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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.

Garrison Wynn

With talents that established him as a Fortune 500 leader and professional stand-up comedian, Garrison Wynn, CSP, fuses comic timing and research to show how anyone can help create a culture of safety. He is authentic – a guy who's been there. Wynn is a chemical plant explosion survivor with a background in industrial instrumentation. For 20 years, he has given keynote presentations to clients such as Exxon, BASF, the National Safety Council, Behavioral Science and Technology (BST), the NFL, and NASA. In his teens, he debuted the world’s first video gaming system with baseball legend Hank Aaron; and as a young man, Wynn spent six years touring comedy clubs with the top names in the business before going on to create industrial products still being sold in 30 countries.

Lance Secretan

As a speaker, retreat leader, teacher, and coach, Lance Secretan inspires executive teams with new ways of thinking. He is the former CEO of a Fortune 100 company and the author of 15 books about leadership, emphasizing the connection between high performance and the heart, the mind and the soul, and inspiration and leadership. He is pioneering the integration of corporate life and spiritual integrity. Lance's most recent bestselling business book is The Spark, the Flame, and the Torch: Inspire Self. Inspire Others. Inspire the World. In his presentations, Lance blends wisdom, timely and provocative knowledge, and awesome multimedia visual imagery and sound with just the right amount of humor, inspiration, and personal engagement He is a master storyteller who tailors his presentations to meet the needs of his audiences. In every keynote his aim is the same: to change the lives of participants and make the world a better place.

Jay Jacobs

Jay Jacobs lost an amazing 181 pounds in 8 months as a contestant with his daughter, Jennifer, on NBC's hit show, The Biggest Loser. He was the only guy standing in the Final 4 at the Season 11 finale. Since then, Jay has become a health and wellness ambassador. He has appeared on TV and radio programs such as Today, Good Morning America, and Fox & Friends. Plus, he has appeared in Time, The New York Times and Readers Digest. Jay's journey and message inspires individuals to embrace healthier lifestyles. Healthier lifestyles lead to better overall corporate health and greater productivity for organizations. Jay's personal journey motivates others to tackle their own health challenges and live the rest of their lives as the best of their lives! When Jay’s not inspiring others through his speaking engagements, he is an active managing partner of Shurn Group: Wellness Matters, his family-owned, health and wellness branding and marketing firm.

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.

George J. Mitchell

Senator George Mitchell has an international reputation for always being willing to take on tough jobs and uses his expertise to help settle challenging situations. He has led a distinguished career in public service, spending 15 years in the Senate. More recently, Senator Mitchell served as a US Special Envoy for Middle East Peace from January 2009- May 2011. He is also the author of five books, the most recent, a memoir entitled The Negotiator: Reflections on an American Life. For six consecutive years he was voted “the most respected member” of the Senate. Committed to fairness, Senator Mitchell is the man called on to handle delicate issues, to straighten out disagreements, and help solve the most challenging investigations. He customizes his presentations for audiences and speaks on a range of topics including global politics, foreign policy, US politics, business leadership, conflict resolution and negotiation. His experience is unparalleled and his intellect captivates all audiences.

W Mitchell

Undefeated by a blazing motorcycle accident and a paralyzing plane crash four years later, W Mitchell learned to take responsibility for the countless changes in his life. Whether coping with devastating burns over 65% of his body or being sentenced to life in a wheelchair, this once robust Marine firmly held on to his feisty nature and quick wit. It was "his" uphill journey and he was determined to maintain control, cope with the changes, and prosper. Without a doubt, Mitchell understands what it takes to rebuild and eventually reach the top. His life clearly illustrates his philosophy -- that most limitations are self-imposed. Step by step, Mitchell moved forward with his life. He became an internationally acclaimed mayor "who saved a mountain," a successful businessman who put thousands of people to work, a congressional nominee from Colorado, and a respected environmentalist and conservationist who repeatedly testified before Congress. Mitchell captivates and stuns audiences with his story and then empowers them to accept challenges, embrace change, and take action – not only at work but in everyday life. His tenacity and credibility are indisputable as he so obviously lives his message. Mitchell proves that unexpected changes can become exciting new starting points.

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!

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.

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.

Katty Kay

As a British journalist in Washington, DC, Katty Kay offers a fresh perspective on the unfolding drama of American politics that only an outsider can provide. Katty is the current lead anchor for BBC World News America and covers topics ranging from global affairs to insights on American politics. She is a keen observer of America’s role in a rapidly changing world. She is also the co-author of two New York Times Bestsellers, The Confidence Code, and Womenomics. The Confidence Code examines the science and art of self-assurance and its role in success. Womenomics urges women to write their own rules for success. Katty’s knowledge and observations provide a perspective that brings audiences to a better understanding of what is happening in the world today and how it can affect businesses.

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.

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