Former Major League Baseball Pitcher & Gold Medal Winner in the 1988 Olympics
Born without a right hand, Jim Abbott is a former MLB pitcher who led Team USA to a Gold Medal in the 1988 Olympics. He was an All-America hurler at Michigan and won the Sullivan Award in 1987. Jim threw a 4-0 no-hitter for the New York Yankees versus Cleveland on September 4, 1993. He played for 10 seasons on 4 different teams and ended his big league playing career in 1999.
Abbott has worked with The Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) on several initiatives encouraging businesses to hire people with disabilities.
Today, in addition to often being a Guest Pitching Instructor during Spring Training for the Los Angeles Angels, Jim Abbott is a motivational speaker who shares his incredible story of overcoming adversity and achieving ultimate goal.
Paul Allen is a mission-driven entrepreneur, tech visionary, and lecturer on entrepreneurship and innovation, technology, strengths psychology, workplace culture, and human potential. Paul has founded 8 companies in his 29-year career in tech.
He is best known for co-founding Ancestry.com in 1997. He was its original CEO and he created the content subscription business model and marketing strategies. He served in many executive roles as Ancestry became the leading genealogy company in the world.
From 2012-2017 Paul was Global Strengths Evangelist for Gallup, helping lead a worldwide movement to bring strengths psychology into schools and workplaces. The StrengthsFinder 2.0 customer base grew from 7 million to 16 million during that time.
Paul taught entrepreneurship and marketing at the university level for 4 years. He serves on the National Advisory Board for the Utah Valley University School of Business. He is a director of the Human Justice Foundation, which aims to change the emphasis in the criminal justice system from punishment and retribution to compassion and rehabilitation.
Paul has travelled extensively and has spoken around the world about how to unlock potential in individuals and build positive, strengths-based cultures. From Canada to China, Hong Kong to Hawaii, and in Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand and Australia, Paul has spoken to CEOs, global HRDs, entrepreneurs, educators, managers, and students.
Paul was the keynote speaker for Gallup at the inaugural CliftonStrengths Summit in Omaha, Nebraska in July 2016. In 2017, he was a main stage presenter at the CliftonStrengths Summit, along with keynote speakers Deepak Chopra and best-selling author Tom Rath.
Business leaders call on Ian Altman to modernize their sales and marketing. Ian's approach helps companies significantly grow sales by aligning their goals with current and emerging trends in buyer behavior.
As a regular columnist for the digital editions of Forbes and Inc magazines, Ian is an internationally respected and sought after expert on business, innovation, collaboration, and integrity-based selling. Audiences discover an approach to business growth that everyone can embrace – even your customers.
Companies like Allstate Financial & Thermofisher Scientific call on Ian Altman to modernize their sales and marketing to align with research on how customers approve purchases. As a CEO of his own technology and services companies for two decades, he grew his own companies to more than $1 billion in value. Audiences know the difference between someone who has walked the walk, not just talk the talk.
Energetic, Interactive, and Actionable. Those are words audiences often use to describe Ian Altman’s sessions. Ian teaches that results matter. Organizers and executives know Ian has successfully implemented the concepts he presents. Ian combines stories, proven methods, and humor to inspire your audience. He engages the audience from beginning to end to ensure active participation and maximum retention of key principles. Ian will ensure they leave with actionable steps to help you get the results you need for your business.
Global IoT Thought Leader & TEDx Speaker on Disruption and Success
Scott Amyx is the Chair & Managing Partner at Amyx Ventures, CEO of Amyx+, Managing Partner at the Future of Fashion (with former Miami Fashion Week founders), and Singularity University/ Smart City Accelerator Mentor and Startup Board Member. Scott is a Tribeca Disruptor Foundation Fellow, a disruptive innovation awards program of Tribeca Film Festival. He is a TEDx speaker on disruption and success. Scott is a thought leader, speaker, and author on the Internet of Things and the Fourth Industrial Revolution and winner of the Cloud & DevOps World Award for Most Innovative and was voted Top Global IoT Influencer & Expert by Inc. Magazine, HP Enterprise, Postscapes, Top IoT Authority by the Internet of Things Institute.
Scott has been nominated to the World Economic Forum as a committee member for the Future of the Internet. The Republic of Korea nominated Scott to represent cutting-edge research and case studies on the Internet of Things at the ITU Telecom World, United Nations. Sovereignties, governments, multinationals, and international consulting and research firms look to Scott for unrivaled insights and pulse on the changing emerging technology landscape.
Scott’s feature Wiley book Strive is scheduled to come out in early 2018. In this book, Scott takes readers into his defining life moments and stories from some of the most unlikely individuals who persevered through change to become outrageously successful. His second feature book The Human Race: How Humans Can Survive in the Robotic Age is scheduled to come out in 2018.
Scott has been featured on New York Times, TIME, Forbes, The Washington Post, WIRED, TechCrunch, Inc., and many others. Scott is the co-author of Internet of Things and Data Analytics Handbook, an academic publication by John Wiley and Sons and The Advances in Information Security, Privacy, & Ethics (AISPE) Book Series: Managing Security Issues and the Hidden Dangers of Wearable Technologies, an academic publication by IGI Global.
Scott has over 19 years of large-scale strategy and implementation experience, managing double digit million dollar projects across multiple verticals. In his last corporate position as VP of Product Management, Scott helped the company be acquired by a Fortune 500 publicly traded company. Scott has also started numerous startups and successfully sold a company.
Scott has a master’s degree in applied microeconomics/ public policy from the University of Chicago. Scott was a national Sloan Fellow at Carnegie Mellon University.
Former Professor and Dean at the University of California, Author & Speaker on the Brain Science of Success
Dr. Britt Andreatta is an internationally recognized thought leader in leadership and learning. Drawing on her unique background in leadership, psychology, education, and the human sciences, she has a profound understanding of how to unlock the best in people, helping organizations rise to their potential.
She is the CEO and President of 7th Mind Inc. providing groundbreaking research and science-based solutions for today's workplace challenges. Britt has published several titles on learning and leadership including her books Wired to Grow: Harness the Power of Brain Science to Master Any Skill and Wired to Resist: The Brain Science of Why Change Fails and a New Model for Driving Success. Britt is currently writing her next books on the neuroscience of teams and the conscious evolution of organizations.
Britt is a seasoned professional with more than 25 years of experience consulting with businesses, universities, and nonprofit organizations. Corporate clients include Fortune 100 companies like Comcast and Apple as well as companies such as Ernst & Young, Avvo, LinkedIn, Franklin Covey, AlterEco Foods, DPR Construction, and 15Five. Dr. Andreatta has also worked with major educational institutions like the University of California, Dartmouth University, and the University of New Mexico as well as non-profit organizations like the YMCA and Norton Healthcare.
She has received over 7.5 million views worldwide of her courses on Lynda.com and LinkedIn Learning. Titles include The Neuroscience of Learning, Creating a Culture of Learning, Organizational Learning & Development, Leading Change, Having Difficult Conversations, and Leading with Emotional Intelligence.
A highly sought-after and engaging speaker, Britt delivered a TEDx talk called “How Your Past Hijacks Your Future” and she regularly speaks at corporate events and international conferences receiving rave reviews like “best speaker of the conference” or “best keynote I’ve ever heard.”
Dr. Andreatta has served as professor and dean at the University of California, Antioch University, and several graduate schools. She regularly consults with executives and organizations on how to maximize their full potential.
First African American Female Combat Pilot and Motivational Speaker
Known simply as FlyGirl, Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour went from beat cop to combat pilot in 3 years. Within months of earning her wings, she found herself flying over the deserts of Iraq supporting the men and women on the ground. After serving two tours overseas, she had become America’s First African American Female Combat Pilot. After returning home, she realized that many people wanted to create breakthroughs in their own lives, they just didn’t know how.
From her experiences, she created a 7-step process called the Zero to Breakthrough Success Plan. She now travels extensively sharing this message through her keynotes, coaching and seminars. She is your battle-tested speaker and ignites audiences with a dynamic spark that can’t be extinguished. Lead your team through the execution of any plan by harnessing the power of a “Breakthrough Mentality”! From the moment she leaps into the audience, she shows attendees how to go from “Zero to Breakthrough” and create a personal flight plan utilizing her candid strategies to win on the battlefield of business and life!
Upon completion of two tours in Iraq and leaving the military, Vernice leveraged her “Breakthrough Mentality” mindset and launched VAI Consulting and Training, LLC. By applying the Zero to Breakthrough Success Plan to her own company, Vernice produced over six-figures in revenue within the first 12 months! Her passion is helping organizations and individuals create similar results.
As featured on Oprah Winfrey, CNN, Tavis Smiley, NPR and others, Vernice “FlyGirl” Armour’s fresh style and presentation methods have inspired hundreds of organizations and individuals. Vernice ultimately impacts organizations and individuals with an understanding of the passion and leadership required to excel. Through her keynotes, executive and group coaching, seminars and executive retreats, Vernice conveys her message of Zero to Breakthrough utilizing her unique insight and life strategy: “You HAVE permission to Engage…CLEARED HOT!”
An honorary Doctorate of Laws was conferred on Vernice from Chancellor University in 2010. She has also received awards as a pioneering pilot, to include her commanding role in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). She was the Marine Corps’ first African American Female pilot, first African American woman on the Nashville Police Department's motorcycle squad, Camp Pendleton's 2001 Female Athlete of the Year, two-time titleholder in Camp Pendleton's annual Strongest Warrior Competition, and a running back for the San Diego Sunfire women's professional football team. Vernice’s signature book is Zero to Breakthrough.
Best-selling Author & Inspiring Speaker on Leadership, Creativity and Diversity
John U. Bacon has worked the better part of two decades as a writer, a public speaker, radio commentator, college teacher, and high school hockey coach, winning awards for all five.
He has authored or co-authored eight books on sports and business, including Walgreens: America’s Corner Store, Cirque du Soleil: The Spark, Bo’s Lasting Lessons: The Legendary Coach Teaches the Timeless Fundamentals of Leadership, which hit The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal’s Business Best Seller lists. He then researched and wrote a trio of books covering big time college football from the inside out: Three and Out: Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines in the Crucible of College Football, Fourth and Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football, Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and Return of Michigan Football. All three were New York Times best sellers.
His latest book, Playing Hurt: My Journey from Despair to Hope, coauthored with ESPN’s John Saunders, tells Saunders’ life story in dramatic detail.
Bacon delivers speeches on the themes in his books — including leadership, creativity and diversity — to corporations, universities and other groups around the country and the world. In 2011, the Michigan Chapter of Meeting Planners International (MMPI) named him “Speaker of the Year.”
Bacon earned an honors degree in history (“pre-unemployment”) from the University of Michigan in 1986, and a Master’s in Education in 1994. In 2005-06, the Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship named him the first recipient of the Benny Friedman Fellowship for Sports Journalism.
He started his journalism career covering high school sports for The Ann Arbor News, then wrote a light-hearted lifestyle column before becoming the Sunday sports feature writer for The Detroit News in 1995. He earned numerous state and national awards for his work, including “Notable Sports Writing” in The Best American Sports Writing in 1998 and 2000.
After Bacon covered the 1998 Nagano Olympics, he moved from the sports page to the Sunday front page, roaming the Great Lakes State to find fresh feature stories. He left the paper in 1999 to free-lance for more than two-dozen national publications, writing stories on Formula One racing in Australia for The New York Times, on Japanese hockey for ESPN Magazine, and on Ernest Hemingway’s Michigan summer home for Time.
Larry Bailin is a best-selling author and an award-winning executive and entrepreneur. He is a working top business speaker, meaning, being a professional keynote speaker is only part of the story.
Larry is a born and raised Jersey Boy, which becomes quite apparent through his tell-it-like-it-is style. Spending his youth growing up in the inner cities of Newark and Irvington, NJ, Larry became acquainted with the virtues and value of hard work.
Coming from a varied professional background that includes mobile electronics installer to retail sales, Larry developed the entrepreneurial itch early in his career. Starting his first digital marketing company in 1994, before digital marketing was a thing, he is considered by most to not just be a pacesetter, but a visionary entrepreneur, leading the charge in developing a new and exciting industry. Larry sold his company in 1998.
In 2001 (on September 11th, 2001 40 miles away from ground zero to be exact, but that’s another story) he founded his next marketing agency, the highly respected Single Throw Digital Marketing in Wall, NJ. Single Throw partners with a wide variety of clients ranging from household brands to fortune enterprises and mid-sized companies, as well as a select group of small businesses, non-profits and startup organizations, to help them succeed in the most competitive digital markets.
In 2007, Larry became an author, releasing his best-selling marketing book, Mommy, Where Do Customers Come From? under the Larstan publishing brand. In 2010, the second edition was released with Morgan James publishing and soon became a best-seller as well. Larry’s book was hailed an instant classic by the press and is required reading for select universities in the US.
In 2017 Larry’s much anticipated second marketing book, BADASS Marketer, will be released online and available in bookstores across the country.
As a professional keynote speaker, Larry has spoken to audiences of 50 to 2,500 all across the US, in a variety of industries. Larry has quickly become a highly sought-after business speaker, breaking attendance and speaker rating records everywhere he goes.
Chris Bashinelli, also known as, “Bash”, was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. After a decade long acting career including an appearance on the HBO hit television show- The Sopranos, Bash decided to follow his real passion- using media to build bridges between cultures. At 20 years old he traveled to Tanzania to make his first documentary. He now traverses the globe from Uganda to Haiti, as Host of Bridge the Gap, a new television series featured on PBS and the National Geographic Channel, where he discovers what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes.
Bash has spoken around the world- from TEDx, to Abu Dhabi, to Azerbaijan- at multi-million dollar corporations, Ivy League Universities, and in the United Nations General Assembly Hall. He has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, Dr. Jane Goodall and the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon.
He has harvested buffalo with Native Americans in Pine Ridge, lived as a nomad in Mongolia, and Sumo Wrestled heaviest Japanese human being in recorded history. He is a Moderator for the United Nations, an Eagle Scout, a National Geographic Explorer, and has interviewed some of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People on the Planet.
Grammy Award-winning guitarist & National Security Consultant
Jeffrey "Skunk" Baxter is currently a consultant/contractor for a number of US Government agencies and advises top military, government and civilian groups on missile defense, terrorism & counter-terrorism, cyber-warfare, intelligence, virtual reality, war gaming, next-generation technology and unconventional strategies.
He is a Senior Fellow and member of the Board of Regents at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, a member of the Director's Strategic Red Team at MIT/ Lincoln Laboratories, a consultant for the Global Security Sector of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and a Senior Thinker for the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition, as well as holding consulting agreements with SAIC, Northrop-Grumman, Parsons, RadiantBlue Technologies and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He was a Specialist Reserve Officer with the Anti-Terrorist Division of the Los Angeles Police Dept. for 15 years and a founding member of the Terrorism Early Warning Group, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Baxter has appeared on CNN and Fox News and written on the subjects of national security and technology for the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Wired, and Money Magazines.
He has also had a long and successful career, (18 Gold & Platinum Albums, 2 Grammys), in the music and entertainment field as a founding member of the group Steely Dan, Grammy winning guitarist with the Doobie Brothers, as a record producer for such artists as Carl Wilson, Nazareth and The Stray Cats and studio musician for hundreds of recordings.
Hal Becker is a nationally known expert on Sales, Customer Service, and Negotiating. He conducts seminars or consults to more than 140 organizations a year. His client list includes IBM, Disney, New York Life, United Airlines, Verizon, Terminix, AT&T, Pearle Vision, Cintas, and hundreds of other companies and associations.
At the age of 22, he became the #1 salesperson among a national sales force of 11,000, for the Xerox Corporation. Six years later in 1983, he survived terminal cancer only months after launching Direct Opinions, one of America's first customer service telephone survey marketing firms that facilitates more than two million calls per year with offices throughout the U.S.A. and Canada. In 1990, Hal sold Direct Opinions to devote time for consulting and presenting lectures around the world.
Hal is the author of Can I have 5 Minutes Of Your Time?", which is now in its 21st printing and is used by many corporations as their "Sales Bible." He has also authored three other best sellers including Lip Service, one of the nations foremost books on customer service, and Get What You Want, a fun, upbeat and fresh approach to negotiating. Hal’s latest book on sales is titled the Ultimate Sales Book.
He has been featured in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Inc Magazine, Nations Business and hundreds of newspapers and Radio/TV stations around the world, and is currently syndicated in over 45 newspapers and magazines.
In 2010 Salesgurus.net voted Hal as one of the "World's top 30 Professional Sales Trainers". Inc. Magazine has voted Hal as one of the nation's top speakers in the Area of Sales and Customer Service.
Best-selling author and world-renown authority on customer loyalty and service innovation
Chip Bell has helped many Fortune 100 companies dramatically enhance their bottom lines and marketplace reputation through innovative customer-centric strategies that address the needs of today’s picky, fickle, vocal and “all about me” customers. Dr. Bell reveals the best practices from the organizations leading the customer loyalty charge, giving audiences powerful cutting-edge ideas and unique strategies they can put into practice the minute they leave his keynote. Bell’s impact on audiences is nothing short of extraordinary: over 80% of the groups who hear him bring him back. Always customer-centered, Bell customizes all his presentations to meet unique organizational needs through a background study, pre-event conference call, and phone interviews to better understand specific audience needs and challenges.
He is considered a world-renowned authority on customer loyalty and service innovation, writing over 600 articles for many business journals, magazines, and blogs. He has appeared live on CNN, CNBC, CBS, Fox Business, Bloomberg TV, ABC, NPR Radio and his work has been featured in Fortune, Businessweek, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CEO Magazine and Entrepreneur. He has authored eight national best-selling books including: Managing Knock Your Socks off Service (now in its 3rd edition); Customers as Partners; Magnetic Service; Take Their Breath Away: How Imaginative Service Creates Devoted Customers: The 9½ Principles of Innovative Service; Wired and Dangerous: How Your Customers Have Changed and What to Do about It; and Sprinkles: Creating Awesome Experiences Through Innovative Service. His newest book is the best-selling Kaleidoscope: Delivering Innovative Service That Sparkles. His books have won major awards and been endorsed by the CEO or presidents of such companies as Zappos, Starbucks, Four Seasons Hotels, Ritz-Carlton Hotels, Build-A-Bear Workshops, JetBlue, Marriott, Ultimate Software, WestRock Chick-fil-A, Wolfgang Puck Worldwide, Morgan Stanley, Nationwide, Dell Computer, Kimpton Hotels and Southwest Airlines.
Few journalists in America’s history have had the impact on their era and their craft as Carl Bernstein. For forty years, from All the President’s Men to A Woman-In-Charge: The Life of Hillary Clinton, Bernstein’s books, reporting, and commentary have revealed the inner-workings of government, politics, and the hidden stories of Washington and its leaders.
In the early 1970s, Bernstein and Bob Woodward broke the Watergate story for The Washington Post, leading to the resignation of President Richard Nixon and setting the standard for modern investigative reporting, for which they and The Post were awarded the Pulitzer Prize.
Since then, Bernstein has continued to build on the theme he and Woodward first explored in the Nixon years – the use and abuse of power: political, media, financial, cultural and spiritual power. Renowned as a prose stylist, he has also written a classic biography of Pope John Paul II, served as the founding editor of the first major political website, and been a rock critic.
The author of five best-selling books, Bernstein is currently also at work on several multi-media projects, including a memoir about growing up at a Washington newspaper, The Evening Star, during the Kennedy era; and a dramatic political TV series with David Simon of ‘The Wire’ for HBO. He is also an on-air contributor for CNN and a contributing editor of Vanity Fair magazine. His most recent book was the national bestseller A Woman In Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton, acclaimed as the definitive biography of its subject, published by Knopf.
With Woodward, Bernstein wrote All the President’s Men (also a movie starring Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman), about their coverage of the Watergate story; and The Final Days, about the denouement of the Nixon presidency.
In 1977-78, Bernstein spent a year investigating the CIA’s secret relationship with the American press during the Cold War. The resulting 25,000-word article for Rolling Stone, entitled “The CIA and the Media,” was the first to examine a subject long suppressed by both American newspapers and the intelligence community.
Since his famous essay, “The Triumph of Idiot Culture,” a 1992 cover story for The New Republic about increasing sensationalism, gossip and manufactured controversy as staples of the American press, he has proved a prescient critic of his own profession.
Having started five successful companies and consulted to leadership teams around the world, Russell Bishop has become a recognized expert in personal and organization transformation, helping individuals and companies create unparalleled success.
One of the early pioneers in the field of large group personal development, he created Insight Seminars in 1978, followed by Insight Consulting Group. In the mid-1980's he co-founded Productivity Development Group along with David Allen. To date, well over one million people in 43 countries have participated in seminars designed by Russell.
In 2000, Russell started Bishop & Bishop, a business consulting firm specializing in performance acceleration helping companies implement business strategies and achieve dynamic performance improvement.
His clients include Fortune 500 companies in aerospace, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, information technology, telecommunications and energy. He has extensive international experience working in England, France, Germany, Spain, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Hong Kong, as well as all across North and South America.
Russell worked with Arianna Huffington to build out several sections of Healthy Living and served as Editorial Director for the Huffington Post's GPS for the Soul. His weekly blogs focusing on improving the quality of personal and professional life have been read by tens of thousands of readers.
Rocky Bleier’s story - a gripping tale of courage on both the football fields of America and the battle fields of Vietnam - has held audiences in rapt attention for years. Yet, the motivational message behind it, detailing how ordinary people can become extraordinary achievers, defines success in the new American century.
With the same optimism, sense of humor and steadfast determination that were his trademarks as a Pittsburgh Steelers running back, Rocky Bleier takes audiences from his early years through his professional career and talks about the lessons he learned along the way….lessons that we can all benefit from.
Not falling within the ideal of what a running back should look like, Bleier had to run harder and play smarter to be able to stand out. Despite his drive and ability to make the big play, the Pittsburgh Steelers only considered him a late round pick. But before the season ended that first year, he was drafted again - this time by the United States Army. At the height of the Vietnam War, Bleier was thrust into combat early and was seriously wounded when his platoon ran into an ambush. Receiving wounds from both rifle fire and grenade fragments in his legs, he was barely able to walk and his professional football career seemed to have ended before it began.
For more than two years, he drove himself. Little by little, he overcame obstacles and fought his way back. He not only made the Pittsburgh Steelers, but also eventually became a starting running back on a team that won four Super Bowls and became the greatest football team of the 20th century.
The hard lessons Rocky Bleier learned early in his life, and that helped him overcome adversity and reach his goals, have paid off after football. These lessons are seen between the lines in the popular book on his life, Fighting Back.
Kerry Bodine believes that happy customers lead to happy shareholders. Her book, Outside In: The Power of Putting Customers at the Center of Your Business, helps business leaders understand the financial benefits of great customer experiences—and how their organizations must change in order to deliver them.
Kerry is a customer experience consultant with expertise in human-centered design, journey mapping, marketing, and branding. She helps executives co-create innovative products, services, and experiences that truly matter—for their customers, for their employees, and for their business.
Kerry’s ideas, analysis, and opinions have appeared on sites like The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Forbes, USA Today, and Advertising Age. She also contributes a regular column to Touchpoint, the journal published by the global Service Design Network. Kerry is a frequent keynote speaker at public conferences and private corporate events around the world.
Kerry spent seven years with the customer experience practice at Forrester Research. As vice president and principal analyst, she lead Forrester’s research on customer experience design and innovation. She was also the creative force behind the customer experience ecosystem, a framework that helps companies diagnose and fix customer problems at their roots.
In previous roles, Kerry managed consumer research teams; guided the design of websites, mobile apps, and branded social networks; designed interfaces for robots and wearable devices; and in 1995, developed a Web-based social shopping prototype for AT&T Bell Labs. She also completed stints as both a management consultant and an advertising executive.
Kerry holds a master’s degree in human-computer interaction from Carnegie Mellon University.
Roger Bootle is one of the City of London’s best-known economists. As well as running Capital Economics, which he founded in 1999, Roger is also a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Committee and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries. He was formerly Group Chief Economist of HSBC and, under the previous Conservative government, he was appointed one of the Chancellor’s panel of Independent Economic Advisers, the so-called ‘Wise Men’. In 2012, Roger and a team from Capital Economics won the Wolfson Prize, the second biggest prize in Economics after the Nobel.
Roger Bootle studied at Oxford University and then became a Lecturer in Economics at St Anne’s College, Oxford. Most of his subsequent career has been spent in the City of London.
Roger has written many articles and several books on monetary economics. His latest book, The Trouble with Europe analyses what has gone wrong with the EU and what needs to be done to put it right. This follows The Trouble with Markets, which analyses the deep causes of the recent financial crisis and discusses the threats to capitalism arising from it. Like his previous book, Money for Nothing, which correctly anticipated the financial crisis, it has been widely acclaimed. This followed the success of The Death of Inflation, published in 1996, which became a best-seller and was subsequently translated into nine languages. Roger is also joint author of the book Theory of Money, and Index-Linked Gilts.
Roger appears frequently on television and radio and is also a regular columnist for The Daily Telegraph. In The Comment Awards 2012 he was named Economics Commentator of the year. Roger is a much sought after performer at conferences and business gatherings around the world.
Leading Expert on Stress, Spirituality, and the Mind/body Connection
Dr. Joan Borysenko is a distinguished pioneer in integrative medicine and a world-renowned expert in the mind/body connection. Her work has been foundational in an international health-care revolution that recognizes the role of meaning, and the spiritual dimensions of life, as an integral part of health and healing. Eloquent and inspiring in settings that range from hospitals to hospices, from theaters to conference venues, and from boardrooms to houses of worship, she is a credible bridge between faith and reason. Her brilliance, humor, and authenticity—in combination with the latest research—make her a compelling and inspiring speaker and writer.
After graduating magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College in 1967, Dr. Borysenko earned her doctorate in Medical Sciences from the Harvard Medical School, where she completed post-doctoral training in cancer cell biology. Her first faculty position was at the Tufts University College of Medicine in Boston. But after the death of her father from cancer, she became more interested in the person with the illness than in the disease itself, and returned to Harvard Medical School to complete a second postdoctoral fellowship, this time in the new field of behavioral medicine. Under the tutelage of Herbert Benson, M.D., who first identified the relaxation response and brought meditation into medicine, she was awarded a Medical Foundation Fellowship and completed her third post-doctoral fellowship in psychoneuroimmunology.
In the early 1980’s Dr. Borysenko co-founded a Mind/Body clinic with Dr. Benson and Dr. Ilan Kutz, became licensed as a psychologist, and was appointed instructor in medicine at the Harvard Medical School. Her years of clinical experience and research culminated in the 1987 publication of the New York Times best seller, Minding the Body, Mending the Mind, which sold over 400,000 copies. The 20th anniversary edition, newly revised, was published in 2007. Author or co-author of 13 other books and numerous audio and video programs, including the Public Television special Inner Peace for Busy People, she is the Founding Partner of Mind/Body Health Sciences, LLC located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Dr. Borysenko’s warmth and credibility—plus her lively sense of humor—create a compelling presence. Her inspirational reflections are featured frequently on Hallmark Channel’s New Morning program, and she also hosts a weekly Internet radio show, Your Soul’s Compass, for Hay House. One of the most popular and sought after speakers in the field of health, healing, and spirituality, her engaging and well researched presentations are perfect both for professionals and for the general public.
Renowned Economist and Speaker on Global Economic Outlook
Harry G. Broadman is a globally renowned executive, practitioner and authority on enterprise restructuring, new product market entry, cross-border geographic expansion, and co-investment strategic alliances to sharpen international business competitiveness.
An early serial entrepreneur, Harry's re-invented himself more than a handful of times—not only in an interdisciplinary fashion, but also across greatly differentiated senior roles in the private sector, interspersed with stints as a high-level policy maker and regulator. Broadman emerged as a genuine thought-leader on the unforeseen dynamics that have changed the underlying structure and character of world markets long before the term "globalization" was commonplace. These insights shaped his career focus on strategies that propel firms' competitiveness, especially in emerging markets, the parts of the world toward which Harry has always had a strong predisposition.
A strategic advisor to C-suites and Boards, Broadman has worked for companies as diverse as GE, IBM, Coca-Cola, Canon, Exxon-Mobil, Valmet, Corning, Heineken, Merck, Walmart, Deere, the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board, Intel, ICANN, SunEdison, Illinois Tool Works, Westinghouse, Siemens, Standard Chartered, Microsoft, Manitowoc, PPG, Tyco, Caterpillar, Dow, McCormick, CEMEX, and Avon.
As a speaker, Harry brings to audiences a unique combination of fundamentally insightful and pragmatic views about how commercial, financial and policy changes that drive international markets, will alter enterprises' opportunity-risk tradeoffs in ways few ever could have predicted. Rather than using a 'rear-view mirror' approach, he provides a prospective prism to frame critical business decision-making challenges. Moreover, he exposes the ways markets intrinsically tend to operate in 'non-linear' patterns. Aside from leaving audiences with concrete takeaways, his speeches are entertaining and infused with his infectious sense of humor.
Concurrently, Harry is on the Johns Hopkins University Faculty, where he serves as Director of Johns Hopkins' new Council on Global Enterprise and Emerging Markets as well as a Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins' Foreign Policy Institute. He is also a monthly business columnist for Forbes, Newsweek-International and Gulf News. In addition, Broadman is engaged by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) as a Master Workshop Faculty Member. Harry Broadman was a senior official at the World Bank, where he oversaw the Bank's largest sovereign finance operations and enterprise restructuring investments in China; Russia and the Former Soviet Union states; and the Balkans. He also served as Economic Advisor for the entire Africa Region.
Harry has authored several books and numerous professional articles published in a wide array of peer-reviewed economics, law, and foreign policy journals. His most recent books are: Africa's Silk Road: China and India's New Economic Frontier; From Disintegration to Reintegration: Russia and the Former Soviet Union in the Global Economy; and The State As Shareholder: China's Management of Enterprise Assets.
Marketing Executive and Speaker on Accountability and Leadership
Kevin’s unconventional path to business and personal success has taught him that winning in business and in life requires anything but conventional thinking. He is a marketing executive for an international franchisor that is ranked #1 in their industry and in the top 10 of all franchise companies according to the Annual Franchise 500. In addition to his corporate responsibilities, Kevin is also a highly sought after keynote speaker. He has had the privilege of speaking to a wide variety of organizations including Siemens, State Farm, Country Financial, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Northwestern Mutual, Delta Airlines and The Boy Scouts of America to name just a few.
He grew up in Muskegon, Michigan where his blue collar roots taught him the value of hard work and determination. His resume includes an eclectic mix of career stops that ultimately led him to the purchase of a franchise at the age of seventeen.
With a street-wise aptitude and a never quit attitude, he worked his way from the front lines in business to the executive boardroom. For the past seventeen years he has been part of a leadership team that has grown a little known brand into an industry giant with annual revenues exceeding one billion dollars.
Kevin is on a mission to help people and organizations embrace a simple philosophy that separates world class organizations and high performance people from everybody else. He is passionate about helping people expand their vision, develop their potential and grow their results. And, as the father of an autistic child he knows firsthand how the principles of true success reach beyond the boardroom and into the lives of real people facing the challenges of everyday life.
Kevin entertains, inspires and challenges people to show up every day and make a positive difference at work and in life!
A dynamic and insightful speaker, Jeff Bush is known for his unique ability to translate difficult and confusing tax and fiscal information coming out of Washington into winning growth strategies for business owners, executives, and high net worth investors. Jeff is a colleague of Andy Friedman and an integral part of The Washington Update, the non-partisan experts on all things Washington D.C.
Jeff does more than 200 presentations yearly in the US and abroad to a client base that includes a who’s who list of fortune 500 firms from Wall Street to Main Street and everywhere in between. Jeff has been featured in Investment News and has been an analyst on POTUS Sirius/XM radio. While best known as a keynote speaker, Jeff has shared the stage with many notables including former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford, Jr., Consuelo Mack, host of Wealth Track, Morgan Stanley, Chief Investment Officer, Jeffrey Applegate, Ron Insana, reporter for Market Score Board and former CNBC Senior Analyst.
Jeff is a 28-year veteran of the financial industry. During a 10-year career at Merrill Lynch he was responsible for providing, through 7500 financial advisers, creative investment strategies and effective risk mitigation approaches to private and corporate clients across the US. By the end of his career on Wall Street, he was managing a $50+ billion business. Before that, Jeff was the youngest managing partner in the 150-year history of The New England Financial, an investment and tax risk consulting firm. He began his career at Principal Financial Group, where he handled complex underwriting issues before moving into the areas of research and development.
Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Management with emphasis in accounting and philosophy from William Jewell College. Jeff’s dedication, forward thinking, and strategic abilities have resulted in performance records, industry awards, and leadership accolades.
Karyn Buxman is an international speaker, successful author, and neurohumorist (living at the intersection of the brain and humor). Karyn is a pioneer in the field of applied humor, starting with her masters thesis in graduate school and now continues her partnerships with leading neuroscientists. Today Karyn helps leaders—and those they serve—achieve peak performance and optimum health through the art and science of applied humor.
More than 500 organizations—including NASA, the Mayo Clinic and the Million Dollar Round Table have hired Karyn to entertain, educate, and inspire their audiences again and again. Karyn’s mission: To improve global health, business, and peace through laughter and heal the humor-impaired.
A pioneer in the frontier of commercial space sector, former astronaut and International Space Station commander Leroy Chiao captivates audience with his amazing stories on space exploration and brings unparalleled insights on leadership, innovation and technology trends .
A veteran of four space missions and a fifteen-year career with NASA, Dr. Chiao most recently served as Commander and NASA Science Officer of Expedition 10 aboard the International Space Station. He has logged over 229 days in space – over 36 hours of which were spent in Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA, or spacewalks). From June through September 2009, he served as a member of the White House appointed Review of U.S. Human Spaceflight Plans Committee, and currently serves on the NASA Advisory Council.
Leroy holds appointments at Rice University and the Baylor College of Medicine, and is the special advisor for human spaceflight to the Space Foundation. He has worked extensively in both government and commercial space programs, and has held leadership positions in commercial ventures and NASA. Chiao has extensive experience as a NASA Astronaut and prior to that, as a Research Engineer. Dr. Chiao is a fellow of the Explorers Club, and a member of the International Academy of Astronautics and the Committee of 100. Chiao also serves in various capacities to further space education,
A native English speaker, Dr. Chiao also speaks Mandarin Chinese and Russian. He has flown space missions and worked closely with Russian, Japanese and European Astronauts and their affiliated space agencies. Dr. Chiao is uniquely qualified to speak about the United States, Russian, Japanese, European and Chinese Space Programs. A Space Station Commander and Space Shuttle Mission Specialist, Dr. Chiao was also a certified Co-Pilot of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. He is an expert in all facets of U.S. and Russian EVA hardware and operations and is EVA certified in U.S. and Russian spacesuits, tools, and training programs. In September 2006, Chiao became the first American to visit the Astronaut Research and Training Center of China. There, he met the first two national Chinese astronauts, Yang Liwei and Fei Junlong.
Dr. Chiao studied Chemical Engineering, earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1983. He continued his studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, earning his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in 1985 and 1987. Prior to joining NASA in 1990, he worked as a Research Engineer at Hexcel Corporation. and then at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Speaker and Author on Using Humor to Excel Personally and Professionally
A contributing author of the bestseller A Carrot A Day, co-author of The Levity Effect, a regular columnist for Workplace HR and Safety magazines and a distinguished consultant on recognition, Scott Christopher travels the world speaking to leadership groups at conferences, conventions, and on-site customer meetings.
With a background in radio, television, and film, Scott offers a presenting style that is upbeat, witty, and unforgettable. His sessions are typically “standing room only” and receive the highest commendations and evaluations.
In his rare spare time, Scott is a professional voice over artist, emcee and actor (SAG), appearing on the network television series Everwood and Touched by an Angel and in several Disney Channel movies.
While at Brigham Young University, Scott was honored with the United States’ most prestigious acting scholarship, the Irene Ryan Award, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Speaker and Author on Work-Life Balance, Productivity & Well-being
Andy Core is a credentialed, award-winning thought leader on increasing employee engagement, productivity, and wellness motivation. His talent lies in helping hard-working, conscientious adults thrive at work and in their personal lives.
He has a master’s degree in the science of human performance and has spent the past 15 years researching ways to become better equipped to thrive in today’s hectic society. Thus helping organizations build teams that cost less, have better attitudes, and accomplish more.
Author of several books including Change Your Day, Not Your Life, Healthy Motivation, and Master Your Body, Andy has also received numerous awards and recognition on his work. He was also the Co-host of the PBS affiliate television show “Fighting Fat”.
Iconic Winter Olympic goaltender, and inspirational speaker on Teamwork & Leadership
Jim Craig is best remembered for his outstanding goaltending in the 1980 winter Olympics where the United States team beat the heavily favored Russians and went on to win the Olympic gold medal in what’s has been labeled the greatest sports moment of the 20th century. The picture of Jim with the American flag on his shoulders looking for his father is one of the most iconic images of all time.
Currently president of Gold Medal Strategies, Jim is this Boston-area based motivational speaking and sales training company. Over the past 30 years, Jim has inspired, instructed, and provided strategic and winning direction for employees and associates from more than 500 organizations and some of the world’s most recognized brands in the country.
Jim is in demand from coast to coast and internationally as a motivational speaker, spokesperson, marketing and sales strategist, and master storyteller.
Jim’s unique life experiences as an All-American goalie and NCAA Champion at Boston University, Olympic gold medalist, professional athlete, actor and highly successful business consultant enables him to provide his audience with insightful real life experiences like no other.
Jim is the author of recent business book, Gold Medal Strategies, Business Lessons from Americas Miracle Team, which focuses on his Gold Medal Strategies for Success.
Scott Deming is a highly accomplished senior executive with more than 30 years of success within franchising, food & beverage, automotive, healthcare, retail, pharmaceuticals, financial and professional services, technology, and more. He leverages extensive brand development and strategic planning experience to improve an organization’s standing while implementing innovative solutions to support growth. Scott has proven his ability to build and motivate teams while developing unparalleled customer experience, innovation and leadership initiatives with his internationally acclaimed keynote presentations, training sessions and consulting arrangements.
Scott works with companies spanning any industry with current clients including Kansas Hospital Association, Canadian Association of Fairs & Exhibitions, Hershey Foods, Pfizer, Delta Airlines, Verizon Wireless, General Motors, Farm Credit Bank, AT&T and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
Scott works closely with clients to identify core requirements and develops solutions with an emphasis on culture transformation, employee motivation and engagement, and corporate goal attainment, drawing on 30+ years of corporate experience. Key indicators of his success are represented by his training and workshop sessions that have been considered so impactful, that The Vision Council issued CXO Certification to all attendees.; his consultancy input to a national manufacturer recognized in supporting the company’s achievement of record sales figures; and assisting a Verizon Wireless subsidiary franchisee with customer service improvements which resulted in an 80% increase in sales.
From 1986 to 2003, Scott managed his own advertising company, establishing Deming Advertising and building a client portfolio prior to a company merger in 1991. By 1993, Scott had negotiated a buyout and returned his company to standalone status, rebranding the business as Ryan Communications Inc. He worked with B2B and B2C companies to formulate advertising solutions and grew the business to 70 employees and $30 million in annual revenue.
As a charismatic and energetic worldwide keynote speaker, author, sales leader, performance expert, and change agent, Andrew Deutscher instills today's most critical skills of self-awareness, empathy, resilience, absorbed focus, and perseverance in the face of ever increasing demand and stress. The emerging science of high performance proves definitive links to today's most engaged, profitable, and progressive companies.
Andrew currently serves as a Vice President at The Energy Project, a company that helps individuals and organizations fuel energy by harnessing the science of high performance. He also is the author of a new book that captures the essence of story and purpose to overcome obstacles and achieve sustained excellence.
His increasing popularity as a speaker combined with his corporate and entrepreneurial background have attracted companies such as Apple, Intel, Coca Cola, Genentech, GE, Lego Systems, DPR Construction, American Express and many others to his speeches and trainings.
Having worked his way up from an account executive at a small television station to Senior Vice President of Sales for Sony Pictures Television in the furiously competitive entertainment industry, Andrew forged his path to success with personal connection, fortitude, persistence, creativity and humility. A corporate wide reduction at Sony leaving him unemployed and the subsequent chronic illness diagnosis of his youngest child served as the turning points to live a life with greater energy, passion, deeper meaning and purpose.
Andrew's determination and triumphant comeback personally and professionally is the backdrop for a rich, inspiring, and uplifting experience that changes lives. Delivered with authenticity, humor, command and the desire to lift others yields personal breakthroughs that help them attain their highest potential both at work and in life.
Grounded in real-world business case studies, individual achievement, personal experience, and a growing science of high performance, Andrew has helped thousands improve their overall health and well-being, deepen relationships emotionally, cultivate absorbed and flexible focus, overcome obstacles and ultimately, live lives with deeper meaning and purpose.
Vito Di Bari maintains a global reputation of excellence as the world's premiere futurist, innovation strategist and inspirational keynote speaker. His charming and entertaining style leaves nothing to be desired.
Vito is the only keynote speaker who has given a TEDx Talk in five world continents. Vito is an esteemed former professor of Project Design and Management of Innovation at both the Polytechnic University and Bocconi University in Milan. He has also served as Executive Director for the IMI Institute of UNESCO in Paris; the candidate city of Milan has chosen Vito Di Bari to be the Innovation Designer of the World Fair Expo 2015.
In 2001, Vito Di Bari has secured his visions and legacy by founding Next Media Lab – a cutting edge international research laboratory, named "Milan's think tank" by Wired Magazine, where he currently serves as CEO. After moving to Miami Beach, Di Bari has founded Di Bari & Associates - a design studio is changing the world a neighborhood at the time through his cutting edge artistic iconic urban installations, using recent discoveries in various fields such as AR, sensors and 3D printing.
A recognized author on innovative theories, Di Bari has published a multitude of works including the books: Social Killer, Short Circuit, Web 2.0, The Future is Already Here (but we don’t know it yet), Weekend in the Future, Strategies for the Next Economy, and Multimedia Management. In addition to his books, Di Bari is a contributing writer for various magazines including WIRED, Harvard Business Review, Panorama (Italy) and Il Sole 24 Ore (Italy). He has also appeared as a host for television’s Discovery Channel and the Italian broadcasting network Italia 1.
Di Bari has held numerous titles of professorship, including: Professor of Design and Management of Innovation at the Faculty of System Engineering of the Polytechnic University and Professor of Innovation Design at the Bocconi University in Milan; Professor of New Media Theories and Techniques at the Communication Science and Technology Faculty of the IULM University in Milan; Professor of Multimedia Innovation Management at the Computer Science Faculty of the Polytechnic University in Milan; Professor of Design and Management of Multimedia Systems at the Design Faculty of the Polytechnic University in Milan; Scientific Director of the Master in Marketing, Communications and New Technologies at the Business School of Il Sole 24 Ore.
Best-selling Author and Thought Leader on The Art of Influence
For more than 20 years, Connie Dieken dedicated herself to journalism as a television news anchorwoman, reporter, broadcast personality, and talk show host, including co-hosting The Morning Exchange, America's longest running television talk show. She is a multiple Emmy® award-winning and Telly® award-winning journalist and her excellence has led to her induction to the Radio/Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Connie has represented more than 50 companies as their spokesperson, including Intel, Sealy, GE, American Greetings, Ernst and Young and Goodyear.
Connie spent her career with the most successful and influential people in business and entertainment and recognized a pattern to their success. After years of research, she learned the common traits each of these people shared, and discovered people could learn how to be influential with the right training. Armed with unique insight into the power that influence has over each of us, she developed a proven methodology to transform any leader or executive into an influencer. In 2000, she founded onPoint Communication to train leaders and emerging leaders in critical influential leadership, communication, media and presentation skills.
For nearly 12 years, Connie has been the trusted executive coach and advisor to many leaders who run the world's most recognizable brands. She has become the most respected and in-demand executive coach, keynote speaker, author and authority on learning the skills needed to become an influential personality in all forms of leadership and communication.
Connie is the author and co-author of five books, dedicated to teaching individuals influential leadership, communication and presentation techniques. Her most recent bestselling book, Talk Less, Say More: 3 Habits to Influence Others and Make Things Happen, takes Connie's knowledge, research and experience coaching high-powered leaders and condenses it into a fast-paced, no-nonsense guide to teach anyone to be an influential communicator with anyone, anywhere.
Connie's work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNBC, The Los Angeles Times, Crain's Business, The Chicago Tribune, Women's Day, and many more nationwide.
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