Connie Podesta speaker

Connie Podesta

Powerful Motivator and Humorist, Author, Educator,Licensed Counselor and Consultant.


Connie Podesta is a top-rated professional keynote speaker, executive career/life coach and one of the industry's leading experts in sales strategies, leadership development, customer relationships, and change.

Using her talents as an author, board certified therapist,comedienne and TV/radio personality, Connie delivers customized high-energy presentations that creatively combine laugh-out-loud humor and compelling insight with real-world strategies and standout solutions.

Connie has inspired millions of people to increase sales, attract and keep more customers, build longer-lasting, healthier relationships, strengthen their leadership skills and become more profitable and successful that they ever thought possible.

If you are looking for a speaker with both substance and style at your next event, Connie is the right choice with the right message at the right time.

Vince Poscente speaker

Vince Poscente

Peak performance speaker, Olympic skier and best-selling author.


Vince Poscente is the founder and CEO of the Goal Acceleration Institute. His captivating combination of high energy and humor combine for an unforgettable opening or closing corporate keynote.

His against-all odds Olympic strategy is powerful way to have your team reach BIG GOALS fast. Vince is a business guy who decided he would compete in the Olympics four years after his 26th birthday. At the age of 30 Poscente was vying for Gold, blasting down the mountain at an incredible 135 mph on skis. With his acumen for speedy goals, he soon became a prolific author, consultant and speaker, guiding corporations with a unique approach toward accelerated personal and organizational results.

While others in your industry may tend to hang-on, Poscente illustrates how to get down to business and up to speed for a competitive advantage. Through powerful examples and edge of your seat stories, your audience will be energized and ready to tackle the tough challenges ahead of them. An internationally-sought expert on goal acceleration, Vince is a weekly columnist for the 70 Second eBrief. He also has a Masters Degree in Organizational Management (2001).

Vince is New York Times Bestselling author of The Age of Speed, as well as The Ant and the Elephant, Silver Bullets and Invinceable Principles.

David Posen speaker

David Posen

Change, health, motivation and work-life balance keynote speaker.


Dr. David Posen was a family physician for 17 years before devoting his time exclusively to stress management, lifestyle counseling and psychotherapy in 1985.  

As both a keynote speaker and seminar presenter, David has spoken widely to education, government, business and professional groups across North America. His clients have included Warner Bros., University of Michigan, Chevron, Verizon, American Express, Ontario Crown Attorneys Association, University of California, Allstate Insurance, Hydro One, State Farm, Rogers Communications, Pfizer, Kraft, Hilton Hotels, US Foodservice, London Life, Dun & Bradstreet (D & B), Microsoft, University of Florida Athletic Association, BC Association of Broadcasters, Canadian Home Builders Association, McKinsey, Ernst & Young, City of Hamilton, CIBC, IBM, Mohawk College, Ontario Government Centre for Leadership, Citizenship & Immigration Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart and the Million Dollar Round Table. His areas of expertise include Stress Mastery, Work-Life Balance, Workplace Stress and Mastering Change.

David is the best-selling author of four books, Always Change A Losing Game, Staying A Float When The Water Gets Rough, The Little Book Of Stress Relief (translated into seven languages) and Is Work Killing You? which was profiled in USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, The Globe and Mail & Winnipeg Free Press. His fifth book, Authenticity, is due out in January, 2018.  His magazine articles have appeared in Canadian Living and Readers Digest as well as several medical journals.  He wrote a weekly column on stress and lifestyle management for a year on the popular website David has appeared many times on TV and radio across Canada and has been quoted in many leading U.S. media outlets such as US News & World Report, People, Huffington Post, Men’s Fitness, Women’s Health, Redbook and McCall’s,

Married with two adult children, David lives and works in Oakville, Ontario.  In addition to his busy schedule of seeing patients, writing and public speaking, he is an avid reader, musician, baseball and tennis player.  He played trombone in the Oakville Symphony Orchestra for nine years and now plays in the Oakville Wind Orchestra. 

Cheryl Pounder speaker

Cheryl Pounder

Olympic hockey gold medalist. Speaker on teamwork and motivation.


Cheryl Pounder was born in Montreal into a family of hockey enthusiasts: A grandfather, who was GM of the Montreal Junior Canadiens, and her hockey-playing older brothers. The rink in the family's backyard also helped to set her on the path to excel at Canada's national sport. Upon moving to Mississauga, Ontario, she achieved the status of athlete of the year at both her high school and Wilfrid Laurier University, where she earned an honours degree in Kinesiology.

She has played on Canada's 1994, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005 (All-Star Defenseman) and 2007 World Championship Hockey teams. Cheryl was voted the top defenceman at the 2002, 2004, 2007 and MVP at the 2005 Canadian Women's Hockey National Championship.

Without a doubt, Pounder's greatest career accomplishments are represented by her 2 Olympic Gold Medals in Salt Lake City and Torino.

Cheryl has recently worked for TSN as an in-studio analyst and now a colour commentary broadcaster.

Considering Pounder's pursuit of both educational and physical excellence, it's no surprise that her impressive sports achievements are complemented by her abilities as a motivational speaker.

William Powers speaker

William Powers

Speaker and Bestselling Author of Hamlet's Blackberry: Building a Good Life in the Digital Age


William Powers is an international commentator on how to live and work well in the digital age. He is also best-selling author and a research scientist at MIT.

A former staff writer for The Washington Post, Bill is the author of the New York Times best-seller, Hamlet’s BlackBerry: Building a Good Life in the Digital Age (2011). The book is widely praised for challenging the idea that digital technologies are intrinsically good for productivity, innovation and creativity. Rather, Bill persuasively argues that a balanced use of technology is the path to organisational success and personal happiness. Hamlet’s BlackBerry has been published worldwide in numerous languages including Chinese, Japanese, Korean, German and Russian. 

In 2012 Bill created and directed The Crowdwire, a data project sponsored by Bluefin Labs that analysed the use and effect of social media during the US presidential race. In 2014, he joined the Laboratory for Social Machines, a new research group at the MIT Media Lab. The group was founded in the belief that while the social media revolution has dramatically disrupted old business and social structures, it has not yet been successful at building new structures that solve problems for organisations and society at large. As a research scientist, Bill is working on a number of projects aimed at doing just that.

He has spoken at South by Southwest, the Aspen Festival of Ideas and other high-profile conferences. In addition to The Washington Post, his writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times and many other major publications. His work has been covered by The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, USA Today, Wired and The Guardian, among others. Bill is also a two-time winner of the National Press Club’s “Rowse Award” for best American media commentary. 

David Prentice speaker

David Prentice

Sales and marketing expert.


David Prentice is one of this country's most dynamic sales and marketing professionals. For over twenty years, he has worked on sales, marketing and specialized customer service training projects with many of Canada's most progressive organizations. Prior to starting his consulting firm, Dave held a variety of senior sales, sales training and sales management positions with the Xerox Corporation, both in Canada and at the Xerox International Training Center in Leesburg, Virginia. Dave has also held positions in sales, sales management and sales training with General Foods Limited and Warner-Lambert.

Dave gets the calls when clients need to understand customer service and satisfaction, personal motivation, teamwork, negotiation, strategic planning in a sales environment, leadership, key account management in a service business, consultative selling and selling at the top.

A funny, dynamic, knowledgeable, down-to-earth and witty speaker, David teaches people practical techniques they can use the next day, and people have a blast doing it!

Lewis Pugh speaker

Lewis Pugh

Ocean Advocate, Pioneer Swimmer, and Keynote Speaker


Lewis Pugh is the only person to have completed a long-distance swim in every ocean of the world. 

Over a period of 30 years he has pioneered swims in the most challenging environments on earth including the Antarctic, the North Pole and the Himalayas and developed an understanding of the beauty and fragility of life and its many ecosystems.

In 2007 he undertook the first long-distance swim across the North Pole, equipped just in a Speedo swimming costume, to highlight the melting of the Arctic sea ice. He followed this up with a swim across a glacial lake on Mt Everest to draw attention to the melting glaciers in the Himalayas and the impact the reduced water supply will have on the region.

In 2013 the United Nations appointed him as the first UN Patron of the Oceans. Last year he played a pivotal role in creating the largest protected area in the world in the Ross Sea off Antarctica. The media coined the term “Speedo Diplomacy” to describe his efforts swimming in the icy waters of Antarctica and shutting between the USA and Russia to help negotiate the final agreement.

Lewis is also one of the world’s leading business speakers and the author of the bestseller “Achieving the Impossible”. He gives approximately 100 speeches a year to companies such as Barclays, Ernst & Young, BMW, Unilever and Microsoft. He speaks on leadership, teamwork, change, and achieving the “impossible”. TED describes him as a “master story-teller” and his speech at the 2008 Business Innovation Forum in Rhode Island was voted as one of the “7 Most Inspiring Speeches on the Web”.

In 2010 Lewis was appointed a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. And most recently he was chosen as one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year. 

Howard D. Putnam speaker

Howard D. Putnam

Former CEO of Southwest Airlines. Inspirational leadership speaker.


Howard Putnam led the visioning process at Southwest as well as further developing the fun culture and excellent customer service that Southwest is still known for today. Southwest has been profitable every year for over thirty years, a record unsurpassed by any other airline.

Howard was raised on an Iowa farm and learned to fly out of a pasture in his Father's J-3 Piper Cub. He entered the airline business as a baggage handler at Midway Airport in Chicago for Capital Airlines at age 17. Capital was soon merged into United and Howard held thirteen different positions in sales, services and staff assignments in several cities, before being named Group Vice President of Marketing for United Airlines, the world's largest airline, in 1976.

In 1978 he was recruited to become President and CEO of fledgling Southwest Airlines in Dallas, TX. While at Southwest Howard and his team tripled the revenues and tripled profitability in three years. They also successfully guided Southwest through airline deregulation and Southwest was the first air carrier to order the Boeing 737-300, which later became the largest selling aircraft ever for Boeing.

In 1981, Howard was recruited by the board of directors of Braniff International to come aboard as CEO and save and/or restructure the financially failing airline. He was the first airline CEO to successfully take a major carrier into, through and out of chapter 11. Braniff flew again in 1984.

He is the author of The Winds of Turbulence on leadership and ethics. Harvard University wrote a case study on his experiences at Braniff, The Ethics of Bankruptcy as a model as to how to handle stakeholders in crisis.

Erik Qualman speaker

Erik Qualman

Author of Socialnomics and Speaker on Digital Leadership


Called a Digital Dale Carnegie and the Tony Robbins of Tech, Erik Qualman is the author of Socialnomics. Socialnomics made Amazon's #1 Best Selling List for the US, Japan, UK, Canada, Portugal, Italy, China, Korea and Germany. His book Digital Leader helped him be voted the 2nd “Most Likeable Author in the World” behind Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. What Happens in Vegas Stays on YouTube is being adopted by the top universities and global brands and is nominated for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize!

He is no stranger to the executive suite, having served as the Head of Marketing at Travelzoo (TZOO). Yet, he may be best known for writing and producing the world’s most watched social media video. His work has been highlighted on 60 Minutes,The New York Times, WSJ, USA Today, ABC News, Financial Times, Forbes, CBS News, and The Huffington Post. He also helped achieve the Guinness Book of World Record for the longest continuous podcast. Socialnomics was a finalist for the ”Book of the Year.” Fast Company lists Professor Qualman as a Top 100 Digital Influencer.  He made Forbes Top 50 Power Influencer list. Qualman was Academic All-Big Ten in basketball at Michigan State University and been honored as the Michigan State University Alum of the Year. Qualman has an MBA from the McCombs School of Business. A proud husband and father, he lives with his wife and two daughters in Austin.
Nido Qubein speaker

Nido Qubein

Business entrepreneur, change and communication speaker.


Nido Qubein is a proven business leader who's also an effective speaker - not a speaker who knows something about business! He serves on several boards, including a Fortune 500 company with $100 billion in assets.

Nido Qubein stands clearly above the crowd as a dynamic business resource, for corporations and associations. He combines the superb communication skills that have propelled him to the forefront of America's speakers with the solid business acumen that has made him a trusted source of management expertise. He not only shows people what to do; but also, more importantly, teaches them how to think.

His life is an amazing success story: Refugee comes to America with no English, no income, and no connections. Goes on to become successful, wealthy, and widely acclaimed for his many achievements including Ellis Island Medal of Honor and Doctorate of Laws.

Nido Qubein is president of High Point University, an accredited undergraduate and graduate institution with 3,000 students from 50 countries and 44 states. He has written numerous books and recorded scores of audio and video learning programs including a bestseller How to Communicate Like A Pro. He is an active speaker and consultant addressing more than 100 business and professional groups around the world each year.

Dr. Srikumar Rao speaker

Dr. Srikumar Rao

Best-selling Author and Business Speaker on Happiness at Work


Dr. Srikumar Rao has helped thousands of executives and entrepreneurs all over the world discover deep meaning. His methods have enabled them to achieve quantum leaps in effectiveness. Graduates of his workshops have become more creative and more inspiring leaders. Above all they have developed an inner serenity, born of the knowledge that they will be able to appropriately handle whatever comes their way be it a small wave or a tsunami. They become resilient and bounce back nonchalantly from reverses that would floor most peers. 

Dr. Rao received his Ph.D. in Marketing from the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University. He has a degree in Physics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

Dr. Rao is the author of Are You Ready to Succeed: Unconventional Strategies for Achieving Personal Mastery in Business and Life. The book is an international bestseller and has been translated into many languages and distributed in all continents. His latest book Happiness at Work: Be Resilient, Motivated and Successful - No Matter What, is also a business bestseller and has been translated into more than a dozen languages. He is also the creator and narrator of The Personal Mastery Program audio course.

Dr. Rao conceived the innovative course Creativity and Personal Mastery. Students found it so overwhelmingly powerful that it remains the only business school course in the world to have its own alumni association. 

Dr. Rao’s work has been extensively covered in the media including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the London Times, the Independent, Time, the Financial Times, Fortune, the Guardian, Forbes, Business Week and dozens of other publications.

He is a powerful speaker and his talks are hosted on many sites including, and Thinkers 50 Interview. He has conducted workshops for and spoken before executives of Microsoft, Google, Merrill Lynch, McDonald’s, Chubb, IBM, United Airlines, Allstate, Johnson & Johnson and dozens of other companies.

Michelle Ray speaker

Michelle Ray

Sought-after keynote speaker on change, communication and leadership.


Born in Australia and now residing in Vancouver, Canada, leadership expert, Michelle Ray is an award-winning speaker and founder of the Lead Yourself First Institute. Michelle began her career in the media industry with one of Australia’s leading broadcasting networks. She worked her way up the management ladder and was responsible for the sales revenues of 25 radio and television affiliate stations. She was subsequently hired by one of the world’s largest cinema advertising contractors to lead the company’s sales team and was also responsible for successfully generating record–breaking revenues during a severely depressed economic climate.

In addition to her corporate background, Michelle broadened her leadership experience during her tenure as a program director with Junior Achievement, an internationally renowned non-profit organization committed to educating future generations about business. She secured financial commitments and volunteer support from an array of corporations, facilitating enduring partnerships between youth, entrepreneurs and educators.

As an in-demand business conference speaker for the past twenty years, Michelle has delivered her powerful messages on leadership, accountability and engaged workplaces to the “C-Suites” of global corporations, academia, diverse associations, government groups, as well as front-line staff. Her client list includes notable brands such as Proctor and Gamble, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Shell, Xerox, PayPal, Qantas Airways, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Playboy Enterprises and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Having addressed thousands of audiences across five continents, Michelle’s combination of wit, masterful humor, practical content and an engaging, interactive style resonates with a diverse clientele seeking to inspire, educate and captivate the imagination of their leaders and teams.

Michelle is the author of Lead Yourself First! Indispensable Lessons in Business and in Life. She has appeared as a guest on numerous news and current affairs programs including CBC Radio, CTV, Global TV and was featured in esteemed publications such as Investor’s Business Daily, The National Post, Huffington Post, BC Business and Inc Magazine. Michelle is a regular contributor for the Globe and Mail’s Leadership Lab Column.

Why Michelle Ray can add value to your conference:

  • Proven track record as a seasoned presenter at corporate and association meetings throughout North America as well as internationally since 1995
  • Renowned business motivational speaker for numerous annual conferences and professional development day events
  • Qualified as a “Certified Speaking Professional”, the National Speakers Association’s highest – earned designation held by less than 10% of members
  • From thousands of entries received, Michelle Ray reached the Top Ten Finals of “North America’s Next Greatest Speaker” Contest.
  • Undertakes due diligence with in-depth research prior to every engagement
  • Consistently engages audiences with humor, passion and a powerful message
  • Delivers a return on investment with solid content; tailored for each client

Mike Rayburn speaker

Mike Rayburn

Guitar virtuoso, inspirational, comedic and entertaining performer.


As a Hall of Fame international keynote speaker, author, comedian, and world-class guitarist, Mike Rayburn is an inspirational thought leader and one of the most indemand and un-conventional keynote artists in the world. Drawing from his success as an entrepreneur as well as a Carnegie Hall headliner, Mike is a master at increasing profitability and impact by inspiring your team to become possibility thinkers and virtuoso performers… all by daring you to ask the question, “What if…?”

The “What If…?” Experience is Mike’s transformational, hilarious keynote presentation. In it Mike uses his amazing guitar work and hilarious comedy as a metaphor, to illustrate three tools designed to turn your team into an army of innovators with the peak performance skills to transcend the status quo to stop managing change, and lead by creating change. Oh… and they’ll laugh so hard it hurts!

The measure of any speaker is the results they produce. Mike is consistently cited as “the hit of the conference,” and “what we needed and didn’t even know it.” More importantly, businesses regularly attribute significant, sometimes exponential increases in sales, impact and morale to the application of Mike’s keynote tools and breakout session content.

Also, in the same way a great song gets stuck in your head, Mike’s “What if…?” message gets repeated over and over, imprinting his most powerful tool in their memories and affecting immediate results and permanent improvement.

Always on the cutting edge, international keynote speaker Mike Rayburn is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), Hall of Fame speaker (CPAE), two-time TEDx presenter, has performed more than 4,000 presentations and his comedy remains in heavy rotation on Sirius/XM radio. Mike has been featured in USA Today, Newsweek, Billboard, American Entertainment, Gig, and Successful Meetings magazines.

Byron Reese speaker

Byron Reese

Futurist, Technologist, and Entrepreneur


A highly sought after keynote speaker, enlightening attendees across nations, Byron Reese is an in demand forward thinker in his field. Speaking across the globe, Byron brings great enthusiasm and talent for deciphering our common destiny and unlocking business opportunities within it. As a successful entrepreneur and award-winning futurist, Byron employs his perspective as a historian, futurist and technologist to illuminate how the technology of today can solve some of our most daunting global challenges.

As a futurist, he understands the unprecedented technological change upon us and explores the dramatic transformation of society it will bring. As a technologist and entrepreneur, he knows how to manage change and inspire innovation, while still meeting the immediate obligations and realities of operating a business.

Byron’s keynotes and appearances include SXSW, TEDx Austin, fortune 1000 companies (Dell Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, Oticon, Swisslog) and universities (University of Texas, Queen’s University, TWU, Rice) and futurist conferences (PICNIC Festival in Amsterdam, Wolfram Data Summit, and the IEEE Conference) among others.

Byron set up his first business as an undergraduate at Rice University. He later founded and sold two companies: Hot Data, ultimately to Pitney Bowes; and PageWise to Demand Media. Today Byron is the CEO and publisher of Gigaom, a technology research and analysis firm focused on helping business leaders understand the implications of emerging technologies and their impacts on business, media, and society.

In addition to serving in a wide range of senior management roles, from CEO, to VP of Marketing, to Chief Innovation Officer, Byron has produced a diverse body of patented work, and given dozens of talks to both technical and non-technical audiences around the world.

Frederick Reichheld speaker

Frederick Reichheld

Business management and customer loyalty speaker.


Fred Reichheld is a Bain Fellow and founder of Bain & Company's Loyalty Practice, which helps companies achieve results through customer and employee loyalty. He is the creator of the Net Promoter system of management.

His work in the area of customer and employee retention has quantified the link between loyalty and profits. Fred's books, The Loyalty Effect: The Hidden Force Behind Growth, Profits, and Lasting Value (HBSP 1996); Loyalty Rules! How Today's Leaders Build Lasting Relationships (HBSP 2001), and The Ultimate Question: Driving Good Profits and True Growth (HBSP, 2006) have each become best sellers.

In his latest book, The Ultimate Question 2.0: How Net Promoter Companies Thrive in a Customer Driven World (HBR Press-Sept. 2011), Fred reveals how NPS practitioners including Apple Retail, Philips, Schwab, Allianz, American Express, and Intuit, have utilized the Net Promoter System (NPS) to generate extraordinary results. He explains how NPS helps companies become truly customer-centric, unleashing profitable growth through systematically converting more customers into promoters and fewer into detractors.

Fred is a frequent speaker at major business forums and his work on loyalty has been widely covered in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times, Fortune, Business Week and The Economist. He is the author of eight Harvard Business Review articles on the subject of loyalty.

Consulting Magazine chose Fred as one of the "25 Most Influential Consultants" in its 2003 annual survey. According to The New York Times, "[He] put loyalty economics on the map."The Economist refers to him as the "high priest" of loyalty.

Reichheld graduated with Honors both from Harvard College (B.A., 1974) and Harvard Business School (M.B.A., 1978).

Brendan Reid speaker

Brendan Reid

Executive, Author, and Keynote Speaker on Corporate Culture


Brendan Reid is an accomplished executive, career management expert and author of Stealing the Corner Office. He is the Senior Vice President at Ceridian, a global human capital management technology company serving more than 50 countries. He has built his career by breaking with corporate convention and questioning long held management truisms. For nearly 20 years he has studied the too-often-ignored human side of corporate dynamics that create the imperfect world we work in.

Unlike most business authors and experts who focus on the conventional side of business and career management, Brendan delves into the unconventional tactics people use to get ahead and stay ahead. In his speaking engagements and in his book, Brendan draws on his experiences as a struggling middle manager and the startling revelations about success that became the foundation for the career strategy that took him into the executive ranks. 

Brendan lives in Toronto, Canada with his partner Aya and their three dogs.

Don Reynolds speaker

Don Reynolds

Speaker on international economy and finance, former chairman of the Investment Advisory Board.


Don Reynolds is not just a great economist, he is a gifted storyteller capable of explaining real world trends and how they impact corporations, individuals and associations. He has given over 1000 speeches, won numerous speaking awards, and been described as 'passionate, motivational, charismatic and mesmerizing.'

Having served eleven years as Chairman of the Investment Advisory Board of a $22 Billion trust fund, his success resulted in his being appointed by George W. Bush as Pension Board Chairman with oversight of $120 Billion in Pension & Trust Funds. He understands how important personal accountability and bottom line performance is, and the need for decision makers to have a clear vision of future trends and events in order to make successful long term strategic decisions.

Don Reynolds has developed a track record of success and is constantly being invited back by clients for updates on specific economic and industry trends. Clients and media have described him as 'near clairvoyant, uncannily precise and brilliant.' He has lived 14 years overseas, visited over 50 countries, has lectured on Free Market Systems at the University of Moscow, spoken about the Global Economy for the Saudi Arabian Central Bank, keynoted the Australian IT Summit, advised the Heavy Equipment Industry in Rome, Keynoted for international correspondents in Indonesia and spoken on the impact of global warming in Santiago.

Don developed the nation's first graduate business course on the 21st Century. He has a Masters Degree in Public Administration/Planning, a Doctoral background in Economics, and is a graduate of the Securities Industry Institute of the Wharton School. He has an honorary degree from the University of Moscow and was the first American member of the Moscow Center for Consulting Scientists.

Peter Ricchiuti speaker

Peter Ricchiuti

Investment expert, professor of finance and keynote speaker.


Peter Ricchiuti (Ri-Chooty) is originally from Boston but “came to New Orleans just as soon as he'd heard about it.”

He has been featured widely in the financial media including; The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, CNBC and BARRON's.

Peter has addressed more than 1100 groups in 47 states and several countries.  He is also the host of "Out To Lunch", a weekly business show on National Public Radio in New Orleans.

Peter teaches finance at Tulane University where he has received numerous teaching awards. He is the business professor you WISH you had back in college

Robert Richman speaker

Robert Richman

Culture Strategist, Speaker, Co-creator of Zappos Insights


Robert Richman is a culture strategist and was the co-creator of Zappos Insights, an innovative program focused on educating companies on the secrets behind Zappos’ amazing employee culture.

Robert built Zappos Insights from a small website to a thriving multi-million dollar business teaching over 25,000 students per year. Through his work, Robert has been helpful for improving the employee culture at hundreds of companies like Google, Toyota, Eli Lilly, and Inuit.

As one of the world’s authorities on employee culture, Robert is a sought after keynote speaker at conferences around the world and has been hired to teach culture in person at companies like Google, Toyota, and Eli Lilly. He has pioneered a number of innovative techniques to build culture, such as bringing improv comedy to the workplace.

His new book, The Culture Blueprint, is a systematic guide to how a workplace can help people grow, inspire amazing service, and ultimately drive revenue through amazing culture.

Robert graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in film, as well as from Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Program. He is a member of the Transformational Leadership Council, and he is the chair of the business program at American Jewish University.

Sam Richter speaker

Sam Richter

Author and speaker on sales, marketing and innovative technology.


Sam Richter is an internationally recognized expert and speaker on sales, marketing and technology. His award-winning experience includes building innovative technology, sales and marketing programs for start-up companies and some of the world's most famous brands.

Sam has been featured in thousands of television and radio programs, national and online publications, and he presents his customized Know More! keynote and training programs to audiences around the globe. He is the author of the top-selling and award-winning book, Take the Cold Out of Cold Calling, considered the preeminent publication on finding information online and using it for sales success.

Sam is founder and CEO of SBR Worldwide/Know More! and SVP/Chief Marketing Officer at ActiFi, a software and solutions firm serving the financial services industry. For more than six years, Sam was president of the James J. Hill Reference Library in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he led the transformation of an eighty-five-year-old private, non-profit business research organization into a nationally renowned institution serving entrepreneurs and small businesses via cutting edge online resources.

Prior to joining the Hill Library, Sam spent more than eighteen years in the advertising, public relations, and e-commerce/e-marketing industry. Sam has created programs for clients including Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Major League Baseball, Northwest Airlines, Kraft/Nabisco, Polaris Industries, National Geographic, 3M, Brunswick, and other large and small firms. He has won numerous regional, national and international marketing awards including Best of Show and Gold Awards, Webby Awards, and a Gold Award at the International Film Festival. He's also won a Retail Vision Award and a Codie Award - the Oscars of the software industry - for Best E-commerce Software.

Sam received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication and was twice named Scholastic All-American while also a four-year player and a letter winner on the University of Minnesota varsity football team. Sam is a member of the Business Journal's Forty Under 40 list honoring the top Minnesota business leaders under the age of forty. He also was a finalist for Inc. Magazine's Entrepreneur of the Year and he's one of the more highly recommended persons on LinkedIn.

Sam lives in Minnetonka, Minnesota with his wife and two children, serves on the board of a number of for-profit companies, and volunteers his time to numerous non-profit organizations.

Jeremy Rifkin speaker

Jeremy Rifkin

Prolific futurist, best-selling author and speaker on economic changes and trends.


Jeremy Rifkin is an American economic and social theorist, writer, public speaker, political advisor, and activist. Rifkin is the author of 20 bestselling books about the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, the workforce, society, and the environment. The books have been translated into more than 35 languages. His most recent books include the international bestsellers, The Zero Marginal Cost Society (2014), The Third Industrial Revolution (2011), The Empathic Civilization (2010), The European Dream (2004), The Hydrogen Economy (2002), The Age of Access (2000), The Biotech Century (1998), and The End of Work (1995).

Jeremy Rifkin has been an advisor to the leadership of the European Union since 2000. He has advised three presidents of the European Commission - Romano Prodi, Jose Manuel Barroso, and the current President, Jean-Claude Juncker - as well as the European Parliament, and numerous EU heads of state, including Germany's Angela Merkel, on the ushering in of a smart green Third Industrial Revolution economy.

Mr. Rifkin’s New York Times bestselling book, The Third Industrial Revolution, provided the blueprint for the economic transition to a post-carbon ecological society across the European Union. According to The European Energy Review, "perhaps no other author or thinker has had more influence on the EU's ambitious climate and energy policy than the famous American 'visionary' Jeremy Rifkin." In the words of Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister of Germany, Sigmar Gabriel, Jeremy Rifkin "is the economic and ecological worldwide ambassador of the energy transition… Rifkin presents a grand scenario for the future: a visionary approach unlike anyone has dared to put forward in the last fifty years that will boost our thinking and help with our orientation.”

Mr. Rifkin is also advising the leadership of the Peoples Republic of China on the build out and scale up of the Internet Plus Third Industrial Revolution infrastructure to usher in a sustainable low-carbon economy. The Huffington Post reported from Beijing on October 29th 2015 that "Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has not only read Jeremy Rifkin's book, The Third Industrial Revolution, and taken it to heart. He and his colleagues have also made it the core of the country's thirteenth Five-Year Plan..." The Huffington Post goes on to say that "this blueprint for China's future signals the most momentous shift in direction since the death of Mao and the advent of Deng Xiaoping's reform and opening up in 1978."

According to EurActiv, "Jeremy Rifkin is an American economist and author whose best-selling Third Industrial Revolution arguably provided the blueprint for Germany's transition to a low-carbon economy, and China's strategic acceptance of climate policy."

Mr. Rifkin is a principal architect of the European Union’s long term Third Industrial Revolution economic vision and development plan to usher in an Internet of Things digital infrastructure across the European Union and its partnership regions to create a smart post-carbon economy, ecological society, and the world’s largest single integrated economic marketplace. The plan is called "Smart Europe."

On January 31st 2017, the European Union launched the digital Third Industrial Revolution Smart Europe economic modernization plan with a conference hosted by Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank, called “Into the Future: Europe’s Digital Integrated Market.” Mr. Rifkin delivered a keynote address on transforming the European Union into a smart Third Industrial Revolution paradigm.

The Third Industrial Revolution Smart Europe long-term economic development plan was formally announced by Maros Sefcovic, Vice President of the European Commission, Markku Markkula, President of the Committee of the Regions, and Jeremy Rifkin on February 7th 2017. Mr. Rifkin is currently advising the European Commission on the deployment of the Smart Europe initiative and will be working with the 350 formal regions of the EU in the creation of road maps to deploy the new economic narrative and vision across Europe.

Mr. Rifkin is the President of the TIR Consulting Group, LLC comprising many of the leading renewable energy companies, electricity transmission companies, engineering companies, construction companies, architectural firms, ICT and electronics companies, transport and logistics companies, advanced manufacturing companies, and economic modelers. His global economic development team is working with cities, regions, and national governments to develop the Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure for a Collaborative Commons and a Third Industrial Revolution. The TIR Consulting Group LLC is currently working with the regions of Hauts-de-France, the Metropolitan Region of Rotterdam and The Hague, and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in the conceptualization, build out, and scale up of a smart Third Industrial Revolution infrastructure to transform their economies.

Mr. Rifkin is ranked 123 in the WorldPost / HuffingtonPost 2015 global survey of "The World's Most Influential Voices." Mr. Rifkin is also listed among the top 10 most influential economic thinkers in the survey. The survey was prepared at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and used collective intelligence to correlate the rankings.

Since 1995, Rifkin has lectured at the Wharton School’s Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania where he instructs CEOs and senior management on transitioning their business operations into sustainable economies.

Steve Rizzo speaker

Steve Rizzo

Corporate comedian, motivational speaker, author and entertainer.


Steve Rizzo is a speaker who will wake your group up with his straightforward New York attitude, motivate them with his life-changing personal growth strategies and of course, regale them with laughter. In addition to providing hands-on tools to help audiences achieve individual and team success in the face of change, Steve showcases why he was so successful as a national headline comedian with opening acts such as Drew Carey, Rosie O'Donnell, and Dennis Miller.

After being told by a guidance counselor that he didn't have the intelligence for college, and having been saddled with the dubious high school honor of Least Likely to Succeed, Steve Rizzo didn't give himself much of a chance to emerge as anything special, much less a world-class comedian or motivational speaker. Years of negativity had led Steve to believe that dreams were the luxury of only a fortunate few.

After high school Steve would go on to surprise everyone, including himself, by excelling with honors at the university and post-graduate levels. Eventually Steve even taught at his old high school, proving once and for all that guidance counselors are not fortune-tellers.

Perhaps the most unexpected aspect of Steve's career was the stellar degree of success he achieved as a performer, sharing the stage with Jerry Seinfeld, Rodney Dangerfield, Eddie Murphy, and Ellen DeGeneres.

Of course, the surprises don't stop there. What is the next step for a comedian in the prime of his career? For Steve, it was to trade the two drink minimums and standing ovations for maximum fulfillment and well, more standing ovations. After walking away from a promising career as a headline comedian to become a professional speaker, Steve offers a unique and insightful perspective on the journey that brought him to where he stands today.

Steve's quest to remove the boundaries that were keeping him from the life he truly desired has brought his work full circle and he now understands that all of his past experiences were necessary to prepare him for his true calling: To help people learn to be happy and successful no matter what their current circumstances are.

Steve spent much of his own life learning how to pursue and achieve his own definition of success. Luckily for audiences worldwide, that definition has evolved to include showing others his blueprint for realizing their dreams and achieving personal excellence and professional satisfaction.

As a professional keynote speaker and motivational speaker, Steve Rizzo has made appearances across the United States and Canada. You may have seen Steve in venues such as: New York, Austin, Dallas, Texas, Las Vegas, Nevada, San Diego, California, Phoenix, Tucson, Arizona, Atlanta, Georgia, Chicago, Illinois, Nashville, San Antonio, Denver, Colorado, Canada, Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal.

James Robbins speaker

James Robbins

Adventurer and Management Consultant, Speaks on Leadership and Motivational Strategies


James Robbins is a rare mix of management consultant, adventurer and motivational speaker. He has been teaching leadership and peak performance for the last 17 years. James is also the author of Nine Minutes on Monday; The Quick and Easy Way to Go From Manager to Leader, which gives managers a simple solution to motivate and engage their staff even when things are crazy and hectic.

James also created the web show Help Me Lead to help managers find creative ways to lead their staff. He is always creating video content on the topic of leadership and often use them in his presentations.

James first career was in ministry before founding the The Robbins Group to help organizations increase their productivity and lower their employee turn over. He has given over 1,000 presentations in the last 10 years and has been teaching, training and coaching leaders since 1995.

James combines stories of his adventures with practical truths that help audiences make simple changes that stick. He is a thought leader in the field of human motivation and its role in leadership, the workplace, and our personal lives. James has a way of inspiring people to raise their game, persevere in the face of difficulty, and bring their best on a daily basis.

Mel Robbins speaker

Mel Robbins

Award-Winning CNN Commentator, Co-Founder of Inspire52, and Motivational Speaker


Mel Robbins is a serial entrepreneur, best-selling author, internationally recognized social media influencer, and one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in the world.

Her digital platform inspires more than 20 million people a month with transformative videos, articles, positive psychology research, and inspiring content. Mel’s latest book, The 5 Second Rule,is a fixture on Amazon’s “Top Ten Most Read List” and one of the most successful audio books ever published. Her TEDx talk about change has more than eleven million views.

Mel’s media company, The Confidence Project, Inc. produces personal development programming and online courses for her global student body and corporate partners. On stage, Mel is a riveting, fun, and unforgettable speaker, teaching audiences a wide range of science-backed strategies with life-changing impact. Mel has spoken to executives at some of the world’s leading brands, including Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase, Optum, Cisco, and AT&T. She is also an award-winning opinion columnist and legal analyst for CNN, a Dr. Oz Healthline Expert, and a Contributing Editor for SUCCESS Magazine.

A graduate of Dartmouth College and Boston College Law School, Melis married mother of three and lives in the Boston area, but remains a Midwesterner at heart.

Mike Robbins speaker

Mike Robbins

Former Baseball Player & Speaker on Teamwork and Leadership.


As an expert in teamwork, leadership, and emotional intelligence, Mike Robbins delivers keynotes and seminars that empower people, teams, and organizations to work together effectively and be more successful. He has inspired tens of thousands of people around the world to reach new levels of awareness and productivity, both personally and professionally. Through his speeches, seminars, and writing, Mike teaches people important techniques that allow them to be more grateful, appreciative, and authentic with others and themselves.

Mike Robbins is the author of three books, Focus on the Good Stuff, Be Yourself Everyone Else is Already Taken, and Nothing Changes Until You Do, which have been translated into fourteen different languages.

His clients include some of the top organizations and institutions in the world, such as: Google, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, Charles Schwab, Twitter, and many others. 

He has been featured on ABC News, the Oprah radio network, in Forbes, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and many others. Since 2008 he has been a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. Mike is the host of his own radio show, “Nothing Changes Until You Do,” on Hay House Radio.

Prior to his speaking, writing, and consulting career, Mike was drafted by the New York Yankees out of high school. He turned the Yankees down and instead chose to play baseball at Stanford University, where he pitched in the College World Series. He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals out of Stanford and played three seasons of professional baseball with the Royals organization before arm injuries ended his playing career while still in the minor leagues.

After his athletic career was cut short by injuries, Mike worked in sales and business development for two Internet start-ups. When the dot-com bubble burst in 2000 and he was laid off, it allowed him to follow a deeper passion – empowering and inspiring people – and opened the door for him to start working full time as a speaker, author, and coach.

In addition to earning a degree from Stanford in American Studies with a specialization in race and ethnicity, Mike has continued to educate himself. He has extensively studied many disciplines of both personal and professional development, and received training from the Coaches Training Institute.

David Rock speaker

David Rock

Neuroleadership and performance speaker.


David Rock is a keynote speaker and the founder and CEO of Results Coaching Systems (RCS), which has operations in 15 countries across the globe. In his capacity as CEO, David works with Fortune 500 clients specializing in embedding internal coaching capacity within organizations to develop leadership, retain talent, turn managers into coaches, improve performance, and change culture.

David is one of the thought leaders in the global coaching profession. The integrated coaching system he developed in the mid-90's has been taught to over 10,000 professionals in more than fifteen countries.

He is the author of Personal Best, Quiet Leadership and Coaching with the Brain in Mind and Your Brain at Work released in October 2009.

In 2004, David founded the brain-based approach to coaching, which has gathered momentum as a theory base for coaching ever since. In collaboration with several leading neuroscientists, David is working to explain the neural basis of issues like self-awareness, reflection, insight and accountability.

In 2006 he co-authored a feature article in strategy business magazine with neuroscientist Dr Jeffrey Schwartz, called 'The Neuroscience of Leadership', the most downloaded article of the year at the magazine. In September 2006 CIO magazine ran a cover story featuring David and Jeff's work called 'The new science of change'. His paper 'Managing with the Brain in Mind' was the most downloaded of 2009 at Strategy & Business.

In late 2006, David founded the NeuroLeadership Institute and Summit, a global initiative bringing neuroscientists and leadership experts together to build a new science of leadership development. The Institute is now a worldwide network of researchers and practitioners building a new body of knowledge.

David is on the advisory board at CIMBA business school, and a guest lecturer at universities in 5 countries including at Oxford University Said Business School.

Dr. Howard Rocket speaker

Dr. Howard Rocket

Inspiring speaker with remarkable story of overcoming adversity. Author of A Stroke of Luck.


In the last 2 years Dr. Howard Rocket has started four new businesses. That is an amazing accomplishment in itself but even more amazing when you realize that a few years ago a stroke nearly killed him. For Dr. Rocket passionately believes that your attitude is everything especially in these challenging times. Howard was a successful dentist-turned-entrepreneur when he suffered a massive stroke on the morning of October 27, 1995. By that evening Howard was a dying man, a blood clot lodged deep in his brain, his body barely responding to medical intervention. There had been warning signs for days prior, but he did not understand their cause, nor the crisis that they foreshadowed.

With valiant medical attention and good fortune Howard survived and made a stunning recovery, but the experience changed his life forever both in body and in attitude. He has since co-authored A Stroke of Luck, his personal story of how recovery from a stroke changed his life and his outlook. A powerful speaker, Dr. Rocket helps people understand that they can overcome any obstacle.

Jim Rogers speaker

Jim Rogers

Oxford scholar and expert financial investment advisor.


Always keeping an eye out for untapped profits, Jim Rogers, who was once described as the Indiana Jones of finance, used a trip to seek out new opportunities and make bold conclusions about the global economy and investment strategy.

On New Year's Day 1999 in an Icelandic blizzard, Jim Rogers and his fiancé started out on their epic journey - a journey that would take them 152,000 miles through 116 countries in three years. After driving through war zones, deserts, jungles, epidemics and blizzards, narrowly escaping some very dangerous situations and camping with nomads and camels under starlit skies, Jim began to see the real world through his own eyes - economically, politically and socially. A roller coaster ride, Jim's story takes audiences on a journey where they feel exhilarated, surprised to still be alive, wondering where to go next, and still wanting to hear more...

After completing his bachelor's degree at Yale University, Jim Rogers won a scholarship to Oxford University in England. Following his stint there, which included his coxing the world-famous Oxford rowing crew, Jim spent some time in the Army and then headed straight for Wall Street. Once there, he co-founded The Quantum Fund, a global investment partnership. After 10 profitable years when the portfolio gained 4,000% while the S&P rose less than 50%, he decided to retire, at the age of 37. But he would not remain idle.

Michael Rogers speaker

Michael Rogers

Author, journalist and futurist on future trends and the economy.


Michael Rogers is a different kind of futurist - one who combines real business experience with technology skills. Add to that the keen eye of an award-winning investigative journalist and the storytelling skill of a novelist, and you have The Practical Futurist.

Michael Rogers is a technology pioneer, author and journalist whose consultancy, Practical Futurist, helps businesses worldwide think about the future. In recent years he has worked with companies ranging from FedEx, Boeing and NBC Universal to Prudential, Dow Corning, American Express and Genentech.

He recently completed two years as a futurist-in-residence for The New York Times Company and also writes the Practical Futurist column for MSNBC. For ten years he was vice president of The Washington Post Company's new media division, guiding both the newspaper and Newsweek into the new century. He is a regular guest on radio and television including Good Morning America, The Today Show, PBS, CNN and The History Channel.

Michael studied physics and creative writing at Stanford University, with training in finance and management at Stanford Business Schools's Executive Program. he began his career as a writer for Rolling Stone and went on to co-found Outside magazine. He then launched Newsweek's technology column, winning numerous journalism awards. In 1993 he produced the world's first CD-ROM newsmagazine for Newsweek, later becoming editor and general manager of In 1999 he received a patent for a multimedia storytelling technique, and in 2007 was named to both Who's Who in Science and Engineering and the Magazine Industry Digital Hall of Fame.

Michael is a dynamic speaker who delivers an entertaining and common-sense vision of change for business and individuals, blending technology, economics, demographics, culture and human nature.

Rocky Romanella speaker

Rocky Romanella

Former UPS Executive & Inspiring Speaker on Customer Service and Leadership


Rocky Romanella pulls in audiences with real life stories from an illustrious career spanning nearly 40 years at one of the most recognized and admired brands in the world, UPS, and later as CEO & Director for UniTek Global Services, a mid-cap telecommunications solution company. Having led record sales efforts, rapidly building brands and managing teams through difficult restructuring events and developing a culture needed to integrate past acquisitions, he inspires audiences to create a unified company with one vision.

An expert in cultural integration, operations and engineering, while in executive roles Rocky successfully launched one of the largest re-branding initiatives in franchising history, The UPS Store, which revolutionized the $9 billion retail shipping and business services market. In addition to leading the global strategy of all U.S. and international retail channels, he was an integral part of the integration of many acquisitions, which became UPS Supply Chain Solutions with responsibilities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America and South America and led UPS's entry into the healthcare industry as part of their supply chain logistics strategy. His responsibilities have also included overseeing nearly 72,000 employees throughout nine states. Rocky has experience in all facets of the UPS business operations. 

 For over three decades, Romanella held various management positions including hub and package operations and industrial engineering. He led project teams on numerous special assignments to develop customer solutions tools and processes for improving operational inefficiencies and was instrumental in generating revenue growth for UPS Supply Chain Solutions in North and South America. He is a winner of the UPS Chairman's Award for Excellence.

His book was released in March 2017, "Tighten The Lug Nuts: The Principles of Balanced Leadership." Rocky uses his over forty years of experience in supply chain, logistics and transportation, retail, sales and operational management at UPS, and his CEO and Director roles, to explore the ways a true leader can add value as a trusted advisor, mentor, and visionary who uses a process approach to lead the organization and its people to new levels of success. In an engaging, personal, and witty style, Rocky Romanella details how leaders must make their three major constituents equal priority by actively listening to their needs and building strong relationships.