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The 10 Speakers On Our Inspire Lineup

Announcing Speakers On Our Inspire Conference Lineup
Our team's excited to announce the speakers who will be featured at our Inspire Conference at the Watergate Hotel in DC on February 23rd!

Among the brilliant thought-leaders, you can expect to see:

Keller Rinaudo, CEO and Co-Founder Zipline International, Inc.
A robotics innovator and visionary, Keller shows the world how drones are used to save lives. Zipline manages a system of robotic aircrafts specifically designed to carry life-saving medical supplies to areas in need. Leapfrogging the absence of preexisting infrastructure, Zipline works with Rwanda to put all 11 million citizens of the country within a 15-30 minute delivery of blood and other essential medical product. A former TED main stage speaker, Rinaudo was named one of 2016’s “Most Creative People in Business” by Fortune and made Forbes prestigious 2017 “30 Under 30” list in the Consumer Technology category. He discusses how to test solutions quickly to effectively maximize output, how to discover simple solutions to complex problems, and what technology and robotics mean for the future of business and government.

Jon Steinberg, Former COO of Buzzfeed and Founder & CEO of Cheddar

One of our most popular business innovation speakers, Jon, is the founder of Cheddar, the first “post-cable” TV network. He also served as the COO of Buzzfeed during its epic rise between 2010-2014. Jon's new venture, Cheddar, launched in early 2016. It streams live news video exclusively on social media, and, despite being a new media player, had a valuation of 85 million as of earlier this year. Jon is a high-energy and refreshingly irreverent speaker who mixes hard data and humorous anecdotes to illustrate lessons on skating to the puck and getting ahead of industry trends. He offers a rare look at how an innovator’s mind works as they seek out holes in the market and make big business bets on them. He also shares insights on the early days of Buzzfeed and how his team grew it, why the future of media is “appointment only,” and why the next big thing “always looks like a toy at first.”

Gretchen Carlson, Acclaimed News Anchor and Tireless Women's Advocate
Gretchen is one of the nation’s most successful news anchors, a best-selling author, and a tireless advocate for women in the workplace. She is the former host of Fox News’s The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson, and the former co-host of the #1 rated cable morning news show Fox and Friends, making her one of the most visible faces in media today. Drawing on decades of experience in cable and broadcast news, as well as an arsenal of gripping anecdotes, she offers an unbiased, insightful and hard-hitting overview of the day’s biggest issues. Named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2017, she is also the author of the new book, Be Fierce: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back, which instantly became a New York Times best-seller.

Kevin "Kal" KallaugherThe Economist's Legendary Editorial Cartoonist

KAL is an award-winning cartoonist who draws live on stage while offering his unique and hilarious take on politics—illustrating the top issues of the day with humor and art. His presentation is totally different, fun, and interactive for audiences. His presentations are hilarious and memorable, and he has lectured at TED, Harvard, Pixar, and Google. 

Nicole Malachowski, The First-Ever Female Thunderbird Pilot
Colonel Malachowski has served as a mission ready F-15 fighter pilot in three fighter squadrons and has flown over 188 combat hours. She led an elite cadre of F-15 Instructors in the training of the next generation of combat aviators and was responsible for resources totaling over $1.1B and the execution of a $119M annual flying hour program. In 2005, she was selected to fly as Thunderbird #3 with the USAF Air Demonstration Squadron, making her the first woman to fly on any Department of Defense military jet demonstration team. As a White House Fellow, class of 2008-2009, she served on the Presidential Transition Support Team (PTST) while assigned to the U.S. General Services Administration. She has served staff assignments in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force for International Affairs and most recently served as the Deputy Director of USAF Force Readiness and Training at the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Ben Saunders, World Record-Breaking Polar Explorer and Repeat TED Speaker
Ben is one of the world's best-known adventurers and a three time TED speaker. Dubbed a "Master Storyteller" by TED owner Chris Anderson, he's freshly back from a grueling journey in Antarctica, where he walked unsupported to the South Pole (and documented it all on social media!). One of our top-reviewed speakers, his visuals and stories are breath-taking and at times both nerve-wracking and hilarious. He leaves audiences inspired to push past what they perceive to be impossible, challenge the best version of themselves, and infuse their lives with a daily sense of purpose. 

Sarah Robb O'Hagan, CEO of Flywheel Sports 

A disruption powerhouse, Sarah speaks passionately about disrupting your own business from the inside out. She’s known for transforming Gatorade from a declining sports drink company into a booming sports fuel company, working with Nike on the game-changing Plus technology, and is the author of the new book Extreme You.

Neil Jacobstein, Chairman of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Track at Singularity University
For a high-speed and incredibly visual look at future trends, Neil Jacobstein is a top choice. (Think videos of robots doing backflips paired with insights on what the AI, biotech, and Internet of Things revolution all means for the future of business and culture!) His presentation on “The Power of Exponential Technology” is customizable and looks at the latest tech breakthroughs and their applications of exponential change across industries. His speeches are thoughtful and up-to-the-minute, and he uses stories from his time consulting with NASA, Boeing, and the U.S. Air Force to light up his overview of emerging AI and robotics.

Matthew Griffin, Founder of Combat Flip Flops
Griffin founded Combat Flip Flops in 2006, after graduating from West Point and serving four tours of duty as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan and Iraq. Combat Flip Flops, a footwear and apparel company that sells goods manufactured in conflict and post-conflict zones, uses their profits to aid the areas in which they are made as a part of Griffin’s mission to encourage peace through trade and “business over bullets.”  The company currently operates in Afghanistan, Laos, and Colombia, helping local populations pull themselves out of poverty. Proceeds are additionally used to put Afghan girls in school and to help clear mines from war-ravaged lands in Laos.

Crystal Washington, Social Media Marketing Strategist
When powerful companies want their teams to take action online, they book technology strategist and dynamic speaker Crystal Washington, who has worked with Google, Microsoft, GE and others in the USA, Africa and Europe. For this comprehensive knowledge on social media, she has been interviewed by ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS and numerous radio stations and magazines around the globe. Well-known for her ability to take complex Web, app and social media topics and make them easy to understand and accessible for everyday people and small business owners, she owns CWM Enterprises, a social media instructional brand aimed at training everyone from Gen Y's to Baby Boomers in strategically using social media and apps for sales, marketing and general efficiency. 

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