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Whitney Johnson

Author and Co-Founder, with Clayton Christensen, Rose Park Advisors’ Disruptive Innovation Fund

 About

Whitney Johnson is recognized as one of the 50 leading business thinkers in the world since 2015 (Thinkers50), Whitney Johnson is an expert on disruptive innovation and personal disruption? specifically, a framework which she codifies in the critically acclaimed book Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work. She is also the author of Dare, Dream, Do: Remarkable Things  Happen When You Dare to Dream.  Her latest title, Build An “A” Team: Become a Boss People Love, will be released in May 2018 by Harvard Business Publishing.

She developed her proprietary framework and diagnostics after co-founding The Disruptive Innovation Fund with Harvard Business School’s Clayton Christensen. This framework is complemented by a deep understanding of how executives create and destroy value, having spent nearly a decade as an Institutional Investor ranked equity analyst on Wall Street.

In addition to her work as a speaker and advisor, Whitney is one of Marshall Goldsmith’s original cohort of 25 for the #100 Coaches Project, is a coach for Harvard Business School’s Executive Education program, frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, is a Linkedin influencer, and hosts the twice-monthly Disrupt Yourself Podcast. You can follow her on Twitter at @johnsonwhitney.

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Chris Johnson

Founder of On Target Living, Speaker on Health and Wellness.

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Chris Johnson is the leading authority on small steps to healthy living. As Founder/CEO of On Target Living, Chris is a highly respected expert and accomplished executive, who has spent over 30 years researching and building optimal health and performance programs for individuals and corporations. He is the architect of the Food Target® that shifts from counting calories to concentrating on the nutrient values of foods that guide healthy choices.

Chris likes to say he was 'raised by wolves'. Growing up struggling with terrible skin and chronic health issues, he had no idea how his lifestyle affected his health. The doctors couldn't help him, and despite all the medications they prescribed, his health did not improve. By his mid-20's, deeply frustrated and feeling hopeless, Chris set out to heal himself. On his quest, he learned how food affects the body, the importance of sleep, and why people need to move. These discoveries transformed his life. Conditions which plagued him for years disappeared, and his energy and attitude reached new heights. Amazed at how good he felt, Chris knew he’d found his calling, and needed to share his discoveries.

Today, Chris works with organizations to transform their performance from the inside out. He applies the principles of REST-EAT-MOVE to educate, engage and motivate teams around the world. Chris graduated from Michigan State University with a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology, and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Economics from Western Michigan University. He holds certifications from The American College of Sports Medicine, The National Academy of Sports Medicine and the American Council on Exercise and Certified Natural Health Professional. Chris earned and maintains a reputation of providing groundbreaking lifestyle modification strategies with integrity, humor and passion.

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Omar Johnson

Culture, Diversity, Marketing and Branding Speaker, Former CMO at Beats by Dre, and Former VP of Marketing at Apple

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As the former Chief Marketing Officer at Beats by Dre and former VP of Marketing at Apple, Omar Johnson has created strong consumer connections with the brands he’s represented. He drove explosive growth at Beats, leading groundbreaking campaigns with celebrities such as LeBron James, Chris Rock, and Eminem – helping to take a $20 million company to a $1.1 billion dollar global icon and category leader.

Johnson drove explosive growth in the headphone category through groundbreaking campaigns including #ShowYourColor Solo Campaign, Powerbeats starring LeBron James and The Pills featuring Chris Rock and Eminem. He used “ambush marketing” and influencers to expand the brand—giving athletes and musicians free headphones at private company parties—which helped turn Beats into the headphone of choice for the best musicians and athletes in the world.

Previously, Johnson led innovative marketing programs for international brands such as Nike, Coca-Cola, Kraft Foods, and Campbell Soup. As an advertising lead at Nike, Johnson produced some of Nike’s most memorable TV commercials including “Rise,” starring LeBron James, “All Together Now,” featuring Kobe Bryant, and “The Most Valuable Puppets”.

Johnson also built the Nike+ sports music platform, establishing Nike’s first revenue-generating relationship with record labels. Johnson and his team created an industry-first sports music program with Universal, Interscope, Sony, Capitol, Def Jam and more than 25 independent labels. This collaboration sold +5 Million tracks and deepened the connection between music and sports.

Johnson is from Brooklyn, NY. He received a BS in Biology and Chemistry from Georgia State University and an MBA from Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

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Willie Jolley

Motivating Speaker on Leadership, Change and Sales

 About

There are many motivational speakers, and then there is the one, the only, the incomparable Dr. Willie Jolley. He has been described simultaneously as a world-class, award-winning speaker and singer, best-selling author and media personality.

Dr. Willie Jolley has achieved remarkable heights in the speaking industry, having come from humble beginnings as 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” by the 175,000 members of Toastmasters International, inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame and achieved the distinction of Certified Speaker Professional by the National Speakers Association.

He’s the recipient of the Ron Brown Distinguished Leadership Award, named “One of the Top 5 Leadership Speakers” by Speaking.com and Business Leader of The Year by The African American Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. 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 when they were on the brink of bankruptcy. His work helped Ford reject a government bailout and go on to Billion Dollar profits!

Dr. Jolley has built a reputation of being captivating, compelling and life changing! No matter the venue, from his iHeartRadio Willie Jolley Wealthy Ways podcast to his SiriusXM Radio show, to his audiences like Walmart, Comcast, Verizon, Marriott or The Million Dollar Round Table, Dr. Jolley keeps it moving with high energy, high content and great enthusiasm.

He delivers memorable nuggets and usable strategies 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, endorsed by Dr. Stephen Covey and Alan Mulally (former CEO of Ford Motors).

He has also written a very popular new marriage book, co-authored with his wife of over 34 years, Dee Taylor-Jolley. The book is entitled, Make Love, Make Money, Make It Last!

Dr. Jolley holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in Faith-Driven Achievement from the California Graduate School of Theology, a master’s degree in Theology from Wesley Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from The American University.  Dr. Jolley resides with his family in Washington, DC.

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Dewitt Jones

Inspiring Speaker on Adventure, Innovation and Creativity and Award-Winning Photojournalist.

 About

Dewitt Jones is an inspiring speaker with presentations on innovation, creativity and adventure. He is one of America's top professional photographers. Twenty years as a freelancer for National Geographic, shooting stories all over the globe, has earned him a reputation as a world-class photojournalist. As a motion picture director, he had two films nominated for Academy Awards before he was thirty.

His work is well known to the corporate world as well, in major advertising campaigns for clients such as Dewar's Scotch, Canon and United Airlines.

Mr. Jones has published nine books, including California, Visions Of Wilderness, What The Road Passes By, Robert Frost - A Tribute To The Source, Canyon Country and John Muir's High Sierra. His most recent book, The Nature Of Leadership was created in collaboration with Stephen R. Covey (The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People). His column, Basic Jones, appears monthly in Outdoor Photographer magazine.

Mr. Jones is a cum laude of Dartmouth College and holds a Master of Arts Degree from UCLA.

Speaking to corporations and associations throughout the world, Mr. Jones is recognized as an extraordinary lecturer. His knowledge of the creative process, his relaxed and genuine style, and his ability to communicate make his presentations truly outstanding.

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Terry Jones

Founder of Travelocity; Speaks on Innovation, Leadership and Social Media

 About

Terry Jones, founder and former CEO of Travelocity.com, Chairman of Kayak.com and CIO of Sabre, Inc has a proven track record of leading companies whose innovations have changed an industry. Through his consulting practice, as a board member, a venture capitalist and a speaker, Jones has been helping companies use the tools and techniques he's developed to keep up with this rapidly changing world. His programs on
innovation,
leadership, marketing and ecommerce are always thought provoking, entertaining and customized.

Jones founded Travelocity.com. He led the company as President and Chief Executive Officer from it's founding until May 2002. Previously, he served as Chief Information Officer at Sabre Inc. In his 24 years at Sabre, Jones held various executive positions including President of Computer Services, Vice President of Applications Development and Vice President of Product Development.

Prior to Sabre, Jones joined American Airlines in 1978 as Director of Product Development when American Airlines acquired Agency Data Systems, a Florida-based mini-computer accounting systems company. He became president of the division when it moved to Dallas/Fort Worth.

A graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio, Jones entered the travel industry in 1971 as a travel agent with Vega Travel in Chicago. He later served five years as a vice president of Travel Advisors, a company specializing in business travel to Eastern Europe and the USSR, with offices in Chicago and Moscow.

Jones is managing principal of Essential Ideas, a consultancy he co-founded to help companies in their transition to the digital economy. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Kayak.com, and is on the boards of LuxuryLink, Smart Destinations, and Rearden Commerce. He is a venture capitalist with General Catalyst Partners and the Sierra Angels. Jones is also Chairman of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival and serves on the National Information Technology committee of the Boy Scouts of America.

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Phil M. Jones

About Phil M. Jones – Bestselling Author and Speaker on Persuasion, Influence, and Sales 

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Phil entered the world of business at the tender age of 14. With nothing more than a bucket and sponge, he went from single-handedly washing cars on weekends to hiring a fleet of friends working on his behalf, resulting in him earning more than his teachers by the time he was 15.

Soon after, at just 18, Phil was offered the role of Sales Manager at UK fashion retailer Debenhams – making him the youngest Sales Manager in the company’s history.

His early career continued as he worked with a host of Premier League Football Clubs to help them secure sponsorships and licensing agreements, to then being a key part of growing a £240m property business.

After several years of being one of the most in-demand young sales leaders in the UK, Phil decided it was time to dedicate his future to helping others to succeed.

With this as Phil’s core mission, he has gone on to deliver over 2,500 presentations in 57 countries across five continents, training more than two million people (both sales and non-sales professionals, leaders and experts) to learn how to have more influence, confidence and control when steering their conversations.

Phil’s unique philosophy of using specific word choices to teach his audiences “Exactly What To Say” in order to influence, persuade and drive outcomes, has made Phil one of the most practical and in-demand business speakers on the planet.

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Diana Jordan

Corporate Comedian & Laughter Therapist

 About

Diana Jordan is "healing the world one laugh at a time..." Having entertained over a million people live and on television, she came to realize that by making people laugh - she could help them deal with life’s stresses, motivate them, and teach them what she has learned over the past 25 years - how great laughter is in nourishing yourself and changing your outlook on life.

Diana has toured the country many times over as an extremely successful stand-up comedian and author. She is also a cancer survivor and speaks about her journey to many cancer organizations and events nationwide.

As a funny motivational speaker in Diana’s keynote speaker address, messages ring loud and true about how you can make the choice to be happy, find the funny in your life, take responsibility for your own health, and bust stress. Just these four things can make a happier, healthier, and more productive you!
 And she’s funny too!

Diana has been nominated by the American Comedy Awards as a Top Five Female Comedian in the country. She has been seen on Showtime, Showtime Specials, HBO, ComedyCentral, VH1, and more.

Diana has also been featured on Oprah for her talent as a comedian and writer. Her hilarious, best-selling book called, A Wife’s Little Instruction Book, Your Survival Guide To Marriage Without Bloodshed! has sold over 500,000 copies.

Being a funny motivational speaker was a natural transition for Diana. She realized her gift and talent for comedy was much needed around the country.

A world traveler, Diana has lived in Greece, Hawaii, Chicago, Atlanta, Las Vegas, and even ‘starved’ while working as a waitress in New York to get a job on Broadway. She never gives up! For the last two decades, Diana has headlined America’s top comedy clubs and entertained our troops overseas.

For over a year she performed her widely popular one-woman-show, “Female, Fertile, and Frustrated!” which she wrote, produced, directed, and starred in at the world famous Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena, California. “Female, Fertile, and Frustrated!” is still the longest running one person show in the forty year history of The Ice House. No longer FERTILE, Diana makes light of getting older and using humor to cope with being a breast cancer survivor.

“When my Reconstruction Surgeon asked me if I wanted to go up a cup size or two I told him, ‘let me put it this way, when I fly I want to be the flotation device!’ “

Diana studied improv comedy in “off the wall” classes with classmate Robin Williams (whom she also dated). She has been under contract to CBS Network and Twentieth Century Fox for her self-written sitcom and is a member of SAG, AFTRA, The National Speakers Association, and The Writers Guild of America.

As a talented comedian and singer, she has opened in concert for major stars at The Kennedy Center, Garden State Arts Center, and Radio City Music Hall. She has also been the Master of Ceremonies for gala events with prestigious speakers such as Former Secretary of State, General Colin Powell and Yolanda King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King.

On screen, Diana co-starred in “Loretta’s Surprise,” featured at the Sundance Film Festival, and was handpicked by director Cameron Crowe to be in the Oscar nominated movie “Jerry Maguire” with Tom Cruise. You’ll see her sitting next to Cruise during the now famous “You complete me” and “You had me at hello” scenes!

Cruise says, “Diana is funny and smart, she had me at her first joke!”

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Diana Kander

New York Times Bestselling Author and Speaker on Innovation

 About

Diana Kander's family escaped from the Soviet Union when she was 8-years-old. By the time she was an American citizen, she had perfected her skills as a capitalist – selling flea market goods to grade school classmates at a markup.

Today, Diana is a successful entrepreneur, having founded and sold a number of ventures, a Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Missouri and a Senior Fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the largest non-profit in the world dedicated to entrepreneurship and education. A Georgetown-educated attorney who left a successful practice to launch her first company, Diana draws on her experience as a founder, investor, and academic to train companies and non-profits how to be more innovative and how to get their employees to think like entrepreneurs. 

Diana is the author of All In Startup, a New York Times best-selling novel outlining lessons for launching successful products through a story of a struggling entrepreneur making his way through the World Series of Poker. 

Diana lives in Columbia, Missouri with her high school sweetheart/best friend/husband, Jason, and their awesome son, True.

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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.

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Catherine Kaputa

Founder of SelfBrand, Motivating Speaker on Personal Branding, Strategy and Female Leadership.

 About

Catherine Kaputa is a nationally recognized personal strategist, speaker and author on personal branding, career success and female leadership. Catherine is internationally recognized as a leader in branding – ranked #13 worldwide in Global Gurus 2018 poll of brand leaders. She is particularly proud of her thought leadership on personal branding and her pioneering work on branding for women. Catherine offers dynamic, fun presentations using story, business insight and humor in her trademark talks on personal branding.

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 advertising 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 (www.selfbrand.com), 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 and a bronze IPPY award. The book has been translated into 10 languages and the Chinese edition was a top 10 Business Training Book.

Catherine's second book, Women Who Brand, is about how women can empower their own career success. Personal branding is particularly important for women to master since women have some catching up to do in marketing and promoting themselves in their careers. Studies show that women are not as good as men in terms of personal branding, self-promotion and personal marketing, and that can impede their career success.

Catherine's book Breakthrough Branding: How Smart Entrepreneurs and Intrapreneurs Transform a Small Idea Into a Big Brand, won the Book of the Year Award in the Business category in 2014. 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. As entrepreneurs, we need to develop a business brand and marketing strategy that will get results and develop a personal brand in tandem with our business brand. Catherine’s latest book is Graduate to a Great Career, for young professionals and college students on how to use personal branding to launch your career.

Catherine is active as a speaker and workshop leader on branding and personal branding, to corporate employees, entrepreneurs and professionals. A key mission in her life to empower women to achieve more career success through personal branding. She has spoken at a wide range of corporations and conferences including, PepsiCo, Google, Microsoft, Intel, Whirlpool, Unilever, Merck, Glaxo Smith Kline, Citi, PNB Paribas, the U.S. State Department, Entrepreneur 360 and Diageo.

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Ron Kaufman

Motivational Speaker on Customer Service and Building a Service Culture

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For more than three decades, Ron Kaufman has helped companies on every continent build a culture of uplifting service that delivers outstanding business results year after year. Making transformation his mission, Ron is one of the world’s most sought-after educators, consultants, business thought-leaders and motivational keynote speakers on the topic of achieving superior service.

Any business can say the customer is king, and many spend a lot of time and money on incremental service improvement. But Ron understands the only reliable way for a company to achieve and maintain a competitive edge - is to build a culture that empowers every employee to surprise and delight customers and colleagues every day with truly uplifting service.

Ron has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA Today. In 2019, GlobalGurus rated Ron the #1 customer service guru in the world.

Ron works with a successful clientele of government agencies and multinational corporations including Singapore Airlines, Xerox, Nokia Siemens, Marina Bay Sands and Changi Airport. He delivers powerful business insights and global best practices enabling organizations to gain a sustainable advantage through service.

Ron’s proprietary architecture for building an uplifting service culture is now available in one comprehensive volume, Uplifting Service. Finally, leaders at all levels have a blueprint for making uplifting service a part of everything they are and everything they do.

Find out why companies like Federal Express, Citibank, Singapore Airlines, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft and ExxonMobil book Ron as keynote speaker for their most important company events.

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Katty Kay

Lead Anchor, BBC World News America & Best-selling Author; Insights on American Politics, Global Affairs, and Issues for Women

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Katty Kay proclaims that “when something happens in America, my first reaction is to ask ‘How does this connect to other countries?’…because stories from this city, Washington, D.C., - ripple out, right around the world.” She is a Washington, D.C.-based British news anchor, who brings a fresh perspective to the reporting of American politics and global affairs. Katty’s insights reflect a global mindset that is a natural offshoot of having grown up in the Middle East and worked as a journalist in Europe, Africa, and Asia before coming to Washington in 1996. The award-winning journalist is currently co-anchor of Beyond 100 Days, a one-hour news program that covers Washington politics and its impact globally. The show airs to an enormous audience worldwide. Katty is also a regular guest and substitute co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe program. When she’s not busy making sense of the news from Washington and around the globe, Katty writes on the art and science of women and self-assurance - helping them turn thoughts into action to master a more confident mindset. She is co-author (with Claire Shipman) of three New York Times best-sellers: The Confidence Code for Girls; The Confidence Code; and Womenomics.

Beyond 100 Days was launched when the first 100 days of the Trump administration made clear this President was operating from a different set of rules that would impact American and global politics in unprecedented ways. Prior to assuming the co-anchor role on that program, Katty served as anchor of 100 Days, which covered the first 100 days of the Trump administration. Before that, she was anchor of BBC World News America’s weekday broadcast, also seen worldwide. The award-winning anchor for BBC News has reported on five U.S. presidential elections, financial crashes, wars, sex scandals, and much more. Katty is proud of the fact that the day after the Brexit vote in the U.K., she wrote an article on the five reasons Trump would win the Presidency. She is less proud of the fact that the day he declared his candidacy in June 2015, she said that would be the high point of his campaign.

About Katty’s books: her latest, The Confidence Code for Girls: Taking Risks, Messing Up, and Becoming Your Amazingly Imperfect, Totally Powerful Self, was released in April, 2018 and debuted at the #1 spot on The New York Times best-seller list. The empowering, entertaining guide gives girls the essential yet elusive code to becoming bold, brave, and fearless. The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance - What Women Should Know, inspires women to understand that confidence - the linchpin of success - is a choice. She shows ways to break out of comfort zones and take risks that pay off. In her first book, Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success, she examined the workplace revolution and inspired women to take control, dream big and discover a different way of weaving work into their lives - and in the process create more profitable companies with happier and more productive employees.

On the fun side, Katty had the distinction of being immortalized in pop culture in 2018 when her name was the answer to a question on the Jeopardy game show. In the same week, she was portrayed in a skit on the legendary Saturday Night Live show which satirized a moment from MSNBC’s Morning Joe program.

Katty Kay settled in Washington, DC in the mid-90s where she lives with her husband, four children, two cats, and a dog.

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Kevin Kelly

International Speaker, Best-Selling Author and Creator of the “Xceptional Execution” Methodology

 About

Kevin Kelly is an internationally acclaimed Speaker, best-selling author and expert on Sales, Leadership, Storytelling and Execution. His focus is on moving organizations, large and small to Do!, to execute, and to move in the direction of their dreams and vision.

From the age of six, Kevin was selling in his family retail environment. Upon graduating with a Marketing degree, Kevin consistently broke sales records in each of the 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 honoured 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 motivationHow? When You Don’t Know How” - sold 15,000 copies, an unparalleled feat for Ireland, and Kevin 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. This book became the foundation on which he built his international speaking career.

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.

In 2016, he created the first ever Speaker Summit in Ireland where six of his colleagues from around the globe taught potential and existing speakers the A-Z of the Speaking profession. This was followed with another first in 2017 – the first conference on Storytelling and Sales. Kevin is currently researching his new book on that topic and is also in consultations with VR/AR companies on how to share his knowledge in new ways.

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Dr. Mary C. Kelly

Commander U.S. Navy (Ret.), Author, International Speaker on Leadership, Growth and Productivity, Highly Respected Leadership Economist

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From Dr. Mary C. Kelly's days as a naval intelligence officer to her role as one of today’s most influential economists, Commander/Dr. Mary C. Kelly has carved out an unforgettable career in leadership. Former chief of police, professor, realtor and HR Director - Mary has spent over 25 years teaching and training more than 40,000 military and civilian personnel. Mary is now on a mission to spread and communicate her message of success with audiences worldwide, sharing with them the secrets to being a true leader in today’s workplace.

A high-energy keynote speaker, Mary is focussed on using research, laughter, and experience to show professionals how to excel. Mary’s relatable, no-nonsense approach inspires audiences to embrace their roles, surpass their goals - and plan for the future.

Mary is the author of 13 books on business growth, leadership, and today’s economy. She is a speaker, coach and trainer who has worked with hundreds of organizations and companies across the globe.

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Christina Kerley

Innovation Keynoter, Futurist, Strategist, and Professor

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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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Michael Kerr

Entertainer and speaker on health, reducing stress, and using humor in the workplace.

 About

Michael Kerr, Speaking Hall of Fame member, is an award winning,
Certified Speaking Professional and the author of six
books. He is known as one of North America's leading authorities on
how to create more productive, less stressful, more creative, and
more
inspiring
workplaces. His
humorous
, inspiring and thought provoking
programs are often rated as having the greatest impact of
any presentation at a conference. Michael Kerr's message of injecting humor into the workplace helps build strong
teams
and
leaders
by encouraging a new kind of
communication
.

Michael has delivered his captivating keynote presentations and
training workshops to more than 800 audiences, from Iran to Texas,
from Austria to Honolulu. Michael's programs offer relevant,
practical ideas delivered with his memorable brand of high-energy,
clean humor. Inspiring, hilarious, energizing, fabulous ideas,
and incredibly relevant and timely content, are phrases clients
repeatedly use to describe the impact of his presentations.

One of Michael's books, Putting Humor to Work, has been described
as the bible of humor in the workplace, while his book Inspiring
Workplaces - Creating the Kind of Workplace Where Everyone Wants
to Work
has been called an inspiring blueprint for workplace success.

Michael lives in Canmore, Alberta in the Canadian Rockies.

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Ian Khan

Technology Futurist and Sought-after Speaker on IoT, AI & Blockchain

 About

Ian Khan is a Forbes contributor and featured technology futurist on CNN, and is a highly sought after emerging technology expert. A three times TEDx speaker & author, Ian has impacted over 5,000 organizations in his 20-year career - to help organizations understand emerging technology and the steps they can take to create limitless value.

An advocate of emerging technologies, Ian helps organizations gain a competitive advantage in today’s era of disruption and rapid change. His core speaking topics include technology trends, industry future outlook and the role of the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Blockchain in shaping our future.

Ian is also the author of over 8 books. Some of these include Cloud Wars, The Internet of Things (IoT) A Concise Introduction, The Internet of Things & the Future of Innovation, Make Me Like You, 21 Steps, Get Ahead and 7 Axioms of Value Creation - The Essentials of Thriving in Today's Era of Disruption.

A highly sought after expert, Ian has dedicated the last 20 years evangelizing technologies such as Cloud Computing, Internet of Things (IoT), and emerging tech. Through his career, Ian has worked with Information Technology startups, SAP EBS Partner Companies and key Microsoft partner ecosystem providers. Through his two decades of working in the industry he also gained a complete understanding of where organizations face maximum challenge as his roles included Sales, Business Development, Management, to managing global marketing teams.

Ian is also an active speaker and spends more than 200 days per year on the road speaking at industry conferences. He is also a frequent contributor to industry publications and his work has appeared in McGraw Hill Education, Huffington Post, & Techvibes.

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Deborah Kimmett

Second City veteran and humorous speaker on change and communication.

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Whether on the page or on the stage (or now on your screen!), Deborah Kimmett is one funny lady. This witty and wise woman has been using humor to open minds and heal hearts for 40 years. She is a Second City veteran, a regular performer on CBC Radio and CBC television’s The Debaters, and is a sought-after motivator on the speaker circuit. Deborah engages her audiences with stories and killer humor that ignites and inspires. A change expert with decades of teaching change to organizations, she inspires her clients to say “YES” to new realities, push past their resistance and keep their sense of humor.

Deborah is an accomplished author of three books, Reality is Over-Rated, That Which Doesn't Kill You Makes You Funnier and Out Running Crazy. She was nominated twice for the National Magazine Award for Humor. She is a well-known playwright and has been nominated for the Governor General Award for her play Miracle Mother in 1984. Having written 52 episodes of TV, a feature movie about female prison guards, she has also written and produced a compassionate care video called, Walk a Mile in my backless gown. Since Deb's passion is mentoring the creative soul in folks so through her company, Chip off The Old Writers Blocks, she hosts one day creative writing retreats and on line writing boot camps.

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Brett King

Author of Bank 2.0 and speaker on financial services and the customer experience

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Brett King, the best selling author of the groundbreaking book BANK 2.0, is the founder of the first direct mobile bank in the US and UK (Movenbank) and a strategic advisor to the world's leading financial services organizations. He is an International Judge for the GSMA Global Mobile Awards, the Asian Banker Retail Excellence Awards and for the MiddleEast Business Achievement Awards.

A speaker at global events for financial services and innovation, King is a sought after expert on
innovation, technology disruption, customer experience and channel distribution strategy. He publishes regularly in his role as industry advisor on The Huffington Post, Internet Evolution, FinExtra and his personal blog Banking4Tomorrow.com. He has recently been featured on Bloomberg TV, BBC, CNBC, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Economist, etc.

King also a runs a niche strategic advisory firm, User Strategy and is a Board Advisor at Geezeo, a leading software services provider for banks and credit unions. He also advises IAFM, the International Academy of Financial Management (previously known as the American Academy of Financial Management). As one of the founders of IAFM, one of the world's fastest growing professional associations with more than 200,000 members, associates and affiliates in 145 countries,King was instrumental in the development of the worldwide certification training provided by IAFM.

Previously, he led the Asia division for Modem Media/Digitas (part of the Publicis group) managing revenues in excess of $10m per year and a 100 to 150 staffpersons. King was also the Director of e-Business for Deloitte Consulting with service line responsibilities in the technology integration arena across the Asia region, particularly within the financial services practice. He is working with global banks like HSBC, BMO, TD, RBS and others as a strategic advisor, and also provides thought leadership to leading service organizations like Sapient, WiPro, Oracle, Microsoft and others.

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Erin King

Entrepreneur, Author and Speaker on Digital Marketing Communication & Persuasion

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Erin King is an award-winning entrepreneur, best-selling author and digital persuasion expert. She is the Amazon best-selling author of Digital Persuasion: Sell Smarter in the Modern Marketplace.

Erin is the Founder and CEO of Socialite Agency - which elevates digital communication styles to attract attention, increase influence - and sell smarter. Socialite’s clients include the The Oscars, The United States Navy, ABC/Disney, Nelson Mandela’s Legacy of Hope, VISA, Siemens, Hilton Worldwide, Johnson and Johnson, Hitachi, Mutual of Omaha, Merck, Abbott Laboratories, Synchrony Financial, and dozens of others.

Socialite Agency, the world's only social media firm specializing exclusively in live events - has helped Fortune 100 brands catapult their social media success via award-winning digital activations and campaigns. Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) awarded Socialite's work with FreemanXP as "Best Social Media" across the entire meetings industry.

Erin started her first venture, Jump Digital Media, at the age of 25 - and cut her teeth building websites for brands like Whole Foods, Black and Decker, and Linksys. Her second venture, PMS.com - was a Dollar Shave Club-type subscription model for women’s monthly healthcare supplies. Her experience running these digital enterprises has made her a highly sought-after keynote speaker - for thousands of people from all industries on stages around the world.

When off-duty, the former world champion Irish step dancer and NCAA Division I athlete can be found in Laguna Beach, CA with her husband Hartman - biking, hiking, surfing, snowboarding, boating; basically anything outdoors will do for this ball of fire. As a dual citizen of the U.S. and Ireland, Erin is very close to her east coast, massive, crazy Irish Catholic family.

Erin's life mantra is “attitude of gratitude,” and right now, her only five-year plan - someday she will be home long enough for Hartman to finally allow them to get a dog, which will be a King Charles Cavalier named Louise.

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Jeremy Kingsley

Inspiring Speaker on Leadership, Team Building & Communication

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Jeremy Kingsley is President of OneLife Leadership and 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, primarily at conventions, conferences and special corporate events, and given over 2,000 keynote presentations - with a focus on team building, communication, ethics and principles. Jeremy is a rare communicator who not only speaks to the mind, but to the heart. His unique understanding combined with humour, an amazing ability to inspire, challenge, and entertain audiences makes each program a valuable experience. Jeremy realizes that each event is unique and tailors every speaking engagement to help achieve your goals and purposes.

You may have seen Jeremy on television or online this year. He has been featured in/on CNBC, ABC, 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! Brands 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 best-seller titled Inspired People Produce Results (Published by McGraw-Hill). He is a master storyteller and connects with audiences through the perfect blend of humour, 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, D.C. 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 1,000 points and was named Conference Most Valuable Player in 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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Carol Kinsey Goman

International Keynote Speaker, Author and Leadership Presence Coach

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Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D., is an international keynote speaker for corporations, conferences, universities and government agencies. She is an authority on the impact of body language in the workplace - especially on how it aligns with what you're communicating and how it builds or weakens leadership effectiveness.

Her speaking engagements are designed to give audiences powerful and practical strategies that can be implemented immediately, and have positive impact on change. She is a sought-after presenter, whose list of clients span more than 300 organizations in 26 countries:

  • Corporate giants including Consolidated Edison, 3M, Federal Express, Fluor, General Electric, Bayer Pharmaceutical, DuPont, S.C. Johnson, Chevron, AT&T, Consolidated Edison, and PepsiCo
  • Major associations including the American Institute of Banking, American Productivity & Quality Center, American Society of Association Executives, Sales & Marketing Executives International, and the American Society of Training and Development
  • High-tech firms including Amazon, Expedia, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Texas Instruments, and LinkedIn
  • Healthcare organizations including Kaiser Permanente, Adventist Healthy System West, American College of Surgeons, BETA Healthcare Group, and Atlantic Health System
  • Financial institutions including Bank of America, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, First Interstate Bank, Goldman Sachs, Travelers, WellPoint, and Guardian Insurance
  • Government agencies including the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command, Department of Energy, Department of Veteran Affairs, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Department of Agriculture, and the Library of Congress
  • Women’s conferences including CFA Society Women’s Symposium, Global Executive Women at Expedia, Professional Business Women of California, UNC School of Government, and Women’s Leadership Conference, Trinidad
  • International firms including Petroleos de Venezuela, Dairy Farm in Hong Kong, SCA Hygiene in Germany, Landstinget Dalarna in Sweden, National Provident in New Zealand, the Panama Canal Commission, Royal Bank of Canada, Petrofac in the United Arab Emirates, British Petroleum, and Wartsilla Diesel in Finlin Finland

Carol is a leadership contributor for Forbes.com, with her Forbes blog on Body Language Hacks that Make You Look Like a Leader - which has garnered over 91,000 views. She is also the author of twelve business books, including The Silent Language of Leaders: How Body Language Can Help - or Hurt - How You Lead and The Truth About Lies in the Workplace: How to Spot Liars and What to Do about Them. With a new book in progress, Carol is currently working on Stand Out - How to Build Your Leadership Presence - that addresses projecting leadership presence (anticipated release date: 29-Sept-2020, Kogan Page). Make a note to obtain a copy - for Carol's next leadership go-to publication.

Her video course for Linkedin Learning, Body Language for Leaders, is the most popular course in the history of the company - with over 2 million views. She has recently added a course on Collaborative Leadership. Carol is also a content expert on the e-learning company, Athena Online.

Her expertise has been cited in The Wall Street Journal, Industry Week, Investors Business Daily, CNN’s Business Unusual, PBS Marketplace, the Washington Post’s “On Leadership” column, MarketWatch radio, and the NBC Nightly News.

Carol has served as an adjunct faculty member at John F. Kennedy University in the International MBA program, at the University of California in the Executive Education Department, and for the Chamber of Commerce of the United States at their Institutes for Organization Management. She is a current faculty member for the Institute for Management Studies, presenting seminars throughout the United States and for Excellence Squared, presenting seminars in Canada and Europe.

In addition, Carol is a California-based executive coach with two specialties: (1) assisting leaders as they craft and deliver key messages, and (2) helping senior managers prepare for C-Suite roles by increasing their leadership presence, which she defines as “the ability to influence and impact others by projecting confidence, credibility, caring, and charisma.”

Before her work in the business world, Carol was a therapist in private practice, a nightclub performer, and a majorette for the 49ers football team - but not in that order.

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Scott Klososky

Technology Speaker, Author, Consultant and Founder, TriCorps Technologies

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Scott Klososky is the founder of numerous successful technology startup companies, and this has helped him gain a unique perspective into technology’s impact on industry and humanity. He is not just an observer of digital trends, he has routinely invested in his future visions with a great track record of success.

This unique perspective and future vision has allowed Scott to travel the globe as a speaker, consultant, and author. His invaluable leadership experience benefits his work with senior executives in organizations ranging from the Fortune 500 to universities, non-profits, and countless professional associations and coalitions. As a technology entrepreneur, he also continually works in the trenches of building his own companies.

Scott is the founding partner of TriCorps Technologies, a digital strategy and cybersecurity firm based in Oklahoma City. TriCorps Technologies focuses not only on helping clients to raise revenue and lower costs - but also on protecting their organizations’ resources in both the physical world and in the digital world. At TriCorps, Scott has developed a pioneering integrated security model which targets security from three directions: physical security, surveillance, and cybersecurity, providing a systematic approach to organizational security.

TriCorps Technologies represents a merger between Future Point of View, a digital strategy firm Scott founded in 2007, and TriCorps Cybersecurity, a venture he co-founded in 2015.

In 1999, Scott sold his company webcasts.com for $115 million. Webcasts.com, an early producer of webcasted media ranging from corporate and government communications to sporting events and entertainment, represented a career spent  on the bleeding edge of technology.

Scott 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.).

Scott then collaborated with H.R. Haldeman to publish a diary of his years as the Chief of Staff to President Nixon, which was a bestseller (Putnam Publishing), and involved Sony Interactive in the release of a book companion CD-ROM.

He is also the founder and minority investor of Alkami Technology, a 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 is the author of four books including his most recent title, Did God Create the Internet? The Impact of Technology on Humanity.

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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, a successful entrepreneur and venture capitalist, found that after reaching the highest levels of corporate America, she still wasn’t happy. Nataly came to the United States as a refugee from Russia when she was 13 and overcame significant obstacles on her way to achieving career success. But while her achievements left her proud, she was unfulfilled, so she became inspired to figure out how to live a truly meaningful, happier life. In the process, she found the answers each person and organization needs to unlock their maximum potential, making them not just more productive and innovative, but helping them to find more joy in everyday moments and get through challenging ones with resilience.

The CEO and Founder of Happier -- an award-winning global technology and learning platform -- Nataly is a leading expert on how leaders and organizations can transform their individual and team culture so that they can thrive. Having helped more than a million people and employees dramatically improve their emotional health and resilience by cultivating her Five Core Happier Skills, Nataly demonstrates that happiness is not just a feeling, but a skill that can be learned and improved through practice, and that in turn boosts creativity, productivity and profits.

Nataly’s received standing ovations from groups such as Million Dollar Roundtable, Fortune's Tech Brainstorm, SXSW, Harvard Women's Leadership Conference, Gillette, Pendulum Leadership Summit, Atrium Innocations, TEDx Boston, and many more, thanks to her instantly implementable takeaways that transform the way people work and live. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, New York Magazine, Time Magazine and more, and her new book Happier Now: How to Stop Striving For Perfection and Embrace Everyday Moments (Even the Difficult Ones) provides a roadmap for how to cultivate genuine, lasting happiness in every facet of our lives.

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Tom Koulopoulos

Chairman and Founder of Delphi Group, Author and Speaker on Innovation & The Future

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Tom Koulopoulos is chairman of the Boston-based global futures think tank Delphi Group, which was named one of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. by Inc. Magazine. Tom is also the author of eleven books, a frequent business commentator on MSNBC, a columnist for Inc.com, an adjunct professor at Boston University Graduate School of Management, an Executive in Residence at Bentley University, the past Executive Director of the Babson College Center for Business Innovation, and past Executive Director of the Dell Innovation Lab.

Geoff James of CBS Interactive Media called Tom “one of the truly deep thinkers in the arena of technology and culture.” Forbes.com called Tom a Business Visionary with “an incisive view of world trade…”

Mr. Koulopoulos’ eleven books include his most recent Reimagining Healthcare: How the Smartsourcing Revolution Will Drive the Future of Healthcare and Refocus It on What Matters Most, the PatientRevealing the Invisible; The Gen Z Effect; and Cloud Surfing.

Tom Peters called his writing “a brilliant vision of where we must take our enterprises to survive and thrive.” And, according to the late Peter Drucker, Tom’s writing “makes you question not only the way you run your business but the way you run yourself.”

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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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Dr. Daniel Kraft

Stanford and Harvard Trained Physician-Scientist, Inventor and Entrepreneur

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Daniel Kraft is a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, and innovator and is serving as the Chair of the XPRIZE Pandemic Alliance Task Force. With over 25 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research and healthcare innovation, Kraft has chaired the Medicine for Singularity University  since its inception in 2008, and is founder and chair of Exponential Medicine, a program that explores convergent, rapidly developing technologies and their potential in biomedicine and healthcare. Following undergraduate degrees from Brown University and medical school at Stanford, Daniel was Board Certified in both Internal Medicine & Pediatrics after completing a Harvard residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital & Boston Children's Hospital, and fellowships in hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplantation at Stanford.

He is often called upon to speak to the future of health, medicine and technology and has given 5 TED and TEDMED Talks.

He has multiple scientific publications and medical device, immunology and stem cell related patents through faculty positions with Stanford University School of Medicine and as clinical faculty for the pediatric bone marrow transplantation service at University of California San Francisco.

Daniel is a member of the Kaufman Fellows Society (Class 13) and member of the Inaugural (2015) class of the Aspen Institute Health Innovators Fellowship.

Daniel's academic research has focused on: stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, stem cell derived immunotherapies for cancer, bioengineering human T-cell differentiation, and humanized animal models. His research has been published in journals that include Nature and Science. His clinical work has focuses on: bone marrow / hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for malignant and non-malignant diseases in adults and children, medical devices to enable stem cell based regenerative medicine, including marrow derived stem cell harvesting, processing and delivery. He also implemented the first text-paging system at Stanford Hospital.

He is heavily involved in digital health, founded Digital.Health, and is on the board of Healthy.io and advises several digital health related startups. Daniel recently founded IntelliMedicine, focused on personalized, data driven, precision medicine. He is also the inventor of the MarrowMiner, an FDA approved device for the minimally invasive harvest of bone marrow, and founded RegenMed Systems, a company developing technologies to enable adult stem cell based regenerative therapies.

Daniel is an avid pilot and has served in the Massachusetts and California Air National Guard as an officer and flight surgeon with F-15 & F-16 fighter Squadrons. He has conducted research on aerospace medicine that was published with NASA, with whom he was a finalist for astronaut selection

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Sallie Krawcheck

One of the Most Respected Voices on Wall Street and Speaker on Finance and Diversity

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Sallie Krawcheck has a reputation for integrity, creativity, independence of thought, a sense of humor and an unrelenting focus on results, who has built a career that has reached the top levels of success across a range of functions: as a senior corporate executive, as a research analyst and now as an entrepreneur. Sallie Krawcheck is also CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest, a digital investment platform for women. She was named number 9 on Fast Company’s list of the “100 Most Creative People 2014,” she has also been referred to as one of the most successful, strategic and influential executives in financial services. From turning around and growing troubled wealth management businesses to eliminating Wall Street conflicts of interest and advocating a true client-centered business model, Fortune Magazine called her “The Last Honest Analyst” during her tenure at Sanford Bernstein. She spent years as the guardian of such brands as Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch and US Trust.

Krawcheck has often noted that “Investing in women is simply smart business” and is expressing this view through her ownership in the Ellevate companies. The Ellevate network (formerly 85 Broads) is a 34,000-strong (and growing) global professional woman’s network, the most expansive and diverse of its kind. Sallie is also the Chair of the Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Index Fund, which invests in the top-rated companies for advancing women.

Krawcheck's embrace of social media as a means of including more people in her frank business conversations on women and business, regulatory reform and investor protection has garnered her more than 500,000 followers as a LinkedIn’s INfluencer and more than 22,000 followers on Twitter.

A Tar Heel fan through and through, Krawcheck also spends her time advising start-up companies, focusing on education-oriented philanthropy and serving on a variety of boards.

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