Catriona Le May Doan was the fastest woman on ice. After carrying the Canadian flag into the 2002 Olympic Winter Games opening ceremonies (her fourth Olympics), Catriona defended her Olympic title with a Gold medal performance in the 500 metre event, becoming the first individual and only female to defend a Gold Medal at any Olympic games. In addition to being a world champion athlete, Catriona is a talented motivational speaker. She is an articulate, engaging and bilingual presenter, exploring with her audiences the method of achieving personal excellence while challenging and inspiring people to achieve their full potential.
Catriona held the World Record in the 500m for 10 years and still currently holds the Olympic Record. During her career Catriona broke 13 World Records. In 1998, at the Nagano Olympic Winter Games, Catriona won her first Olympic Gold medal in the 500m in Olympic record time, then added an Olympic Bronze Medal in the 1000m event. She finished the 1998 season first overall in the World Cup standings in both the 500m and 1000m events. In 1999 Catriona's domination in the speed skating world continued when She finished first over all in the World Cup standings for the 500m event.
Catriona's accomplishments have earned her the 2002 Lou Marsh Award as Canada's Athlete of the Year and she is a three-time recipient (1998,2001, 2002) of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award for Canadian Female Athlete of the Year award.
Catriona is actively involved in her community and charity associations including The Saskatoon Foundation and the Catriona Le May Doan Endowment for Children and Youth. She is a spokesperson for the SpinaBifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Canada, Right to Play, and Ontario's Lakefield Oval Project. She was on the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Organizing Committee Board and is a Board member of CODA and the Canadian Sport Centre Calgary.
Catrionahas covered four Olympic Games and co-hosted the primetime
Countdown to Beijing. She joined the CTV Olympic broadcast team
for the Vancouver 2010 Games which earned her a Gemini for Best Sports
Catrionahas received three Honorary Degrees from the University of
Calgary, the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina and
gave the convocation speech to their graduating classes. Catrionawas
inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Olympic
Committee's Sports Hall of Fame and appointed an Officer of the Order of
Wayne Lee is a motivational keynote speaker and versatile entertainer. If there's one thing peak performance experts like Wayne agree on, it's that the mind is capable of leading us anywhere. He also knows that for many of us, our minds are littered with detours, potholes and accidents waiting to happen. Fear, self-doubt, inhibitions of all kinds, these beliefs reside in our subconscious and prevent us from reaching our conscious goals. But if you set your GPS (Great Programmable Subconscious) for success, you can achieve anything while taking the ride of your life.
Wayne's own journey to excellence was fuelled with an unrelenting passion for entertaining and empowering people. From a childhood fascination with magic and visualization, Wayne's gift for seeing and acting on what's possible has grown to international proportions: He is one of North America's premier corporate presenters, a veteran of thousands of successful shows, a published author, and peak performance coach to professionals of all walks of life. And he's practiced what he preaches. Wayne is a former five-time Canadian amateur wrestling champion, who also served as a beloved classroom instructor before taking the stage in the corporate world. More recently, he was named
Entertainer of the Year for the Canadian Events Industry.
Which brings us back to the power of the mind. Wayne Lee is an unrelenting advocate for individuals and teams looking to turn potential into performance. Through humor and hypnosis, he helps people drop their defenses and access their GPS. Once in there, Wayne shows how what you put in--beliefs, attitudes, goals and vision--acts as coordinates that absolutely determine whether or not you reach your destination. Get it wrong and you're stuck in traffic. Get it right and you'll get to your goal faster and more directly than you ever thought possible. Many people find it difficult to make the connection between the inner goings on of the mind and outward action and performance, yet it's crucial to any success.
That's why Wayne Lee's work is so special. He can break down the barriers of even the most cynical and resistant individuals through laughter and hypnosis, in the process showing them how to access their own subconscious. Once people realize what's possible when they program the GPS for success, it's as if they become a new person--the person they were always meant to be. For employers, that means productivity, teamwork, and a great attitude at work. For employees themselves, it's like being handed the keys to the ride of their lives.
Former President of National Geographic Films & Visionary Film Producer
Adam Leipzig is one of those rare leaders who has the ability to truly deliver. As a game-changing visionary and leader, Adam has been a producer, distributor or supervising executive on more than 25 films that have disrupted expectations, including March of the Penguins, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Dead Poets Society, and Titus. His movies have won or been nominated for 10 Academy Awards, 11 BAFTA Awards, 2 Golden Globes, 2 Emmys, 2 Directors Guild Awards, 4 Sundance Awards and 4 Independent Spirit Awards.
Adam Leipzig is currently the COO of CreativeFuture, a nonprofit organization that advocates for the rights of the creative community. He is the author of Inside Track for Independent Filmmakers and co-author of Filmmaking in Action: Your Guide to the Skills and Craft, the premiere college textbook for emerging filmmakers (both books published by Macmillan).
Previously, he has been CEO of Entertainment Media Partners, a senior executive at Walt Disney Studios, and president of National Geographic Films. He is also the publisher and managing editor of Cultural Weekly, which is a popular online magazine covering covering our entire creative landscape.
Best-Selling author and speaker on leadership, organizational health, teamwork and corporate culture.
Lencioni’s passion for organizations and teams is reflected in his writing, speaking and executive consulting. He is the author of eleven best-selling books with over five million copies sold. His capstone book, The Advantage, is the pre-eminent source on organizational health. After sixteen years in print, his classic book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, remains a weekly fixture on national best-seller lists. Released in 2016, The Ideal Team Player is a much-anticipated follow-up to his team book and also a Wall Street Journal best-seller.
The wide-spread appeal of Lencioni’s leadership models have yielded a diverse base of speaking and consulting clients, including a mix of Fortune 500 companies, professional sports organizations, the military, non-profits, schools and churches.
Pat addresses thousands of leaders each year at world-class organizations and national conferences. Consistently the top rated keynote speaker at major events, Pat shares his insights and inspires his audiences through his accessibility, humor and story-telling.
Named in Fortune magazine as one of the ‘ten new gurus you should know,’ Pat and his work have been featured in USA TODAY, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Harvard Business Review, to name a few.
Prior to founding his firm, he worked as a corporate executive for Sybase, Oracle and Bain & Company. Pat lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and four sons.
Successful entrepreneur and best selling author of nine books on sales and personal and professional development. Patrick Leroux helps his client to achieve more RESULTS THROUGH ACTION. Patrick’s presentations are offer solid, simple and original ideas and are renowned to be dynamic, funny, moving, and captivating.
Patrick challenges people to re-evaluate their own limitations, real or imagined, to take responsibility for their own lives, and to stop making excuses as to why they are not living-up to their true capacity. Storyteller extraordinaire, Patrick shares his expertise with warmth and amazing simplicity. His incredible energy level, humour and enthusiasm will compel your audience to take action on their goals, instill confidences, and ultimately increase productivity in your organization.
As an entrepreneur, Patrick has started 10 successful businesses and has been selected 5 times as a finalist at the Quebec Provincial Arista-Sun Life contest in the Young Professional / Independent Worker category. Patrick is also the founding president of the Montreal chapter (1998) of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS), a National board member of CAPS, and the author of nine books on the subject of sales, motivation and personal and professional development.
A bilingual speaker, his presentations are renowned to be dynamic, funny, moving, and captivating. In Canada and in the United States, Patrick has given more than 1500 presentations professionally to over 250 000 people. He speaks mostly at conferences and sales conventions, helping his participants step out of their comfort zone, realize their full inner potential, achieve the highest level of success in all aspects of their lives and most importantly get better RESULTS THROUGH ACTION.
Patrick has the magical ability to generate the desire and enthusiasm necessary to create measurable results that will last long after his presentation.
[Presentations are available in French and English.]
A well-known expert on both travel marketing and global cultural trends, Daniel Levine is the author of over a dozen best-selling travel-related books, he is regularly featured in newspapers and magazines worldwide, and he is often on television and radio as trends expert. For over a decade Daniel has been the Executive Director of the Avant-Guide Institute (AGI) where he is the hands-on leader of a huge international team of
trend-hunters - over 10,000 spotters who track the latest ideas and experiences from around the globe.
A wide variety of businesses seek out Daniel when looking to understand the impact of forthcoming social and cultural trends and to
hip up their image. MasterCard selected Daniel to be the spokesperson of a major television campaign to reach stylish spenders. South African Tourism chose Daniel to be the face of a major campaign to attract business tourism. Deutsche Telekom AG asked Daniel to help them understand what's happening in the world of tourism, restaurants, nightlife and retail. Samsonite teamed with Daniel when launching their style-driven Black Label line. Saatchi & Saatchi tapped Daniel to be the judge of their first ever Lovemarks holiday contest to help give it credible cool. Both HBO and NBC turned to Daniel when they needed an exceptionally well-connected expert to produce international segments for primetime lifestyle shows.
Daniel is an award-winning speaker and presenter who is known for delivering highly praised keynotes for select major businesses and conferences worldwide, including World Travel Market (England), Mandarin Oriental Hotels (Worldwide), BrandMarker (Europe), International Luxury Market (France), Jumeirah (Dubai), EIBTM and others.
While Daniel's presentations are inspirational and packed with captivating visuals, the focus is on the practical. Using inspirational and enlightening examples of where culture is headed, he utilizes the full resources of the Avant-Guide Institute to demonstrate how creative businesses from around the world are reaping major benefits by responding to real-world trends in innovative new ways. Then he demonstrates how you too can immediately take advantage of these same trends to transcend market challenges, win customers and dramatically increase sales.
His expeditions have seen him travel over 80,000 km on foot, by bicycle, and by boat through some of harshest corners on earth, including the frozen wastelands of Siberia, the hidden valleys of China, and the lonely passes of Afghanistan. His two most epic expeditions, the 50,000 km Cycling Home From Siberia expedition, and the 5,000 km Walking Home From Mongolia expedition were commissioned as television series for National Geographic. His motivational talks have enthralled tens of thousands of people in Asia, Australia, Europe and America. He is a regular contributor to the South China Morning Post. His Cycling Home From Siberia book was described by The Guardian as
a two-wheeled classic.
In November 2011, Rob undertook a new, 5000 km winter expedition through the heart of China. Carrying his gear from the wastelands of Outer Mongolia, south through the Gobi desert, following the Great Wall down to the turbulent waters of the Yellow River, Rob walked downstream to the legendary city of Xi An. Leaving the water, Rob then hiked onwards through the snow until he finally reached his finishing point at the glittering skyscrapers of Hong Kong in May 2012. He vividly captures this epic journey in his new book, Walking Home from Mongolia.
When speaking to corporate audiences, Rob relates the ever-growing challenges of the 21st century workplace to his own - at times hilarious, at times deadly serious - trials, tribulations and triumphs in the wild lands of the world. Rob's talks combine laugh-out-loud entertainment with profound motivational messages, making them an excellent and memorable component of corporate training days, awards dinners, off-sites, and conferences.
Creator of the Zappos Culture Book, Inspiring Science-based Happiness, Passion, and Purpose
Jenn Lim is the CEO and CHO (Chief Happiness Officer) of Delivering Happiness (DH), a company she and Tony Hsieh (CEO of Zappos.com) co-founded to inspire science-based happiness, passion and purpose at work, home and in everyday life. Delivering Happiness started as a book and a bus tour, and evolved into a company and global movement around happiness that has impacted and inspired over 250 companies in more than 110 countries.
Along with her responsibilities as CHO (Chief Happiness Officer), Jenn Lim travels around the world to deliver a message of passion, purpose, culture, and happiness.
Jenn has been a consultant with Zappos from its start-up days in 2003 to the $2 billion business it is today. She created the Zappos Culture Book, an embodiment of how companies can use happiness as a business model to increase productivity and profitability. Jenn’s experience with Zappos, combined with her development of scientific frameworks for workplace happiness, created the evidence that happier employees = happier customers = successful companies (and meaningful lives). What’s more, she discovered that every organization can have similar results.
Today, Jenn is dedicated to growing DH to inspire happiness in people, companies and communities so that together, we can create a happier world.
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and nominated by Creativity magazine as “one of the 50 most creative and influential minds of 2009,” Manuel Lima is the founder of VisualComplexity.com, Design Lead at Google, and a regular teacher of data visualization at Parsons School of Design.
Manuel is a leading voice on information visualization and has spoken at numerous conferences, universities, and festivals around the world, including TED, Lift, OFFF, Eyeo, Ars Electronica, IxDA Interaction, Harvard, MIT, the Royal College of Art, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, ENSAD Paris, the University of Amsterdam, and MediaLab-Prado Madrid. He has also been featured in various magazines and newspapers, such as Wired, the New York Times, Science, Nature, Businessweek, Creative Review, Fast Company, Forbes, Grafik, SEED, étapes, and El País.
His first book Visual Complexity: Mapping patterns of information has been translated into French, Chinese, and Japanese. His latest The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge, published in April 2014 by Princeton Architectural Press, covers over 800 years of human culture through the lens of the tree figure, from its entrenched roots in religious medieval exegesis to its contemporary, secular digital themes.
With more than twelve years of experience designing digital products, Manuel has worked for Codecademy, Microsoft, Nokia, R/GA, and Kontrapunkt. He holds a BFA in Industrial Design and a MFA in Design & Technology from Parsons School of Design. During the course of his MFA program, Manuel worked for Siemens Corporate Research Center, the American Museum of Moving Image, and Parsons Institute for Information Mapping in research projects for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
Amanda Lindhout is a sought after inspirational speaker, trusted by big brands to deliver a life changing, transformational keynote experience. Her New York Times bestselling memoir, A House in the Sky, is being developed into a Hollywood motion picture by heavyweight production company Annapurna, with 2x Oscar nominated actress Rooney Mara playing Amanda.
A publishing phenomenon, A House in the Sky, has remained a Top Ten bestselling book since it’s release in 2013. Raised by a single mom in a small city, Amanda escaped the violence of her childhood by imagining herself in the pages of National Geographic magazine. As a young woman, Amanda’s curiosity led her to some of the world’s most beautiful and remote places, its most imperilled and perilous countries and then into 15 months of harrowing captivity. Working as a journalist in Somalia, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road. Amanda spent 460 days as a hostage, surviving on strategy, fortitude and hope in the face of unimaginable adversity.
Amanda’s unique experiences give her credibility to discuss important issues ranging from countering terrorism to supporting the women’s movement and she regularly appears in the media with her opinion. She has been featured in Vogue, New York Times Magazine, Dateline, The Today Show, Morning Joe and Anderson Cooper.
Amanda’s keynote presentations are for audiences of all sizes- from Richard Branson’s living room to an arena of 20,000- she creates intimacy with the women and men in the room through her emotional, powerful storytelling. Her tale of survival builds suspense and momentum to reveal life changing insights into mind conditioning, including actionable takeaways about reframing stories of pain into power.
Best Selling Author on Change Management, Business Growth, Customer Service, and Team Performance
An authority on harnessing human potential and creating authentic business growth, Dean Lindsay is an engaging and highly sought-after business consultant and speaker. Dean Lindsay's motivational keynotes contain powerful and useful insight on workplace performance, building priceless business relationships, dealing with change, communication, and business growth that can be customized for sales professionals, leadership teams, customer service representatives, or those in management positions.
Dean is an active member of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy and the American Society of Training and Development.
Dean Lindsay has presented Keynotes and Seminars in everywhere from Spain (Barcelona, Madrid), Turkey (Istanbul), Sweden (Stockholm), Canada (Vancouver), Venezuela (Caracas), to the island of Aruba.
His unique and humorous style captivates and inspires audiences to take positive action. Dean's practical strategies,
street tested techniques and proven concepts increase productivity, boost sales, strengthen employee morale along with customer loyalty, and much more.
Using this trademarked 6 Ps of Progress, Dean Lindsay is a best selling author and business keynote speaker that delivers programs that help companies realize greater productivity, while creating a rewarding work environment for all team members.
Dean Lindsay knows that personal and professional progress is by design, not chance. He also knows that personal and professional progress is directly correlated to the progress you provide others and is therefore dedicated to your organization's progress.
He is the author of two books, The Progress Challenge: Working and Winning in World of Change and Cracking the Network CODE: 4 Steps to Priceless Business Relationships. He has been hailed as a
Master of Progress by Jay Conrad Levinson, the father of Guerilla Marketing.
With his refreshingly daring, imaginative and highly effective style, Dean Lindsay has the rare ability delivering profitable, valued and important information to a wide variety of audiences even in the midst of challenging economic times or negative change. Dean Lindsay's process for creating customized content includes:
Your organization deserves a truly forward focused motivational business keynote speaker who is funny, engaging and has something fresh and empowering to share.
Speaker and Author on the Future of Travel, Technology, and Urban Development
Greg Lindsay is a journalist, urbanist, futurist, and speaker. He is a contributing writer for Fast Company, author of the forthcoming book Engineering Serendipity, and co-author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next. He is also a senior fellow of the New Cities Foundation — where he leads the Connected Mobility Initiative — a non-resident senior fellow of The Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative, a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, and a senior fellow of the World Policy Institute.
His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, The Financial Times, McKinsey Quarterly, Inc., The Atlantic, Quartz, The New Republic, The Economist Group, The World Economic Forum, European Management Journal, World Policy Journal, Next City, Time, Wired, New York, Slate, Marie Claire Italia, Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, and Departures. He was previously a contributing writer for Fortune and an editor-at-large for Advertising Age.
Greg speaks frequently about globalization, innovation, and the future of cities, most recently at the OECD, Interbrand, the MIT Media Lab, Microsoft Research, and McKinsey. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Young Leader of the World Cities Summit. His work with Studio Gang Architects on the future of suburbia was displayed at MoMA in 2012. He is also a senior fellow at the Work Futures Institute, exploring the intersection of the office with the city, the cloud, and Big Data. And his forthcoming book Engineering Serendipity has been made possible with the generous support of the Knight Foundation.
He’s been cited as an expert on the future of travel, technology and urbanism by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, USA Today, CNN, NPR, and the BBC. He has advised Intel, Audi, Ericsson, Samsung, André Balazs Properties, and Chrysler, among other organizations.
He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism. Greg is a two-time Jeopardy! champion (and the only human to go undefeated against IBM’s Watson).
Speaker, Author and Business Coach on Happiness, Success, and Self-Empowerment
Kristi Ling brings powerful insight, warmth, and fresh, new ways of perceiving and achieving happiness, self-empowerment, and success to any setting.
With an extensive background in personal and professional development, communications, and business, as well as a compelling personal story of her own journey from struggle and dark times to lasting happiness and dynamic energy, Kristi is a positive, potent force for helping others to create sustainable happiness and live their most empowered lives.
Passionate about sharing her experiences and unique empowerment strategies, Kristi writes, speaks, and works with individuals and groups to offer others insight and tools to create more happiness, wellness, positive energy, and success.
Kristi has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, CNN, Natural Awakenings, The Daily Love and other media. She's a regular blogger for The Huffington Post, and is working on a book that will offer the three most important steps for creating sustainable, lasting happiness. In addition to coaching and speaking, she continues as a highly sought-after brand strategist and marketing expert, having spent over 15 years leading marketing and public relations campaigns for some of the world's most recognizable brands.
Kristi is the creator of several audio workshops and online courses, and is the author of Empower Your Day: How to Create More Happiness, Energy, and Success Through Positive Mornings. Her podcast, Happy, Free, & Wild, is a top-rated podcast in the health category on iTunes.
Speaker and advisor on trust, leadership and high performance, Author of The Speed of Trust
Greg Link is a co-founder of FranklinCovey's Global Speed of Trust Practice, CoveyLink, and the former Covey Leadership Center. A recognized authority on leadership, trust, sales, marketing, and high performance, Link is a sought-after adviser and speaker. His authentic, engaging style endears him to audiences at all levels, from senior executives to the front lines. He is a "business expert who speaks," not a "speaker who theorizes."
Link, his business partner Stephen M. R. Covey, and the team at The Speed of Trust Practice equip people and organizations to transform toxic relationships, teams, and organizational cultures and to harness high trust as a performance multiplier. Link convincingly challenges the age-old assumption that trust is merely a soft, social virtue and demonstrates that it is a hard-edged economic driver - a learnable, measurable skill that makes organizations more profitable, people more promotable, and relationships more energizing.
As co-founder of the Covey Leadership Center, he orchestrated the strategy that led Dr. Stephen R. Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, to become one of the two best-selling business books of the 20th century according to CEO Magazine, selling over 20 million copies in 38 languages. He created the marketing momentum that helped propel Covey Leadership Center from a start-up company to a $110-plus million-dollar enterprise with offices in 40 countries before merging with Franklin Quest from FranklinCovey.
He also led the Center's international publishing success, resulting in partnerships with more than 30 publishers worldwide. This included making publishing history in Japan, leading the strategy that sold over one million copies of a foreign-language translation, nonfiction business book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, in Japanese. In addition, he was instrumental in formulating and executing one of the world's largest international business satellite broadcasts with partners Lessons in Leadership and Fortune magazine.
Link has taught The Seven Habits, Principle Centered Leadership, and The Speed of Trust and advised executives at numerous leading enterprises, including Hewlett-Packard, the U.S. Navy, Sony, Chevron, IBM, Microsoft, Boeing, and many other well-known organizations. He is a trusted confidante to CEOs and other senior leadership. His business acumen and experience as a successful, real-world executive inform his presentations and make them uniquely relevant to clients and convention audiences alike.
Link and business partner Stephen M. R. Covey recently co-authored a new book, Wall Street Journal bestseller Smart Trust: The Defining Skill That Transforms Managers Into Leaders.
Link resides with his wife, Annie, on a quiet stream in the shadows of the Utah Rockies in Alpine, Utah.
New York Times Bestselling author of Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity, four-time entrepreneur and speaker on creativity, innovation and leadership.
Josh Linkner – who started his career as a jazz guitarist - personifies creativity, entrepreneurship and disruptive innovation. He has been the founder and CEO of four tech companies, which sold for a combined value of over $200 million.
Josh is the author of two New York Times Bestsellers: Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity, and The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation. He is also the Founding Partner of Detroit Venture Partners, investing in and mentoring over 100 startups.
Josh has twice been named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and is a President Barack Obama Champion of Change award recipient. He is a regular columnist for Forbes, The Detroit Free Press, and Inc. Magazine. His work on innovation has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, CNN, and The New York Times. And yes, he still plays a mean jazz guitar.
Organizational Psychologist and Speaker on Leadership and Managing Generational Differences
Dr. Nicole Lipkin is an organizational psychologist, speaker and the author of What Keeps Leaders Up At Night: Recognizing and Resolving Your Most Troubling Management Issues and Y in the Workplace: Managing the 'Me First' Generation. Nicole's aim is to help organizations, leaders and their teams develop behaviors and practices that increase personal and organizational resilience and sustainability by integrating the science of human behavior with practical approaches to business and leadership challenges.
Nicole is the CEO of Equilibria Leadership Consulting, an international business/organizational solutions company based in the US that provides leadership and management development, executive assessment and executive and emerging leader coaching. She also is the owner of Equilibria Psychological and Consultation Services, a mid-sized group psychology practice located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Nicole is a sought after speaker, consultant and coach who has been retained by organizations such as Honda, Toyota, Autotrader.com, Wells Fargo, The American Society of Training and Development, Aqua America, ProObject, National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), American Academy of Osteopathic Surgeons, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), City Security and Resilience Networks (CSARN) in the UK, LatinNext and HR Academy in Brazil, Global Aware International and Tiny-G in the UK, Security Watch India (SWI), the National Retail Federation (NRF), International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), Penske Automotive Group, and The Boys and Girls Club of America. She has also been an invited presenter at a number of professional, association and corporate conferences.
Nicole is a regular contributor to the broadcast community and has been featured on NPR, NBC, CBS, Fox Business News, Forbes.com, Entrepreneur Magazine, Arrive Magazine (Amtrak), BusinessInsider.com, New York Times Magazine and numerous other media outlets both nationally and internationally.
She received a doctorate in clinical psychology (Psy.D.), Master of Business Administration (MBA), and Master of Criminal Justice (MACJ) at Widener University. Nicole is an adjunct faculty member at the Center for Creative Leadership. She is a Board Certified Coach and also received her Advanced Certified Personal and Executive Coach Certification and Certified Professional Coach Certification through the industry-leading College of Executive Coaching. Nicole is licensed as a psychologist in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Nicole was a board member of the Independence Arts Studio and is currently an Advisory Council Member of City Security and Resilience Networks (CSARN) in England and a board member of Fearless Athletics.
Former Head Trainer Walt Disney University and author of The Changing Face of Today's Customer. Customer service speaker.
Candid. Passionate. Relevant. Doug Lipp is on a crusade to help organizations strengthen their corporate culture, boost business performance, and unapologetically, have fun while doing it.
Doug is a distinguished international consultant, eight-time author, and former head of training at the legendary Disney University. His latest book is the best-selling Disney U: How Disney University Develops the World’s Most Engaged, Loyal, and Customer-Centric Employees.
At age 29, Doug’s celebrated talent catapulted him to the helm of the legendary Disney University training team at Walt Disney corporate headquarters. Fluent in Japanese, Doug also helped Disney open its first international theme park as a member of the Tokyo Disneyland start-up team.
Drawing on his 30 plus years of combined experience at Disney and in private practice, Doug inspires and challenges hundreds of organizations worldwide. In presentations, he shares how Disney overcame spectacular strategic challenges to unleash one of the most improbable success stories in corporate history.
?Through riveting examples and powerful, relevant stories about innovation, service, value and leadership, Doug pulls back the curtain and reveals the behaviors, tools and attitudes that are representative of cultural excellence at Disney and other great institutions. He also discusses common organizational traps that undermine companies and impede their ability to build a thriving and sustainable culture.
Psychologist and speaker on high performance, author of The Power of Full Engagement.
Dr. Jim Loehr is a world-renowned performance psychologist, Co-Founder of the Human Performance Institute, and author of 15 books including his most recent, The Power of Story. He also co-authored the national bestseller The Power of Full Engagement.
Dr. Loehr's ground-breaking, science-based energy management training system has achieved world-wide recognition and has been chronicled in leading national publications including the Harvard Business Review, Business Week, Fortune, Newsweek, Time, US News and World Report, Success, Fast Company and Omni. He has appeared on NBC's Today Show, ABC's Nightline with Ted Koppel, The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather and CBS Morning News and the Oprah Winfrey Show.
At the core of his training system is the understanding that the stories we tell ourselves represent the single most powerful tool we have for managing energy and achieving any important mission in life. The right stories mobilize us to make tough values-based choices that lead to expanded growth and the wrong stories disengage us.
Dr. Loehr has worked with hundreds of world-class performers from the arenas of sport, business, medicine and law enforcement including Fortune 100 executives, FBI Hostage Rescue Teams, and military Special Forces. Corporate clients of the Institute represent hundreds of Fortune 500 companies including Procter & Gamble, The EstÃ©e Lauder Companies, Dell, FBI, GlaxoSmithKline, PepsiCo, and Citigroup Smith Barney. A sampling of his elite clients from the world of sport include: golfers Mark O'Meara and Justin Rose; tennis players Jim Courier, Monica Seles, and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario; boxer Ray Mancini; hockey players Eric Lindros and Mike Richter; and Olympic gold medal speed skater Dan Jansen.
Possessing a masters and doctorate in psychology, Dr. Loehr serves on several prestigious scientific boards, and is a full member of the American Psychological Association, the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology.
Author of Tribal Leadership and speaker on organizational transformation.
Dave's business is business culture. He brings culture into sync with markets, strategy, and all parts of a business, resulting in high performance, energized customers, vibrant employees, and centers of innovation. The research for his company was published in 2008 as Tribal Leadership (Collins).
Dave studies how people communicate within a company and how to harness our natural gifts to make change within organizations. He looks at emerging patterns of corporate leadership, organizational transformation, generational differences in the workplace, and team building for high-potential managers and executives. Dave has a PhD in Organizational Communication from the Annenberg School at USC.
Dave is a faculty member at the University of Southern California (USC), and management consultant. He teaches management and leadership in the USC Executive MBA, which is the #1 ranked Leadership MBA in the country. He is also on the faculty at the International Center for Leadership in Finance (ICLIF), endowed by the former prime minister of Malaysia.
Dave works with Fortune 500 companies, including Qualcomm, Intel, Charles Schwab American Express, and Prudential. His testimonials of endorsement read like a who's who of CEOs and Leaders; from Tony Hseih to Reid Hoffman to Desmond Tutu and Dave and his book even influenced Phil Jackson in a major way as he lead his 2009 Laker team to the NBA Championship. From 2001-2004, he served as Associate Dean of Executive Education at USC. During that time, he started new programs for major defense contractors and governments around the world.
Dave writes a blog which goes viral with regularity for CBSNews.com Money Watch, among other business related publications. He has given interviews to many major cable news networks and has spoken at hundreds of events around the world as the keynote speaker as well as giving workshops and training sessions. His most well known speech was given at the first ever TEDx event in the world, an experiment by the founders of TED at the time. The video of that speech has been seen by almost one million people on the web. The topic was Tribal Leadership.
Kamran Loghman is the Chief Global Instructor for the Create Lead Achieve Program used for Executive Training at the largest computer, mobile phone and consumer electronics company in the world, headquartered in Cupertino, California.
Kamran Loghman is an adjunct for Leadership at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis and Senior Executive Education Fellow at the University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business. He is the former President and CEO of Zarc International, a global manufacturer of law enforcement related devices, and was formerly the CEO of Nifar, a national provider of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics. Kamran is the developer of weapons-grade pepper spray technology for law enforcement application and holds several patents in chemistry and fluid dynamics.
First Female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot, Author and Motivational Speaker
Carey Lohrenz knows what it takes to win in one of the highest pressure, extreme environments imaginable: in the cockpit at Mach 2.
As the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, having flown missions worldwide as a combat-mission-ready United States Navy pilot, Lohrenz is used to working in fast moving, dynamic environments, where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results.
The same challenges are found in business: markets change, customer needs evolve and if you do not adapt quickly your company is at risk.
In her motivating and engaging keynote presentations, Carey shares her fascinating experiences operating in one of the world's most challenging environments - an aircraft carrier. She is uniquely qualified in the fundamentals of winning under pressure, reducing errors and overcoming obstacles. Her mastery of these fundamentals can help your team triumph in this high-risk, time crunched world.
Carey Lohrenz's timely message about High Performing Teams and developing a Culture of Learning is based on the best-practices of high reliability organizations. The processes of Planning, Briefing, Debriefing and Adjusting help businesses manage risk while becoming a High Performing Organization. This message resonates with diverse audiences at every level of the company.
Carey has been requested by name from some of the top Fortune 100 businesses. Her ability to connect with both an audience and on a one-on-one level, coupled with her knowledge and experience in leading high-performing, diverse teams, has made her highly sought after as a business consultant and speaker.
Carey is a powerhouse in the field of delivering engaging Leadership, High Performing Organizations and Diversity Training that directly impacts a company's ROI and bottom line. Her experience in the all-male environment of fighter aviation and her ability to pass on the Lessons Learned in her career allow her to deliver insight and guidance from a credible platform on Women's Leadership Issues.
Carey has delivered her leadership and strategy experience to such companies as Cisco, Underwriters Laboratories, AT&T, Kimberly Clark, State Farm Insurance and Sea Ray Boats, to name a few.
Carey graduated from the University of Wisconsin where she was a varsity rower, also training at the pre-Olympic level. After graduation, she attended the Navy's Aviation Officer Candidate School before starting flight training and her naval career. She is currently working on her Master's in Business Administration in Strategic Leadership.
Author and speaker on the environment and climate change. Author of The Skeptical Environmentalist and Cool it.
Bjorn Lomborg is adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School and and
international keynote speaker on and climate change. He is the organizer of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, which brings together some of the world's top economists, including 5 Nobel laureates, to set priorities for the world. Time magazine named Lomborg one of the world's 100 most influential people in 2004. In 2008 he was named
one of the 50 people who could save the planet by the UK Guardian;
one of the top 100 public intellectuals by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazine in 2010 and 2011; and
one of the world's 75 most influential people of the 21st century by Esquire.
Besides working as the director of Copenhagen Consensus and as adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School, Lomborg is the author of the best-selling The Skeptical Environmentalist and Cool it in which he challenged mainstream concerns about the environment and pointed out that we need to focus attention on the most important problems first.
The Skeptical Environmentalist had its genesis in 1998, when Lomborg worked as an associate professor of statistics at the Department of Political Science at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. He published four lengthy articles about the state of the environment in a leading Danish newspaper, which resulted in a firestorm debate spanning over 400 articles in major metropolitan newspapers. The articles led to the publication of The Skeptical Environmentalist in 2001, which has now been published in every major language in the world.
Since the publication of The Skeptical Environmentalist, Lomborg has been a frequent participant in public debate. His commentaries have appeared regularly in such prestigious publications as the New York Times, Wall St. Journal, Globe & Mail, The Guardian, The Daily and Sunday Telegraph, The Times, The Australian, the Economist, the LA Times and Boston Globe. He has appeared on TV shows such as Politically Incorrect and ABC 60 minutes, Larry King, 20/20, 60 minutes and BBC Newsnight along with shows on CNN, BBC, CNBC, and PBS. In November 2001, Lomborg was selected "Global Leader for Tomorrow" by the World Economic Forum.
From February 2002 to July 2004 Lomborg was director of Denmark's national Environmental Assessment Institute. During this period he was named one of the
50 stars of Europe (as one of the 9
agenda setters in Europe) in Business Week. In April 2004, Lomborg was named one of the world's 100 most influential people by Time Magazine.
Copenhagen Consensus in 2004, a project which brought together some of the world's top economists to prioritize the best solutions to the world's biggest challenges. Essentially, he asked these experts to tackle the question: With limited resources, how can we do the most good possible?
In June 2006 Lomborg repeated the
Copenhagen Consensus project with top United Nations ambassadors instead of economists. He managed to bring together representatives from China, India and the USA, representing about half the world's population. Their ranking of solutions to the world's challenges was the first of its kind for the United Nations. These two conferences and their results have resulted in two books: Global Crises, Global Solutions and How to Spend $50 Billion to Make the World a Better Place. The last global
Copenhagen Consensus project was held in May 2008.
In September 2007, Lomborg published Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Climate Change, a groundbreaking book that is transforming the debate about global warming by offering a fresh perspective based on human needs as well as environmental concerns. It has already been translated into 17 languages.
In October 2010 Cambridge University Press released Smart Solutions to Climate Change, edited by Bjorn Lomborg. The highly anticapated collection presents a very wide range of climate policy options including ones that are not well covered in the media, making it highly relevant to climate policy debates in search for a new treaty to succeed Kyoto. Also in November 2010, Lomborg released the documentary film, Cool It.
In his most recent offering, How to Spend $75 Billion to Make the World a Better Place, Bjorn presents the costs and benefits of the smartest solutions to twelve global problems. Featuring cutting edge research of more than sixty eminent economists, four Nobel Laureates, and produced for the Copenhagen Consensus, this book will inform, enlighten and motivate actions to make the world a better place.
Bjorn is also the editor of How Much have Global Problems Cost the World? and Global Problems, Smart Solutions, out in the fall of 2013.
Author of the best-selling Power of Sleep and speaker on sleep and performance
Dr. James B. Maas is one of the world's most sought-after corporate, health, association, education and professional athletic team speakers. Dr. Maas' book, Power Sleep, is a New York Times business best-seller and published in 11 languages. His latest venture, Remmy and the Brain Train, is an award-winning children's bedtime story designed to help improve daytime alertness, mood and performance. Sleep for Success, co-authored with Rebecca Robbin, has received wide acclaim. His latest book, Sleep to Win!, is a resource to help athletes of every age improve performance and increase success on the playing field. He appears frequently on national television on programs, such as the TODAY Show, NBC Nightly News, CNN, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, The View, Regis & Kelly, ABC's 20/20 and Oprah.
Dr. Maas has served as Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Professor and past Chairman of Psychology, as well as a professor in the graduate fields of Education and Communication at Cornell University. He is also a professor at the Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar. Dr. Maas received his B.A. from Williams College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell. He holds the world's record for college classroom teaching, having taught more than 65,000 students. Dr. Maas conducts research on sleep and performance, as well as on leadership and critical thinking.
Dr. Maas has held a Fulbright Senior Professorship to Sweden, has been a visiting professor at Stanford University and past-president of the American Psychological Association's Division on Teaching. He received the Clark Award for Distinguished Teaching at Cornell, and is the recipient of the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Teaching Award for being the nation's outstanding educator.
Dr. Maas is also a noted filmmaker who has produced nine national television specials for PBS in this country, for the BBC in England, the CBC in Canada, and for Dutch, Danish and Swedish National Television. His films for such organizations as the National Geographic Society, General Motors, Exxon, Upjohn, Metropolitan Life, the McArthur Foundation and the United States Department of Transportation have won 44 major film festivals.
He has presented highly acclaimed programs for such organizations as IBM, Eastman Kodak, Apple Computers, Campbell's Soups, Pepsi Cola, John Hancock, CitiGroup, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Smith Barney, ING, Merrill Lynch, Million Dollar Roundtable, Young President's Organization (YPO), World Presidents' Organization (WPO), World Business Council (WBC), Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), Ernst & Young, Mutual Life, Maytag, Abbott Labs, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis,NBA Orlando Magic, the New York Jets, S. C. Johnson, Simmons Company, Marriott Corporation, Starwood and Wyndham Hotels, Cunard, Crystal and Royal Cruise Lines, MCI/Universal Studios and scores of prep schools, colleges and universities.
Inspiring speaker and adventurer with message on survival and change.
Warren Macdonald's inspirational story and powerful message deliver life-changing instruction on not only navigating, but embracing change; with focus, energy and confidence. His life's boundaries were redefined in April 1997 with his accident on North Queensland's Hinchinbrook Island in Australia. Climbing to the Island's tallest peak, Warren became trapped beneath a one-ton slab boulder in a freak rock fall. Two days later he was rescued, only to undergo the amputation of both legs at mid thigh.
Just ten months later, Warren climbed Tasmania's Cradle Mountain using a modified wheelchair and the seat of his pants. In February 2003, he became the first double above-knee amputee to reach the summit of Africa's tallest peak, Mt Kilimanjaro (19,222ft), and more recently, in a spectacular effort requiring more than 2,800 pull-ups over 4 days, created history once again in an ascent of America's tallest cliff face, El Capitan. He is also the only above knee amputee to make an ascent of Canada's landmark frozen waterfall, the 600 ft
Weeping Wall in Alberta.
Warren's first book, A Test of Will is an Australian bestseller and the subject of the
Trapped under a Boulder episode of the Discovery Channel series I Shouldn't Be Alive. His film documenting the epic four-week journey to Federation Peak, Australia most challenging mountain summit, The Second Step, has been acclaimed worldwide, screening on National Geographic Television and winning eight international awards including Grand Prize at the prestigious Banff Mountain Film Festival.
Warren has appeared on numerous news and current affairs programs, including Larry King Live, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos.
Keynote speaker, scientist, author and deep-sea explorer. Advisor to the Titanic discovery team.
Dr. Joe MacInnis is a physician-scientist, author and deep-sea explorer. He has led more than thirty expeditions into the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic Oceans and written several books about undersea exploration, including Underwater Man, Saving the Ocean, Titanic In A New Light and Breathing Underwater: The Quest to Live in the Sea. His work has earned him a number of distinctions, including his country's highest honor, the Order of Canada.
In the 1960s, Dr. MacInnis was the medical director of the American Man-in-Sea program and worked on the U. S. Navy's Sea Lab project. In the 1970s and 80s he led the teams that made the first scientific dives under the North Pole and discovered the world's northernmost known shipwreck--HMS Breadalbane--under the ice of the Northwest Passage.
Dr. MacInnis was an advisor to the Titanic discovery team and co-leader of a $5-million expedition to film Titanic in the giant-screen Imax format. It was this expedition that inspired James Cameron's Academy Award-winning movie. Recently, he was a medical advisor and expedition journalist on the James Cameron-National Geographic seven-mile science dive into the Mariana Trench. He’s now working with Cameron on a new multimedia leadership project called "Carry the Fire".
He has written articles for Scientific American, National Geographic and Wired. One of his more recent books published by National Geographic Books is the companion volume to Cameron's 3-D Imax film Aliens of the Deep.
Dr. MacInnis currently studies leadership, teamwork and team genius in high-risk environments. His newest book, Deep Leadership: Essential Insights from High Risk Environments, shows how the leadership traits forged in extraordinary circumstances are transferable to our everyday lives.
Each year Dr. MacInnis makes motivational presentations on leadership and teamwork to Fortune 500 companies, including IBM, Microsoft, Toshiba, Fidelity and Ford. In his speeches, he shares the values including courage, communication and teamwork that enhance performance under the ocean and in the corporate world.
Best-selling author and keynote speaker on sustainable business for financial service professionals.
Duncan MacPherson is the CEO of Pareto Systems, an industry leading business development firm dedicated to the elite professionals and companies within the knowledge-for-profit sector. Duncan and his team of consultants work with professionals in a wide range of fields including Financial Services, Insurance, Accounting, Legal, Mortgage, and Consulting to create predictable, sustainable, and duplicable businesses. Pareto Systems is well known for its approach which is based on best practices and for its focus on implementation.
As a speaker in high-demand, Duncan travels extensively throughout North America and around the world, conveying dynamic and fact-rich presentations that have made him a popular spokesperson for the knowledge–for-profit industry.
Duncan is also an industry author and has written two best-selling books: Breakthrough Business Development, Take Your Business to THE NEXT LEVEL, and the recently released The Advisor Playbook. Achieving a business breakthrough is done by design, not by luck or chance. Duncan offers a clear plan to take your business to the next level.
Award-winning Educator, Speaker, and Consultant on Literacy & Leadership
Angela Maiers embodies each of these descriptors with passion, commitment and fierce determination. She has been creating and leading change in education and enterprise for 25 years, teaching every level of school from kindergarten to graduate school and consulting with companies around the world.
She helps learners and leaders understand the transformative power of technology and the Internet. Her powerful message and down-to-earth style has made her a highly sought-after keynote speaker for education conferences, corporate events and innovation summits.
She is the author of six books, including Classroom Habitudes and The Passion-Driven Classroom, and her You Matter talk at TEDxDesMoines has been viewed several hundred thousand times.
Angela is the founder of Choose2Matter, a global movement that challenges and inspires students to work collaboratively to develop innovative solutions to social problems. She is an alumna of The University of Iowa, where she earned her Bachelor’s in Education and her Master’s in Educational Supervision and Reading.
First Woman Thunderbird Pilot and White House Fellow & Adviser
A 21-year veteran of the United States Air Force, Colonel Nicole Malachowski (USAF, Ret.) wanted to fly military jets from the moment she saw them at her first air show when she was five years old. She achieved that goal – and then some. A leader, a combat veteran, the first woman pilot on the Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron, an instructor, a White House Fellow, and an inductee into the Women in Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame, Nicole’s Air Force career exceeded her wildest dreams.
While other high school students were practicing for their driver’s licenses, Nicole was accumulating flight time – she was sixteen years old when she took her first solo flight. While in high school, she joined the Civil Air Patrol and participated in Air Force Junior ROTC. Nicole’s professional story began when she earned her commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1996. Following graduation, she attended Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) at Columbus AFB, MS and began her career as a pilot. Competitively selected to fly combat aircraft, she was among the first group of women to fly modern fighter aircraft. She served in combat as an F-15E Flight Commander, Evaluator, Instructor Pilot and Flight Lead.
Over her 21-year career, Nicole achieved the rating of Command Pilot with over 2,300 flight hours in six different Air Force aircraft. She was also selected to fly as Thunderbird #3 with the USAF Air Demonstration Squadron – the first woman to fly on any Department of Defense military jet demonstration team. Colonel Malachowski has served as a mission ready fighter pilot in three operational F-15E fighter squadrons and has flown over 188 combat hours, including her proudest moment as a fighter pilot: leading the first fighter formation to provide security for Iraq’s historic democratic elections in 2005.
On the ground, Nicole was a White House Fellow, class of 2008-2009, where she served on the Presidential Transition Support Team (PTST) while assigned to the U.S. General Services Administration. She has served two high-level staff assignments at the Pentagon – one in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD P&R) as well as the Secretary of the Air Force Office of International Affairs (SAF/IA). She also served as the Executive Director of the White House’s national ‘Joining Forces’ initiative where she directly advised former First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden on all topics relating to service members, veterans, and military families to include employment, education, mental health, veterans’ homelessness and more.
Nicole’s operational F-15E assignments include two tours of duty at RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom as well as one operational assignment to Seymour Johnson AFB, NC. She has also served alongside the United States Army 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Red Cloud, Republic of Korea, as an Air Liaison Officer. During her second assignment to Seymour Johnson AFB, NC, she had the honor of commanding the 333rd Fighter Squadron, leading an elite cadre of F-15E Instructors in the training of the next generation of combat aviators. Further, she was responsible for resources totaling over $1.1B and the execution of a $119M annual flying hour program.
Nicole earned a Master of Arts, with honors, in National Security Policy from American Military University and a second Master of Arts, with highest distinction, in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. While there, she earned the Admiral Stephen B. Luce Award as the class honor graduate, the first Air Force officer in the history of the Naval War College to do so. Nicole has been recognized with several honors for her consistent contributions to community service. As Nicole continues to recover from her neurological tick-borne illness, she embraces any opportunity to educate others about her medical journey and gains energy from educating others about this growing epidemic.
Don Mann, a New York Times Best Selling Author, Navy SEAL Team SIX (ret) member, renowned and a World–Class Adventure Competitor who presents a compelling and extremely motivating presentation that has inspired business leaders and professionals from all walks of life.
Don' unique story and lessons he shares during his highly-accredited and very popular presentations come from his colorful and action-packed life as a Navy SEAL, of his experiences competing in some of the world's most grueling competitions, his experience in the business world and as a New York Times Best Selling Author.
Mann is the author of 14 books including the New York Times Best Selling autobiography Inside SEAL Team SIX: My Life and Missions with America's Elite Warriors.
As a Navy SEAL he worked in countless covert operations around the world and was captured by the enemy and lived to tell the tale. At the podium he shares a high-octane narrative of physical and mental toughness, giving unprecedented insight to the inner workings of the training and secret missions of the world's most respected and feared combat unit.
Don has over 40 years (1,000+ races) worth of competitive racing experience, and was once ranked 38th in the world as a triathlete.
Mann received a Master's in Management from Troy State University, in Troy, AL, a B.S. in International Relations & Criminal Justice, from Florida State University, in Tallahassee, FL, and a B.S. in Liberal Science, from State University of New York.
Author of Boombustology, speaks on risk management in the financial markets
Vikram Mansharamani first gained widespread attention with his book Boombustology: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst. Since then he’s gone on to show business leaders and investors how to look at the world differently in order to manage risk and navigate radical uncertainty. His strategies help them peer into the future on crucial areas like China, food, the global economy, Africa, housing, investing, financial cycles, energy, and much more. So valuable are his insights that LinkedIn named Vikram #1 on their 10 Top Voices for Money, Global Economics, and Finance for both 2015 and 2016. Worth magazine listed him on their “Power 100” list for 2017 - one of the 100 most powerful people in global finance.
Vikram believes that the future doesn’t have to surprise us – and won’t – if we regularly step away from our expertise and look at the world through multiple lenses. He calls this the generalist’s mindset. When encountering information that seems irrelevant most people think, “So what?!” Generalists think instead, “Isn’t that interesting,” and look to connect disparate dots. When they do, the conclusions they draw and decisions they make may be very different from the more narrow-focused “experts.” Vikram shows audiences practical ways to use this approach to spot opportunities and reduce risk.
From 2009 until 2017, Vikram was a Lecturer at Yale University where he taught three popular classes: “Financial Booms and Busts,” “Economic Inequality,” and “Adventures in Business Ethics.” He is now a Lecturer at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences where he teaches a course called "Humanity and Its Challenges." His research is focused on navigating complex uncertainties and risk.
Vikram Mansharamani is a global equity investor with more than 20 years’ experience investing in public and private markets. He served as Managing Director of SDK Capital (and its predecessors) and today manages the Kelan Global Opportunities Fund, a global thematic investment partnership founded by Vikram and some of his clients.
Vikram is currently a regular contributor to Worth magazine and a columnist for the PBS NewsHour. He has also contributed to Bloomberg, MarketWatch, CNBC, Forbes, Fortune, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, YaleGlobal, The South China Morning Post, The Korea Times, The Khaleej Times, and The Daily Beast, among others. Vikram contributed the summary chapter for the book A Force for Good (2015) synthesizing lessons drawn from the collection of essays written by the world's most prominent thinkers on the role of finance and capitalism in today's increasingly interconnected and unequal world.
He is a frequently sought-after speaker by a wide range of organizations. And while corporations from virtually every industry have sought his insights, he continues to have a very strong following in the investment community. He regularly speaks with those focused on allocating large pools of capital. Audiences of sovereign wealth funds, family offices, endowments, foundations, and registered investment advisors have found tremendous value in his unconventional thinking.