David Allen speaker

David Allen

Getting Things Done author and leading time management speaker.

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David Allen is an author, consultant, international speaker, founder and chairman of the David Allen Company. He is widely recognized as the world's leading authority on personal and organizational productivity. His thirty years of pioneering research, motivation and education of some of the world's highest-performing professionals, corporations and institutions, has earned him Forbes' recognition as one of the top five executive coaches in the United States, and as one of the Top 100 thought leaders by Leadership magazine. Fast Company hailed David Allen One of the world's most influential thinkers in the arena of personal productivity, for his outstanding programs and writing on time and stress management, the power of aligned focus and vision in the face of change, and his groundbreaking methodologies in management and executive peak performance. Time Magazine labeled his first book, Getting Things Done, as the defining self-help business book of the decade.

David Allen is the author of three books; the international bestseller, Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress-Free Productivity (GTD - as the method is popularly known), Ready for Anything, and Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and Business of Life. Getting Things Done has been a perennial business bestseller since it's publication in 2001, and is now published in 28 languages.

Getting Things Done has spawned an international movement of devoted adopters from executives, techies, soldiers, entrepreneurs, university professors, musicians, students and the clergy. It has given rise to a thriving GTD industry of web sites, blogs and software applications. Internet searches bring up tens of millions of references. David Allen is a rarity in the twitter world, as one of the few non-celebrities with over a million followers hanging on his wit and inspiration.

Piloting a productivity seminar for a thousand managers at Lockheed in 1983, David has continued to test and refine the techniques and principles we now know as GTD - a powerful method to manage commitments, information, and communication. This pioneering and proven system is the result of those twenty plus years of David's consulting, private coaching and organizational programs with over a half million people internationally. GTD has well earned its recognition as the gold standard in personal management and productivity for many of the world's best and brightest people and companies.

Sophisticated without being confining, the subtle effectiveness of GTD lies in its radically common sense notion that with a complete and current inventory of all your commitments , organized and reviewed in a systematic way, you can focus clearly, view your world from optimal angles and make trusted choices about what to do (and not do) at any moment. GTD embodies an easy, step-by-step and highly efficient method for achieving this relaxed, productive state. It includes:

  • Capturing anything and everything that has your attention
  • Defining actionable things discretely into outcomes and concrete next steps
  • Organizing reminders and information in the most streamlined way, in appropriate categories, based on how and when you need to access them
  • Keeping current and on your game with appropriately frequent reviews of the six horizons of your commitments (purpose, vision, goals, areas of focus, projects, and actions)

Implementing GTD alleviates the feeling of being overwhelmed, instills confidence, and releases a flood of creative energy. It provides structure without constraint and managing details with maximum flexibility. The system rigorously adheres to the core principles of productivity, while allowing tremendous freedom in the how. The only right way to do GTD is getting meaningful things done with truly the least amount of invested attention and energy. Coaching thousands of people, where they work, about their work, has informed the GTD method with the best practices of how to work (and live), in that most efficient and productive way. GTD's simplicity, flexibility, and immediacy are its attraction. Its ability to enliven, enlighten, and empower is its magic. What, indeed, is GTD? More than meets the eye...

Scott Anthony speaker

Scott Anthony

Author and speaker on growth and innovation, creativity and entrepreneurialism.

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Scott Anthony is a managing partner of Innosight, a strategy and consulting firm. He has led Innosight's expansion into the Asia-Pacific region as well as its venture capital activities (Innosight Ventures). In his decade with Innosight, Scott has advised senior leaders in companies such as Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft, General Electric, LG, Credit Suisse, and Cisco Systems on topics of growth and innovation.

Scott has written extensively about innovation. He is the coauthor of the new eBook Building a Growth Factory and author of The New Corporate Garage, which appeared in the September 2012 issue of Harvard Business Review, as well as The Little Black Book of Innovation, published by Harvard Business Review Press in January 2012. He is the co-author of the Harvard Business Review article How P&G Tripled Its Innovation Success Rate. He co-authored Seeing What's Next with Harvard Business School Professor and Innosight founder Clayton Christensen and was the lead author of The Innovator's Guide to Growth and author of The Silver Lining.

His forthcoming book, The First Mile: A Launch Manual for Getting Great Ideas into the Market, will be published by Harvard Business Review Press in May 2014.

Prior to joining Innosight, Scott was a senior researcher with Clayton Christensen, managing a group that worked to further Christensen's research on innovation.

Scott received a BA in economics summa cum laude from Dartmouth College and an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.

Samuel Bacharach speaker

Samuel Bacharach

Cornell Professor, Best-selling Author, and Founder of the Bacharach Leadership Group

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Samuel Bacharach is the McKelvey-Grant Professor of Labor Management at Cornell University's ILR School. He is the Director of ILR's New York City based Institute for Workplace Studies as well as the Director of the Smithers Institute and the director of the New York City-based Master of Professional Studies. He received his BS in Economics from NYU and his MS and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. For the last 10 years, Professor Bacharach has focused on bridging theory and practice. Integrating his earlier work on politics, negotiation, and complex organizations into his studies of the workplace, Samuel has established his own unique perspective on proactive leadership.

Samuel is the author and editor of over 100 articles and over 20 books, including his two most influential works, Get Them on Your Side: Win Support, Convert Skeptics, and Get Results (2005), and Keep Them on Your Side: Leading and Managing for Momentum(2006). He also writes a weekly column for Inc. Magazine, titled Pragmatic Leadership, in which he discusses topics such as leading change, establishing credibility, and sustaining momentum, among others. His work has been reviewed by The New York Times, Fast Company, HR Magazine, CIO Magazine, Investors Business Daily, Leadership Excellence, and Harvard Management Update.

Working with eCornell, Samuel has developed a dynamic 10-course leadership training certificate for High-Potentials, subscribed to by many Fortune 500 companies. Among the organizations trained in his pragmatic leadership approach are: Computer Sciences Corporation, PepsiAmericas, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, March of Dimes, Wal-Mart Stores, Citigroup, International Monetary Fund, Mellon Financial, Starbucks, BASF, BMC Software, Boeing, Inter-Continental Hotels Group, Chubb, Nintendo, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Devon Energy, TeleTech, and Gap, Inc.

In 2010 Samuel co-founded the Bacharach Leadership Group, an organization which specializes in leadership development programs with an emphasis on micro-skills: change, execution, negotiation and coaching. Since then, it has worked with numerous organizations to train their high-potentials in the skills of pragmatic leadership.

Sam Bacharach maintains that while vision and charisma motivate and create a sense of direction, the final test of leadership is getting results. Whether speaking on leadership, teams, employee engagement or talent retention, his speeches specifically address how to take vision and strategy from initiation to implementation - the pragmatic, nuts-and-bolts skills of getting things done. Sam Bacharach is an engaging and provocative speaker and is effective with audiences ranging from senior executives to the general public.

Joseph Badaracco speaker

Joseph Badaracco

Professor of Business Ethics at Harvard Business School, speaker on leadership and business management.

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Joseph L. Badaracco, Jr., is the John Shad Professor of Business Ethics at Harvard Business School. He is also Senior Associate Dean and Chair of the MBA Program. Badaracco has taught courses on business ethics, strategy, and management in the School's MBA and executive programs. He has also served as Housemaster of Currier House at Harvard College. In recent years, Professor Badaracco was chairman of the Harvard University Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility and served on the boards of two public companies. He has taught in executive programs in the United States, Japan, and many other countries and has been a speaker for a wide variety of organizations on issues of leadership, values, and ethics.

Badaracco is a graduate of St. Louis University, Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and Harvard Business School, where he earned an MBA and a DBA. He serves on the Faculty Committee of the Harvard Center for Ethics and the Professions, and is also the faculty chair of the Nomura School of Advanced Management in Tokyo.

In his first book, Loading the Dice, Badaracco compared business-government relations in five countries. His next book was a study of ethics and business leadership, entitled Leadership and the Quest for Integrity. His subsequent research focused on international strategic alliances, and his findings were reported in The Knowledge Link. His recent books are Business Ethics: Roles and Responsibilities, Defining Moments: When Managers Must Choose between Right and Right, and Leading Quietly: An Unorthodox Guide to Doing the Right Thing. His last book, Questions of Character, was published in April, 2006. It presents the lessons for leaders suggested by works of serious literature.

Michael Bergdahl speaker

Michael Bergdahl

Former Wal-Mart executive, author, and speaker on sales.

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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! 

Ken Blanchard speaker

Ken Blanchard

Author of The One-Minute Manager series, a much sought-after author, business and leadership consultant.

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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.

Dr. Gary Bradt speaker

Dr. Gary Bradt

Expert on change and leadership. Author of The Ring in the Rubble.

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Dr. Gary Bradt is an author, clinical psychologist, leadership consultant, C-Suite executive coach and speaker on the topic of adapting to and leading through change.

Dr. Bradt gained national attention in 2000 when Dr. Spencer Johnson, the renowned author of Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life chose him as the leading speaker on the message of that blockbuster bestselling book which has sold over 20 million copies worldwide. "Cheese" gave thousands of people the chance to get acquainted with Gary's extraordinary ability to cut through their frustration and fear and get to the heart of the matter; delivering powerful tools that help them adapt when going through change.

Gary Bradt had established a strong following as an executive coach and speaker long before Spencer Johnson asked him to be the messenger for his groundbreaking book. He began his leadership development career in 1987 with a respected leadership development consultancy. There he helped client companies launch proven leadership strategies and transformational processes which turned change and tough times into an opportunity to transform themselves and take performance to the next level.

His mantra - adapt and ignite! - is a rallying cry for success in these tumultuous times. He helps organizations adapt to new technologies and government regulations; inspires innovative thinking as industries consolidate; helps employees quickly adapt to major shifts driven by mergers, acquisitions or reorganizations; and gotten customers and employees alike to embrace a new product or service line.

Dr. Bradt earned his BA in psychology from Duquesne, University in Pittsburgh PA. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from Hahnemann University and Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, which in 2007 honored him with the Excellence in Professional Psychology award. Only the second graduate to be so recognized at the time, this award underscored Dr. Bradt's contributions to the field of professional psychology through his achievements as an author, leadership consultant/coach and world-class speaker.

Gary Bradt is author of The Ring in the Rubble: Dig Through Change and Find Your Next Golden Opportunity, which has earned high praise from reviewers and fellow change and leadership experts.

Erik Brynjolfsson speaker

Erik Brynjolfsson

Award-winning Innovation and Technology Researcher, Author and Professor at MIT

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Erik Brynjolfsson is an award-winning researcher, educator, and author. At MIT, he serves as the Director of the Center for Digital Business, the Schussel Family Professor, and the Chairman of the MIT Sloan Management Review. His research examines the effects of information technologies on business strategy and performance, Internet commerce and intangible assets. He is the co-author of the New York Times best-seller The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies.

Professor Brynjolfsson's research explores the productivity contributions of IT and the complementary role of organizational capital. He has also quantified the value of online product variety, known as the Long Tail and developed bundling models for information goods. His recent work uses fine-grained nanodata to understand digital information flows and their relationships to information worker productivity.

Professor Brynjolfsson's research has been awarded 10 Best Paper Prizes and five patents. He has been called one of five e-business visionaries by Business Week and was rated of the top two most influential IT researchers in a poll of business executives. He serves on the Academic Advisory Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, as well as the Boards of public and private companies.

Erik Brynjolfsson holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from MIT. He has authored or co-edited several books including Wired for Innovation: How IT is Reshaping the Economy and Race Against the Machine: How the Digital Revolution Irreversibly Transforms Employment and the Economy. He released his newest book in January of 2014, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies.

Marcus Buckingham speaker

Marcus Buckingham

Expert in Leadership, Management and Reinventing an Organization. Global Practice Leader for the Gallup Organization.

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In a workplace ruled by efficiency and competency, where do personal strengths fit in? Marcus Buckingham has dedicated his career to addressing this complex issue. Using his nearly two decades of experience as a Senior Researcher at Gallup Organization, he has challenged entrenched preconceptions about achievement to get to the core of what drives success. As a speaker, Buckingham offers important insights into maximizing strengths, understanding the crucial differences between leadership and management, and fulfilling the quest for long-lasting personal satisfaction in work and in life.

The definitive treatment of strengths in the workplace can be found in Buckingham's best-selling books: First, Break All the Rules (coauthored with Curt Coffman); Now, Discover Your Strengths (coauthored with Donald O. Clifton); The One Thing You Need to Know; Go Put Your Strengths To Work; The Truth About You and Find Your Strongest Life.

His latest project is the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller StandOut, a book and strengths assessment combination that uses a new research methodology to reveal your top two strength Roles - your areas of comparative advantage. StandOut goes beyond description to give people practical innovations that fit their strengths, and provide managers with quick insights on how to get the best from each of their team members.

The goal is to move companies toward greater success and productivity by creating a workplace in which employees spend more than 75% of each day on the job using their strongest skills and engaged in their favorite tasks, basically doing exactly what they want to do. Companies that focus on cultivating employees' strengths rather than simply improving their weaknesses stand to dramatically increase efficiency while allowing for maximum personal growth. If such a theory sounds revolutionary, that's because it is. Buckingham calls it the strengths revolution, and he founded The Marcus Buckingham Company (TMBC) in 2005 to help jump-start a worldwide conversation about how to get people focused on their strengths.

As he addresses more than 250,000 people around the globe each year, Buckingham touts this strengths revolution as the key to finding the most effective route to personal achievement and the missing link to the efficiency, competence, and high performance for which companies constantly strive. He challenges conventional wisdom and shows the correlation between engaged employees and business fundamentals such as turnover rates, customer satisfaction, profits and productivity.

In his role as an author, independent consultant and speaker, Marcus Buckingham has been the subject of in-depth profiles in The New York Times, Fortune, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. He has appeared on numerous television programs, including The Today Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show, and is routinely lauded by such corporations as Toyota, Coca-Cola, Master Foods, Wells Fargo, Microsoft and Disney as an invaluable resource in informing, challenging, mentoring and inspiring people to find their strengths and sustain long-lasting personal success.

Marcus Buckingham graduated from Cambridge University in 1987 with a master's degree in social and political science.

Jeff Bush speaker

Jeff Bush

Financial & Political Speaker, Principal of The Washington Update

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A dynamic and insightful speaker, Jeff Bush is known for his unique ability to translate difficult and confusing tax and fiscal information coming out of Washington into winning growth strategies for business owners, executives, and high net worth investors. Jeff is a colleague of Andy Friedman and an integral part of The Washington Update, the non-partisan experts on all things Washington D.C.

Jeff does more than 200 presentations yearly in the US and abroad to a client base that includes a who’s who list of fortune 500 firms from Wall Street to Main Street and everywhere in between. Jeff has been featured in Investment News and has been an analyst on POTUS Sirius/XM radio. While best known as a keynote speaker, Jeff has shared the stage with many notables including former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford, Jr., Consuelo Mack, host of Wealth Track, Morgan Stanley, Chief Investment Officer, Jeffrey Applegate, Ron Insana, reporter for Market Score Board and former CNBC Senior Analyst.

Jeff is a 28-year veteran of the financial industry. During a 10-year career at Merrill Lynch he was responsible for providing, through 7500 financial advisers, creative investment strategies and effective risk mitigation approaches to private and corporate clients across the US. By the end of his career on Wall Street, he was managing a $50+ billion business. Before that, Jeff was the youngest managing partner in the 150-year history of The New England Financial, an investment and tax risk consulting firm. He began his career at Principal Financial Group, where he handled complex underwriting issues before moving into the areas of research and development.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Management with emphasis in accounting and philosophy from William Jewell College. Jeff’s dedication, forward thinking, and strategic abilities have resulted in performance records, industry awards, and leadership accolades. 

Joe Calloway speaker

Joe Calloway

Speaker on customer loyalty, sales, and teamwork. Author of Focus On The Customer: Winning And Keeping Today's Tough New Customer.

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Keynote speaker Joe Calloway is a performance expert who helps people and companies think competitively, improve constantly, and act decisively. Joe has been inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame, but he doesn't do speeches. Instead, Joe actively engages people in sessions that challenge assumptions and create new ways of thinking about innovation, leadership, sales and customer service.

He is the author of four ground-breaking business books including the best-selling Becoming A Category of One, which received rave reviews from The New York Times, Retailing Today, Publishers Weekly and many others. Joe's newest book is Be The Best At What Matters Most.

Joe is a guest lecturer at the Scarlett Leadership Institute, and has served on the faculty of the Center for Professional Development at Belmont University.

John Caslione speaker

John Caslione

Founder, President & CEO of GCS Business Capital

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John A. Caslione is an American businessman and entrepreneur, global business strategy expert, M&A advisor, adjunct professor and author having executed on-the-ground business strategies in over 100 countries on six continents. John is senior advisor to business executives on global business strategy, global marketing/sales/distribution strategies, as well as negotiations strategy including serving as lead negotiator on critical client transactions.

John is highly sought after as an expert on the new global economy and global business development and speaks in many globally influential business forums. John has frequently appeared as a guest expert for CNBC on its “Squawk Box” and “Morning Exchange” programs where he speaks on critical issues in developing global business, including in key emerging markets such as in Asia. John is a frequent keynote speaker and chairman of conferences, where he speaks on the new global economy and global business development in many forums including; the Dubai Global Strategy Conference, the China Private Equity and Venture Capital Conference, and many events in N. America, Europe, Middle East and Asia.

John is Founder, President and CEO of GCS Business Capital, LLC, a global business advisory firm assisting companies to internationalize their business with expertise in high growth emerging markets strategic alliances, and international equity joint ventures & strategic alliances between companies from the USA and Canada, Europe, Middle East, Africa, China and other Asian markets. Founded in 2005 having five offices worldwide (USA, Europe Asia), GCS assists firms to internationalize their business, vis a vis, cross-border mergers and acquisitions and equity joint ventures and strategic partnerships and alliances. In 1991, John founded Andrew-Ward International, Inc. (AWI), an international management consultancy assisting firms to develop global business strategies. In 2005, AWI was merged into GCS.

GCS clients include, ABB Semiconductors, Becton Dickenson Biosciences, Caltex Lubricants, ChevronTexaco, ExxonMobil, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, HSBC, Johnson & Johnson, IBM, Philips N.V., R.J. Reynolds International (later JT International), Rockwell-Collins, Sandoz, Securitas A.B., and many large multinationals and middle market firms globally.

John currently is Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business (MSB) in Washington, DC, USA. Since joining MSB’s faculty in 2010, John lectures on global business strategies and scenario planning in the Executive Master’s in Leadership advanced degree program. Additionally, John has served as Visiting Professor and/or Guest Lecturer at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL, USA), Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business (Dallas, TX, USA), Peking University (Beijing, PRC), Macquarie Graduate School of Management (Sydney, Australia), and International Institute of Management Development (IMD) (Lausanne, Switzerland).

John has authored five noted books, including internationally acclaimed, CHAOTICS: The Business of Managing and Marketing in The Age of Turbulence (AMACOM Publishing). Co-authored with marketing guru Philip Kotler, CHAOTICS is distributed in 88 countries and published in 46 languages. As the world has now entered into a new age of increasingly frequent and intense periods of turbulence in the global economy there is a need for business to develop a new mindset, one that takes into account intermittent periods of disturbance, and still thrive while under threat of global, industry, market or company chaos. John and co-author Philip Kotler present a new system and set of strategic guidelines designed to help businesses navigate through the waves of uncertainty and chaos affecting customers, employees, and other stakeholders

John’s other books include, Growing Your Business in Emerging Markets: Promise and Perils (Dearborn Publishing), which is considered to be a leading authoritative book on the globalization of business with a special focus on developing sales and distribution strategies in emerging markets. His book, Global Manifest Destiny: Growing Your Business in a Borderless Economy, (Dearborn Publishing), is a practical how-to book for small and medium size firms with the desire to become true global companies and provides critical insights and a competencies road-map for middle market companies to successfully compete in the global business environment. John also has two top-rated books focusing upon emerging markets, Going Global – How to Globalize Your Business and Developing Successful Global Sales and Distribution Channel Strategies (Economy & Management Publishing House). These two practical how-to books focus upon critical issues for emerging global businesses seeking to develop successful business growth strategies to globalize their businesses.

John received his Bachelor of Science and MBA from the University of New York (Buffalo, NY, USA), and his Juris Doctor from the Chicago-Kent College of Law (Chicago, IL, USA). John is member (inactive status) of the Illinois Bar, Massachusetts Bar and New Hampshire Bar.

Ram Charan speaker

Ram Charan

Highly acclaimed business and leadership speaker and adviser.

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Ram Charan is a world-renowned business advisor, author and speaker who has spent the past 35 years working with many top companies, CEOs, and boards of our time. In his work with companies including GE, MeadWestvaco, Bank of America, DuPont, Novartis, EMC, 3M, Verizon, Aditya Birla Group, Tata Group, GMR, Max Group, Yildiz Holdings, and Grupo RBS, he is known for cutting through the complexity of running a business in today's fast changing environment to uncover the core business problem. His real-world solutions, shared with millions through his books and articles in top business publications, have been praised for being practical, relevant and highly actionable - the kind of advice you can use Monday morning.

Ram's introduction to business came early while working in the family shoe shop in a small town in northern India, where he was raised. He earned an engineering degree in India and soon after took a job in Australia. When his talent for business was discovered, Ram was encouraged to develop it. He earned MBA and doctorate degrees from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with high distinction and was a Baker Scholar, then served on the faculties of Harvard Business School and Northwestern University before pursuing consulting full time.

Ram's work takes him around the globe non-stop and gives him an unparalleled, up-to-date insider view of how economies and leading companies operate. Through keen observation and analysis, he forms powerful insights that help business leaders face their toughest challenges in the areas of growth, talent development, corporate governance, and profitability. His timely concrete advice is a powerful tool in navigating today's uncertain business climate. Former Chairman of GE Jack Welch says Ram has the rare ability to distill meaningful from meaningless and transfer it in a quiet, effective way without destroying confidences, while Ivan Seidenberg, the former CEO of Verizon, calls Ram his secret weapon.

Ram has coached more than a dozen leaders who went on to become CEOs. He reaches many more up-and-coming business leaders through in-house executive education programs. His energetic, interactive teaching style has won him several awards, including the Bell Ringer award at GE's famous Crotonville Institute and best teacher award at Northwestern. He was among BusinessWeek's top ten resources for in-house executive development programs.

He has authored 15 books since 1998 that have sold over 2 million copies in more than a dozen languages. Execution, which he coauthored with former Honeywell CEO Larry Bossidy in 2002, was a #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller and spent more than 150 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. He also has written for publications including Harvard Business Review, Fortune, BusinessWeek, Time, Chief Executive and USA TODAY.

Ram was elected a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources and has served on the Blue Ribbon Commission on Corporate Governance. He has served on the boards of Hindalco in India, Emaar, Austin Industries, Tyco Electronics, and Fischer and Porter. His newest book, Global Tilt: Leading Your Business Through the Great Economic Power Shift (Crown, February 2013), is a guide to leading your business through the radical shift in economic power currently underway.

Clayton Christensen speaker

Clayton Christensen

Expert on Innovation in Management. Harvard Business School Professor. Best-Selling Author of The Innovators Dilemma.

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Clayton M. Christensen is the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, and is regarded as one of the world's foremost experts on innovation and growth. He is widely sought after as a speaker, advisor and board member. His research has been applied to national economies, start-up and Fortune 50 companies, as well as to early- and late-stage investing.

Christensen is the best-selling, award-winning author of eight books, and released his newest book in the spring of 2012, How Will You Measure Your Life? His seminal work The Innovator's Dilemma (1997) which received the Global Business Book Award for the Best Business Book of the Year in 1997; was a New York Times bestseller; has been translated into more than 10 languages; and is sold in more than 25 countries. The book also deeply influenced Steve Jobs, as reported in Jobs' biography by Walter Isaacson.

Christensen has focused the lens of disruptive innovation on social issues such as education and health care. Disrupting Class (2008) looks at the root causes of why schools struggle and offers solutions, The Innovator's Prescription (2009) examines how to fix our health care system, while The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out (2011) explores the future of higher education in America. In The Innovator's DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators (2011) he identifies the capabilities demonstrated by the best innovators and explains how to master the skills.

Christensen is also a five-time recipient of the McKinsey Award for the Harvard Business Review's best article, including 2010's award for How Will You Measure Your Life? (the same title as his current book) and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tribeca Film Festival in 2010, and has also been featured twice (1998 and 2011) as the cover story in Forbes magazine.

Christensen is an experienced entrepreneur, having started three successful companies: CPS Technologies, innovation consulting firm,  Innosight and investment firm, Rose Park Advisors. He also is the founder of Innosight Institute, a non-profit think tank whose mission is to apply his theories to vexing societal problems such as health care, education and clean energy. He currently serves as a board member at Tata Consulting Services (NSE: TCS), Franklin Covey (NYSE: FC), W.R. Hambrecht, and Vanu Inc. Christensen also serves on Singapore's Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council (RIEC).

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Lee Cockerell

Executive Vice President of Operations for the WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort, and inspiring speaker on leadership & management.

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With years of experience leading operations all over the world for Hilton Hotels Corportation, Marriott Hotels and Resorts and The Walt Disney Company, Lee Cockerell shares his insights on leadership, business management and customer service excellence.

Lee retired as the Executive Vice President of Operations for the WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, a position he held for ten years. His responsibilities encompassed a diverse mix of operations, which included 20 resort hotels with over 30,000 Guest rooms, 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, 5 golf courses, a shopping village & nighttime entertainment complex, a sports & recreation complex, and the ancillary operations support functions. The Resort serves millions of guests each year and employs 60,000 Cast Members.

Prior to joining the Walt Disney World Co., he spent seventeen years in various executive positions with the Marriott Corporation and eight years with Hilton Hotels. He joined the Disney organization in July 1990 as Director of Food and Beverage and Quality Assurance for the Disneyland Paris hotels.

Lee has served on the Heart of Florida United Way Board for six years including being the Chairman of the Board and a member of the Executive Committee and as Campaign Chairman for Central Florida. Lee served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY; a member of the Board of Directors of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) and in 2005 Governor Jeb Bush appointed him to the Governor's Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service where he served as the Chairman of the Board.

In 2008 Governor Brad Henry of Oklahoma named Lee as a Creative Ambassador to assist the state in leadership and business development.

Lee is the author of the leadership and management book, Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies From a Life at Disney. His newest book, The Customer Rules: The 39 Essential Rules for Delivering Sensational Service, helps organizations both large and small deliver sensational service and gain loyalty of their customers.

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Curt Coffman

Customer-oriented workplace consultant, leadership expert and Co-Author of First, Break All the Rules.

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Keynote speaker Curt Coffman has consulted and spoken for many Fortune 100 and 500 companies, and his work has spanned the Western Hemisphere, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. An insightful and completely engaging speaker on leadership, management, and customers, Mr. Coffman has helped thousands of groups create great places to work and has had an impact on individuals, families, organizational growth and creating engaged customers.

A New York Times bestselling author, researcher, business scientist, consultant to Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 organizations, MBA and Executive Fellow at the Daniels School of Business, Curt Coffman has invested 30+ years in the science of high performance culture.

Recently featured on the cover of Engaging Strategies magazine, Mr. Coffman virtually created the engagement movement, and is currently changing the way organization's think about their culture, their managers and their business results. His mission is to help organization, their leaders, managers and associates to create more engaging and productive workplaces to secure the loyalty and growth of their customers and business.

As Senior Partner and Chief Science Officer of The Coffman Organization, Mr. Coffman has studied hundreds of organizations and millions of employees and customers. He was formerly the Global Practice Leader for employee and customer engagement at the Gallup Organization for 22 years.

His work launched a new era in employee engagement and management development with First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers do Differently - one of the best selling management books of all times. He followed that up with another bestselling book, Follow This Path: How the World's Greatest Organizations Drive Growth by Unleashing Human Potential. Curt Coffman's newest book is Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch: The Secret of Extraordinary Results.

An international figure in the world of management and engagement, Mr. Coffman's work has been translated in over 40 different languages. His research and writings have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Chief Executive magazine, CIO Magazine, The Economist, Fast Company, Fortune, the Harvard Management Update, Inc. magazine, the International Journal of Management Reviews, Microsoft Executive Circle, The New York Times, USA Today, and the Washington Post, and a host of other management journals. He is currently an op-ed contributor to the New York Times.

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Mark C. Crowley

Speaker and Author of "Lead From The Heart"

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Employee Engagement Won’t Get Better Until We Change How We Lead 

Survey after survey reveals the top issue facing organizations today is employee engagement – more specifically, how to build a workplace culture that not only attracts and retains great people, but one that also delivers sustainably greater financial performance.  Making this happen is proving far more difficult than most companies ever imagined. In mid 2013, Gallup announced that only 30% of American workers were fully committed in their jobs. Gravely concerned by these statistics, organizations quickly mobilized by introducing ambitious initiatives to rapidly turn things around. And at the start of 2017 – three-plus years later – engagement has actually fallen to just 28%.

 Whatever it is we’re collectively doing to fix the problem, clearly isn’t working.

It was Albert Einstein who famously said, “We can’t solve problems using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them,” and leadership and millennial expert, Mark C. Crowley, believes Einstein’s logic applies here. It’s Mark’s conviction that “restoring high engagement will continue to prove illusive until we adopt entirely new leadership methods and approaches.”  Mark’s challenge to ambitious, courageous and enlightened organizations is to embrace the idea that traditional ways of motivating human performance are mismatched to the 21st Century workplace.

Mark has devoted nearly a decade to studying what truly inspires greatness in the workplace – and that’s after spending twenty years as a high-performing senior leader in the dog-eat-dog financial services industry.  And he’s made these important discoveries:

  •  More than anything else, feelings and emotions drive human performance – what people care about and commit themselves to most in their lives.
  • Consequently, leaders and companies that intentionally make people feel valued, supported, developed and cared for experience phenomenal loyalty, commitment and performance.
  • While we often think employee engagement is driven by attractive pay schemes, Mark’s research proves we have it all wrong. Employee engagement is a decision of the heart, not the mind.

Mark C. Crowley’s mission is to influence organizations across the globe to adopt new leadership practices that match up to what groundbreaking scientific research has proven:  When we give employees what they need in order to thrive as human beings, they instinctively respond by committing themselves fully in their jobs.

Mark is recognized as a major thought leader in workplace leadership:

  •  His Amazon best-selling book, Lead from the Heart is being taught at five American universities
  • He’s a frequent contributor to Fast Company Magazine, and has been published by USA Today, the Huffington Post, The Seattle Times, Reuters, Gallup, and The Great Place To Work Institute. 
  • Two of his most recent LinkedIn Pulse articles, Millennials Don't Want Fun, They Want to Lead Better and Employment Engagement isn't Getting Better, have been read over 1 million times.
  •  In its article, Four Radical Leadership Practices That Will Dramatically Increase Engagement" Forbes Magazine spotlighted Mark’s work saying his ideas “represent the future of workplace leadership.”
  •  As a former senior executive at one of the nation’s largest financial institutions, he was named “Leader Of The Year.”
  • Mark was named a “Trust Across America 2016 Visionary” by TRUST! Magazine and has over 100,000 Twitter followers.

Mark has interviewed CEOs and senior leaders at path-cutting firms including Google, SAS, Gallup, Wharton, The Cleveland Clinic, The Conference Board and Parnassus Investments, and has discovered the unique leadership practices they use to drive extraordinary workplace happiness (and profits). As a truly compelling keynote speaker, Mark has spoken to diverse groups including A&E Television, Yahoo!, the Washington Banker’s Association, UCLA Law School, and the Young President’s Organization’s (YPO) Global Conference.  Mark also was invited to give the commencement address to Masters and Ph.D graduates at both Colorado Technical University and Brandman (Chapman) University.

The essence of the Mark’s message defies traditional business wisdom but is backed by ground-breaking medical science:  When you lead from the heart, your people will follow.”

 

 

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Jim Dethmer

Keynote Speaker and Co-founder of the Conscious Leadership Group

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Jim Dethmer coaches leaders and supports individuals, groups, and organizations to optimize their effectiveness. Jim has been devoted to the practice of conscious leadership for 45 years. Potent and practical, he sees issues clearly and communicates next steps crisply. Jim works with Fortune 200 CEOs across all industries, and co-authored the book—High Performing Investment Teams—to support his work with leading asset management organizations around the world. Most recently Jim co-authored the number-one selling business leadership book, The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership: A New Paradigm for Sustainable Success.

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Dr. Ken Dychtwald

Futurist, author, entrepreneur and psychologist. Recognized speaker on the aging population.

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Over the past 35+ years, Dr. Ken Dychtwald has emerged as North America’s foremost visionary and original thinker regarding the lifestyle, marketing, health care, and workforce implications of the age wave. 

Ken is a psychologist, gerontologist, and best-selling author of 16 books on aging-related issues, including Bodymind; Age Wave: The Challenges and Opportunities of an Aging Society; Age Power: How the 21st Century Will Be Ruled by the New Old; The Power Years: A User’s Guide to the Rest of Your Life; Workforce Crisis: How to Beat the Coming Shortage of Skills and Talent; Gideon’s Dream: A Tale of New Beginnings and, most recently, A New Purpose: Redefining Money, Family, Work, Retirement, and Success. He is currently writing The Longevity Economy: Tomorrow’s Biggest Market is Hiding in Plain Sight. In 2007, he debuted as a filmmaker and host with the highly rated/acclaimed PBS documentary, The Boomer Century: 1946–2046.

Since 1986, Ken has been the founding President and CEO of Age Wave, a firm created to guide companies and government groups in product/service development for boomers and mature adults. His client list includes over half the Fortune 500, and his explorations and innovative solutions have fertilized and catalyzed a broad spectrum of industry sectors—from pharmaceuticals and medical devices, to automotive design and retail merchandising, to financial planning and health insurance. He was recently chosen to serve as Chairman-Elect of the American Society on Aging, the largest association of professionals serving the needs of older adults.

Ken was recently honored by Investment Advisor as one of the 35 most influential thought leaders in the financial services industry over the past 35 years. He has served as a fellow of the World Economic Forum, and he was a featured speaker at both the 1995 and 2005 White House Conferences on Aging. Ken received the distinguished American Society on Aging Award for outstanding national leadership, and American Demographics honored him as the single most influential marketer to baby boomers over the past quarter century. His article in the Harvard Business Review, “It’s Time to Retire Retirement,” was awarded the prestigious McKinsey Award, tying for first place with the legendary Peter Drucker.

During his career, Ken has addressed more than two million people worldwide in his speeches to corporate, association, social service, and government groups. His strikingly accurate predictions and innovative ideas are regularly featured in leading print and electronic media worldwide, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Financial Times, Fortune, Time, Newsweek, BusinessWeek, U.S. News and World Report, the Economist, South China Morning Post, the Standard, the Straits Times, 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, Today Show, PBS, NPR, and BBC.

Through his highly acclaimed presentations, his breakthrough research and consulting initiatives, and his leadership within both the social science and business communities, Ken Dychtwald has dedicated his life to battling ageist stereotypes while promoting a new, vital, and purposeful role for life’s second half.

Ken and his wife Maddy live in the San Francisco Bay Area with their two wonderful children, Casey and Zak.

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Maddy Dychtwald

Speaker on generational marketing trends, Co-founder and Senior VP of Age Wave

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Maddy Dychtwald is a nationally recognized author and leading expert on the changing demographic trends shaping the marketplace, the workplace, and our lives. Since co-founding Age Wave over 30 years ago, she has been deeply involved in investigating and forecasting the lifestyle, marketing, and retirement implications of the age wave. She has also emerged as an authority on the economic ascent of women and its impact on various industries, including financial services, health care, and consumer marketing. 

Maddy is the author of Influence: How Women’s Soaring Economic Power Will Transform Our World for the Better; Cycles: How We Will Live, Work, and Buy (which was chosen as “Book of the Year” by the Community College Association), and an illustrated children’s book on personal reinvention entitled Gideon's Dream: A Tale of New Beginnings. She is currently writing two new books: The Long Game: How to Live Long and Thrive and Your New Retirement Lifescape.

A high-impact speaker, Maddy has addressed more than 300,000 business and social service leaders worldwide, including the American Society on Aging, Allegiance Healthcare, Allstate Insurance, Blue Cross of California, Chevron, Direct Marketing Association, Fidelity Investments, Lincoln Financial, LPL Financial, National Association of Educators, the Network of Executive Women, and the World Future Society. 

Maddy has been regularly featured in prominent media, including Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, Newsweek, Time, U.S. News & World Report, Fox Business News, CNBC, and NPR. She is a contributor to the Wall Street Journal’s Retirement Expert Panel, The Huffington Post, thirdage.com, and caring.com. She is also a founder of the nonprofit organization Women Against Alzheimer’s, and a board member of the Bright Focus Foundation, a nonprofit that funds early stage research to eradicate diseases of the brain and eye.

Committed to living long with as much health and vitality as possible, Maddy has personally focused on fitness, eating well, and meditation. For more than 30 years, she and her husband and Age Wave co-founder, Ken, annually renew their wedding vows in a different location by a different religious entity.

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Amy C. Edmondson

Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management

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Amy C. Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of leadership and management. The Novartis Chair was established to enable the study of human interactions that lead to the creation of successful business enterprises for the betterment of society. Edmondson's research examines leadership, learning and innovation in teams and organizations, and has been published in numerous academic and managerial articles. Her book Teaming: How organizations learn, innovate and compete in the knowledge economy (Jossey-Bass, 2012) emphasizes managing the activities that enable collaborative work across boundaries, rather than designing and managing stable teams. She is currently studying collaboration across boundaries focused on innovation in the built environment.

Professor Edmondson teaches MBA and Executive Education courses in leadership, team effectiveness, and organizational learning, and a doctoral course in field research methods. She has served on 29 doctoral committees and is the author of more than 25 Harvard Business School case studies, including cases on Arup, The Cleveland Clinic, General Motors Powertrain, Prudential Financial, Simmons Mattress Company, YUM brands, IDEO product design, and NASA's failed Columbia mission. In 2003, the Academy of Management's Organizational Behavior Division selected Professor Edmondson for the Cummings Award for outstanding achievement in early mid-career, and in both 2000 and 2012 she received the OB division's annual awards for the best paper published in the prior year. Her article with Anita Tucker, Why Hospitals Don't Learn from Failures: Organizational and Psychological Dynamics That Inhibit System Change received the 2004 Accenture Award for significant contribution to management practice.

Before her academic career, Edmondson was Director of Research at Pecos River Learning Centers, where she worked with founder and CEO Larry Wilson to design and implement organizational change programs in a variety of Fortune 100 companies. In the early 1980s, she worked as Chief Engineer for architect/inventor Buckminster Fuller, and her book, A Fuller Explanation, clarifies Fuller's mathematical contributions for anon-technical audience.

Edmondson received her PhD in organizational behavior, AM in psychology, and AB in engineering and design, all from Harvard University.

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Chester Elton

Prominent speaker on leadership, employment engagement, recognition.

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Called the “Apostle of appreciation” by the Globe and Mail, Canada’s largest newspaper, and “creative and refreshing‚” by the New York Times, Chester Elton is co-author of several successful leadership books. All In, The Carrot Principle and What Motivates Me have been New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestsellers. His work has been called a “must read for modern managers,” by Larry King of CNN. 

Elton’s books have been translated into more than 30 languages and have sold more than a million copies worldwide. As a motivation expert, Chester has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Fast Company and the New York Times, and has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CNN, ABC, MSNBC, National Public Radio and CBS’s 60 Minutes. And if you Google the 30 Top Leadership Gurus, you’ll consistently find Chester on the list along with Jack Welch and Jim Collins. 

Chester serves as a leadership consultant to firms such as American Express, Avis Budget Group and Cigna. He is most proud, however, to be the father of four exceptional children—all the more exceptional now they have grown up and left home.

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Ryan Estis

Motivating Speaker on Business Performance, Leadership and Sales

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Ryan Estis has more than 20 years of experience as a top-performing sales professional and leader. As the former Chief Strategy Officer for the McCann Worldgroup Advertising Agency NAS, he brings a fresh perspective to business events. As a keynote speaker, Ryan is known for his innovative ideas on leading change, improving sales effectiveness and preparing for the future of work. He was recently recognized as one of “the best keynote speakers ever heard” by Meetings & Conventions Magazine alongside Tony Robbins, Bill Gates, Colin Powell and Mike Ditka.

Ryan delivers keynote speeches, courses and online learning with an emphasis on actionable content designed to elevate business performance. His curriculum emphasizes emerging trends influencing corporate culture, communication, collaboration, leadership, sales and brand experience. Ryan helps participants prepare to thrive in today’s ultra-competitive, hyper-connected business environment.

Ryan supports the world’s leading brands, including Liberty Mutual, Darden Restaurants, Goodyear, the Dallas Cowboys, Medtronic, Ecco USA and Blue Cross Blue Shield. He is a faculty member for the Institute of Management Studies, a member of the Smartbrief on Workforce Advisory Board and a Certified Human Capital Strategist.

Ryan and his team publish original research featuring client case studies to expand the live event experience. He is also the author of a popular blog on business performance. His writing has been featured in Smartbrief, Business News Network, CRN, Crain’s Business, Workforce Management Magazine, HR Professional Magazine, HR Times, Yahoo Business, SHRM Publications and Staffing Management Magazine.

Ryan is an Ohio University Graduate who resides in downtown Minneapolis. When he’s not traveling to speaking engagements around the world, Ryan enjoys down time with family and friends, practicing yoga and cheering on his beloved Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Steve Farber

Speaker on extreme leadership, expert on leadership and management.

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Bestselling Author  Steve Farber is the president of Extreme Leadership, Incorporated, and the founder of The Extreme Leadership Institute, organizations devoted to the cultivation and development of Extreme Leaders in the business community, non-profits and education. His third book, Greater Than Yourself: The Ultimate Lesson In Leadership, was a Wall Street Journal® and USA Today® bestseller. His second book, The Radical Edge: Stoke Your Business, Amp Your Life, and Change the World, was hailed as “a playbook for harnessing the power of the human spirit.”  And his first book, The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership, is already considered a classic in the leadership field. It received Fast Company magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award and was recently named one of the 100 Best Business Books of All Time. The 10th Anniversary edition of Leap is in bookstores now.

A Universal Message  A subject-matter expert in business leadership and one of Inc’s global Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts, Farber is a senior-level leadership coach and consultant who has worked with and spoken to a wide variety of public and private organizations in virtually every arena, from the tech sector to financial services, manufacturing, health care, hospitality, entertainment, retail, and government.

Leading From Experience In 1989, after having run his own financial services company, Farber devoted his professional life to the field of leadership development and has been at it ever since. He was director of service programs at TMI, an international training consultancy, and then worked for 6 years as Vice President and Official Mouthpiece (that’s what it said on his business card) of The Tom Peters Company where he met several of his mentors including author/gurus Tom Peters, Jim Kouzes, and Terry Pearce. In 2000, Farber established his own company, Extreme Leadership, Inc, where he is president and CEO. He is a member of The Transformational Leadership Council and has served as Vice Chairman on the Board of Directors of the world-renown, Up With People, a global leadership program for students from 18 to 29 years old.

Coaching and inspiring Extreme Leadership at all organizational levels is Steve’s passion, and he does so with a style that is part strategist, part social commentator and all energy.

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Olivia Fox Cabane

Author & Speaker in the fields of Charisma and Leadership

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A renowned expert in the fields of charisma and leadership, Olivia Fox Cabane shares with audiences around the world her unique knowledge from a variety of sciences and research. Cabane takes a hard-science approach to a heretofore mystical topic, covering what charisma actually is, how it is learned, what its side effects are, and how to handle them.

Olivia Fox Cabane has lectured at Stanford, Yale, Harvard, MIT, the Marine Corps War College and the United Nations. As keynote speaker and executive coach to the leadership of Fortune 500 companies, she helps people become more persuasive, influential, and inspiring. From a base of thorough behavioral science, Olivia extracts the most practical tools for business, applying the latest in global behavioral science to everyday leadership needs to improve her clients’ productivity, effectiveness and efficiency.

In addition to being a columnist for Forbes and The Huffington Post, Olivia is often featured in media such as The New York Times, Bloomberg or BusinessWeek. She has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal as well as NPR’s Marketplace show. Olivia currently serves as Director of Innovative Leadership for Stanford’s StartX program. Her course at Berkeley’s Business School was so popular that university staff had to guard the entrance to ensure that only the students admitted to that course gained entrance. Her book, The Charisma Myth, published by Penguin/ Random House, went into second printing before it even launched.

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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"


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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.

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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.

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 sought-after management and leadership speakers. The Wall Street Journal recently ranked Gary Hamel as the world's most influential business thinker, and Fortune magazine has called him the world's leading expert on business strategy.

Hamel's landmark books, which have been translated into more than 20 languages, include Competing for the Future, Leading the Revolution and The Future of Management (selected by Amazon.com as the best business book of the year). His latest book, What Matters Now, was published in 2012.

Over the past twenty years, Hamel has authored 17 articles for the Harvard Business Review and is the most reprinted author in the Review's history. He has also written for the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, The Financial Times and many other leading publica-tions around the world.

Since 1983, Hamel has been on the faculty of the London Business School, where he is currently Visiting Professor of Strategic and International Management.

As a consultant and management educator, Hamel has worked for companies as diverse as General Electric, Time Warner, Nestle, Shell, Best Buy, Procter & Gamble, 3M, IBM, and Microsoft. His pioneering concepts such as strategic intent, core competence, industry revolution, and management innovation have changed the practice of management in companies around the world.

Hamel speaks frequently at the world's most prestigious management conferences, and is a regular contributor to CNBC, CNN, and other major media outlets. He has also advised government leaders on matters of innovation policy, entrepreneurship and industrial competitiveness.

At present, Hamel is leading an effort to build the world's open innovation platform for reinventing management. The Management Innovation Exchange has been designed to radically accelerate the evolution of management knowledge and practice.

Hamel is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum and the Strategic Management Society. He lives in Northern California.

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