Global Change Expert and Motivational Speaker on Leadership and Change
Campbell Macpherson is an international expert on leadership and change with more than 25 years of experience in enabling leaders of organizations large to lead and delivery successful change, especially within the financial services.
He is an Executive Fellow of Henley Business School and delivers innovative workshops and programs for organizations worldwide on ‘leading change’, ‘embracing change’ and ‘leading with influence’, a global program designed to create your next generation of senior leaders.
His client list includes Singer Capital Markets, Central Bank of Hungary, CPA Australia, T Rowe Price (EMEA, APAC, USA), BNY Mellon Pershing, Insight Investment, Shoosmiths Law Firm, League Managers Association, Invesco, iPipeline, CIPD, UK Police, Endsleigh Insurance, Dentex, Mazars, International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds, M&A Advisor, Bibby Group, FS Forum, Concentra, St James's Place, Centaur Media, Real Estate Results Network, and Aviva.
His executive experience includes Senior Adviser to the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Strategy Director of Zurich Life Emerging Markets, HR Director of Sesame (UK’s largest IFA Network, Founding Marketing Director of Virgin Wines, Head of Business for the AMP Group and Senior Manager (Change) at Andersen Consulting.
He was a multimedia pioneer in his native Australia and he began his lengthy list of careers flying jets (badly) in the Royal Australian Air Force.
Campbell is the award-winning author of three books to date: The Change Catalyst, about leading change, the 2018 Business Book of the Year; The Power to Change, about embracing change; and You: Part Two, thriving in the second half of your life. His fourth book, Transforming Olympus, a leadership fable featuring the Greek gods, is due to be published in 2024.
Campbell is based in the UK and can be found wherever in the world his clients need him to be.
Campbell Macpherson is an accomplished, entertaining and thought-provoking public speaker, an experienced Master of Ceremonies and a seasoned facilitator, in demand worldwide. In a world where 88% of change fails, Campbell helps organisations discover the essential ingredients to successful change.
As a leadership and inclusion expert, Melissa Majors uses her 25+ years of experience optimizing the business impact of education, innovation, inclusion, and leadership to deliver crowd-pleasing keynotes and workshops with brain-friendly content that engages her audiences and sparks not just inspiration but action. Melissa’s book The 7 Simple Habits of Inclusive Leaders focuses on how great leaders enjoy superior team performance and drive much higher profitability by incorporating inclusive practices.
Melissa started a few successful businesses including Community Keynotes® an inclusive process that draws out game-changing ideas a coaching program, in’klooded® an inclusive strategic planning method that ensures all voices get heard, and Melissa Majors Consulting which drives better strategic decision-making in leadership and inclusion, and works with organizations across the country to effectively measure their inclusion and diversity performance.
Melissa has been a force of change throughout her professional career. She has served on the board of The Propel Group DFW, as the Director of Global Education at Meeting Professionals International (MPI) where she used executive leadership to drive global education strategies and develop excellence in teams. She revamped the educational division to effectively serve 500k+ clients and strategic partners as the Director, Global Education Services at Ellucian. Her extensive experience at these organizations and other companies improved profitability, boosted organizational performance, and optimized inclusion strategies.
Melissa has been featured in publications such as Forbes Magazine, Smart Meetings, The Meeting Professional, NorthStar Meetings Group's Eventful Podcast, and The Event DR. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration and studied strategy and innovation at Harvard University.
Melissa is a crowd-pleasing speaker who masters brain-friendly talks that engage her audiences and spark not just inspiration but action.
First Woman Thunderbird Pilot, Combat Veteran, Fighter Squadron Commander, White House Fellow & Adviser, and Indomitable Spirit
Col. Nicole Malachowski (USAF, Ret.) defies stereotypes. Yes, she was a jet fighter pilot, but if you think you know her based on that, you’d be wrong. A leader, a combat veteran, the first woman pilot on the Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron, a White House Fellow, and an inductee into both the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the Women in Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame, Nicole’s distinguished 21-year Air Force career exceeded her wildest dreams. But the dream came to an end when a devastating tick-borne illness left her struggling greatly to speak or walk for almost nine months. An indomitable spirit, Nicole fought back against overwhelming odds and prevailed. Drawing on stories from her career and personal life, Nicole inspires audiences to rethink the challenges they face every day. She urges them to go beyond resilience and become resurgent.
Nicole empowers people with three key beliefs:
- failure and risk is the price of entry for achieving something great
- sometimes you need to yield to overcome
- and her personal mantra - “nobody wants to lead a scripted life”
Drawing on her extraordinary Air Force career, Nicole offers lessons on leadership, followership, facing change and overcoming adversity - she brings her experience and inspirational story to the stage and holds audiences spellbound with an easygoing authenticity of someone who’s achieved greatness. She’s been a member and leader of exceptional teams. She has faced overwhelming challenges and adversity and has come out on top.
While other high school students were practicing for their driver’s license, Nicole was accumulating flight time. She was sixteen years old when she took her first solo flight - and from that point on there was no stopping her. While in high school, she joined the Civil Air Patrol and participated in Air Force Junior ROTC. Nicole’s professional story began when she earned her commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1996. Following graduation, she attended Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) at Columbus AFB, MS and began her career as a pilot. Competitively selected to fly combat aircraft, she was among the first group of women to fly modern fighter aircraft. As a career pilot, she served in combat as an F-15E Flight Commander, Evaluator, Instructor Pilot and Flight Lead. Over her 21-year career, Nicole achieved the rating of Command Pilot with over 2,300 flight hours in six different Air Force aircraft. She was also selected to fly as Thunderbird #3 with the USAF Air Demonstration Squadron - the first woman to fly on any Department of Defense military jet demonstration team. Colonel Malachowski has served as a mission ready fighter pilot in three operational F-15E fighter squadrons - and has flown over 188 combat hours, including her proudest moment as a fighter pilot: leading the first fighter formation to provide security for Iraq’s historic democratic elections in 2005.
On the ground, Nicole was a White House Fellow, class of 2008-2009, where she served on the Presidential Transition Support Team (PTST) while assigned to the U.S. General Services Administration. The White House Fellows Foundation and Association awarded Nicole the 2019 IMPACT Award for demonstrating both remarkable achievement and transformational contributions in her field - as well as a sustained commitment to the White House Fellows program. Nicole also served two high-level staff assignments at the Pentagon - one in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD P&R) as well as the Secretary of the Air Force Office of International Affairs (SAF/IA). She also served as the Executive Director of the White House’s national ‘Joining Forces’ initiative where she directly advised former First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden on all topics relating to service members, veterans, and military families to include employment, education, mental health, veterans’ homelessness and more.
Nicole’s operational F-15E assignments include two tours of duty at RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom as well as one operational assignment to Seymour Johnson AFB, NC. She has also served alongside the United States Army 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Red Cloud, Republic of Korea, as an Air Liaison Officer. During her second assignment to Seymour Johnson AFB, NC, she had the honour of commanding the 333rd Fighter Squadron - leading an elite cadre of F-15E Instructors in the training of the next generation of combat aviators. Further, she was responsible for resources totaling over $1.1B and the execution of a $119M annual flying hour program.
Nicole earned a Master of Arts, with honors, in National Security Policy from American Military University and a second Master of Arts, with highest distinction, in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. While there, she earned the Admiral Stephen B. Luce Award as the class honour graduate, the first Air Force officer in the history of the Naval War College to do so. Nicole has been recognized with several honours for her consistent contributions to community service. As Nicole continues to recover from her neurological tick-borne illness, she embraces any opportunity to educate others about her medical journey - and gains energy from educating others about this growing epidemic. She is on the Board of Directors at the LivLyme Foundation and is a Patient Advisory Board Member of The Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness.
Colonel Nicole Malachowski, USAF (Ret.) was born in Santa Maria, CA and graduated high school in Las Vegas, NV. She and her husband Paul have twin children; son Garrick and daughter Norah. Paul is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and former F-15E Evaluator Weapons Systems Officer.
Speaker on Generational Marketing, Communication and Different Generations in the Workplace.
Cam Marston is an author, advisor, radio talk show host, and top-rated keynote speaker on the trends shaping the workplace and marketplace. His presentations are informative, engaging, humorous, and full of concrete research that is tailored to his audience. Cam enlivens the data with anecdotes, tales from the real business world, attention-grabbing visuals, and quips that make the messages and actionable strategies memorable.
In 2018 Cam began a podcast called What’s Working with Cam Marston that was soon picked up by an FM radio station in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama. Cam interviews guests to understand the trends influencing their workplace, workforce and marketplace to help listeners adjust their own organizations to face similar changes. Today, with well over 225 shows behind him, the show is now broadcast in Huntsville, Birmingham, and Montgomery, as well as Mobile. In the spring of 2022 he released a book called What Works: The Ten Best Ideas from the First 200 Episodes. He's also the author of Motivating The “What’s In It For Me?” Workforce (2005), exploring the characteristics and motivations that each generation brings to the workforce - and suggests management tactics applicable to any business setting; Generational Insights (2010) is a guide to the best practices in managing generational issues; Generational Selling Tactics That Work (2011) is the first book-length study of generational approaches to sales and marketing. His short book The Gen-Savvy Financial Advisor (updated in 2017) is a must-read in the financial services industry.
Cam also records commentaries for Alabama Public Radio called Keepin’ It Real. They’re his humorous and inspirational observations of the world around him and have won both statewide and national awards. You can find both his radio show and his commentaries on your favorite podcast app. The commentaries have recently been converted into short, subscription-based videos to be used as inspirational and motivational weekly training content for the workplace.
Cam’s expertise and acumen are the products of over 20 years of research and consultation across a wide range of industries. He has provided insight and advice to leadership at the some of the world’s most prominent corporations, including Kaiser Permanente, Charles Schwab, BASF, Nestle, Schlumberger, Fidelity, Warner Brothers, ESPN, Qualcomm, RE/MAX and Eli Lilly. He has also offered presentations and consultations for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Internal Revenue Service, NASA and the U.S. Army, as well as for major professional associations such as the American Bankers Association, the Health Care Compliance Association, FMI/The Food Industry Association, the Financial Services Roundtable, and the Million Dollar Round Table.
Marston’s expertise has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, the Chicago Tribune, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Money, FastCompany, and Forbes, as well as on Good Morning America, CNN International and the BBC. He has written a regular column for Investment Advisor and been a featured columnist in many trade journals. His blog tracks the latest changes and developments in workplace and marketplace trends.
Founder and CEO of Renegade Global, New York Times Best-Selling Author
Amy Jo Martin helps people do difficult things. She guides them down the black diamond slopes of business and life. She is the author of the New York Times best-selling book Renegades Write the Rules, Investor, host of the Why Not Now? Podcast and Founder & CEO of Renegade Global, home to the acclaimed Renegade Accelerator program.
Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Amy Jo began working for the NBA’s Phoenix Suns during their 2005-06 season. These were the wild wild west days of social media and there were no rules or regulations in place.
After her boss at the Suns singled Amy Jo out as a “Renegade” (Amy Jo took this as a positive, not a negative) Amy Jo had her first Why Not Now? idea.
In that moment of bravery, she took the leap and founded one of the first ever social media agencies to help corporations, celebrities and sports entities humanize their brands online through social communication channels. Amy Jo has worked closely with world-renowned brands such as Hilton Worldwide, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Shaquille O’Neal to successfully humanize their presence.
Her motto: humans connect with humans, not logos. Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com, and Baron Davis, NBA player, invested in Amy Jo's agency, and after a successful seven-year run growing the business in ten different countries, Amy Jo exited that company in 2016.
With a social media following of more than 1 million people, Amy Jo was named the third most powerful woman on Twitter by Forbes and has spoken to thousands of entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, brands and individuals at events around the globe, sharing her Renegade Mentality philosophy, tools and life lessons.
As a young female building her career in male-centric industries, Amy Jo has developed a passion for helping women thrive in business and leadership. Most recently she founded Renegade Global, home to the acclaimed Renegade Accelerator program: an intensive two month training program designed to assist Female Founders, Entrepreneurs and Corporations reach their full potential in business, and life.
Recently Amy Jo became a Mom for the first time in 2019. Lincoln, a little Renegade in the making, has already made his mark on the world in a big way. Amy Jo lives in Austin, TX with her husband Richard, Lincoln and their two Aussie Shepherds.
Client portfolio includes: Hilton Worldwide, Shaquille O’Neal, Motorola, NHL, FOX Sports, The X-Factor, Chicago White Sox, UFC and Dana White, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Los Angeles Kings, Jabbawockeeez, Doubletree by Hilton, Tony Hsieh CEO of Zappos.com, Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, KC Royals, Dolby, Poo Pourri, Bumble Bizz, Staples, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and many more.
Amy Jo is also a contributor to news outlets including the Harvard Business Review, AdWeek, Huffington Post and Sports Business Journal. She has been featured in top-tier media outlets including Vanity Fair, TIME, Forbes, The New York Times, Fast Company, ESPN SportsCenter, USA Today, MSNBC, Newsweek and many others.
Michael Maslansky uses experience from more than a decade of research into the art and science of persuasion to counsel Fortune 500 corporations, industry associations, and non-profits - on how to communicate credibly in this challenging environment. Clients turn to Michael to understand the public mood, challenge conventional wisdom and transform not just what they say to key audiences - but how they say it. We live in a post-trust era, where the public is more skeptical than ever of institutions, their motives and their messages. In this environment - the rules for communicators have changed.
Clients that have sought Michael’s counsel include AT&T, Bank of America, Johnson & Johnson, MetLife, and Toyota. He has also worked with a wide range of industry associations including the Financial Services Roundtable, PhRMA, the Personal Care Products Council, the Direct Marketing Association, and the New Orleans tourism industry.
Michael shares with clients his in-depth understanding of hot-button issues in banking and financial services, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, corporate social responsibility and non-profits, technology and consumer products, and litigation and politics. Over the years, he has helped Fortune 500 leaders and their companies position and differentiate their brands and products during good times - and protect their reputations during crisis.
Michael’s book, The Language of Trust: Selling Ideas in a World of Skeptics reviews the communication challenges that companies and industries face today - and offers proven tools for building trust and credibility with consumers, regulators and the general public.
Michael is a frequent commentator on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and Current TV. He has conducted hundreds of research projects in over 20 countries using his firm’s trademarked polling and focus group methodology - lauded by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, “60 Minutes,” “Nightline” and PBS’s “Frontline,” among others.
Prior to maslansky + partners, Michael founded MarketResearch.com, a leading market intelligence company where he served as president and board director. Michael is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society and also serves on a number of advisory boards. Previously, he was a mergers & acquisitions attorney with Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
Former NASA Astronaut, NY Times Bestselling Author, Media & TV Personality; Columbia University Professor
A spacewalker on the final two Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions, Mike Massimino and his crews traveled faster (Mach 26) and higher (350 miles) than any other astronauts in the 21st century while increasing the discovery capabilities of arguably the greatest scientific instrument ever built by a factor of 100.
During the final Hubble servicing mission, Mike was faced with both success and life-threatening challenges as he performed the most intricate repair ever attempted in space. Mike set a team record for cumulative spacewalking time on a single space shuttle mission, was the last person to work inside of the Hubble Space Telescope, and was the first person to tweet from space. He persisted through three rejections over 7 years on his way to becoming an astronaut, including overcoming a medical disqualification by training his eyes and brain to see better.
Mike has made numerous television appearances, including a recurring role as himself on the CBS comedy The Big Bang Theory. He was the host for the Science Channel Series The Planets and Beyond, a commentator on Discovery Channel’s Space Launch Live, and was featured in National Geographic
Television’s One Strange Rock and in the Netflix series Worn Stories. Mike is a frequent guest on morning shows and late-night television including The Today Show, Good Morning America, and The Late Show with David Letterman, and a guest expert on network and cable news including NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and CNBC.
Mike’s first book, Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe, has received rave reviews and is a New York Times best-seller. His second book, Spaceman: The True Story of a Young Boy’s Journey to Becoming an Astronaut (for young readers) is a National Science Teachers Association 2021 Best STEM Book Winner.
Mike uses humor and his unique storytelling ability to inspire audiences to identify the passion in their work, to use teamwork and innovation to solve problems, to provide leadership in the face of adversity and crisis, and to never give up when pursuing a goal.
Expert on The New World of Work and Leadership in The Digital Age
Expert on The New World of Work and Leadership in The Digital Age
Talks about: Building road map for building organizations in the face of demographic and technological change
Founder of FutureSight Labs advising top brands on talent management, innovation and leadership
Past clients include: Addidas, BP, Caterpillar, Chevron, IBM, Prudential Financial, Northrop Grumman, and Salesforce
Seth Mattison is an internationally renowned expert and author on workforce trends, generational dynamics, and business strategy. As Founder and Chief Movement Officer of Luminate Labs, Seth advises many of the world’s leading brand and organizations on the key shifts happening around talent management, change and innovation, leadership, and the future of work.
His ideas have been featured in such publications as The Wall St. Journal, Forbes, The Huffington Post, and The Globe and Mail and was recently named to the Editors’ Picks for Favorite Speakers of the year by MeetingsNet.
Over the past decade Seth has shared his insight with thousands of business leaders around the world and has received accolades from many of the worlds best brands including: MasterCard, Johnson and Johnson, IBM, The Dallas Cowboys, AT&T, PepsiCo, GE Energy, E&Y, Caterpillar, and The Walt Disney Company.
In addition to speaking, Seth is the founder and CEO of FutureSight Labs, an org design and transformation firm that supports many of the world’s most inspiring leaders by helping prepare themselves and their organizations for the future of work through research, training, advising, coaching, digital tools, and thought leadership.
Talks about 3D leadership & how leaders can own their future & helping organizations scale their purpose
Audiences learn about the principles of 3D leadership that will help organizations go beyond disruption to take control of their futures and lead with improved mindset and agility to focus on creating exponential opportunities.
Founder of Hack Future Lab, INC Magazine columnist, Partner at MIT Solve, Bestselling author of The 3D Leader & Former Director of Satchi & Satchi
Past clients include: Facebook, HSBC, Alibaba, Apple, Microsoft, Netflix & Novartis
Leaders from Alibaba, HSBC and Facebook choose Terence to ignite Mindset 2.0 – a disruption mindset to break the rules and reimagine your business today.
Terence Mauri is the Founder of global think tank Hack Future Lab and is a Partner with MIT Solve, an initiative to address world challenges. He brings decades of experience and knowledge sharing cutting edge principles on the future of leadership beyond disruption. He is a Bestselling Author and his new book The 3D Leader: Take Your Leadership to the Next Dimension is an actionable and robust guide for ALL people to realize that a new dimension in personal leadership is at the core of creating opportunity. The 3D Leader is for every person who wants to learn three winning mindsets - THINK BOLD, CHOOSE BRAVE, GO BEYOND - that will equip you with a practical set of actions for you to completely reimagine how you lead.
Terence’s Inc. column Future Proof has over 1M views per month, and his thinking on how to find your next cutting edge has been published in The Economist, Forbes, Reuters, Huff
Post and Wired and he has delivered keynotes around the world for clients including Visa, Facebook, VMware, Capital One and HSBC, as well as fast-growing start-ups. Terence holds Entrepreneur Mentor in Residence roles at MIT and London Business School and has over 20 years experience of helping leaders bounce back from adversity and move beyond disruption. He has also been ranked by Thinkers50 as one of the top 30 management thinkers in the world.
Terence has had first-hand experience growing $100m+ businesses in rapidly changing times as a former director at Saatchi & Saatchi, where he advised leaders from iconic companies including Apple, Microsoft, Netflix and Novartis. But one day his fate changed dramatically when a car lost control, mounted the curb and hit him. This terrible accident changed his life forever and has enabled him to share new growth strategies for one of the greatest challenges facing leaders today: transforming your business in the face of massive and yet hard to predict disruption.
Thinkers50, the global authority on leadership, has ranked Terence as one of the 30 top new thinkers in the world describing him as “an influential and outspoken expert on the future of leadership.” Whether you’re seeking a keynote speaker for a conference, a facilitator for a strategy workshop or a bold shake-up for a boardroom meeting, Terence’s TED style presentations act as a catalyst for reinvention. Leaders choose Terence to give them a path forward that will take them BEYOND DISRUPTION and stay focused on creating exponential opportunities.
Dr. John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times best-selling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 30 million books in 50 languages. His latest book Leadershift: 11 Essential Changes Every Leader Must Embrace was released in February, 2019.
Dr. Maxwell has been identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association, and the most influential leadership expert in the world by Business Insider and Inc. magazines. He is founder of The John C. Maxwell Company, The John C. Maxwell Team, EQUIP, and The John C. Maxwell Leadership Foundation - organizations that have trained millions of leaders from almost every country of the world. A recipient of the Horatio Alger Award and the Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership from the Luminary Leadership Network, John speaks each year to Fortune 500 companies, presidents of nations, and many of the world’s top business leaders.
Keynote speaker on Resilient Leadership & Managing through Change
Since 1980, Eileen McDargh has helped organizations and individuals transform the life of their business and the business of their life through conversations that matter and connections that count. She has become known as a master facilitator, an award-winning author, and an internationally recognized keynoter and executive coach.
She draws upon practical business know-how, life's experiences and years of consulting to major national and international organizations that have ranged from global pharmaceuticals to the US Armed Forces, from health care associations to religious institutions. Her programs are content rich, interactive, provocative and playful—even downright hilarious.
In both 2020 and 2021, Global Gurus International, a British-based provider of resources for leadership, communication and sales training, also ranked her third as one of the World’s Top 30 Communication Professionals following a global survey of 22,000 business professionals.
Her eighth and newest book, Burnout to Breakthrough: Building Resilience to Refuel, Recharge and Reclaim What Matters has been generating great response and interest.
Top Futurist and Speaker on the Future of Work, Best-selling Author
Future-of-work strategist Heather E. McGowan helps leaders prepare their people and organizations for the Post Pandemic world of work. The last few years have forever changed where we work, who works, how we work and measure work, what we do for work and, most importantly, why we work. McGowan is a sense maker, a dot connector, a deep thinker, and a pattern matcher who sees things that others miss. Heather gives people the courage and insight that illuminates their path forward. She’s transforming mindsets and entire organizations around the globe with her message about how the next phase of work will focus on continuous learning, rather than simply learning once in order to work. Pulitzer Prize–winning NYT columnist Thomas Friedman frequently quotes Heather in his books and columns and describes her as “the oasis” when it comes to insights into the future of work. In 2020 Heather was recognized as one of the top 50 female futurists in the world by Forbes. Heather’s sessions help employees and leaders alike prepare for and adapt to jobs that do not yet exist.
McGowan has provided keynote addresses for audiences from start-ups to government organizations to universities to publicly traded Fortune 100 companies, including AMP Financial, SAP, Abbvie, Biogen, Fidelity, FIS, Mastercard, AT&T, Financial Times, Siemens, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Kaiser Permanente, JPMorgan Chase, Lockheed Martin, MassMutual, MetLife, Best Buy, Raytheon, The US Army, Accor Hotels, Paramount, Chevron, AARP, Zendesk, Tableau, Fidelity, de Beers, Professional Beauty Association, and The World Bank among hundreds of others.
Heather addresses audiences in person from small summits for C suite executives to large events in the tens of thousands. Her virtual talks have reached hundreds of thousands. Often quoted in the media, notably in the New York Times, McGowan serves on the advisory board for Sparks & Honey, a New York–based culture-focused agency looking to the future for brands. McGowan’s academic work has included roles at Rhode Island School of Design, and Jefferson University, where she was the strategic architect of the first undergraduate college focused exclusively on innovation.
In 2019 Heather was appointed as a faculty member of the Swinburne University Centre For the New Workforce in Melbourne, Australia. In 2022, McGowan was awarded an honorary doctorate from Pennsylvania College of Art and Design in addition to earning her MBA from Babson College and her BFA in Industrial Design from Rhode Island School of Design.
McGowan is the co-editor and author of the book Disrupt Together: How Teams Consistently Innovate and a Forbes contributor. McGowan’s first book on the future of work, published in 2020: The Adaptation Advantage: Let Go, Learn Fast, and Thrive in the Future of Work, reached number three in business management books on Amazon and was named one of the best business books of 2021 by Soundview. McGowan’s most recent book The Empathy Advantage: Leading the Empowered Workforce published in March 2023 and is a finalist for the Next Big Idea Book Club and identified as a top ten business book to read in 2023 by Business Chief.
Best-selling Author and Dynamic Speaker on Sales, Innovation & Customer Service
Talks about distinctive customer service to differentiate yourself in your industry and the marketplace
Audiences learn how to separate themselves from the competition by distinguishing their value in the marketplace
Author of ICONIC: How Organizations and Leaders Attain, Sustain, and Regain the Ultimate Level of Distinction
Past clients include: BMW, Colgate, Fidelity Investments, Intel, Kaiser Permanente, Sobey’s, UBS
Scott McKain is globally recognized as an authority on how organizations and professionals create the distinction required to attract and retain customers and employees.
Scott’s presentations benefit from over three decades of experience, combined with his innate talent for articulating successful innovative ideas. McKain has spoken and consulted with leaders of the world’s most influential corporations, presenting his business strategies in all fifty states and twenty-two countries... from Singapore to Sweden; from Mexico to Morocco… from the White House with the President in attendance - to conferences in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
McKain’s latest book, released by an imprint from Simon & Schuster, titled “ICONIC: How Organizations and Leaders Attain, Sustain, and Regain the Ultimate Level of Distinction” was released to rave reviews from the world’s leading executives and thought leaders - and was named a “Top Ten” pick of the year by Forbes.com.
Scott’s unique platform style has earned him induction into the Professional Speakers Hall of Fame - and his remarkable content earned him membership (along with Dale Carnegie, Zig Ziglar, and Og Mandino) - as one of only 24 selected for inclusion in the Sales and Marketing Hall of Fame. He is currently Corporate Educator in Residence at High Point University - named by U.S. News & World Report as the nation’s “most innovative” university.
Greg McKeown has dedicated his career to discovering why some people and teams break through to the next level—and others don’t.
The definitive treatment of this issue is addressed in McKeown’s New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. As well as frequently being the #1 Time Management book on Amazon, this book challenges core assumptions about achievement to get to the essence of what really drives success.
McKeown is the CEO of McKeown Inc. Clients include Adobe, Apple, Google, Facebook, Pixar, Salesforce.com, Symantec, Twitter, VMware and Yahoo!.
His writing has appeared or been covered by The New York Times, Fast Company, Fortune, HuffPost, Politico, and Inc. Magazine. He is among the most popular bloggers for the Harvard Business Review and LinkedIn’s Influencers group: averaging a million views a month.
McKeown has been interviewed on numerous television and radio shows including NPR, NBC, FOX, and as a regular guest on The Steve Harvey Show. Entrepreneur voted his interview at Stanford University the #1 Must-See Video on Business, Creativity and Success.
Essentialism was voted by Goodread as the #1 Leadership and Success Book to Read in a Lifetime.
McKeown is an accomplished public speaker. He has spoken to hundreds of audiences around the world including in Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, England, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan and Singapore.
Highlights include speaking at SXSW, interviewing Al Gore at the Annual Conference of the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland and receiving a personal invitation from Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway, to speak to his Annual Innovation Conference.
McKeown challenges conventional wisdom in a unique and engaging style from the first moment to the last instant. As the event organizer at Greater Public said after McKeown addressed their 1,000-person conference, “I have been part of this event for 16 years and McKeown is the best speaker we have ever had!”
McKeown is an active Social Innovator. Serving as a Board Member for Washington D.C. policy group Resolve and as a mentor with 2 Seeds, a non-profit incubator for agricultural projects in Africa. He has also been a speaker at non-profit groups including The Kauffman Fellows, Net Impact and Stanford University: he recently gave back to Stanford University by co-creating a popular class called, Designing Life, Essentially.
He serves as a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum. He recently moderated a session at the “Summer Davos” in China called, “Unpacking Social Innovation Models for Maximum Impact”, served as a panelist at the “Sharpening Your Creative Edge” working session at the Forum.
Prior to this, McKeown collaborated in the research and writing of Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter and worked for Heidrick & Struggles’ Global Leadership Practice assessing senior executives. His newest publication is Effortless: Make It Easier to Do What Matters Most
Originally from London, England, McKeown now lives in Calabasas, California with his wife, Anna, and their four children. He did his graduate work at Stanford University.
Speaker on Values Based Leadership, Rock Musician & Expert on Connection
Brant Menswar is a best-selling author, named one of the country's top speakers, and has helped more than 10,000 people discover their non-negotiable values. His keynotes transcend mere speaking and information-sharing to a powerful, moving conversation designed to re-engage even the most apathetic of employees. His books and podcast expand on his ground-breaking work around values-based leadership described as “disarmingly simple and incredibly powerful.”
Brant has helped to change what’s possible for industry-leading companies like Netflix, Verizon, Anthem, Microsoft, ESPN, Hilton, and dozens more. He is certified in the Psychology of Leadership from Cornell University and is on a mission to help organizations create a high-performing connected culture.
Passionate and engaging, Brant encourages audiences to discover their Black Sheep Values® and move forward with deliberate intention. His interactive and entertaining ways of defining what matters most enable audiences to develop the skills necessary to perform at the highest level.
World Class Innovation Expert & Speaker, Inventor, Founder & CEO
Maher talks about how anyone can use their creative potential to solve daily work problems, overcome challenges, achieve goals, drive results & transform ideas into profitable innovations.
Audiences leave with practical tools to help them use creativity and innovation to drive results.
Maher Mezher is the Founder of Innovators League LLC, an innovation expert and internationally recognized speaker, inventor & university professor. Maher is an accomplished musical artist who plays the piano flute and drums, in addition to performing as a classical Tenor Opera singer.
Past clients include: Vodafone, Cisco, The Asher Center, Pierre Fabre, and Dubai Water & Electricity Authority.
Maher Mezher is the Founder of Innovators League LLC, a regional consulting and training firm that has been built on his theory that innovation is a science and can therefore be taught. He is an innovation expert and internationally recognized speaker who delivered speeches in more that 25 countries.
As a professional consultant and trainer with more than 20 years of experience, he has served more than 130 clients from a variety of industries including Telecom, Banking, Education, Oil and Gas, Retail and Pharmaceuticals, among many others. As a well-known Public figure, he has been interviewed by more that 150 international media outlets including CNN, BBC, Russia Today, Kyodo, and Reuters regarding his cutting edge innovations.
Maher Mezher is the creator of many inventions including the Innovators Tool®, the first innovation App built on Music, Sound effects, 3D animated images, Dynamic quotes and Strategic tailored questions that guides innovators to transform their ideas into innovative projects, the Innovators Process®, Innovators Habits© and The Become an NNOVATOR® Methodology, as well as the Fertility Loan and Stem Cell Loan. His ideas are so notably groundbreaking that they were mentioned as a case study in Professor Philip Kotler’s university textbook, Principles of Marketing.
In addition to his professional work, Maher Mezher has 15 years of university teaching experience where he strives to spread the culture of everyday simplified innovation. On a personal level, Maher is an accomplished musical artist who plays the piano flute and drums, in addition to performing as a classical Tenor Opera singer.
John G. Miller is the author of QBQ! The Question Behind the Question, Flipping the Switch: Unleash the Power of Personal Accountability, Outstanding! 47 Ways to Make Your Organization Exceptional and co-author of Parenting the QBQ Way.
He is founder of QBQ, Inc., an organizational development firm based in Colorado dedicated to “Helping Organizations Make Personal Accountability a Core Value.”
A 1980 graduate of Cornell University, John has been involved in the training and speaking industry since 1986. He lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife, Karen. They have seven children and three grandchildren.
Internationally Acclaimed Best-selling Author, Motivational Speaker, Career Consultant, Founder of The Kaplan Mobray Leadership Institute
Kaplan talks about the ten principles for leadership excellence at all levels.
Teaches audiences ready-to-implement knowledge on how to become strategic thinkers, embrace accountability, leverage disruption and change for growth, and learn tools to drive operational excellence in how they engage with their team.
Kaplan is an internationally Acclaimed Best-selling Author, Motivational Speaker, Career Consultant, Founder of The Kaplan Mobray Leadership Institute.
Past clients include: Proctor & Gamble, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Shell, Xerox, Paypal, Qantas Airways, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Playboy Enterprises and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Kaplan Mobray was recognized by Meetings & Conventions Magazine as "one of the nation’s top business speakers.” He is one of the world’s most dynamic and inspirational speakers and best-selling author of The 10Ks of Personal Branding - (K)reate a Better You. An innovative mastermind, Kaplan has inspired and transformed countless lives through his insightful and groundbreaking approach to personal branding and leadership development. Kaplan inspires audiences with practical strategies, “ah-ha moments”, that powerfully create real results to immediately elevate one’s career and improve one’s life.
A highly sought after, vibrant and energetic business speaker, professional musician and entrepreneur - Kaplan Mobray learned early in his career that “to master quality of life you must first master quality of effort”. He uses this personal philosophy to develop his extraordinarily creative insights and unique presentation content. Wharton-educated, Kaplan draws from his over 15 years of corporate experience as a successful business executive - where he led corporate marketing, advertising, and brand development initiatives for Fortune 500 companies. Through his unconventional and innovative presentation style - he teaches organizations how to transform their business, increase their brand reputation and motivates individuals to become effective leaders at all levels.
Kaplan has received worldwide acclaim and numerous awards for his leadership and branding insights. He has been featured on CNN, FOX, Businessweek, The Wall Street Journal, Ad Age and shared his message to NFL players at Super Bowls forty-four and forty-five. Through his latest venture - Kaplan is revolutionizing high performance online learning with his virtual interactive Kaplan Mobray Leadership Institute. All of his innovative presentations have been described as life changing events.
Former CEO & Chairman of the Board, TD Ameritrade, Former Head Football Coach, Coastal Carolina University, Speaker on Leadership
Joe talks about the four pillars of success that have always guided him, and shows audiences how to look at challenges with a new perspective.
Audiences leave with practical strategies for success from Joe's long career as in finance and as an award winning football coach.
Joe Moglia is the former Chairman of the Board and former CEO at TD Ameritrade and the former head football coach of Coastal Carolina University, and is the only author in the world to have written books on finance AND football.
Past clients include: Wells Fargo, US Coast Guard Academy, Fordham University, Dallas Cowboys, and Fox News.
Joe Moglia is the former CEO and Chairman of TD Ameritrade, former Head Football Coach and current Executive Advisor to the President and Chair of Athletics at Coastal Carolina. In 1984 Joe entered the MBA Training Program at Merrill Lynch, there were 25 MBA's and 1 football coach. By 1988, that football coach was the Number One Producer in the World. He became a member of both the Institutional and Private Client Executive Committees, and his final responsibilities were all Investment Products, the Insurance Company, the 401(k) Business and the Middle Markets. Prior to that, he was the head of Global Fixed Income Institutional Sales and ran the firm’s Municipal division.
In the business world, he was at Merrill Lynch for 17 years before becoming the CEO at TD Ameritrade in 2001. When Joe stepped down in 2008, shareholders had enjoyed a 500% return. In 2009 he became Chairman of the Board and stepped down in 2020 when TD Ameritrade was acquired by Schwab. At close, the combined company was worth $100 BILLION with client assets of $7 TRILLION. When Joe arrived, these numbers were $700 million and $24 Billion.
Joe has also been a Football Coach for 25 years, but it’s not a traditional 25 years. He began his career coaching for 16 years, moved to the business world for 24, and returned to football in 2009. In 2012, Joe became the Head Coach at Coastal Carolina and in his first five seasons went to the National Playoffs all 5 years and was Conference Champion 4 times. His overall record is 56‐22 and in his last 11 years of college coaching, he was a part of 8 championship teams. He has also received multiple Coach of the Year honors, including the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year, was the recipient of the Vince Lombardi Award and was inducted into the Lombardi Hall of Fame. He was also selected to the Big South All Decade Team, and based on the success at the FCS, CCU was invited to the Conference.
Moglia has received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Sharp Trophy for Leadership. He has been honored by the National Italian American Foundation, UNICO, the Columbus Citizens Foundation, the Irish Arts Center, the American Institute for Stuttering, and the Stuttering Association for the Young.
He has been inducted into TEN Halls of Fame. He is also only the 4 th alum in the history of Fordham University to have been inducted into the Hall of Honor, Athletic Hall of Fame and the recipient of the Founders Award. He is a member of the National Economics Honor Society, is the recipient of three Honorary Doctorates and has given 9 commencement addresses. His autobiography, “4th and Goal” by Monte Burke is in development for a film with Strong Studios. He is the only author who has written books published on both investing and football.
Martin G. Moore is unlike any other leadership speaker. He’s a no-nonsense communicator who has harnessed the deep experience of his 30+ year career as a corporate executive to cut through the mountains of fluff and clichés that dominate leadership today.
Going way beyond simply motivating and inspiring, Moore unravels the mystique of leadership for his audience. He challenges every individual to shift their perspective, providing practical strategies to improve their leadership performance the moment they leave the conference room.
Moore is an authoritative thought leader, with the credibility and track record to back up his words: as CEO of multi-billion-dollar company, CS Energy, he led a remarkable turnaround, growing earnings (EBITDA) from $17 million to $441 million, a compound annual growth rate of 125%.
Since leaving corporate life in 2018, Moore has established one of the top global podcasts, No Bulls**t Leadership, which has achieved over 4 million downloads in 150+ countries. His book of the same name is a Wall Street Journal bestseller, and he has trained leaders from companies like Google, Dell, Nike, slack, Disney, IBM, the LA Kings, BHP, Pfizer and Diageo, to name a few.
Dr. Nick Morgan is one of America’s top communication speakers, theorists and coaches. A passionate teacher, he is committed to helping people find clarity in their thinking and ideas – and then delivering them with panache. He has been commissioned by Fortune 50 companies to write for many CEOs and presidents. He has coached people to give Congressional testimony, to appear on the Today Show, and to deliver an unforgettable TED talk. He has worked widely with political and educational leaders. And he has himself spoken, led conferences, and moderated panels at venues around the world.
Nick’s methods, which are well-known for challenging conventional thinking, have been published worldwide. His acclaimed book on public speaking, Working the Room: How to Move People to Action through Audience-Centered Speaking, was published by Harvard in 2003 - and reprinted in paperback in 2005 as Give Your Speech, Change the World: How to Move Your Audience to Action. His book on authentic communications, Trust Me, was published by Jossey-Bass in January 2009. His new book on communications and brain science, Power Cues: The Subtle Science of Leading Groups, Persuading Others, and Maximizing Your Personal Impact, was published by Harvard in May 2014. His latest book Can You Hear Me? How to Connect with People in a Virtual World was published by Harvard in October 2018.
Nick served as editor of the Harvard Management Communication Letter from 1998 – 2003. He has written hundreds of articles for local and national publications, and appears frequently on radio and TV. Nick is a former Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
After earning his Ph.D. in literature and rhetoric, Nick spent a number of years teaching Shakespeare and Public Speaking at the University of Virginia, Lehigh University, and Princeton University. He first started writing speeches for Virginia Governor Charles S. Robb and went on to found his own communications consulting organization, Public Words, in 1997.
Nick attributes his success to his honest and direct approach that challenges even the most confident orators to rethink how they communicate.
4x Best-selling Author, Keynote Speaker, Futurist, and Co-founder of The Future of Work University
Jacob talks about why employee experience is the next big area of investment, what the top companies are doing – and how you can go about creating an Experiential Organization.
Audiences leave understanding what some of the world’s most forward thinking organizations are doing and how leaders can create strategies to design and create employee experiences based around three environments: culture, technology, and the physical workspace.
Jacob Morgan is a trained futurist and one of the world’s leading authorities on the leadership, employee experience - and the future of work. He is a best selling author of 4 books on leadership.
Past clients include: Unilever, Cisco, MasterCard, Nestle, Best Buy, SAP, KPMG, T-Mobile, and Schneider Electric.
Jacob Morgan is a trained futurist and one of the world’s leading authorities on the leadership, employee experience - and the future of work. He speaks in front of tens of thousands of people each year and his content is seen over a million times a year.
After graduating with honours in business management economics and psychology from the University of California Santa Cruz, Jacob was excited to join the corporate world. At his first job he was told that he’d be travelling the country, meeting with executives and entrepreneurs - and doing all sorts of exciting work. A few months in, he was stuck doing data entry, cold calling - and PowerPoint presentations. One day the CEO came out of his nice corner office, handed Jacob a $10 bill and said “I’m late for a meeting, go grab me a cup of coffee - and get something for yourself as well.” That was the last corporate job he ever had.
Jacob is the best-selling author of four books: The Future Leader (2020), The Employee Experience Advantage (2017), The Future of Work (2014), and The Collaborative Organization (2012). He speaks at over 50 conferences a year including TED Academy - which is one of the largest TED events in the world. In addition, Jacob provides advisory and thought leadership services to various organizations around the world.
Jacob created “The Future If” a global community of business leaders, authors and futurists - who explore what our future can look like IF certain technologies, ideas, approaches and trends actually happen. The community looks at everything from AI and automation to leadership and management practices to augmented reality and virtual reality, the 4th industrial revolution - and everything in between.
His work has been endorsed by the CEOs of: Unilever, Cisco, MasterCard, Nestle, Best Buy, SAP, KPMG, T-Mobile, Schneider Electric - and many others.
In addition, Jacob hosts The Future of Work Podcast - a weekly show where he speaks with senior executives, authors, and business leaders about how the world of work is changing. His Youtube channel explores the latest concepts and ideas around the future of work - with inspiring and educational 2-3 minute videos.
He has also contributed to - and been cited in publications such as Cosmopolitan, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, CNN, Glamour, the MIT Sloan Management Review, USA Today - and The Harvard Business Review.
Retired NASA Astronaut, Author, Member of the International Space Hall of Fame and Inspiring Leadership Speaker.
Colonel Mike Mullane is a retired NASA Astronaut and member of the International Space Hall of Fame. He was selected as a Mission Specialist in 1978 in the first group of Space Shuttle Astronauts, completing three space missions on the shuttles Discovery and Atlantis before retiring from NASA and the Air Force in 1990.
Colonel Mullane has established himself as an acclaimed professional speaker on the topics of teamwork, leadership and safety. He has educated, entertained, inspired and thrilled tens of thousands of people from every walk of business and government with his incredibly unique programs.
Mullane is the recipient of many awards, including the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit and the NASA Space Flight Medal. Since his retirement from NASA, Colonel Mullane has written an award-winning children's book Liftoff! An Astronaut's Dream and Do Your Ears Pop In Space? a popular space-fact book. He is also the author of Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut. Colonel Mullane hosted
Inside Space, a nationally syndicated cable television program of the USA Network.
Mullane has held a lifelong passion for mountain climbing. Since age 60 he has summited Africa's highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro; the glaciered peak of Mt. Rainier; and thirty-three of Colorado's highest peaks.
Mike Mullane's clients include Intel, Chevron, Pacific Bell, Exxon Mobile Corporation, Gillette, Verizon, and many others.
Founder of inspiring ‘Afterburner’ fighter pilot corporate speaking group. Speaks on leadership, teamwork and execution.
Jim 'Murph' Murphy is the Founder and CEO of Afterburner, Inc. He has a unique and powerful mix of leadership skills in both the military and business worlds. After graduating from the University of Kentucky, Murph joined the U.S. Air Force where he learned to fly the F-15. He has logged over 1,200 hours as an instructor pilot in the F-15 and has accumulated over 3,200 hours of flight time in other high-performance jet aircraft. As the 116th Fighter Wing's Chief of Training for the Georgia Air National Guard, Murph's job was to keep 42 combat-trained Fighter Pilots ready to deploy worldwide within 72 hours. As a flight leader, he has flown missions to Central America, Asia, Central Europe and the Middle East.
After years in the military, Murph returned to his love of business. Prior to his service in the U.S. Air Force, Murph had a successful career in imaging equipment sales, where he helped increase his company's sales by 500%. Years later, Murph became Director of Sales for a small paint company. Realizing that the concepts of the Flawless ExecutionSM model could be applied to business, he engaged the proven model - Plan. Brief. Execute. Debrief. - and increased his company's sales from $5 million to $52 million. Realizing that many companies could benefit from these same concepts, Murph started Afterburner in early 1996.
Through his leadership, Afterburner has landed on Inc. Magazine's Inc. 500 List twice. Murph has been regularly featured in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Inc. Magazine, Newsweek, Meetings & Conventions Magazine and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, and Bloomberg news to name a few. He has also been named as one of Atlanta's top 50 entrepreneurs by Catalyst Magazine. To date, the Afterburner team of elite military professionals has led over 1 million executives, sales professionals, and business people from every industry through Afterburner's Flawless ExecutionSM Model, and its unique, high-energy programs.
Afterburner notable clients include the Who's Who of the Global 1000 list of companies. He is the author of the groundbreaking books Business Is Combat and Flawless Execution through Harper Collins publishing and has spoken at many of the world's most notable business schools to include Harvard, Wharton, Cornell, Emory, Duke and Fudan University in Shanghai, China.
Transformative Motivational Speaker, Triple Daytime EMMY-Winning Journalist, Bestselling Author & Entrepreneur
Every individual has an opportunity to break barriers and redefine what is possible, and triple Emmy-Winning Journalist and Bestselling Author Gaby Natale is on a mission to awaken the PIONEER spirit in each of us.
Gaby is among just a few women in the entertainment industry who not only owns the rights to her TV show, but also a television studio. This unique situation has allowed her to combine her passion for media and her entrepreneurial spirit, which continues to help her break barriers. In 2021, Gaby became the first Latina author to be published by the leadership division of HarperCollins.
Her first book, The Virtuous Circle, became an instant bestseller, topping Amazon’s New Releases charts in 3 different categories (Business, Inspiration and Self-Help). What has made the book so successful is that it offers readers actionable strategies on how to channel their innate strength and abilities to best work for them.
Gaby has been featured in Forbes, CNN, Buzzfeed, NBC News, Univision and Latino Leaders magazine. In 2018, People magazine named her one of the “25 Most Powerful Latinas,” highlighting the inspirational story of how she went from a local TV show that started out of a carpet warehouse to becoming the only Latina in US history to win triple back-to-back Daytime EMMYs. In the digital world, she has a thriving fan base with over 52 million views on YouTube and 250K+ followers on social media.
A consummate entrepreneur, Gaby is also the founder of AGANARmedia, a marketing company with a focus on Hispanic audiences that serves Fortune 500 companies such as Hilton Worldwide, Sprint, AT&T, eBay and Amazon. She holds a Bachelor’s in International Relations and a Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of San Andres and Columbia University. Prior to starting her career in television, Gaby taught Communication and Journalism courses at the University of Texas.
#1 New York Times Best-selling Author & Member of MTV’s Hit Show, The Buried Life
Talks about how leaders and individuals can make the impossible possible by creating a people first culture that focuses on how to set and achieve big goals.
Audiences leave inspired with a system for achieving impossible goals through action and accountability.
Ben Nemtin is the best selling author of What Do You Want to Do Before You Die? and is the co-founder of The Buried Life movement, Ben’s message of radical possibility has been featured in major media including The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, CNN, NBC, FOX, ABC, CBS, and more. Former President Obama called Ben the "inspiration for a new generation." He is the Co-Founder of "The Buried Life" Movement
Past clients include: Home Depot, Cisco, Principal, Fedex, Siemens, WellsFargo, Stanford University, Levi's and Engel & Volkers.
Ben Nemtin is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of What Do You Want to Do Before You Die? - and a star of MTV’s highest rated show ever on iTunes and Amazon called The Buried Life. As co-founder of `The Buried Life` movement, Ben’s message of radical possibility has been featured on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, FOX, and NBC News. President Obama called Ben and The Buried Life “ inspiration for a new generation” - and Oprah declared their mission “truly inspiring.” An acclaimed keynote speaker, Ben has headlined business conferences and Fortune 100 leadership teams around the world, offering motivational strategies and garnering standing ovations from AIG, Anthem, Amazon, FedEx, Harvard, Microsoft, Verizon, and more. Global Gurus ranked Ben in the Top 30 Best Organizational Culture Thought Leaders in the World in 2019.
In his first year of university, Ben was unexpectedly hit with a depression that forced him to drop out. In an attempt to feel more alive, he created the world’s greatest bucket list with his three best friends. They borrowed a rickety old RV and crisscrossed North America - achieving the unthinkable. And most importantly, every time they accomplished a dream - they helped a complete stranger cross something off their bucket list. From playing basketball with President Obama to having a beer with Prince Harry, from reuniting a father and son after seventeen years to surprising a young girl with a much-needed bionic arm - Ben’s bucket list quest has inspired millions to thrive personally and professionally.
Growth Strategist, Thought Leader and Global Keynote Speaker on the Concept of the Quantifiable Value of Business Relationships
David Nour is a growth strategist, thought leader and internationally recognized as the leading expert on strategic business relationships. Through his best-selling books, compelling speeches and valuable consulting - Nour demonstrates how relationships are the greatest balance-sheet asset any organization possesses, large or small, public or private. He is a popular speaker and delivers over 50 global keynotes a year explaining the hidden assets of relationships, and the art and science of investing in them.
He is CEO of The Nour Group, Inc., a consulting firm that advises top global leaders and boards of corporations, associations and academic forums - on disruptive innovations to fuel their growth. The Nour Group, Inc., has worked with leading global companies such as Disney, Cisco Systems, Deloitte Consulting, Hilton Worldwide, HP, IBM and more.
Nour is the author of 10 books, including best-sellers CO-CREATE (St. Martin’s Press) and Relationship Economics® (Wiley) - as well as the upcoming Curve Benders.
In addition to speaking and writing, Nour serves as a trusted advisor to global clients - and coaches corporate leaders and rising entrepreneurs. He is an adjunct professor at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and Vanderbilt University’s Owen School of Management, was named to the Global Gurus Top 30 Leadership Professionals list and is honoured to be one of Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 Global Coaches.
A Forbes Leadership contributor on the Future of Work, Nour’s unique insights have been featured in a variety of prominent publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fast Company, Huffington Post Business, Entrepreneur, and Knowledge@Wharton.
Born in Iran, Nour immigrated to the U.S. as a teenager with $100, limited family ties - and no fluency in English. He graduated from Georgia State University with a bachelor’s degree in business management and went on to earn an Executive MBA from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He resides in Atlanta, GA, with his family.
Kevin shares lessons from his life as an entrepreneur, Shark and business leader.
Audiences learn the O'Leary Fundamentals that have been instrumental in Kevin's success in business and life taking him from modest beginnings to incredible success.
Kevin O'Leary is an entrepeneur in a variety of industries, beginning with his first software business. As a Shark and television personality, he is uniquely suited to share how to turn challenges into triumphs.
Past clients include: Pitney Bowes, Straumann, and SME Entertainment Group.
Kevin O’Leary was born to a middle class family in 1954. The combination of Kevin’s mother’s family heritage as merchants and his father’s Irish charisma truly meant that O’Leary was born for business. Kevin learned most of his business intuition from his mother. She taught him key business and financial insights from an early age. These became Kevin’s core philosophies, and the pillars upon which he would one day build his empire.
Kevin’s approach to business went through major changes as a teenager. During his second day on the job at a local ice cream shop, his boss came into the front of the store where Kevin was scooping ice cream. She looked at Kevin and asked him to perform a task that he wasn’t expecting. What happened next had a profound effect on Kevin – one that stayed with him for the rest of his life.
As a university student, Kevin’s innate business sense led him along several different paths – including some very unusual, very entrepreneurial ways of making a profit.
Not long after he finished his MBA, Kevin had a meeting that changed his life forever. He met a man who had a strange idea for a software product – an idea with huge, high-profit potential that Kevin immediately recognized.
After years of ups, downs, sacrifices, challenges, and lessons learned — not to mention a critical phone call that nearly cost him everything — the opportunity that Kevin saw eventually turned into a computer software giant that was acquired for more than $4 billion dollars.
After his extraordinary success at the software company he founded – and a difficult period of obstacles and legal disputes – Kevin eventually found himself on television, quickly becoming a sought-after host and personality on a range of shows – including Discovery’s Project Earth, CBC’s Dragons’ Den, and ABC’s Shark Tank.
Kevin has since launched O’Leary Funds, an investment fund company; O’Leary Fine Wines; and a best-selling book series on financial literacy.
In 2014, Kevin founded O’Leary Financial Group – a group of brands and services that share Kevin’s guiding principles of honesty, directness, convenience, and above all, great value.
Speaker and Expert on Innovation, Decision-Making, Scenario Planning and Blue Ocean Strategy
Dr. Roch Parayre is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ Philadelphia office and a member of Heidrick Consulting. He was previously a senior partner at Decision Strategies International, a global strategy and leadership development advisory firm acquired by Heidrick & Struggles in 2016, where he also led the Blue Ocean Strategy Practice.
A strategist and master teacher, Dr. Parayre has advised organizations on five continents across a broad spectrum of industries, helping them grow and transform their businesses. He is an expert and conducts executive education seminars on the topics of decision-making, scenario planning, innovation, and strategy. Roch teaches in executive education programs at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, at CEDEP and INSEAD in France, for Duke Corporate Education, and at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Dr. Parayre was previously a senior fellow at the Mack Center for Technological Innovation at the Wharton School and a faculty member at the Cox School of Business at SMU, where he won numerous MBA teaching awards. His published works are in a variety of academic journals, industry reports, and trade publications.
After graduating from Harvard Business School, Neil Pasricha spent a decade as Director of Leadership at Walmart, the world’s largest company. While there he wrote the 50-million-hit, award-winning blog 1000 Awesome Things and the New York Times bestsellers The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation which have been on international bestseller lists for over 200 weeks and sold over a million copies. Neil’s research and books on happiness, mindset, and human potential have received attention from Harvard Business Review, The New Yorker, The Sunday Times, CNN, and BBC. Onstage his style is an endangered species: an incredibly rare blend of raw, hilarious, and heartwarming. His high-energy, takeaway-laden, application-not-motivation speeches are often voted tops at any conference or event.