Bjorn Lomborg speaker

Bjorn Lomborg

Author and speaker on the environment and climate change. Author of The Skeptical Environmentalist and Cool it.

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Bjorn Lomborg is adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School and and international keynote speaker on and climate change. He is the organizer of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, which brings together some of the world's top economists, including 5 Nobel laureates, to set priorities for the world. Time magazine named Lomborg one of the world's 100 most influential people in 2004. In 2008 he was named one of the 50 people who could save the planet by the UK Guardian; one of the top 100 public intellectuals by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazine in 2010 and 2011; and one of the world's 75 most influential people of the 21st century by Esquire.

Besides working as the director of Copenhagen Consensus and as adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School, Lomborg is the author of the best-selling The Skeptical Environmentalist and Cool it in which he challenged mainstream concerns about the environment and pointed out that we need to focus attention on the most important problems first.

The Skeptical Environmentalist had its genesis in 1998, when Lomborg worked as an associate professor of statistics at the Department of Political Science at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. He published four lengthy articles about the state of the environment in a leading Danish newspaper, which resulted in a firestorm debate spanning over 400 articles in major metropolitan newspapers. The articles led to the publication of The Skeptical Environmentalist in 2001, which has now been published in every major language in the world.

Since the publication of The Skeptical Environmentalist, Lomborg has been a frequent participant in public debate. His commentaries have appeared regularly in such prestigious publications as the New York Times, Wall St. Journal, Globe & Mail, The Guardian, The Daily and Sunday Telegraph, The Times, The Australian, the Economist, the LA Times and Boston Globe. He has appeared on TV shows such as Politically Incorrect and ABC 60 minutes, Larry King, 20/20, 60 minutes and BBC Newsnight along with shows on CNN, BBC, CNBC, and PBS. In November 2001, Lomborg was selected "Global Leader for Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum.

From February 2002 to July 2004 Lomborg was director of Denmark's national Environmental Assessment Institute. During this period he was named one of the 50 stars of Europe (as one of the 9 agenda setters in Europe) in Business Week. In April 2004, Lomborg was named one of the world's 100 most influential people by Time Magazine.

Lomborg organised Copenhagen Consensus in 2004, a project which brought together some of the world's top economists to prioritize the best solutions to the world's biggest challenges. Essentially, he asked these experts to tackle the question: With limited resources, how can we do the most good possible?

In June 2006 Lomborg repeated the Copenhagen Consensus project with top United Nations ambassadors instead of economists. He managed to bring together representatives from China, India and the USA, representing about half the world's population. Their ranking of solutions to the world's challenges was the first of its kind for the United Nations. These two conferences and their results have resulted in two books: Global Crises, Global Solutions and How to Spend $50 Billion to Make the World a Better Place. The last global Copenhagen Consensus project was held in May 2008.

In September 2007, Lomborg published Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Climate Change, a groundbreaking book that is transforming the debate about global warming by offering a fresh perspective based on human needs as well as environmental concerns. It has already been translated into 17 languages.

In October 2010 Cambridge University Press released Smart Solutions to Climate Change, edited by Bjorn Lomborg. The highly anticapated collection presents a very wide range of climate policy options including ones that are not well covered in the media, making it highly relevant to climate policy debates in search for a new treaty to succeed Kyoto. Also in November 2010, Lomborg released the documentary film, Cool It.

In his most recent offering, How to Spend $75 Billion to Make the World a Better Place, Bjorn presents the costs and benefits of the smartest solutions to twelve global problems. Featuring cutting edge research of more than sixty eminent economists, four Nobel Laureates, and produced for the Copenhagen Consensus, this book will inform, enlighten and motivate actions to make the world a better place.

Bjorn is also the editor of How Much have Global Problems Cost the World? and Global Problems, Smart Solutions, out in the fall of 2013.

James B. Maas speaker

James B. Maas

Author of the best-selling Power of Sleep and speaker on sleep and performance

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Dr. James B. Maas is one of the world's most sought-after corporate, health, association, education and professional athletic team speakers. Dr. Maas' book, Power Sleep, is a New York Times business best-seller and published in 11 languages. His latest venture, Remmy and the Brain Train, is an award-winning children's bedtime story designed to help improve daytime alertness, mood and performance. Sleep for Success, co-authored with Rebecca Robbin, has received wide acclaim. His latest book, Sleep to Win!, is a resource to help athletes of every age improve performance and increase success on the playing field. He appears frequently on national television on programs, such as the TODAY Show, NBC Nightly News, CNN, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, The View, Regis & Kelly, ABC's 20/20 and Oprah.

Dr. Maas has served as Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Professor and past Chairman of Psychology, as well as a professor in the graduate fields of Education and Communication at Cornell University. He is also a professor at the Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar. Dr. Maas received his B.A. from Williams College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell. He holds the world's record for college classroom teaching, having taught more than 65,000 students. Dr. Maas conducts research on sleep and performance, as well as on leadership and critical thinking.

Dr. Maas has held a Fulbright Senior Professorship to Sweden, has been a visiting professor at Stanford University and past-president of the American Psychological Association's Division on Teaching. He received the Clark Award for Distinguished Teaching at Cornell, and is the recipient of the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Teaching Award for being the nation's outstanding educator.

Dr. Maas is also a noted filmmaker who has produced nine national television specials for PBS in this country, for the BBC in England, the CBC in Canada, and for Dutch, Danish and Swedish National Television. His films for such organizations as the National Geographic Society, General Motors, Exxon, Upjohn, Metropolitan Life, the McArthur Foundation and the United States Department of Transportation have won 44 major film festivals.

He has presented highly acclaimed programs for such organizations as IBM, Eastman Kodak, Apple Computers, Campbell's Soups, Pepsi Cola, John Hancock, CitiGroup, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Smith Barney, ING, Merrill Lynch, Million Dollar Roundtable, Young President's Organization (YPO), World Presidents' Organization (WPO), World Business Council (WBC), Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), Ernst & Young, Mutual Life, Maytag, Abbott Labs, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis,NBA Orlando Magic, the New York Jets, S. C. Johnson, Simmons Company, Marriott Corporation, Starwood and Wyndham Hotels, Cunard, Crystal and Royal Cruise Lines, MCI/Universal Studios and scores of prep schools, colleges and universities.

Warren Macdonald speaker

Warren Macdonald

Inspiring speaker and adventurer with message on survival and change.

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Warren Macdonald's inspirational story and powerful message deliver life-changing instruction on not only navigating, but embracing change; with focus, energy and confidence. His life's boundaries were redefined in April 1997 with his accident on North Queensland's Hinchinbrook Island in Australia. Climbing to the Island's tallest peak, Warren became trapped beneath a one-ton slab boulder in a freak rock fall. Two days later he was rescued, only to undergo the amputation of both legs at mid thigh.

Just ten months later, Warren climbed Tasmania's Cradle Mountain using a modified wheelchair and the seat of his pants. In February 2003, he became the first double above-knee amputee to reach the summit of Africa's tallest peak, Mt Kilimanjaro (19,222ft), and more recently, in a spectacular effort requiring more than 2,800 pull-ups over 4 days, created history once again in an ascent of America's tallest cliff face, El Capitan. He is also the only above knee amputee to make an ascent of Canada's landmark frozen waterfall, the 600 ft Weeping Wall in Alberta.

Warren's first book, A Test of Will is an Australian bestseller and the subject of the Trapped under a Boulder episode of the Discovery Channel series I Shouldn't Be Alive. His film documenting the epic four-week journey to Federation Peak, Australia most challenging mountain summit, The Second Step, has been acclaimed worldwide, screening on National Geographic Television and winning eight international awards including Grand Prize at the prestigious Banff Mountain Film Festival.

Warren has appeared on numerous news and current affairs programs, including Larry King Live, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos.

Dr. Joe MacInnis speaker

Dr. Joe MacInnis

Keynote speaker, scientist, author and deep-sea explorer. Advisor to the Titanic discovery team.

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Dr. Joe MacInnis is a physician-scientist, author and deep-sea explorer. He has led more than thirty expeditions into the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic Oceans and written several books about undersea exploration, including Underwater Man, Saving the Ocean, Titanic In A New Light and Breathing Underwater: The Quest to Live in the Sea. His work has earned him a number of distinctions, including his country's highest honor, the Order of Canada.

In the 1960s, Dr. MacInnis was the medical director of the American Man-in-Sea program and worked on the U. S. Navy's Sea Lab project. In the 1970s and 80s he led the teams that made the first scientific dives under the North Pole and discovered the world's northernmost known shipwreck--HMS Breadalbane--under the ice of the Northwest Passage.

Dr. MacInnis was an advisor to the Titanic discovery team and co-leader of a $5-million expedition to film Titanic in the giant-screen Imax format. It was this expedition that inspired James Cameron's Academy Award-winning movie. Recently, he was a medical advisor and expedition journalist on the James Cameron-National Geographic seven-mile science dive into the Mariana Trench. He’s now working with Cameron on a new multimedia leadership project called "Carry the Fire".

He has written articles for Scientific American, National Geographic and Wired. One of his more recent books published by National Geographic Books is the companion volume to Cameron's 3-D Imax film Aliens of the Deep.

Dr. MacInnis currently studies leadership, teamwork and team genius in high-risk environments. His newest book, Deep Leadership: Essential Insights from High Risk Environments, shows how the leadership traits forged in extraordinary circumstances are transferable to our everyday lives.

Each year Dr. MacInnis makes motivational presentations on leadership and teamwork to Fortune 500 companies, including IBM, Microsoft, Toshiba, Fidelity and Ford. In his speeches, he shares the values including courage, communication and teamwork that enhance performance under the ocean and in the corporate world.

Ron MacLean speaker

Ron MacLean

Canada's favorite sports broadcaster.

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Ron MacLean is regarded by millions of Canadians as their most-beloved sports commentator. He is best known as the straight man on CBC's Coach's Corner with partner Don Cherry. Above all, Ron is adored by Canadians because of his genuine enthusiasm for sports, and in particular for his incredible knowledge of, and profound love for, the game of hockey.

Ron began his career as late night newscaster on a radio station in Red Deer Alberta and slowly began the climb up the ladder to disc jockey and program manager, on to television as a weatherman, then hockey commentator for the Calgary Flames and finally, to Hockey Night in Canada and national renown. After joining the CBC network in 1986, MacLean hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs' telecasts on Hockey Night in Canada before becoming the full-time national host in 1987.

Ron peppers his presentations with tales of the famous and infamous, all delivered with rollicking humor and sly insights into human behavior. He is an entertaining, engaging and perceptive host and speaker who never fails to connect with audiences at a very human level -- and always leaves them cheering for more.

During the hockey off-season, Ron expands his professional duties to include hosting CBC's coverage of the Summer and Winter Olympics, Calgary Stampede, Commonwealth Games and World Track & Field Championships.

To date, Ron has received nine Gemini Awards in the category of Best Sports Broadcaster, including Best Host in a Sports Program for CBC'S HOCKEY DAY IN CANADA in 2004 and 2006. He enjoys sailing, cycling, and walking his dog, Lewis.

Duncan MacPherson speaker

Duncan MacPherson

Best-selling author and keynote speaker on sustainable business for financial service professionals.

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Duncan MacPherson travels extensively as a keynote speaker throughout North America, conveying dynamic and fact-rich presentations that have made him a popular spokesperson for the financial services industry. Duncan's expertise in demystifying business development and marketing in the financial world has universal appeal; from the high-level advisor to the successful wholesaler, to corporate financial institutions. Duncan's primary goal is to help Financial Services Professionals achieve liberation and order in their businesses through step-by-step methodology and execution.

As co-founder and co-CEO of Pareto Systems and Pareto Platform, an industry leading business development firm and ASP (Application Service Provider) dedicated to the elite professionals and companies within the financial services sector, Duncan and his team of consultants are in constant demand for speaking engagements and for assisting Financial Services Professionals create predictable, sustainable, and duplicable businesses. Pareto Systems is well known for its approach, which is based on best practices and for its focus on implementation. Pareto Platform has now taken that expertise to a whole new level by combining practice management strategies with a powerful web-based client relationship management system.

Duncan is an industry author and has written the best-selling books: Breakthrough Business Development, Take Your Business to THE NEXT LEVEL and The Promise of the Future: A Financial Advisor's Guide to Effective Marketing. He is also co-creator of the Pareto Platform, which combines the essential CRM tools with an all-encompassing array of time-tested practice management and business development processes that ensures Pareto Platforms' revolutionary BDRM platform will take one's business to the next level.

Mark Magnacca speaker

Mark Magnacca

Author, Sales Strategist and Coach

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Mark Magnacca, President of Insight Development Group, is a recognized industry expert who specializes in helping advisors create a personal brand and effectively articulate their value proposition. As a presenter, Mark's mission is to bring a unique combination of dynamic content, relevant industry experience and an interactive presentation style that brings ideas to life.

Prior to founding Insight Development Group, Mark co-founded Wellesley Financial Services, a financial education and investment management firm. Over a 10 year period, he was responsible for creating innovative, practice-development and business-building strategies. These strategies have become the foundation for his books, The Product is You and So What? How to Communicate What Really Matters to Your Audience, as well as his training program for Financial Advisors, So What? Business Building Workshops.

Mark has worked with a wide range of financial services companies including: Edward Jones, Pacific Life, Pioneer Investments, Merrill Lynch, UBS, Morgan Stanley, Young President's Organization, and Black Rock.

His programs have also been featured in both print and television media including: The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Registered Rep, Financial Planning, CNN's Moneyline.

Mark is a participant in The Strategic Coach Master's Program. He is a graduate of Babson College where he majored in finance, investments and communication. He resides in the Boston area with his family.

Angela Maiers speaker

Angela Maiers

Award-winning Educator, Speaker, and Consultant on Literacy & Leadership

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Angela Maiers embodies each of these descriptors with passion, commitment and fierce determination. She has been creating and leading change in education and enterprise for 25 years, teaching every level of school from kindergarten to graduate school and consulting with companies around the world.

She helps learners and leaders understand the transformative power of technology and the Internet. Her powerful message and down-to-earth style has made her a highly sought-after keynote speaker for education conferences, corporate events and innovation summits.

She is the author of six books, including Classroom Habitudes and The Passion-Driven Classroom, and her You Matter talk at TEDxDesMoines has been viewed several hundred thousand times.

Angela is the founder of Choose2Matter, a global movement that challenges and inspires students to work collaboratively to develop innovative solutions to social problems. She is an alumna of The University of Iowa, where she earned her Bachelor’s in Education and her Master’s in Educational Supervision and Reading.

Vikram Mansharamani speaker

Vikram Mansharamani

Author of Boombustology, speaks on risk management in the financial markets

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He believes that the future doesn’t have to surprise us – and won’t – if we regularly step away from our expertise and look at the world through multiple lenses. He calls this the generalist’s mindset. When encountering information that seems irrelevant most people think, “So what?!” Generalists think instead, “Isn’t that interesting,” and look to connect disparate dots. When they do, the conclusions they draw and decisions they make may be very different from the more narrow-focused “experts.” Vikram shows audiences practical ways to use this approach to spot opportunities and reduce risk.

Vikram is Lecturer at Yale University where he taught three popular classes: “Investment Management”, “Financial Booms and Busts” and “Adventures in Business Ethics.” He is also Lecturer at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences where he is co-teaching a course called “Humanity and Its Challenges.” His current research interests include bubbles in both financial and non-financial markets, the unsustainable dynamics of food and fuel, and the relative value of experts vs. generalists in navigating complex uncertainties and risk.

Vikram is a global equity investor with more than 20 years’ experience investing in public and private markets. He served as Managing Director of SDK Capital (and its predecessors).

Vikram is currently regular contributor to Worth magazine and a columnist for the PBS NewsHour. He has also contributed to Bloomberg, MarketWatch, CNBC, Forbes, Fortune, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Yale Global, The South China Morning Post, The Korea Times, The Khaleej Times, and The Daily Beast, among others. He contributed the summary chapter for the book A Force for Good (2015) synthesizing lessons drawn from the collection of essays written by the world’s most prominent thinkers on the role of finance and capitalism in today’s increasingly interconnected and unequal world.

Vikram is a frequently sought-after speaker by a wide range of organizations.  And while corporations from virtually every industry have sought his insights, he continues to have a very strong following in the investment community.  He regularly speaks with those focused on allocating large pools of capital. Audiences of sovereign wealth funds, family offices, endowments, foundations, and registered investment advisors have found tremendous value in his unconventional thinking.

As a consultant he helps clients analyze the business impact of global trends, with a particular emphasis on economic, political, and social risks that might generate instability. He conducts many executive education seminars for senior leadership teams on how to integrate disparate (and seemingly contradictory) information into actionable analysis to drive business decisions. His thematic analysis and risk management is always focused on identifying opportunities within the risks. He currently serves on the board of the Africa Opportunity Fund (LSE: AOF), is a strategic advisor to Peter Kiewit & Sons, and regularly helps the National Bank of Abu Dhabi.

He previously served on the boards of the Association of Yale Alumni, the U.S.-Pakistan Business Council, Interelate, and ManagedOps. He earned a Ph.D. and MS from the Sloan School of Management at MIT, an MS in Political Science from MIT, and a BA from Yale University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Mary Marcdante speaker

Mary Marcdante

Inspirational communication, healthy-living and stress management speaker.

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Mary Marcdante helps people experience less stress and more life. Translating the latest research on stress, resilience, positive psychology, emotional/social intelligence, and brain/mindset learning, into practical and powerful lifestyle strategies, Mary's programs inspire people to make healthier choices during challenge and change.

A communication and stress management expert, Mary has spoken to over 500,000 people and given over 1500 speeches, seminars, and workshops around the world to a diverse group of clients including American Bankers Association, Procter & Gamble, Deloitte, Wal-Mart, Sharp Healthcare, International Association of Administrative Professionals, Northwestern Mutual, Hewlett Packard, and the IRS.

She is the author of Living with Enthusiasm, My Mother, My Friend, and Inspiring Words for Inspiring People. She is a contributing author to five best-selling Chicken Soup books, and A Woman's Way To Success in Business. She is also a regular contributor to client publications and a contributing relationship expert on iVillage.com. Her breathtaking nature photography is woven into her programs, balancing energy and reconnecting people to the power and beauty within them and around them.

A welcome radio and talk show guest who welcomes the opportunity to promote your event, Mary has been featured on NBC, ABC, Fox, Oxygen, ABC Radio, Voice of America Worldwide, and in the Wall Street Journal, Glamour, Modern Maturity, The Chicago Tribune, as well as over 200 national, regional, local, and internet radio stations and newspapers across the United States.

Cam Marston speaker

Cam Marston

Speaker on generational marketing, communication and different generations in the workplace.

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Cam Marston is the leading expert on the impact of generational characteristics and differences on the workplace and the marketplace. As an author, columnist, blogger, and lecturer, he imparts a clear understanding of how generational demographics are changing the landscape of business. Marston and his firm, Generational Insights, have provided research and consultation on generational issues to hundreds of companies and professional groups, ranging from small businesses to multinational corporations, as well as major professional associations, for over 15 years.

Marston's books, articles, columns, and blog describe and analyze the major generations of our time: Matures (born before 1946), Baby Boomers, (born 1946-64), Generation X (born 1965-79), and Millennials (born 1980-2000). He explains how their generational characteristics and differences affect every aspect of business, including recruiting and retention, management and motivation, and sales and marketing.

His first book, Motivating The What's In It For Me? Workforce (2005), explores the characteristics and motivations that each generation brings to the workforce and suggests management tactics applicable to any business setting. His next book, Generational Insights (2010) is a guide to the best practices in managing generational issues. Generational Selling Tactics That Work (2011) is the first book-length study of generational approaches to sales and marketing.

Marston's expertise has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, the Chicago Tribune, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Money, and Forbes, as well as on Good Morning America and the BBC. He writes a monthly column for Business Alabama and InvestmentNews and has been a featured columnist in Agent's Sales Journal, PROFIT Magazine, and Multi-Housing News, among others. His blog at GenerationalInsights.com tracks the latest changes and developments in generational issues and demographics.

As a consultant, Marston has provided generational insight and advice to leadership at the nation's most prominent corporations, including American Express, Fidelity, Merrill Lynch, Kellogg, Coca-Cola, Macy's, Warner Brothers, ESPN, Qualcomm, RE/MAX and Eli Lilly. He has also offered presentations and consultations for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Internal Revenue Service, and the U.S. Army, as well as major professional associations such as the American Bankers Association and the Million Dollar Roundtable. He is an ongoing instructor at Belmont University.

Marston's presentations are informative, engaging, and often humorous. He offers concrete demographic research that is tailored to his audience. But he enlivens the data with anecdotes, tales from the real business world, attention-grabbing visuals, and quips that make the message memorable. Marston's clients consistently report that his research makes his programs relevant and his presentation style makes them interesting and fun.

Marston's insights and expertise are the product of 15 years of research and consultation across a wide range of industries as well as his own early-career background in corporate sales and research. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University. He is a native and resident of Mobile, Alabama and a proud member of Generation X.

Chuck Martin speaker

Chuck Martin

Speaker and Author on The Internet of Things and Mobile Strategy

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Chuck Martin is a New York Times business best-selling author, CEO of Mobile Future Institute and the Editor of the MediaPost mCommerce Daily, where he writes the daily MobileShopTalk column. Martin has been a leading pioneer in the digital interactive marketplace for more than a decade.

Martin's new book, Mobile Influence: The New Power of the Consumer, illustrates the impact mobile is going to have and the future of the market. The Mobile Shopping Life Cycle involves six stages, each thriving with opportunities for marketers to engage with m-powered consumers and to influence their choices. Some of the most innovative leaders in the mobile field share their experiences and success stories as the best way to employ mobile influence is demonstrated.

The Third Screen: Marketing to Your Customers in a World Gone Mobile, defines the implications, strategies, and tactics to thrive in business during the mobile revolution. The book links the technological developments to the behavioral changes that go hand-in-hand and reveals the unexpected aspects of the coming changes in mobile, preparing marketers and business people for what lies just around the corner.

The Mobile Future Institute is a US-based think tank that focuses on business strategies and marketing tactics for a world gone mobile delving into how, when, and where marketers should best interact with mobile customers. The Institute and Martin are on the forefront of mobile research exploring how the mobile consumer is on the move, on location and how marketers can most effectively reach them in this new digital landscape.

As the former Director of the Center of Media Research at MediaPost Communications Inc., Martin conducted and marketed original research for media, marketing and advertising professionals.

Martin is a former Vice President of IBM, where he ran a division responsible for business strategy solutions in the media industry, including publishers and advertising agencies.

Martin is a New York Times business best-selling book author of numerous books, including The Smartphone Handbook, The Digital Estate, Net Future and Max-e-Marketing in the Net Future (co-author) and has appeared on CNN, CNBC, Fox, and ABC-TV's News Now. He was the founding Publisher of Interactive Age, the first publication to launch in print and on the Web simultaneously and the associate publisher at Information Week, a magazine targeted to CIOs and information technology professionals.

Michael Maslansky speaker

Michael Maslansky

Communication speaker, author of The Language of Trust.

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We live in a post-trust era, where the public is more skeptical than ever of institutions, their motives and their messages.  In this environment, the rules for communicators have changed.  

Michael Maslansky uses experience from more than a decade of research into the art and science of persuasion to counsel Fortune 500 corporations, industry associations, and non-profits on how to communicate credibly in this challenging environment. Clients turn to Michael to understand the public mood, challenge conventional wisdom and transform not just what they say to key audiences – but how they say it.

Clients that have sought Michael’s counsel include AT&T, Bank of America, Johnson & Johnson, MetLife, and Toyota. He has also worked with a wide range of industry associations including the Financial Services Roundtable, PhRMA, the Personal Care Products Council, the Direct Marketing Association, and the New Orleans tourism industry.

Michael shares with clients his in-depth understanding of hot-button issues in banking and financial services, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, corporate social responsibility and non-profits, technology and consumer products, and litigation and politics.  Over the years, he has helped Fortune 500 companies position and differentiate their brands and products during good times, and protect their reputations during crisis.

Michael’s book, The Language of Trust: Selling Ideas in a World of Skeptics  reviews the communication challenges that companies and industries face today and offers proven tools for building trust and credibility with consumers, regulators and the general public.

Michael is a frequent commentator on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and Current TV. He has conducted hundreds of research projects in over 20 countries using his firm’s trademarked polling and focus group methodology, lauded by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, “60 Minutes,” “Nightline” and PBS’s “Frontline,” among others.  

Prior to maslansky + partners, Michael founded MarketResearch.com, a leading market intelligence company where he served as president and board director.  Michael is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society and also serves on a number of advisory boards. Previously, he was a mergers & acquisitions attorney with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

Chris Mathers speaker

Chris Mathers

Former RCMP officer, speaker on money laundering, and author of Crime School.

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Chris Mathers spent most of his life working undercover for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, US Drug Enforcement Administration, and the US Customs Service. Posing as a gangster, a drug trafficker, and even as a money launderer, Mathers has seen and done it all. In his extraordinary talks, Mathers takes audiences into the underworld that only he can describe, letting people in on the stunning stories and secrets harboured by terrorists and those involved in organized crime.

In 1995, Mathers joined the Forensic division of the international accounting firm, KPMG. In 1999, he was appointed to the position of President of KPMG Corporate Intelligence Inc. where he was responsible for international due diligence, asset recovery operations, and the investigation and prevention of organized crime and money laundering.

Touching on issues from security, hiring decisions and background checks to money laundering schemes, corporate fraud, bribery, blackmail, extortion and more; Chris offers wise insights on human character and organizational culture that can help you to spot and avoid the perils of white collar crime. Chris is a unique, humorous, and fascinating speaker.

A popular media commentator and speaker, Mathers has served as a consultant on several feature films and documentaries relating to organized crime, espionage and money laundering. He has appeared on television and radio interviews on CNN, PBS, MSNBC, all of the Canadian national news networks as well as media outlets in Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia and the Caribbean. Mathers is also the host of The Egyptian Job, on the National Geographic Channel.

He is also the author of the bestselling book, Crime School: Money Laundering.

Seth Mattison speaker

Seth Mattison

Author and Expert on Millenials in the workplace.

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Are you struggling with generational communication issues? Charged with understanding the newly-hired Millennials flooding into your workplace? Are you looking for an insightful presentation on the hottest talent trends accompanied by practical, applicable solutions? Millennial expert on the generations, speaker Seth Mattison, has the answers, delivered in an engaging, thought-provoking, media-rich presentation that leaves audiences spellbound. His keynote is great for meetings on communication, leadership, teamwork, and innovation.

Seth was a key contributor and served as the voice of the Millennials for the recently-released The M-Factor: How the Millennial Generation Is Rocking the Workplace (HarperBusiness 2010). He has conducted numerous one-on-one interviews with both Millennials and top executives to discover firsthand the ways in which his generation is shaking up today's business world. In addition, he has worked with companies as diverse as G.E., General Mills, Prudential, and The University of Notre Dame. Seth's keynote speeches and workshops offer valuable insights and actionable solutions that Traditionalists, Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials can use to bridge generational gaps, become more productive, and achieve organizational success.

John Mattone speaker

John Mattone

Leading Thinker in the field of Leadership Development and Talent Management

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John Mattone is widely acknowledged as one the world’s leading authorities on leadership, talent and culture. He advises Fortune 1000 CEO’s and senior leadership teams on how to create and sustain a leadership and talent culture that drives superior operating results.

John is a powerfully engaging, internationally-acclaimed keynote speaker and top-ranked CEO executive coach. He was nominated for the prestigious 2013 Thinkers50 Leadership Award, which recognizes the global thinker who has contributed most significantly to our understanding of leadership over the last two years. He was named to the Thinkers50 “Guru Radar” in 2011 and 2013, which recognizes the world’s fastest rising stars in the fields of leadership and management thinking. He is also currently recognized by HR.com and Warren Bennis’ Leadership Excellence Magazine as one of the world’s top independent leadership consultants, executive coaches, and speakers. John is one of nine executive coaches in the world who have been awarded the coveted Master Corporate Executive Coach (MCEC) certification from the Association of Corporate Executive Coaches.

John is the author of seven books, including two recent best-sellers and he is now writing his next release, Cultural Transformations: Lessons of Leadership & Corporate Reinvention from the C-Suite Elite (Wiley, 2016). John is the co-author of one of the most respected studies of leadership and talent development in the world, The Trends in Leadership Development and Talent Management, which is published bi-annually by Pearson. John was recently appointed Distinguished Senior Fellow of one of leading business schools in the world, the Hult International Business School and he is the host of his own show, The CEO Magazine’s C-Suite Coaching Show.

John Mattone’s work has been featured by The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Businessweek, Inc. Magazine, MarketWatch, The Huffington Post, The CEO Magazine, ChiefExecutive.net, CLO Magazine, CIO Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Harvard Business Review, and many other respected global news outlets. John Mattone and his work have also been the subject of a 30-minute documentary produced by PBS.

John has over 30 years experience in the fields of executive development, leadership and talent development, human capital management, as an entrepreneur who has built two successful human capital consulting firms, as the President of a multi-million dollar leadership consulting firm, and as a leading researcher and author known throughout the Fortune 500 as a cutting edge thinker in the area of trends in executive development and developing high-potential and emerging leaders.

John is the founder and CEO of John Mattone-Global. Prior to this, John was the President of one of the top leadership consulting firms in the world, Executive Development Associates, Inc., (EDA) and prior to EDA he was the Vice President of Assessments for Linkage, Inc. Prior to Linkage, John was the Vice President of Sales for Drake Beam Morin, the global career and outplacement firm. Before joining DBM, John spent 10 years building his first successful consulting firm, Human Resources International.

David Maxfield speaker

David Maxfield

Coauthor of New York Times Best-selling books of Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success and Influencer: The Power to Change Anything, expert on the art of influencing.

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David Maxfield's experience and research into the best practices of leaders and influencers has made him a leading industry expert in communication, behavior, organizational effectiveness, and corporate culture. For more than twenty years, David Maxfield has led high-leverage research initiatives that uncover causes of and solutions to managerial, cultural, and operational inefficiencies that directly affect the bottom line. David's career began with his doctoral work in psychology at Stanford University. Since then, his impact on organizational performance has been wide-reaching as he's helped clients such as General Mills, Harvard Medical School, Pizza Hut, and Spectrum Health increase organizational effectiveness and become measurably more vital.

David is the coauthor of two New York Times bestsellers, Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success and Influencer: The Power to Change Anything. A respected academic, David has taught at Stanford University and the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University. David is the recipient of the Motorola University's Distinguished Teaching Award and Stanford University's Dean's Award for Innovative Industrial Education.

Drawing from extensive academic and corporate experience, David delivers topics that are grounded in solid research and application. Speaking in front of more than five hundred audiences ranging in size from small retreats to large keynote events, David has been featured at prestigious venues including Stanford and Georgetown Universities, the American Association of CriticalCare Nurses, and the National Association of Children's Hospitals. With an unrivaled ability to connect to his audience through engaging stories and captivating examples, David brings concepts to life-motivating listeners to put their newly-found skills and knowledge to immediate use.

Currently, David is the vice president of research at VitalSmarts, an innovative corporate training company that teaches skills which deliver significant improvements to the results companies care about most. In the past thirty years, VitalSmarts has helped thousands of organizations, including more than three hundred of the Fortune 500, realize widespread and lasting results through its award-winning training programs. Named the 2008 Business of the Year by The Association of Learning Providers, VitalSmarts has also been ranked four times by Inc. magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in America and has taught two million people worldwide.

As vice president of research, David has led a series of research projects on a variety of subjects including the role crucial conversations play in the healthcare industry, and how the ongoing failure rate within enterprise projects is consistently linked to the avoidance of a few key crucial conversations. David has also led research projects about diversity, leadership, and influence.

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John Maxwell

Leadership Author, Coach and Speaker

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John C. Maxwell is an internationally renowned leadership expert, coach, and author with more than 22 million books sold. Dr. Maxwell founded The John Maxwell Company and EQUIP, organizations that have trained more than 5 million leaders in 185 countries. Every year he speaks to Fortune 500 and 100 companies, international government leaders, and organizations such as the United States Military Academy at West Point, the NFL, and the United Nations. A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week best-selling author, Maxwell's The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership has sold more than 2 million copies. Developing the Leader Within You and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader have each sold more than 1 million copies.

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Mark Mayfield

Corporate comedian and speaker on communication.

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Mark Mayfield is one of the rare individuals in the world who is equally adept at performing stand up comedy or presenting high content speeches. He excites, educates, and always entertains.

Known as The Corporate Comedian, he has shared the stage with celebrities like Paul Newman, Peter Frampton, Colin Powell, and Bob Newhart and has introduced the President of the United States on a live, nationwide television broadcast. He delivers over 100 presentations annually to conventions, trade associations, and Fortune 500 companies and is the author of the popular book, Mom's Rules, a comedic yet poignant look at all those things that mom said to us as kids.

Raised on a farm, he received two degrees Magna Cum Laude from Kansas State University , served as National President of the Future Farmers of America, and spent time as a teacher, lobbyist, and nightclub owner. He is also a professional model and spokesman seen in print and television commercials.

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Kyle Maynard

Mountaineer, Award-winning Extreme Athlete & Best-selling Author

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Oprah Winfrey called Kyle Maynard “one of the most inspiring young men you will ever hear about.” Arnold Schwarzenegger described him as “the real deal,” “a champion human,” and “one of the most inspiring people” he’s ever met. Even the great Wayne Gretzky has spoken of Kyle’s “greatness.”

Despite being born with a rare condition known as congenital amputation, that has left him with arms that end at the elbows and legs that end near his knees, he learned early on, and with the support of his family, to live life independently and without prosthetics. Kyle thrives on physical challenges and following a few rough, middle school football seasons, he went on to become a champion wrestler, CrossFit Certified Instructor and gym owner, competitive MMA/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter, world record-setting weightlifter, and skilled mountaineer.

In 2012, Kyle became the first quadruple amputee to climb – actually bearcrawl – the 19,340 feet to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro without the aid of prosthetics. His 10-day ascent was widely covered by the press, followed on social media, and raised money and awareness for wounded veterans as well as Tanzanian schoolchildren. Upon his return, Kyle won his second ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) award for Best Male Athlete with a Disability. 

Four years later, he reached the summit of Argentina’s breathtakingly beautiful, and sometimes deadly, Mount Aconcagua – the highest peak in both the Western and Southern Hemispheres, standing at 22,838 feet. Following that epic summit, Nike featured Kyle in the powerful commercial “Unlimited Will,” which debuted globally during the 2016 Olympics, was viewed by millions around the world – as part of the series that AdWeek named the most memorable of all commercials during the 2016 Olympics.

Kyle proudly serves as a board member of K2 Adventure Foundation, and as an ambassador of No Barriers USA, Wounded Warrior Project, the USO, the Travis Manion Foundation, the U.S. Special Forces’ The Honor Foundation (THF), and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF). He has also spent some of his most memorable moments meeting with recovering U.S. military veterans at Walter Reed Medical Center, and supporting service events for Air Force Academy and Navy SEAL Qualification Trainee programs, as well as to servicemen and women at Camp Pendleton, Ft. Benning, Ft. Bragg, Ft. Leavenworth, Ft. Lewis and Ft. Myer.

He has appeared as a guest on Good Morning America, CBS The Early Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, ABC's 20/20, and his story has been featured on ESPN’s Sportscenter, HBO`s Real Sports, and CNN’s Great Big Story, as well as other countless television shows and editorials.

Kyle was also the focus of the moving documentary, “A Fighting Chance,” which chronicled his life and the pursuit of his first Mixed Martial Arts cage fight – which was produced by ESPN Films & SnagFilms and premiered on ESPN in 2010 and can currently be found on Netflix – with film sales proceeds benefitting injured armed forces veterans. At age 19, Kyle authored his account of his life experiences in The New York Times bestselling book, “No Excuses” (2005), which is still in print and in demand today.

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Eileen McDargh

Motivating speaker, expert on work/life balance and change, Work for a Living & Still Be Free to Live author.

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Eileen McDargh is founder and CEO of the consulting firm, The Resilient Spirit (a division of McDargh Communications). Organizations like Cisco, Novartis, Oracle, and Procter & Gamble hire her firm to teach them ways of building resilient leadership teams and workplaces. Leadership Excellence magazine, which ranks top thought leaders in management and leadership, named Eileen to its 2012 Leadership 500 list. Following a survey of 22,000 business professionals, the research firm, Global Gurus, named her to its list of the World's Top 30 Leadership Professionals.

Along with her work as an organizational resiliency consultant, Eileen speaks and writes about resiliency. As a platform speaker, she has given thousands of keynotes for organizations and associations in dozens of fields, including aerospace, education, finance, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, public agencies, real estate, retail, technology, utilities, and women's leadership.

She is a member of the National Speakers Association (and has served on its Board of Directors), was awarded by Speakers Platform a Top 5 Speaker designation in Teamwork / Leadership two years in a row, was elected into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, and was given by her peers the Legend of the Platform Award.

As an author, Eileen has written five books, including The Resilient Spirit: Heart Talk for Surviving in An Upside Down World and Work for a Living and Still be Free to Live! In 2008, the Independent Book Publishers Association awarded her book, Gifts from the Mountain: Simple Truth's for Life's Complexities, a Benjamin Franklin Gold Award. Her latest book, published in 2011, is My Get Up and Go-Got Up and Went. Her articles are found in thousands of publications both on-line and off-line.

Eileen is also a member of the University of Pennsylvania's Sloan Work and Family Researcher Network, an organization of interdisciplinary researchers and scholars studying work-life issues.

Before starting her own consultancy, Eileen was the Director of Communications for a national healthcare company, served as senior manager on a U.S. Navy installation project, and taught school in Nassau County, Florida, where she was elected Educator of the Year.

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Kelly McDonald

Author of How to Market to People Not Like You, marketing and communications expert who speaks on how to grow business with effective marketing techniques and how to connect with others.

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Kelly McDonald, president of McDonald Marketing, is a marketing and communications expert who speaks on how to grow business with effective marketing techniques and how to connect with others to form relationships that are constructive and effective in business. She speaks to dozens of businesses and organizations each year on topics including social media and marketing, multicultural marketing, generational insights and Hispanic marketing. As a nationally recognized marketing expert, with deep specialization in diversity marketing and business trends, Kelly was named #1 on Successful Meetings magazine's list of 26 Hot Speakers.

Kelly is the author of two books. Her first, How to Market to People Not Like You, was #7 on the list of Bestselling Business Books of 2011 and her latest book is titled Crafting the Customer Experience for People Not Like You. She has been featured on CNBC, in BusinessWeek, on CNNMoney.com and on Sirius/XM Radio. She works with clients such as Toyota, Harley-Davidson, Sherwin-Williams, State Farm and Miller/Coors. Her company, McDonald Marketing, has twice been named one of the top advertising agencies in the U.S. by Advertising Age magazine.

As a professional speaker to businesses and organizations, Kelly shares marketing insights and teaches strategies and tactics for cultivating diverse consumers emotionally, rationally and with cultural relevance. Her topics are always customized to the specific industry and localized geographically as appropriate.

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Matt McFadyen

Record breaking polar adventurer, sailor and inspirational speaker

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A Very few people have the ability to combine the adventure world and the business world quite like Matt McFadyen. For over a decade Matt has worked with organizations all over the world to align leaders, energize culture and build winning teams. 

Matt is a world-class speaker and facilitator who addresses, leadership, building high performing teams, motivation and inspiration. 

From dragging heavy sleds to the North Pole to sailing small yachts through some of the world’s deadliest oceans, adventurer Matt McFadyen has pushed himself and others to the ends of the earth, testing the limits of human potential. 

He has been a leader of teams in some of the toughest conditions on the planet. This includes three recordbreaking expeditions to the North Pole & two long-haul sailing trips to Antarctica & in 2013 Matt rowed, sailed & dragged a small boat 2000 miles across the North West Passage. 

Matt’s presentations not only inspire and motivate the audience but more importantly challenge them to think and act differently both personally and professionally. 

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Scott McKain

Dynamic speaker on sales and customer service.

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Scott McKain creates captivating presentations and bestselling books which clearly reveal how to create more compelling connections between you and your customers and how to stand out and move up, regardless of the economic climate in your industry. McKain's calling is business - and his passion is platform presentations. He is a unique combination of vast speaking experience and new, cutting-edge information. His presentations benefit from three decades of experience, combined with his innate talent for articulating successful ideas. McKain has spoken before and consulted for the world's most influential corporations. His keynote presentations help organizations conquer change and increase sales.

In today's Facebook/Twitter/social media world, a dissatisfied customer now has a platform to broadcast his or her opinions regarding your organization to the world instantaneously. In this environment, it's never been more important to understand and execute the steps necessary to create the ultimate customer experience. McKain is one of about 150 living members of the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame. He was also recently recognized by Social Media Marketing Magazine as one of the fifty most influential marketing authors on Twitter and GenJuice, a leading resource for emerging professionals, as one of the Top 25 people for Gen Y and Millennial leaders to follow on Twitter.

There are a myriad of choices in the marketplace for prospects and customers seeking the products and services of your industry. So, how does your organization - and the professionals who work with you - stand out from the plethora of competitors? In his book, Collapse of Distinction, McKain takes a revolutionary approach by showing how organizations and individual professionals create differentiation in the marketplace. Collapse of Distinction was named one of the Top 10 Business Books of the year by the Miami Herald, Huffington Post, and other major media outlets and reached the number one spot on Amazon.com's list of business bestsellers.

McKain is also the author of All Business Is Show Business and What Customers REALLY Want which received rave reviews and top charts rankings. Its groundbreaking examination of the Six Major Disconnections between Customers and Organizations has made a significant impact in the manner in which companies approach their client and prospect bases.

McKain has appeared multiple times as a commentator on FOX News to discuss business, politics, and American culture. In his earlier career as a broadcast journalist, two million people saw his commentaries each week on 80 television stations in the United States, Canada, and Australia. He has also been a news anchor for a CBS-TV affiliate in one of the nation's 25 largest markets.

McKain has been named as a Hoosier Hero in his home state because of his commitment to youth and philanthropy. He was selected by Arnold Schwarzenegger to be the emcee and speaker for the Great American Workout, held on the White House lawn with the President in the audience carried live on CNN and NBC's Today show. He also portrayed the villain in a film by internationally esteemed director Werner Herzog, acclaimed by critic Roger Ebert as one of the best movies ever made.

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Greg McKeown

Social Innovator and Peak Performance Speaker

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Greg McKeown has dedicated his career to discovering why some people break through to the next level—and others don’t. 

The definitive treatment of this issue is addressed in McKeown’s latest project: the instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.  As well as frequently being the #1 Time Management book on Amazon, this book challenges core assumptions about achievement to get to the essence of what really drives success. 

McKeown is the CEO of THIS Inc, a company whose mission is to assist people and companies to spend 80 percent of their time on the vital few rather than the trivial many. Clients include Apple, Google, Facebook, Pixar, Salesforce.com, Symantec, Twitter, VMware and Yahoo!.

His writing has appeared or been covered by Fast Company, Fortune, HuffPost, Politico, and Inc. Magazine. He is among the most popular bloggers for the Harvard Business Review and LinkedIn’s Influencers group: averaging a million views a month.

McKeown has been interviewed on numerous television and radio shows including NPR’s All Things Considered and NBC’s Press: Here. Entrepreneur Magazine voted his interview at Stanford University the #1 Must-See Video on Business, Creativity and Success. 

Originally from London, England, McKeown now lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and their four children. He graduated with an MBA from Stanford University.

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Deirdre McMurdy

Business Journalist, Communications Strategist, TV Host & Producer

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Over a long and distinguished media career, Deirdre has interviewed Canada’s leading CEOs, entrepreneurs and thought leaders as a business columnist with the Globe and Mail, Canadian Business, as well as business editor and columnist at Maclean’s magazine. 

She was a speechwriter and communications advisor to CEOs and other senior executives in the financial services sector, and worked as a strategic communications advisor for federal Cabinet Ministers.

Today, Deirdre is a Principal of Navigator, a high-stakes public strategy and communications firm based in Toronto. She is a frequent public speaker and moderator of corporate and not-for-profit events.

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Robert McNally

Former White House Adviser & Speaker on Global Energy Policy and Economic Outlook

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Robert McNally is the founder and President of The Rapidan Group, an independent energy consulting and market advisory firm based in the Washington DC area. Mr. McNally's clients include leading global energy market investors, producers, and traders. Mr. McNally’s 24-year professional career includes senior financial market and official posts spanning economic, security, and environmental aspects of energy market analysis, strategy, and policy-making.

Mr. McNally started his professional career in 1991 as an oil market analyst and consultant with Energy Security Analysis, Inc. In 1994, he joined Tudor Investment Corporation and for twelve subsequent years analyzed energy markets, macroeconomic policy, and geopolitics for Tudor portfolio managers, earning promotion to Vice President and Managing Director. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. McNally served as the top international and domestic energy adviser on the White House staff, holding the posts of Special Assistant to the President on the National Economic Council and, in 2003, Senior Director for International Energy on the National Security Council. Mr. McNally served in the Peace Corps in Senegal from 1988-1990.

Mr. McNally earned his double major BA/BS in International Relations and Political Science from American University and his MA in International Economics and American Foreign Policy from Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He was co-chair for energy policy on the 2008 Romney Campaign, served on the Policy Advisory Committee for Senator Marco Rubio's 2010 campaign, and regularly advises congressional and administration officials on energy policy and markets. Mr. McNally is a Member of the National Petroleum Council and is a non-resident fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy.

Mr. McNally has testified to the House and Senate on energy markets and national security and speaks to professional conferences on energy markets, policy, and geopolitics. He has been published in Foreign Affairs (co-authored essay with Michael Levi, July/August 2011) and has been interviewed by CNN, The Economist, Fox Business, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, National Journal, Platts Energy Week TV, PBS' Great Decisions in Foreign Policy series, Bloomberg News, Aviation Daily and other programs and journals.

He is the author of the forthcoming book Crude Volatility: The History and the Future of Boom-Bust Oil Prices, from Columbia University Press, 2016.

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Hamish McRae

Europe's leading futurist. Speaker on global political economy, commentator for The Independent.

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Hamish McRae is one of Europe's foremost speakers on global future trends in economics, business and society. He is Associate Editor of The Independent Newspaper in London and Principal Economic Commentator for The Independent and The Independent on Sunday and a columnist for the London Evening Standard. He is the author of the acclaimed work on the future, The World in 2020: Power, Culture and Prosperity. Following its publication he became a sought-after speaker on trends in the economy, technology and business.

As a speaker, Hamish is in demand around the world for his lucid insights into the forces such as technology, demography, globalisation, natural resources, and government policies shape the economy and influence business strategy. He examines likely future scenarios for business, government and society.

Hamish's other books include Capital City - London as a Financial Centre, co-authored with Frances Cairncross, and Wake-up Japan, co-authored with Tadashi Nakamae. and What Works: Success in Stressful Times, which was long-listed for the Business Book of the Year at the FT/Goldman Sachs Awards in New York in 2010.

He is an Adjunct Professor at Trinity College, Dublin, and a Governor of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research as an economic journalist, Hamish McRae was editor of Euromoney and financial editor of The Guardian before moving to The Independent.

Amongst his awards are the David Watt Prize for outstanding political journalism in 2005, the Business and Finance Journalist of the Year in the 2006 British Press Awards, and Communicator of the Year at the 2007 Business Journalist Awards.

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David McWilliams

International Economist, Journalist, Author and Broadcaster

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David McWilliams is one of Ireland's leading economic commentators and was the first economist to identify the Irish boom as nothing more than a credit bubble, warning of its collapse and the consequences for the country. His objective is to make economics as widely available and easily understandable on as many platforms as possible. He was made Young Global Leader by the WEF at Davos. His daily financial markets update, www.globalmacro360 is read by tens of thousands of his 96,000 twitter followers.

He is an economist, writer, journalist, lecturer, broadcaster and documentary maker and has written four bestsellers, presented award-winning documentaries and brought a sell-out, one-man economics stand-up show to Ireland's renowned national theatre, the Abbey. He writes two economics columns a week in the Irish newspapers.

David's founded the world's only economics and comedy festival www.kilkenomics.com. In 2013, Kilkenomics was described by the Financial Times in the following simple terms; we've been to lots of festivals and conferences, but Kilkenomics may be the best.

David teaches an online economics course, Economics without and Boundaries and, his series of animated economics videos, Punk Economics has been viewed by 500,000 people.

Once upon a time he had a real job working as an economist in the Irish Central Bank and later in the financial markets with UBS and Banque Nationale de Paris. He studied economics at Trinity College Dublin and the College of Europe in Bruges.

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Michael Melnik

Business speaker, occupational therapist, teaches organizations about change and effective leadership.

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Michael Melnik is an Occupational Therapist with a Master's degree in Exercise Physiology. For more than twenty years, Michael has delivered his unique, high-energy message to over a quarter of a million participants throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. He also produced and starred in award-winning videos utilized by numerous Fortune 1000 companies.

When an organization is looking to effectively implement change or simply wants to energize the work environment, Michael's presentations hit the mark. With his simple, practical and time-tested tools, Michael's message promotes positive changes long after your event is over.