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Author - Keynote Speakers

James Gilmore

Gilmore is co-founder of Aurora, Ohio-based Strategic Horizons LLP. He has been described as “professional observer,” sought by enterprises around the globe for his expertise in conceiving and designing new ways of adding value to their economic offerings. He is a frequent keynote speaker, as well as workshop facilitator and executive coach; a number of professional societies, trade associations, and individual companies also engage Gilmore to help design their overall meetings and events. Recently, Gilmore has been accepted a three-year appointment as the Chief Experience Architect for the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau. Gilmore’s most recent book, Authenticity: What Consumers Really Want (Harvard Business School Press, 2007), contends that businesses must learn to manage authenticity as a distinct business discipline. Indeed, in an ever more commercialized, intentionally staged, and technologically mediated world—an increasingly unreal world—people today want the real from the genuine, not the fake from some phony. Gilmore and his co-author Joe Pine, offer unparalleled insights concerning this important new topic.

Harry Dent

Harry S. Dent, Jr. brings a very lively and common sense approach to help financial advisors and everyday investors understand the fundamental trends and factors that drive the current economy. He offers insight into and predictions for the future effects of Baby Boomer spending, deflation, home foreclosures, and personal and government debt. Dent also addresses the global economy, including China's bubble and the European debt crisis. With every topic, he presents a clear and cohesive picture of the current situation and its implications. A well-known author and developer of The Dent Method--a forecasting approach based on changes in demographic trends--he continues to educate audiences about his predictions for the coming decades. In his newest book, The Great Crash Ahead, he prepares investors for the rollercoaster of the years ahead. Opinionated and stimulating, Dent never fails to stimulate thinking.

Jackie Freiberg

Jackie Freiberg helps audiences create the best places where the best people can do their best work. What will it take to stand out in a sea of sameness? Standing out requires you to de-commoditize your business by finding innovative and creative ways to tell your story, add value and differentiate. Jackie helps you discover a fresh approach to leadership and collaboration that will drive success. She is a best-selling business author who has written 7 books. She inspires people to believe that they have the power to change themselves, transform their business, and even revolutionize their industry. Jackie is known for her passion, insight and ability to equip leaders at all levels with innovative ideas that turn up the volume on leadership, culture, engagement, accountability and customer loyalty.

Benjamin Zander

Benjamin Zander has transmitted his eloquent way of connecting with people from conducting famous symphonies, like the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, to inspiring audiences as a leadership speaker. Co-author of The Art of Possibility, Zander incorporates his breathtaking pianistic skills with his uplifting messages that teach leaders the “art of possibility.” His keynotes provide an experience that takes you through stories, music and concepts to provoke a radical shift in perception. This brilliant symphony conductor uses the analogy of the orchestra to demonstrate how your organization can come together as a team to unleash your full potential.

Carol Frohlinger

Carol Frohlinger has inspired thousands of women from across the world to negotiate their way to get to their professional potential. Co-author of Her Place at the Table and co-founder of Negotiating Women, Inc., Carol's unique perspectives have empowered women to negotiate more confidently, competitively, and competently in all aspects of their lives. Through her humor and practical advice she breaks down the negotiation process to provide tools that women need to advocate for themselves in order to get results. Women not only benefit her presentations but are able to transform their lives with the provisions given to them.

Keith Ferrazzi

Keith Ferrazzi is a valuable business speaker who shares his formula for making your way to the top through a powerful, balanced combination of marketing acumen and networking savvy. Keith is now the founder and CEO of Ferrazzi Greenlight, which provides market leaders with advanced strategic consulting to increase company sales and enhance personal careers. He is also the author of the bestselling book “Never Eat Alone. Never Eat Alone.” Both Forbes and Inc. Magazines have designated him one of the world's most "connected" individuals. If you are ready to succeed as an organization or personally going to listen to Keith will help bring you to your goal.

Steve Gilliland

Steve Gilliland, CSP, is a motivational speaker who challenges his audiences and inspires them to better their life. Steve is one of the most in-demand and top-rated speakers in the United States and Canada, and is one of the seven percent of speakers in the world, who belong to the International Federation for Professional Speakers. He has helped people grow their business and expand their lives by sharing his motto, “If you take care of people, the business will follow.” As a master storyteller, he uses the power of humor to help people understand and embrace serious issues, and in a brief span, he both entertains and empowers his audience.

Diane Dimond

Diane Dimond is a modern day journalist who defies a category. She’s been called “A renaissance broadcaster” for her versatility on-air and “A reporter’s reporter” for her consistently high-quality investigative storytelling. From small town radio in Albuquerque, New Mexico to jobs in local, network and syndication television, Dimond has let her curiosity chart her course. She's covered every beat imaginable but crime and justice has become her expertise, perhaps being best known for exposing, then explaining to the world, the child molestation charges against Michael Jackson. Time Magazine cited her continuing coverage of the Michael Jackson story as among "The Best TV of '93". Dimond’s greatest talent may be her ability to communicate complicated stories in an understandable, common-sense way. Most recently, she has been branching out on multi-media platforms to tell the stories she finds so fascinating, stories which are guaranteed to captivate audiences when paired with her engaging personality.

Kevin Freiberg

Kevin Freiberg helps audiences create the best places where the best people can do their best work. What will it take to stand out in a sea of sameness? Standing out requires you to de-commoditize your business by finding innovative and creative ways to tell your story, add value and differentiate. Kevin helps you discover a fresh approach to leadership and collaboration that will drive success. He is a best-selling business author who has written 7 books. He inspires people to believe that they have the power to change themselves, transform their business, and even revolutionize their industry. Kevin is known for his passion, insight and ability to equip leaders at all levels with innovative ideas that turn up the volume on leadership, culture, engagement, accountability and customer loyalty.

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.

Peter Guber

As one of the most successful executives in the entertainment and communications industry, Peter Guber is the founder and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment, the visionary multimedia venture spanning movies, TV, sports, and news media. He has also produced films such as Rain Man, Batman, Flashdance and The Color Purple and is author of Tell to Win: Connect, Persuade, and Triumph with the Hidden Power of Story, which reach #1 on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller lists. Guber has dedicated himself to empowering current and future leaders by showing them how the influence of oral narrative can bring you further in business. You will be able to learn the power of your own story and be prepared to share it once you leave the room.

Joel Sartore

There’s no clocking out early when you’re a photographer for National Geographic. Joel Sartore has been with the magazine for over fifteen years, building teams everywhere from Alaska to the Atacama Desert. With guidance from the magazine’s editors, Sartore works independently in the field to deliver the goods despite language barriers, tightening budgets, skittish subjects, and loitering killer pigs. Nature doesn’t give many second chances so attitude, teamwork and creativity are as essential as the camera in creating good pictures. The far corners of earth aren’t all that different from the conference room, the sales presentation or the cubicle; going the extra mile can and does mean the difference between ordinary and extraordinary. As a speaker, Sartore uses humor and candor to energize audiences and empower them to take pride in and excel at their work.

Kip Gregory

Kip Gregory, founder of The Gregory Group, is a specialist in creating and implementing successful financial service business development strategies. More than 15 years of experience in marketing and senior management across insurance, securities, banking, brokerage and direct marketing, has given Kip a unique perspective on how to achieve competitive advantage in the financial service arena. Thousands of advisors, wholesalers, and senior executives rely on him for practical advice on saving time and systemizing success using tools and resources they already own. Mr. Gregory frequently contributes to and is quoted in leading industry publications, including Advisor Today and The Wall Street for which he wrote monthly columns for more than two years. His articles, presentations, workshops, and webinars offer quick, innovative, inexpensive ways of harnessing the power of the PC and the Internet to develop and sustain closer relationships with clients, customers, prospects and strategic partners.

Audrey Thomas

People are overwhelmed today with being connected 24-7. They rarely feel caught up at work and often feel buried at work. Things at home are just as stressful as they attempt to be engaged for family and loved ones. As an author, speaker and productivity consultant for more than 20 years, Audrey brings her knowledge and experience to presentations for corporations, nonprofits, conferences and conventions. Described as authentic and relevant, Audrey brings real life stories in the learning process. Past engagements have proven that attendees will provide great feedback for the training they receive. Whether the event is a smaller training-style session or a 1,000+ member audience for the keynote at a conference, Audrey is sure to leave attendees with dozens of ideas and ready-to-implement strategies. Audrey’s audiences leave with passion and skills to organize not just their office but their life.

Gary Hamel

The way we manage has forever changed due to Gary Hamel. He has been said to be the “most influential business thinker” by The Wall Street Journal and a “leading expert on business strategy” by Fortune magazine. Author, consultant for companies such as GE and Time Warner, and business speaker, Gary has transformed the business world for the better. He is currently leading an effort to build an open innovation platform for reinventing management, the Management Innovation eXchange (MIX), which is designed to radically accelerate the evolution of management practice. Be on the cutting edge of ways to manage your employees by listening to Gary’s dynamic and fresh ideas.

Dale Irvin

Dale Irvin is one of a kind. He is an author, actor and widely televised comedian, but speaking is where he excels. Dale's monologues keep the audience fully engaged, wide awake, and paying more attention so that they will get the jokes they are about to hear. It also gives them another connecting point and becomes a topic of conservation during the breaks. No wonder many groups bring Dale back year after year to emcee and summarize their events. In addition to over 100 national TV appearances, Dale has appeared in concert with Jay Leno, Paul Anka, The Four Tops and The Temptations. Dale is the author of eight books including "Laughter Doesn't Hurt" and publishes "Funny Business", a bi-monthly humor newsletter with international distribution.

Adrian Gostick

In his challenging, information-packed talks, #1 bestselling leadership author Adrian Gostick provides real solutions on managing change, driving innovation, and leading a multi-generational workforce. He is a global workplace expert and thought leader in the fields of corporate culture, leadership, and engagement. He is founder of the training and consulting company The Culture Works and author of All In and The Carrot Principle. As a leadership expert, Adrian has been called “fascinating” by Fortune magazine and “creative and refreshing” by the New York Times. He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show and CNN, and is often quoted in The Economist, Newsweek, and Wall Street Journal. Adrian teaches leaders how to engage, enable and energize their workforces. Get ready for your employees to be stimulated to make a change after they listen to Adrian.

Sondra Thiederman

Dr. Sondra Thiederman is one of the nation’s leading experts on workplace diversity, cross-cultural business, and bias reduction. Since receiving her doctorate in cross-cultural studies from UCLA, she has spent the last 25 years as a speaker, trainer, and author helping professionals in Fortune 500 companies, public sector organizations, and dozens of associations find ways to successfully navigate our increasingly diverse workplaces. Sondra is the author of four diversity books including the groundbreaking, Making Diversity Work: Seven Steps for Defeating Bias in the Workplace.

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