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Management - Keynote Speakers

David Hale

David Hale is a Chicago-based global economist whose clients include investment management firms, major hedge funds, and multinational companies. He writes on a broad range of economic subjects and his articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the New York Times, The Harvard Business Review, and other publications. He lectures worldwide to groups including the World Economic Forum, the Fortune Global CEO Conference, and the National Association of governors. He has frequently testified before Congressional committees on domestic and international economic policy issues and does briefings for senior officials in the executive branch, including President Bush. He has also been a consultant to the U.S Department of Defense on how changes in the global economy are affecting U.S security relationships. Hale is a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority as well as a variety of government and private-sector economic policy research groups in Washington, Tokyo, and Berlin. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in both New York and Chicago, and is a long-time member of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue. In his recently published book, What's Next? Unconventional Wisdom on the Future of the Global Economy, David Hale and Lyric Hughes Hale look at the viewpoints of top economic experts as they comment on major world economies and predict how each will fare over the next few years.

Peter Guber

As one of the most successful executives in the entertainment and communications industry, Peter Guber is the founder and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment, the visionary multimedia venture spanning movies, TV, sports, and news media. He has also produced films such as Rain Man, Batman, Flashdance and The Color Purple and is author of Tell to Win: Connect, Persuade, and Triumph with the Hidden Power of Story, which reach #1 on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller lists. Guber has dedicated himself to empowering current and future leaders by showing them how the influence of oral narrative can bring you further in business. You will be able to learn the power of your own story and be prepared to share it once you leave the room.

Don Hutson

Don Hutson, CPAE, CSP, is in the business of making people believe they can do better--and he gives them skills to do it. For over 30 years, Don has energized his audiences into action. Throughout the business world, he is known as one who delivers real solutions for business professionals. Don's dynamic and engaging programs have garnered him many honors and awards over the course of his career. He is the author of The Sale, The Contented Achiever, The One Minute Entrepreneur (co-written with Ken Blanchard) and The One Minute Negotiator (co-written with George Lucas). Don has addressed over two-thirds of the Fortune 500 companies, and has been selected by a number of them to help develop their own corporate university. Currently, Don is the Chairman and CEO of U.S. Learning, the Chairman of Executive Books, and has been featured on both PBS and Fox News.

Joseph Grenny

If your company is in need of a person who has changed the business environments of more than three hundred Fortune 500 companies, than you need Joseph Grenny as your leadership speaker. He has been credited by Lockheed Martin Aeronautics’ President for his key role in helping the organization win the $200 billion Joint Strike Fighter program. An expert in influences in the workplace and leadership, Joseph has been cited on major newspapers like New York Times and Washington Post and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs such as the Today Show and ABC News. Joseph’s breakthrough research and entertaining personality keeps audiences engaged to the end and inspired for change.

Joseph Michelli

Leaders often look for a partner to help them educate and inspire their employees to deliver memorable and profitable customer experiences. Joseph Michelli transfers his knowledge of exceptional business practices in ways that develop joyful and productive workplaces with a focus on the total customer experience. His insights encourage leaders and frontline workers to grow and invest passionately in all aspects of their lives. Dr. Michelli is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Nielson Bookscan and New York Times #1 bestselling author. His latest book is Driven to Delight: Delivering World-Class Customer Experience the Mercedes-Benz Way. His customer service keynotes shine light onto how to gain new opportunities while providing tools and tricks to be successful. Dr. Michelli changes organizational leader’s lives by sparking their passion and giving them motivation to revamp their workplace.

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.

John Kotter

John P. Kotter is internationally known and widely regarded as the foremost speaker on the topics of Leadership and Change. His is the premier voice on how the best organizations actually achieve successful transformations. The Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership, Emeritus at the Harvard Business School and a graduate of MIT and Harvard, Kotter’s vast experience and knowledge on successful change and leadership have been proven time and again. Kotter has authored 17 books, twelve of them bestsellers. His works have been printed in over 120 languages and total sales exceed two million copies. His latest book, A Sense of Urgency, focuses on what a true sense of urgency in an organization really is, why it is becoming an important asset and how it can be created and sustained. Just released in September of 2008, Urgency reached #7 on the New York Times bestseller list in early October.

Janet Lapp

Over the past 25 year, Dr. Janet Lapp has established a global reputation for turning problems into opportunities, and is called on for the most challenging of change efforts. From the government of the city of St. Petersburg Russia, to executive CFO’s in Argentina, Dr. Lapp’s firm has had a 100% success rate in meeting client objectives. Dr. Lapp is a specialist in areas of fast personal and cultural change, well known to audiences around the world for her challenging, in-your-face ideas and her endless humor, energy and ability to connect with audiences. Her presentations outline bold, innovative strategies and practical guidelines for excelling in rapidly changing, intensely competitive times. She is a licensed clinical psychologist, internationally known speaker and author, and creator and host of the award-winning CBS series 'Keep Well.' As editor of the Change Letter and author of three best-selling books: "Dancing with Tigers," "Plant your Feet Firmly in Mid-Air," and "Positive Spin," she has received critical acclaim for her forward-looking ideas. As one of North America’s most in-demand presenters, she has been admitted into the prestigious Speakers Hall of Fame, and has been rated by TI as one of the top three speakers worldwide. The powerful messages in her high-impact, humorous and inspirational programs, is sure to inspire any audience to turn fast change into competitive advantage.

Doug Lipp

Doug Lipp is an internationally acclaimed speaker, author and consultant on customer service, leadership, change management and global competitiveness. His thought-provoking, learn-by-doing presentation style has motivated hundreds of thousands of people around the world to maximize personal and professional success. Doug is the author of numerous articles and eight books on leadership, customer service, and international business. Through his captivating and contagious style, Doug challenges audiences worldwide to change or perish. By age 29, Doug was the head of the training team at the world-famous Disney University at Disney’s corporate headquarters. After leaving Disney, Doug co-developed an international consulting firm with a Stanford University professor, teaching diverse teams of professionals how to better themselves in the marketplace.

Scott McKain

As Vice Chairman of the publicly traded company he helped found, Scott McKain has extensive, hands-on business experience not found in many speakers. With his best-selling books, "The Collapse of Distinction", “What Customers Really Want” and “All Business is Show Business,” he has the depth of content most organizations seek. His captivating platform style delivers his message in a manner that audiences find extraordinarily compelling. As one of the fifty most influential marketing authors on Twitter and GenJuice, a leading resource for emerging professionals, as attested to by Social Media Marketing Magazine, Scott’s focus is building relationships of deep meaning between you and your customers and colleagues by all different methods. Your result is enhanced loyalty and expanded productivity. Scott approaches work – not only for his clients -- but also for the eighteen companies he is involved with as an owner/director every single day. Literally thousands of organizations, readers and audience members have improved their profitability and enhanced their business from Scott McKain's concepts. His latest book is "Create Distinction".

John Maxwell

John C. Maxwell is an internationally respected leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold more than 18 million books. Dr. Maxwell is the founder of EQUIP, a non-profit organization that has trained more than 5 million leaders in 126 countries worldwide. Each year he speaks to the leaders of diverse organizations, such as Fortune 500 companies, foreign governments, the National Football League, the United States Military Academy at West Point, and the United Nations. A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week best-selling author, Maxwell has written three books that have sold more than a million copies: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Developing the Leader Within You, and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader.

Mark Lipton

Mark Lipton is Professor of Management and Chair of the Organization Change Management program at the Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, New School University, in New York City. His book, "Guiding Growth: How Vision Keeps Companies on Course", was published by Harvard Business School Press. Mark's research and opinions on management and strategy have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Organization Development Journal, among others. He is a frequent commentator on management, leadership and organizational strategy issues for ABC World News This Morning, CNBC, Bloomberg Radio, and public radio’s Marketplace. He works personally with CEOs and senior managers one-on-one, with divisional teams, and with entire organizational systems to develop unique solutions to facilitate change and growth. Mark's work spans the breadth of many types of organizations: from publicly owned global corporations, to medium-sized family businesses, to non-profits and international NGOs. Mark is confident that those who hear him speak, use the skills learned in his own presentation in order to launch their own success.

Frank Luntz

Frank Luntz is one of the most honored communication professionals in America today. Time magazine named him one of “50 of America’s most promising leaders aged 40 and under” and he is the “hottest pollster” in America according to the Boston Globe. Frank was named one of the four “Top Research Minds” by Business Week and was a winner of the coveted Washington Post “Crystal Ball” award for being the most accurate pundit. His focus groups have become so influential that presidential candidate Barack Obama had this to say following the PBS presidential debate, “When Frank Luntz invites you to meet participants of his focus groups, you don’t turn him down. You go.” Dr. Luntz has written, supervised, and conducted more than 2,000 surveys, focus groups, ad tests, and dial sessions in over two dozen countries and four continents over the past decade. Frank has become the go-to consultant when Fortune 100 companies and their CEOs need communication and language guidance, from General Motors to Federal Express, Disney to American Express, from AT&T to Microsoft, from Lowe’s to Pfizer, from Kroger supermarkets to McDonalds to the entire soft drink, hotel, and motion picture industries, as well as for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and the Business Roundtable. In some capacity he has helped almost 30 Fortune 100 companies navigate the economic climate and connect more closely with consumers.

Michael McKinley

Mike McKinley is a businessman, motivational speaker, consultant, author, business owner, and developer of a showcase garden destination. For over 25 years, he has been involved in the daily operations of the multi-million dollar educational publishing house that he founded. Presenting hard-hitting business content delivered in a fun way, Mike entertains while he teaches – presenting as the keynote speaker, at corporate trainings, to in-house programs, and for professional association meetings. Business Entrepreneur, Mike McKinley uses a fun-but-results-oriented approach to transform today's challenges into tomorrow's business. From owning his own garbage-hauling business at the age of 15 to becoming president of a manufacturing chain to owning and serving as president of a multimillion-dollar publishing house and professional-speaking and consulting business, Mike's experience and expertise will help you succeed. Mike wants you to recognize the challenges to success and to open your mind to new ideas and methods to maximize performance and profitability.

John Naisbitt

John Naisbitt is often called the global philosopher among futurists. With his “astonishingly precise predictions” and inspiring message he is one of the most sought after speakers in the world. He has experience in top management, in politics -- as assistant secretary of education to President John Kennedy and special assistant to President Lyndon Johnson -- and as an entrepreneur. His picture of the future is not only formed by the research he does, he has traveled the world since the late 1960s, keeping in close connection with corporations and people in different fields of endeavor. He has spoken to virtually every major corporation, to many, several times. John Naisbitt’s goal is to motivate and inspire his audience to see the future as something we can have access to, if we deliberately develop mindsets as a tool to see and evaluate the seeds and signs of change, which in time will built the future.

Steven S. Little

Steven S. Little is a much sought after expert on the subject of business growth and the future of opportunity. As a former President of three fast-growth companies, he now advises thousands of leaders of growing organizations and communities each year. For over ten years, Steve was also a Senior Consultant for Inc. magazine. He is the author of the best-selling books “The 7 Irrefutable Rules of Small Business Growth” (Wiley, 2005) and “The Milkshake Moment: Overcoming Stupid Systems, Pointless Policies and Muddled Management to Realize Real Growth” (Wiley, 2008). And his newest book “Duck and (re)Cover: The Embattled Business Owner’s Guide to Survival and Growth” (June 2009), is already receiving praise as the “Must-Read Business Book” for 2009! He also regularly speaks for some of the world’s leading organizations, including UPS, Microsoft, FedEx, Bank of America, SunTrust Bank, Echostar, National Association of Home Builders, Consumer Electronics Associations, National Sporting Goods Association, Million Dollar RoundTable, American Banking Association, Associated General Contractors, Retail Industries Leaders Association and over 80 chambers of commerce. His style has been described as “real-world” “highly credible” and “uniquely engaging.”

Joe Navarro

Not many can say they were personally approached to join the FBI, but this is exactly what happened to Joe Navarro while he was working as a police officer at the tender age of 23. He accepted their offer and became one of the youngest agents ever to join the renowned investigative agency. Joe spent the next 25 years at the FBI, working both as an agent and supervisor in the areas of counterintelligence and counterterrorism. Through his work he was able to study, refine and apply the science of non-verbal communications. Joe is also the author of several books including the international bestseller, What Every Body is Saying, and his most recent book, Dangerous Personalities. Joe’s presentations can be immediately applied, and will enhance interpersonal communications, increase confidence, and elevate the understanding of the universal language of body language.

Peter McLaughlin

Peter has developed a toolbox of great ideas both ancient and new to help people and companies move through the maze of 21st century challenges and opportunities. Peter McLaughlin’s mission in life is to help people maximize their productivity and quality of life. A poll conducted among top corporations named Peter McLaughlin, along with Tom Peters and Peter Drucker, as one of the best business speakers in the nation. (Source: Journal of Business Strategy). Peter is author of the book CatchFire: A 7-Step Program to Ignite Energy, Defuse Stress, and PowerBoost Your Performance, and co-author of the book Mentally Tough: The Principles of Winning at Sports Applied to Winning in Business. For twenty years, he has studied the leading research on individual and team performance, and created programs to help businesspeople improve their effectiveness.

Cam Marston

Cam Marston has impacted the way major corporations like American Express and Coca-Cola do business through his informative and engaging motivational speeches. Cam is the leading expert on the impact of generational characteristics and differences in the workplace and marketplace, and shares his secrets to success that many corporations say works! As an author, columnist, blogger, and lecturer, Marston analyzes the significant generational differences among Matures, Boomers, Xers, and Millennials. Cam enlivens audiences with his research, tales from the business world and attention-grabbing visuals that makes his message memorable.

Harvey Mackay

Harvey Mackay offers insightfully powerful tips as a corporate speaker on how to outsell, out-manage, out-motivate, and out-negotiate their industry’s competition. Harvey has written five New York Times bestselling books including “Swim With the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive and “We Got Fired!.... And It’s the Best Thing That Ever Happened To Us.” He is also a nationally syndicated columnist, has been named the top five speakers in the world by Toastmasters International, and is the chairman of the $100 million Mackay Envelope Company. From his experience as a Minneapolis entrepreneur and prominent community leader, Harvey offers powerful and compelling advice on salesmanship customer service, leadership and negotiation.

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