Topic: Thought Leader
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Former Harvard Professor, Positive Psychology Expert
Shawn Achor is New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness. His TED talk is one of the most popular, with over 11 million views. He has lectured or researched at over a third of the Fortune 100 and in 50 countries.
Inspirational Retail & Hospitality Trends Speaker, 'How the Future Consumer will Buy'
Kate's the go-to gal for understanding the omni-channel revolution and how the physical and digital worlds are colliding in retail and hospitality. Her London based research team tap into the world's best designers to gather global insight on trends in a mobile-first world.
Simon T. Bailey
Critically Acclaimed Speaker, Author and Breakthrough Strategist
As one of America's most booked corporate and association speakers on the subjects of Change, Leadership, and Customer Experience, Simon T. Bailey is a Breakthrough Strategist. He equips companies with the tools necessary to effect cultural transformation and challenges individuals to dig deep to find and release their inner brilliance.
Author and Brand Expert, Partner at eatbigfish.
Do you need to do more with less? Challenger the status quo? Get more bang for your buck? Mark Barden is an expert on how to challenge in a market, transform your constraints into inventive opportunities and embed the strong internal culture you need to succeed.
Chief Global Economist at The Economic Outlook Group
Bernard Baumohl is chief global economist at The Economic Outlook Group. He is well known for being ahead of the curve in assessing the direction of the U.S. and world economy.
Father of Modern Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneur-turned-educator Steve Blank is credited with launching the Lean Startup movement. He’s changed how startups are built; how entrepreneurship is taught; how science is commercialized, and how companies and the government innovate.
First African American Astronaut
Dr. Guion “Guy” Bluford, Jr. (Colonel, USAF, Ret.) was the first African American to fly in space in 1983, and the first African American to return to space for a second, third, and fourth time. He logged over 688 hours and he is now president of the Aerospace Technology Group.
Innovation Expert, Technology Futurist & Business Strategist
Daniel Burrus is considered one of the World’s Leading Futurists on Global Trends and Innovation. The New York Times has referred to him as one of the top three business gurus in the highest demand as a speaker.
Gabor George Burt
Business Tranformationist, Innovation Pioneer, Founder of the Slingshot Framework
Gabor George Burt is the global authority on re-imagining boundaries and author of the book Slingshot. A mastermind of innovation, creativity and strategy, Gabor enables individuals and organizations to overstep perceived limitations and to carve out successful growth strategies. His Slingshot Framework is at the forefront of global innovation.
The go-to expert on finding, engaging & keeping great employees who deliver "on fire" performance!
Eric Chester is a trusted source in the global dialogue on workplace culture, employee engagement, and the emerging workforce. He helps business leaders attract, develop and retain top talent that delivers "on fire" performance.
Senior Editor-at-Large, Fortune Magazine and Bestselling Author Helping Leaders Confront Trends Driving Disruption
The best companies and leaders win by confronting reality faster than the competition. Geoff Colvin of Fortune delivers valuable insights to help audiences do just that. He unpacks actionable insights on economic, competitive, political, and technological forces driving disruptive change - revealing what top companies are doing to manage them.
Expert on NextGen Disruption/Customer Engagement, Founder of BeautyKind & J.Hilburn
Hil Davis understands the conversion of the offline and online world. He can help companies understand how and where the disruption happens or how to integrate this into your company. In short, he can help companies think and quantify how to bridge and manage this online/offline change.
Renowned Visionary of the Age Wave and Longevity in America
Dr. Ken Dychtwald has emerged as North America’s foremost visionary and original thinker regarding the lifestyle, marketing, health care, and workforce implications of the age wave. During his career, Ken has addressed more than two million people worldwide in his speeches to corporate, association, social service, and government groups.
National Authority on Women, Aging, & Marketplace Trends
Maddy Dychtwald is a nationally recognized author and leading expert on the changing demographic trends shaping the marketplace, the workplace, and our lives. She has also emerged as an authority on the economic ascent of women and its impact on various industries, including financial services, health care, and consumer marketing.
Serial Entrepreneur launching Female Viagra" exceeding $1.5B; Angel Investor and Founder of Pinkubator
Cindy Whitehead is a highly regarded entrepreneur, a strong advocate for female entrepreneurship, a pharmaceutical leader and one of the few selfmade woman billionaires in history. The New York Times called her pharmaceutical product the “drug of a generation” and Fortune called her a “tireless force of natur
History-Making Mountain Climber, Business Executive, International Speaker and Bestselling Author
In her popular keynotes, Susan shares her Project ∙ Prepare ∙ Persevere® methodology, which can transform any business organization into a dynamic force for revenue growth. Having risen through the ranks to corporate leadership, Susan keenly appreciates the challenges business professionals experience at every stage in their careers.
Leadership & Accountability Expert
Henry is the Founder and Chief Excellence Officer for Dynamic Results, LLC. He applies the knowledge and experience gleaned from numerous successes and a failure in his own career, augmented by the knowledge gained in working with his executive clients every day.
Master of Influence
Each month in the pages of SUCCESS magazine, on his social media platforms and before live audiences of entrepreneurs across the country, Darren Hardy distills the best of the best information and strategies available, mixing in his own street-tested principles of success.
Street-smart business leader, bestselling author, franchise expert, and founder of 12 companies
There are few situations in the business world that Troy Hazard has not experienced and survived – from massive financial loss to stunning success. As a serial entrepreneur who has founded and nurtured twelve businesses, Troy has been as consultant to some of the world's leading brands.
New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author on strategy
The #1 most valued skill in business people today is strategic thinking. But only 23 percent of managers are strategic. Rich Horwath presents a simple framework for all business people to live strategically to reach their full potential.
Speaker. Author. Trainer. Business Strategist.
As a Keynote Speaker and Think Tank facilitator, AmyK focuses exclusively on the critical thinking skills and behaviors required for your brilliant leadership, innovation, culture and sales.
Customer Service and Experience Expert
Have you ever walked away from an interaction with a company and thought, "Wow, that was an amazing experience," or "Those people were amazing!"? That is what Shep Hyken helps his clients achieve. Shep works with companies who want to build loyal relationships with their customers and employees.
Founder of Travelocity.com, Founding Chairman of Kayak.com & Chairman of Wayblazer.com
Terry Jones, author, venture capitalist, innovator and keynote speaker is the founder of Travelocity.com, founding Chairman of Kayak.com and current Chairman for Wayblazer, a company designed around innovation and travel. He has a proven track record of leading companies whose innovations have revolutionized an industry.
NYT Best-selling Author, Entrepreneur, Forbes Contributor, a Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation
Diana is a successful entrepreneur, having founded and sold a number of ventures, a Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Missouri and a Senior Fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the largest non-profit in the world dedicated to entrepreneurship and education.
Co-Founder Free The Children, Me to We and We Day
Craig Kielburger is an internationally acclaimed speaker, humanitarian, social entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author. He is the co-founder of a family of organizations dedicated to shifting the world from ‘me’ to ‘we.’
Cultural theorist, author, filmmaker
In her fast-paced and entertaining presentations Jean Kilbourne illustrates that ads sell more than products. They sell values, images, and concepts of love and sexuality. Sometimes they sell addictions. Her topics include the image of women in advertising, the sexualization of children, and the marketing of alcohol and tobacco.
Content Chief & Co-Founder of Not Impossible, Executive Director - The Not Impossible Foundation
Elliot is a social innovator with degrees in Law, Science and Storytelling. His particular obsession is collaborating on harnessing technology and science to produce low-cost solutions for our most vulnerable populations then utilizing the power of film and the strength of brands to amplify those stories for true reach.
Futurist, Founder Delphi Group, Author Ten books, Speaker, Columnist
Tom Koulopoulos is a leading futurist, author of eleven books including Revealing the Invisible; The Gen Z Effect; Cloud Surfing; and The Innovation Zone, and founder of Delphi Group, a Boston-based think tank named one of the fastest growing private companies in the US by Inc. Magazine.
Co-author, Mavericks at Work; Co-founder, Management Lab; Founding Writer, Fast Company
All change goes against the rules. Polly LaBarre arms leaders with a Maverick Manual to hack the status quo and ramp up originality, invention and game-changing disruption. She inspires people to engage and reimagine the challenges they face, become fearless experimenters, and rethink the work of leadership.
CEO & Chief Happiness Officer of Delivering Happiness, Culture Book Creator and Consultant at Zappos
Jenn will captivate your audience by demonstrating how culture is a powerful model for achieving success, strengthening your competitive advantage & how concentrating on the happiness creates sustainability. We will equip you with the data-driven, science-backed information necessary to make a compelling case to reexamine your organization’s culture.
Expert on Cities, Mobility, Travel, Trade, and the Future of Work
Greg is a funny, provocative, dynamic speaker who packs more ideas and examples into an hour-long than almost anyone. Whether he's speaking about the future of cities, or the office, or autonomous cars, or tourist destinations, he weaves fresh reporting and speculation about the future to make every speech memorable.
Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D.
Renowned Psychologist, Best Selling Author, Success Coach
Success starts from within. Whether you want to have a healthy body, booming business, or flourishing relationships, the first step is to rewire your brain and cultivate your peak mindset. Dr. Lombardo teaches practical skills to make lasting transformations in your life.
One of the Original Story Creators at Pixar, Storyteller, Instructor, and Consultant.
Matthew Luhn is a writer, story and branding consultant, creative writing instructor and keynote speaker with over 25 years' experience creating stories and characters at Pixar Animation Studios, The Simpsons, and beyond.
Award-winning Persuasion and Influence Expert Increases Your “Win Rate” with Proven Science of Influence Strategies
We have a speaker with a strong business background who delivers immediately actionable business strategies in an entertaining and thought-provoking way. Melinda Marcus is an award-winning communicator who shares scientific research that reveals how surprisingly small things can influence big business decisions. Our clients have been really impressed.
Rita Gunther McGrath
Professor, Columbia Business School
Smart, fresh, funny and challenging - McGrath is a business speaker who challenges assumptions, makes complex concepts accessible and offers a window into how executives need to be thinking today if they want to remain relevant.
Best-selling Author "Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less", CEO of THIS Inc, Young Global Leader
Speaks to people who have ever felt motion sickness instead of momentum or felt they were making a millimeter progress in a million directions. Offers a way of thinking for discerning what is essential, eliminating what is not, and removing obstacles in order to break through to the next level.
Leading, Selling and Performing with a Noble Purpose
Lisa McLeod has rocked the house for giants like Google and Roche, as well as franchises, non-profits, and associations around the world. She has delivered programs in over 25 countries. She is a bestselling author and has been featured on NBC Nightly News and The Today Show.
Joseph A. Michelli, Ph.D.
Author, Speaker, Consultant
Dr. Joseph Michelli is an internationally sought-after public speaker, organizational consultant, and a #1 New York Times bestselling business author who has worked with and written about customer-centric organizations such as Starbucks, Zappos, UCLA Health System, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and Mercedes-Benz USA.
Author of best-selling book, On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life
In 1987, John was a curious nine-year-old boy. Playing with fire and gasoline, he created a massive explosion in his garage and was burned on 100% of his body. John was given one percent chance to survive.
Marlon went from facing life in prison at 19-years old to being one of the preeminent voices in social and criminal justice. Just seven years since his release, he was named one of America's 100 most influential and inspiring leaders in the Black community by Ebony Magazine.
Customer Experience and Leadership Expert
Jon Picoult helps companies impress their customers and inspire their employees, creating raving fans that drive business growth. He has worked with some of the world’s foremost brands and has been featured in dozens of media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, NBC News and Inc.
CNN Hero; Social Entrepreneur
Chad Pregracke embodies how one person can make a difference. Since the age 17, Chad has lead a movement for cleaner water through hard work and by mobilizing thousands of volunteers and corporations to join his cause. His presentation style is authentic, humorous, spontaneous, and inspires people to take action!
Top Technology and Motivational Speaker, #1 Bestselling Author & Futurist
Often called a Digital Dale Carnegie, Erik Qualman is the author of multiple bestsellers including Socialnomics: How social media transforms the way we live and do business. He is the producer of the "Social Media Revolution" videos, the most-watched social media video series in the world.
Best-Selling Author. Consultant. Coach. Speaker. Innovator.
Rod is a entrepreneur, best-selling author and business coach who has built a business from the ashes of Great Recession to be a leading consulting and coaching organization throughout North America. He has develop principles in sales and personal marketing that propel his clients to earn 5X their industry peers.
Author "The Collapse of Parenting", Physician, and Psychologist
In June 2008, Dr. Sax sold his practice to his associate and began a 5-year sabbatical, working with schools and community groups across the United States and around the world.
Bestselling Author and World Renowned Speaker on Exploiting Business Trends and New Market Opportunities
Founder & Group CEO of Karrikins Group, Peter Sheahan is known internationally for his innovative business thinking and thought leadership. With staff in more than 23 cities across 7 countries, he knows firsthand the challenges of growing a business in these rapidly-changing times.
Best-selling author and founding leader of the Conscious Capitalism Movement
The world is changing and human beings are evolving rapidly. Business-as-usual will no longer work. Raj’s inspiring and original research shows that companies rooted in higher purpose and built on love and care outperform dramatically financially while creating many kinds of value for all stakeholders, including society and the planet.
Expert Speaker on Global Affairs & American Politics
John is a government affairs specialist and consultant to the Department of State, shares his insights into U.S. and global geopolitical trends, developments and strategies before high-stakes decision makers and opinion leaders at investor, business and government conferences, forums and events.
Retail thought leader, speaker, trainer and advisor
Carol brings a rare combination of thought leadership and concrete tools and tactics, all of which are customized to the audience and aligned with event themes (no "canned" presentations or "pitches from the podium”). Carol is often lauded for her story-telling ability, energy, high-quality presentations, and in-depth knowledge of retail.
Vulnerability, Truth & Personal Leadership Expert
Kirsty is known for her ability to shift the tone of an event, to help the audience connect with themselves— and others in a deeper, more meaningful way and to help clients foster a culture of vulnerability throughout their event and beyond.
Trends+Innovation Speaker, Adjunct Professor Univ. of San Francisco and UC Berkeley
Michael has founded four startups and is a highly rated speaker who created Ubertrends to map the future and shows how leveraging these tectonic shifts can propel innovation and change trajectories.
Cyber-illusionist, Tech innovator, Fellow MIT Media Lab
Cyber-illusionist, tech innovator & MIT Media Lab fellow, Marco presents cutting edge ideas and illusions in his keynote speeches and performances for all types of corporate and private audiences.
World Renowned Futurist, Author, Expert on Change
Jack Uldrich speaks over 100 times a year to organizations, especially agriculture, education, energy, finance, retail, health care and manufacturing. He says creativity and action are more powerful and versatile than knowledge. He is energetic and full of thoughtful business and personal advice that will educate, entertain, and inspire audiences.
Inviting Individuals and Organizations to Greater Courage
Most people and organizations see the world as it is and react. This impactful presentation redefines courage as an invitation to envision the world as it could be, then create it Stosh's presentations invite individuals and organizations to live with greater courage and create the best world they can envision.
One of the World's Top Speakers on Healthcare, Innovation and Customer Experience
Nicholas will WOW your audience with an incredible journey through the future of innovation. Most importantly, your organization will get actionable insights on how to build a “future ready" enterprise.
- Awarded 45 US Patents
- Bestselling Author
- CEO of Lassen Scientific, Inc.
- WesternU Adjunct Professor and Director of Innovation
Best Selling Author, Executive Advisor, President of The Wiseman Group
Liz Wiseman teaches leadership to executives worldwide. She’s President of the Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm in Silicon Valley, California. Liz is listed on the Thinkers50 ranking with the top 10 leadership thinkers in the world. She wrote the best selling leadership books: Rookie Smarts & Multipliers.
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- 105 Business
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- 114 Change Management / Organizational Change
- 88 Communication
- 11 Conflict Resolution
- 49 Corporate Culture & Governance
- 18 Corporate Social Responsibility
- 55 Customer Relations
- 2 Distribution / Supply Chain Management
- 29 Diversity
- 23 Emotional Intelligence
- 61 Employee Engagement
- 79 Entrepreneur
- 23 Ethics / Values
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- 48 Futurists / Trends
- 3 Hospitality
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- 20 Influence
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- 22 IT
- 234 Leadership
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- 26 Moderator / Facilitator
- 15 Negotiation
- 13 Networking
- 32 Productivity
- 8 Safety
- 63 Sales
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- 10 Sustainability
- 109 Teamwork / Teambuilding
- 61 Thought Leader
- 4 Trust / Honesty
- 59 Work-life Balance