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Change - Keynote Speakers

Bill Rasmussen

It is safe to say that Bill Rasmussen changed the face of sports, and the face of television. His brainstorm for a 24-hour cable sports television station, born out of adversity, has become the Worldwide Leader in Sports, ESPN. He had his innovative brainstorm for an all-sports cable TV network within days of his firing by the New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association. His idea captured his imagination, and 14 months later, ESPN was on air for the first time. A life-long entrepreneur and sports fan, Rasmussen’s innovations in advertising, sports and broadcasting are numerous and include not only the creation of ESPN, but also the concept for “Sports Center,” wall-to-wall coverage of NCAA regular- season and “March Madness” college basketball, and coverage of the College World Series. Bill’s entrepreneurial daring, his irrepressible enthusiasm and a dash of good luck gave the world the first 24-hour television network. Once unleashed upon sports fans, ESPN’s impact forever changed the way we watch television.

Todd Henry

Todd Henry teaches leaders and organizations how to establish practices that lead to everyday brilliance. He is the author of three books (The Accidental Creative, Die Empty, and Louder Than Words) which have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and he speaks and consults across dozens of industries on creativity, leadership, and passion for work. Todd believes that the key to making your work speak loudly and resonate with others is to uncover, develop, and then bravely use a voice rooted in authenticity. He helps audiences discover how to develop the core drivers of an authentic, resonant voice, and why some voices connect deeply while others simply miss the mark.

Angie Morgan

Shortly after launching her professional career, Angie Morgan saw a need in the workplace: professionals consistently showed the capacity to be leaders, but no one was actively helping them get there. Angie is the co-founder of Lead Star, helping professionals understand how they can achieve greater success by implementing leadership practices into their work routines. Angie is also the co-author of two books, Leading from the Front, and Spark: How to Lead Yourself and Others to Greater Success. Angie is passionate about taking a heady concept—like leadership—and breaking it down to achievable actions that anyone, at any level of an organization can demonstrate. She has seen the advantage that businesses can gain when everyone—from the CEO to the frontline employee—is a leader.

Bruce Himelstein

Recognized for his ability to identify and implement strategies to maintain relevance in today’s rapidly evolving business world, Bruce Himelstein delivers valuable insight to help organizations in any industry build and maintain a successful brand, develop a culture of service, and harness talent to effectively foster innovation. As chief marketing officer at Loews Hotels, he has been integral in spearheading the implementation of strategic campaigns and activating key initiatives to employ innovative technologies. Bruce explores with audiences how capturing the process of disruption and, use of data and trends is imperative to remaining relevant in a constantly changing environment. Audiences additionally take away lessons on the importance of branding and use of its equity in an ever-shifting marketplace, and how organizations can and should use their existing culture to work through disruption towards necessary change.

Robert Safian

What does it mean to “lead the pack” in a world that is changing so quickly? How do we steer innovation in the right spots and avoid the pitfalls? Robert Safian has chronicled thousands of odds-defying organizations and leaders, getting inside access to their secrets of success. His ability to synthesize their lessons into insightful, compelling storytelling has made him one of the most sought-after speakers, moderators and interviewers in modern business. He is editor and managing director of the award-winning monthly business magazine Fast Company. He oversees all editorial operations, in print and online, and plays a key role in guiding the magazine's advertising, marketing, and circulation efforts. By presenting stories of the people behind innovative business thinking, he provides hope to millions of talented professionals, entrepreneurs and leaders that meaningful change is possible.

Bill Taylor

Bill Taylor has encouraged a generation of executives and company-builders to muster the courage and skills to think differently about change, leadership, and the new world of work. A spirited and hard-charging entrepreneur, Bill co-founded Fast Company, easily the most influential voice on business and innovation in the last two decades. The publication changed the very idea of what a business magazine could be. Since the publication’s sale for $340 million, Bill has spent his career writing and speaking to audiences around the world. Bill is also the author of three bestselling books, Simply Brilliant, Practically Radical and Mavericks at Work. Bill has devoted his career to challenging conventional wisdom and showcasing the power of business at its best.

Vanessa Williams

Vanessa is a successful executive who moved up the corporate ladder. She has real world experience on breaking through the proverbial glass ceiling, dealing with inclusion and diversity issues, and managing large global teams. Vanessa uses her personal experiences as well as those of her clients to bring a truly genuine touch to her speaking engagements. No fluff, no relying on studies or text books – her “to the point” and “matter of fact” conversational tone brings people in. Audience members leave with actionable items to work on – Leading Edge Homework. She encourages audience participants to define issues and create a path for action to ensure the information they just learned isn’t lost. Every company, every team and every individual is unique and therefore every presentation should be unique and customized around the audience. Vanessa will construct her presentation around the company’s goals. What do they want the outcome to be? No black box speeches allowed!

Isaac Lidsky

As Inc. recently reported, “Isaac Lidsky may possess the most eclectic resume in entrepreneurship. Over the years, he has been a child television star [(he played series regular “Weasel” on NBC’s “Saved By The Bell: The New Class”)], a Supreme Court clerk [(for Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg)], and the co-founder of an internet startup. More recently, Lidsky has used his gift for logistics to build ODC Construction into one of the fastest-growing construction businesses,” transforming an unsophisticated $11 million concrete subcontractor that was hemorrhaging money into an industry-leading $150 million construction services company—in 5 years. Inc. Magazine, The Incredibly Inspiring Journey of a Blind Entrepreneur, October 1, 2015.

Scott Friedman

Scott Friedman, Certified Speaking Professional, and former President of the National Speakers Association (NSA), is the author of Celebrate! Lessons Learned from the World’s Most Admired Organizations, Happily Ever Laughter, Using Humor For A Change and A Celebration A Day – 365 ways to a Happier, Healthier Workplace. For over 30 years Scott has traveled the globe speaking on employee innovation, customer experience and using humor/celebration as a strategic tool. Scott founded “Together We Can Change the World,” a non-profit organization, serving girls and less fortunate women in Southeast Asia.

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