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Change - Keynote Speakers

Rod D. Martin

Just “a poor kid from Arkansas” turned Silicon Valley success story, Rod has a unique blend of southern gentleman and savvy business acumen that is sure to stimulate, educate, inspire and motivate any audience. Rod is a Cambridge-educated serial entrepreneur with big achievements with a knack for turning everything he touches into to success. Rod’s technology career began at Silicon Valley legend PayPal, where he was a senior advisor to founder and CEO Peter Thiel during the company’s startup phase, IPO, and multi-billion dollar sale to eBay. Later, he founded his own hedge fund and struck out on his own. In 2009, Rod and one of his partners led the takeover and turnaround of Galectin Therapeutics (NASDAQ: GALT), which is now developing a drug that, in early studies, has successfully reversed fibrosis and cirrhosis of the liver.

Elizabeth Smart

The abduction of Elizabeth was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. Through this traumatic experience Elizabeth has become an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs and National legislation. Elizabeth’s example is a daily demonstration that there really is life after a tragic event. Her humor combined with her ability to reach the audience on an emotional level ensures that her message of hope reaches all. Elizabeth’s abduction and recovery continues to motivate parents, law enforcement and leaders worldwide to focus on children’s safety. She emphasizes vigilance by "every day" people and the belief that hope always exist to find every missing child.

Ingrid Lindberg

As one of the first Customer Experience Officers (CXO) in the country, Ingrid Lindberg has been a pioneer on the leading edge of customer experience for over 20 years. She’s partnered with numerous Fortune 500 companies across Finance, Healthcare, Packaged Goods and Retail, working to create differentiating customer experience strategies and cultures. She was awarded the prestigious Stevie Maverick of the Year for having the most impact on a company or industry. Ingrid has a record of energizing sales people, rallying senior and executive leadership teams, and driving customer experience improvements to expand companies’ growth and success. She is a plain talking, jargon free truth-teller who inspires everyone to do better for the customer. A tenacious daredevil who will show you that you, too, can make big change from any seat in any sized company.

Zubin Damania

As the founder of Turntable Health and the director of healthcare development for Downtown Project Las Vegas, an ambitious urban revitalization movement, Zubin Damania has dedicated himself to making a positive impact where it’s most needed. His project, Downtown Project Las Vegas, has invested $350 million in the revitalization of the urban core of Las Vegas, including small business development, residential housing, education, technology, and healthcare, but he didn’t stop there. He began creating videos under the pseudonym ZDoggMD, which focused on educating patients and providers alike, while satirizing the dysfunctional healthcare system. Zubin then made the leap from satire to actionable change with his development of an innovative model of healthcare delivery that promotes wellness at both the individual and community level. His dynamic experience and altruistic undertakings will leave audiences educated and inspired!

Natalie Stavas

On April 15, 2013, Dr. Natalie Stavas approached the finish line of her fifth Boston marathon. Just blocks away, she heard explosions and ran towards them. Arriving at the scene she went to work administering CPR, applying tourniquets and triaging the wounded. Dr. Natalie Stavas is a physician at Boston Children’s Hospital and she specializes in work with teenage mothers, improving the health of vulnerable children and decreasing youth violence. After the bombings, Dr. Stavas increased her efforts in preventing childhood violence and is described as a healer, educator and Boston community leader. She received the 2012 Change Maker award from The Boston Foundation and in early 2014, she helped partner Prescription for the Outdoors with Boston Medical Center's pediatric team. This advocacy goes beyond borders- traveling to Haiti throughout the year Dr. Stavas provides medical care to children and helps strengthen the fragile medical infrastructure.

Jade Simmons

How do you get to be named Classical Music's "No.1 Maverick?” Just ask Jade Simmons. By repeatedly defying expectations, delivering riveting performances and innovating at every turn, Simmons is one of the most versatile concert artists on the scene today. Simmons, however, doesn’t simply play the piano to impress audiences. She uses the piano as an instrument for providing inspiration, information and entertainment in order to profoundly move people. Listed as one of Ebony magazine's Top 30 Leaders under 30, Simmons’ impressive musical background and diverse cultural experiences have made her a pioneer and source of inspiration for her legions of fans. In her truly unique keynotes, Jade Simmons offers her inspiring messages alongside her world renowned piano performances. Her expertise has been called upon by an array of organizations looking to create a culture of excellence and foster meaningful change. A gifted speaker, her presentations give powerful insights into how creating a unique leadership brand can inspire the creation of ideas that will have a lasting impact on the world. With boundless energy and intellect, Jade Simmons teaches audiences not only how to lead, but how to start achieving beyond what they ever thought possible.

Donna Orender

Donna Orender, CEO of Orender Unlimited is a recognized business leader, trailblazer, game changer and executive. Throughout her career, she has navigated unchartered waters, forged new and innovative paths and solutions to create growth and innovation, while building teams and belief systems around success. Donna utilizes her expansive experience in guiding both established and new companies to create positive and inclusive cultures and leverage successful growth and brand strategies across a myriad of industries. Donna served 6 years as the President of the WNBA and spent 17 years working on the PGA Tour, leading the negotiating team that changed how the PGA golf tour was packaged and sold for television. She was responsible for developing strategic direction across all business lines including direct oversight of brand management, advertising, and digital strategy. Through storytelling and experiences gained from years as an innovative executive in the highly visible and charged world of sports, Donna taps into the desire in all of us to make a difference in our worlds.

Bill Walton

Bill Walton has a passion — for his work, for family and friends, for music, for life and for greatness! Bill brings his outsized passion to the stage and inspires audiences with tales from his amazing life in sports and beyond. Bill speaks about the secrets of world-class performance, personal and organizational excellence, and how he overcame nearly impossible odds – on the court and off – to persevere and win. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, in addition to being selected as one of the NBA’s Fifty Greatest Players of All Time. After retiring from basketball, Bill began his Emmy award-winning broadcasting career. Bill is an authentic and true original who personifies greatness and is one of the most compassionate figures in sports with an extraordinary record of giving back through his work with numerous charities and non-profits. His autobiography, Back From the Dead, was published in March, 2016.

Phil Gwoke

Phil’s life mission is to help people excel and bring out the best in every generation. He is a passionate generational expert that is skilled in developing strategies to improve inter-generational communication and collaboration. As an internationally recognized speaker, Phil has presented in 20 different states to over 100,000 people. Before becoming a speaker, he pursued his passion to help people be their best selves as a high school teacher, college admissions professional, marketing coordinator, corporate trainer and even small business owner. He is a firm believer that with the proper motivation, training and support system, members of any generation can become capable of remarkable accomplishments. With his down-to-earth, relatable style and dedication to presenting research in a digestible, entertaining way, Phil has become a fast favorite with audiences around the country.

Rich Karlgaard

Rich Karlgaard guides his audiences to see the global marketplace from a new perspective because of his unique vantage point on business, innovation, and investment trends. He is the publisher of Forbes magazine, a successful entrepreneur, a regular panelist on Forbes on Fox, and a frequent guest analyst on CNBC’s Kudlow & Co. He is the author of The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success, and the co-author of Team Genius: The New Science of High Performing Organizations. Rich has a remarkable ability to connect and share his insights with his audiences using his refreshingly down-to-earth style, sense of humor, and quick mind.

Craig Kielburger

Craig Kielburger is an internationally acclaimed speaker, social entrepreneur and the co-founder of a family of organizations dedicated to shifting the world from ‘me’ to ‘we.’ Craig, along with his brother Marc, are co-founders of the world’s leading platform for social change: Free The Children, an international charity, Me to We, an innovative social enterprise, and We Day, a signature youth empowerment event. Craig is also a New York Times bestselling author, who has published 12 books. He holds 16 honorary doctorates and degrees, has received The Order of Canada, and was named Canada’s Most Admired CEO in 2015. He’s also been a panelist on CBC’s Canada Reads and was recently voted Most Trusted Influencer by Readers Digest Canada. In Craig’s presentations, he shares his own experiences and lessons leading a global organization. Craig engages and entertains his audiences while giving them a new perspective on how to better the world.

Marc Kielburger

Marc Kielburger is a social entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author and charismatic speaker. He inspires millions to improve their communities and the world through daily actions and socially conscious life choices. Marc, along with his brother Craig, are co-founders of the world’s leading platform for social change: Free The Children, an international charity, Me to We, an innovative social enterprise, and We Day, a signature youth empowerment event. Marc and Craig are advancing a new vision of philanthropy that connects business to a social purpose. Marc is the recipient of many honors, including the Order of Canada, was named Canada’s Most Admired CEO in 2015, and was selected as one of the 250 Young Global Leaders. He was also inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame for his humanitarian and youth empowerment efforts. Marc is engaging and interactive as he shares actionable lessons he has learned from leading a global enterprise.

Srikumar Rao

Srikumar Rao has helped thousands of executives and entrepreneurs all over the world become more engaged in work and discover their inner purpose as they go about their tasks and became better leaders. Dr. Rao received his Ph.D. in Marketing from the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University. He has a degree in Physics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. His work has been extensively covered in the media including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the London Times, the Independent, Time, the Financial Times, Fortune, the Guardian, Forbes, Business Week and dozens of other publications. Dr. Rao is also the author of two bestselling books, “Are You Ready to Succeed: Unconventional Strategies for Achieving Personal Mastery in Business and Life” and “Happiness at Work: Be Resilient, Motivated and Successful- No Matter What”. Dr. Rao insightfully shares his lessons to audiences to help them become more productive personally and professionally.

Phil Hansen

Phil is an artist who defies conventional thinking by approaching limitations as opportunities. For the tens of millions who have seen Phil’s art on TV and online, it’s hard to imagine that his artistic journey nearly came to an end when a tremor developed in his drawing hand. In exploring new ways to create art, Phil discovered that by embracing his shake, limitations could become the passageway to creativity. He challenges audiences to rethink their approach towards obstacles, discover their new creative capacity, and bring fresh ways of viewing the world, to succeed with the task at hand. Phil’s ability to break down a complicated idea and make it relatable to everyday challenges will help you embrace whatever shakes you are facing, big or small, and business or personal. It’s a life-changing lesson.

Srini Pillay

There are many unconscious factors that have the potential to impact corporate performance. Srini Pillay, M.D. has the brain-based interventions to help you handle them. As a Harvard-trained psychiatrist (psychopharmacologist and therapist) and current faculty, brain-imaging researcher, executive education teacher and certified master coach, Srini is pioneering his neuroscience expertise in the leadership development arena. With a unique and practical approach, Srini shows executives how to harness the brain’s power to manage stress, anxiety and uncertainty, increase innovation, and enhance corporate agility. Using current science, business research, and real world experience, his methods receive global acclaim. With unparalleled achievements, Srini has the exceptional ability to deliver complex information in a way that is easy to understand and apply.

Michelle Gielan

Michelle Gielan, Founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research, researches the science of positive communication to drive success and fuel happiness. She is the bestselling author of Broadcasting Happiness: The Science of Igniting and Sustaining Positive Change. She is an executive producer of “The Happiness Advantage” Special on PBS and a featured professor in Oprah’s Happiness course. She has also been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, Forbes, CNN, Fox, and Harvard Business Review. Michelle teaches her audiences the power of being happy and how it has the potential to impact every aspect of their lives. Her message resonates and transforms audiences to adopt the challenge of radiating happiness.

Chris Roebuck

The facts are frightening: only 25% of organizational initiatives succeed, most organizations are underperforming by 10 -20%, and 60% of employees could give up to 30% more effort if they had better leaders. Chris Roebuck, with his unique experience as an economist, military, corporate, government leader, Professor of Transformational Leadership and CEO confidant, has an answer to this waste of individual and organizational potential. His inspiring presentations help people use their experiences to empower them to take control and make a real difference to themselves, their people and the organization, starting immediately. His global and wide sector experience provides a practical and simple action plan for every leader in any organization. Using their experiences supported by real world data and aligned to real action, Chris inspires leaders to unleash their potential.

Vinh Giang

Vinh Giang is an entrepreneur who knows what it takes to lead and sell ideas. He creatively connects the world of business and the world of magic to share his ideas with audiences. Hearing Vinh speak will open your mind to new possibilities, as he takes you on an unforgettable journey through stories, remarkable insights into human psychology, business, and the wonderful art of magic. He was named the Young Entrepreneur of the Year because of his online platform, Encyclopedia of Magic, which teaches magic to students around the world. Vinh’s presentations create a fun and highly entertaining atmosphere of illusion, with his key business concepts impacting audiences in a truly profound and creative way.

David Burkus

What is the best way to build and lead teams? David Burkus is a bestselling author and management professor who challenges the traditional principles of business and proves that they are outdated, outmoded, or simply don’t work- and he reveals what does. Audiences will walk away with evidence-based strategies and real-world examples to drive performance and build stronger teams. He is the accomplished author of The Myths of Creativity and Under New Management. In 2015, he was named one of the emerging thought leaders most likely to shape the future of business by Thinkers50, the world’s premier ranking of management thinkers. David Burkus encourages leaders to lead differently and embrace their own creativity and innovation.

Dan Roam

The problem? We talk so much that we don’t think very well. The solution: Vivid Thinking. Dan Roam shares with his audiences the power of visual thinking. Dan is the founder and president of Digital Roam Inc., a management-consulting firm that uses visual thinking to solve complex problems. He is also the author of several books including the international bestseller, The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures, which was named the innovation and creativity book of the year by Fast Company, BusinessWeek, and the Times of London. Dan shows us how to find the underlying message in any idea and cut out the blah-blah-blah forever.


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