Roundup of Virtual Content from Our Speakers

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As we all continue to navigate this uncertain time in the events industry, our speakers, thought leaders, and subject matter experts are continuing to deliver great content to all kinds of audiences.

From content streaming to all-virtual events to full-scale virtual experiences, we put together a roundup of what our speakers are talking about to groups around the globe. Take a look at our Virtual Event FAQ's for more information on virtual event solutions.

Make sure to check back in regularly, as we’ll be updating this page continuously as more content is released.

Most of our speakers are offering virtual content for reduced speaking fees. If you are interested in a specific topic or speaker, give us a call and we can help with recommendations. Here are a few with virtual-specific offerings including upcoming online events:

On-Demand Event Recordings

Other Virtual Content Opportunities


On-Demand Event Recordings

2020 Events Plan V: 9 Broadcast Techniques from an Event Producer’s Playbook

Speakers: LAI Subject Matter Experts

When: On-Demand recording of Live Experience on Thursday, August 6

Pricing: No fee to tune in, watch here.

Description: As we’re all becoming more comfortable with new technologies, shorter timeframes, and new ways of doing well, almost everything, virtual meeting organizers are starting to push the creative boundaries and embrace new ideas for delivering value to their audiences. That’s why we hosted what we like to call a virtual event producer’s version of “show and tell.” In this Leading Authorities webinar, we shared 9 tricks our team of seasoned event producers use to elevate and energize an online meeting experience, and also demonstrated these techniques in action on-screen.


2020 Events Plan V: Virtually In-Person

Speakers: LAI Subject Matter Experts

When: On-Demand recording of Live Experience on Tuesday, June 9 

Pricing: No fee to tune in, watch here.

Description:  Whether you are in the research phase or the planning phase of your virtual events, this event delivered hands-on insights, new ideas, and an opportunity to talk with like-minded event organizers. Our event began with an in-depth conversation around the top five questions we get asked the most often about virtual events. Then we split into breakouts where attendees had the chance to join the discussion of their choice:  

  • The “Hidden Costs” of Virtual Events
  • Video: Your Virtual Event's Secret Weapon
  • Reimagining Virtual Galas and Award Shows


Axios Virtual Events on Today’s Top Issues

Speakers: Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen, Co-founders of Axios, others Axios employees, and big names in today’s news

When: On-demand recordings and upcoming live conversations, updated regularly.

Pricing: No fee to tune in, watch here.

Description: Bringing their smart brevity journalism to life, Axios’ virtual events deliver analysis of the most transformative and consequential trends shaping our world – talking with top thought leaders to discuss hot-button issues like the 2020 election, economic recovery, and the future of many industries (tech, education, small business, and more) post-COVID.


2020 Events Plan V: Virtually Meeting

Speakers: LAI subject matter experts, including: Kate Burns, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Chief Experience Officer, James Favata, Senior Creative Director, LAI Video, Helena Lehman, Senior Vice President, LAI Video & LAI Live, and Shannon Semler, Vice President, LAI Live

When: On-demand recording of live conversation on Tuesday, May 5

Pricing: No fee to tune in, watch here.

Description: Every day we talk with clients about their plan B and their plan C for live events that have been cancelled, put on hold or pushed out to later dates. Many of them are now choosing to go with plan V: the virtual meeting. As you are researching your options and thinking through the event experience you are likely encountering more questions than ever and find yourself comparing apples with oranges. With events moving from in-person to virtual, your organization is counting on you to make smart decisions and lead this transition. What are the key questions you should be focused on? Join Leading Authorities for the webinar, 2020 Events: Plan V (Virtually Meeting), where we'll help you navigate through this uncertain time and provide actionable tips and advice to pivot your upcoming event to a virtual one.


Leadership Podcast: No Turning Back

Speakers: Leaders at the McChrystal Group Stan McChrystal and Chris Fussell host conversations with global leaders

When: Updated consistently with new conversations.

Pricing: No fee to tune in, listen here.

Description: In this Podcast Series from the McChrystal Group, General Stan McChrystal and Chris Fussell explore the future of leadership and teams with the world's most consequential leaders. From CEOs to political leaders to deep thinkers, Stan and Chris will bring you advice from the brightest minds about how to tackle the most pressing organizational and institutional challenges we face. Guests include:

  • Doug McMillon, CEO of Walmart
  • Jamil Farshchi, Chief Information Security Officer of Equifax
  • Roz Brewer, Group President & COO of Starbucks Corporation


Why It Matters: Coronavirus

Speakers: Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen, Co-founders of Axios, and others from Axios and The Harris Poll

When: On-demand recording of live conversation on Thursday, March 19

Pricing: No fee to tune in, watch here.

Description: Live from Axios headquarters, Axios and The Harris Poll hosted conversations on the coronavirus and pandemic preparedness. The lineup:

  • Coronavirus: What people are thinking ... Axios co-founder Jim VandeHei and media reporter Sara Fischer are joined by The Harris Poll's John Gerzema and Mark Penn to discuss the mood of the country, factors contributing to America’s state of mind, the government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak and who Americans are turning to in times of crisis.
  • Panic vs. Preparation: VandeHei and Axios co-founder Mike Allen talk about the world that emerges from the coronavirus pandemic — who’s prepared, who’s not, how to wade through the massive amounts of information and how our lives will evolve. 
  • Reacting to a response: Allen is joined by Axios health care reporter Caitlin Owens to discuss how the government is working to fight the outbreak — expanding testing, enforcing quarantines and limitations on gatherings — and to unpack the ongoing race to create a vaccine.


How to Change Anyone's Mind

Speakers: Jonah Berger, Best-Selling Author and Expert on Innovation, Disruption, and Change

When: On-demand recording of live webinar on Tuesday, March 24

Pricing: No fee to tune in, watch here.

Description: Everyone has something they want to change. Marketers want to change customers’ minds and leaders want to change organizations. Startups want to change industries and non-profits want to change the world. But change is hard. Could there be a better way? Best-selling author and Wharton marketing professor Jonah Berger has the answer. His new book—The Catalyst—introduces a revolutionary approach to change, which he’ll be sharing at this exclusive webinar. You’ll find out:

  • Why successful change is not about pushing harder but removing barriers and lowering hurdles to action
  • The five hidden factors that impede change
  • How to mitigate those factors and become a catalyst



Trust in Crisis: Lessons From Leaders

Speakers: Jim VandeHei, Axios Co-Founder and CEO will host conversations with Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Mark Cuban, and Richard Edelman

When: On-demand recording of live webinar on Friday, April 3

Pricing: No fee to tune in, watch here.

Description: Join Axios for a virtual conversation on how business and government leaders can work together for social good in the midst of a global pandemic. Axios Co-founder & CEO Jim VandeHei talks with:

  • The Honorable Gretchen Whitmer, Governor, Michigan
  • Mark Cuban, Owner, Dallas Mavericks and Billionaire Investor
  • Richard Edelman, CEO, Edelman


COVID-19 Update: The 2020 Campaign

Speakers: The Atlantic’s Ron Brownstein will talk with pollsters and journalists including The Cook Political Report's Amy Walter

When: On-demand recording of live webinar on Thursday, April 16 

Pricing: Free to tune in, watch here.

Description: The coronavirus has turned the political season upside down. Big questions will almost certainly linger into November: Will there be big rallies? What happens to the conventions? What about voting? And how has the pandemic affected public opinion? The Atlantic’s Ron Brownstein will talk with pollsters and journalists to discuss COVID-19’s effect on the elections — and democracy itself. Speakers will include:

  • Cornell Belcher, President, Brilliant Corners Research & Strategies
  • Ron Brownstein, Senior Editor, The Atlantic
  • Sara Fagen, CEO, Deep Root Analytics
  • Adam Harris, Staff Writer, The Atlantic
  • Amy Walter, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, Cook Political Report with Amy Walter


Other Virtual Content Opportunities

Axios Virtual Briefings on Today’s Issues

Speakers: Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen, Co-founders of Axios

When: Live for your audience, as requested.

Pricing: Please give us a call for details and pricing.

Description: Connect with your members, customers, or board in real-time and interact with some of today’s foremost experts. If you're looking to relay the most up-to-date information to an audience, Axios co-founders Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen deliver live online briefings on the new workplace in the age of coronavirus, the political climate, and the road to the White House. Choose one of the following sessions:

  1. Political Briefing with Jim and Mike: A behind-the-scenes analysis of what's going on in Washington and the important issues shaping our world.
  2. "War for Attention" Briefing with Jim and Mike: Strategies to communicate your culture, mission, and other key messages — internally and externally — in the social, mobile, disruptive age.

Effective Virtual Communication and Connection Web Trainings: Present, Lead, and Sell Virtually From Your New Home Office

Speaker: Mark Bowden, Expert in Body Language, Human Behavior, and Communication

When: Live or On-Demand for your audience, as requested.

Pricing: Pricing below. Please give us a call for further details.

Description: In the current era of remote work, Mark is offering a selection of different programs to highlight how to communicate effectively via virtual channels and show your best to your organization, clients and customers, and yourselves.

One-Time Effective Virtual Communications Training ($10,000)In this 45-minute training, Mark will demonstrate how leaders can communicate most effectively via video to show empathy in this time of crisis, better lead and manage through difficult times, and to internally keep our people motivated, engaged, and productive through the crisis. You will gain simple yet powerful techniques to help maximize your impact and control your impulses using virtual mediums of communication.

Series of 3 Virtual Communications Training Sessions ($15,000)

  • Session 1: Tips, Tools, and Techniques for Effective Virtual Communications. In this 45-minute training, Mark will demonstrate how leaders can communicate most effectively via video to show empathy in this time of crisis, better lead and manage through difficult times, and to internally keep our people motivated, engaged, and productive through the crisis. You will gain simple yet powerful techniques to help maximize your impact and control your impulses using virtual mediums of communication.
  • Sessions 2 & 3: Interactive Coaching to Fine Tune Your Skills. In these 30-minute sessions, you and your team will get the expert skills, hands-on experience, and practice needed to present using techniques for compelling business communication online and from the home. Finetune your skills directly with Mark to better understand how to exude total credibility and give a genuine, empathetic, compelling delivery.

Half-Day or Full-Day Virtual Communications Trainings. Mark will offer all of the above skill development in one-to-one virtual training sessions. In either a half- or full-day session, you can have your team sign up for 30-minute windows to work with Mark individually on leading effective virtual meetings and delivering/presenting via a live video.


Leading from Home: What They Don’t Teach You in Business School

Speaker: Jim Donald, Chairman of Albertson’s, Former CEO of Starbucks, & Former CEO of Extended Stay Hotels, and Former CEO of Pathmark Supermarkets

When: Live or On-Demand for your audience, as requested.

Pricing: Please give us a call for details and pricing.

Description:  In our current crisis, communication is without question, the main ingredient to leading your team(s) through Covid-19 and beyond. The art of communication during this time will enable your company to emerge from this crisis stronger than when you went in. In this virtual talk, Jim, coined as “the vagabond CEO”, discusses how best to operate in uncertain business environments. He will share the structure that he is using to consult with CEO’s globally during this pandemic, along with best practices for the following:

  • Leadership team meetings
  • Leading your company at every level
  • The language you speak
  • What your associates need to know
  • Celebrating every little success


Virtual Conversation with the McChrystal Group: Practical Advice for Leadership in the Current Crisis

Speaker: General Stan McChrystal and Chris Fussell, Leaders at the McChrystal Group

When: On-Demand talks, followed by a live discussion with your audience.

Pricing: Please give us a call for details and pricing.

Description: A four-star general, Stanley McChrystal is widely credited with revolutionizing warfare by fusing intelligence and operations - leading more than 150,000 troops through a virtual command base. Serving on McChrystal’s senior staff, former U.S. Navy Seal Chris Fussell observed leading through crisis first-hand, leveraging digital platforms to drive effective action across the globe. Together, they now lead the leadership consulting group McChrystal Group and are offering a pre-recorded webinar talk on practical tactics for leading through a crisis – that you can distribute to your audience to watch at their convenience. You can then book a 30-45 minute live, virtual discussion with General McChrystal or Chris Fussell for your group to discuss the material and how they can apply these insights to leadership challenges in their own operating environments.


Webinar Series: Leading Through the COVID-19 Crisis

Speaker: McChrystal Group, Leadership Consultant Group. See full speaker lineup here.

When: Live for your audience, as requested.

Pricing: Please give us a call for details and pricing.

Description: The COVID-19 Crisis requires leaders to energize, focus, and equip their teams with practical and actionable guidance on how to lead through crisis. Partner with McChrystal Group subject matter experts to leverage a tailored, remote webinar solution that will provide advice from McChrystal Group leaders with experience in crisis management, the opportunity to reinforce your organizations cultural values, and help for your leaders to navigate their “new normal.”

  • Webinar 1: Leading in Crisis - General (ret.) Stan McChrystal reflects on practical leadership tactics in crisis from his experience commanding the US Counter-terrorist forces while facing a failing fight against Al Qaeda in Iraq.
  • Webinar 2: Bridging the Organization - How to identify communication gaps and create effective channels and forums.
  • Webinar 3: Motivating Remote Teams - How to energize and motivate remote teams by utilizing a strategic combination of language, story-telling, and consistent leadership behaviors.
  • Webinar 4: Develop a Prioritized Plan - How to identify and prioritize critical objectives and activities, coordinate with agencies involved, and build robust contingency plans.
  • Webinar 5: Pressure-Testing the Plan  - How to test the critical assumptions inherent in any plan. This is an essential step before empowering individuals to execute.
  • Webinar 6: Leadership for a New World - General (ret.) Stan McChrystal reflects on the requirement for new disciplined processes, an in-depth understanding of how your organization actually functions, and a different approach to leadership as we lose the human dynamics of in-office collaboration.


Entrepreneurial Resilience: Managing Through Crisis and Adversity

Speaker: Lisa Sun, Founder & CEO, GRAVITAS, Former Associate Principal in McKinsey’s Global Fashion Practice

When: Live or On-Demand for your audience, as requested.

Pricing: Please give us a call for details and pricing.

Description: Lisa Sun draws on her own experience navigating her retail company Gravitas through times of adversity and crisis to deliver three different webinar topics:

  • On the Frontline. Coronavirus has turned the retail industry upside-down. Lisa Sun’s signature brand GRAVITAS is no different with manufacturing factories in China. In this virtual session, Lisa shares first-hand what has happened to her team in China for the last few months. Blending insights from 11-year career at McKinsey managing harsh economic downturns and worldwide crises, she discusses how she made the necessary decisions—albeit, difficult—to close factories for the sake of her company, and the changes her company is implementing in their business now and in the future. Lisa demonstrates what it is like on the frontline of this pandemic from a relatable point of view. 
  • Managing Through Adversity with Gravitas. After a professional review left Lisa devastated, she threw herself into reversing the comment from a superior of “lacking gravitas.” Decades later, Lisa has come to understand that discovering her gravitas pushed her to survive and thrive. In this webinar, Lisa gives a gravitas guidebook to persevere through tough times and come out the other side stronger – to not only survive, but thrive in adversity.
  • Entrepreneurial Resilience. Entrepreneurs fail, a lot. But what makes them succeed is their resilience. In the current era of disruption, CEOs, business leaders, and managers must adapt to new ways of business. Tapping into the entrepreneurial spirit needed to stay alive in uncertainty, Lisa highlights the shifts her retail business has made to survive and thrive in the past, how she’s adapting her businesses right now, and shares how organizations can embrace resilience to improve upon their own businesses during uncertain times. 



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