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Author - Keynote Speakers

Carol Leifer

A groundbreaking star marking her mark in the late 1970's as one of the few female stand up comedians, Carol Leifer was also a writer of many hit shows including the long-running sketch comedy "Saturday Night Live," wrote and co-produced the late night fictional talk show "The Larry Sanders Show" (HBO, 1992-98), and 75 episodes of "Seinfeld."Over the course of her career, Lefier has been nominated for an Emmy 4 times for her writing and won a Writers Guild Award in 2012 for her work as a writer on the show Modern Family. In 2009, Leifer released When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win, a collection of humorous essays about life after 40, and most importantly, the moment she discovered that she was gay and how her life changed for the better after coming to terms with her sexuality. Her latest bestselling book, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying is part memoir, part guide book on getting ahead in the show-biz world and laugh out loud fun.

Gina Schreck

Always looking for new ways to use today’s technology to connect and build businesses, Gina is one of the top female social marketing speakers. She speaks around the globe at conferences helping organizations understand the impact of today’s social and digital revolution on their business. Gina is the president of SocialKNX, a content marketing and social media management company that helps manage online brands for associations, hotels, retail and franchise organizations. Gina is also the author of several books including Getting’ Geeky with Twitter, and was the technical editor on the latest Complete Idiots Guide to Social Media! Gina was ranked as one of the top 50 women influencers on-line in FastCompany’s Influence project, and as one of the top 20 online social media coaches. Her goal is to help companies discover creative ways to use content that draws potential customers in, generates leads, and builds a bright future for their company.

Dayna Steele

Dayna Steele is a leading authority on business and success trends including social media, networking and customer service as well as a rock radio Hall of Famer, and author of the 101 Ways to Rock Your World book series. She writes for FastCompany.com, consults Fortune 500 companies and is a popular keynote speaker for companies and universities. Her business card sums it up: Dayna Steele, Creates Rock Stars.

Mike Jaffe

Mike Jaffe is a nationally-recognized speaker, seminar leader, business and personal coach, and author of WAKE UP! Your Life is Calling. Why settle for FINE when so much more is possible? A 9/11 survivor who has transformed his life, Mike Jaffe serves as The Human WakeUp Call™ by using his own brush with tragedy as a message of self-discovery and empowerment. As a result of his own wakeup call, Jaffe radically changed directions in his career, leaving a secure corporate job in Manhattan and reinventing himself as an entrepreneur. He is the founder of the Mike Jaffe Company, whose program helps individuals and organizations unlock their potential and create new possibilities for growth and success. Mike has appeared as a featured expert on CNN, Fox News, New England Cable News and has been published and quoted in the Wall Street Journal, MSN, US News & World Report, Crain’s NY Business, Entrepreneur Magazine Radio and other national and regional media outlets. Mike is ready to benefit your company by providing your executives, managers and teams a powerful, life-changing, success-oriented wakeup call of their own.

Marilyn Sherman

Marilyn Sherman believes that an inspired, motivated workforce is a more productive workforce. With a practical, motivating message of living life in the front row, delivered with high energy and humor, your audience will walk away feeling like they can accomplish more at their work and in their life. Marilyn delivers a dynamic opening keynote presentation followed by a high-content workshop on reducing stress and conflict in the workplace. After hearing her talk, your people will be ready to take on new challenges with optimism and hope. Marilyn has been motivating corporate audiences for more than 18 years. Her corporate background as a training officer for a major finance company gives her the experience necessary to motivate employees at companies large and small. She is the author of three motivational books and is dedicated to inspiring each and every audience to be more productive with no more excuses!

Lawrence Chimerine

Dr. Chimerine is President, Radnor International Consulting Inc. and partner and member of the Investment Committee of Miller Investment Management (formerly Strategic Capital Advisors). The former Chairman, Chief Executive, and Chief Economist of Chase Econometrics and The WEFA Group, Dr. Chimerine has lent his advice and council to an impressive resume of major Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions and government agencies for over 25 years. Dr. Chimerine's enthusiastic, no-nonsense style of business analysis and forecasting has attracted the interests of the most powerful business people in the world and has enlightened audiences for more than 25 years. Dr. Chimerine appears regularly on the Lehrer News Hour, Adam Smith’s “Money World”, Wall Street Week, Today, Good Morning America, Crossfire, C-Span, CNBC, This Week, ABC Evening News, NBC Nightly News, and other popular television programs. Custom-tailoring every presentation, he offers facts, not theories; practical advice, not economic jargon. With intelligence and clarity, Dr. Chimerine examines the issues and trends of current and future economic situations and how they will directly affect your organization, industry, or geographic region.

Matt Oechsli

Matt Oechsli is one of the leading authorities regarding marketing, selling, servicing and developing loyalty with affluent clients. His firm has conducted numerous research projects on the affluent. Matt knows what is required to become a “rainmaker” within the world of the affluent. Matt’s value as a consultant and coach is his more than 30 years of experience. All of Matt’s topics are research based, street tested, and action oriented - they include ‘gems’ that can be used today. Besides studying the affluent, his research has ranged from uncovering the 15 criteria that separate high performance Wealth Management teams from the rest, to discovering the criteria that differentiate preferred wholesalers from the rest, to identifying the high impact affluent sales and marketing activities that work in today’s world. Matt has authored eleven books, a number of industry best-sellers. One of his recent books, The Art of Selling to the Affluent published by John Wiley & Sons, has been adopted by Sotheby’s as part of the core curriculum for their graduate training program. His book, Becoming a Rainmaker, based on their research on affluent client acquisition, is quickly becoming an industry best-seller. Matt has presented to groups from Sydney to Wall Street - bringing his dynamic and practical message to executives, managers, sales people and teams.

Ellen Goodman

Ellen Goodman is one of the most influential journalists in the US. Her Pulitzer Prize-winning column appears in over 400 newspapers, making her the second most widely read columnist in the country. Ellen is an American original. A gifted writer who senses emerging shifts in our public and private lives, Goodman specializes in illuminating the cultural debates that become national obsessions. A truly innovative force in American journalism, she is widely acclaimed as a voice of sanity, and readers depend on her to help them make sense of their changing lives and relationships. In addition to the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Commentary, Ellen Goodman has won many other awards, including the American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award, the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Rights Award from the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, and the President's Award from the National Women's Political Caucus.

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.

Michel Neray

A naturally dynamic, fun and engaging speaker, Michel Neray has held a variety of leadership positions in the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, and has spoken professionally in more than seven countries. He is passionate about helping his audiences discover and communicate what he calls their ‘Essential Message’. That’s the most basic building block that enables individuals and companies to be the best at what they do; to have stronger relationships and better rapport with customers, colleagues, family and friends; to stand out from the crowd and make a difference; to provide exceptional customer service driven by a genuine desire to help; and above all else, to lead a more fulfilled, more effective professional and personal life. Michel co-authored The Great Crossover, which made it to Jack Canfield’s Achiever’s Recommended Reading List. Michel encourages companies to differentiate in a competitive world with his educational, inspiring, and thought provoking presentations.

Dean Karnazes

An internationally recognized endurance athlete and New York Times bestselling author, Dean Karnazes has pushed his body and mind to inconceivable limits. He has run 350 continuous miles (foregoing sleep for three nights) as well as a run across Death Valley in 120 degree temperatures and a marathon to the South Pole in negative 40 degrees. In 2006, Dean accomplished the (seemingly) impossible by running 50 marathons--one in each US state--in 50 consecutive days. As a speaker, Dean has captivated and inspired audiences all over with his stories of persistence and perseverance. His dynamic, engaging, and rousing presentations focus on going beyond perceived limitations to be the best that you can be. He examines and discusses the essential ingredients necessary for high-achievement and developing the ability to prevail and preserve against staggering odds. In addition to his athletic achievements, Dean is an accomplished businessman who has worked for several Fortune 500 companies and startups and is uniquely able to demonstrate how the lessons learned from athletics can be applied to business. He is also the author of five books, including his most recent release, Run! 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss.

Patrick Lencioni

Patrick Lencioni is founder and president of The Table Group, a firm dedicated to providing organizations with ideas, products and services that improve teamwork, clarity and employee engagement. He advises audiences that instead of trying to become smarter, leaders and organizations need to shift their focus to becoming healthier, allowing them to tap into the more-than-sufficient intelligence and expertise they already have. He defines a healthy organization as one with minimal politics and confusion, high degrees of morale and productivity, and low turnover among good people. He is the author of eleven best-selling books with nearly five million copies sold. Named in Fortune magazine as one of the ‘ten new gurus you should know,’ Pat and his work have been featured in USA TODAY, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Harvard Business Review, to name a few. Pat shares his insights and inspires his audiences through his accessibility, humor and story-telling.

Neal Petersen

With his help as a business coach, Neal Petersen has driven thousands of people to overcome their insurmountable barriers. As a motivational speaker Neal has changed the lives of many through his enthralling life story of growing up in poverty with a physical disability and excelling in a single-handed yacht race around the world with a boat he built. Neal alters people’s attitudes by sharing his powerful message that, “in life there are no barriers, only solutions!” In today’s business world people feel like a solo sailor, alone with all their problems but after listening to Neal’s keynotes they no longer feel abandoned but are empowered to be triumphant in their journey.

Hannah Shaw Grove

Hannah Shaw Grove is one of the world’s leading experts on private wealth—what it is; where it comes from; who controls it; how it’s deployed; when it’s at risk; and why it’s so important. In a field that is synonymous with discretion, personalization, and state-of-the-art thinking, she is an in-demand resource for wealthy families who are evaluating their family office and business strategies and for Fortune 500 companies and boutique specialists who seek guidance on how to build effective and profitable relationships with their affluent clientele. She is the author of ten books, including two seminal texts on the family office that she co-authored with Russ Alan Prince. A dynamic and knowledgeable speaker, Hannah draws upon proprietary research conducted with high-net-worth individuals and their advisors to craft a compelling and actionable message for her audiences.

Terry Savage

Are you ready to talk about money? Terry Savage is a nationally recognized expert on personal finance, the economy, and markets. Her expertise comes from experience as she started her career as a stockbroker, and became a founding member and first woman trader on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. Terry is the author of four best-selling books on personal finance, including The Savage Truth on Money and The Savage Number. She currently writes a weekly personal finance column syndicated by Tribune Content Agency, and blogs regularly on the Huffington Post. Terry is also seen frequently as a money expert on CNN and other national television and radio programs, commenting on the financial markets and current economic events. Her innovative ideas about the global economy, investing techniques, and personal finance inspires her audiences to secure their own financial future.

Jordan Goodman

Americans in all walks of life, at every socioeconomic level, are clamoring to learn how to improve their personal finances in these challenging times: Jordan Goodman can be the answer! He is known as “America’s Money Answers Man” and is a national recognized expert on personal finance. He has been a reporter and writer since 1979 and spent 18 years working at MONEY magazine on the editorial staff serving as a Wall Street correspondent. He appears frequently on The View, Fox News Network, Fox Business Network, CNN, CNBC and CBS Evening News. Jordan is the successful author/co-author of 13 bestselling books including Master Your Debt Fast Profits in Hard Times, Everyone’s Money Book and Master Your Money Type. Jordan’s presentations are educational and audiences will learn how to better manage their personal finances.

Alvin Law

Due to a prenatal exposure to the infamous medication Thalidomide, Alvin Law was born with no arms. You may assume that this is your typical motivational speaker who overcame a disability, but if you ask Alvin he’d say he never had to “overcome” anything because he never had arms. Rather, Alvin's insights from living through such a dynamic period in history have made him one of the foremost experts on adaptation, change, and perspective. His customized and enthusiastic presentations bring together humor and stories that are unforgettable. During his keynotes Alvin shows audiences how to put their own obstacles into perspective as he plays the keyboard and drums! Alvin not only provides an experience but changes your view of facing challenges forever.

Phil Callaway

Though he has been called “The funniest Canadian alive” Phil Callaway uses his award-winning humor to inspire and motivate worldwide audiences as diverse as corporations, cancer societies, health care workers, churches, and Fortune 500 companies. Known worldwide for his humorous yet perceptive look at life, Phil is the best-selling author of twenty-five inspirational humor books including Laughing Matters, Who Put My Life On Fast Forward? I Used to Have Answers…Now I Have Kids, Making Life Rich Without Any Money, and Family Squeeze. Phil's writings have been translated into languages like Polish, Chinese, Spanish, German, Dutch, Indonesian, and English (one of which he speaks fluently!) Described as “Dave Barry with a message,” Phil is a frequent guest on national radio and television, and partners with Compassion, an international child development agency. For two years his 5-part video series The Big Picture was the number one teaching video on the planet. Lou Pierce, Chair and Divisional Vice President of Million Dollar Round Table’s Top of the Table says, "Phil not only had our audience energized, I was on the verge of calling 911 for a shipment of respirators to combat a severe outbreak of hysterical laughter syndrome. But the true medicine came in the form of gentle tugs on our heartstrings as Phil artfully painted word pictures of joyfully experiencing life."

Gene Marks

Gene Marks is an expert on growth, management, and profitability for small and medium-sized businesses. A small business owner himself, Gene is also a weekly columnist for the New York Times, Forbes, and The Huffington Post. He has authored five books on topics that pertain to small and medium-sized businesses, including his most recent title, In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash: Simple Lessons from Smart Business People. Gene's engaging and exciting presentations help business owners, executives, and managers to understand the current political, economic, and technological trends that will affect their companies. With straightforward language, humor, and expertise, Gene will provide your audience with strategies and tools that they can use immediately to strengthen business and grow revenue. From budgets to bonus programs and health care reform to social networking, Gene understands the issues that affect small businesses. Let him teach your audience how to triumph in today's climate and turn seeming challenges into profitable opportunities!

Jeffrey Rosensweig

Jeff Rosensweig is an associate professor of International Business and Finance. He is also Director of the Global Perspectives Program. Jeff specializes in global strategy, global economics, and international finance. Prior to joining Emory in January 1988, he was Senior International Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Jeff has also taught at M.I.T. and in the economics department and the School of Management at Yale University. Jeff’s research into global trends leads to frequent keynote lectures to business and academic audiences. His current research focuses on three main topics. First –business linkages with the emerging global economy. Second — the implications of globally divergent demographic trends for business. Third — factors affecting competition in the global travel and tourism industry. Rosensweig teaches audiences to analyze trends leading to a successful growth strategy for their business. Rather than merely providing predictions and opinions, Professor Rosensweig tailors each presentation with valuable information and insights pertinent to the specific industry and organization.

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