Ryan Avery

Strategic Communication

Starting his company with a handshake and $84 to his name, Ryan and his wife, Chelsea, have grown AveryToday, Inc. into the international keynoting business it is today.

Working with Fortune 500 companies, organizations, and associations on every continent in the world, Ryan uses his experience as a Marketing Director, World Champion and Entrepreneur to show leaders and their teams how to reach their goals with lightning speed, communicate their message with absolute clarity and turn their ideas into measurable, momentum-building action!

Ryan and his wife live in Denver, CO with their daughter Atlas and are on a mission to show people how to increase their success by being more strategic with their communication!

Ryan Avery had never given a professional speech ever but emerged as the World Champion in public speaking. In this session, he shares his top tips on going from having confidence to demonstrating confidence that will make others want to follow you and recognize you as the leader.

Gabor George Burt

The Key to Staying Relevant: Re-Imagining the Boundaries of Your Business

Business Tranformationist, Innovation Pioneer, Founder of the Slingshot Framework.
One of the core, original experts of Blue Ocean Strategy, the new millennium’s most influential management concept, and contributor to the worldwide bestselling BOS book.
Launched the Slingshot Framework in 2011 – as expansion of his BOS work. Slingshot enjoys worldwide recognition at the forefront of global innovation. The framework shows how to engage creative thinking to systematically re-imagine market boundaries, filling a major global need: An IBM survey of 1,500 CEOs worldwide found that ‘creativity’ is considered the single most important leadership trait for future success.
He is recognized among top 13 future-shaping innovation visionaries. Among high-profile events, delivered opening presentation at Global Marketing Forum; Designed and hosted the Forum for Partnership of the Americas – a gathering of business and government leaders from across the Western Hemisphere; Shared stage with Seth Godin and Sir Richard Branson at Forum One, one of Europe’s biggest leadership events with 5,000 participants. In 2016, was one of three judges for the E.U. Innovation Venture Award, since 2017 sits on the Board of the Global Innovation Institute, and both designed & keynoted the Arab Innovation Forum in Dubai in 2018.
He works with executive teams of multinationals, SMEs, government agencies, NGOs and start-ups in applying the Slingshot Framework to re-imagine market boundaries and carve out high-growth strategies. Among them, helped American Express launch an entire new business in partnership with Walmart.

In today’s border-less business environment, you are either actively shaping the future of your market space, or you are left in the wake of others who are.  Gabor George Burt reveals how you can be among the future-shapers. His Slingshot Framework enables you to redraw market boundaries in a way that assures the ongoing relevance and growth of your organization.

Through his engaging, interactive talks and workshops, Burt distills the complexity of strategy formation into the simple, intuitive steps of the Slingshot Framework, teaching you to:

  • Stretch the definition of your business to discover new markets of high relevance and impact
  • Transform the weakest points of your customers’ experience into the strongest
  • Aim beyond satisfying your customers, by keeping them continuously infatuated
  • Embrace the ‘Innovation Shortcut’, by unlocking powerful combinations of already existing components that lead to boundary-breaking, new customer value

See sample of Gabor’s Slingshot Framework in this Harvard Business Review article:


See article placing Gabor among world’s 13 leading innovation visionaries:


Kelly Clements

The Power of Play, Praise & Purpose. The Best Kept Secrets of Thriving Entrepreneurial Couples

Kelly has been coaching the entrepreneurial elite since 2004 when she took a role with Dan Sullivan and The Strategic Coach. Since then, she has gone on to start her own coaching company, The Entreprenewer. Her content reinforces the most vital aspects of entrepreneurship: family and freedom. Her content is relevant, relatable, and most importantly, real. Using the Power of Play, Praise, and Purpose outside the office, entrepreneurial families maximize their unique circumstances.

This is a first step to giving couples neutral territory in understanding what the other is going through. So often, entrepreneurial couples can live at such different ends of the spectrum, it becomes easy to lose sight of the other person’s experience. This light-hearted approach will help bring both parties back to center to regain respect and appreciation for the crucial role you both play.

Dr. Carol Clinton

Managing your Health and Life through Cancer

Dr. Clinton is the founder, CEO and medical director of Timeless Skin Solutions. She is the foundation of Timeless and those who know her best, describe her as strong, compassionate and empowering-not to mention brilliant!

She built Timeless Skin Care after spending 15 years practicing medicine in a complex, high-pressure environment where medical changes occur unexpectedly. Her compassion, attention to detail and high standards for patient care have translated into all aspects of Timeless Skin Solutions. Today, Timeless is recognized as a groundbreaking, physician-directed skin care practice helping men, women, and teens achieve healthy and vibrant skin.

As a national expert in her field, Dr. Clinton is a sought after lecturer, educator and trainer in the area of medical aesthetics, operations and oversight. She is an ovarian cancer warrior, a wife, and a busy mom of three. Her podcast “I’ve Got Skin In The Game” chronicles her journey with ovarian cancer. Additionally, Dr. Clinton also offers additional insight through Timeless Insiders, a blog featuring patient stories of treatments, products, the customer experience and effects it has had on their everyday lives.

Dr. Carol Clinton’s session is all about getting prepared for the unexpected. She talks about facing life changing scenarios as a cancer survivor. She was diagnosed in 2005. Dr. Clinton addresses mindfulness and other important factors that will prepare you for life’s surprises on a personal or professional level

Katty and Jamie Douraghy

Growing Together as a Couple

Jamie Douraghy is a Los Angeles based executive coach and team facilitator. He helps ambitious people overcome their perceived limitations and develop a life of their choosing. His career draws from over 25+ years as an entrepreneur and competitive athlete. His facilitated workshops include group settings, core teams and one-on-one sessions. Jamie has had the good fortune to facilitate and coach in a range of countries within Africa, Asia, the EU and US.

Jamie has been an EO member leader since 2004 serving as two-time LA chapter president, as well as Area and Regional Director. He also served for three years as chair for EO’s Global Growth Team focusing on new chapter launches in Africa, China and South America. In May of 2015, Jamie was honored to receive the EO Volunteer of the Year award.

Jamie is a three-time USA over 40/50 National Fencing Champion and a six-time participant at the Veteran World Fencing Championships. He received a bachelor’s degree in French from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in International Relations from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.

Jamie has been married to his wife Katty for 23 years, lives in Los Angeles, California, and believes in the freedom that an integrated life brings.


Katty is the President of Artisan Creative, a digital and creative recruitment agency with a focus on creative, marketing, and design talent. Katty loves the world of design and is grateful for the opportunity to impact lives every day by finding new opportunities for the talent she works with. Prior to Artisan Creative, she was involved in the fashion and retail industry where she led three divisions of Macy’s Department Stores for over 10 years and oversaw their transition and integration during Macy’s acquisition of Bullocks Department Stores in Los Angeles.

Noticing EO’s positive impact on her husband Jamie, Katty sought to have a similar EO experience and joined an LA spousal forum in 2008. She then chaired EO’s Global Spousal Forum Sub-Committee from 2013-2015 helping lead spousal programs and engagement. As a certified EO Forum trainer, she helps new members begin their EO journey and facilitates established Forums to strengthen and evolve

In 2015, Katty was invited to speak at EO’s Global Leadership Conference and share her EO journey with 1,200+ EO member leaders in attendance. Katty joined EO San Francisco as a member in 2016.

She lives in Los Angeles, having been raised in San Francisco, England and Iran, and brings a multi-cultural perspective to her interactions. She earned a BA in English Literature from UC Santa Cruz and a Merchandising Degree from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in San Francisco.

Katty believes we all have a story to share and that our greatest journey is through self-discovery. She is currently writing a book detailing her journey through grief, hope and healing tentatively titled The Butterfly Years.

Jamie and Katty Douraghy share their secrets on growing together as a couple. They talk about ways they support each other to achieve their goals.

Dr. Michael Freeman

Entrepreneur’s Mental Health

Dr. Freeman is a psychiatrist, psychologist, consultant and former CEO who serves on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. His clinical practice is focused on the treatment of people with mood, anxiety and attention disorders, and his consulting practice is focused on entrepreneurship and performance enhancement coaching. Dr. Freeman’s research addresses the strengths, vulnerabilities, and mental health issues faced by entrepreneurs. He has held CEO and C-level leadership positions in several public and private sector health care organizations.

Dr. Freeman brings medical, psychological, prevention/self-care and executive competencies to his clinical and consulting practice.

Dr. Darria Long Gillespie

Life Hacks for Corporate Women

Dr. Darria Long Gillespie wants you (and your clients) to feel better, today. Widely renowned as an authority in personal and population health, Dr. Darria is a national on-air TV health expert, author of the upcoming book “Mom Hacks”, board-certified Emergency Department physician, and a digital health executive. Given her experience, she holds a unique, multifaceted perspective of the healthcare system and digital health.

Dr. Long Gillespie frequently appears on CNN, Fox News, Dr. Oz Show, and The Doctors, and blogs for The Huffington Post, Sharecare, The Dr. Oz Blog, and MindBodyGreen. Dr. Darria trained in emergency medicine at Yale University and received her MBA from Harvard Business School before joining the faculty of Harvard Medical School. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee School of Medicine, leads clinical strategy at Sharecare, and is a mom of two rambunctiously wonderful kiddos.

As an Emergency physician, Dr. Darria understands having too much to do in the most stressful of situations – and too little time to do it. She quickly learned techniques to save time – and lives. Becoming a patient herself was a wakeup call to do the same for herself, to find solutions to her own health challenges. She now brings these same high-yield strategies for wellness to her audiences, saving them time, hassle, (and their sanity).

Entrepreneurs have too much to do and too little time! In Dr. Darria Long Gillespie’s presentation, learn how to implement easy hacks to make you feel better without adding anything to your to-do list. Get to know the DARE methodology, find shortcuts to Design your environment, Automate habits, Reframe your thoughts and intentions and Engage your village (or surround yourself with people who support you).

Doctors in emergency situations have training, protocols, and tools that enable them to surmount any problem. What if you could design this for your life? On this video, Dr. Darria will teach you hacks that will help you be unstoppable.

Peter and Susan Glaser

Break Through Conflict

Peter A. Glaser, Ph.D. and Susan R. Glaser, Ph.D. received their doctorates in Communication from the Pennsylvania State University. Authors of the internationally acclaimed book, Be Quiet, Be Heard: The Paradox of Persuasion, they have been married business partners and co-presenters for 40 years. Drs. Glaser have published three books and more than 40 research articles. Their research on transforming organizational culture has received the International Association of Business Communication Award for bridging communication theory and practice. They have also received the Pennsylvania State University Outstanding Alumni Award. Feature stories have been written about them in Business Week, Newsday, Nation’s Business, National Business Review, Working Woman, Success Magazine, and the Washington Post.

They have worked with entrepreneurs in closely held and family businesses for 30 years. During that time they have been featured speakers on every major university forum for entrepreneurship across the United States. They have also been presenters for Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), and World Presidents’ Organization (WPO).

The Glasers joined the faculty of the University of Oregon in 1975. Active consultants since then, their work has taken them around the world working with leaders from Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Facebook, Hewlett Packard, Weyerhaeuser, Tektronix, Hyundai, and Sony Corporation. For the last 14 years they have spent February and March in New Zealand and Australia working with leaders from both the private and public sectors. They work with federal, state, and local government leaders throughout the U.S., Canada, and the U.K., including their ongoing with the U.S. Congress.

The Glasers recognize that when it comes to facing conflict, the notion of avoidness is the most common problem and most people take this route as if on autopilot. They share in this session various tips and techniques on how to resolve conflicts in a more conscious way.

Verne Harnish


Verne is founder of the world-renowned Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and chaired for 15 years EO’s premier CEO program, the “Birthing of Giants”, held at MIT. Founder and CEO of Gazelles, a global executive education and coaching company with hundreds of partners on six continents, Verne has spent more than 30 years educating entrepreneurial teams.
The “Growth Guy” syndicated columnist, he’s also a regular columnist for Fortune magazine. He’s the author of Scaling Up, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits and, along with the editors of Fortune, authored The Greatest Business Decisions of All Time, for which Jim Collins wrote the foreword. Verne chairs annual Growth Summits in North America, Europe, and Asia and continues to teach in the MIT-based executive program he founded.
He’s married with four children and enjoys piano, tennis, and magic as a card-carrying member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

Verne Harnish, founder of Entrepreneurs’ Organizations, sits down in this interview about Scaling Up your business. He talks about the top barriers against scaling up and gives insight on how to overcome them.

Winnie Hart

Women Entrepreneurs – What Do You Stand For?

Winnie Hart is the CEO of brand strategy firm TwinEngine and its monthly subscription brand kit, Brand in the Box, as well as the author of “Stand Out.” Focused on helping brands and organizations distinguish themselves from their competition and tell their stories, Houston-based TwinEngine uses its two engines — creativity and analytics — to propel them further.

Winnie Hart specializes in creative, has experience in a wide range of strategy disciplines, including everything from reputation management to content development. The past president of the Art Directors and Designers Association, Hart is the Women of EO Champion in Entrepreneurs’ Organization.

When someone asks you what you stand for, what do you say? What qualities make you unique from everyone else? There are billions of people in this world and we are all uniquely different from each other. Now, with the world’s focus on women entrepreneurs, we need to communicate how we stand out and the difference we make. Winnie Hart will share her unique perspective in being an identical twin and standing out and her experience in being the Women of EO Champion.

Key take aways:

  • The importance of knowing what you stand for
  • Women in today’s entrepreneurial world
  • Why first impressions matter
  • Finding your voice and telling your story
  • What difference are you making on the world?

Jeff Hoffman

Notes on Entrepreneurship

Jeff Hoffman is a successful entrepreneur, proven CEO, worldwide motivational speaker, published author, Hollywood film producer, and a producer of a Grammy-winning jazz album in 2015. He has been the founder of multiple startups, has been the CEO of both public and private companies, and has served as a senior executive in many capacities. Jeff has been part of a number of well-known companies, including Priceline.com. uBid.com, ColorJar, and more.

Jeff serves on the boards of companies in the US, Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia, supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses in more than 150 countries. He also serves on the boards of Global Entrepreneurship Week and The Unreasonable Group. He supports the White House, the US State Department, the United Nations, and foreign governments on economic growth initiatives and entrepreneurship.

Jeff is a frequent keynote speaker, having been invited to speak in over 50 countries, on the topics of innovation, entrepreneurship, and business leadership. He is the co-author of the book SCALE, a how-to guide for growing your business. Jeff also teaches innovation workshops to major corporations on a regular basis. Jeff is a featured business expert seen on Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, CNN International, Bloomberg News, CNBC, ABC, and NPR, and in publications including Forbes, Inc., Time, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, and more.

Jeff received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the national CEO council for his contributions to the field of entrepreneurship, and he received the Champion of Entrepreneurship Award from JP Morgan Chase, Citibank, and Rising Tide Capital, as well as receiving the George Brown Award for International Cooperation.

Outside of the world of technology, Jeff has produced movies, has produced musical events including concerts, tours, and charity events with such artists as Elton John, Britney Spears, NSYNC, and others, and serves on numerous charity and non-profit boards.

Jeff Hoffman, one of the founders of Priceline.com, describes himself as an accidental entrepreneur. He quit his corporate job after a funny performance review criticizing his flaws made him realize his calling to be an entrepreneur and has never looked back ever since. He shares a bit on his entrepreneurial journey and his advice on how entrepreneurs can change the world.

Kimberly Hickok-Smith

Generating a Positive Impact on your Community

Kimberly Hickok Smith is a consummate international trade and development specialist with over 30 years of hands on experience in all aspects of strategic management, trade and business development, marketing and market linkages, food security and livelihood development across the African continent, including over 20 years of resident work in East Africa. Kimberly is the founder of several companies worldwide involved in the complete global value chain and has served as president, vice president and MD of several small, medium and large scale private enterprises with staff levels from 15 to 480 in the US and Africa. Her extensive knowledge and extraordinary relationships with key players on the Continent including private sector, Government and leading organizations such as the AUC, COMESA and East African governments, have helped her successfully run seven major Africa regional and East African development projects funded by USAID.

Kimberly’s overarching desire to end poverty and hunger have been aided through her expertise in leadership, value chain development, organizational strategy and communications, capacity building for organizational development, trade promotion, resource mobilization and income generation. Among the member organizations she has been privileged to assist in developing sustainability and profitability are TAHA (horticulture), EAFCA (coffee), ESADA (dairy), EAGC (grains) , Kenya Agribusiness and Agri-Industry Alliance (KAAA) and of course YEO.

Kimberly is a highly regarded facilitator and negotiator and consultant in wide ranging fields to generate employment, improve livelihoods, increase incomes, and improve food security and sustainability. Her keen interest in conservation and has led several initiatives to protect wildlife and preserve natural resources and her work with children includes co-founding It’s a Girl Thing with her daughters, Alexandra and Kim.

Kimberly Hickok Smith emphasizes the importance of entrepreneurs in alleviating poverty within their communities and how the idea of giving back doesn’t necessarily always mean giving money. She shares other ways we can give back to our communities that doesn’t involve money.

Hazel Jackson

Multipliers: Employees and Innovation

Hazel Jackson is the co-founder and Chief Executive of biz-group, the leading corporate training, teambuilding and business strategy company in the Middle East. Hazel founded biz-group in 1993 to offer business and human resources solutions to Middle East businesses, expanding the company’s portfolio to include tailored training and development services, innovative and quality teambuilding experiences, and the facilitation and execution of effective growth strategies. Over the past 22 years, Hazel has built up biz-group as the driver of business success through people performance, working with leading major corporations and Government entities.

Renowned for her high-energy business savvy, Hazel is the Past President of the UAE Chapter of the global Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO). She has also worked with many of the world’s foremost management consultants. As an accredited Gazelles business leadership coach, Hazel works closely with international growth guru, renowned business author and international speaker Verne Harnish (coined ‘The Growth Guy’), author of famed Mastering the Rockefeller Habits. Through biz-group’s exclusive license to Harnish in the region, she has access to a global team of business coaches and attends international summits to ensure biz-group delivers global best practices for a Middle East business audience.

A dynamic and commercially-minded CEO and consultant, Hazel has facilitated strategic workshops for a wide cross-section of organizations, working with senior management teams from companies such as Jumeirah Group, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, THE One, AECOM, Abu Dhabi Finance, British Business Group, J Ray McDermotts, EMAL and Al Batha Group, to name a few.

Based on the Multipliers Model, Hazel Jackson offers her insight to great leadership on how to avoid being a diminisher of others in your business, in order to let go and foster more freedom of thought and innovation for the good of the business.

Julia Langkraehr

The Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS)

Julia Langkraehr built three multi-million pound retail businesses in three European countries, and now works with entrepreneurial leadership teams to help them grow their business.

She moved to London in 1999 and after being made redundant, founded and built Retail Profile Europe, which worked with retailers and shopping centres to develop pop up retailing.

The business expanded to two European countries and merged with its largest competitor, Space and People PLC. It now has offices in London, Glasgow, Hamburg, Moscow and Delhi and its turnover exceeds £30 million.

In 2014 she successfully exited and founded Bold Clarity which provides facilitation and training to entrepreneurs, CEOs and their leadership teams.

She pioneered the use of the Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS) in the UK. This management system transforms businesses from top to bottom, helping them to grow.

Julia has worked with over 2,000 business owners in 20 countries worldwide, facilitating workshops and retreats for peer groups and not-for-profits.

She regularly gives keynotes for corporates, non-profits and business groups and as Partnership Mentor for the Key Person of Influence programme, delivers speeches at their Brand Accelerator events to audiences of 500 or more, about how she grew her businesses using partnerships.

Julia is on the advisory board of Aspire Companies, supports the Aspire Foundation, which offers mentoring for women and girls, and is a volunteer for the Inspiring the Future programme.

On this session, Julia talks about the Entrepreneur Operating System (EOS) and what she learned from reading Traction: Get a Grip On Your Business by EOS’ founder Gino Wickman. Entrepreneurs lead hectic lives, and in Wickman’s book, he identifies six critical components for success. Julia offers a brief overview of his approach to improve your business.

Ben Ridler and Vanessa Ingraham


Ben Ridler is an experienced CEO, leader, director, strategic planner, growth planner, and product developer. He founded 5 startups that have exceeded $1M in revenue.

Biohacking (verb / noun)

  • (v) to use science, biology and self-experimentation to take control of and upgrade your bodyyour mind and your life. (n) the art and science of becoming superhuman

Ready to achieve everything you can in life? Then this learning event is for you!

You will learn some simple frameworks that you can use to optimize your physical and mental performance to be the best version of yourself. Biohacking for entrepreneurs started in the high-intensity world of Silicon Valley, and is now empowering individuals to take ownership of their health and productivity across the globe. We will share the latest thinking from the Bulletproof Training Institute, the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, and leading-edge research in Functional and Integrative Medicine.

Mark van Rijmenam


Mark van Rijmenam is the founder of Datafloq, a one-stop source for emerging tech, offering C-level Executives information, insights, knowledge and opportunities to drive innovation with data.

A highly sought-after international keynote speaker on big data, blockchain, AI, and IoT, Mark has spoken all over the world: Belgium, Canada, France, China, United Kingdom, Germany, Malaysia, South Africa, United States, and UAE among others. He’s also given lectures at the prestigious Business University Nyenrode in the Netherlands and University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, respectively.

Mark’s keynotes and workshops are inspirational and provide the audience with a deep understanding of the accelerated change that we are currently experiencing.

An entrepreneur, his drive is to make a difference and inspire others through (disruptive) innovation. Among his many accomplishments, Mark was named a global top 10 Big Data influencer and one of the most influential Blockchain people by Hade Platform; authored a book entitled Think Bigger – Developing a Successful Big Data Strategy for Your Business, which was published globally in April 2014 and published in Chinese in 2017. He is also co-author of the book: Blockchain: Transforming Your Business and Our World, which was published in English in August 2018 and Chinese in late 2018.

Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts in hospitality management from Hotelschool The Hague ; a Master of Science in Marketing Management from Nyenrode Business University in the Netherlands. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in management researching how big data, blockchain and artificial intelligence are changing organizations.

The world is experiencing disruptive innovation in any industry and accelerated change is the only constant. Multiple megatrends affect your company on a daily basis, and if you want to remain competitive, you should ensure that you successfully incorporate these trends. Trends such as Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Algorithmic Business, 3D Printing, IoT, Big Data and many more have a significant impact. If you want to create sustainable competitive advantage, knowing how these trends impact your business is vital. Van Rijmenam, who is a successful international big data strategist and futurist, has all the answers for you with a presentation that is tailored to your organization. The presentation includes a discussion beforehand, a presentation, the slides of the presentation, and the possibility to ask questions in the two weeks after the presentation.

John Robitaille

Teaching Toads to Take Charge: A Survivor’s Journey

John Robitaille, a former candidate for governor of Rhode Island, is an effective and entertaining motivational speaker and communications professional with over thirty years of success in multiple roles as an executive with Fortune 500 companies, a senior communication advisor to elected officials, labor relations negotiator, radio talk show host, media relations consultant, trainer, coach and mentor to entrepreneurs.

As a labor relations negotiator, John was frequently called in to settle grievances, represent the companies in arbitration cases and reach contract agreements with major unions including the Teamsters, UPIU, Electrical Workers, Bakers Confectionery and Tobacco Workers, Machinists and more. John invariably used his straight forward and open communication approach to settling differences, and winning over many skeptics in the process.

As an entrepreneur himself, John launched a successful communications firm, Perspective Communications, where he was President and CEO. During his twenty year tenure with the company, John not only created presentations for senior corporate executives, he coached and mentored them on the effective use of presentation media, personal delivery techniques and how to improve communication with customers, employees and colleagues.

John is frequently asked to appear on radio and television shows to provide his opinion on a variety of topics including leadership, communications, politics and entrepreneurship. He’s appeared on network news and syndicated talk shows and hosted his own show locally on WADK to talk about local, state and national issues including politics, business and entrepreneurship.

In 2010 he ran for governor of Rhode Island and honed not only his debating skills but also his personal ability to handle tough media interviews. By formal and informal surveys, John ranked the highest in nearly all of the 30 debates and forums held during the election cycle. Since then, he has been asked to coach numerous political candidates for federal, state and local positions and prepare them for media interviews and debates.

Currently, John is Executive in Residence at the Johnson & Wales University Entrepreneurship Center where he coaches and mentors young entrepreneurs and prepares them to make their “pitches” to investors, early adopters, customers, partners and employees. He has recently created a public speaking workshop entitled “The Art of the Pitch.”

John has keynoted at corporate meetings, association events, chambers of commerce, non-profit fund-raisers, union meetings, conventions and training seminars on the topics of leadership, effective communications, public speaking, creativity and innovation. He relies on his sense of humor, storytelling and his decades of personal experience in the business of communicating ideas to a wide variety of audiences.

Like many successful individuals, John has overcome adversity in his life and has turned personal tragedies into a source of strength and empowerment. A survivor of childhood sexual abuse and prostate cancer, John has had to deal with many personal challenges including the death of his daughter by suicide.

There’s a toad in all of us. It’s that damaged part of us that lingers after a personal trauma, disappointment or failure. It’s a debilitating fear that keeps many of us from taking risks and dealing with change, and discovering the latent human potential that resides within us.

John shares his story of how he overcame his fears and self-doubt, and turned his personal toad into a successful entrepreneur, businessman, political candidate, and mentor to hundreds of young people. It’s his survivor’s journey to success and happiness in life.

Warren Rustand

5 Principles of Great Leadership
Leading Families

Warren S. Rustand is an entrepreneur, educator and public servant, having served as the appointments secretary to President Gerald Ford during Rustand’s time as a White House Scholar. He is past chairman of the World Presidents’ Organization (WPO aka YPO Gold), Dean of Learning on the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Entrepreneurial Masters Program, and Dean of the EO Leadership Academy. He has served as CEO or Chairman of 17 companies and on the Board of Directors for 50 public, private and not-for-profit organizations.

5 Principles of Personal Leadership

Great leaders are made, not born and it takes a lot to be a leader that others will  respect and follow. Warren Rustand, renowned speaker and entrepreneur, shares the 5 Principles of Great Personal Leadership. He talks about how to be the best person we can be, not just for ourselves, but also for our families, companies, and communities.


Leading Families

The family is the basic organization unit in all societies and renowned-speaker Warren Rustand believes that we all have to be good at it. Much like running a company, the family is also driven by values and culture, and require entrepreneurial leadership. In this session called Leading Families, he shares different leadership strategies and best practices in order to create and maintain a successful family life.

David Meerman Scott

Grow Your Business Now!

Our always-on, Web-driven world has new rules for competing and growing business. Advance planning is out – agile is IN! Those who embrace new ways will be far more successful than those who stay who stay stuck and afraid to change. No one knows more about using the new Real-Time tools and strategies to spread ideas, influence minds and build business than David Meerman Scott. It’s his specialty.

David Meerman Scott is an internationally acclaimed sales and marketing strategist whose high-energy presentations are a treat for the senses. That he’s spoken on all seven continents and in 40 countries to audiences of the most respected firms, organizations and associations underscores the value he brings to audiences.

David’s books and blog are must-reads for professionals seeking to generate attention in ways that grow their business. He is author or co-author of ten books – three are international bestsellers. The New Rules of Marketing & PR, now in its 5th edition, has been translated into 27 languages and is a modern business classic with over 350,000 copies sold so far. Scott also authored Real-Time Marketing & PR, a Wall Street Journal bestseller, Newsjacking, and his newest hit The New Rules of Sales & Service. He is co-author of Marketing the Moon (with Rich Jurek) and Marketing Lessons from The Grateful Dead (with HubSpot CEO Brian Halligan).

Today’s communications revolution presents tremendous growth opportunities for those who know how to tap this once-in-a-millennium transformation. Gone are the days of planning marketing and public relations programs to suit your timetable. If you’re not engaged with your audience, you’ve opened doors for your competition.

David Meerman Scott shows how to make the power of real-time to work for you! His inspiring, high-energy presentations are tailored to each audience, revealing ways to generate attention for products and services in minutes (not months.) Audiences walk away with relevant and actionable ideas: how to develop (or refine) products or services based on feedback from customers or events in the marketplace; how to engage when people are eager to do business; how to make speed and agility a competitive weapon; how to get the media talking about you, and much more. Real-time business means acting first — and — while your competitors scramble to adjust, opening new channels that grow your brand. Scott shows how to succeed NOW!

Swami Sukhabodhananda

Spirituality in Turbulent Times: How to Not Only Survive but Thrive

Swami Sukhabodhananda is the founder and chairman of Prasanna Trust. Swamiji is not only one of the most respected spiritual leaders in India, but is also nicknamed the “Corporate Guru.” His expertise lies in synthesizing ancient wisdom of the east and modern visions of the west, appealing to both the young and old from wide spectrums of society.

Swamiji is the author of many best-selling books that have sold over a million copies in more than 112 titles in various languages. His books have empowered many to discover a new way of living life. He helps one realize that if one door closes, another door opens. Life always provides an opening.

His spirituality based transformative education programs have been rated as excellent and have benefited many in the corporate sectors within the banking and finance industries, armed forces, law enforcement, and prestigious business schools including the Indian School of Business, etc.

Leading industrial houses invite him to conduct in-house workshops for their executives. Swamji has served as a sport psychology coach for the Delhi Dare Devils cricket team and the Times of India cited Swamiji as “best speaker.”

Through his talks and workshops, Swamiji is influencing some of the world’s greatest decision makers on inclusive growth, developing skills to bring forth attitudinal change, and fostering multi-dimensional growth in teams. He is setting forth a vision to transform the country’s march towards creating a new India.

Living in modern times where every day feels like it is becoming more and more chaotic and fast-paced, the thought of experiencing internal silence seems like a luxury. In this interview, Swami Sukhabodhananda shares how we can achieve peace in our rapidly changing world, and his techniques for creating vital pockets of silence in your day.

Dr. Shefali Tsabary

How to Be a Conscious Parent

Dr. Shefali is a keynote speaker who presents at conferences and workshops around the world. Some of the venues at which Dr. Shefali has presented are: Wisdom 2.0, TEDx, Kellogg Business School, The Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, and many more. She has had key collaborations with Goldie Hawn’s MindUp Foundation, Kids in the House and many educational and transformational centers around the world.

Her latest book, The Awakened Family, gives us daily skills and tools to revolutionize our families and our parenting. This book holds the potential to liberate both your child and yourself from the clutches of anxiety leading you toward a transformed sense of peace and joy.

Her first book, The Conscious Parent, has been endorsed by Oprah as one of the most profound books on parenting she has ever read.

Her second book, Out of Control, offers a unique and brilliant perspective on why traditional means of discipline don’t work with our children and what we should do instead.

Join Oprah’s favourite parenting expert, Dr. Shefali Tsabary, for The Conscious Parent: A Transformative Evening. Acclaimed author of The Conscious Parent, Out of Control and The Awakened Family will share with you how to transform your family and reclaim your life.

In an exploration of consciousness, Dr. Shefali will share her groundbreaking approach to parenting and dive into the barriers that get in the way of having extraordinary relationships. Dr. Shefali focuses on inner healing and awakening, completely shifting how you interact and connect with your children. She offers alternatives ways to approach discipline, because traditional methods just don’t work! Whether you are a parent, a teacher, an entrepreneur, or simply desire a new profound and lasting way of thinking, Dr. Shefali will inspire you with her words. Learn how to manifest the life you want and bring forth a conscious way of parenting and being in the world.

Kalika Yap with Marshall Goldsmith and Sally Helgesen

How Women Rise

Kalika Yap is a thriving serial (concurrent) entrepreneur whose business include award-winning interactive design agency Citrus Studios, based in Santa Monica, CA; Luxe Link, the ultimate handbag accessory responsible for keeping women’s purses off the floor; and Orange & Bergamot, her latest startup venture offering community and digital solutions for female founders.

World-renowned business educator and coach, Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is the leading expert in his field. His singular ability to get results for top leaders has drawn over 150 CEOs and their management teams to address change in the workplace.

Sally Helgesen is a best-selling author, speaker and leadership coach, cited in Forbes as the world’s premier expert on women’s leadership. For the last thirty years, her mission has been to help women leaders around the world recognize, articulate and act on their greatest strengths. She also works with senior teams seeking to build more inclusive cultures.

Kalika is joined by Marshall Goldsmith and Sally Helgesen, the authors of the book, How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion, or Job. They talk about women’s distinctive behaviors that provide them with many advantages, as well as the habits that can hold them back in their careers.