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Author - Keynote Speakers

Jim Cathcart

Jim Cathcart is the founder and CEO of Cathcart Institute, Inc., a for-profit think tank of advisors to business owners, leaders and executives in the areas of executive development, professional speaking and sales improvement. Jim is the author of thirteen books including "Relationship Selling", and the newly released "The Eight Competencies of Relationship Selling", which is setting the new standard for selling in this hyper-connected era. He is a member of the exclusive Speakers Roundtable, 20 of the most popular speakers in the world. As cofounder of MentorU.com and ProfessionalSpeaker.com, he is leading a new wave of digital learning. Jim is the recipient of The Golden Gavel Award from Toastmasters International for 2001, winner of the ghtt Award and Past President of the National Speakers Association (NSA). Among professional speakers worldwide Jim Cathcart is an industry leader. He has risen to the top of his profession through 30 years of presentations to a worldwide audience and decades of unselfish service to his profession. He believes in serving his industry and community as well as his customers.

Marcus Buckingham

Marcus Buckingham is a renowned author of First, Break All the Rules and business speaker who has made it his mission to show organizations such as Toyota, Coca-Cola, and Disney how to create a workplace that utilizes their employee’s strength. Described by such diverse sources as Fortune magazine and Oprah Winfrey as a “strengths management guru” and the “leader of the strengths revolution,” Marcus Buckingham is the world’s foremost authority on helping people to engage the best of themselves in their work. By challenging conventional wisdom, Buckingham shows his audience the correlation between engaged employees and business fundamentals.

Daniel Burrus

Daniel Burrus is one of the world’s leading technological forecasters and business strategists, author of the highly acclaimed Technotrends, and corporate speaker. He is the founder and CEO of Burrus Research, a research and consulting firm that monitors global advancements in technology driven trends to help clients create untapped opportunities. In his keynote presentations, Burrus tailors his message to each audience through his humor and motivation. He addresses relevant trends and offers guidance for turning rapid technology-driven change into a competitive advantage. Burrus has developed a new interactive breakout session called “Competitive Advantage” which raises the bar on take-home value and increases the impact of his presentation.

Chester Elton

One of today’s most influential voices in workplace trends, Chester Elton has spent two decades helping clients engage their employees to execute on strategy, vision, and values. In Chester’s provocative, inspiring and always entertaining talks, he provides real solutions to leaders looking to manage change, drive innovation, and lead a multi-generational workforce. Called the “Apostle of appreciation” by Canada’s Globe and Mail, “creative and refreshing,” by the New York Times, Chester is also co-author of several leadership books. His bestsellers include All In, The Carrot Principle, and What Motivates Me. He is often quoted on leadership issues in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and New York Times. Chester identifies real methods of motivating and engaging audiences to increase engagement, innovation and commitment.

Todd Buchholz

Todd Buchholz is an international economist, hedge fund manager, former Harvard lecturer and frequent TV and radio commentator. He has written several bestselling books on the economy, including New Ideas from Dead Economists, New Ideas from Dead CEOs and Market Shock. Buchholz is a widely sought after keynote speaker addressing a variety of topics, from the U.S. financial markets to geo political debates to economic policies that impact business strategies around the globe. With an incisive wit and entertaining style, Buchholz’s keynote presentations reveal the economic challenges and opportunities faced by our changing society and proposes important strategies for success.

Jason Jennings

Jason Jennings has spent the time to research the world’s fastest growing companies to discover what it takes to have an outstanding business. As a leadership speaker he shares his findings and customizes the revolutionary ideas to fit your business needs. Jennings began his career as a radio and television reporter and was the youngest radio station group owner in the nation. Later, he founded Jennings-McGlothlin & Company, a consulting firm that became the world's largest media consultancy, and also authored It’s Not the Big that Eat the Small: It’s the Fast that Eat the Slow. His keynotes expose your company to opportunities and insights that can lead you to a powerful new future.

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.

Derek Daly

Derek Daly epitomizes the complete champion. As a legendary Hall of Fame race car driver and network television color analyst, Daly has spent nearly three decades as the face of motorsports. For 17 years he was among the best professional drivers. Daly was almost killed in 1984, surviving the hardest crash impact a race driver has ever survived. After 14 surgeries and three years of therapy, he came back to win the biggest international races of his career. Daly then moved to a 20-year television broadcasting career. He now uses the analogy of racing to address business success and to identify the skills of winners. Daly is the best-selling author of Race to Win: How to Become a Complete Champion.

Anthony Galie

An author, business speaker and trainer, Anthony Galie is a psychotherapist who reaches audiences through his motivational talks. His program is geared to defy logic because that is what stands in most people’s way. In the last 27 years, Anthony has trained thousands of business people to get and stay focused on their goals with simple, practical, hands-on techniques that work! Each participant will be shown how to focus on daily, monthly and long term production goals and given the tools with which to accomplish them. As a motivational speaker he is able to give his audience an experience that they will be able to reference to for years to come.

Seth Davis

Seth Davis is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and bestselling author who has distinguished himself as one of the nation’s foremost experts on college basketball. He is currently a Senior Writer for Sports Illustrated, and contributor to SI.com where he writes his popular “Hoop Thoughts” column during college basketball season. Since 2004, Seth has served as an on-air analyst for CBS Sports’ coverage of college basketball. Seth is also the author of two New York Times best sellers, Wooden: A Coach’s Life, and When March Went Mad: The Game That Transformed Basketball. Seth draws upon his own experiences to provide audiences with a heartfelt and humorous motivational message on what it takes to become successful.

Jim Davidson

Jim has climbed high mountains around the world. He’s led expeditions and rescues in perilous conditions. As a keynote motivational speaker, Jim distills the lessons he’s learned on the mountains and applies them to challenges in business and life. Jim’s experience as a resilience expert, mountain climber, and co-author of the bestselling and award winning memoir “The Ledge: An Inspirational Story of Friendship and Survival”, provides his audiences with relatable lessons to be used in the workforce. On April 25, 2015, Jim was at Camp 1 on Mount Everest when the earthquakes tragically struck Nepal. His intense reporting, photos and videos from Everest were closely covered by CNN, CBS, BBC, ABC and other news agencies.
Jim’s passion for teaching resilience and his aptitude for storytelling will inspire you. Jim becomes not just your normal keynote speaker, but a man who truly sparks your desire to improve. There is no event that has had Jim as a speaker that has not left feeling prepared to face any challenge that comes their way.

Maddy Dychtwald

Maddy Dychtwald brings more to her keynote speeches than just facts. Her vivacious attitude and multi-media presentations transform a time usually spent just listening to a speaker into an experience that seems to fly by. Maddy is a nationally recognized author, public speaker, marketing executive and entrepreneur. With over 20 years as an expert on the lifestyle, marketing, and retirement implications of the “age wave” Maddy brings her innovative research to the stage.

Barbara Corcoran

As a motivational and business speaker, Barbara Corcoran inspires her audience by leading them through her life and experiences. Barbara began her career when she left her waitressing job to start her own real estate company and in twenty-five years Barbara turned that company into a five-billion-dollar business. Barbara then moved on to create her own television production and business consulting company, Barbara Corcoran Inc. She is now the real estate contributor for NBC’s Today Show and CNBC and writes weekly real estate column for the Daily News and monthly columns for MORE Magazine and Redbook. Barbara’s tell-it-like-it-is attitude brings a refreshing approach to her motivational talks, which leaves the audience at the edge of their seats.

Bob Garfield

Bob Garfield has never worked in advertising or marketing a day in his life. He has no relevant education, experience or data. He owns exactly one dark suit. He is also the most prominent commentator and analyst of advertising and marketing who has ever lived. For 25 years, his AdReview column in Advertising Age evaluated, vetted, parsed, deconstructed and offered uncanny prognostications for thousands of ads from hundreds of agencies worldwide. Over the past decade, he has also famously – and presciently — chronicled the digital revolution, culminating in his landmark 2009 book, The Chaos Scenario. His previous book, the 2003 manifesto on advertising And Now a Few Words from Me, is published in eight languages. His new Ad Age column, "Listenomics," explores the frontiers of 21st-century marketing and media.

Tom DeFrank

Long-time, award-winning journalist, Tom DeFrank, is one of the most respected members of the political press corps. His depth of experience in covering Presidents, Congress and elections gives him a unique vantage point to give audiences not only the backstory of today's events but the historical context and perspective needed for a complete understanding of current events. DeFrank began his career at Newsweek serving as White House Correspondent and Deputy Bureau Chief of the magazine's Washington bureau (1970-1996) and then served as Washington Bureau Chief for The New York Daily News (1996-2013). Today he is Contributing Editor for the National Journal. He has reported on the activities of Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama. DeFrank provides audiences a glimpse of the executive office very few get to see, with a highly anecdotal and conversational look at presidential personalities revealing the human—and humorous—side of the office.

Hugh Downs

Hugh Downs is the former co-anchor of ABC News' "20/20" , and one of the most familiar American television figures in the history of the medium. He has enjoyed a distinguished career in radio and television as a reporter, newscaster, narrating and hosting. Mr. Downs lectures at Arizona State University and throughout the country on a wide range of subjects. In 1985 he was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as holding the record for the greatest number of hours on network commercial television. His record of over 10,000 hours still holds. Additionally, Mr. Downs has chaired the Research and Education Committee of the Geriatrics Advisory Council of Mount Sinai Medical Center, is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Brookdale Center on Aging of Hunter College, chairs the Board of Governors of the National Space Society, abd is chair emeritus of the United States Fund for UNICEF. Hugh is indeed a sought out lecturer on a variety of topics such as; “Science”, “Aging”, and “Broadcast and Media”.

Gail Evans

Gail Evans is a female motivational speaker who has helped women be influential in the workplace and provides the tools for them to succeed. She takes from her book Play Like A Man, Win Like A Woman and her experience as Executive Vice President of CNN to bring insight and knowledge to her audiences. Gail’s newest book, She Wins, You Win as well as her weekly radio segment "It's Not Just A Man's World," which is syndicated to 1900 CNN Radio affiliates across the United States, has made her wisdom one that is sought-after by major corporations. Her revolutionary keynotes will help your organization implement new strategies to encourage creativity and create a thriving work environment.

Cheryl Cran

Cheryl Cran provides data and strategies to inspire leaders to drive transformation in a fast paced world and to create the future workplace TODAY! The future workplace Cheryl envisions is one of shared leadership, innovative collaboration, where everyone is consistently adding value for employees and customers. Cheryl's research focuses on the future of work, change management, and technological innovation. Cheryl is the author of six books including, the newest, “The Art of Change Leadership – Driving Transformation In a Fast Paced World”. Cheryl has worked with global brands such as AT&T, Kaiser Permanente, Gartner, TEDX, Bell, Mass Mutual, Manulife, and more. In choosing to work with Cheryl, audiences will learn to take action towards creating an extraordinary future. Clients enjoy increased engagement, increased leadership abilities and increased business results.

Rowan Gibson

Rowan Gibson is widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost thought leaders on business innovation. The media have labeled him “Mr. Innovation”, “the Innovation Grandmaster”, “the W. Edwards Deming of innovation” and “a guru among the gurus”. He is the internationally bestselling author of two major books on business strategy and innovation – Rethinking the Future and Innovation to the Core – which have been published to date in 25 languages. His latest book, Innovation to the Core, explains – for the first time – how to build and sustain a deep, company-wide innovation capability that drives continual growth and strategic renewal. Rowan Gibson is one of the world’s most in-demand public speakers. In just the last four years alone, he has delivered his keynote speeches, innovation masterclasses and public seminars in 55 countries around the world. Rowan Gibson’s keynote speeches, executive sessions and innovation masterclasses are always tailor-made to fit each audience, industry sector and event format. He endeavours, wherever possible, to use business cases and examples that are relevant to the specific audience. Gibson uses very graphic PowerPoint slides – each typically features just one powerful image and a single statement – which makes his presentations extremely dynamic. He is constantly updating his slides with cutting-edge material and up-to-the-minute business news.

Tim Gard

Tim Gard, CSP, CPAE, is a tears-in-your-eyes funny keynote speaker who teaches people to be more resilient and resourceful, and coaches businesses on how to enhance productivity and employee enthusiasm. He is a Hall of Fame Speaker, CPAE (Council of Peers Award of Excellence), an elite honor shared by 150 people worldwide and a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional). Tim has spoken at over 2,000 events worldwide from Texas to Tasmania and was selected by Meeting Planners Magazine as one of the “Best speakers ever seen or heard on the main stage.” Tim’s down-to-earth style and real-life humor leaves a lasting impression that you will benefit from for years to come. His skillful use of ordinary items in extraordinary ways and extraordinary items in everyday ways make him one of the most popular main stage speakers on the platform today. During the past two decades, Tim has traveled almost two million miles to perform, is the author of 4 books, and an inventor of stress reduction tools that are marketed & enjoyed worldwide.

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