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Author - Keynote Speakers

Robyn Benincasa

Robyn Benincasa is the founder of World Class Teams, a world champion adventure racer, a CNN Hero, former corporate sales expert and a full time firefighter who advises organizations on building World Class Teams of their own. She is the author of the New York Times best-seller, How Winning Works, and has been honored multiple times as a top speaker by Fortune 1000 meeting professionals and MeetingsNet.com. It is through her harrowing, life affirming and often hilarious experiences in the world’s most grueling challenges that she has emerged with her refreshing and truly unique perspective on what it takes to build the kind of World Class Teams that succeed against all odds, that triumph in the face of adversity and that win as one in times of great challenge and change. Robyn inspires people to grab life with one hand, grab their teammates with the other, and to create that special magic that makes all of us better together than we ever would have been alone!

Lynn Brewer

Lynn Brewer is a former Enron executive and author of Confessions of an Enron Executive: A Whistleblower Story, a riveting account of her career at Enron and her decision to blow the whistle. Described by the Economist as the real whistleblower, she is the last to meet with former CEO Ken Lay -- just two weeks before his death. In her nearly three years at Enron, she was responsible for risk management in energy operations, the e-commerce initiatives for Enron’s water subsidiary, power trading in the California markets at the height of the crises, and oversaw competitive intelligence for Enron Broadband Services. Prior to joining the energy giant, Lynn worked in forensic accounting and spent 18 years as a legal professional in private practice. Today she is the Founder and CEO of The Integrity Institute, Inc., which independently assesses and certifies corporate integrity at the request of organizations for the benefit of their
stakeholders. She holds a Certification in Business Ethics from Colorado State University. Lynn is also the co-author of Managing Risks for Corporate Integrity: How to Survive an Ethical Misconduct Disaster and author of SportsVision: Athletic Excellence through Visualization, (foreword by Lou Holtz and Mike Ditka), based upon her 15 years as a competitive and professional figure skater, as well as a coach.

Kate Adamson

Author and speaker Kate Adamson shares her unique perspective on the relationship between healthy habits and survival from the most acute medical crisis. Kate recovered from a serious stroke, including a period of hospitalization during which she suffered total paralysis, also known as Locked-in Syndrome. Only able to blink her eyes, she managed to communicate messages through a system of blinking the alphabet, which allowed her to set up a rehabilitation program that almost everyone thought would be impossible. Kate used her training, determination, and persistence to do the impossible. Partially paralyzed as a result of her stroke, Kate has developed her own unique capabilities and has discovered and proven that "paralyzed" does not have to mean "powerless." Kate’s experience will fascinate and inform anyone involved with health care. Her incredible pre-morbid level of fitness and health allowed her to survive one-in-a-million odds. She learned how your health can work for you even in the most severe medical crisis.

Hal Becker

Hal Becker is a nationally known expert on Sales, Customer Service, and Negotiating. He conducts seminars or consults to more than 140 organizations a year. Hal is the author of "Can I have 5 Minutes Of Your Time?" which is now in its 18th printing and is used by many corporations as their "Sales Bible." He has also authored two other best sellers "Lip Service," one of the nations foremost books on customer service, and "Get What You Want," a fun, upbeat and fresh approach to negotiating. He has been featured in publications including The Wall Street Journal, Inc Magazine, Nations Business and hundreds of newspapers and Radio/TV stations around the world, and is currently syndicated in over 45 newspapers and magazines.

Bob Beaudine

Bob Beaudine manages the nation’s leading executive search firm in sports and entertainment. He has helped shape the leadership teams of some of the world’s most innovative and dynamic businesses: NBA, Major League Baseball, Hockey, Tennis, Rodeo, PGA Tour, Arena Football, US Olympics, NASCAR, Horse Racing, and Ultimate Fighting Championships. He has interviewed and coached senators, governors, generals, CEO’s, university presidents, top athletic coaches, and studio presidents. Sports Illustrated named Bob "the most influential man in sports you've never heard of." Bob is the author of The Power of Who and The Power of Who Workbook, which provide a step-by-step plan to help you find your dream through the Power of Relationships. Based on his books, Bob's dynamic presentations will challenge your audience to rethink, rework, and enhance their abilities to network, connect, sell, and succeed!

Robin Crow

Robin Crow has forged a remarkable career on his journey from RCA recording artist to successful entrepreneur and has built several world-class businesses from scratch. As a successful business owner & bestselling author Robin knows what he’s talking about. Robin doesn’t just talk business; he lives it! His company, Dark Horse Recording, is a four-studio complex and resort that has set the gold standard for customer service and excellence for years, and is still expanding. His recording and music business school The Dark Horse Institute (DHI) was founded by Robin in 2010, and has become so successful, they are now creating & expanding exponentially as one of the most compelling educational models of the 21st century. Robin's core message of leadership and customer service comes from hard-won, first-hand experience and when requested he uses his guitar playing as a metaphor to drive home his points and take-aways. His presentations can be an extraordinary blend of life-lesson's learned combined with high-octane entertainment. Robin's event are the result of 30 years of experience and a love of delighting audiences and his last book, Evolve or Die: Seven Steps to Rethink the Way You Do Business, was a USA Today Best-Seller.

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.

Joan Brock

Author of 'More Than Meets the Eye', Joan Brock won the hearts of the insurance industry's 'Million Dollar Round Table' and the NBC 'Today Show' audiences with her heart rendering and uplifting story of courage, perseverance and acceptance. Joan draws parallels between her own story and the challenges which face organizations. Her extraordinary life story moves audiences to accept their own personal and professional hardships with Courage and Humor. As Joan puts it, "Life is full of irreversible opportunities, and you have a choice to see them as assets or obstacles." Urging audiences to "play the hand you're dealt," Joan helps organizations see corporate challenges from a new perspective. In June 2003, a Lifetime Original Movie "More Than Meets the Eye: The Joan Brock Story" premiered to much acclaim.

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.

Robert Ballard

The Titanic may have sunk, but Robert Ballard was able to discover the ship and float its history back to the world. His expeditions and findings have revolutionized our understanding of the origin of life on our planet and are shared to rally company teams to take on their biggest aspiration. Robert’s motivational speeches bring audiences onboard his underwater adventures and immerse them into the waters of his riveting stories. Once your employees hear Robert’s keynotes your organization will be compiled of innovative and passionate people who will steer your company to Success Island.

Sheila Murray Bethel

Dr. Sheila Murray Bethel's client list reads like a Global Who's Who of Business, Trade Associations, Education and Government. With over 3,000 presentations to over two million people in 20 countries, she brings; a broad view of current trends and relevant issues that maximize human resources, solve people problems and increase bottom line results. Business savvy and people smart, Sheila understands how and why people perform at their best and what it takes to build and sustain a successful business. She is a thriving entrepreneur, a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame and CEO of Bethel Leadership Institute whose mission is "…expanding the global dialogue about 21st century leadership and change." She is a currently a member of the Advisory Council for Amsted University based in Malaysia. Her books are used as course material and are in libraries in 127 universities and colleges worldwide. Her latest of five books, A New Breed Of leader, 8 Qualities That Matter Most In The Real World, What Works, What Doesn't and Why is published in English and Chinese and is winning global praise.

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. His most recent book released in 2017 is the best-selling Kaleidoscope: Delivering Innovative Service That Sparkles.

Tony Alessandra

Dr. Tony Alessandra offers a street-wise, college-smart perspective on business, having fought his way out of Hell's Kitchen in NYC, eventually realizing success as a graduate professor of marketing, entrepreneur, business author, and consultant. Dr. Tony Alessandra helps companies achieve market dominance through specific strategies designed to outmarket, outsell, and outservice the competition. A leading authority on bottom-line marketing techniques and on building strong business relationships, Dr. Alessandra is not only an expert in his field, but an extremely interesting and colorful speaker. He has been recognized by Meetings & Conventions Magazine as “one of America’s most electrifying speakers”, and was inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame in 1985, making him a member of the Speakers Roundtable, a group of 20 of the world's top professional speakers. Tony's polished style, powerful message and proven ability as a consummate business strategist consistently earns rave reviews.

Les Brown

As a renowned professional speaker, author and television personality, Les Brown has risen to national prominence by delivering a high energy message which tells people how to shake off mediocrity and live up to their greatness. It is a message Les Brown has learned from his own life and one he is helping others apply to their lives. Les Brown's passion to learn and his hunger to realize greatness in himself and others, ultimately helped him to achieve greatness. He rose from a hip-talkin morning DJ to broadcast manager; from community activist to community leader; from political commentator to three-term legislator; and from a banquet and nightclub emcee to premier keynote speaker. In 1989, Les Brown was the recipient of the National Speakers Association's highest honor: The Council of Peers Award of Excellence (CPAE). In addition, he was selected one of the World's Top Five Speakers for 1992 by Toastmasters International and was a recipient of the Golden Gavel Award. Les Brown is one of the nation's leading authorities in understanding and stimulating human potential. Utilizing powerful delivery and newly emerging insights, Les' customized presentation will teach, inspire, and channel your audience to new levels of achievement.

Lior Arussy

Lior Arussy is a passionate professional who helps companies deliver exceptional experiences in everyday customer contacts. One of the world’s leading consultants on customer experience and customer centric transformation, Lior Arussy delivers results. His strategic framework for converting organizations from product to customer centricity is drawn from his work with some of the globe’s leading brands - Capital One, Thomson Reuters, HSBC, E.ON, Nokia, SAP, University of Pennsylvania and Wyeth. Named “Influential Leader” by CRM Magazine, Arussy is the Founder of Strativity Group, a consulting firm dedicated to customer centric transformation. Lior Arussy is an author, visionary, consultant, and creative catalyst in the areas of creating delightful customer experiences and executing profitable customer strategies. Arussy led the internet security division at Hewlett-Packard where he grew the business by 50% per quarter for 3 consecutive years. His strategy of enabling eBanking access to consumers via mission critical security was a new concept at the time. Author of five books including "Customer Experience Strategy" (2010), Lior Arussy will show your audience how to stop being boring and how to give exceptional customer experiences. His accomplishments were recognized by leading analysts and press including ABC, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Times of London, and Gartner Group.

Ross Bernstein

The best-selling author of nearly 50 sports books, Ross Bernstein is an award-winning peak performance business speaker who has been featured on CNN, ESPN, Fox News, and “CBS This Morning,” as well as in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and USA Today. He’s spent the better part of the past 20 years studying the DNA of championship teams and his program, “The Champion’s Code: Life Lessons of Ethics and Accountability from the Sports World to the Business World,” not only illustrates what it takes to become the best of the best, it also explores the fine line between cheating and gamesmanship in sports as it relates to values and integrity in the workplace. There are reasons certain teams win consistently, whereas others come up short, and Ross explains why — in an engaging and visually entertaining style that’s designed to improve productivity, morale and bottom-line profitability.

Bertice Berry

As a sociologist, an award-winning entertainer, comedienne, and lecturer with 20 years of experience, Dr. Bertice Berry has touched the hearts and minds of people from all walks of life. Dr. Berry was the host and co-executive producer of her own nationally syndicated talk show, "The Bertice Berry Show," and hosted "USA Live," a four-hour live interview and entertainment show on the USA Cable Network.
She's been featured on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," and "BET Live". She is also the author of her best-selling inspirational memoir; I'm On My Way, But Your Foot Is on My Head. Each organization she speaks to is given a tailor-made speech designed to address the specific needs of their group. She takes a humorous approach to serious subjects that have her audiences laughing and thinking at the same time. Topics include: Redefining Diversity, Change & Transformation, Finding Your Purpose, Wellness, Self Esteem and Gender Issues.

Lenora Billings-Harris

Lenora Billings-Harris is a Certified Speaking Professional, diversity consultant, author of "The Diversity Advantage: A Guide to Making Diversity Work" and co-author of “TRAILBLAZERS: How Top Business Leaders are Accelerating Results through Inclusion and Diversity”. She has been included as one of 100 Global Thought Leaders on Diversity and Inclusion by The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), and was named by Diversity Woman Magazine as one of the twenty top influential diversity leaders in the US. Her award winning diversity leadership research is recognized in journals internationally.With more than twenty five years of experience in the public and private sectors, Lenora has developed a unique way of presenting sensitive topics in a fun, thought-provoking and non-judgmental way. Lenora is founder and president of Excel Development Systems, Inc. a full service training and consulting firm that delivers high quality programs, learning tools, and performance improvement interventions that enable clients to discover the competitive advantages of creating and effectively leading a diverse multicultural workplace. Today's most challenging topics require a speaker who is thought provoking, appealing, informative and compelling. Lenora Billings-Harris possesses these abilities, resulting in powerful and effective events.

Ram Charan

Ram Charan is a highly sought after business advisor and speaker famous among senior executives for his uncanny ability to solve their toughest business problems. For more than thirty-five years, Dr. Charan has worked behind the scenes with top executives at some of the world's most successful companies, including GE, Verizon, Novartis, Thomson Corporation, and Bank of America. He has shared his insights with many others through teaching and writing. Dr. Charan is well known for providing advice that is down to earth and relevant, taking into account the real-world complexities of business. Over the past decade, Dr. Charan has captured his business insights in numerous books and articles. In the past five years, his books have sold more than 2 million copies. These include the bestseller Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done and Confronting Reality, both co-authored with Larry Bossidy, The Talent Masters and The Leadership Pipeline. He also co-authored The Game Changer, with AG Lafley, about driving revenue and profit growth through innovation. Many lucky people have come to know Dr. Charan through in-house executive education programs. It's Dr. Charan's energetic, interactive teaching style that has won him several awards, as well the hearts of his audiences.

Dan Buettner

Dan Buettner is an internationally recognized researcher, explorer, New York Times bestselling author and National Geographic Fellow. He founded Blue Zones®, a company that puts the world’s best practices in longevity and well-being to work in people’s lives. As a professional speaker, Buettner reveals his strategies for longevity, wellness, and happiness to his audiences. In 2009 he partnered with AARP and was able to raise their employee’s life expectancy and lower health care by 40%. Buettner inspires people to live a healthier, more fulfilling life by presenting his findings from around the world by implementing his principles, audiences experience change. His latest book, Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way reveal a credible, cross-cultural formula and a practical plan to help us stack the deck for happiness and get more satisfaction out of life.

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