Kenneth Gronbach is president of KGC Direct, LLC and is an internationally respected demographer who has been able to forecast societal, commercial, economic, cultural and political phenomena with uncanny accuracy. Ken’s unusual blend of marketing savvy and common sense demography, based on twenty years of proprietary demographic study, set him apart. Ken keynotes all over the United States and does customized demographic research.
Ken is the author of the best-selling book The Age Curve: How To Profit from the Coming Demographic Storm. His first book, Common Census, the Counter-Intuitive Guide to Generational Marketing, was released in 2005. Ken’s 2011 book Decades of Differences: Making it Work is a comprehensive guide to coping with three generations in the workforce. His new book, Upside: Profiting from the Profound Demographic Shifts Ahead, is currently a best seller and number one in its three categories.
Renowned Speaker on Human Performance, Life Balance and Wellness. Kellogg School of Management Professor.
Dr. Jack Groppel shows executives how to achieve full engagement in high stress environments in his interactive and content-driven keynotes and seminars. Building on his experience coaching professional athletes, medical professionals, and corporate executives to achieve maximum performance through healthy work/life balance, Jack introduces performance strategies that have been successful for those in high stress environments.
Internationally recognized authority and pioneer in the science of human performance, Dr. Groppel is an Adjunct Professor of Management at the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Author of The Corporate Athlete, Groppel developed the Corporate Athlete concept for his training program while serving as an associate professor of kinesiology and bioengineering at the University of Illinois, helping both business executives and athletes increase performance levels. In 1992, he combined his program with Dr. Jim Loehr to form the Human Performance Institute, formerly LGE Performance Systems, Inc.
A Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine, Dr. Groppel is also a Board certified nutritionist in the American College of Nutrition and a former Research Associate to the U.S. Olympic Training Center. He served for 16 years as the Chairman of the National Sport Science Committee of the United States Tennis Association.
Host of Discovery Channel Canada's Cash Cab & corporate comedian.
For almost 20 years Adam Growe has been performing in radio, television and on stage. He has distinguished himself as a talented comedian and host in the club, corporate and multimedia markets.
Currently, Adam is the Host of Discovery Channel Canada's Cash Cab and is touring theatre venues with his Comedy & Quiz Showe. He is one of Canada's most accomplished stand-up comedians, starring in his own Just for Laughs Gala, as well as Comedy NOW!, on CTV and CBC's, COMICS!. Adam was also featured on Comedy Central's, Premium Blend in New York and CBS's, Star Search in Los Angeles. Adam has performed at the Montreal, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Sudbury Comedy Festivals.
Adam appeared in two seasons of YTV's, Monster Warriors, as well as numerous acting roles in TV movies such as, Shades of Black, the Conrad Black story. For many years Adam was the Host and Producer for TVO's live, on-air Membership Campaign.
Working for over a decade as an FM Radio Announcer, Adam continues to contribute humour segments to Laugh Attack, XM 153 and CBC Radio One's, Definitely Not The Opera.
University of Guelph Professor and Leading Authority on Positive Organizational Psychology
Dr. Jamie Gruman is an award-winning researcher, award-winning professor, and speaker on organizational behavior and positive organizational psychology. He is the founding Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association. His influential research has been cited by media outlets around the globe, and his writings have been among the most downloaded and cited articles at the journals in which they are published. He has spoken for Fortune 500 corporations, public, and not-for-profit organizations.
Dr. Gruman’s talks focus largely on positive organizational psychology which is the study of how to create thriving workplaces. He has contributed chapters to cutting-edge books on the topic such as The Handbook of Employee Engagement and Advances in Positive Organizational Psychology and is co-editor of the book Applied Social Psychology which discusses how to use social psychology to address real-world challenges in every sphere of life.
Dr. Gruman is an associate professor in the Department of Management at the University of Guelph, one of Canada’s top comprehensive universities, and has previously worked at the University of Toronto, which consistently ranks as having one of the best business schools in the world.
World-renowned expert on strategy, globalization, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Dr. Anil K. Gupta is the Michael D. Dingman Chair in Strategy, Globalization and Entrepreneurship and Distinguished Scholar-Teacher at the Smith School of Business, The University of Maryland at College Park. Anil also serves as chairman, The China India Institute, a Washington DC-based research and consulting organization. He has earlier served as the INSEAD Chaired Professor in Strategy at INSEAD and a visiting professor at Stanford University as well as Dartmouth College. He received a doctorate from the Harvard Business School, an M.B.A. from the Indian Institute of Management at Ahmedabad, and a B.Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur.
Anil is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on strategy, globalization and entrepreneurship. Ranked by Thinkers50 as one of the world’s “most influential living management thinkers,” he has also been named by The Economist as one of the world’s “superstars” in a cover story on “Innovation in Emerging Economies.” He is one of only 3 professors in the world to have been elected by his peers as a Lifetime Fellow of all three of the most prestigious bodies in the field – Academy of Management, Strategic Management Society, and Academy of International Business, with a combined membership of over 25,000 scholars worldwide.
Anil’s other honors include the “Best Professor in Strategic Management” award from CMO Asia, recognition by BusinessWeek as an Outstanding Faculty in its Guide to the Best B-Schools, induction into the Academy of Management Journals’ Hall of Fame, and listing by Management International Review as a “North American Superstar” for research in strategy and organization. He is also a regular participant at the World Economic Forum summits including the annual meeting in Davos and the regional meetings in China, India, and the Middle East. He is also a member of the Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals.
Anil’s newest book – The Silk Road Rediscovered: How Indian and Chinese Companies are Becoming Globally Stronger by Competing in Each Other’s Markets – was released by Wiley in April 2014. His earlier book – Getting China and India Right (Wiley, 2009) – received the 2009 Axiom Book Awards’ Silver Prize as one of the world’s two best books on globalization/international business and was short-listed for the Asia Society’s Annual Bernard Schwartz Book Award. Anil is also the author, coauthor, or coeditor of Global Strategies for Emerging Asia (Wiley, 2012), The Quest for Global Dominance (Wiley, 2008), Smart Globalization (Wiley, 2003), and Global Strategy and Organization (Wiley, 2003) as well as over 70 papers in leading academic journals.
Anil serves as a columnist for Bloomberg BusinessWeek, as a Contributing Editor for Chief Executive magazine, and as a contributor to HBR.org. His opinion pieces have also been published in The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Chief Executive Magazine, Daily Telegraph, China Daily, Economic Times, and other outlets. He has been interviewed by Harvard Business Review, Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, USA Today, BusinessWeek, Forbes, BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Reuters TV, New Delhi TV, CCTV China as well as other top-tier global media.
Anil serves regularly as a keynote speaker at major conferences and corporate forums in the US, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa – including the World Economic Forum, Economist conferences, Chief Executive magazine’s CEO2CEO Summits, and the Yale CEO Summit. He has also served as a consultant, keynote speaker and/or executive education faculty with some of the largest corporations in the world including GE, Wal-Mart, IBM, HSBC, Deutsche Bank, H-P, SAP, Microsoft, Schneider Electric, TOTAL, PPG Industries, MTN Group (South Africa), Accenture, Astra Zeneca, Marriott, First Data, Jacobs, Monsanto, ABB, Lockheed Martin, McGraw-Hill, Indian Oil, Steel Authority of India, Huawei Technologies (China), TeliaSonera, Metso, UPM-Kymmene, Finnair, Cemex, and Penoles.
Anil is an elected member of the board of directors of Origene Technologies (a gene cloning company). He has earlier served on the boards of directors of Omega Worldwide (NASDAQ), Vitalink Pharmaceutical Services (NYSE), NeoMagic Corporation (NASDAQ), and TiE-DC, the premier organization of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region. He also serves on the advisory boards of Asia Silicon Valley Connection and India Globalization Capital. He has also served as an advisor to the US-India Business Council.
Richard Hadden is an author and leadership consultant who focuses on the connection between people and profit. He is co-author of the popular Contented Cows leadership book series, including his latest book, Contented Cows STILL Give Better Milk, and also the book Rebooting Leadership.
Richard developed and practiced his leadership skills as a manager in both Financial Services and Information Technology. He was Director of Product Development for a software company in North Florida before starting his own technology consulting business in 1986. Gradually, his consulting focus shifted from Information Technology to Human Resources, Leadership, and Management.
While consulting, he taught software design, principles of management, and international economics at Jacksonville University from 1988-1991.
Since 1990 he has delivered keynote presentations and training programs on Leadership and Employee Engagement for more than 850 audiences on five continents.
Richard has appeared on CNN and MSNBC, and his work has been featured in Business Week, Entrepreneur, and Inc. magazines, as well as in many trade and professional publications.
Paralympic swimming champion, inspiring speaker on achievement, performance and goal-setting.
Just like all of us, peak performance expert Andrew Haley has had his share of ups and downs. As a child Andrew had cancer twice and each time was given a 35% chance to survive. Even though he lost part of his right leg, Andrew never let it dictate his life.
Andrew is a living reminder that no matter what negative things may happen in your life, you can always try and turn it into something positive. Take control of your life and always try to learn and be better next time. We each have the power to be amazing. The only question is, are you ready to take it to the next level? To control your own destiny?
Andrew’s real and inspiring views cover three decades of real-life in-the-trenches sport and personal experience. He appreciates and shares with his audience that being a champion and turning pressure into performance is a moment-to-moment choice and is able to relate and inspire each listener that success is more than title, tenure or position. Excellence is for everyone, everyday. It's how we should live our life. In his talk, Andrew’s fusion of real-life stories and his conversational techniques connect with his audience at an intimate, intense and individual level.
Andrew is a former world class World Record setting Paralympic swimmer having won, among other competitions, gold medals at the 1998 World Championships and the 2000 Paralympic games. He has served as his swim team’s captain and is a recognized leader in Paralympic sport. He continues to work with the best and brightest in the performance excellence field.
Andrew also finds time to give back to his community. He is involved with the charity RIGHT TO PLAY and also visits schools in Ontario and his native Nova Scotia. In addition he volunteers his time working with AthletesCAN, a national group that supports athletes. He looks forward to partnering with you in the future.
Some companies that have partnered with Andrew include: HSBC, Re/Max, Manulife, Teva Pharmaceuticals, National Bank, Sun Life, Ontario Ministry of Energy, Childhood Cancer Society, Xerox Canada, Four Seasons Hotel, and various conference to name a few.
Andrew was inducted into Swimming Canada's Circle of Excellence in March 2015.
Expert in the areas of achievement psychology, which includes brain-based behavioral science, emotional intelligence, and critical thinking.
Scott Halford is an Emmy Award winning writer and producer, an engaging presenter and a long-time consultant to Fortune 500 executive teams. Scott’s expansive knowledge in the areas of achievement psychology, including brain-based behavioral science, emotional intelligence, critical thinking, and influence, add richness and depth to his programs.
You will appreciate Scott’s wise and timely insights into the human experience. His captivating ability to tell stories with humor, wit, and depth transports his audiences to destinations they may have never been; physically, mentally or emotionally. Participants laugh and learn, and consistently praise the rich and rewarding learning experience.
Scott is an accredited and certified Emotional Intelligence Provider as well as an Advanced Certified Associate in Emergenetics®. He holds an Executive Master’s degree from the NeuroLeadership Institute.
As an author, Scott has two best-selling books: Be a Shortcut, based on emotional intelligence and influence; and Activate Your Brain, a Wall Street Journal best-selling book and winner of the Bronze Axiom award for best business book.
Scott is on faculty at General Electric’s John Welch Center of Leadership in Crotonville, NY; is a guest lecturer for the MBA program at the Daniels School of Business at the University of Denver; and is a Trustee for the Iliff School of Theology. Scott is Founder and Principal of Complete Intelligence, LLC.
Corporate clients span many industries and include General Electric, American Airlines, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, First Data, Medtronic, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Centura Health, MillerCoors, Western Union and many more. Scott’s books are available on Amazon.com
Author, Speaker, and Communication Expert uses strategic storytelling in sales, leadership, branding and marketing.
Kindra Hall knows the challenges executives, top performers and brands experience as they try to capture attention in a crowded marketplace. Kindra is former Vice President of Sales for a multi-million dollar enterprise, national champion storyteller, 2014 Storytelling World Award recipient, a former board member of the National Storytelling Network, and she earned her Master's Degree in Organizational Communication and Management conducting original research that examined the role of storytelling in organizational socialization.
Kindra has been seen in Glamour Magazine, Success Magazine, Success.com, Entrepreneur.com and as a weekly columnist at Inc.com. She has worked with innovative brands like ConAgra, Stryker, Hilton, Sodexo, Workiva and Rodan & Fields to use the irresistible power of storytelling to capture attention and connect in a distracted marketplace. Kindra has become a conference favorite for her clients who invite her back for consecutive annual events. Her presentations include revealing research; eye-opening case studies and, of course, stories attendees will remember and retell long after the event ends. Audiences leave inspired and motivated to apply Kindra's actionable content.
World-renowned speaker on strategy and innovation. Author of Leading the Revolution.
Gary Hamel is one of the world’s most influential and iconoclastic business thinkers. He has worked with leading companies across the globe and is a dynamic and sought-after management speaker. Hamel has been on the faculty of the London Business School for more than 30 years and is the director of the Management Innovation eXchange.
Hamel has written 17 articles for the Harvard Business Review and is the most reprinted author in the Review’s history. His landmark books have been translated into more than 25 languages. His most recent bestsellers are The Future of Management and What Matters Now. In these volumes, Hamel presents an impassioned plea for reinventing management and lays out a practical blueprint for building organizations that are “fit for the future.”
Fortune magazine describes Hamel as “the world’s leading expert on business strategy,” and the Financial Times calls him a “management innovator without peer.” Hamel has been ranked by The Wall Street Journal as the world’s most influential business thinker and is a fellow of the Strategic Management Society and of the World Economic Forum.
Hamel’s groundbreaking concepts such as “strategic intent,” “core competence,” “industry revolution,” and “management Innovation,” have changed the language and practice of management in organizations.
Expert on nutrition and exercise in energy management for increased productivity, engagement and performance.
As an experienced speaker, Heidi has been featured at many national and global conferences, including the Fortune Magazine Most Powerful Women in Business Summit, ESPN Women’s Leadership Summit, and the Million Dollar Round Table. Heidi is CEO and founder of SYNERGY, an integrative neuroscience partnership that provides brain-based training for individuals and organizations. She is also a frequent lecturer at Canyon Ranch Resort and Spa in Tucson, Arizona.
Heidi’s publications include the NY Times bestseller The SHARP Solution: A Brain-Based Approach for Optimal Performance (Wiley, Feb 2013), and the follow-up release Stressaholic: 5 Steps to Transform Your Relationship with Stress (Wiley, Jan 2014). Her latest book, Recharge: Investment Strategies for Your Most Valuable Resource is available now.
Heidi is actively involved with several non-profit organizations such as Challenged Athletes Foundation and The Alzheimer’s Association and is a National Board Member for Blessings in a Backpack. Recently, Heidi created The Beyond Funny Project, a non-profit dedicated to providing resources and education related to the benefits of healthy humor. In 2011, Heidi became a Fellow with the American Institute of Stress, and she currently serves as editor of their quarterly publication, Contentment.
Heidi holds a bachelors degree in communications from Penn State University, where she competed on the Big 10 softball team and received academic All-American honors. She holds a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Rollins College and a Ph.D. degree in holistic nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health. Clients have included Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Cisco, Dell, Intel, Proctor & Gamble, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch, ESPN and Starbucks, as well as professional and amateur athletes. For nearly a decade, Heidi has partnered with Janus Capital to deliver the Energy for Performance and BrainWorks programs, which teach financial advisors how to better manage their personal energy, particularly during periods of stress.
Inspirational and motivational speaker, Co-Creator of the Best-Selling Chicken Soup For The Soul Series
Mark Victor Hansen is Co-Creator of the Best-Selling Chicken Soup For The Soul Series. Recent years have seen Mark and his business partner Jack Canfield create what TIME magazine calls
the publishing phenomenon of the decade. With more than 90 million Chicken Soup for the Soul books sold in North America alone and over 100 licensed products in the marketplace, it is one of the most successful publishing franchises in America today.
Mark's energy and exuberance travels still further through mediums such as television (Oprah, CNN and The Today Show), print (TIME, US News & World Report, USA Today, The New York Times and Entrepreneur) and countless radio and newspaper interviews as he assures our planet's people that
you can easily create the life you deserve.
Mark is also known as a passionate philanthropist and humanitarian, working tirelessly for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, March of Dimes, ChildHelp USA and many others.
Publisher and Founding Editor of SUCCESS magazine and Leadership Speaker
Darren Hardy is today's preeminent Success Mentor, a highly sought after keynote speaker, New York Times bestselling author - The Compound Effect, Living Your Best Year Ever, and The Entrepreneur Rollercoaster- as well as former Publisher and Editor or SUCCESS Magazine.
Darren has been a central leader in the personal growth and success industry now for more than 20 years. He has led three success television networks producing over 1,000 TV shows with most every known thought leader of our times. Over the past decade, Darren was the visionary force behind behind the rebirth of SUCCESS Magazine as its publisher and editor. These positions have given him unique and unprecedented access to interview, investigate and publish the stories of the most successful people on the planet including the likes of Richard Branson, Colin Powell, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Harold Schultz, Steve Wynn, Jack Welch and many more. He has uncovered the secrets to their success and now uses them to empower millions of entrepreneurs and corporate leaders globally.
Adam’s remarkably consistent track record is built on applying his two proprietary frameworks for predicting business success; The Phoenix Principle and the Status Quo Risk Management Playbook. His keynote presentations and workshops make trends clear and help audiences chart a successful course to a more profitable future in our fast changing world.
Adam has been the No. 1 Leadership columnist for Forbes.com since 2009, written a quarterly column for CIO Magazine since 2010 and been a contributing editor for the International Journal of Innovation Science since its founding in 2008. His columns have boldly predicted highly unexpected declines for market leaders such as Tribune, Sears, and Research in Motion years before anyone else.
For two decades, Adam’s accurate forecasts about market shifting trends and his predictions for industry leading corporations has made him a frequent press interviewee regarding Apple, Microsoft, HP and other tech companies, as well as the automobile, media and retail industries. His insight to business growth and overcoming organizational obstacles have been featured in Inc, Adweek, Washington Times and on BBC television.
Since 2004, Adam has been CEO and Managing Partner of Spark Partners, a strategy and transformation consultancy. In 2010, Adam became the founding CEO of Soparfilm Energy, a corporation that invested early in fracking for oil and gas production. Additionally, Adam has been on the Board of Directors at several successful privately held companies, including Crosfield Electronics and Benchmark Technologies in the U.K., Biometric Access Corp. and Apex Interactive and in the U.S. Adam provides board advisory services and is a certified Fellow in the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) where he is a regular speaker on risk management.
Adam was formerly an executive with PepsiCo and DuPont and is a Boston Consulting Group alumni. Adam received his MBA from the Harvard Business School with Distinction. He now travels the globe giving keynotes and leading risk management workshops sharing his insights to how companies and executives can succeed.
Master of Innovation & Renowned Speaker on the Future of Commerce
Sterling Hawkins has become a master of innovation through massive changes and obstacles he has overcome in his own life. From selling the first company he founded in 2004 to flat broke, from a broken family business to a successful one, and from fear of public speaking to keynoting at conferences around the world, Sterling’s story is a perfect example of how anyone can take any situation and create anything from it.
As a business leader, entrepreneur investor and futurist, Sterling is an internationally renowned keynote speaker. As a 5th generation retailer and still very active in retail innovation, he has worked with the likes of Stanford, Cornell and the University of Texas to create the future of commerce, and today evaluates over 1,000 innovative technologies annually which are looking to dynamically transform retail and how people fulfill on their wants and needs. He has worked with countless startups, investment groups, retailers, brands and Fortune 500 companies including P&G, Mitsubishi, Zebra Technologies, Stater Bros. and more to ignite innovation and innovation thinking inside their organizations.
Sterling has been seen in Inc. Magazine, The New York Times, ABC Money, AlleyWatch, Yahoo Finance, Forbes and other major media outlets. Living at the intersection of in-store, online and the 4th Industrial Revolution, Sterling is actively shaping the future of commerce by helping others create and respond to innovation in a way that betters businesses, communities and the human condition.
Tyler Hayden has been a full-time professional speaker and innovative team builder for almost two decades. His business is personal development and non-traditional team-building programs. Tyler’s clients include some of the world’s largest corporations and associations. Groups such as the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO), Project Management Institute (PMI), Bell, and Honeywell have all benefited from Tyler’s programs.
Tyler is a keynoter, team builder, and author. He has developed program solutions across industries in leadership, structured mentoring, team building, staff motivation, personal development, and quality improvement.
Tyler is the author of over 16 books, plus audio CDs, educational programs, interactive CD-ROMs, board games, card games, apps, and full-length DVDs. His training materials have been sold worldwide, and he has delivered several thousand high-energy keynotes and train-the-trainer programs internationally.
As a keynoter Tyler has spoken to groups ranging in number from 20 to 5,000. He delivers a professional presentation that ensures that the message is designed with the audience’s learning in mind. Tyler’s electric energy on stage is second to none–in fact some say he is our planet’s answer to alternative energy.
Working with Tyler as a team builder and keynoter is fun. Whether he brings his 9-hole mini golf course, paints and canvas, or remote control cars, his bag of tricks always delivers a great time! Tyler’s team events are high energy and information packed. Tyler works diligently beforehand along-side your team leads to ensure the delivery of consistent and powerful messages that resonate with your team.
Finally, a description of Tyler would not be complete without a word about his greatest source of affluence: family. Tyler is a loving husband to Laurie, a teacher, and proud father of Tait and Breton, his beautiful little girls. Tyler and Laurie look forward to building a loving family and continuing to make a difference in their quiet seaside community in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, where they operate a chicken farm and Tyler sits on Town Council.
Host of 'C-Suite with Jeffrey Hayzlett' on Bloomberg Television
Jeffrey Hayzlett is a global business celebrity and primetime television show host on Bloomberg Television. From small business to international corporations, his creativity and extraordinary entrepreneurial skills have enabled him to lead ventures blending his leadership perspectives, insights into the c-suite and business strategy, mass marketing prowess and affinity for social media. He is a well-traveled public speaker, the author of the bestselling business books The Mirror Test and Running the Gauntlet, and one of the most compelling figures in business today.
Jeffrey is a leading business expert, cited in Forbes, SUCCESS, Mashable, Marketing Week and Chief Executive, among many others. He shares his executive insight and commentary on television networks like Bloomberg, MSNBC, and Fox Business. Jeffrey appeared as a guest celebrity judge on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump for three seasons. Drawing upon an eclectic background in business, buoyed by a stellar track record of keynote speaking and public appearances, and deeply rooted in cowboy lore, Jeffrey energizes his role driving and delivering change. He is a turnaround architect of the highest order, a maverick marketer who delivers scalable campaigns, embraces traditional modes of customer engagement, and possesses a remarkable cachet of mentorship, corporate governance, and brand building.
Troy Hazard is serial entrepreneur, who has founded and nurtured twelve businesses over two decades, and has consulted to countless successful companies over the last 25 years.
Through his business career he has owned a diverse range of businesses including a recording studio, an advertising agency, a pizza outlet, pool service, real estate brokerage, property development company, leading franchise-consulting business, and a technology business.
These business talents earned him international respect, so much so that he was elected by the world's foremost business leaders for the role of Global President of the Entrepreneurs' Organization.
He is also one of the few Australians to crack the USA market with his own TV talk show. "Gettin' Down 2 Business" airs in the USA on the BizTV Cable Network into 20 million homes each week 9pm EST. And he is a regular Co-Host on "The Big Biz Show" on the CBS Talk Radio Network and the Business Talk Radio Network broadcasting to 1.5 million radio listeners, and simulcast on the BizTV Network in the United States.
Troy's lessons from the edge provide businesses with potent and refined tools, a collection of which you will find in his Amazon bestselling business book, Future-Proofing Your Business - Real life strategies to prepare your business for tomorrow, today!
Two times TED speaker, Charles Hazlewood is a British conductor of international renown. He has conducted some of the greatest classical repertoire with some of the best orchestras in the world. But Charles Hazlewood is more than a conductor, he is a visionary with a mission to bring the ever modern joy of orchestral music to a new audience and in doing so, change lives and communities for the better.
Dubbed, the 'British Bernstein' by the New York Sun, Hazlewood believes that music can overcome barriers of language, class and culture and has proved this over his career: an opera company recruited from black townships in South Africa that won the Golden Bear Award for best film, a pay-what-you-can orchestral music festival attended by 1000’s of people who had never heard an orchestra live before, and the world’s first orchestra of disabled musicians, who played alongside Coldplay at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 paralympics and continue to tour, world demonstrating the incredible creative talent of disabled people to new audiences all over the world. And these are just the headlines.
Hazlewood is not only well known for what he has achieved but how he achieved it. Eschewing the model of conductor as dictator; he has evolved a creative leadership style that has won the hearts and minds of many in the world of arts, business, education, sports, medicine and industry.
Hazlewood guest-conducts orchestras around the world and is a familiar figure on British TV and radio.
Sheila Heen is a New York Times business best-selling author, founder of Triad Consulting Group and faculty at Harvard Law School. Heen’s corporate clients include MetLife, BAE Systems, HSBC, the Federal Reserve Bank, Novartis, AT&T, Pixar, Workday and numerous family businesses. She often works with executive teams, helping them to work through conflict, repair working relationships and make sound decisions together. In the public sector she has also provided training for the New England Organ Bank, the Singapore Supreme Court, the White House and theologians struggling with disagreement over the nature of truth and God.
Heen has spent the last 20 years with the Harvard Negotiation Project, developing negotiation theory and practice. She specializes in particularly difficult negotiations – where emotions run high and relationships become strained. Heen is co-author of the New York Times bestsellers Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most and Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well (Even When It’s Off-Base, Unfair, Poorly Delivered and Frankly, You’re Not in the Mood). She has been featured on “Oprah,” CNBC “Power Lunch,” NPR, and was among the top rated speakers at the 2015 Global Leadership Summit.
Heen is a graduate of Occidental College and Harvard Law School. She is schooled in negotiation daily by her three children.
Chris challenges and inspires organizations and individuals toward Wild leadership, compassionate presence, and daring authenticity. Featured on The Discovery Channel's “National Geographic Today,” she brings decades of leadership experience indoors, to conferences and offices, working with teams and leaders, helping us recognize that leadership and teamwork doesn't have to be so complicated.
Selected as a Top Ten Speaker of 2014 by MeetingsNet, Chris was the highest rated speaker of Meeting Professional International's 2014 World Education Congress. She is out to create a Wild revolution in the workplace. A wilderness guide since 1984 and professional speaker since 2001, Chris has led and worked with a diverse array of teams, both canine and human!
With remarkable parallels to the work world, Chris shares hilarious stories from her sled dog team with their quirky personalities and from guiding whitewater trips, where successfully navigating obstacles (mostly) is part of the journey.
She sits on the board of the University of Minnesota's Raptor Center, is a Wilderness First Responder and a graduate of NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School). She holds a bachelor's degree in recreation and social work from George Williams College, where she recently received the Distinguished Alumnae Award. She is a poet and shares her writing and Wild Dares through her newsletter, Wild Thoughts.
Entrepreneur, CEO, Speaker and Author of Willful Blindness
Margaret Heffernan is an entrepreneur, Chief Executive and author. She was born in Texas, raised in Holland and educated at Cambridge University. She worked in BBC Radio for five years where she wrote, directed, produced and commissioned dozens of documentaries and dramas.
As a television producer, she made documentary films for Timewatch, Arena, and Newsnight. She was one of the producers of Out of the Doll's House, the prize-winning documentary series about the history of women in the twentieth century. She designed and executive produced a thirteen part series on The French Revolution for the BBC and A&E. The series featured, among others, Alan Rickman, Alfred Molina, Janet Suzman, Simon Callow and Jim Broadbent and introduced both historian Simon Schama and playwright Peter Barnes to British television. She also produced music videos with Virgin Records and the London Chamber Orchestra to raise attention and funds for Unicef's Lebanese fund.
Leaving the BBC, she ran the trade association IPPA, which represented the interests of independent film and television producers and was once described by the Financial Times as "the most formidable lobbying organization in England."
In 1994, she returned to the United States where she worked on public affair campaigns in Massachusetts and with software companies trying to break into multimedia. She developed interactive multimedia products with Peter Lynch, Tom Peters, Standard & Poors and The Learning Company.
She then joined CMGI where she ran, bought and sold leading Internet businesses, serving as Chief Executive Officer for InfoMation Corporation, ZineZone Corporation and iCAST Corporation.
She was named one of the Internet's Top 100 by Silicon Alley Reporter in 1999, one of the Top 25 by Streaming Media magazine and one of the Top 100 Media Executives by The Hollywood Reporter. Her "Tear Down the Wall" campaign against AOL won the 2001 Silver SABRE award for public relations.
Her third book, Wilful Blindness (Simon&Schuster in the UK, Bloomsbury in the US and Doubleday in Canada) was a finalist for the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Best Business Book award. Her most recent book A Bigger Prize (Simon&Schuster in the UK, Public Affairs in the US and Doubleday in Canada) is published in spring 2014. She is a Trustee of the London Library and sits on the Council of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art as well as one the boards of several private companies. Margaret blogs for the Huffington Post in the US and the UK, for CBSMoneywatch and for Inc.com.
She was featured on television in The Secret Millionaire and on BBC Radio 4 in Changing the Rules, which won the 2008 Prowess Media Award. She has had three plays broadcast by the BBC and in 2011 has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Bath. She mentors senior executives and contributes to corporate conferences around the world. She is married with two children.
Founding Director of Center for Public Leadership, renowned leadership speaker
Ronald Heifetz is a renowned leadership speaker, Founding Director of the Center for Public Leadership and King Hussein bin Talal Senior Lecturer in Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School. He is known worldwide for his seminal work on the practice of teaching and leadership. His research focuses on how to build adaptive capacity in societies, businesses, and nonprofits. For twenty-five years, Heifetz's courses on leadership have been among the most highly valued in the University. His first book, Leadership Without Easy Answers (1994), currently in its thirteenth printing, has been translated into many languages. His bestselling book, Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive through the Dangers of Leading (2002) was co-authored with Marty Linsky. His recent book, The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing your Organization and the World, was coauthored with Linsky and Alexander Grashow.
The subject of many interviews, articles, and the book by Sharon Daloz Parks, Leadership Can Be Taught ( 2005), Heifetz speaks extensively in the U.S. and abroad and consults widely with senior executives in government, business, and nonprofit organizations. Heifetz is a founding principal in Cambridge Leadership Associates.
A graduate of Columbia University, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard Kennedy School, Heifetz is both a doctor and a musician. He trained initially in surgery before deciding to devote himself to the study of leadership in politics and business. Heifetz completed his medical training in psychiatry. As a cellist, he studied with the great Russian virtuoso, Gregor Piatigorsky.
Chris Helder is a certified practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming specialising in advanced communication and behavioural modelling. Chris is one of today's highest booked speakers and he presents his high-impact presentations to some of the biggest names in business throughout Australia, the Asia-Pacific region, the US and Europe.
The author of two best-selling books on the power of genuine communication, Chris has wowed over 2,000 audiences with his brilliant combination of energy, wit, humor and tailored content ensuring he relates to every audience member.
A dynamic speaker who delivers the “Power of Influence”, Chris' highly entertaining messages have literally transformed how businesses communicate with their clients.
Chris' global client list includes: Citibank, Merrill Lynch, Glaxo Smith Kline, Toyota, Fuji Xerox, Levi’s and IBM. Chris speaks at conferences in the areas of sales, communication, influence, leadership and mastering the face to face customer experience.
For 14 years, Herman has been our nation's secret weapon--providing leadership training to top officers in the United States military, law enforcement, medicine, education, and industry. Her innovative, interactive pedagogy has been called "invaluable" by the Department of Defense, and credited with "stimulating the innovative thinking necessary to generate viable future war-fighting concepts" by The Chief of Naval Operations.
Amy E. Herman is the founder and president of The Art of Perception, Inc., a New York-based organization that conducts professional development courses to leaders around the world including at the FBI, CIA, Scotland Yard, and the Peace Corps. Herman was also the Director of Educational Development at Thirteen/WNET, the educational public television station serving New York and New Jersey, and the Head of Education at The Frick Collection for over ten years, where she oversaw all of the Collection's educational collaborations and community initiatives.
An art historian and attorney, Herman holds a BA in International Affairs from Lafayette College, a JD from the National Law Center at George Washington University, and an MA in Art History from Hunter College. She is a member of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. Herman channeled her dual degrees in art and law to create the successful Art of Perception program, and now trains thousands of professionals from Secret Service agents to church fundraisers. Herman is a world-renowned speaker who frequently presents at national and international conventions. She has been featured on the CBS Evening News, the BBC, and in countless print publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The London Times, New York Daily News, Smithsonian Magazine, and The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Former COO of 1-800-Got-Junk?, Speaks on Leadership, Business Strategy
For over 20 years Cameron Herold has been coaching, speaking to, or helping entrepreneurs build companies on five continents. He launched BackPocket COO to coach & mentor young, fun, entrepreneurial, growth companies and help make their dreams happen. He is one of the country's most innovative business leaders and was a leading force behind one of the most successful businesses of the decade, 1-800-GOTJUNK?. He is currently mentoring companies based in Switzerland, Germany, the UK, USA & Canada.
He was Chief Operating Officer of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? for just under seven years and his innovative business leadership helped enable them to build a presence in 46 states, 9 provinces, and 4 countries while being ranked the
2nd Best Company to Work for in Canada by Canadian Business Magazine and
the #1 Company in BC to Work for twice by BC Business Magazine. During his tenure the company was studied by numerous MBA programs including Queen's University in Canada & Harvard.
Cameron Herold helped this leading edge company grow from $2 Million to $105 Million in revenue in six years with no debt or outside shareholders. Prior to 1-800-GOT-JUNK? he had two EO (Entrepreneurs Organization) qualifying companies. From 1998 through 2000 he was VP, Corporate Development at Ubarter.com a division of 900-person firm with a $900 Million market cap based in Seattle. He was also, President of Barter Business Exchange in Vancouver. From 1994 to 1998, Herold was VP, Franchise Development for Coast-to-Coast Franchise Services (Boyd Autobody & Glass).
In these positions over 20 years since starting his first company at 21 years old he has gained real world insight into tried-and-true systems from having been involved in the sale, branding and integration of 450+ franchise locations with three franchisors. He's worked on the development and deployment of ecommerce and Internet strategies, negotiation of corporate acquisitions and development of numerous strategic partnerships. He has a unique understanding of business and growing companies from having led business areas of Operations, Marketing, Public Relations, Strategic Alliances, Sales, Call Centers and Franchising.
His work has helped companies be featured in the Associated Press, Bloomberg, USA Today, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Fortune, as well as TV shows like Donny Deutsch, Oprah, and Dr. Phil.
Cameron's new book is Double Double: How to Double Your Revenue and Profit in 3 Years or Less.
Jay Hewitt will get you to your Finish Line. An elite Ironman triathlete, Jay is the only person with Type 1 diabetes to race for the U.S. National Triathlon Team. He balanced years of grueling physical triathlon training, racing and world travel, managing his blood sugar and hourly insulin dosage, and maintaining a demanding full-time law practice. In 2004, he began public speaking while racing and practicing law. After numerous engagements and repeated requests, he followed his passion and launched a full-time professional speaking career in 2011. His balance of work, life and pursuit of goals has taken remarkable focus and discipline, converting physical and mental challenges into motivation for success. That is exactly the message he shares with rapt audiences all over the world. Jay’s principles translate perfectly into life as well as business, inspiring improvement in everyone—from leadership and management to everyday employees, from athletes and non-athletes to students and adults.
The Ironman triathlon is the world’s most grueling athletic event—a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike race and a 26.2-mile marathon run—racing 140 miles in a single day. Jay is a three-time member of the U.S. National Team for Long Distance Triathlon, having raced for Team USA at the World Championships in 2004, 2005 and 2006 in Denmark, Sweden and Australia. He’s competed in 14 Ironman triathlons, 20 half-Ironman triathlons and 8 individual marathons, and is a three-time finisher of the Boston Marathon. In 2006, he and his teammates won the 3,000-mile Race Across America, cycling nonstop from San Diego to Atlantic City in 5 days and 16 hours.
Since 1993, Jay has practiced law in Greenville, SC as a partner in both a large 200-lawyer corporate law firm and then starting his own small boutique firm specializing in business, sports and entertainment law. He has negotiated multimillion-dollar business agreements and handled all aspects of complex business litigation, product liability, settlements, trials and appeals. He has been lead trial counsel for several Fortune 500 companies and argued appeals before the Supreme Court of South Carolina and the U.S. Court of Appeals. In over 20 years as an attorney, Jay has lived the challenges facing large corporations and small business while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
Jay has been featured on the cover of Diabetes Health, Diabetes Forecast and many other national publications. He has also been the focus of television documentaries on networks such as CNBC, WGN and Lifetime. A board member for several health-related organizations, Jay is the author of Finish Line Vision, which chronicles his remarkable journey and approach to life.
Entertaining & motivating Speaker on Goal Setting and the Engagement Experience
Jason Hewlett’s speaking career began following the performance of his popular One-Man Show at a corporate event. The client was so impressed with the powerful messaging Jason included in his act that he was asked to be the keynote speaker for their Management & Leadership Conference the following year. Jason’s customized presentation and content, combined with music and comedy, was so well received it has turned into multiple speeches for nationwide clients.
While Jason has received awards in the arts and entertainment industry, he has been hired for some of the largest corporate events in the world. His reputation has transformed from someone who delivers an incredible, standing ovation show worthy of Las Vegas praise, AND a keynote speaker sharing practical business principles applicable for leadership, entrepreneurship, and cultural impact.
Having delivered hundreds of corporate presentations for front-line motivation and management instruction, Jason’s talks combine message, authenticity, humor, music, and impersonations. His talks feel like a show with a message, or a keynote speech with entertainment, while remaining a G-rated, family-friendly, corporate ready experience. Few performers can match the level of laughs, energy, and appropriate material for any audience. Jason Hewlett is constantly brought back again and again by his clients.
In addition, combining his ability as a seasoned speaker, entertainer, and behind-the-scenes event advisor, Jason has become one of America’s top Master of Ceremonies/Emcees for the largest corporate and charity events. Whether a 3-day convention or an awards gala, Jason keeps the energy, laughs, and excitement going throughout, while allowing executives to take a back seat and enjoy the conference rather than stress about running it.
With over 2,000 presentations for Fortune 500 companies and clients such as American Express, Delta Airlines, the Salt Lake Olympics, Experian, NuSkin, Younique, Coca~Cola and Wells Fargo, Jason Hewlett is your go-to solution for a keynote, entertainment and emcee.
William Higham is a worldwide authority on future and evolving consumer behaviors. He helps organizations to understand how tomorrow’s Smart Consumers will think, feel, behave and how they can benefit from this in their business. William creates consumer strategy reports, runs management planning and innovation workshops, and writes and presents on trends.
He gained his initial experience with consumers in the entertainment industry in the 1990's. He began in marketing communications at Sony Music, where he worked on Michael Jackson, Motorhead and Alice Cooper. He later worked as Marketing Manager at Virgin & Universal, where he ran campaigns for The Rolling Stones, The Cure, Meat Loaf, Verve, XTC and Smashing Pumpkins.
His first trends role was Senior Trends Consultant at the Breaking Trends consultancy, whose clients included British Telecom and Levis. He was later appointed MD of research agency OnePoll, whose clients included Kelloggs, Findus and Hilton Hotels. He founded strategic consultancy Next Big Thing in 2002. The company has worked with a wide range of blue chip clients: from BBC to HSBC, Sainsbury’s to Siemens.
William has spoken at, chaired and facilitated conferences and internal events for brands, media and industry bodies: from Barclaycard to Retail Week, Hiscox to FHM.
He’s been interviewed across the media - BBC to Bloomberg TV, Cosmopolitan to The Times. He currently writes consumer trends columns for The Institute of Directors (IoD) magazine ‘Director’ and The Huffington Post.
He wrote one of the first ever handbooks for consumer trend forecasters: The Next Big Thing: Spotting & Forecasting Consumer Trends For Profit (Kogan Page, 2009), which has been translated into four languages.
William’s interactive cocktail of the most up to date research guarantees maximum audience engagement. He mixes insight, inspiration and information in a way that always leaves an audience feeling energized and inspired.
Inspirational and motivational speaker, former Chief of the Defence Staff for the Canadian Forces. Winner of the Vimy Award.
General Rick Hillier was Canada's Chief of the Defence Staff - the highest ranking position in the Canadian Forces - from February 4, 2005 to July 1, 2008. Born in Newfoundland and Labrador, General Hillier joined the Canadian Forces as soon as he could. Having enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1973 through the Regular Officer Training Plan program, he graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science Degree.
After completing his armor officer classification training, he joined his first regiment, the 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's) in Petawawa, Ontario. Subsequently, he served with, and later commanded, the Royal Canadian Dragoons in Canada and Germany. In July 2008 after 35 years of loyal service General Hillier retired from the Canadian Armed Forces.
Throughout his career, General Hillier has had the privilege and pleasure of commanding troops from the platoon to multi-national formation level within Canada, Europe, Asia and the United States. He has worked as a staff officer in several headquarters, first at the Army level in Montreal and later at the strategic level in Ottawa.
In 1998 General Hillier was appointed as the first Canadian Deputy Commanding General of III Corps, US Army in Fort Hood, Texas. In 2000 he took command of NATO's Stabilization Force's Multinational Division in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In May 2003 General Hillier was appointed as Commander of the Army and subsequently, in October 2003, he was selected as the Commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul, Afghanistan. General Hillier was promoted to Chief of the Defence Staff in February 2005.
In Afghanistan, Canada faced its first combat losses since the Korean War, with every casualty becoming front page news. There, as everywhere, Hillier pulled no punches, demanding more funding, more troops and more appreciation for the women and men fighting a war on foreign soil.
A Solder First: Bullets, Bureaucrats, and the Politics of War was released in October of 2009. This hard-hitting, honest account of Hillier's role -- told in his own words -- will be one of the most important books published in Canada this decade. General Rick Hillier's newest book is entitled Leadership: 50 Points of Wisdom for Today's Leaders.
General Hillier was recently named an Officer of the Order of Canada. He and his wife have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and a new grandson. He enjoys most recreational pursuits but, in particular, runs slowly, plays hockey poorly and golfs very well as long as he does not have to sink the ball.