Futurist, Strategy and Innovation Expert & Founder of Outthinker
Kaihan Krippendorff is committed to helping organizations and individuals thrive in today’s era of fast-paced disruptive technological change. Kaihan is known for his ability to turn difficult concepts into easy-to-understand ideas that drive meaningful outcomes and actions. He is an internationally recognized thought-leader, battle-tested consultant, futurist and sought-after keynote speaker on the topics of business strategy, growth, transformation and innovation.
Kaihan began his career as a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company before founding the growth strategy and innovation consulting firm Outthinker. Growth strategies and innovations created through Outthinker have energized countless organizations, teams, and individuals all while generating over $2.5B in revenue for many of the world’s most recognizable Fortune 500 companies.
An accomplished author, Kaihan has written four books on business strategy, growth, and transformation, most recently Outthink the Competition (John Wiley & Sons). For his forthcoming book, Driving Innovation from Within: A Guide for Internal Entrepreneurs (Columbia University Press, Oct 2019), Kaihan deeply researched and interviewed more than 150 internal innovators and leaders in nearly every conceivable industry.
Kaihan is a member of the prestigious Thinkers50 Class of 2019 Radar group – a “dream team of researchers, advisers, entrepreneurs, and organizational leaders” to follow and hear from in 2019. A noteworthy mention is that Kaihan has been shortlisted for the Thinkers50 2019 distinguished achievement award in the “INNOVATION” category for his work on growth and transformation through employee-driven innovation and entrepreneurship. The shortlist is comprised of the “Top 8 Innovation Experts in the World”, and the T50 Innovation award (which will be awarded this November at the Thinkers50 2019 Awards Gala in London) recognizes the thinker who has contributed the most to the understanding of innovation in every sphere over the past two years.
Kaihan founded The Outthinker Network – an invitation-only group of high-level strategists and innovators for large $1B+ organizations. Quarterly roundtables are a unique opportunity for senior executives to take part in an intimate, candid, and forward-looking conversation with a network of peer professionals and the world’s most sought-after disruptive thinkers.
Regularly featured in key business media outlets, including BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Time, Fox Business, Fast Company, PBS, and Bloomberg Radio – Kaihan is an advisory board member for a blockchain-powered transportation platform, an international food processing/exporting company, and a B-corporation focused on sustainable products and lifestyle.
Matthias Kröner known as ‘mk’ - has been bringing his visionary brand of thinking to financial services for 25 years. Over this time he has acquired vast insight into corporate strategy, innovation-leadership and M&A - during a period of fundamental transformation in the banking industry.
His extensive practical knowledge of the regulatory environment combined with a deep understanding of technological trends such as big data, AI, blockchain open banking and financial inclusion - has enabled Matthias to build bridges between the traditional banking world and FinTech-powered digital banking platforms.
Matthias’ entrepreneurial style was the driving force behind two highly disruptive financial service companies. As Founder and CEO of Fidor Bank and DAB Bank, he built both organizations from scratch - forging his reputation as a key figure in the FinTech movement. The Fidor project began in 2007 - long before the FinTech boom started, and positioned Fidor at the forefront of global FinTech development, becoming known as the “oldest FinTech bank in the world”.
Under his leadership, DAB Bank and Fidor Bank won numerous awards: Best Banking Innovation in San Francisco in 2013; the Celent Model-Bank-of-the-Year award in 2015 and 2019; and WEF´s Award for young companies in 2015 to name but a few. DAB Bank underwent a highly successful IPO in 1999 at a top valuation of €1.5 billion. Fidor Bank was sold to a major French banking group - in one of the very first successful major trade-sale acquisitions within the FinTech industry in 2016.
After beginning his career in the hospitality business, Matthias brought his expertise in customer-centric experiences to the world of financial services. The core of his philosophy centered on how financial services organizations can use technology to effectively engage their retail and SME customers with innovative, value-adding business and service models.
Matthias was at the helm as Fidor pioneered one of the world’s first Banking-as-a-Service offerings, enabling start-ups to achieve scale and become part of the digital ecosystem. Building a bridge from innovation to regulation - he brokered the first cooperation between a regulated bank and crypto-currency trading platforms. As well as this, Fidor enabled non-banks to offer full banking services for the first time in a collaboration with Telefonica in 2016.
Since standing down as CEO of Fidor in March 2019, Matthias has sharpened his focus on how technology can be used to build bridges between financial services and impactful projects that help to make the world a better place. Concepts such as green finance and financial inclusion have the potential to positively affect the lives of millions of people - and his mission is to democratize access to banking and self-determined finance management, using digital financial services to create meaningful, sustainable change.
Matthias acts as an advisor to regulators and central banks. He is a member of the International Technology Advisory Panel (ITAP) of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). His geographical expertise covers Europe, Asia, the Americas and the Middle East - and he is recognized as a thought leader, a multi-award-winning inspirational keynote speaker and blogger. He is a senior advisor to several companies, as well as a successful incubator; he is also an investor in several highly innovative start-up companies through his company Professional Development GmbH.
As a leadership speaker and performance coach, Kevin Kruse has worked with Fortune 500 CEO's, entrepreneurial startup founders, US Marine Corps officers, non-profit leaders and even members of Congress.
In pursuit of the American Dream, Kevin 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 best-selling 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. Watch for Kevin's upcoming book Great Leaders Have No Rules - Contrarian Leadership Principles to Transform Your Team and Business - set to launch April, 2019 (Rodale, 2019).
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.
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 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 - a training, research and consulting agency based in New York City. The agency's focus is 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 (Gen 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 keynoter 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 U.S. - and as far away as Dubai, Argentina, China, South Africa, Australia, and India.
Performing Artist and Performance Strategist for Top Leaders & Brands
Victoria Labalme helps people perform at their highest levels by unlocking their hidden genius and unleashing their unique creativity.
With more than 20 years in the Performing Arts - from Broadway to comedy clubs, landmark films to high-profile television - Victoria’s electrifying, custom-crafted Keynotes awaken innate talents in individuals and teams.
Her proprietary systems and strategies have been embraced by C-suite executives at Starbucks, Microsoft, PayPal, as well as Hollywood celebrities, best-selling authors, and top teams in over 700 organizations.
With breathtaking stage skills, gripping stories, and comedic highlights, Victoria takes audiences through a profound experience they'll never forget. Along the way, she shows people how to distinguish their brand, gain competitive advantage, focus their communications and achieve sustainable growth through a surprising blend of art and business.
Her creative projects have been recognized by The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, BBC, and ABC Good Morning America.
A graduate of Stanford University, Victoria is also a director and critically acclaimed film producer, the creator of two online learning programs, and an inductee into the Speaker Hall of Fame.
Co-author, Mavericks at Work; Co-Founder, Management Lab; Founding Writer, Fast Company
All change goes against the rules. Polly LaBarre arms leaders with a Maverick Manual to hack the status quo and ramp up originality, invention and game-changing disruption. The true work of leadership, she says, is inspiring, unleashing, and amplifying human creativity, passion, and resourcefulness -- creating a cultural DNA where the response to change happens almost as fast as change itself. Co-author of Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win and founding team member of Fast Company magazine, Polly is co-founder of Management Lab, the think-and-do tank where she consults with top global brands. Polly is also a top speaker who leaves audiences with actionable lessons from organizations and leaders who are transforming their cultures and industries by breaking the rules and harnessing the human element. She inspires people to engage and re-imagine the challenges they face, become fearless experimenters, and rethink the work of leadership.
Along with her partners at the Management Lab (MLab), 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.
In addition to running global “management hackathons,” MLab has also built the Management Innovation eXchange (MIX), the world’s largest community of management innovators, created a clearinghouse of management hacks and innovation stories, and launched a series of events.
Polly has traveled the world to 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 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, as part of the founding team of Fast Company magazine, Polly 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 best-seller. 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.
Professor of Finance at Harvard University, renowned speaker on behavioral economics.
Laibson is also a member of the National Bureau of Economic Research, where he is Research Associate in the Asset Pricing, Economic Fluctuations, and Aging Working Groups.
Laibson serves on numerous editorial boards, as well as the boards of the Health and Retirement Survey and the Pension Research Council.
He is a recipient of a Marshall Scholarship and grants from the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the National Institute on Aging, the Sloan Foundation, the Social Security Administration, and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
David Laibson co-organizes the Russell Sage Foundation's Summer School in Behavioral Economics. He has received the PBK Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Laibson's research focuses on the topic of psychology and economics and his work is frequently discussed in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, the Economist, Business Week, Forbes, Fortune, Money, Wired Magazine, Pensions and Investments, the New Yorker the PBS program Wealthtrack, and the Bloomberg television network.
In 2005, Fortune named Laibson one of 10 people to watch. In 2008 Wired Magazine included Laibson on the
2008 Smart List: 15 People the Next President Should Listen To.
In 2006 Laibson served as an external reviewer for the Department of Labor regulations that implement the Pension Protection Act. In 2009 Laibson was appointed to the Harvard University Pension Investment Committee. Laibson holds degrees from Harvard University (BA in Economics, summa cum laude), the London School of Economic (MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics), and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (PhD in Economics).
Best-selling Author and Speaker on Generational Differences in the Workplace
Lynne Lancaster is a savvy, engaging, and entertaining keynote speaker who delivers sparkling keynotes and workshops tailored to your strategic issues. She will provide guidance if you are struggling with generational gaps in recruiting, retention, or communication? Do you need to engage the newly-hired Millennials in the room - without turning off the Generation Xers and Baby Boomers? Are you looking for an insightful presentation on the hottest talent trends accompanied by practical, applicable solutions?
Baby Boomer Lynne Lancaster is one of today's foremost cultural translators. An expert on the generations, she is co-founder of BridgeWorks - a company that advises leaders, managers, and employees on how to conduct business more successfully by bridging generation gaps at work and in the marketplace. Her keynote speeches and workshops have enlightened and entertained high level audiences from many of America's best companies, including 3M, American Express, Best Buy, Citigroup, Coca-Cola, Lockheed Martin, and Wells Fargo - as well as from numerous public sector and non-profit organizations.
Lynne is co-author of the best-selling business books When Generations Collide: Who They Are. Why They Clash. How to Solve the Generational Puzzle at Work. A consistent favorite among CEOs, the book spent time on several best-seller lists and is one of only two titles published by HarperCollins in 2003 - that sold more copies each year since publication. Her latest book The M-Factor: How the Millennial Generation is Rocking the Workplace has already garnered a gold medal from the Axiom Business Book awards.
An engaging and savvy speaker, Lynne is also a sought-after expert on workplace and social trends. She has been a guest commentator on CNN, CNBC and National Public Radio. Her by-line has appeared in numerous publications such as The Futurist, Nation's Business and Public Management magazine. She has been interviewed for a wide range of national publications including The Wall Street Journal, TIME magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.
Lynne created a highly successful trainer certification program, BridgeBuilder. The course has launched more than 120 trainers nationwide from such organizations as the Federal Aviation Administration, General Mills, Cisco, HealthPartners, KPMG, Lockheed, Michelin, VISA International and Wells Fargo.
Lynne is a Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in English Literature. She earned her stripes as a management consultant - coaching managers and senior executives from major U.S. companies on decoding communication issues. Lynne's work with CEO and author Harvey Mackay resulted in five best-selling business books, including Swim with the Sharks without Being Eaten Alive. Lynne has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management.
Keynote Speaker on Increasing Profitability, Client-Focused Service, and How to Motivate Employees.
Darci Lang will show you how developing a positive 90% attitude is at the heart of your personal and professional success. It helps you to stay focused and keeps you motivated and productive during challenging times. It helps you feel happier and more fulfilled at work and have something left for friends and family when you get home.
Darci is an inspirational speaker, an award-winning entrepreneur, a best-selling author, a wife and a mom, whose simple tool helps individuals re-frame the way they look at, and think about, their work and their interactions and relationships with others.
Author, psychologist, internationally known speaker. Very entertaining. Speaks on Change, Communication, Motivation and Teamwork.
What would happen if everyone in the organization saw the positives and not the problems in change? This question inspired Dr. Janet Lapp and her team to conduct decades of research enacting these types of changes in the workplace, with amazingly positive results. Janet shares the evidence-based results derived from years of experience in both her books and stage performances. She has a professor's ability to translate complex theory into usable answers, and a humorist's knack for getting ideas across in an entertaining way.
Dr. Janet Lapp is a psychologist, author, and consultant for workplace transformation. She is known for her ability to create optimism, energy and an intense emotional connection. Her unique interactive approach engages the audience in a
change lab, where they first assess their leadership skills, then leave with tools to transform from where they are to where they need to be.
She understands the needs, wishes and language of each client by research, interviews, and visits to facilities such that when she appears on stage she seems to be part of the organization or company.
Both her change management books and her stage programs have created clear, actionable paths for organizations from Ritz-Carlton Hotels to IBM Sales to the government of St. Petersburg, Russia. Clients who book Dr. Janet Lapp for a transformational program/keynote speech experience inspirational and memorable events.
Janet is a Registered Nurse who also holds a PhD in Psychology from McGill University in Montreal. Admitted into the CPAE Speakers Hall of Fame, one year she was rated by Toastmasters as one of the top three speakers worldwide. Creator and host of the Emmy-nominated CBS series Keep Well, she has appeared regularly on INN, ABC, CNN, and NBC. She and her team have helped hundreds of organizations around the world including Allstate, Blue Shield, IBM, Intel, Verizon, AT&T, Unilever, and P&G to design systems to overcome resistance to change and expedite workplace transformation.
A flight instructor, Janet has flown her airplane throughout South America and Africa on medical and rescue missions, and is a long time member of the Flying Doctors of Mercy working in central Mexico. She currently lives in southern California.
International Consultant on Stress Management, Workshop Presenter and Keynote Speaker who Injects Hilarity along with Practical Advice.
Loretta LaRoche is an international stress management and humor consultant whose wit, and irreverent humor, has, for over 30 years raised the humor potential in all of us. She is on the Mass General advisory council for anxiety and depression and was recently awarded the National Humor Treasure Award. Loretta writes a weekly newspaper column called, 'Get a Life'. As a speaker, Loretta leaves audiences feeling inspired, and with renewed passion for living a juicy life!
Loretta is founder and president of The Humor Potential, Inc., a company offering programs and products for lifestyle management. Her special brand of optimistic psychology has an incontestable positive effect on the health of all that are exposed to her. Organizations worldwide use Loretta's prescription for laughter to manage stress in the workplace and improve morale.
Loretta's energetic meeting openings, trainings and keynotes serve to improve learning skills and put a room in an enthusiastic frame of mind. Clients such as IBM, The New York Times, Fidelity Investments, Microsoft, the U.S. Dept. of Labor, and NASA, just to name a few, have used her material to defeat stress in the workplace. She is also a well-recognized TV personality on PBS and best-selling author. She has had six one-woman television specials air on 80 PBS stations across the country. She has been nominated for local and prime time Emmy Awards, has appeared on CNN, ABC and NBC affiliates.
She has authored 7 books, The Joy Journal, Happy Talk, Relax: You May Only Have a Few Minutes Left, Life is Not a Stress Rehearsal, Life Is Short-Wear Your Party Pants, Squeeze the Day, Kick Up Heels Before You're Too Short to Wear Them and Lighten Up.
Alvin Law is one of the infamous "Thalidomide Babies" whose bodies were deformed in the early 1960s when their mothers took a prescription drug to
treat morning sickness. Alvin is a powerful speaker who shows the world that obstacles can be overcome with the right attitude. He
is more than just a cheerleader who pumps up the audience to produce momentary excitement, only to leave an empty feeling a short time later. Alvin's
inspirational message is one that will stay with your audience.
Against all odds, Alvin's adoptive parents Hilda and Jack taught him, as a baby, to use his feet. By the age of five, there was nothing he couldn't do. With
a little hesitation on the part of educational experts, he attended a regular school and graduated from the Yorkton Regional High School with Honors. During
school, defying even more odds, Alvin became an award-winning trombonist, drummer and vocalist. That same year he was a Saskatchewan Junior Citizen of the
Year. Again with Honors, Alvin graduated from Mount Royal College in Calgary, earning a diploma in Broadcasting.
Alvin's story has been profiled on numerous television stations, one feature receiving an Emmy Award. He has also been in three documentaries shown across
Canada and the US; the most recent, Extraordinary People, profiled the lives of four Thalidomiders as they approach middle age. Alvin has even
dabbled with some acting, appearing in independent filmmaker Harmony Korine's Julien: Donkey Boy, and in his biggest role Alvin played a preacher on
an episode of The X-Files.
The Iron Cowboy, World Record Holder, Author, Motivational Speaker
James didn’t grow up an endurance athlete. In fact, he could barely finish his first 5k at the age of 28. But that failure fueled a competitive spirit, and a desire to achieve something his current body told him was impossible.
“I was determined to NOT let my failure define me.” Years of focused training shaped James to become an elite short-distance triathlete. Along the way, he learned to push past his mental limits and find his true physical boundaries.
In 2010, James set out on a journey to find those physical limitations. He set his first World Record by completing 22 70.3 Ironman races in just 30 weeks, exceeding the previous record of 20.
“There was a fire inside, and I had to let it burn.” But James did not find his limit – he could reach higher. In 2012 he set his second world record by completing 30 full-distance triathlons in less than 52 weeks, across 11 countries, crushing the previous world record of 22. It was then James realized his limitations weren’t physical, they were mental.
“I knew I could do more, reach higher.” Determined, James set out to find his mental limit and test his focus, determination, and will power, James set out to complete something everyone told him was impossible. Two and half years of strictly regimented training prepared James to attempt this feat. But physical preparation was not enough to carry him through. On July 25, 2015, James overcame all odds and defied all doubts by completing 50 full distance triathlons, in 50 states, in 50 consecutive days (50.50.50). Completing what is now considered the greatest feat of human endurance.
Every one of us has experienced a time in life when we reach our limit; physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. But each of us CAN achieve more, reach higher, raise the bar and silence the doubters. James story of reaching new limits is one every company, school, organization and individual can relate to. He is an ordinary guy, whose extraordinary personal story will make you laugh, cry, reflect, and leave you inspired to reach higher.
Tan Le is an innovator, inventor & entrepreneur, and founder and CEO of EMOTIV. In 1998, Le was named Young Australian of the Year and voted one of Australia’s 30 Most Successful Women Under 30. Le’s story was featured in the ‘Hope’ section of the Eternity Exhibition of the National Museum of Australia. Le has been featured in “Who’s Who in Australia” List since 1999, Fast Company’s Most Influential Women in Technology in 2010 and Forbes’ 50 Names You Need to Know in 2011. Released in 2020, her book The NeuroGeneration shows how our brains will be augmented and improved in the near future.
Le has been honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader since 2009. Le was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2013. She currently serves on the Board of Stewards on Shaping the Future of Information & Entertainment of the World Economic Forum and the Global Future Council on the Future of Neurotechnologies & Brain Science of the World Economic Forum.
Born in South Vietnam, Le migrated to Australia as a refugee with her family in 1981. Le began university studies at the age of 16 and went on to complete a bachelor’s degree in law (honors) and commerce (honors) in 1998 at Monash University.
Olympic champion, broadcaster, motivating keynote speaker and MC.
Catriona Le May Doan was the fastest woman on ice. After carrying the Canadian flag into the 2002 Olympic Winter Games opening ceremonies (her fourth Olympics), Catriona defended her Olympic title with a Gold medal performance in the 500 metre event, becoming the first individual and only female to defend a Gold Medal at any Olympic games. In addition to being a world champion athlete, Catriona is a talented motivational speaker. She is an articulate, engaging and bilingual presenter, exploring with her audiences the method of achieving personal excellence while challenging and inspiring people to achieve their full potential.
Catriona held the World Record in the 500m for 10 years and still currently holds the Olympic Record. During her career Catriona broke 13 World Records. In 1998, at the Nagano Olympic Winter Games, Catriona won her first Olympic Gold medal in the 500m in Olympic record time, then added an Olympic Bronze Medal in the 1000m event. She finished the 1998 season
first overall in the World Cup standings in both the 500m and 1000m events. In 1999 Catriona's domination in the speed skating world continued when She finished first over all in the World Cup standings for the 500m event.
Catriona's accomplishments have earned her the 2002 Lou Marsh Award as Canada's Athlete of the Year and she is a three-time recipient (1998,2001,2002) of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award for Canadian Female Athlete of the Year award.
Catriona is actively involved in her community and charity associations including The Saskatoon Foundation and the Catriona Le May Doan Endowment for Children and Youth. She is a spokesperson for the SpinaBifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Canada, Right to Play, and Ontario's Lakefield Oval Project. She was on the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Organizing Committee Board and is a Board member of CODA and the Canadian Sport Centre Calgary.
Catriona has covered four Olympic Games and co-hosted the primetime show
Countdown to Beijing. She joined the CTV Olympic broadcast team for the Vancouver 2010 Games which earned her a Gemini for Best Sports Analyst.
Catriona has received three Honorary Degrees from the University of Calgary, the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina and gave the convocation speech to their graduating classes. Catriona was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Olympic Committee's Sports Hall of Fame and appointed an Officer of the Order of
Best-selling Author, Speaker and Global Employee Engagement & Leadership Expert
Gregg Lederman is a professional speaker, executive coach, and New York Times best-selling author. Over the past 20 years, Gregg has worked with tens of thousands of business leaders and managers to implement performance-driven leadership, employee engagement, and customer experience solutions.
The results speak for themselves:
- Over the past decade, Gregg’s clients have witnessed more than 90% employee engagement - nearly three times the national average
- More than 68% of Gregg’s clients have been noted on “best place to work” lists - either in their region, their industry, or on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” annual ranking
He is the author of three award-winning books. His latest book, CRAVE: You Can Enhance Employee Motivation in 10 Minutes by Friday™ - has been credited by many executives as “life changing” for those who want to become better leaders.
In addition to being a sought-after, highly engaging keynote speaker and author, Gregg has served for over 18 years as a professor at the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester. He teaches executive MBAs how to become more effective and trusted leaders in his course: Leading Organizational Change.
Gregg lives in Rochester, New York, with his wife, Karyn - and three wonderful daughters.
Leading Technologist, Lawyer, Executive, Futurist, and First Woman to Lead the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
The Honorable Michelle K. Lee was the first female to lead the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO); was an executive at Google; and was a computer scientist at MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Lab and HP’s Research Lab, Michelle Lee has constantly been in the forefront of the newest innovations that are disrupting our industries and driving spectacular growth in the world.
It started early on, growing up around the huge wave of Silicon Valley companies that were revolutionizing our world, inspiring her to build her own hand-held radio as a child. Her love of technology led her to simultaneously earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the MIT. She later earned her law degree at Stanford University’s School of Law because she wanted to work on the most cutting-edge legal and policy issues facing high-tech companies.
Lee’s career is as remarkable as it is diverse. She is an MIT-trained computer scientist where she wrote her thesis on artificial intelligence, and an attorney and former law partner at Fenwick & West, Deputy General Counsel and Head of Patents and Patent Strategy for Google, co-founder of the Chief IP Counsels (ChIPs), the first woman Under Secretary of Commerce, and Director of the USPTO in our country’s 200+ year history.
Her focus on creating an environment that assures inventors and innovators the chance to grow and prosper, leading her into government service as Director of the USPTO’s Silicon Valley satellite office. In 2015 she was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and took the helm of USPTO’s 10,000-employee organization. During her tenure, she led a 13,000 person agency with a $3.4 billion annual budget. She modernized the 225 year-old agency, streamlining the review processes and creating the maximum economic benefit for American inventors and businesses.
Michelle Lee is a remarkable speaker who offers unique perspectives resulting from her experiences in the trenches of innovation at the MIT AI and HP Research Labs, at Google during its rise from small company to global powerhouse, and as the head of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office where she witnessed first-hand inventions from across the globe. Her presentations not only journey thru the newest and most advance technologies, but also examine the business opportunities and regulations that will be key to our future. There is nobody else who has her unique experience at the highest levels as a scientist, business woman, attorney and government executive, and there is no presentation that is as effective at providing a complete picture for business leaders.
Wayne Lee is a motivational keynote speaker and versatile entertainer. If there's one thing peak performance experts like Wayne agree on, it's that the mind is capable of leading us anywhere. He also knows that for many of us, our minds are littered with detours, potholes and accidents waiting to happen. Fear, self-doubt, inhibitions of all kinds, these beliefs reside in our subconscious and prevent us from reaching our conscious goals. But if you set your GPS (Great Programmable Subconscious) for success, you can achieve anything while taking the ride of your life.
Wayne's own journey to excellence was fuelled with an unrelenting passion for entertaining and empowering people. From a childhood fascination with magic and visualization, Wayne's gift for seeing and acting on what's possible has grown to international proportions: He is one of North America's premier corporate presenters, a veteran of thousands of successful shows, a published author, and peak performance coach to professionals of all walks of life. And he's practiced what he preaches. Wayne is a former five-time Canadian amateur wrestling champion, who also served as a beloved classroom instructor before taking the stage in the corporate world. More recently, he was named
Entertainer of the Year for the Canadian Events Industry.
Which brings us back to the power of the mind. Wayne Lee is an unrelenting advocate for individuals and teams looking to turn potential into performance. Through humor and hypnosis, he helps people drop their defenses and access their GPS. Once in there, Wayne shows how what you put in - beliefs, attitudes, goals and vision - acts as coordinates that absolutely determine whether or not you reach your destination. Get it wrong and you're stuck in traffic. Get it right and you'll get to your goal faster and more directly than you ever thought possible.
Many people find it difficult to make the connection between the inner goings-on of the
mind and outward action and performance, yet it's crucial to any success.
That's why Wayne Lee's work is so special. He can break down the barriers of even the
most cynical and resistant individuals through laughter and hypnosis, in the process
showing them how to access their own subconscious. Once people realize what's
possible when they program their GPS for success, it's as if they become a new
person - the person they were always meant to be. For employers, that means
productivity, teamwork, and a great attitude at work. For employees themselves,
it's like being handed the keys to the ride of their lives.
Former President of National Geographic Films and Visionary Film Producer
Adam Leipzig is one of those rare leaders who inspires and has the ability to truly deliver. As a game-changing visionary and leader, Adam has been a producer, distributor or supervising executive on more than 25 films that have disrupted expectations - including March of the Penguins, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Dead Poets Society, and Titus. His movies have won or been nominated for 10 Academy Awards, 11 BAFTA Awards, 2 Golden Globes, 2 Emmys, 2 Directors Guild Awards, 4 Sundance Awards - and 4 Independent Spirit Awards.
Adam Leipzig is currently the COO of CreativeFuture, a non-profit organization that advocates for the rights of the creative community. He is the author of Inside Track for Independent Filmmakers and co-author of Filmmaking in Action: Your Guide to the Skills and Craft - the premiere college textbook for emerging filmmakers (both books published by Macmillan).
Previously, he was CEO of Entertainment Media Partners, a senior executive at Walt Disney Studios - and president of National Geographic Films. He is also the publisher and managing editor of Cultural Weekly - which is a popular online magazine covering our entire creative landscape.
Best-Selling author and speaker on leadership, organizational health, teamwork and corporate culture.
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. In his latest book The Motive Lencioni shifts his attention toward helping Leaders understand the importance of why they're leading in the first place. In doing so, he helps leaders avoid the pitfalls that stifle their organizations and even hurt the people they are meant to serve.
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.
Keynote Speaker, Futurist & Humanist, Author, CEO The Futures Agency, Film-Maker
Gerd Leonhard’s passions are the future of humanity, culture, society - and business in the face of exponential technological progress. In his keynotes, talks, presentations, and seminars, Gerd addresses topics such as digital ethics (the ethics of technology), artificial intelligence (AI), the future of work and jobs, rebooting education, the digital transformation of business and society, the future of politics - and many more issues focussing on the next 5-10 years.
In a world dominated by technology, data and algorithms, robots and intelligent machines - what will it mean to be human? Are humans and machines really destined to ‘converge’? What do we need to do, today - to make sure that human happiness and collective ﬂourishing remain the most important objectives? Is our current economic system suitable for a future where technology is virtually unlimited?
Gerd’s latest best-selling book is Technology vs. Humanity - now available in 10+ languages. He is also a ﬁlm-maker, to view his videos - please visit Vimeo and Youtube.
Successful entrepreneur and best selling author of nine books on sales and personal and professional development. Patrick Leroux helps his client to achieve more RESULTS THROUGH ACTION. Patrick’s presentations are offer solid, simple and original ideas and are renowned to be dynamic, funny, moving, and captivating.
Patrick challenges people to re-evaluate their own limitations, real or imagined, to take responsibility for their own lives, and to stop making excuses as to why they are not living-up to their true capacity. Storyteller extraordinaire, Patrick shares his expertise with warmth and amazing simplicity. His incredible energy level, humour and enthusiasm will compel your audience to take action on their goals, instill confidences, and ultimately increase productivity in your organization.
As an entrepreneur, Patrick has started 10 successful businesses and has been selected 5 times as a finalist at the Quebec Provincial Arista-Sun Life contest in the Young Professional / Independent Worker category. Patrick is also the founding president of the Montreal chapter (1998) of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS), a National board member of CAPS, and the author of nine books on the subject of sales, motivation and personal and professional development.
A bilingual speaker, his presentations are renowned to be dynamic, funny, moving, and captivating. In Canada and in the United States, Patrick has given more than 1500 presentations professionally to over 250 000 people. He speaks mostly at conferences and sales conventions, helping his participants step out of their comfort zone, realize their full inner potential, achieve the highest level of success in all aspects of their lives and most importantly get better RESULTS THROUGH ACTION.
Patrick has the magical ability to generate the desire and enthusiasm necessary to create measurable results that will last long after his presentation.
[Presentations are available in French and English.]
A well-known expert on both travel marketing and global cultural trends, Daniel Levine is the author of over a dozen best-selling travel-related books, he is regularly featured in newspapers and magazines worldwide, and he is often on television and radio as trends expert. For over a decade Daniel has been the Executive Director of the Avant-Guide Institute (AGI) where he is the hands-on leader of a huge international team of
trend-hunters - over 10,000 spotters who track the latest ideas and experiences from around the globe.
A wide variety of businesses seek out Daniel when looking to understand the impact of forthcoming social and cultural trends and to
hip up their image. MasterCard selected Daniel to be the spokesperson of a major television campaign to reach stylish spenders. South African Tourism chose Daniel to be the face of a major campaign to attract business tourism. Deutsche Telekom AG asked Daniel to help them understand what's happening in the world of tourism, restaurants, nightlife and retail. Samsonite teamed with Daniel when launching their style-driven Black Label line. Saatchi & Saatchi tapped Daniel to be the judge of their first ever Lovemarks holiday contest to help give it credible cool. Both HBO and NBC turned to Daniel when they needed an exceptionally well-connected expert to produce international segments for primetime lifestyle shows.
Daniel is an award-winning speaker and presenter who is known for delivering highly praised keynotes for select major businesses and conferences worldwide, including World Travel Market (England), Mandarin Oriental Hotels (Worldwide), BrandMarker (Europe), International Luxury Market (France), Jumeirah (Dubai), EIBTM and others.
While Daniel's presentations are inspirational and packed with captivating visuals, the focus is on the practical. Using inspirational and enlightening examples of where culture is headed, he utilizes the full resources of the Avant-Guide Institute to demonstrate how creative businesses from around the world are reaping major benefits by responding to real-world trends in innovative new ways. Then he demonstrates how you too can immediately take advantage of these same trends to transcend market challenges, win customers and dramatically increase sales.
Rob Lilwall is an adventurer, author, and keynote speaker whose accomplishments include independent adventures by bicycle and foot across 50,000 miles (80,000 km) of the world. Rob's inspiring and motivational stories are first-hand accounts of his travels through Siberia, Tibet and Mongolia in winter, as well as Papua New Guinea, Australia, China, Iran and Afghanistan. He has two TV series with National Geographic and has written two books.
In his speeches, Rob takes the audience with him on his journey, bringing to life the mindsets that are needed to succeed in today's uncertain, high-pressure and high-opportunity business environment. He weaves in powerful takeaways to empower the audience to thrive amid change, embrace challenges, and achieve great goals.
Rob has given speeches in over 50 cities around the world, to organizations including Microsoft, Symantec, Gemalto, IBM, ADP, ABB, Swire Properties, CBRE, Ayala Land, Stokke, MEC, Nike, adidas, P&G, Mars-Wrigley, Ferrero, Hyatt, Marriott, IHG, HSBC, UBS, Deutsche Bank, Alliance Bank, Permira, Prudential, Manulife, AIA, Sun Life, Randstad and Thomson Reuters.
Rob’s keynote speeches are an ideal fit for conferences, town halls and off-sites where, alongside industry experts and company updates, you are looking for an out-of-the-box story to add value and give “wow” to the event, and which will provoke a deep, positive change in attitudes and habits.
Creator of the Zappos Culture Book, Inspiring Science-based Happiness, Passion, and Purpose
Jenn Lim is the fearless, innovative CEO and co-founder of DH. From her 20+ years of lessons learned in culture and consulting, the proven results of transforming company cultures come back to her simple mission: to inspire science-based happiness, passion, and purpose at work, home, and in everyday life.
She has helped over 350 organizations and has devoted her career to cultivate meaningful happiness in companies, communities, and cities around the world. In 2017, Jenn was selected to be on the Global Happiness Council of Work and Wellbeing with the charter to scale the impact she’s made in even more sustainable ways.
Delivering Happiness started as a book and a bus tour, and evolved into a company and global movement around happiness that has impacted and inspired over 250 companies in more than 110 countries.
You can find Jenn speaking at events around the globe, interviewing culture champions on the Delivering Happiness podcast, or starting spontaneous dance parties with her friends and family.
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and nominated by Creativity magazine as “one of the 50 most creative and influential minds of 2009,” Manuel Lima is the founder of VisualComplexity.com, Design Lead at Google, and a regular teacher of data visualization at Parsons School of Design.
Manuel is a leading voice on information visualization and has spoken at numerous conferences, universities, and festivals around the world, including TED, Lift, OFFF, Eyeo, Ars Electronica, IxDA Interaction, Harvard, MIT, the Royal College of Art, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, ENSAD Paris, the University of Amsterdam, and MediaLab-Prado Madrid. He has also been featured in various magazines and newspapers, such as Wired, the New York Times, Science, Nature, Businessweek, Creative Review, Fast Company, Forbes, Grafik, SEED, étapes, and El País.
His first book Visual Complexity: Mapping patterns of information has been translated into French, Chinese, and Japanese. His latest The Book of Trees: Visualizing Branches of Knowledge, published in April 2014 by Princeton Architectural Press, covers over 800 years of human culture through the lens of the tree figure, from its entrenched roots in religious medieval exegesis to its contemporary, secular digital themes.
With more than twelve years of experience designing digital products, Manuel has worked for Codecademy, Microsoft, Nokia, R/GA, and Kontrapunkt. He holds a BFA in Industrial Design and a MFA in Design & Technology from Parsons School of Design. During the course of his MFA program, Manuel worked for Siemens Corporate Research Center, the American Museum of Moving Image, and Parsons Institute for Information Mapping in research projects for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
Speaker and Author on the Future of Travel, Technology, and Urban Development
Greg Lindsay is a journalist, urbanist, futurist, and speaker. He is the director of applied research at NewCities and director of strategy at its mobility offshoot CoMotion. He is also a non-resident senior fellow of the Atlantic Council’s Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative, a visiting scholar at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management, and co-author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next.
His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, The Financial Times, McKinsey Quarterly, Inc., The Atlantic, Quartz, The New Republic, Politico, The Economist Group, The World Economic Forum, The Nikkei Asian Review, European Management Journal, World Policy Journal, Next City, Time, Wired, New York, Slate, Marie Claire Italia, Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, and Departures. He was previously a contributing writer for Fortune and Fast Company, and an editor-at-large for Advertising Age.
Greg speaks frequently about globalization, innovation, and the future of cities - most recently at Sandia National Laboratories, the U.K. Treasury, the OECD, Harvard Business School, the MIT Media Lab, Deloitte, and McKinsey. His work with Studio Gang Architects on the future of suburbia was displayed at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in 2012. His work has also been displayed at the 15th and 16th Venice Architecture Biennales, the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, and Habitat III. He sits on the board of Aerial Futures, and is guest curator of the 2018 and 2019 editions of reSITE.
He’s been cited as an expert on the future of travel, technology and urbanism by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, USA Today, CNN, NPR, and the BBC. He’s a partner at FutureMap, a geo-strategic advisory firm based in Singapore, and has advised Intel, Samsung, Starbucks, Audi, Chrysler, Hyundai, Tishman Speyer, British Land, André Balazs Properties, Emaar, and Expo 2020, among many other organizations. He was the inaugural urbanist-in-residence at URBAN-X — BMW MINI’s urban tech accelerator.
Greg is a two-time Jeopardy! champion (and the only human to go undefeated against IBM’s Watson). He lives in Montréal with his wife Sophie Donelson and their two children.
Best-selling Author and Leadership & Motivational Speaker on Change Management, Business Growth & Customer Service
Dean Lindsay is an authority on harnessing human potential and creating authentic business growth - and is an engagingly humourous and highly sought-after business consultant, Keynote & Opening speaker. Dean's motivational keynotes contain powerful and useful insight on workplace performance, building priceless business relationships, dealing with change, business growth and communication. Dean customizes for sales professionals, leadership teams, customer service representatives or those in management positions. Dean is an active member of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy and the American Society of Training and Development.
Dean has presented keynotes and seminars everywhere from Spain (Barcelona, Madrid), Turkey (Istanbul), Sweden (Stockholm), Canada (Vancouver), Venezuela (Caracas) to the island of Aruba. His unique and humorous style captivates and inspires audiences to take positive action. Dean's practical strategies,
street tested techniques and proven concepts - increase productivity, boost sales, strengthen employee morale along with customer loyalty, and much more.
Using his trademarked 6 Ps of Progress™, Dean is a best-selling author and business keynote speaker - who delivers programs to help companies realize greater productivity, while creating a rewarding work environment for all team members.
Dean knows that personal and professional progress is by design, not chance. He also knows that personal and professional progress is directly correlated to the progress you provide others - and is therefore dedicated to your organization's progress.
He is the best-selling author of Creating Progress in a World of Change, How to Achieve Big PHAT Goals (winner of the Business Class News Editors' Choice Book of the Year Award), The Progress Challenge: Working and Winning in World of Change and Cracking the Network CODE: 4 Steps to Priceless Business Relationships. He has been hailed as a
Master of Progress by Jay Conrad Levinson, the father of Guerilla Marketing.
With his refreshingly daring, imaginative and highly effective style, Dean has the rare ability to deliver profitable, valued and important information to a wide variety of audiences - even in the midst of challenging economic times or negative change. Dean's process for creating customized content includes:
- Researching your industry, company and organization
- Having discussions with key professionals in your organization
- Conducting brief phone interviews with top performers
Your organization deserves a truly forward-focused motivational business keynote speaker - who is funny, engaging and has something fresh and empowering to share.
Speaker, Author and Business Coach on Happiness, Success, and Self-Empowerment
Kristi Ling brings powerful insight, warmth, and fresh, new ways of perceiving and achieving happiness, self-empowerment, and success to any setting.
With an extensive background in personal and professional development, communications, and business, as well as a compelling personal story of her own journey from struggle and dark times to lasting happiness and dynamic energy, Kristi is a positive, potent force for helping others to create sustainable happiness and live their most empowered lives.
Passionate about sharing her experiences and unique empowerment strategies, Kristi writes, speaks, and works with individuals and groups to offer others insight and tools to create more happiness, wellness, positive energy, and success.
Kristi has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, CNN, Natural Awakenings, The Daily Love and other media. She's a regular blogger for The Huffington Post, and is working on a book that will offer the three most important steps for creating sustainable, lasting happiness. In addition to coaching and speaking, she continues as a highly sought-after brand strategist and marketing expert, having spent over 15 years leading marketing and public relations campaigns for some of the world's most recognizable brands.
Kristi is the creator of several audio workshops and online courses, and is the author of Empower Your Day: How to Create More Happiness, Energy, and Success Through Positive Mornings. Her podcast, Happy, Free, & Wild, is a top-rated podcast in the health category on iTunes.
Speaker and advisor on trust, leadership and high performance, Author of The Speed of Trust
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.