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Management - Keynote Speakers

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".

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.

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.

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 Sanborn

Leadership speaker Mark Sanborn, CSP, CPAE, is president of Sanborn & Associates, Inc., an idea studio dedicated to developing leaders in business and in life. Mark is also an international bestselling author and noted authority on leadership, team building, customer service and change. His current release, You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader, inspires leadership at every level, while his other bestseller, The Fred Factor, delivers an insightful guide to creating value and meaning in your work, life and the lives of those you impact. Mark helps his clients build employee competence, motivation, and commitment to excellence while adhering to core values and ethics. Mark teaches that our highest impact as leaders comes when we transcend the organization and bring leadership into our homes and communities as well.

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.

Connie Podesta

Connie Podesta motivates audiences DIFFERENTLY by fueling them with exciting new ideas, mindsets, attitudes and solutions that will empower them to tackle even the toughest challenges in today’s crazy 24/7 world! Her humor allows her to confront the toughest issues organizations face with substance and style. Connie’s contagious sense of humor enables your audience to dig deeper and learn so she can keep those “ah ha” moments coming fast and furious. Most keynote speakers simply teach audiences WHAT to do. A few speakers show audiences HOW to do it. Connie does all that and MORE. She helps your team understand WHY it’s important to change behaviors, re-think attitudes, re-assess old ideas and get on board so they can make things happen!

Michael Rogers

Michael Rogers is a technology pioneer, novelist and journalist whose consultancy, Practical Futurist, helps businesses and organizations worldwide to think about the future. He completed a two-year tenure as futurist-in-residence for The New York Times and also writes the Practical Futurist column for MSNBC. For ten years he was vice president of The Washington Post Company's new media division. He is also a regular guest on radio and television, including Good Morning America, the Today Show, PBS, CNN and the History Channel. Some of his topics include: Management Meets the Future, The Virtualization of America, The Digital Lifestyle, The Future of Media, The Challenges for Law and Health Care and Wellness: What’s Ahead.

Alan Parisse

Alan Parisse made his first million in his early twenties. By his late twenties, he lost it. To rebuild his bank account and career, Alan helped Cigna, NY Life, and other companies bring non-traditional products to market. He was instrumental in the creation, marketing and sales of investments that in today’s dollars would be valued in the billions. Alan has written and co-authored numerous books and training programs including Questions Great Financial Advisors Ask, This Is Your Time, Taking Change: Lessons in Leadership, The Great Salesperson and Power Marketing. His real-world experience leveraging client relationships to prosper and lead through cycles of change in competitive environments is what sets him apart from the field. It’s this boots in the trenches experience that is at the core of every presentation Alan delivers. Alan’s audiences gain an understanding of the new sources of leadership – the game changes that impact influence. His unique insights and ideas are immediately actionable by audiences.

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.

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.

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.

Martha Rogers

Recognized for over than 20 years as one of the leading authorities on customer-focused relationship management strategies, Dr. Martha Rogers is an acclaimed author and business strategist and a founding partner of Peppers & Rogers Group, the world’s premier customer-centric consultancy. Her experience in documenting customer value, and her expertise in applying “out-of-the-box” thinking make her equally popular among the global media, speaking event planners, and corporate and association leaders who are eager to learn more about customer-centric concepts and methodologies. Martha has also co-authored nine bestselling books with Don Peppers, including their latest title, Extreme Trust: Honesty as a Competitive Advantage. Martha's thought leadership and presentations focus on the fields of marketing technology and social media, relationship management, and business development.

Nido Qubein

Dr. Nido R. Qubein is an accomplished university president and a nationally recognized author, speaker, and leader. Dr. Qubein came to the United States with $50 in his pocket and a few words of English in his vocabulary … yet went on to become one of America’s most sought-after speakers and consultants. As a university president, the story of his tenure at High Point University is known to many. In less than a decade, he led the institution to phenomenal growth and significant academic advancement, tripling its size and moving it to the number one spot among Best Colleges in the South. As a business leader, he is the chairman of Great Harvest Bread Company with 220 stores in 43 states. He serves on the boards of several national organizations including BB&T (a Fortune 500 company with $210 billion in assets) and the La-Z-Boy Corporation (one of the largest and most recognized furniture brands worldwide). President Qubein is the author of a dozen books and scores of leadership audio and visual recordings translated into many languages. The Biography Channel televised his Emmy-nominated life story titled “A Life of Success and Significance.”

Brian Oxman

Mr. Oxman was counsel for Michael Jackson in one of the most widely publicized criminal trials in American history. You have heard him on "Insight with Brian Oxman" on KLAA Radio. As an attorney with 30 years of experience, he has testified in court as an expert witness on the hedge fund and mutual fund trading scandals, and he has spoken across the country on corporate and celebrity scandals. As a commentator on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, Court TV, ABC, NBC, CBS, BBC, AM Canada, GM TV London, Fuji TV Japan, Spiegel TV Germany, and many others, he has analyzed what creates corporate scandal, interviewed participants, and advised corporate managers on how to contain potentially catastrophic scandals that can destroy a company. His experience as a professor of law and a lecturer on legal and business ethics helps buinesses to create a corporate culture that avoids scandal.

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.

Dallas Salisbury

Dallas Salisbury is President and CEO of the Employee Benefit Research Institute which was founded in 1978 to provide objective, unbiased information regarding the employee benefit system and related issues of economic security. The objective: that decisions be made based upon verifiable facts. The Institute does not lobby, advocate or oppose any policy position. He addresses a variety of topics relating to employee benefits including, health futures, all types of financial planning, retirement, the global aging challenge, and many other topics customized to reflect the particular audience. Dallas has written and lectured extensively on economic security topics. His most recent books are: Retirement Security in the United States: Current Sources, Future Prospects, and Likely Outcomes of Current Trends, The Future of Retirement Income in America,The Future of Social Insurance: Incremental Action or Fundamental Reform?, IRA and 401(k) Investing and Managing Money in Retirement.

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.

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