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Future - Keynote Speakers

Jack Shaw

Jack Shaw has been a Technology Futurist for more than 30 years helping others understand the strategic implications of emerging technologies. He’s the author of three books and numerous White Papers and has delivered more than 1000 keynote addresses and executive presentations in more than 20 countries. He was voted one of the world’s Top 5 Technology Futurist Speakers for 2014 by over 12,000 meetings planners, executives and conference attendees – the only Technology Futurist among the overall Top 5 Speakers in votes. Jack’s clients include IBM, SAP, Oracle, CA Technologies, GE and Coca Cola among hundreds of other businesses large and small. He is widely recognized for his expertise in such breakthrough business technologies as Big Data, eCommerce/OmniCommerce, Intelligent Systems, Mobile Commerce and Social Media. Jack graduated from Yale and has an MBA from Kellogg.

Jeff Goldsmith

Jeff Goldsmith is America's premier healthcare futurist who founded Health Futures, Inc., a firm specializing in corporate strategic planning and forecasting future health care trends. For 25 years, Health Futures has analyzed the dynamic issues facing the healthcare industry including: the future of information technology and healthcare; implications of new biotechnology developments; health care trend analysis; the internet's impact on medicine; and the future of managed care and of integrated health systems.

Troy Hazard

Troy Hazard is a serial entrepreneur who has founded and nurtured eleven businesses—and has consulted to countless successful companies—over the past 20 years. He is also the host of two hugely successful national network business television shows in Australia, Inside Franchising and Don’t Come Monday; and he regularly co-hosts The Big Biz Show on the BizTV network in the US. Hazard has owned a diverse range of businesses, so there are few situations that he has not experienced and survived. He was elected by the world’s foremost business leaders as Global President of the Entrepreneurs' Organization in recognition of his broad experience and talents as an entrepreneur. And he has been acknowledged for his speaking abilities with the designation of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP). Hazard’s presentations provide organizations with potent and refined tools for growing their businesses; harnessing the positive potential of change; and leading teams to their greatest achievements. These lessons are also reflected in his bestselling book, Future-Proofing Your Business: Real Life Strategies to Prepare Your Business for Tomorrow, Today!

Rick Barrera

Rick Barrera is a nationally acclaimed marketing consultant and author, known throughout the financial services industry for his extraordinary speaking skills and his ability to help advisors differentiate their practice, generate referrals and retain clients. He is a partner at Prosperous Practice, the practice management firm that defined fully comprehensive financial services and teaches advisors how to consistently deliver the highest levels of service in the industry. His consulting focuses on delivering unique client experiences that drive high levels of referrals. His newest book, “Overpromise and Overdeliver: How to Design and Deliver Extraordinary Client Experiences” is both a Wall Street Journal and Business Week bestseller.

Barry Asmus

Dr. Barry Asmus is a Senior Economist with the National Center for Policy Analysis. He has been named by USA Today as one of the five most requested speaking in the United States. Over the last 25 years, Dr. Asmus has spoken to thousands of companies and associations throughout the United States. He has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee regarding our income tax system and was a featured speaker in a conference on privatizing Social Security for Western European leaders. On recent trips to Romania, Albania, China, and Peru, he encouraged government leaders to pass free-market, low tax, protected property rights and free trade policies. Dr. Asmus is the author of nine books, including Crossroads: The Great American Experiment, which was nominated for a H.L. Mencken Award. Dr. Asmus is an effective advocate of free market economics and is a recognized thinker who delivers his ideas and sharp analyses in enthusiastic and energetic presentations.

James Canton

He may not have a time machine to prove that his predictions will be correct, but the businesses that Dr. James Canton’s has been a futuristic speaker for can validate that his innovative insight has lead them to a bright future. A renowned global futurist, social scientist, author, and visionary business advisor Dr. Canton has been insightfully predicting key trends that have shaped our world for over 30 years. He has advised Global Fortune 1000 companies and trained them on being innovators of their industry and can do the same for your company with his customized business coaching!

Ira Wolfe

A prolific writer and sought-after-expert on hiring and workplace trends, Ira S. Wolfe has been aptly described as a “Gen Y masquerading in a Baby Boomer body.” Ira, the author of the new book Geeks, Geezers, and Googlization: How to Manage the Unprecedented Convergence of the Wired, the Tired, and Technology in the Workplace, is a business columnist, business blogger, public speaker, and consultant on generational crowding, workforce trends, skilled worker gaps, and best practices in hiring and succession. His other books include The Perfect Labor Storm 2.0, The Perfect Labor Storm Fact Book, Understanding Business Values and Motivators, and Coming Job Boom. In addition to being interviewed regularly by journalists, reporters, and bloggers, he appears regularly as the go-to expert on TV and public service radio stations speaking on topics of generational crowding in the workplace, the rise of female breadwinners, fans and foes of social media in the workplace, the threat of the “gray ceiling,” and hiring trends for 2013 and beyond.

Jim Carroll

As said by BusinessWeek, Jim Carroll is “a leading source for innovation insight.” He is one of the world’s leading futurists, trends & innovation experts. Through his keynote and leadership speeches, Jim transforms his audience’s way of thinking to help them discover opportunities in an era of high-velocity change. He helps his listeners meet the challenges of the economic contraction by concentrating on innovation and aligning their strategy of fast-paced future trends. Jim’s deep understanding and unique insight makes him a sought out presenter for organizations.

Peter Ricchiuti

Peter Ricchiuti is the business school professor you wish you had back in college! His insight and humor regarding the financial markets have twice made him the school’s top professor. Peter started his career with the investment firm of Kidder Peabody and later managed over three billion dollars as the assistant treasurer for the state of Louisiana. In 1993 he founded Tulane University’s highly acclaimed Burkenroad Reports student stock research program. Peter hosts a popular weekly business show on National Public Radio called “Out to Lunch” and is the accomplished author of the book “Stocks Under Rocks”. Peter is energetic and entertaining while he educates his audiences.

Jeremy Rifkin

As your economic speaker, Jeremy Rifkin shares his knowledge as author of seventeen best-selling books on the impact of scientific and technological changes on the economy, workforce, society, and environment. His most recent books include The Empathic Civilization and The European Dream. Jeremy also serves as an advisor to the European Union on issues related to the economy, climate change, energy security, and sustainable development. To hear his insight first-hand that thousands of colleges and corporations reference to gives you an opportunity to learn new cutting-edge teachings that could change your business forever.

Daniel Burrus

Daniel Burrus is one of the world’s leading technological forecasters and business strategists, author of the highly acclaimed Technotrends, and corporate speaker. He is the founder and CEO of Burrus Research, a research and consulting firm that monitors global advancements in technology driven trends to help clients create untapped opportunities. In his keynote presentations, Burrus tailors his message to each audience through his humor and motivation. He addresses relevant trends and offers guidance for turning rapid technology-driven change into a competitive advantage. Burrus has developed a new interactive breakout session called “Competitive Advantage” which raises the bar on take-home value and increases the impact of his presentation.

Todd Buchholz

Todd Buchholz is an international economist, hedge fund manager, former Harvard lecturer and frequent TV and radio commentator. He has written several bestselling books on the economy, including New Ideas from Dead Economists, New Ideas from Dead CEOs and Market Shock. Buchholz is a widely sought after keynote speaker addressing a variety of topics, from the U.S. financial markets to geo political debates to economic policies that impact business strategies around the globe. With an incisive wit and entertaining style, Buchholz’s keynote presentations reveal the economic challenges and opportunities faced by our changing society and proposes important strategies for success.

Joe Flower

With nearly 30 years’ experience, Joe Flower has emerged as a premier observer and thought leader on the deep forces changing healthcare in the United States and around the world. As a healthcare speaker, writer, and consultant, he has explored the future of healthcare with clients ranging from the World Health Organization, the Global Business Network, and the U.K. National Health Service, to the majority of state hospital associations in the U.S. as well as many of the provincial associations and ministries in Canada, He has been a consultant on change and the future with the U.S. Department of Defense, Airbus and ArianeSpace, and a number of governments in China. Flower is the author of hundreds of healthcare articles. For over 20 years he was a contributing editor and regular columnist at the Healthcare Forum Journal.

Cheryl Cran

Cheryl Cran provides data and strategies to inspire leaders to drive transformation in a fast paced world and to create the future workplace TODAY! The future workplace Cheryl envisions is one of shared leadership, innovative collaboration, where everyone is consistently adding value for employees and customers. Cheryl's research focuses on the future of work, change management, and technological innovation. Cheryl is the author of six books including, the newest, “The Art of Change Leadership – Driving Transformation In a Fast Paced World”. Cheryl has worked with global brands such as AT&T, Kaiser Permanente, Gartner, TEDX, Bell, Mass Mutual, Manulife, and more. In choosing to work with Cheryl, audiences will learn to take action towards creating an extraordinary future. Clients enjoy increased engagement, increased leadership abilities and increased business results.

Ted Fishman

The secrets of how the People’s Republic of China has developed as a world powerhouse over the years lies in the keynote of Ted Fishman. Ted's bestselling book China, Inc., How the Rise of the Next Superpower Challenges America and the World, has helped describe for the world the effects of China's momentous change on the lives and businesses of people everywhere. With Ted as your management speaker he will reveal how China has emerged and the impact the country has on the lives of Americans as consumers, workers, managers, and citizens. His customized and lively keynotes are focused on helping your company make an impact that can revolutionize the world just like China did.

Ken Dychtwald

Dr. Ken Dychtwald is North America’s expert on lifestyle, marketing, and workforce implications of the age wave. He has over 35 years of experience as a psychologist, gerontologist, entrepreneur, bestselling author, and keynote speaker. His customized innovative solutions for any business fertilized their expansion in their field. Ken has dedicated his life to battling ageist stereotypes while promoting a new and vital image of maturity. His ability to blend cutting-edge social science and marketing brings a unique look at business to his audiences.

David Foot

David K. Foot, Professor of Economics at the University of Toronto, is co-author of the best-selling books Boom, Bust & Echo: How to Profit from the Coming Demographic Shift* and Boom, Bust & Echo: Profiting from the Demographic Shift in the 21st Century. These books reflect his research on the relationships between economics and demographics and on the resulting implications for both private and public policies. Following his undergraduate degree in Australia and his doctorate in economics from Harvard University, Professor Foot's research involved projections of the Canadian economy. Subsequently, he focused on Canada's declining population growth and associated population aging as one of the fundamental and often neglected determinants of the challenges to economic performance and policy. His research has resulted in contributions to a variety of specific fields such as marketing, human resource planning, corporate organization, saving and investing, housing, health, education, recreation and leisure, unemployment, migration, government expenditures, and intergovernmental relations. A number of these themes are explored in two of his previous books, Canada's Population Outlook: Demographic Futures and Economic Challenges and The Over Forty Society. In addition to academic writings and contributions to professional journals and to the popular media, Professor Foot's work in the area of public policy has included research and submissions to many government commissions and numerous consulting and conference assignments for both private and public organizations.

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.

Rowan Gibson

Rowan Gibson is widely recognized as one of the world’s foremost thought leaders on business innovation. The media have labeled him “Mr. Innovation”, “the Innovation Grandmaster”, “the W. Edwards Deming of innovation” and “a guru among the gurus”. He is the internationally bestselling author of two major books on business strategy and innovation – Rethinking the Future and Innovation to the Core – which have been published to date in 25 languages. His latest book, Innovation to the Core, explains – for the first time – how to build and sustain a deep, company-wide innovation capability that drives continual growth and strategic renewal. Rowan Gibson is one of the world’s most in-demand public speakers. In just the last four years alone, he has delivered his keynote speeches, innovation masterclasses and public seminars in 55 countries around the world. Rowan Gibson’s keynote speeches, executive sessions and innovation masterclasses are always tailor-made to fit each audience, industry sector and event format. He endeavours, wherever possible, to use business cases and examples that are relevant to the specific audience. Gibson uses very graphic PowerPoint slides – each typically features just one powerful image and a single statement – which makes his presentations extremely dynamic. He is constantly updating his slides with cutting-edge material and up-to-the-minute business news.

Rajeev Dhawan

Rajeev Dhawan wears a dual hat as Associate Professor of Managerial Sciences and as Director of the Economic Forecasting Center at the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. A sought-after international speaker, he has presented at conferences in Spain, Argentina, Canada, Sweden, Japan, India, Dominican Republic and across the U.S. As a consultant, he has been commissioned to prepare economic impact reports, home price forecast models, and provide public policy recommendations. Dhawan's regularly contributes his U.S. forecast to well-regarded surveys such as Bank One Economic Outlook Survey, Blue Chip Economic Indicators, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia's Livingston Survey, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia's Professional Forecaster's Survey, National Association of Business Economists Outlook Survey, USA Today Forecaster's Survey, and a number of others.

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