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Author - Keynote Speakers

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.

Yossi Ghinsberg

In the midst of the uncharted Amazon, after losing his 3 companions, a young Israeli traveler is tested to the extreme through 21 harrowing days of sheer survival. A riveting storyteller, Yossi Ghinsberg relives his ordeal, sweeping audiences into the depths of the primordial jungle. He draws from his rich life experiences as a daring explorer and visionary entrepreneur, breathing new perspectives into individuals and organizations worldwide. Yossi's presentations ignite the human spirit to overcome challenges and celebrate life. He brings his audiences on a journey far away from their everyday reality and gives them a different perspective on what change really is and how to use it. His insights help everyone see change in a positive way – not as an obstacle to be overcome, but an opportunity to be grasped. Jungle, based on his book, is now a major motion picture starring Daniel Radcliffe.

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.

Sally Hogshead

In today’s ever distracting world people have an attention span of only 9-seconds. Sally Hogshead can teach you how to grab their attention and communicate value within that time period. Sally is a Hall of Fame speaker, international author, and the world’s leading expert on fascination. In her keynotes Sally coaches people on how to break through the distraction and competition by creating moments of intense focus. By fascinating a customer or employee you create exciting moments of connection, which will make your listener more likely to remember and value you. With Sally’s expertise in fascination you will be engaged and learning till the very end.

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!

Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward is a legendary two-time Pulitzer Prize-Winning journalist, bestselling author and associate editor for the Washington Post. Bob is the most famous investigative journalist; he delivers the ultimate inside scoop about the behind-the-headlines wrangling of Washington and its leaders. He is the author of 12 #1 bestsellers, including All the President’s Men and The Final Days. He captivates audiences with stories that are sometimes surprising, at times shocking, and always fascinating. Bob engages his audiences by blending stories that are both up to the minute and from the past. In an age of 24-hour news, social media, and snarky politics, Bob helps people get behind the spin to understand what’s really going on in the halls of power.

Heidi Marble

It has been 12 since Heidi was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer. Her original prognosis was 18 months - a death sentence. At 34 years old, mother of a two year old son and wife of a devoted husband, Heidi fought with unflinching determination. The sacrifices were many: loss of both breasts, a full hysterectomy, burns from radiation, hair loss from chemotherapy, coupled with years of hormonal injections/pills. After a few miracles, Heidi crawled back with a heart full of purpose. Her metamorphosis from near death to life is documented in her book, WAITING FOR WINGS, which chronicles Marble’s journey through diagnosis, treatment, survival and healing. It includes poetry she has written as well as personal journal entries, illustrations and photographs. Her second book TAKING FLIGHT explores life after cancer. Additionally, her team has created a unique form of art called the DONATE & CREATE PROJECT. Thousands of pieces of unwanted jewelry, button, buckles, watches and bling have been donated to create life size art pieces. The art is used for auction, display and community projects to raise money for research. Apparel patterned from the art is now available in the form of shirts, men's ties and silk scarves. As Heidi states, "Healing is a gritty, messy and exhausting series of ups and downs, what matters is that we find our own way."

Adam Christing

As one of the world's premiere interactive entertainers, Adam Christing has amused, mystified, and delighted more than 3,000 audiences across North America. Hailed as a "meeting planner's dream", Adam has become a favorite guest performer, emcee, and after-dinner entertainer/speaker for hundreds of the top companies and organizations in the world, including Toyota, Microsoft, Stanford University, and scores of others. He has been ranked among the top 5 after-dinner speakers in America. Success magazine highlighted him as "one of the most successful young entrepreneurs in America." Adam is the author of "Comedy Comes Clean: A Hilarious Collection of Jokes, Quotes, and One-liners". Adam also holds a degree in public speaking and is a master at customizing his message around event themes. His keynote topics include: 'Say YES to Your Dreams', 'Laughing Your Way Through Difficult Times', 'Dynamic Diversity' and 'It's a Sin to be

John Amatt

For over 30 years, John Amatt has climbed to the peaks of such famous mountains as Mount Everest, the Troll Wall and Mount Muztagata. None of this would have been possible if it wasn't for the hard work and dedication John has showed. His mission is to encourage people to push beyond their self-imposed limitations, to be more personally accountable for their own actions, and to embrace effective teamwork by valuing the contribution of others. In his latest book, "Straight to the Top and Beyond", he uses the metaphor of adventure to develop a nine step approach for scaling the heights in today’s unpredictable and rapidly-changing global business environments. An educator by training, John established One Step Beyond WorldWide in 1984 and he has since delivered more than 1,500 keynote presentations and seminars to total audiences of over 750,000 people in 35 countries around the world. Some of his presentations include; No Mountain Too High: Challenging Change with the Adventure Attitude, Straight To The Top and Beyond: Nine Keys to Meeting Challenges of Changing Times, and Climbing Your Own Everest. John has been described by International Celebrity Management (Australia) as “The world’s best adventure speaker."

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!

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.

Dan Lier

Known as “America’s Coach” on Home Shopping Network, Dan Lier is a bestselling author, executive coach, business consultant, and former top speaker with Tony Robbins. With two decades of experience and over 3,500 customized presentations under his belt, Dan’s successful track record speaks for itself. He has been featured on The Today Show and Inside Edition and is the author of The 10 Minute Coach. Dan's TV show, Your True Potential, has inspired millions of people to take their life and business to the next level. The relevant content of his presentations, combined with his charismatic delivery, allow Dan to connect and impact audiences from any industry as he provides both inspiration and the tools to “raise the bar.”

Teresa Allen

Teresa Allen is owner of Common Sense Solutions, a national training and consulting firm focused on bringing common sense solutions to business and life. A two-time recipient of the ASTD Professional Trainer of the Year Award, Teresa is co-author of The Service Path: Your Roadmap for Building Strong Customer Loyalty and is author of Common Sense Service: Close Encounters on the Front Lines. Teresa has presented her highly acclaimed programs on customer service, sales, communication, and life balance for businesses and associations across the U.S. and abroad for over 18 years. She has been a guest host of local television programming and has appeared in several motion pictures.

Sung Won Sohn

Dr. Sung Won Sohn is Vice Chairman of multi-national retailer Forever 21 and a Commissioner at the Port of Los Angeles. He also teaches at California State University Channel Islands and serves on numerous corporate boards. Previously, Dr. Sohn served as President and Chief Executive Officer at Hanmi Financial Corporation, a commercial bank in Los Angeles, California. Prior to his tenure at Hanmi, Dr. Sohn was an Executive Vice President and Chief Economic Officer at Wells Fargo Banks and served as a senior economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisors, where he was responsible for economic and legislative matters pertaining to the Federal Reserve and financial markets. Dr. Sohn has received much recognition for his business leadership and economic forecasting. In 2006, The Wall Street Journal named him as the most accurate economist in the United States. In 2012, he remained in the top three. Dr. Sohn has also been named among the most accurate forecasters by Blue Chip Publications and Bloomberg News. He is the author of Global Financial Crisis and Exit Strategy.

Connie Dieken

For more than 20 years, Connie Dieken dedicated herself to journalism as a television news anchor, reporter and talk show host of ‘The Morning Exchange,’ America's longest running television talk show. The winner of 6 Emmy® awards and 1 Telly® award, this excellence in journalism resulted in her induction into the Radio/Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame. A sought-after spokesperson, Connie is the voice of talking ATM machines in the US and has ‘spoken for’ more than 50 companies. For the last 12 years, she has been highly in-demand as an executive coach and advisor to many leaders who run the world's most recognizable brands. The author/co-author of five books, she is recognized worldwide as an authority on the skills needed to become a person of influence in all forms of leadership and communication. Her bestselling book, Talk Less, Say More: 3 Habits to Influence Others and Make Things Happen, is a fast-paced, no-nonsense guide to teach anyone to be an influential communicator. Packed full with Connie’s knowledge, research and experience from coaching high-powered leaders, this bestseller helps you reach you’re a-game in interpersonal communication, giving you more power to change minds and inspire remarkable results, while talking less.

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