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Creativity - Keynote Speakers

Josh Linkner

Josh Linkner- who started his career as a jazz guitarist- personifies creativity, entrepreneurship and disruptive innovation. He has been the founder and CEO of four tech companies, which sold for a combined value of over $200 million. Josh is the author of two New York Times Bestsellers: Disciplined Dreaming: A proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity, and The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation. He is also the Founding Partner of Detroit Venture Partners, investing in and mentoring over 100 startups. Josh has twice been named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and is a President Barack Obama Champion of Change award recipient. He is a regular columnist for Forbes, The Detroit Free Press, and Inc. Magazine. His work on innovation has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, CNN, and The New York Times. And yes, he still plays a mean jazz guitar.

Beau Lotto

Beau Lotto helps businesses build great brands by creating a strong relationship with audiences through meaningful narratives. But what makes a narrative meaningful? Beau is the founder of Lottolab, a hybrid art studio and science lab, which researches human perception and how it underpins creativity and innovation. His ongoing research shines a new light on human nature and allows for businesses to discover the principles behind information, not just the information itself. Beau focuses first on asking good questions--the right questions, and then sets about uncovering the answer. "A GOOD question is where success lives," says Beau. By combining our collective expertise in design, engagement, neuroscience and behaviour we are better able to work with companies to create narratives that are truly meaningful to their audiences … and in doing so establish a sense of loyalty that wouldn't be possible otherwise.

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.

Jeff Tobe

It is finally alright to color outside the lines! In Jeff Tobe’s innovation speeches you can find out how to be creatively inventive with problem solving, teambuilding, effective leadership, and enhancing customer experience. A Certified Speaking Professional, Jeff uses his dynamic and engaging talent as a keynotes speaker to help their organization work collectively to come up with imaginative ideas. Jeff inspires businesses to focus on the interactions rather than the transactions to help their employees connect better with customers and team members. Jeff motivates people to use every crayon in their box so that they can make their business one that is full of creative color.

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!

Peter Sheahan

Peter Sheahan is known internationally for his inventive business thinking and thought leadership. Peter’s highly innovative approach has contributed to his success as the author of 3 international best-selling books and one of the most in-demand thought leaders in the world. Peter has advised leaders from companies as diverse as Apple, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Hyundai, IBM, Pfizer, Wells Fargo, and Cardinal Health. Peter’s most recent book is titled, MATTER: Move Beyond the Competition, Create More Value and Become the Obvious Choice. Peter is also the Founder and Group CEO of Karrikins Group – an international growth-oriented consulting firm with expertise in business development and community investment. Peter empowers his audiences and makes a significant impact on how businesses operate through his global insights and thought provoking presentations.

LaughingStock

LaughingStock Delivers A Customized Comic Look at Your Culture: LaughingStock is unique because we customize every performance. We learn everything we can about you: read your material, interview your people, ask all the right questions. Every business, product, service and organization has a lode of humor. We're experts at digging up the joys and frustrations, foibles and follies, buzzwords and common denominators the audience shares. At show time, we integrate this extensive research with our wit, characters and "improv" experience. Our comedy experts spontaneously create customized-comic scenes about your world. The result is a fun and funny show designed especially for your audience.
Improvisational comedy shows are fresh, original scenes based on audience input. The audience fills in the details of our distinctive comedy by volunteering a variety of suggestions (emotions, objects, activities, occupations, locations) throughout the performance. Improv is immediate and exciting. The audience is in on the fun seeing their ideas mushroom into comedy mayhem. Whatever Business You're In, We Think It's Funny... Your Audience Will, Too! Sales forces and customers, technology developers and end-users, teachers and students, management and administrative support, health care professionals and patients, food scientists and consumers, buyers and suppliers, lawyers and outlaws, funeral directors and...well, let's just say we leave 'em dead in the aisle. Let us discover what's so funny about your business world.

Richard Hight

Richard Hight has earned acclaim for his ability to ignite and inspire audiences to greater heights of innovation and creativity through his skills in the visual arts. A resident of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Richard travels the world to share his message of empowerment and encouragement. He shares his experiences with thousands of people every year, showing them how to focus on their individual strengths and how to recognize possibilities rather than limitations.

Johnny "Cupcakes" Earle

Named America’s #1 young entrepreneur by BUSINESS WEEK, profiled in the NYTimes, NPR, MTV, Forbes, NEWSWEEK Magazine and the Boston Globe, and featured in INC Magazine as one of the world’s fastest growing independent businesses –Johnny Earle, the founder of Johnny Cupcakes. At 19, Johnny had a passion for his one of a kind t-shirt business. To go global in a saturated marketplace, he needed a different recipe that would go viral! He created such a unique brand experience that consumers would (and do) line up around the block for. After 5 global store openings, he inspires fans to camp out for weeks ahead of time and high profile collaborations such as The Simpson's, Looney Tunes and Nickelodeon. Johnny is now sharing his secret recipe for VIRAL Business and Marketing Success through his high impact keynote speeches.

Victor Strecher

Currently, as Director for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship, Dr. Strecher is working in the UM School of Public Health and the University of Michigan to create an environment that promotes more direct dissemination of research efforts to improve the public’s health nationally and globally. His book, On Purpose: Lessons in Life and Health From the Frog, the Dung Beetle, and Julia, is written for the lay public with a professional comic illustrator as a graphic novel and is accompanied by a free iOS app, a website, and smartphone and web apps. Dr. Strecher’s research and book focuses on the importance of developing and maintaining a strong purpose in life. In 1998, Dr. Strecher founded HealthMedia, an Ann Arbor-based company that has grown to over 185 employees, creating digital health coaching programs for millions of users. In 2008 HealthMedia was purchased by Johnson & Johnson.

Mark Schulman

Having performed for over a billion people, Mark incorporates unique and valuable content with blazing multimedia and drum performances to empower, inspire and elevate audiences to an evolved mindset and new level of peak performance. With Mark’s extremely high-energy speaking style, business relevant content, drumming and interactive activities, attendees get to express their own rhythms, fortify individual strengths and enhance emotional connections with their colleagues and families. What makes Mark different is that his presentation has the excitement of a rock show with the transformational aspects of a cutting-edge keynote. Think Tony Robbins meets Bono meets Ringo with live drumming, interactive performances, compelling and emotional stories of his intimate experiences with P!NK, Billy Idol, Foreigner, Cher and other world-class artists. Mark’s presentations inspire audiences to take immediate action toward increased performance.

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.

Brad Montgomery

Brad Montgomery is a keynote speaker who talks to the people side of business. He teaches people and organizations how to harness happiness as a strategy to improve performance and results. His clients include Microsoft, Kenneth Cole Designs, John Deere Landscapes, Verizon, Kraft, the Mayo Clinic, dozen’s of State governments, the CIA — yes, that one, the FBI — yes that one, and the IRS — definitely that one. How much time, profits and productivity has your company lost because they are not able to perform to their potential? It’s time to boost your employees’ value, engage your workers, and create company-wide commitment. Let Brad guide your organization to greater performance, productivity and value. Brad is one of the most authentic, genuine and fun motivational speakers out there …which makes his message stick. It’s funny, high-energy, interactive, and very effective. Oh, and clients from Microsoft to MillerCoors don’t say he’s funny. They say he is REALLY funny.

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 Wasden

As a global thought leader and author of Tension – The Energy of Innovation, Chris Wasden describes how individuals and organizations can become more innovative. He advises leading companies on the Internet of Things and how social, mobile, analytics and cloud technologies are transforming industries and business models and creating new market opportunities. He is an inventor on 11 issued patents and has been a leader in 10 different startups where he developed many of his ideas around the innovation cycle and lifecycle and how fast, frequent, frugal, and failure accelerates innovation. Chris shares his wisdom on how to change a mundane lifestyle to one that unleashes creativity which creates positive change.

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.

Cynthia Weber-Cleary

Cynthia Weber-Cleary has the distinctive ability to identify trends and spot business opportunities and has broad experience accelerating transformation efforts on behalf of the world’s most iconic fashion magazines. Cindy has been a fashion director and editor at iconic magazines including Vogue, Cosmo, Glamour, and New York Woman magazine. She has also appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Oprah and The View. As fashion director for InStyle Magazine, Cindy accelerated the transformation of the magazine from a celebrity/home based magazine to a leader in the fashion category, creating a fresh, original approach and personalized the voice of the magazine’s fashion coverage. Cynthia teaches audiences how to better express themselves through clothes and how to make the most of physical assets.

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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