Self-Discipline Strategist, Best-selling Author of Take the Stairs, and speaker on Sales Techniques
Rory Vaden is a co-founder of Southwestern Consulting, a multi-million dollar global sales consulting practice that helps clients in more than 27 countries increase their sales. Through a proprietary system of utilizing relevant data, time-tested principles of self-discipline and implementation of sales techniques that have been refined over 158 years by their parent company, Southwestern Consulting can teach anyone with a product or service how to sell more.
As a "Servant Selling Strategist", Rory speaks to salespeople and business owners around the world on how selling is simply a byproduct of serving and that "it's hard to be nervous when your heart's on service." His book Take the Stairs was a #1 Wall Street Journal, #1 USA Today and #2 New York Times bestseller.
Rory's strategies have been featured on Fox and Friends, Oprah Radio, CNN and in Fast Company, Forbes, Inc., Success Magazine and many other media outlets. His articles and insights average more than 2 million views every month and he is the weekly host of a top 25-business podcast titled "Servant Selling with Rory Vaden."
As a sales speaker, he speaks more than 50 times a year for some of America's best and brightest sales organizations including: Cargill, The Million Dollar Roundtable, P&G, Mass Mutual, True Value, Wells Fargo Advisors, and hundreds more.
Rory shares ideas for how to grow your sales, increase your self-discipline and get better control of your time so you can serve more people and make more money!
Robert Vallee, for 3 decades, has been the expert in the field of coaching and training communicators in delivering excellent speeches and presentations. He has been the personal presentation coach for over 15,000 professionals and for over 84 CEOs. As President of Public Speaking Consultants, he has delivered effective presentation workshops for over 1,150 private and public sector clients. Robert is bilingual, and will enthusiastically present in both English and French.
Many organizations have enjoyed Robert's dynamic and witty style while benefiting from his thought-provoking message. They include: TD Asset Management; Life Communicators Association; Equifax Food Group; Canadian Association of Financial Planners; and many others.
Gijs van Wulfen (based in the Netherlands) is a professional inspirational speaker on innovation and design thinking, a widely followed innovation blogger, published author, founder of the FORTH innovation method and an exceptional facilitator.
Gijs is a recogniSed innovation authority. Gijs was chosen as one of the first LinkedIn Influencers and as of the end of 2014, over 250,000 people across the globe are following his notably engaging, prolific and insightful posts. In 2013 Gijs came number 3 in the international Top 40 Innovation Bloggers. Gijs is also the author of the innovation bestseller The Innovation Expedition (published in English, Russian, Turkish, Dutch, and in 2015 in Chinese and Japanese). Gijs furthermore founded the FORTH innovation method, which provides structure to the chaotic start of innovation, while still fostering creative thinking. The FORTH method helps businesses to generate well-constructed new product, service, and business model concepts. To date, the FORTH innovation method has been implemented in 35+ Europe businesses.
Most recently Gijs was the keynote speaker at the Turkish Innovation Week in Istanbul and at Product Innovation Berlin. Gijs is retained as a motivational innovation speaker with institutions and companies such as Strelka Institute Moscow and Tebodin Amsterdam. Gijs performs in English, German and his native Dutch language. Gijs is an illustrative lyrical storyteller with an articulate informal style, which is full of humor, entertainment, and insight.
Proven CEO, Entrepreneur, Bestselling Author, and Martial Arts Expert
Michael Veltri is a battle-tested warrior, both in the boardroom and in the competitive world of martial arts. He is the founder and CEO of one of the largest martial arts academies on the east coast, serving a who's who of Washington, DC's elite. Over three decades, he has built, scaled, and sold his own companies and is now a sought-after adviser to leading executives who crave business transformation and peak performance.
Veltri's prolific bestselling book, The Mushin Way to Peak Performance, distills 5000 years of ancient wisdom into a practical field guide for the modern business executives seeking to fuel growth and sustainable success. Developed over 10 years of hands-on research in Japan, Michael's system has been adopted by top-performing organizations around the world.
In addition to his impact in the business world, Michael Veltri is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, a cancer survivor, and a proud father.
For over 25 years, Dan Veto’s pioneering research and consulting have influenced leading organizations across diverse industries, as well as countless retirement professionals and their clients. His work illuminates the exciting promise and critical new financial and lifestyle responsibilities associated with longevity and the new retirement.
Over the past decade, Dan has been instrumental in developing and implementing Age Wave’s innovative, research-based professional and consumer learning programs. He specializes in educating financial advisors, clients, and other constituent groups on the unique priorities, needs, and challenges of longevity.
Dan is a highly sought-after keynote speaker on the changing nature of life after 50, particularly regarding the boomer generation’s unprecedented relationship to retirement. His dynamic presentation style consistently receives high praise, and his unparalleled insight into the real-life challenges and triumphs of aging and retirement is frequently featured in the media, including the New York Times, BusinessWeek, SmartMoney, and Financial Planning Magazine.
Prior to joining Age Wave, Dan served on the board of directors and was Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning at Bankers Life, a firm focused on meeting the financial security needs of retirees. He began his career at McKinsey & Company, a leading management consulting firm, where he advised financial services and health care clients in the United States, Mexico, and throughout Europe.
Dan earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, and an MBA from INSEAD, the international business school in Fontainebleau, France. He resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two daughters.
Avid Polar explorer and mountaineer, inspiring keynote speaker.
Bernard Voyer is a well-known polar explorer and mountaineer. For over thirty years now, this extraordinary individual has been seeking out the most amazing faces of nature. Bernard Voyer has stood at all three poles of the Earth, a feat that very few people have achieved. He reached the North Pole, the South Pole and the roof of the world, Mount Everest (8,850 metres). Now he has realized his dream of completing a World Tour by climbing the highest peaks on every continent. He has scaled mounts Elbrus (Europe), Aconcagua (South America), Kilimanjaro (Africa), Carstenz (Oceania), Everest (Asia), McKinley (North America) and Vinson (Antarctica). He is one of the rare modern explorers, if not the only one, to have managed this historic exploit, including the two poles.
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society presented Bernard Voyer with its highest distinction, the Gold Medal, for his remarkable personal accomplishments and his great contribution to the exploration, development and promotion of Canadian geography.
In 2002 he was recognized by the Governor General of Canada as one of the 50 greatest Canadians of the past 50 years. That same year, Canada Post issued a series of stamps celebrating mountains, and paid tribute to him. In 2003, he was decorated by the Prince of Nepal with the honour medal given to each climber who had reached the top of Mount Everest. In November of that year, Bernard was honoured by his hero, Sir Edmund Hillary, for his 'Adventure Grand Slam,' recognizing his exceptional career as a polar explorer and mountain climber.
In 2007, he was named Chevalier of the French Legion of Honour by presidential decree and, in 2008, was appointed Lieutenant-Colonel of the 2nd Group of the Canadian Rangers Patrol. In 2009, he was among the prominent Canadians selected to carry the Olympic torch during its cross-Canada relay.
His commitment to youth and environment remains one of his priorities. Ambassador of the Offices jeunesse internationaux du Quèbec and the Nature Conservancy of Canada, he is also Vice President of the Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue, the Ordre National du Quèbec and governor of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.
Bernard Voyer has given more than 750 inspirational presentations in English and French, in Canada, the United States, Europe, China and Japan. To date he has met more than 250,000 business people. His communication skills never fail to captivate his audience.
Erik Wahl is an internationally recognized graffiti artist, # 1 best selling author and entrepreneur. Erik redefines the term “keynote speaker.” Pulling from his history as both a businessman and an artist, he has grown to become one of the most soughtafter corporate speakers available today. Erik’s on-stage painting seamlessly becomes a visual metaphor to the core of his message, encouraging organizations toward profitability through innovations and superior levels of performance. His list of clients includes AT&T, Disney, London School of Business, Microsoft, FedEx, Exxon Mobil, Ernst & Young, and XPrize; Erik has even been featured as a TED presenter. The responses received have been nothing short of incredible, with standing ovations to prove it.
Erik’s bestselling business book UNTHINK was hailed by Forbes Magazine as THE blueprint to actionable creativity and by Fast Company Magazine as Provocative with a Purpose.
Erik’s understanding of vision was originally born in the school of disappointment. After a eight-year career as a partner in a corporate firm, he became frustrated by the lack of innovative thought and corresponding profits he saw in business. So he set out to challenge companies to change their way of thinking, while simultaneously pursuing his own individual passions. He rediscovered his love for art, and now plays in the business world by workingthrough his art.
In the past 10 years, he has shared his incredible message with the largest and most influential companies in the world, leaving behind his prized artwork as a reminder of his passion for breakthrough thinking. He’s the Warhol of Wall Street, the Renoir of ROI, the Picasso of Productivity, the Jobs of… well, having a Job.
Former fighter pilot, speaker on leadership, sales, teamwork and customer relationships.
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Waldo Waldman - The Wingman is a professional leadership speaker and author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Never Fly Solo. He teaches organizations how to build trusting, revenue producing
relationships with their employees, partners, and customers while sharing his experiences as a combat decorated F-16 fighter pilot and businessman.
He is a highly experienced combat veteran with over 2,650 flight hours and sixty-five real world combat missions, having flown both in Iraq enforcing the
No-Fly Zone and in Yugoslavia during Operation Allied Force in 1999. Some of his military honors include five Air Medals, two Aerial Achievement Medals, four Air Force Commendation Medals, and two Meritorious Service Medals.
Waldo overcame massive claustrophobia and a fear of heights to become a fighter pilot and believes that the key to building a culture of trust lies with your wingmen - the men and women in your life who help you to overcome obstacles, adapt to change, and break performance barriers. In business and life, you should never fly solo!
Waldo is a graduate of the U.S Air Force Academy and also holds an MBA with a focus on Organizational Behavior. He is a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame, a prestigious award that honors speakers who have reached the top echelon of platform excellence, and has been bestowed on less than 200 speakers worldwide since 1977. He is also a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), a board member of the National Speaker's Association, and his clients include Hewlett Packard, Verizon Wireless, New York Life, Siemens, Home Depot, and Johnson & Johnson.
In addition to his speaking business, Waldo is also founder and President of The Wingman Foundation, a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to build funds and awareness for soldiers, veterans and their families in need. Voted one of the Top 40 under 40 Business Leaders in Georgia, Waldo has been featured on Fox & Friends, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, The Harvard Business Review, Investor's Business Daily, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, INC. Magazine, and Business Week.
Runner & Best-selling Author and Speaker on Peak Performance and Sales
An elite ultra-runner and internationally awarded business strategist, Dan Waldschmidt is considered to be one of the top sales thinkers in the world. His book EDGY Conversations has sold over 250,000 copies around the world and hit the Amazon best-seller list on 3 different continents.
Dan has spent his life attempting (and often achieving) the outrageous. He got the usual entry-level sales job right out of college, but then he changed the sales process, boosted revenue $50M, and became CEO by the time he was 25. After expanding offices and driving even more growth over the next few years he would go on to sell that technology company to a much larger competitor, delivering tremendous value to the shareholders.
Known as an industry disruptor, Dan refuses to accept business as usual – making him an unconventional, yet highly effective, strategist to some of the world’s largest companies.
After founding (and then selling) his technology company, several Fortune 100 companies began to recruit Dan for senior executive level positions. But instead of joining a big company, Dan decided to build a consulting company to provide strategy to the most powerful companies in the world. Through his advice & coaching he’s helped multinational organizations conquer the world.
Dan shares his insights daily on his popular blog which Dow Jones called "one of the top sales blogs anywhere in the world." He has also a popular contributor to Business Insider and has been published in Forbes, INC Magazine, Bloomberg, Yahoo, Vanity Fair, Wall Street Italia and dozens of other popular magazines around the world.
Having devoted years to studying over 1,000 of the world’s most unlikely high performers, he understands exactly what it takes to disrupt an industry, create a new conversation, and drive massive success.
Dr. Ross Walker is an eminent practising cardiologist with a passion for people and health. He is regarded as one of the world's best keynote speakers on health and wellness, reducing stress, and work/life balance. He is also a best selling author.
Dr. Walker is now the Ambassador for Audioclinic Australia, the Medical Director and board member of IM Medical. He is also on the scientific advisory board for Zoa cell, a company that will be conducting trials of Adult Stem Cell therapy. Dr. Walker is now also the Health Ambassador for Asteron Life Insurance.
He graduated from the University of New South Wales with Honours in 1979 and was awarded the FRACP in 1986. His special interests are advanced echocardiography, preventative screening and prevention of cardiovascular disease. He has performed more than 15,000 stress echocardiograms and 2,000 multiplane transoesophageal echos, has supervised over 25,000 Coronary CT scans & over 5,000 Arterial screening procedures. Dr Walker runs a busy cardiology practice in Pymble on the North Shore of Sydney, Australia, as well as his speaking and media commitments.
Most people in our society are constantly tired, gaining weight (despite the health industry's increasingly strident recommendation for low-fat diets) and are stressed beyond belief! Our everyday, modern environment of synthetic and convenience food, technology that reduces physical effort and exercise - from the car you drive to work to the remote control for the television - not to mention the stresses and strains of the corporate and business world are all to blame. But what can we do about it?
Strangely, most people seem to accept this state of affairs, and feel powerless to change their life and health for the better. But there is a solution that will ensure a longer, healthier life.
Dr Walker's life changing message is universal. Prevention is the key. From intimate corporate presentations to his speech to 35,000 people in an outdoor stadium in India, Dr Walker is empowering his audiences along the path to wellness.
Dr Walker is continually praised for the entertaining, emotive style of his presentations and constantly receives testimonial as to the effectiveness of his programs.
An internationally renowned health presenter and best-selling author, he is the author of six books: If I Eat Another Carrot I'll Go Crazy!; What's Cookin' Doc?, Highway to Health, The Cell Factor and The Life Factor. His latest book released in 2006, Diets Don't Work, was the number one best selling lifestyle book during the first week it was released.
Dr Walker has his own Healthy Living show in Sydney, Australia and he is also on Melboune's 3AW with Denis Walter and 4BC Brisbane weekly. Dr. Walker is a regular health presenter on Channel Nine.
Author of Futuretainment and speaker on the Future, technology and innovation.
Mike Walsh is the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing business for the 21st century. He advises leaders on how to thrive in this era of disruptive technological change. Mike’s clients include many of the global Fortune 500, and as a sought-after keynote speaker he regularly shares the stage with world leaders and business icons alike. Mike previously founded Jupiter Research in Australia, and has also held senior strategy roles at News Corporation in the Asia Pacific Region. He is currently a board member and strategic investor in the North Alliance, Scandinavia’s leading digital marketing group. Mike’s best-selling book FUTURETAINMENT, published by Phaidon was the winner of the design award by the Art Director’s Club in New York.
Rather than focusing on the distant future, Mike takes an anthropological approach – scanning the near horizon for emerging technologies and disruptive shifts in human behavior, and then translating these into pragmatic plans for business transformation. A prolific winter and commentator, Mike’s views have appeared in a wide range of international publications including Business Week, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal.
Constantly traveling the world for the best ideas, Mike spends more than 300 days a year on the road interviewing innovators, entrepreneurs and corporate revolutionaries to provide his clients and audiences with a fresh and compelling vision of tomorrow’s opportunities.
Mike has delivered close to 1,000 keynote speeches around the world to companies in almost every industry. His customized presentations leave audiences prepared and inspired to transform the way they do business. In 2014, Mike was invited to be a main stage keynote speaker at the Million Dollar Round Table with an audience of more than 8,000 people, one of the more prestigious events on the global speaking circuit.
Mike has been a pioneer in the digital space since the 1990's, running both successful start-up ventures as well as holding senior leadership positions in established media organizations. With a background in corporate law and management consulting, he began his career at XT3, a spin out from McKinsey and one of the first digital consulting firms created to help major companies embrace the embryonic Web. During the first dotcom boom, Mike launched the technology publishing group internet.com in Australia, which went on to become the leading local technology news and events platform in the country.
He also founded and ran Jupiter Research in the Asia Pacific, one of the first research agencies to track the early adoption of e-commerce and digital business models by online consumers. During this period, he was recognized as one of Australia’s “Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30.”
After his experiences in the Web space, Mike spent five years in senior strategy roles at News Corporation where he helped shape the digital strategy for both their Australian newspaper and Asian TV divisions. Directly engaged by the CEO of Star TV to provide the company with a digital roadmap for their operations, he began his in-depth research into the fast growth markets of Asia.
While in Hong Kong and inspired by the dramatic changes taking place in China and India, Mike founded his latest venture, Tomorrow - an innovation research lab focused on emerging technology and disruptive consumer behavior. Always in demand for his fresh insights and practical future-focused strategies, Mike has advised the CEOs and senior management teams at multinational companies including: the BBC, Fujifilm, Richemont, MSN, Star TV, Televisa, Philips, and HSBC.
In addition to his corporate profile, Mike is a published photographer and supporter of the Arts. His photographic images from his travels around the world helped his book, FUTURETAINMENT, win an Art Director’s Club award in NYC. He has also served on the Director’s Circle at the Australian Museum of Contemporary Art.
As a global nomad and consumer trend scout, Mike does live research, in the trenches, with big corporations and entrepreneurs all over the world bringing a truly global perspective to every event.
Mike's personal manifesto: "Everything is changing. How we live, how we work and how we play. But to understand the future you need to focus on anthropology (the study of human beings) not technology. After all, as interesting as it is when things change, the real magic happens when people do."
Bill Walton has a passion - for his work, for family & friends, for music, for life and for greatness! Bill brings his outsized passion to the stage and inspires audiences with tales from an improbable life in sport and beyond. Walton speaks about the secrets of world-class performance, personal and organizational excellence, and how he overcame nearly impossible odds – on the court and off – to persevere and win. As entertaining as he is insightful, Walton is widely considered one of the best speakers from the world of sports.
The lessons Bill learned on the basketball court became life lessons that served him well throughout his sports, broadcasting and business careers. No lesson was more important than the words from the legendary John Wooden, Bill’s basketball coach at UCLA, who simply said “Do your best.” Wooden never asked players to go out and win – simply to do their best and not beat themselves. Walton never forgot those words which helped him throughout his extraordinary career.
Following a celebrated college basketball career, Walton went on to have a Hall of Fame NBA career. After basketball, Walton pursued his dream job as a sports broadcaster – but first had to overcome the lifelong stuttering affliction. And then, in 2008, Walton endured risky back surgery for to repair damage done early in his basketball career. Through it all, Walton’s determination carried him through.
Bill Walton is an authentic and true original who personifies greatness and is one of the most compassionate figures in sport with an extraordinary record of giving back through his work with numerous charities and non-profits.
Walton is active with many organizations and charities. For his efforts, in 2002 he received the NBA Retired Players Association Humanitarian Award. His activities include his current role as the executive chairman of Connect SD Sport Innovators (SDSI), a non-profit, business-accelerating, trade organization that connects and drives the growth of Southern California's vibrant sports economy by offering innovative programs and services for startups, mature companies and service providers. SDSI offers mentoring, education and capital funding opportunities for start-ups; best practice collaboration, access to new technology, and public policy advocacy for mature companies; as well as deal flow to our service providers and the Southern California Investment Community. Walton is also a board member for the Junior Seau foundation.
Walton is also involved in numerous Internet ventures, providing content and business acumen. He is also the author of Back from the Dead (March, 2016) and Nothing But Net.
Walton currently resides in his hometown of San Diego with his wife Lori. They are the proud parents of four sons: Adam, Nathan, Luke and Chris, and the lucky grandparents of Olivia, Chase, Parker, Avery, Patrick, Lawson and Wilhelmina.
Managing Partner of the China India Institute and author of Getting China and India Right
Haiyan Wang is Managing Partner of the China India Institute, a research consultancy with a focus on creating winning global strategies that leverage the transformational rise of China and India. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Strategy at INSEAD.
Ms. Wang serves as a regular columnist for BusinessWeek, a Contributing Editor for the Chief Executive magazine, and a regular blogger for Harvard Business Review. She is the co-author of two highly acclaimed books: Getting China and India Right (which received the 2009 Axiom Book Awards' Silver Prize as one of the world's two best books on globalization/international business) and The Quest for Global Dominance.
Her opinion pieces have appeared in top international media such as The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Chief Executive, The Economic Times, China Daily, The Times of India, as well as other outlets. She has also been frequently interviewed by CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, India Today, Shanghai Daily, INSEAD Knowledge, and other prominent business media. A highly sought-after speaker at major industry and corporate conferences, Ms. Wang has also spoken at TEDx, Economist, and other high profile conferences.
A native of China, Ms. Wang has spent the last twenty years consulting for and managing multinational business operations in China and the United States in several different industry sectors. Haiyan serves regularly as a keynote speaker at major conferences and corporate forums in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America.
Margie Warrell is an international thought leader in human potential who is passionate about empowering people to engage in bigger conversations and lead more purposeful lives.
Margie draws on her professional background in Fortune 500 business, psychology, and coaching to provide programs on communication, leadership and resilience to a diverse range of organizations worldwide. Her client list includes NASA, AOL, British Telecom, American Airlines, Shell, Wells Fargo Bank, PWC, Accenture, American Express, Bechtel, Australian Unity, Body Shop, Verizon, Best Buy and Ernst & Young.
Founding CEO of Global Courage, a women’s leadership organisation, Margie is a passionate advocate for gender equality and empowering women to become more influential catalysts for change. She regularly speaks at international women’s events with organizations such as the United Nations Foundation, Accenture and Oracle. Margie provides mentoring to emerging women leaders through UN Foundation women’s initiatives.
A Forbes columnist, Margie’s shared her insights with leading global media such as The Today Show, FOX News, CNBC, CNN, and Al Jazeera, The New York Times, BRW, Psychology Today, O Magazine and Wall Street Journal. She is also a regular contributor on Australia’s ABC News Breakfast and Sunrise and author of three bestselling books which have now been published in 6 languages: Find Your Courage (McGraw- Hill), Stop Playing Safe (Wiley) and Brave (Wiley).
Margie has walked her talk when it comes to living bravely. She has travelled widely since growing up on a dairy farm in rural Australia, venturing off the beaten track in over 60 countries through the Middle East, South America, Africa and Asia. She also spent three years working in Papua New Guinea and over a decade in the USA, relocating back to Australia in 2012. A mother of four children, Margie is also an Ambassador for Beyond Blue.
Marc Wayshak is the author of two books on sales and leadership, Game Plan Selling and Breaking All Barriers, as well as a regular contributor for Entrepreneur Magazine and the Huffington Post Business section. As a sales strategist, Marc Wayshak created the Game Plan Selling System to revolutionize the way salespeople, entrepreneurs and companies approach selling. Marc Wayshak's sales strategy is based upon his experiences as an All-American athlete, Ivy League graduate, startup entrepreneur and years of research, training and selling.
While studying for his undergraduate degree at Harvard University, Marc Wayshak suddenly lost all of his college savings in a stock market crash. Compelled to have to help pay for college, Marc started a small marketing company. What he didn't understand was that he would actually have to sell his services in order to survive. He would soon learn.
This is what ultimately led Marc Wayshak through the ups and downs of having to make tens of thousands of cold calls per year, speak to sell, ask for introductions and all of the other behaviors necessary to make sales. At first, he did everything wrong, but over those next few years began to learn what worked and what did not. Within three years, Marc had found some powerful mentors that saw sales from a completely different angle. Studying under these mentors, Marc ultimately began experimenting with many of his own techniques that he now teaches today in the Game Plan Selling System.
Marc finally was able to create exponential growth for his marketing business which quickly became one of the fastest growing event marketing companies in New England, with clients such as Subway Sandwich Shops, ExxonMobil and Getty Oil. At this same time Marc served as Captain of the Harvard Rugby team and was selected as an All-American. After selling his business at just 23 years old, Marc began teaching sales to organizations both large and small.
Years later, Marc Wayshak is now considered America's Sales Coach on Game Plan Selling. Sharing the powerful strategies and techniques in the Game Plan Selling System through his writing, training and coaching, Marc travels the world helping organizations and entrepreneurs transform their sales. Marc Wayshak has a Master's degree from University of Oxford and his BA from Harvard University.
Author and Speaker on Innovation, Technology and Customer Service.
Nicholas Webb is oneof the world's top Innovation Strategist and Futurist. As the CEO at Lassen Scientific, Inc. Nicholas works with Fortune 500 companies throughout the world to help them lead their industries in Innovation, Strategy and Customer Experience (ex) Design. Unlike many speakers, Nicholas is no theorist. As a technologist, Nicholas has been awarded over 45 patents by the US Patent and Trademark Office for breakthrough technologies that include one of the world's smallest medical implants to awide range of industrial and consumer products. Nicholas is a Number One Bestselling Author. His most recent book, What Customers Crave, is used by top brands to design their Customer Experience (ex) and Innovation Strategies. Nicholas has been awarded his Doctorate of Humane Letters (hon.) from the Western Universityof Health Sciences, a top Southern California Medical School in recognition of his contributions to heatthcare. Nicholas is also the founder of the Destruction Lab, a research and development project that is reinventing the way in which consumers access and engage heatthcare and other consumer products and services.
Emmy Award Winner and Speaker on Communication and Organizational Culture
Emmy Award winner and VHTA “Rising Pineapple Award” winner, David Webster is the founder of The Institute of Business Conversation Tactics and author of How to Change Someone’s Mind. His thirty-year study of person-to-person communication patterns has allowed him to recognize what we must do in order to positively guide another person’s energy and thoughts in conversation.
From owner to upper management, supervisor to staff or staff to clients, David Webster can teach the steps of “Positive Persuasion” to anyone who is willing to listen to his very powerful and entertaining speeches or take his hilariously fun communication workshops. He can improve the behavior patterns of an entire staff.
The glue that holds a team together is the feeling between them and no one can show you, like Mr. Webster can, that this is a manageable element of business. His participatory workshops keep everyone on their feet and moving for the entire class, roars of laughter heard throughout.
Jared Weiner is Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer of The Future Hunters, one of the world’s leading futurist consulting firms. He looks at emerging global trends – and helps identify the strategic implications (the “So what?”) of those trends for several of the most influential Fortune 500 companies, trade associations and public sector clients. His work is industry-agnostic, and covers trend activity in the realms of science & technology, economics, politics, demographics and environmental issues.
Jared serves on the Board of Directors of the World Future Society, the world’s preeminent futurist industry group. He also sits on American Express OPEN’s Digital Advisory Board and the Advisory Board of the Young Luxury Marketers’ Council. He frequently lectures about future trends for corporate, government and academic audiences, and has keynoted some of the world’s most prominent conferences with a focus on future-related issues. Jared holds a B.A. from the University of Rochester, and an M.B.A. from the Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester.
Humorous speaker on positivity, teamwork and stress reduction.
Matt Weinstein is the nation's foremost authority on the use of fun and humorous communication in team building. Drawing on his own experience as a company president and twenty years of research by the Playfair organization, his presentations are rich in content and alive with humor. Matt believes that team building is not just a concept - team building is an experience. As a speaker, all of Matt's keynote presentations include motivating audience interactions as an integral part of the lecture program.
Matt is the founding president of Playfair, Inc., an international consulting company that presents innovative team building programs for more than 400
clients each year. His PBS television special
Fun Works! brought Matt national acclaim as a pioneer in the field of experiential team building.
Matt Weinstein will help you to energize your workforce, reduce stress on the job, and build an enthusiastic team. Matt's long-term partnerships with companies like AT&T, IBM, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers have helped them reward, retain, and revitalize their key employees. Matt will motivate and inspire your employees to be more productive, and will teach them how to create a corporate culture of support and celebration at work. And most importantly, Matt will show your people that work can be fun!
If you're looking for something more than a lecture - if you're looking for a high-energy, audience-involvement keynote presentation that will leave the participants leaping to their feet in wild applause - then you're looking for Matt Weinstein!
Expert on emotional intelligence, world-renowned psychologist and best-selling author.
Few people have developed an expertise in areas that impact everybody, everyday-at home and at work, but that is exactly the case for creator, innovator, practitioner, world renowned psychologist and New York Times Bestselling author, Dr. Hendrie Weisinger. Giving and taking criticism, managing emotions and responding effectively to the feelings and emotions of others, motivating oneself and leading others, resolving conflict through communication and handling change, are all emotional intelligence skills, that are part of keynote speaker Dr. Weisinger's expertise that has been recognized and sought by leading business schools, influential government agencies, Fortune 500 Companies, and dozens of professional organizations, such as The Young Presidents Organization.
Author of Emotional Intelligence at Work, The Emotionally Intelligent Financial Advisor, The Emotionally Intelligent Real Estate Agent, Dr. Weisinger's Anger Workout Book, Anger at Work, The Power of Positive Criticism, and the New York Times Bestseller, Nobody's Perfect, Dr. Weisinger has spent three decades helping individuals and their organizations enhance their personal and work effectiveness through innovative applications of clinical, social, organizational, and most recently evolutionary psychology, with the publication of his book, The Genius of Instinct.
His early clinical training and practice provided him the opportunities to decipher the emotional complexities of giving and taking criticism back in the day when
feedback was the choice word. His work in this area culminated in his New York Times Bestseller, Nobody's Perfect. The success of this book put Dr. Weisinger in front of executives, managers, supervisors, and line personnel from Corporate America. IBM, AT&T, Merck, Nintendo, Sheraton, Hughes Aircraft, General Electric, Medtronic, KMPG, McDonalds, The Hartford, Prudential, Hyatt, Estee Lauder, and Nabisco are just a small sample which has requested Dr. Weisinger to present his message to their employees. Since Nobody's Perfect, Dr. Weisinger has continually advanced his theory and techniques for giving and taking criticism, his most recent thoughts captured in The Power of Positive Criticism, translated into over a dozen languages.
Always looking for innovative perspectives on human behavior, and always seeming to be ahead of the pack, Dr. Weisinger turned his interest to the evolutionary sciences, particularly evolutionary psychology. His studies in the field that is now called, "the new science of the mind," took him down a path that, when mixed with clinical expertise, provided startling new thoughts and strategies for handling everyday dilemmas that we all encounter at home and at work. His findings and observations are the subject of his most current work, The Genius of Instinct: Reclaim Mother Nature's Tools for Enhancing our Health, Happiness, Family and Work. The book presents many revelations including the fact that we are hardwired for success, man is more successful than animals because we have more instincts not less, and ruled by reason rather than instinct typically spells disaster. This evolutionary perspective has also helped Dr. Weisinger generate novel insights into leadership, marriage, parenting, and work.
Scott Welle is a #1 international best selling author, speaker, and founder of Outperform The Norm, a leading program for business leaders and athletes looking raise their game and perform at the highest level.
While the rest of the competition is playing not to lose, Scott teaches people to play to win. His proprietary “Commit / Attack / Conquer” formula ensures people fall asleep at night knowing they are making the most of their precious days on this planet. For this, Fox 9 in Minneapolis-St Paul has called him a “Motivational Expert.”
Scott’s eight bestselling books, articles, videos, podcasts and online programs inspire hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. He has a Master’s degree in Sport Psychology and serves on advisory committees of three national level organizations. He regularly speaks and consults with top performing executives, sales professionals and entrepreneurs, as well as elite athletes, all with one common goal: to OUTPERFORM THE NORM.
Scott enjoys pushing his own physical and mental limits, completing five Ironman triathlons, 27 marathons and a 100-mile ultra marathon run. He is very close with his brother, Jason. Together they “plod” at least one marathon together each year, laughing the whole way.
Chris Westfall is the US national elevator pitch champion, and his strategies have created multi-million dollar results on four continents. He’s coached clients onto Shark Tank, Dragon’s Den (that’s Shark Tank in Canada) and Shark Tank – Australia. He has appeared on CNN, ABC-NEWS, NBC-TV, and in The New York Post. Keynote clients include Cisco, HP, Transwestern, RE/MAX, Unilever, DISCOVER CARD, The Jewish Federations of North America, and hundreds of other organizations. As the official “pitch coach” at the fifth largest University in the USA, he is widely recognized as an expert on marketing, branding and leadership – with an international coaching clientele.
Passionate about helping tomorrow’s leaders, Chris is the author of BulletProof Branding and The NEW Elevator Pitch. He’s publisher of The Millennial CEO, as well as six other business books. He has spoken at dozens of universities, including the University of Chicago, SMU, Kansas State, The University of Pennsylvania, OSU, Ball State, Texas A&M and more.
Margaret Wheatley writes, teaches and speaks about how we can organize and accomplish our work in chaotic times, sustain our relationships, and willingly step forward to serve. Since 1973, Meg has worked with an unusually broad variety of organizations: Her clients and audiences range from the head of the U.S. Army to twelve year-old Girl Scouts, from CEOs and government ministers to small town ministers, from large universities to rural aboriginal villages. All of these organizations and people wrestle with a common dilemma - how to maintain their integrity, energy and effectiveness as they cope with the relentless upheavals and rapid shifts of this troubling time. But there is another similarity: a common human desire to find ways to live together more harmoniously, more humanely, so that more people may benefit.
She has written several best-selling books. Her new book, published October 2012, is So Far From Home: Lost and Found in Our Brave New World. This book first explains how this global culture emerged, a brave new world destructive of our good work, opposite to what we intended to create. It calls on us to claim a new role for ourselves --
warriors for the human spirit and then provides practices and commentary for how to do our work drawing on our best human capacities to serve in this dark time.
Her other books are: Walk Out Walk On: A Learning Journey Into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now, co-authored with Deborah Frieze; Perseverance; Leadership and the New Science (18 languages and third edition); Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future (seven languages and second edition); Finding Our Way: Leadership for an Uncertain Time and A Simpler Way (co-author Myron Kellner-Rogers).
Meg earned her doctorate in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University, and a masters in Media Ecology from New York University. She also studied at University College London, U.K. She has been a global citizen since her youth, serving in the Peace Corps in Korea in the 1960s, and has taught, consulted or served in an advisory capacity on all continents (except Antarctica). She began her career as a public school teacher, and also has been a professor in two graduate management programs (Brigham Young University and Cambridge College Massachusetts).
She is co-founder and President emerita of The Berkana Institute, founded in 1991. Berkana has been a leader in experimenting with new organizational forms based on a coherent theory of how living systems adapt and change. Berkana has worked in partnership with a rich diversity of people around the world who strengthen their communities by working with the wisdom and wealth already present in their people, traditions and environment. These pioneers do not deny or flee from our global crisis;they respond by moving courageously into the future now, experimenting with many different solutions.
Meg has received several awards and honorary doctorates. In 2003, The American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) honored her for her contribution
to workplace learning and development and dubbed her
a living legend. In April 2005, she was elected to the Leonardo Da Vinci Society for the Study of Thinking for her contribution to the field of systems thinking. In 2010, she was appointed by the White House and the Secretary of the Interior to serve on the National Advisory Board of the National Parks System; her primary responsibility is to support the growth of a 21st century culture of adaptation and innovation throughout 400 national parks.
Senior Advisor for Business Research at Oxford Economics and for Political Risk at Oxford Analytica
Sam Wilkin is senior advisor to Oxford Economics, one of the world’s foremost global economic forecasting and research consultancies, and to Oxford Analytica, a geopolitical and strategic advisory firm. He is also a fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affair, Brown University.
Backed by the resources of Oxford Economics, which provides forecasts on 200 countries and 100 industrial sectors worldwide, and Oxford Analytica, which provides geopolitical insights to a roster of clients including more than twenty-five world governments, Sam delivers not stump speeches but interactive discussions responding to the interests and concerns of the attendees of your event, packed with insight and lightened by doses of wry humor.
Sam’s research and writing covers some of the hottest topics impacted business. His new book on income inequality, Wealth Secrets of the 1%, published in August 2015, was that month an editor’s choice selection of the New York Times Book Review. Interviews, book excerpts and op-eds related to the book have appeared in Forbes, the Harvard Business Review, the Telegraph, Times of London, MarketWatch, CityAM, Salon.com, BBC World Service, National Public Radio, and Money Magazine.
Sam is also the coauthor, with Marvin Zonis, Dan Lefkovitz, and Joseph Yackley of Risk Rules: How Local Politics Threatens the Global Economy (Agate, 2011), as well as two edited volumes on management of country and political risk in the financial sector. His writing has appeared everywhere from the Financial Times to Barron’s to Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, the journal of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Sam previously served as head of business research at Oxford Economics, as associate director of the consultancy practice at Oxford Analytica, as head of political risk consulting for Aon Trade Credit and as director of country analysis for Marvin Zonis & Associates. He received his M.A. in international relations from the University of Chicago and B.A. in economics from Eckerd College, and was the 2004 alumni fellow for Eckerd College.
Pat Williams is a basketball Hall-of-Famer, currently serving as co-founder and senior vice president of the NBA's Orlando Magic. As one of America's top motivational speakers, he has addressed thousands of executives in organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies and national associations to universities and nonprofits. Clients include AllState, American Express, Cisco, Coca-Cola, Disney, Honeywell, IBM, ING, Lockheed Martin, Nike, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Tyson Foods to name a few. Pat is also the author of over 85 books, his most recent title chronicling his successful battle with cancer, The Mission is Remission.
Since 1968, Pat has been in the NBA as general manager for teams in Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia - including the 1983 World Champion 76ers - and now the Orlando Magic, which he co-founded in 1987 and helped lead to the NBA finals in 1995 and 2009. In 1996, Pat was named as one of the 50 most influential people in NBA history by Beckett's, a national publication. In 2012, Pat received the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Pat has been an integral part of NBA history, including bringing the NBA to Orlando. He has traded Pete Maravich as well as traded for Julius Erving, Moses Malone, and Penny Hardaway. He has won four NBA draft lotteries, including back-to-back winners in 1992 and 1993. He also drafted Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal, Maurice Cheeks, Andrew Toney and Darryl Dawkins. He signed Billy Cunningham, Chuck Daly, and Matt Guokas to their first professional coaching contracts. Nineteen of his former players have become NBA head coaches, nine have become college head coaches while seven have become assistant NBA coaches.
Additionally, Pat served for seven years in the United States Army, spent seven years in the Philadelphia Phillies organization - two as a minor league catcher and five in the front office - and has also spent three years in the Minnesota Twins organization.
Pat and his wife, Ruth, are the parents of 19 children, including 14 adopted from four nations, ranging in age from 26 to 40. For one year, 16 of his children were all teenagers at the same time. Currently, Pat has 12 grandchildren and counting, with twins due in July. Pat and his family have been featured in Sports Illustrated, Readers Digest, Good Housekeeping, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Focus on the Family as well as all of the major network and cable television news channels.
Pat was diagnosed in February of 2011 with Multiple Myeloma. After several rounds of chemo treatments, Pat received a bone marrow transplant where the doctors injected him with almost 5 million of his own stem cells. Pat's recovery from the stem cell transplant has been remarkable and the doctors are extremely pleased. While Multiple Myeloma is incurable the goal is to get the cancer into remission (Pat's personal slogan has been
The Mission is Remission); Pat's doctors have told him that they are unable to detect any myeloma in his body. Pat has accepted positions on several boards for different cancer groups, including an appointment on the Board of Directors for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Pat spends many hours each week responding to emails and phone calls of others affected by cancer, offering hope and words of encouragement.
Pat teaches an adult Sunday school class at First Baptist Church of Orlando and hosts three weekly radio shows. In the last 15 years, he has completed 58 marathons; most recently, the 2011 Walt Disney World Marathon, and also climbed Mt. Rainier. He is a weightlifter, Civil War buff and serious baseball fan. Every winter he plays in Major League Fantasy Camps and has caught Hall of Famers Bob Feller, Bob Gibson, Fergie Jenkins, Rollie Fingers, Gaylord Perry, Phil Niekro, Tom Seaver and Goose Gossage.
Pat was raised in Wilmington, Delaware, earned his bachelor's degree at Wake Forest University, and his master's degree at Indiana University. He is a member of the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame after catching for the Deacon baseball team, including the 1962 Atlantic Coast Conference Championship team. He is also a member of six other hall of fames around the country.
Desi Williamson shows people that they can do extraordinary things if they have the proper perspective. With 25 years on the front line in sales, management, marketing and building multi-million dollar businesses, Desi is an expert at helping organizations increase productivity through empowered people and his accomplishments are many.
Williamson has successfully developed the potential in people for powerhouse corporations such as Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Rain Bird Sprinkler Manufacturing, Johnson Wax Company and Cadbury Schweppes. A seasoned corporate executive and entrepreneur, he led an organization through major restructuring, developed and executed major marketing and diversity initiatives, and has built successful businesses including a real estate investment company.
Desi teaches organizations how to raise their standard of performance, develop better leaders, and become masters of change rather than victims of circumstance. From someone who has been in the trenches, he presents concrete ideas and solutions to the challenges you face, inspiring people with the knowledge and tools to stretch beyond their comfort zone and discover new opportunities. He is the author of a best selling video learning system for personal development, three audiocassette programs and a book titled Get Off Your Assets! How to Unleash the Power in You.
Dr. Julie Williamson is a Vice President of Strategy and Research for Karrikins Group, where she has worked with some of the world's largest companies, helping them set and execute on strategy and transformation. She is a leading voice in how organizations link together communication, design, strategy, sales, marketing and service to deliver sustainable growth. She uses both traditional and forward looking resources in her strategy and transformation work, leveraging design thinking to help client arrive at solutions that are informed by data and inspired by creativity.
Her work with Peter Sheahan on the recently released book MATTER: Create more value, move beyond the competition, and become the obvious choice highlights Julie’s commitment to working with clients to find and deliver on opportunities for growth and development.
Julie is an educator and a professional, teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses on organizational strategy, behavior, and change, and helping students connect the theoretical concepts to real-world applications. Her work with knowledge management and leadership development has been put to the test with Fortune 100 companies and stands well outside of the classroom.
Dr. Brynn Winegard is a business expert with a specialization in marketing, retail, and life sciences (neuromarketing, neuromanagement). Brynn is a professor, speaker, entrepreneur, author, business commentator. She completed her MBA and PhD at the Schulich School of Business in the areas of marketing and strategy and an undergraduate in life science (neuroscience and psychology) at McMaster University. Brynn spent over a decade in corporate marketing working for such companies as Pfizer Inc., Nestle Inc., Bank of Montreal, ScotiaBank, CIBC and Johnson & Johnson Inc. Brynn has an impressive list of clients for whom she has done training, facilitation, and consulting, now in the hundreds, including Coca-Cola, Toyota, Novartis, USAA, Enbridge, Kruger, Kraft, Pepsico, Georgia Pacific, Bristol Myers Squibb, IEEE, among many others. Brynn is Faculty at the Schulich Executive Education Centre, Ryerson University, the University of Guelph, and is the principal of Winegard & Company, an independently run management consultancy and research incubator.
Leadership speaker, author of Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter.
Liz Wiseman is the President of The Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm headquartered in Silicon Valley. At The Wiseman Group, she advises senior executives and is a keynote speaker on leadership and business strategy for executive teams worldwide. Her recent clients include: Apple, Salesforce.com, GAP, Inc., Symantec, SAP and Microsoft.
She has conducted significant research in the field of leadership and collective intelligence and is the author of the WSJ bestselling book Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter and published Bringing out the Best in Your People in the May 2010 edition of Harvard Business Review and numerous other articles.
A former executive at Oracle Corporation, Liz worked in various executive roles in the Education and HR organizations during her 17 years there. Most recently, she worked as the Vice President of Global Products and Services for Oracle's $400 million education business, where she led product management, marketing, pricing, eLearning, and internal training globally. Prior to this, she worked as Vice President of Oracle's Human Resource Development organization, working closely with Oracle's top management team to build the corporate strategic intent and to develop leadership at all levels of the organization. Liz was the Director of Oracle University, starting and leading Oracle University from a small new-hire training department to a full corporate university with global scope.
She has led significant globalization initiatives and has worked and taught extensively internationally. Liz holds a Bachelors degree in Business Management and a Masters of Organizational Behavior from Brigham Young University.
Ken Wong is a faculty member and the Commerce '77 Fellow in Marketing at Queen's School of Business, where he has held both teaching and administrative positions. He was the principal architect of the first full-time degree program in Canada to operate completely outside of government subsidy: a distinction that earned him the cover of Canadian Business in April 1994. Ken is also the Vice President of Knowledge Development for Level 5, a marketing consulting firm focused on brand strategy and execution.
As a teacher, Ken has received numerous awards for his courses in strategic planning, marketing and business strategy. Most recently, he was named a 2006 Inductee into Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends: the youngest inductee to date. In 1998, Ken won the Financial Post's Leaders in Management Education award, a lifetime achievement award for his work in undergraduate, MBA, and Executive Development programs. Beyond Queen's, he has also taught in degree programs at Cornell, Carleton University, Radcliffe College and Harvard's Continuing Education Program and in executive programs at York University, University of Toronto, Dalhousie University and the University of Alberta.
Ken is a frequent speaker and facilitator in conferences and executive development programs around the world. American Express, Manulife, Bell Canada and TD Canada Trust are among the groups he has spoken to.
As a researcher, Ken has worked with the Strategic Planning Institute (Cambridge, MA) and the Conference Board of Canada. He has served as a columnist for Strategy magazine, Marketing magazine and the National Post. He has also written for the Financial Times, Globe and Mail and the Conference Board Review. His current research focuses on enhancing
marketing productivity and brand profitability.
Private corporations which have used Ken as a marketing and strategic planning consultant include: Armstrong Partnership; Equifax; Baxter Corporation; Bell Canada; Hoffman-LaRoche; Rohm & Haas; Tremco Products; Acklands Grainger; Sprint Canada; Xerox; General Electric (U.S.); Southmedic; QL Systems; Rx Plus and Sherritt-Gordon. He has also served as a Strategic Advisor to the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training; on various local, provincial and federal government task forces; and on the Community Editorial Board of the Kingston Whig-Standard. He often assists on judging panels, most recently for the 2009 Canadian
Best 50 competition (excellence in management) and the Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year.