly efficient method for achieving this relaxed, productive state. It includes:

  • Capturing anything and everything that has your attention
  • Defining actionable things discretely into outcomes and concrete next steps
  • Organizing reminders and information in the most streamlined way, in appropriate categories, based on how and when you need to access them
  • Keeping current and on your game with appropriately frequent reviews of the six horizons of your commitments (purpose, vision, goals, areas of focus, projects, and actions)

Implementing GTD alleviates the feeling of being overwhelmed, instills confidence, and releases a flood of creative energy. It provides structure without constraint and managing details with maximum flexibility. The system rigorously adheres to the core principles of productivity, while allowing tremendous freedom in the how. The only right way to do GTD is getting meaningful things done with truly the least amount of invested attention and energy. Coaching thousands of people, where they work, about their work, has informed the GTD method with the best practices of how to work (and live), in that most efficient and productive way. GTD's simplicity, flexibility, and immediacy are its attraction. Its ability to enliven, enlighten, and empower is its magic. What, indeed, is GTD? More than meets the eye...

Stacy Allison speaker

Stacy Allison

First American woman to climb Mt. Everest, author and inspirational speaker.

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Stacy Allison has climbed the world's most famous mountain. Now she's helping organizations across the globe scale their own monumental challenges. Stacy understands mountains: she has been climbing mountains and leading expeditions for more than 20 years in remote regions around the world, including Tibet, Pakistan, and Russia. She also understands business: Stacy is president of Allison Construction, a residential building company in Portland, Oregon.

At the age of 21, Stacy began major alpine climbing in earnest and achieved rapid success. Within a year, Stacy reached the top of Alaska's Mt. McKinley, the highest point in North America, and was part of the first successful women's ascent of Ama Dablam, the 22,495 foot peak known as Nepal's Matterhorn. These accomplishments provided the groundwork for much greater accomplishments.

Stacy was the first American woman to top Pik Communism (now known as Ismoil Somoni Peak), at 24,600 feet, the tallest peak in the Russian Pamir Range. On her first attempt on Mt Everest, Stacy did not summit, but she returned to Mt. Everest with the Northwest American Everest Expedition. On September 29, 1988, after twenty-nine days on the mountain, Stacy became the first American woman to reach the summit of Mt. Everest, the world's highest mountain at 29,028 feet. Stacy then went on to become the leader of a successful K2 expedition, the world's second highest mountain, considered to be the most difficult peak on Earth to climb.

Stacy combines her business acumen and her spirit for adventure to show her audiences how to thrive in their organizations through courage, leadership, vision, teamwork, risk taking, and personal accountability. Stacy's high content, tailored, dynamic presentations will encourage and inspire you to take a visionary look at opportunities and move beyond your limits. The future will never look the same!

Stacy's first book, Beyond the Limits: a Woman's Triumph on Everest, is a suspenseful, triumphant adventure story. Her second, Many Mountains to Climb; Reflections on Competence, Courage and Commitment, is an exciting anecdotal account of climbing challenges practically applied to help you plot your way more surely to professional and personal success. Stacy also contributed a chapter on Leadership in the book, Upward Bound.

Ian Altman speaker

Ian Altman

 Bestselling Author and Speaker on strategic business growth

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Business leaders call on Ian Altman to modernize their sales and marketing. Ian's approach helps companies significantly grow sales by aligning their goals with current and emerging trends in buyer behavior.

As a regular columnist for the digital editions of Forbes and Inc magazines, Ian is an internationally respected and sought after expert on business, innovation, collaboration, and integrity-based selling. Audiences discover an approach to business growth that everyone can embrace – even your customers.

Companies like Allstate Financial & Thermofisher Scientific call on Ian Altman to modernize their sales and marketing to align with research on how customers approve purchases. As a CEO of his own technology and services companies for two decades, he grew his own companies to more than $1 billion in value. Audiences know the difference between someone who has walked the walk, not just talk the talk.

Energetic, Interactive, and Actionable. Those are words audiences often use to describe Ian Altman’s sessions. Ian teaches that results matter. Organizers and executives know Ian has successfully implemented the concepts he presents. Ian combines stories, proven methods, and humor to inspire your audience. He engages the audience from beginning to end to ensure active participation and maximum retention of key principles. Ian will ensure they leave with actionable steps to help you get the results you need for your business.

Dr. Britt Andreatta speaker

Dr. Britt Andreatta

Former Professor and Dean at the University of California, Author & Speaker on the Brain Science of Success

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As an author, consultant and certified coach, Dr. Britt Andreatta brings over 25 years experience in helping people and organizations rise to their potential. She is an accomplished presenter and keynote speaker, acclaimed for creating experiences that engage, educate and entertain. Her TEDx talk, How Your Past Hijacks Your Future received rave reviews and her many courses on Lynda.com have over 2.5 million views worldwide. A highly sought-after speaker, Britt speaks at international conferences and her sessions are frequently voted “best of conference” .

Britt has contributed to Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Talent Development and Practical Business Training and has an active following on LinkedIn. Dr. Andreatta consults with Fortune 500 and 100 companies as well as academic institutions, public sector and nonprofit organizations, ranging from health services and technology to construction and education.

Britt has authored several titles on leadership, learning, and management, including Leading with Emotional Intelligence, Having Difficult Conversations, Leadership Fundamentals, The Neuroscience of Learning, Leading Change, Management Fundamentals, and Delegating Tasks to Your Team. Several titles have been translated to French, German and Spanish and are featured on Video2Brain.com. She recently published Wired to Grow: Harness the Power of Brain Science to Master Any Skill and has two more books coming soon. 

Britt has won several national and international awards including the 2014 Gold Medal for Chief Learning Officer magazine’s prestigious Trailblazer Award for the leadership development program she implemented at Lynda.com. She was nominated for the 2015 CLO Strategy Award for her work on a groundbreaking performance management program based on the growth mindset. 

As a former Professor and Dean at the University of California, Antioch University, and Pacifica Graduate Institute, Dr. Andreatta teaches on human potential and leadership. Britt designed and led the Leadership Development Program at UC Santa Barbara, which was funded by a generous donation from Dr. Barry Posner, author of The Leadership Challenge, and his wife Jackie Schmidt Posner.

Scott Anthony speaker

Scott Anthony

Author and speaker on growth and innovation, creativity and entrepreneurialism.

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Scott Anthony is a managing partner of Innosight, a strategy and consulting firm. He has led Innosight's expansion into the Asia-Pacific region as well as its venture capital activities (Innosight Ventures). In his decade with Innosight, Scott has advised senior leaders in companies such as Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft, General Electric, LG, Credit Suisse, and Cisco Systems on topics of growth and innovation.

Scott has written extensively about innovation. He is the coauthor of the new eBook Building a Growth Factory and author of The New Corporate Garage, which appeared in the September 2012 issue of Harvard Business Review, as well as The Little Black Book of Innovation, published by Harvard Business Review Press in January 2012. He is the co-author of the Harvard Business Review article How P&G Tripled Its Innovation Success Rate. He co-authored Seeing What's Next with Harvard Business School Professor and Innosight founder Clayton Christensen and was the lead author of The Innovator's Guide to Growth and author of The Silver Lining.

His forthcoming book, The First Mile: A Launch Manual for Getting Great Ideas into the Market, will be published by Harvard Business Review Press in May 2014.

Prior to joining Innosight, Scott was a senior researcher with Clayton Christensen, managing a group that worked to further Christensen's research on innovation.

Scott received a BA in economics summa cum laude from Dartmouth College and an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.

Vernice Armour speaker

Vernice Armour

First African American Female Combat Pilot and Motivational Speaker

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Known simply as FlyGirl, Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour went from beat cop to combat pilot in 3 years. Within months of earning her wings, she found herself flying over the deserts of Iraq supporting the men and women on the ground. After serving two tours overseas, she had become America’s First African American Female Combat Pilot. After returning home, she realized that many people wanted to create breakthroughs in their own lives, they just didn’t know how.

From her experiences, she created a 7-step process called the Zero to Breakthrough Success Plan. She now travels extensively sharing this message through her keynotes, coaching and seminars. She is your battle-tested speaker and ignites audiences with a dynamic spark that can’t be extinguished. Lead your team through the execution of any plan by harnessing the power of a “Breakthrough Mentality”! From the moment she leaps into the audience, she shows attendees how to go from “Zero to Breakthrough” and create a personal flight plan utilizing her candid strategies to win on the battlefield of business and life!

Upon completion of two tours in Iraq and leaving the military, Vernice leveraged her “Breakthrough Mentality” mindset and launched VAI Consulting and Training, LLC. By applying the Zero to Breakthrough Success Plan to her own company, Vernice produced over six-figures in revenue within the first 12 months! Her passion is helping organizations and individuals create similar results.

As featured on Oprah Winfrey, CNN, Tavis Smiley, NPR and others, Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour’s fresh style and presentation methods have inspired hundreds of organizations and individuals. Vernice ultimately impacts organizations and individuals with an understanding of the passion and leadership required to excel. Through her keynotes, executive and group coaching, seminars and executive retreats, Vernice conveys her message of Zero to Breakthrough utilizing her unique insight and life strategy: “You HAVE permission to Engage…CLEARED HOT!”

An honorary Doctorate of Laws was conferred on Vernice from Chancellor University in 2010. She has also received awards as a pioneering pilot, to include her commanding role in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). She was the Marine Corps’ first African American Female pilot, first African American woman on the Nashville Police Department's motorcycle squad, Camp Pendleton's 2001 Female Athlete of the Year, two-time titleholder in Camp Pendleton's annual Strongest Warrior Competition, and a running back for the San Diego Sunfire women's professional football team. Vernice’s signature book is Zero to Breakthrough.

Lior Arussy speaker

Lior Arussy

leading consultants on customer experience and customer centric transformation.

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One of the world's leading consultants on customer experience and customer centric transformation, Lior Arussy delivers results. His strategic framework for converting organizations from product to customer centricity is drawn from his work with some of the globe's leading brands - Capital One, Thomson Reuters, HSBC, E.ON, Nokia, SAP, University of Pennsylvania and Wyeth. Arussy's methodology enabled a European logistics corporation to move from 3% annual organic growth to 44% annual organic growth in 2 years.

Arussy led the internet security division at Hewlett-Packard where he grew the business by 50% per quarter for 3 consecutive years. His strategy of enabling eBanking access to consumers via mission critical security was a new concept at the time. At the height of this era, Arussy managed the eBanking security infrastructure for 120 of the largest banks in the world with combined assets of $8 Trillion - no bank was ever compromised.

He is the founder of Strativity Group, a global customer experience research and consulting firm, which helps clients create delightful customer experiences and execute profitable customer strategies. Arussy grew the company from his garage to a multi-national professional firm with offices in the US, Canada, the UK, Norway, Turkey and Australia. The company was recognized by Forrester Group as one of the leading pioneers in the area of customer centric transformation. Strativity measures their success by a single method: the customer's successful execution of their strategies.

His latest book, Customer Experience Strategy, is described as the most ambitious and successful attempt at a comprehensive text on the practice of customer experience management...refreshingly practical by strategy + business magazine

Arussy is the recipient of CRM Magazine's Influential Leader Award and the author of 5 books on customer experience and employee engagement. His syndicated column Focus: Customer reaches over 1,000,000 readers worldwide every month. Over 100 of his articles have appeared in publications around the world, including Harvard Business Review. His accomplishments have been recognized by leading press and analysts at ABC, CBC, Bloomberg TV, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Times of London, Forrester Research and Gartner.

Arussy completed his undergraduate degree at Case Western Reserve University and received his MBA at Weatherhead School of Management.

Dr. Barry Asmus speaker

Dr. Barry Asmus

Speaker on economic trends and award winning author of Crossroads: The Great American Experiment.

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Dr. Barry Asmus is a Senior Economist with the National Center for Policy Analysis and  has been named by USA Today as one of the five most requested speaking in the United States. Over the last twenty-five years, Dr. Asmus has spoken to thousands of companies and associations throughout the United States. He has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee regarding our income tax system and was a featured speaker in a privatizing Social Security conference for Western European leaders. On recent trips to Romania, Albania, China and Peru, Dr. Asmus has encouraged government leaders to pass free-market, low tax, protected property rights and free trade policies.

Dr. Asmus is the author of nine books. His book, Crossroads: The Great American Experiment was nominated for a H.L. Mencken Award. As a Professor of Economics, he was twice voted University Professor of the Year and was honored with the Freedom Foundation Award at Valley Forge for Private Enterprise Education. He co-anchored a syndicated radio called Perspectives on the Economy. Dr. Asmus is an effective advocate of free market economics and is a recognized thinker who delivers his ideas in an enthusiastic and energy filled presentation.

Samuel Bacharach speaker

Samuel Bacharach

Cornell Professor, Best-selling Author, and Founder of the Bacharach Leadership Group

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Samuel Bacharach is the McKelvey-Grant Professor of Labor Management at Cornell University's ILR School. He is the Director of ILR's New York City based Institute for Workplace Studies as well as the Director of the Smithers Institute and the director of the New York City-based Master of Professional Studies. He received his BS in Economics from NYU and his MS and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. For the last 10 years, Professor Bacharach has focused on bridging theory and practice. Integrating his earlier work on politics, negotiation, and complex organizations into his studies of the workplace, Samuel has established his own unique perspective on proactive leadership.

Samuel is the author and editor of over 100 articles and over 20 books, including his two most influential works, Get Them on Your Side: Win Support, Convert Skeptics, and Get Results (2005), and Keep Them on Your Side: Leading and Managing for Momentum(2006). He also writes a weekly column for Inc. Magazine, titled Pragmatic Leadership, in which he discusses topics such as leading change, establishing credibility, and sustaining momentum, among others. His work has been reviewed by The New York Times, Fast Company, HR Magazine, CIO Magazine, Investors Business Daily, Leadership Excellence, and Harvard Management Update.

Working with eCornell, Samuel has developed a dynamic 10-course leadership training certificate for High-Potentials, subscribed to by many Fortune 500 companies. Among the organizations trained in his pragmatic leadership approach are: Computer Sciences Corporation, PepsiAmericas, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, March of Dimes, Wal-Mart Stores, Citigroup, International Monetary Fund, Mellon Financial, Starbucks, BASF, BMC Software, Boeing, Inter-Continental Hotels Group, Chubb, Nintendo, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Devon Energy, TeleTech, and Gap, Inc.

In 2010 Samuel co-founded the Bacharach Leadership Group, an organization which specializes in leadership development programs with an emphasis on micro-skills: change, execution, negotiation and coaching. Since then, it has worked with numerous organizations to train their high-potentials in the skills of pragmatic leadership.

Sam Bacharach maintains that while vision and charisma motivate and create a sense of direction, the final test of leadership is getting results. Whether speaking on leadership, teams, employee engagement or talent retention, his speeches specifically address how to take vision and strategy from initiation to implementation - the pragmatic, nuts-and-bolts skills of getting things done. Sam Bacharach is an engaging and provocative speaker and is effective with audiences ranging from senior executives to the general public.

John U. Bacon speaker

John U. Bacon

Best-selling Author & Inspiring Speaker on Leadership, Creativity and Diversity

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John U. Bacon has worked the better part of two decades as a writer, a public speaker, radio commentator, college teacher, and high school hockey coach, winning awards for all five.

He has authored or co-authored eight books on sports and business, including Walgreens: America’s Corner Store, Cirque du Soleil: The Spark, Bo’s Lasting Lessons: The Legendary Coach Teaches the Timeless Fundamentals of Leadership, which hit The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal’s Business Best Seller lists. He then researched and wrote a trio of books covering big time college football from the inside out: Three and Out: Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines in the Crucible of College Football, Fourth and Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football, Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football. All three were New York Times best sellers.

His latest book, Playing Hurt: My Journey from Despair to Hope, coauthored with ESPN’s John Saunders, tells Saunders’ life story in dramatic detail.

Bacon delivers speeches on the themes in his books — including leadership, creativity and diversity — to corporations, universities and other groups around the country and the world.  In 2011, the Michigan Chapter of Meeting Planners International (MMPI) named him “Speaker of the Year.”

Bacon earned an honors degree in history (“pre-unemployment”) from the University of Michigan in 1986, and a Master’s in Education in 1994.  In 2005-06, the Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship named him the first recipient of the Benny Friedman Fellowship for Sports Journalism. 

He started his journalism career covering high school sports for The Ann Arbor News, then wrote a light-hearted lifestyle column before becoming the Sunday sports feature writer for The Detroit News in 1995.  He earned numerous state and national awards for his work, including “Notable Sports Writing” in The Best American Sports Writing in 1998 and 2000.

After Bacon covered the 1998 Nagano Olympics, he moved from the sports page to the Sunday front page, roaming the Great Lakes State to find fresh feature stories. He left the paper in 1999 to free-lance for more than two-dozen national publications, writing stories on Formula One racing in Australia for The New York Times, on Japanese hockey for ESPN Magazine, and on Ernest Hemingway’s Michigan summer home for Time.

Joseph Badaracco speaker

Joseph Badaracco

Professor of Business Ethics at Harvard Business School, speaker on leadership and business management.

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Joseph L. Badaracco, Jr., is the John Shad Professor of Business Ethics at Harvard Business School. He is also Senior Associate Dean and Chair of the MBA Program. Badaracco has taught courses on business ethics, strategy, and management in the School's MBA and executive programs. He has also served as Housemaster of Currier House at Harvard College. In recent years, Professor Badaracco was chairman of the Harvard University Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility and served on the boards of two public companies. He has taught in executive programs in the United States, Japan, and many other countries and has been a speaker for a wide variety of organizations on issues of leadership, values, and ethics.

Badaracco is a graduate of St. Louis University, Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and Harvard Business School, where he earned an MBA and a DBA. He serves on the Faculty Committee of the Harvard Center for Ethics and the Professions, and is also the faculty chair of the Nomura School of Advanced Management in Tokyo.

In his first book, Loading the Dice, Badaracco compared business-government relations in five countries. His next book was a study of ethics and business leadership, entitled Leadership and the Quest for Integrity. His subsequent research focused on international strategic alliances, and his findings were reported in The Knowledge Link. His recent books are Business Ethics: Roles and Responsibilities, Defining Moments: When Managers Must Choose between Right and Right, and Leading Quietly: An Unorthodox Guide to Doing the Right Thing. His last book, Questions of Character, was published in April, 2006. It presents the lessons for leaders suggested by works of serious literature.

Jay Baer speaker

Jay Baer

Inspirational Marketing Speaker and Best-Selling Author

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Jay Baer has spent 20 years in digital marketing, consulting for more than 700 companies during that period, including 30 of the FORTUNE 500. His current firm – Convince & Convert – provides social media and content marketing advice and counsel to leading companies such as Oracle, Salesforce.com, California Tourism, Billabong, Hardee’s, DOLE and more.

His second book, Youtility: Why Smart Marketing is About Help not Hype, was #3 on the New York Times business best seller list, and a runaway #1 Amazon best seller. Jay speaks numerous times per year world-wide, often with lessons about how businesspeople can use today’s shifts in technology and consumer expectation to make their companies more USEFUL.

Jay’s Convince & Convert blog was named the world’s #1 content marketing blog by the Content Marketing Institute, and is visited by more than 200,000 marketers each month. Jay also hosts and produces the Social Pros podcast, which is downloaded 25,000 times monthly.

A fixture in social media, Jay draws attention to interesting and useful articles, videos, blog posts and events via following on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and Google Plus, which number more than 100,000. He is also an active venture capitalist, and is an investor or advisor to more than a dozen early stage technology and social media companies.

Convince & Convert is the fifth multi-million dollar company Jay has started from scratch. Before his move into digital marketing in 1994 he was a brand marketer and a political consultant, with major roles in state, federal and presidential electoral campaigns.

Befitting his roots in Arizona, Jay is a tequila collector and maintains his allegiance to the teams of his alma mater, the University of Arizona.

Jay lives in the idyllic college town of Bloomington, Indiana with his wife and children, and travels from Indianapolis to speaking opportunities world-wide.

Eric Bailey speaker

Eric Bailey

One of the country's leading speakers on motivation and vision.

 About

As one of the world’s foremost speakers on motivation and vision, Eric Bailey draws on his successful careers in professional sport, executive management and sales. His life experiences have enriched his endeavors and given him a unique perspective that he is now offering to the world. While he had a difficult start growing up in South Central Los Angeles, he has gone on to deliver powerful and inspiring keynotes that speak to every group and gender. In fact, Eric has spoken to more than 3 million people worldwide and is Google ranked No. 1 Activational Speaker. In 2015, he was voted as on of the Top 22 Motivational Speakers in the world.

With over 20 years’ experience inspiring and motivating millions of people, Eric commands a room like no other, leaving his audiences in awe. Whether delivering his message to corporate teams or student groups or conducting personal mentoring and coaching, he is the spark that ignites the passion in each of us. 

Eric holds the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, conferred by the National Speakers Association and the International Federation for Professional Speakers. The CSP label has strict standards and a rigorous five-year certification process during which time speakers must demonstrate both experience and expertise. Less than 10% of all speakers worldwide have this certification and it represents one of the highest achievements possible for a speaking professional.

As a professional basketball player, Eric’s versatility and his ability to do it all made him shine and stand out from the crowd. As a speaker, his wisdom and insight have helped him rise to the top. Two worlds come together to form one being. Eric’s ability to crossover and connect with audiences of all ages and backgrounds makes him one of the world’s most dynamic speakers.

When Eric Bailey’s towering 6'5" frame steps onto the stage, he gives his audiences more than just a presentation; he connects with them on an intense emotional level. Clearly, he is a powerful force both physically and motivationally. Eric customizes all his presentations for the group to whom he is speaking. He immerses himself in his audience’s culture. Using positive energy and wit, he fills the room with an excitement that can be felt immediately and never fades during the course of a talk. His inspirational stories, along with actionable takeaways, make a real difference. Eric has the ability to touch everyone in the room with his openness, authenticity, and passion.

Eric Bailey has participated in many charitable activities and personal areas of public interest. Among them, he is the ambassador of three non-profit organizations including White Ribbon, dedicated to preventing men’s violence against women, Adopt Change, which transforms attitudes and laws affecting adoption, and Nourish Children, that addresses childhood hunger around the world. Together with these accomplishments, Eric has recently been featured in the highly acclaimed World Class Magazine. He has just released his much anticipated first book – Bring Your A Game.

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Rodger Baker

Stratfor's Vice President of Strategic Analysis, Speaker on Geopolitics and International Affairs

 About

Rodger Baker leads Stratfor's analysis of Asia Pacific and South Asia and guides the company's forecasting process. A Stratfor analyst since 1997, he has played a pivotal role in developing and refining the company's analytical process, internal training programs and geopolitical framework.

Mr. Baker develops custom reports for clients and frequently delivers executive briefings to investors, businesses and universities across the globe, from the National Defense University in Beijing to financial institutions in New York. He is regularly invited to participate in dialogues and panel discussions in China, Japan, Thailand, Mongolia and South Korea.

Mr. Baker often appears as an expert in major media including The Economist, The New York Times, CNBC, CBS's The Early Show, The Chosun Ilbo, China Daily, Reuters, The Associated Press, Investors Business Daily and The Globe and Mail. Stratfor was one of the first organizations to identify the growing problems with the Chinese economy, with Mr. Baker spearheading the company's assessment. 

Before joining Stratfor, Mr. Baker studied and worked in South Korea and graduated with honors from Southampton College, Long Island University. He also has a master's degree in military history from Norwich University, the oldest private military university in the United States.

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Dr. Robert Ballard

Inspiring adventure speaker, deep sea explorer who discovered the RMS Titanic.

 About

I grew up wanting to be Captain Nemo from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Best known for his 1985 discovery of the TITANIC, Dr. Robert Ballard has succeeded in tracking down numerous other significant shipwrecks, including the German battleship BISMARCK, the lost fleet of Guadalcanal, the U.S. aircraft carrier YORKTOWN (sunk in the World War II Battle of Midway), and John F. Kennedy boat, PT-109.

While those discoveries have captured the imagination of the public, Dr. Ballard believes his most important discoveries were of hydrothermal vents and black smokers in the Galapagos Rift and East Pacific Rise in 1977 and 1979 along with their exotic life forms living off the energy of the Earth through a process now called chemosynthesis.

In addition to being a National Geographic Society Explorer-In-Residence and a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, Dr. Ballard is the president of the Ocean Exploration Trust (OET). 

Ballard was born June 30, 1942, in Wichita, KS but moved to California at a very young age and grew up exploring the shore in San Diego. Dr. Ballard has a Ph.D. in marine geology and geophysics from the University of Rhode Island. He spent 30 years at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where he helped develop telecommunications technology to create "tele-presence" for his education initiative, which allows hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren to accompany him from afar on undersea explorations around the globe each year. In 2001, he returned to the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island where he is presently a tenured Professor of Oceanography and Director of the Center for Ocean Exploration.

Dr. Ballard has 21 honorary degrees and six military awards. He was also a Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve, serving in the Navy from 1967 to 1997. He received the National Geographic Society's prestigious Hubbard Medal in 1996 for extraordinary accomplishments in coaxing secrets from the world's oceans and engaging students in the wonder of science. In 2014, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Ballard has published numerous books, scientific papers, and a dozen articles in National Geographic magazine. Dr. Ballard also has been featured in several National Geographic television programs, including the record-breaking Secrets of the TITANIC.

His discoveries also include sunken remains of ships along ancient trade routes in the Mediterranean Sea; two ancient Phoenician ships off Israel, the oldest shipwrecks ever found in deep water; and four 1,500-year-old wooden ships, one almost perfectly preserved in the Black Sea. Dr. Ballard's Black Sea project seeks evidence of a great flood that may have struck the region thousands of years ago.

His 1997 best-selling book, Lost Liners, tells the story of the great transatlantic liners through memorable wrecks he has visited. Dr. Ballard was also a special advisor on Steven Spielberg's futuristic Sea Quest, DSV television show.

An explorer, discoverer and historian, Dr. Ballard's fascinating journeys can teach us a great deal about our past, and they have encouraged others to take tremendous strides in the survey of the undiscovered mysteries of the deep sea.

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Thomas Barnett

Chief Analyst of Wikistrat, Speaks on Geopolitics and Globalization

 About

Thomas P.M. Barnett has worked in US national security circles since the end of the Cold War, starting first with the Department of Navy's premier think tank, the Center for Naval Analyses. From there he moved to serve as a senior researcher and professor at the Naval War College in Newport RI , where he became a top assistant to Vice Admiral Arthur Cebrowksi - the father of network-centric warfare. After 9/11, Barnett served in Cebrowski's Office of Force Transformation in the Office of the Secretary of Defense as the Assistant for Strategic Futures. He developed a famous PowerPoint brief on the subject of globalization and international security, which later morphed into a New York Times-bestselling book, The Pentagon's New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-First Century (2004).

Since leaving government service in 2005, Dr. Barnett has amassed a number of duties in the private sector including acting as Chief Analyst for the online strategic community and massively multi-player online consultancy Wikistrat Ltd and running his own consultancy, Barnett Consulting LLP. An award-winning professor, Dr. Barnett has written for Esquire, Wired, National Review, and the Washington Post, and has been interviewed by Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, The Economist, Time, BBC World Service, CBS, CNBC, PBS, CSpan, CNN, Fox News and numerous foreign media. He also writes his own blog (Thomas P.M. Barnett's Globlogization) and a weekly column for World Politics Review (The New Rules).

Barnett completed his Pentagon's New Map trilogy with the volumes, Blueprint for Action: A Future Worth Creating (2005), and Great Powers: America and the World After Bush (2009). Dr. Barnett holds a PhD in political science from Harvard University . He is based in Indianapolis, Indiana, and travels the world giving speeches and conducting his strategy work with both private- and- public sector enterprises.

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Eric Baron

Sales speaker and author of business best-seller Selling Is a Team Sport.

 About

Eric Baron is the founder of The Baron Group Global, LLC, a sales process training and consulting company that has been training salespeople and sales managers for over 30 years.  His unique body of knowledge introduces salespeople to more sophisticated approaches to interacting with clients.  His primary focus is to position the sales call as a problem solving opportunity.  He believes that the highest level of selling is when salespeople use their skills to help their clients solve their business problems.  These programs introduce skills that fall in five key areas—interpersonal, communication, problem solving, presenting and facilitation.

Eric teaches at Columbia Business School, and has received both the prestigious Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award for his extremely popular course, Entrepreneurial Selling, and the Marketing Association award for the Class that Best Prepared You for your Future Career, which is decided by students.

His first book, Selling Is a Team Sport, was a business best seller and explains how sales teams can become more effective by applying proven problem solving skills to both their internal strategy sessions and their sales interactions.  His second book, Selling, provides sales professionals with specific insights to build relationships, understand client needs, make creative recommendations, resolve difficult objections and gain customer commitment.  His most recent book, Innovative Team Selling, builds on the concept of Team Selling and explains in-depth what sales teams can do to be more innovative.  He tells a story about how a sales team wins a major piece of business by applying these skills.

Eric was educated as a Chemical Engineer, receiving his degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in 1968.  After graduation, he joined Union Carbide Corporation where he spent eight years, holding positions in Sales, Sales Management, Marketing and Sales Training.  In 1976, he joined Synectics® Inc. where he spent five years teaching and researching creative problem solving and innovation.  He left as Vice President of Sales and Marketing.  It was at Synectics that Eric became fascinated with the similarities between problem solving and selling which led to his forming his own business. 

Eric is an internationally recognized public speaker and has worked in-depth with clients that include JPMorgan, Kraft, Ogilvy and Mather, UBS, Prudential, NetJets, BNY Mellon, Gartner, AT&T, American Express and Pfizer.

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David Barrett

President of Solutions Network Ltd., Speaks on Project Management, Business Analysis, and Relationship Management

 About

David is a National Program Director for project management and business analysis for The Schulich Executive Education Centre, Schulich School of Business, York University. He is also a regular blogger, podcaster and professional speaker specializing in leadership, strategy execution and professional growth. 

He has published three books: The Power of The Plan, The Keys to Our Success and The Business Analyst Book of Mentors.

Previously, he was the Group Conference Director at Diversified Business Communications where he ran project management and business analysis events around the world and he was the Executive Editor and founder of ProjectTimes.com and BATimes.com.

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Robert J. Barro

Harvard University economics professor, speaker on the future of finance and economics.

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Robert J. Barro is the Paul M. Warburg Professor of Economics at Harvard University, a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution of Stanford University, and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is a uniquely qualified keynote speaker on trends and the future of finance and economics.

He has a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and a B.S. in physics from Caltech. Barro is co-editor of Harvard's Quarterly Journal of Economics and was recently President of the Western Economic Association and Vice President of the American Economic Association.

He was a viewpoint columnist for Business Week from 1998 to 2006 and a contributing editor of The Wall Street Journal from 1991 to 1998.

He has written extensively on macroeconomics and economic growth. Noteworthy research includes empirical determinants of economic growth, economic effects of public debt and budget deficits, and the formation of monetary policy. His recent books include Macroeconomics: A Modern Approach, Economic Growth (2nd edition, written with Xavier Sala-i-Martin), Nothing Is Sacred: Economic Ideas for the New Millennium, Determinants of Economic Growth, and Getting It Right: Markets and Choices in a Free Society.

His current research focuses on two very different topics: the interplay between religion and political economy and the impact of rare disasters on asset markets.

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Bernard Baumohl

Chief Global Economist of the Economic Outlook Group, speaker on international economy.

 About

Bernard Baumohl is Chief Global Economist at The Economic Outlook Group. He is known for being ahead of the curve in assessing the direction of the U.S. and world economy. Mr. Baumohl began his career as an analyst with the Council on Foreign Relations, a think tank specializing on international affairs. He later served as an economist at European American Bank with responsibilities to monitor the global economy and develop forecasts. Mr. Baumohl is a dynamic and entertaining speaker.

Apart from his role as chief global economist, Mr. Baumohl also teaches at the New York Institute of Finance. He has been a frequent guest on television and radio, including CNN, CNBC, and served as a commentator on Public Television's Nightly Business Report. He is cited often in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Business Week, Barron's, and U.S. News & World Report. He has also made hundreds of speeches around the country and lectured at New York University, Duke University, and the New York Institute of Finance.

Mr. Baumohl was also TIME magazine's senior economics reporter for two decades. An award-winning journalist, he covered the news from New York, Washington, London, and Jerusalem.

Mr. Baumohl is author of The Secrets of Economic Indicators: Hidden Clues to Future Economic Trends and Investment Opportunities. This best-selling book is winner of the Readers Preference Editor's Choice Award for Finance and has been translated into several languages, including Russian and Chinese.

He is  a recipient of the John Hancock Award for Excellence in Financial Journalism,  a member of the National Association for Business Economics and the American Economic Association and holds an M.A. from Columbia University.

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Alan Bean

Inspiring speaker and APOLLO XII and SKYLAB II astronaut, one of the first people to walk on the moon.

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Alan Bean, one of the first Americans on the moon, was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 12 and Spacecraft Commander of Skylab Mission II (SL-3). He has helped establish 11 world records in space and astronautics, and was awarded two NASA distinguished Service Medals. In his 18 years as a NASA astronaut, Alan saw sights that no artist, past or present has ever seen first hand. Today, as an accomplished painter, he creates paintings that record his explorations into the world of outer space.

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Hal Becker

Bestselling Author & Speaker on Sales and Customer Service

 About

Hal Becker is a nationally known expert on Sales, Customer Service, and Negotiating. He conducts seminars or consults to more than 140 organizations a year. His client list includes IBM, Disney, New York Life, United Airlines, Verizon, Terminix, AT&T, Pearle Vision, Cintas, and hundreds of other companies and associations.

At the age of 22, he became the #1 salesperson among a national sales force of 11,000, for the Xerox Corporation. Six years later in 1983, he survived terminal cancer only months after launching Direct Opinions, one of America's first customer service telephone survey marketing firms that facilitates more than two million calls per year with offices throughout the U.S.A. and Canada. In 1990, Hal sold Direct Opinions to devote time for consulting and presenting lectures around the world.

Hal is the author of Can I have 5 Minutes Of Your Time?", which is now in its 21st printing and is used by many corporations as their "Sales Bible." He has also authored three other best sellers including Lip Service, one of the nations foremost books on customer service, and Get What You Want, a fun, upbeat and fresh approach to negotiating. Hal’s latest book on sales is titled the Ultimate Sales Book.

He has been featured in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Inc Magazine, Nations Business and hundreds of newspapers and Radio/TV stations around the world, and is currently syndicated in over 45 newspapers and magazines.

In 2010 Salesgurus.net voted Hal as one of the "World's top 30 Professional Sales Trainers". Inc. Magazine has voted Hal as one of the nation's top speakers in the Area of Sales and Customer Service. 

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Harry Beckwith

Client service and marketing expert, author of the BusinessWeek bestseller Selling the Invisible

 About

Harry Beckwith is an internationally acclaimed speaker who has worked with 23 Fortune 200 companies and is the marketing and branding consultant to the world's premier brand consultancy. He has appeared on CNN, given keynote addresses to Microsoft, Disney, and ABC, and authored the international business bestseller, Selling the Invisible, which was named one of the top ten business and management books of all time. His subsequent Business Week bestsellers on customer service, The Invisible Touch and What Clients Love, brought his total sales worldwide to over 700,000 copies in 23 languages. Other bestselling books by Harry Beckwith are You, Inc. and Unthinking.

Harry Beckwith is the founder and director of Beckwith Partners. Beckwith Partners advises financial and professional service clients on positioning, branding, consumer retention, communication strategies, and technology. The firm's work has been featured in Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Inc., Advertising Age and AdWeek, and has won The American Marketing Association's highest honor, the Effie.

Drawing on 25 years experience with service industry organizations and extensive work with many Fortune 500 companies, Harry shares anecdotes and new approaches that help organizations reach new heights. Using unique examples, Harry clearly isolates the four keys to growing a service business in presentations that are sincere, engaging, witty, moving, and in the end, enormously inspiring.

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Chip Bell

Best-selling author and world-renown authority on customer loyalty and service innovation

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Chip Bell has helped many Fortune 100 companies dramatically enhance their bottom lines and marketplace reputation through innovative customer-centric strategies that address the needs of today’s picky, fickle, vocal and “all about me” customers. Dr. Bell reveals the best practices from the organizations leading the customer loyalty charge, giving audiences powerful cutting-edge ideas and unique strategies they can put into practice the minute they leave his keynote. Bell’s impact on audiences is nothing short of extraordinary: over 80% of the groups who hear him bring him back. Always customer-centered, Bell customizes all his presentations to meet unique organizational needs through a background study, pre-event conference call, and phone interviews to better understand specific audience needs and challenges.

He is considered a world-renowned authority on customer loyalty and service innovation, writing over 600 articles for many business journals, magazines, and blogs. He has appeared live on CNN, CNBC, CBS, Fox Business, Bloomberg TV, ABC, NPR Radio and his work has been featured in Fortune, Businessweek, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CEO Magazine and Entrepreneur. He has authored eight national best-selling books including: Managing Knock Your Socks off Service (now in its 3rd edition); Customers as Partners; Magnetic Service; Take Their Breath Away: How Imaginative Service Creates Devoted Customers: The 9½ Principles of Innovative Service; Wired and Dangerous: How Your Customers Have Changed and What to Do about It; and Sprinkles: Creating Awesome Experiences Through Innovative Service.  His newest book is the best-selling Kaleidoscope:  Delivering Innovative Service That Sparkles.  His books have won major awards and been endorsed by the CEO or presidents of such companies as Zappos, Starbucks, Four Seasons Hotels, Ritz-Carlton Hotels, Build-A-Bear Workshops, JetBlue, Marriott, Ultimate Software, WestRock Chick-fil-A, Wolfgang Puck Worldwide, Morgan Stanley, Nationwide, Dell Computer, Kimpton Hotels and Southwest Airlines.