Author of The Medici Effect, speaks on Diversity and Innovation.
Frans Johansson is the best-selling author of The Medici Effect: Breakthrough Insights at the Intersection of Ideas, Concepts and Cultures, (HBS Press, 2004). Translated into 20 languages, The Medici Effect was named one of the top 10 best business books by Amazon.com. His acclaimed follow up, The Click Moment (Penguin Portfolio, 2012), obliterates the idea that in business we can plan and strategize our way to success. Known for his provocative, high-octane delivery style, Johansson is a widely sought-after leadership speaker. His presentations cover topics such as:
- how to successfully execute innovative ideas
- leverage different perspectives in an organization to create and execute new ideas
- how to apply ideas from other industries and cultures to drive innovation, growth and profit
- why and how diversity drives innovation
In his role as thought leader and CEO of The Medici Group, Frans has advised executive leadership at Fortune 500 companies such as Disney, IBM, Nike, and Synchrony (formerly GE Financial).
Johansson has lived all his life at the intersection where ideas from different fields and cultures meet and collide. He was raised in Sweden by his African- American-Cherokee mother and Swedish father. Johansson earned his B.S. in Environmental Science from Brown University and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He founded both a Boston-based software company and a medical device company operating out of Baltimore and Stockholm, Sweden. He has written articles on healthcare, information technology and the science of sport fishing and has been featured on CNN's AC360, ABC's Early Morning Show and CNBC's The Business of Innovation series along with Jack Welch and Muhammad Yunus. Frans currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the New York Hall of Science.
The Click of the Moment: Seizing Opportunity in an Unpredictable World is Johansson's latest book.
Harvard Business School Professor & Speaker on Consumer Behavior and Social Psychology
Leslie John is an associate professor of business administration in the Negotiations, Organizations, and Markets unit at Harvard Business School. She teaches the Negotiations course in the MBA elective curriculum, as well as in various Executive Education courses. In the past, she has taught the core Marketing course in the MBA required curriculum.
Professor John’s research centers on how consumers’ behavior and lives are influenced by their interaction with firms and with public policy. Her work has been published in leading journals including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and has received widespread media attention from outlets including Time Magazine and The New York Times.
Professor John holds a Ph.D. in behavioral decision research from Carnegie Mellon University, where she also earned an M.Sc. in psychology and behavioral decision research. She completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Waterloo.
Chris Johnson is the leading authority on small steps to healthy living. As Founder/CEO of On Target Living, Chris is a highly respected expert and accomplished executive, who has spent over 30 years researching and building optimal health and performance programs for individuals and corporations. He is the architect of the Food Target® that shifts from counting calories to concentrating on the nutrient values of foods that guide healthy choices.
Chris likes to say he was 'raised by wolves'. Growing up struggling with terrible skin and chronic health issues, he had no idea how his lifestyle affected his health. The doctors couldn't help him, and despite all the medications they prescribed, his health did not improve. By his mid-20's, deeply frustrated and feeling hopeless, Chris set out to heal himself. On his quest, he learned how food affects the body, the importance of sleep, and why people need to move. These discoveries transformed his life. Conditions which plagued him for years disappeared, and his energy and attitude reached new heights. Amazed at how good he felt, Chris knew he’d found his calling, and needed to share his discoveries.
Today, Chris works with organizations to transform their performance from the inside out. He applies the principles of REST-EAT-MOVE to educate, engage and motivate teams around the world. Chris graduated from Michigan State University with a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology, and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Economics from Western Michigan University. He holds certifications from The American College of Sports Medicine, The National Academy of Sports Medicine and the American Council on Exercise and Certified Natural Health Professional. Chris earned and maintains a reputation of providing groundbreaking lifestyle modification strategies with integrity, humor and passion.
Speaker on leadership and co-author of ABSOLUTE HONESTY: Building a Corporate Culture That Values Straight Talk And Rewards Integrity.
Larry Johnson delivers fresh insights and practical
how to's for leading change, retaining customers, and developing effective work relationships. Some of his clients include Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Nordstrom Department Stores, American Express, United States Telecom Association, JP Morgan Chase Bank, Lloyds of London, and Tektronix.
Larry was awarded the City of Phoenix Award of Excellence for designing and implementing that city's team based quality improvement program. This program was featured in a PBS televised documentary by Tom Peters (co-author of In Search of Excellence).
Since 1986, Larry has presented to more than 2500 audiences in every state in the Union, as well as in the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia. Larry was the #1 ranked speaker at the Inc. Magazine Workforce 2000 Conference. He has been invited to speak at eight International Customer Service Association Conferences.
Larry is the co-author of ABSOLUTE HONESTY: Building a Corporate Culture That Values Straight Talk And Rewards Integrity, published by the American Management Association.
Author and Co-Founder, with Clayton Christensen, Rose Park Advisors’ Disruptive Innovation Fund
Whitney Johnson is recognized as one of the 50 leading business thinkers in the world since 2015 (Thinkers50), Whitney Johnson is an expert on disruptive innovation and personal disruption? specifically, a framework which she codifies in the critically acclaimed book Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work. She is also the author of Dare, Dream, Do: Remarkable Things Happen When You Dare to Dream. Her latest title, Build An “A” Team: Become a Boss People Love, will be released in May 2018 by Harvard Business Publishing.
She developed her proprietary framework and diagnostics after co-founding The Disruptive Innovation Fund with Harvard Business School’s Clayton Christensen. This framework is complemented by a deep understanding of how executives create and destroy value, having spent nearly a decade as an Institutional Investor ranked equity analyst on Wall Street.
In addition to her work as a speaker and advisor, Whitney is one of Marshall Goldsmith’s original cohort of 25 for the #100 Coaches Project, is a coach for Harvard Business School’s Executive Education program, frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, is a Linkedin influencer, and hosts the twice-monthly Disrupt Yourself Podcast. You can follow her on Twitter at @johnsonwhitney.
There are many inspirational and motivational Speakers, and then there is the one, the only, the incomparable Dr. Willie Jolley. He is a Hall of Fame Speaker, an Award-Winning Singer, a Best-Selling Author and a National Television & Radio Personality. The Business Ad Hoc Committee recently tabbed him as
The #1 Inspirational Speaker/Singer in America!
Dr. Willie Jolley has achieved remarkable heights in the speaking industry, having come from humble beginnings of being a fired singer (who was replaced by a karaoke machine!). He has gone on to be named
One of the Outstanding Five Speakers in the World &
Inspirational/Motivational Speaker of The Year by the 175,000 members of Toastmasters International. He has been inducted into the prestigious Speaker Hall of Fame as well as achieving the distinction of Certified Speaker Professional by the National Speakers Association. In addition, he is also the recipient of the Ron Brown Distinguished Leadership Award and the African American Chamber of Commerce DC Business Leadership Award.
Dr. Willie Jolley uses his public platform to pursue his mission of empowering and encouraging people to rise above their circumstances and maximize their God given potential! Many know him as the speaker Ford Motors called on in 2006 when they were on the brink of bankruptcy, and he worked with them in 2006, 2007 and 2008 and in 2009 they were able to reject a government bailout and go on to Billion Dollar profits.
No matter the venue, from his exciting television appearances to his SiriusXM radio show, to corporate audiences like Wal-Mart, Ford, GM, Comcast, Verizon, Marriott or The Million Dollar Round Table. Dr. Willie Jolley keeps it moving with high energy and enthusiasm, as he delivers nuggets on how every person can live a better life, one day at a time!
Dr. Willie Jolley is the author of several international best-selling books including It Only Takes A Minute To Change Your Life, A Setback Is A Setup For A Comeback, Turn Setbacks Into Greenbacks and An Attitude of Excellence, which was endorsed by Dr. Stephen Covey.
Dr. Jolley holds a Doctorate Degree in Achievement, a Master Degree in Theology and a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology. He resides in Washington, DC with his wife, Dee.
Inspiring speaker on adventure, innovation and creativity and award-winning photojournalist.
Dewitt Jones is an inspiring speaker with presentations on creativity and adventure. He is one of America's top professional photographers. Twenty years as a freelancer for National Geographic, shooting stories all over the globe, has earned him a reputation as a world-class photojournalist. As a motion picture director, he had two films nominated for Academy Awards before he was thirty.
His work is well known to the corporate world as well, in major advertising campaigns for clients such as Dewar's Scotch, Canon and United Airlines.
Mr. Jones has published nine books, including California, Visions Of Wilderness, What The Road Passes By, Robert Frost - A Tribute To The Source, Canyon Country and John Muir's High Sierra. His most recent book, The Nature Of Leadership was created in collaboration with Stephen R. Covey (The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People). His column, Basic Jones, appears monthly in Outdoor Photographer magazine.
Mr. Jones is a cum laude of Dartmouth College and holds a Master of Arts Degree from UCLA.
Speaking to corporations and associations throughout the world, Mr. Jones is recognized as an extraordinary lecturer. His knowledge of the creative process, his relaxed and genuine style, and his ability to communicate make his presentations truly outstanding.
Founder of Travelocity; Speaks on Innovation, Leadership and Social Media
Terry Jones, founder and former CEO of Travelocity.com, Chairman of Kayak.com and CIO of Sabre, Inc has a proven track record of leading companies whose innovations have changed an industry. Through his consulting practice, as a board member, a venture capitalist and a speaker, Jones has been helping companies use the tools and techniques he's developed to keep up with this rapidly changing world. His programs on innovation, leadership, marketing and ecommerce are always thought provoking, entertaining and customized.
Jones founded Travelocity.com. He led the company as President and Chief Executive Officer from it's founding until May 2002. Previously, he served as Chief Information Officer at Sabre Inc. In his 24 years at Sabre, Jones held various executive positions including President of Computer Services, Vice President of Applications Development and Vice President of Product Development.
Prior to Sabre, Jones joined American Airlines in 1978 as Director of Product Development when American Airlines acquired Agency Data Systems, a Florida-based mini-computer accounting systems company. He became president of the division when it moved to Dallas/Fort Worth.
A graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio, Jones entered the travel industry in 1971 as a travel agent with Vega Travel in Chicago. He later served five years as a vice president of Travel Advisors, a company specializing in business travel to Eastern Europe and the USSR, with offices in Chicago and Moscow.
Jones is managing principal of Essential Ideas, a consultancy he co-founded to help companies in their transition to the digital economy. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Kayak.com, and is on the boards of LuxuryLink, Smart Destinations, and Rearden Commerce. He is a venture capitalist with General Catalyst Partners and the Sierra Angels. Jones is also Chairman of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival and serves on the National Information Technology committee of the Boy Scouts of America.
If you don't want the same boring cookie cutter speaker meet Diana Jordan!
Dr. Oz says, "In her Presentation Diana demonstrated that Laughter is indeed the best medicine!" Diana also broke the glass ceiling when Oprah said, "Diana is one of the funniest people on the planet!"
Having entertained over a million people live and on television, Diana Jordan came to realize that by making people laugh, she helped them deal with life's stresses, motivated them, and taught them what she'd learned over the past 25 years about how great laughter is in nourishing yourself and changing your outlook on life.
Diana has toured the country many times over as an extremely successful stand up comedian and successful author. She is also a cancer survivor and speaks of her journey to many cancer organizations.
When she does a Keynote address, Motivational messages ring loud and true about how we can make the choice to be happy, find the funny in your life, taking responsibility for your own health, and in doing just these three things can make a happier, healthier, and more productive you!
The best selling author of, A Wife's little Instruction Book, Your Survival Guide to Marriage Without Bloodshed! has sold over 500,000 copies is in five countries and is in five languages. A Wife's Little Instruction Book, Your Survival Guide to Marriage Without Bloodshed!Âwas featured on the Oprah show.
Diana is a member of The Screen Actors Guild, The American Federation of Television and Radio Association, Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI), and appeared as an actress in the hit movie, Jerry Macguire with Tom Cruise!
A world traveler, Diana has lived in Greece, Hawaii, Chicago, Atlanta, Las Vegas, and even "starved" while working as a waitress in New York to get a job on Broadway. She got the job!
Diana has been nominated by the prestigious American Comedy Awards as one of the Top Five Female Comedians in the country. She can be seen on HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central and even interviewed Dr. Phil about male/female relationships!
Diana has performed at such legendary venues including Radio City Music Hall and The Kennedy Center. She has also been Master of Ceremonies for many gala events with such prestigious Speakers as Former Secretary of State, General Colin Powell and Yolanda King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King.
Diana Kander's family escaped from the Soviet Union when she was 8-years-old. By the time she was an American citizen, she had perfected her skills as a capitalist – selling flea market goods to grade school classmates at a markup.
Today, Diana is a successful entrepreneur, having founded and sold a number of ventures, a Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Missouri and a Senior Fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the largest non-profit in the world dedicated to entrepreneurship and education. A Georgetown-educated attorney who left a successful practice to launch her first company, Diana draws on her experience as a founder, investor, and academic to train companies and non-profits how to be more innovative and how to get their employees to think like entrepreneurs.
Diana is the author of All In Startup, a New York Times best-selling novel outlining lessons for launching successful products through a story of a struggling entrepreneur making his way through the World Series of Poker.
Diana lives in Columbia, Missouri with her high school sweetheart/best friend/husband, Jason, and their awesome son, True.
Author of Leapfrogging, Speaks on Innovation, Leadership and Strategy
Soren Kaplan is a the author of the bestselling and award winning book, Leapfrogging, a writer for FastCompany, faculty member in the executive education program at the Copenhagen Business School, and the Founder of InnovationPoint.
As a leading expert in innovation, culture, and disruptive technology and change, he works with organizations including Disney, NBCUniversal, Kimberly-Clark, Colgate-Palmolive, Medtronic, Philips, Red Bull, and numerous other global firms. Soren previously led the internal strategy and innovation group at Hewlett-Packard (HP) during the roaring 1990's in Silicon Valley and was a co-founder of iCohere, one of the first web collaboration platforms.
He has lectured at the Harvard Business School, Copenhagen Business School, and with other MBA and executive education programs and sits on the advisory boards of several Silicon Valley start-ups.
He has been quoted, published, and interviewed by FastCompany, Forbes, CNBC, National Public Radio, the American Management Association, USA Today, Strategy & Leadership, and The International Handbook on Innovation, among many others. He holds Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Organizational Psychology and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, two daughters, and hypo-allergenic cat.
Founder of SelfBrand, motivating speaker on personal branding.
Catherine Kaputa is a nationally recognized personal brand and marketing strategist, speaker, author and executive coach in personal branding and career success, leadership development and female leadership. She is known for her motivating and customized delivery so each audience can be inspired to achieve productive change and life-long learning.
From Madison Avenue to Wall Street to the Halls of Academe to founding her own company, SelfBrand, Catherine perfected her ability to brand products, companies and places. She learned brand strategy under Ali Ries and Jack Trout at Trout & Ries Advertising. She led the
I Love New York campaign at Wells, Rich, Greene. For over ten years, she was senior SVP Director of Branding at Shearson Lehman Brothers and Citi Smith Barney. And she taught a course in branding at NYU's Stern School of Business.
After years of working in the advertizing industry, Catherine came to appreciate that one of branding's greatest potentials was to help people not just products. It's for individuals to define and own their career identity and create their own business success.
That's why Catherine launched SelfBrand LLC, a New York City-based branding company and wrote the award-winning book, You Are a Brand! - winner of the Ben Franklin award for Best Career Book 2007 and a bronze IPPY award. The book has been translated into 10 languages and the Chinese edition was a top 10 Business Training Book in 2010.
Catherine's second book, The Female Brand, is about how women can empower their own career success. Today, we are all entrepreneurs now whether we run a business or work at a company. We all have to be growth agents and innovators if we want to succeed.
Catherine's newest book is Breakthrough Branding: How Smart Entrepreneurs and Intrapreneurs Transform a Small Idea Into a Big Brand.
Catherine is active as a speaker and workshop leader on branding and personal branding, to corporate employees, entrepreneurs and professionals. Catherine is also active as an executive coach.
World traveler, Photographer, Adventurer & Inspiring Speaker on Overcoming challenges and Embracing Change
World traveler, adventurer, photographer, author, entrepreneur, Allan Karl inspires people to pursue dreams, overcome challenges, tackle obstacles, embrace change and smile -- especially in the face of adversity. And he knows how. Allan spent nearly three years riding around the world alone on a motorcycle.
Along the way, on a muddy dirt road miles from anywhere and 14,000 feet high in the Andes of Bolivia, Allan crashed and crushed his leg. But this didn't stop him. After a painful recovery, Allan, continued his journey, logging more than 62,000 miles over 5 continents and through 35 countries traveling alone on his motorcycle.
Why does someone sell nearly everything he owns, pack up a motorcycle and travel for three years alone on a motorcycle?
Many people dream about taking such a journey. Few pursue it. Fear, uncertainty and doubt usually stand in the way. During his three-year journey and through his inspirational keynote speeches and small group workshops, people are inspired by Allan's energy and infectious enthusiasm. Stories of his tenacious drive and positive outlook are relayed through his writings about the high and low points of his around-the-world odyssey at worldrider.com, an ongoing collection of his narratives, videos, podcasts and stunning photography.
In a forthcoming book, The Beginning At The End of The Road, chronicling his three-year odyssey, Allan shares the places and faces he encountered during his journey, including visiting some 43 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Karl is principal of clearcloud, a digital marketing consultancy located in Southern California. clearcloud provides clients with brand reengineering, brand communications and digital marketing communications strategies and creative services.
Prior to starting clearcloud, Karl founded Wirestone, one of the country's top 50 interactive ad agencies according to Advertising Age. At Wirestone, Karl served as director and chief marketing officer. Karl's client experience includes Apple, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard and Quest Software.
A dynamic and inspiring professional speaker, Allan shares his message with captivating storytelling and award-winning photography that touch themes of adventure, travel as education, personal growth, creativity, innovation, tolerance, environment, effective communication and the importance of pursuing dreams.
A graduate of Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications, Karl also lectures, speaks and leads business-focused workshops on branding, digital marketing and strategic planning.
Entrepreneur-turned-publisher, columnist, author, television commentator, private investor and board director, Rich Karlgaard offers a unique vantage point on the trends driving the business and investment climates. His insights help audiences see the global marketplace with new eyes.
Karlgaard is the publisher of Forbes magazine, where he also writes a biweekly column, Innovation Rules, known for its witty and honest assessment of technology trends and current business issues. He’s a regular panelist on cable news’ most popular business show, Forbes on FOX, and is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal’s op-ed page. A successful entrepreneur and past winner of Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year Award,” Karlgaard understands firsthand the difficulties of navigating in today’s business climate and the opportunities available to those who have the courage to reach out for them. His assessment of technology trends, U.S. and global economic forces, and current business and political issues gives audiences solid insights they can use to make better business and investment decisions.
With a remarkable ability to connect with audiences, Karlgaard shows his quick mind and even quicker sense of humor during lively, unscripted question and answer periods. Unfailingly gracious, Karlgaard puts forth his insights for others to consider in a way that helps them see the events that are changing their world—especially the impact of Washington politics—on business and innovation.
In his book, The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success, Karlgaard shares a surprising third element in addition to perceptive strategy and superb execution that’s required to gain the competitive advantage. Karlgaard is also the co-author of Team Genius: The New Science of High-Performing Organizations.
Ron Kaufman is the world's leading educator and motivator for uplifting customer service and building service cultures.
Rated one of the "Top 25 Who's Hot" speakers by Speaker Magazine, Ron presents powerful insights and global best practices from working with clients on every continent for more than twenty years. His energetic keynote speeches and workshops have inspired millions.
He is author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller, Uplifting Service! The Proven Path to Delighting Your Customers, Colleagues and Everyone Else You Meet and 14 other books on service, business and inspiration. Ron is also the founder of UP! Your Service, a company that enables leaders and organizations to build Uplifting Service cultures for sustainable advantage.
Ron's experience and passionate commitment to results have been distilled into proven methods to help clients upgrade service performance and build strong service cultures. His unique approaches to learning and leadership have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.
Ron was invited to Asia in 1990 by Singapore Airlines and the government of Singapore to create and launch a national service quality training organization.
He is a graduate of Brown University, USA with studies in France, London and Berkeley, California. He is a professional member of the Author's Guild, Global Speakers Federation and International Association of Learning Providers.
Ron resides in Singapore and travels widely to promote and realize a vision of "Our world where everyone is educated and inspired to excel in service."
Katty (pronounced CAT-TEE) Kay is the lead anchor for BBC World News America. She is seen in America on nearly 300 Public Broadcasting Stations which carry BBC World News America broadcasts. Katty’s reports on the latest U.S. economic and political news are also carried by BBC News channels globally, giving her a vast international audience. In addition, Katty is also a frequent guest commentator on NBC’s Meet the Press as well as a regular guest and substitute co-host on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. She also hosted 100 Days on the BBC, covering the first 100 days of the Trump administration.
The daughter of a British diplomat, Katty grew up all over the Middle East. Her career with the BBC began in Zimbabwe in 1990 where she started filing radio reports for BBC World Service radio. From there she also covered the end of apartheid in South Africa. Katty then went on to work as a BBC correspondent in London, and later Tokyo, reporting on stories including the Kobe earthquake and the Japanese economic recession. She settled in Washington in 1996 where she took some time out from broadcast journalism to join The Times’ (the British newspaper) Washington bureau before returning to the BBC in 2002.
Katty is a popular speaker who addresses both current political events and also issues impacting women. Katty’s talks on American politics and global affairs offer the fresh perspective of someone who has lived in and reported from the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, and now Washington, D.C. She looks beyond the headlines and provides valuable insights on the top stories making news right now — the challenges facing the President and Congress, the outlook for the next major U.S. election, global economic news, world trouble spots, diplomatic dustups, terrorism, and more. Additionally, the challenges of juggling a demanding career and a family with four children led her to speak and write on two topics that strongly resonate with women: confidence and something she calls “Womenonics.”
Katty Kay is co-author (with Claire Shipman) of two New York Times bestsellers. Her latest, The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know, inspires women to understand that confidence – the lynchpin 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.
Katty studied modern languages at Oxford from where she went on to work for a brief period with the Bank of England. She speaks fluent French and Italian and also what she describes as ‘rusty Japanese’. Katty is married to Tom Carver, a strategic risk consultant. They live in Washington, D.C. with their four children.
Commander U.S. Navy (ret), Author, International Speaker on Leadership, Growth and Productivity, and is a highly respected Leadership Economist
Dr. Mary Kelly with a PhD in economics, is an internationally-known economist and expert specializing in the fields of leadership, productivity, communication, she focuses on strategy and tactics that improve productivity and profit growth. Commander Mary Kelly served 25 years in the US Navy as an intelligence and logistics officer, mostly in Asia. She was an HR Director, a chief of police, and she was part of the team that ran Pearl Harbor. Fun and funny, Mary is the best-selling author of 11 books, and her latest, Why Leaders Fail and the 7 Prescriptions for Success is used in 9 countries.
Mary's personal and professional accomplishments include:
- US Naval Academy graduate
- PhD in Economics
- Trained over 40,000 military and civilians in multi-cultural environments
- Naval Intelligence Officer
- Assistant Chief Staff Officer
- Taught at US Naval Academy, US Air Force Academy, Hawaii Pacific University
- Programs in leadership, communication, business growth, teamwork, strategic planning, customer service, time management, and project development
- Executive coach for corporate success
An energetic, engaging, and perceptive leadership author and speaker, Commander Kelly delivers humorous, inspiring, and insightful keynote speeches, offering tools and insights that increase productivity, morale, and profits.
As a consultant she provides creative and insightful problem-solving tools that enable her to transform corporate cultures and structures.
Mary has published 11 books on leadership, productivity, communication, and business growth. Her best-selling book, Master Your World: 10 Dog-Inspired Lessons to Increase Productivity, Profits and Communication launched her international leadership speaking career. Some of her other titles include:
- 15 Ways to Grow your Business in Every Economy
- Money Smart: How Not To Buy Cat Food When You Don’t Own A Cat
- Stop the Barking at Work
- In Case of Emergency, Break Glass!
- 360 Degrees of Leadership: Steering Around the Icebergs
In her spare time, Mary is active in her community. She is on several local and national boards, and travels internationally for charity work. On the weekends, you can find Mary whitewater rafting, enjoying a glass of red wine, and thinking about running with her dogs.
Kevin Kelly is an internationally acclaimed Speaker, NSA member, best-selling author and expert on the execution strategies underpinning Sales, Leadership and Entrepreneurial success. His focus is on moving organizations, large and small to Do!, to execute, and to move in the direction of their dreams and vision. Kevin is the message as he lives, breathes and sleeps the DO! ethos every day of his life.
From the age of six, Kevin was selling in his family retail environment. On graduating with a Marketing degree Kevin, consistently broke sales records in each of companies he worked for culminating in him being continuously head hunted. Finally in 1990 , (after being offered a job by an Italian business man who couldn’t speak English) Kevin honored his entrepreneurial DNA and set up his own company, Advanced Marketing. The company dedicated itself initially to increasing the sales of small and medium businesses in addition to exhaustively researching the area of personal and business potential.
In 1996 Kevin committed to writing a Best Selling book on motivation – “How? When You Don’t Know How” which sold 15,000 copies, an unparalleled feat for his native Ireland. Kevin also learned a very valuable lesson in terms of Doing and execution: knowledge may give you enough reasons not to act but Do! it anyway and be prepared to end up in a place you recognize and accept as better than your starting point. Since then he has written four more books, including the first ever graphic novel which aims to educate the next generation on the key skills of emotional intelligence.
His most recent book is the critically acclaimed “DO! The Pursuit of Xceptional Execution”, in which he uncovers the success strategies of the Leaders of some of the most exciting start-ups on the planet. Tom Peters described it as “the book I would have loved to have written.”
Staying true to his Irish roots, Kevin is a master storyteller who has worked around the world with Fortune 500 companies and prestigious associations like the Million Dollar Round Table. He has consulted with some of the biggest brands on the planet, including Microsoft, for whom he developed a unique video series for their World Wide Partner Community.
Kevin’s keynotes consistently deliver an interactive conversation that engages, informs, inspires and empowers attendees with a toolbox of invaluable takeaways. His consultancy projects are built on delivering results for you. You set the agenda, and Kevin works with you and your team to address your specific challenges and reach your stated goals.
Christina Kerley -- known simply as “CK” -- pushes Fortune 500's ahead of the curve through the 10+ tech dominating the next 10 years. An innovative tech forerunner for 20+ years, CK takes on the big topics, like: The Tech Megatrends; Future-Proof; The Human-Robot Revolution; Business In The AI Age; Hi-Tech Health; Next-Gen Marketing; and The Reskilling Revolution.
CK connects with diverse generations -- from Boomers to Zoomers -- and guides a wide range of professionals working in IT, marketing, sales, HR, R&D, supply chain, and leadership.
Through her next-level content, edu-taining style, and razor-sharp insights, CK electrifies audiences while navigating executives through scores of digital revolutions. Praised for her boundless energy, humor, and inspiration, she has wowed crowds at Verizon, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Amazon, TEDx, E*TRADE, The United Nations, Bissell, Best Buy, Cisco, Prudential, and The Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation.
A top-rated member of faculty at Rutgers Business School for Executive Education, she has guest lectured at Stanford, Cornell, Carnegie Mellon, Northwestern, and USF.
Along with work for commercial industries -- across tech, consumer, healthcare, insurance, and financial -- she’s also addressed state governments in IL, MN, MO, NY, TX, VA, and WI.
A passionate advocate for closing the opportunity divide, her pro bono program, aptly named impaCKt!, gives a leading edge to under-served groups.
Constantly reinventing her business -- and herself -- CK is always on-trend, ahead of the curve, and in pursuit of the next BIG thing. She is based in New York City.
Get Ahead. Get Inspired. Get CK!
Entertainer and speaker on health, reducing stress, and using humor in the workplace.
Michael Kerr, Speaking Hall of Fame member, is an award winning, Certified Speaking Professional and the author of six books. He is known as one of North America's leading authorities on how to create more productive, less stressful, more creative, and more inspiring workplaces. His humorous, inspiring and thought provoking programs are often rated as having the greatest impact of any presentation at a conference. Michael Kerr's message of injecting humor into the workplace helps build strong teams and leaders by encouraging a new kind of communication.
Michael has delivered his captivating keynote presentations and
training workshops to more than 800 audiences, from Iran to Texas,
from Austria to Honolulu. Michael's programs offer relevant,
practical ideas delivered with his memorable brand of high-energy,
incredibly relevant and timely content, are phrases clients
repeatedly use to describe the impact of his presentations.
One of Michael's books, Putting Humor to Work, has been described
bible of humor in the workplace, while his book Inspiring
Workplaces - Creating the Kind of Workplace Where Everyone Wants
to Work has been called
an inspiring blueprint for workplace success.
Michael lives in Canmore, Alberta in the Canadian Rockies.
Technology Futurist and Sought-after Speaker on IoT, AI & Blockchain
Forbes contributor and Featured Technology Futurist on CNN, Ian Khan is a highly sought after emerging technology expert. A three times TEDx Speaker & Author, Ian has impacted over 5000 organizations in his career of 20 years to help organizations understand emerging technology and the steps they can take to create limitless value.
An advocate of emerging technologies, Ian helps organizations gain a competitive advantage in today’s era of disruption and rapid change. His core speaking topics include technology trends, industry future outlook and the role of IoT, AI & Blockchain in shaping our future.
Ian is also the author of over 8 books. Some of these include Cloud Wars, The Internet of Things (IoT) A Concise Introduction, The Internet of Things & the Future of Innovation, Make Me Like You, 21 Steps & Get Ahead and Meaningful Conversations.
A highly sought after expert, Ian has dedicated the last 20 years evangelizing technologies such as Cloud Computing, Internet of Things, and emerging tech. Though his career he Ian has worked with Information Technology startups, SAP EBS Partner Companies and key Microsoft partner ecosystem providers. Through his two decades of working in the industry he also gained a complete understanding of where organizations face maximum challenge as his roles included Sales, Business Development, Management, to managing global marketing teams.
Ian is also an active speaker and spends more than 200 days per year on the road speaking at industry conferences. He is also a frequent contributor to industry publications and his work has appeared in McGraw Hill Education, Huffington Post, & Techvibes.
Second City veteran and humorous speaker on change and communication.
Whether on the page or on the stage, Deborah Kimmett is one funny lady. This witty and wise woman has been using humour to open minds and heal hearts for over 30 years. A Second City veteran, a regular performer on CBC radio and television show The Debaters and sought-after motivator on the speaker circuit, she engages her audiences with stories and killer humour that ignite, inspire and energize. Clients that ask her back: Microsoft, Corrections, Bell Canada, RBC, Health Canada, IBM, and countless health care organizations.
Deborah is an accomplished author of three books, Reality is Over-Rated, That Which Doesn't Kill You Makes You Funnier and Out Running Crazy. She was nominated twice for the National Magazine Award for Humor. She is a well-known playwright and has been nominated for the Governor General Award for her play Miracle Mother in 1984. Having written 52 episodes of TV, a feature movie about female prison guards, she has also written and produced a compassionate care video called, Walk a Mile in my backless gown. Since Deb's passion is mentoring the creative soul in folks so through her company, Chip off The Old Writers Blocks, she hosts one day creative writing retreats and on line writing boot camps.
Author of Bank 2.0 and speaker on financial services and the customer experience
Brett King, the best selling author of the groundbreaking book BANK 2.0, is the founder of the first direct mobile bank in the US and UK (Movenbank) and a strategic advisor to the world's leading financial services organizations. He is an International Judge for the GSMA Global Mobile Awards, the Asian Banker Retail Excellence Awards and for the MiddleEast Business Achievement Awards.
A speaker at global events for financial services and innovation, King is a sought after expert on innovation, technology disruption, customer experience and channel distribution strategy. He publishes regularly in his role as industry advisor on The Huffington Post, Internet Evolution, FinExtra and his personal blog Banking4Tomorrow.com. He has recently been featured on Bloomberg TV, BBC, CNBC, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Economist, etc.
King also a runs a niche strategic advisory firm, User Strategy and is a Board Advisor at Geezeo, a leading software services provider for banks and credit unions. He also advises IAFM, the International Academy of Financial Management (previously known as the American Academy of Financial Management). As one of the founders of IAFM, one of the world's fastest growing professional associations with more than 200,000 members, associates and affiliates in 145 countries,King was instrumental in the development of the worldwide certification training provided by IAFM.
Previously, he led the Asia division for Modem Media/Digitas (part of the Publicis group) managing revenues in excess of $10m per year and a 100 to 150 staffpersons. King was also the Director of e-Business for Deloitte Consulting with service line responsibilities in the technology integration arena across the Asia region, particularly within the financial services practice. He is working with global banks like HSBC, BMO, TD, RBS and others as a strategic advisor, and also provides thought leadership to leading service organizations like Sapient, WiPro, Oracle, Microsoft and others.
Jeremy Kingsley is a best-selling author, leadership expert, and one of the most sought after speakers in the country. Since 1996 he has spoken to over 500,000 people at live events and given over 2000 keynote speeches. You may have seen Jeremy on television or online this year. He has been featured in/on CNBC, CBS, FOX, Fox Business, Forbes, International Business Times, Wall Street Business and many more large media outlets. He has endorsements from Fortune 500 companies like YUM and Whirlpool. Leadership expert Ken Blanchard has said, “Jeremy Kingsley drives home principles that all leaders need to know and apply.” His messages have reached millions through radio, television, and the internet.
Jeremy is the author of four books, his latest titled Inspired People Produce Results (Published by McGraw-Hill). He is a master storyteller and connects with audiences through the perfect blend of humor, content, inspiration, and relevant principles to help each individual. He believes that inspired people produce results and that people can change, grow, and fulfill their personal and professional goals.
His early years were spent in the frigid winters of Wisconsin and his teen years in the politically charged environment of Washington, DC. In both places Jeremy learned a lot about character, integrity, and passion. After playing three years on the varsity basketball team in high school, he scored over 1000 points and was named Conference Most Valuable Player his senior year. Jeremy has the heart of an athlete and understands the importance of commitment, determination, and purpose. He then went on to college and graduate-school, Jeremy holds bachelors and masters degrees from Columbia International University.
Jeremy and his wife Dawn, live in Columbia, South Carolina with their sons, Jaden and Dylan.
Successful Internet entrepreneur and sought-after speaker on leadership and technology.
Scott Klososky leaves audiences in awe with exciting technology presentations that both inspire and educate. He uses the latest techniques for audience interaction while presenting concepts in ways that challenge attendees to think. Attendees also learn new ideas and tools that can be applied right away.
A former CEO of three successful tech startup companies and principal at consulting firm Future Point of View, Scott specializes in seeing beyond the horizon of how technology is changing the world. His unique perspectives on technology, business culture, and the future allow him to travel the globe as an international speaker, consultant, and author working with senior execs in organizations ranging from the Fortune 500 to universities, nonprofits, and countless professional associations and coalitions. As a technology entrepreneur, he also continually works in the trenches of building his own companies.
Scott has developed the innovative concept of HUMALOGY®, the blending of technology and humanity. Humalogy provides a framework on how leaders can best balance technology and human effort to make processes more efficient and effective.
For much of his career, Scott has been devoted to helping organizations protect their digital assets and pilot what is becoming an increasingly critical area for the health and survival of all: cybersecurity. He is an owner in TriCorps Security which provides a host of cybersecurity services including internal and external assessments, vulnerability testing, forensics, remediation, and team member training. He has spoken in front of the FBI’s Cyber Warfare Conference and the Federal Government for Financial Accountants. He is driven to ensure that all organizations can effectively protect themselves from cyberattack.
He is also the founder and part owner of Alkami Technology, a previous tech startup that developed a 2nd generation online banking platform with innovative features non-existent in current systems. The privately-owned software company focuses on providing online account management solutions to the financial services industry.
Scott Klososky began his career fresh out of high school, where his job as a delivery boy was a springboard into the world of technology. He became division head of a computer sales division and then purchased it as his own company. It was eventually built into a twelve-store operation in three states. His next endeavor was as founder and CEO of Paragraph, Inc., a Soviet/American joint venture founded in 1988, despite international tensions. Half of the company was sold to Silicon Graphics, and the other half is still expanding today (Parascript, Inc.).
The evolving Internet ushered in a world of opportunity for inspiring pioneers, and Scott was not left behind. He was founder and CEO of webcasts.com, an early producer of webcasted media ranging from corporate and government communications to sporting events and entertainment. He sold webcasts.com in 1999 for $115 million. His expertise in leadership and his creative approach to business direction inspired Critical Technologies to hire him as a turnaround CEO, where he completely rebuilt the underlying products and brought the company to profitability.
Award Winning Entrepreneur, Critically Acclaimed Author, and Hit Producer
Stuart Knight has written, produced and starred in live presentations that have been seen by over one million people and each year speaks internationally helping some of the world’s biggest companies reach new levels of success. When he is not on the road speaking, you may have seen or heard him on some of Canada’s biggest TV and Radio stations where he is often asked for his expert opinion on high level communication.
Stuart is the author of two profound books, You Should Have Asked – The Art of Powerful Conversation and The Madness of My Mind and writes a weekly blog that has over ten thousand followers. Personally, Stuart is a world traveler, an avid reader and composes music. He is also the founder of one Canada’s biggest speaking extravaganzas called The Top Ten Event, which has garnered over twenty million media impressions. As a renegade visionary, Stuart Knight has taken gut wrenching risks and came out on top. Today, with hilarious stories and thought provoking insights, he shares the lessons he has learned helping people reach goals they never imagined they could attain.
Happiness Expert, Venture Capitalist & Successful Tech Entrepreneur
Nataly Kogan is a former VC and the founder of Happier, a global technology and learning platform helping individuals and organizations to to realize full potential by adopting scientifically-proven practices that improve their well-being.
From her teenage years as a Russian refugee learning English in the projects outside of Detroit, to becoming a leading venture capitalist in a predominantly male industry while still in her twenties, Nataly has continually achieved at the highest of levels.
She has held top positions at Manhattan-based firms McKinsey and Co. and Hudson Ventures, served as the only female board member at Constant Contact, worked at Microsoft's state-of-the-art Future of Social Experiences Lab (FUSE), and served as Vice President of Consumer Experience at WHERE, which she helped sell to PayPal in 2011.
Despite a lifetime of accomplishments, Nataly found herself vastly unfulfilled. Initially a skeptic of the research related to the positive effects of gratitude, kindness and mindfulness on our daily lives, Nataly decided to incorporate happiness into her own life—solely in order to prove the research wrong.
But the more she applied these techniques, the more she immersed herself in and embraced the science and research—experiencing firsthand how effective happiness can be as a tool for realizing full potential in all aspects of work and life.
Rather than chasing "The Big Happy" of career, money and achievements, Nataly soon decided to dedicate her life to discovering and sharing the tools and best practices required to reframe the concept of "I'll be happy when..." to the more powerful "I'm happier now because..."
With this mission in mind, Nataly launched Happier to an overwhelming global response and has since built a community that has shared over six million happy moments (and counting) on the Happier mobile application and website.
Since launching Happier, Nataly has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, New York Magazine and Time Magazine, and has appeared as an expert on Dr. Oz, Bloomberg TV, and "One World" with Deepak Chopra.
She is a sought-out keynote speaker, having appeared at events that include at Million Dollar Roundtable, Fortune's Tech Brainstorm, Blogher, SXSW, the 92nd St. Y, Harvard Women's Leadership Conference, TEDx Boston, and many more.
Chairman and Founder of Delphi Group, Author and Speaker on Innovation and The Future
Tom Koulopoulos is chairman of the Boston-based global futures think tank Delphi Group, which was named one of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. by Inc. Magazine. Tom is also the author of eleven books, a frequent business commentator on MSNBC, a columnist for Inc.com, an adjunct professor at Boston University Graduate School of Management, an Executive in Residence at Bentley University, the past Executive Director of the Babson College Center for Business Innovation, and past Executive Director of the Dell Innovation Lab.
Geoff James of CBS Interactive Media called Tom “one of the truly deep thinkers in the arena of technology and culture.” Forbes.com called Tom a Business Visionary with “an incisive view of world trade…”
Mr. Koulopoulos’ eleven books include his most recent, Revealing the Invisible, The Gen Z Effect, and Cloud Surfing.
Tom Peters called his writing “a brilliant vision of where we must take our enterprises to survive and thrive.” And, according to the late Peter Drucker, Tom’s writing “makes you question not only the way you run your business but the way you run yourself.”
Speaker on leadership, author of The Leadership Challenge, creator of acclaimed leadership behavior questionnaire Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI).
Jim Kouzes is the coauthor with Barry Posner of the award-winning and best-selling book, The Leadership Challenge, with over 2.5 million copies sold and available in 22 languages. He's also the Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University.
The sixth edition of The Leadership Challenge was released in May 2017, marking the 30th anniversary of continuous publication. The Leadership Challenge has debuted at #1 on Amazon’s leadership bestseller list, was selected by FastCompany as one of the 2012 Best Business Books of the Year, and was on the 2013 Wall Street Journal bestseller list. The Leadership Challenge was selected as one of the 100 best business books of all time by 800-CEO-READ. It was an Amazon Editor’s Pick for one of the Best Business Books of 2007, as well as the winner of the 1995-96 Critics' Choice Award, and the 1989 James A. Hamilton Hospital Administrators' Book Award. Their book A Leader’s Legacy was selected by Soundview Executive Book Summaries as one of the top thirty books of the year and by the Globe and Mail (Canada) as one of the top ten books of 2006. Jim and Barry have co-authored over thirty other publications including Credibility: How Leaders Gain and Lose It, Why People Demand It; The Truth About Leadership; Making Extraordinary Things Happen in Asia; Encouraging the Heart; The Leadership Challenge Workbook, and Extraordinary Leadership in Australia and New Zealand. Their book, Learning Leadership, was selected by Strategy+Business as one of the best leadership books of 2016. Over 700 academic studies have been based on their original research.
Jim and Barry also developed the widely used and highly acclaimed Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI), a 360-degree questionnaire assessing leadership behavior. Over 500,000 leaders and 3 million observers have completed the LPI. It has been called "the most reliable, up-todate leadership instrument available today."
The Wall Street Journal has cited Jim as one of the twelve best executive educators in the U.S. He is the 2010 recipient of the Thought Leadership Award from the Instructional Systems Association, listed in 2010-2013 as one of HR Magazine’s Most Influential International Thinkers, named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior by Trust Across America in 2010-2016 and honored as one of its Lifetime Achievement recipients in 2015, selected by the Association of Corporate Executive Coaches as the 2015 International Executive Coach Thought Leader of Distinction, and selected by Global Gurus as one of the Top 30 Leadership Gurus in 2016. In 2006 Jim was presented with the Golden Gavel, the highest honor awarded by Toastmasters International. Jim and Barry are the recipients of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) 2009 Distinguished Contribution to Workplace Learning and Performance Award. The International Management Council (IMC) honored Jim and Barry as the 2001 recipients of the prestigious Wilbur M. McFeely Award for their outstanding contributions to management and leadership education.
Jim is also an experienced executive. He served as president, then CEO and chairman of the Tom Peters Company from 1988-until 2000. Prior to his tenure at TPC he directed the Executive Development Center at Santa Clara University from 1981 through 1987. He also founded the Joint Center for Human Services Development at San Jose State University, which he directed from 1972 until 1980. Jim's lifelong career in education began in 1967-1969 when he served for two years in the Peace Corps. Jim believes it was on January 20, 1961 when he was first inspired to dedicate himself to leadership. That was the day he was one of only a dozen Eagle Scouts who served in John F. Kennedy's Honor Guard at the Presidential Inauguration. Jim can be reached at [email protected], or on the Web at www.leadershipchallenge.com.
Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor and entrepreneur
Dr. Daniel Kraft has over 25 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research and healthcare innovation. Daniel is the Faculty Chair for Medicine & Neuroscience for Singularity University and is the Founder and Chair of Exponential Medicine, a program which explores convergent, exponentially developing technologies and their potential in biomedicine and healthcare. His various TEDTalks have over 1 Million Views. Daniel was named a member of the inaugural class of the Aspen Institute’s Healthcare Innovator Fellows.
Following undergraduate degrees at Brown University and medical school at Stanford, Dr. Kraft was board certified in the Harvard combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency program at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital. He went on to complete Stanford fellowships in hematology/oncology & bone marrow transplantation, and extensive research in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. He has multiple scientific publications (Nature and Science) and medical device, immunology and stem cell related patents through faculty positions with Stanford University School of Medicine and as clinical faculty for the pediatric bone marrow transplantation service at University of California San Francisco.
Dr. Kraft is a member of the Kaufman Fellows Society (Class 13) and member of the Inaugural (2015) class of the Aspen Institute Health Innovators Fellowship and is the inventor of the MarrowMiner, an FDA approved device for the minimally invasive harvest of bone marrow, and founded RegenMed Systems, a company developing technologies to enable adult stem cell based regenerative therapies. He serves as an advisor to the X-Prize, Nokia, Qualcomm Life, and a variety of healthcare startups.
Daniel is an avid pilot and has served in the Massachusetts and California Air National Guard as an officer and flight surgeon with an F-16 fighter Squadron. He has conducted research on aerospace medicine published with NASA, and was a finalist for astronaut selection.
InternetMedicine.com named Dr. Kraft one of The Top Ten Internet-Smart Doctors in the World 2013. Daniel Kraft was also recognized as one of the most inspiring leaders in Life Sciences, as determined by the readers of Pharma Voice 100.