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Goodluck Jonathan Awarded "International Person of the Year"
The largest weekly African newspaper in America, the African Sun Times, awarded GOODLUCK JONATHAN with their International Person of the Year, stating that, “President Jonathan must be applauded for creating a solid foundation for the growth of democracy in Africa. The world has started to recognize President Jonathan’s courageous act.”Read more...
The State of Small Business Lending
KAREN MILLS was praised during her tenure as head of the United States Small Business Administration for freeing up capital to small businesses and investment in growth capital. In this article she shares her front line experience, here we are now and, in her opinion, where online lending is heading.Read Article...
The Brilliance of Renowned Economist Olivier Blanchard
In this Washington Post feature on OLIVIER BLANCHARD you'll find golden nuggets of insight about why Blanchard is one of the world's most respected economists. Excerpt: “Olivier is one of those rare academics who deserve to have a license to practice,” said the IMF’s first deputy managing director. “The world is full of economists who are willing to believe only what they can prove. We don’t have that luxury here. What we do has to be based not just on what we know but on our judgment about what we don’t know. Let’s just say we came to trust Olivier’s judgment.”Read article...
Sharing Expert April Rinne Offers Unique Insights to Energy Sector
The energy sector is going through unprecedented shifts due to technology disruption, and sharing economy expert APRIL RINNE brings exactly the kind of unique perspective this industry needs. In this clip she shares a recent experience with an energy audience where the hosting organization said that she is exactly the speaker they needed to hear because she shed light on ideas they were not even considering.Watch clip...
A former small businessman, John Boehner served as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives for nearly five years during which he led the drive for a smaller, less costly, and more accountable federal government. Speaker Boehner focused on removing government barriers to private-sector job creation and economic growth, cutting government spending, reforming Congress, and rebuilding the bonds of trust between the American people and their representatives in Washington.
An authority on leadership and management, Sir Alex Ferguson is regarded as one of the most admired and respected managers in the history of football, the world’s most popular sport.When Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 after 26 years as manager of Manchester United football club, media outlets around the world lauded his legendary career. The New York Times called Sir Alex “…a candidate for the title of greatest coach, or manager, in history — not only in soccer, but in any sport on any continent.” As a manager, Sir Alex was often guarded in his public comments, but now, Sir Alex is able to candidly share with audiences his personal views on his leadership and management success and details of his storied career.
Dr. Mohamed A. El-Erian is an internationally respected economist and financier with experience at the highest level of business and government. Markets hang on his analysis and insight, and audiences interested in issues of finance and global markets buzz when El-Erian comes to the podium. Meeting planners share their praise for his ability to connect with audiences through a humorous laid-back style, and to clearly explain the complex issues of the global economy.
Former President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan is a worldwide proponent of democracy, peace and prosperity. As President, he made a commitment to change the global negative perceptions of the Nigerian elections; to make them non-violent, free, fair and credible. He pursued a transformational agenda and under his watch, Nigeria experienced unprecedented economic growth and became the largest economy in Africa. He promoted democratic values and principles, peace and national security.
Joy Behar’s type of funny is not produced or edited, it just is part of who she is. The hilarious personality you see on TV is the same one that shows up at your event to entertain your audience. She layers her comedy with her motivational story of persistent hard work, the belief in second chances in work and in love, and the value of being open to opportunity. Joy is a fantastic celebrity choice for a motivational keynote speech, a hilarious Q&A, or emcee role for a fundraiser.
Phil Libin is a Managing Director at General Catalyst Partners, a venture capital firm with $3B under management. Phil is also the Co-Founder and former CEO of the global productivity tool Evernote, which created an epic transformation in workflow and has redefined the way individuals and teams work today. A sought-after leader on innovation, Libin provides audiences with an engaging look at what it takes to reinvent productivity at global scale.
Edward Norton is an award-winning actor, screenwriter, director and producer. He is a visionary entrepreneur and committed social and environmental activist. Norton is a founding partner of CrowdRise, a web-based technology platform that changes the way organizations share their mission and involve those who support their causes. He speaks personally about his fundraising efforts and our responsibilities, particularly with regard to sustainability and natural resource management in our industrial economy.
Time magazine named Dick Costolo one of the 10 Most Influential U.S. Tech CEOs. In his speeches, Dick Costolo calls on his experience as a digital entrepreneur, business executive, and surprisingly, his experience as an improvisational comedian to deliver entertaining, insightful speeches with a powerful message about the future of social media and the Internet. He is a digital entrepreneur who has launched a series of highly successful ventures, but when he became CEO of Twitter in 2010, he realized he was helping run more than digital platform. Twitter had become a tool to collapse regimes, a tool that gave a powerful voice for the unempowered, and created a new way for businesses to connect and news to be reported. More than ever before, social media was forcing ambitious and significant changes to politics, business, ethics, governance, democracy and inclusion. Twitter was enabling all of that while trying to grow revenue, manage rocket-speed growth, and court investors.
Jane Holl Lute has dedicated her career to preventing terrorism, enhancing global stabilty and security, and helping those in crisis. It says something about the times in which we live that Ms. Lute now focuses on cyberterrorism, the source of today's most menacing threats to nations, businesses and individuals. Audiences praise Ms. Lute for grounding her remarks about cybersecurity in her roots as a United Nations Peace builder and Assistant Secretary-General of the U.N. responsible for comprehensive on-the-ground support for humanitarian operations in crises. She has also served as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security where she was responsible for the day-to-day management of the Department's efforts to prevent terrorism and enhance security, secure and manage the nation's borders, administer and enforce U.S. immigration laws, strengthen national resilience in the face of disasters, and ensure the nation's cybersecurity.
Former Bank of England deputy governor, Sir Paul Tucker is one of the most respected central bankers and financial policy makers of our time. He spent more than three decades at the central bank, including experience in Asia, and was knighted for his reforms, which are creating a more resilient international banking system.
Named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list, Alex Banayan is the author of a highly anticipated business book being released by Crown Publishers (Random House, Inc.). The book chronicles his five-year quest to track down Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, Warren Buffett, Steven Spielberg, and a dozen more of the world’s most successful people to uncover the secrets of how they launched their careers. Banayan is the youngest business author ever signed to Crown Publishing in their eighty-year history.
Banayan is also a venture associate at Alsop Louie Partners, a high-tech venture capital firm based in San Francisco. Fortune magazine reported that Banayan is the world’s youngest venture capitalist. Business Insider named him one of the “Most Powerful People In Finance.”
Joe Moglia is an executive leadership speaker who honed his message of the four-pillars of success through his own trials as a business leader and football coach. Joe Moglia is the current Chairman of the Board at TD Ameritrade and the head football coach of Coastal Carolina University. In the business world, he was at Merrill Lynch for 17 years before becoming the CEO at TD Ameritrade in 2001. By 2008, in the midst of a global financial crisis, the firm had its sixth record year in a row, grew its market cap from $700 million to $10 billion, and shareholders enjoyed a 500% financial return.
In 2008, he stepped down as CEO, became Chairman of the Board and returned to football. In his first three seasons at Coastal Carolina, playing the toughest schedules in the school's history, he led his team to two conference championships, two National Playoffs, was Conference Coach of the Year, Big South co-Coach of the Year and three times named a finalist for National Coach of the Year.
Elizabeth “Betsy” Duke is central bank economist who got her start in retail banking and small business lending. As a result, her practical understanding of the retail banking industry shaped the decisions of the Fed during the crisis and the recovery, as she became the Fed’s point person on housing, consumer and small business issues. Audiences appreciate that Duke has walked down both Wall Street and Main Street, and her speeches highlight how governments can catalyze growth, protect investment and free access to capital for America's businesses.
Former UK Shadow Chancellor, Cabinet Minister and Chief Economic Adviser to the UK Treasury, Ed Balls has over twenty years of experience at the nexus of international finance, economic policy-making, business and politics. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and a Senior Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics.
On the international stage, he was the chair of the IMFC deputies committee, for which he traveled extensively to both developed economies and emerging markets. He has regularly represented the UK at Finance Minister level meetings of both the G20 and the European Council. He has served as a minister and cabinet minister in the governments of both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.
An entrepreneur, activist, politician and a philanthropist, Dr. Joyce Banda is the former president of Malawi, making her the country's first female president and Africa's second. Voted as Africa's most powerful woman by Forbes magazine and voted as one of the most powerful women in the world, she is a champion for the rights of women, children, the disabled and other marginalized groups.
One of the only household names in classical music today, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Beloved for his charm and humanity as well as his talent, he is treasured by audiences who respond not only to his remarkable artistry, but also to his irrepressible joy for music-making and communicating with music lovers around the world. In his presentations, Mr. Perlman's joy of music is brought to life on stage as he uses his violin to demonstrate the power of music by emotionally connecting with his audience.
One of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Important People of the 20th Century,” Tim Berners-Lee is the ultimate innovator who created the most powerful communication medium in the world—the World Wide Web. His visionary work has transformed almost every aspect of our lives. It has changed the way we teach and learn, buy and sell, inform and are informed, agree and disagree, share and collaborate. It helps us understand everything from advancing medical research to bus schedules. It even empowers us to participate in revolutions on other continents—without ever leaving our seats. Sir Tim's Foundation, the World Wide Web Foundation, is grounded in the belief that the World Wide Web is a basic human right and works to improve access and enhance Web participation for all people around the world.
Jean-Claude Trichet was president of the European Central Bank, Chairman of the Bank of France and is President of the influential Group of 30 (G30). An authority on global economic and financial issues, he is consistently recognized as an influential and powerful monetary policymaker. Audiences know they are in the presence of, as Time magazine stated it, "One of the most powerful people in the world.
He was named “Person of the Year” by the Financial Times in 2007 and was one of the “Fifty Faces that Shaped the Decade” of the Financial Times in December 2009. He was twice named “Policy Maker of the Year” by International Economy magazine (1991 and 2007). He was fifth on the “World’s Most Powerful” list in Newsweek and listed as one of the “Most Powerful Figures in Finance” by Institutional Investor (2008). He was also one of the “Most Influential People in the World” in Time magazine (2011).
One of the nation’s most-respected economists, Alan Krueger served as chairman of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) and a member of his Cabinet from 2011-2013, and he is among the 50 highest-ranked economists in the world according to Research Papers in Economics. He joined the administration amid the deepening recession and helped steer the country back toward growth. The former chief economist of both the Department of the Treasury and Department of Labor, he is not only one of the foremost experts on labor and unemployment, but he is also one of the people best poised to address our current economic environment.
Olivier Blanchard is a renowned international economist and former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund. Since October 2015, he is the Fred Bergsten Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, in Washington. He is also the Robert M. Solow Professor of Economics emeritus at MIT.
Lara Logan's candid reporting, often from the most dangerous places in the world, has earned her a prominent spot among the world's best foreign correspondents. That same candor makes Lara's presentations that much more enthralling, whether she is helping audiences understand the political and human conflicts around the world or sharing her own personal stories of survival.
In her current role at 60 Minutes, Logan helps us understand the political and human conflicts around the world, including Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel and Palestine, and Egypt. Committed to the story, she lived in Iraq for five years at the height of the violence. She was one of the few journalists in Baghdad when the U.S. Military entered the city, reporting live in the square as the statue of Sadam fell. Logan has earned almost every journalistic and reporting award, including the highly prestigious duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton, the Overseas Press Club, the Emmys and the RTNDA/ Edward R. Murrow Award—to name a few.
No matter the topic at hand, Lara engages the audience in a conversation — with a rare openness that is sure to be appreciated by any organization.
It’s a new world and Sharing Economy expert April Rinne can help you see it in a new way. Uber, Airbnb and other “share” services have transformed industries. Anyone with a spare room, or a car or even a little free time can become a mini-entrepreneur. What is the future of these businesses? Who are the next disruptors? Is sharing just for consumer businesses? Will sharing become the next big thing in B2B? What are the opportunities and obstacles for you? April Rinne has the answers. Advisor to the Davos World Economic Forum on the Sharing Economy and a graduate of Harvard Law, Rinne is the advisor of choice for Fortune 500 companies, local and national governments, startups, impact investors and think tanks; guiding them to a better understanding of the sharing economy and what it means for their purposes, operations, strategy and future relevance. For more information on April Rinne and her work, please visit her website here.
Michael Moss is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Salt Sugar Fat, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter formerly with the New York Times. Taking us on an eye-opening journey deep inside food companies, he offers audiences around the world an illuminating and surprising look at the researchers, marketers, strategists, and CEOs who seduce us with their products. Moss brings to vivid life the creative ways food manufacturers use the science of human behavior, biology and marketing to hook us. Using humor, case studies, and insight gleaned from investigative reporting that won him a Pulitzer Prize, he shows how food makers get consumers to buy, often at the expense of their health.
Deval Patrick served two terms as the 71st governor of Massachusetts. An accomplished executive, passionate leader and gifted orator, Deval Patrick will capture—and hold—the attention of any audience. Guided by the advice of his grandmother to “hope for the best and work for it,” he entered office in 2007, a first-time candidate propelled by an unprecedented grassroots campaign and lead the Commonwealth to top national rankings in education, health care, energy efficiency, economic competitiveness and more. Through a challenging economic environment, the Governor maintained a disciplined growth strategy of investment in education, innovation and infrastructure.
Former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis is widely recognized as a passionate advocate for women’s healthcare and other national issues which threaten our individual freedoms. Sen. Davis prides herself on the ability to see an issue from multiple perspectives, while forging a path to consensus and compromise. She skyrocketed to near celebrity status after her historic 13 hour filibuster in the Texas Senate to stop a legislative effort that would have dramatically reduced women’s access to healthcare services in her state.
Dubbed a "legislative maestro" by Politico for his distinguished work in Congress, Representative Henry Waxman played a leading role in the enactment of major health, consumer protection, environmental, telecommunications and "good government" laws. His tenacity during his 40 years of public service earned him recognition as “one of the most accomplished legislators of our time” by The Washington Post. Rep. Waxman currently serves as Chairman at Waxman Strategies, a public affairs and strategic communications firm. He advises clients on public policy and continues to focus on the issues he championed while in Congress, including health care, environment, energy, technology and telecommunications.
Dr. Coburn challenges the broken partisan culture of Washington. When audiences hear Dr. Coburn speak, they hear what The Week calls "authentic, adult conservatism." Coburn serves as the antidote to the crazed 2016 GOP primary race, with level-headed, thoughtful and practical solutions to reduce wasteful Washington spending, increase accountability and transparency for all taxpayers, restore Constitutional government, and make healthcare more affordable and accessible for all Americans. Dr. Tom Coburn is a medical doctor and retired member of Congress, who represented the state of Oklahoma in both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Described by newspapers as a budget hawk, he established himself as "a statesman willing to reach across the aisle to find solutions to the nation's budget woes" (Associated Press) and as a man who is "thoughtful and willing to seek solutions to big problems" (Politico).
Karen Gordon Mills is the perfect speaker for a commerce event or Main Street vs. Wall Street event. She is an expert on national economic growth and competitiveness, and works to foster the engines of that growth: innovation, entrepreneurship and small businesses. Businesses and Governments seek her insight not only for her higher level ideas of growth and innovation, but also for important small business tactical insights such as access to capital, regional economic clusters, hiring skilled workers, boosting exports, and tapping into government and commercial supply chains. Mills was widely praised for doing this on a national level as chief administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and member of the President's National Economic Council. Audiences always have high praise for Mills and her commanding yet approachable style.
Adam Braun’s story is how one young man turned $25 into more than 300 schools, serving more than 30,000 students around the world, and built a global community which is well on its way to achieving its goal of making a quality education a possibility for everyone.
Adam’s story proves that anyone can take small steps to lead a successful and significant life. Watch him in action in this inspiring presentation: Creating Extraordinary Change in Life & Business
By the age of 31, he was already named to Business Insider’s 40 Under 40, Wired magazine‘s 50 People Who Are Changing the World, and was selected as one of the World Economic Forum’s first ten Global Shapers.
Braun was previously nominated for the TED Prize and has received the nation's oldest and most prestigious award for public service, the Jefferson Award. In 2015 he joined a coalition to address high-level challenges with Kofi Annan, Desmond Tutu and several Nobel Peace Prize winners.
Braun's book, The Promise of a Pencil is a New York Times, is a New York Times, Amazon.com and Wall Street Journal Bestseller.
Jeffrey K. Rohrs is a pied piper of marketing sensibilities and that rare breed of speaker who can both inform and entertain audiences of all stripes. He currently serves as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Yext and leads all global brand, enterprise, and partner marketing initiatives. His first book, Audience: Marketing In The Age Of Subscribers, Fans & Followers, explores the emergence of Proprietary Audience Development as a core marketing responsibility.
Informed by Mr. Rohrs' deep knowledge of brand, email, mobile, search engine, and social media marketing, the book is a must-read for CEOs and new marketers alike—anyone looking to gain a competitive advantage in today's ever-expanding marketing universe. The book was also ranked among the “Top 25 Social Media Books for Academia” from the Social Content Marketing Blog
John Mattone is widely acknowledged as one the world’s leading authorities on leadership, talent and culture. He advises Fortune 1000 CEO’s and senior leadership teams on how to create and sustain a leadership and talent culture that drives superior operating results. John is recognized globally as a powerful keynote speaker, prolific author, and highly sought-after CEO and high-potential executive coach. He is President of JohnMattonePartners, Inc., global leadership consulting firm that specializes in C-level and high-potential executive coaching, talent management and leadership consulting and research.
He has been named to Thinkers50 “Guru Radar,” which recognizes the fastest rising stars in the field of leadership and he is currently recognized by Leadership Excellence Magazine as one of the world's top independent leadership consultants, executive coaches, and speakers.
If you drank a cup of coffee, brushed your teeth or shaved this morning, your life has already been impacted by Michelle Stacy’s leadership.
For the last 35 years, Michelle Stacy has built a career that has culminated in leadership positions at Gillette, P&G, and most recently as President of Keurig. These companies have all benefited from her ability to develop and articulate a clear vision and strategy, build brands, and identify avenues for growth.
Michelle’s key to managing and driving exceptional growth has been her ability to create a positive and focused culture that generates high employee engagement, as well as talent for creating company-wide commitment to lead with a higher purpose.
As CEO of the successful brand management firm, TURKEL, Bruce Turkel has been creating and working with valuable brands for over 30 years. Bruce has helped create some of the world’s most compelling brands. Bruce has worked with Hasbro, Nike, American Express, Charles Schwab, Citicorp, Discovery Networks and Bacardi, to name just a few.
A captivating speaker and author, Bruce has spoken at MIT, Harvard, TEDx, and hundreds of corporate and industry conferences. Bruce has been featured in The New York Times, Fast Company, and AdWeek and appears regularly on FOX Business. He's also been a featured expert on CNN, ABC, CBS, and NPR.
Nineteen-time Emmy-winner John Stossel is a highly respected journalist who has earned a reputation for asking hard-hitting questions—and offering the tough truth. Hailed by The Dallas Morning News as "the most consistently thought-provoking TV reporter of our time," he is the host of Stossel on Fox where he highlights 'current consumer issues with a Libertarian point of view.' He is best known for being the former co-anchor of 20/20. Stossel began his career as a business-bashing consumer reporter calling for government regulation. But when he saw regulation fail, he began reporting on the wonderful things that free markets create: prosperity, innovation, choice, and freedom.
Seth Mattison is an Internationally renowned expert on workforce trends and generational dynamics. As Founder and Chief Movement Officer of FutureSight Labs, Seth advises many of the world’s leading brand and organizations on the key shifts happening around talent management, change and innovation, leadership, and the future of work.
His ideas have been featured in such publications as The Wall St. Journal, The Huffington Post, and The Globe and Mail and was recently named to the Editors’ Picks for Favorite Speakers for 2013 by MeetingsNet.
Over the past 5 years Seth has shared his insight with thousands of business leaders around the world and has received accolades from many of the worlds best brands including: MasterCard, Johnson and Johnson, Microsoft, Kraft Foods, AT&T, PepsiCo, GE Energy, Cisco, State Farm, Merrill Lynch, Dow, and Deloitte.