Peter Zeihan speaker

Peter Zeihan

Geopolitical Strategist and Global Energy, Demographic, and Security Expert

 About

Zeihan’s worldview marries the realities of geography and populations to a deep understanding of how global politics impact markets and economic trends, helping industry leaders navigate today’s complex mix of geopolitical risks and opportunities. With a keen eye toward what will drive tomorrow’s headlines, his irreverent approach transforms topics that are normally dense and heavy into accessible, relevant takeaways for audiences of all types.

In his career, Zeihan has ranged from working for the US State Department in Australia, to the DC think tank community, to helping develop the analytical models for Stratfor, one of the world’s premier private intelligence companies. Mr. Zeihan founded his own firm -- Zeihan on Geopolitics -- in 2012 in order to provide a select group of clients with direct, custom analytical products. Today those clients represent a vast array of sectors including energy majors, financial institutions, business associations, agricultural interests, universities and the U.S. military.

His freshman book, The Accidental Superpower, debuted in 2014. His sophomore project, Shale New World, will be released later this year.

Scott Zimmer speaker

Scott Zimmer

Speaker, Writer, and Market Researcher on Generational Differences in the Workplace 

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With 12 years of public speaking experience, Scott Zimmer has developed a uniquely personable style and uses insight, humor, and data to foster an environment where every generation feels valued and understood.

As one of BridgeWorks’ generational experts and resident Gen Xer, Scott’s keynotes clearly illustrate the stress points between these generations and provide clear solutions to help relieve tension and encourage better understanding and collaboration across generational divides. A child of the 80s and 90s, Scott has insider knowledge into what makes his generation tick. Sandwiched between the idealistic Boomers and innovative Millennials, his Xer lens allows him to hone in on the key challenges facing each generation.

BridgeWorks has been dedicated solely to the study of generational differences since its inception in 1998 and is the company who wrote the best-selling business books When Generations Collide: Who They Are. Why They Clash. How to Solve the Generational Puzzle at Work (HarperCollins) and The M-Factor (HarperBusiness). BridgeWorks has worked with clients varying from the AARP to MTV and over 30 Fortune 100 companies in between.

Scott grew up on a dairy farm in Central Minnesota and has mastered the art of milking cows. He graduated from St. John’s University in 2000 with a BA in Communications. When he’s not researching or presenting, he enjoys his other role as a self-proclaimed movie-buff.

Curtis Zimmerman speaker

Curtis Zimmerman

Speaker who transforms organizations through motivation and leadership.

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Curtis Zimmerman has impacted over one million people throughout the nation with his life-changing messages and award winning programs. Audiences connect with Curtis through his interactive style and approachable manner. He incorporates the skills he gained from over twenty-five years in the entertainment industry into his powerful leadership and motivational programs, cleverly balancing the connection between education and entertainment. Curtis is an expert at transforming organizations by inspiring individuals to live their life at a higher level of performance.

His deeply profound insight and perspective coupled with his high energy presentations have made him a highly sought after speaker among such notable companies as Walt Disney Entertainment, Swiss Army Brands, Luxottica Retail and Procter and Gamble.

Curtis is the author of I Believe...What do you Believe?, Keys to Success in College and Life, and the new bestseller Life at Performance Level. He was honored to share his message with more than 14,000 Airmen for the United States Air Force and received the prestigious National Leadership Award for outstanding service from United States Congressman Tom Reynolds. He is a member of the National Speakers Association and has achieved the highest earned international recognition for professional speakers, the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation.

Marvin Zonis speaker

Marvin Zonis

Political economist, best-selling author, and former Middle East correspondent for ABC News.

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At Chicago Booth, Marvin Zonis taught courses on the International Political Economy, Political Risk, and Business Leadership. He was the first professor at the Business School to teach a course on the effects of digital technologies on global business. In June, 2013, he was honored with the Norman Maclean Award for outstanding contributions to teaching and to the student experience of life on campus.

He also consults to corporations and professional asset management firms throughout the world, helping them to identify, assess, and manage their political risks in the changing global environment. He is a member of the Board of Advisers for the Comptroller General of the United States at the GAO, the Board of Directors of CNA Financial, a Fellow of PWC Advisory Services, and also a member of the Board of Directors of the Fondation Etats Unis.

Zonis has written extensively on globalization, digital technologies, emerging markets, Middle Eastern politics, the oil industry, Russia, and U.S. foreign policy. He is a leading authority on the Middle East and has spent the last 50 years studying Islam and the Middle East. He is the former director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago and former president of the American Institute of Iranian Studies. He has lived in Iran, hitchhiked in Afghanistan in and Pakistan 1963, studied Islam in Iraq beginning in 1964, and has traveled extensively throughout other parts of the region, as well.

His writings have been published in numerous journals. His books include Risk Rules: How Local Politics Threaten the Global Economy (May 2011) ; The Kimchi Matters: Global Business and Local Politics in a Crisis Driven World ; The Eastern European Opportunity; Majestic Failure: The Fall of the Shah; Khomeini and the Islamic Republic of Iran; and The Political Elite of Iran.

He was educated at Yale University, the Harvard Business School, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received a Ph.D. in Political Science, and the Institute for Psychoanalysis, Chicago, where he received psychoanalytic training.

Jason Zweig speaker

Jason Zweig

Speaker on finance and economics.

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Jason Zweig became a personal finance columnist for The Wall Street Journal in 2008. He was a senior writer for Money magazine and a guest columnist for Time magazine and cnn.com. He is the author of Your Money and Your Brain (2007), one of the first books to explore the neuroscience of investing. Zweig is also the editor of the revised edition of Benjamin Graham's The Intelligent Investor (2003), the classic text that Warren Buffett has described as by far the best book about investing ever written.

Before joining Money in 1995, Zweig was the mutual funds editor at Forbes. Earlier, he had been a reporter-researcher for the Economy & Business section of Time and an editorial assistant at Africa Report, a bimonthly journal. Zweig has a B.A. from Columbia College, where he was awarded a John Jay National Scholarship. He also spent a year studying Middle Eastern history and culture at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel.

A frequent commentator on television and radio, Zweig is also a popular public speaker who has addressed the American Association of Individual Investors, the Aspen Institute, the CFA Institute, the Morningstar Investment Conference, and university audiences at Harvard, Stanford, and Oxford.

Zweig was for many years a trustee of the Museum of American Finance, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. He serves on the editorial boards of Financial History magazine and The Journal of Behavioral Finance. Jason Zweig is not related to money manager Martin E. Zweig.