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.
Amy Blankson is the only person to be named a Point of Light by two Presidents (President Bush and President Clinton). She received a Presidential appointment to serve a five-year term on the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National Service, and was one of the youngest delegates to the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future.
Amy received her BA from Harvard and MBA from Yale School of Management. She went on to co-found the Future of Philanthropy Conference at Yale University, and in 2007, joined GoodThink on the ground floor to develop and scale the company as it sought to bring the science of happiness to life.
Drawing on over 17 years of management and consulting experience with businesses, foundations, and nonprofits, Amy Blankson brings both passion and practicality to GoodThink. She is currently doing research in partnership with Google to determinehow to make positive psychology strategies stick and create sustainable positive change.
Amy is the author of the award-winning children’s book Ripple’s Effect, and has three beautiful daughters who teach her about the joy of positivity and the importance of gratitude on a daily basis.
Consultant and Speaker on Leadership, Peak Performance, and Change Management
Eric Boles is the president of The Game Changers Inc., a training and development company dedicated to maximizing the human asset. Through assessment, consulting, coaching and corporate training, The Game Changers Inc. has set the standard for helping organizations enhance their culture and develop greater levels of commitment and performance.
Eric Boles is also a highly acclaimed keynote speaker and consultant for some of the most recognized and respected organizations in the world. His insights on Leadership, Peak Performance, Team Dynamics, and Managing Change has been shared with clients such as Dunkin’ Donuts, Nationwide Insurance, AVIVA Insurance, Alaska Airlines, State Farm Insurance, Starbucks Coffee, USAA, MetLife, and Novo Nordisk . Eric also speaks to a variety of organizations and associations, including those in sales, education, government, healthcare, manufacturing and financial services.
Prior to becoming an authority on high performance, Eric learned many principles of team dynamics and leadership from his experience playing in the National Football League (NFL) with the New York Jets and the Green Bay Packers. While in the NFL, he had the privilege of being coached and mentored by some of the finest coaches and players in the game.
Eric is an avid sports fan, golfer and reader. He is married to his wife Cindy, and they have two daughters, Taylor and Madison.
Speaker on customer loyalty, sales, and teamwork. Author of Focus On The Customer: Winning And Keeping Today's Tough New Customer.
Keynote speaker Joe Calloway is a performance expert who helps people and companies think competitively, improve constantly, and act decisively. Joe has been inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame, but he doesn't do
speeches. Instead, Joe actively engages people in sessions that challenge assumptions and create new ways of thinking about innovation, leadership, sales and customer service.
He is the author of four ground-breaking business books including the best-selling Becoming A Category of One, which received rave reviews from The New York Times, Retailing Today, Publishers Weekly and many others. Joe's newest book is Be The Best At What Matters Most.
Joe is a guest lecturer at the Scarlett Leadership Institute, and has served on the faculty of the Center for Professional Development at Belmont University.
Speaker on Leadership and High Performance. Best-selling author.
Since his first leadership presentation in 1975, Jim Clemmer’s practical leadership approaches have been inspiring action and achieving results across the globe. His keynote presentations, workshops, management team retreats, seven best-selling books translated into many languages, articles, blog, and newsletters have helped hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. Jim is a popular columnist and a regular guest on radio and television programs. Among his many achievements, he’s especially proud of tripling the size of his forehead!
Jim’s especially excited about reconnecting with Jack Zenger and his team. The CLEMMER Group is now Zenger Folkman’s Canadian Strategic Partner. Jim was co-founder of The Achieve Group (which became Canada’s largest leadership training firm) when they worked very successfully with Jack’s previous company, Zenger Miller. Zenger Folkman is the world’s premier provider of leadership research, assessment, development, and implementation programs. The firm is best known for its unique evidence-driven, strengths-based system for developing extraordinary leaders and demonstrating the performance impact they have on organizations. ZF’s powerful development system is outlined in their bestselling books The Extraordinary Leader, The Extraordinary Coach, The Inspiring Leader, and How to Be Exceptional.
The VIP Strategy: Leadership Skills for Exceptional Performance was Jim’s first book. It became a Canadian bestseller and was published in Europe and Japan. His second book, Firing on All Cylinders: The Service/Quality System for High-Powered Corporate Performance, was both a Canadian and an American bestseller with over 100,000 copies sold. Jim’s third book was Pathways to Performance: A Guide to Transforming Yourself, Your Team, and Your Organization. His next book – focused on personal growth/leadership – was Growing the Distance: Timeless Principles for Personal, Career, and Family Success. Based on the popularity of the approach and leadership framework in Growing the Distance, Jim wrote a companion book entitled The Leader’s Digest: Timeless Principles for Team and Organization Success. He followed this with “an edutaining case study” or work of leadership fiction entitled Moose on the Table: A Novel Approach to Communications @ Work. His latest book is Growing @ the Speed of Change: Your Inspir-actional How-To Guide For Leading Yourself and Others through Constant Change.
Jim has delivered over two thousand customized keynote presentations, workshops, and retreats, as well as consulted to and coached executive teams in hundreds of major companies, the public sector, universities, family businesses, and healthcare organizations. One of his goals, on his many business trips, is to have half as much fun as his family thinks he’s having!
Jim is recognized as a Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP) by the Canadian Society for Training and Development. Jim has been Practitioner in Residence for the masters (MASc) and doctoral (PhD) students in the University of Waterloo’s Industrial/Organizational Psychology program.
Jim lives in Kitchener, Ontario with his wife, Heather. When they aren’t working together in The CLEMMER Group or travelling they are spending time with friends and family. Their three adult children, Christopher, Jennifer, and Vanessa, have taught them all about “boomerang kids” by moving back home after university to launch their careers!
Keynote Speaker and Co-founder of the Conscious Leadership Group
Jim Dethmer coaches leaders and supports individuals, groups, and organizations to optimize their effectiveness. Jim has been devoted to the practice of conscious leadership for 45 years. Potent and practical, he sees issues clearly and communicates next steps crisply. Jim works with Fortune 200 CEOs across all industries, and co-authored the book—High Performing Investment Teams—to support his work with leading asset management organizations around the world. Most recently Jim co-authored the number-one selling business leadership book, The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership: A New Paradigm for Sustainable Success.
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.
Speaker on peak performance, motivation and sales strategist.
Chip is consistently told by meeting planners that most speakers were a “rental” and that he was a partner in making their event a success. Formerly Tony Robbins international point man, Chip is a proven pro that will do the homework necessary to customize his message with your theme and business model. He specializes in customized, high energy, motivating, humorous and interactive opening, after meal and closing presentations.
Chip graduated from the University of Oregon and began his career as a sales rep for Jantzen Sportswear. After being let go due to a company buyout, his career took an exciting turn. He went to work with the world renowned Tony Robbins in San Diego where things really took off, winning Sales Leader of the Year twice. He hired, trained and led sales teams around the U.S. and became Robbins’ international point man planting the flag for Tony in Australia and the UK.
Chip has since been selected to "Switch On" and energize over 1000 events on 3 continents in 9 countries for Hyatt, Campbell Soup Company, Smoothie King, Terminix, M & T Bank, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Rogers Media, Invisible Fence, MedStar Health, Dun & Bradstreet, British Car Auctions, RE/MAX and over 100 diverse associations like NADA, PMI and ASSE.
Chip has created numerous audio, video and printed products. His newest book is The Smart Guide To Accomplishing Your Goals.
The last and maybe the most important impression at your event is your closing session. There must be energy and a call to action! Many conventions fizzle out at the end; do not let that happen! Chip will tie everything together and send the audience home Switched On!
Thought Leader & Speaker on Organizational Accountability and Personal Leadership
Mike Evans has developed a unique perspective from 20+ years of working alongside a star studded list of world-renowned thought leaders. He served in senior leadership and consulting roles with Kotter International, FranklinCovey, and Tom Peters Company. In addition to being a leading authority on Unleashing Personal and Organizational Accountability, clients rely upon Mike’s solutions to; Accelerate Change, Shape Their Optimal Culture, Flawlessly Execute Key Strategies, Ignite Leadership Capacity at all Levels, and Amplify Employee Engagement.
Mike works with organizations around the globe and in virtually every arena, from the tech sector to financial services, manufacturing, health care, hospitality, entertainment, retail, and the US Government. Clients include: Intel, Capital One, Apple, BNY Mellon, Pfizer, The United States Navy, Fidelity Investments, Johnson & Johnson, Symantec, Cigna Corporation, PharMerica, Oracle, Astra Zeneca, Baxter International Inc., Shell Oil, Cargill, American Airlines, DuPont USA, and NASA.
Mike consults with senior teams, facilitates custom workshops, delivers keynote speeches and provides coaching and consulting on all of these subject areas. He uses his unique insights, passion, experience, and humor to positively individuals, teams and organizations around the world. He is experienced with executive leadership teams and groups at all organizational levels.
His style is engaging, upbeat, entertaining, thought-provoking, compelling, and most importantly educational, relevant and impactful. Individuals, teams and organizations yield immediate results by applying what they learn.
His personal mission is to help individuals, teams and organizations accelerate their ability to achieve more than they ever believed possible. Clients describe him as inspiring, motivating and a ball of energy with an unequaled focus and passion for helping them achieve their desired results.
In 1974 Jim Fannin discovered five markers for "thinking like a champion" and attracting the peak performance mindset called the Zone in all aspects of life, business and sports. They are Self-discipline, Concentration, Optimism, Relaxation and Enjoyment. Collectively they form the acronym S.C.O.R.E.®, which is the cornerstone of Jim's teaching that unlocks one's full potential.
With proprietary research on intuition, visualization and self-awareness, Jim customized his S.C.O.R.E.® Success System with its powerful 90-Second Rule™ tools and techniques for the world's elite athletes, top executives, business owners, couples, parents and students.
Jim Fannin is the World's #1 Coach of Champions by coaching more champions in sports, business and life than anyone on earth for over 40 years. As one of America's foremost thought leaders, he is more than a life, business or sports coach. He is a "change your life" coach. With the ONLY proven blueprint for attracting the Zone mindset, he has helped transform millions of people's lives providing them with simplicity, balance and excellence.
Fannin is a best-selling author, entrepreneur, premier platform speaker, life strategist, former professional tennis player and coach, educator, business consultant, columnist, blogger, peak performance coach and philanthropist.
Gregory Florez is the founder and CEO of V2 Performance, a premier vitality education and performance coaching firm for leaders.
As a published author and vitality coach, and by delivering more than 100 keynote speaking engagements and customized workshops/seminars each year, Florez has improved the health, vitality, work capacity and breakthrough performance of more than 40 thousand leaders around the world.
Florez is a highly sought-after expert on vitality, serving as a business performance consultant, personalized coach and/or leadership develop- ment program speaker for CEOs, executives and employees at every level of an organization – from Fortune 500 to global 1000 corporations.
Industry-leading clients and/or audiences include, American Bankers Association, American Express, Avaya, Bekaert International, Clear Channel, ConAgra Foods, DuPont, Ernst & Young, FedEx, Harpo Studios (Oprah Winfrey), Korn/Ferry International, PBS and United Health Group.
Through a high-level of personal connection, industry credibility and invaluable content, Florez enables leaders and organizations to consistently enhance productivity, improve team satisfaction and foster cultures destined for greatness. In addition to sharing insights, tools and techniques that drive professional development and business results, he is regularly featured as a writer and expert in publications and other media, such as, Business Week, Good Housekeeping, Men’s Health, msnbc.com, O Magazine, Smart Money Magazine and The Wall Street Journal.
Florez has 28 years of experience in business management, professional speaking and training. He is uniquely qualified to shed light on how to best intersect business with health and vitality for breakthrough performance and results. Prior to creating V2 Performance, Florez was in management for United Airlines and was a former Nike and college athlete.
In addition to being an industry visionary, Florez is an executive coach for Korn/Ferry International’s Executive to Leadership Institute. He is also an official spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise. He is certified through The American College of Sports Medicine and studied political science and English at the University of Utah.
Founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research and Positive Communication Expert
Michelle Gielan, Founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research, researches the science of positive communication and how to use it to fuel success. She works with Fortune 500 companies and schools to raise employee engagement, productivity and happiness at work. Michelle is a Partner at GoodThink, a positive psychology consulting firm, and she holds a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Michelle is an Executive Producer of “The Happiness Advantage” Special on PBS, and she formerly served as the anchor of two national newscasts at CBS News. Her research and advice have received attention from Forbes, USA Today, CNN, FOX and NPR.
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.
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.
Publisher and Founding Editor of SUCCESS magazine and Leadership Speaker
Darren Hardy is the visionary force behind SUCCESS magazine as its Publisher and Founding Editor. As a business leader in the success industry for two decades, Darren has had unique and unfettered access to the most successful people on the planet, including Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett, Donald Trump, Howard Schultz, Charles Schwab, Jeff Bezos and many more. He has uncovered the secrets to their success and now reveals them to us.
Darren mentors many of today’s high-performing CEOs, advises many large corporations and sits on the board of several companies and nonprofit organizations.
Darren is also a highly sought-after keynote speaker, media contributor and the New York Times best-selling author of The Compound Effect and Living Your Best Year Ever. Darren champions the message of success, hope and abundant opportunity to more than 3 million people each month through the pages of SUCCESS magazine, his blog and before live audiences of entrepreneurs across the country. Darren distills the best of the best information and strategies available, mixing in his own street-tested principles of success to mentor and empower millions of entrepreneurs globally.
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.
Chris Johnson is a nationally recognized speaker and author. He is the founder and CEO of On Target Living, a health and performance company that helps organizations achieve performance goals and increase efficiency. He regularly speaks to businesses on the health and performance strategies needed to infuse energy into their lives and increase productivity in the office. Johnson has worked in partnership with several Fortune 100 companies to improve the overall corporate performance of their executives and employee base.
Along with speaking and consulting, Johnson has also created the On Target Living brand that helps consumers think about how they rest, eat and move. He has authored several books, produced exercise DVDs and masterly crafted his signature product, The Food Target. As the CEO and founder of On Target Living, Chris currently travels around the world educating and empowering people to take small steps—one day at a time—in order to live life optimally and to the fullest. He holds a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Michigan State University and certifications from the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the American Council on Exercise, along with over 20,000 hours of one-on-one personal training.
New York Times best-selling author, pioneer in sports psychology. Speaker on strategy and change.
Dr. Robert Kriegel teaches bold, innovative,
out of the box strategies for keeping ahead of the changes, challenges and competition in today's dynamic marketplace.
Author of the national bestseller: If it ain't broke...BREAK IT!, Dr. Kriegel has been called by U.S. News & World Report one of this country's leading authorities in the field of change and human performance. His latest book is Performance Under Pressure: Being at your best when it counts. His book, Sacred Cows Make The Best Burgers, made Business Week's bestseller list in it's first month! A commentator on National Public Radio's Marketplace program, Kriegel recently made two specials for PBS.
An all American athlete and pioneer in the field of sports psychology, Kriegel has coached both Olympic and pro athletes. The New York Times said his work
spurred a revolution in performance practices. He is the co-author of Inner Skiing and has done color commentary for the US Professional Ski Tour on ESPN.
A former advertising executive for Young and Rubicam in New York, Kriegel taught at Stanford University's Executive Management Program and was a member of the California Governor's Council.
Dr. Kriegel's customized speeches and programs will entertain you, inform you and inspire you. He will teach you how to develop and lead Change- Ready people and organizations. You will learn how to round up sacred cows that cost money and inhibit change and new opportunities. He also outlines strategies for gaining the competitive edge by not competing but changing the game, leading customers not following them and rethinking rules, redefining roles and reinventing your business.
In pursuit of the American Dream, Kevin Kruse started his first company when he was just 22 years old. He worked around the clock, literally living out of his one-room office and showering each day at the YMCA, before giving up a year later deeply in debt.
But after discovering the power of Wholehearted Leadership and employee engagement Kevin went on to start or co-found several, multi-million dollar technology companies, winning both Inc 500 and Best Place to Work awards along the way.
Today, Kevin is a New York Times bestselling author of 6 books—including 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management and Employee Engagement 2.0— and is one of the most read leadership columnists on Forbes. Trust Across America named Kevin to their Top 100 Business Thought Leaders list.
As a leadership speaker and performance coach, Kevin has worked with Fortune 500 CEOs, startup founders, US Marine Corps officers, non-profit leaders and even members of Congress.
Kevin also finds time to give back through the Kevin Kruse Foundation, which has supported The US Naval War College, Wreaths Across America, The Library Project, The Acumen Fund, Senior Adults for Greater Education, and the Bucks County Health Improvement Partnership.
When not writing or speaking, Kevin is busy juggling life as a single Dad with three kids, in Bucks County, PA.
Psychologist and speaker on high performance, author of The Power of Full Engagement.
Dr. Jim Loehr is a world-renowned performance psychologist, Co-Founder of the Human Performance Institute, and author of 15 books including his most recent, The Power of Story. He also co-authored the national bestseller The Power of Full Engagement.
Dr. Loehr's ground-breaking, science-based energy management training system has achieved world-wide recognition and has been chronicled in leading national publications including the Harvard Business Review, Business Week, Fortune, Newsweek, Time, US News and World Report, Success, Fast Company and Omni. He has appeared on NBC's Today Show, ABC's Nightline with Ted Koppel, The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather and CBS Morning News and the Oprah Winfrey Show.
At the core of his training system is the understanding that the stories we tell ourselves represent the single most powerful tool we have for managing energy and achieving any important mission in life. The right stories mobilize us to make tough values-based choices that lead to expanded growth and the wrong stories disengage us.
Dr. Loehr has worked with hundreds of world-class performers from the arenas of sport, business, medicine and law enforcement including Fortune 100 executives, FBI Hostage Rescue Teams, and military Special Forces. Corporate clients of the Institute represent hundreds of Fortune 500 companies including Procter & Gamble, The EstÃ©e Lauder Companies, Dell, FBI, GlaxoSmithKline, PepsiCo, and Citigroup Smith Barney. A sampling of his elite clients from the world of sport include: golfers Mark O'Meara and Justin Rose; tennis players Jim Courier, Monica Seles, and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario; boxer Ray Mancini; hockey players Eric Lindros and Mike Richter; and Olympic gold medal speed skater Dan Jansen.
Possessing a masters and doctorate in psychology, Dr. Loehr serves on several prestigious scientific boards, and is a full member of the American Psychological Association, the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology.
Author of the best-selling Power of Sleep and speaker on sleep and performance
Dr. James B. Maas is one of the world's most sought-after corporate, health, association, education and professional athletic team speakers. Dr. Maas' book, Power Sleep, is a New York Times business best-seller and published in 11 languages. His latest venture, Remmy and the Brain Train, is an award-winning children's bedtime story designed to help improve daytime alertness, mood and performance. Sleep for Success, co-authored with Rebecca Robbin, has received wide acclaim. His latest book, Sleep to Win!, is a resource to help athletes of every age improve performance and increase success on the playing field. He appears frequently on national television on programs, such as the TODAY Show, NBC Nightly News, CNN, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, The View, Regis & Kelly, ABC's 20/20 and Oprah.
Dr. Maas has served as Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Professor and past Chairman of Psychology, as well as a professor in the graduate fields of Education and Communication at Cornell University. He is also a professor at the Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar. Dr. Maas received his B.A. from Williams College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell. He holds the world's record for college classroom teaching, having taught more than 65,000 students. Dr. Maas conducts research on sleep and performance, as well as on leadership and critical thinking.
Dr. Maas has held a Fulbright Senior Professorship to Sweden, has been a visiting professor at Stanford University and past-president of the American Psychological Association's Division on Teaching. He received the Clark Award for Distinguished Teaching at Cornell, and is the recipient of the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Teaching Award for being the nation's outstanding educator.
Dr. Maas is also a noted filmmaker who has produced nine national television specials for PBS in this country, for the BBC in England, the CBC in Canada, and for Dutch, Danish and Swedish National Television. His films for such organizations as the National Geographic Society, General Motors, Exxon, Upjohn, Metropolitan Life, the McArthur Foundation and the United States Department of Transportation have won 44 major film festivals.
He has presented highly acclaimed programs for such organizations as IBM, Eastman Kodak, Apple Computers, Campbell's Soups, Pepsi Cola, John Hancock, CitiGroup, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Smith Barney, ING, Merrill Lynch, Million Dollar Roundtable, Young President's Organization (YPO), World Presidents' Organization (WPO), World Business Council (WBC), Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), Ernst & Young, Mutual Life, Maytag, Abbott Labs, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis,NBA Orlando Magic, the New York Jets, S. C. Johnson, Simmons Company, Marriott Corporation, Starwood and Wyndham Hotels, Cunard, Crystal and Royal Cruise Lines, MCI/Universal Studios and scores of prep schools, colleges and universities.
Greg McKeown has dedicated his career to discovering why some people break through to the next level—and others don’t.
The definitive treatment of this issue is addressed in McKeown’s latest project: the instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. As well as frequently being the #1 Time Management book on Amazon, this book challenges core assumptions about achievement to get to the essence of what really drives success.
McKeown is the CEO of THIS Inc, a company whose mission is to assist people and companies to spend 80 percent of their time on the vital few rather than the trivial many. Clients include Apple, Google, Facebook, Pixar, Salesforce.com, Symantec, Twitter, VMware and Yahoo!.
His writing has appeared or been covered by Fast Company, Fortune, HuffPost, Politico, and Inc. Magazine. He is among the most popular bloggers for the Harvard Business Review and LinkedIn’s Influencers group: averaging a million views a month.
McKeown has been interviewed on numerous television and radio shows including NPR’s All Things Considered and NBC’s Press: Here. Entrepreneur Magazine voted his interview at Stanford University the #1 Must-See Video on Business, Creativity and Success.
Originally from London, England, McKeown now lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and their four children. He graduated with an MBA from Stanford University.
Former Navy SEAL Platoon Commander, Co-founder/Inc 500 CEO of Perfect Fitness
Odds are that you or someone you work with uses Alden Mills' inventions. He is a former Navy SEAL who has been awarded more than 40 patents, which have sold over 10 million products (and counting) worldwide. He’s created five #1 ranked infomercials, and is the author of Be Unstoppable: The 8 Essential Actions to Succeed at Anything. The company he co-founded and led, Perfect Fitness (e.g. Perfect Pushup, Perfect Ab-Carver, etc.), gained national acclaim through Inc. Magazine as the fastest growing consumer products business from 2007 to 2009, with an astounding 12,000%+ growth-rate from $500k to over $63M in just three years.
His mantra is “Success is a team sport.” Mills learned his mantra early in life as an uncoordinated, asthmatic who persevered to be a one-time Olympic rowing hopeful before going on to be a three-time #1 ranked Navy SEAL platoon commander. He applied his lessons learned in leading SEAL platoons to building and leading a hyper-growth company. He has over 25 years of military and business leadership experience building, leading and innovating with teams.
Tested and proven, he has been called the modern-day “Zig Zigler” because of his magnetic presence, riveting story-telling and innovative teaching methodologies. His simple and effective frameworks help organizations build high functioning team players and leaders that can innovate. His sought-after Unstoppable speaking series is transformative and scalable to those organizations seeking continuous improvement. He works with clients to tailor presentations for lasting results. For Mills, it is all about enabling his audiences to achieve more than what they originally thought was possible.
Daytime Emmy Award winning television personality Todd Newton is one of the most recognized and respected faces on the air today. Known in over thirty countries for his work on E! Entertainment Television, Todd brought viewers face-to-face with Hollywood’s biggest stars for over a decade.
Since entering the world of game shows in 1999, the man often referred to by industry insiders as The Host with the Most® has awarded contestants more than forty million dollars in cash and prizes on shows such as Family Game Night, Whammy!, Monopoly Millionaire’s Club, and The Price is Right Live-a touring production of America’s most beloved game show.
When not in front of the camera or behind the microphone, Todd Newton is a sought after corporate speaker and the author of several books including Life in the Bonus Round: A Game Show Host’s Road to Success & Fulfillment, which was named Best Autobiography at the prestigious Beverly Hills Book Awards. Newton’s follow-up book is The Choice Is Yours: Six Keys to Putting Your Best into Action.
Pit Crew Coach & Speaker on Teamwork and Personal Leadership
Over his twenty-four year career with Hendrick Motorsports – NASCAR’s modern day dynasty, Andy's team building techniques and Over The Wall philosophy have transformed the paradigm of how all NASCAR pit crews operate. An accomplished communicator and presenter, Andy's keynotes are about creating hyper successful teams, innovative thinking and transformational leadership.
Andy Papathanassiou is the first ever, "pit crew coach," when he was hired as a member of NASCAR's Hendrick Motorsports team in 1992. His philosophy and views as an outsider ultimately shifted the paradigm of how pit crews select and train their members. Andy employed an athletic mindset which centered on practice and repetition, coaching and review, innovation and process improvement. Collectively, he calls this philosophy, Over the Wall.
Andy has a bachelor's degree in Economics, and a master's degree in Organizational Behavior from Stanford. After college, he discovered NASCAR by sneaking into the garage area and volunteering with a team at the Sears Point (Infineon) Raceway in Sonoma, CA in 1990 where he saw his first pit stop. He joined Hendrick Motorsports in 1992 as the #24 DuPont team's pit crew coordinator; a first in NASCAR.
Papathanassiou sought pit crew members with athletic experience. He had them practice frequently and undergo teambuilding exercises as well as strength training. Under his guidance, Jeff Gordon's 1995 pit crew frequently had the fastest pit stops, which contributed towards the team's championship. Other teams took notice, and by the late 1990s most teams had adopted Papathanassiou's methods. Teams now recruit and employ many former college athletes, and pit stop times have decreased from 18 or 19 seconds in the early 1990s to 11 seconds today.
Papathanassiou remains with Hendrick Motorsports as Director of Human Performance, a role similar to a collegiate athletic director. The Hendrick pit program encompasses scouting and recruiting, practice and training, injury rehab, nutritional and sports psychology support for the crewmembers. In 2006, in addition to his Hendrick duties, he was elected as Executive Director of the North Carolina Motorsports Association (NCMA), a position he held until 2012. The NCMA promotes the state’s six billion dollar motorsports industry through events, business development, education programs, workforce development and public policy. He currently sits on the board of directors. Papathanassiou regularly gives keynote speeches and conducts teamwork seminars about the techniques he has developed and how they can be applied.
Neil Pasricha helps people live happy lives. He has written five books including: The Book of Awesome, a catalog of simple pleasures based on his 50-million hit, award-winning blog, Awesome is Everywhere, an interactive introduction to meditation, and most recently, The Happiness Equation, the #1 international bestselling guidebook to happiness based on new research. His books have been on New York Times and International bestseller lists`for over 200 weeks and sold over a million copies.
Neil is one of the most popular TED speakers of all time with his first TED Talk “The 3 A’s of Awesome” ranked as one of the ten most inspiring and his second “How will you maximize your tiny, short life?” the world’s first ever TED Listen, an artistic project composed entirely of questions. Neil has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people around the world including Fortune 100 companies, Ivy League Deans, and Royal Families in the Middle East.
Neil spent a decade running Leadership Development and working directly for two CEOs at Walmart, the world’s largest company. He was responsible for CEO onboarding, executive development, and talent management across the organization. Today he serves as Director for The Institute for Global Happiness.
Neil’s work has been featured in thousands of outlets including CNN, BBC, The Today Show, The Early Show, The Oprah Winfrey Network, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Fortune, and Forbes. Neil has an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Brendan Reid is an accomplished executive, career management expert and author of Stealing the Corner Office. He is the Vice President of Marketing at Desire2Learn (D2L), an innovative company that builds technologies to help people learn more effectively and develop the skills to better prepare them for success in the workplace. He has built his career by breaking with corporate convention and questioning long held management truisms. For nearly 20 years he has studied the too-often-ignored human side of corporate dynamics that create the imperfect world we work in.
Unlike most business authors and experts who focus on the conventional side of business and career management, Brendan delves into the unconventional tactics people use to get ahead and stay ahead. In his speaking engagements and in his book, Brendan draws on his experiences as a struggling middle manager and the startling revelations about success that became the foundation for the career strategy that took him into the executive ranks.
Brendan lives in Toronto, Canada with his partner Aya and their three dogs.
David Rock is a keynote speaker and the founder and CEO of Results Coaching Systems (RCS), which has operations in 15 countries across the globe. In his capacity as CEO, David works with Fortune 500 clients specializing in embedding internal coaching capacity within organizations to develop leadership, retain talent, turn managers into coaches, improve performance, and change culture.
David is one of the thought leaders in the global coaching profession. The integrated coaching system he developed in the mid-90's has been taught to over 10,000 professionals in more than fifteen countries.
He is the author of Personal Best, Quiet Leadership and Coaching with the Brain in Mind and Your Brain at Work released in October 2009.
In 2004, David founded the brain-based approach to coaching, which has gathered momentum as a theory base for coaching ever since. In collaboration with several leading neuroscientists, David is working to explain the neural basis of issues like self-awareness, reflection, insight and accountability.
In 2006 he co-authored a feature article in strategy business magazine with neuroscientist Dr Jeffrey Schwartz, called 'The Neuroscience of Leadership', the most downloaded article of the year at the magazine. In September 2006 CIO magazine ran a cover story featuring David and Jeff's work called 'The new science of change'. His paper 'Managing with the Brain in Mind' was the most downloaded of 2009 at Strategy & Business.
In late 2006, David founded the NeuroLeadership Institute and Summit, a global initiative bringing neuroscientists and leadership experts together to build a new science of leadership development. The Institute is now a worldwide network of researchers and practitioners building a new body of knowledge.
David is on the advisory board at CIMBA business school, and a guest lecturer at universities in 5 countries including at Oxford University Said Business School.
Founder, president and CEO of The Energy Project, leadership and management expert.
Tony Schwartz is founder, president and CEO of The Energy Project, a company that helps individuals and organizations fuel energy, engagement, focus and productivity by harnessing the science of high performance.
Tony's most recent book, Be Excellent at Anything: The Four Keys to Transforming the Way We Work and Live, was published in May 2010 and became an immediate New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. His previous book, The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy Not Time, co-authored with Jim Loehr, spent four months on the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into 28 languages.
Tony is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, and is one of HBR.org's most popular bloggers. His most recent HBR article, The Paradox of Productivity: How Sony Pictures Gets More Out of Employees By Demanding Less, was published in May, 2010. He also writes for numerous other publications, including the New York Times.
Beginning his career as a journalist, Tony has been a reporter for the New York Times, an editor at Newsweek, a staff writer at New York and Esquire, and a columnist for Fast Company. He also co-authored the #1 worldwide bestseller The Art of the Deal with Donald Trump, and wrote What Really Matters: Searching for Wisdom in America.
Tony has delivered keynotes to audiences around the world and has worked with leaders at dozens of organizations including Google, Sony, Ford, Barclays Capital, Wells Fargo, Ernst and Young, Intel, Oracle and Kraft, as well as the Los Angeles Police Department, the Cleveland Clinic and the National Security Agency.
While serving as the Director of Mental Training for the St. Louis Cardinals, Dr. Jason Selk helped the team win their first World Series in over 20 years, and in 2011 he assisted the Cardinals in the historic feat of winning their second World Championship in a six year period. Dr. Selk is a regular contributor to Forbes, ABC, CBS, ESPN, and NBC radio and television and has been featured in USA Today, CNBC, Men's Health, Muscle and Fitness, Shape and Self Magazine. Dr Selk's second book, Executive Toughness, is a best-selling business book and his first book, 10-Minute Toughness, is on pace to be one of the best- selling sport psychology books of all time.
Dr. Selk is considered to be one of the premier performance coaches in the United States. He helps numerous well- known professional and Olympic athletes as well as Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 executives and organizations develop the mental toughness necessary for high-level success.
Dr. Selk utilizes his in-depth knowledge and experience of working with the world's finest athletes, coaches and business leaders to help individuals and organizations outperform their competition. Dr. Selk works with such clients as professional athletes in the NFL, NHL, NBA, PGA, LPGA, MLB and NASCAR. In addition, he works with such business clients as UBS Financial, Edward Jones, Wells Fargo, Northwestern Mutual and Enterprise Holdings, to name a few.