Co-Founder of Innovation Bound & Innovation Keynote Speaker
In today's disruptive business environment, Costa’s fluency in creative thinking and adaptive execution make him indispensable to innovation projects.
In 2010, Costa co-founded Innovation Bound to cultivate creativity and innovation across sectors, and to solve new and meaningful problems in the world. He has organized innovation tournaments inside of Fortune 500s, guided NASA’s astrobiology roadmap creation, worked on life science education reform, and contributed to many other projects in science and business. Costa made his first appearance at TEDx at the United Nations in New York in 2013, and continues to speak at conferences and companies on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship, in order to nurture the type of courage and curiosity that accelerate innovation and drive progress.
Costa has been finding ways to challenge himself and learn ever since he discarded the instructions of his first Lego set and put his imagination to the test. He has been a construction worker, building playgrounds and homes one brick at a time, as well as a web developer, an athlete, a coach, a writer, a professional storyteller (yes, that’s a real job), and a local president with an international NGO. Costa’s ability to innovate is predicated on his love for connecting with people and the joy he takes in building a deep understanding of a challenge within the context of a unique local reality.
Costa grew up in the world of competitive gymnastics. To this day, he still chalks up to swing high bar on Wednesday nights. If you spend enough time with him, you’re sure to catch a glimpse of him flying through the air or standing on his hands.
Sarah Michel is a networking expert who helps people increase their netWORTH. She works with individuals, associations and organizations to strengthen their connections and communicate their value to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Her powerful Perfecting Connectingâ„¢ strategies and NetWORTHing process promotes personal and professional success.
Sarah works with companies and organizations to improve their internal network. By integrating her methods, people learn to develop successful relationships with customers, coworkers and colleagues. These improved connections result in a stronger internal and external network essential for career and organizational success.
As a cancer survivor, Sarah's network helped save her life. She shares her inspirational journey with insight and humor to motivate her audiences to connect not just for the moment, but for life.
As a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and facilitator of the Self-Discovery Process Sarah has keynoted and presented for audiences and teams around the world on how to be a more effective connector. She is the author of Perfecting Connectingâ„¢, A Guide to Mastering Networking in the Workplace and the national audio program, Learning to Speak the Language of others. Her articles and inspirational stories have appeared in numerous books, newspapers and national journals.
Sarah is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) awarded by the National Speakers Association for her ability to consistently deliver her message with high energy, humor and inspiration which motivates audiences to take action. She recently served on the board of directors for the National Speakers Association (NSA) and as the 2008-2009 Meetings and Convention chair. She is the Past President for the NSA-Colorado Chapter. Sarah is an active volunteer in her community serving o non-profit boards in Colorado Springs.
She is a graduate of Central Michigan University and worked in healthcare for several major hospital systems and for international career management firms in Texas and Colorado. She is currently an adjunct faculty member of both the Eastern and Western Management Development Centers for the United States government in Colorado and West Virginia.
Dr. Will Miller is originally from New York City and is a health psychologist as well as hospital and police chaplain. He has worked in Community Mental Health Centers as well as in drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs. Simultaneously, for 17 years Will had an active career as a professional stand up comedian, headlining clubs and theaters across the country. He has made numerous television appearances and hosted the NBC Daytime program The Other Side. For many years Dr. Will appeared on the Nick-At-Nite network as well as the Bob & Tom Show. Currently Dr. Miller lectures and conducts research at Purdue University and is a nationally recognized authority on stress, coping with change. The author of several books Will hosts a free weekly podcast on health and wellness.
We are a culture characterized by our anxiety, high expectations and stress. It seems that at every turn we face a new worry. Using his five graduate degrees, media savvy and life experiences, Dr. Will presents a new approach to finding balance and fulfillment in your life.
His insight into the American psyche is astounding. With clarity and approachability, he weaves together a presentation that combines groundbreaking research with hilarious comedy.
Dr. Will and his wife, Dr. Sally Miller live in Lafayette, IN.
John G. Miller is the author of QBQ! The Question Behind the Question, Flipping the Switch: Unleash the Power of Personal Accountability, Outstanding! 47 Ways to Make Your Organization Exceptional and co-author of Parenting the QBQ Way.
He is founder of QBQ, Inc., an organizational development firm based in Colorado dedicated to “Helping Organizations Make Personal Accountability a Core Value.”
A 1980 graduate of Cornell University, John has been involved in the training and speaking industry since 1986. He lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife, Karen. They have seven children and three grandchildren.
Former Navy SEAL Platoon Commander, Co-founder/Inc 500 CEO of Perfect Fitness
Odds are that you or someone you work with uses Alden Mills' inventions. He is a former Navy SEAL who has been awarded more than 40 patents, which have sold over 10 million products (and counting) worldwide. He’s created five #1 ranked infomercials, and is the author of Be Unstoppable: The 8 Essential Actions to Succeed at Anything. The company he co-founded and led, Perfect Fitness (e.g. Perfect Pushup, Perfect Ab-Carver, etc.), gained national acclaim through Inc. Magazine as the fastest growing consumer products business from 2007 to 2009, with an astounding 12,000%+ growth-rate from $500k to over $63M in just three years.
His mantra is “Success is a team sport.” Mills learned his mantra early in life as an uncoordinated, asthmatic who persevered to be a one-time Olympic rowing hopeful before going on to be a three-time #1 ranked Navy SEAL platoon commander. He applied his lessons learned in leading SEAL platoons to building and leading a hyper-growth company. He has over 25 years of military and business leadership experience building, leading and innovating with teams.
Tested and proven, he has been called the modern-day “Zig Zigler” because of his magnetic presence, riveting story-telling and innovative teaching methodologies. His simple and effective frameworks help organizations build high functioning team players and leaders that can innovate. His sought-after Unstoppable speaking series is transformative and scalable to those organizations seeking continuous improvement. He works with clients to tailor presentations for lasting results. For Mills, it is all about enabling his audiences to achieve more than what they originally thought was possible.
Inspiring speaker, politician and entrepreneur on overcoming adversity.
W Mitchell is an author, TV host, business leader, conservation leader and internationally sought after speaker motivates and inspires audiences worldwide.
As a young man, W Mitchell served as a US Marine and San Francisco cable-car gripman. His life suddenly changed due to two devastating accidents just four years apart: a blazing motorcycle accident and a paralyzing plane crash. Whether coping with devastating burns over 65% of his body or being sentenced to life in a wheelchair, Mitchell ï¬rmly held on to his feisty nature and quick wit. He was determined to maintain control, cope with the changes, and prosper.
Following his accidents, he became an internationally acclaimed mayor
who saved a mountain, a successful business man who put 1000s of people to work, a congressional nominee from Colorado, and a highly respected environmentalist. He even continued his love of piloting airplanes and white water rafting. His accomplishments have received recognition on Good Morning America, the Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Time Magazine, USA Today, and many others. He has been a radio and television host, successful author, and the subject of a television special, Super Humans. His life clearly illustrates his philosophy that
most limitations are self-imposed.
Today, as an international keynote speaker, Mitchell captivates and stuns audiences with his story and then calmly empowers them to accept challenges, embrace change and take action - not only at work but in everyday life. His tenacity and credibility are indisputable as he so obviously lives his message. No one goes away unaffected as Mitchell proves that unexpected changes can become exciting new starting points.
Before I was paralyzed there were 10,000 things I could do. Now there are 9,000. I can either dwell on the 1,000 I've lost or focus on the 9,000 I have left.
It's Not What Happens To You, It's What You Do About It, is the title of W Mitchell's latest book, and it's the message this expert on responsibility, change and renewal shares with audiences around the world.
Founder of the Kaplan Mobray Leadership Institute, Author, Speaker and Consultant
Kaplan Mobray is one of the world’s most dynamic and inspirational business speakers and best-selling author of The 10 K's of Personal Branding. An innovative mastermind, Kaplan has inspired and transformed countless lives through his insightful and groundbreaking approach to personal branding and leadership development. Kaplan inspires audiences with practical strategies, “ah-ha moments”, that powerfully create real results to immediately elevate one’s career and improve one’s life.
A highly sought after, vibrant and energetic speaker, professional musician, and entrepreneur Kaplan Mobray learned early in his career that “to master quality of life you must first master quality of effort”. He uses this personal philosophy to develop his extraordinarily creative insights and unique presentation content. Wharton-educated, Kaplan draws from his over 15 years of corporate experience as a successful business executive where he led corporate marketing, advertising, and brand development initiatives for Fortune 500 companies. Through his unconventional and innovative presentation style he teaches organizations how to transform their business, increase their brand reputation and motivates individuals to become effective leaders at all levels.
Kaplan has received worldwide acclaim and numerous awards for his leadership and branding insights. He has been featured on CNN, FOX, Businessweek, The Wall Street Journal, Ad Age and shared his message to NFL players at Super Bowls forty-four and forty-five. Through his latest venture Kaplan is revolutionizing high performance online learning with his virtual interactive Kaplan Mobray Leadership Institute.
Comedian and star of Whose Line Is It Anyway? and This Hour Has 22 Minutes. A Second City alumnus, corporate entertainer.
If you're looking for a night your attendees will remember for the rest of their lives, try Colin Mochrie on for size. Indeed, one-size-fits-all in Colin's unparalleled improv or stand-up show, tailored specifically to your event, that will leave attendees of all levels and backgrounds howling in the aisles. Cap off your conference with a night attendees and executives will never forget!
After getting his first laugh in a high school production in Vancouver, Colin set about the business of becoming a professional actor. After 4 years of acting training at Vancouver's Theatresports, Colin went on to spend 3 years with the famed Second City cast in Toronto. Then, his career took off on the world stage, first with his appearances as a regular on the British version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? and afterward on the popular American television program of the same name, hosted by Drew Carey.
Colin spent two seasons as a cast member on popular CBC satirical television series This Hour Has 22 Minutes and has been involved in numerous other television shows, both in North America and beyond, including Supertown Challenge and CBC's Blackfly.
Not one to rest on his laurels, Colin & his wife Debra McGrath recently debuted their own motion picture Turnbuckle to rave reviews.
Brad Montgomery never planned to be a nationally recognized humorist motivational speaker, business comedian, publisher and author. After earning his degree at Brown University he took a year off to perform magic with the intention to return to his studies. The year of magic never ended. Brad Montgomery is now a motivational speaker with a background in entertainment who presents funny business keynotes to coporate, associaton and government audiences who need a lift, bringing laughter & magic blended with a simple yet powerful message about connecting a positive work culture and life to an excellent work product. Brad laughs and explains, “Mostly, my clients ask me to remind them to lighten up … because happiness will help them in life — and at work." His message helps connect engagement, passion, and meaningfulness to increases in revenue, better leadership, and graceful change management. Brad believes your people need to leave with concrete strategies and take aways to help them make sense of what they know, the chamge they are faced with, and the people they work and partner with.
Brad joined John Gray (of Mars/Venus fame) and Mark Victor Hansen (of Chicken Soup renown) to write Mission Possibe. He also co-authored and published Humor Me: America's Funniest Humorists on the Power of Laughter, a "How to" book about using humor and friendship as a tool. Chapters about Humor in the Workplace, Humor and the Phone , Humor and Creativity ....and more and to date has sold over 100,000 copies. He is also published, edited and co-authored the follow-up book, Humor Us: America's Funniest Humorists on the Power of Laughter. Chapters in this book about Humor in the Workplace, Business , Marriage, Kids and Creativity.
Brad has been inducted into the CPAE Speakers Hall of Fame and has his Certified Speaking Professional. He's a motivational speaker that knows how to make audiences laugh. He's a funny guy with wisdom that businesses, health care organizations, and governments crave. Organiztions that have partenered with Brad to help their people become more creative, and innovative and productive through happiness include Kraft, Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, Proctor and Gamble. PLus CIA,the FBI, and the IRS.
Brad Montgomery lives in Centennial, Colorado – a suburb of Denver – with his attorney wife. (Brad assumed that the next best thing to being a lawyer was tricking one into marrying him.) Although he is proud of his many awards and national credits, he’s convinced that his best tricks so far are his three small kids.
Only eight years after his first run down a skeleton track, Jon Montgomery won Olympic Gold at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver (Whistler), B.C. No stranger to podium finishes, Jon captured Silver at the 2007/2008 FIBT World Championships in Altenberg, Germany, and has earned eight World Cup medals (4 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze) and five Canadian National titles to date.
Jon got his start in skeleton racing in March 2002, after witnessing a skeleton race at Calgary's Canada Olympic Park while on a self-guided tour with his parents. One week later, Jon experienced the exciting sport first hand at a Discover Skeleton School. He hasn't looked back since.
Over the next few years, Jon steadily climbed the rankings while sailing head-first down frozen tracks all over the world. First competing on the America's Cup and Europa Cup circuits, Jon has competed on the World Cup Tour and Senior National Team since 2006.
Geoffrey A. Moore is an author, speaker, and business advisor to high-tech enterprises and CIOs globally. He is also a venture partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV) where he counsels executive teams in the portfolio on business strategy and organizational development.
Escape Velocity is Moore's sixth book for business leaders in the high-tech sector. His first book, Crossing the Chasm, which addresses the challenges of gaining initial adoption for disruptive innovations, continues to be a best seller and required reading in business schools and entrepreneurship curricula. Two subsequent books addressed the challenges faced by management when competing in hyper-growth markets (Inside the Tornado) and those faced by investors when managing a high-tech stock portfolio (The Gorilla Game). In the past decade he has written two additional books prior to Escape Velocity, both addressing the organizational challenges faced by established enterprises, in one case posed by the volatility of the technology sector overall (Living on the Fault Line), in the other by the need to reignite innovation in mature franchises (Dealing with Darwin). Escape Velocity rounds out these efforts in service to established enterprises by laying out a comprehensive program for engaging with next-generation trends while maintaining their core franchises.
Moore is an active public speaker who gives between 50 and 80 speeches per year, split roughly evenly between industry events and company-specific meetings. His speaking practice is global, addressing a spectrum of topics of interest to the high-tech sector, including high-tech market dynamics, business strategies, innovation, organizational development, and industry futures.
Moore is an advisor to many of the leading companies in the high-tech sector, including Adobe, Agilent, BMC, Cisco, Cognizant, Compuware, HP, Intuit, McAfee, Qualcomm, SAP, and Yahoo! He is also chairman emeritus of The Chasm Group, The Chasm Institute, and TCG Advisors, an advisor to the Technology Pioneers program of the World Economic Forum, and a member of the board of directors of Akamai.
Earlier in his career, he was a principal and partner at Regis McKenna, Inc., a leading high tech marketing strategy and communications company, and for the decade prior, a sales and marketing executive in the software industry. He has a bachelor's degree from Stanford and a doctorate from the University of Washington, both in literature.
Member of Generational Insight and Marketing, Sales and Training Speaker
Timothy Moore is an accomplished author and speaker with over three decades of experience in marketing, sales, and training. He is Editor of the magazine Carolina Business Connection and Director of Workforce Learning and Sales Development at the information technology consultancy WingSwept in North Carolina's Research Triangle region. He is also owner and principal of the sales consultancy Dancing Elephants.
Moore's experience in sales and training spans over thirty years and numerous Fortune 500 companies, including PepsiCo, Gillette, Dow Chemical, and L'Oreal USA. At L'Oreal, he was a divisional Director of Business Development. At Dow Chemical, he was National Sales Director for DowBrands and received Diamond Club honors as the top salesperson in the company. At Gillette, he received the Gillette VIP award as one of the company's top sales professionals.
Moore has written articles on sales and training and teaches classes and seminars in sales at universities and community colleges. He is coauthor of Six Secrets of Sales Magnets. He has prepared reports and presentations for companies and organizations across the country. His presentations benefit from his years of hands-on know-how as well as his great sense of humor.
At Generational Insight, Moore is part of a team that has become the leading voice on the impact of generational differences on sales, marketing, and management. He combines the research of Generational Insights with his own professional experience, in addition to observations of client practices, to provide generational strategies and solutions for sales-based business relationships. Moore holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Elon University, where he was student body president. He grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia and lives with his wife of 33 years, Linda, and their two adult children in Cary, North Carolina.
Tim is one of about 75 million Baby Boomers who are still busy changing the world.
Dr. Nick Morgan is one of America’s top communication speakers, theorists and coaches. A passionate teacher, he is committed to helping people find clarity in their thinking and ideas – and then delivering them with panache. He has been commissioned by Fortune 50 companies to write for many CEOs and presidents. He has coached people to give Congressional testimony, to appear on the Today Show, and to deliver an unforgettable TED talk. He has worked widely with political and educational leaders. And he has himself spoken, led conferences, and moderated panels at venues around the world.
Nick’s methods, which are well-known for challenging conventional thinking, have been published worldwide. His acclaimed book on public speaking, Working the Room: How to Move People to Action through Audience-Centered Speaking, was published by Harvard in 2003 and reprinted in paperback in 2005 as Give Your Speech, Change the World: How to Move Your Audience to Action. His book on authentic communications, Trust Me, was published by Jossey-Bass in January 2009. His new book on communications and brain science, Power Cues: The Subtle Science of Leading Groups, Persuading Others, and Maximizing Your Personal Impact, was published by Harvard in May 2014.
Nick served as editor of the Harvard Management Communication Letter from 1998 – 2003. He has written hundreds of articles for local and national publications, and appears frequently on radio and TV. Nick is a former Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
After earning his PhD. in literature and rhetoric, Nick spent a number of years teaching Shakespeare and Public Speaking at the University of Virginia, Lehigh University, and Princeton University. He first started writing speeches for Virginia Governor Charles S. Robb and went on to found his own communications consulting organization, Public Words, in 1997.
Nick attributes his success to his honest and direct approach that challenges even the most confident orators to rethink how they communicate.
Best-selling author, futurist, and Leading Authority on the Future of Work
Jacob Morgan is one of the world’s leading authorities on the future of work, employee experience, and how the workplace is changing. He is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, and futurist who advises business leaders and organizations around the world. Jacob is the author of The Future of Work, which explored how the workplace is changing and what organizations need to do to adapt. Prior to that he wrote, The Collaborative Organization, a strategic guide for how organizations can successfully deploy social collaboration tools.
Jacob is also the co-founder of The Future of Work Community, a global innovation council of the world’s most forward thinking organizations exploring the new world of work. Members include over 60 brands and senior leaders who represent them.
In addition Jacob hosts The Future of Work Podcast a weekly show where he interviews senior executives at the world’s top organizations to find out what they are doing to adapt to the future of work. His Youtube series, The Future in 5, explores the latest trends and ideas on how the workplace is changing in short 5 minute snippets. Both are public for anyone to access.
Jacob’s work has been endorsed and supported all over the world by leaders such as the CEO of SAP, President of Turner International, CEO of Schneider Electric, CEO of Whirlpool, Owner of the Golden State Warriors, Global Chairman of KPMG, CIO of the United States of America, and dozens of others. He has also contributed to and been cited in publications such as Forbes, INC Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, CNN, and USA Today.
Renowned historian and professor at Stanford University, author of Why the West Rules . . . For Now
Historian Ian Morris is interested in understanding why the west has dominated the earth for the last few centuries, and his latest book, Why the West Rules . . . For Now has bolstered his reputation as one our most important, and interesting, historians. The book asks how geography and natural resources have shaped the distribution of wealth and power around the world across the last 20,000 years and how they will shape our future. Ian's thought-provoking Big Picture view of the changes sweeping the global economy appeals to both financial and investment groups.
From 2000 through 2006 Professor Morris directed Stanford University's excavation at Monte Polizzo, a native Sicilian town of the seventh and sixth centuries BCE. As well as suggesting new ways of thinking about how indigenous peoples responded to ancient Greek colonialism, the project's finds have also opened up new perspectives on the similarities and differences between periods of imperial expansion in ancient to modern times.
Morris came to Stanford from the University of Chicago in 1995, and since then has served as Associate Dean of Humanities and Sciences, Chair of the Classics Department, and Director of the Social Science History Institute. He also founded and has directed the Stanford Archaeology Center. His teaching includes classes on world history, ancient Greece, slavery, and archaeology. He has appeared on numerous television shows and his prizes and awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities.
Dambisa Moyo is a global economist and author who analyzes the macroeconomy and international affairs. Her work has taken her to more than 70 countries over the last decade, during which time she has developed a unique knowledge on the inherent conflicts facing developed economies, as well as the interaction between politics, international finance and developing markets.
In particular, her work examines the interplay of international business and the global economy, while highlighting the key opportunities for investment; capitalizing on her rare ability to translate trends in markets, technology, politics, regulatory matters and economics into their likely impact on global business.
Dambisa Moyo serves on the boards of Barclays Bank, the financial services group, SABMiller, the global brewer, Barrick Gold, the global miner, and Seagate Technology. She was an economist at Goldman Sachs and a consultant to the World Bank in Washington, D.C. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There is a Better Way for Africa and How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly and the Stark Choices Ahead. Her third book was Winner Take All: China’s Race for Resources and What it Means for the World.
Dr. Moyo is a contributing editor to CNBC, the business and finance news network. Her writing regularly appears in economic and finance-related publications such as the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal. She completed a Doctor of Philosophy degree in economics at Oxford University and holds a master's degree from Harvard University. She completed an undergraduate degree in chemistry and a Master of Business Administration degree in finance at American University in Washington, D.C.
Retired NASA Astronaut, author, member of the International Space Hall of Fame and inspiring leadership speaker.
Colonel Mike Mullane is a retired NASA Astronaut and member of the International Space Hall of Fame. He was selected as a Mission Specialist in 1978 in the first group of Space Shuttle Astronauts, completing three space missions on the shuttles Discovery and Atlantis before retiring from NASA and the Air Force in 1990.
Mullane is the recipient of many awards, including the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit and the NASA Space Flight Medal. Since his retirement from NASA, Colonel Mullane has written an award-winning children's book Liftoff! An Astronaut's Dream and Do Your Ears Pop In Space? a popular space-fact book. He is also the author of Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut. Colonel Mullane hosted
Inside Space, a nationally syndicated cable television program of the USA Network.
Mullane has held a lifelong passion for mountain climbing. Since age 60 he has summited Africa's highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro; the glaciered peak of Mt. Rainier; and thirty-three of Colorado's highest peaks.
Colonel Mullane has established himself as an acclaimed professional speaker on the topics of teamwork, leadership and safety. He has educated, entertained, inspired and thrilled tens of thousands of people from every walk of business and government with his incredibly unique programs. Mike Mullane's clients include Intel, Chevron, Pacific Bell, Exxon Mobile Corporation, Gillette, Verizon, and many others.
Two-Time World Champion Skier and Olympian. Humorous and inspiring speaker.
Cary Mullen is a two time Olympian and World Cup Downhill Ski Champion who formerly held the world downhill speed record for skiing the toughest course in the world (Kitzbuhel, Austria) at an amazing speed of 97mph. The winning secrets he learned in sport have helped him to develop and run a highly successful real estate development company with his most recent achievement as resort developer of VivoResorts. As President of this successful resort development, Cary shares his 5 Winning Secrets, with all of his audiences, showing them how they too can exceed their sales goals and lead others to unrivaled success.
Cary is an internationally recognized sports personality who was a non-prodigy. Using the 5 Winning Secrets Cary became a leader on the National Ski Team for 11 years, a two-time Olympian and ultimately World Cup Champion. With these athletic accomplishments combined with his successful business background and ability to move an audience to action, he shares what it takes to win in a highly competitive market.
Cary has always been an entrepreneur at heart, starting with real estate investing during his athletic career and founding many real estate ventures since. As past Sales and General Manager for Dale Carnegie, this former partnering with the world leader in business training enabled Cary to consult with many international corporations to help them achieve better results. This global perspective is enhanced by Cary's present-day, real estate investment company as well his resort development company, VivoResorts, based in Puerto Escondido, Mexico where he is actively involved in the day to day sales activity.
His personal mission is to promote and develop champions. He realizes the importance of giving back and lends his time and name to many charities. As a community leader, Cary has founded 2 charitable foundations and has served on the Board of Directors for the National Olympic Development Association and the National High Performance Advisory Committee.
Cary Mullen is the author of How to Win - Achieving Your Goals in Extreme Conditions. He outlines the key variables impacting your results and what drives you from the core as a human being, while diving deeper into his intentional
Process for Success, He shares personal stories and tips for winning in this inspirational book.
Record-Breaking Paralympian, Leader in the Next Generation of Prosthetics, Actor, Model and Speaker
Aimee Mullins' film debut was a starring role in the highly acclaimed film Cremaster 3, by contemporary artist Matthew Barney, first presented in the US at the Guggenheim Museum in 2003. The Guardian called it
one of the most imaginative and brilliant achievements in the history of avant-garde cinema.
She continues her work with Barney in River of Fundament, an adaptation of Norman Mailer's novel Ancient Evenings, in which she stars as Isis. Chronicling the seven stages of a soul's journey from death to rebirth, each filmed chapter is also accompanied by a one-time only live performance. The work, a six-hour operatic epic, will premiere at Brooklyn Academy of Music in February 2014.
Aimee has also acted in a varied range of film and television roles alongside such talent as Vera Farmiga, Michael Shannon and Maggie Gyllenhaal and will be seen opposite John Malkovich in NBC's Crossbones in Spring 2014.
Aimee first received worldwide media attention as an athlete. Born without fibulae in both legs, Aimee's medical prognosis was discouraging; she was told she would never walk and would likely spend the rest of her life using a wheelchair. In an attempt for an outside chance at independent mobility, doctors amputated both her legs below the knee on her first birthday. The decision paid off. By age two, she had learned to walk on prosthetic legs, and spent her childhood swimming, biking, skiing, playing softball and soccer with everyone else.
After graduating high school with honors, Aimee was one of three students in the US chosen for a full academic scholarship from the Department of Defense, and at age 17 became the youngest person to hold a top-secret security clearance at the Pentagon, where she worked as an intelligence analyst.
While a Dean's list student at the prestigious School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, she set her sights on making the US Team for the 1996 Atlanta Games. She enlisted the expertise of Frank Gagliano, one of the country's most respected track coaches. Through this partnership, she became the first woman with a
disability to compete in the NCAA, doing so on Georgetown's nationally-ranked Division I track team.
Aimee set her sights on becoming the fastest woman in the world on prosthetic legs, and began to wonder why legs made for sprinting wouldn't be modeled on the those of the fastest land animal, rather than just those of a human. Working in collaboration with a cutting-edge biomedical engineer and a visionary prosthetist she went on to set World Records in the 100 meter, the 200 meter, and the long jump, outfitted with woven carbon-fiber prostheses that were modeled after the hind legs of a cheetah.
These legs, which Aimee was the first to wear, are now the international standard for amputee runners.
After a profile in Life magazine showcased her in the starting blocks at Atlanta, the world took notice. Aimee soon landed a 10-page feature in the inaugural issue of Sports Illustrated for Women, which led to her accepting numerous invitations to speak at international design conferences.
The discourse regarding aesthetic principles sparked Aimee's interest in issues relating to body image and how fashion advertising impacted standard notions of femininity and beauty. In 1998, Aimee made her runway debut in London at the invitation of one of the world's most celebrated fashion designers, Alexander McQueen. Walking alongside the supermodels of the world, Aimee's groundbreaking, triumphant turn propelled her onto the magazine covers of ID and Dazed and Confused.
After then making her mark in the highest echelons of the fashion press (Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, W, Glamour, and Elle), she was also named as one of People magazine's
50 Most Beautiful People in the World, Esquire's
Women We Love, Jane Magazine's
10 Gutsiest Women, Sports Illustrated's
Coolest Girls in Sport, and was celebrated as the
Hottest Muse in Rolling Stone's annual Hot List. In 2011, she was named as the new Global Brand Ambassador to the world's largest beauty brand L'Oreal Paris, another cultural milestone.
An influential voice in today's culture, she is regularly invited to share her ideas at global conferences such as TED and TEDMED, and her talks have been translated into 41 languages and have been seen by millions of viewers worldwide.
In 2012 she was designated a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Aimee serves on the boards of various non-profit organizations, most notably the Women's Sports Foundation, founded by Billie Jean King, of which Aimee was elected President from 2007 to 2009. Aimee also had four years as Vice-President for the nation's oldest non-profit employment service for persons with disabilities, "Just One Break". She was the first woman on the board since the organization was founded in 1947 by Eleanor Roosevelt As Secretary of State in 2012, Hilary Clinton appointed her to the State Department's Council to Empower Women and Girls Through Sports.
Aimee's impact on modern society and her influence on future generations is undeniable.
Her likeness has been immortalized in exhibits at institutions such as the Smithsonian, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the NCAA Hall of Fame, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Tate Modern, the Track and Field Hall of Fame, and the Women's Museum, where she is honored for her contribution to sport among the
Greatest American Women of the 20th Century.
She resides in New York City.
Founder of inspiring 'Afterburner' fighter pilot corporate speaking group. Speaks on leadership, teamwork and execution.
Jim 'Murph' Murphy is the Founder and CEO of Afterburner, Inc. He has a unique and powerful mix of leadership skills in both the military and business worlds. After graduating from the University of Kentucky, Murph joined the U.S. Air Force where he learned to fly the F-15. He has logged over 1,200 hours as an instructor pilot in the F-15 and has accumulated over 3,200 hours of flight time in other high-performance jet aircraft. As the 116th Fighter Wing's Chief of Training for the Georgia Air National Guard, Murph's job was to keep 42 combat-trained Fighter Pilots ready to deploy worldwide within 72 hours. As a flight leader, he has flown missions to Central America, Asia, Central Europe and the Middle East.
After years in the military, Murph returned to his love of business. Prior to his service in the U.S. Air Force, Murph had a successful career in imaging equipment sales, where he helped increase his company's sales by 500%. Years later, Murph became Director of Sales for a small paint company. Realizing that the concepts of the Flawless ExecutionSM model could be applied to business, he engaged the proven model - Plan. Brief. Execute. Debrief. - and increased his company's sales from $5 million to $52 million. Realizing that many companies could benefit from these same concepts, Murph started Afterburner in early 1996.
Through his leadership, Afterburner has landed on Inc. Magazine's Inc. 500 List twice. Murph has been regularly featured in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Inc. Magazine, Newsweek, Meetings & Conventions Magazine and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and Bloomberg news to name a few. He has also been named as one of Atlanta's top 50 entrepreneurs by Catalyst Magazine. To date, the Afterburner team of elite military professionals has led over 1 million executives, sales professionals, and business people from every industry through Afterburner's Flawless ExecutionSM Model, and its unique, high-energy programs.
Afterburner notable clients include the Who's Who of the Global 1000 list of companies. He is the author of the groundbreaking books Business Is Combat and Flawless Execution through Harper Collins publishing and has spoken at many of the world's most notable business schools to include Harvard, Wharton, Cornell, Emory, Duke and Fudan University in Shanghai, China.
Catherine Murray is a co-host on BNN's Market Sense and the anchor of The Business News, Canad's leading business newscast. Her talks draw from her extensive experience in the fields of business, finance and retail.
Before joining the BNN team in 2011, Murray was the Managing Director and Head of Institutional Equities at North South Capital, which she co-founded in 2009. Murray founded North South Capital to fill a need in the marketplace for money making ideas, transparency in terms of pay and incentives, and an emphasis on: the client comes first. If you focus your business on the client and put the client first, says Murray, you will succeed - even during times of economic uncertainty.
Prior to co-founding North South Capital, Murray was Vice-President of Institutional sales and Trading at Deutsche Bank, and an associate at Goldman Sachs for Institutional Sales and Trading. She has extensive experience in the retail sector from her time as a specialty retail associate analyst at William Blair. Murray's expertise ranges from global macroeconomic trends to specific sector and industry analysis, breaking down the hottest business trends with unmatched eloquence and skill in her customizable talks.
Expert on investor psychology and behavioral finance, co-author of MarketPsych: How to Manage Fear and Build Your Investor Identity
Dr. Frank Murtha is a managing director, consultant, and frequent speaker about investor psychology and behavioral finance. He has consulted for the New York-based consulting firm RHR International Company where he performed corporate and executive evaluations and coaching. His clients there included investment banks, financial services companies, and day trading firms where he has coached portfolio managers in reaching peak performance.
Dr. Murtha received his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the State University of New York. His dissertation explored the effect of cognitive errors on gambling behavior. He holds a professorship at New York University and previously lectured at the Smeal College of Business Administration at Penn State. He is the co-author of MarketPsych: How to Manage Fear and Build Your Investor Identity.
Currently, Dr. Murtha is focusing on helping brokers cope with the fallout from recent market volatility - ranging from
analysis paralysis to panic selling - and to build behaviors that will bring their performance and client relationships into the optimized zone. He has appeared numerous times on CNBC.
Keynote speaker Chandran Nair leads what he believes is a
first - an organisation focused on the relationship of Asian society and values with those of the rest of the world. He is the founder of the Global Institute for Tomorrow (GIFT), an independent social venture think-tank dedicated to advancing an understanding of the impacts of globalisation through thought leadership and positive action to effect change. Nair is a renowned international speaker, writer and facilitator and leading expert on globalisation and development in Asia.
Since 2004 Chandran has led GIFT to becoming a leading provider of experiential learning for the private, public and academic sectors. His role as Chairman of the Asia-Pacific region of Environmental Resource Management Consultancy, a position he held for over a decade, and his reputation as a provocative speaker, has attracted corporations and governments to seek his advice on a variety of leadership and business challenges in Asia. He has addressed many of these issues at forums around the world, and is a popular panelist on economic policy and sustainability platforms such as the World Economic Forum in Davos, APEC Summit and the Women's Forum for the Economy and Society.
He has served as an adjunct professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology where he taught MBA students and continues to provide strategic management advice and coaching to business leaders. In addition, he is co-founder and Chair of Avantage Ventures, a boutique social investment advisory firm based in Hong Kong and author of Consumptionomics: Asia's role in reshaping capitalism and saving the planet.
Bestselling author of Rogue Economics & Terror Incorporated, expert on how money laundering and economy are connected.
Loretta Napoleoni is the bestselling author of Maonomics, Rogue Economics, Terror Incorporated and Insurgent Iraq. She is an expert on terrorist financing and money laundering, and advises several governments and international organizations on counter-terrorism and money laundering. As Chairman of the countering terrorism financing group for the Club de Madrid, Napoleoni brought heads of state from around the world together to create a new strategy for combating the financing of terror networks.
She is a member of the scientific committee of Fundacion Ideas, the Spanish think thank founded by Zapatero and has been one of the few voices to warn Europe about the debt crisis. She has written two pamphlets about it:
The Contagion and
Democracy for Sale which have been translated in many European languages.
In recent years Napoleoni has investigated the Chinese economic miracle and her book Maonomics has won several prices in different countries. She lectures regularly on China and East-West economic relationship.
Napoleoni is a regular media commentator for CNN, Sky and the BBC. She is among the few economists who predicted the credit crunch and the recession, and advises several banks on strategies to counter the current crisis. She lectures regularly around the world on economics, terrorism, money laundering and China.
She was a Fulbright scholar at Johns Hopkins Universityï¿½s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC and a Rotary Scholar at the London School of Economics. She has a PhD in economics and a Masters of Philosophy in International Relations and one in Terrorism.
She began her career as an economist, working for several banks and international organizations in Europe and the US. In the early 1980s she spent 2 years in Budapest at the National Bank of Hungary working on a project for the convertibility of the florin that ten years later became the blueprint for the convertibility of the rouble. In the 1980s she worked for a UK registered Russian Bank, Moscow Narodny Bank, which acted as the foreign branch of the Bank of Foreign Trade. This position afforded her a unique insight into the Soviet economy. In 1992 she produced the final documentation for the structure of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD. She teaches a course at Judge Business Schools, Cambridge.
Loretta is also a columnist and writes about terrorism, money laundering and the economy for several European financial papers including El Pais, The Guardian and Le Monde.
The world we live in is morphing into a new one as we speak. That's a scary prospect for many - but after a presentation by Linda Nazareth you will feel like you have a handle on the future.
Linda is an economist, author, blogger, broadcaster and speaker. The Senior Fellow for Economics and Population Change at policy think-tank the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, she is an expert in demographic and economic trends and the way that they will shape our tomorrows. Her presentations focus on what will happen and what you need to think about to be on the right side of the changes.
Linda's latest publication is Economorphics: The Trends Turning Today into Tomorrow, a book that started as a presentation to companies looking for help in strategic planning. An examination of the changes hitting the global economy and the way that they will impact our lives and organizations, Economorphics is required reading for those who want to understand the new economy and their place in it.
Through her career, Linda has used her (fairly unusual) combination of skills as an economist and communicator to work and consult in a wide variety of industries. Currently a consultant to organizations in the public and private sector, Linda was for over ten years the On-Air Economist for Business News Network, Canada's cable news channel. She has also been a Senior Economist at CIBC and an economist with the Canadian federal government. A blogger for her own site and many others including that of the Globe and Mail, Linda has also been quoted as an expert everywhere from the Wall Street Journal through to Wired magazine.
Five-time award winning business owner Toni Newman is passionate about helping you get more of the results that you want in your business.
A highly sought after business speaker and Innovation Catalyst, Toni has an uncanny ability to help her clients turn inspiration into innovation and ideas into results.
Results that can help you attract, keep and engage more customers.
Inducted in the Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame for both her dedication to the speaking industry as well as her outstanding excellence on the platform, Toni travels extensively working with leaders who are committed to change and ready for results. Her approach is quite simply a breath a fresh air. Entertaining and highly knowledgeable, authentic and exceptionally relevant, Toni brings a uniquely powerful mix of proven strategies, extraordinary creativity and real world business insight to the platform.
No one… simply no one… can match Toni’s uniquely integrated approach to customer experience innovation and both she and her clients have the results to prove it. Her powerful and passionate message, supported by practical tools and techniques, applies to businesses of all sizes and across all sectors.
Daytime Emmy Award winning television personality Todd Newton is one of the most recognized and respected faces on the air today. Known in over thirty countries for his work on E! Entertainment Television, Todd brought viewers face-to-face with Hollywood’s biggest stars for over a decade.
Since entering the world of game shows in 1999, the man often referred to by industry insiders as The Host with the Most® has awarded contestants more than forty million dollars in cash and prizes on shows such as Family Game Night, Whammy!, Monopoly Millionaire’s Club, and The Price is Right Live-a touring production of America’s most beloved game show.
When not in front of the camera or behind the microphone, Todd Newton is a sought after corporate speaker and the author of several books including Life in the Bonus Round: A Game Show Host’s Road to Success & Fulfillment, which was named Best Autobiography at the prestigious Beverly Hills Book Awards. Newton’s follow-up book is The Choice Is Yours: Six Keys to Putting Your Best into Action.
Maestro Roger Nierenberg made his New York conducting debut at Avery Fisher with the Pro Arte Chorale and Orchestra. He was soon invited to conduct operas in two successive seasons at the Mostly Mozart Festival at New York’s Lincoln Center. Thereafter followed long, successful tenures as Music Director of both the Stamford Symphony in Connecticut and the Jacksonville Symphony in Florida. Numerous guest conducting engagements followed with many of the great American orchestras, including the symphony orchestras of Austin, Baltimore, Charleston, Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, New Jersey, San Diego, St. Louis, and Utah as well as New York’s American Symphony Orchestra, Washington D.C.’s National Symphony Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Abroad he has recorded with the London Philharmonic and conducted at both the Prague Spring Festival and the Beijing Festival. He has collaborated with many of the most renowned solo artists and composers of our time.
During his tenure with the Jacksonville Symphony, the seeds were planted that would lead Maestro Nierenberg to a startling departure from the conventional, through the unparalleled creation of The Music Paradigm. Through his experiences engaging with community businesses and civic leaders, he became curious about the challenges and opportunities faced by organizations in times of rapid change. He quickly realized how crucial issues of organizational development could be powerfully brought to life within an orchestra. Thus was born The Music Paradigm, which has taken Mr. Nierenberg to the podium of over ninety different orchestras, before hundreds of different organizations from civic groups to Fortune 500 companies, in twenty-four different countries. Many of the lessons learned on this journey are presented in his book Maestro: A Surprising Story About Leading by Listening which was honored in 2009 as the Best Leadership Book from 800-CEO-READ.
Harvard Business School Professor & Speaker on Behavioral Economics
Michael I. Norton is the Harold M. Brierley Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, and a member of Harvard’s Behavioral Insights Group. He holds a B.A. in Psychology and English from Williams College and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton University. Prior to joining HBS, Professor Norton was a Fellow at the MIT Media Lab and MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Michael is the co-author of the book, Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending. His work has been published in academic journals including Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Psychological Science, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics, has been covered in media outlets such as the Economist, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, and has been parodied by the Onion. He has appeared on National Public Radio, CBS, Fox, and MSNBC, and written op-eds for the New York Times, Forbes, and the Los Angeles Times.
His research has twice been featured in the New York Times Magazine Year in Ideas issue, in 2007 (Ambiguity Promotes Liking) and 2009 (The Counterfeit Self). His "The IKEA Effect: When Labor Leads to Love" was featured in Harvard Business Review's Breakthrough Ideas for 2009. In 2010, he won the Theoretical Innovation Prize from the Society of Personality and Social Psychology; in 2011, he won the SAGE Young Scholars Award from the Foundation for Social and Personality Psychology; in 2012, he was selected for Wired Magazine’s Smart List as one of “50 People Who Will Change the World.” His TEDx talk, How to Buy Happiness, has been viewed more than 3 million times.
Social networking strategist and renowned keynote speaker on the quantifiable value of business relationships.
David Nour is a growth strategist and the thought leader on Relationship Economics - the quantifiable value of business relationships. In a global economy that is becoming increasingly disconnected, The Nour Group, Inc. has attracted consulting engagements from over 100 marquee organizations in driving unprecedented growth through unique return on their strategic relationships. David has pioneered the phenomenon that relationships are the greatest off balance sheet asset any organization possesses, large and small, public and private.
He annually delivers 50 global keynotes on business relationships, social & mobile disruptive technologies, and adaptive innovation at leading industry association conferences, corporate meetings, and academic forums. He is often a guest lecturer at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and Georgia Tech's College of Management. David serves as the lead independent director on the board of introNetworks, a privately held intelligent community technology firm based in Santa Barbara, California.
David's unique perspective and independent insights on business relationships as well as social and mobile innovation have been featured in a variety of prominent blogs and publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fast Company, [email protected], Associations Now, Huffington Post Business, Medium, Entrepreneur and Success magazine. He is the author of several books including the best selling Relationship Economics (Wiley), ConnectAbility (McGraw-Hill), The Entrepreneur's Guide to Raising Capital (Praeger) and Return on Impact (ASAE).
An Eagle Scout himself, David is passionate about youth with his foundation's support of the Centennial Scouting movement, Junior Achievement, One Voice aiming to create peace in the Middle East, and the High Tech Ministries. He is currently an active member of the FBI Citizens' Academy, Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF), and the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) where he has earned the Governance Fellow accreditation.
A native of Iran, David came to the U.S. with a suitcase, $100, limited family ties and no fluency in English! He earned an Executive MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and a BA degree in Management from Georgia State University.