Hot Meeting Topics for 2024 ... So Far

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As this year’s meeting trends continue to take shape, we’re highlighting the most popular topics that have been drawing big crowds at events. These topics range across industries and are some of the most enticing conversation-starters out there right now. Keep reading to learn more about the topics and the top-rated Leading Authorities speakers sharing their expertise in those areas.

The Impact of AI and Future Trends on Organizations and Their Industries

Technology is advancing at an incredible pace and with new technologies, come new questions, concerns, and interests for organizations and their industries. With the rise of artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies, leaders and their teams are determined to understand these trends, as well as the opportunities and challenges they present to their organizations. Many of our speakers are excited about the possibilities AI and other technologies offer. And while they understand the uncertainty groups may have, their eye-opening insights help audiences see how they can leverage these new tools to innovate and create breakthroughs for their businesses. Speakers who are AI and future trends experts and practitioners, and will spark conversation at your next event include:

  • Amy Webb, World-Renowned Futurist, Founder & CEO of the Future Today Institute
  • Paul Zikopoulos, Future Trends Expert, and VP of Technology Group Skills Vitality & Enablement at IBM
  • Noelle Russell, Leading AI Innovator & Practitioner, Founder & Chief AI Officer at AI Leadership Institute

Politics … What’s Ahead for the 2024 Election?

November 2024 is coming quickly and with the presidential election on the horizon, it’s crucial for American voters to be informed, and for organizations to understand how they may be impacted should various scenarios play out. The likelihood of a rematch between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump is becoming more of a concrete reality. With that in mind, the topic of electoral politics is hot and numerous speakers are focusing on election insights ahead of voting day. Some of the top-rated political speakers at Leading Authorities include: 

Transformational Leadership Strategies

Great leaders inspire innovation and high performance from their teams. Many of our speakers are seasoned leaders from global organizations who draw from their experiences spearheading complex teams in challenging situations to share tried-and-true strategies for developing the traits of a leader who drives positive change, and who people are motivated to work for. Transformational leaders are masters at thinking beyond strategy and tactics, and, instead, focus on fostering collaboration, furthering the vision and values of their organizations, and having a positive impact on their teams and organizations. These speakers share actionable strategies for evolving from transactional to transformational leadership:

  • Stanley McChrystal, Former Commander of U.S. and International Forces in Afghanistan
  • Ginny Clarke, Former Director, Executive Recruiting at Google and Holistic Leadership Strategist
  • Scott Mann, High-Impact Leadership Expert & Retired Green Beret
  • Cassi Chandler, Motivational Leadership Expert, FBI’s First African American Female Special Agent Assistant Director
  • Michael Sorrell, Visionary Leader, Institutional Change Agent, President of Paul Quinn College

Essential Soft Skills That Elevate Leaders and Their Teams

It’s crucial for leaders to have a well-developed repertoire of soft skills — regardless of organization or industry. Soft skills include communication, trust, purpose, resilience, teamwork, confidence, empathy, and authenticity — among others. Not only do soft skills enhance your ability as a leader, they also strengthen culture and elevate teams’ ability to reach to achieve their goals. These speakers emphasize the importance of the soft skills and offer actionable takeaways for consciously integrating them into your leadership approach:

How to Spark Cultures of Creativity and Innovation

Culture is one the most important aspects of any organization’s makeup. It determines how employees communicate with one another and defines the organization’s potential to innovate and become an industry leader. Many of our speakers are champions of creativity as the basis for innovation. Here are a few names who demonstrate how leaders and their teams can think in ways no one else has to channel creativity and build cultures that are positioned for continuous innovation and sustained success. 

  • Reggie Fils-Aimé, Former President and COO of Nintendo of America Inc.
  • Marisa Thalberg, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer at United Parks & Resorts
  • Dex Hunter-Torricke, Emerging Technologies Expert; Former Communications Executive at SpaceX & Facebook

Channeling Workplace Happiness and Wellness into High Performance

There’s no faster path to burnout than long hours and the constant feeling of needing to perform at the highest level all the time. When organizations prioritize the mental and physical wellness of their employees, they increase the ability of their people to sustain high levels of performance and engagement, and find fulfillment in their work. These speakers point to data, science, and what has worked in their own organizations to illustrate the business benefits of prioritizing the wellness of the individuals that power the organization, and share tangible takeaways for boosting workplace wellness, which in turn, boost performance, productivity, and results:

  • Dr. Wendy Borlabi, High-Performance Expert, Director of Performance and Mental Health for the Chicago Bulls
  • Dr. Romie Mushtaq, Leadership, Workplace Culture, & Wellness Expert; Chief Wellness Officer, Great Wolf Resorts
  • Dr. Helena Boschi, World-Renowned Applied Neuroscience Psychologist

The Economic Outlook

The economy remains a topic of interest for meeting-goers — regardless of occupation or status. It affects all aspects of business and society, and it feels as though economic shifts are happening more rapidly and more often. Many of our speakers are experts who have served in some of the highest-ranking economic positions, and as advisors to global companies and leaders. Whether you’re looking to understand how the economy intertwines with other topics — like technology or politics — or dive into the general economic outlook, these speakers offer the insights you need to know and more:

  • Marci Rossell, Expert Economic Forecaster, Former Chief Economist for CNBC and Co-Host of Squawk Box
  • Matthew Slaughter, Dean of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Former Member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers
  • Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Former Director, Congressional Budget Office; Economic and Fiscal Policy Expert

Insights from Inside Big Brands

What strategies from the world’s most successful brands can your organizations emulate and adapt to push past innovation stalls and create new avenues for growth? Many of our sought-after speakers are also big brand leaders who take audiences behind the scenes of global companies, such as Amazon and Morgan Stanley, to share their industry-redefining approaches to leadership, innovation, collaboration, and other in-demand topics. Here is a selection of speakers that are currently leading at big brands:  

  • Dr. Vin Gupta, Chief Medical Officer Amazon Pharmacy
  • Kelly Monahan, Managing Director of the Future of Work Research Institute, Upwork
  • Rachel Wilson, Head of Data Security and Infrastructure Risk, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

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