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TED talk - Keynote Speakers

Jay Jacobs

Jay Jacobs lost an amazing 181 pounds in 8 months as a contestant with his daughter, Jennifer, on NBC's hit show, The Biggest Loser. He was the only guy standing in the Final 4 at the Season 11 finale. Since then, Jay has become a health and wellness ambassador. He has appeared on TV and radio programs such as Today, Good Morning America, and Fox & Friends. Plus, he has appeared in Time, The New York Times and Readers Digest. Jay's journey and message inspires individuals to embrace healthier lifestyles. Healthier lifestyles lead to better overall corporate health and greater productivity for organizations. Jay's personal journey motivates others to tackle their own health challenges and live the rest of their lives as the best of their lives! When Jay’s not inspiring others through his speaking engagements, he is an active managing partner of Shurn Group: Wellness Matters, his family-owned, health and wellness branding and marketing firm.

Regina Barreca

Regina is a professor of English at the University of Connecticut. She is also the author of several highly acclaimed books on feminist humor including "They Used to Call me Snow White, Then I Drifted: Women's strategic use of humor" and her most recent "Too Much of a Good Thing is Wonderful." Regina is also a popular media expert, having appeared on 20/20, 48 Hours, The Today Show and Oprah (several times). Deemed a 'feminist humor maven' by Ms. Magazine, Regina writes a weekly column for the Hartford Courant and had regularly published articles in The NY Times, The Chicago Tribune, Ms. Cosmopolitan and Worth. Regina speaks to groups on a variety of topics that relate to the value importance and roles of humor in everyday life.

Chris Bliss

Speaker, comedian, variety artist, and Bill of Rights proponent Chris Bliss delivers intelligent and timely commentary about our world. The through line connecting all these dots is Chris’s passion for communication. Whether it’s his unique approach to juggling as a musical art, his scathingly funny comedy about the absurdities of our modern world, or his commitment to spreading awareness of our founding principles, Chris Bliss is continually searching for new approaches to old conventions, and fresh ways of expressing them. The result is engaging presentations that inform as well as entertain. Chris’s unique skill set and years of experience, along with his personal commitment to every client and event, is an unbeatable combination. To paraphrase his write-up in the Washington Post, if you’re looking to laugh and think, you can’t do better than Chris Bliss.

Wayne Cotter

A hilarious and attention grabbing comedian and emcee, Wayne Cotter brings laughter to all that are around him. Wayne is perfect for any event that is in need of a vivacious entertainer. As said by Jay Leno, Wayne is “one of the funniest comedians working today.” Wayne hosted the Fox series “Comic Strip Live,” was seen in feature films “Spy Hard” and The Aristocrats,” and has countless appearances on David Letterman and Jay Leno. Once you hear Wayne you’ll agree that he is a fresh, smart, funny comedian who brings a vibrant spark to everyone.

Andy Cohen

Andy Cohen’s engaging and entertaining keynote teaches participants to think differently by challenging dangerous assumptions while providing tools to internalize the Assumpt! Paradigm and apply the new learning spontaneously over and over again. The end result is helping organizations overcome the barriers standing in the way of their leadership, innovation and marketing success. As an award winning writer, commercial director and owner of a direct response advertising agency, Andy learned what motivates people to respond, what doesn’t and why. He now incorporates those same principles in his keynote and seminars to create memorable learning experiences that transform the way people think.

Jackie Freiberg

Jackie Freiberg helps audiences create the best places where the best people can do their best work. What will it take to stand out in a sea of sameness? Standing out requires you to de-commoditize your business by finding innovative and creative ways to tell your story, add value and differentiate. Jackie helps you discover a fresh approach to leadership and collaboration that will drive success. She is a best-selling business author who has written 7 books. She inspires people to believe that they have the power to change themselves, transform their business, and even revolutionize their industry. Jackie is known for her passion, insight and ability to equip leaders at all levels with innovative ideas that turn up the volume on leadership, culture, engagement, accountability and customer loyalty.

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.

Erik Wahl

As an internationally recognized graffiti artist, and a #1 bestselling business author, Erik Wahl redefines the term “keynote speaker.” Pulling from his history as both a business strategist and an artist, he has grown to become one of the most sought-after speakers available today. Erik’s on-stage painting seamlessly becomes a visual metaphor to the core of his message, encouraging organizations toward profitability through innovations and superior levels of performance. In the past ten years, Erik has shared his high-energy onstage performance and incredible message with the largest and most influential companies in the world, leaving behind his prized artwork as a reminder of his passion for breakthrough thinking. Organizations proclaim his presentation to be the single moment when their team finally “got it”. The responses received have been nothing short of incredible, with standing ovations to prove it.

Robert Tucker

Robert B. Tucker is president of The Innovation Resource (TIR), and an internationally recognized leader in the field of innovation. Formerly an adjunct professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, Tucker has been a consultant and keynote speaker since 1986. His pioneering research in interviewing over 50 leading innovators was published in the book “Winning the Innovation Game” in l986. Since then, he has continued to publish widely on the subject, including his international bestseller “Managing the Future: 10 Driving Forces of Change for the New Century,” which has been translated into 13 languages. And in his latest work, Innovation Is Everybody’s Business, Tucker interviewed 43 innovation-adept individuals from multiple industries and all levels of organizations, and teaches the personal skills necessary to become an innovator in this hyper-competitive world. Tucker is a much sought after keynote speaker at conventions, company management meetings, and industry conferences.

Mike Robbins

Mike Robbins is a motivational speaker who provides practical strategies that inspire people and teams to bring out the best in themselves and others; and generate measurable results! He is the author of three books, Focus on the Good Stuff, Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken, and his latest, Nothing Changes Until You Do. He delivers keynotes and seminars that empower people and organizations to be more successful, appreciative, and authentic. Prior to his speaking and writing career, Mike played baseball at Stanford University and then professionally with the Kansas City Royals organization. After his athletic career was cut short by injuries, he worked for two internet start-ups, before starting his consulting business in 2001. His clients include Google, Wells Fargo, eBay, Gap, Twitter, the San Francisco Giants, and many others. His unique approach and ideas empower people with the knowledge that success can be achieved no matter what the obstacles.

Dean Ornish

Dr. Dean Ornish is the founder and president of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. For over 34 years, Dr. Ornish has directed clinical research demonstrating, for the first time, that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse even severe coronary heart disease, without drugs or surgery. He is the author of six best-selling books, including: Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease; Eat More, Weigh Less; Love & Survival; and his most recent book, The Spectrum. He has written a monthly column for Newsweek and Reader’s Digest magazines and is currently Medical Editor of The Huffington Post, which has 240 million unique readers per month.

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.

Joseph Coughlin

Joseph F. Coughlin, PhD is Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab. His research provides insights on how demographic change, technology, social trends and consumer behavior will converge to drive future innovations in business and government. Based in MIT’s Engineering Systems Division, he teaches policy and systems innovation and is author of the on-line publication Disruptive Demographics. He is one of Fast Company Magazine’s ‘100 Most Creative People in Business’ and was named by the Wall Street Journal as one of “12 pioneers inventing the future of retirement and how we will all live, work and play tomorrow.”

Janine Shepherd

Janine Shepherd, an elite ski racer whose bid to represent Australia in the Olympics was cut short by a tragic accident. For ten days she hovered between life and death. After six months in hospital battling to rehabilitate her permanent disabilities, she not only taught herself to walk again—she earned her wings as both a pilot and an aerobatics instructor. Janine Shepherd is an internationally renowned speaker whose inspiring TED talk, “A Broken Body Isn’t a Broken Person.” has garnered over 1.5 million views. She’s been featured on “60 Minutes”, “This is Your Life”, and recognized with her country’s highest honor, The Order of Australia. Through powerful and emotive storytelling, Janine provides the tools that enable us all to take bold action, and transform whatever challenges we currently face into outstanding growth and change.

Beau Lotto

Beau Lotto helps businesses build great brands by creating a strong relationship with audiences through meaningful narratives. But what makes a narrative meaningful? Beau is the founder of Lottolab, a hybrid art studio and science lab, which researches human perception and how it underpins creativity and innovation. His ongoing research shines a new light on human nature and allows for businesses to discover the principles behind information, not just the information itself. Beau focuses first on asking good questions--the right questions, and then sets about uncovering the answer. "A GOOD question is where success lives," says Beau. By combining our collective expertise in design, engagement, neuroscience and behaviour we are better able to work with companies to create narratives that are truly meaningful to their audiences … and in doing so establish a sense of loyalty that wouldn't be possible otherwise.

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.

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.

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.

Croix Sather

The media calls Croix “Marathon Man” because of his astonishing accomplishments. His audiences call him “Remarkable” because of his inspirational life story. In just two years, Croix went from a non-runner to a 2X World Record Champion. First with a 2,621 mile Run Across America in just 100 days. Then he broke the world record in the world’s toughest race, running solo self-supported nonstop 146 miles though Death Valley, CA, the harshest and hottest environment on the planet. Croix is an internationally celebrated author and inspirational speaker in the field of personal transformation, business strategies, and the psychology of success. Croix has been on the prestigious stages of TEDx NYC and Las Vegas, fortune 50 corporations, and international associations. Croix has appeared in hundreds of television, radio, and newspaper articles, and hosted a radio show.

Bruce Feiler

Bruce Feiler is one of America’s most popular voices on contemporary life. Employing a first-hand approach to his work, Bruce is known for living the experiences he writes about, both in his beloved “This Life” column in the Sunday New York Times, and is his six consecutive New York Times bestsellers, including Walking the Bible, Abraham, and The Secrets of Happy Families. He’s also the host of two primetime series on PBS and a frequent commentator on television and radio. Bruce is dubbed the “modern-day Indiana Jones,” Bruce has a zeal for life and a humorist’s ability to tell a good story. He leaves audience both entertained and uplifted, with practical takeaways that prompt discussion and action in the communities, businesses, and institutions he visits.

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