Chief Global Economist of the Economic Outlook Group, speaker on international economy.
Bernard Baumohl is Chief Global Economist at The Economic Outlook Group. He is known for being ahead of the curve in assessing the direction of the U.S. and world economy. Mr. Baumohl began his career as an analyst with the Council on Foreign Relations, a think tank specializing on international affairs. He later served as an economist at European American Bank with responsibilities to monitor the global economy and develop forecasts. Mr. Baumohl is a dynamic and entertaining speaker.
Apart from his role as chief global economist, Mr. Baumohl also teaches at the New York Institute of Finance. He has been a frequent guest on television and radio, including CNN, CNBC, and served as a commentator on Public Television's Nightly Business Report. He is cited often in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Business Week, Barron's, and U.S. News & World Report. He has also made hundreds of speeches around the country and lectured at New York University, Duke University, and the New York Institute of Finance.
Mr. Baumohl was also TIME magazine's senior economics reporter for two decades. An award-winning journalist, he covered the news from New York, Washington, London, and Jerusalem.
Mr. Baumohl is author of The Secrets of Economic Indicators: Hidden Clues to Future Economic Trends and Investment Opportunities. This best-selling book is winner of the Readers Preference Editor's Choice Award for Finance and has been translated into several languages, including Russian and Chinese.
He is a recipient of the John Hancock Award for Excellence in Financial Journalism, a member of the National Association for Business Economics and the American Economic Association and holds an M.A. from Columbia University.
Grammy Award-winning guitarist & National Security Consultant
Jeffrey "Skunk" Baxter is currently a consultant/contractor for a number of US Government agencies and advises top military, government and civilian groups on missile defense, terrorism & counter-terrorism, cyber-warfare, intelligence, virtual reality, war gaming, next-generation technology and unconventional strategies.
He is a Senior Fellow and member of the Board of Regents at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, a member of the Director's Strategic Red Team at MIT/ Lincoln Laboratories, a consultant for the Global Security Sector of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and a Senior Thinker for the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition, as well as holding consulting agreements with SAIC, Northrop-Grumman, Parsons, RadiantBlue Technologies and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He was a Specialist Reserve Officer with the Anti-Terrorist Division of the Los Angeles Police Dept. for 15 years and a founding member of the Terrorism Early Warning Group, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Baxter has appeared on CNN and Fox News and written on the subjects of national security and technology for the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Wired, and Money Magazines.
He has also had a long and successful career, (18 Gold & Platinum Albums, 2 Grammys), in the music and entertainment field as a founding member of the group Steely Dan, Grammy winning guitarist with the Doobie Brothers, as a record producer for such artists as Carl Wilson, Nazareth and The Stray Cats and studio musician for hundreds of recordings.
Inspiring speaker and APOLLO XII and SKYLAB II astronaut, one of the first people to walk on the moon.
Alan Bean, one of the first Americans on the moon, was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 12 and Spacecraft Commander of Skylab Mission II (SL-3). He has helped establish 11 world records in space and astronautics, and was awarded two NASA distinguished Service Medals. In his 18 years as a NASA astronaut, Alan saw sights that no artist, past or present has ever seen first hand. Today, as an accomplished painter, he creates paintings that record his explorations into the world of outer space.
Hal Becker is a nationally known expert on Sales, Customer Service, and Negotiating. He conducts seminars or consults to more than 140 organizations a year. His client list includes IBM, Disney, New York Life, United Airlines, Verizon, Terminix, AT&T, Pearle Vision, Cintas, and hundreds of other companies and associations.
At the age of 22, he became the #1 salesperson among a national sales force of 11,000, for the Xerox Corporation. Six years later in 1983, he survived terminal cancer only months after launching Direct Opinions, one of America's first customer service telephone survey marketing firms that facilitates more than two million calls per year with offices throughout the U.S.A. and Canada. In 1990, Hal sold Direct Opinions to devote time for consulting and presenting lectures around the world.
Hal is the author of Can I have 5 Minutes Of Your Time?", which is now in its 21st printing and is used by many corporations as their "Sales Bible." He has also authored three other best sellers including Lip Service, one of the nations foremost books on customer service, and Get What You Want, a fun, upbeat and fresh approach to negotiating. Hal’s latest book on sales is titled the Ultimate Sales Book.
He has been featured in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Inc Magazine, Nations Business and hundreds of newspapers and Radio/TV stations around the world, and is currently syndicated in over 45 newspapers and magazines.
In 2010 Salesgurus.net voted Hal as one of the "World's top 30 Professional Sales Trainers". Inc. Magazine has voted Hal as one of the nation's top speakers in the Area of Sales and Customer Service.
Client service and marketing expert, author of the BusinessWeek bestseller Selling the Invisible
Harry Beckwith is an internationally acclaimed speaker who has worked with 23 Fortune 200 companies and is the marketing and branding consultant to the world's premier brand consultancy. He has appeared on CNN, given keynote addresses to Microsoft, Disney, and ABC, and authored the international business bestseller, Selling the Invisible, which was named one of the top ten business and management books of all time. His subsequent Business Week bestsellers on customer service, The Invisible Touch and What Clients Love, brought his total sales worldwide to over 700,000 copies in 23 languages. Other bestselling books by Harry Beckwith are You, Inc. and Unthinking.
Harry Beckwith is the founder and director of Beckwith Partners. Beckwith Partners advises financial and professional service clients on positioning, branding, consumer retention, communication strategies, and technology. The firm's work has been featured in Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Inc., Advertising Age and AdWeek, and has won The American Marketing Association's highest honor, the Effie.
Drawing on 25 years experience with service industry organizations and extensive work with many Fortune 500 companies, Harry shares anecdotes and new approaches that help organizations reach new heights. Using unique examples, Harry clearly isolates the four keys to growing a service business in presentations that are sincere, engaging, witty, moving, and in the end, enormously inspiring.
Best-selling author and world-renown authority on customer loyalty and service innovation
Chip Bell has helped many Fortune 100 companies dramatically enhance their bottom lines and marketplace reputation through innovative customer-centric strategies that address the needs of today’s picky, fickle, vocal and “all about me” customers. Dr. Bell reveals the best practices from the organizations leading the customer loyalty charge, giving audiences powerful cutting-edge ideas and unique strategies they can put into practice the minute they leave his keynote. Bell’s impact on audiences is nothing short of extraordinary: over 80% of the groups who hear him bring him back. Always customer-centered, Bell customizes all his presentations to meet unique organizational needs through a background study, pre-event conference call, and phone interviews to better understand specific audience needs and challenges.
He is considered a world-renowned authority on customer loyalty and service innovation, writing over 600 articles for many business journals, magazines, and blogs. He has appeared live on CNN, CNBC, CBS, Fox Business, Bloomberg TV, ABC, NPR Radio and his work has been featured in Fortune, Businessweek, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CEO Magazine and Entrepreneur. He has authored eight national best-selling books including: Managing Knock Your Socks off Service (now in its 3rd edition); Customers as Partners; Magnetic Service; Take Their Breath Away: How Imaginative Service Creates Devoted Customers: The 9½ Principles of Innovative Service; Wired and Dangerous: How Your Customers Have Changed and What to Do about It; and Sprinkles: Creating Awesome Experiences Through Innovative Service. His newest book is the best-selling Kaleidoscope: Delivering Innovative Service That Sparkles. His books have won major awards and been endorsed by the CEO or presidents of such companies as Zappos, Starbucks, Four Seasons Hotels, Ritz-Carlton Hotels, Build-A-Bear Workshops, JetBlue, Marriott, Ultimate Software, WestRock Chick-fil-A, Wolfgang Puck Worldwide, Morgan Stanley, Nationwide, Dell Computer, Kimpton Hotels and Southwest Airlines.
Entertainer and speaker on innovation, author of Advantage Play: A Manager's Guide to Creative Problem Solving.
Educated at the University of Toronto (BA), the University of Western Ontario (LLB), and the London School of Economics (LLM), David Ben retired from practicing tax law to pursue his passion for creativity, performing and community. As a magician, David was the sole protégé of Ross Bertram - one of the great sleight-of-hand artists of the twentieth century. David is a member of London's prestigious Magic Circle and has performed throughout the United States, Canada, England and Japan. In addition to performing magic, David acts as a keynote speaker on creativity, innovation and problem solving. A feature presenter at The Walrus Talks (Performance), IdeaCity, and a two-time presenter at the Smithsonian, David has addressed a broad range of associations and corporate clients in the United States and Canada.
David was the co-writer (along with Canadian broadcast icon Patrick Watson), performer and producer of The Conjuror (Shaw Festival, Theatre ROM, Isabel Bader Theatre) and The Conjuror's Suite (Salon ROM, Charlottetown Festival), Tricks (Artword Theatre) and Natural Magick (Luminato Festival). David has made numerous television appearances and was also the subject of an award-winning documentary film
A Conjuror in the Making that aired on Breakfast with the Arts on the A&E Network and on Adrienne Clarkson Presents on the CBC.
David is the author of four books. His first, Advantage Play: A Manager's Guide to Creative Problem Solving, examines magicians, card cheats and psychics as models of creativity and pragmatic problem solving and was published by Key Porter Books. His second, Tricks, was a how-to book for magicians published by Squash Publications. His third book was Dai Vernon: A Biography, the first volume of a long-awaited portrait of the life and times of the most influential magician of the twentieth century. The fourth, a landmark book, Zarrow: A Lifetime of Magic, a portrait and technical retrospective of one of magic's most revered arrangers, Herb Zarrow. David will soon complete the business biography of Allan Slaight scheduled to be published in 2013. David is also the author of several articles and essays published in several journals including the Canadian Literary Review, Genii, A Conjuror's Magazine and Magicol: A journal of magic history and collectibles.
David is also a consultant for a variety of film, television, print and theatre projects including The Shaw Festival's production of Ragtime, Soulpepper Theatre's production of Tom Stoppard's Travesties and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Brian Johnson's short film based on Denis Lee's book of poetry Yes/No, and Michael Ondaajte's award winning novel, Divisadero.
David is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Magicana a performing arts organization and registered charity dedicated to studying and promoting magic as a performing art. He spearheaded My Magic Hands, a program designed to use the process of learning, practicing and performing magic as an introduction to creativity and the arts for underprivileged and disadvantaged children; and Senior Sorcery an intergenerational initiative to bring live theatre to isolated seniors in their homes and community.
Adventure racer, firefighter, speaker on leadership and teamwork.
Robyn Benincasa - NYT Best-Selling Author of How Winning Works: 8 Essential Leadership Lessons from the Toughest Teams on Earth and World Champion Adventure Racer - accepts full blame for inspiring people to do insane things like climb Mount Kilimanjaro, run their first triathlon, start their own adventure racing teams, or start their own businesses. This is, after all, who she is and what she does: Robyn Benincasa inspires people to do amazing things. Her unforgettable presentations have taught countless high-performance leaders all over the world about
Building World Class Teams and the
followership skills necessary for dynamic role shifting and true teamwork.
Benincasa has made an art form of extreme performance by competing and winning at the highest levels of sport and business. Revered as one of
California's Fittest Women, she spent her youth competing at the state and national level in gymnastics, diving, cross country, and judo, in which she became a national champion. Soon after earning a Marketing degree from Arizona State University, Robyn
started at the top in a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company where she earned the prestigious
Rookie of the Year award.
While consistently achieving top sales in her day job, Robyn completed six Ironman races, with two podium finishes. Then the adventure race bug bit.
In her 15-year career as a professional adventure racer, Robyn Benincasa has competed in close to 40 expedition-length events - gnarly, multiday, multisport killers such as Primal Quest and Eco-Challenge. She has biked through jungles in Borneo, climbed Himalayan giants in Nepal, trekked across lava fields in Fiji, rafted rapids in Chile - and racked up multiple world championship titles along the way. In her spare time, Robyn, is a full-time firefighter in San Diego, on the nation's first all-female crew.
NBC, ABC, CNN, ESPN, USA Network, Discovery Channel, Outdoor Life Network, PBS and FOX have all featured Robyn and her amazing accomplishments. Add to those network credits editorials in Fast Company, Sport Illustrated, Vogue, Corporate & Incentive Travel, The New York Times, Outside, and Harper's Bazaar.
Benincasa launched World Class Teams and its sister company Flashover Seminars to bring her unique and inspiring perspective on teamwork to the corporate world via keynotes, seminars and teambuilding programs. Starbucks, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Aramark, Honda/Acura, Tony Robbins, Allianz, Wal-Mart, Timberland, Napster, AT&T and Earthlink rely on Robyn's
Extreme Performance: Why Winners Win,
High Performance Leadership and her signature program
The 8 Essential Elements of Human Synergy.
Robyn Benincasa founded the Project Athena Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to helping women who've endured medical setbacks achieve their athletic dreams, whether it means climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or running a local 10K. The goal? To encourage survivors not just to survive - but to thrive in the wake of their diagnoses.
When Ty was 21 years old he started a business with his brother Scott, which they built to over $20 million in annual revenue while still in their twenties. He was recently featured in Utah Business Top 40 Under 40.
Ty currently sits on several boards, including two non-profits. He will also be serving as the President of The Mountain West chapter of The National Speakers Association beginning in July.
As a speaker Ty is a young, fresh voice with a fun, engaging style. He speaks on Leadership, Influence, Entrepreneurship and Storytelling, and has shared the stage with celebrities, world renowned thought leaders and recently with President Bush and President Clinton.
Ty is the author of The Power of Influence as well as his newest book - The Power of Storytelling. His message is changing lives and reaching people around the world.
Michael Bergdahl is a professional international business speaker, author and turnaround specialist. Bergdahl worked in Bentonville, Arkansas for Walmart, as the Director of “People” for the headquarters office, where he worked directly with Walmart’s founder Sam Walton. It was Sam Walton who gave Bergdahl the nickname, “Bird Dawg!” Previous to Walmart he worked in the FMCG Industry for PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay Division in the sales organization and headquarters staff assignments. He is a turnaround specialist who participated in two successful business turnarounds as VP of HR at both American Eagle Outfitters and Waste Management. Bergdahl has more than 25 years of HR experience, and he has received the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) lifetime certification from SHRM. He is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology / Behavioral Science.
Michael Bergdahl is considered to be an authority on the best practices of Walmart & Sam Walton. He has been interviewed on CNN, CNBC, CNN FN, MSNBC, CNN International, Univision, CBS National Radio, and Bloomberg TV. He has participated in internationally televised news debates on “Power Lunch,” “On the Money,” “Morning Call,” and “Closing Bell.” Articles written by him, and articles written by others about him, have been published in business newspapers and magazines around the world. He has written articles for Hardware Retailer Magazine (NRHA), Progressive Grocer Magazine, Sweden’s Butikstrender Magazine, and the Retailer Association of India: STOrai Magazine. Bergdahl is the moderator of two LinkedIn discussion groups called, “Walmart’s Best Leadership Practices” and “Sam Walton’s Best Leadership Practices” with a combined membership of 14,000 worldwide members including: Retailers, FMCG/CPG Product Manufacturers/Suppliers, HR Professionals, Supply Chain Professionals. He has more than 3000 followers on LinkedIn.
He wrote his first book about “The Strategies of the World’s Largest Company,” titled: What I Learned from Sam Walton: How to Compete and Thrive in a Walmart World (2004). His second book is written about “The Tactics of the World’s Richest Man,” titled The 10 Rules of Sam Walton: Success Secrets for Remarkable Results (2007). His third book is a 50th Walmart Anniversary Commemorative Edition titled The Sam Walton Way (Brighton Publishing 2012). His fourth book, High Expectations Are The Key To Everything was published by Jaico Books in India in September 2013, and it was published by Motivational Press in the USA in 2014.
Michael Bergdahl is a speaker with substance, who is one part business, one part inspiration, and one part storyteller. He presents Keynote Speeches, breakout sessions, half day programs, and full day Master Classes. He tailors his speeches to fit the conference theme. His Full Day Master Classes are designed to teach others the Best Practices of Walmart. In his speech, “Picking Walmart’s POCKETS,” Bergdahl unveils the best practices of Walmart, and the success secrets of Sam Walton. Audience members will learn the “Tactics of the World’s Richest Man, Sam Walton,” and the “Strategies of Walmart, the World’s Largest Company.” He also presents an inspiring keynote speech about “Bringing Out the Best in You” based on his newest book, High Expectations Are The Key To Everything.
Michael has spoken at association conferences, public events, customer conferences, and private company meetings in the USA and Internationally to Retailers, Non-Retailers, Manufacturers, Suppliers, and B2B. He speaks to a wide variety of audiences including Sales, Customer Service, IT, Supply Chain/Logistics, Franchisees, Financial Services, Real Estate Developers, Property Managers, Leasing Agents, Retail Managers, Brand/Marketing Professionals, Loss Prevention Specialists, Human Resources, Plant Managers, Engineers, DC Managers, Operations Managers, Product Manufacturers / Suppliers / Buyers, Pharmacists, Bankers, Credit Union Directors, Presidents, Entrepreneurs, College Professors, College Students & College Commencement, CEO’s, CIO’s, CTO’s, and CFO’s. He has spoken at events for Walmart’s current suppliers, and its direct competitors, who are interested in improving their ability to compete successfully in a Walmart “Big Box” World!
Author of Win-Win Negotiations in the Financial Industry, offers sales motivation and relationship marketing.
Jasmin Bergeron is the professor of Marketing at the University of Quebec in Montreal. He started his career as a financial advisor, and has presented in over 1000 conferences, seminars and courses in more than twelve countries.
Jasmin Bergeron obtained his Ph.D. in Business Administration, majoring in Marketing from Concordia University and completed his Master in Business Administration (MBA), majoring in Marketing, at the University of Quebec in Montreal. Both his MBA and Ph.D. theses were conducted in the financial industry.
He authored or co-authored five books, twenty-five scientific researches, twenty case studies, and more than 100 newspaper articles on bank marketing, sales motivation, relationship marketing, and professional selling techniques. Some of his books include Win-win Selling in the Financial Industry, Selling and Counseling in the Insurance Industry, and Prospecting Strategies for Financial Advisers.
Few journalists in America’s history have had the impact on their era and their craft as Carl Bernstein. For forty years, from All the President’s Men to A Woman-In-Charge: The Life of Hillary Clinton, Bernstein’s books, reporting, and commentary have revealed the inner-workings of government, politics, and the hidden stories of Washington and its leaders.
In the early 1970s, Bernstein and Bob Woodward broke the Watergate story for The Washington Post, leading to the resignation of President Richard Nixon and setting the standard for modern investigative reporting, for which they and The Post were awarded the Pulitzer Prize.
Since then, Bernstein has continued to build on the theme he and Woodward first explored in the Nixon years – the use and abuse of power: political, media, financial, cultural and spiritual power. Renowned as a prose stylist, he has also written a classic biography of Pope John Paul II, served as the founding editor of the first major political website, and been a rock critic.
The author of five best-selling books, Bernstein is currently also at work on several multi-media projects, including a memoir about growing up at a Washington newspaper, The Evening Star, during the Kennedy era; and a dramatic political TV series with David Simon of ‘The Wire’ for HBO. He is also an on-air contributor for CNN and a contributing editor of Vanity Fair magazine. His most recent book was the national bestseller A Woman In Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton, acclaimed as the definitive biography of its subject, published by Knopf.
With Woodward, Bernstein wrote All the President’s Men (also a movie starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman), about their coverage of the Watergate story; and The Final Days, about the denouement of the Nixon presidency.
In 1977-78, Bernstein spent a year investigating the CIA’s secret relationship with the American press during the Cold War. The resulting 25,000-word article for Rolling Stone, entitled “The CIA and the Media,” was the first to examine a subject long suppressed by both American newspapers and the intelligence community.
Since his famous essay, “The Triumph of Idiot Culture,” a 1992 cover story for The New Republic about increasing sensationalism, gossip and manufactured controversy as staples of the American press, he has proved a prescient critic of his own profession.
Ever wonder why certain teams win consistently, whereas others come up short? Ross Bernstein explains why - in an engaging and visually entertaining style that's designed to improve your organization's productivity, morale and bottom-line profitability...
The best-selling author of nearly 50 sports books, Ross Bernstein is an award-winning business speaker who helps companies and organizations perform more like champions. Ross and his books have been featured on thousands of television and radio programs over the past 20 years, including CNN, MSNBC, CBS This Morning, FOX News, Bloomberg, ESPN, Sports Illustrated and the CBC, as well as in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, USA Today, and Maxim Magazine.
Ross' signature program,
The Champion's Code: Life Lessons of Ethics & Accountability from the Sports World to the Business World, is based on more than six years of research that resulted in two critically acclaimed series of sports-business books. The first examines how and why certain teams win world championships; while the other chronicles the unwritten and unspoken rules in the world of sports, or
codes as they are known, which explores the fine line between cheating and gamesmanship - and the consequences involved when that line is crossed.
Ross interviewed more than 1,000 professional athletes and coaches for the six books and along the way he saw some fascinating patterns, metrics and trends develop among certain individuals who possessed a very unique DNA. For these unique individuals, or
champions, it wasn't always about winning, it was about following their moral compass in order to play the game the right way - with respect and integrity - in order to achieve success. In his presentation, Ross identifies upwards of 100 unique characteristics and traits that are common among champions, which he then ties into poignant life lessons and inspirational stories that relate back to his client's event theme and desired learner outcomes.
Based largely on the
Good to Great ideology of how the best companies are able to separate them- selves from the rest of the pack through dynamic leadership and extraordinary customer service, Ross' program reinforces the concept that individuals win games, but TEAMS win championships. Momentum, roles, buy-in, motivation, consistency, sacrifice, trust, chemistry, work-ethic, innovation, karma, and being humble - they're all a part of what it takes to become the best of the best - a champion both on and off the field.
So... who are the champions in your organization? Ross speaks about 100 dates a year and he'd love to customize a keynote (from one to six hours) for your next annual conference, corporate event, or sales meeting - his passion and energy is contagious and he'd be honored to be a member of YOUR team for the day!
Brian Biro is known as America's Breakthrough Coach, and is a speaker and author on leadership, thriving on change, and team building. He has delivered over 1,200 presentations around the world over the last 20 years. A major client described Brian Biro best when
Brian Biro has the energy of a ten-year-old, the enthusiasm of a twenty-year-old, and the wisdom of a seventy-five-year-old.
A former vice-president of a major transportation corporation and the author of nine books including bestseller, Beyond Success!, Brian was rated #1 from over 40 Speakers at four consecutive INC. Magazine International Conferences.
With degrees from Stanford University and UCLA, Brian Biro has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN's Business Unusual, and the Fox News Network and as a featured speaker at the Disney Institute in Orlando. He was recently named one of the top 100 most inspirational graduates of the UCLA Graduate School of Business in honor of their 75th Anniversary.
Having started five successful companies and consulted to leadership teams around the world, Russell Bishop has become a recognized expert in personal and organization transformation, helping individuals and companies create unparalleled success.
One of the early pioneers in the field of large group personal development, he created Insight Seminars in 1978, followed by Insight Consulting Group. In the mid-1980's he co-founded Productivity Development Group along with David Allen. To date, well over one million people in 43 countries have participated in seminars designed by Russell.
In 2000, Russell started Bishop & Bishop, a business consulting firm specializing in performance acceleration helping companies implement business strategies and achieve dynamic performance improvement.
His clients include Fortune 500 companies in aerospace, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, information technology, telecommunications and energy. He has extensive international experience working in England, France, Germany, Spain, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Hong Kong, as well as all across North and South America.
Russell worked with Arianna Huffington to build out several sections of Healthy Living and served as Editorial Director for the Huffington Post's GPS for the Soul. His weekly blogs focusing on improving the quality of personal and professional life have been read by tens of thousands of readers.
Author of The One-Minute Manager series, a much sought-after author, business and leadership consultant.
Few people have influenced the day-to-day management of people and companies more than Ken Blanchard. A prominent, sought-after author, speaker, and business consultant, Dr. Blanchard is universally characterized by his friends, colleagues, and clients as one of the most insightful, powerful, and compassionate individuals in business today. Ken is one of the most influential leadership experts in the world and is respected for his years of groundbreaking work in the fields of leadership and management.
Dr. Ken Blanchard is the co-founder and Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies, an international management training and consulting firm that he and his wife, Margie Blanchard, began in 1979 in San Diego, California. In addition to being a renowned speaker and consultant, Ken also spends time as a visiting lecturer at his alma mater, Cornell University, where he is a trustee emeritus of the Board of Trustees.
Starting with his phenomenal best-selling book, The One Minute Manager, co-authored with Spencer Johnson, which has sold more than 13 million copies and remains on best-seller lists, to Raving Fans, Gung Ho!, and Whale Done!, Ken's impact as a writer is far reaching. His books have combined sales of more than 18 million copies in more than 25 languages. Leading at a Higher Level, published in 2006, Know Can Do!, published in 2007, and The One Minute Entrepreneur, published in 2008, have been received with much critical acclaim.
Ken has received many awards and honors for his contributions in the fields of management, leadership, and speaking. The National Speakers Association awarded him its highest honor, the
Council of Peers Award of Excellence. He was inducted into the HRD Hall of Fame by Training magazine and Lakewood Conferences, and he received the Golden Gavel Award from Toastmasters International. Ken also received The Thought Leadership Award for continued support of work-related learning and performance by ISA, The Association of Learning Providers. Ken has been inducted into Amazon's Hall of Fame as one of the top 25 best-selling authors of all time. The business school at Grand Canyon University bears his name. In addition, Ken teaches students in the Master of Science in Executive Leadership Program at the University of San Diego.
Born in New Jersey and raised in New York, Ken received a master's degree from Colgate University, and a bachelor's and PhD from Cornell University. An avid golfer, Ken belongs to the Loch Lomond Golf Club in Scotland.
Amy Blankson is the only person to be named a Point of Light by two Presidents (President Bush and President Clinton). She received a Presidential appointment to serve a five-year term on the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National Service, and was one of the youngest delegates to the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future.
Amy received her BA from Harvard and MBA from Yale School of Management. She went on to co-found the Future of Philanthropy Conference at Yale University, and in 2007, joined GoodThink on the ground floor to develop and scale the company as it sought to bring the science of happiness to life.
Drawing on over 17 years of management and consulting experience with businesses, foundations, and nonprofits, Amy Blankson brings both passion and practicality to GoodThink. She is currently doing research in partnership with Google to determinehow to make positive psychology strategies stick and create sustainable positive change.
Amy is the author of the award-winning children’s book Ripple’s Effect, and has three beautiful daughters who teach her about the joy of positivity and the importance of gratitude on a daily basis.
Grand prize winner of the Daily Record's Top Innovator of the Year Award, speaker on creating innovation Culture.
Wharton and Oxford-educated, Alexander Blass is an internationally acclaimed American innovator and entrepreneur. He has traveled to over 50 countries and appeared in hundreds of media outlets. He is the grand prize winner of the Daily Record's Top Innovator of the Year Award, which credited him with
revolutionizing charitable giving for inventing person-to-person giving
technology on the Internet. He presently serves as CEO of Alexander Blass International, an executive education and training firm based near Washington, DC.
Alexander keynotes some of the world's most prestigious conferences on innovation/creativity, leadership/change, business development and entrepreneurship. Examples include the Abu Dhabi Innovation Forum, the World Management Forum, the European Conference on Creativity and Innovation, the Stars of Business Awards in Dubai, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Entrepreneurship Summit, EPIC in New York, ExpoMeetings in Mexico, HR SUMMIT in Singapore, INNOCONF in Malaysia, the Business Leadership Forum in South America, and IBM INNOVATE in India to an audience of 2,000 people.
Alexander also received the Baltimore Business Journal's Top 40 Under 40 Executives Award and the Daily Record's Influential Marylanders Award. He was honored as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Wharton School of Business.
Previously, Alexander was a venture capitalist, strategy consultant, and software developer, beginning his career at KPMG Consulting. During his tenure as a venture capitalist, one of the fund's portfolio companies went from a $500,000 fund investment to a nearly $500 million all-cash acquisition by a Fortune 50 corporation. He has worked with leading organizations on opportunities totaling over $1 billion, and made investment recommendations on over $100 million of emerging technologies for the U.S. government as an invited expert at the National Science Foundation.
He has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, Associated Press, BusinessWeek, FOX, The Independent, Voice of Africa, Khaleej Times, Dubai Eye, HRM Asia, Portafolio, and many more.
Alexander received an MBA from Oxford University in England. He also holds a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where he concurrently studied at the Wharton School of Business.
Rocky Bleier’s story - a gripping tale of courage on both the football fields of America and the battle fields of Vietnam - has held audiences in rapt attention for years. Yet, the motivational message behind it, detailing how ordinary people can become extraordinary achievers, defines success in the new American century.
With the same optimism, sense of humor and steadfast determination that were his trademarks as a Pittsburgh Steelers running back, Rocky Bleier takes audiences from his early years through his professional career and talks about the lessons he learned along the way….lessons that we can all benefit from.
Not falling within the ideal of what a running back should look like, Bleier had to run harder and play smarter to be able to stand out. Despite his drive and ability to make the big play, the Pittsburgh Steelers only considered him a late round pick. But before the season ended that first year, he was drafted again - this time by the United States Army. At the height of the Vietnam War, Bleier was thrust into combat early and was seriously wounded when his platoon ran into an ambush. Receiving wounds from both rifle fire and grenade fragments in his legs, he was barely able to walk and his professional football career seemed to have ended before it began.
For more than two years, he drove himself. Little by little, he overcame obstacles and fought his way back. He not only made the Pittsburgh Steelers, but also eventually became a starting running back on a team that won four Super Bowls and became the greatest football team of the 20th century.
The hard lessons Rocky Bleier learned early in his life, and that helped him overcome adversity and reach his goals, have paid off after football. These lessons are seen between the lines in the popular book on his life, Fighting Back.
A sought-after financial commentator, member of the Princeton University faculty, author of 17 economic books.
Alan S. Blinder is the Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University. He is also Vice Chairman of the Promontory Interfinancial Network, and a regular columnist for The Wall Street Journal.
Dr. Blinder served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from June 1994 until January 1996. In this position, he represented the Fed at various international meetings, and was a member of the Board's committees on Bank Supervision and Regulation, Consumer and Community Affairs, and Derivative Instruments. He also chaired the Board in the Chairman's absence. He speaks frequently to financial and other audiences.
Before becoming a member of the Board, Dr. Blinder served as a Member of President Clinton's original Council of Economic Advisers from January 1993 until June 1994. There he was in charge of the Administration's macroeconomic forecasting and also worked intensively on budget, international trade, and health care issues. During the 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns, he was an economic adviser to Al Gore and John Kerry, and he continues to advise numerous Democratic politicians. He also served briefly as Deputy Assistant Director of the Congressional Budget Office when that agency started in 1975, and testifies frequently before Congress on a wide variety of public policy issues.
Dr. Blinder earned his A.B. at Princeton University in 1967, M.Sc. at London School of Economics in 1968, and Ph.D. at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1971- all in economics. Dr. Blinder has taught at Princeton since 1971, and chaired the Department of Economics from 1988 to 1990. He was the Founder and either Director or Co-Director of Princeton's Center for Economic Policy Studies from 1989 to 2011.
Author or co-author of 20 books, including the textbook Economics: Principles and Policy (with William J. Baumol), now in its 12th edition, from which well over two and a half million college students have learned introductory economics, Dr. Blinder has also written scores of scholarly articles on such topics as fiscal policy, monetary policy, and the distribution of income. He also appears frequently on PBS, CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg TV, and elsewhere.
Dr. Blinder was previously President of the Eastern Economic Association and Vice President of the American Economic Association. He is a member of the board of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Economic Club of New York, the Bretton Woods Committee, and the Bellagio Group, and a former governor of the American Stock Exchange. Dr. Blinder also serves on academic advisory panels for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Hamilton Project.
He has been elected a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association, and a member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Academy of Political and Social Science.
Jeanne Bliss pioneered the Chief Customer Officer position, holding the role for over twenty years reporting to the Chief Executive Officer at Lands’ End, Allstate, Coldwell Banker, Mazda and Microsoft Corporations, where she moved the customer to the strategic agenda, redirecting priorities to create transformational changes to each brands’ customer experience. She has driven achievement of 95 percent loyalty rates, improving customer experiences across 50,000-person organizations. Since 2002 Jeanne’s led CustomerBliss, a preeminent customer experience consultancy guiding companies to achieve customer-driven growth. Jeanne is the co-founder of the Customer Experience Professionals Association, established to advance the worldwide discipline of customer experience and develop customer experience practitioners. Her best-selling books are Chief Customer Officer: Getting Past Lip Service to Passionate Action (2006), and I Love You More than My Dog: Five Decisions that Drive Extreme Customer Loyalty in Good Times and Bad (2011). She is a worldwide keynote speaker sought frequently by major media for her point of view.
Culinary adventurer, chef, artist and seven time Guinness World Record holder Bob Blumer is the creator and host of the television series Surreal Gourmet, and Glutton for Punishment, and a producer and host of World's Weirdest Restaurants. His shows air in over twenty countries world-wide.
In World's Weirdest Restaurants, the passionate and indefatigable gastronaut circles the globe in his quest to find the world's weirdest and wackiest restaurants. Some of his discoveries include a Japanese isakaya where Macaque monkeys serve beer, a New York City pop-up where patrons dine in the nude, and Modern Toilet in Taipei where curry is served in miniature porcelain toilet bowls.
On Surreal Gourmet and in his books, Bob transforms ordinary ingredients into wow-inspiring dishes through simple cooking methods and whimsical presentations. Along with his iconic Toastermobile, they have become his culinary trademark. Blumer's artful approach to cooking, confidence-inspiring instructions, and contagious enthusiasm endear him to a loyal following in North America, Asia, and Europe - territories where he travels regularly.
On Glutton for Punishment, Bob channels his passion for food and his competitive nature into a series of culinary adventures that are inspiring, entertaining and often amusing. In every episode, he has five days to learn a physically daunting culinary skill, then he is thrown to the wolves as he competes in a related professional competition, or attempts to rise to the occasion of a challenge. In the fifth and final season of the show, Bob successfully broke or established seven food-related Guinness World Records.
Bob is also the author of five acclaimed cookbooks and the co-author of the best-selling Pizza on the Grill.
His most recent book Glutton for Pleasure: signature recipes, epic stories and surreal etiquette was summed up
by Publisher's Weekly as
Equal parts memoir, lavish art book, multi-genre soundtrack and culinary tour de
Bob has been an ambassador for Second Harvest in Toronto for 5 years, and helps to raise funds for several other noble causes. He also makes personal appearances and presents his signature surreal meals around the globe. In 2013 he returned to his artistic roots, creating a show of 25 surreal wine glasses and decanters that he exhibited in Napa, CA, and designing a Surreal Gourmet Suite for Toronto's legendary Gladstone Hotel. When he is not traveling for work or pleasure - which is most of the time - the transplanted Canadian cycles daily in the canyons near his home in the Hollywood Hills, doing his best to stay in shape for his next big adventure.
CEO of futurethink Lisa Bodell is the bestselling author of Kill the Company, and her latest Why Simple Wins. She is a recognized global leader on innovation foresight and change management, whose keynotes leave audiences inspired with a vision and armed with tools towards action. A dynamic speaker and futurist, Lisa Bodell has brought innovation to life for Google, Cisco Systems, Citigroup, Merck, Fidelity, Accenture and the U.S. Navy. Her presentations are frequently the highest-rated sessions at conferences, as she engages audiences and empowers them with practical tools, tips, and resources to start innovating immediately.
Bodell’s takeaways are proven transformational methods that she and her team at future think, an innovation-training firm, have successfully implemented with Fortune 500 companies around the world. The characteristics that define Bodell as a successful global speaker are the same as those that define her success as a CEO, a laser-focused ability to provide radical thinking and offer on-the-spot business solutions, with an inspired vision thatmotivates people to action.
Her new book and keynote: WHY SIMPLE WINS: Escape the Complexity Trap and Get to the Work that Matters, is a sought-after topic at every organizational level. In her presentation, Bodell shares tools and takeaways on how organizations and individuals can eradicate complexity and allow Simplicity to be their new operating system, and North Star towards an innovative workplace culture.
With a deep understanding of best practices across industries Lisa Bodell has contributed her expertise to a wide variety of media, including: Fast Company, WIRED, The New York Times, Inc., Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, The Huffington Post, FOX News, and CNN.
Lisa Bodell serves on the Board of the NSA, is a member of the Global Agenda Council for the World Economic Forum and is an adviser on the Board of the Association of Professional Futurists. She has taught at both American University and Fordham University, and has served as an adviser on Novartis’ Diversity and Inclusion Board in Basel
Kerry Bodine believes that happy customers lead to happy shareholders. Her book, Outside In: The Power of Putting Customers at the Center of Your Business, helps business leaders understand the financial benefits of great customer experiences—and how their organizations must change in order to deliver them.
Kerry is a customer experience consultant with expertise in human-centered design, journey mapping, marketing, and branding. She helps executives co-create innovative products, services, and experiences that truly matter—for their customers, for their employees, and for their business.
Kerry’s ideas, analysis, and opinions have appeared on sites like The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Forbes, USA Today, and Advertising Age. She also contributes a regular column to Touchpoint, the journal published by the global Service Design Network. Kerry is a frequent keynote speaker at public conferences and private corporate events around the world.
Kerry spent seven years with the customer experience practice at Forrester Research. As vice president and principal analyst, she lead Forrester’s research on customer experience design and innovation. She was also the creative force behind the customer experience ecosystem, a framework that helps companies diagnose and fix customer problems at their roots.
In previous roles, Kerry managed consumer research teams; guided the design of websites, mobile apps, and branded social networks; designed interfaces for robots and wearable devices; and in 1995, developed a Web-based social shopping prototype for AT&T Bell Labs. She also completed stints as both a management consultant and an advertising executive.
Kerry holds a master’s degree in human-computer interaction from Carnegie Mellon University.
Author and Keynote Speaker on Marketing, Change, and Innovation
René Boender is an renowned and inspiring speaker - capturing his audience right from the start.
He began his career in marketing and advertising in his early twenties. The US-based agency McCann discovered his talent and immediately threw him into the deep end of the international advertising market. He was responsible for their largest accounts: Black & Decker, Coca-Cola, CNN, L’Oréal, H&M, and Levi’s. In the late-80's, people called him the “Rainmaker on Madison Avenue,” the best new business driver in advertising.
In the early 90's, René Boender started his own successful agency: BBCW. After ten more years in business he then started to give talks at international conferences and worked as a guest lecturer - and he continues to be involved in several high profile projects.
From 2012 - 2014, René Boender was named the best foreign speaker in the USA with his keynote “The Chance to Change is now.” As the author of the bestselling Great to Cool René Boender shares his knowledge, his experience and vision. He focuses on increasing business happiness and believes that everything hinges on the power of communication. Furthermore, he is an expert on ‘Generation Z’ and published a best-selling book on this target group, which made it to number one on the top 100 management books list - twice! Again a big success, René Boender’s third book, Cool is Hot, also rose to number one!
René’s professional vision and energetic communication skills enable him to give exciting talks and connect with his audience. René Boender speaks on various topics. He looks at the way one deals with difficulties and helps you to start with yourself and take the reins. His keynotes are about pushing boundaries and the courage to change.
Consultant and Speaker on Leadership, Peak Performance, and Change Management
Eric Boles is the president of The Game Changers Inc., a training and development company dedicated to maximizing the human asset. Through assessment, consulting, coaching and corporate training, The Game Changers Inc. has set the standard for helping organizations enhance their culture and develop greater levels of commitment and performance.
Eric Boles is also a highly acclaimed keynote speaker and consultant for some of the most recognized and respected organizations in the world. His insights on Leadership, Peak Performance, Team Dynamics, and Managing Change has been shared with clients such as Dunkin’ Donuts, Nationwide Insurance, AVIVA Insurance, Alaska Airlines, State Farm Insurance, Starbucks Coffee, USAA, MetLife, and Novo Nordisk . Eric also speaks to a variety of organizations and associations, including those in sales, education, government, healthcare, manufacturing and financial services.
Prior to becoming an authority on high performance, Eric learned many principles of team dynamics and leadership from his experience playing in the National Football League (NFL) with the New York Jets and the Green Bay Packers. While in the NFL, he had the privilege of being coached and mentored by some of the finest coaches and players in the game.
Eric is an avid sports fan, golfer and reader. He is married to his wife Cindy, and they have two daughters, Taylor and Madison.
Mr. Accountabilitybecause of his ability to inspire, engage and entertain audiences with his stories that will touch every emotion.
Walter has catapulted as one of the world's most preeminent thought leaders on personal and corporate accountability with a presentation style that is in a class all by itself. Through his keynotes, training systems and product resources, he travels the world transforming organizations into a culture of accountability. Walter teaches how accountability creates engagement, assists in teamwork, and increases productivity which ultimately drives results.
Walter is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP). Walter has received many accolades within the professional speaking industry such as: Speaker of the Year by Minnesota Meetings and Events Magazine, Program of the Year by Meeting Professionals International's Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter and more recently listed by Meetings & Conventions Magazine as one of meeting planners' favorite speakers listed alongside speaking legends such as: Colin Powell, the late Stephen Covey and the late Zig Ziglar to name a few. Speaking.com listed Mr. Accountability in their top 5 for motivation.
In 2013 Walter appeared as the host on The Food Network's Giving You the Business. This franchise competition show was broadcast in the United States and Canada.
Before developing a training and development company, Walter enjoyed an 8 year career in professional basketball. Walter played college basketball at The University of Minnesota and professionally for the Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz and Detroit Pistons. He also enjoyed stints throughout Europe in Greece, Italy and Germany.
Walter's vast life experiences have made him an expert in the development of strong teams and personal success and development. Walter lives with his wife and business partner Antoinette and their 3 children, Wesley, Kendall and Cori. Their family splits time between Minneapolis, MN and Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
Bestselling Author and Speaker on Communication and Leadership
Dianna Booher works with organizations to increase their effectiveness through clear communication and with leaders to increase their impact by a stronger personal presence.
She is a prolific author of 46 books, published in 26 languages, with nearly 4 million copies sold. Her latest books include:
Several have been major book club selections. Her work is also widely available in audio, video, and online courseware.
Major Media: Good Morning America, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Fast Company, Forbes.com, Investor's Business Daily, Bloomberg, NPR, CNN International, FOX, CNBC, The New York Times, Washington Post, the LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Industry Week, Success, and Entrepreneur have interviewed her for opinions on critical workplace communication issues. She also a regular blogger for The Huffington Post and The CEO Magazine.
Founder of International Training Company: As founder of Booher Consultants and more recently Booher Research, Dianna and her staff of trainers have taken her communication principles and techniques to hundreds of organizations around the world. Communication programs offered by Booher Consultants, her former training company, include business and technical writing, proposal writing, sales presentation skills, interpersonal skills, customer service, resolving conflict, effective meetings, and listening.
National Awards: Dianna delivers very focused programs addressing clients’ specific communication needs as well as keynotes on other personal growth topics. She has spoken to audiences on six continents.
IBM has honored Dianna with its Star Quality Award, given to the highest rated external supplier of professional education. Booher was also named Frito-Lay's Vendor of the Year. She also received the New York Film Festival's Cindy Award for her elearning series. Executive Book Summaries included Dianna’s Cutting Paperwork in the Corporate Culture in their "Best of the Best Business Books of the Decade." Additionally, Successful Meetings magazine named Dianna on its list of “21 Top Speakers for the 21st Century.” Executive Excellence Publishing named her as one of the “Top 100 Thought Leaders” and one of the “Top 100 Minds on Personal Development.”
Communication expert and author of How To Connect In Business in 90 Seconds or Less.
Nicholas Boothman spent more than 35 years studying the way people connect, communicate face-to-face and collaborate through teamwork. A former fashion and advertising photographer who dealt with hundreds of new faces a week for clients like AT&T, Revlon and Coca-Cola, he now shows businesses around the world how to naturally connect and build trust, from first impressions to profitable relationships, and all the communicating in-between.
Today The New York Times calls him
Dale Carnegie for a rushed era. The Economist Magazine's Matthew Bishop calls him
truly inspirational, and Good Morning America says,
His book is my bible.
Nicholas has taught his revolutionary technique of
Rapport by Design to thousands of corporations, colleges and universities around the world including the Queens, Harvard and London Business schools.
A Licensed Master-Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Nicholas is the author of 4 best-selling book, How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less, How to Connect in Business in 90 Seconds or Less, How to Make Someone Fall in Love with You in 90 Minutes or Less and Convince Them in 90 Seconds.
British by birth, North American by location, and Universal in his message, Nicholas Boothman brings a fresh perspective to connecting face-to-face in this impersonal age of high technology. His clients include: Ernst and Young, Bank of America, U.S. Dept of Justice, Arizona State University, Harvard Business School, Cognos, RE/MAX, National Bank, Sony, Merrill Lynch, Deloitte, Johnson & Johnson, Manulife, HSBC Bank, American Medical Association, Hertz Corporation, IBM, General Motors, and many others.
Roger Bootle is one of the City of London’s best-known economists. As well as running Capital Economics, which he founded in 1999, Roger is also a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Committee and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries. He was formerly Group Chief Economist of HSBC and, under the previous Conservative government, he was appointed one of the Chancellor’s panel of Independent Economic Advisers, the so-called ‘Wise Men’. In 2012, Roger and a team from Capital Economics won the Wolfson Prize, the second biggest prize in Economics after the Nobel.
Roger Bootle studied at Oxford University and then became a Lecturer in Economics at St Anne’s College, Oxford. Most of his subsequent career has been spent in the City of London.
Roger has written many articles and several books on monetary economics. His latest book, The Trouble with Europe analyses what has gone wrong with the EU and what needs to be done to put it right. This follows The Trouble with Markets, which analyses the deep causes of the recent financial crisis and discusses the threats to capitalism arising from it. Like his previous book, Money for Nothing, which correctly anticipated the financial crisis, it has been widely acclaimed. This followed the success of The Death of Inflation, published in 1996, which became a best-seller and was subsequently translated into nine languages. Roger is also joint author of the book Theory of Money, and Index-Linked Gilts.
Roger appears frequently on television and radio and is also a regular columnist for The Daily Telegraph. In The Comment Awards 2012 he was named Economics Commentator of the year. Roger is a much sought after performer at conferences and business gatherings around the world.