Business speaker, occupational therapist, teaches organizations about change and effective leadership.
Michael Melnik is an Occupational Therapist with a Master's degree in Exercise Physiology. For more than twenty years, Michael has delivered his unique, high-energy message to over a quarter of a million participants throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. He also produced and starred in award-winning videos utilized by numerous Fortune 1000 companies.
When an organization is looking to effectively implement change or simply wants to
energize the work environment, Michael's presentations hit the mark. With his simple, practical and time-tested tools, Michael's message promotes positive changes long after your event is over.
Co-Founder of Innovation Bound & Innovation Keynote Speaker
In today's disruptive business environment, Costa’s fluency in creative thinking and adaptive execution make him indispensable to innovation projects.
In 2010, Costa co-founded Innovation Bound to cultivate creativity and innovation across sectors, and to solve new and meaningful problems in the world. He has organized innovation tournaments inside of Fortune 500s, guided NASA’s astrobiology roadmap creation, worked on life science education reform, and contributed to many other projects in science and business. Costa made his first appearance at TEDx at the United Nations in New York in 2013, and continues to speak at conferences and companies on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship, in order to nurture the type of courage and curiosity that accelerate innovation and drive progress.
Costa has been finding ways to challenge himself and learn ever since he discarded the instructions of his first Lego set and put his imagination to the test. He has been a construction worker, building playgrounds and homes one brick at a time, as well as a web developer, an athlete, a coach, a writer, a professional storyteller (yes, that’s a real job), and a local president with an international NGO. Costa’s ability to innovate is predicated on his love for connecting with people and the joy he takes in building a deep understanding of a challenge within the context of a unique local reality.
Costa grew up in the world of competitive gymnastics. To this day, he still chalks up to swing high bar on Wednesday nights. If you spend enough time with him, you’re sure to catch a glimpse of him flying through the air or standing on his hands.
Sarah Michel is a networking expert who helps people increase their netWORTH. She works with individuals, associations and organizations to strengthen their connections and communicate their value to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Her powerful Perfecting Connectingâ„¢ strategies and NetWORTHing process promotes personal and professional success.
Sarah works with companies and organizations to improve their internal network. By integrating her methods, people learn to develop successful relationships with customers, coworkers and colleagues. These improved connections result in a stronger internal and external network essential for career and organizational success.
As a cancer survivor, Sarah's network helped save her life. She shares her inspirational journey with insight and humor to motivate her audiences to connect not just for the moment, but for life.
As a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and facilitator of the Self-Discovery Process Sarah has keynoted and presented for audiences and teams around the world on how to be a more effective connector. She is the author of Perfecting Connectingâ„¢, A Guide to Mastering Networking in the Workplace and the national audio program, Learning to Speak the Language of others. Her articles and inspirational stories have appeared in numerous books, newspapers and national journals.
Sarah is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) awarded by the National Speakers Association for her ability to consistently deliver her message with high energy, humor and inspiration which motivates audiences to take action. She recently served on the board of directors for the National Speakers Association (NSA) and as the 2008-2009 Meetings and Convention chair. She is the Past President for the NSA-Colorado Chapter. Sarah is an active volunteer in her community serving o non-profit boards in Colorado Springs.
She is a graduate of Central Michigan University and worked in healthcare for several major hospital systems and for international career management firms in Texas and Colorado. She is currently an adjunct faculty member of both the Eastern and Western Management Development Centers for the United States government in Colorado and West Virginia.
Dr. Will Miller is originally from New York City and is a health psychologist as well as hospital and police chaplain. He has worked in Community Mental Health Centers as well as in drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs. Simultaneously, for 17 years Will had an active career as a professional stand up comedian, headlining clubs and theaters across the country. He has made numerous television appearances and hosted the NBC Daytime program The Other Side. For many years Dr. Will appeared on the Nick-At-Nite network as well as the Bob & Tom Show. Currently Dr. Miller lectures and conducts research at Purdue University and is a nationally recognized authority on stress, coping with change. The author of several books Will hosts a free weekly podcast on health and wellness.
We are a culture characterized by our anxiety, high expectations and stress. It seems that at every turn we face a new worry. Using his five graduate degrees, media savvy and life experiences, Dr. Will presents a new approach to finding balance and fulfillment in your life.
His insight into the American psyche is astounding. With clarity and approachability, he weaves together a presentation that combines groundbreaking research with hilarious comedy.
Dr. Will and his wife, Dr. Sally Miller live in Lafayette, IN.
John G. Miller is the author of QBQ! The Question Behind the Question, Flipping the Switch: Unleash the Power of Personal Accountability, Outstanding! 47 Ways to Make Your Organization Exceptional and co-author of Parenting the QBQ Way.
He is founder of QBQ, Inc., an organizational development firm based in Colorado dedicated to “Helping Organizations Make Personal Accountability a Core Value.”
A 1980 graduate of Cornell University, John has been involved in the training and speaking industry since 1986. He lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife, Karen. They have seven children and three grandchildren.
Former Navy SEAL Platoon Commander, Co-founder/Inc 500 CEO of Perfect Fitness
Odds are that you or someone you work with uses Alden Mills' inventions. He is a former Navy SEAL who has been awarded more than 40 patents, which have sold over 10 million products (and counting) worldwide. He’s created five #1 ranked infomercials, and is the author of Be Unstoppable: The 8 Essential Actions to Succeed at Anything. The company he co-founded and led, Perfect Fitness (e.g. Perfect Pushup, Perfect Ab-Carver, etc.), gained national acclaim through Inc. Magazine as the fastest growing consumer products business from 2007 to 2009, with an astounding 12,000%+ growth-rate from $500k to over $63M in just three years.
His mantra is “Success is a team sport.” Mills learned his mantra early in life as an uncoordinated, asthmatic who persevered to be a one-time Olympic rowing hopeful before going on to be a three-time #1 ranked Navy SEAL platoon commander. He applied his lessons learned in leading SEAL platoons to building and leading a hyper-growth company. He has over 25 years of military and business leadership experience building, leading and innovating with teams.
Tested and proven, he has been called the modern-day “Zig Zigler” because of his magnetic presence, riveting story-telling and innovative teaching methodologies. His simple and effective frameworks help organizations build high functioning team players and leaders that can innovate. His sought-after Unstoppable speaking series is transformative and scalable to those organizations seeking continuous improvement. He works with clients to tailor presentations for lasting results. For Mills, it is all about enabling his audiences to achieve more than what they originally thought was possible.
Inspiring speaker, politician and entrepreneur on overcoming adversity.
W Mitchell is an author, TV host, business leader, conservation leader and internationally sought after speaker motivates and inspires audiences worldwide.
As a young man, W Mitchell served as a US Marine and San Francisco cable-car gripman. His life suddenly changed due to two devastating accidents just four years apart: a blazing motorcycle accident and a paralyzing plane crash. Whether coping with devastating burns over 65% of his body or being sentenced to life in a wheelchair, Mitchell ï¬rmly held on to his feisty nature and quick wit. He was determined to maintain control, cope with the changes, and prosper.
Following his accidents, he became an internationally acclaimed mayor
who saved a mountain, a successful business man who put 1000s of people to work, a congressional nominee from Colorado, and a highly respected environmentalist. He even continued his love of piloting airplanes and white water rafting. His accomplishments have received recognition on Good Morning America, the Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Time Magazine, USA Today, and many others. He has been a radio and television host, successful author, and the subject of a television special, Super Humans. His life clearly illustrates his philosophy that
most limitations are self-imposed.
Today, as an international keynote speaker, Mitchell captivates and stuns audiences with his story and then calmly empowers them to accept challenges, embrace change and take action - not only at work but in everyday life. His tenacity and credibility are indisputable as he so obviously lives his message. No one goes away unaffected as Mitchell proves that unexpected changes can become exciting new starting points.
Before I was paralyzed there were 10,000 things I could do. Now there are 9,000. I can either dwell on the 1,000 I've lost or focus on the 9,000 I have left.
It's Not What Happens To You, It's What You Do About It, is the title of W Mitchell's latest book, and it's the message this expert on responsibility, change and renewal shares with audiences around the world.
Founder of the Kaplan Mobray Leadership Institute, Author, Speaker and Consultant
Kaplan Mobray is one of the world’s most dynamic and inspirational business speakers and best-selling author of The 10 K's of Personal Branding. An innovative mastermind, Kaplan has inspired and transformed countless lives through his insightful and groundbreaking approach to personal branding and leadership development. Kaplan inspires audiences with practical strategies, “ah-ha moments”, that powerfully create real results to immediately elevate one’s career and improve one’s life.
A highly sought after, vibrant and energetic speaker, professional musician, and entrepreneur Kaplan Mobray learned early in his career that “to master quality of life you must first master quality of effort”. He uses this personal philosophy to develop his extraordinarily creative insights and unique presentation content. Wharton-educated, Kaplan draws from his over 15 years of corporate experience as a successful business executive where he led corporate marketing, advertising, and brand development initiatives for Fortune 500 companies. Through his unconventional and innovative presentation style he teaches organizations how to transform their business, increase their brand reputation and motivates individuals to become effective leaders at all levels.
Kaplan has received worldwide acclaim and numerous awards for his leadership and branding insights. He has been featured on CNN, FOX, Businessweek, The Wall Street Journal, Ad Age and shared his message to NFL players at Super Bowls forty-four and forty-five. Through his latest venture Kaplan is revolutionizing high performance online learning with his virtual interactive Kaplan Mobray Leadership Institute.
Comedian and star of Whose Line Is It Anyway? and This Hour Has 22 Minutes. A Second City alumnus, corporate entertainer.
If you're looking for a night your attendees will remember for the rest of their lives, try Colin Mochrie on for size. Indeed, one-size-fits-all in Colin's unparalleled improv or stand-up show, tailored specifically to your event, that will leave attendees of all levels and backgrounds howling in the aisles. Cap off your conference with a night attendees and executives will never forget!
After getting his first laugh in a high school production in Vancouver, Colin set about the business of becoming a professional actor. After 4 years of acting training at Vancouver's Theatresports, Colin went on to spend 3 years with the famed Second City cast in Toronto. Then, his career took off on the world stage, first with his appearances as a regular on the British version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? and afterward on the popular American television program of the same name, hosted by Drew Carey.
Colin spent two seasons as a cast member on popular CBC satirical television series This Hour Has 22 Minutes and has been involved in numerous other television shows, both in North America and beyond, including Supertown Challenge and CBC's Blackfly.
Not one to rest on his laurels, Colin & his wife Debra McGrath recently debuted their own motion picture Turnbuckle to rave reviews.
Motivational Leadership Speaker, Author, Actress and Recording Artist
DeDe is an expert in professional success, leadership and employee engagement. She is the best selling author of Wisdom Wedgies and Life's Little Zingers, Motivation that Gets Stuck in All the Right Places and her newest book; SNAP Yes! The Art of Seeing New Achievable Possibilities in Business and Life.
After spending over 25 years in corporate sales and battling alcoholism for 24 of those years, DeDe finally SNAPPED. In the last 10 years, DeDe has courageously won her battle over the bottle and achieved sobriety. But during her struggle to transform her personal and professional life, she stumbled onto something even more exciting and profound. She discovered the real secret and proven strategies to long lasting change and fulfilling success. Today, DeDe is passionately helping professionals go from numbed out to fully alive! Get ready to uncork talent, smash obstacles, pour out purpose and drink up success in a SNAP!
Even the most successful leaders and top employees can lose their way and begin to tune out, check out and burn out. But with the right tools, a positive SNAP-ti-tude, and a proven success strategy, you can re-ignite purpose, re-commit to your vision and start living SNAP-tastic now.
DeDe has been named by her peers and colleagues, "The SNAP Out of It Woman" and named to the "Top Speakers List" by M&C Magazine. Attendees describe DeDe's presentations as "Thought provoking, engaging and emotionally impactful."
After not singing or performing for over 20 years, DeDe's dedication to setting big goals, saying yes instead of no, using regret and redefining past failure, landed her on the biggest stage of her life.
Standing in front of 48,000 people, DeDe sang the National Anthem for the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. (This honor is only offered to a very select group of singers; past invitees include Kristin Chenoweth, James Taylor, and Billy Joel).
Additionally, DeDe's powerful story and ability to entertain while giving audiences the strategies to step into their own spotlight of success, has earned her the privilege to share the stage with many celebrities, entertainers, and thought leaders throughout the country.
Only eight years after his first run down a skeleton track, Jon Montgomery won Olympic Gold at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver (Whistler), B.C. No stranger to podium finishes, Jon captured Silver at the 2007/2008 FIBT World Championships in Altenberg, Germany, and has earned eight World Cup medals (4 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze) and five Canadian National titles to date.
Jon got his start in skeleton racing in March 2002, after witnessing a skeleton race at Calgary's Canada Olympic Park while on a self-guided tour with his parents. One week later, Jon experienced the exciting sport first hand at a Discover Skeleton School. He hasn't looked back since.
Over the next few years, Jon steadily climbed the rankings while sailing head-first down frozen tracks all over the world. First competing on the America's Cup and Europa Cup circuits, Jon has competed on the World Cup Tour and Senior National Team since 2006.
Geoffrey A. Moore is an author, speaker, and business advisor to high-tech enterprises and CIOs globally. He is also a venture partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV) where he counsels executive teams in the portfolio on business strategy and organizational development.
Escape Velocity is Moore's sixth book for business leaders in the high-tech sector. His first book, Crossing the Chasm, which addresses the challenges of gaining initial adoption for disruptive innovations, continues to be a best seller and required reading in business schools and entrepreneurship curricula. Two subsequent books addressed the challenges faced by management when competing in hyper-growth markets (Inside the Tornado) and those faced by investors when managing a high-tech stock portfolio (The Gorilla Game). In the past decade he has written two additional books prior to Escape Velocity, both addressing the organizational challenges faced by established enterprises, in one case posed by the volatility of the technology sector overall (Living on the Fault Line), in the other by the need to reignite innovation in mature franchises (Dealing with Darwin). Escape Velocity rounds out these efforts in service to established enterprises by laying out a comprehensive program for engaging with next-generation trends while maintaining their core franchises.
Moore is an active public speaker who gives between 50 and 80 speeches per year, split roughly evenly between industry events and company-specific meetings. His speaking practice is global, addressing a spectrum of topics of interest to the high-tech sector, including high-tech market dynamics, business strategies, innovation, organizational development, and industry futures.
Moore is an advisor to many of the leading companies in the high-tech sector, including Adobe, Agilent, BMC, Cisco, Cognizant, Compuware, HP, Intuit, McAfee, Qualcomm, SAP, and Yahoo! He is also chairman emeritus of The Chasm Group, The Chasm Institute, and TCG Advisors, an advisor to the Technology Pioneers program of the World Economic Forum, and a member of the board of directors of Akamai.
Earlier in his career, he was a principal and partner at Regis McKenna, Inc., a leading high tech marketing strategy and communications company, and for the decade prior, a sales and marketing executive in the software industry. He has a bachelor's degree from Stanford and a doctorate from the University of Washington, both in literature.
Member of Generational Insight and Marketing, Sales and Training Speaker
Timothy Moore is an accomplished author and speaker with over three decades of experience in marketing, sales, and training. He is Editor of the magazine Carolina Business Connection and Director of Workforce Learning and Sales Development at the information technology consultancy WingSwept in North Carolina's Research Triangle region. He is also owner and principal of the sales consultancy Dancing Elephants.
Moore's experience in sales and training spans over thirty years and numerous Fortune 500 companies, including PepsiCo, Gillette, Dow Chemical, and L'Oreal USA. At L'Oreal, he was a divisional Director of Business Development. At Dow Chemical, he was National Sales Director for DowBrands and received Diamond Club honors as the top salesperson in the company. At Gillette, he received the Gillette VIP award as one of the company's top sales professionals.
Moore has written articles on sales and training and teaches classes and seminars in sales at universities and community colleges. He is coauthor of Six Secrets of Sales Magnets. He has prepared reports and presentations for companies and organizations across the country. His presentations benefit from his years of hands-on know-how as well as his great sense of humor.
At Generational Insight, Moore is part of a team that has become the leading voice on the impact of generational differences on sales, marketing, and management. He combines the research of Generational Insights with his own professional experience, in addition to observations of client practices, to provide generational strategies and solutions for sales-based business relationships. Moore holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Elon University, where he was student body president. He grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia and lives with his wife of 33 years, Linda, and their two adult children in Cary, North Carolina.
Tim is one of about 75 million Baby Boomers who are still busy changing the world.
Blake Morgan is a leader in customer experience. She is a keynote speaker and customer experience futurist,currently working on her second book with HarperCollins on customer experience technology. Her first book is More is More: How The Best Companies Work Harder And Go Farther To Create Knock Your Socks Off Customer Experiences.
Blake is adjunct faculty at the Rutgers executive education MBA program. Blake contributes to Forbes, the Harvard Business Review, and Hemispheres Magazine. She is the host of The Modern Customer Podcast, and a weekly customer experience video series on YouTube. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband, daughter and their two dogs.
Dr. Nick Morgan is one of America’s top communication speakers, theorists and coaches. A passionate teacher, he is committed to helping people find clarity in their thinking and ideas – and then delivering them with panache. He has been commissioned by Fortune 50 companies to write for many CEOs and presidents. He has coached people to give Congressional testimony, to appear on the Today Show, and to deliver an unforgettable TED talk. He has worked widely with political and educational leaders. And he has himself spoken, led conferences, and moderated panels at venues around the world.
Nick’s methods, which are well-known for challenging conventional thinking, have been published worldwide. His acclaimed book on public speaking, Working the Room: How to Move People to Action through Audience-Centered Speaking, was published by Harvard in 2003 and reprinted in paperback in 2005 as Give Your Speech, Change the World: How to Move Your Audience to Action. His book on authentic communications, Trust Me, was published by Jossey-Bass in January 2009. His new book on communications and brain science, Power Cues: The Subtle Science of Leading Groups, Persuading Others, and Maximizing Your Personal Impact, was published by Harvard in May 2014.
Nick served as editor of the Harvard Management Communication Letter from 1998 – 2003. He has written hundreds of articles for local and national publications, and appears frequently on radio and TV. Nick is a former Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
After earning his PhD. in literature and rhetoric, Nick spent a number of years teaching Shakespeare and Public Speaking at the University of Virginia, Lehigh University, and Princeton University. He first started writing speeches for Virginia Governor Charles S. Robb and went on to found his own communications consulting organization, Public Words, in 1997.
Nick attributes his success to his honest and direct approach that challenges even the most confident orators to rethink how they communicate.
Best-selling author, futurist, and Leading Authority on the Future of Work
Jacob Morgan is one of the world’s leading authorities on the future of work, employee experience, and how the workplace is changing. He is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, and futurist who advises business leaders and organizations around the world. Jacob is the author of The Future of Work, which explored how the workplace is changing and what organizations need to do to adapt. Prior to that he wrote, The Collaborative Organization, a strategic guide for how organizations can successfully deploy social collaboration tools.
Jacob is also the co-founder of The Future of Work Community, a global innovation council of the world’s most forward thinking organizations exploring the new world of work. Members include over 60 brands and senior leaders who represent them.
In addition Jacob hosts The Future of Work Podcast a weekly show where he interviews senior executives at the world’s top organizations to find out what they are doing to adapt to the future of work. His Youtube series, The Future in 5, explores the latest trends and ideas on how the workplace is changing in short 5 minute snippets. Both are public for anyone to access.
Jacob’s work has been endorsed and supported all over the world by leaders such as the CEO of SAP, President of Turner International, CEO of Schneider Electric, CEO of Whirlpool, Owner of the Golden State Warriors, Global Chairman of KPMG, CIO of the United States of America, and dozens of others. He has also contributed to and been cited in publications such as Forbes, INC Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, CNN, and USA Today.
Renowned historian and professor at Stanford University, author of Why the West Rules . . . For Now
Historian Ian Morris is interested in understanding why the west has dominated the earth for the last few centuries, and his latest book, Why the West Rules . . . For Now has bolstered his reputation as one our most important, and interesting, historians. The book asks how geography and natural resources have shaped the distribution of wealth and power around the world across the last 20,000 years and how they will shape our future. Ian's thought-provoking Big Picture view of the changes sweeping the global economy appeals to both financial and investment groups.
From 2000 through 2006 Professor Morris directed Stanford University's excavation at Monte Polizzo, a native Sicilian town of the seventh and sixth centuries BCE. As well as suggesting new ways of thinking about how indigenous peoples responded to ancient Greek colonialism, the project's finds have also opened up new perspectives on the similarities and differences between periods of imperial expansion in ancient to modern times.
Morris came to Stanford from the University of Chicago in 1995, and since then has served as Associate Dean of Humanities and Sciences, Chair of the Classics Department, and Director of the Social Science History Institute. He also founded and has directed the Stanford Archaeology Center. His teaching includes classes on world history, ancient Greece, slavery, and archaeology. He has appeared on numerous television shows and his prizes and awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities.
Dr. Dambisa Moyo is a pre-eminent thinker, who influences key decision-makers in strategic investment and public policy. She is respected for her unique perspectives, her balance of contrarian thinking with measured judgment, and her ability to turn economic insight into investible ideas. Dambisa has earned a strong reputation as a top-tier opinion former and trusted advisor on Macroeconomics, Geopolitics, Technology and Millennial themes. She is a Board member of Barclays Bank, Barrick Gold, Chevron and Seagate Technologies. She holds a PhD in Economics from Oxford, a Masters from Harvard, and is recognized for fresh and innovative ideas as the Author of three (3) New York Times Bestselling Books: • Winner Take All: China’s race for Resources and What it Means for the World (2012) • How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly and the Stark Choices Ahead (2011) • Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There is a Better Way for Africa (2009) Dambisa was named to the list of Time 100 Most Influential people in the world; writes for the Financial Times, WSJ, Barron's, Harvard Business Review and has travelled to 80 countries. She runs marathons and practices pilates and yoga in her spare time.
Retired NASA Astronaut, author, member of the International Space Hall of Fame and inspiring leadership speaker.
Colonel Mike Mullane is a retired NASA Astronaut and member of the International Space Hall of Fame. He was selected as a Mission Specialist in 1978 in the first group of Space Shuttle Astronauts, completing three space missions on the shuttles Discovery and Atlantis before retiring from NASA and the Air Force in 1990.
Mullane is the recipient of many awards, including the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit and the NASA Space Flight Medal. Since his retirement from NASA, Colonel Mullane has written an award-winning children's book Liftoff! An Astronaut's Dream and Do Your Ears Pop In Space? a popular space-fact book. He is also the author of Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut. Colonel Mullane hosted
Inside Space, a nationally syndicated cable television program of the USA Network.
Mullane has held a lifelong passion for mountain climbing. Since age 60 he has summited Africa's highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro; the glaciered peak of Mt. Rainier; and thirty-three of Colorado's highest peaks.
Colonel Mullane has established himself as an acclaimed professional speaker on the topics of teamwork, leadership and safety. He has educated, entertained, inspired and thrilled tens of thousands of people from every walk of business and government with his incredibly unique programs. Mike Mullane's clients include Intel, Chevron, Pacific Bell, Exxon Mobile Corporation, Gillette, Verizon, and many others.
Record-Breaking Paralympian, Leader in the Next Generation of Prosthetics, Actor, Model and Speaker
Aimee Mullins is currently on the hugely successful, Emmy-nominated Netflix series Stranger Things, which is now the most-searched for title in Netflix history. 8.2 million people watched the entire series in the first sixteen days.
Aimée has also acted in a varied range of film and television roles alongside such talent as Rupert Friend, Vera Farmiga, Michael Shannon and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Aimée’s film debut was a starring role in the highly acclaimed film Cremaster 3, by contemporary artist Matthew Barney, first presented in the US at the Guggenheim Museum in 2003. The Guardian called it “one of the most imaginative and brilliant achievements in the history of avant-garde cinema.”
She continued her work with Barney in River of Fundament, an adaptation of Norman Mailer’s novel ‘Ancient Evenings’, in which she starred as Isis. Chronicling the seven stages of a soul’s journey from death to rebirth, each filmed chapter is also accompanied by a one-time only live performance. The work, a six-hour operatic epic, premiered at Brooklyn Academy of Music in February 2014.
Aimée first received worldwide media attention as an athlete. Born without fibulae in both legs, Aimée’s medical prognosis was discouraging; she was told she would never walk and would likely spend the rest of her life using a wheelchair. In an attempt for an outside chance at independent mobility, doctors amputated both her legs below the knee on her first birthday. The decision paid off. By age two, she had learned to walk on prosthetic legs, and spent her childhood swimming, biking, skiing, playing softball and soccer with everyone else.
After graduating high school with honors, Aimée was one of three students in the US chosen for a full academic scholarship from the Department of Defense, and at age 17 became the youngest person to hold a top-secret security clearance at the Pentagon, where she worked as an intelligence analyst.
While a Dean’s list student at the prestigious School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, she set her sights on making the US Team for the 1996 Atlanta Games. She enlisted the expertise of Frank Gagliano, one of the country’s most respected track coaches. Through this partnership, she became the first woman with a “disability” to compete in the NCAA, doing so on Georgetown’s nationally-ranked Division I track team.
Aimée set her sights on becoming the fastest woman in the world on prosthetic legs, and began to wonder why legs made for sprinting wouldn’t be modeled on those of the fastest land animal, rather than just those of a human. Working in collaboration with a cutting-edge biomedical engineer and a visionary prosthetist she went on to set World Records in the 100 meter, the 200 meter, and the long jump, outfitted with woven carbon-fiber prostheses that were modeled after the hind legs of a cheetah.
These legs, which Aimée was the first to wear, are now the international standard for amputee runners.
After a profile in Life magazine showcased her in the starting blocks at Atlanta, the world took notice. Aimée soon landed a 10-page feature in the inaugural issue of Sports Illustrated for Women, which led to her accepting numerous invitations to speak at international design conferences.
The discourse regarding aesthetic principles sparked Aimée’s interest in issues relating to body image and how fashion advertising impacted standard notions of femininity and beauty. In 1998, Aimée made her runway debut in London at the invitation of one of the world’s most celebrated fashion designers, Alexander McQueen. Walking alongside the supermodels of the world, Aimée’s groundbreaking, triumphant turn propelled her onto the magazine covers of ID and Dazed and Confused.
After then making her mark in the highest echelons of the fashion press (Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, W, Glamour, and Elle), she was also named as one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People in the World”, Esquire’s “Women We Love,” Jane magazine’s “10 Gutsiest Women,” Sports Illustrated’s “Coolest Girls in Sport,” and was celebrated as the “Hottest Muse” in Rolling Stone’s annual Hot List. In 2011, she was named as the new Global Brand Ambassador to the world’s largest beauty brand L’Oréal Paris, another cultural milestone.
An influential voice in today’s culture, she is regularly invited to share her ideas at global conferences, such as the world-famous TED conferences, where she is one of their most popular speakers and was named a TED All-Star. Her talks have been translated into 41 languages and have been seen by millions of viewers worldwide.
In 2012 she was designated a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. In 2017, Aimée was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame joining fellow honorees “whose leadership and achievements have changed the course of American history.”
Aimée serves on the boards of various non-profit organizations, most notably the Women’s Sports Foundation, founded by Billie Jean King, of which Aimée was elected President from 2007 to 2009. Aimée also had four years as Vice-President for the nation’s oldest non-profit employment service for persons with disabilities, ‘Just One Break’. She was the first woman on the board since the organization was founded in 1947 by Eleanor Roosevelt. As Secretary of State in 2012, Hillary Clinton appointed her to the State Department’s ‘Council to Empower Women and Girls Through Sports’.
Aimée’s impact on modern society and her influence on future generations is undeniable.
Her likeness has been immortalized in exhibits at institutions such as the Smithsonian, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the NCAA Hall of Fame, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Tate Modern, the Track and Field Hall of Fame, and the Women’s Museum, where she is honored for her contribution to sport among the “Greatest American Women of the 20th Century.” She was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2017.
Founder of inspiring 'Afterburner' fighter pilot corporate speaking group. Speaks on leadership, teamwork and execution.
Jim 'Murph' Murphy is the Founder and CEO of Afterburner, Inc. He has a unique and powerful mix of leadership skills in both the military and business worlds. After graduating from the University of Kentucky, Murph joined the U.S. Air Force where he learned to fly the F-15. He has logged over 1,200 hours as an instructor pilot in the F-15 and has accumulated over 3,200 hours of flight time in other high-performance jet aircraft. As the 116th Fighter Wing's Chief of Training for the Georgia Air National Guard, Murph's job was to keep 42 combat-trained Fighter Pilots ready to deploy worldwide within 72 hours. As a flight leader, he has flown missions to Central America, Asia, Central Europe and the Middle East.
After years in the military, Murph returned to his love of business. Prior to his service in the U.S. Air Force, Murph had a successful career in imaging equipment sales, where he helped increase his company's sales by 500%. Years later, Murph became Director of Sales for a small paint company. Realizing that the concepts of the Flawless ExecutionSM model could be applied to business, he engaged the proven model - Plan. Brief. Execute. Debrief. - and increased his company's sales from $5 million to $52 million. Realizing that many companies could benefit from these same concepts, Murph started Afterburner in early 1996.
Through his leadership, Afterburner has landed on Inc. Magazine's Inc. 500 List twice. Murph has been regularly featured in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Inc. Magazine, Newsweek, Meetings & Conventions Magazine and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and Bloomberg news to name a few. He has also been named as one of Atlanta's top 50 entrepreneurs by Catalyst Magazine. To date, the Afterburner team of elite military professionals has led over 1 million executives, sales professionals, and business people from every industry through Afterburner's Flawless ExecutionSM Model, and its unique, high-energy programs.
Afterburner notable clients include the Who's Who of the Global 1000 list of companies. He is the author of the groundbreaking books Business Is Combat and Flawless Execution through Harper Collins publishing and has spoken at many of the world's most notable business schools to include Harvard, Wharton, Cornell, Emory, Duke and Fudan University in Shanghai, China.
Expert on investor psychology and behavioral finance, co-author of MarketPsych: How to Manage Fear and Build Your Investor Identity
Dr. Murtha began his career at the New York-based consulting firm of RHR International Company, where he developed senior executives and pioneered a specialty in the emerging field of behavioral finance. In 2001, he co-founded MarketPsych LLC, the first Behavioral Finance consulting firm in North America, where he has specialized in helping financial professionals apply behavioral finance to build better relationships, gain referrals, increase assets under management and improve investment returns. Over the last decade, Dr. Murtha has performed hundreds of speeches and workshops for many of the world’s leading financial institutions. What most distinguishes Dr. Murtha from other speakers is his ability to take the weighty scientific and academic subjects of his training and communicate them in a practical, and often humorous way.
His path to the financial services industry is a non-traditional one. Dr. Murtha holds a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from The University at Buffalo and has taught at numerous colleges and universities including UB, Penn State and New York University. While obtaining his Ph.D. he carved out a niche as an expert on the psychology of gambling. His groundbreaking dissertation was the first to explore the effect of cognitive errors in gambling behavior.
An investing psychology content expert, Dr. Murtha is interviewed frequently by news and print media outlets and has been featured numerous times on National Public Radio, Nightly Business Report, CNBC and World Business Review. He works as a consultant, speaker, and writer based out of the New York City area. An award-winning author, his book, MarketPsych: How to Overcome Fear and Build Your Investor Identity was honored by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance as one of “Three Best Financial Books of 2010”.
Keynote speaker Chandran Nair leads what he believes is a
first - an organisation focused on the relationship of Asian society and values with those of the rest of the world. He is the founder of the Global Institute for Tomorrow (GIFT), an independent social venture think-tank dedicated to advancing an understanding of the impacts of globalisation through thought leadership and positive action to effect change. Nair is a renowned international speaker, writer and facilitator and leading expert on globalisation and development in Asia.
Since 2004 Chandran has led GIFT to becoming a leading provider of experiential learning for the private, public and academic sectors. His role as Chairman of the Asia-Pacific region of Environmental Resource Management Consultancy, a position he held for over a decade, and his reputation as a provocative speaker, has attracted corporations and governments to seek his advice on a variety of leadership and business challenges in Asia. He has addressed many of these issues at forums around the world, and is a popular panelist on economic policy and sustainability platforms such as the World Economic Forum in Davos, APEC Summit and the Women's Forum for the Economy and Society.
He has served as an adjunct professor at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology where he taught MBA students and continues to provide strategic management advice and coaching to business leaders. In addition, he is co-founder and Chair of Avantage Ventures, a boutique social investment advisory firm based in Hong Kong and author of Consumptionomics: Asia's role in reshaping capitalism and saving the planet.
Bestselling author of Rogue Economics & Terror Incorporated, expert on how money laundering and economy are connected.
Loretta Napoleoni is the bestselling author of Maonomics, Rogue Economics, Terror Incorporated and Insurgent Iraq. She is an expert on terrorist financing and money laundering, and advises several governments and international organizations on counter-terrorism and money laundering. As Chairman of the countering terrorism financing group for the Club de Madrid, Napoleoni brought heads of state from around the world together to create a new strategy for combating the financing of terror networks.
She is a member of the scientific committee of Fundacion Ideas, the Spanish think thank founded by Zapatero and has been one of the few voices to warn Europe about the debt crisis. She has written two pamphlets about it:
The Contagion and
Democracy for Sale which have been translated in many European languages.
In recent years Napoleoni has investigated the Chinese economic miracle and her book Maonomics has won several prices in different countries. She lectures regularly on China and East-West economic relationship.
Napoleoni is a regular media commentator for CNN, Sky and the BBC. She is among the few economists who predicted the credit crunch and the recession, and advises several banks on strategies to counter the current crisis. She lectures regularly around the world on economics, terrorism, money laundering and China.
She was a Fulbright scholar at Johns Hopkins Universityï¿½s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC and a Rotary Scholar at the London School of Economics. She has a PhD in economics and a Masters of Philosophy in International Relations and one in Terrorism.
She began her career as an economist, working for several banks and international organizations in Europe and the US. In the early 1980s she spent 2 years in Budapest at the National Bank of Hungary working on a project for the convertibility of the florin that ten years later became the blueprint for the convertibility of the rouble. In the 1980s she worked for a UK registered Russian Bank, Moscow Narodny Bank, which acted as the foreign branch of the Bank of Foreign Trade. This position afforded her a unique insight into the Soviet economy. In 1992 she produced the final documentation for the structure of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD. She teaches a course at Judge Business Schools, Cambridge.
Loretta is also a columnist and writes about terrorism, money laundering and the economy for several European financial papers including El Pais, The Guardian and Le Monde.
The world we live in is morphing into a new one as we speak. That's a scary prospect for many - but after a presentation by Linda Nazareth you will feel like you have a handle on the future.
Linda is an economist, author, blogger, broadcaster and speaker. The Senior Fellow for Economics and Population Change at policy think-tank the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, she is an expert in demographic and economic trends and the way that they will shape our tomorrows. Her presentations focus on what will happen and what you need to think about to be on the right side of the changes.
Linda's latest publication is Economorphics: The Trends Turning Today into Tomorrow, a book that started as a presentation to companies looking for help in strategic planning. An examination of the changes hitting the global economy and the way that they will impact our lives and organizations, Economorphics is required reading for those who want to understand the new economy and their place in it.
Through her career, Linda has used her (fairly unusual) combination of skills as an economist and communicator to work and consult in a wide variety of industries. Currently a consultant to organizations in the public and private sector, Linda was for over ten years the On-Air Economist for Business News Network, Canada's cable news channel. She has also been a Senior Economist at CIBC and an economist with the Canadian federal government. A blogger for her own site and many others including that of the Globe and Mail, Linda has also been quoted as an expert everywhere from the Wall Street Journal through to Wired magazine.
Five-time award winning business owner Toni Newman is passionate about helping you get more of the results that you want in your business.
A highly sought after business speaker and Innovation Catalyst, Toni has an uncanny ability to help her clients turn inspiration into innovation and ideas into results.
Results that can help you attract, keep and engage more customers.
Inducted in the Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame for both her dedication to the speaking industry as well as her outstanding excellence on the platform, Toni travels extensively working with leaders who are committed to change and ready for results. Her approach is quite simply a breath a fresh air. Entertaining and highly knowledgeable, authentic and exceptionally relevant, Toni brings a uniquely powerful mix of proven strategies, extraordinary creativity and real world business insight to the platform.
No one… simply no one… can match Toni’s uniquely integrated approach to customer experience innovation and both she and her clients have the results to prove it. Her powerful and passionate message, supported by practical tools and techniques, applies to businesses of all sizes and across all sectors.
Maestro Roger Nierenberg made his New York conducting debut at Avery Fisher with the Pro Arte Chorale and Orchestra. He was soon invited to conduct operas in two successive seasons at the Mostly Mozart Festival at New York’s Lincoln Center. Thereafter followed long, successful tenures as Music Director of both the Stamford Symphony in Connecticut and the Jacksonville Symphony in Florida. Numerous guest conducting engagements followed with many of the great American orchestras, including the symphony orchestras of Austin, Baltimore, Charleston, Columbus, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, New Jersey, San Diego, St. Louis, and Utah as well as New York’s American Symphony Orchestra, Washington D.C.’s National Symphony Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Abroad he has recorded with the London Philharmonic and conducted at both the Prague Spring Festival and the Beijing Festival. He has collaborated with many of the most renowned solo artists and composers of our time.
During his tenure with the Jacksonville Symphony, the seeds were planted that would lead Maestro Nierenberg to a startling departure from the conventional, through the unparalleled creation of The Music Paradigm. Through his experiences engaging with community businesses and civic leaders, he became curious about the challenges and opportunities faced by organizations in times of rapid change. He quickly realized how crucial issues of organizational development could be powerfully brought to life within an orchestra. Thus was born The Music Paradigm, which has taken Mr. Nierenberg to the podium of over ninety different orchestras, before hundreds of different organizations from civic groups to Fortune 500 companies, in twenty-four different countries. Many of the lessons learned on this journey are presented in his book Maestro: A Surprising Story About Leading by Listening which was honored in 2009 as the Best Leadership Book from 800-CEO-READ.
Harvard Business School Professor & Speaker on Behavioral Economics
Michael I. Norton is the Harold M. Brierley Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, and a member of Harvard’s Behavioral Insights Group. He holds a B.A. in Psychology and English from Williams College and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton University. Prior to joining HBS, Professor Norton was a Fellow at the MIT Media Lab and MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Michael is the co-author of the book, Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending. His work has been published in academic journals including Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Psychological Science, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics, has been covered in media outlets such as the Economist, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, and has been parodied by the Onion. He has appeared on National Public Radio, CBS, Fox, and MSNBC, and written op-eds for the New York Times, Forbes, and the Los Angeles Times.
His research has twice been featured in the New York Times Magazine Year in Ideas issue, in 2007 (Ambiguity Promotes Liking) and 2009 (The Counterfeit Self). His "The IKEA Effect: When Labor Leads to Love" was featured in Harvard Business Review's Breakthrough Ideas for 2009. In 2010, he won the Theoretical Innovation Prize from the Society of Personality and Social Psychology; in 2011, he won the SAGE Young Scholars Award from the Foundation for Social and Personality Psychology; in 2012, he was selected for Wired Magazine’s Smart List as one of “50 People Who Will Change the World.” His TEDx talk, How to Buy Happiness, has been viewed more than 3 million times.
Social networking strategist and renowned keynote speaker on the quantifiable value of business relationships.
David Nour is a growth strategist and the thought leader on Relationship Economics - the quantifiable value of business relationships. In a global economy that is becoming increasingly disconnected, The Nour Group, Inc. has attracted consulting engagements from over 100 marquee organizations in driving unprecedented growth through unique return on their strategic relationships. David has pioneered the phenomenon that relationships are the greatest off balance sheet asset any organization possesses, large and small, public and private.
He annually delivers 50 global keynotes on business relationships, social & mobile disruptive technologies, and adaptive innovation at leading industry association conferences, corporate meetings, and academic forums. He is often a guest lecturer at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and Georgia Tech's College of Management. David serves as the lead independent director on the board of introNetworks, a privately held intelligent community technology firm based in Santa Barbara, California.
David's unique perspective and independent insights on business relationships as well as social and mobile innovation have been featured in a variety of prominent blogs and publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fast Company, [email protected], Associations Now, Huffington Post Business, Medium, Entrepreneur and Success magazine. He is the author of several books including the best selling Relationship Economics (Wiley), ConnectAbility (McGraw-Hill), The Entrepreneur's Guide to Raising Capital (Praeger) and Return on Impact (ASAE).
An Eagle Scout himself, David is passionate about youth with his foundation's support of the Centennial Scouting movement, Junior Achievement, One Voice aiming to create peace in the Middle East, and the High Tech Ministries. He is currently an active member of the FBI Citizens' Academy, Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF), and the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) where he has earned the Governance Fellow accreditation.
A native of Iran, David came to the U.S. with a suitcase, $100, limited family ties and no fluency in English! He earned an Executive MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and a BA degree in Management from Georgia State University.
CEO of Flywheel Sports, Former President of Equinox Fitness and Gatorade
Executive, activist and entrepreneur, Sarah Robb O’Hagan is described by the media as everything from “Superwoman undercover” to the “Queen of the Jocks” to the ultimate example of where fierce business woman, mother and fitness fanatic combine. Named among Forbes “Most Powerful Women in Sports” and recognized as one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business” Sarah is an internationally recognized re-inventor of brands, but if you ask Sarah, she’ll say she’s in business to help individuals and teams achieve their potential.
Sarah was born in New Zealand – the first country in the world to give women the vote and home to the first man to climb Mt Everest. The pioneering spirit of her country cultivated Sarah’s drive and imagination for “what’s possible” enabling her to found a movement she currently leads called “Extreme Living” - helping individuals, teams and businesses unlock their potential by discovering their own uniquely exploitable traits. Her book EXTREMEYOU will be published by HarperCollins early next year.
Sarah’s career includes leadership roles at some of the world’s most iconic brands – including Virgin, Nike, Gatorade, and Equinox the world’s premier fitness lifestyle company, where as President she led the transformation of the business from bricks and mortar health club to an “always on” fitness lifestyle partner heavily enabled by technology and proprietary content through the creation and launch of the editorial content platform “Furthermore from Equinox”.
Prior to Equinox Sarah served as Global President of Gatorade where she was widely known for transforming the business from a declining sports drink into a sports performance innovation company serving nutrition solutions to athletes of all levels. As described by Fast Company magazine, Sarah inherited a “flaming mess” when she took over the legendary Sports Drink in 2008, but through a courageous transformation that involved flying in the face of a deeply ingrained PepsiCo culture that had watered down the brand’s true positioning, Sarah and her team took the Gatorade brand back to its roots, and then re-imagined its future for a new audience of young, digitally savvy athletic teens.
Sarah’s career in the sports industry began at Nike where she was a key member of the team that launched the game changing innovation called Nike Plus, in collaboration with Apple. This was the world’s first digital-tracking device for runners that created a global social collaboration platform for fitness enthusiasts and in many ways birthed the fast- growing technology movement now known as the “Quantified Self.”
Sarah started her career in the airline industry as a marketing executive at her country’s national airline, Air New Zealand. In the early 90s she moved to Virgin Atlantic Airways where she became known for her breakthrough marketing campaign in collaboration with the Austin Powers movie where she rebranded the airline “Virgin Shaglantic” for a number of weeks, launched the world’s largest internet “event” for its time, and turned a 747 into a flying showcase of the entire initiative.
Sarah is a passionate advocate for an active lifestyle and believes the lessons learned from sports and fitness can be applied to improve performance in the work place. She has served on Hillary Clinton’s US State Department Council to Empower Women and Girls through Sports, and is a trustee of the Women’s Sports Foundation. She is also an active member of the World Class New Zealand Network, as she remains committed to helping the country’s development, international competitiveness and economic growth.
Throughout her career Sarah has been recognized for her many achievements. Recent honors include being named among Forbes magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in Sports” (2015 and 2009), being designated one of the “Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company (2012), and being named to the top 40 Under 40 lists by the Sports Business Journal (2009, 2011, and 2012), Sports Goods Business (2010), and Crain’s Chicago Business (2010). and Ad Age magazine’s “Women to Watch” (2010). In 2014 Sarah was awarded the Sir Peter Blake Trust Award for outstanding leadership.