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Collaboration - Keynote Speakers

Michel Neray

A naturally dynamic, fun and engaging speaker, Michel Neray has held a variety of leadership positions in the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, and has spoken professionally in more than seven countries. He is passionate about helping his audiences discover and communicate what he calls their ‘Essential Message’. That’s the most basic building block that enables individuals and companies to be the best at what they do; to have stronger relationships and better rapport with customers, colleagues, family and friends; to stand out from the crowd and make a difference; to provide exceptional customer service driven by a genuine desire to help; and above all else, to lead a more fulfilled, more effective professional and personal life. Michel co-authored The Great Crossover, which made it to Jack Canfield’s Achiever’s Recommended Reading List. Michel encourages companies to differentiate in a competitive world with his educational, inspiring, and thought provoking presentations.

Frans Johansson

After publishing the bestselling book The Medici Effect, Frans Johansson speaks to organizations about his insights to having a successful group of employees. In his keynote presentations, Johansson passionately speaks about how the best ideas and innovation come from collaboration between people with diverse experiences, skills, backgrounds, and cultures. Making the business case for diversity, his programs teach audiences how to break down barriers and bring out the best that everyone has to give to every challenge or opportunity. Help your business reach greater potential by transforming Frans’ guidelines into reality.

Edward Cumming

Edward Cumming is Director of Orchestral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at The Hartt School. For nine years, he was Music Director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, hailed for its remarkable artistic growth during his tenure. His appointment came after a two-year search process involving nearly 300 applicants from around the world. As an orchestra leader, Mr. Cumming has distinguished himself for his remarkable ability to connect directly with listeners. Cumming believes that leadership does not begin with leading; it begins with a human connection. Everything that we do stems from our relationship with others. Whether it be a spouse or partner, a staff of ten, or a corporation with thousands -- your success in life and work hinges on how well you relate to others. As a speaker, Edward Cumming will celebrate those who not only think and act big on large stages, but those who champion the largely unseen.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

Lynne Lancaster

Lynne Lancaster is a writer, keynote speaker, and sought-after commentator on generational issues. Her highly entertaining presentations earn rave reviews for her ability to get inside the minds of the generations, identify what they need from the workplace and marketplace, and offer take-home tips and advice on how to become generationally savvy no matter what your age might be. She is well-known for her humor and ability to entertain. Lynne’s clients include the American Bankers Association, Cisco, Coca-Cola, Disney, General Mills, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Washington Mutual, Wells Fargo, and VISA. Lynne is the author of two best-selling books on the generations: When Generations Collide, and The M-Factor: How the Millennial Generation Is Rocking the Workplace. She has appeared on CNN, CNBC and in TIME Magazine and the New York Times. She is the founder of two generational consulting firms and a nationally-recognized voice for the generations.

Seth Mattison

Seth Mattison is an internationally renowned expert on workforce trends and generational dynamics. As Founder and Chief Movement Officer of FutureSight Labs, Seth advises many of the world’s leading brand and organizations on the key shifts happening around talent management, change and innovation, leadership, and the future of work. His ideas have been featured in such publications as The Wall St. Journal, The Huffington Post, and The Globe and Mail and was recently named to the Editors’ Picks for Favorite Speakers for 2013 by MeetingsNet. Over the past 5 years Seth has shared his insight with thousands of business leaders around the world and has received accolades from many of the world’s best brands including: MasterCard, Johnson and Johnson, Microsoft, Kraft Foods, AT&T, PepsiCo, GE Energy, Cisco, State Farm, Merrill Lynch, Dow, and Deloitte.

Carol Kinsey Goman

If your business is having trouble achieving their goals in the unstable business environment that we work in, than you need Carol Kinsey Goman as your management speaker. With her change-management expertise, business leaders will have the know-how to energize a work force by dispelling anxiety, make uncertainty comprehensible, and help employees find their creative potential. Carol has published 200 articles in organizational change and leadership and has been cited as an authority in media such as Investors Business Daily, CNN’s Business Unusual, NBC Nightly News and many more! Her customized, humorous, and insightful keynotes spark leaders to be more effective and help them seize opportunities as they present themselves.

Gary Kunath

Gary M. Kunath is a highly sought after keynote speaker. His most recent book, Life…Don’t Miss it, shares with people of all ages the secrets to achieving maximum joy and contentment in life and guidance for how to live your life to the fullest. Due to the success of his book, Gary has been speaking extensively on this topic of how companies can positively impact their employees’ lives OUTSIDE of the office walls to elevate their natural productivity and company loyalty. It is no longer about work/life balance; it is about work/life fulfillment and loving your whole life. Gary's highly energetic, humorous and authentic delivery style makes him one of the most successful and recognized leadership speakers on the circuit today.

Loretta Malandro

Loretta Malandro is a dynamic communications speaker who is known for captivating, educating and inspiring audiences to excel at their highest levels. As a worldwide top communications expert and CEO of Malandro Communications Inc. Loretta brings her experience and leadership principles to help every organization she is speaking to succeed. Loretta helps clients improve earnings through increased organizational efficiency and effectiveness as a result of collaborative, aligned, and energized people. Her keynotes are packed with inspiring messages and content to enlighten every employee in the room.

Wayne Sotile

Dr. Wayne Sotile is one of the most sought-after keynote speakers and consultants today. A pioneer in the field of health psychology, he combines common sense explanations of cutting-edge research with compassion, humor, and targeted advice that empowers audience members to let go of what's holding them back, take charge of themselves, and make a difference at work and home. Dr. Sotile has consulted with over 400 organizations, corporations, medical practices, and health care systems. He has delivered over 4,000 addresses to professional and lay audiences worldwide, including invited addresses to the Million Dollar Roundtable, the Entrepreneurship Institute, the National Wellness Institute. His topics include: The New Stress Management: Practical solutions for busy people, Understanding and Managing our Differences; and Are We In This Together? Keys to Shaping Collaboration and Collegiality.

Mark Scharenbroich

Mix thousands and thousands of black leather, bandana wearing, tattoo bearing Harley-Davidson riders with a 100th Anniversary and one beige rental car and the end result will be the perfect metaphor for connecting with others: “Nice Bike.” Nice Bike acts as a powerful catalyst to help build stronger, more unified teams. The message inspires audience members to be more engaged and passionate about connecting with others. Join Emmy award-winning speaker, Mark Scharenbroich as he takes you for a fun ride on how to be effective at making meaningful connections in both your professional and personal life. His Nice Bike principle is supported by three strong actions: Acknowledge, honor and connect. Part motivational speaker, part thought-provoker and pure comedic entertainer – Mark Scharenbroich will inspire, teach and engage you with Nice Bike.

Kim Lear

Kim Lear is a speaker, writer, strategist, and researcher. As the founder and content director of Inlay Insights, Kim explores how emerging trends impact the future workforce and marketplace. She is at the forefront of cutting edge research to uncover cultural shifts that revolutionize how organizations engage employees and consumers. Kim is a sought after expert and has been featured on NPR as well as national publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, USA Today and more. She is also a contributor to the award winning NPR program “On Being” where she focuses on mindful work. Kim’s innovative presentations explore how future trends are changing the way people work, buy, and live. She is known for her ability to use a mix of data, storytelling, humor and actionable takeaways to discuss the trends that most impact the bottom line of organizations.

Polly LaBarre

For two decades Polly LaBarre has used her writing and speaking to help make organizations more resilient, innovative and inspiring – and to embolden and equip leaders at every level to make a meaningful impact. Polly began her career at Fast Company magazine and is also co-author of the bestselling book, Mavericks at Work. She also has a widely syndicated blog, Fresh MIX, which delivers agenda-setting ideas about 21st-century organizations. She has field-tested insight on the crucial question facing every leader and organization today: How do we change the way we change? She reveals the most practical and high-impact ways to innovate, adapt and succeed -- redefining how leadership, change, innovation, collaboration, employee engagement, organizational culture, accountability, and disruptive strategy are done. Polly provides an action plan to help leaders make their organizations fit for the future.

Ty Bennett

When Ty was 21 years old, he and his brother Scott started a business in direct sales, which they built to over $20 million in annual revenue while still in their twenties. As a young entrepreneur, Ty continues to engage his team's focus to grow sales. He has developed over 500 sales managers globally with sales and leadership in 37 countries. In his talks, Ty uses the power of influence and storytelling to provide audiences with tangible techniques that will increase their influence and their impact as leaders and as salespeople. With a natural ability to engage and empower others, Ty draws on his experience in the trenches to share real and tangible techniques about the principles of leadership that continue to create his success. The founder of Leadership Inc., who has been featured as one of the Top 40 Under 40, Ty is a young fresh voice providing interactive presentations that are engaging, dynamic and inspiring. Ty’s best-selling books - The Power of Influence: Increase Your Income and Personal Impact and The Power of Storytelling: The Art of Influential Communication - are used in graduate courses at multiple universities including MIT, as today’s version of “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”

Hannah Ubl

Hannah Ubl thrives on finding what motivates, forms and challenges each generation. As a generational expert, Hannah has been doing extensive research on a global scale as well as looking at Gen Edge- the generation following millennials- and the impact they will have on the workplace. Her perspective helps companies and organizations gain a deeper understanding of each other to build lasting, multi-generational partnerships.

Tom Hegna

As an insurance speaker, Tom Hegna has literally made a multi-billion dollar impact on the financial industry with his speeches. Tom was Vice President at New York Life and has dominated the main platform of all the biggest venues in the financial services industry and electrified top producers worldwide. Tom’s keynotes are never mundane, but instead he thrills his audiences with his unique speeches that provide easy solutions to complex problems that financial advisors face. It is no doubt Tom will change the way your producers manage their books of business!

Song Division

Song Division helps companies connect to and communicate with their target audiences using the power of music. Using some of the best musicians in the world, they design interactive music programs for audiences of any size, which revolve around the creation and performance of original song(s) based on the themes, content and key objectives of the event. They work globally and in multiple languages for cleints worldwide. A staff of trained facilitators features musicians who have played with everyone from David Bowie and Billy Joel to Justin Timberlake and Adele. Programs encourage communication and focused interaction and provide a catered messaging tool that inspires an engaging and meaningful connection between the end client and its audience. It’s a fun and innovative way to bring people together all while retaining the corporate, educational or brand content. Best of all, no musical experience is required!

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