Steve Gilliland speaker

Steve Gilliland

A master storyteller and humorous speaker, helps people understand leadership, teamwork, and personal growth.

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A member of the Speaker Hall of Fame, Steve Gilliland is one of the most in-demand and top-rated speakers in the world. Recognized as a master storyteller and brilliant comedian, he can be heard daily on SiriusXM Radio’s Laugh USA and Blue Collar Radio. With an appeal that transcends barriers of age, culture and occupation—plus an interactive and entertaining style—Steve shows audiences how to open doors to success in their careers, their relationships and their lives. Presenting to over 250,000 people a year, more than two million have now heard him speak, with audiences encompassing nearly three dozen industries. Steve has the distinction of speaking in all 50 states and in 15 countries. As one newspaper stated, “Steve is what happens when the humor of a stand-up comic collides with the inspiration of a motivational speaker.”

In addition to his brilliant speaking career, Steve is a prolific, accomplished author, evidenced by three of his books—Enjoy The Ride, Making a Difference and Hide Your Goat—perennially making the publisher’s bestseller list and his being named Author of the Year. His thought-provoking writing style makes his articles a favorite with nationally prominent magazines. He influences the lives of millions through his presentations, books, CDs and DVDs. An extensive array of these products has been utilized by small businesses, Fortune 500 companies, U.S. and Canadian government agencies, churches, school districts and nonprofit organizations. Speaking the language of active business leaders, his books and CDs identify practical lessons that grow people and their businesses.

Steve built a multimillion-dollar company from the ground up on the same philosophy he expounds to his audiences. If you continually learn more about your company, your industry, your customer and yourself, you will always be a leader. You will be purpose-driven rather than process-driven, and you will make a difference. His motto is straightforward: “If you take care of people, the business will follow.” He has been recognized by Who’s Who for Speakers and Business Professionals, and The Pittsburgh Business Times named his company one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the region.

Steve was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area, resides in North Carolina and travels the world. He received his bachelor’s degree from Grove City College (PA) and his MBA from Globe University (MN). He is a proud grandpa, devoted father of four boys and a loving husband to his wife, Diane. Steve learned great compassion for people and a commitment to a hard work and balanced life ethic at the knee of his highly principled Christian mother and stepfather. Whether Steve is speaking at an event, writing about current issues that impact people or leading his own employees, he is not just a person who challenges people to change, he motivates them to do so.

James Gilmore speaker

James Gilmore

Co-Author of The Experience Economy: Work Is Theater and Every Business A Stage. Speaks on strategy and customer service.

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James H. Gilmore specializes in provoking executives to think more richly and constructively about growth and innovation. Combining imaginative business thinking with practical analytical tools, Jim excels at helping businesses conceive new ways of understanding customer needs and adding value in the marketplace. To direct new strategic thinking and foster greater corporate ingenuity, Jim leverages insightful frameworks drawn from his world-renowned expertise in three innovation disciplines:

First, Jim challenges organizations to think beyond goods and services as means to overcome commoditization and engage customers with truly new forms of output. His highly influential work, The Experience Economy: Work Is Theatre & Every Business a Stage, now published in fifteen languages, literally wrote the book that spawned worldwide attention in experience design, experiential marketing, and customer experience management. Gilmore's thinking on the subject is unparalleled in terms of challenging businesses to explicitly create value in two customer currencies: the importance of their time and the desire to achieve personal transformations.

The second innovation area in which Jim assists businesses is in mass customizing products and processes. He is co-editor of Markets of One: Creating Customer-unique Value through Mass Customization, which addresses how to best pursue customized offerings in the face of increasingly fragmented markets. Jim challenges businesses to go beyond mere customer satisfaction (the gap between what customers expect and what they perceive they get) to focus on the new innovation metric of customer sacrifice (the gap between what customers settle for and what they want exactly) in uncovering new innovation opportunities. Not limited in any way to consumer businesses, Gilmore argues this metric in particular holds the key to creating value in B2B relationships.

The third arena of innovation directs businesses to consider a whole new consumer sensibility in today's marketplace, namely the desire for authenticity. Jim's most recent book, Authenticity: What Consumers Really Want, outlines how authenticity must be managed as a distinct business discipline if any innovation is to find a receptive buyer. Here Jim addresses ways for businesses to innovate that go beyond appeals to availability, cost, and quality - outlining the deliberate steps needed to gain the perception of authenticity and a reputation as real.

Jim has worked across a wide array of industries. His work in experience innovation has included helping a number of hospitality clients, technology firms, equipment manufacturers, restaurant chains, and medical care businesses. He has helped both goods manufacturers and service providers incorporate principles of mass customization into their operations Jim's work in helping organizations render authenticity has primarily focused on travel and tourism, real estate development, and urban renewal.

Jim is co-founder of Strategic Horizons LLP and a Batten Fellow and Adjunct Lecturer at the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia. He is a graduate of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an alumnus of Procter & Gamble, and before co-founding Strategic Horizons LLP was head of CSC Consulting's Process Innovation practice.

Nancy Giordano speaker

Nancy Giordano

Futurist, Corporate Strategist & Speaker

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Described as endlessly optimistic, Nancy Giordano is a strategic futurist with a drive to help enterprise organizations and visionary leaders transform to meet the escalating expectations ahead. Recognized as one of the world’s top female futurists, she has spent her career building, shaping and evolving a portfolio of $50 billion worth of major global brands.  Executives love her unique abilities to sense and synthesize the shifts ahead and to guide those ready to build more relevant and sustainable solutions.

Nancy started a formidable career at several of the most influential ad agencies in NY, Chicago, and LA.  For more than a decade now, she has been the Founder/CEO of Play Big Inc., a strategic inspiration company, applying her broad understanding of the intense cultural and technological shifts we’re facing. Her extensive knowledge of the drivers shaping our future (and driving business) have guided transformation projects with The Coca Cola Company, Brinker International, Sprint, Nestle, Acumen, Energizer, Mercedes Benz and many other Fortune 500 companies. Her work has made her one of the fastest rising women speakers in the world, both as a keynote speaker and at C-level strategy exchanges, in wide range of industries including technology, entertainment, travel, food, retail, consumer products, homebuilding, talent, B2B services, and much more.

Her current work is diving more deeply into the intersections of tech, business and society.  Two recent examples include her work to frame the internal culture and talent infrastructure for a leading artificial intelligence company, and the producing of Gigaom Change, a Leader's Summit diving into the seven most disruptive technologies for enterprise.  She has been ranked as one of the World’s Top Female Futurists (research by Ross Dawson) and was voted 7th Woman of Influence on the Future of Leadership list (Women Speakers Association). She was the first global TEDx licensee and currently leads a youth-led team to produce one of the globe’s largest TEDx events for teens, hosting nearly 1000 annually.

Her vibrant presentations are about answers to your toughest questions.  She meticulously crafts her talks based on the specific needs of your audience, spending time with you in advance to pinpoint the critical issues.  If you are looking for a high-energy futurist who thinks like a strategist and acts like a creative marketer, she may be the perfect speaker for your next event.

Jeffrey Gitomer speaker

Jeffrey Gitomer

Author of The New York Times bestsellers The Sales Bible and The Little Red Book of Selling, Jeffrey offers expert advice on understanding your customers and increasing your sales

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Jeffrey Gitomer is the author of The New York Times best sellers The Sales Bible, The Little Red Book of Selling, The Little Black Book of Connections, and The Little Gold Book of YES! Attitude. All of his books have been number one best sellers on Amazon.com, including Customer Satisfaction is Worthless, Customer Loyalty is Priceless, The Little Red Book of Sales Answers, The Little Green Book of Getting Your Way, The Little Platinum Book of Cha-Ching, The Little Teal Book of Trust, The Little Book of Leadership, and Social BOOM! Jeffrey's books have sold millions of copies worldwide.

Jeffrey gives public and corporate seminars, runs annual sales meetings, and conducts live training programs on selling, YES! Attitude, trust, customer loyalty, and personal development. Jeffrey's customers include Coca-Cola, US Foodservice, Caterpillar, BMW, Verizon, MacGregor Golf, Hilton, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, AmeriPride, NCR, IBM, Comcast Cable, Time Warner, Liberty Mutual, Principal Financial, Wells Fargo Bank, BlueCross BlueShield, Carlsberg, Mutual of Omaha, AC Neilsen, Northwestern Mutual, MetLife, Sports Authority, GlaxoSmithKline, The New York Post, and thousands more.

Jeffrey's syndicated column Sales Moves appears in scores of business papers in the US and Europe, and is read by more than four million people every week. His weekly email magazine, Sales Caffeine, is a sales wake-up call delivered to more than 300,000 subscribers worldwide. Sales Caffeine allows Jeffrey to communicate valuable sales information, strategies, and answers to sales professionals on a timely basis.

In 1997, Jeffrey was awarded the designation of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) by the National Speakers Association. In 2008, Jeffrey was elected by his peers to the National Speaker Association's Speaker Hall of Fame. The designation, CPAE (Counsel of Peers Award for Excellence), honors professional speakers who have reached the top echelon of performance excellence.

Brent Gleeson speaker

Brent Gleeson

Navy Seal Combat Veteran & Motivational Leadership Speaker

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Brent Gleeson is a Navy SEAL combat veteran with multiple tours to Iraq and Africa. Upon leaving SEAL Team 5, Brent turned his discipline and battlefield lessons to the world of business and has become an accomplished entrepreneur, writer, and acclaimed speaker on topics ranging from leadership to building high performance teams. Brent has also starred in several reality shows including NBC’s ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ and Discovery Channel’s ‘One Man Army.’ 

Brent earned his undergraduate degree in Finance and Economics from Southern Methodist University, has studied English and History at Oxford University in England, and earned a MBA from the University of San Diego. Brent is on the executive board of the Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation and his family is an Ambassador Family for March of Dimes.

STRATFOR Global Intelligence speaker

STRATFOR Global Intelligence

Leading Geopolitical Intelligence Platform & Publisher

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As the world’s leading geopolitical intelligence platform, Stratfor brings global events into valuable perspective, empowering businesses, governments and individuals to more confidently navigate their way through an increasingly complex international environment. Founded on the principle that transformative world events are not random, but are in fact predictable, Stratfor analyses and forecasts reveal the underlying significance and future implications of emerging developments.

Stratfor develops comprehensive, independent and unbiased analyses by examining global events through the lens of geopolitics and our proprietary methodology. That allows us to interpret the significance of today’s global events, cut through the noise, inform decision making and develop a more accurate view of the future.

In 1996, a small group of political scientists and entrepreneurs decided to move their project, The Center for Geopolitical Studies at Louisiana State University, into the private sector. They traded Baton Rouge for Austin, Texas, an emerging center for innovation, and formed Stratfor around the idea that geopolitical analysis and accurate forecasting of global trends would be valuable to individuals and organizations seeking clarity and informed insight in today’s increasingly complicated international environment.

Garry Golden speaker

Garry Golden

Academically Trained Futurist and Speaker on Emerging Trends

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Garry Golden is a professionally trained futurist who writes, speaks, and consults about issues that will shape society and business in the 21st century. His uncanny sense of what will hit—and what won’t—can be seen in futurethink’s research and heard in his international keynotes and corporate leadership seminars. His insights on how to align talent development to coming industry and market transitions have been shared with and implemented by such organizations as the McGraw-Hill Companies, Goodyear, S&P, and Reliant Energy.

Garry serves as Adjunct Lecturer on the Future of Energy and Environment for the University of Houston. He has consulted on projects as diverse as the future of utilities; transportation and supply chains; food safety and health; financial services; and sustainable retail packaging. He is the co-author of the inspiring book Designing Your Future, and author of the upcoming book titled The Age of Adaptive Experiences.

Garry attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received his Futures Studies degree from the University of Houston. He is a past board member of the Association of Professional Futurists (APF) as well as an aspiring collector of street art (which will likely be huge in the year 2040.) If left to his own devices at a museum gift shop, odds are a micro-machine or geological piece will be finding itself a future home.

Ian Goldin speaker

Ian Goldin

Former VP of World Bank, Speaks on Future Trends, Globalization and Innovation

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Professor Ian Goldin is a leading global thinker and exceptional speaker. He is uniquely placed to bring together the frontiers of knowledge with the practical needs and strategic concerns of businesses, governments and individuals. After a career which included being CEO of a bank and vice president of the World Bank, he is now a professor at Oxford University and serves as a non-executive director and as an advisor to a number of leading firms. He is highly sought after as a consultant and advisor and his speaking engagements include TED, WEF (Davos) and many similarly high profile audiences.

Professor Goldin is the director of the Oxford University's Oxford Martin School which brings together over 300 leading researchers to provide solutions to some of the greatest challenges of our time. The School covers the frontiers of physical, environmental and medical science change and as well as economics and finance, population, migration, ageing, food and natural resources and the associated global governance and risk management challenges. The School is the leading global center of scholarly research on analyzing future developments and identifying opportunities, as well as in uncovering complexity, cyber security, financial and other systemic risks. Goldin is the University Professor of Globalization and Professorial Fellow at the University's prestigious Balliol College.

Ian Goldin previously was at the World Bank, where he served as vice president with wide-ranging responsibilities. These included being a member of the Bank's Executive Committee and having responsibility for all major shareholder relations and relations with the UN and other global partners. From 1995 to 2001, Goldin was chief executive and managing director of the Development Bank of Southern Africa. Under his leadership, the Bank became highly profitable and the leading agent of infrastructure development in the fourteen countries of Southern Africa, and the primary source of finance to over 500 municipalities and the leading provider of project finance in Africa. During this period, Goldin was an economic advisor to President Mandela and accompanied him on many state visits. Previously, Goldin worked at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London, as principal economist, and prior to that at the OECD Development Centre in Paris, where he directed the Programs on Trade and Environment.

Goldin holds a BSc and BA (Hons) degree from the University of Cape Town, a MSc from the London School of Economics, an AMP from INSEAD and an MA and Doctorate from the University of Oxford. He has received numerous awards and prizes, and has been knighted (Chevalier) by France and was nominated Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. 

Professor Goldin is an acclaimed author and has published over fifty articles and eighteen books, four of the most well-known being Globalization for Development (Oxford University Press), which Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz has recommended as "essential reading", Exceptional People: How Migration Shaped our World and Will Define our Future (Princeton) which Ned Phelps, Nobel Laureate has said will "will change, if anything, the way governments and organisations view migration policy", Divided Nations: Why Global Governance is Failing and What Can Be Done (Oxford University Press), which Pascal Lamy, former Director General of the World Trade Organisation has described as a must read, and The Economics of Sustainable Development (Cambridge University Press). In 2014 he published Is the Planet Full? (Oxford University Press) and The Butterfly Defect: Why Globalization Creates Systemic Risk and What to Do (Princeton University Press) which Jean-Claude Trichet the former President of the European Central Bank has called "remarkable..and of utmost interest."

David Goldsmith speaker

David Goldsmith

Author of Paid to Think & Speaker on Business Growth and Management

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David Goldsmith is an award-winning businessman, author, speaker, and President and Co-founder of the Goldsmith Organization (New York and Hong Kong), a consulting firm servicing executive clients across six continents in commerce, nonprofits, governments, militaries, and education. He is a trusted consultant and adviser to executives in some of the world’s largest companies, including Infosys, Maersk, Illinois Tool Works, Dole, KPMG, Techtronics, and Wipro, travelling more than 300,000 miles each year to improve leaders and their organizations. David’s close work with top-level decision makers and world leaders gives him comprehensive insight into the challenges facing leadership today and enables him to challenge leaders to think differently, cross-pollinate solutions across industries, and provide practical--and sometimes counterintuitively innovative--tools and methodologies that create immediate, rapid, and sustainable results.

David is the author of Paid to THINK: A Leader’s Toolkit for Redefining Your Future, a work described by readers as “an MBA in a book” and acclaimed by experts as a groundbreaking approach to modern leadership and management. He taught at New York University for twelve years and is the recipient of its Excellence in Teaching Award. David has also taught at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and was a guest speaker for Cornell University and the Wharton School of Business for five consecutive years. Meetings Magazine, the premiere magazine for the meetings and events industry, named David as one of its 26 Hottest Speakers for his captivating, educational, and high-value Consulting from the Stage™ programs delivered to leadership across diverse industries such as banking and FinTech, healthcare, nanotechnology, gaming, communications, transportation, water and sewage, consumer products and retail, and more.

David does not subscribe to an all-work-and-no-play lifestyle. Rather, clients glean additional value from his strong emphasis on experiencing a high quality of life in simultaneous pursuit of professional excellence: a practice by which he lives daily. Those who know David equally attest that he approaches every endeavor with an authentic zest to fulfill the promise written on the cover of Paid to THINK: "Achieve More, Earn More, and Live More"


Carol Kinsey Goman speaker

Carol Kinsey Goman

Speaker on energizing individuals and organizations to thrive in environments of change.

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Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D., is an international keynote speaker, specializing in leadership and nonverbal communication. She coaches executives, women leaders, salespeople, and managers to build strong and productive business relationships by projecting confidence, credibility, caring, and charisma. A frequent presenter for The Conference Board, The Executive Forum, and the International Association of Business Communicators, Carol presents keynote addresses and seminars on leadership, body language in the workplace, collaboration, and change communication to corporations, government agencies and major trade associations.

Her clients include over 100 organizations in 24 countries -- corporate giants such as Consolidated Edison, 3M, and PepsiCo; major non-profit organizations such as the American Institute of Banking, the Healthcare Forum, and the American Society of Training and Development; high-tech firms such as Hewlett-Packard and Texas Instruments; agencies such as the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command, and the Library of Congress; and international firms such as Petroleos de Venezuela, Dairy Farm in Hong Kong, SCA Hygiene in Germany, and Wartsilla Diesel in Finland.

Carol has been cited as an authority in media such as Industry Week, Investors Business Daily, CNN's Business Unusual, PBS Marketplace, MarketWatch radio, and the NBC Nightly News. She is a leadership blogger for Forbes and an expert contributor to the Washington Post's On Leadership column. She has published over 300 articles in the fields of organizational change, leadership, innovation, communication, the multi-generational work force, collaboration, employee engagement, and body language in the workplace. She's the author of twelve business books, including The Nonverbal Advantage: Secrets and Science of Body Language at Work and The Silent Language of Leaders: How Body Language Can Help � or Hurt � How You Lead. Her latest book is The Truth About Lies in the Workplace: How to Spot Liars at Work and How to Deal with Them.

Carol has served as adjunct faculty at John F. Kennedy University in the International MBA program, at the University of California in the Executive Education Department, and for the Chamber of Commerce of the United States at their Institutes for Organization Management. She's a faculty member for the Institute of Management Studies, presenting training seminars internationally.

Dan Goods speaker

Dan Goods

NASA Visual Strategist

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Named “One of the Most Interesting People in LA” by the LAWeekly, Dan Goods is passionate about creating moments in people’s lives where they are reminded of the gift and privilege of being alive.

As the “Visual Strategist” for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Dan has created installations about finding planets around other stars, including one where he drilled a hole into a grain of sand. 

Dan shepherd an amazing team developing creative ways of communicating, and working to transform complex concepts into meaningful stories that can be universally understood. His work is seen in public spaces, art museums, and is in outer space.

In 2002 Dan graduated valedictorian from the graphic design program at Art Center College of Design. He was given a silver “International Design Excellence Award” for the eCLOUD sculpture at the San Jose Airport.

Jon Gordon speaker

Jon Gordon

Best-selling Author and Sought After Speaker on Leadership, Teamwork, and Sales

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Jon Gordon is one of the most sought after speakers in the world today. His best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world and his principles have been put to the test by numerous NFL, NBA, and college coaches and teams, Fortune 500 companies, school districts, hospitals, and non-profits.

Jon is the author of The Wall Street Journal bestseller The Energy Bus, The No Complaining RuleTraining Camp, Soup: A Recipe to Nourish Your Team and Culture, The Seed: Finding Purpose and Happiness in Life and Work, The Positive Dog: A Story About the Power of Positivity, and his latest book The Carpenter: A Story About the Greatest Success Strategies of All.

Jon and his tips have been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Fox and Friends and in numerous magazines and newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal andThe New York Times. His clients include The Atlanta Falcons, Oklahoma City Thunder, Campbell Soup, Wells Fargo, State Farm, Novartis, Bayer, Northwestern Mutual, GE and many more.

Jon also impacts thousands of teachers and students each year through his work with schools, universities and non-profit organizations.

Jon lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida and when he’s not running through airports or speaking to businesses, hospitals or school leaders, you can find him playing tennis or lacrosse with his wife and two “high energy” children.

Amanda Gore speaker

Amanda Gore

Speaker, author, expert on neurolinguistics. Teaches stress reduction, health, communication, team building.

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As a communications and performance expert, Amanda Gore believes success in business is always about feelings - the the way we feel about a product, organization or person influences how we behave and informs our decisions about how we spend, or who we conduct business with.

Taking the stance that business has been paralyzed by its own over-analysis, her presentations break down the barriers that separate people in an invigorating, action-packed ride towards self-discovery and ultimately, real and lasting change.

She demonstrates how people can re-connect to the energy and emotional layers that really drive performance, innovation, relationships, engagement and creativity in their business and personal life utilizing positive psychology, epigenetics and emotional intelligence.

....and all this very intelligent sounding stuff means basically that:

People who are happy at work are 31% more productive, sell 37% more and are three times more creative. They make better team players, handle change more effectively, become more positive and are much more engaged.

Amanda makes your audiences happier - for a long time and gives them strategies that work on how to stay happier!

She based herself in the US for eight years during which time she was voted as one of the top three speakers by leading speakers' bureaus and inducted into the US Speakers Hall of Fame.

Amanda is engaged by some of the world's biggest corporations to help business leaders achieve results by getting people engaged in, enthusiastic about and aligned with corporate goals and vision.

In between delivering an average of 60 presentations in Australia and the US every year Amanda has written five books, produced several DVD and audio visual training programs and has accumulated over 1 million views on her You Tube channel.

Adrian Gostick speaker

Adrian Gostick

Leadership, Management, Employee Engagement Author and Speaker

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How do leaders accelerate business results?  Bestselling leadership author Adrian Gostick addresses this question and many others in his energetic and information packed talks.  A significant part of the recipe for accelerating results is to make work more rewarding for employees.

Adrian Gostick is author of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestsellers The Carrot Principle, All In and What Motivates Me. His books have been translated into 30 languages and have sold more than a million copies around the world. 

If you Google the 30 Top Leadership Gurus, you’ll consistently find Adrian on the list along with Jack Welch and Jim Collins.  As a workplace expert, Adrian was called a “must read for modern-day managers” by Larry King, “creative and refreshing” by the New York Times and “fascinating,” by Fortune magazine. He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show and CNN, and has been quoted in The Economist, Newsweek, and the Harvard Business Review.

Adrian earned a master’s degree in Leadership from Seton Hall University where he is a guest lecturer on workplace culture.  He is a founding partner of The Culture Works, a global consultancy focused on helping organizations build high-performance work cultures.  He consults and speaks for world class organizations – and those on their way to becoming world class.

Reva Goujon speaker

Reva Goujon

Stratfor Vice President of Global Analysis and Speaker on Geopolitics

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Reva Goujon is a leading global strategic analyst who keeps her finger on the pulse of emerging trends across the world. Ms. Goujon leads Stratfor's team of analysts and plays an integral role in applying a forward-looking, strategic lens to Stratfor's coverage of global events.  She is also a prominent speaker, regularly addressing executives and investors at events across the world in a variety of industries, including energy, finance, commercial real estate and agriculture.

Ms. Goujon joined Stratfor in 2004 and has been featured in numerous newspapers and broadcasts, including Bloomberg, National Public Radio, CNN, The Associated Press, National Public Radio, Time Magazine, Al Jazeera English, Fox News, Haaretz, The New York Times, The Hindustan Times, Agencia Estado, Xinhua, Veja and Business Week.

Ms. Goujon has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Texas and a master's degree from the Security Studies Program of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Vijay Govindarajan speaker

Vijay Govindarajan

Speaker on strategy execution and global leadership, author of Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators.

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Vijay Govindarajan has been recently named the first Coxe Distinguished Professorship of Management at the Tuck School and founding director of Tuck's Center for Global Leadership. He is also the faculty co-director for Global Leadership 2020, Tuck's executive education program that focuses on global management and is taught on three continents.

For 25 years, Govindarajan has been advancing the field of strategy execution and advising senior executives in all industries on how to modify their organizations to achieve their strategic ambitions. Govindarajan focuses on teaching corporations to build breakthrough businesses while simultaneously sustaining excellence in their core business -- the subject of his new book, Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators.

Govindarajan currently writes a column for FastCompany.com. His articles have also appeared in journals such as Harvard Business Review, strategy+ business, California Management Review, and MIT Sloan Management Review. One of his papers was recognized as one of the ten most-often cited articles in the entire 40-year history of Academy of Management Journal. Govindarajan has published six books, including The Quest for Global Dominance.

As a popular keynote speaker, Vijan has been featured at many conferences such as the Business Week CEO Forum and the Economist Conference. Recognized as one of today's leading business strategists, Govindarajan has been named to a series of lists by influential publications, including: Outstanding Faculty in BusinessWeek's annual Guide to Best B-Schools; Top Five Most Respected Executive Coaches on Strategy by Forbes; and Eight Leading Executive Advisors by the Wall Street Journal Online.

Some of companies Vijay has advised include: AT&T, Boeing, British Telecom, Corning, Ford, The Gap, Hewlett-Packard, The Home Depot, IBM, J.P. Morgan Chase, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Sony, and Wal-Mart.

Ronald Granieri speaker

Ronald Granieri

Speaker on Geopolitics & Transatlantic Relations

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Dr. Ronald Granieri is Director of Research and Lecturer in History at the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and is also Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia, where he is Director of the Center for the Study of America and the West, and host of FPRI’s monthly interview program Geopolitics with Granieri.

A graduate of Harvard University who received his PhD in History from the University of Chicago, Dr. Granieri is a specialist in the history and current state of European and German politics and diplomacy as well as transatlantic relations. He is the author of The Ambivalent Alliance: Konrad Adenauer, the CDU/CSU, and the West, 1949-1966 (Oxford and New York: Berghahn Books, 2003) as well as numerous articles on European History, European-American Relations, the Cold War, and contemporary politics. He is the editor of FPRI’s web journal of politics and culture, The American Review of Books, Blogs, and Bull, where his recent essays have discussed, among other things, the potential impact of Brexit on the Atlantic Community, the historical implications of American Exceptionalism, and the political/historical legacy of Alexander Hamilton. 

Dr. Granieri has also worked as a Contract Historian for the Office of the Secretary of Defense Historical Office, researching the tenure of Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger during the Reagan Administration for the Secretaries of Defense Historical Series.

An award-winning professor at the graduate and undergraduate level, he has taught at Penn, Syracuse, Temple, and Furman Universities, as well as the University of Tübingen in Germany. In his current position at the Lauder Institute, he regularly teaches courses on Modern European History and Contemporary International Affairs. At FPRI, he is a popular lecturer on current affairs and a sought-after moderator for panel discussions and round-tables.

His fellowships have included a Research Fellowship and a Federal Chancellor Scholarship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, as well as membership in the American Council on Germany's Young Leader Program.

Bob Gray speaker

Bob Gray

Entertaining and humorous speaker, teaches audiences how to train their memories for business.

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A recognized authority on memory systems, Bob Gray has spent the last twenty years traveling the globe entertaining and training corporations, governments and associations to adapt memory systems for their particular needs. He has developed a series of sales oriented personal development keynotes and workshops, which have been popular on four continents, as well as writing the best selling book Right Brain Rapid Recall.

Bob Gray discovered his first memory technique when he was seven. He was given a magic book that showed him how to remember a twenty-item list. Shortly thereafter he was called on to do the memory trick at family parties and gatherings. Encouraged by praise at home, he began to find memory techniques could have a valuable role in other aspects of his life. With a little ingenuity, he adapted the memory trick to help him with his work at school. The reward was a significant rise in his grades.

Traveling and entertaining under the stage name of Backwards Bob the Memory Man, Bob demonstrated the unique abilities that have netted him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records and a recent appearance on Ripley's Believe It Or Not.

Some of Bob's clients include General Electric, TD Bank, Kodak, General Motors, Ford, Mackenzie Financial, Andersen Consulting, Investors Group, Bell Canada, and many more.

Joseph Grenny speaker

Joseph Grenny

Business communication expert, author of Influencer: The Power to Change Anything, Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking when Stakes are High.

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Over the past twenty-five years, Joseph Grenny has taught and advised thousands of leaders on every major continent from the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies to small communities in Nairobi, Kenya. He has advised CEOs and senior executives on more than a dozen major change initiatives - receiving credit from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics' President as a key factor in helping the organization win the $200 billion Joint Strike Fighter program. Joseph teaches organizations how to communicate best when it matters most. His experience and research into the best practices of leaders and influencers has made him a leading industry expert and speaker in communication, change, leadership, organizational effectiveness, and corporate culture.

Joseph is coauthor of four New York Times bestsellers, Change Anything, Influencer: The Power to Change Anything, Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking when Stakes are High, and Crucial Confrontations: Tools for Resolving Broken Promises, Violated Expectations, and Bad Behavior. An expert in topics ranging from influence and leadership to organizational change and effectiveness, Joseph has been cited in dozens of newspapers including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. Joseph also writes The Influential Leader, a regular column on BusinessWeek.com. He has also appeared on more than one hundred radio and television programs including ABC News, CNN, Bloomberg, CNBC, and the Today Show.

Joseph regularly speaks and consults with leaders across the globe from East Asia, to India, to Europe. He has spoken at events such as the HSM World Business Forum and to organizations including NASA, the American Bankers Association, the Supreme Court of California, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, the American Public Works Association, and the American Society of Training and Development.

A seasoned executive and business strategy expert, Joseph has addressed executive level teams for clients including Baxter, Yale Medical School, IBM, Progressive Insurance, Sprint, Textron, McGraw-Hill, Allstate, Eli Lilly, Texas Instruments, and Genentech. Whether he's speaking to an audience of more than ten thousand or to a small executive team, Joseph's dynamic and captivating style keeps his skills in high demand.

Joseph was cofounder and president of California Computer Corporation. In 1990, he cofounded VitalSmarts, which today is one of the most respected corporate training and organizational development companies in the world. VitalSmarts has helped more than three hundred of the Fortune 500 realize significant results using a proven method for driving rapid, sustainable, and measurable change in behaviors.

In 2007, Joseph and his coauthors were named Ernst & Young Entrepreneurs of the Year for their work in founding and leading VitalSmarts. Named the 2008 Business of the Year by The Association of Learning Providers, VitalSmarts has also been ranked four times by Inc. magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in America. Products resulting from Joseph's research have been used to train over two million people worldwide.

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Jill Griffin

Customer loyalty expert, speaker and author.

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Jill Griffin is an independent public board director; internationally-published, Harvard “Working Knowledge” author; and noted corporate advisor on customer loyalty.

Her customer loyalty video courses are featured on the training site, Lynda.com, which LinkedIn recently acquired for $1.3 billion.

Jill holds her Bachelor of Science (Magna Cum Laude) and MBA degrees from the University of South Carolina Moore School of Business and is the recipient of the 2005 Distinguished Alumna Award and is a member of the Moore School’s Board of Trustees.

She serves as Chair of the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau. (ACVB is the 'marketing and sales arm' of the City of Austin and is entrusted with bringing conventions and visitors to the "Live Music Capital of the World.") 

Launching her loyalty consulting firm in 1988, Jill saw early the trend toward customer and employee loyalty. Her first book, Customer Loyalty (1995, 1997, 2002), has been published in eight languages. Two awarding-winning books followed:  Customer Winback (co-authored) and Taming the Search-and-Switch Customer

Jill’s newest book, released in 2016, is Earn Your Seat on a Corporate Board:  7 Steps That Build Your Career, Elevate Your Leadership and Expand Your Influence.

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Rudyard Griffiths

Bloomberg TV Anchor & Moderator of Munk Debates

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Rudyard Griffiths is the anchor of Bloomberg North on Bloomberg TV Canada, and the moderator of the semi-annual Munk Debates, the world’s preeminent public debating forum. Rudyard is a sought after commentator on global economics and geopolitics, and an expert at moderating Q&A format presentations, one-on-one interviews, and panels with business leaders and executives.

In 2015, Griffiths moderated the first ever Canadian federal election debate dedicated to foreign policy issues. Before joining Bloomberg TV Canada, he was a regular business commentator and co-host on CBC’s The Exchange, and prior to that, he co-hosted BNN’s top-rated business show Squeeze Play and National Affairs on CTV. He is the author of the 2009 Globe and Mail Book of the Year, Who We Are: A Citizen’s Manifesto and has edited over a dozen books on international affairs, politics and history.

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Kenneth Gronbach

Demographer, Futurist and Best-selling Author

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Kenneth Gronbach is president of KGC Direct, LLC and is an internationally respected demographer who has been able to forecast societal, commercial, economic, cultural and political phenomena with uncanny accuracy. Ken’s unusual blend of marketing savvy and common sense demography, based on twenty years of proprietary demographic study, set him apart. Ken keynotes all over the United States and does customized demographic research.

Ken is the author of the best-selling book The Age Curve: How To Profit from the Coming Demographic Storm. His first book, Common Census, the Counter-Intuitive Guide to Generational Marketing, was released in 2005. Ken’s 2011 book Decades of Differences: Making it Work is a comprehensive guide to coping with three generations in the workforce. His new book, Upside: Profiting from the Profound Demographic Shifts Ahead, is currently a best seller and number one in its three categories.

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Dr. Jack Groppel

Renowned Speaker on Human Performance, Life Balance and Wellness. Kellogg School of Management Professor.

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Dr. Jack Groppel shows executives how to achieve full engagement in high stress environments in his interactive and content-driven keynotes and seminars. Building on his experience coaching professional athletes, medical professionals, and corporate executives to achieve maximum performance through healthy work/life balance, Jack introduces performance strategies that have been successful for those in high stress environments.

Internationally recognized authority and pioneer in the science of human performance, Dr. Groppel is an Adjunct Professor of Management at the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Author of The Corporate Athlete, Groppel developed the Corporate Athlete concept for his training program while serving as an associate professor of kinesiology and bioengineering at the University of Illinois, helping both business executives and athletes increase performance levels. In 1992, he combined his program with Dr. Jim Loehr to form the Human Performance Institute, formerly LGE Performance Systems, Inc.

A Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine, Dr. Groppel is also a Board certified nutritionist in the American College of Nutrition and a former Research Associate to the U.S. Olympic Training Center. He served for 16 years as the Chairman of the National Sport Science Committee of the United States Tennis Association.

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Adam Growe

Host of Discovery Channel Canada's Cash Cab & corporate comedian.

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For almost 20 years Adam Growe has been performing in radio, television and on stage. He has distinguished himself as a talented comedian and host in the club, corporate and multimedia markets.

Currently, Adam is the Host of Discovery Channel Canada's Cash Cab and is touring theatre venues with his Comedy & Quiz Showe. He is one of Canada's most accomplished stand-up comedians, starring in his own Just for Laughs Gala, as well as Comedy NOW!, on CTV and CBC's, COMICS!. Adam was also featured on Comedy Central's, Premium Blend in New York and CBS's, Star Search in Los Angeles. Adam has performed at the Montreal, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Sudbury Comedy Festivals.

Adam appeared in two seasons of YTV's, Monster Warriors, as well as numerous acting roles in TV movies such as, Shades of Black, the Conrad Black story. For many years Adam was the Host and Producer for TVO's live, on-air Membership Campaign.

Working for over a decade as an FM Radio Announcer, Adam continues to contribute humour segments to Laugh Attack, XM 153 and CBC Radio One's, Definitely Not The Opera.

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Dr. Jamie Gruman

University of Guelph Professor and Leading Authority on Positive Organizational Psychology

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Dr. Jamie Gruman is an award-winning researcher, award-winning professor, and speaker on organizational behavior and positive organizational psychology. He is the founding Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association. His influential research has been cited by media outlets around the globe, and his writings have been among the most downloaded and cited articles at the journals in which they are published. He has spoken for Fortune 500 corporations, public, and not-for-profit organizations. 

Dr. Gruman’s talks focus largely on positive organizational psychology which is the study of how to create thriving workplaces. He has contributed chapters to cutting-edge books on the topic such as The Handbook of Employee Engagement and Advances in Positive Organizational Psychology and is co-editor of the book Applied Social Psychology which discusses how to use social psychology to address real-world challenges in every sphere of life.

Dr. Gruman is an associate professor in the Department of Management at the University of Guelph, one of Canada’s top comprehensive universities, and has previously worked at the University of Toronto, which consistently ranks as having one of the best business schools in the world.

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Anil Gupta

World-renowned expert on strategy, globalization, innovation and entrepreneurship. 

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Dr. Anil K. Gupta is the Michael D. Dingman Chair in Strategy, Globalization and Entrepreneurship and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the Smith School of Business, The University of Maryland at College Park. Anil also serves as chairman, The China India Institute, a Washington DC-based research and consulting organization. He has earlier served as the INSEAD Chaired Professor in Strategy at INSEAD and a visiting professor at Stanford University as well as Dartmouth College. He received a doctorate from the Harvard Business School, an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management at Ahmedabad, and a B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur.

Anil is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on strategy, globalization and entrepreneurship. Ranked by Thinkers50 as one of the world’s “most influential living management thinkers,” he has also been named by The Economist as one of the world’s “superstars” in a cover story on “Innovation in Emerging Economies.” He is one of only 3 professors in the world to have been elected by his peers as a Lifetime Fellow of all three of the most prestigious bodies in the field – Academy of Management, Strategic Management Society, and Academy of International Business, with a combined membership of over 25,000 scholars worldwide.

Anil’s other honors include the “Best Professor in Strategic Management” award from CMO Asia, recognition by BusinessWeek as an Outstanding Faculty in its Guide to the Best B-Schools, induction into the Academy of Management Journals’ Hall of Fame, and listing by Management International Review as a “North American Superstar” for research in strategy and organization. He is also a regular participant at the World Economic Forum summits including the annual meeting in Davos and the regional meetings in China, India, and the Middle East. He is also a member of the Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals.

Anil’s newest book – The Silk Road Rediscovered: How Indian and Chinese Companies are Becoming Globally Stronger by Competing in Each Other’s Markets – was released by Wiley in April 2014. His earlier book – Getting China and India Right (Wiley, 2009) – received the 2009 Axiom Book Awards’ Silver Prize as one of the world’s two best books on globalization/international business and was short-listed for the Asia Society’s Annual Bernard Schwartz Book Award. Anil is also the author, coauthor, or coeditor of Global Strategies for Emerging Asia (Wiley, 2012), The Quest for Global Dominance (Wiley, 2008), Smart Globalization (Wiley, 2003), and Global Strategy and Organization (Wiley, 2003) as well as over 70 papers in leading academic journals.

Anil serves as a columnist for Bloomberg BusinessWeek, as a Contributing Editor for Chief Executive magazine, and as a contributor to HBR.org. His opinion pieces have also been published in The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Chief Executive Magazine, Daily Telegraph, China Daily, Economic Times, and other outlets. He has been interviewed by Harvard Business Review, Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, BusinessWeek, Forbes, BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Reuters TV, New Delhi TV, CCTV China as well as other top-tier global media.

Anil serves regularly as a keynote speaker at major conferences and corporate forums in the US, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa – including the World Economic Forum, Economist conferences, Chief Executive magazine’s CEO2CEO Summits, and the Yale CEO Summit. He has also served as a consultant, keynote speaker and/or executive education faculty with some of the largest corporations in the world including GE, Wal-Mart, IBM, HSBC, Deutsche Bank, H-P, SAP, Microsoft, Schneider Electric, TOTAL, PPG Industries, MTN Group (South Africa), Accenture, Astra Zeneca, Marriott, First Data, Jacobs, Monsanto, ABB, Lockheed Martin, McGraw-Hill, Indian Oil, Steel Authority of India, Huawei Technologies (China), TeliaSonera, Metso, UPM-Kymmene, Finnair, Cemex, and Penoles.

Anil is an elected member of the board of directors of Origene Technologies (a gene cloning company). He has earlier served on the boards of directors of Omega Worldwide (NASDAQ), Vitalink Pharmaceutical Services (NYSE), NeoMagic Corporation (NASDAQ), and TiE-DC, the premier organization of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region. He also serves on the advisory boards of Asia Silicon Valley Connection  and India Globalization Capital. He has also served as an advisor to the US-India Business Council.

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Richard Hadden

Author & Speaker on Leadership & Employee Engagement

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Richard Hadden is an author and leadership consultant who focuses on the connection between people and profit. He is co-author of the popular Contented Cows leadership book series, including his latest book, Contented Cows STILL Give Better Milk, and also the book Rebooting Leadership.

Richard developed and practiced his leadership skills as a manager in both Financial Services and Information Technology. He was Director of Product Development for a software company in North Florida before starting his own technology consulting business in 1986. Gradually, his consulting focus shifted from Information Technology to Human Resources, Leadership, and Management.

While consulting, he taught software design, principles of management, and international economics at Jacksonville University from 1988-1991.

Since 1990 he has delivered keynote presentations and training programs on Leadership and Employee Engagement for more than 850 audiences on five continents. 

Richard has appeared on CNN and MSNBC, and his work has been featured in Business Week, Entrepreneur, and Inc. magazines, as well as in many trade and professional publications.

Andrew Haley speaker

Andrew Haley

Paralympic swimming champion, inspiring speaker on achievement, performance and goal-setting.

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Just like all of us, peak performance expert Andrew Haley has had his share of ups and downs. As a child Andrew had cancer twice and each time was given a 35% chance to survive. Even though he lost part of his right leg, Andrew never let it dictate his life.

Andrew is a living reminder that no matter what negative things may happen in your life, you can always try and turn it into something positive. Take control of your life and always try to learn and be better next time. We each have the power to be amazing. The only question is, are you ready to take it to the next level? To control your own destiny?

Andrew’s real and inspiring views cover three decades of real-life in-the-trenches sport and personal experience. He appreciates and shares with his audience that being a champion and turning pressure into performance is a moment-to-moment choice and is able to relate and inspire each listener that success is more than title, tenure or position. Excellence is for everyone, everyday. It's how we should live our life. In his talk, Andrew’s fusion of real-life stories and his conversational techniques connect with his audience at an intimate, intense and individual level.

Andrew is a former world class World Record setting Paralympic swimmer having won, among other competitions, gold medals at the 1998 World Championships and the 2000 Paralympic games. He has served as his swim team’s captain and is a recognized leader in Paralympic sport. He is also a successful businessman who works for the Toronto Blue Jays. He continues to work with the best and brightest in the performance excellence field.

Andrew also finds time to give back to his community. He is involved with the charity RIGHT TO PLAY and also visits schools in Ontario and his native Nova Scotia. In addition he volunteers his time working with AthletesCAN, a national group that supports athletes. He looks forward to partnering with you in the future.

Some companies that have partnered with Andrew include: HSBC, Re/Max, Manulife, Teva Pharmaceuticals, National Bank, Sun Life, Ontario Ministry of Energy, Childhood Cancer Society, Xerox Canada, Four Seasons Hotel, and various conference to name a few.

Andrew was inducted into Swimming Canada's Circle of Excellence in March 2015.

Scott Halford speaker

Scott Halford

Expert in the areas of achievement psychology, which includes brain-based behavioral science, emotional intelligence, and critical thinking.

 About

Scott Halford is an Emmy Award winning writer and producer, an engaging presenter and a long-time consultant to Fortune 500 executive teams. His expertise and experience enrich his contribution to his clients' success. Scott's brilliance in focusing on strategy and application of progressive concepts distinguishes his work from others' and gains praise from executives around the world. His expansive knowledge in the areas of achievement psychology, which includes brain-based behavioral science, emotional intelligence, critical thinking, and the principles of influence add richness and depth to his programs. His workshops and keynotes are filled with humor, wit and depth.

Scott is an accredited and certified Emotional Intelligence Provider through the Hay/McBer Consulting Group in Boston and through Multi-Health Systems in Toronto. Scott is also a Certified Associate in Emergenetics, the study of performance and preferences based on genes and the environment. Currently, Scott is a postgraduate student in the neuroscience of leadership through Middlesex University in London.

Additionally, Scott is a guest lecturer for the MBA program at the Daniels School of Business at the University of Denver. He is the Brainy Business columnist for Entrepreneur Magazine online, and the author of Be a Shortcut: The Secret Fast Track to Business Success, available online from John Wiley & Sons.

Gary Hamel speaker

Gary Hamel

World-renowned speaker on strategy and innovation. Author of Leading the Revolution.

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Gary Hamel is one of the world’s most influential and iconoclastic business thinkers. He has worked with leading companies across the globe and is a dynamic and sought-after management speaker. Hamel has been on the faculty of the London Business School for more than 30 years and is the director of the Management Innovation eXchange .  

Hamel has written 17 articles for the Harvard Business Review and is the most reprinted author in the Review’s history. His landmark books have been translated into more than 25 languages. His most recent bestsellers are The Future of Management and What Matters Now. In these volumes, Hamel presents an impassioned plea for reinventing management and lays out a practical blueprint for building organizations that are “fit for the future.” 

Fortune magazine describes Hamel as “the world’s leading expert on business strategy,” and the Financial Times calls him a “management innovator without peer.” Hamel has been ranked by The Wall Street Journal as the world’s most influential business thinker and is a fellow of the Strategic Management Society and of the World Economic Forum.

Hamel’s groundbreaking concepts such as “strategic intent,” “core competence,” “industry revolution,” and “management Innovation,” have changed the language and practice of management in organizations.