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Leadership - Keynote Speakers

David Stillman

David Stillman is a generational expert and best-selling author who shows businesses how to connect with four generations in the workplace and marketplace and how to get ready for the newest generation - GenZ. He is co-author of two best- selling books, When Generations Collide and The M-Factor: How the Millennial Generation Is Rocking the Workplace. Because of David’s creative communications work, he has received rave reviews from Fortune 100 companies, in addition to numerous accolades including gold medals at the NY Film Festival and the much coveted CLIO Award. He was named to the prestigious list of “Forty Under 40” movers and shakers by The Business Journal and most recently as one of 200 to Watch. David’s energetic and insightful presentations will help all audiences appreciate and understand generations differently.

Ian Percy

Ian Percy challenges and inspires corporate and association audiences in numerous industries around the world. His unique ability to help people believe in their full potential, to challenge themselves when they need to be challenged and to stimulate courageous innovation will bring significant advantage to your organization. An organizational psychologist, Ian is a renowned business speaker and respected author of six books. As a speaker Ian has the rare honor of being inducted into both the US and Canadian Speaker Halls of Fame. Ian's writing includes the breakthrough book on leadership titled "Going Deep"; an inspirational book called "The 11 Commandments for an Enthusiastic Team" and his most recent "The Profitable Power of Purpose". He writes a regular column on performance improvement for Human Capital magazine read by over 40,000 HR leaders and is a frequent contributor to the online publication RetailWire. With limitless humor, he encourages, provokes, guides, coaches and lifts organizations to a place filled with unifying purpose and passion. Topics include: The "Yearning Organization", Putting Fire Back in the Fireplace, From Information to Wisdom: The New Face of Leadership, Corporate Courage in the Post Re-engineering Era: The Four Strategic Challenges Facing Every Organization Intent on Success, and, The 11 Commandments for an Enthusiastic Team.

Dennis Perkins

Rigorous waves, unpredictable weather, and life threatening experiences are the stories that Dr. Dennis Perkins shares in his leadership keynotes to help companies survive on the waters of business. While a faculty member at the Yale University School of Management, Dr. Perkins developed a breakthrough leadership approach based on the study of groups facing The Edge, or the outer limits of human endurance. By combining these fundamentals and latest research with his own experience in some of the world’s toughest conditions he applies the lessons in survival to today’s business environment. Dr. Perkins is the author of several books, recently Leading at the Edge: Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition and CEO of The Syncretics Group, a firm devoted to effective leadership and teamwork. Bring your life-vest because Dr. Perkins is going to show you how to lead your team through the tsunami business waves and come out winning.

Erik Qualman

#1 bestselling author and motivational speaker Erik Qualman has performed in 44 countries and reached 23 million people this decade. His books have propelled him to be voted the 2nd Most Likeable Author in the World behind Harry Potter's J.K. Rowling. His entertaining, educating, and empowering approach reaches audiences of all ages with an inspiring message around maximizing your leadership, reputation, and innovation potential. His video-storytelling style captivates audiences and showcases how successful and happy people are able to find the right offline & online balance in their over-scheduled lives. Interwoven in this inspirational message are practical tips and takeaways that directly impact the bottom line for your organization. His Socialnomics work has been on 60 Minutes to the Wall Street Journal and used by the National Guard to NASA. What Happens in Vegas Stays on Youtube was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and his books are used in over 200 of the world’s top universities. His latest book, How to Sell on LinkedIn is launching Q4 2016. He was formerly a sitting professor at Harvard and MTI’s edX labs.

B. Joseph Pine

Joe Pine is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker, and management advisor to Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial start-ups alike. He is co-founder of Strategic Horizons LLP, a thinking studio dedicated to helping businesses conceive and design new ways of adding value to their economic offerings. Mr. Pine and his partner James H. Gilmore most recently wrote Authenticity: What Consumers Really Want (Harvard Business Press, 2007), which recognizes that in a world of increasingly paid-for experiences, people no longer accept the fake from the phony, but want the real from the genuine. This book, named one of the top ten business books of the year by Amazon.com and featured in a cover story in TIME Magazine on “10 Ideas that are changing the world”, provides a way of thinking about authenticity in business plus a set of tools and techniques for rendering authenticity in any company. Other best-sellers of Mr. Pine include The experience Economy: Work is Theatre & Every Business a Stage and Mass Customization: The New Frontier in Business Competition. Prior to beginning his writing and speaking activities, Mr. Pine held a number of technical and managerial positions with IBM.

Dennis Snow

Dennis Snow’s customer service abilities were honed over 20 years with the Walt Disney World Company. There, he developed his passion for service excellence and the experience he brings to the worldwide speaking and consulting he does today. He also spent several years with the Disney University, teaching corporate philosophy and business practices to cast members and the leadership team. In his last year with Walt Disney World®, Dennis’ leadership performance was ranked in the top 3% of the company’s leadership team. Today, Dennis is a full-time speaker, trainer and consultant who helps organizations achieve goals related to customer service, employee development and leadership. He is the author of the book, Lessons from the Mouse: A Guide for Applying Disney World's Secrets of Success to Your Organization, Your Career, and Your Life.

William "Gus" Pagonis

When it comes to expertise in logistics and overall leadership in management of very complex projects and organizations, few people are better qualified than Gus Pagonis, a retired three-star U.S. Army General. Lieutenant General Pagonis is widely recognized for his logistical achievements particularly during Desert Shield/Desert storm. After successfully masterminding logistics for the Gulf War and winning high praise from General Norman Schwarzkopf, Pagonis left the Army in 1993 and was hired as Head of Supply Chain for Sears Roebuck and Co. Also, he was President of Sears Logistics Services, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears. He retired from Sears in June 2006. From July, 2006 to December, 2013, Gus served as the Vice Chairman of the BOD for GENCO and supervised their government operation until December 2013. He presently does consulting for various Corporations and public speaking on Leadership of the Supply Chain. Also, he is a lecturer at Penn State University in their Executive Program.

Howard Putnam

Howard Putnam is the former CEO of the highly successful Southwest Airlines, transforming a small entrepreneurial venture into a major competitor. In three years profits increased by 200 percent. Putnam accepted the challenge of Braniff International in 1981 and became the first Chairman and CEO to successfully restructure a major airline out of bankruptcy. Earlier he spent over 20 years with United Airlines, his final position being Group Vice President of Marketing. He has also been an entrepreneur and has learned "Crisis Management" by living it. Harvard wrote a case study on his Braniff experiences called "The Ethics of Bankruptcy." Howard is a business and motivational speaker, author, consultant, commentator, and online mentor on: Leadership, Customer Service, Change, Transformation and Ethics. For nearly thirty years, Howard played a leading role in one of the most exciting and rapidly changing industries. He earned a well-deserved reputation for his capacity to think systematically, create a vision, build a team, define a niche, and design successful strategies for managing growth and crisis. An impressive entertainer and motivational speaker, Howard shares his prescription for successful management in the 21st century. Howard Putnam's ultimate objective is Bottom Line Improvement. He believes that cultures that place people as their highest priority have the greatest long term impact and success.

John Medina

DR. JOHN J. MEDINA, a developmental molecular biologist, has a lifelong fascination with how the mind reacts to and organizes information. He is the author of nine books including the New York Times bestseller "Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School" -- a provocative book that takes on the way our schools and work environments are designed. His latest book is a must-read for parents and early-childhood educators: "Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five." Dr. Medina has the rare gift of making science fun and accessible. He is an extraordinary speaker -- perhaps one of the most energetic and engaging speakers you will ever encounter. And he has a message that every leader needs to survive and thrive. In a keynote presentation or dynamic workshop, Medina guides you through his 12 Brain Rules, things you should know about how the brain works. With fascinating stories and his characteristic sense of humor, he'll explain: why multi-tasking is a myth—and what happens when you try to type an e-mail and talk on the phone at the same time; that every employee and every customers’ brain is wired differently; how exercise, sleep, and stress affect the brain; just what makes PowerPoint presentations so very boring that we have a Jennifer Aniston neuron. Really!

Robert Tucker

Robert B. Tucker is president of The Innovation Resource (TIR), and an internationally recognized leader in the field of innovation. Formerly an adjunct professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, Tucker has been a consultant and keynote speaker since 1986. His pioneering research in interviewing over 50 leading innovators was published in the book “Winning the Innovation Game” in l986. Since then, he has continued to publish widely on the subject, including his international bestseller “Managing the Future: 10 Driving Forces of Change for the New Century,” which has been translated into 13 languages. And in his latest work, Innovation Is Everybody’s Business, Tucker interviewed 43 innovation-adept individuals from multiple industries and all levels of organizations, and teaches the personal skills necessary to become an innovator in this hyper-competitive world. Tucker is a much sought after keynote speaker at conventions, company management meetings, and industry conferences.

Erik Wahl

As an internationally recognized graffiti artist, and a #1 bestselling business author, Erik Wahl redefines the term “keynote speaker.” Pulling from his history as both a business strategist and an artist, he has grown to become one of the most sought-after speakers available today. Erik’s on-stage painting seamlessly becomes a visual metaphor to the core of his message, encouraging organizations toward profitability through innovations and superior levels of performance. In the past ten years, Erik has shared his high-energy onstage performance and incredible message with the largest and most influential companies in the world, leaving behind his prized artwork as a reminder of his passion for breakthrough thinking. Organizations proclaim his presentation to be the single moment when their team finally “got it”. The responses received have been nothing short of incredible, with standing ovations to prove it.

Desi Williamson

Desi Williamson beat the odds! Despite growing up in a world surrounded by poverty, drugs, and violence, he overcame a myriad of obstacles to realize his dreams of becoming a successful businessman, professional speaker, and author. The former scholar-athlete at the University of Minnesota, transforms 25 years of sales, sales/management and marketing experience into high content programs that deliver results. Desi has been on the front line, building multi-million dollar businesses, managing multi-million dollar budgets, and developing the potential in people for powerhouse companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Rain Bird Sprinkler Mfgr., PepsiCo, and Cadbury-Schweppes. Although Desi had achieved success in the business arena, there was something more compelling that he wanted to do with his life. With a burning desire to help others, he founded Impact! Seminars Unlimited, Inc., a company dedicated to helping organizations increase sales, increase customer service, and increase their bottom-line through empowered people. His fast-paced programs- customized for your organization -both inspire your people to take action, and give them the tools to do so. Your people get a fun, energetic program with content, and your organization gets immediate increase in productivity from your people. Desi brings results to your organization.

Marvin Zonis

At Chicago Booth, Zonis has taught courses on International Political Economy, Leadership, and E-Commerce. He was the first professor at the Business School to teach a course on the effects of digital technologies on global business. He also consults to corporations and professional asset management firms throughout the world, helping them to identify, assess, and manage their political risks in the changing global environment. Zonis has a unique awareness of the intersections of politics, economics, emergent technologies, emotions and leadership. In the face of current global challenges, business leadership, and a true understanding of what defines leadership, is more essential than ever. Zonis has written extensively on globalization, digital technologies, emerging markets, Middle Eastern politics, the oil industry, Russia, and U.S. foreign policy. He is a leading authority on the Middle East, and has spent the last 50 years studying the volatile mix of Islam, terrorism, and the Middle East. He has lived in Iran, hitchhiked through Afghanistan, studied Islam in Iraq beginning in 1964, and traveled extensively throughout the region. His latest book is Risk Rules: How Local Politics Threaten the Global Economy (May 2011). Zonis has appeared on numerous television news programs, including Nightline and CNN's Larry King Live. He was the International Editor of WBBM-TV, Chicago and was the Middle East Consultant to ABC/Capital Cities television.

Bruce Weinstein

Bruce Weinstein is the author, TV personality, and national speaker known as The Ethics Guy. He is a contributor to the Huffington Post and Bloomberg Businessweek’s Management Blog, and his latest book, Ethical Intelligence: Five Principles for Untangling Your Toughest Problems at Work and Beyond, was awarded a Silver Medal Book of the Year Award by ForeWord Magazine. He is also the author of the acclaimed book on ethics for young adults, Is It Still Cheating If I Don’t Get Caught. He has appeared numerous times on such national television programs as The Today Show, Good Morning America, Anderson Cooper 360, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, The O’Reilly Factor, Fox & Friends, and many others. He lives in New York City.

Jack Uldrich

No one can predict the future; but Jack Uldrich can help you prepare for it. Jack Uldrich is a leading futurist, author, and speaker who helps organizations gain the critical foresight they need to create a successful future. His work is based on the transformational principles of unlearning – or freeing yourself from obsolete knowledge and assumptions – as a strategy to survive and thrive in an era of unparalleled change. Jack is the best-selling author of eleven books and is a frequent guest on national media and regularly appears on the Science Channel’s television program, “FutureScape” and the Discovery Channel show “Inside Out.” Jack provides provocative new perspectives on competitive advantage, change management and transformational leadership. He brings to light the advantages of being creative and using the powers of individual imagination.

Pat Williams

Pat Williams is Senior Executive Vice President of the Orlando Magic and one of the most well known NBA GM's. His zany antics & endless imagination have inspired the Magic's phenomenal success. Twenty-three of his teams have gone to the NBA play-offs and five of them have made the NBA finals. In 1996, Pat was named as one of the 50 most influential people in NBA history by a national publication. While he enjoys a widespread reputation in the world of sports, he is considered one of this country's premier motivational and humorous speakers. He has authored seventeen motivational books including "The Magic of Teamwork" and his most renowned "Ahead of the Game: The Pat Williams Story", which chronicles his unbelievable life and provides unparalleled insight in the fast-paced world of professional basketball. His speeches encompass themes from each book. Pat's latest topic, Sam Walton's Ten Rules of Success, is based on the extraordinarily successful business philosophy of Sam Walton's Wal-Mart family.

Byrd Baggett

Byrd Baggett has been helping organizations develop authentic leaders and passionately engaged teams since 1990. His corporate experience includes sales and management careers with two Fortune 500 companies. He is the creator of the True Growth™ brand and a partner in the world-class True Growth™ Academy leader development experience that has served more than 2,000 governmental, civilian and military leaders since 2007. His messages are based on the True Growth™ Model of personal and professional development. Byrd is the author of 15 books on the topics of sales, customer service, leadership and motivation. A former All American sprinter at the University of Texas at Austin, Byrd is also a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), the highest earned designation presented by the National Speakers Association. If you’re looking for a speaker who delivers common sense, values based information with passionate authenticity, Byrd is the choice.

Mike Robbins

Mike Robbins is a motivational speaker who provides practical strategies that inspire people and teams to bring out the best in themselves and others; and generate measurable results! He is the author of three books, Focus on the Good Stuff, Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken, and his latest, Nothing Changes Until You Do. He delivers keynotes and seminars that empower people and organizations to be more successful, appreciative, and authentic. Prior to his speaking and writing career, Mike played baseball at Stanford University and then professionally with the Kansas City Royals organization. After his athletic career was cut short by injuries, he worked for two internet start-ups, before starting his consulting business in 2001. His clients include Google, Wells Fargo, eBay, Gap, Twitter, the San Francisco Giants, and many others. His unique approach and ideas empower people with the knowledge that success can be achieved no matter what the obstacles.

Hendrie Weisinger

Dr. Hendrie (Hank) Weisinger is a world renowned psychologist, pioneer in the field of pressure management, and a New York Times bestselling author. His informative and interactive presentations address various topics, including giving and taking criticism, managing emotions, motivating oneself and others, and resolving conflict. He is a leading authority in the application of emotional intelligence, an expert in anger management, and the originator of the highly regarded techniques of criticism training. Dr. Weisinger has spent three decades helping individuals and organizations enhance their personal and work effectiveness through innovative applications of clinical, social, organizational, and evolutionary psychology. He has taught at Wharton, UCLA, NYU, Cornell, Penn State and MIT. Dr. Weisinger’s experience and expertise provides the tools for your organization to achieve excellence.

Sam Horn

Sam Horn, Founder and CEO of the Intrigue Agency, is a Washington Post bestselling author, speaker, and communications strategist coaches the world’s top entrepreneurs and executive on how to communicate more clearly, compellingly and convincingly. Her pioneering books – POP! Tongue Fu! What’s Holding You Back, ConZentrate and Got Your Attention? – have been endorsed by Dan Pink, Marshall Goldsmith, Jeffrey Gittomer, Stephen Covey, Miki Agrawal, Ken Blanchard, Mark Sanborn and marketing guru Seth Godin who calls POP! ”revolutionary.” Sam has been hired by EO to train their International Boards and Presidents on public speaking and media training and has worked with three presidents of National Speakers Association. Sam proves that by making your communications so intriguing, people WANT to listen to you. Discover how to be so relevant, people remember you and are motivated to say yes to you.

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