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Innovation - Keynote Speakers

Michael Gelb

Michael Gelb is a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, accelerated learning, and innovative leadership. He brings more than 35 years of experience as a professional speaker, seminar leader and organizational consultant to his diverse, international clientele. A former professional juggler who once performed with the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, Michael introduced the idea of teaching juggling as a means to promote accelerated learning and team-building. Michael creatively and effectively provides innovative thinking to personal and organization development. He is also the author of the global best seller How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci and 13 other books on creativity, innovation and leadership. Michael will delight and inspire all audiences with his unique and interactive presentations.

Vikram Mansharamani

How will global, political, market, technological, societal, and economic forces impact your industry and business? Vikram Mansharamani shows business leaders and investors how to look at the world differently in order to manage risk and navigate radical uncertainty. Vikram first gained widespread attention with his book Boombustology: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst. He is a contributor to Worth magazine and PBS NewsHour in addition to being LinkedIn’s #1 Voice on Economy and Finance in 2015 and 2016. Vikram believes that the future doesn’t have to surprise us- and won’t- if we regularly step away from our own expertise, look at the world through multiple lenses, then connect the dots.

Stephen Denny

Stephen Denny is an experienced business speaker and consultant who livens the crowd with his lessons on how to beat out the competition. His experience has radically changed the perspective of his audience’s way of doing seemingly impossible tasks and accomplishing them. As author of Killing Giants: 10 Strategies to Topple the Goliath In Your Industry, Stephen has studied the global business leaders who have done such tasks and shares the way to defeat the “Giant Killer” in his keynotes. Find your inspiration by listening to Stephen’s tools for success and be able to find the answers to how to make better decisions in the most unusual places!

Jack Shaw

Jack Shaw has been a Technology Futurist for more than 30 years helping others understand the strategic implications of emerging technologies. He’s the author of three books and numerous White Papers and has delivered more than 1000 keynote addresses and executive presentations in more than 20 countries. He was voted one of the world’s Top 5 Technology Futurist Speakers for 2014 by over 12,000 meetings planners, executives and conference attendees – the only Technology Futurist among the overall Top 5 Speakers in votes. Jack’s clients include IBM, SAP, Oracle, CA Technologies, GE and Coca Cola among hundreds of other businesses large and small. He is widely recognized for his expertise in such breakthrough business technologies as Big Data, eCommerce/OmniCommerce, Intelligent Systems, Mobile Commerce and Social Media. Jack graduated from Yale and has an MBA from Kellogg.

Freddie Ravel

From his GRAMMY-winning releases to his internationally-acclaimed corporate keynotes, Freddie Ravel has produced #1 hits in America and performed worldwide with Madonna, Prince, The Boston Pops, Earth, Wind and Fire and Carlos Santana. As one of the world’s leading music-applied-to-business experts, he brings a proven track record of wowing audiences and transforming creative and corporate cultures that include AIG, AIA, Morgan Stanley, Citi, American Integrity, Google, Apple, IBM Analytics, Wal Mart, NASA and Red Bull.

Frans Johansson

After publishing the bestselling book The Medici Effect, Frans Johansson speaks to organizations about his insights to having a successful group of employees. In his keynote presentations, Johansson passionately speaks about how the best ideas and innovation come from collaboration between people with diverse experiences, skills, backgrounds, and cultures. Making the business case for diversity, his programs teach audiences how to break down barriers and bring out the best that everyone has to give to every challenge or opportunity. Help your business reach greater potential by transforming Frans’ guidelines into reality.

Gerard Senehi

Gerard Senehi is driven by a passion for expanding what we consider possible. He is an entertainer and activist who performs as a mentalist and uses his talent for creating mystery to provoke deeper questions and inspire innovative thinking about the future. Gerard’s presentations bring people together to participate in unique, evocative, and mystifying events. Audience members witness apparent displays of telekinesis, thought reading, and telepathy. Then, perhaps most mystifying of all, Gerard has them perform these seemingly impossible acts themselves! Through playful and captivating demonstrations of impossible feats, Gerard’s work disarms even the most resolute skeptics and inspires people to consider themselves and their world in a more expansive way.

Bill Stainton

As a dynamic leader, a multiple Emmy Award-winning TV producer, writer, and performer, an author, a business humorist, and an internationally-recognized Beatles expert, Bill Stainton offers insight that is guarenteed to inspire and motivate. He blends the business smarts he gained from twenty years in corporate management with the show biz sparks he gleaned from working with people like Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, and Jay Leno to create entertaining and enlightening presentations enjoyed by audiences from around the world!

Shawn Achor

Recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that Happiness fuels success. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work. Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage, teaches organizational leaders how to increase happiness and meaning for their employees. Shawn spent over a decade at Harvard University where he won over a dozen teaching awards. He then went on to be founder of Good Think Inc. which allows him to share his research. Shawn speaks to his audiences on how to create a positive transformation that can have a rippling effect on an organization’s culture. He explains how we can reprogram our brains to become more positive, helping us achieve the extraordinary in work, in our lives, and in our organization's bottom lines. Shawn has spoken to many types of audiences that have all benefited from listening to his research on organizational achievement and happiness.

Bill Bartmann

America loves a “rags to riches” - an “underdog” – an “against all odds come-back”, a “survivor”! Homeless at age 14, a member of a street gang and a high-school dropout – he took control of his life by taking the GED exam and putting himself through college and law school. In 1998, tragedy struck when Bill's former business partner committed fraud and sent the company into bankruptcy. This experience would have embittered most people, but not them. Bill and Kathy now travel the country, sharing their stories of how they created their successes and how they dealt with their challenges. It is their life's goal to do for “failure” what Betty Ford did for alcoholism and Susan Komen did for breast cancer. Bill Bartmann understands success and failure. He made corporate history by creating companies that transformed him from poverty to millionaire - to bankruptcy - to billionaire - to bankruptcy - to indicted - to acquitted - to the top again.

Andy Boynton

In today’s competitive world, the old tried and true approach to customers, clients, innovation, and strategy simply doesn’t work as well as it used to. Andy Boynton understands the new rules and can educate leaders, managers, and organizations on how to renews themselves and succeed. Andy Boynton is Dean of Boston College’s Carroll School of Management, author, and co-creator of DeepDive, the world’s largest methodology for helping executives harness the power of teams to significantly improve problem-solving speed, innovation, and results. As a leadership speaker he brings his 20 years of experience as a researcher, speaker, and designer of powerful executive education sessions to firms around the world. He communicates his message in a powerful, engaging way to offer actionable strategies for organizations. He shares the insights he has learned through research into what it takes to win today across all dimensions for any organization.

Bill Benjamin

Bill Benjamin is the CEO of the acclaimed Institute for Health and Human Potential, a successful international business, recently named one of the “Fastest Growing Companies”. As a speaker, Bill has inspired and educated audiences of 30 to 2000 at leadership retreats, sales meetings, IT forums and association events. Bill's practical and scientific approach to leadership, combined with his advanced degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science, make him a hit with analytical audiences. His experience in sales gives him a high degree of energy and enthusiasm, which he brings to every presentation. Bill takes a straightforward and practical look at what is driving your leadership behaviors by examining the brain science that drives your emotions. He provides practical tools that leaders will apply immediately to help them engage their teams and drive higher performance. Over and over again, attendees share what the like about Bill’s presentations: he offers practical techniques they can immediately use.

Simon T. Bailey

Are you ready to shift your thinking? Are you ready to improve your life? Then get ready to experience Simon T. Bailey. He has helped more than 1 million people find their brilliance, shift their thinking, and produce sustainable results. According to The Speakers Experts, Simon is one of America’s Top 10 most booked corporate and association speakers. Simon has authored seven books including Release Your Brilliance and Shift Your Brilliance: Harness the Power of You Inc. He is the former leader of the world-renowned Disney Institute and founder of Brilliance Institute, Inc. He connects with any audience on many levels with a relevant message that resonates beyond the stage. Simon brings a fresh voice that challenges and teaches organizations to overcome obstacles that can lead them to higher levels of engagement, retention, and productivity.

Mary Boone

What differentiates Mary is her combination of original, compelling content with a well-designed and expertly facilitated interactive experience. You get a bonus with Mary – she can not only excite the audience with her content, but she can also engage them in a large scale conversation. She also believes passionately in extending the collaborative experience beyond the boundaries of the speaking engagement. It’s not simply about customizing the speech topic, sending pre-reading documents or leaving behind solution tip sheets – these are “givens.” Her engagements also include ideas for sharing content long after the event is over. She speaks on leadership, complexity, high performance collaboration and engagement. Mary’s work as an author and consultant has been quoted and published in a wide range of media including Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, NPR, CNN, and The Wall Street Journal, among many others. Successful Meetings magazine has also recognized her as a “Top Speaker” and featured her on its cover as a “Strategic Thinker.”

Chip Bell

Chip Bell is considered a world-renowned authority on customer loyalty and service innovation. He has helped many Fortune 100 companies dramatically enhance their bottom lines and marketplace reputation through innovative customer-centric strategies that address the needs of today’s picky, fickle, vocal and “all about me” customers. Chip reveals the best practices from the organizations leading the customer loyalty charge, giving audiences powerful cutting-edge ideas and unique strategies they can put into practice the minute they leave his keynote. He has authored several best-selling books including The 9½ Principles of Innovative Service and Take Their Breath Away: How Imaginative Service Creates Devoted Customers.

Allan Karl

Allan Karl is a world traveler, adventurer, photographer, author, entrepreneur, and inspirational keynote speaker. He is also a principal of Clearcloud, a digital marketing consultancy that offers brand reengineering and communication and digital marketing communication. With the story of his three-year journey around the world alone on a motorcycle, he inspires people to pursue dreams, overcome challenges, tackle obstacles, and embrace change. His captivating storytelling and award-winning photography creates a truly memorable presentation that people refers to for years to come for further inspiration.

James Canton

He may not have a time machine to prove that his predictions will be correct, but the businesses that Dr. James Canton’s has been a futuristic speaker for can validate that his innovative insight has lead them to a bright future. A renowned global futurist, social scientist, author, and visionary business advisor Dr. Canton has been insightfully predicting key trends that have shaped our world for over 30 years. He has advised Global Fortune 1000 companies and trained them on being innovators of their industry and can do the same for your company with his customized business coaching!

Jim Carroll

As said by BusinessWeek, Jim Carroll is “a leading source for innovation insight.” He is one of the world’s leading futurists, trends & innovation experts. Through his keynote and leadership speeches, Jim transforms his audience’s way of thinking to help them discover opportunities in an era of high-velocity change. He helps his listeners meet the challenges of the economic contraction by concentrating on innovation and aligning their strategy of fast-paced future trends. Jim’s deep understanding and unique insight makes him a sought out presenter for organizations.

Andy Cohen

Andy Cohen’s engaging and entertaining keynote teaches participants to think differently by challenging dangerous assumptions while providing tools to internalize the Assumpt! Paradigm and apply the new learning spontaneously over and over again. The end result is helping organizations overcome the barriers standing in the way of their leadership, innovation and marketing success. As an award winning writer, commercial director and owner of a direct response advertising agency, Andy learned what motivates people to respond, what doesn’t and why. He now incorporates those same principles in his keynote and seminars to create memorable learning experiences that transform the way people think.

Mick Fleetwood

Founding member and drummer of the wildly popular and generation transcending band, Fleetwood Mac, Mick Fleetwood is truly an American icon in the music industry. Mick's presentation is steeped in iconic stardom and his charismatic presence and humorous punctuation never fails to delight. He is a topical celebrity presenter, sharing thoughts on creativity, branding, transitions, and about his life and times. His style with the audience is entertaining and informative. In this keynote speech, Mick speaks about the success he has enjoyed by blending art and business, and always focusing on the future while remembering lessons learned in the past. Mick parallels his own experiences with what it takes to make an individual successful in today's competitive marketplace. For decades, Mick has proven to be one of rock’s greatest drummers, a Fleetwood appearance often has deep emotional and lasting impact on attendees.

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