Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, is a surgeon, writer, and public health leader. He is CEO of the non-profit-seeking health care venture formed by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase to deliver better outcomes, satisfaction, and cost efficiency in care. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
As a young achiever Rex Pemberton has learnt the power of compelling goals and strong belief. On May 31, 2005 Rex made history by becoming the youngest Australian to climb to the summit of Mt Everest, after raising in excess of $100, 000 to support his dream. Having delivered significant Return on Investment to his sponsors, Rex raised a second 100k of funding to support his successful quest becoming the 3rd youngest person in the world to climb the highest mountain on all seven continents.
Dr. Hugh Herr, a double amputee after a rock climbing accident, now heads the Biomechatronics research group at the MIT Media Lab. He is creating bionic prostheses that emulate natural limbs—and are having a dramatic impact on eliminating disabilities and empowering people. The “Leader of the Bionic Age” according to TIME magazine, his work in the emerging field of biomechatronics—technology that marries human physiology with electromechanics—is revolutionizing the way we approach human limitations.
A recipient of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award, a two-time South by Southwest Innovation Award Winner, one of Wired magazine’s “Agents of Change,” and listed as one of the most influential creative people by The Creativity 50’s, Mick Ebeling is a film, television, and commercial producer, philanthropist, technology trailblazer, author, entrepreneur, and public speaker who has won every major creative and advertising award. Raised in a family of entrepreneurs and philanthropists, he is the CEO of Not Impossible Labs, a multiple-award-winning social innovation lab and production company whose mission is to develop creative solutions to real-world problems.
Dr. Natalie Stavas is a physician at Boston Children’s Hospital. She specializes in work with teenage mothers, improving the health of vulnerable children and decreasing youth violence. Described as a healer, educator and Boston community leader she received the 2012 Change Maker award from The Boston Foundation.
Alex Hunter is a branding and customer experience expert. He is also the creator and host of Attaché, a new style of online travel show, aimed at showing business travellers all they need to know in a very short film before visiting a city on company business. Previously, Hunter served as the global Head of Online Marketing for the Virgin Group, overseeing the Virgin brand’s global digital strategy in its entirety, as well as Sir Richard Branson’s personal digital strategy.
Yaron Brook, host of the Yaron Brook Show, is a renowned and entertaining lecturer on Capitalism, Political and Economic Freedom, Free Speech, and the philosophy and history of Ayn Rand. Brook has served as a keynote speaker, debater, panelist and lecturer for Congressional Staffers, Governor Business Forums, YPOs, The Mont Pelerin Society, as well as a long list of prestigious universities, colleges, and high schools in the U.S. and around the world.
Sean is a Physicist, decathlete, political advisor, and TED fellow. He is originally from New Zealand where he ran for national elected office and helped start New Zealand’s first nanotech company. Sean studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar where he received a PhD for his research on the mathematical patterns that underlie modern war.
Jeremy is a General Partner at Spark Capital focusing on growth investments. Prior to joining Spark in 2014, Jeremy spent most of his career as an entrepreneur and in operating roles. He co-founded ecorp and helped build it into a leading, publicly traded Australian internet company. Subsequently, he was executive vice president at News Corporation in New York, focusing on digital strategy and acquisitions.
André Taylor is a popular and influential speaker, and one of today’s leading voices on business and professional success. As founder of Taylor Insight Worldwide, he consults with organizations on achieving business excellence and rising to premier-level performance. Business leaders internationally are drawn to Andre’s thought-provoking, high-impact ideas in business distinction and growth, client development, entrepreneurship, and insights for the media/technology, money/financial and retail/luxury/hospitality sectors.
At Chicago Booth, Zonis taught courses on Business Leadership, Geo-Politics, and eBusiness. He was the first professor at the Business School to teach a course on the effects of digital technologies on global business. He also consults to corporations and professional asset management firms throughout the world, helping them to identify, assess, and manage their political risks in the changing global environment.
As managing director of A.T. Kearney’s Global Business Policy Council, Erik Peterson stands at the intersection of business and policy. “We’re in the midst of simultaneous and systemic change at a number of levels—geopolitical, social, economic, technology—all of which are critical to the future of business,” Erik says. “Especially now, we’re all in a race to a highly uncertain and tumultuous future filled with profound opportunities and threats.”
Margaret Brennan has reported on politics, international affairs, and global markets for nearly two decades. Currently the moderator of CBS News’ Face the Nation and the network’s senior foreign affairs correspondent, she is one of the most visible faces in political news today and only the second-ever female host of the 63-year-old program. Brennan focuses on offering a fact-based review of the day’s biggest ongoing news as well as breaking stories, and draws on her extensive global experience to provide an unbiased, big-picture look at the issues that matter now. She skillfully connects waves passing through Washington to larger global tides turning and remaking culture, politics, the global economy, and more.
Janine Shepherd’s story reads like the plot of a Hollywood movie. An Australian national champion skier in training for the upcoming Olympics, she was hit by a truck on a bike ride, suffering multiple life-threatening injuries.
A lot of you watch me every day and wonder how I get so much done. When faced with so much opportunity, you wonder how I decide. And the truth is simple, I just do.
Ask people who remain positive about America’s long-term economic future about the reasons for their optimism and many will point to three unique selling points of the country: entrepreneurial spirit, world-class educational institutions and the depth of its financial capital markets. But for how much longer can America retain its leadership in these three areas? There are growing signs that its status in each is being challenged.
From technological and consumer expectation shifts to evolving generational and relationship dynamics, to volatile political and regulatory environments, leaders today face an era of unprecedented change.
Kevin Systrom is an American entrepreneur and software engineer best known as the co‑founder and CEO of Instagram. His experience makes him a fantastic business speaker.
Throughout his career, Crenshaw has captained the victorious 1999 U.S. Ryder Cup Team, has been a 4-time member of the U.S. Ryder Cup Team, became 1984 and 1995 Masters Champion, has accumulated 9 PGA Tour victories, has received the highest honor the United States Golf Association bestows as the recipient of the 1999 Bob Jones Award, and is a 29 year Tour veteran.
Greg Gumbel is an Emmy Award-winning sportscaster at CBS. He is also an excellent motivational speaker.