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Personal Growth - Keynote Speakers

Ed Brodow

In today's challenging economy, clients want (1) high content with (2) a positive business message to accompany (3) a dynamic presentation. No topic delivers all three better than negotiation. Ed Brodow's keynotes emphasize that you can overcome the current economic malaise and overtake the competition by using core negotiation skills, such as aiming high, challenging negative assumptions, and improving listening skills. Ed's stories – exciting, funny, and to the point – provide the dynamic pacing. As a nationally recognized television personality, Ed has appeared as a negotiation guru on PBS, ABC National News, Fox News, Inside Edition, and Fortune Business Report. Ed is also the bestselling author of six books. His latest book is entitled In Lies We Trust: How Politicians and the Media Are Deceiving the American Public. The ability to negotiate is paramount in business and no one understands it better than Ed.

Helen Farrell

Award winning Harvard psychiatrist and international speaker – Dr. Helen Farrell is a mental health and addictions expert. Helen creatively blends the art of storytelling with informative commentary to help your company take care of your greatest asset – employees. Helen energizes the work force by dispelling fears of anxiety, depression, and alcoholism. She can help your employees recognize how mental health matters can interfere with motivation and workplace productivity, thereby affecting your bottom-line! In addition, Helen can help your company develop strategies aimed at caring for the mental health needs of your employees, and she provides executive coaching– teaching employees how to leverage psychiatric symptoms to their advantage for enhanced career success. Helen is frequently sought after by the mass media for expert and authoritative commentary on mental health, wellness and forensics. Her bright and fresh perspective has been featured in The New York Times, Psychology Today, NPR, The Boston Globe and The Huffington Post. Helen’s TEDx Talk, Creating Hope for Mental Health, and TED-Ed animated short-film, What is Depression?, have been viewed by millions.

Cynthia Weber-Cleary

Cynthia Weber-Cleary has the distinctive ability to identify trends and spot business opportunities and has broad experience accelerating transformation efforts on behalf of the world’s most iconic fashion magazines. Cindy has been a fashion director and editor at iconic magazines including Vogue, Cosmo, Glamour, and New York Woman magazine. She has also appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Oprah and The View. As fashion director for InStyle Magazine, Cindy accelerated the transformation of the magazine from a celebrity/home based magazine to a leader in the fashion category, creating a fresh, original approach and personalized the voice of the magazine’s fashion coverage. Cynthia teaches audiences how to better express themselves through clothes and how to make the most of physical assets.

Brian Moran

Do you struggle to consistently hit your goals over time? Do you want to learn how to crush your goals and bring them near-term? Then The 12 Week Year is the answer! Brian Moran, CEO, and Founder of The 12 Week Year has thirty years of expertise as a corporate executive, international speaker, entrepreneur, consultant, coach and is a New York Times best-selling author. Brian is a recognized expert in the field of leadership and execution. His realization that most people don't lack ideas, but struggle with effective implementation led him to the development of 'The 12 Week Year'. With Brian’s help, be prepared to produce more in less time, eliminate the thinking that holds you back, and lower your stress to gain more control.

Melissa Stockwell

If you ask Melissa Stockwell to describe herself one of the first things you’ll hear is, “I am a Patriot, a lover of the red, the white and the blue.” Melissa proudly wore the uniform of the United States Army, where she very nearly gave her life for her country. Today, she proudly wears the uniform of Team USA as a World Champion athlete and Paralympic medalist. Melissa shares her inspiring story, from the battlefields of Bagdad to the podium on the beach of Rio de Janeiro, in an emotionally powerful presentation that leaves audiences forever changed to see ability not disability, to maximize what you do have and forget about what you don’t and to apply, as she details, “…the amazing power of choice.” Melissa fully believes that anyone can do anything that they put their mind to and hopes her audience walks away with a greater appreciation of life and an ‘I can do anything’ attitude.

Nataly Kogan

A successful entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Nataly Kogan found that after reaching the highest levels of corporate America, she still wasn’t happy. Chasing achievement left her proud but unfulfilled, so she became inspired to figure out how to live a fuller, happier life. In the process, she found the answers each person and organization needs to unlock their maximum potential, making them more productive and innovative. Nataly has received standing ovations from such groups as Million Dollar Roundtable, Fortune's Tech Brainstorm, Blogher, SXSW, the 92nd St. Y, Harvard Women's Leadership Conference, Gillette, TEDx Boston, and many more. Nataly has also been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, New York Magazine and Time Magazine, and has appeared as an expert on Dr. Oz, Bloomberg TV, and "One World" with Deepak Chopra. She is now CEO and Founder of Happier, an organization inspired by scientific research that shows how gratitude, mindfulness, and staying connected to people you care about create the foundation for a happier and healthier life.

Tommy Spaulding

Tommy Spaulding is all about living and leading from the heart. Tommy is a two-time New York Times bestselling author, leadership expert and nationally acclaimed speaker. He is the former CEO of a renowned global leadership organization and believes heart-led leadership can change the lives of everyone you lead and serve. His genuine love of people has led to a lifetime of teaching others the value of building deep and lasting authentic relationships that will change their organizations and their lives. Tommy argues that profit and relationships are interdependent. Building a culture of authentic and genuine relationships, or what Tommy calls Return on Relationships, will not only increase the bottom line but also transform the culture of any organization. His message told through the power of story, will inspire you to live, lead and love differently. Tommy inspires and ignites audiences while equipping them with new knowledge and a desire to achieve unprecedented professional and personal success.

Bill Wooditch

Bill Wooditch built a $100 million company from the ground up from the foundation of the philosophy he lives to this day: “To receive value, you first have to give value.” Bill’s message is undeniably great, and it has elevated him to an iconic status that can be evidenced by his numerous television and radio appearances across the country year after year. He is recognized as an authority on leadership and performance. Bill is the founder, CEO and President of The Wooditch Group, a privately held risk management and insurance services firm he established in 1993. He is also the founder of Think Next, Act Now, a company that actively recruits, trains and mentors tomorrow’s entrepreneurs today. He is also the author of the bestselling book Always Forward, a game plan for success in business and life. His approach is a physical, intellectual, spiritual and emotional journey that will engage minds and enroll hearts. His presentations are the product of 22 years of “in the trenches” engagement, from rough-hewn job sites to highly veneered Fortune 500 boardrooms.

It's Not Always About Winning

Friday, January 6, 2017 - 10:00

Could losing actually be a good thing? Coach Paul Assaiante, most “winningest coach in college sports history” argues that winning all the time might hinder your chances in improving.

When individuals and teams fail, the real lessons can be learned. No one ever wants to fail and feel upset. However, when you do lose and feel sad, this is a good thing! It means that you cared and that it meant something to you. That is the teachable moment. Almost no one learns after a victory.

When you lose, you must learn from your mistakes, fix things that aren’t just right, and keep moving forward. If you can master accepting defeat and learning the lessons of defeat, that is the magical life lesson to truly improve and keep learning.

 Paul Assaiante 

Bill Taylor

Bill Taylor has encouraged a generation of executives and company-builders to muster the courage and skills to think differently about change, leadership, and the new world of work. A spirited and hard-charging entrepreneur, Bill co-founded Fast Company, easily the most influential voice on business and innovation in the last two decades. The publication changed the very idea of what a business magazine could be. Since the publication’s sale for $340 million, Bill has spent his career writing and speaking to audiences around the world. Bill is also the author of three bestselling books, Simply Brilliant, Practically Radical and Mavericks at Work. Bill has devoted his career to challenging conventional wisdom and showcasing the power of business at its best.

Kaihan Krippendorff

Kaihan Krippendorff knows that everyone has the potential to change the world. As a sought-after strategic advisor for leading businesses and corporations, Krippendorff is passionate for the need to move away from traditional linear models and to embrace agile, digital strategies for the accelerating world. Kaihan gives a new business prospective and will offer a valuable set of motivational skills that will help strengthen the hearts and backbones of his audience.

Traci Brown

Traci Brown is able to reveal secrets and hidden information through the use of detecting and evaluating the body language of others. Traci has adapted body language skills that have helped her and she will teach you how to do it, too.

Codie Sanchez Baker

Codie Sanchez Baker has been: a Latina journalist covering human trafficking in Mexico, a finance exec running a multi-million dollar international business, a speaker talking to hundreds, a podcast host on The Struggle Isn't Real, and a startup CEO on the Today Show for the last company she exited. When she isn't presenting to pensions or government and sovereign wealth funds she’s running one of her startups, consulting with the companies she angel invests in, or running her motivational & business building company. She believes if we can increase the number of diverse individuals and minorities in positions of power we will have a healthier society and greater equality.

Scott Friedman

Scott Friedman, Certified Speaking Professional, and former President of the National Speakers Association (NSA), is the author of Celebrate! Lessons Learned from the World’s Most Admired Organizations, Happily Ever Laughter, Using Humor For A Change and A Celebration A Day – 365 ways to a Happier, Healthier Workplace. For over 30 years Scott has traveled the globe speaking on employee innovation, customer experience and using humor/celebration as a strategic tool. Scott founded “Together We Can Change the World,” a non-profit organization, serving girls and less fortunate women in Southeast Asia.

Tala Raassi

Tala Raassi, an Iranian American fashion designer/author, was born in the United States and raised in Tehran. Named one of the “Most Fearless Women in the World” by Newsweek magazine, Raassi made her mark in the fashion world at an early age with her talent in exclusive swimwear. She is devoted to celebrating the beauty of women’s bodies through her designs and to empowering women all around the world to follow their dreams. For Raassi, “Fashion is Freedom.” 

Kare Anderson

Kare Anderson is an Emmy-winning former NBC and Wall Street Journal reporter, now connective behavior speaker and columnist for Forbes and Huffington Post. Anderson’s TED talk on The Web of Humanity: Be an Opportunity Maker has attracted over two million views. Her clients are as diverse as Salesforce, Novartis, and The Skoll Foundation. She’s a founding board member of Annie’s Homegrown, co-founder of nine political PACs, and author of Mutuality Matters, Moving From Me to We, Getting What You Want, and Resolving Conflict Sooner. Anderson serves on the advisory boards of The Business Innovation Factory, Gloopt, and TEDxMarin. As David Rockefeller Jr. said after hearing her speak, "Kare forever changes how you see yourself and your world.” Discover more at her blog, Moving From Me To We.

Rachael Bozsik

Rachael Bozsik is a confidence strategist, millennial entrepreneur and CEO + Founder of The Brand Girls, a workshop + sisterhood focused on empowering the next generation of women in the workplace. Rachael is deeply rooted in closing the confidence gap between men and women. Her work has been recognized, applauded and featured by: Forbes, Glamour, Teen Vogue, Business Insider, Bustle, Huffington Post etc… (to name a few.)  Rachael is a recognized authority on recruiting, retaining and empowering millennials + female leaders within the workplace.


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