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Author - Keynote Speakers

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.

Walter Bond

Walter Bond is called “Mr. Accountability” because as a leadership and motivational speaker he forces each of his listeners to learn to be responsible for whatever situation they are in. Through his programs, workshops, and books he teaches that personal accountability, confidence, and success are possible for all who desire it. Walter will captivate your audience through his unique and memorable personal stories, teaching them the lessons learned from his experience in selling, as an entrepreneur, and being an NBA team player. He helps his audience see how they can transform challenges into opportunities, obstacles into testimonies, and that success is a matter of personal choice. In 2013, Walter became the host on the Food Network's Giving You the Business – a new reality show featuring exceptional employees who vie for the chance to win their own food franchise.

Roger Crawford

Roger Crawford impacted the game of tennis and does the same as a motivational speaker when he instills passion into each of his audience members. His compelling storytelling skills tell the journey of becoming an NCAA Division I college athlete despite having four impaired limbs. Sports Illustrated calls Roger one of the most accomplished physically challenged athletes in the world and he holds certification from the United States Tennis Association. Roger’s speaking skills are perfect to motivate and captivate any audience and help them realize they can achieve goals they never thought possible. With Roger as your keynote speaker you have the opportunity to break through your industry’s barriers and revolutionize the way your company does business.

Alice Domar

Dr. Alice Domar is an international expert on stress and the impact of lifestyle habits on mental and physical health. She is an author and medical journalist, executive director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body, assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, practicing psychologist, and professional speaker. After her tours with Oprah Winfrey as part of her Lluminari team of health experts, Dr. Domar became a well sought-after health speaker by her ability to transform the lives of her audiences with her cutting-edge research. As she continues to do research who knows what she will discover and share next!

Holly Atkinson

Dr. Holly Atkinson is a popular professional speaker, engaging and entertaining audiences across America on how to achieve maximum health. She is a physician, medical columnist, TV host, author, human rights leader, and experienced CEO. A well-known media personality, she has served as medical correspondent on NBC’s Today show and The CBS Morning News, and currently hosts HealthiNation’s consumer health videos widely viewed on the internet and cable TV, and she is a frequent guest on ABC News Now. Dr. Atkinson is Assistant Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of the Advancing Idealism in Medicine Program at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Public Health at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. In addition, she is a board member and the past president of Physicians for Human Rights, who shared in the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for its work on eradicating landmines. Dr. Atkinson has a MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and a MS degree in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Colgate University with a BS in Biology. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American Medical Women’s Association.

Libby Gill

After nearly twenty years in leadership roles in communications at media giants Universal, Sony and Turner Broadcasting, Libby founded executive coaching and consulting firm Libby Gill & Company. A bestselling author and sought-after international speaker, she guides established and emerging leaders to deepen purpose and drive performance. Using the science-based concepts of Hope Theory, Libby helps individuals and organizations connect the dots between individual accountability and organizational success. Her clients include ADP, Acura, AMC Networks, Association for Manufacturing Excellence, Avery Dennison, Cisco, Comcast, Deloitte, Department of Defense, EY, Eli Lilly, Honda, Intel, Kellogg's, Medtronic, Microsoft, Oracle, PayPal, Royal Caribbean, Warner Bros., Viacom, Wells Fargo, and many more. A frequent media guest, Libby has shared her success strategies on CNN, NPR, the Today Show, and in BusinessWeek, Time, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and more.

Bobby Bowden

Bobby Bowden is known as much for his affable charm as he is for his championship teams and is an icon of college football. Having coached young men in seven decades, he is the second-winningest coach in major college football history. Bowden guided Florida State University to more than three hundred victories, two national championships, twelve Atlantic Coast Conference titles, finishing in the top five in the country in fourteen straight seasons, and he also led the Seminoles to Bowl Games in twenty-eight consecutive seasons during his thirty-four-year tenure. The patriarch of college football’s most famous coaching family, Bowden remains heavily involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, annually awarding The National Bobby Bowden Award to a student-athlete for achievement on and off the field, including his conduct as a role model in the community. Bowden was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006, one of only two coaches who have ever been inducted while still coaching. His memoir, “Called to Coach” was published by Simon & Schuster in August of 2010.

Mary Boone

What differentiates Mary is her combination of original, compelling content with a well-designed and expertly facilitated interactive experience. You get a bonus with Mary – she can not only excite the audience with her content, but she can also engage them in a large scale conversation. She also believes passionately in extending the collaborative experience beyond the boundaries of the speaking engagement. It’s not simply about customizing the speech topic, sending pre-reading documents or leaving behind solution tip sheets – these are “givens.” Her engagements also include ideas for sharing content long after the event is over. She speaks on leadership, complexity, high performance collaboration and engagement. Mary’s work as an author and consultant has been quoted and published in a wide range of media including Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, NPR, CNN, and The Wall Street Journal, among many others. Successful Meetings magazine has also recognized her as a “Top Speaker” and featured her on its cover as a “Strategic Thinker.”

Paul Assaiante

Coach Paul Assaiante knows how to motivate teams for success. As the current coach of the Men’s Squash team at Trinity College and the former Men’s Tennis team coach, Paul has motivated top athletes from around the world. He is known for his unique achievement as the “winningest coach in college sports history”, winner of 16 NCAA Championships titles, and 22-year dedication as squash coach. Paul’s core belief is the need to embrace fear in order to remove obstacles blocking success. He shares his experience and lessons on building teams of champions in his book, Run to the Roar: Coaching to Overcome Fear. Paul brings together the best players from around the world and demonstrates how teammates from diverse cultures, religions, and ethnicities can unite as a winning team year after year. He uses his experiences to help leaders in any field embrace collaboration, cultural diversity, and leadership models that encourage employees to give everything they have- every day, and build winning teams.

Pat Croce

Pat Croce graced the cover of Success magazine as the first person to ascend from the training room to the boardroom of a professional sports team. His remarkable success as a physical therapist and pioneer in the sports medicine field, to the colorful leader responsible for the resurrection of the Philadelphia 76ers as a NBA championship contender, has been defined as one of the most amazing stories in sports history. Through his business savy, dynamic personality, and emphasis on customer service, Croce created Sports Physical Therapists, a sports medicine empire of 40 centers in 11 states. Croce continues to fill requests as a nationally-renowned motivational speaker, and is the author of the New York Times bestseller, "I Feel Great and You Will Too!", the motivational tome and the business book "Lead or Get Off the Pot!" Croce was the proud recipient of the “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award and was featured on the cover of Inc magazine as “The Dale Carnegie of the 21st Century.”

Michael P. Sullivan

Michael P. Sullivan is a keynote speaker and trainer specializing in sales and marketing for Baby Boomers and older clients. He is the founder of 50-Plus Communications Consulting and a well-known and highly regarded public speaker on financial services and the aging population. His entertaining and involving presentations provide financial professionals with practical advice on how to talk to Boomers clients in order to sell more effectively. Mike is co-author of a best-selling book 101 Easy Ways to Increase Business with Boomerplus Clients, and is a regular contributor to Horsesmouth.com and Producers Web. He has written articles for many publications, including The American Banker, Trust & Estates, Bank Investment Consultant and Ticker.

Jeff Bauer

Dr. Bauer is an internationally recognized health futurist and medical economist. As an independent industry thought leader, he forecasts the evolution of health care and develops practical approaches to improving the medical sector of the American economy. He is widely known for his specific proposals to create an efficient and effective health care delivery system through multi-stakeholder partnerships and other initiatives focused in the private sector. Dr. Bauer has published more than 225 articles, books, Web pages, and videos on health care delivery. He speaks frequently to national and international audiences about key trends in health care, medical science, technology, information systems, reimbursement, public policy, health reform, and creative problem-solving. His latest books are “Paradox and Imperatives in Health Care: How Efficiency, Effectiveness, and E-Transformation Can Conquer Waste and Optimize Quality” and “Statistical Analysis for Health Care Decision-Makers”. As a consultant, he has assisted hundreds of provider, purchaser, and payer organizations with strategic planning and performance improvement.

Simon T. Bailey

Are you ready to shift your thinking? Are you ready to improve your life? Then get ready to experience Simon T. Bailey. He has helped more than 1 million people find their brilliance, shift their thinking, and produce sustainable results. According to The Speakers Experts, Simon is one of America’s Top 10 most booked corporate and association speakers. Simon has authored seven books including Release Your Brilliance and Shift Your Brilliance: Harness the Power of You Inc. He is the former leader of the world-renowned Disney Institute and founder of Brilliance Institute, Inc. He connects with any audience on many levels with a relevant message that resonates beyond the stage. Simon brings a fresh voice that challenges and teaches organizations to overcome obstacles that can lead them to higher levels of engagement, retention, and productivity.

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.

Jeremy Rifkin

As your economic speaker, Jeremy Rifkin shares his knowledge as author of seventeen best-selling books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, workforce, society, and environment. His most recent books include The Empathic Civilization and The European Dream. Jeremy also serves as an advisor to the European Union on issues related to the economy, climate change, energy security, and sustainable development. To hear his insight first-hand that thousands of colleges and corporations reference to gives you an opportunity to learn new cutting-edge teachings that could change your business forever.

Jean Chatzky

Jean Chatzky is the financial editor for NBC’s TODAY show, an award-winning personal finance journalist, AARP’s personal finance ambassador, host of “Cash Call with Jean Chatzky” on RLTV, and New York Times best seller for her books Money 911: Your Most Pressing Money Questions Answered, Your Money Emergencies Solved and Pay It Down: From Debt to Wealth on $10 A Day. As if she doesn’t do enough, she is also a respected and vibrant financial speaker! Jean has made it her mission to show people at every age the important life lesson of how to manage their money. She does this by simplifying money matters and increasing financial literacy both now and for the future to her audiences.

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