Leadership

Serial Entrepreneur, Best-Selling Author, & TED Speaker

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Rick Smith is a serial entrepreneur, leadership strategist, best-selling author, inspirational TED speaker, and one of world’s foremost authorities on innovation, leadership, and corporate transformation through disruptive technologies such as industrial 3D printing (additive manufacturing). His latest venture, Fast Radius, is an on-demand production platform which leverages 3D printing for global distributed manufacturing. In person, print, and practice, Rick inspires individuals and organizations around the world with leading edge insights on a number of topics surrounding disruptive technology, such as the predictable patterns of technology disruption, and the behaviors that enable leaders to successfully navigate complexity and change.

Legendary U.S. Coast Guard Captain, The Perfect Storm

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Captain Larry Brudnicki presentation style is fast paced and interesting, striking a perfect balance between humor and real-life drama, as he tells a true story of leadership, teamwork, courage and risk management strategies. He is the real-life Captain of the Coast Guard ship that performed two dramatic rescues during the worst storm in more than 100 years, which became known as "The Perfect Storm" and inspired the book that was on The New York Times best-seller list and the blockbuster movie.

Innovation and Leadership Expert, Thinkers50 Award Winner

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Navi Radjou is an innovation and leadership thinker based in Silicon Valley. Drawing on his Indian upbringing, he was the first (with his co-authors) to capture the phenomenon of jugaad—a Hindi word for improvised solutions born out of ingenuity in resource constrained settings. His first book, a global bestseller of the same name, Jugaad Innovation, shows how companies and entrepreneurs can unleash and harness the grassroots ingenuity of employees, customers, and partners to co-create simple but effective solutions that deliver greater value at a lower cost.

NBA Legend, Broadcaster, Humanitarian, and Survivor

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Basketball legend Bill Walton is one of sports’ most recognizable and beloved figures. His success on the court is well-documented; the nation’s top college basketball star at UCLA under legendary coach John Wooden, he then played for two NBA Championship teams – the Portland Trail Blazers and Boston Celtics. But Bill’s nightmarish challenges off the court are less known. He stuttered so badly he couldn’t say a simple “thank you” until he was 28 years old. And a foot disorder led to 38 surgeries on his feet, legs, and back – keeping him sidelined over half of his NBA career. Armed with grit and a positive outlook, Bill improbably overcame it all. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame and named to the “50 Greatest NBA Players of All-Time” list. After his playing career, Bill pursued broadcasting; he is currently covering Pac-12 games on ESPN. Bill Walton has led a life of humility in service of inspiring others. His autobiography, Back from the Dead, was a New York Times bestseller and he is perhaps the best-known Deadhead, having seen over 1,000 shows.

Owner of the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, the LA Dodgers, Owner of Dick Clark Productions, CEO & Chairman of Mandalay Bay and former Chairman Sony Executive, Entrepreneur, #1 NYT Bestselling Author

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A passionate, humorous, and tireless motivator and speaker, Guber has dedicated himself to coaching current and future leaders about the importance of telling purposeful stories to propel their business success. Peter Guber is among the most successful executives and entrepreneurs in the entertainment and communications industries. Peter Guber is Chairman and CEO of the multimedia Mandalay Entertainment Group. Prior to Mandalay, Guber was Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Chairman and CEO of Polygram Entertainment, Co-Founder of Casablanca Record & Filmworks and President of Columbia Pictures. Guber produced or executive produced (personally or through his companies) films that garnered five Best Picture Academy Award nominations (winning for Rain Man) and box office hits that include The Color Purple, Midnight Express, Batman, Flashdance, and The Kids Are All Right.

Author & Expert in Workforce Development & Former Research Associate at MIT’s AgeLab & Harvard Business School

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A leading expert on practical solutions for closing 'skills gaps' that deter organizational performance, the strategic impacts of changing workforce demographics, the leader’s critical role in managing talent, and how to accelerate the transfer and retention of critical knowledge, Dr. David DeLong has helped leaders in sectors such as healthcare, manufacturing, aerospace and defense, utilities, government, technology, and finance build a smarter workforce for almost two decades. Through customized presentations, he reveals strategies for building a Millennial-friendly culture, maximizing the value of veteran workers approaching retirement, developing new leaders faster, improving knowledge transfer across generations, and effectively managing organizational changes to build tomorrow’s workforce. He is the president of consulting firm, David DeLong & Associates, which helps clients solve the challenges created by a changing, and aging, workforce: Aging baby boomers, restless Gen-Xers, and promising Millennials. David has spoken for and consulted with numerous different organizations such as MetLife, American Council of Life Insurers, the Federal Reserve Bank, Farm Credit System, Microsoft, MasterCard, Lockheed Martin, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Ernst & Young, and Accenture. He has written numerous books and his work has been widely cited in major publications such as the New York Times, Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review Blog, CIO Magazine, US News & World Report, and The Boston Globe.

Award-Winning CEO, Leadership Expert, Forbes Columnist

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Dr. John Hillen, a former Assistant Secretary of State and decorated combat officer, is one of America's most notable authorities on leadership and business strategy. With a unique combination of military and government combat leadership experience, time spent as the CEO of a number of companies, and his position as a full-time business school professor, Hillen is a fantastic speaker on the role of leadership in success today.

CEO of WhiteSpace at Work

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A regular feature in top global media outlets, including Forbes and Fast Company, Juliet Funt is a renowned keynote speaker and tough-love advisor to the Fortune 500. As the founder and CEO of the boutique efficiency firm WhitesSpace at Work, she is an evangelist for freeing the potential of companies by unburdening their talent from busywork.

#1 Bestselling Business Author, Organizational Culture, Employee Engagement and Teamwork Expert

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One of today’s most influential voices in workplace trends, Chester Elton has spent two decades helping clients engage their employees to execute on strategy, vision, and values. He has been called the “apostle of appreciation” by Canada’s Globe and Mail, “creative and refreshing‚” by the New York Times, and a “must read for modern managers” by CNN. Elton is co-author of the multiple award-winning New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling leadership book, All In, The Carrot Principle,and The Best Team Wins. His books have been translated in more than 30 languages and have sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide. Elton is often quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Fast Company and the New York Times. He has appeared on NBC’s Today, CNN, ABC, MSNBC, National Public Radio and CBS’s 60 Minutes. Elton serves as a leadership consultant to firms such as American Express, AT&T, Avis Budget Group and Procter & Gamble.

Best-Selling Author and Organizational Productivity Expert, Founder and President of ProductivityDrivers

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Brian Souza is the founder and president of ProductivityDrivers, an innovative corporate training company specializing in improving employee performance and organizational productivity. As a respected thought leader in leadership development, organizational productivity, and sales, he works with leading companies worldwide as a keynote speaking and management consultant.
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Best-Selling Business Author, Internationally Recognized Speaker, and Thought-leader

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One of the nation's leading experts on executive team development, Patrick Lencioni is the author of five best-selling books that outline actionable strategies for employee engagement, team building, and productive meetings. Discussing his "four obsessions of an extraordinary executive," Lencioni strives to create healthier organizations.

Speaker, Adventurer, Expedition Leader, Author, and Physician Assistant

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Jeff Evans has always followed the call of the excitement and wildness of outdoor adventure. This pursuit of passion led to the formation of MountainVision Incorporated and a career which includes guiding clients up mountain peaks & across the globe, professional speaking, and practicing as an emergency medicine Physician Assistant.