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From Navy SEALs to legislative and policy experts, the McChrystal Group brings a wealth of practical leadership experience in running multi-national, multi-agency, culturally diverse, and geographically dispersed organizations. From the battlefield to the boardroom, McChrystal Group has assembled the best leadership practices into a transformational leadership system called CrossLead

Founder and Chief Playmaker, Life is Good Playmakers

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Steve Gross, M.S.W., is the founder and chief playmaker of the Life is Good Playmakers, a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to harness the power of optimism to help kids heal. Life is Good Playmakers partners with leading childcare organizations to strengthen their capacity to build healing, life-changing relationships with the children in their care. Steve’s teachings have been utilized across the country and throughout the world in response to the social and emotional needs of communities deeply impacted by poverty, violence and neglect. Steve helps others discover their own sense of optimism so that they can inspire the people around them to focus on the good and overcome life’s most difficult challenges.

Founder of OpenExO & ExO Works

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Salim Ismail is the Founder of OpenExO and ExO Works, the best-selling author of Exponential Organizations—required reading at the world’s top brands, a sought-after technology strategist, and a renowned entrepreneur with ties to Yahoo!, Google, and Singularity University. The former executive director at Singularity University and a former Yahoo! exec who built and sold his company to Google, he consults on innovation and growth. Believing that “if you aren’t disrupting your business or industry, someone else is,” he shares jaw-dropping insights on how companies can leverage technology and strategy to grow 10 times faster than their peers. He turns cutting edge ideas into thriving start-ups and applies leading-edge thinking to invigorate industries.

Best-Selling Author & Expert On Innovation, The Cloud, Future Trends, & Technology

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Innovation expert passionate about helping business people understand the challenges and opportunities of leading edge technology.

Partner & Managing Director of A.T. Kearney’s Global Business Policy Council and Sr. Adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

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Erik Peterson sits at the intersection of global economics, geopolitical changes, and future trends. His riveting presentations are eye-opening glimpses into how we can and should address some of the most challenging global issues of our time. He maps the key long-range trends transforming the opportunities and risks and traces the simultaneous and significant global shifts in the areas of population, resources, technology, economy, security, and geopolitics. He untangles these complex trends for audiences and examines the real-world implications—both present and future.

The Man who Rowed Across the Pacific Ocean from Japan to San Francisco

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Dawson achieved a world first in 2009 when he and his partner, Chris Martin, became the first and only people ever to successfully row the 7,000 miles across the North Pacific Ocean from Japan to San Francisco. After multiple voyages and attempts across both the Pacific and Atlantic, Dawson knows what it takes to face seemingly impossible odds, to overcome them and achieve in life's most difficult challenges. He draws on huge experience to discuss teamwork, determination to achieve something that has not been achieved before. And he applies these principles readily ot the professional environment. Funny, engaging and down-to-earth Mick is in his own words: "an ordinary man who achieved something extraordinary".

Beijing Bureau Chief, The Economist

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Currently, David has taken over as Beijing Bureau Chief for The Economist. David was the Washington bureau chief and "Lexington" columnist of The Economist from 2012 to 2018. Before that he was UK political editor and "Bagehot" columnist of The Economist and before that he was EU correspondent and "Charlemagne" columnist of The Economist. No other journalist at the magazine has written all three of those columns. The postings have given David a front-row seat as economic woes and populist political forces have upended the global world order that some had thought was settled. Over the years David has interviewed heads of state, heads of government, cabinet secretaries, and countless elected politicians and newsmakers, and reported from more than 50 countries.

Futurist, Author and Innovation and Healthcare Expert

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Nicholas Webb is one of the country’s top business thought leaders. As a Senior Partner at Lassen Scientific, Inc., Nicholas works with Fortune 500 companies throughout the world to help them lead their industries in innovation and strategy. Unlike many consultants, Nicholas is not a theorist. He has been awarded over 40 patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for breakthrough technologies including one of the world’s smallest medical implants to a wide range of industrial, consumer, and wearable technologies. Nicholas is known by many as the “Innovation Evangelist.” He speaks around the world on the future of the economy, innovation, technology, leadership and healthcare.

#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.

Sales, Persuasion, and Virtual Communication Expert

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Rob Jolles successfully sold and trained for two of the most respected sales institutions in the country. As the most tenured Sales Trainer in the history of Xerox, he still remains as their Senior Sales Training Consultant, the only trainer Xerox designated with that title. He is also the author of Customer Centered Selling and How to Run Seminars and Workshops.
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News Anchor & Communications Expert

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Nadia Bilchik is a well-known television news anchor, keynote speaker, trainer and communications consultant on several continents. She has anchored for the CNN Airport Network, and was the main anchor and special assignment reporter for MNET Television, the leading network in South Africa . She has also hosted various feature programs for CNN International. Nadia currently hosts a weekly business segment on CNN International’s “Inside Africa” and is a voice talent for CNNI.

Former White House Economic Policy Director

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Leading financial expert and popular author, Todd Buchholz is an economist and has served as White House director of economic policy under George H.W. Bush and a managing director of the Tiger hedge fund. As a frequent commentator on the state of the markets, Todd Buchholz brings his experience as a former White House director of economic policy, a managing director of the $15 billion Tiger hedge fund, and a Harvard economics teacher to the cutting edge of economics, fiscal politics, finance, and business strategy.