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TED talk - Keynote Speakers

Jeremy Poincenot

Jeremy describes the dramatic experience of shifting from fully-sighted, happy-go-lucky college sophomore, to legally blind, World Blind Golf Champion in his engaging program, "My Life's a Blur." While initially feeling depressed about his vision loss, Jeremy soon realized that he needed to focus on what remained possible, rather than dwell on what he had lost. Through his honest and moving account of learning to not only accept but embrace his blindness, Jeremy delivers memorable insights the audience can easily implement to become more resilient in the face of adversity. Hearing Jeremy speak will make everyone in your audience respond to life’s obstacles in a different way.

Brené Brown

Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past twelve years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Her groundbreaking research has been featured on PBS, NPR, CNN, The Katie Show, and Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday. Brené is the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the way we Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (Gotham, 2012). In Daring Greatly Brené dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage. Fast Company Magazine named Daring Greatly one of the top ten business books of 2012. Brené’s 2010 TEDx Houston talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top ten most viewed TED talks in the world, with over 9 million viewers.

John La Puma

John La Puma MD, ChefMD is like Andy Weil crossed with Bourdain with a dollop of Emeril. He is the world’s biggest name in the culinary medicine space and is working on projects in food, aging, nature and wine. Something he believes: "Do. Or do not. There is no try." Dr. La Puma has given TEDMED and TEDx talks on culinary medicine, taught the first cooking and nutrition course in a U.S. medical school, wrote the New York Times best-selling ChefMD's Culinary Medicine book, and appeared on PBS and Lifetime TV weekly, cooking and shopping to teach and entertain you. His primary goal is the well-being of all people to live healthier, happier and fuller lives. John inspires and motivates audiences while giving them what they want… and need.

Daniel Kraft

Dr. Kraft is the medicine track chair for the Singularity University in Medicine and Neuroscience and its FutureMed program (exploring technologies role in the future of health and medicine), Kraft is a medical professional clearly on the pulse of where health is headed. The Stanford and Harvard trained physician, scientist, inventor and entrepreneur has delivered numerous talks on digital health around the world and, given his background and professional qualifications, is a credible and well-respected source in an often stagnant industry. Dr. Kraft’s experience and vision in many ways epitomizes the kind of out-of-the-box thinking that is shaping, not only the future of healthcare, but also the future of wellness, prevention, and biopharma.

Zubin Damania

As the founder of Turntable Health and the director of healthcare development for Downtown Project Las Vegas, an ambitious urban revitalization movement, Zubin Damania has dedicated himself to making a positive impact where it’s most needed. His project, Downtown Project Las Vegas, has invested $350 million in the revitalization of the urban core of Las Vegas, including small business development, residential housing, education, technology, and healthcare, but he didn’t stop there. He began creating videos under the pseudonym ZDoggMD, which focused on educating patients and providers alike, while satirizing the dysfunctional healthcare system. Zubin then made the leap from satire to actionable change with his development of an innovative model of healthcare delivery that promotes wellness at both the individual and community level. His dynamic experience and altruistic undertakings will leave audiences educated and inspired!

Donna Orender

Donna Orender, CEO of Orender Unlimited is a recognized business leader, trailblazer, game changer and executive. Throughout her career, she has navigated unchartered waters, forged new and innovative paths and solutions to create growth and innovation, while building teams and belief systems around success. Donna utilizes her expansive experience in guiding both established and new companies to create positive and inclusive cultures and leverage successful growth and brand strategies across a myriad of industries. Donna served 6 years as the President of the WNBA and spent 17 years working on the PGA Tour, leading the negotiating team that changed how the PGA golf tour was packaged and sold for television. She was responsible for developing strategic direction across all business lines including direct oversight of brand management, advertising, and digital strategy. Through storytelling and experiences gained from years as an innovative executive in the highly visible and charged world of sports, Donna taps into the desire in all of us to make a difference in our worlds.

Joy Hoover

Joy Hoover is Founder and President of The Cupcake Girls, a Las Vegas-based national nonprofit organization that provides nonjudgmental and confidential support to those in all realms of the adult entertainment industry, including sex workers and those affected by sex trafficking through respect, resources and relationships. With over eight years of nonprofit leadership experience, and demonstrated expertise in developing innovative solutions to drive and navigate change, Joy has been featured in TEDxWomen, The LA Times, Huffington Post, Fox News, and The Leadership Journal.
Combining her early career in fashion and hair with her passion for helping people, Joy believes it’s imperative to wake up every morning and show up with bravery, tenacity, and humility. Her fight to assist marginalized communities has drastically changed not only the lives of the thousands of clients she has empowered in their own pursuits, but her life, too, and those of the audiences who have listened to her story. Joy is on a mission to inspire others to journey through their own stories with authenticity and hope, overcome fear, fulfill their passions, achieve their goals, and uncover their purpose.

Mel Robbins

Mel Robbins is an award-winning CNN contributor, syndicated radio host, former legal prosecutor, technology CEO, and America’s Life Coach. Her TEDx Talk on “How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over” has over 3 million views, and her book on the brain productivity, “Stop Saying You’re Fine”, is a business bestseller that has been translated into four languages. Mel delivers custom motivational experiences that engage audiences with soul-stirring videos, interactive leadership exercises, peer-to- peer coaching, surprising research, actionable advice, hilarious stories and moving tributes. She knows how to stir passion, inspire action and genuinely move people with her presentations.

Rich Karlgaard

Rich Karlgaard guides his audiences to see the global marketplace from a new perspective because of his unique vantage point on business, innovation, and investment trends. He is the publisher of Forbes magazine, a successful entrepreneur, a regular panelist on Forbes on Fox, and a frequent guest analyst on CNBC’s Kudlow & Co. He is the author of The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success, and the co-author of Team Genius: The New Science of High Performing Organizations. Rich has a remarkable ability to connect and share his insights with his audiences using his refreshingly down-to-earth style, sense of humor, and quick mind.

Bruce Turkel

As CEO of the successful brand management firm, TURKEL, Bruce Turkel has been creating and working with valuable brands for over 30 years. Bruce has worked with Hasbro, Nike, American Express, Charles Schwab, Citicorp, Discovery Networks and Bacardi, to name just a few. A captivating speaker and author, Bruce has spoken at MIT, Harvard, TEDx, and hundreds of corporate and industry conferences. He's also been a featured expert on CNN, ABC, CBS, and NPR. Bruce is the author of several books, including Building Brand Value: Seven Simple Steps to Profitable Communications. His methods are easy to understand and immediately actionable. His talks present a profound, proven, and potentially profitable way to build your brand strategy, increase sales and create real traction with your social media activities. Bruce is a master of motivation and gives audience members valuable tools they can use in their professions.

Srikumar Rao

Srikumar Rao has helped thousands of executives and entrepreneurs all over the world become more engaged in work and discover their inner purpose as they go about their tasks and became better leaders. Dr. Rao received his Ph.D. in Marketing from the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University. He has a degree in Physics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. His work has been extensively covered in the media including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the London Times, the Independent, Time, the Financial Times, Fortune, the Guardian, Forbes, Business Week and dozens of other publications. Dr. Rao is also the author of two bestselling books, “Are You Ready to Succeed: Unconventional Strategies for Achieving Personal Mastery in Business and Life” and “Happiness at Work: Be Resilient, Motivated and Successful- No Matter What”. Dr. Rao insightfully shares his lessons to audiences to help them become more productive personally and professionally.

Phil Hansen

Phil is an artist who defies conventional thinking by approaching limitations as opportunities. For the tens of millions who have seen Phil’s art on TV and online, it’s hard to imagine that his artistic journey nearly came to an end when a tremor developed in his drawing hand. In exploring new ways to create art, Phil discovered that by embracing his shake, limitations could become the passageway to creativity. He challenges audiences to rethink their approach towards obstacles, discover their new creative capacity, and bring fresh ways of viewing the world, to succeed with the task at hand. Phil’s ability to break down a complicated idea and make it relatable to everyday challenges will help you embrace whatever shakes you are facing, big or small, and business or personal. It’s a life-changing lesson.

John Coyle

John is the Founder of The Art of Really Living, an Olympic silver medalist, Stanford d.school grad, Kellogg MBA, NBC Sports analyst, SVP and Professor of Innovation. As a speaker and author, his talent is weaving facts, examples and intellectual principles into engaging stories which bring his topics to life, and leave you with actionable ideas. John is a thought leader in the field of horology – the study of how we, as humans, process time. His topics include designing a life for strengths, developing greater resiliency, bringing innovation into your organization, and the brain twisting "CounterClockWise" - how to stop time from accelerating by designing your life to include more meaning and memories. When you design your life around your strengths and cultivate your resilience, you can master the art of really living: creating more meaningful experiences and intense memories. His mission is to innovate the human experience, and he has been applying “design thinking” to Fortune 500 companies, careers, and leadership challenges for more than 20 years.

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.

Bert Jacobs

Bert Jacobs is Co-founder and CEO (Chief Executive Optimist) of The Life is Good Company, which spreads the power of optimism through inspiring art, a passionate community, and groundbreaking nonprofit work. Bert combines innovative business lessons, humor, and inspired storytelling to weave the compelling tale of how he and his brother John, with a combined sum of just $78 in the bank, launched a business that is now a $100 million positive lifestyle brand sold by over 2,000 retailers nationwide. Bert is also co-author of Life is Good: The Book/ How to Live With Purpose and Enjoy the Ride. Bert focuses his energy on guiding the Life is Good brand vision, and developing strategic partnerships and collaborations with organizations that extend the Life is Good brand to new product categories and customers.

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.

Isaac Lidsky

As Inc. recently reported, “Isaac Lidsky may possess the most eclectic resume in entrepreneurship. Over the years, he has been a child television star [(he played series regular “Weasel” on NBC’s “Saved By The Bell: The New Class”)], a Supreme Court clerk [(for Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg)], and the co-founder of an internet startup. More recently, Lidsky has used his gift for logistics to build ODC Construction into one of the fastest-growing construction businesses,” transforming an unsophisticated $11 million concrete subcontractor that was hemorrhaging money into an industry-leading $150 million construction services company—in 5 years. Inc. Magazine, The Incredibly Inspiring Journey of a Blind Entrepreneur, October 1, 2015.

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.

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