Managing Partner of the China India Institute and author of Getting China and India Right
Haiyan Wang is Managing Partner of the China India Institute, a research consultancy with a focus on creating winning global
strategies that leverage the transformational rise of China and India. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Strategy at INSEAD.
Ms. Wang serves as a regular columnist for BusinessWeek, a Contributing Editor for the Chief Executive magazine, and a regular blogger for Harvard Business Review. She is the co-author of two highly acclaimed books: Getting China and India Right (which received the 2009 Axiom Book Awards' Silver Prize as one of the world's two best books on globalization/international business) and The Quest for Global Dominance.
Her opinion pieces have appeared in top international media such as The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Chief Executive, The Economic Times, China Daily, The Times of India, as well as other outlets. She has also been frequently interviewed by CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, India Today, Shanghai Daily, INSEAD Knowledge, and other prominent business media. A highly sought-after speaker at major industry and corporate conferences, Ms. Wang has also spoken at TEDx, Economist, and other high profile conferences.
A native of China, Ms. Wang has spent the last twenty years consulting for and managing multinational business operations in China and the United States in several different industry sectors. Haiyan serves regularly as a keynote speaker at major conferences and corporate forums in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America.
Former Walt Disney Executive & Speaker on Innovation and Creativity
Talks about creative techniques and behaviors to develop big, innovative ideas
Uses Disney’s iconic brand and characters to leave audiences with actionable takeaways about creative problem solving and out-of-the-box thinking
Disney’s Former Head of Innovation and Creativity
Past clients include: Apple, Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Corp., IBM, Johnson & Johnson, McKinsey, NBC Universal, Twitter
Duncan Wardle maintains that "we are all born creative - we are born with amazing imaginations, are full of curiosity, and carry this remarkable built-in tool known as intuition." Duncan spent 25+ years in leadership roles at Disney - where, when he was Head of Innovation and Creativity, he led the team that helped Imagineering, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar and Disney Parks to innovate, creating magical new storylines and experiences for consumers around the globe. As founder of iD8 & innov8 he now brings his extensive Disney experience delivering keynotes, workshops and ideation forums, around the globe helping companies strategize and embed a culture of innovation into everyone’s DNA.
Duncan’s talks are anything but ordinary. Sharing real world stories and lessons learned from the innovation battlefield, Duncan leaves audiences inspired, motivated, and ready to innovate for their own organizations.
On a mission to eradicate the status quo - Duncan challenges everyone to claim their own creativity, thus creating a culture of innovation never possible before. Duncan is now one of the world’s most highly regarded innovation speakers and consultants, teaching companies, brands and individuals across the globe to overcome their own expertise and get out of their own way. To think differently and creatively.
In an age where meetings and projects and presentations have your employees feeling like they are “too busy to think,” Duncan teaches how to create an innovation “light switch.” A way to turn on their creative brain and access the ideas that turn ordinary companies into industry leaders.
It takes time and money to find, hire, and build your teams. So why not leverage the full potential of their creativity and harness the full spectrum of their innovation? Through his pioneering consulting services, Duncan teaches organizations how to do just that, maximizing the ROI they receive on their most valuable resource: their people.
Are you ready to see the ideas that are unleashed by fostering a culture of innovation and creativity within your organization? Duncan’s unique design thinking process will empower your entire organization to redefine how they think about problems and solutions. Teams leave with the tools they need to start innovating today and to immediately drive positive growth for your organization.
Duncan is a multiple TEDx speaker and contributor to Fast Company Magazine. He teaches Innovation and Creativity Masterclasses at Yale University, UNC and U.F. He also holds the American Citizen Award presented at the White House, an Hons. MBA and Hons. Doctorate from Edinburgh University and the Duke of Edinburgh Award, presented by her majesty, Queen Elizabeth.
Dr. Margie Warrell brings sharp insights from her diverse global experience to inspire bolder thinking and braver action.
The bestselling author of five books, Margie’s ability to distill grounded research into actionable advice sets her apart on the global stage. A leading authority on courageous leadership, she has learned a lot about overcoming fear and embracing change since her childhood growing up on a small farm in rural Australia. She has spent the last 25 years working around the world - in Australia, Asia, Papua New Guinea and the USA - while raising her four children.
An honoree of the Women’s Economic Forum and CEO of Global Courage, Margie sits on the advisory board of Forbes School of Business & Technology and is trusted by global brands - NASA, Google, Deloitte, Dell, Abbot, UN Foundation and Salesforce - to deliver life-changing programs that accelerate growth, inspire braver action and better outcomes. Her latest book, You’ve Got This! The Life-Changing Power of Trusting Yourself has been hailed as a transformative book for these times.
Author of multiple best-selling books on sales and leadership & Sales Strategist
Marc Wayshak is a sought-after sales keynote speaker who has trained thousands of salespeople across the globe. His company, the Sales Insights Lab, leads the industry in data-driven sales coaching, training, and mentorship. Marc’s Sales Insights MethodTM utilizes today’s most innovative, science-based tools for selling. His clients have grown their annual sales by more than $100 million to date.
LinkedIn designated Marc one of “15 Influential Sales Professionals to Watch” in 2019. His sales strategy channel on YouTube hit 140,000 subscribers in 2022, with viewership growing daily.
Marc has also published two sales bestsellers, The High-Velocity Sales Organization and Game Plan Selling. In 2023, he will publish his third, Sales Conversations, Mastered. Audiences around the world learn from Marc via his regular columns in renowned publications, including HubSpot, Entrepreneur, Inc., Huffington Post Business, and Fast Company.
As a speaker, Marc combines humor, storytelling, and hard-earned expertise to motivate and connect with audiences. His keynotes are steeped in the latest, most powerful data on what’s actually working for top performers today in sales.
Marc routinely analyzes cutting-edge research on selling—and then applies the takeaways directly to help his training participants gain real-world results.
Past events include keynotes for world-leading companies such as Siemens, Goldman, Lenovo, and Marriott.
Outside of sales, Marc kiteboards around the globe, plays rugby, and travels extensively. His true passion is making a positive impact on the lives of salespeople, every day. Marc received a BA in social sciences from Harvard University and an MBA from the University of Oxford.
Expert on Healthcare, Future Trends, Innovation and Customer Experience
Nicholas J. Webb is a number one best-selling author and is one of the most popular Innovation, Healthcare, Future-trends, Technology, and Customer Experience speakers in the world. Unlike most innovation speakers who have never actually invented anything and have no real-world expertise in the area of enterprise innovation, Nicholas is a multi award-winning inventor of technologies ranging from one of the world’s smallest medical implants to a very successful line of educational and fitness products.
Nicholas has been selected as one of the Hottest Keynote Speakers for 2019 by the ITA Group. Nicholas earned this recognition by providing highly customized keynote presentations for some of the top organizations in the world.
As the CEO of LearnLogic, Nick works with some of the largest brands in the world through his Consulting and Training Company.. As a Certified Management Consultant (CMC), he works shoulder-to-shoulder with boards of directors of multi billion-dollar companies to assist them in building future-ready organizations. His best-selling books include: The Innovation Playbook, What Customers Crave, What Customers Hate, The Innovation Mandate, and his just released book, The Healthcare Mandate. Nicholas is also the Producer and Host of the Award-winning Documentary Film, The Healthcare Cure.
American Ninja Warrior, Inspirational Speaker on Leadership & Peak Performance
With his contagious positive energy, Alex Weber immediately impacts audiences and ignites record-breaking achievements! Alex is an International Keynote Speaker, Award-Winning Host for NBC, competitor on American Ninja Warrior. Alex helps Leaders, Individuals, and Organizations be relentless, gain their competitive edge, and unlock new levels of peak performance.
Alex connects so well with audiences because of his genuine openness about the challenges, self-doubt, and uncertainty that we all face - and how you can overcome it! As a professional entertainer, US Lacrosse Coach of the Year, and acclaimed Author, Alex is highly sought after for his unique ability to engage, transform, and empower audiences. Alex has positively inspired over 3.5 million people worldwide, and worked with major companies like ABC, Apple, Amazon, Under Armor, LinkedIn, The Los Angeles Lakers, Stanford Business and many more. Alex is also the only person ever to Host and Compete on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior.
With his riveting storytelling, uplifting humor, and captivating energy, Alex empowers you to be a positive leader, propel past challenges, and accomplish your highest goals in your career, your relationships, and your life!
Jared is Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer of The Future Hunters, one of the world’s leading futurist consulting firms. He looks at emerging global trends – and helps identify the strategic implications (the “So what?”) of those trends for several of the most influential Fortune 500 companies, trade associations and public sector clients. His work is industry-agnostic, and covers trend activity in the realms of science & technology, economics, politics, demographics and environmental issues.
Jared’s programs draw upon his extensive experience to:
- Distinguish long-term trends from fads
- Contextualize the future for audiences
- Help people identify profit opportunities that lie ahead
- Get people thinking in entirely new ways
Jared is past Chairman of the Board of the World Future Society, the world’s preeminent futurist industry group. He has also served on American Express OPEN’s Digital Advisory Board and the Young Luxury Marketers’ Council. He frequently speaks about future trends to corporate audiences, and has keynoted many prominent industry conferences. Jared has delivered international presentations in Australia, Hong Kong, Colombia, Panama, Mexico, Morocco, The Netherlands, Turkey, Poland and Canada. His remarks have been excerpted in online media including Forbes and PR Week.
Jared holds a B.A. from the University of Rochester, and an M.B.A. from the Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester.
Motivational Speaker, Best-selling Author and Strategist on Peak Performance
Scott Welle is a #1 international best-selling author, motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and Founder of Outperform The Norm - a leading program for business leaders and athletes looking raise their game and perform at the highest level.
While the rest of the competition is playing not to lose, Scott teaches people to play to win. His proprietary “Commit/Attack/Conquer” formula ensures people fall asleep at night knowing they are making the most of their precious days on this planet. For this, Fox 9 in Minneapolis-St Paul has called him a “Motivational Expert.”
Scott has successfully engaged audiences from Northwestern Mutual, State Farm, Edward Jones, Caribou Coffee, Sherwin Williams, Toyota and Chevrolet. He has spoken in 27+ states to 100,000+ people; students from 49+ countries have taken his online courses; 1,000,000+ video views across social platforms; author of 9 best-selling books in peak performance/self-help; Adjunct professor in Sport Psychology - and 20+ years studying and working with Outperformers in business and athletics.
Scott’s nine best-selling books, articles, videos, podcasts and online programs inspire hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. He has a Master’s degree in Sport Psychology - and serves on advisory committees of three national level organizations. He regularly speaks and consults with top performing executives, sales professionals and entrepreneurs, as well as elite athletes, all with one common goal - to outperform the norm.
Scott enjoys pushing his own physical and mental limits, completing five Ironman triathlons, 27 marathons - and a 100-mile ultra marathon run. He is very close with his brother, Jason. Together they “plod” at least one marathon together each year, laughing the whole way.
Nick Westergaard is a strategist, speaker, author, and educator. As Chief Brand Strategist at Brand Driven Digital, he helps build better brands at organizations of all sizes — from small businesses and Fortune 500 companies to President Obama’s Jobs Council. Nick is the author of Get Scrappy: Smarter Digital Marketing for Businesses Big and Small.
In addition to posting insights on branding and marketing at branddrivendigital.com, Nick is a contributor to the Harvard Business Review and host of the popular On Brand podcast. His thoughts have been featured in news sources such as US News & World Report, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Mashable, and more.
Nick is a sought-after keynote speaker at conferences and corporate events throughout the world. He teaches at the University of Iowa, where he sits on the Advisory Council of the Marketing Institute at the Tippie College of Business and the Professional Advisory Board for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He is also organizer and host of the Social Brand Forum and a mentor at the Iowa Startup Accelerator.
CEO at Ferrazzi Greenlight, International Behavior Change and Organizational Culture Specialist
Rob Whitfield, CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight, has spent more than 20 years in consulting with the specific intent of helping clients deliver a return on investment from behavior change in the workplace.
A magnetic speaker and storyteller with a self-deprecating sense of humor, Rob is able to connect people to ideas and inspire them to think differently, and critically, hold them accountable to taking action that will lead to new behaviors and results.
Rob’s experience of igniting and driving to sustainable transformation in organizations across the world delivers practical advice that can drive to human behavior change in complex strategic, technology, and process environments, in sectors as diverse as Manufacturing, Entertainment, Telecoms and Media, Retail, Transport, Education, Central and Local Government, Energy, Natural Resources, Gaming, Consulting, and Fashion Clothing.
A frequent guest writer, Rob’s passion is to help individuals, teams, and organizations reach their highest goals, and he brings his invaluable experience to bear in shaping the vision and strategy of the firm.
Rob will partner with you to co-create the most impactful keynote speaking engagement for you, your audiences, and to overcome your team or organization’s challenges that will truly accelerate your results.
As your success is critical to Rob, this isn’t just about speaking to an audience. This process starts with a diagnostic discussion with you to identify the shifts in thinking and behavior that will provide the highest return on your investment. This information is used to prepare the tailored content for your event, and this is coupled with a call to action that will drive changes as people leave and return to their day jobs. That’s how real change is created, and that’s what Rob is truly passionate about.
Four-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Speaker on Change & Resilience
Dr. Hayley Wickenheiser is considered one of the best female hockey players in the world. Seven world championships, six Olympic appearances, five Olympic medals — she is a titan of sport and a leader both on and off the ice. Wickenheiser now sits on the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Athletes Commission, is the Vice Chair of the Calgary 2026 Bid Committee, and is the Senior Director of Player Development for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Beyond sport, she is a community leader, doctor, and businesswoman who inspires audiences to give their best in everything they do.
In her 23 years as an Olympic athlete, Wickenheiser led her team to four gold medals and one silver medal, and served as Canada’s official flag bearer at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. She also won seven gold and four silver medals at Women’s World Hockey Championships as part of the Canadian Women’s National Team. Wickenheiser made hockey history as the first female player to notch a point in a men’s professional game, and as the first woman in history to have played in/coached at four NHL development camps with the Philadelphia Flyers, the Edmonton Oilers, and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
In 2019, Wickenheiser was inducted into Canada’s Hockey Hall of Fame. She has also been named one of Sports Illustrated’s Top 25 Toughest Athletes in the World; has been twice-named to the “Power 50 in Sports”; was among the QMI Agency’s “Top 10 Greatest Female Athletes in the History of Sports”; and is a member of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, Canada’s Top 40 under 40, and Canada’s Walk of Fame. In 2014, she was awarded Canada’s highest honour when she was appointed to the Order of Canada for her achievements as an athlete and for her contributions to the growth of the women’s game.
Wickenheiser’s passion for sport is paralleled by her desire to give back to the community through her work with dozens of philanthropic organizations, including Lace ‘Em Up, Jumpstart, KidSport, Project North, and Right to Play. She is also the founder of the world-renowned personal and athletic development weekend, The Canadian Tire Wickenheiser World Female Hockey Festival, which provides mentoring and growth opportunities for young athletes around the world.
Wickenheiser holds several honourary degrees from institutions across Canada, as well as a Masters in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary, where she also studied medicine. In 2021, Wickenheiser completed her studies and became a medical doctor. She also published her first book Over the Board: Lessons from the Ice, available in October 2021.
Sam Wilkin author and geopolitical analyst is director of political risk analytics at Willis Towers Watson, a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company that operates in more than 140 countries and markets. He is responsible for developing and implementing political risk analysis and management tools and solutions for Willis Towers Watson clients globally.
Sam’s most recent book, History Repeating: Why Populists Rise and Governments Fall, published in April 2018, explains today’s tumultuous politics by showing that it has all happened before. It tells the stories of Argentina’s century of populism and decline, of the great American populist Huey Long, and of the divisive, populist billionaire who governed Thailand, among others - and in the process offers insight into what is happening now and what might happen next.
Sam is also the author, co-author or editor of three additional books and of numerous articles and chapters in edited volumes. He previously served as head of business research at Oxford Economics, associate director of the consultancy practice at Oxford Analytica, head of political risk consulting for Aon Trade Credit and as director of country analysis for Marvin Zonis & Associates.
He received his M.A. in international relations from the University of Chicago and B.A. in economics from Eckerd College, and was the 2004 alumni fellow for Eckerd College. In 2017 and 2018 he was a visiting fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University.
Dr. Julie Williamson is a Vice President of Strategy and Research for Karrikins Group, where she has worked with some of the world's largest companies, helping them set and execute on strategy and transformation. She is a leading voice in how organizations link together communication, design, strategy, sales, marketing and service to deliver sustainable growth. She uses both traditional and forward looking resources in her strategy and transformation work, leveraging design thinking to help client arrive at solutions that are informed by data and inspired by creativity.
Her work with Peter Sheahan on the recently released book MATTER: Create more value, move beyond the competition, and become the obvious choice highlights Julie’s commitment to working with clients to find and deliver on opportunities for growth and development.
Julie is an educator and a professional, teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses on organizational strategy, behavior, and change, and helping students connect the theoretical concepts to real-world applications. Her work with knowledge management and leadership development has been put to the test with Fortune 100 companies and stands well outside of the classroom.
Leadership Speaker, Best-selling Author of Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter
Liz talks about how the best leaders bring out the best in their teams and get more done with fewer resources, develop and attract talent, and cultivate new ideas and energy to drive organizational change and innovation
Audiences leave with an understanding of the five disciplines that distinguish Multipliers from Diminishers and provide practice tips for leading like a Multiplier
Best-selling author, leadership researcher and CEO of The Wiseman Group, Liz is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review and
Past clients include: Apple, AT&T, Disney, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Nike, Salesforce, Tesla, and Twitter.
Liz Wiseman is a researcher and executive advisor who teaches leadership to executives around the world. She is the author of New York Times best-seller Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools, and Wall Street Journal best-seller Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work.
She is CEO of the Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm headquartered in Silicon Valley, California. Some of her recent clients include: Apple, AT&T, Disney, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Nike, Salesforce, Tesla, and Twitter. Liz has been listed on the Thinkers50 ranking and named one of the top 10 leadership thinkers in the world.
She has conducted significant research in the field of leadership and collective intelligence and writes for Harvard Business Review, Fortune, and a variety of other business and leadership journals. A former executive at Oracle Corporation, she worked over the course of 17 years as the Vice President of Oracle University and as the global leader for Human Resource Development.
She is a frequent guest lecturer at BYU and Stanford University. Liz holds a Bachelors degree in Business Management and a Masters of Organizational Behavior from Brigham Young University.
John Wood is the founder of Room to Read®, an organization that believes World Change Starts with Educated Children. From its humble origins as a cash strapped and unknown organization, Room to Read has now reached over 10 million children in developing countries with a focus on literacy and gender equality in education.
At age 35, John left an executive career track at Microsoft to follow his passion that “no child should ever again be told they were born in the wrong place at the wrong time and therefore will not get educated.” The business acumen honed in the fast paced world of technology, combined with his passion to change the world, makes John a unique and inspiring speaker with broad appeal.
John’s award-winning memoir, Leaving Microsoft to Change the World tells how he raised over $400 million from a “standing start” to develop one of the fastest growing nonprofits in history. The book was described by Publishers’ Weekly as “an infectiously inspiring read.” Translated into 23 languages, it is popular with entrepreneurs, philanthropists and educators. Amazon named it one of the Top Ten Business Narratives of 2006 and Hudson Booksellers voted it to their Top Ten Nonfiction list. John’s author interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show raised over $3 million from viewers.
John’s latest book is entitled Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy. Kirkus Reviews called it “an absorbing personal account of a remarkable achievement”. It was endorsed by Bill Clinton, Melinda Gates and Sheryl Sandberg.
John is a five time winner of Fast Company Magazine’s Social Capitalist Award and is one of Goldman Sachs’ 25 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs. He was named an Asian Hero by Time Magazine, selected as in the inaugural class of Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute. Bill and Melinda Gates presented him with the first ever Microsoft Alumnus of the Year medal. Barron’s twice named John to their list of the 25 Best Givers. In 2014, John was awarded by Queen Silvia of Sweden with the World’s Children’s Prize. The WCP is often called the Children’s Nobel Prize, and in the same year Malala Yousafzai was a fellow honoree. He has also won the Asia Society’s “Service to Society” award and was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Tribeca Film Festival.
Room to Read has been voted by the Young Presidents Association as their Social Enterprise of the Year, was awarded the UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy, and was chosen as the inaugural winner of the Library of Congress David Rubenstein International Literacy Prize.
John holds a MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, a bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in finance from the University of Colorado, and honorary doctorates from McGill University, Westminster College, Wofford College and the University of San Francisco. At the invitation of former President Bill Clinton, he served three years on the Advisory Board of the Clinton Global Initiative. John is a frequent lecturer at Harvard Business School, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Policy. He is a former Board member of the College Advising Corps, Net Impact and the One Acre Fund, and serves on the Advisory Boards of Global Citizen Year, Possible Health, and the “Getting to Carnegie” competition.
Marc Woods competed internationally as a swimmer for 17 years; winning 12 Paralympic medals from 5
Games and a further 21 from either World or European Championships. In the past he has held world records
for 200m, 400m, 1500m Freestyle and as well as being part of the team that held the world record for 4 x
100m Freestyle. At the London 2012 Paralympic Games worked for the BBC as a commentator and presenter, as
well as performing in the opening ceremony.
Marc now spends his time presenting at business conference around the world. His speech takes you on an
inspirational journey - giving insights into personal
medallist. Along with some of the personnel now working with British Cycling he was a pioneer of the
notion of marginal gains.
Marc has written three books. Most notably Personal Best, a combination of his
inspirational life story and personal development advice, and more recently Beyond the Call, which
supported by research from New York University, looks at how to create conditions within an organisation
that make discretionary effort more likely.
Amongst other things he is an ambassador of Teenage Cancer Trust, a director of the Youth Sport Trust and
ambassador for CANSA (South Africa's Cancer Charity) and patron for Bone Cancer Research Trust.
His clients come from all business sectors and include IBM, Pfizer, Sainsbury, O2 and Santander.
Legendary Pulitzer Prize-Winning Investigative Journalist, Author and Associate Editor, The Washington Post
Bob Woodward gained international attention when he and Carl Bernstein uncovered the Watergate scandal in 1973. Since then, he’s worked to shine a light on the inner-workings of secret government. Woodward’s factual, non-partisan revelations to readers and speech audiences provide a view of Washington they’ll never get elsewhere. Woodward has written about the last nine U.S. presidents and chronicled how the power of the presidency has evolved. He is author of 20 bestselling books – 14 went to #1 – more than any contemporary nonfiction writer. His bestseller, Fear: Trump in the White House, is the deepest dive ever made into the first months of any American president. His 20th book, Rage, went behind the scenes of the Trump presidency like never before. His 21st book will look at the final days of the Trump presidency and the early days of Biden’s presidency. In his speeches, Woodward looks at the expanding powers of the presidency and the important lessons that can be learned from the presidents he’s covered. He can also assess the role of the media and how well it is (or isn’t) doing its job. Audiences will be awe-struck by insights from this living journalistic legend. Currently associate editor for The Washington Post where he’s worked since 1971, Bob Woodward has won nearly every American journalism award including two Pulitzers.
Former CIA director and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates wished he’d recruited Woodward into the CIA, “He has an extraordinary ability to get otherwise responsible adults to spill [their] guts to him…his ability to get people to talk about stuff they shouldn’t be talking about is just extraordinary and may be unique.” Therein lays the genius talent of Bob Woodward.
No one else in political investigative journalism has the clout, respect, and reputation of Woodward. He has a way of getting insiders to open up in ways that reveal an intimate yet sweeping portrayal of Washington and the political infighting, how we fight wars, the price of politics, how presidents lead, the homeland security efforts, and so much more. His work is meticulous and draws on internal memos, classified documents, meeting notes and hundreds of hours of recorded interviews with most of the key players, including the president. This is why Fear: Trump in the White House sold more than 1.1 million copies in its first week in September 2018 – breaking the 94-year first-week sales record of its publisher Simon & Schuster – and nearly 2 million copies in hardback, ebook and audio in the first four months.
As a speaker, Woodward pulls the curtain back on Washington and its leaders to captivate audiences with stories that are sometimes surprising, at times shocking, and always fascinating. He blends stories that are both up to the minute and from the past (to provide historical context). Woodward speaks as he writes – crisp and concise – and helps people get behind the spin to understand what’s really going on in the halls of power in an age of 24-hour news, social media, and snarky politics.
Professionally, Bob Woodward is currently associate editor for The Washington Post where he’s worked since 1971. He has won nearly every American journalism award, and the Post won the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for his work with Carl Bernstein on the Watergate scandal. In addition, Woodward was the main reporter for the Post’s articles on the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks that won the National Affairs Pulitzer Prize in 2002.
Bob Schieffer of CBS News said "Woodward has established himself as the best reporter of our time. He may be the best reporter of all time." Lloyd Green wrote in a review for The Guardian that Fear “depicts a White House awash in dysfunction, where the Lord of the Flies is the closest thing to an owner’s manual.” The Weekly Standard called Woodward “the best pure reporter of his generation, perhaps ever.” In 2003, Al Hunt of The Wall Street Journal called Woodward “the most celebrated journalist of our age.” In listing the all-time 100 best non-fiction books, Time magazine has called All the President’s Men, by Bernstein and Woodward, “Perhaps the most influential piece of journalism in history.”
Woodward has co-authored or authored 14 #1 national best-selling non-fiction books. They are: All the President’s Men (1974) and The Final Days (1976), both Watergate books, co-authored with Bernstein; The Brethren: Inside the Supreme Court (1979) co-authored with Scott Armstrong; Wired: The Short Life and Fast Times of John Belushi (1984); Veil: The Secret Wars of the CIA 1981-87 (1987); The Commanders (1991); The Agenda: Inside the Clinton White House (1994); Shadow: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate (1999); Bush at War (2002); Plan of Attack (2004); State of Denial: Bush at War Part III (2006); Obama’s Wars (2010); Fear: Trump in the White House (2018); and Rage (2020). Woodward’s other national bestselling books are: The Secret Man: The Story of Watergate’s Deep Throat (2005), The Choice (1996), Maestro: Greenspan’s Fed and the American Boom (2000), The War Within: A Secret White House History 2006-2008 (2008), The Price of Politics (2012), and The Last of the President’s Men (2015). Newsweek magazine has excerpted six of Woodward’s books in headline-making cover stories; “60 Minutes” has done pieces on eight of his books; and three of his books have been made into feature films.
In November 2017, the online learning portal MasterClass released “Bob Woodward Teaches Investigative Journalism.” In it, Woodward reveals the lessons he’s learned during his career, teaching students what truth means, how to uncover it, and how to build a story with it.
Woodward was born March 26, 1943 in Illinois. He graduated from Yale University in 1965 and served five years as a communications officer in the U.S. Navy before beginning his journalism career at the Montgomery County Sentinel (Maryland), where he was a reporter for one year before joining the Post.
Talks about how organizations can embrace a culture of change and engineer a resilient and inclusive work culture.
Audiences leave with an inspired perspective on change and the mindset, resilience, and tools to grow through change.
Cassandra has over 10 years of M&A experience and is a trusted advisor to Fortune 500 companies.
Past clients include: Procter & Gamble, Allstate, Jones Lang LaSalle, Centene Corporation, ConferenceDirect, and WeWork.
With contagious energy that radiates throughout every room she steps into, Cassandra Worthy is the world’s truly DISRUPTIVE thought-leader on CHANGE that companies need to build organizational resilience and adaptability. During times of major shift such as merger, acquisition, organizational restructure, new systems integration, and market disruption RARELY do businesses ever face the tumultuous emotional landscape of the organization head-on. Only 10% of successful change adoption is about know-how…the other 90% is squarely centered on an organization’s motivation and willingness to embrace the change. Without addressing the emotions standing in the way of motivation, any transformation journey is stopped in its tracks. This is where Cassandra steps in. She has created and cultivated the unique strategy of Change Enthusiasm® which is arming individuals around the world with the means to harness the power of emotion, a resource in infinite supply, to embrace and accelerate change and transformation journeys. Cassandra’s message nurtures highly resilient and adaptable organizations beginning at the heart of the individual.
Cassandra’s client base spans the Fortune 500 and larger all over the world including Procter & Gamble, Allstate, Jones Lang LaSalle, Centene Corporation, ConferenceDirect, and WeWork. Cassandra invigorates and inspires organizations, C-suite executives, and business associations alike going through significant change, disruption, and transformation. Cassandra’s customized keynote and workshop programs motivate the workforce to embrace Change Enthusiasm® and subsequently become self-actualized in working towards a change vision. In her leadership-centric presentations, she is not only sharing this unique strategy of Change Enthusiasm® but also 10+ years of M&A experience distilled down into the critical leadership traits required to lead with exception during high-stress times of change and transformation.
“The Woz” – Co-Founder of Apple Computer, Inc., Chief Scientist at Primary Data
A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than thirty years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products the Apple I and II and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. The following year, he introduced his Apple II personal computer, featuring a central processing unit, a keyboard, color graphics, and a floppy disk drive. The Apple II was integral in launching the personal computer industry.
In 1981, he went back to UC Berkeley and finished his degree in electrical engineering/computer science. For his achievements at Apple, Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States in 1985, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators.
In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, The Economy and Employment for single-handedly designing the first personal computer and for then redirecting his lifelong passion for mathematics and electronics toward lighting the fires of excitement for education in grade school students and their teachers.
Through the years, Wozniak has been involved in various business and philanthropic ventures, focusing primarily on computer capabilities in schools and stressing hands-on learning and encouraging creativity for students. Making significant investments of both his time and resources in education, he adopted the Los Gatos School District, providing students and teachers with hands-on teaching and donations of state-of-the-art technology equipment. He founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, Silicon Valley Ballet and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose.
Wozniak is Chief Scientist at Primary Data and is a published author with the release of his New York Times best selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon by Norton Publishing. His television appearances include reality shows Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and The Big Bang Theory. In 2014, he was awarded the Hoover Medal, a prestigious honor given for “outstanding extra-career services by engineers to humanity,” and was inducted into the IndustryWeek Manufacturing Hall of Fame.
Talks about how understanding yourself could be the key to financial and business success
Audiences learn the self-sabotaging behaviors that get in the way of being financially and professionally successful.
Author of the Amazon bestseller The Real Truth about Success, the Amazon #1 bestseller The Cowbell Principle, and has been featured in Forbes & Inc. Magazines
Past clients include: American Express, Sherwin-Williams, Mass Mutual, Carrier, Walmart
With talents that established him as a Fortune 500 leader and professional stand-up comedian, Garrison Wynn fuses comic timing and research to deliver motivational business expertise.
For 20 years, he has given keynote presentations to clients (such as American Express, Wells Fargo, Oracle and NASA) at corporate and association events. He is the author of the Amazon best-seller The Real Truth about Success, the Amazon #1 best-seller The Cowbell Principle, and been a weekly contributor to the Washington Post and featured in Forbes and Inc. Magazines.
In his teens he debuted the world’s first video gaming system (Odyssey) with baseball legend Hank Aaron - and as a young man spent 6 years touring comedy clubs with the top names in the business. He went on to become the youngest department head in a Fortune 500 company’s history where he researched and designed processes for 38 company locations nationwide - and developed & marketed products still being sold in 30 countries.
Known for his ability to connect with any audience, Garrison communicates powerful, original content built on breakthrough research that he customizes with specifics from your industry. His gruntwork-to-great background from ditch digging (we’re not kidding!) to executive leadership, with sales, marketing, safety, manufacturing, and show biz in between - means that no industry or work experience is beyond Garrison’s ability to identify with or apply insight to. He can reach the CEO and the janitor in the same audience with a consistent, relevant message. He personalizes programs to give audiences the relational and behavioral insights they’ll need if they want to influence and succeed.
Edith Yeung is a venture capitalist, technology executive, and a China Internet expert. She is also the author and creator of the China Internet Report, an annual report on China technology trends that is widely popular among investors and corporate executives.
Selected by Inc Magazine as one of the Silicon Valley investors you must know, Yeung is a partner at 500 Startups - the world’s most active early seed investor. She has invested in over 40 mobile, AI and blockchain startups including Silk Labs (acquired by Apple), Fleksy (acquired by Pinterest), Human (acquired by Mapbox), AISense , DayDayCook, AppOnBoard, Hooked, Oasis, Stellar, Solana, CoCos-BCX, and many more.
Before 500, Edith was previously a GM at Dolphin Browser, a Sequoia-backed mobile browser with over 150 million installs worldwide. Yeung also worked with many Fortune 500 companies such as Siebel, AMS, AT&T Wireless and Autodesk.
Yeung has been featured on CNBC, the Wall Street Journal, SCMP, the BBC, Bloomberg, CBS, NPR, TechCrunch, Asia Society, the Economist, and many more.
Denise talks about how to future-proofing your business with a strong brand and vital culture.
Audiences learn how to align and integrate employee and customer experience to unleash their combined power to fuel growth.
Denise is a leading authority on building great brands and exceptional organizations, as well as an author of the best-selling books What Great Brands Do and FUSION.
Past clients include: Sony, Frito-Lay, Pursuant, Burger King, Lexus, Facebook, and Target.
Blending a unique perspective, over twenty-five years of experience with world-class brands including Sony and Frito-Lay, and a talent for energizing audiences, Denise is a leading authority on building great brands and exceptional organizations. As author of the best-selling book What Great Brands Do and the new book FUSION, she cracks the code on how to achieve brand leadership.
Inspiring Speaker on Diversity, Resilience & Overcoming Adversity
Heather taps into her own personal and professional experiences as well as stories of strength and perseverance to share empowering proven tools for resetting the resilience of every attendee.
Audiences learn the three steps to strengthening resilience & reframe adversity to unlock new mindsets for empowerment and positive self-worth.
Heather is the founder and CEO of Employee Fanatix, an International TEDx speaker on Adversity, Leadership Podcast Host, Business Coach, Facilitator and Attorney, who has earned a reputation as “The Employee Whisperer”. She holds a law degree, is a regular contributor to "Forbes" and "LinkedIn" and is the best-selling author of The 7 Intuitive Laws of Employee Loyalty
Past clients include: Harvard Business Review Brasil, FirstBank, Salas O'Brien, Stark Aerospace, and Colorado Bankers Association.
Heather R. Younger is the Founder and CEO of Employee Fanatix, a leading employee engagement and consulting firm. She is a sought-after keynote speaker who brings revealing insights to the stage from over 25,000 employee experiences. A diversity, equity and inclusion strategist, and the world’s leading expert on listening at work, she is the host of the Leadership with Heart Podcast. Heather is a regular contributor to Forbes and Fast Company and is the best-selling author of The 7 Intuitive Laws of Employee Loyalty, which hit the top of the "Forbes Must-Read List for HR Professionals." Her latest best-selling book, The Art of Caring Leadership, teaches the radical power of caring support in leadership and in the workplace.
A former attorney who worked for years in corporate America, what is most important to know about Heather is that she brings a breadth of experience - extensive quantitative and qualitative research - and a truly deep passion for advocacy, resilience, human relations, and connection - to every audience, every workshop, every consultation.
When not working, she is a mother of four and a self-proclaimed soccer mom who eats tons of chocolate for self-preservation.
Benjamin Zander is the conductor of The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and a guest conductor around the world. With London's famed Philharmonia Orchestra, he is recording the complete cycle of Mahler symphonies for Telarc, recordings which have been received with extraordinary critical acclaim and several awards. Their latest recording of Bruckner's 5th Symphony was nominated for a 2010 Grammy, and has received critical acclaim both for the performance and Zander's now famous full-length disc explaining the music for the lay listener. They recorded their next release, Mahler's 2nd Symphony, in January 2012.
In 1967, Mr. Zander joined the faculty at New England Conservatory, where he taught an interpretation class, conducted the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, and conducted the conservatory orchestras. For the past 28 years, he was the Artistic Director of the joint program between New England Conservatory's Preparatory School and The Walnut Hill School for the Performing Arts in Natick, Massachusetts.
Benjamin Zander has an extensive speaking career, traveling the world lecturing to organizations on leadership. He has appeared four times as a keynote speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where he was presented with the Crystal award for 'outstanding contributions in the Arts and international relations.'
A true renaissance man, Benjamin is also co-author of The Art of Possibility, and holds a degree in English Literature from University College in London. As world-renowned leadership coach and highly in-demand keynote speaker, his presentations are interactive and innovative, and most of all - fun.
Zander was awarded the 2002 'Caring Citizen of the Humanities' Award by the International Council for Caring Communities at the United Nations.
Chief Economist of Moody’s Analytics and Speaker on International Finance
Dr. Mark Zandi is a speaker on international finance and economics. He is the chief economist of Moody's Analytics, where he directs research and consulting. Moody's Analytics, a subsidiary of Moody's Corporation - is a leading provider of economic research, data and analytical tools.
Mark's research interests include macroeconomics, financial markets and public policy. His recent research has focused on the determinants of mortgage foreclosure and personal bankruptcy, analyzed the economic impact of various tax and government spending policies - and assessed the appropriate policy response to bubbles in asset markets. Mark also conducts regular briefings on the economy. He is often quoted in national and global publications and interviewed by major news media outlets. He is the author of Financial Shock, an exposé of the financial crisis, and Paying the Price, which provides a roadmap for meeting the nation's daunting fiscal challenges.
A trusted adviser to policymakers and an influential source of economic analysis for businesses, journalists and the public, Mark has frequently testified before Congress on topics including the economic outlook, the merits of fiscal stimulus, financial regulatory reform - and foreclosure mitigation.
Dr. Zandi received his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania, where he did his research with Gerard Adams and Nobel laureate Lawrence Klein, and received his B.S. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Humorist, Author, and Dynamic Speaker on Teamwork, Change, and Leadership
About Joel Zeff - Dynamic Collaboration, Leadership, and Change Speaker, Improvisational Humorist, and Author:
Since 1997, Joel has inspired audiences from Wells Fargo to Samsung to KPMG and even the IRS. Yes, the IRS. Joel is a masterful public speaker and a nationally renowned motivator, lifelong humorist and improvisational actor.
He connects to his audience with humor that has them laughing so uncontrollably that their mascara runs, their cheeks hurt, and their bellies ache. And he doesn't do it alone. Volunteers from the audience join him on stage and play an integral role in an improvisation game in front of hundreds or thousands of people—something the audience members have never done. He expects nothing less than their success. He expects the volunteers to focus and work together as a team; communicate effectively; positively support each other; and take responsibility.
Joel makes his audience laugh so hard that they forget about the corporate nonsense of conference calls, "strategic deliverables," PowerPoint presentations with upside-down triangles, or "paradigm shifts in a cross-functional organization." Make the Right Choice is conversational, funny, and very informative. Yes, Joel will make you laugh, but he'll also make you think. This presentation delivers a combination of inspiration, essential business knowledge, and significant ideas to help audience members reconnect with their own passion and success.
As discussed in his book, Make the Right Choice, Joel believes that we all encounter choices in our careers. We always have the opportunity to make the right choice to live a more creative, passionate, and productive life. How do you “make the right choice”? You can choose to provide opportunity. You can choose to provide positive support. And along the way, you can choose to have fun. It’s really that simple. Joel teaches us just how easy it is to make these choices.
When he is not speaking, Joel expresses his creativity as an actor, writer and comedian. He started performing professionally in 1992. In Dallas, he was co-host of The Movie Zone on UPN 21. He has appeared in dozens of commercials for numerous clients, including the Dallas Cowboys, Harrah's Casino, Mydiscountbroker.com, Time Warner Cable, Pizza Hut, McDonald's, Eagle Country Markets, and Extraco Bank. He has appeared in hundreds of corporate videos. He has also appeared on CNBC’s The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch. He has been featured in The Dallas Morning News, The Houston Chronicle, The Kansas City Star, and many other media outlets.
Geopolitical Strategist; Global Energy, Demographic, and Security Expert
Peter talks about the future of energy, agriculture, finance, and the role America will play in the world to come post-pandemic.
Audiences leave with insights on global trade and everything that comes from it — cheap Asian goods, international energy markets, global agriculture, stable finance — is about to unravel. Out of all this the Americans — cast in both the role of disruptor and survivor — are making decisions that will shape both themselves and the rest of the world for decades.
Peter Zeihan is an author, the Former Vice President of Analysis at STRATFOR and Founder of Zeihan on Geopolitics.
Past clients include: Brasada Capital Management, CFA Society, CoBank, CVC Advisers, Industrial Asset Management Council, North West Farm Credit Services, and Rimrock Capital.
Peter Zeihan is a geopolitical strategist, which is a fancy way of saying he helps people understand how the world works. Peter combines an expert understanding of demography, economics, energy, politics, technology - and security to help clients best prepare for an uncertain future.
Over the course of his career, Peter has worked for the US State Department in Australia, the DC think tank community - and helped develop the analytical models for Stratfor, one of the world’s premier private intelligence companies. Peter founded his own firm - Zeihan on Geopolitics - in 2012 in order to provide a select group of clients with direct, custom analytical products. Today those clients represent a vast array of sectors including energy majors, financial institutions, business associations, agricultural interests, universities and the U.S. military.
Peter is a critically acclaimed author whose books - The Accidental Superpower and The Absent Superpower - have been recommended by Mitt Romney, Fareed Zakaria and Ian Bremmer. Peter is also a highly sought after public speaker. With a keen eye toward what will drive tomorrow’s headlines - his irreverent approach transforms topics that are normally dense and heavy into accessible, relevant takeaways for audiences of all types.
Speaker, Writer, and Market Researcher on Generational Differences in the Workplace
A proud Gen Xer, Scott Zimmer has been one of BridgeWorks’ generational keynote speakers for the past eight years. His presentations illustrate the common clashes and misunderstandings between generations, and provide straightforward solutions to help companies bridge generational gaps around communication and collaboration, recruitment and retention, diversity and inclusion, and most recently, hybrid work. Scott believes customization is the key to a successful session, so he works hard to understand each of his client’s specific needs.
Scott used his love of nostalgia and pop culture (he was a big fan of Atari and He-Man) and generational expertise to develop BridgeWorks’ generational trivia show, GenPop.
BridgeWorks has been dedicated solely to the study of generational differences since its inception in 1998 and is the company who wrote the best-selling business books When Generations Collide: Who They Are. Why They Clash. How to Solve the Generational Puzzle at Work (HarperCollins) and The M-Factor (HarperBusiness). BridgeWorks has worked with clients varying from the AARP to MTV and over 30 Fortune 100 companies in between.
Scott grew up on a dairy farm in central Minnesota where he mastered the art of bailing hay and milking cows. He graduated from St. John’s University in 2000 with a BA in communications. In addition to researching and presenting, Scott is a self-proclaimed movie-buff and is always game to try the latest restaurant or craft beer hotspot.