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Management - Keynote Speakers

Byron Reese

Exploring the intersection of history, technology and the future, Byron shares his technological visions for solving many of our global problems and speaks with the unrivaled authority of an accomplished high-tech trailblazer, inventor, entrepreneur, and the wisdom of a life-long historian. Reese started his first business as an undergraduate at Rice University. Two companies he started were later sold: Hot Data, ultimately to Pitney Bowes; and PageWise, the parent company of ExpertVillage.com, to Demand Media. He currently serves as Chief Innovation Officer for Demand Media, overseeing research and development. The company has filed and received patents on Reese’s work in disciplines from crowdsourcing to content creation to psychographics. Author of “Infinite Progress: How Technology and the Internet Will End Ignorance, Disease, Hunger, Poverty, and War,” Byron’s enthusiasm and talent for deciphering our common destiny is overshadowed only by his inspiring sense of optimism.

Lee Cockerell

Lee Cockerell, who was one of the most revered operational leaders of the Walt Disney World® Resort and known for his captivating storytelling, will reveal his incredible frontline experiences and powerful leadership strategies he used to successfully manage an organization of tens of thousands of Cast Members (Disney-speak for “employees”). Lee Cockerell was the Senior Operations Executive for the Walt Disney World for 10 years after spending 8 years with Hilton Hotels and 17 years with the Marriott Corporation. Lee teaches why leadership comes first in the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts formula for success which translates into world-class business results.
As Lee Cockerell says, “It’s not magic that makes Disney work, it is the way we work that makes it magical.” Learn from Lee Cockerell that YOU can create magic too, in your organization.

Scott Deming

Scott Deming has been transforming Fortune 100 and 500 companies, franchisers and franchisees, multi-national brands and family owned businesses across the globe for over thirty years through his presentations, seminars, training, coaching, marketing and consulting programs. He has been called “The most influential ingredient for positive change” by many of his clients. Scott Deming takes his wealth of experience in business ownership, board positions, working with small, independently owned companies as well as multi-national, publicly traded corporations, employee relationship expertise, customer experience savvy, and wraps it into a comprehensive, easy to implement, energetic program. Most importantly, business leaders agree that Deming gets results; “Scott Deming’s programs not only greatly improved the professional experience for our customers, our sales for the last four months are up 50% – 80%!” Deming has brought his winning message to several national brands like 3M, Panasonic, Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Direct Buy, and Countrywide Home Loans.

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.

Stefan Swanepoel

Stefan's inspiring and captivating book, Surviving Your Serengeti: 7 Skills to Master Business and Life, reached the New York Times bestseller the week it was released and was later also ranked a bestseller by 18 other resources including the Wall Street Journal. The companion “Skills Quiz” has been taken by 250,000 people since its release in early 2011. This has now evolved in an captivating and engaging keynote that transports attendees into an “Africa Safari” with awe-inspiring visuals, invigorating stories and revealing breakthroughs. Stefan Swanepoel is also widely regarded as the country’s leading real estate trends analyst and tracker. Stefan has been on more than 20 safaris in five countries, holds four degrees and diplomas, and has given over 900 talks ranging from 50 to 10,000 people.

John Mattone

John Mattone is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading authority on corporate culture, culture transformation and leadership. He is also the former coach to Steve Jobs. John advises CEO’s and senior leadership teams on how to create and sustain a “game changing” leadership, talent, and corporate culture that drives superior operating results. John is recognized globally as a powerful keynote speaker, prolific author, and highly sought-after CEO and high-potential executive coach. John was recently honored by Globalgurus.com as the world’s #9 ranked leadership authority and top twenty executive coach. He has also been recognized by Thinkers50 as one of the world’s leading management thinkers and leadership experts. John has created a number of breakthrough leadership and culture assessments, including the MLEI which was the centerpiece of his 2-part coaching session with Steve Jobs.

Eric Kaufmann

Eric Kaufmann brings a unique mix of professional and personal experience to his work of developing executive wisdom and guiding leaders to better decisions and achievement of superior results. When working with CEOs and senior managers, Kaufmann assists them in clarifying their corporate goals and vision; assessing the strengths and weaknesses of their management team; and identifying and eliminating obstacles to collaboration, trust, and productivity. Ultimately, his contribution leads to better decision-making and greater team engagement, resulting in faster and stronger market penetration, improved profitability and employee retention. Along with his real-world business experience, Kaufmann brings a range of other skills and perspectives to his roles as executive coach, keynote speaker and management consultant. Kaufmann’s first book, Leadership as a Hero’s Journey, explores the four traits shared by successful, passionate and creative business leaders. The book describes how they navigate through uncertainty and anxiety in order to improve the lives and livelihoods of those around them.

Kaplan Mobray

Your chance has finally come to hire an acclaimed author, thought leader, career coach and motivational speaker whose presentations change the lives of every audience he is in front of. Kaplan Mobray brings insight and wisdom that inspire new ways of personal branding, leadership, networking, public speaking and success. For more than fifteen years he has led corporate marketing, advertising, and brand development initiatives for Fortune 500 companies. Kaplan speaks to a variety of audiences, including professional organizations, colleges and universities, sales forces, and corporations. He will bring strategies to connect your personal brand and life outcome so that you can achieve real success.

Greg Winston

More than a motivational speaker, Greg Winston is a performance artist and storyteller of education. Winston has been called "the first how to" speaker vs. the thousands of "what to do" speakers. His belief is that audiences come to be entertained and to learn. It’s not enough to remind attendees of what they already know. Using images, video and technology to bring his words to life, Greg involves the total audience. Flat stages can't contain him ... he causes audiences to go past hearing to actually feeling the speech. His speech separates him from the masses as he not only explains what we should do but, goes on to explain the missing "how" we should do it. Touring the United States his speeches take audience on a "roller coaster ride through their eye-popping self-discovery. " A nationally known motivational speaker, Greg leads with content, delivers with contagious enthusiasm, and leaves his audiences wanting more and committed to taking action. His use of real life anecdotes and his ability to say what most people "just think" leaves a leadership message that stays with audiences for years.

Peter Novak

Equal parts coach, psychologist and seasoned financial services leader, Pete Novak, aka the pQ Coach, shows general agents and sales managers how to build cultures of success in their organizations through delegation, empowerment and focus on unique ability. Pete realized that the people with the most potential in his organization started out with four things in common: drive, unique ability, integrity and cultural fit. In tandem, they became the most reliable predictor of success he had at his disposal. He named this formula the pQ™ (short for Potential Quotient). Pete's instinct for identifying and cultivating potential has made him a one of the most successful recruiters among all his clients, and a sought-after coach and speaker. His unique professional background lends both credibility and creativity to his approach, resulting in a powerful, motivating experience for his agents, managers and coaching clients alike.

Deborah Gardner

A swimming champion turned author & competitive performance expert, Deborah Gardner works with hundreds of companies and organizations that want to streamline their goals with actionable takeaways that produce sustainable and measurable results. Better known by many Fortune 500 companies as the Pit Bull in a Skirt, Deborah is rising to international prominence with a captivating, entertaining and humorous sassy presentation style. With a lifetime of competitive experience, Deborah has a wealth of practice being a Marine Brat, an Olympic Trial swimmer, currently a 2-time National Sr. Games gold medalist, a ground-breaking leader as one of the first female broadcasters with CBS Sports and WHO-Sports Radio and a successful hospitality sales veteran.

Ty Bennett

When Ty was 21 years old, he and his brother Scott started a business in direct sales, which they built to over $20 million in annual revenue while still in their twenties. As a young entrepreneur, Ty continues to engage his team's focus to grow sales. He has developed over 500 sales managers globally with sales and leadership in 37 countries. In his talks, Ty uses the power of influence and storytelling to provide audiences with tangible techniques that will increase their influence and their impact as leaders and as salespeople. With a natural ability to engage and empower others, Ty draws on his experience in the trenches to share real and tangible techniques about the principles of leadership that continue to create his success. The founder of Leadership Inc., who has been featured as one of the Top 40 Under 40, Ty is a young fresh voice providing interactive presentations that are engaging, dynamic and inspiring. Ty’s best-selling books - The Power of Influence: Increase Your Income and Personal Impact and The Power of Storytelling: The Art of Influential Communication - are used in graduate courses at multiple universities including MIT, as today’s version of “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”

Andrew Winston

Andrew is a globally recognized expert on green business, appearing regularly in major media such as The Wall Street Journal, Time, BusinessWeek, New York Times, and CNBC. Andrew is dedicated to helping companies both large and small use environmental strategy to grow, create enduring value, and build stronger relationships with employees, customers, and other stakeholders. His first book, Green to Gold, was hailed by Inc. Magazine as one of the 30 books that all managers should own. Andrew’s new book, The Big Pivot, explores how companies can thrive in a hotter, scarcer, more open world, and provides a new roadmap, helping executives create a more prosperous business, economy and world.

Paula Caligiuri

Paula Caligiuri, Ph.D. is a work psychologist dedicated to helping companies, business teams, and executives become effective in today’s complex global environment. She is the author of several books including, Cultural Agility: Building a Pipeline of Successful Global Professionals (2012). Paula works extensively with leading organizations on topics related to developing culturally agile professionals. Across a wide range of industries, her clients include private sector, military, and non-profit organizations in the United States, Asia, Australia, and Europe. Paula is a D’Amore-McKim Distinguished Professor of International Business at Northeastern University and a research fellow with the E&Y Institute for Emerging Market Studies. She is a frequent expert guest on CNN and CNN International covering career issues and international management topics. She holds a Ph.D. from Penn State University in organizational psychology and has been named as one of the most prolific authors in international business.

Mike Michalowicz

Mike Michalowicz is the entrepreneur behind three multi-million dollar companies and is the author of Profit First, The Pumpkin Plan, and what BusinessWeek deemed the entrepreneur’s cult classic, The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur. Mike is a former small business columnist for The Wall Street Journal and the former business makeover specialist on MSNBC. He is globally recognized as the guy who “challenges out dated business beliefs” and teaches what to do about it. Mike’s simple yet profound changes lead to instant and permanent profitability.

Ben Decker

How can you better influence others? If you have ideas to pitch, products and services to sell, or a team to lead, communication is key to your success. Learn how to take your message from one of information to one of influence. The leading expert in messaging and business communications, Ben Decker, CEO of Decker Communications, lives the mission of transforming business communications. He has worked with hundreds of leaders in Fortune 500 companies to strategize and implement communications solutions that are practical, direct and attainable. Ben has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Forbes, and he serves as an ongoing executive coach for C-level executives from several major organizations, including AT&T, Bacardi, Charles Schwab, Cisco, JPMorgan Chase, Kaiser Permanente, McKesson, the US Coast Guard and YouTube, as well as start-ups and portfolio companies seeking to raise capital.

Jeremy Kingsley

Jeremy Kingsley is a best-selling author, leadership expert, and one of the most sought after speakers in the country. Since 1996 he has spoken to over 500,000 people at live events and given over 2000 keynote speeches. You may have seen Jeremy on television or online this year. He has been featured in/on CNBC, CBS, FOX, FOX BUSINESS, FORBES, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES, WALL STREET BUSINESS and many more large media outlets. He has endorsements from Fortune 500 companies like YUM and Whirlpool. Leadership expert Ken Blanchard has said, "Jeremy Kingsley drives home principles that all leaders need to know and apply." His messages have reached millions through radio, television, and the internet.

Michael Hoffman

Michael helps people become #1 on purpose! He teaches individuals how to become a “person of influence,” by giving them the knowledge, tools and processes they need to enhance their own skill-sets during times of challenge and change. Michael also helps entire organizations shift toward a more customer-centric culture, by teaching people – employees and leaders alike - how to deliver the BEST services and experiences. He will leave your group energized, motivated, and ready to handle any given challenge and all “tornadoes” that come their way!

Hannah Ubl

Hannah Ubl thrives on finding what motivates, forms and challenges each generation. As a generational expert, Hannah has been doing extensive research on a global scale as well as looking at Gen Edge- the generation following millennials- and the impact they will have on the workplace. Her perspective helps companies and organizations gain a deeper understanding of each other to build lasting, multi-generational partnerships.

Mike Abrashoff

Mike Abrashoff is at the center of one of the most remarkable modern day stories of organizational transformation. Mike took command of the USS Benfold, one of the Navy’s worst performing ships, and turned it into the best within twelve months while using the same crew. Mike shares his personal experience which teaches the importance of leadership style and creating an environment where employees feel safe, empowered and supported. Mike is also the author of three books, It’s Your Ship, It’s Our Ship, and Get your Ship Together. He equips his audiences with strategies, tactics, and tools necessary to unleash breakthrough performances and extraordinary results in spite of the odds.

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