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Management - Keynote Speakers

Betsy Myers

A sought-after speaker, Betsy Myers is a leadership expert who served as Chief Operating Officer of Barack Obama’s Presidential campaign, President Clinton’s White House Senior Adviser for Women’s Issues and as Executive Director of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government Center for Public Leadership. Betsy has a unique background in politics and academia and is committed to personal and interpersonal leadership development. Speaking on various topics such as leadership, career development, teamwork, women’s issues, and diversity, Betsy has inspired hundreds of audiences ranging in size from groups of 10 to over 750 people. The presentations she delivers range from themes such as “Authentic Leadership” and how “Leadership Creates a Feeling” as well as topics about work-life balance. Betsy Myers is currently speaking and leading workshops around the world on the changing nature of leadership. She is the best selling author of Take the Lead: Motivate, Inspire, and Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Everyone Around You, which was released September 2011.

Geoff Smart

Geoff Smart is a CEO, bestselling author, and social entrepreneur whose mission is to create, communicate, and put into practice useful ideas about leadership.
Geoff is co-author, with his colleague Randy Street, of the New York Times bestselling book Who: The A Method for Hiring. Who is one of the most-acclaimed books in the world on the topic of hiring leaders, which The Wall Street Journal calls "the most important aspect of business." Geoff is also author of Leadocracy: Hiring More Great Leaders (Like You) into Government. Geoff earned a B.A. in Economics with Honors from Northwestern University, an M.A., and a Ph.D. in Psychology with emphasis in Leadership from Claremont Graduate University, where he was mentored by Professor Peter F. Drucker. Geoff was elected to Sigma Xi, the honorary society for holders of doctoral degrees, and is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO).

Polly LaBarre

For two decades Polly LaBarre has used her writing and speaking to help make organizations more resilient, innovative and inspiring – and to embolden and equip leaders at every level to make a meaningful impact. Polly began her career at Fast Company magazine and is also co-author of the bestselling book, Mavericks at Work. She also has a widely syndicated blog, Fresh MIX, which delivers agenda-setting ideas about 21st-century organizations. She has field-tested insight on the crucial question facing every leader and organization today: How do we change the way we change? She reveals the most practical and high-impact ways to innovate, adapt and succeed -- redefining how leadership, change, innovation, collaboration, employee engagement, organizational culture, accountability, and disruptive strategy are done. Polly provides an action plan to help leaders make their organizations fit for the future.

Terry Paulson

Dr. Terry Paulson is a PhD psychologist and a leading authority on leveraging optimism to make change work. He’s an award-winning professional speaker with over 30 years experience in inspiring audiences including organizations such as IBM, 3M, HBO, Kaiser Permanente, SONY, Starbucks, Wal-Mart, and hundreds of hospitals, universities, government agencies, and associations. He’s past president of both the National Speakers Association and the Global Speakers Federation and has been inducted into NSA’s CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame. He’s author of 10 books including The Optimism Advantage, Leadership Truths One Story at a Time, Favorite Family Lectures, and They Shoot Managers Don’t They? Get ready to learn and laugh! Terry’s tasteful humor and down-to-earth style have earned him a deserved reputation as one of the nation's best and funniest keynote speakers. His presentations help organizations, leaders, and teams make change work! He has a number of topics designed to reinforce your strategic goals for your event. Rest assured that you’ll have audience members thank you for bringing them the man Business Digest called "the Will Rogers of management consultants".

Vijay Govindarajan

Vijay Govindarajan, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal Best Selling Author, is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on strategy and innovation. VG is the Coxe Distinguished Professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and he was the first Professor in Residence and Chief Innovation Consultant at General Electric. He worked with GE’s CEO Jeff Immelt to write “How GE is Disrupting Itself”, the Harvard Business Review (HBR) article that pioneered the concept of reverse innovation – any innovation that is adopted first in the developing world. HBR picked reverse innovation as one of the Great Moments in Management in the Last Century. In VG’s latest book, The Three Box Solution: A Strategy for Leading Innovation, he educates innovation leaders on how to maintain performance requirements of their current business—one that is still thriving—while dramatically reinventing it. In the latest Thinkers 50 Rankings, VG is rated the #1 Indian Management Thinker.

Steve McClatchy

What shapes a leader’s outcomes, career, and life? Their decisions. Great decision-making habits yield a lifetime of achievements and success. Steve McClatchy, New York Times Best Selling author and speaker, focuses on helping companies and individuals improve performance and achieve outstanding results through their decision-making. Steve is a keynote speaker and author of the award-winning New York Times Bestseller- Decide: Work Smarter, Reduce Your Stress & Lead by Example. He has worked with the most prominent organizations in the world including Google, Under Armour, Disney, John Deere, Microsoft, NBC Universal and many sports teams. He has appeared on ABC, CBS, Fox News and NBC’s The Today Show and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, WebMD, Oprah Magazine, Entrepreneur and Investor’s Business Daily. Steve helps audiences focus on results, regain critical planning and personal time, and dramatically increase work/life engagement. Steve’s keynotes are not only packed with insight, humor, and passion, but result in measurable improvements in performance, productivity, engagement, and workplace satisfaction.

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.

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.

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.

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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