Tony Hawk was nine years old when his brother changed his life by giving him a blue fiberglass Bahne skateboard. By fourteen he’d turned pro, and by sixteen he was widely considered the best skateboarder on earth. Today, his business skills have helped create the Tony Hawk brand that includes a billion-dollar video game franchise, successful businesses such as Birdhouse Skateboards, Hawk Clothing, and the Tony Hawk Signature Series sporting goods and toys. The Tony Hawk Foundation helps to finance public skate parks in low-income areas has donated over $9.2 million awarded to 623 skate park projects in all 50 states, serving more than 6 million visitors annually.
Author and former Merrill Lynch stockbroker, Mark Jeffries, has become a trusted adviser and communications consultant to some of the world's largest and most successful corporations, agencies and partnerships. Jeffries has published two books: “What’s up with your Handshake?” and “The Art of Business Seduction” and has just launched two highly innovative and very engaging e-learning courses dedicated to elevating users into Trusted Advisors, Persuasive Communicators and Key Influencers. Discussing the power of ‘Business Influence’ and ‘Networking 2.0’, Mark regularly appears as an expert guest on NBC’s Today Show, Fox Business, and BBC News and writes for The Huffington Post.
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Amy Vetter is an expert on authentic leadership, technology and innovation, work-life balance, and productivity; she was recognized as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Public Accounting. Creator of the B3 Method for developing work-life harmony, she is the author of Business, Balance & Bliss: How the B3 Method Can Transform Your Career and Life. Backed by scientific research, Vetter’s methodology on how to live a more authentic life and achieve work-life harmony is based on her own career journey and those of other successful business leaders. An accomplished CPA and recognized as one of the Most Powerful Women in Accounting, Vetter regularly contributes her business insights to Inc, Entrepreneur, and CPA Practice Advisor.
Daniel Pink is one of the best-selling nonfiction authors of the last decade. His books on work, business, and behavior have won multiple awards, been translated into 39 languages, and have sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. He has been a contributing editor at Fast Company and Wired as well as a business columnist for The Sunday Telegraph. Pink’s articles and essays have also appeared in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, and other publications. Pink was host and co-executive producer of Crowd Control, a National Geographic Television series on behavioral science. He also appears frequently on NPR, PBS, and other TV and radio networks in the US and abroad.
Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author, an award-winning journalist, and one of the world’s leading experts on high performance. His book Stealing Fire was a national bestseller and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His previous book, The Rise of Superman, was the first book in history to land on the New York Times bestseller lists in the sports, science, psychology, and business categories simultaneously. Kotler’s work has appeared in over 100 publications, he frequently appears on television and radio, and lectures widely on human performance, disruptive technology and radical innovation.
Mona Sutphen served as Deputy Chief of Staff to President Obama, a National Security Council member for President Clinton, and has spent over 20 years working with Fortune 500 multinationals on the intersection of geopolitics, policy and markets. Sutphen has navigated key issues including trade, the geopolitics of energy, sanctions, technology regulatory/political dynamics, and the impact of US policy and regulation. She was a Managing Director at UBS AG, a partner at Macro Advisory Partners, and earlier in her career, was a diplomat, serving in Asia, Europe and the United Nations. Currently, Sutphen is on the Board of Pioneer Natural Resources and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Co-Founder & CEO, Affectiva A pioneer in artificial emotional intelligence (Emotion AI), Rana el Kaliouby, PhD, is Co-Founder and CEO at Affectiva. Rana led the innovation of the company’s award-winning technology, which uses deep learning and massive amounts of data to analyze complex emotions and cognitive states. She is now paving the way for Human Perception AI: software that can detect all things human. Holding a BSc and MSc in Computer Science from the American University in Cairo, a PhD from the Computer Laboratory at the University of Cambridge and a Post Doctorate at MIT, Rana is one of few women leading a disruptive AI company. Forbes recently included Rana in their list of America’s Top 50 Women in Tech and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders.
Award-winning performance coach and recognized educator and mentor, Dr. Ivan Joseph is passionate about empowering others by helping them build self-confidence. As the Director of Athletics at Ryerson University, Dr. Joseph leads the department of athletics and recreation including 11 varsity teams and more than 20 intramural leagues. Along with being an author and in-demand consultant, Dr. Joseph maintains an influential presence in the public realm as a regular contributor to publications like the Huffington Post and The Globe and Mail, and his TEDx talk, "The skill of self-confidence," has been viewed almost 14 million times.
Tom Gartland is a compassionate, strategic and inspiring leader with nearly three decades of sales and leadership experience, who helped transform the culture of a Fortune 500 company into an engaged, collaborative, top-performing organization that experienced unprecedented growth. Currently the Executive Chairman of SGLT, a global logistics company and the former President, North America for Avis Budget Group (2008 to 2014). Tom was responsible at Avis Budget Group for the daily management of approximately 20,000 employees in 5,000 locations, which accounted for more than $5 billion in annual revenue. Tom’s recent book, Lead with Heart, focuses on his message that business is personal and that by opening ourselves up and truly caring about each other, we can transform organizations.
Casey Gerald was the poster child for the American Dream, escaping a harrowing childhood to enter a new world of elite universities and secret societies. But as he climbed the social ladder, he saw how this hierarchical divide stifled those at the margins, and that “salvation stories” like his could be used to keep others from rising. Gerald started an acclaimed non-profit, MBAs Across America, after beginning his career in economic policy and strategy. He has been featured on MSNBC, in The New York Times, Financial Times, The Guardian, and on the cover of Fast Company, which named him one of the “Most Creative People in Business.”
Peter Warren Singer is a best-selling author and strategist at New America. He has been named by the Smithsonian as one of the nation’s 100 leading innovators, by Defense News as one of the 100 most influential people in defense issues, by Foreign Policy to their Top 100 Global Thinkers List, and as an official “Mad Scientist” for the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command. Peter’s award-winning books include Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know; Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War; and LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media. More at www.pwsinger.com.
Described as “an innovative and prolific scholar” by Foreign Policy, Anne-Marie Slaughter turns big ideas and deep analysis into realistic strategies for a networked world. As CEO of New America, a public policy institute and idea incubator, Slaughter leads a team of scientists, technologists, and political and economic thinkers in Washington, DC and New York City. In her latest book, The Chessboard & the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World, Slaughter uses network science to develop a new way of thinking about strategy in business and politics at a time of accelerated change and disruption.
As the 43rd Treasurer of the United States, Rosie Rios led the historic effort to place a portrait of a woman on our Federal Reserve notes for the first time in U.S. history. In her capacity as Treasurer, Rosie was the CEO of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the U.S. Mint. Her responsibilities included overseeing all currency and coin production with almost 4,000 employees in eight facilities nationwide. In the first five years, she saved over $1 billion by implementing efficiencies and innovative concepts while also increasing employee morale. Prior to her presidential appointment in Treasury, Rosie was Managing Director of Investments for a $22 billion real estate investment management firm based in San Francisco. She was also a Senior Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury and was the longest-serving Senate-confirmed Treasury official in the admisitration.
After graduating from Harvard Business School, Neil Pasricha spent a decade as Director of Leadership at Walmart, the world’s largest company. While there he wrote the 50-million-hit, award-winning blog 1000 Awesome Things and the New York Times bestsellers The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation which have been on international bestseller lists for over 200 weeks and sold over a million copies. Neil’s research and books on happiness, mindset, and human potential have received attention from Harvard Business Review, The New Yorker, The Sunday Times, CNN, and BBC.
Chris Bailey has been called “the most productive man you’d ever hope to meet” by TED Talks, a “productivity mastermind” by Fast Company, and “a quirky and energetic guide through the productivity thicket” by the Harvard Business Review. He is the international bestselling author of Hyperfocus and The Productivity Project and his productivity blog, A Life of Productivity, is read by more than 200,000 people worldwide each month. Chris has spent the last decade experimenting with every productivity tactic under the sun. Using what he found during these productivity experiments, Chris offers useful tidbits on how we can apply this advice to our daily lives in order to accomplish more.
Host, Fareed Zakaria GPS and Author Fareed Zakaria hosts Fareed Zakaria GPS for CNN Worldwide and is a columnist for The Washington Post, a contributing editor for The Atlantic, and a bestselling author. Since its debut in 2008, Fareed Zakaria GPS has become a prominent television forum for global newsmakers that includes interviews with leaders and dignitaries such as President Barack Obama, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein and Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi to name a few. The program earned the prestigious Peabody Award in 2011 and an Emmy® Award nomination in 2013. He frequently contributes analysis of world events and public affairs to CNN.com; Fareed’s Global Briefing, a daily digital newsletter; and other programming across CNN’s multiple platforms. Prior to his tenure at CNN Worldwide, Fareed was editor of Newsweek International, managing editor of Foreign Affairs, a columnist for Time, an analyst for ABC News, and the host of Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria on PBS.
Co-Anchor, Good Morning America and Author Robin Roberts is a television broadcaster, Emmy® Award winner and is currently co-anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America. Roberts began her career in 1983 as a sports anchor and reporter for WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She joined ESPN as a sportscaster in February 1990, where she stayed until 2005 when she became co-anchor of Good Morning America. Robin is a breast cancer survivor who has become an outspoken advocate for the cancer research community. Each year she is heavily involved with the Jimmy V Foundation for cancer research and is a Keynote Speaker at breast cancer awareness events across the country. In 2012, Robin was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and in 2014, she published her memoir titled “Everybody’s Got Something” that reflects on the unexpected journey of her life.