Sweeney Agency Speakers
Ben Casnocha is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and executive in Silicon Valley. He is coauthor with LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman of the recent New York Times bestseller The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age, which has become one of the most sought-after management frameworks on how to recruit, manage, and retain entrepreneurial employees. He is also co-author with Reid of The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career, the bestselling guide to the new world of work.
Ben is also a technology entrepreneur and executive. He founded Comcate, Inc., a leading e-government software company, at age 14 and incubates startups at Wasabi Ventures. He recently served as Chief of Staff to the Chairman at LinkedIn. Business Week named Ben “one of America’s top young entrepreneurs.” He’s been featured on CNN, Charlie Rose, CNBC, and in The Economist. Human Resources Magazine named Ben one of the top trendsetters in the talent industry for the year 2015.
Ben has led inspiring conversations about the future of work, innovation, and entrepreneurial thinking with large audiences in more than a dozen countries around the world.
Entertainer and inspirational speaker on embracing change and dealing with stress.
Fun. Uplifting. Humorous. That's how audiences describe John Cassis. With a rare blend of content, humor and entertainment , John knows firsthand how to embrace change, face adversity and meet the daily pressures of life head-on.
John received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Cincinnati. After three years of professional baseball, he earned a Masters of Divinity degree from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston.
John has a diverse background. From 1973 to 1975, he directed a youth counseling center. In 1975, he became a minister of a small church in Colorado, where the congregation grew from 80 to 2,000 in five years. Then in 1980 as Director of Special Projects for World Relief, John accepted the challenge to motivate people across the country to help feed hungry children and their families. As a professional speaker, he encourages people to step into the arena and live their dreams. In keeping with his philosophy, he became a professional golfer in 2002.
He incorporates real life examples into his presentations by sharing his experiences as an athlete, minister, publisher, company founder, pre-game inspirational speaker for the Chicago Bears (1983-95), loving husband and father, and an extremely perceptive human being. His genuine style helps audiences re-energize lives, careers and relationships and see life from a new perspective.
Ram Charan is a world-renowned business advisor, author and speaker who has spent the past 35 years working with many top companies, CEOs, and boards of our time. In his work with companies including GE, MeadWestvaco, Bank of America, DuPont, Novartis, EMC, 3M, Verizon, Aditya Birla Group, Tata Group, GMR, Max Group, Yildiz Holdings, and Grupo RBS, he is known for cutting through the complexity of running a business in today's fast changing environment to uncover the core business problem. His real-world solutions, shared with millions through his books and articles in top business publications, have been praised for being practical, relevant and highly actionable - the kind of advice you can use Monday morning.
Ram's introduction to business came early while working in the family shoe shop in a small town in northern India, where he was raised. He earned an engineering degree in India and soon after took a job in Australia. When his talent for business was discovered, Ram was encouraged to develop it. He earned MBA and doctorate degrees from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with high distinction and was a Baker Scholar, then served on the faculties of Harvard Business School and Northwestern University before pursuing consulting full time.
Ram's work takes him around the globe non-stop and gives him an unparalleled, up-to-date insider view of how economies and leading companies operate. Through keen observation and analysis, he forms powerful insights that help business leaders face their toughest challenges in the areas of growth, talent development, corporate governance, and profitability. His timely concrete advice is a powerful tool in navigating today's uncertain business climate. Former Chairman of GE Jack Welch says Ram
has the rare ability to distill meaningful from meaningless and transfer it in a quiet, effective way without destroying confidences, while Ivan Seidenberg, the former CEO of Verizon, calls Ram his
Ram has coached more than a dozen leaders who went on to become CEOs. He reaches many more up-and-coming business leaders through in-house executive education programs. His energetic, interactive teaching style has won him several awards, including the Bell Ringer award at GE's famous Crotonville Institute and best teacher award at Northwestern. He was among BusinessWeek's top ten resources for in-house executive development programs.
He has authored 15 books since 1998 that have sold over 2 million copies in more than a dozen languages. Execution, which he coauthored with former Honeywell CEO Larry Bossidy in 2002, was a #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller and spent more than 150 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. He also has written for publications including Harvard Business Review, Fortune, BusinessWeek, Time, Chief Executive and USA TODAY.
Ram was elected a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources and has served on the Blue Ribbon Commission on Corporate Governance. He has served on the boards of Hindalco in India, Emaar, Austin Industries, Tyco Electronics, and Fischer and Porter. His newest book, Global Tilt: Leading Your Business Through the Great Economic Power Shift (Crown, February 2013), is a guide to leading your business through the radical shift in economic power currently underway.
A pioneer in the frontier of commercial space sector, former astronaut and International Space Station commander Leroy Chiao captivates audience with his amazing stories on space exploration and brings unparalleled insights on leadership, innovation and technology trends .
A veteran of four space missions and a fifteen-year career with NASA, Dr. Chiao most recently served as Commander and NASA Science Officer of Expedition 10 aboard the International Space Station. He has logged over 229 days in space – over 36 hours of which were spent in Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA, or spacewalks). From June through September 2009, he served as a member of the White House appointed Review of U.S. Human Spaceflight Plans Committee, and currently serves on the NASA Advisory Council.
Leroy holds appointments at Rice University and the Baylor College of Medicine, and is the special advisor for human spaceflight to the Space Foundation. He has worked extensively in both government and commercial space programs, and has held leadership positions in commercial ventures and NASA. Chiao has extensive experience as a NASA Astronaut and prior to that, as a Research Engineer. Dr. Chiao is a fellow of the Explorers Club, and a member of the International Academy of Astronautics and the Committee of 100. Chiao also serves in various capacities to further space education,
A native English speaker, Dr. Chiao also speaks Mandarin Chinese and Russian. He has flown space missions and worked closely with Russian, Japanese and European Astronauts and their affiliated space agencies. Dr. Chiao is uniquely qualified to speak about the United States, Russian, Japanese, European and Chinese Space Programs. A Space Station Commander and Space Shuttle Mission Specialist, Dr. Chiao was also a certified Co-Pilot of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. He is an expert in all facets of U.S. and Russian EVA hardware and operations and is EVA certified in U.S. and Russian spacesuits, tools, and training programs. In September 2006, Chiao became the first American to visit the Astronaut Research and Training Center of China. There, he met the first two national Chinese astronauts, Yang Liwei and Fei Junlong.
Dr. Chiao studied Chemical Engineering, earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1983. He continued his studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, earning his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in 1985 and 1987. Prior to joining NASA in 1990, he worked as a Research Engineer at Hexcel Corporation. and then at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Speaker and Author on Entrepreneurship and Finance, Author of Best-selling book The Wealthy Barber
Whether it’s helping millions of Canadians achieve personal financial success or investing in low-fat cookbooks, David Chilton has always had a knack for recognizing great ventures, a skill he leveraged as a “dragon” on CBC television’s #1 hit show, Dragons’ Den. Called “charming, unpretentious, and funny,” by The Chicago Sun-Times, David puts his business expertise and life experience to work in his informative and inspiring talks.
David began his career by self-publishing his book The Wealthy Barber in 1989. It was written in 26 months, and was specifically targeted toward those with little investment experience, in order to help them develop positive personal-finance habits. The book has become one of the most popular Canadian books of all time, selling over two million copies since its release.
His second book, also self-published, is The Wealthy Barber Returns, and is yet another runaway Canadian bestseller. David is also the publisher of the bestselling cookbooks Looneyspoons, Crazy Plates, and Eat, Shrink & Be Merry! (working with authors Janet and Greta Podleski).
David is an economics graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University, where he won the award for the highest mark in the country on the Canadian Securities Course. He is a frequent guest on national television and radio shows.
Expert on Innovation in Management. Harvard Business School Professor. Best-Selling Author of The Innovators Dilemma.
Clayton M. Christensen is the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, and is regarded as one of the world's foremost experts on
innovation and growth. He is widely sought after as a speaker, advisor and board member. His research has been applied to national economies, start-up and Fortune 50 companies, as well as to early- and late-stage investing.
Christensen is the best-selling, award-winning author of eight books, and released his newest book in the spring of 2012, How Will You Measure Your Life? His seminal work The Innovator's Dilemma (1997) which received the Global Business Book Award for the Best Business Book of the Year in 1997; was a New York Times bestseller; has been translated into more than 10 languages; and is sold in more than 25 countries. The book also
deeply influenced Steve Jobs, as reported in Jobs' biography by Walter Isaacson.
Christensen has focused the lens of disruptive innovation on social issues such as education and health care. Disrupting Class (2008) looks at the root causes of why schools struggle and offers solutions, The Innovator's Prescription (2009) examines how to fix our health care system, while The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out (2011) explores the future of higher education in America. In The Innovator's DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators (2011) he identifies the capabilities demonstrated by the best innovators and explains how to master the skills.
Christensen is also a five-time recipient of the McKinsey Award for the Harvard Business Review's best article, including 2010's award for
How Will You Measure Your Life? (the same title as his current book) and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Tribeca Film Festival in 2010, and has also been featured twice (1998 and 2011) as the cover story in Forbes magazine.
Christensen is an experienced entrepreneur, having started three successful companies: CPS Technologies, innovation consulting firm, Innosight and investment firm, Rose Park Advisors. He also is the founder of Innosight Institute, a non-profit think tank whose mission is to apply his theories to vexing societal problems such as health care, education and clean energy. He currently serves as a board member at Tata Consulting Services (NSE: TCS), Franklin Covey (NYSE: FC), W.R. Hambrecht, and Vanu Inc. Christensen also serves on Singapore's Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council (RIEC).
Speaker and Author on Using Humor to Excel Personally and Professionally
A contributing author of the bestseller A Carrot A Day, co-author of The Levity Effect, a regular columnist for Workplace HR and Safety magazines and a distinguished consultant on recognition, Scott Christopher travels the world speaking to leadership groups at conferences, conventions, and on-site customer meetings.
With a background in radio, television, and film, Scott offers a presenting style that is upbeat, witty, and unforgettable. His sessions are typically “standing room only” and receive the highest commendations and evaluations.
In his rare spare time, Scott is a professional voice over artist, emcee and actor (SAG), appearing on the network television series Everwood and Touched by an Angel and in several Disney Channel movies.
While at Brigham Young University, Scott was honored with the United States’ most prestigious acting scholarship, the Irene Ryan Award, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Expert in the fields of communication, compliance, and negotiation. Author of acclaimed book Influence: Science & Practice.
Dr. Robert Cialdini has spent his entire career researching the science of influence
earning him an international reputation as an expert in the fields of
teamwork, persuasion and negotiation.
His books, including Influence: Science & Practice, are the results of years of study into the reasons why people comply with requests in business settings. Worldwide, Influence has sold over 3 million copies, is a New York Times Bestseller and has been published in over 30 languages.
His new book, Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade, published by Simon & Schuster, quickly became a Wall Street Journal and a New York Times Bestseller.
Because of the world-wide recognition of Dr. Cialdini’s cutting-edge scientific research and his ethical business and policy applications, he is frequently regarded as the “Godfather of influence.”
Dr. Cialdini received his Ph.D from the University of North Carolina and post doctoral training from Columbia University. He has held Visiting Scholar Appointments at Ohio State University, the University of California, the Annenberg School of Communications, and the Graduate School of Business of Stanford University. Currently, Dr Cialdini is Regents’ Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Marketing at Arizona State University.
Dr. Cialdini is President and CEO of Influence at Work, focusing on ethical influence training, corporate keynote programs, and the CMCT (Cialdini Method Certified Trainer) program.
Dr. Cialdini’s clients include such organizations as Google, Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Bayer, Coca Cola, KPMG, Mutual of Omaha, RE/MAX, AstraZeneca, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Ericsson, Kodak, Merrill Lynch, Nationwide Insurance, Pfizer, AAA, Northern Trust, IBM, Prudential, The Mayo Clinic, GlaxoSmithKline, Harvard University - Kennedy School, The Weather Channel, the United States Department of Justice, and NATO.
Media coverage of Dr. Cialdini and his research include: Dateline NBC, CNBC, CNN, ABC, PBS, the Washington Post, On Wall Street, Forbes Magazine, Business Week, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The New York Times, Harvard Business Review and Fortune Magazine.
Best-Selling Author and Internationally Recognized Speaker on Motivation, Leadership and Sales.
As a modern day Napoleon Hill, Dan Clark has interviewed, studied and worked with the most powerful and successful business leaders, political and military leaders and world champion athletes of our generation. This is why companies around the globe bring Dan in for his expertise in developing emerging leaders, increasing sales and productivity, building winning teams in the midst of mergers and acquisitions, and transforming the culture of an organization from successful to significance.
Since 1982, Dan has been one of the most in-demand speakers in the world, having spoken in all 50 states, 54 countries, on six continents, to over 4,500 audiences, to more than 4 million people, and many times to our combat troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Africa.
Mentored for over 25 years by the great Zig Ziglar in the art and science of motivational teaching, Dan was inducted into the National Speakers Hall of Fame and is continuously hired by extraordinary organizations including AT&T, NASA, Microsoft, National Football League, United Nations, Marriott Hotels, Lincoln Financial, Wells Fargo, Delta Airlines, McDonalds, Sotheby’s and countless trade associations who offer rave reviews on Dan’s unique ability to customize his speeches and connect with each audience member.
Dan was named “One of The Top Ten Motivational Speakers In The World” in 2015 by Espeakers. Dan received the same honor in 2000 from Achievers Canada and Achievers Europe.
Dan is a primary contributing author to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, a New York Times best-selling author, CEO, university professor, leadership trainer, international business consultant, athlete, philanthropist, and the 2012 Utah Father of the Year.
Add to this Dan’s incredible once-in-a-lifetime personal experiences of soaring to the edge of space in a U2 spy plane, flying twice the speed of sound with the Air Force Thunderbirds, racing automobiles at Nurburgring, running the Olympic Torch in the 2002 Winter Games, and fighting his way back from a paralyzing injury that cut short his football career - and you and your people will see, hear, feel and know exactly what they need to do - to take themselves and your organization to the next level the moment Dan finishes his entertaining and emotional speech.
Hundreds of delighted customers report they have witnessed powerful and lasting change as they apply Dan’s positive approach to life - and incorporate his unique message built around his best-selling book The Art of Significance – Achieving The Level Beyond Success. Dan's latest book (released in February 2019) is The Art Of Significant Selling - How To Get People To Choose You Instead Of Just Somebody Who Does What You Do.
Michael "Pinball" Clemons is a motivational keynote speaker and an icon of sporting excellence, community, personal character and integrity. He's an author, philanthropist, entrepreneur. His keynotes on teamwork and overcoming the odds are both motivating and inspiring.
Having graduated from the prestigious College of William & Mary with a degree in economics, Clemons began his career in the Canadian Football League in 1989, after a brief stint in the National Football League. Renowned as one of pro-football's most electrifying players, Clemons achieved a brilliant career, including a pro-football record for most career combined yards with 25,438. He retired with 12 all-time team records to his credit and became Head Coach for the Toronto Argonauts. In this capacity he became the first and only black Head Coach to win the Grey Cup in 96 years.
In 2007, the Argos finished in first place for the second time under Coach Clemons' guidance. He is the second-winningest coach in Argo history with 68 wins, second only to Bob O'Billovich, and is one of just three coaches, O'Billovich and Leo Cahill, in team history to coach at least 100 games (124) in Double Blue. Toronto clinched its sixth consecutive playoff berth this season, which tied with Lew Hayman for the longest streak by a head coach in team history. Michael Clemons is also tied for third place, with Cahill, in Argo history for most playoff appearances by an Argonauts Head Coach with six. Clemons has a lifetime regular season coaching record of 68-55-1 and a .552 winning percentage.
In 2008, he was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
Michael is the founder of his own foundation, Pinball Clemons Foundation, whose most noteworthy project to date is building over 200 schools in third world countries.
Also a member of the distinguished Order of Ontario and a Diamond Jubilee medal recipient , Mike's proudest accomplishment is being the husband of Diane, and the father of Rachel, Raven and Rylie.
Expert on change strategies, human development, and strategic planning.
Kathy Cleveland Bull is a highly regarded professional speaker, trainer, and consultant. Her company, N~Compass Consulting, helps clients
Navigate the Art and Science of Change. Kathy conducts personal and professional development seminars for Fortune 500 companies, educational institutions, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. She consults on successful change strategies, human performance, and strategic planning. Her recent clients include such diverse organizations as Pfizer, Novartis, Weyerhaeuser, Dow Chemical, Honeywell, Max & Erma's Restaurants, Nationwide Financial, Marzetti's, and more than 45 colleges and universities in the US and Canada.
In September of 2008 Kathy keynoted an international medical conference in Rotterdam, The Netherlands inspiring professionals, caregivers and family members to successfully adapt to the diagnosis of dementia in a loved one. Previously, Kathy had the opportunity to present a 2 day seminar on Change for African business leaders in Nairobi, Kenya, and has appeared with
Dr. Phil and Deepak Chopra at The Power Within Live Event touring cities across North America.
Kathy was one of three professional speakers recommended by Dr. Spencer Johnson to provide training built upon his book Who Moved My Cheese? She has trained more than 85,000 people to successfully manage change in their work and life using the
Prior to forming her own firm in 2001, Kathy was the Director of Training and Organizational Development at The Ohio State University. Kathy has held various leadership positions in student affairs administration, admissions, leadership development, event planning, and residence life at Bowling Green State University, North Carolina State University, and Ohio State.
A Phi Beta Kappa psychology graduate of Bowling Green State University, Kathy has two BGSU Master's degrees, in College Student Development and Guidance and Counseling. She has served her alma mater as a member of the university's Alumni Board of Trustees and chaired the Arts and Sciences Board of Advocates. She received the Outstanding Recent Graduate Award from the BGSU Alumni Association and was honored to deliver the May 2006 Commencement Address at BGSU.
Executive Vice President of Operations for the WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort, and inspiring speaker on leadership & management.
With years of experience leading operations all over the world for Hilton Hotels Corportation, Marriott Hotels and Resorts and The Walt Disney Company, Lee Cockerell shares his insights on leadership, business management and customer service excellence.
Lee retired as the Executive Vice President of Operations for the WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, a position he held for ten years. His responsibilities encompassed a diverse mix of operations, which included 20 resort hotels with over 30,000 Guest rooms, 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, 5 golf courses, a shopping village & nighttime entertainment complex, a sports & recreation complex, and the ancillary operations support functions. The Resort serves millions of guests each year and employs 60,000 Cast Members.
Prior to joining the Walt Disney World Co., he spent seventeen years in various executive positions with the Marriott Corporation and eight years with Hilton Hotels. He joined the Disney organization in July 1990 as Director of Food and Beverage and Quality Assurance for the Disneyland Paris hotels.
Lee has served on the Heart of Florida United Way Board for six years including being the Chairman of the Board and a member of the Executive Committee and as Campaign Chairman for Central Florida. Lee served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY; a member of the Board of Directors of the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS) and in 2005 Governor Jeb Bush appointed him to the Governor's Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service where he served as the Chairman of the Board.
In 2008 Governor Brad Henry of Oklahoma named Lee as a Creative Ambassador to assist the state in leadership and business development.
Lee is the author of the leadership and management book, Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies From a Life at Disney. His newest book, The Customer Rules: The 39 Essential Rules for Delivering Sensational Service, helps organizations both large and small deliver sensational service and gain loyalty of their customers.
Customer-Oriented Workplace Consultant, Leadership Expert and Co-Author of First, Break All the Rules.
Curt Coffman, a New York Times best-selling author, researcher, business scientist, and consultant, has been at the forefront of employee engagement for more than thirty years as an expert in the science of high performance cultures.
As the Global Practice Leader for employee and customer engagement at Gallup for twenty-two years, and now as Chief Science Officer at The Coffman Organization, Coffman has studied hundreds of organizations and millions of their employees and customers.
His international best-seller, First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently (co-authored with Marcus Buckingham), launched a new era in employee and manager development. The books that followed, Follow This Path: How the World’s Greatest Organizations Drive Growth by Unleashing Human Potential, and Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch: The Secret of Extraordinary Results (co-authored with Dr. Kathie Sorensen), provide practical and unconventional management insight for individuals and organizations.
An international leader in the world of management and engagement consulting, Mr. Coffman’s work has been translated into over 40 languages. His research and writings have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, Business Week, Chief Executive Magazine, CIO Magazine, The Economist, Fast Company, Fortune, among other management journals.
An insightful and engaging speaker, Mr. Coffman has presented to thousands of groups on creating great cultures that impact individuals and their families, drive organizational growth, and create engaged customers.
Mr. Coffman has been married for over 30 years, to his talented wife, Tammy. They reside in Denver, CO and are the proud parents of daughters, Katie and Claire, a son, Clayton, son-in-law, Geoff, grandsons Eli and Ollie, and granddaughters Lucy and Stella.
Joey Coleman is called upon for assistance when organizations like Whirlpool, NASA, Deloitte, the World Bank, and Zappos need to boost their customers' experience.
For over a decade, Joey has helped organizations retain their best customers and turn them into raving fans via his entertaining and actionable keynotes, workshops, and consulting projects. His First 100 Days® methodology helps fuel the successful customer experiences his clients deliver around the world.
In his Wall Street Journal #2 best-selling book, Never Lose a Customer Again, he shares strategies and tactics for turning that one-time sale into a lifelong customer. As a recognized expert in customer experience design and an award-winning speaker at national and international conferences, Joey specializes in creating unique, attention-grabbing customer experiences.
With a background in developing outreach materials, packaging, events, promotions, and brand identities, Joey works with businesses and individuals seeking to provide their clients with a memorable experience. Joey’s greatest talents include formulating creative strategies that build buzz and loyalty around products and services. He works with companies ranging from small VC-funded start-ups, to large Fortune 500s, with hundreds of mid-size businesses in between.
Joey is the Chief Experience Composer at Design Symphony, who before founding the company developed his narrative skills as a criminal defense trial attorney, advised and counseled Fortune 500 companies as a business consultant, honed his communications and messaging skills at the White House, and did things for the U.S. Secret Service and the CIA that he can't talk about publicly.
Joey received a Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Relations from the University of Notre Dame (Dean’s List Honors) and a Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School (Dean’s Fellow). He has served on the Board of Directors for numerous privately-held companies and non-profits. For almost a decade he sang first tenor with the GRAMMY-nominated Washington Men's Camerata.
His design and artwork has been displayed in museums, featured in juried shows, and graced publications in the U.S. and abroad. When not traveling the world (48 countries and counting) for keynote presentations, client workshops, and quality beach time, Joey enjoys watching magnificent sunsets from his mountain-top home in Colorado with his wife and two young sons.
Dr. Antonia Colibasanu is Geopolitical Futures’ Chief Operating Officer. She is responsible for overseeing all departments and operations for the company.
Dr. Colibasanu joined Geopolitical Futures as a senior analyst in 2016 and frequently speaks on international economics and security topics in Europe. Since 2012 she has served on the educational board of the International Academy of Advanced Studies in Greece, a summer program that brings together students from Eurasia and the Middle East.
Prior to Geopolitical Futures, Dr. Colibasanu spent more than 10 years with Stratfor in various positions, including as partner for Europe and vice president for international marketing. Dr. Colibasanu was also an associate professor at the Romanian National Intelligence Academy and Bucharest University. Prior to joining Stratfor in 2006, Dr. Colibasanu held a variety of roles with the World Trade Center Association in Bucharest.
Dr. Colibasanu holds a Doctorate in International Business and Economics from Bucharest’s Academy of Economic Studies, where her thesis focused on country risk analysis and investment decision-making processes within transnational companies. She also holds a Master’s degree in International Project Management. She is an alumna of the International Institute on Politics and Economics at Georgetown University.
Senior Editor-at-Large, Fortune and Best-selling Author Helping Leaders Confront Trends Driving Disruption
Geoff Colvin's catchphrase is "One thing that defines the best companies and leaders is they confront reality faster than the competition." Geoff Colvin of Fortune delivers valuable insights to help them do just that. His unique perspective stems from unparalleled access to top global business leaders who tell him what they’re seeing, thinking, and doing. As a result, Geoff can provide audiences with a clearer path for an uncertain future. Geoff unpacks actionable insights on the economic, market, political, and technological forces driving disruptive change. Geoff’s columns and cover stories in Fortune have earned him millions of loyal fans, many of whom also hear him on the CBS Radio Network, where he reaches seven million listeners each week. Geoff Colvin is author of four books including the groundbreaking international best-seller Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else. His latest book is The New York Times best-seller Humans are Underrated which looks at the future of work and how humans will fit into a workplace filled with robots and smart technology.
As Fortune magazine’s senior editor-at-large, Geoff Colvin is now in his fourth decade at Fortune. He is one of business journalism’s sharpest and most respected commentators on leadership, management, globalization, government regulation, corporate governance, competition, the economy, the InfoTech revolution, human performance and related issues.
In addition to his daily CBS Radio Network segments, Geoff has appeared on Today, Good Morning America, Squawk Box, CBS This Morning, ABC's World News Tonight, CNN, PBS's Nightly Business Report, and dozens of other programs. He also served as anchor of Wall Street Week with Fortune on PBS.
In addition to speaking, Geoff is also a brilliant panel moderator, emcee and interviewer whose subjects have included Jack Welch, Henry Kissinger, Richard Branson, the Prince of Wales, Bill Gates, Alan Greenspan, Steve Case, Tony Blair, Michael Dell, Ted Turner, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Henry Paulson, Ben Bernanke, and many others.
Geoff is a respected author whose groundbreaking international best-seller, Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else, has been published in a dozen languages. The Upside of the Downturn: Management Strategies for Difficult Times was named “Best Management Book of the Year” by Strategy + Business magazine. Geoff’s latest book is Humans are Underrated: What High Achievers Know That Brilliant Machines Never Will. It’s based on the idea in his wildly popular Fortune article “In the Future Will There Be Any Work Left for People to Do?” It looks at the trend of technology displacing more jobs than it creates, and the ways humans will create value for their organizations and their careers in the changing economy. The ideas he shares have profound implications for every business and industry.
A native of Vermillion, South Dakota, Geoff Colvin is an honors graduate of Harvard with a degree in economics and has an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Authority on Sales techniques for investors and financial services professionals.
Don Connelly is perhaps the nation's most successful speaker, motivator and mentor to Advisors in the financial services industry. His career on Wall Street spans more than 40 years and includes positions as stock broker, financial planner, branch manager, wholesaler, national sales manager and for nearly 19 years he was company spokesperson, Senior V. P. and Senior Marketing Officer for an internationally renowned money management firm. As founder and CEO of Don Connelly 24/7, an extraordinary learning center and mentoring program for financial advisors, Don's timely and provocative
sales ideas are available to thousands of financial professionals, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Don has lectured to tens of thousands of investors and financial services professionals in large cities, small towns, boardrooms, and universities. Audiences at England's Cambridge University, Harvard, Wharton School of Business, Chapman College and Pepperdine have all benefited from his presentations. He has
shared his wisdom with Investment professionals abroad in New Zealand, Australia, Spain, Canada, England, Ireland and South Korea. In the past few years has given several presentations to the prestigious Million Dollar Roundtable as both a main platform and workshop speaker.
Offering practical guidance to financial services professionals, Don inspires audiences to strive for greater accomplishments. He is known as a guru on managing client relationships, selling and becoming a successful financial advisor.
He educates, entertains and motivates audiences with an extraordinary flare and fast paced combination of wit, intellect, anecdotes and simplistic doctrine. Don's mission for financial professionals is to simplify the process:
The more successful we become, the further we get away from the basics that made us successful in the first place. In the final analysis, it all comes down to remembering the basics and keeping the focus on your clients' needs.
Mr. Connelly holds a B.A. in languages from Bucknell University.
Author of Leading at the Edge of Chaos and Managing At the Speed of Change . Internationally Recognized Change Management Expert.
Daryl Conner is chairman of Conner Partners, an advisory firm that specializes in strategy execution. Daryl and the firm have a steadfast focus: they help clients deliver the promised benefits for the most difficult type of strategic change - change that transforms the business. As an internationally recognized leader in organizational change, Daryl serves as an advisor and mentor to senior executives around the globe.
Over his extensive career, Daryl has worked with many of the most successful organizations in the world, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and nonprofit institutions, to help them achieve the full intent of their most urgent and critically important initiatives. A dynamic and engaging public speaker, he has addressed thousands of executives in corporate settings, national conferences, and public programs.
Daryl grounds his work on a strong foundation of research and extensive consulting. He has authored two books Managing at the Speed of Change (Random House, 1993) and Leading at the Edge of Chaos (John Wiley & Sons, 1998) and more than 250 publications, including journal and magazine articles, monographs, book chapters, and videos. Daryl's blog, Change Thinking, is written for change management professionals who want to raise the level of their game and that of the field of change execution.
Throughout his career, Daryl has documented the actions leaders take that lead to successful and unsuccessful implementation of strategic change. The patterns of successful execution are known, reliable, and replicable. Daryl provides candid guidance and focus around these patterns of success to executives responsible for strategic initiatives and to the teams that support them.
One common thread connects all of Daryl's work: helping businesses operate more effectively in a turbulent world by applying fundamental principles about change.
Anderson Cooper anchors Anderson Cooper 360, an unconventional, wide-ranging news program airing on CNN/U.S. weekdays. Cooper, who joined CNN in December 2001, served as CNN's weekend anchor before moving to the 7 p.m. hour in March 2003 following the war in Iraq.
Since joining CNN, Cooper has anchored major breaking news stories, including Hurricane Katrina and the war in Iraq, as news of the military conflict was unfolding live during the day in Baghdad. Cooper also anchored much of CNN's live coverage of the D.C.-area sniper story and the coverage of the Space Shuttle Columbia explosion.
Because of Cooper's background as a war correspondent for Channel One News, he was sent to Afghanistan after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to report on the U.S. military conflict and to Qatar where he reported on the testing of CENTCOM's new mobile headquarters. Most recently, as a weekday anchor, Cooper was the only Western journalist to interview Liberian president Moses Blah on the day he took office.
Before joining CNN, Cooper was an ABC News correspondent and host of the network's reality program, The Mole. Cooper anchored ABC's live, interactive, overnight news and interview program, World News Now as well as providing reports for World News Tonight, 20/20 and 20/20 Downtown. Previously, he was a New York-based correspondent for ABC News, reporting primarily for World News Saturday/Sunday.
Cooper graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He also studied Vietnamese at the University of Hanoi. Cooper is based in New York City.
Andy Core is a credentialed, award-winning thought leader on increasing employee engagement, productivity, and wellness motivation. His talent lies in helping hard-working, conscientious adults thrive at work and in their personal lives.
He has a master’s degree in the science of human performance and has spent the past 15 years researching ways to become better equipped to thrive in today’s hectic society. Thus helping organizations build teams that cost less, have better attitudes, and accomplish more.
Author of several books including Change Your Day, Not Your Life, Healthy Motivation, and Master Your Body, Andy has also received numerous awards and recognition on his work. He was also the Co-host of the PBS affiliate television show “Fighting Fat”.
After achieving success as an executive for a real estate company, ascending the corporate ladder from top sales person to that of a top management person, Simon Cotter set his sights on a new profession: Comedy. It didn't take long for Simon to become one of the most popular and highly requested comics on the college circuit. For four years straight Cotter was entertaining over 50,000 students a year across the country with his unique comedic style. Inevitably, due to his immense popularity within the college market, Simon quickly became a success off-campus as well. Simon then discovered the conference market, or it discovered him. Now, Simon performs as a corporate comedian and keynote speaker worldwide, receiving rave reviews from everywhere he goes.
Winner of Canada's Comedian of the Year award, Simon Cotter's comedic talents have landed him on the Comedy Network, Evening at the Improv, the Just for Laughs comedy festival, his own comedy special on CBC, and guest appearances on a number of shows including Open Mike with Mike Bullard, and CBC's Comics.
Expert consultant on leadership, management and business acceleration.
Dan Coughlin is a leading authority on managing for long-term business success. He teaches The Any Person Mindset, a practical management approach for improving individual, group, and organizational performance in a sustainable way. It is based on his core belief that any person can make a significant difference in an organization, but no one is born with the traits necessary to make a significant difference. These are learned thinking traits.
His client list includes McDonald's, Toyota, Marriott, BJC HealthCare, Coca-Cola, GE, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Shell Oil, RE/MAX, Subway, Abbott, Prudential, Boeing, Cisco Systems, American Cancer Society, and the St. Louis Cardinals. Since 1998 he has worked with more than 200 organizations.
As a management consultant, keynote speaker, executive coach, and seminar leader, he works with executives and managers to improve their impact as business leaders. His focus is on helping these individuals in the areas of leadership, innovation, and branding in order to generate better sustainable, profitable growth for their organizations.
Dan has invested over 3,000 hours on-site as a management consultant observing and advising executives and managers in a wide variety of business functions and in more than fifty industries. As an Executive Coach, he has provided more than 2,500 coaching sessions for presidents, vice-presidents, and senior directors in Fortune 500 companies, major privately-owned firms, and small businesses. As a keynote speaker and seminar leader, he has made more than 500 presentations to corporate audiences. He does in-depth research on every audience before customizing his presentation to meet their needs.
Quoted in USA Today, Investor's Business Daily, The Journal of the American Management Association, and dozens of other publications, Dan Coughlin's articles have been published in more than 100 trade association publications. He is the author of the book, The Management 500: A High-Octane Formula for Business Success.
Compelling speaker and advisor on trust, leadership, ethics, and high performance, author of groundbreaking The Speed of Trust.
Stephen M. R. Covey is a cofounder of FranklinCovey's Global Speed of Trust Practice and CoveyLink. A sought-after and compelling keynote speaker and advisor on trust, leadership, ethics, and high performance, he speaks to audiences around the world. He is the New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The SPEED of Trust, a groundbreaking and paradigm-shifting book that challenges our age-old assumption that trust is merely a soft, social virtue and instead demonstrates that trust is a hard-edged, economic driver. He and business partner Greg Link recently co-authored Smart Trust: The Defining Skill that Transforms Managers into Leaders, which shares enlightening principles and anecdotes of people and organization that are achieving unprecedented success from high-trust relationships and cultures. Stephen advocates that the ability to establish, grow, extend, and restore trust with all stakeholders is the critical leadership competency of the new global economy. He passionately delivers this message and is dedicated to enabling individuals and organizations to reap the dividends of high trust throughout the world. Audiences and organizations alike resonate with his informed, practical approach to real-time issues that affect their immediate and long-term performance.
He is the former CEO of Covey Leadership Center, which, under his stewardship, became the largest leadership development company in the world. Covey personally led the strategy that propelled his father's book, Dr. Stephen R. Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, to one of the two most influential business books of the 20th Century, according to CEO Magazine. A Harvard MBA, he joined Covey Leadership Center as a Client Developer and later became National Sales Manager and then President & CEO.
Under Covey's direction, the company grew rapidly and profitably, achieving Inc. 500 status. As President & CEO, he nearly doubled revenues to over $110 million while increasing profits by 12 times. During that period, both customer and employee trust reached new highs and the company expanded throughout the world into over 40 countries. This greatly increased the value of the brand and company. The company was valued at only $2.4 million when Covey was named CEO, and, within three years, he grew shareholder value to $160 million in a merger he orchestrated with then Franklin Quest to form FranklinCovey.
Over the years, Covey has gained considerable respect and influence with executives and leaders of Fortune 500 companies as well as with mid- and small-sized private sector and public sector organizations he's consulted. Clients recognize his unique perspective on real-world organizational issues based on his practical experience as a former CEO.
Covey currently serves on the board/advisory board of several entities, including the Human Performance Institute - the leader in energy management technology - where he serves as Advisory Board Chairman.
Covey resides with his wife and children in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains.
Iconic Winter Olympic goaltender, and inspirational speaker on Teamwork & Leadership
Jim Craig is best remembered for his outstanding goaltending in the 1980 winter Olympics where the United States team beat the heavily favored Russians and went on to win the Olympic gold medal in what’s has been labeled the greatest sports moment of the 20th century. The picture of Jim with the American flag on his shoulders looking for his father is one of the most iconic images of all time.
Currently president of Gold Medal Strategies, Jim is this Boston-area based motivational speaking and sales training company. Over the past 30 years, Jim has inspired, instructed, and provided strategic and winning direction for employees and associates from more than 500 organizations and some of the world’s most recognized brands in the country.
Jim is in demand from coast to coast and internationally as a motivational speaker, spokesperson, marketing and sales strategist, and master storyteller.
Jim’s unique life experiences as an All-American goalie and NCAA Champion at Boston University, Olympic gold medalist, professional athlete, actor and highly successful business consultant enables him to provide his audience with insightful real life experiences like no other.
Jim is the author of recent business book, Gold Medal Strategies, Business Lessons from Americas Miracle Team, which focuses on his Gold Medal Strategies for Success.
Provides practical tools and creative strategies to help companies build the leadership capacity needed to change the world through business.
Cheryl Cran is the founder of NextMapping™/NextMapping.com, and the CEO of parent company Synthesis at Work Inc.
NextMapping™ was developed as a proprietary business solution brand that encompasses all of Cheryl's work and research on the future of work, and the leadership needed to navigate change in the workplace. It's time to not just hear about the future but to use NextMapping™ to get there! Technology in the workplace must be used to prepare for the future with a focus on how technology can enhance outcomes for people.
Recognized as the #1 Future of Work influencer by Onalytica, and author of 7 books including NextMapping™ — How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Create the Future of Work.
Other book titles include “The Art of Change Leadership — Driving Transformation In a Fast Paced- World" (Wiley 2015), “101 Ways to Make Generations X, Y and Zoomers Happy at Work” (2010), and 4 other books on the ultimate leadership skills needed to be future of work ready.
Cheryl's future of work thought leadership has been featured in publications such as Huff Post, Forbes, IABC Magazine, Law Magazine, Metro New York, Entrepreneur Magazine, Readers Digest, CBS Online, NBC Online, Fox Online, and more.
For over two decades Cheryl has built a reputation for delivering extraordinary value to clients that include AT&T, Bell Mobility, Omnitel, Gartner, British Telcomm, Manulife, as well as mid-sized companies and entrepreneurs in industries that include technology, health, agriculture, finance, insurance, and more.
The common theme of all of Cheryl's life’s work is a ‘people first’ and digital second approach to create a more human future, helping companies to build the leadership capacity needed to ‘change the world through business.’
President of IncBlot Organizational Psychology, Speaks on Leadership, Organizational Development, and Behavioral Finance
Dr. Daniel Crosby, a behavioral finance expert and sought after thought leader on market psychology, is the founder of Nocturne Capital. Dr. Crosby created the sentiment and valuation measures that serve as the overlay for Nocturne's tactical strategy. His ideas have appeared in the Huffington Post, Think Advisor, and Risk Management, as well as columns for WealthManagement.com and Investment News.
Daniel was named one of Investment News "40 Under 40" and a “financial blogger you should be reading” by AARP. Daniel's second book, Personal Benchmark, co-authored with Charles Widger of Brinker Capital, was a New York Times bestseller that outlines a highly personalized approach to investing that aligns intention with action while fostering an investment experience that is both enjoyable and rational.
Dr. Crosby’s book The Laws of Wealth was a Gold Medalist in the Axiom Business Book Awards. In this book, Dr. Crosby offers an accessible and applied take on a discipline that has long tended toward theory at the expense of the practical. Readers are treated to real, actionable guidance as the promise of behavioral finance is realised and practical applications for everyday investors are delivered.
Dr. Crosby's newly released book The Behavioral Investor (Oct 2018) examines the sociological, neurological and psychological factors that influence our investment decisions and sets forth practical solutions for improving both.
In 2010, Crow founded Dark Horse Institute (DHI), an accredited, for-profit academy to teach Audio Engineering, Film Production and Music Business to young entrepreneurs. The programs have experienced explosive growth while offering dramatic solutions to the challenges faced by traditional schools. DHI accelerates the learning process in an affordable, experiential learning environment, and in the process is changing the way education is conducted. Their goal is to create the most compelling educational model of the 21st century.
Robin Crow is a business veteran who has been exceeding customer expectations for decades. He is the founder and CEO of three customer-driven companies, which have all achieved sustained success. He has delivered over 2200 keynote speeches and is the author of seven books including USA Today bestseller Evolve or Die, and divides his time between Tennessee & Colorado.
Mark Crowley spent over 20 years in the Financial Industry eventually serving as a Senior Vice President & National Sales for nearly 2,000 stockbrokers. His Leadership skills, and unique approach to engaging his employees, delivered incredible results which garnered Mark the “Leader of the Year” award. Encouraged by other Leaders to share his ideas Mark decided to research a fascinating Leadership topic “What happens inside of people that makes them fully committed to doing extraordinary work?”
The research from that project led to the publication of Mark’s first book, Lead From The Heart, which resulted in numerous requests for Mark to speak at events for companies and organizations across the country. Mark helps Leaders who are seeking to achieve and sustain uncommonly high engagement and performance.
A regular leadership contributor to Fast Company Magazine, Mark has been published in the Seattle Times, The Huffington Post, Reuters, CEO Magazine Great Britain, USA Today, and by the Great Place To Work Institute. He’s interviewed CEOs and senior executives at innumerable high-performing companies (including Google, SAS, Gallup, WD-40 and the Cleveland Clinic) who are models for “managing the emotional side of work.”
Lead From The Heart consistently ranks as an Amazon Top-100 bestseller in workplace culture. Mark has also been named a “Trust Across America thought Leader” by TRUST! Magazine in 2016, 2017 & 2018. Mark’s two recent LinkedIn Pulse articles on Employee Engagement, and managing Millennials, have been read well over 1 million times. And his book is now being taught at seven American universities including the graduate strategic leadership seminar at the University of Iowa, and the Leadership Development Ph.D Program at Brandman University.
Mark is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, in addition to the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington. A businessman at heart, he holds several investment securities licenses (FINRA Registrations) and is a licensed California Real Estate Broker. He lives in La Jolla, California.
Motorsport Legend and Hall of Fame Race Car Driver, Inspiring Speaker and Author.
Irish driving legend Derek Daly is the epitome of the Complete Champion. From the Victory Circle to the Announcer’s Desk, Hall of Fame Race Car Driver and Network Television Color Analyst Daly has spent nearly three decades as the face of the motorsport world. He counts Sylvester Stallone, David Letterman and Jay Leno amongst his friends.
Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland to a middle class working family, Derek’s career path was set at the age of twelve when he attended his first auto race. From that moment, his commitment to the dream of being a professional driver was unshakeable. On the way to his dream he worked as a laborer in the iron ore mines of Australia and, while travelling the race tracks of England, even taking up residence in a school bus.
Derek’s professional racing career spanned 17 years and his experiences are nothing short of breathtaking. Daly’s story is one that precious few have lived to tell. In 1984, Derek suffered one of the hardest crash impacts that a driver had ever survived when he hit the wall at Michigan International Speedway at 212 MPH. After fourteen surgeries and three years in therapy, he returned to full-time racing. He competed in the 12 Hours of Sebring - one of the premier motorsport endurance races in the US – and won the race two years in a row.
His early dreams became reality when he won Irish, British and European championship events. In 1978, he competed in the Formula One World Championship, and two short years later Derek was ranked 10th in the world. In 1983 he made his first of six starts in the Indianapolis 500.
In 1985 Derek started a 10 year association with ESPN as a motor sport color analyst. He became the face of motor sports, seen on NBC, CBS, Fox and Speed Channel. USA Today highlighted Derek as “the best new face on sports television” and IndyCar Racing magazine voted Derek “the most popular motor sports television announcer.”
Moet & Chandon champagne awarded Derek the Joules Goux Award for his outstanding contributions to motor sports television. He was later nominated by ESPN for an Ace Award, and Derek received the 2000 Hall of Fame Award from “Motor Sport Ireland” for his leadership of Irish motor sport.
Derek literally wrote the book on how to become a ‘Complete Champion’. Race To Win: How to Become a Complete Champion was heralded a “future classic” by the Irish Times. Friend, former race competitor and international auto racing superstar Mario Andretti contributed the foreword: “Derek’s book teaches lessons it took guys like me years to learn. Quite honestly, I believe the advice in this book resonates far beyond the racing industry.”
Derek has taught the timeless principles of his most valuable asset – speed. Companies like Xerox, Bayer, Deloitte, Growmark, USDA, Department of Defense, Federal Reserve Bank, Pepsico, State Farm, Zurich Insurance and Gallo wines have depended on Derek’s Complete Champion Model to motivate, inspire and enlighten their teams.
Derek and his three sons reside outside of Indianapolis, Indiana. Derek became an American Citizen on September 28, 1993, but retains his wonderful Irish accent.
Corporate stand up comedian, improviser and actor. A star of Comedy Inc. on CTV & The Comedy Network.
For over 20 years Roman Danylo has been an
entertainer, MC and keynote speaker for some of biggest names in the corporate world. He has entertained for companies like Glaxo Smith Kline, Hewlett Packard, BMO, Manulife Financial and hundreds more. Often invited into the stuffy world of AGMs, sales conferences, or company awards nights; Roman uses his comedy improv skills to team-build, brain storm and break the ice. Roman gathers info about whichever company he is working for and trades that inside information for a currency usually foreign to the corporate world, big laughs. His message is team building and thinking outside the box and the result is tons of fun.
Originally from Calgary and now living in Vancouver, Roman has been performing professionally for the past 25 years. He is one of only a handful of comedians to have performed at the prestigious Aspen's HBO Comedy Festival and Montreal's Just for Laughs Festival in the same year. In Hollywood he starred in the UPN Series Off Limits, and has been featured on NBC's Late Friday. He has appeared in the Feature Films Duets with Gwenyth Paltrow, and Happy Birthday with John Goodman. Roman hosted a talk show pilot produced by fellow Canadian David Steinberg, and appeared in a live sketch review show with Martin Short. Roman has appeared as a dramatic actor in television shows like Jeremiah, Outer limits and Sliders.
Back home Roman recently guest hosted several episodes of CBC Radio's The Debaters and was featured in the TV series for the show. Roman's second Comedy Now special for CTV aired in 2011. Roman has appeared or starred in several Canadian TV series including CTV's Corner Gas, CBC's Made in Canada, CTV's The Holmes Show and on The Comedy Network's Just For Laughs Improv Championships and many more. For five years Roman starred in his own sketch comedy series on CTV and Spike TV called Comedy Inc. In 2004 Roman won a Leo Awards for his performance in CBC's Western Alienation Comedy Hour and has been nominated twice for a Gemini for performance in Comedy Inc. Roman hosted a Gala at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival on CBC and has performed two gala sets for The Halifax Comedy Festival also on CBC. Roman enjoys, water sports, raisins and some humans.