Widely recognized as the father of modern business strategy, Dr. Michael E. Porter is a renowned economist and one of the world’s most legendary thinkers on management and competitiveness. His first book, “Competitive Strategy” (Free Press), defined the modern strategy field since its publication in 1980.
Ian Goldin was Vice President of the World Bank (2003-2006) and prior to that the Bank’s Director of Development Policy (2001-2003). He served on the Bank’s senior management team and led the Bank’s collaboration with the United Nations and other partners. As Director of Development Policy, he played a pivotal role in the research and strategy agenda of the Bank.
Invite Richard Branson to be a guest speaker, and meet the face, spirit, and entrepreneurial mastermind behind Virgin. Richard Branson has a unique vision, competitive style, and showy nature.
Andrew, founder of Winston Eco-Strategies, is a globally recognized expert on green business strategy, appearing regularly in major media such as The Wall Street Journal, Time, BusinessWeek, New York Times, and CNBC. He has advised some of the world’s leading companies, including Bank of America, Bayer, Boeing, Bridgestone, HP, Johnson & Johnson, and Pepsi.
Daniel C. Esty is the Hillhouse Professor of Environmental Law and Policy, with appointments at both the Yale Law School and the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. He is also the Director of the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy as well as the Center for Business and the Environment at Yale.
Ram Charan is a highly sought after business adviser and keynote speaker, famous among senior executives for his uncanny ability to solve their toughest business problems. For more than 35 years, Dr. Charan has worked with top executives at some of the world’s most successful companies.
Lencioni’s passion for organizations and teams is reflected in his writing, speaking and executive consulting. Lencioni is the author of ten best-selling books with over three million copies sold. After ten years in print, his book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team continues to be a fixture on national best seller lists. His latest book, The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business, was released in March and became an immediate national best seller.
With a specific expertise in India and China, John Caslione provides hands-on experience with a keen focus on how US and European firms can develop strategies to succeed as they grow globally. His highly valued presentations are dynamic, information-packed, and sought after by CEOs and audiences from around the world seeking current, first-hand knowledge of global business markets.
Kent Moors is Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy at Duquesne University, where he is also Scholar in Residence at the Institute for Energy and the Environment. An internationally recognized expert in oil and gas policy/finance and risk assessment, Dr. Moors is also president of ASIDA, Inc, a global oil and gas consulting firm, and executive managing partner of Risk Management Associates, International, LLP, a global management advisory and training service.
Tali Sharot’s keynote career centers around sharing the research she has completed regarding human thought processes and interaction. The cognitive neuroscientist and author is a Faculty Member at the University College London and graduated from New York University with both a B.A in psychology and economics as well as a Ph.D in psychology and neuroscience. Her findings in the field of human memory, optimism and the decision-making process have been published in numerous scholarly journals and featured in The Wall Street Journal and Forbes magazine.
Bobby is a different type of dealmaker – with over 20 years’ experience in the consumer sector across three key aspects – as an entrepreneur who has built a leisure business from scratch into a well-known national brand, as an investor partner in an established private equity investment fund, and as an advisor in a major US investment bank.
Jack Uldrich speaks to business, nonprofit and educational audiences about future trends, emerging technologies, innovation, change, management and leadership.
Sir Terry Leahy is the man behind one of the most successful turn-arounds in retail history – bringing Tescos back from the dead. He wrote the recently published “Management in 10 Words.” Sir Terry Leahy encourages quality leadership throughout all ranks of an organization — and fills you in on how to get there.
Ryan is a Business Performance Expert helping companies, leaders and sellers more effectively connect to their two most important audiences: employees and customers. Regarded as one of The Top 100 Keynote Speakers in America the Ryan Estis experience blends interaction, energy and actionable content designed to elevate business outcomes.
John Winsor is a leading strategic marketing and product innovation thinker especially known for his work in collaboration, co-creation and crowdsourcing. He is also a respected author of Baked In: The Power of Aligning Marketing and Product Innovation, Spark: Be more Innovative through Co-Creation and Beyond the Brand: Why Engaging the Right Customers is Essential to Winning in Business.
Jim Carroll is one of the world’s leading international futurists, trends and innovation experts, providing strategic guidance and insight to some of most prestigious organizations in the world for over twenty years. He is recognized worldwide as a “thought leader” and authority on: global trends, rapid business model change, business transformation in a period of economic uncertainty and the necessity for fast paced innovation.
Professor Clayton received his B.A. in economics, summa cum laude, from Brigham Young University and an M.Phil. in applied econometrics from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He subsequently received an MBA with High Distinction from the Harvard Business School in 1979, graduating as a George F. Baker Scholar.
Michael Bergdahl was employed at Wal-Mart’s world headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas as the Director of “People,” working side-by-side with one of America’s most iconic business tycoons; Wal-Mart’s Founder and CEO, Sam Walton.
Kasparov came to international fame as the youngest world chess champion in history in 1985 at the age of 22. Eager for new challenges, he retired from professional chess in 2005 after a record 20 years as the world’s top-ranked player. Kasparov wasted no time after leaving chess, joking that he would be far busier as a retiree. He quickly became an important voice in the Russian pro-democracy movement against the repressive regime of Vladimir Putin.
Steve Ballmer retired as CEO of Microsoft in February 2014 and didn’t take long to move onto his next job, boss of the Los Angeles Clippers. In August he closed a $2 billion purchase of the team, the highest price ever paid for an NBA squad. The hefty price tag didn’t faze Ballmer, who keeps getting richer as Microsoft shares rise steadily since his departure.