Cameron Herold speaker

Cameron Herold

Former COO of 1-800-Got-Junk?, Speaks on Leadership, Business Strategy

 About

For over 20 years Cameron Herold has been coaching, speaking to, or helping entrepreneurs build companies on five continents. He launched BackPocket COO to coach & mentor young, fun, entrepreneurial, growth companies and help make their dreams happen. He is one of the country's most innovative business leaders and was a leading force behind one of the most successful businesses of the decade, 1-800-GOTJUNK?. He is currently mentoring companies based in Switzerland, Germany, the UK, USA & Canada.

He was Chief Operating Officer of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? for just under seven years and his innovative business leadership helped enable them to build a presence in 46 states, 9 provinces, and 4 countries while being ranked the 2nd Best Company to Work for in Canada by Canadian Business Magazine and the #1 Company in BC to Work for twice by BC Business Magazine. During his tenure the company was studied by numerous MBA programs including Queen's University in Canada & Harvard.

Cameron Herold helped this leading edge company grow from $2 Million to $105 Million in revenue in six years with no debt or outside shareholders. Prior to 1-800-GOT-JUNK? he had two EO (Entrepreneurs Organization) qualifying companies. From 1998 through 2000 he was VP, Corporate Development at Ubarter.com a division of 900-person firm with a $900 Million market cap based in Seattle. He was also, President of Barter Business Exchange in Vancouver. From 1994 to 1998, Herold was VP, Franchise Development for Coast-to-Coast Franchise Services (Boyd Autobody & Glass).

In these positions over 20 years since starting his first company at 21 years old he has gained real world insight into tried-and-true systems from having been involved in the sale, branding and integration of 450+ franchise locations with three franchisors. He's worked on the development and deployment of ecommerce and Internet strategies, negotiation of corporate acquisitions and development of numerous strategic partnerships. He has a unique understanding of business and growing companies from having led business areas of Operations, Marketing, Public Relations, Strategic Alliances, Sales, Call Centers and Franchising.

His work has helped companies be featured in the Associated Press, Bloomberg, USA Today, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and Fortune, as well as TV shows like Donny Deutsch, Oprah, and Dr. Phil.

Cameron's new book is Double Double: How to Double Your Revenue and Profit in 3 Years or Less.

General Rick Hillier speaker

General Rick Hillier

Inspirational and motivational speaker, former Chief of the Defence Staff for the Canadian Forces. Winner of the Vimy Award.

 About

General Rick Hillier was Canada's Chief of the Defence Staff - the highest ranking position in the Canadian Forces - from February 4, 2005 to July 1, 2008. Born in Newfoundland and Labrador, General Hillier joined the Canadian Forces as soon as he could. Having enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1973 through the Regular Officer Training Plan program, he graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1975 with a Bachelor of Science Degree.

After completing his armor officer classification training, he joined his first regiment, the 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise's) in Petawawa, Ontario. Subsequently, he served with, and later commanded, the Royal Canadian Dragoons in Canada and Germany. In July 2008 after 35 years of loyal service General Hillier retired from the Canadian Armed Forces.

Throughout his career, General Hillier has had the privilege and pleasure of commanding troops from the platoon to multi-national formation level within Canada, Europe, Asia and the United States. He has worked as a staff officer in several headquarters, first at the Army level in Montreal and later at the strategic level in Ottawa.

In 1998 General Hillier was appointed as the first Canadian Deputy Commanding General of III Corps, US Army in Fort Hood, Texas. In 2000 he took command of NATO's Stabilization Force's Multinational Division in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In May 2003 General Hillier was appointed as Commander of the Army and subsequently, in October 2003, he was selected as the Commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Kabul, Afghanistan. General Hillier was promoted to Chief of the Defence Staff in February 2005.

In Afghanistan, Canada faced its first combat losses since the Korean War, with every casualty becoming front page news. There, as everywhere, Hillier pulled no punches, demanding more funding, more troops and more appreciation for the women and men fighting a war on foreign soil.

A Solder First: Bullets, Bureaucrats, and the Politics of War was released in October of 2009. This hard-hitting, honest account of Hillier's role -- told in his own words -- will be one of the most important books published in Canada this decade. General Rick Hillier's newest book is entitled Leadership: 50 Points of Wisdom for Today's Leaders.

General Hillier was recently named an Officer of the Order of Canada. He and his wife have two sons, a daughter-in-law, and a new grandson. He enjoys most recreational pursuits but, in particular, runs slowly, plays hockey poorly and golfs very well as long as he does not have to sink the ball.

Larry Hochman speaker

Larry Hochman

Leading authority on change management, customer relationships. Former Director of Customer Service and People & Culture at British Airways.

 About

Larry Hochman is one of the most popular keynote speakers in the world. He is a globally recognized expert on Customer Relationships, Corporate Culture, Leadership, Talent Management and The Future of HR.

Larry Hochman spent 10 years in Senior Management roles with British Airways and the loyalty management company, Air Miles, in both New York and London. His roles included Director of Customer Service and separately, Director of People and Culture - he being the first person in Britain to hold this title. Since 1998, he has been running his own speaking, mentoring, and consulting business. Larry is one of the most popular keynote speakers in the world and has now delivered nearly 500 speeches in 60 countries and has spoken on every continent.

Alongside his numerous speaking engagements all over the world, Larry, who pioneered corporate mentoring work in the U.K. at Air Miles, is the personal mentor to several Chief Executives.

David Horsager speaker

David Horsager

Author of The Trust Edge, shows how trust can impact the bottom line.

 About

David Horsager is an international author, business strategist , and keynote speaker. Through his book and programs he shares the secrets of using trust to impact the bottom line. Combining humor, illustrations, and memorable stories with research and insight, David sheds light on the confusion and misconceptions surrounding the cornerstone of personal and professional success.

Through his Master's research, experience as Director of K-Life Inc., and founding partner of Special Delivery Productions, David learned firsthand how the world's most successful people gain and keep the trust of their customers and colleagues. He's taken that knowledge and broken it down into tangible steps that audiences and readers can incorporate into their own lives right away.

As a Certified Speaking Professional, David has delivered life-changing presentations on four continents, with audiences ranging from Fortune 500 executives to the armed forces and professional sports teams. He's built his reputation on two things - being easy to work with and delivering engaging, high-energy speeches every time.

In his book The Trust Edge, David reveals the single uniqueness of the greatest leaders and organizations of all time: Trust. Based in research but made practical for today's leader, Horsager shows that trust is a quantifiable competency that brings dramatic results. When leaders learn how to implement the 8 Pillars of Trust, they enjoy better: Relationships, Reputations, Retention, Revenue, and Results.

When he's not speaking or writing, David continues to research and consult through Horsager Leadership. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Organizational Leadership for Bethel University's graduate program.

Rich Horwath speaker

Rich Horwath

Bestselling Author of Deep Dive, Expert on Business Strategy

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Rich Horwath is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author on strategy. As the CEO of the Strategic Thinking Institute, Rich leads executive teams through the strategy process and has helped more than 50,000 managers around the world develop their strategic thinking skills. A former Chief Strategy Officer and professor of strategy at the graduate level, he brings both real-world experience and practical expertise to help companies build their strategic capabilities. Rich and his work have appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNBC, CNN, and FOX TV. He is recognized in the textbook Strategy in the 21st Century as one of the key contributors in the history of strategic management and has been introduced by Chief Executive Magazine as “The world’s foremost expert on strategic thinking.”

Rich is the author of six books, including, Elevate: The Three Disciplines of Advanced Strategic Thinking, which a leader at Intel proclaimed: “If you only read one book on strategy, this has to be that book!” His book, Deep Dive: The Proven Method for Building Strategy, has been described by the Director of Worldwide Operations for McDonalds as “...the most valuable book ever written on strategic thinking.” And Strategy for You: Building a Bridge to the Life You Want, helps people apply the principles of business strategy to their overall life.

Rich's innovative work in the field of strategic thinking has created dozens of proprietary offerings, including the Deep Dive Strategic Thinking System, to help managers become truly strategic leaders. These offerings include strategy facilitation, strategic planning, group workshops, assessments, books, mobile apps, workbooks, software, podcasts, videos and one-to-one strategic coaching for executives. His monthly e-publication entitled Strategic Thinker is read by thousands of business leaders and academicians around the world.

Rich served as a professor of strategy at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, where he was consistently ranked a top professor by students. He earned an MBA with Distinction from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University and has completed courses in strategy at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College. He resides in Barrington Hills, IL.

Chad Hymas speaker

Chad Hymas

World-Class Wheelchair Athlete & Speaker on Overcoming Adversity

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Chad Hymas inspires, motivates, and moves audiences, creating an experience that touches hearts for a lifetime. The Wall Street Journal calls Chad Hymas “one of the 10 most inspirational people in the world!” 

In 2001, at the age of 27, Chad’s life changed in an instant when a 2,000-pound bale of hay shattered his neck leaving him a quadriplegic. But Chad’s dreams were not paralyzed that day – he became an example of what is possible.

Chad is a best selling author, president of his own Communications Company, Chad Hymas Communications, Inc., and is a recognized world-class wheelchair athlete. In 2003, Chad set a world record by wheeling his chair from Salt Lake City to Las Vegas (513 miles).

Chad’s speaking career in the areas of leadership, team building, customer service, and mastering change has brought him multiple honors. As a member of the National Speakers Association, Chad travels as many as 300,000 miles a year captivating and entertaining audiences around the world. He has graced the stage of hundreds of professional and civic organizations including Wells Fargo, Blue Cross Blue Shield, AT&T, Rainbird, IHC, American Express, Prudential Life, Vast FX, and Merrill Lynch.

Afterburner Inc. speaker

Afterburner Inc.

Fighter Pilots who teach leadership, teamwork and motivation skills.

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Afterburner, Inc trains global organizations to accelerate their performance and ensure a higher success rate for their strategic objectives. Afterburner’s full client list includes more than 150 US Fortune 500 companies. Over 1.7 million business leaders have experienced an Afterburner program and rated their experience an average of 9.2 out of 10. Afterburner specializes in strategic and agile planning and continuous improvement through building a culture of learning, accountability and proven execution in accordance with a simple, scalable improvement processes model, Flawless Execution?. Afterburner’s Flawless ExecutionSM framework provides the necessary structures, collaboration, and teamwork to close the Execution Gap – the gap between what an organization plans to do what it actually achieves. Founded in 1996 by former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot James “Murph” Murphy, Afterburner has ranked among Inc. Magazine’s “Inc. 500 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies” three times and has been featured in leading publications like the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business Week, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Financial Times, Newsweek, and Meetings and Conventions Magazine. Afterburner has also appeared on CNN, CNBC, Fox News, and Bloomberg News, among others.

The Flawless Execution Model:

Plan - The plan starts with an objective that is clear, measurable and achievable and supports your company's overall strategy.

Brief- You communicate the plan. It is essential that people on the front lines know exactly what is expected of them. Businesses ignore this, often at their peril.

Execute- Even with a solid plan and a good brief, a mission can still fail due to Task Saturation or task overload. Task Saturation is the reality or perception of having too much to do without the time or resources to accomplish it. Even with the resources people still have to manage conflicting priorities. We know that as Task Saturation increases, performance decreases; therefore, at Afterburner we help teams combat Task Saturation by identifying resources and managing priorities.

Debrief - The last step is the Debriefing. After each mission, Fighter Pilots hold a nameless, rankless Debrief. Each person, without fear of reprimand, rehashes what worked, what did not work and why both the good events and the bad events happened. We then take the key lessons learned from the Debrief and apply them to the next plan. Debriefing speeds up learning. It lets us fine tune the processes that ensure success.

Win! - Our goal is to win by aligning your team around a disciplined, scalable process in order to achieve business results.


Sheena Iyengar speaker

Sheena Iyengar

Distinguished Scholar and Speaker on The Science of Decision Making

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Sheena Iyengar has revolutionized the study of choice and decision-making with her research into the negative impact of choice quantity on decision quality. She regularly speaks to audiences across the world on how individuals can overcome the challenges of a market saturated with options. She is the inaugural S.T. Lee Professor of Business in the Management Division at Columbia Business School. Prior to joining the Columbia faculty in 1998, she served on the faculty of the Sloan School of Management at MIT.

Her book The Art of Choosing explores the many facets of choice, both its pleasures and its perils, and offers handy techniques anyone can learn in order to start choosing better. It received a Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year 2010 award, and was ranked #3 on the Amazon.com Best Business and Investing Books of 2010.

Iyengar’s more recent research has turned to social network analysis, the forces behind creativity and innovation, and how we construct our authentic selves. Her work has been published in premiere academic journals, including JPSP, Psychological Science, Leadership Quarterly, and the Journal of Policial of Economy, and is regularly cited in the popular media, including The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, and BBC. Iyengar has also appeared on the Today Show, the Daily Show, and Fareed Zakaria’s GPS on CNN. Her TED Talks have collectively received almost four million views and her research continues to inform markets, businesses, and people all over the world.

Iyengar received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Stanford University.

Nathan Jamail speaker

Nathan Jamail

Expert and Author on Leadership, Selling Skills, and Building Winning Teams

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For more than two decades Nathan Jamail has either been setting sales records, or training others on how to do so. Previously Nathan set record results in sales by producing top performing sales teams in capacities such as business sales, direct consumer sales, indirect sales, distribution and marketing for several Fortune 100 companies. Also named a top Executive Sales Director for a Fortune 500 company where he received numerous National Sales Excellence awards and was named Executive Coach Leader.

Currently, as President of Jamail Development Group, and owner of several small businesses, Nathan trains, coaches, and mentors sales professionals and leaders in many industries. Nathan is also the author of The Playbook Series, starting with a number one business-selling book, “The Sales Leaders Playbook”, a book that teaches the important principals of building a successful sales team, as well as , “The Sales Professionals Playbook" and "The Sales Leaders Gameplan". His latest book “The Leadership Playbook”, released with Penguin books, is ideal for all leaders in any capacity- teaching successful coaching principals. All books are available at your local Barnes & Noble, Amazon and other fine retailers. Nathan’s passion, energy and leadership have become the center of his success, and for those around him. He is known as an invincible sales leader, with the ability to take the lowest producing areas of the country and build exemplary business teams. His coaching and programs implement strong positive belief systems and creates winning environments within organizations cultivating the highest levels of success. Nathan has been featured and interviewed by Fox Television and various other publications regarding his leadership style and the success that he has created himself and helped others to create.

As a practitioner and coach of sales and leadership Nathan understands that a professional sales person or leader cannot be successful on a positive mental attitude alone. He teaches and more importantly believes that it takes a great balance of attitude, belief, skill, coaching and practice to maximize one’s skills and attributes for success. With his first hand experience, clients and organizations are able to identify challenges, maximize employee strengths and increase productivity. His coaching and training programs have helped organizations increase their productivity up to and over 300%. Often people attend trainings, meetings and motivational speaking engagements, but most of the time the message is lost because it did not connect, or did not provide true value. That is why more businesses are hiring Nathan Jamail as their motivational speaker and coach- his message connects, energizes and moves people to a new level of thinking, action and success.

Jason Jennings speaker

Jason Jennings

Management expert, leadership speaker, New York Times Bestselling Author of Think BIG - Act Small

 About

Jason Jennings is a researcher and one of the most successful and prolific business and leadership authors in the world and his greatest thrill is helping lead individuals and companies to their full economic potential.

He began his career as a radio and television reporter and was the youngest radio station group owner in the nation. Later, he founded Jennings-McGlothlin & Company, a consulting firm that became the world's largest media consultancy and his legendary programming and sales strategies are credited with revolutionizing many parts of the broadcasting industry.

He traveled the globe in search of the world's fastest companies for his landmark book, It's Not the Big That Eat the Small - It's the Fast That Eat the Slow. Within weeks of its release it hit the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and New York Times Bestsellers Lists. Now published in 32 languages, USA TODAY named it one of the top 25 books of the year!

Next, he and his research teams identified the world's ten most productive companies for his bestseller Less Is More. That was followed by his next book, Think BIG - Act Small, which profiled the only ten companies in the world to have organically grown both revenues and profits by double digits every year for ten consecutive years. Like all his previous books it debuted on all the bestseller charts. In Hit the Ground Running - A Manual for Leaders, Jenning reveals the tactics and strategies of the ten CEOs who created the greatest amount of economic value between 2000 and 2009.

His latest book, The Reinventors - How Extraordinary Companies Pursue Radical Continuous Change reveals the secrets of those leaders and organizations that have successfully reinvented and transformed themselves. Jason’s latest book for his publisher Penguin Random House, The High- Speed Company tackles the subject of creating cultures of urgency and growth that are able to compete in a nanosecond world. In total, Jennings and his teams have screened and studied more than 120,000 companies.

Along the way he found time to join forces with well known cardiologist Dr. John Kennedy and coauthor the 2010 Health, Mind and Body bestseller, The 15 Minute Heart Cure - The Natural Way to Release Stress and Heal Your Heart in Fifteen minutes a Day.

Critics call his books, extraordinarily well researched, insightful, crisply written, accessible, intriguing and a vital resource for everyone in business, and USA TODAY calls Jennings one of the three most in-demand business speakers on the planet along with the authors of Good to Great and In Search of Excellence.

Dr. Peter Jensen speaker

Dr. Peter Jensen

Keynote speaker with a PhD. in Sport Psychology and authority on leadership.

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Peter Jensen is a dynamic speaker with a Ph.D. in Sport Psychology. An authority on leadership, he is a renowned innovator—bringing coaching and personal high performance to corporations worldwide. 

Peter has attended eight Olympic games as a member of the Canadian Olympic team and has helped numerous athletes achieve high performance levels under intense pressure including, most recently, the gold-medal winning Women’s Hockey team. With the world of Olympic level sport as a laboratory, he has developed a deep understanding of what it takes to be a successful leader of high performers.

Peter is a top-rated instructor in seven programs at Queen’s School of Business including the Queen’s MBA and EMBA. He also helped design the Queen’s Executive Leadership Program. He is the founder of Performance Coaching Inc., one of Canada’s leading corporate training firms. Fortune 500 companies in eight countries have benefited from Peter’s programs.

Peter combines fundamental leadership concepts with new ideas and ongoing insights from Olympic coaches and corporate leaders. He distills diverse approaches and brings practical clarity to effective leadership skills by sharing their tangible application in the business world. 

Peter has written three books: The Inside Edge, Ignite the Third Factor and, most recently, Thriving in a 24-7 World—a compelling look at how everyone can use the skills of energy management to enhance personal resilience under pressure. His work has been featured on ABC, CBS, CBC, CTV and in a wide array of print media in North America and Europe. Peter’s clients include Nexen, Syncrude, Labatt, Hydro One, CCMD, RCMP, GE Capital, Maclean’s and Royal Bank.

As a speaker, Peter has the power to invigorate audiences through his compelling use of humour, personal experiences and concrete, actionable content. And, as a ‘developer of people’ his strength is in creating environments where people learn and grow. Peter’s wealth of personal experiences in both the corporate and sports arenas allow him to communicate high-level concepts in an extremely accessible way through anecdotes, metaphors and true stories.

Frans Johansson speaker

Frans Johansson

Author of The Medici Effect, speaks on Diversity and Innovation.

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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.

Larry Johnson speaker

Larry Johnson

Speaker on leadership and co-author of ABSOLUTE HONESTY: Building a Corporate Culture That Values Straight Talk And Rewards Integrity.

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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.

Willie Jolley speaker

Willie Jolley

Motivating Speaker on Leadership, Change and Sales

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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.

Soren Kaplan speaker

Soren Kaplan

Author of Leapfrogging, Speaks on Innovation, Leadership and Strategy

 About

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.

Catherine Kaputa speaker

Catherine Kaputa

Founder of SelfBrand, motivating speaker on personal branding.

 About

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.

Dr. Mary Kelly speaker

Dr. Mary Kelly

Commander U.S. Navy (ret), Author, International Speaker on Leadership, Growth and Productivity, and is a highly respected Leadership Economist

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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
Mary is also a member of MENSA and the American Economics Association. She is the recipient of the U.S. Air Force Academy Outstanding Educator and Instructor of the Year awards.

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
She is also quoted in hundreds of periodicals including Money Magazine, Entrepreneur, the Wall Street Journal, and dozens of business journals.

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 speaker

Kevin Kelly

International leadership and sales speaker, highly motivational

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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.

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Christina Kerley

Innovation Keynoter, Futurist, Strategist, and Professor

 About

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!

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Jeremy Kingsley

Inspiring Speaker on Leadership, Teamwork and Communication

 About

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.

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Scott Klososky

Successful Internet entrepreneur and sought-after speaker on leadership and technology.

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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.

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Stuart Knight

Award Winning Entrepreneur, Critically Acclaimed Author, and Hit Producer

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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.

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Nataly Kogan

Happiness Expert, Venture Capitalist & Successful Tech Entrepreneur

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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. 

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Jim Kouzes

Speaker on leadership, author of The Leadership Challenge, creator of acclaimed leadership behavior questionnaire Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI).

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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.

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Kevin Kruse

Author and Speaker on Leadership and Employee Engagement

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In pursuit of the American Dream, Kevin Kruse started his first company when he was just 22 years old. He worked around the clock, literally living out of his one-room office and showering each day at the YMCA, before giving up a year later deeply in debt.

But after discovering the power of Wholehearted Leadership and employee engagement Kevin went on to start or co-found several, multi-million dollar technology companies, winning both Inc 500 and Best Place to Work awards along the way.

Today, Kevin is a New York Times bestselling author of 6 books—including 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management and Employee Engagement 2.0— and is one of the most read leadership columnists on Forbes. Trust Across America named Kevin to their Top 100 Business Thought Leaders list.

As a leadership speaker and performance coach, Kevin has worked with Fortune 500 CEOs, startup founders, US Marine Corps officers, non-profit leaders and even members of Congress.

Kevin also finds time to give back through the Kevin Kruse Foundation, which has supported The US Naval War College, Wreaths Across America, The Library Project, The Acumen Fund, Senior Adults for Greater Education, and the Bucks County Health Improvement Partnership.

When not writing or speaking, Kevin is busy juggling life as a single Dad with three kids, in Bucks County, PA.

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Joan Kuhl

Early Talent Career Expert and Consultant

 About

Joan Kuhl is the Founder and President of Why Millennials Matter. She is also an international speaker, consultant on career and leadership trends, and author. Prior to Why Millennials Matter, Joan worked in sales, marketing, organizational effectiveness, and training & development for global healthcare organizations such as Eli Lilly, Forest Laboratories, and Actavis (now Allergan). In total, she has had over 13 years of corporate management experience, receiving recognition for her turnaround tactics that have led teams to high-performance results.

After a decade of mentoring and coaching thousands of Millennials from around the world to help them achieve their potential, Joan launched Why Millennials Matter. Why Millennials Matter is a training, research and consulting agency based in New York City that focuses on raising awareness to employers about the value of investing in their future workforce and the millennial customer segment. Our mission is to empower young men and women to achieve their highest potential and cultivate confidence around their career and future.

Organizations across the world are struggling to attract and retain Millennials (Generation Y) as both employees and consumers. They lack the insights needed to understand what this generation wants out of their employers, what benefits will inspire their loyalty, and what their values are. Joan bridges this understanding gap by providing practical strategies for connecting clients with the younger generation, especially on how to engage, onboard, and develop them in order to earn their loyalty.

As a sought out keynote and panelist, Joan helps inspire businesses to develop a relevant and scalable strategy to drive engagement and loyalty with Millennials as consumers and employees. Joan’s coaching and leadership trainings have impacted diverse audiences of Millennials across the United States and as far away as Dubai, Argentina, China, South Africa, Australia, and India.

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Polly LaBarre

Former Senior Editor of Fast Company Magazine, Co-founder of MLab, Author, and Speaker on Innovation and Leadership.

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For more than 20 years, Polly LaBarre has used her writing, business consulting, and speaking to help organizations unleash and organize human potential in ever more powerful ways. Polly has devoted her career to helping leaders learn to lead differently. The disruptive business environment today demands it, and the best leaders and companies today have found out-of-the-box ways to invent the future by shedding bureaucracy and engaging their people in completely new ways.

Her four rules are:

  • Learn as fast as the world is changing
  • Prototype the future
  • Build an architecture of contribution
  • Lead without authority
Polly is a co-founder of the Management Lab, a “think-and-do” tank dedicated to rebooting management for the 21st century. Along with her partners at MLab (pronounced “M-Lab”), Polly has developed a pioneering method and platform for changing how large organizations change. They run large-scale, real-world experiments in “hacking management” to build the deep organizational capabilities crucial for thriving in a creative, disruptive world: adaptability, innovation, and inspiration.

Polly has traveled the world to study and work with the courageous contrarians, management mavericks, and pioneering progressives who are inventing the future of organizations and business. While these are organizations of every stripe that hail from every realm of endeavor, they do share a common credo: that all change is against the rules; that the future belongs to the mavericks, the misfits, and the heretics daring enough to stand up to the status quo; that inspiring, unleashing, and amplifying human creativity, passion, and resourcefulness is the most important work of all; that the most winning organizations are animated by an utterly distinctive and deeply-felt point of view – a set of ideas with the power to fundamentally reshape the sense of what’s possible; that work is personal, values rule, freedom is a bigger game than power, and nobody wins unless everybody wins.

Early in her career, Polly was part of the founding team of Fast Company magazine. There she played a central role in the remarkable success of a magazine that recast the conventional wisdom on power, competition, work, leadership, innovation, and change. The magazine introduced the world to a new universe of organizations and leaders whose management models were as distinctive as their business models were disruptive.

Polly is the co-author of the award-winning book Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win, which was a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek bestseller. Published in over 20 territories, Mavericks was a “Business Book of the Year” for the Financial Times, the Miami Herald, and The Economist, which called the book “a pivotal work in the tradition of In Search of Excellence and Good to Great.” CNN, CNBC, and GMA all created series around the book.

Polly’s writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including Fast Company, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review online, Fortune.com, the McKinsey Quarterly, and she has served as business and innovation correspondent for CNN.

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Patrick Lencioni

Best-Selling author and speaker on leadership, organizational health, teamwork and corporate culture.

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Patrick Lencioni is founder and president of The Table Group, a firm dedicated to providing organizations with ideas, products and services that improve teamwork, clarity and employee engagement

Lencioni’s passion for organizations and teams is reflected in his writing, speaking and executive consulting. He is the author of eleven best-selling books with over five million copies sold. His capstone book, The Advantage, is the pre-eminent source on organizational health. After sixteen years in print, his classic book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, remains a weekly fixture on national best-seller lists. Released in 2016, The Ideal Team Player is a much-anticipated follow-up to his team book and also a Wall Street Journal best-seller.

The wide-spread appeal of Lencioni’s leadership models have yielded a diverse base of speaking and consulting clients, including a mix of Fortune 500 companies, professional sports organizations, the military, non-profits, schools and churches.  

Pat addresses thousands of leaders each year at world-class organizations and national conferences. Consistently the top rated keynote speaker at major events, Pat shares his insights and inspires his audiences through his accessibility, humor and story-telling.

Named in Fortune magazine as one of the ‘ten new gurus you should know,’ Pat and his work have been featured in USA TODAY, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Harvard Business Review, to name a few.

Prior to founding his firm, he worked as a corporate executive for Sybase, Oracle and Bain & Company. Pat lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and four sons.

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Greg Link

Speaker and advisor on trust, leadership and high performance, Author of The Speed of Trust

 About

Greg Link is a co-founder of FranklinCovey's Global Speed of Trust Practice, CoveyLink, and the former Covey Leadership Center. A recognized authority on leadership, trust, sales, marketing, and high performance, Link is a sought-after adviser and speaker. His authentic, engaging style endears him to audiences at all levels, from senior executives to the front lines. He is a "business expert who speaks," not a "speaker who theorizes."

Link, his business partner Stephen M. R. Covey, and the team at The Speed of Trust Practice equip people and organizations to transform toxic relationships, teams, and organizational cultures and to harness high trust as a performance multiplier. Link convincingly challenges the age-old assumption that trust is merely a soft, social virtue and demonstrates that it is a hard-edged economic driver - a learnable, measurable skill that makes organizations more profitable, people more promotable, and relationships more energizing.

As co-founder of the Covey Leadership Center, he orchestrated the strategy that led Dr. Stephen R. Covey's book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, to become one of the two best-selling business books of the 20th century according to CEO Magazine, selling over 20 million copies in 38 languages. He created the marketing momentum that helped propel Covey Leadership Center from a start-up company to a $110-plus million-dollar enterprise with offices in 40 countries before merging with Franklin Quest from FranklinCovey.

He also led the Center's international publishing success, resulting in partnerships with more than 30 publishers worldwide. This included making publishing history in Japan, leading the strategy that sold over one million copies of a foreign-language translation, nonfiction business book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, in Japanese. In addition, he was instrumental in formulating and executing one of the world's largest international business satellite broadcasts with partners Lessons in Leadership and Fortune magazine.

Link has taught The Seven Habits, Principle Centered Leadership, and The Speed of Trust and advised executives at numerous leading enterprises, including Hewlett-Packard, the U.S. Navy, Sony, Chevron, IBM, Microsoft, Boeing, and many other well-known organizations. He is a trusted confidante to CEOs and other senior leadership. His business acumen and experience as a successful, real-world executive inform his presentations and make them uniquely relevant to clients and convention audiences alike.

Link and business partner Stephen M. R. Covey recently co-authored a new book, Wall Street Journal bestseller Smart Trust: The Defining Skill That Transforms Managers Into Leaders.

Link resides with his wife, Annie, on a quiet stream in the shadows of the Utah Rockies in Alpine, Utah.

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Josh Linkner

New York Times Bestselling author, four-time entrepreneur, and speaker on creativity, innovation and leadership.

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Josh Linkner – who started his career as a jazz guitarist - personifies creativity, entrepreneurship and disruptive innovation.  He has been the founder and CEO of four tech companies, which sold for a combined value of over $200 million. 

Josh is the author of two New York Times Bestsellers: Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity, and The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation. He is also the Founding Partner of Detroit Venture Partners, investing in and mentoring over 100 startups.  

Josh has twice been named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and is a President Barack Obama Champion of Change award recipient. He is a regular columnist for Forbes, The Detroit Free Press, and Inc. Magazine.  His work on innovation has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, CNN, and The New York Times. And yes, he still plays a mean jazz guitar.

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