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Author - Keynote Speakers

Amy Newmark

Amy Newmark distills advice and wisdom from her life and more than 20,000 Chicken Soup for the Soul stories into her crash course in how to be happy. She is the bestselling author, editor-in-chief, and publisher of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. By compiling inspirational and aspirational true stories curated from ordinary people who have extraordinary experiences, Amy has kept the 23-year-old Chicken Soup for the Soul brand fresh and relevant. In addition, she is the author of Simply Happy, a crash course in Chicken Soup for the Soul advice and wisdom that is filled with easy-to-implement, practical tips for having a better life. Audiences are entertained, energized, and enlightened by dozens of practical, simple tips that Amy shares that work instantly to improve their everyday lives and future.

Jason Schenker

The economy and financial markets are constantly shifting. Jason Schenker is the world’s top ranked financial market futurist who can help audiences make sense of the constantly changing major world economies. In his role as the Chief Economist of Prestige Economics, Bloomberg News has ranked Jason one of the most accurate forecasters in the world in 35 different categories since 2011, including #1 in the world in 20 categories for his forecasts of the Euro, the Pound, the Swiss Franc, crude oil prices, natural gas prices, gold prices, industrial metals prices, agricultural commodity prices, and non-farm payrolls. Jason has written three #1 Best Sellers: Commodity Prices 101, Recession-Proof, and Electing Recession. Jason shares with his audiences near- and medium- term risks and outlooks for the economy, as well as long-term futurist topics of automation and the future of work.

Steve Jones

Steve Jones is a music biz insider who will change the way you think about business, marketing, creativity, and customer service. As the author of two highly-acclaimed business books, Steve draws upon his 30 years in the music industry to demonstrate how the essential lessons of business can be learned from the bands, songs, and albums we love. He will show you how to build a brand as consistent as AC/DC, as immediately recognizable as Kiss, and as resilient as Fleetwood Mac. His concert-like presentations are filled with music, humor, and engaging backstage stories from the music business. Steve is the author of Brand Like a Rock Star (2011) and Start You Up (2014). He has spent over three decades in music and media, witnessing the rise (and sometimes fall) of countless rock legends. In addition to being a popular speaker at conferences worldwide, Steve also works with media brands and companies in the US, Canada, and the Caribbean to turn their customers into raving fans.

Laurence Kotlikoff

Professor Kotlikoff speaks to hundreds of U.S. and foreign businesses and government groups about economic and policy issues, both domestic and foreign. His talks cover a very wide range of domestic and international economic and policy issues including fiscal policy, demographic change, healthcare reform, tax reform, banking reform, Social Security reform, climate change policy, monetary policy, generational policy, saving, investment, competition with smart machines, inequality across and within generations, and SIPC brokerage account insurance fraud. Professor Kotlikoff is author or co-author of 17 books and hundreds of professional journal articles. His most recent books are Get What's Yours -- the Secrets of Maxing Out Your Social Security Benefits (co-authored with Philip Moeller and Paul Solman, Simon & Schuster), The Clash of Generations (co-authored with Scott Burns, MIT Press), The Economic Consequences of the Vickers Commission (Civitas), Jimmy Stewart Is Dead (John Wiley & Sons), Spend ‘Til the End, (co-authored with Scott Burns, Simon & Schuster), The Healthcare Fix (MIT Press), and The Coming Generational Storm (co-authored with Scott Burns, MIT Press) and Generational Policy (MIT Press).

Daniel Friedland

Daniel Friedland, MD helps business and healthcare organizations transform their leaders and people from stress and burnout into high performing, innovative, engaged leaders and teams so they can take their organizations to the next level in a globally competitive environment. His programs on Leading Well From Within, Conscious Leadership, Peak Performance and Cultivating Resilience in Healthcare are evidence-based with a solid foundation in neuroscience and mindfulness practice, and are presented with a warm, engaging human touch. Daniel is a medical doctor who is motivated by inspiring others to transform their lives. He is the rare trainer capable of combining scientific and emotional intelligence for personal growth and professional development.

Robert Cialdini

Dr. Robert Cialdini has spent his entire career researching the science of influence earning him an international reputation as an expert in the fields of persuasion, compliance, and negotiation. His books including, Influence: Science & Practice, are the result of decades of peer-reviewed research on why people comply with requests. Influence has sold over 3 million copies in over 30 languages and is a New York Times Bestseller. His new book, Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade, quickly became a Wall Street Journal and a New York Times Bestseller. Because of the world-wide recognition of Dr. Cialdini’s cutting edge scientific research and his ethical business and policy applications, he is frequently regarded as the “Godfather of influence.”

Michael Veltri

Michael Veltri is a top-rated business transformation keynote speaker with an exclusive system for achieving peak performance in business and life. The ideal intersection between inspiring and practical, Michael creates dynamic, must-attend keynotes, workshops, and seminars that masterfully fuse inspiring wisdom with results-based practical applications. The outcome: your audience will be moved and inspired - as well as armed for battle - to achieve peak performance in any situation. In addition to keynote speaking, Michael is a Nationwide Bestselling author, consultant and leadership expert for elite organizations such as the Central Intelligence Agency and many Fortune 500 companies. As a professional athlete, C-suite executive, and two-time cancer survivor, Michael shares his message of resilience and indomitable spirit with audiences worldwide.

Daniel Newman

Living his life at the intersection of people and technology, Daniel works with the world’s largest technology brands exploring Digital Transformation and how it is influencing the enterprise. A 5x Best Selling Author including his most recent “Building Dragons: Digital Transformation in the Experience Economy,” Daniel is also a Forbes, Entrepreneur and Huffington Post Contributor. MBA and Graduate Adjunct Professor, Daniel Newman is a Chicago Native and his speaking takes him around the world each year as he shares his vision of the role technology will play in the future. He is passionate about helping organizations and individuals understand how to be successful in the age of rapid technological change. He focus’ on delivering keynotes, breakouts and talks on topics such as Digital Transformation, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and the Future of Work as they relate to building successful organizations and even more successful people within those organizations. He takes great pride in his work and cares about leaving the audience better from the time they spent together.

Kaihan Krippendorff

Kaihan Krippendorff knows that everyone has the potential to change the world. As a sought-after strategic advisor for leading businesses and corporations, Krippendorff is passionate for the need to move away from traditional linear models and to embrace agile, digital strategies for the accelerating world. Kaihan gives a new business prospective and will offer a valuable set of motivational skills that will help strengthen the hearts and backbones of his audience.

George Walther

Acclaimed for three decades as a professional speaker and author whose business-boosting works are published around the world, George Walther is now also celebrated as the "Traveling Twain of the 21st Century." He presents keynotes and workshops for diverse businesses, ranging from Starbucks and Microsoft to dentists and entrepreneurs. George Walther is an acknowledged expert at boosting your communication effectiveness. People who manage, sell, collect past-due accounts, negotiate, serve customers, and seek to project a more positive image, regard his Phone Power book, seminars, and audio/video tapes as classic guides. On stage, George combines tales from his adventures in 99 countries, as featured in USA Today, with 33 years of business authorship and consulting to deliver potent, practical lessons for commerce and life.

Traci Brown

Traci Brown is able to reveal secrets and hidden information through the use of detecting and evaluating the body language of others. Traci has adapted body language skills that have helped her and she will teach you how to do it, too.

Isaac Lidsky

As Inc. recently reported, “Isaac Lidsky may possess the most eclectic resume in entrepreneurship. Over the years, he has been a child television star [(he played series regular “Weasel” on NBC’s “Saved By The Bell: The New Class”)], a Supreme Court clerk [(for Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg)], and the co-founder of an internet startup. More recently, Lidsky has used his gift for logistics to build ODC Construction into one of the fastest-growing construction businesses,” transforming an unsophisticated $11 million concrete subcontractor that was hemorrhaging money into an industry-leading $150 million construction services company—in 5 years. Inc. Magazine, The Incredibly Inspiring Journey of a Blind Entrepreneur, October 1, 2015.

Scott Friedman

Scott Friedman, Certified Speaking Professional, and former President of the National Speakers Association (NSA), is the author of Celebrate! Lessons Learned from the World’s Most Admired Organizations, Happily Ever Laughter, Using Humor For A Change and A Celebration A Day – 365 ways to a Happier, Healthier Workplace. For over 30 years Scott has traveled the globe speaking on employee innovation, customer experience and using humor/celebration as a strategic tool. Scott founded “Together We Can Change the World,” a non-profit organization, serving girls and less fortunate women in Southeast Asia.

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