Geoff is an award-winning thinker, author, broadcaster, and speaker on today’s most significant trends in business. As a longtime editor and columnist for FORTUNE, he has become one of America’s sharpest and most respected commentators on leadership, globalization, wealth creation, the infotech revolution, and related issues. As anchor of Wall Street Week with FORTUNE on PBS, he spoke each week to the largest audience reached by any business television program in America.
Known for his legendary turn as “Michael Corleone” in Francis Ford Coppola’s classic The Godfather, Al Pacino is a household name whose performances have captured audiences around the globe. Through his uncanny ability to inhabit characters on either side of the law – from gangsters to law-abiding citizens – Pacino reveals absolute devotion to the craft of acting.
Spear is a well-recognized expert on how select organizations manage complex development, design, and delivery efforts to create unmatched rates of internally generated, broad-based improvement and innovation. His work investigates how the resulting leadership on reliability, agility, cost, quality, and safety produces sustainable competitive advantage even in the face of intense rivalry.
Janine di Giovanni is one of Europe’s most respected and experienced journalists, with vast experience covering war and conflict. Her reporting has been called “established, accomplished brilliance” and she has been cited as “the finest foreign correspondent of our generation”.
Jay Baer, CSP has spent 23 years in digital marketing and customer experience, consulting for more than 700 companies during that period, including 32 of the FORTUNE 500. His current firm – Convince & Convert – provides digital marketing advice and online customer service advice and counsel to some of the world’s most important brands like The United Nations, Allstate, Cisco, and Cabela’s.
Britton currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of MRY, a marketing and technology agency with over 500 employees that is part of the Publicis Groupe. MRY, formed in 2013, is the combination of Mr. Youth, (the agency Britton founded in 2002) and the former U.S. operations of LBi. The two agencies merged under Britton’s leadership in January 2013 to become MRY. MRY’s clients include Visa, Coca-Cola, Bayer, and Neutrogena.
In 2001 and fresh out of college, Marcus Sheridan stumbled across his first business with two friends and began installing swimming pools out of the back of a beat-up pickup truck. Nine years later, and with the help of incredible innovations through inbound and content marketing, Sheridan’s company overcame the collapse of the housing market and became one of the largest pool installers in the US and currently has the most visited swimming pool web site in the world… River Pools and Spas.
Mariano Rivera, former pro baseball pitcher, one of the great closers in NY Yankees history. 13-time All-Star, 5-time World Series champion.
Ray Kurzweil has been described as “the restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal, and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes. Inc. magazine ranked him #8 among entrepreneurs in the United States, calling him the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison.”
Kenneth Cole has built a 150 store-strong retail empire, uniting his fashion instincts and business acumen with his philanthropic convictions. Mr. Cole’s influence reaches far beyond the world of fashion – he has been a dynamic advocate for many causes ranging from initiatives for the homeless to his work as Chairman of the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR).
Alex Sheen, CEO of Because I Said I Would, makes charitable promises: 245 miles walks for victims of sexual violence; volunteering each week at charities in 2014; delivering relief aid to Hurricane Sandy victims.
Doc Hendley provides clean water and education in the world’s worst locations, like refugee camps for genocide victims in Darfur, or inside UN “no-go” zones, helping war-ravaged populations. He is a remarkable speaker.
Gabe Zichermann is the chair of the Gamification Summit where top thought leaders in this burgeoning industry gather to share knowledge and insight. Gabe’s next book contains the most cutting-edge strategies about how the mechanics of games will start to affect how businesses will engage audiences, with a section dedicated to customer service.
Bob Parsons is an American entrepreneur. He is the founder of the Go Daddy group of companies, including domain name registrar GoDaddy.com, reseller registrar Wild West Domains and Blue Razor Domains. Other affiliated companies include Domains by Proxy, a domain privacy company, and Starfield Technologies, the business’s technology development arm. As of September 2013, he has an estimated worth of $1.9 billion. Parsons is also the CEO and founder of YAM Worldwide, which is home to his entrepreneurial ventures in the fields of powersports, golf, real estate and marketing.
Aimee Mullins is a truly remarkable lady. A record-breaker at the Paralympic Games in 1996, Aimee Mullins has built a career as a model, actor and advocate for women, sports and the next generation of prosthetics.
Charles Best leads DonorsChoose.org, a nonprofit organization that provides a simple way to address educational inequity. At DonorsChoose.org, public school teachers create classroom project requests and donors can choose the projects they want to support.
After working at almost 20 odd jobs, that included waitressing, she decided to start her own business. So she took a $1000 loan from her wealthy boyfriend at that time and used that to co-create a business in real estate which she called ‘The Corcoran Group’. By mid 1970s Barbara Corcoran started publishing ‘The Corcoran Report’ that featured real estate data developments. Later on her boyfriend ran away with her secretary but left Corcoran with a thriving business and no regrets. Corcoran had laudable entrepreneurial skills as she managed to turn a $1000 into billions. In 2001, the real estate mogul sold her real estate company to NRT LLC for seventy million dollars.
Richard Paul “Rick” Reilly (born February 3, 1958) is an American sportswriter. Long known for being the “back page” columnist for Sports Illustrated, Reilly moved to ESPN on June 1, 2008, where he was a featured columnist for ESPN.com and wrote the back page column for ESPN the Magazine. Reilly hosted ESPN’s Homecoming with Rick Reilly, an interview show, and he is a contributing essayist for ESPN SportsCenter and ABC Sports.
Benedict Allen has experience of surviving adversity across the remote world second to none. He uses his knowledge and experience as one of today’s most prominent explorers to help others around the globe achieve their own personal targets and succeed in their own harsh environments back home. Benedict’s presentations show how over twenty years he has achieved his goals by remaining focused and utterly committed to his final objective, surviving adversity in the harshest of environments around the world.
An author, entrepreneur, and acclaimed international keynote speaker, Frans Johansson has addressed audiences around the world. His debut book, The Medici Effect, available in 18 languages, was named one of the “Best Books on Innovation” by BusinessWeek and one of the top 10 best business books of the year by Amazon.com. His follow up book, The Click Moment, rewrites the rules for success.