Mountaineer, Award-winning Extreme Athlete & Best-selling Author
Oprah Winfrey called Kyle Maynard “one of the most inspiring young men you will ever hear about.” Arnold Schwarzenegger described him as “the real deal,” “a champion human,” and “one of the most inspiring people” he’s ever met. Even the great Wayne Gretzky has spoken of Kyle’s “greatness.”
Despite being born with a rare condition known as congenital amputation, that has left him with arms that end at the elbows and legs that end near his knees, he learned early on, and with the support of his family, to live life independently and without prosthetics. Kyle thrives on physical challenges and following a few rough, middle school football seasons, he went on to become a champion wrestler, CrossFit Certified Instructor and gym owner, competitive MMA/Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter, world record-setting weightlifter, and skilled mountaineer.
In 2012, Kyle became the first quadruple amputee to climb – actually bearcrawl – the 19,340 feet to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro without the aid of prosthetics. His 10-day ascent was widely covered by the press, followed on social media, and raised money and awareness for wounded veterans as well as Tanzanian schoolchildren. Upon his return, Kyle won his second ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) award for Best Male Athlete with a Disability.
Four years later, he reached the summit of Argentina’s breathtakingly beautiful, and sometimes deadly, Mount Aconcagua – the highest peak in both the Western and Southern Hemispheres, standing at 22,838 feet. Following that epic summit, Nike featured Kyle in the powerful commercial “Unlimited Will,” which debuted globally during the 2016 Olympics, was viewed by millions around the world – as part of the series that AdWeek named the most memorable of all commercials during the 2016 Olympics.
Kyle proudly serves as a board member of K2 Adventure Foundation, and as an ambassador of No Barriers USA, Wounded Warrior Project, the USO, the Travis Manion Foundation, the U.S. Special Forces’ The Honor Foundation (THF), and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF). He has also spent some of his most memorable moments meeting with recovering U.S. military veterans at Walter Reed Medical Center, and supporting service events for Air Force Academy and Navy SEAL Qualification Trainee programs, as well as to servicemen and women at Camp Pendleton, Ft. Benning, Ft. Bragg, Ft. Leavenworth, Ft. Lewis and Ft. Myer.
He has appeared as a guest on Good Morning America, CBS The Early Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, ABC's 20/20, and his story has been featured on ESPN’s Sportscenter, HBO`s Real Sports, and CNN’s Great Big Story, as well as other countless television shows and editorials.
Kyle was also the focus of the moving documentary, “A Fighting Chance,” which chronicled his life and the pursuit of his first Mixed Martial Arts cage fight – which was produced by ESPN Films & SnagFilms and premiered on ESPN in 2010 and can currently be found on Netflix – with film sales proceeds benefitting injured armed forces veterans. At age 19, Kyle authored his account of his life experiences in The New York Times bestselling book, “No Excuses” (2005), which is still in print and in demand today.
New York Times Best Selling Author & Consultant to The Fortune 1000
Steve McClatchy is a keynote speaker, workshop leader and author of the New York Times Bestseller Decide: Work Smarter, Reduce Your Stress & Lead by Example. Steve has spoken before thousands of audiences on the topics of leadership, performance, personal growth, and work/life engagement. His client list includes the NFL, Google, Pfizer, Microsoft, Disney, NBC Universal, Accenture, John Deere, HP, Discovery Channel, Under Armour, Tiffany’s, Wells Fargo and Campbell’s Soup.
Steve is a frequent guest lecturer in many of America’s top business graduate schools including Harvard and Wharton. He has appeared on ABC, CBS, Fox News, NBC’s Today Show and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, WebMD Magazine, Fast Company, Oprah Magazine, Entrepreneur and Investor’s Business Daily. Steve’s passion is for continual improvement and believes that when we stop growing, learning, gaining experience and achieving goals we stop living. Steve is best known for his passion, sense of humor and energetic personality. You will be captivated, motivated and truly inspired by his unique and practical approach to effectiveness and success.
Motivating speaker, expert on work/life balance and change, Work for a Living & Still Be Free to Live author.
Eileen McDargh is founder and CEO of the consulting firm, The Resilient Spirit (a division of McDargh Communications). Organizations like Cisco, Novartis, Oracle, and Procter & Gamble hire her firm to teach them ways of building resilient
leadership teams and workplaces. Leadership Excellence magazine, which ranks top thought leaders in management and leadership, named Eileen to its
2012 Leadership 500 list. Following a survey of 22,000 business professionals, the research firm, Global Gurus, named her to its list of the World's Top 30 Leadership Professionals.
Along with her work as an organizational resiliency consultant, Eileen speaks and writes about resiliency. As a platform speaker, she has given thousands of keynotes for organizations and associations in dozens of fields, including aerospace, education, finance, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, public agencies, real estate, retail, technology, utilities, and women's leadership.
She is a member of the National Speakers Association (and has served on its Board of Directors), was awarded by Speakers Platform a Top 5 Speaker designation in Teamwork / Leadership two years in a row, was elected into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, and was given by her peers the Legend of the Platform Award.
As an author, Eileen has written five books, including The Resilient Spirit: Heart Talk for Surviving in An Upside Down World and Work for a Living and Still be Free to Live! In 2008, the Independent Book Publishers Association awarded her book, Gifts from the Mountain: Simple Truth's for Life's Complexities, a Benjamin Franklin Gold Award. Her latest book, published in 2011, is My Get Up and Go-Got Up and Went. Her articles are found in thousands of publications both on-line and off-line.
Eileen is also a member of the University of Pennsylvania's Sloan Work and Family Researcher Network, an organization of interdisciplinary researchers and scholars studying work-life issues.
Before starting her own consultancy, Eileen was the Director of Communications for a national healthcare company, served as senior manager on a U.S. Navy installation project, and taught school in Nassau County, Florida, where she was elected
Educator of the Year.
Author of How to Market to People Not Like You, marketing and communications expert who speaks on how to grow business with effective marketing techniques and how to connect with others.
Kelly McDonald, president of McDonald Marketing, is a marketing and communications expert who speaks on how to grow business with effective marketing techniques and how to connect with others to form relationships that are constructive and effective in business. She speaks to dozens of businesses and organizations each year on topics including social media and marketing, multicultural marketing, generational insights and Hispanic marketing. As a nationally recognized marketing expert, with deep specialization in diversity marketing and business trends, Kelly was named #1 on Successful Meetings magazine's list of
26 Hot Speakers.
Kelly is the author of two books. Her first, How to Market to People Not Like You, was #7 on the list of Bestselling Business Books of 2011 and her latest book is titled Crafting the Customer Experience for People Not Like You. She has been featured on CNBC, in BusinessWeek, on CNNMoney.com and on Sirius/XM Radio. She works with clients such as Toyota, Harley-Davidson, Sherwin-Williams, State Farm and Miller/Coors. Her company, McDonald Marketing, has twice been named one of the top advertising agencies in the U.S. by Advertising Age magazine.
As a professional speaker to businesses and organizations, Kelly shares marketing insights and teaches strategies and tactics for cultivating diverse consumers emotionally, rationally and with cultural relevance. Her topics are always customized to the specific industry and localized geographically as appropriate.
Record-Breaking Polar Adventurer, Sailor, Peak-Performance Expert, and Inspirational Speaker
From dragging heavy sleds to the North Pole to sailing small yachts through some of the world's deadliest oceans. Adventurer Matt McFadyen has been there and done that.
As an adventurer Matt has pushed himself and others to the ends of the earth, testing the limits of human potential. He has been part of 3 record-breaking expeditions to the North Pole and 2 long-haul sailing expeditions to Antarctica. He has been part of and led teams in some of the toughest conditions on the planet.
As a keynote speaker and facilitator - Matt is an expert on building high performing teams, and has worked with organizations all over the world to engage, align, and inspire leaders and their teams. As a storyteller, he is world class. Inspirational. Relevant. Memorable.
In 2004 accompanied by 4 like minded individuals, 22-year old Matt set sail aboard a 43-foot yacht bound for Antarctica, the 54 day expedition would take Matt and the crew across one of the deadliest and dangerous oceans on the planet The Great Southern Ocean. Storms of mammoth intensity would engulf the small yacht for days on end, testing the resolve of the 5 weary sailors.
A near fatal knock down on their return home was the catalyst for change in Matt's life and the driver to continue raising the bar.
18 months after returning from Antarctica Matt became the youngest Australian to reach the North Pole. Matt has since returned to the North Pole on 2 more occasions as an expedition leader.
Using his unique personal experiences in the adventure world, Matt has delivered over 500 presentations on 4 continents and partnered with organizations across all sectors of business to help:
- Drive and lead through change
- Implement and embed high-performance cultures
- Attract and retain key talent
- Inspire and align teams
Scott McKain creates captivating presentations and bestselling books which clearly reveal how to create more compelling connections between you and your customers and how to stand out and move up, regardless of the economic climate in your industry. McKain's calling is business - and his passion is platform presentations. He is a unique combination of vast speaking experience and new, cutting-edge information. His presentations benefit from three decades of experience, combined with his innate talent for articulating successful ideas. McKain has spoken before and consulted for the world's most influential corporations. His keynote presentations help organizations conquer change and increase sales.
In today's Facebook/Twitter/social media world, a dissatisfied customer now has a platform to broadcast his or her opinions regarding your organization to the world instantaneously. In this environment, it's never been more important to understand and execute the steps necessary to create the
ultimate customer experience. McKain is one of about 150 living members of the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame. He was also recently recognized by Social Media Marketing Magazine as one of the fifty most influential marketing authors on Twitter and GenJuice, a leading resource for emerging professionals, as one of the
Top 25 people for Gen Y and Millennial leaders to follow on Twitter.
There are a myriad of choices in the marketplace for prospects and customers seeking the products and services of your industry. So, how does your organization - and the professionals who work with you - stand out from the plethora of competitors? In his book, Collapse of Distinction, McKain takes a revolutionary approach by showing how organizations and individual professionals create differentiation in the marketplace. Collapse of Distinction was named one of the
Top 10 Business Books of the year by the Miami Herald, Huffington Post, and other major media outlets and reached the number one spot on Amazon.com's list of business bestsellers.
McKain is also the author of All Business Is Show Business and What Customers REALLY Want which received rave reviews and top charts rankings. Its groundbreaking examination of the
Six Major Disconnections between Customers and Organizations has made a significant impact in the manner in which companies approach their client and prospect bases.
McKain has appeared multiple times as a commentator on FOX News to discuss business, politics, and American culture. In his earlier career as a broadcast journalist, two million people saw his commentaries each week on 80 television stations in the United States, Canada, and Australia. He has also been a news anchor for a CBS-TV affiliate in one of the nation's 25 largest markets.
McKain has been named as a
Hoosier Hero in his home state because of his commitment to youth and philanthropy. He was selected by Arnold Schwarzenegger to be the emcee and speaker for the Great American Workout, held on the White House lawn with the President in the audience carried live on CNN and NBC's
Today show. He also portrayed the villain in a film by internationally esteemed director Werner Herzog, acclaimed by critic Roger Ebert as one of the
best movies ever made.
Greg McKeown has dedicated his career to discovering why some people break through to the next level—and others don’t.
The definitive treatment of this issue is addressed in McKeown’s latest project: the instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. As well as frequently being the #1 Time Management book on Amazon, this book challenges core assumptions about achievement to get to the essence of what really drives success.
McKeown is the CEO of THIS Inc, a company whose mission is to assist people and companies to spend 80 percent of their time on the vital few rather than the trivial many. Clients include Apple, Google, Facebook, Pixar, Salesforce.com, Symantec, Twitter, VMware and Yahoo!.
His writing has appeared or been covered by Fast Company, Fortune, HuffPost, Politico, and Inc. Magazine. He is among the most popular bloggers for the Harvard Business Review and LinkedIn’s Influencers group: averaging a million views a month.
McKeown has been interviewed on numerous television and radio shows including NPR’s All Things Considered and NBC’s Press: Here. Entrepreneur Magazine voted his interview at Stanford University the #1 Must-See Video on Business, Creativity and Success.
Originally from London, England, McKeown now lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and their four children. He graduated with an MBA from Stanford University.
Deirdre McMurdy has career experience that spans print and broadcast journalism, politics and corporate communications. She was host and business anchor at CTV's Canada AM for five years before producing and hosting her own business program for Global Television. She went on to host Moneywise for Global Television, while also writing a nationally-syndicated weekly column of the same name for the National Post and Southam national newspaper chain.
Over a long and distinguished media career, Deirdre has interviewed Canada’s leading CEOs, entrepreneurs and thought leaders as a business columnist with the Globe and Mail, Canadian Business, as well as business editor and columnist at Maclean’s magazine.
She was a speechwriter and communications advisor to CEOs and other senior executives in the financial services sector, and worked as a strategic communications advisor for federal Cabinet Ministers.
Today, Deirdre is a Principal of Navigator, a high-stakes public strategy and communications firm based in Toronto. She is a frequent public speaker and moderator of corporate and not-for-profit events.
Former White House Adviser & Speaker on Global Energy Policy and Economic Outlook
Robert McNally is the founder and President of The Rapidan Group, an independent energy consulting and market advisory firm based in the Washington DC area. Mr. McNally's clients include leading global energy market investors, producers, and traders. Mr. McNally’s 24-year professional career includes senior financial market and official posts spanning economic, security, and environmental aspects of energy market analysis, strategy, and policy-making.
Mr. McNally started his professional career in 1991 as an oil market analyst and consultant with Energy Security Analysis, Inc. In 1994, he joined Tudor Investment Corporation and for twelve subsequent years analyzed energy markets, macroeconomic policy, and geopolitics for Tudor portfolio managers, earning promotion to Vice President and Managing Director. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. McNally served as the top international and domestic energy adviser on the White House staff, holding the posts of Special Assistant to the President on the National Economic Council and, in 2003, Senior Director for International Energy on the National Security Council. Mr. McNally served in the Peace Corps in Senegal from 1988-1990.
Mr. McNally earned his double major BA/BS in International Relations and Political Science from American University and his MA in International Economics and American Foreign Policy from Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He was co-chair for energy policy on the 2008 Romney Campaign, served on the Policy Advisory Committee for Senator Marco Rubio's 2010 campaign, and regularly advises congressional and administration officials on energy policy and markets. Mr. McNally is a Member of the National Petroleum Council and is a non-resident fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy.
Mr. McNally has testified to the House and Senate on energy markets and national security and speaks to professional conferences on energy markets, policy, and geopolitics. He has been published in Foreign Affairs (co-authored essay with Michael Levi, July/August 2011) and has been interviewed by CNN, The Economist, Fox Business, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, National Journal, Platts Energy Week TV, PBS' Great Decisions in Foreign Policy series, Bloomberg News, Aviation Daily and other programs and journals.
He is the author of the forthcoming book Crude Volatility: The History and the Future of Boom-Bust Oil Prices, from Columbia University Press, 2016.
Europe's leading futurist. Speaker on global political economy, commentator for The Independent.
Hamish McRae is one of Europe's foremost speakers on global future trends in economics, business and society. He is Associate Editor of The Independent Newspaper in London and Principal Economic Commentator for The Independent and The Independent on Sunday and a columnist for the London Evening Standard. He is the author of the acclaimed work on the future, The World in 2020: Power, Culture and Prosperity, which was long-listed for the Business Book of the Year at the FT/Goldman Sachs Awards in New York in 2010. Following its publication he became a sought-after speaker on trends in the economy, technology and business.
As a speaker, Hamish is in demand around the world for his lucid insights into the forces such as technology, demography, globalisation, natural resources, and government policies shape the economy and influence business strategy. He examines likely future scenarios for business, government and society.
Hamish's other books include Capital City - London as a Financial Centre, co-authored with Frances Cairncross, and Wake-up Japan, co-authored with Tadashi Nakamae. and What Works: Success in Stressful Times, which was long-listed for the Business Book of the Year at the FT/Goldman Sachs Awards in New York in 2010.
He is an Adjunct Professor at Trinity College, Dublin, and a Governor of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research as an economic journalist, Hamish McRae was editor of Euromoney and financial editor of The Guardian before moving to The Independent.
Amongst his awards are the David Watt Prize for outstanding political journalism in 2005, the Business and Finance Journalist of the Year in the 2006 British Press Awards, and Communicator of the Year at the 2007 Business Journalist Awards.
He is now working on a new book, provisionally entitled The World in 2050, to be published in 2020.
International Economist, Journalist, Author and Broadcaster
David McWilliams is one of Ireland's leading economic commentators and was the first economist to identify the Irish boom as nothing more than a credit bubble, warning of its collapse and the consequences for the country. His objective is to make economics as widely available and easily understandable on as many platforms as possible. He was made Young Global Leader by the WEF at Davos. His daily financial markets update, www.globalmacro360 is read by tens of thousands of his 96,000 twitter followers.
He is an economist, writer, journalist, lecturer, broadcaster and documentary maker and has written four bestsellers, presented award-winning documentaries and brought a sell-out, one-man economics stand-up show to Ireland's renowned national theatre, the Abbey. He writes two economics columns a week in the Irish newspapers.
David's founded the world's only economics and comedy festival www.kilkenomics.com. In 2013, Kilkenomics was described by the Financial Times in the following simple terms;
we've been to lots of festivals and conferences, but Kilkenomics may be the best.
David teaches an online economics course,
Economics without and Boundaries and, his series of animated economics videos,
Punk Economics has been viewed by 500,000 people.
Once upon a time he had a real job working as an economist in the Irish Central Bank and later in the financial markets with UBS and Banque Nationale de Paris. He studied economics at Trinity College Dublin and the College of Europe in Bruges.
Business speaker, occupational therapist, teaches organizations about change and effective leadership.
Michael Melnik is an Occupational Therapist with a Master's degree in Exercise Physiology. For more than twenty years, Michael has delivered his unique, high-energy message to over a quarter of a million participants throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. He also produced and starred in award-winning videos utilized by numerous Fortune 1000 companies.
When an organization is looking to effectively implement change or simply wants to
energize the work environment, Michael's presentations hit the mark. With his simple, practical and time-tested tools, Michael's message promotes positive changes long after your event is over.
Co-Founder of Innovation Bound & Innovation Keynote Speaker
In today's disruptive business environment, Costa’s fluency in creative thinking and adaptive execution make him indispensable to innovation projects.
In 2010, Costa co-founded Innovation Bound to cultivate creativity and innovation across sectors, and to solve new and meaningful problems in the world. He has organized innovation tournaments inside of Fortune 500s, guided NASA’s astrobiology roadmap creation, worked on life science education reform, and contributed to many other projects in science and business. Costa made his first appearance at TEDx at the United Nations in New York in 2013, and continues to speak at conferences and companies on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship, in order to nurture the type of courage and curiosity that accelerate innovation and drive progress.
Costa has been finding ways to challenge himself and learn ever since he discarded the instructions of his first Lego set and put his imagination to the test. He has been a construction worker, building playgrounds and homes one brick at a time, as well as a web developer, an athlete, a coach, a writer, a professional storyteller (yes, that’s a real job), and a local president with an international NGO. Costa’s ability to innovate is predicated on his love for connecting with people and the joy he takes in building a deep understanding of a challenge within the context of a unique local reality.
Costa grew up in the world of competitive gymnastics. To this day, he still chalks up to swing high bar on Wednesday nights. If you spend enough time with him, you’re sure to catch a glimpse of him flying through the air or standing on his hands.
Sarah Michel is a networking expert who helps people increase their netWORTH. She works with individuals, associations and organizations to strengthen their connections and communicate their value to anyone, anywhere, anytime. Her powerful Perfecting Connectingâ„¢ strategies and NetWORTHing process promotes personal and professional success.
Sarah works with companies and organizations to improve their internal network. By integrating her methods, people learn to develop successful relationships with customers, coworkers and colleagues. These improved connections result in a stronger internal and external network essential for career and organizational success.
As a cancer survivor, Sarah's network helped save her life. She shares her inspirational journey with insight and humor to motivate her audiences to connect not just for the moment, but for life.
As a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and facilitator of the Self-Discovery Process Sarah has keynoted and presented for audiences and teams around the world on how to be a more effective connector. She is the author of Perfecting Connectingâ„¢, A Guide to Mastering Networking in the Workplace and the national audio program, Learning to Speak the Language of others. Her articles and inspirational stories have appeared in numerous books, newspapers and national journals.
Sarah is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) awarded by the National Speakers Association for her ability to consistently deliver her message with high energy, humor and inspiration which motivates audiences to take action. She recently served on the board of directors for the National Speakers Association (NSA) and as the 2008-2009 Meetings and Convention chair. She is the Past President for the NSA-Colorado Chapter. Sarah is an active volunteer in her community serving o non-profit boards in Colorado Springs.
She is a graduate of Central Michigan University and worked in healthcare for several major hospital systems and for international career management firms in Texas and Colorado. She is currently an adjunct faculty member of both the Eastern and Western Management Development Centers for the United States government in Colorado and West Virginia.
Dr. Will Miller is originally from New York City and is a health psychologist as well as hospital and police chaplain. He has worked in Community Mental Health Centers as well as in drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs. Simultaneously, for 17 years Will had an active career as a professional stand up comedian, headlining clubs and theaters across the country. He has made numerous television appearances and hosted the NBC Daytime program The Other Side. For many years Dr. Will appeared on the Nick-At-Nite network as well as the Bob & Tom Show. Currently Dr. Miller lectures and conducts research at Purdue University and is a nationally recognized authority on stress, coping with change. The author of several books Will hosts a free weekly podcast on health and wellness.
We are a culture characterized by our anxiety, high expectations and stress. It seems that at every turn we face a new worry. Using his five graduate degrees, media savvy and life experiences, Dr. Will presents a new approach to finding balance and fulfillment in your life.
His insight into the American psyche is astounding. With clarity and approachability, he weaves together a presentation that combines groundbreaking research with hilarious comedy.
Dr. Will and his wife, Dr. Sally Miller live in Lafayette, IN.
John G. Miller is the author of QBQ! The Question Behind the Question, Flipping the Switch: Unleash the Power of Personal Accountability, Outstanding! 47 Ways to Make Your Organization Exceptional and co-author of Parenting the QBQ Way.
He is founder of QBQ, Inc., an organizational development firm based in Colorado dedicated to “Helping Organizations Make Personal Accountability a Core Value.”
A 1980 graduate of Cornell University, John has been involved in the training and speaking industry since 1986. He lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife, Karen. They have seven children and three grandchildren.
Former Navy SEAL Platoon Commander, Co-founder/Inc 500 CEO of Perfect Fitness
Odds are that you or someone you work with uses Alden Mills' inventions. He is a former Navy SEAL who has been awarded more than 40 patents, which have sold over 10 million products (and counting) worldwide. He’s created five #1 ranked infomercials, and is the author of Be Unstoppable: The 8 Essential Actions to Succeed at Anything. The company he co-founded and led, Perfect Fitness (e.g. Perfect Pushup, Perfect Ab-Carver, etc.), gained national acclaim through Inc. Magazine as the fastest growing consumer products business from 2007 to 2009, with an astounding 12,000%+ growth-rate from $500k to over $63M in just three years.
His mantra is “Success is a team sport.” Mills learned his mantra early in life as an uncoordinated, asthmatic who persevered to be a one-time Olympic rowing hopeful before going on to be a three-time #1 ranked Navy SEAL platoon commander. He applied his lessons learned in leading SEAL platoons to building and leading a hyper-growth company. He has over 25 years of military and business leadership experience building, leading and innovating with teams.
Tested and proven, he has been called the modern-day “Zig Zigler” because of his magnetic presence, riveting story-telling and innovative teaching methodologies. His simple and effective frameworks help organizations build high functioning team players and leaders that can innovate. His sought-after Unstoppable speaking series is transformative and scalable to those organizations seeking continuous improvement. He works with clients to tailor presentations for lasting results. For Mills, it is all about enabling his audiences to achieve more than what they originally thought was possible.
Inspiring speaker, politician and entrepreneur on overcoming adversity.
W Mitchell is an author, TV host, business leader, conservation leader and internationally sought after speaker motivates and inspires audiences worldwide.
As a young man, W Mitchell served as a US Marine and San Francisco cable-car gripman. His life suddenly changed due to two devastating accidents just four years apart: a blazing motorcycle accident and a paralyzing plane crash. Whether coping with devastating burns over 65% of his body or being sentenced to life in a wheelchair, Mitchell ï¬rmly held on to his feisty nature and quick wit. He was determined to maintain control, cope with the changes, and prosper.
Following his accidents, he became an internationally acclaimed mayor
who saved a mountain, a successful business man who put 1000s of people to work, a congressional nominee from Colorado, and a highly respected environmentalist. He even continued his love of piloting airplanes and white water rafting. His accomplishments have received recognition on Good Morning America, the Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Time Magazine, USA Today, and many others. He has been a radio and television host, successful author, and the subject of a television special, Super Humans. His life clearly illustrates his philosophy that
most limitations are self-imposed.
Today, as an international keynote speaker, Mitchell captivates and stuns audiences with his story and then calmly empowers them to accept challenges, embrace change and take action - not only at work but in everyday life. His tenacity and credibility are indisputable as he so obviously lives his message. No one goes away unaffected as Mitchell proves that unexpected changes can become exciting new starting points.
Before I was paralyzed there were 10,000 things I could do. Now there are 9,000. I can either dwell on the 1,000 I've lost or focus on the 9,000 I have left.
It's Not What Happens To You, It's What You Do About It, is the title of W Mitchell's latest book, and it's the message this expert on responsibility, change and renewal shares with audiences around the world.
Founder of the Kaplan Mobray Leadership Institute, Author, Speaker and Consultant
Kaplan Mobray is one of the world’s most dynamic and inspirational business speakers and best-selling author of The 10 K's of Personal Branding. An innovative mastermind, Kaplan has inspired and transformed countless lives through his insightful and groundbreaking approach to personal branding and leadership development. Kaplan inspires audiences with practical strategies, “ah-ha moments”, that powerfully create real results to immediately elevate one’s career and improve one’s life.
A highly sought after, vibrant and energetic speaker, professional musician, and entrepreneur Kaplan Mobray learned early in his career that “to master quality of life you must first master quality of effort”. He uses this personal philosophy to develop his extraordinarily creative insights and unique presentation content. Wharton-educated, Kaplan draws from his over 15 years of corporate experience as a successful business executive where he led corporate marketing, advertising, and brand development initiatives for Fortune 500 companies. Through his unconventional and innovative presentation style he teaches organizations how to transform their business, increase their brand reputation and motivates individuals to become effective leaders at all levels.
Kaplan has received worldwide acclaim and numerous awards for his leadership and branding insights. He has been featured on CNN, FOX, Businessweek, The Wall Street Journal, Ad Age and shared his message to NFL players at Super Bowls forty-four and forty-five. Through his latest venture Kaplan is revolutionizing high performance online learning with his virtual interactive Kaplan Mobray Leadership Institute.
Comedian and star of Whose Line Is It Anyway? and This Hour Has 22 Minutes. A Second City alumnus, corporate entertainer.
If you're looking for a night your attendees will remember for the rest of their lives, try Colin Mochrie on for size. Indeed, one-size-fits-all in Colin's unparalleled improv or stand-up show, tailored specifically to your event, that will leave attendees of all levels and backgrounds howling in the aisles. Cap off your conference with a night attendees and executives will never forget!
After getting his first laugh in a high school production in Vancouver, Colin set about the business of becoming a professional actor. After 4 years of acting training at Vancouver's Theatresports, Colin went on to spend 3 years with the famed Second City cast in Toronto. Then, his career took off on the world stage, first with his appearances as a regular on the British version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? and afterward on the popular American television program of the same name, hosted by Drew Carey.
Colin spent two seasons as a cast member on popular CBC satirical television series This Hour Has 22 Minutes and has been involved in numerous other television shows, both in North America and beyond, including Supertown Challenge and CBC's Blackfly.
Not one to rest on his laurels, Colin & his wife Debra McGrath recently debuted their own motion picture Turnbuckle to rave reviews.
Motivational Leadership Speaker, Author, Actress and Recording Artist
DeDe is an expert in professional success, leadership and employee engagement. She is the best selling author of Wisdom Wedgies and Life's Little Zingers, Motivation that Gets Stuck in All the Right Places and her newest book; SNAP Yes! The Art of Seeing New Achievable Possibilities in Business and Life.
After spending over 25 years in corporate sales and battling alcoholism for 24 of those years, DeDe finally SNAPPED. In the last 10 years, DeDe has courageously won her battle over the bottle and achieved sobriety. But during her struggle to transform her personal and professional life, she stumbled onto something even more exciting and profound. She discovered the real secret and proven strategies to long lasting change and fulfilling success. Today, DeDe is passionately helping professionals go from numbed out to fully alive! Get ready to uncork talent, smash obstacles, pour out purpose and drink up success in a SNAP!
Even the most successful leaders and top employees can lose their way and begin to tune out, check out and burn out. But with the right tools, a positive SNAP-ti-tude, and a proven success strategy, you can re-ignite purpose, re-commit to your vision and start living SNAP-tastic now.
DeDe has been named by her peers and colleagues, "The SNAP Out of It Woman" and named to the "Top Speakers List" by M&C Magazine. Attendees describe DeDe's presentations as "Thought provoking, engaging and emotionally impactful."
After not singing or performing for over 20 years, DeDe's dedication to setting big goals, saying yes instead of no, using regret and redefining past failure, landed her on the biggest stage of her life.
Standing in front of 48,000 people, DeDe sang the National Anthem for the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. (This honor is only offered to a very select group of singers; past invitees include Kristin Chenoweth, James Taylor, and Billy Joel).
Additionally, DeDe's powerful story and ability to entertain while giving audiences the strategies to step into their own spotlight of success, has earned her the privilege to share the stage with many celebrities, entertainers, and thought leaders throughout the country.
Only eight years after his first run down a skeleton track, Jon Montgomery won Olympic Gold at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver (Whistler), B.C. No stranger to podium finishes, Jon captured Silver at the 2007/2008 FIBT World Championships in Altenberg, Germany, and has earned eight World Cup medals (4 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze) and five Canadian National titles to date.
Jon got his start in skeleton racing in March 2002, after witnessing a skeleton race at Calgary's Canada Olympic Park while on a self-guided tour with his parents. One week later, Jon experienced the exciting sport first hand at a Discover Skeleton School. He hasn't looked back since.
Over the next few years, Jon steadily climbed the rankings while sailing head-first down frozen tracks all over the world. First competing on the America's Cup and Europa Cup circuits, Jon has competed on the World Cup Tour and Senior National Team since 2006.
Geoffrey A. Moore is an author, speaker, and business advisor to high-tech enterprises and CIOs globally. He is also a venture partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV) where he counsels executive teams in the portfolio on business strategy and organizational development.
Escape Velocity is Moore's sixth book for business leaders in the high-tech sector. His first book, Crossing the Chasm, which addresses the challenges of gaining initial adoption for disruptive innovations, continues to be a best seller and required reading in business schools and entrepreneurship curricula. Two subsequent books addressed the challenges faced by management when competing in hyper-growth markets (Inside the Tornado) and those faced by investors when managing a high-tech stock portfolio (The Gorilla Game). In the past decade he has written two additional books prior to Escape Velocity, both addressing the organizational challenges faced by established enterprises, in one case posed by the volatility of the technology sector overall (Living on the Fault Line), in the other by the need to reignite innovation in mature franchises (Dealing with Darwin). Escape Velocity rounds out these efforts in service to established enterprises by laying out a comprehensive program for engaging with next-generation trends while maintaining their core franchises.
Moore is an active public speaker who gives between 50 and 80 speeches per year, split roughly evenly between industry events and company-specific meetings. His speaking practice is global, addressing a spectrum of topics of interest to the high-tech sector, including high-tech market dynamics, business strategies, innovation, organizational development, and industry futures.
Moore is an advisor to many of the leading companies in the high-tech sector, including Adobe, Agilent, BMC, Cisco, Cognizant, Compuware, HP, Intuit, McAfee, Qualcomm, SAP, and Yahoo! He is also chairman emeritus of The Chasm Group, The Chasm Institute, and TCG Advisors, an advisor to the Technology Pioneers program of the World Economic Forum, and a member of the board of directors of Akamai.
Earlier in his career, he was a principal and partner at Regis McKenna, Inc., a leading high tech marketing strategy and communications company, and for the decade prior, a sales and marketing executive in the software industry. He has a bachelor's degree from Stanford and a doctorate from the University of Washington, both in literature.
Member of Generational Insight and Marketing, Sales and Training Speaker
Timothy Moore is an accomplished author and speaker with over three decades of experience in marketing, sales, and training. He is Editor of the magazine Carolina Business Connection and Director of Workforce Learning and Sales Development at the information technology consultancy WingSwept in North Carolina's Research Triangle region. He is also owner and principal of the sales consultancy Dancing Elephants.
Moore's experience in sales and training spans over thirty years and numerous Fortune 500 companies, including PepsiCo, Gillette, Dow Chemical, and L'Oreal USA. At L'Oreal, he was a divisional Director of Business Development. At Dow Chemical, he was National Sales Director for DowBrands and received Diamond Club honors as the top salesperson in the company. At Gillette, he received the Gillette VIP award as one of the company's top sales professionals.
Moore has written articles on sales and training and teaches classes and seminars in sales at universities and community colleges. He is coauthor of Six Secrets of Sales Magnets. He has prepared reports and presentations for companies and organizations across the country. His presentations benefit from his years of hands-on know-how as well as his great sense of humor.
At Generational Insight, Moore is part of a team that has become the leading voice on the impact of generational differences on sales, marketing, and management. He combines the research of Generational Insights with his own professional experience, in addition to observations of client practices, to provide generational strategies and solutions for sales-based business relationships. Moore holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Elon University, where he was student body president. He grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia and lives with his wife of 33 years, Linda, and their two adult children in Cary, North Carolina.
Tim is one of about 75 million Baby Boomers who are still busy changing the world.
Blake Morgan is a leader in customer experience. She is a keynote speaker and customer experience futurist,currently working on her second book with HarperCollins on customer experience technology. Her first book is More is More: How The Best Companies Work Harder And Go Farther To Create Knock Your Socks Off Customer Experiences.
Blake is adjunct faculty at the Rutgers executive education MBA program. Blake contributes to Forbes, the Harvard Business Review, and Hemispheres Magazine. She is the host of The Modern Customer Podcast, and a weekly customer experience video series on YouTube. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband, daughter and their two dogs.
Dr. Nick Morgan is one of America’s top communication speakers, theorists and coaches. A passionate teacher, he is committed to helping people find clarity in their thinking and ideas – and then delivering them with panache. He has been commissioned by Fortune 50 companies to write for many CEOs and presidents. He has coached people to give Congressional testimony, to appear on the Today Show, and to deliver an unforgettable TED talk. He has worked widely with political and educational leaders. And he has himself spoken, led conferences, and moderated panels at venues around the world.
Nick’s methods, which are well-known for challenging conventional thinking, have been published worldwide. His acclaimed book on public speaking, Working the Room: How to Move People to Action through Audience-Centered Speaking, was published by Harvard in 2003 and reprinted in paperback in 2005 as Give Your Speech, Change the World: How to Move Your Audience to Action. His book on authentic communications, Trust Me, was published by Jossey-Bass in January 2009. His new book on communications and brain science, Power Cues: The Subtle Science of Leading Groups, Persuading Others, and Maximizing Your Personal Impact, was published by Harvard in May 2014.
Nick served as editor of the Harvard Management Communication Letter from 1998 – 2003. He has written hundreds of articles for local and national publications, and appears frequently on radio and TV. Nick is a former Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
After earning his PhD. in literature and rhetoric, Nick spent a number of years teaching Shakespeare and Public Speaking at the University of Virginia, Lehigh University, and Princeton University. He first started writing speeches for Virginia Governor Charles S. Robb and went on to found his own communications consulting organization, Public Words, in 1997.
Nick attributes his success to his honest and direct approach that challenges even the most confident orators to rethink how they communicate.
Best-selling author, futurist, and Leading Authority on the Future of Work
Jacob Morgan is a three time best-selling author, keynote speaker, and futurist who explores the future of work and employee experience. His books include The Employee Experience Advantage (2017), The Future of Work (2014), The Collaborative Organization (2012), and his forthcoming book on the future of leadership which will be released towards the end of 2019. Jacob is also the founder of The Future of Work University at FutureOfWorkUniversity.com, an online education and training platform that helps individuals and organizations thrive in the rapidly changing world of work. Courses explore topics such as employee experience, the future of work, and leadership skills.
He speaks at over 50 conferences a year in front of tens of thousands of people including TED Academy which is one of the largest TED events in the world, and his content is viewed over a million times each year. Jacob’s work has been endorsed by the CEOs of: Cisco, Whirlpool, T-Mobile, Best Buy, SAP, Nestle, KPMG, Schneider Electric, and many others. He is regularly featured in business publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, CNN, NPR, USA Today, Forbes and others. Jacob also has a popular podcast and YouTube series where he explores various themes around the future of work. He’s also the founder of “The Future If,” a global community of business leaders, authors, and futurists who explore what our future can look like IF certain technologies, ideas, approaches and trends actually happen.
Renowned historian and professor at Stanford University, author of Why the West Rules . . . For Now
Historian Ian Morris is interested in understanding why the west has dominated the earth for the last few centuries, and his latest book, Why the West Rules . . . For Now has bolstered his reputation as one our most important, and interesting, historians. The book asks how geography and natural resources have shaped the distribution of wealth and power around the world across the last 20,000 years and how they will shape our future. Ian's thought-provoking Big Picture view of the changes sweeping the global economy appeals to both financial and investment groups.
From 2000 through 2006 Professor Morris directed Stanford University's excavation at Monte Polizzo, a native Sicilian town of the seventh and sixth centuries BCE. As well as suggesting new ways of thinking about how indigenous peoples responded to ancient Greek colonialism, the project's finds have also opened up new perspectives on the similarities and differences between periods of imperial expansion in ancient to modern times.
Morris came to Stanford from the University of Chicago in 1995, and since then has served as Associate Dean of Humanities and Sciences, Chair of the Classics Department, and Director of the Social Science History Institute. He also founded and has directed the Stanford Archaeology Center. His teaching includes classes on world history, ancient Greece, slavery, and archaeology. He has appeared on numerous television shows and his prizes and awards include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and National Endowment for the Humanities.
Global Economist, Author, Distinguished Scholar, and Investor in the Future
Dr. Dambisa Moyo is a pre-eminent thinker, who influences key decision-makers in strategic investment and
public policy. She has earned a strong reputation as a top-tier opinion former and trusted advisor on Macroeconomics, Geopolitics, Technology and Millennial themes. She She is respected for her unique perspectives, her balance of contrarian thinking with measured
judgment, and her ability to turn economic insight into investible ideas.
Dambisa is a Board member of Barclays Bank. She holds a PhD in Economics from Oxford, a Masters from Harvard, and is recognized for fresh and innovative ideas as the author of four New York Times Bestselling Books: Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth and How to Fix It (2018), Winner Take All: China’s Race for Resources and What it Means for the World (2012), How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly and the Stark Choices Ahead (2011), Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There is a Better Way for Africa (2009).
Dambisa was named to the list of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World; has published in the Financial Times, WSJ, Barrons, Harvard Business Review and has travelled to 80 countries. In her spare time, she runs marathons, practices Pilates and is an amateur boxer.
Retired NASA Astronaut, author, member of the International Space Hall of Fame and inspiring leadership speaker.
Colonel Mike Mullane is a retired NASA Astronaut and member of the International Space Hall of Fame. He was selected as a Mission Specialist in 1978 in the first group of Space Shuttle Astronauts, completing three space missions on the shuttles Discovery and Atlantis before retiring from NASA and the Air Force in 1990.
Mullane is the recipient of many awards, including the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit and the NASA Space Flight Medal. Since his retirement from NASA, Colonel Mullane has written an award-winning children's book Liftoff! An Astronaut's Dream and Do Your Ears Pop In Space? a popular space-fact book. He is also the author of Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut. Colonel Mullane hosted
Inside Space, a nationally syndicated cable television program of the USA Network.
Mullane has held a lifelong passion for mountain climbing. Since age 60 he has summited Africa's highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro; the glaciered peak of Mt. Rainier; and thirty-three of Colorado's highest peaks.
Colonel Mullane has established himself as an acclaimed professional speaker on the topics of teamwork, leadership and safety. He has educated, entertained, inspired and thrilled tens of thousands of people from every walk of business and government with his incredibly unique programs. Mike Mullane's clients include Intel, Chevron, Pacific Bell, Exxon Mobile Corporation, Gillette, Verizon, and many others.