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2019 Inspire: Leading Authorities' Day of Ideas

March 8, 2019 | The Watergate Hotel

On March 8, 2019, Leading Authorities, Inc hosted a day-long event featuring some of the hottest keynote speakers on the circuit today. Our 2019 Inspire Day of Ideas event was designed to give meeting professionals and other key event stakeholders a unique opportunity to preview great speakers on a wide array of topics all in one place, all in one exciting day.

Keep reading to relive that day or to see what you missed!

Carla Harris' Pearls of Wisdom

Morgan Stanley Vice Chairman and Senior Client Advisor Carla Harris spoke with our attendees about her incredible career and her advice for anyone who wants to get ahead in work or in life.

Carla calls her hard-earned advice, created by grit and formed over time by resiliency, her “Pearls of Wisdom.” These are her unique and powerful pieces of guidance crafted over 35 years as an African-American woman on Wall Street.

Learn more about Carla's Pearls of Wisdom here.

Laila Ali: Compete Like a Champion

Laila Ali knows a thing or two about what it takes to be a champion in all aspects of life. In addition to being a best-selling author, lifestyle brand CEO, television host, and keynote speaker, Ali is an undefeated four time women’s boxing World Champion. Her boxing record speaks for itself: 24-0 with 21 knockouts.

Ali got real about the commitment, hard work, determination, and self-belief that being a champion requires. Honest, open, and to-the-point, Ali never beats around the bush as she shares her story of venturing into the boxing world as a newcomer and leaving as a dominating force.

Watch this exclusive behind the scenes interview with Laila!


Jeff Kreisler: How to Make Smarter Decisions

Behavioral economist, Jeff Kreisler, talked about why we make the decisions we make as well as the subconscious ways we sabotage our present by focusing on our future. 

Kreisler also gave us a behind the scene look at how we can all become better decision makers. Check it out below!

Charlotte Pearce: The Head and Heart of Business

Charlotte Pearce, the 26-year-old founder of Inkpact, a technology platform that helps businesses deliver hand-written notes to clients and customers at scale, Pearce believes putting people at the center of business is the best way to build the kind of lasting relationships that create strong businesses.

On the stage at Inspire, she highlighted the connection in communication between science and art and gave us two lessons for creating successful, lasting businesses

Catch up with Charlotte and see how she prepares to go on stage in a fun behind the scenes video now! 

Dr. Kate Darling: Desire & Fear Of Robotics

MIT Media Lab Research Specialist, Kate Darling, graced the stage and dived deep into human nature and the real-life implications of robotics

Kate and Mr. Spaghetti are the perfect intersection of where the true potential of technology lies. Don't believe us? Check it out below!

John Ondrasik: How to Spark Innovation

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter John Ondrasik is often better known as his stage name, “Five For Fighting.” John talked to our audience about the inspiration for his greatest hits like “100 Years” and “Superman,” plus his advice for getting out of a rut.

John is an incredible storyteller who weaves life lessons in between turns at the piano. You could hear a pin drop in the room as he serenaded our audience of meeting planners with songs they all sang along to.

We may have ugly-cried during this presentation but it was a poignant reminder to innovate and recreate at every juncture. Click here to learn more about John's tips for innovation!


Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi: Prove Yourself

Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi is not only one of NASA’s top astrophysicists, an inventor, professor, and TV personality. Oluseyi took the stage to share lessons learned and empowering insights from his life and career. Here are three of the top messages that stayed with us long after his keynote was over.

Exclusive behind the scenes content with Hakeem!

Lior Zoref: Crowd Wisdom

Crowd wisdom expert, researcher, advisor, TED speaker, and best-selling author, Lior Zoref, spoke at the 2019 Inspire. So what is crowd wisdom? It involves sourcing the collective opinion of a group, rather than relying on one individual for an answer.

Lior brought his larger-than-life personality, high-energy, and plenty of laughs to his presentation on why “WE is Stronger than ME.” Lior got his PhD studying collective intelligence and crowdsourcing. Here are three of the big takeaways from his recent presentation on the ways collective intelligence is changing companies and industries.

Watch this behind the scenes video to learn what Lior's dream is and how he will support others to achieve their own dreams!

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