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Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker and Best-selling Author on Customer Experience, Customer Service, Business Growth, and Marketing, and Event Emcee & Host
Jay Baer has spent 20 years in digital marketing, consulting for more than 700 companies during that period, including 30 of the FORTUNE 500. His current firm – Convince & Convert – provides social media and content marketing advice and counsel to leading companies such as Oracle, Salesforce.com, California Tourism, Billabong, Hardee’s, DOLE and more.
His second book, Youtility: Why Smart Marketing is about Help not Hype, was #3 on the New York Times business best-seller list, and a runaway #1 Amazon best-seller. Jay speaks numerous times per year world-wide, often with lessons about how business people can use today’s shifts in technology and consumer expectation to make their companies more useful.
Jay’s Convince & Convert blog was named the world’s #1 content marketing blog by the Content Marketing Institute, and is visited by more than 200,000 marketers each month. Jay also hosts and produces the Social Pros podcast, which is downloaded 25,000 times monthly.
Jay is a renowned business strategist, and a popular emcee and event host. A fixture in social media, he draws attention to interesting and useful articles, videos, blog posts and events via following on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and Google Plus, which number more than 100,000. Jay is also an active venture capitalist, and is an investor or advisor to more than a dozen early stage technology and social media companies.
Convince & Convert is the fifth multi-million dollar company Jay has started from scratch. Before his move into digital marketing in 1994 he was a brand marketer and a political consultant, with major roles in state, federal and presidential electoral campaigns.
Jay is a New York Times best-selling author of six books, including Hug Your Haters, and NOW Revolution. His latest book Talk Triggers: The Complete Guide to Creating Customers with Word of Mouth, is the definitive, practical guide on how to use bold operational differentiators to create customer conversations. (And when customers talk…new customers follow.)
Chris Bashinelli, fondly 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. In his early 20’s, he became the youngest Moderator for the United Nations and made his first documentary about his travels to Tanzania. He now traverses the globe from Uganda to Haiti, as Host of ‘Bridge the Gap,’ an inspirational television series featured on PBS and the National Geographic Channel – where he discovers what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes.
He has harvested buffalo with Native Americans in Pine Ridge, lived as a nomad in Mongolia, and Sumo wrestled with the 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.
Bash speaks 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.
Icon of Stand-up Comedy, Author, Humour and Stress-Reduction in the Workplace Expert
Judy Carter is a stand-up comic, author, emcee and corporate speaker and master teacher who has appeared on over one hundred TV shows. She is the author of Standup Comedy: The Book which has sold over 150,000 copies and The Comedy Bible was featured on Oprah and Good Morning America. Judy’s a firm believer that how you present your ideas is just as important as the ideas themselves – and will help you discover both your message and your comedic voice in her latest blockbuster The Message of You.
Judy is the founder of Comedy Workshop Productions, which runs comedy classes nationwide. Carter also produces the annual California Comedy Conference, which is attended by top Hollywood VIPs – including executives from HBO, Warner Bros, William Morris Agency and others. Her expertise at teaching others to use comedy to transform their lives and careers has created a nationwide demand for her as a corporate and college speaker. Carter has inspired thousands of people to use humour to deal with change and laugh their way out of stress.
Carter’s pioneering approach to turning problems into punchlines has generated articles in the Wall Street Journal, LA Times, New York Times and Success Magazine as well as features on CNN, ABC World News, Oprah, and National Public Radio, where she transformed two somber IRS agents into killer comics. She has brought her
don’t get mad, get funny philosophy to Fortune 500 companies such as Boeing, Lucent Technologies, Fedex, Blue Cross and Pacific Bell. They have found her
tell-it-like-it-is (only funnier) approach advantageous when tackling sensitive issues like downsizing and layoffs.
Carter started her career as a professional magician, being one of the first women to work at the prestigious Magic Castle in Hollywood – and created quite a stir with her death-defying escape from her grandmother’s girdle. Carter’s stand-up career launched when United Airlines lost the baggage with her magic act and she had to go onstage without it. Since then, Carter has headlined at comedy venues such as the world famous Hollywood Improv and Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, and was nominated for Atlantic City’s Entertainer of the Year.
Anderson Cooper anchors Anderson Cooper 360, an unconventional, wide-ranging news program airing on CNN/U.S. weekdays. Cooper, who joined CNN in December 2001, served as CNN’s weekend anchor before moving to the 7 p.m. hour in March 2003 following the war in Iraq.
Since joining CNN, Cooper has anchored major breaking news stories, including Hurricane Katrina and the war in Iraq, as news of the military conflict was unfolding live during the day in Baghdad. Cooper also anchored much of CNN’s live coverage of the D.C.-area sniper story and the coverage of the Space Shuttle Columbia explosion.
Because of Cooper’s background as a war correspondent for Channel One News, he was sent to Afghanistan after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to report on the U.S. military conflict and to Qatar where he reported on the testing of CENTCOM’s new mobile headquarters. Most recently, as a weekday anchor, Cooper was the only Western journalist to interview Liberian president Moses Blah on the day he took office.
Before joining CNN, Cooper was an ABC News correspondent and host of the network’s reality program, The Mole. Cooper anchored ABC’s live, interactive, overnight news and interview program, World News Now as well as providing reports for World News Tonight, 20/20 and 20/20 Downtown. Previously, he was a New York-based correspondent for ABC News, reporting primarily for World News Saturday/Sunday.
Cooper graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He also studied Vietnamese at the University of Hanoi. Cooper is based in New York City.
After achieving success as an executive for a real estate company, ascending the corporate ladder from top sales person to that of a top management person, Simon Cotter set his sights on a new profession: Comedy. It didn’t take long for Simon to become one of the most popular and highly requested comics on the college circuit. For four years straight Cotter was entertaining over 50,000 students a year across the country with his unique comedic style. Inevitably, due to his immense popularity within the college market, Simon quickly became a success off-campus as well. Simon then discovered the conference market, or it discovered him. Now, Simon performs as a corporate comedian and keynote speaker worldwide, receiving rave reviews from everywhere he goes.
Winner of Canada’s Comedian of the Year award, Simon Cotter’s comedic talents have landed him on the Comedy Network, Evening at the Improv, the Just for Laughs comedy festival, his own comedy special on CBC, and guest appearances on a number of shows including Open Mike with Mike Bullard, and CBC’s Comics.
Corporate stand up comedian, improviser and actor. A star of Comedy Inc. on CTV & The Comedy Network.
For over 20 years Roman Danylo has been an
entertainer, MC and keynote speaker for some of biggest names in the corporate world. He has entertained for companies like Glaxo Smith Kline, Hewlett Packard, BMO, Manulife Financial and hundreds more. Often invited into the stuffy world of AGMs, sales conferences, or company awards nights; Roman uses his comedy improv skills to team-build, brain storm and break the ice. Roman gathers info about whichever company he is working for and trades that inside information for a currency usually foreign to the corporate world, big laughs. His message is team building and thinking outside the box and the result is tons of fun.
Originally from Calgary and now living in Vancouver, Roman has been performing professionally for the past 25 years. He is one of only a handful of comedians to have performed at the prestigious Aspen’s HBO Comedy Festival and Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival in the same year. In Hollywood he starred in the UPN Series Off Limits, and has been featured on NBC’s Late Friday. He has appeared in the Feature Films Duets with Gwenyth Paltrow, and Happy Birthday with John Goodman. Roman hosted a talk show pilot produced by fellow Canadian David Steinberg, and appeared in a live sketch review show with Martin Short. Roman has appeared as a dramatic actor in television shows like Jeremiah, Outer limits and Sliders.
Back home Roman recently guest hosted several episodes of CBC Radio’s The Debaters and was featured in the TV series for the show. Roman’s second Comedy Now special for CTV aired in 2011. Roman has appeared or starred in several Canadian TV series including CTV’s Corner Gas, CBC’s Made in Canada, CTV’s The Holmes Show and on The Comedy Network’s Just For Laughs Improv Championships and many more. For five years Roman starred in his own sketch comedy series on CTV and Spike TV called Comedy Inc. In 2004 Roman won a Leo Awards for his performance in CBC’s Western Alienation Comedy Hour and has been nominated twice for a Gemini for performance in Comedy Inc. Roman hosted a Gala at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival on CBC and has performed two gala sets for The Halifax Comedy Festival also on CBC. Roman enjoys, water sports, raisins and some humans.
Relationship expert, media personality, hypnotherapist, high-end mediator and keynote speaker
Rachel DeAlto is a relationship expert, coach, media personality, speaker, and hypnotherapist. Rachel believes that relationships are the foundation of everything. She knows that navigating those relationships with great communication, a sense of perspective, and self-awareness is essential. As a relationship expert, Rachel is best known for her Lifetime’s hit show Married at First Sight. She is also the host of FYI’s Kiss Bang Love, a provocative social experiment based on the science of kissing. Additionally, Rachel was featured as an expert and coach on Lifetime’s Second Chances. She is presently shooting with TLC for a series to be released in 2019.
As a speaker, Rachel integrates her humor and passion to deliver the most impactful presentation possible. She draws from a decade of experience as a relationship expert and her prior occupation as a trial attorney to help others succeed in the most challenging situations.
If you are looking for a speaker to motivate and inspire, while providing attendees with tangible practical steps to change their lives, reduce stress, and improve relationships, look no further.
Rachel DeAlto holds an undergraduate degree from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, as well as a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law. These two degrees and professional experience have provided her with a strong foundation in interpersonal communications and relationships. Further professional training as a coach through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC) and certification as a hypnotherapist via the International Association Of Counselors & Therapists (IACT) has allowed Rachel to bring a multidimensional approach to her work.
In addition to her regular appearances, Rachel has also been featured on a multitude of media outlets including The TODAY Show, Good Morning America, CNN/HLN, Access Hollywood Live, The Steve Harvey Show, and Fox News. She has also given three TEDx talks on Being Authentic in a Filtered World, the Power of Kindness and Killing Fear.
Harry Freedman is perhaps the only individual ever to have been profiled in the business sections of The New York Times, Miami Herald, Newsday – and the International Herald Tribune. Harry Freedman will create the perfect fake industry expert for your group; and he’ll have everyone fooled until they are roaring with laughter. With nearly three decades of professional comedy experience, from the clubs of Las Vegas to the corporate boardroom – Harry Freedman is a comic you can trust. As a speaker, he has performed for hundreds of Fortune 1000 companies, and is frequently rated “best speaker” at conferences. Harry’s presentations promote friendship and teamwork. Strangers instantly connect, co-workers come closer – and barriers of rank take a break. There’s a glow that remains and fosters better communication and cooperation.
As a stand-up comedian, Harry is often opening for Ray Romano; has appeared on
Everybody Loves Raymond – and was a staff writer for
Caroline’s Comedy Hour. Harry has also written and directed a short film
30 Minutes – which received terrific acclaim at the NY Independent Film Festival.
Bringing in Harry to play the part of an industry expert or newly hired executive. He starts off for real, but after a few minutes of his outrageous quips, everyone realizes they’ve been had – and they love it!
Each of Harry’s put-ons is completely customized to the client’s need and situation. Sometimes the
spoof takes the form of poking fun at a general topic you agree on with Harry; sometimes it’s poking fun at specific people that you and Harry select. In either case, you can rest assured it will be a hit with your group.
Nothing refreshes a group better then laughter – as everyone emerges re-energized, ready to tackle new challenges. From planning to implementation, from completion to beginning, or from work to relaxation – it’s the perfect way to refocus a group on new goals or activities.
In addition, corporate audiences enjoy Harry’s video shorts, where he interviews selected attendees (in character), to create a hilarious 8-10 minute piece played following his presentation – as well as his humorous videographies of entire conferences. So when you think of finding the right performer to give your people a laugh-fest – they will love and thank you for, two key words make all the difference: Harry Freedman!
Pioneer in Humour-Based Training & Stress Resiliency, Corporate Entertainer, Emcee and Author
Tim Gard, CSP, CPAE, is a tears-in-your-eyes-laugh-out-loud speaker who teaches people to be more resilient and resourceful, and coaches businesses on how to enhance productivity and employee enthusiasm. Talented, innovative, and memorable – Tim provides amazing take-home value delivered with his one-of-a-kind presentation style. Discover the business advantages of happiness, kindness and laughter. Learn how attitude impacts your productivity, your relationships and your life.
An internationally recognized authority on stress resiliency and conflict resolution, Tim’s easy-to implement techniques provide audiences with ways to diffuse, deal with – and even avoid intensely
stressful encounters. When relating to business leaders, Tim “walks his talk” as a successful business owner himself for more than 20 years. Before starting his business, he worked in the Sales Industry – as well as State and Federal Government in Human Services, as a fraud investigator. Tim is also a navy veteran.
As a keynote speaker, he ensures every event starts with a bang and/or concludes with everyone sharing a renewed, positive sense of purpose. Tim is also available as an outstanding emcee facilitating the day’s activities or hosting an evening awards banquet.
Tim has achieved the highest honours and recognition in his industry, including being selected by Meeting Planners Magazine as one of the “Best speakers ever seen or heard on the main stage.”
Tim’s down-to-earth style and real-life humour leaves a lasting impression that audiences will benefit from for years to come. His skillful use of ordinary items in extraordinary ways and extraordinary items in everyday ways – make him one of the most popular main stage speakers on the platform today.
Becoming more resilient is not about telling jokes or laughing at everything. Instead of making light of serious issues, Tim shines a light on unseen possibilities for solutions to difficult situations. He demonstrates how to be professional, yet light-hearted throughout all his programs.
Without a doubt, Tim’s keynotes consistently deliver on these two promises:
- A hilarious shared experience
- Take-home value that improves performance and workplace attitude
As a business speaker, Tim shows leaders how to enhance productivity and employee enthusiasm using his humour stress diffusion tactics in everyday situations. He facilitates an unforgettable experience that improves the quality of interactions. At the same time, he’s instilling an enthusiasm for non-malicious mischief that no one should live without!
For two decades, Tim has provided hilariously entertaining, fast-paced, and informative programs from Texas to Tasmania. His universal message translates to a diverse range of audiences of every size.
Author of Just Plane Funny and My Policy Manual and co-author of Motivational Leaders and Humor Me – Tim also offers his own line of “stress buster” tools that are marketed worldwide.
For almost 20 years Adam Growe has been performing in radio, television and on stage. He has distinguished himself as a talented comedian and host in the club, corporate and multimedia markets.
Currently, Adam is the Host of Discovery Channel Canada’s Cash Cab and is touring theatre venues with his Comedy & Quiz Showe. He is one of Canada’s most accomplished stand-up comedians, starring in his own Just for Laughs Gala, as well as Comedy NOW!, on CTV and CBC’s, COMICS!. Adam was also featured on Comedy Central’s, Premium Blend in New York and CBS’s, Star Search in Los Angeles. Adam has performed at the Montreal, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Sudbury Comedy Festivals.
Adam appeared in two seasons of YTV’s, Monster Warriors, as well as numerous acting roles in TV movies such as, Shades of Black, the Conrad Black story. For many years Adam was the Host and Producer for TVO’s live, on-air Membership Campaign.
Working for over a decade as an FM Radio Announcer, Adam continues to contribute humour segments to Laugh Attack, XM 153 and CBC Radio One’s, Definitely Not The Opera.
Speaker, Actor, and Satirizer rolled into an unusual ball of corporate messaging and humor.
A Professional Speaker and an Actor and a Satirizer rolled into an unusual ball of corporate messaging and humor. With Paul you can expect anything and get everything you want for your conference. Hilariously funny, smart, motivating, inspiring and memorable, Paul creates conference summaries and keynotes tailored exactly to the needs of your audience.
Described by many as indescribable, he’s one of the most unique voices in the speaking industry. Paul’s talks are an adventure in content and laughter and song. He delivers his lessons and your messages with energy, passion, and fun.
Paul offers a range of funny keynotes, break-out sessions, and facilitates workshops focussed on workplace resilience, change, personal excellence, team building and recognition. His most famous keynote, The Ultimate Ending / Paul’s World Famous Conference Ending Summary, is a closing session he creates from each day’s presentations and activities. At the end of the conference, the audience is treated to an instant replay of their convention. They leave laughing, sometimes humming, and always remembering what you want them to remember most.
He’s a trained actor with degrees in Management and Theatre, a diploma in Career Counselling, training in Adult Education, has worked in an insurance firm, and has sung with the Canadian Opera Company. This strange wide and varied background and 16 years of professional speaking experience collide to give Paul a one-of-a-kind style and the ability to understand how to promote learning and excite every audience. This skill has just been recognized by his peers, and he’s a recent inductee into the Canadian Speaking Hall of Fame. His words and talents put him in front of large corporations, small businesses, associations, governments, and his favourite charities. He works across Canada, the United States, Europe, and right around the globe to Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Paul performs in English, French, and occasionally Japanese.
CNBC Senior Analyst & Contributor, Trailblazing Financial Journalist, Best-Selling Author and Financial Industry Expert
Ron Insana maintains that “Financial markets send messages. Heed them because forewarned is forearmed with respect to future economic, political and geo-political events.” What are the forces and trends driving and disrupting the business environment, the economy and how will they impact you, your industry, and your investment decisions? Those are the questions Ron has answered for viewers and listeners every single day for over three decades. Currently a contributor to CNBC where he also served as anchor and correspondent since 1991, Ron also hosts The Market Score Board Report, a thrice-daily nationally syndicated radio program.
As a financial journalist, Ron stands alone as someone who ran his own hedge fund – experience that adds to the depth of his insights. He’s also written for Moneymagazine, USA Today, and authored four best-selling books on investing and reading the financial market. In Ron’s speeches, he explains how Wall Street, Main Street and Washington intersect –translating the market signals and political maneuvers into actionable information everyone can understand and use – to protect what they have and find opportunities in any type of market condition.
Ron Insana was a trailblazer; among the first group of financial journalists who launched the Financial News Network (FNN) in 1984. When FNN merged with CNBC in 1991, Ron continued to cover the most important stories affecting the financial markets as an anchor and correspondent on CNBC and on other NBC news outlets. In the process, he became one of the most visible reporters broadcasting financial news.
Over the years, Ron became well-known for his high-profile interviews, which included Presidents Clinton and Bush; billionaire investors Warren Buffett, George Soros and Julian Robertson, among others; captains of industry like Bill Gates, Jack Welch and the late Steve Jobs; top economists, analysts and global heads of state, from Former Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, to Jordan’s Queen, Rania.
During his broadcasting career, Ron received numerous honors for his work. He was named one of the “Top 100 Business News Journalists of the 20th Century” and was nominated for a news and documentary Emmy Award for his role in NBC’s coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attack.
In addition to his work as a business journalist, Insana was the CEO of Insana Capital Partners, from 2006-2008, which, at its peak, managed the $125 million Insana Capital Partners Legends Fund. His hands-on experience in the financial industry – through some of the markets’ most turbulent times – gives Ron an added depth of perspective that few financial journalists can match.
Ron Insana has authored four best-selling books: How to Make a Fortune from the Biggest Bailout in U.S. History (2009); Traders Tales: A Chronicle of Wall Street Myths, Legends, and Outright Lies (1996), Trend Watching: Don’t Be Fooled by the Next Investment Fad, Mania, or Bubble (2002), and The Message of the Markets (2000).
In addition to writing, contributing, and advising, Ron Insana is a highly-regarded speaker on domestic and global economics, financial markets, and economic policy issues. He is also currently senior adviser at Schroders Investment Management.
Lead Anchor, BBC World News America & Best-selling Author; Insights on American Politics, Global Affairs, and Issues for Women
Katty Kay proclaims that “when something happens in America, my first reaction is to ask ‘How does this connect to other countries?’…because stories from this city, Washington, D.C., – ripple out, right around the world.” She is a Washington, D.C.-based British news anchor, who brings a fresh perspective to the reporting of American politics and global affairs. Katty’s insights reflect a global mindset that is a natural offshoot of having grown up in the Middle East and worked as a journalist in Europe, Africa, and Asia before coming to Washington in 1996. The award-winning journalist is currently co-anchor of Beyond 100 Days, a one-hour news program that covers Washington politics and its impact globally. The show airs to an enormous audience worldwide. Katty is also a regular guest and substitute co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe program. When she’s not busy making sense of the news from Washington and around the globe, Katty writes on the art and science of women and self-assurance – helping them turn thoughts into action to master a more confident mindset. She is co-author (with Claire Shipman) of three New York Times best-sellers: The Confidence Code for Girls; The Confidence Code; and Womenomics.
Beyond 100 Days was launched when the first 100 days of the Trump administration made clear this President was operating from a different set of rules that would impact American and global politics in unprecedented ways. Prior to assuming the co-anchor role on that program, Katty served as anchor of 100 Days, which covered the first 100 days of the Trump administration. Before that, she was anchor of BBC World News America’s weekday broadcast, also seen worldwide. The award-winning anchor for BBC News has reported on five U.S. presidential elections, financial crashes, wars, sex scandals, and much more. Katty is proud of the fact that the day after the Brexit vote in the U.K., she wrote an article on the five reasons Trump would win the Presidency. She is less proud of the fact that the day he declared his candidacy in June 2015, she said that would be the high point of his campaign.
About Katty’s books: her latest, The Confidence Code for Girls: Taking Risks, Messing Up, and Becoming Your Amazingly Imperfect, Totally Powerful Self, was released in April, 2018 and debuted at the #1 spot on The New York Times best-seller list. The empowering, entertaining guide gives girls the essential yet elusive code to becoming bold, brave, and fearless. The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance – What Women Should Know, inspires women to understand that confidence – the linchpin of success – is a choice. She shows ways to break out of comfort zones and take risks that pay off. In her first book, Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success, she examined the workplace revolution and inspired women to take control, dream big and discover a different way of weaving work into their lives – and in the process create more profitable companies with happier and more productive employees.
On the fun side, Katty had the distinction of being immortalized in pop culture in 2018 when her name was the answer to a question on the Jeopardy game show. In the same week, she was portrayed in a skit on the legendary Saturday Night Live show which satirized a moment from MSNBC’s Morning Joe program.
Katty Kay settled in Washington, DC in the mid-90s where she lives with her husband, four children, two cats, and a dog.
Corporate Comedian, Emcee and Speaker on Communication & Change
It’s pretty simple what Mark Mayfield does: he talks about very serious stuff in a very funny way. He is one of the rare individuals in the world who is equally adept at performing comedy shows or high content speeches. Compelling content with genuine humor, he will motivate your audience as a keynote speaker or emcee.
Mark is author of several business books and two joke books including his latest Morph, a guide to accepting and managing change, and has spoke to a “Who’s Who” list of corporations, conventions, and trade associations over the past four decades.
Mark has one of the most diversified backgrounds in the speaking industry having owned and operated several businesses ranging from livestock production to nightclubs to golf instruction – and also spent ten years as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. and in thirteen state legislatures for a Fortune 500 company. That business experience combined with his work as a nightclub performer allowed him to create truly unique presentations. His tagline is simple: Solid business wisdom in a brilliant comedic style.
He has received rave reviews sharing the stage with a wide variety of celebrities like Bob Newhart, Rachel Platten, Andy Grammer, and Colin Powell, and has introduced a President of the United States on a live, nationwide television broadcast.
He was raised on a farm, received two degrees magna cum laude from Kansas State University, and taught school before he began his lobbying, business, and speaking career.
From comedy shows to seminars, Mark’s philosophy is simple…say it with humor and people will take the message home. A national convention planner recently called Mark “one of the very few, really funny, inspiring men in America today”.
Mark’s Mom also said that once after a small bribe.
He is happily married (although his wife is not) and is the proud father of two daughters. He is also the most annoying Grandpa on the planet.
The world we live in is morphing into a new one as we speak. That’s a scary prospect for many – but after a presentation by Linda Nazareth you will feel like you have a handle on the future.
Linda is an economist, author, blogger, broadcaster and speaker. The Senior Fellow for Economics and Population Change at policy think-tank the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, she is an expert in demographic and economic trends and the way that they will shape our tomorrows. Her presentations focus on what will happen and what you need to think about to be on the right side of the changes.
Linda’s latest book Work Is Not a Place: Our Lives and Our Organizations in the Post-Jobs Economy (2018). A look at the future of work, it is a readable and engaging look at the way that demographics, technology and shifts in the global economy will re-shape our realities. Recently announced, Work Is Not a Place has been nominated for the 2019 National Business Book Award (NBBA). Presented annually for over 30 years, this Award recognizes outstanding talent in Canadian business writing.
Through her career, Linda has used her (fairly unusual) combination of skills as an economist and communicator to work and consult in a wide variety of industries. Currently a consultant to organizations in the public and private sector, Linda was for over ten years the On-Air Economist for Business News Network, Canada’s cable news channel. She has also been a Senior Economist at CIBC and an economist with the Canadian federal government. A blogger for her own site and many others including that of the Globe and Mail, Linda has also been quoted as an expert everywhere from the Wall Street Journal through to Wired magazine.
Guitar Virtuoso, Motivational, Comedic and Entertaining Performer
Mike Rayburn is an entertainer, whose personal, business and career mission is simple: “Transform communities.” Whether that community is a business audience, an association, or enrollees in his “What If…?” keynote experience, impoverished people world wide, or the lost in his hometown of Las Vegas, Mike’s daily efforts and motivational life work are dedicated to transforming communities.
Mike does this most often with his “What If…?” keynote presentations and breakouts, where he uses world-class guitar and hilarious comedy to teach the three simple, powerful tools which took him from playing empty bars – to headlining Carnegie Hall (eight times!). They work for anyone. And everyone. Always. Mike also showcases his energetic and entertaining style as an emcee or host of your next event.
When organizations need innovation and peak performance, where do they go? Usually it’s to business leaders, authors, or famous sports figures. Rarely do they go to artists! Yet for artists, creativity, innovation and peak performance are their life blood! Being a mega-successful artist, as well as a savvy entrepreneur and business owner, Mike Rayburn is uniquely qualified to teach artistic principles in a business context, to give businesses and organizations the edge they so desperately need to innovate and perform at peak “virtuoso” levels – and thus transform their success and significance.
The measure of any speaker is the results they produce. Mike is consistently cited as “the hit of the conference,” and “what we needed and didn’t even know it.” More importantly, businesses regularly attribute significant, sometimes exponential increases in sales, impact and morale to the application of Mike’s keynote tools and breakout session content.
Greg Schwem’s comedic take on the 21st century workplace and work/life balance has landed him on SIRIUS Radio, FOX News, Comedy Central and the pages of Parents Magazine. More than just a business humorist, Greg is also an author, nationally syndicated humor columnist, award-winning greeting card writer and creator of funnydadinc, voted one of the top Dad humor sites of 2016. He has shared the concert stage with the likes of Celine Dion and Jay Leno.
A graduate of Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism, Greg never envisioned a career in laughter. Instead, he settled in Florida, becoming an award-winning reporter for NBC-owned WPTV in West Palm Beach. But the comedy bug bit Greg hard and he returned to his hometown of Chicago, where he honed his standup act in nightclubs. When he began inserting material about business and technology into his act, audience members approached him and said, “You really should come down to my office and tell those jokes.” Behold! A new approach to comedy was born.
Greg’s show provides a hilarious look at today’s corporate environment and the latest tools used to conduct business. Indeed, Greg’s client list includes such corporate heavyweights as McDonald’s, Microsoft, General Motors, IBM, Hyatt Hotels, United Airlines and Cisco Systems. What sets Greg apart from other corporate entertainers is his ability—and willingness—to customize material for his audience while working within the parameters of the corporate environment. That means no profanity or politically incorrect material. “That’s never been a part of my show anyway,” Greg recently told a reporter.
Corporate Entertainer and Motivational Humorist who Speaks on Resilience and Teamwork
Meg Soper is a professional speaker and comedienne who combines a remarkable sense of humour with her unique perspective of life – to captivate her audience and provide them with a presentation filled with inspiration and entertainment. Across North America, Meg is highly sought after to energize events and inspire employees through keynote presentations, as an M.C., or through interactive workshops.
Meg has appeared as a keynote speaker and featured entertainer at conferences and corporate functions across North America and internationally. A veteran performer, she got her start at various comedy clubs across Canada, and over the years shared the stage with many leading comedy acts including Ray Romano and Ellen Degeneres.
With over 30 years experience in the health care industry and as a Registered Nurse in the Operating Room, she understands how your attitude affects those around you at home and in the workplace environment. Meg is co-author of the book, From the Stage to the Page – Life Lessons from Four Funny Ladies. She has appeared on the CBC Television Network, Women’s Television Network and Prime TV, as well as being featured in many radio programs and comedy festivals. Meg has a tremendous ability to connect with her audience and take every event to a higher level.
Her experiences as a staff nurse and operating room nurse – in major urban teaching hospitals and regional healthcare facilities – shaped her perspective. It taught her how humor can help us effectively deal with stressful situations in our personal and professional lives. Out of the pressure-packed environment of the hospital operating room and balancing two careers, Meg realized humor is extremely effective for dealing with stress and managing change.
And how better to motivate and entertain her audiences than through humor and inspiration? That’s why her unique brand of motivational comedy is referred to as “Humor with a Heart”. She inspires people to improve communication, deal with stress, and achieve better balance in their lives while establishing a healthy workplace and home life.
It all comes down to choices. We always have a choice about how we do our work, even if we don’t have a choice about the work itself. We choose the attitude we bring with us to work and to life, and the ability to decide whether any given day will be good or bad. If we have the ability to step back from a situation and see the humor in it, we quickly realize that life can be less stressful.