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Gerry Czarnecki

Chairman & Founder, National Leadership Institute

CEO, Deltennium Group

Gerry Czarnecki is the principal stockholder of The Deltennium Group, Inc., which has interests in a wide range of investments and offers a broad consulting practice that helps organizations achieve peak performance through effective leadership, focused strategy, effective organization and sound financial management. The company also provides corporate boards of directors with consulting and facilitating assistance in the execution of their governance responsibilities. In addition to his own consulting practice, Gerry is a faculty member of the NACD, specializing in Strategy, Risk Management, Audit Committee operations and Cybersecurity.


Gerry is a long standing passionate supporter of nonprofit organizations, and is the Founder and Chairman of the National Leadership Institute, a 501 (c)(3) dedicated to helping nonprofits operate like a strategic business, so they can better meet their missions.


He has been a board member of more than 50 nonprofit organizations, ranging from the international to local levels, including the United Way, the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Opera, Junior Achievement of South Florida, the Nature Conservancy, Inroads, Inc., and many more. He is committed to giving back within the communities where he has lived.


Gerry currently serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National University System. He is a member of the Board of Governors of Junior Achievement Worldwide and has Chaired its Operations Committee, Compensation Committees and was recently the CEO Search Committee Chair. He served JA Worldwide for ten months as its Interim President and CEO. He is Founder & Chairman of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Florida Chapter.


Gerry has held a number of executive positions in the banking and financial services industry which included Chairman & CEO of Bank of America - Hawaii, Chairman & CEO of Honfed Bank, President & CEO of Altus Bank, and Executive Vice President of Republic Bank Corporation. In addition, he was President of UNC, The Aviation Company and IBM Senior Vice President-Human Resources & Administration. Subsequently, he has managed investments in, and consulted with, a variety of industries including retail services, communications, information technology, insurance, manufacturing, national television show production and real estate development.


Gerry holds a B.S. in Economics from Temple University, an M.A. in Economics from Michigan State University, a Doctor of Humane Letters from National University and is a Certified Public Accountant.


In 2015, he retired after 16 years as a member of the board of directors of State Farm Insurance where he was Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Corporate Executive Committee. He also served as a member of the board of State Farm Bank, where he was Chair of the Compensation Committee and a member of the ALCO and Loan Committees. He is currently Chairman of the board of directors of MAM Software Group, Inc.; a member of the Board of Directors of Jack Cooper Holdings Corp., and Chairman of its Audit Committee and is Chairman of ECO Building Products, Inc. a member of the Advisory boards of Private Capital, Inc, and NuraHealth, Inc.


He currently lives in Boca Raton, FL with his wife Lois.

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John Baldoni

Leader Consultant, Coach, Author and Speaker

In 2012, Leadership Gurus International ranked John Baldoni No. 10 on its list of global leadership gurus, the fifth consecutive year John had been listed as a top leadership expert by this organization.


John established a career as a highly sought after communications consultant and executive coach, where he had the privilege of working with senior leaders in virtually every industry from pharmaceutical to real estate, packaged goods to automobiles, and finance to health care. John's coaching helps managers to achieve positive results by focusing on communication, influence, motivation, and supervision. John specializes in leadership presence, which he defines as "demonstrating earned authority." His client list includes both Fortune 10 companies and nonprofits.


His 2012 book, The Leader's Pocket Guide: 101 Indispensable Tools, Tips and Techniques for Any Situation, has been recognized as a practical resource for those seeking to improve their leadership skills. His tenth book, Lead With Purpose: Giving Your Organization a Reason to Believe in Itself, solidified John's reputation for blending thought-provoking ideas with pragmatic advice. Over the past decade, John has established himself as a world authority on topics that matter to leaders who are seeking insight into leadership challenges of the day. Through his books and many columns for leading business publications, John has become a source of practical wisdom on topics such as influencing without authority, applying power appropriately, leading with grace and conviction, and developing genuine followership.


All of these topics complement John’s mission to help individuals and their organization achieve positive results. Consequently John’s books have been translated into multiple languages, including Mandarin, Hungarian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Vietnamese.


John has written over 400 leadership columns for prominent organizations including Forbes, Inc., CBS News/MoneyWatch, Bloomberg/Businessweek, Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.


John has been quoted by scores of publications including the New York Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Globe and Mail (Canada), HR Management, and the Washington Post. Additionally, John has appeared on many radio programs, including the national version of the Michael Smerconish Show. Reviews of his work have appeared in a number of publications, including Investor's Business Daily, Training & Development, Sales & Marketing Management,, and The Hindu.


John speaks widely to corporate, professional, military, and university audiences. Those who attend John's keynotes and workshops find his advice to be practical and his advice inspirational. Mixed with stories of great men and women, and leavened with lighthearted humor, John seeks down-to-earth practical advice that individuals can apply immediately. John's presentations blend his passion for leadership with genuine enthusiasm for helping people achieve their leadership ambitions. 


John has created a video coaching series for Athena Online and a series of coaching podcasts for CXO Media. These forms of media give John the opportunity to reach a wider audience with his leadership insights designed to help managers become effective leaders.


A resident of Ann Arbor, Michigan, John shares a home with his wife, Gail. They are the parents of two grown children. Author, speaker, coach, John loves his work and seeks to instill hope and optimism to all he reaches and teaches.

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Dr. Ken Blanchard

Author, Speaker, and Business Consultant

Few people have influenced the day-to-day management of people and companies more than Ken Blanchard. A prominent and sought-after author, speaker, and business consultant, Ken is universally characterized by his friends, colleagues, and clients as one of the most insightful, powerful, and compassionate individuals in business today. Ken is one of the most influential leadership experts in the world and is respected for his years of groundbreaking work in the fields of leadership and management.


When Ken speaks, he speaks from the heart with warmth and humor. He is able to speak to an audience and communicate with each person as if they were alone and talking one-on-one. Ken is a sophisticated storyteller with a knack for making the seemingly complex easy to understand.


Ken is the co-founder and Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies®, an international management training and consulting firm that he and his wife, Margie Blanchard, began in 1979 in San Diego, California. In addition to being a renowned speaker and consultant, Ken also spends time as a visiting lecturer at his alma mater, Cornell University, where he is a trustee emeritus of the Board of Trustees.


Starting with his phenomenal best-selling book, The One Minute Manager®, co-authored with Spencer Johnson, which has sold more than 13 million copies and remains on best-seller lists, to Raving Fans®, Gung Ho!®, and Whale Done!, Ken’s impact as a writer is far reaching. His books have combined sales of more than 18 million copies in more than 25 languages. Leading at a Higher Level, published in 2006, Know Can Do!, published in 2007, and The One Minute Entrepreneur®, published in 2008, have been received with much critical acclaim.


Ken has received many awards and honors for his contributions in the fields of management, leadership, and speaking. The National Speakers Association awarded him its highest honor, the Council of Peers Award of Excellence. He was inducted into the HRD Hall of Fame by Training magazine and Lakewood Conferences, and he received the Golden Gavel Award from Toastmasters International. Ken also received The Thought Leadership Award for continued support of work-related learning and performance by ISA—The Association of Learning Providers. Ken has been inducted into Amazon’s Hall of Fame as one of the top 25 best-selling authors of all time. The business school at Grand Canyon University bears his name. In addition, Ken teaches students in the Master of Science in Executive Leadership Program at the University of San Diego.


Born in New Jersey and raised in New York, Ken received a master’s degree from Colgate University, and a bachelor’s and PhD from Cornell University. An avid golfer, Ken belongs to the Loch Lomond Golf Club in Scotland.

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Joanna Brandi

Consultant, Speaker, Author

President of JoAnna Brandi & Company since 1990, JoAnna is a consultant, a public speaker and the author of two books on customer loyalty, Winning At Customer Retention, 101 Ways to Keep ‘em Happy, Keep ‘em Loyal and Keep ‘em Coming Back and Building Customer Loyalty- 21 Essential Elements in Action as well as a gift book on positive thinking 54 Ways to Stay Positive in a Changing, Challenging and Sometimes Negative World. She is currently writing, From Positive Thinking to Positive DOING: Positivity Practices That Help You Turn Happiness Into A Habit.”

JoAnna Brandi is the Publisher of The Customer Care Coach®. A self study leadership training program in the "The Art and Science of Exquisite Customer Care" as well as “Monday Morning Motivation,” a tool to keep employees focused on keeping customers happy.

She is a graduate of Dr. Martin Seligman’s Authentic Happiness Coaching program – one of only 850 trained worldwide, and is a founding member of the Positive Workplace International. She has developed one and two day workshops on Positive Leadership and does Positive Leadership Coaching for individuals and groups. Positive cultures help create happy customers!

She is certified in Neuro Linguistics, The Art of Empowerment, and has studied Applied Creative Thinking as well Positive Psychology. Her FREE bi-weekly newsletter delivers insight and wisdom on creating positive, customer caring cultures to thousands of people worldwide for the last 19 years.

JoAnna serves a diverse group of clients in a number of different capacities, in large companies and small alike. Working as a resource for TEC/Vistage, an international organization of CEOs for over sixteen years, JoAnna has coached, consulted and served as the “Chief Inspiration Officer” for CEOs, their executives and staffs nationwide. She is a highly rated speaker at conferences all over North America.

In her workshops and keynotes she motivates entire organizations to get passionate about customers and raise their “Positivity Ratios” at the same time. She uses email, telephone classes and video to keep her inspiring message and practical how-to’s in the forefront of minds of the leaders and customer facing employees. She specializes in creating more positive, strengths based workplaces where employees are motivated and customers are happy and loyal. She activates the link between positivity and profitability.

Her clients include:

Aircycle, Alliance Laundry Systems, Aquatech, Bank of America, BankUnited, Boston Private Banking, Brickman Group, Cam Industrial, Celgene, Citibank, Citrix, Crowe Horwath, Coneybeare, Corporate Wellness Solutions, Duncan Aviation, Financial Times, Eymac, Fiserv, Florida Fluid, Hammacher Schlemmer, Goodwill, GTE, Great American Business Products, Hansen Catering, Hewlett-Packard, Hunter Douglas, Humana, IBM, Institutional Investor, Lakewood Publications, Liberty Travel, Make-AWish Foundation, Master Pools Guild, MCI, Meredith Publishing, Merit Direct, Metcare, Midwest ISO, Motorola, National Apartment Ass’n, National Business Furniture, NAFED, NationsBank, NE Carwash Ass’n, NESPA, NISH, Northern Safety, Northern Tool and Equipment, PHH Vehicle Management, Pitney Bowes, Pivotal Systems, PJM Interconnection, Presgar, Porteck, Quarles Inc, Smith’s Food & Drug, Teleco, Timbar, ‘Tween Waters Inn, Uline, UPS, Veeco, Vision Benefits of America, Vistage, Waste Pro, Wausau Financial Systems, Wells Fargo, Western Union, among many others.

Prior to starting her own business JoAnna was the Director of Direct Marketing Services, a multimillion dollar sales division of CMP Media in NY. She was responsible for creating their first on line customer care system and for the start of their world class day care center.

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Dr. Richard Chang

Author, Speaker, and Consultant

Richard Chang is internationally known and highly respected for his quality improvement, organization development, customer value, strategic planning, measurement systems, team development, performance improvement, product realization, and human resource development expertise. In addition, he served as a Judge for the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and has served as the Chief Judge for the California Awards for Performance Excellence.


Prior to CEO and founder of Richard Chang Associates, Inc., a diversified performance improvement consulting, training, and publishing firm, headquartered in Lake Forest, California, Richard created and directed the Corporate Training and Organization Development departments for Archive Corporation and LH Research, Inc. In addition, he directed the Human Resources function, Quality Improvement initiative, and Material Requirements Planning (MRP) system implementation for the latter. His professional experiences also include operations line-management, quality/process auditing, and career development related positions with Security Pacific National Bank and the City of Westminster, California.


As a well-known and top-rated keynote speaker, Richard addresses a variety of personal development and organizational-related related topics at regional, national, and international conferences. He has consulted to a wide range of domestic and international organizations representing a variety of industries, including Toshiba, Marriott, Sony, Nestlé, Kaiser Permanente, Universal Studios, Nabisco, Nissan, Citibank, Chase, Hasbro, Pacific Life, Singapore General Hospital, Fidelity Investments, Mazda, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Disney, Union Pacific Railroad, Reynolds and Reynolds, Air New Zealand, USC University Hospital, BMW, McDonald's, Black & Decker, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts.


Richard's academic credentials include a B.A. in Psychobiology from UCLA, an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Chapman University in Orange, California, and a Ph.D. specializing in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, from Alliant International University (formerly United States International University) in San Diego, California.


In addition to his consulting activities, Richard currently serves as part-time faculty for the MBA and undergraduate business administration programs at Loyola Marymount University, and has served as an Associate Professor for the Graduate School of Human Resource Management and Development at Chapman University, as well as served on the faculty for California State University Long Beach-Extension and several community colleges in Southern California.


Richard is the author or co-author of over twenty-five books on business and personal development, including his latest best-selling works: The Passion Plan at Work-Building a Passion-Driven Organization, Performance Scorecards-Measuring the Right Things in the Real World, and The Passion Plan-A Step-by-Step Guide to Discovering, Developing, and Living Your Passion. He is also the author of a number of award-winning videotapes and audiotapes.


Richard served as the Chair of the Board for the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) and has been recognized with the Gordon Bliss Memorial Award and the Torch Award, two of the highest forms of national leadership recognition provided by ASTD. His professional and academic accomplishments have earned him recognition in several notable almanacs including: Outstanding Young Men of America, Who's Who in Leading American Executives, and International Who's Who in Quality. In addition, he is a recurrent selection for Executive Excellence Publishing's annual “Excellence 100 List” that ranks the Top 100 consultants/authors/thought leaders/speakers who are influencing/shaping the world of work in organizations - most recently Richard was ranked #13.

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Paula H. J. Cholmondeley

Board Consultant

Paula Cholmondeley is a member of the Board of Directors of Terex Corporation (NYSE) and DENTSPLY International (NASDAQ). Across her board career she has served on the audit, governance, strategy, corporate social responsibility and compensation committees. She has also chaired 5 audit committees, a nominating and governance committee and a strategy and corporate social responsibility committee. She currently chairs the Nationwide Mutual Funds audit committee. She is member of the faculty of the National Association of Corporate Directors In-Board Room and Board Advisory Services where she teaches and conducts board evaluations. She is also a NACD Board Leadership Fellow. In 2015 she was elected to NACD Directorship 100. Her previous public company boards include Ultralife Inc.; Armco Steel Inc.; Albany International and Minerals Technologies. During her executive career, Ms. Cholmondeley has had profit and loss responsivity for global divisions with revenues up to $750M, served as CFO of companies with revenues up to $2B, brought new technologies to market, served at the head of strategy for two large corporations and held seats on numerous non-profit Boards.

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Subir Chowdhury

Management Consultant and Author

Subir Chowdhury is Chairman and CEO of ASI Consulting Group, LLC— a world authority in quality leadership, strategy and methods. Hailed by The New York Times as a ‘leading quality expert,” and by Business Week as “The Quality Prophet”, Subir works with many global Fortune 500 companies, including Caterpillar, Hyundai, Volkswagen, Bosch, ITT Industries, Xerox, and Proctor & Gamble, as well as smaller organizations in both the public and private sectors such as ACGME, National Grocers Association, the State of Michigan, and Kaplan Publishing.


Subir is the author of 12 books, including the international bestseller The Power of Six Sigma, which has been translated into more than 20 languages and has sold more than a million copies worldwide. Subir’s Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) is the first book on the topic and is credited with popularizing the DFSS philosophy worldwide. His latest book titled The Ice Cream Maker has been praised by leaders and media alike and has been distributed to every member of the U.S. Congress.


Subir has received numerous international awards for his leadership in quality management and his major contributions to various industries worldwide. He is an honorary member of the World Innovation Foundation (WIF) and has been inducted into the Hall of Fame for Engineering, Science and Technology and Automotive Hall of Fame. He is the recipient of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ Gold Medal and the Society of Automotive Engineers’ Henry Ford II Distinguished Award for excellence in Automotive Engineering.


Subir has been twice honored by the U.S. Congress on the Floor of House of Representatives and the U.S. government presented him the ‘Outstanding American by Choice Award’ for his contributions to the United States of America. Subir received an undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India, a graduate degree from Central Michigan University (CMU), and an honorary doctorate in engineering from the Michigan Technological University (MTU). Both IIT and CMU honored Subir with their Distinguished Alumnus Award. The London School of Economics (LSE) has established the ‘Subir Chowdhury Fellowship on Quality and Economics’ to be given to a post doctoral Fellow each year to study the impact of poor quality in the advancement of economics of a nation, which is the first of its kind in the world.


His philanthropic interest is evidenced through the Subir & Malini Chowdhury Foundation and he lives with his wife and two children in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

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Jim Collins

Business Consultant, Author, and Lecturer

Jim Collins is a student and teacher of enduring great companies — how they grow, how they attain superior performance, and how good companies can become great companies. Having invested over a decade of research into the topic, Jim has authored or co-authored four books, including the classic Built to Last, which has been a fixture on the Business Week best seller list for more than six years, and translated into 29 languages. His work has been featured in Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Harvard Business Review, and Fast Company.


Jim’s book, Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap ... And Others Don’t, attained long-running positions on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Business Week best seller lists, has sold 3 million hardcover copies since publication, and has been translated into 35 languages, including Latvian, Mongolian, and Vietnamese. His other books include, How the Mighty Fall: And Why Some Companies Never Give In, Great by Choice, and Beyond Entrepeneurship.


Driven by a relentless curiosity, Jim began his research and teaching career on the faculty at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992. In 1995, he founded a management laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, where he now conducts research and teaches executives from the corporate and social sectors. Jim holds degrees in business administration and mathematical sciences from Stanford University, and honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Colorado and the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University.


Jim has served as a teacher to senior executives and CEOs at over a hundred corporations. He has also worked with social sector organizations, such as: Johns Hopkins Medical School, the Girl Scouts of the USA, the Leadership Network of Churches, the American Association of K-12 School Superintendents, and the United States Marine Corps. In 2005, he published the monograph Good to Great and the Social Sectors.


In addition, Jim is an avid rock climber and has made one-day ascents of the North Face of Half Dome and the Nose route on the South Face of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley. He continues to climb at the 5.13 grade.

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David Danovitch, ESQ.

Partner, Robinson Brog Leinwand Greene Genovese & Gluck, P.C.

David Danovitch is a Partner of Robinson Brog, where he serves on the Executive Committee and is Chairperson of the Firm's Capital Markets Department.


He has extensive transaction experience representing issuers, broker-dealers, and investment funds in financings, capital markets transactions, and mergers and acquisitions. David’s clients span a variety of industries and his practice includes such matters as general corporate governance, securities regulation, mergers and acquisitions, and financings. He also maintains several securities industry licenses, including the Series 24 (Registered Principal), Series 7 (General Securities), Series 79 (Investment Banking), and Series 99 (Operations), which gives him a unique insight into the regulatory challenges facing regulated firms.


David handles both regulatory and transactional work for broker-dealers. His regulatory practice addresses virtually all securities-law related statutory and regulatory requirements applicable to broker-dealers and their affiliates, covering employee issues; sales and trading; development of compliance and supervisory procedures; satisfaction of margin, capital and record-keeping requirements; the rules of the financial industry self-regulatory organizations; anti-money laundering; and privacy.


His honors include having been named by the American Banker as one of the "50 Most Influential People in Banking." Throughout his career, he has been a speaker at many seminars and conferences covering a range of issues in a variety of industries, and he has served on several boards of directors of both private and public companies. David’s writings are oft-published in industry journals and other periodicals.


Bar Admissions include:

  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts



  • Boston University, Boston, MA LL.M (Taxation)
  • Suffolk University, Boston, MA, J.D.
  • Kenyon College, Gambier, OH A.B.

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Chester Elton

Bestselling Author and Speaker

Called the “apostle of appreciation” by the Globe and Mail, Canada’s largest newspaper, and “creative and refreshing” by the New York Times, Chester Elton is coauthor of several wildly successful leadership books. The Carrot Principle has been a regular New York Times, USA Today and BusinessWeek bestseller and All In was the number one selling business book in America, as ranked by the Wall Street Journal. Chester’s books have been translated into more than 25 languages and have sold over a million copies worldwide. Chester has been called a “must read for modern-day managers,” by Larry King.


As a motivation expert, Chester has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Fast Company magazine, and New York Times, and has been a guest on NBC’s Today show, CBS 60 Minutes, and has a weekly segment on CBS News Radio.


Chester serves as a leader consultant to Fortune 100 firms including American Express, Pepsi, Avis Budget Group, Rolls Royce, and Madison Square Garden to name a few. But he is most proud to be the father of four exceptional children.

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Fawn Germer

Bestselling Author, Pulitzer-nominated Journalist, and Speaker

Bestselling author and Pulitzer-nominated journalist, Fawn Germer is one of America's top speakers today because she brings to life the wisdom and mentoring advice from her personal interviews with more than 300 famous leaders for her bestselling books. Oprah found her book, Hard Won Wisdom, "very inspiring," and you will too.


Fawn has distilled insights from interviews with everyone from Hillary Clinton to Susan Sarandon, Jane Goodall, Meg Whitman, Nobel Peace Prize winners, Olympic athletes, Academy Award winners, CEOs, senior executives, and many others.


Fawn is a main-stage leadership speaker whose message has been heard around the world for major corporations and associations. Among them are Coca-Cola, Kraft, PepsiCo, State Farm, Cisco, Frito Lay, and Ford Motor Co. She has also keynoted at Harvard, Wharton, and UCLA'S Anderson School of Business.


Fawn contends that there is no special “success DNA” and all of us can achieve beyond our perceived limits if we set aside our self-esteem issues and tone down the negativity so we can dare to lead.


Fawn is a four-time Pulitzer nominated journalist who has written for The Miami Herald, The Washington Post, and U.S. News and World Report. She is one of the nation’s most sought after leadership speakers and the author of seven books, including “Hard Won Wisdom, Mustang Sallies, and her latest, Pearls, which features the best quotes from all of her interviews.

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Maya Hu-Chan

International Management Consultant, Executive Coach, Author, and Speaker

Rated Top 30 Global Leadership Gurus (2013) and Top 100 Thought Leaders in Management & Leadership (2008-2011) by Leadership Excellence Magazine, Maya Hu-Chan is an international management consultant, executive coach, author, and speaker. She specializes in global leadership, executive coaching, and cross-cultural business skills.


Harvard Business School chose Maya's book Global Leadership: The Next Generation to be one of their Working Knowledge recommended books. This book was translated into Chinese and Polish.


Maya has trained and coached thousands of leaders in Global Fortune 500 companies throughout North America, Asia, Europe, South America, and Australia. She has worked extensively in China, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, India, Korea and Japan, helping global companies develop their senior executives and high-potential leaders as well as their teams. Maya is fluent in English and Mandarin Chinese. Maya has worked with clients including Allergan, American Airlines, Apple, Disney, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft Foods, Lenovo, Lever Brothers Thailand, Los Angeles Police Department, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, Monsanto, Motorola, MGM-Mirage, Pfizer, Procter & Gamble, Siemens, SONY, University of Southern California, U.S. Olympic Committee, & W.L. Gore & Associates.

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Jason Jennings

Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Consultant

Jason Jennings is a researcher and one of the most successful and prolific business and leadership authors in the world and his greatest thrill is helping lead individuals and companies to their full economic potential.


Jason began his career as a radio and television reporter and was the youngest radio station group owner in the nation. Later, he founded Jennings-McGlothlin & Company, a consulting firm that became the world's largest media consultancy and his legendary programming and sales strategies are credited with revolutionizing many parts of the broadcasting industry.


Jason traveled the globe in search of the world's fastest companies for his landmark book It's Not the Big That Eat the Small - It's the Fast That Eat the Slow. Within weeks of its release, it hit the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times Bestsellers Lists. Published in more than 32 languages, USA TODAY named it one of the top 25 books of 2000.


Next, Jason and his research teams identified the world's ten most productive companies for his bestseller Less Is More. That was followed by his book Think BIG - Act Small which profiled the only ten companies in the world to have organically grown both revenues and profits by double digits every year for ten consecutive years. Like all his previous books, it debuted on all the bestseller charts. His next book, Hit the Ground Running - A Manual for Leaders, revealed the tactics and strategies of the ten CEOs who created the greatest amount of economic value between 2000 and 2009.


Jason's latest book, The Reinventors - How Extraordinary Companies Pursue Radical Continuous Change, reveals the secrets of those leaders and organizations that have successfully reinvented and transformed themselves. In total, Jennings and his researchers have screened and studied more than 200,000 companies.


Along the way, Jason found time to join forces with well-known cardiologist Dr. John Kennedy and coauthored the 2010 Health, Mind and Body bestseller, The 15 Minute Heart Cure –The Natural Way to Release Stress and Heal Your Heart in Fifteen minutes a Day.


Critics call his books, "extraordinarily well researched, insightful, crisply written, accessible, intriguing and a vital resource for everyone in business," and USA TODAY calls Jason one of the three most in-demand business speakers on the planet.


When not traveling the world on research, in search of adventure, and doing eighty keynote speeches each year, Jason and his family split their time between the San Francisco bayside community of Tiburon, California and their lodge, Timber Rock Shore on a small lake in Michigan’s northern peninsula where they share the environment with native moose, bear, deer, wolves, and soaring eagles.

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Terry Jones

Consultant, Speaker, and Author

Terry Jones founded He led the company as President and was CEO from its founding until May 2002. Previously, Terry served as CIO at Sabre, Inc. In his 24 years at Sabre, Terry held various executive positions including President of Computer Services, VP of Applications Development, and VP of Product Development.


Prior to Sabre, Terry joined American Airlines in 1978 as Director of Product Development when American Airlines acquired Agency Data Systems, a Florida-based mini-computer accounting systems company. He became President of the division when it moved to Dallas/Fort Worth.


A graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio, Terry entered the travel industry in 1971 as a travel agent with Vega Travel in Chicago. He later served five years as VP of Travel Advisors, a company specializing in business travel to Eastern Europe and the USSR, with offices in Chicago and Moscow.


Terry is managing principal of Essential Ideas, a consultancy he co-founded to help companies in their transition to the digital economy. He serves as Chairman of the Board of, and is on the boards of Smart Destinations, Inc., Luxury Link, and Rearden Commerce. He is a special venture partner with General Catalyst Partners of Boston. Terry is also Chairman of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival and serves on the national Information Technology committee of the Boy Scouts of America.

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Eileen A. Kamerick

Trusted Advisor to Boards and CEOs in Director, CFO, and Consulting roles

SEC Financial Expert

Eileen Kamerick is known among top corporations – from privately-held companies to global public conglomerates – as a strategic and collaborative executive who drives growth and profitability while significantly enhancing stakeholder value. She has been CFO of leading corporations including Leo Burnett, Heidrick and Struggles International, Inc., Houlihan Lokey, and BP Amoco Americas. Most recently, she was EVP and CFO of ConnectWise, a leading international business management software company where she transformed the private company finance function from cash accounting to fully audited GAAP financials with best in class processes, internal controls, and financial reporting.


Eileen is a recognized expert on corporate governance and a frequently requested speaker on the topic by leading legal and governance organizations including law schools, the American Corporate Counsel Association, NACD, and the Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals. She advises clients from starts-ups to public companies through the consulting firm she co-founded – The Governance Partners, LLC.


She currently serves on three public company boards: Associated Banc-Corp., Legg Mason Closed End Mutual Funds, and Westell Technologies, Inc. She also serves on one private equity portfolio company board. Previously, Eileen served on the Board of Directors for ServiceMaster, a Fortune 100 service company, and Information Resources, Inc. before the successful sale of both companies.


Eileen is an adjunct Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis College of Law and University of Iowa College of Law where she teaches corporate finance, corporate governance, and compliance. Eileen serves as Vice Chairman of Eckerd Kids, a national child welfare charity, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago; Christ the King, a Cristo Rey high school; and Cristo Rey Tampa. Eileen is profiled in The Board Game: How Smart Women Become Corporate Directors.


Eileen received her MBA with honors in Finance and International Business and her JD from The University of Chicago and completed additional graduate work at Exeter College, Oxford University. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was Valedictorian of her undergraduate class at Boston College.

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Lorraine Lavet

Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry

Lorraine Lavet is a Senior Client Partner in the Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia offices of Korn Ferry. For the past 11 years, she led the firm’s National Association Practice, specializing in the recruitment of CEOs for associations, professional membership organizations, and nonprofits. Among her CEO searches are JA Worldwide, the American Chemistry Council, the American Chemical Society, the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association, the Semiconductor Industry Association, American National Standards Institute, the Information Technology Association of America, the American Hospital Association, the American College of Cardiology, and the Association of Corporate Counsel, among others.


Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Lorraine spent over 20 years in association leadership positions, most recently as the Executive Vice President and COO of the American Electronics Association (AeA), the nation’s largest high tech trade organization. Members include software, hardware, telecommunications, and medical device companies. Managing 17 offices nationwide, she oversaw all operational functions of the organization during her tenure, including membership development and field relations, business services and non-dues revenue, grassroots development, government contracting, and internal operations. Lorraine was President of AeA’s Education Foundation and Preferred Business Services for-profit subsidiary. Her staff was also responsible for AeA’s well-known financial classic for public technology companies.


Prior to AeA, Lorraine was President and CEO of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, one of the nation’s largest metropolitan Chambers. As chief spokesperson for the Chamber, she led numerous state and local public policy and economic development initiatives for the Northern Virginia business community.


Lorraine also served in a number of key roles at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business lobby, including Director of Policy and Procurement Policy. She also led the development of the Chamber’s strategic plan.


For the previous seven years, Lorraine was a strategic planning consultant for Harbridge House, Inc. and a government contracts consultant for Coopers & Lybrand.


Lorraine served on more than a dozen boards for both the private and nonprofit sectors, including the Greater Washington Board of Trade, Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, Barringer Technologies (NASDAQ), Northern Virginia Technology Council, Northern Virginia Roundtable, and Chairman of Technology Works for Good.


Lorraine received a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance and Investments and an MBA focused in Procurement and Contracting from George Washington University.

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Patrick Lencioni

Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Consultant

Patrick Lencioni is a bestselling author, speaker and consultant with over two decades of experience working with CEOs and their executive teams. He is founder and president of The Table Group, a consulting firm dedicated to building healthy organizations. He is the author of many bestselling books including his The Advantage and The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, which continues to be a weekly fixture on national bestseller lists. His books have sold over three million copies.


Pat's work has been featured in numerous publications such as Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fast Company, INC Magazine, USA Today, Fortune, Drucker Foundation' Leader to Leader, and Harvard Business Review.


The Wall Street Journal has named Pat one of the most in-demand business speakers. He has been a keynote speaker on the same ticket with George Bush Sr., Jack Welch, Rudy Guiliani, Bill Clinton, and General Colin Powell.


As a consultant and speaker, he has worked with thousands of senior executives in organizations ranging from Fortune 500 corporations and professional sports teams to universities and nonprofits, including Southwest Airlines, Chick-fil-A, Nestlé, AT&T, Northwestern Mutual, General Mills, SAP, Willow Creek, and the US Military Academy at West Point.


Prior to founding The Table Group, Pat worked at Bain & Company, Oracle Corporation, and was VP of Organizational Development at Sybase.


Pat lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and their four sons.

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Ed Ludbrook

Bestselling Author and Speaker

Ed Ludbrook, aka The Network Coach, is the world authority on leadership within the unique environment of the direct sales/network marketing industry. Creator of the ‘100% Leadership’ approach, he has sold more than 2 million books and audio programs in 20 languages.


The 60 million strong global direct sales industry has conditions not seen in any other organization and conventional leadership approaches produce little return on investment. Since 1994, Ed has passionately coached these network organizations across the world.


Teaching leadership to the uncontrollable and under-confident commission-only mass of small business owners whose teams range from 50 to 1 million, often spread across many nations yet with no effectiveness models, has been a challenge and a professional joy for Ed.


Ed's leadership focus extends beyond direct sales into similar environments where standard leadership approaches struggle to be effective, such as hyper-growth organizations, customer networks, and volunteer groups. In these areas of unconventional leadership, the normal ‘command & control’ power that underpin most leaders influence are absent or weak. Areas where you have to more than ‘inspire’, you need to influence, direct, network and deliver without ‘the stick’.


Ed was formally trained in Leadership at Royal Military College Duntroon, Australia which is the brother school of West Point Military Academy. He has had careers in the army, banking in London, and strategic consulting in London, before moving into the world of unconventional leadership.

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Dr. Robert Lupton

Founder, Author, Speaker

Bob Lupton has invested the past 46 years in inner-city Atlanta. He left a budding business career to work with delinquent urban youth. He and his family sold their suburban home and moved into the inner-city where they have lived and served as neighbors among those in need. His life’s work has been the rebuilding of urban neighborhoods where families can flourish and children can grow into healthy adults.

Bob is a community developer, an entrepreneur who brings together communities of resource with communities of need. Through FCS Urban Ministries – a non-profit organization which he founded – he has developed three mixed-income subdivisions, organized two multi-racial congregations, started a number of businesses, created housing for hundreds of families, and initiated a wide range of human services in his community. He is the author of six books, including the best-selling Toxic Charity. 

Bob has a PhD in psychology from the University of Georgia.

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Harvey Mackay

Author, Speaker, Founder, and Chairman

Harvey Mackay is author of five New York Times bestsellers. His first two books, Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive and Beware The Naked Man Who Offers You His Shirt, have been translated into 37 languages and distributed in 80 countries. Both books were New York Times #1 bestsellers and are also listed by the Times among the top 15 inspirational business books of all time.


Harvey’s latest book is Use Your Head to Get Your Foot in the Door: Job Search Secrets No One Else Will Tell You, arrived Feb. 22, 2010. Dig Your Well Before You're Thirsty and Pushing The Envelope both cracked the New York Times bestseller list. We Got Fired! … And It’s The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Us became his third New York Times #1 bestseller. His books have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.


Harvey is a nationally syndicated columnist for United Feature Syndicate, whose weekly articles appear in newspapers around the country, including the Orange County Register, San Francisco Examiner, Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Arizona Republic.


Harvey is also one of America's most popular and entertaining business speakers, speaking around once a week to Fortune 500-size companies and associations. Toastmasters International named him one of the top five speakers in the world, and he is a member of the National Speakers Association Speakers Hall of Fame.


In addition, Harvey is chairman of MackayMitchell Envelope Company, a $100 million company he founded at age 26. Mackay has 500 employees and manufactures 25 million envelopes a day.


Harvey is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Executive Program. He is an avid runner and marathoner, having run 10 marathons, and is a former #1 ranked senior tennis player in Minnesota.


In April 2004, Harvey received the prestigious Horatio Alger Award in the Supreme Court Chambers. He was inducted into the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame in 2002. He is the past president of organizations including the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce, the Envelope Manufacturers Association of America, and the University of Minnesota National Alumni Association. In October 2008, he was presented the University of Minnesota Outstanding Achievement Award.


Harvey played a key role in bringing the 1992 Super Bowl to Minneapolis. Along with serving as the catalyst in bringing an NBA franchise (Minnesota Timberwolves) to his home state, he also served as chairman of the task force in getting the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome built, brought Lou Holtz to coach the University of Minnesota, and much more.


All of which is why Fortune magazine refers to him as "Mr. Make Things Happen."

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John C. Maxwell

Author, Speaker, and Founder

John Maxwell is an internationally respected leadership expert, speaker, and author who has been teaching leadership and developing people for over forty years. He began his career as a minister and served in that capacity for twenty-six years. In 1995, he founded EQUIP, a nonprofit organization that trains leaders around the world. To date, EQUIP has trained and provided resources to more than 5 million leaders in 127 countries.


John has written more than sixty books, which have sold more than 18 million copies. A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week best-selling author, John has written three books that have each sold more than a million copies: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Developing the Leader Within You, and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader.


John has the unique ability to connect with people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and occupations. Each year he speaks to the leaders of diverse organizations, including universities, Fortune 500 companies, foreign governments, sporting organizations, the United States Military Academy at West Point, and the United Nations. He is also in high demand as a speaker with entrepreneurial organizations internationally.


John holds an earned doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary as well as several honorary doctorates. His blog can be read at

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Judith Mulhberg

Consultant, Gagen MacDonald

Judith Mulhberg is experienced in dealing with ambiguity and the situations that cause it: major strategy shifts, crises, mergers & acquisitions, leadership transitions, competitive disruption, and culture change and transformation.


As a consultant for strategy execution firm, Gagen MacDonald since 2004, Judith has worked with Fortune 500 companies including United Airlines, BASF, Estee Lauder, Mars, Novartis, Financial Services Roundtable, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., Deloitte, Pfizer, Southern California Gas Company, and ConAgra.


Judith joined the Board of Directors of ECO Building Products in 2015 and serves as the Chair of Compensation and a member of the Audit and Nominating & Governance committees. She has also served on the Legal Issues, Risk Management, and Corporate Governance and Nominating committees of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company. In 2005, she was the SVP of Communications for Sprint Nextel, overseeing the merger communications of these two companies and leading a team of some 200 communicators.


Judith has a broad and deep background in two major industries: aerospace and automotive. She was SVP of Communications and member of the Executive Council at Boeing. Judith led a 250-strong team and directed the strategic global transformation of Boeing from commercial airplane manufacturer to an aerospace company with 150,000 employees. This included the merger of McDonnell Douglas and Boeing, in which Judith played a pivotal role in an extensive culture change effort driven by enhanced leadership communications.


Prior to Boeing, Judith worked in communications, government affairs, contributions, and public affairs at Ford Motor Company for 22 years, rising to the number two position in public affairs and serving on the senior leadership team. She led all communications strategies and messaging for the automotive business and its 345,000 employees worldwide.


Judith began her career in The White House during the Ford Administration, serving as an aide to two chiefs of staff (Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney) and, later, as assistant to Dave Gergen, the director of the White House communications office.


Judith is also an adjunct professor in the Georgetown University master’s degree program for Public Relations and Corporate Communications, teaching Global Strategic Communications, Corporate Crisis Communications, and Leadership in Communications. In 2014, she co-authored the textbook Leadership Communication: How Leaders Communicate and How Communicators Lead in Today’s Global Enterprise.


Judith is a Member of the Arthur W. Page Society. In May 2012, Judith was named A&S Outstanding Alumna by the University of Wyoming. She attended Michigan State University for her, J.D.; University of Wyoming for her B.S. in Communications, and studied International Economics at the University of Stockholm.


Judith currently resides in McLean, VA with her husband, Peeter. They have two daughters, Erika and Madeline.


Current Nonprofit Boards/Organizations:

  • National Leadership Institute Board of Governors (2015)
  • Member, Arthur W. Page Society (2000-Present)
  • Member, Women Corporate Directors (2004-Present)


Past Nonprofit Boards:

  • Director, Arthur W. Page Society (2000-2007)
  • Director, Chicago Public Library Foundation (2001-2003)
  • Director, San Francisco Academy (2000-2004)
  • Director, The Cradle, Chicago (2003-2008)
  • Director, Foundation for American Communications (2001-2003)
  • Director, Institute for Public Relations (2000-2003)
  • Director, Ravinia Festival (2001-2003)
  • Director, Seattle Opera (1999-2001)
  • Director, University of Washington Medical Center (1999-2001)
  • Director, Founder’s Junior Council, Detroit Institute of the Arts (1981-1989)
  • Director, Automotive Press Association (1990s)

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Jonar Nader

Author, Lecturer, Technologist, and Consultant

Having worked in sales and marketing for over 25 years, Jonar Nader’s last corporate role was as IBM’s E-business Software Manager where he also worked with the IBM Olympic Committee, and was IBM’s industry and media spokesman for deep-computing and high-technology. Previous roles at IBM included the Consumer Manager for Asia Pacific South, looking after eighteen countries.


Before joining IBM, Jonar was the Sales & Marketing Director at Acer Computer, where he also headed Acer Software Pty Ltd. Prior to that, he held senior marketing positions at Compaq, including roles as Manager of Communications, Distribution, Education, and Retail. Jonar also worked for Myer/Grace Bros Retail Group, and was their youngest manager.


Jonar is the author of the best-selling Prentice Hall’s Illustrated Dictionary of Computing. He is the technology writer for Butterworths’ Legal Dictionary, and Student’s Legal Dictionary. He was also the technical editor for the Consumers’ Association publication How to Buy a Computer. With his intimate understanding of technology and society, he is often called upon to serve as an ‘expert witness’ to the legal profession. He was the co-founder of the Australian Information Technology Society, where he served for six years. He has written and edited a range of international fashion, art, and advertising magazines, as well as Formula One racing magazines.


Jonar has served as a director of The Australian Centre for Languages, and as a Director of The Sydney College of Divinity, and is now Chairman of the consulting firm, Logictivity Pty Limited, and director of Plutonium, a media and publishing organization. His latest book How to Lose Friends and Infuriate Your Boss follows the successful release of How to Lose Friends and Infuriate People and How to Lose Friends and Infuriate Thinkers. Merchandise is also licensed to ABC Enterprises and the Ink Group. How to Lose Friends and Infuriate Lovers was launched in April 2009. In 2011, Jonar released How to Lose Friends and Infuriate Competitors. His first suspense thriller is called Z. His books are translated from Brazil to Russia.


For over fourteen years Jonar has conducted courses on technology, leadership, management, motivation, thinking skills, teamwork, advertising, change, terrorism, and politics. He also taught for three years at the Australian Institute of Management and three years at TAFE. He is an award-winning debater, arguing cases for censorship, security, customer service, technology in education, and technology in society.


He co-founded the New Leaders’ Forum (where he served for six years) funded by Johnson & Johnson, McKinsey & Company, and Qantas. He was also a member of the steering-committee of the New Leaders’ Foundation, whose lectures have been held at the Royal Military College, Duntroon, and the University of New South Wales.


Jonar advises many chairmen and CEOs at board-level. He is also an executive coach and assists senior executives when they need technical, professional, market, or management advice.

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Tom Peters

Consultant, Speaker, and Author

Without much doubt, Tom Peters has shaped the idea of modern management more than any other over the last six decades. Peters, led the way in preparing management for the current era of staggering change, starting in the mid-1970s.


The likes of Fortune, the Economist, the New Yorker, and the Los Angeles Times have said that Tom is the “uber-guru” of management and inventor of the enormous “management guru industry,” that “in no small part, what American corporations have become is what Peters has encouraged them to be,” that Tom is “the father of the post-modern corporation,” and that “we live in a Tom Peters world.” In particular, in 1982, with the publication of In Search of Excellence, Tom helped American firms deal with a crushing competitive challenge to their primacy by getting them away from strategies based on just the numbers, and re-focused on the basic drivers of all successful businesses throughout time: people, customers, values-“culture” (“the way we do things around here”), action-execution, and a perpetual self-renewing entrepreneurial spirit.


These ideas were, are, and always will be the bedrock and differentiator of excellent enterprise—and subject to constant and remarkably rapid slippage if left untended for even a moment. As a result, Tom still unabashedly hammers, and hammers, and hammers again on these always fresh ideas. If anything, he is more adamant than ever that in a “flat world,” the “eternal basics” must be kept front and center—they must be any leader’s abiding obsession.


15 books later, Tom has also added many a new arrow to his quiver—and cause to his portfolio of rants. For example, he became the first and loudest “guru voice” on the primacy of design as an extraordinary competitive advantage. He became the loudest, and perhaps earliest, voice on the need for employees to re-shape their careers around the idea of “brand you” (every person a “businessperson”) if they are to add useful value to their firms and survive the perils of cutthroat global competition in the labor market. He became the first and loudest “guru voice” on the enormous opportunities in creating products and services to cater to the staggeringly large and absurdly underserved women’s market—and the attendant need for women in senior management to support this thrust. He became one of the earliest to noisily point out the equally large and equally ignored boomer+ market that will dominate global business’s attention for at least the next 25 years. More recently, he has aimed his analytic and oral guns at our largest industry, healthcare; rather than the intricacies of finance, his thrust is the equally or even more important issues surrounding operational excellence—aggressive use of information technology where shortfalls are embarrassing, an abiding emphasis on our very questionable patient safety record, so-called evidence-based medicine, long overdue “patient-centric” care, and the ridiculously under-attended issues surrounding prevention and wellness.


Tom’s presentations are marked not only by his stunning breadth of interests and skill at tailoring his message to suit the needs of widely diverse audiences, but in particular by the contagious passion and energy he brings to his topic. A 20-year-old student in Korea, in May 2008, asked before a crowd of 3,000 gathered in Seoul to discuss design primacy as Korea’s national strategy, “Where do you get your mind-bending passion and energy?”—an amazing tribute to his sustaining vitality and engagement. Perhaps the Bloomsbury Press book, Movers and Shakers: The 100 Most Influential Figures in Modern Business, summed Tom’s work up best. Reviewing the historical contributions of the giants of management thinking and practice, from Machiavelli and J.P. Morgan to Tom and Jack Welch, they said:


“Tom Peters has probably done more than anyone else to shift the debate on management from the confines of boardrooms, academia, and consultancies to a broader, worldwide audience, where it has become the staple diet of the media and managers alike. Peter Drucker has written more and his ideas have withstood a longer test of time, but it is Peters—as consultant, writer, columnist, seminar lecturer, and stage performer—whose energy, style, influence, and ideas have shaped new management thinking.”

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Jerry Porras

Author, Speaker, and Consultant

Jerry Porras is the Lane Professor of Organizational Behavior and Change Emeritus at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, where he began in 1972. Throughout his career, he has been driven by a view that organizations are the lynch-pins of society and that if he was interested in trying to improve society, then he should focus on helping organizations to improve. The main lens he uses to understand organizations and help them get better is the core belief that, over the long-term, people in a company must develop and grow in their abilities if the company is to improve its performance, and that a high performing company must help its members develop and grow in their abilities if it is to remain so. In other words, individual and organization development go hand-in-hand – over the long term one will not exist without the other.


Early on, Jerry focused his research and consulting on the processes used to effectively change the way organizations function. His 1987 book, Stream Analysis: A Powerful New Way to Diagnose and Manage Organizational Change, presented frameworks and approaches for guiding the change process. Over time however, it became clear to Jerry that much was being said and written about how to change companies but little was known about what a company should look like once it was changed. So, in 1994, with Jim Collins, Built to Last was published as a blueprint of what highly effective and enduring great companies look like. Built to Last has been translated into 29 languages and sold over one million copies world-wide. A similar blueprint, except for individual leaders, grew out of his work with Stewart Emery and Mark Thompson and culminated in the 2006 best seller, Success Built to Last: Creating a Life That Matters.


During his 30 year career at the Stanford Business School, Jerry taught courses in leadership, interpersonal dynamics, and organizational development and change to MBA students; directed the School’s Executive Program in Leading and Managing Change; and served as an Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.


Outside of academia, Jerry has helped numerous clients around the world improve their organizational performance. As a lecturer on the characteristics of enduringly great companies, he has delivered presentations to hundreds of senior management audiences worldwide. He has also served on boards of directors or advisory boards of several major corporations. He only joins boards of organizations engaged in cutting-edge approaches to managing or whose primary purpose is serving the social good.

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Dr. Nido Qubein

Business Leader, Speaker, and Author

As an educator, Nido Qubein is President of High Point University, an undergraduate and graduate institution with 4,000 students. He has authored two dozen books and audio programs distributed worldwide.


As a business leader, Nido is Chairman of Great Harvest Bread Company, with 220 stores in 43 states. He serves on the boards of several national organizations, including BB&T (a Fortune 500 company with $175 billion-dollars in assets), the La-Z-Boy Corporation (one of the largest and most recognized furniture brands worldwide), and Dots Stores (a chain of fashion boutiques with more than 400 locations across the country).


As a professional speaker, Nido has received many distinctions, including the Golden Gavel Medal, induction into the International Speaker Hall of Fame, and founded the prestigious National Speakers Foundation in Phoenix, Arizona. He is in high demand to speak to business and professional groups each year.


Nido has been the recipient of many honors, including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Horatio Alger Award for Distinguished Americans, the DAR Americanism Medal, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, Sales and Marketing International’s Ambassador of Free Enterprise, Citizen of the Year and Philanthropist of the Year in his home city of High Point, North Carolina, and dozens more.

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Frank Rodriguez

Founder & Chairman, Corporate Creations International, Inc.

Frank A. Rodriguez is Founder, Chairman and Chief Legal Officer of Corporate Creations International Inc. In addition, he serves on the board of directors of several private companies including Corporate Creations Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization that provides financial support to improve educational opportunities for children and to improve their physical and emotional health. He is a member of Florida Council of 100, YPO and Tiger 21, which are prestigious networks of business leaders and high net worth investors. He is a contributing author and editor of the first edition of Florida Law of Corporations and Business Organizations published by Prentice Hall.

Prior to founding Corporate Creations, he worked as a corporate attorney at the predecessor to Squire Patton Boggs in West Palm Beach, Florida. He served on the board of directors of United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He received his J.D. degree in 1989 from Harvard Law School, and he is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Miami where he received his B.A. degree in Economics.

He is married to his college sweetheart. They have two children. Frank and his family reside in Jupiter, Florida.

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Mark Sanborn, CSP, CPAE

Bestselling Author and Speaker

Mark Sanborn is the president of Sanborn & Associates, Inc., an idea lab for leadership development. lists Mark as one of the top 15 leadership experts in the world.


In addition to Mark's experience leading at a local and national level, he has written or co-authored 8 books and is the author of more than two dozen videos and audio training programs on leadership, change, teamwork, and customer service. He has presented over 2000 speeches and seminars in every state and 10 countries.


Mark is a member of the prestigious Speakers Roundtable, 20 of the top speakers in the world today. Mark holds the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) certification from the National Speakers Association and is a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame (CPAE).


Mark’s book, The Fred Factor: How Passion in Your Work and Life Can Turn the Ordinary Into the Extraordinary, is an international bestseller and was on the New York Times, Business Week, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. His latest books include You Don’t Need a Title to be a Leader: How Anyone, Anywhere Can Make a Positive Difference and The Encore Effect: How to Achieve Remarkable Performance in Anything You Do.


Mark is a past president of the National Speakers Association and winner of The Cavett. In 2007, Mark was awarded The Ambassador of Free Enterprise Award by Sales & Marketing Executives International.

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Sean C. Rush

President Emeritus, Junior Achievement Worldwide

Sean C. Rush is a CEO, Board Director, and leader in the design, development, and delivery of global education programs in both the for-profit and nonprofit organizations He leads one of the largest NGOs dedicated to leveraging education as the enabler for young people on six continents to transform their future and capture economic success. Earlier, he built a sustained performance record of value creation for a Fortune 20 market leader driving their global education industry group to double digit growth. For more than three decades he has authored numerous titles, served on multiple boards and contributed to a variety of global forums.


As President & CEO of JA Worldwide Inc., Sean had responsibility for a $310 million global operation and lead 3,000 talent resources supported by 430,000 volunteers in the delivery of programs to 10.4 million students in 123 countries. He directed an organization of six Regional Operating Centers representing Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle-East & Northern Africa, and the U.S. He was handpicked in 2007 to build the financial and governance structural foundations vital to propel this almost 100 year old NGO innovator into the next century of performance.


With IBM Corporation from 1994 to 2006 Sean advanced to General Manager, Global Education Industry (1997-2006) and in eight years ... doubled IBM’s global education business to $2 Billion serving universities, schools, and NGOs He was responsible for strategy, marketing, sales, industry solution development, business partner relationships, and communications. He was a member of the Chairman’s senior leadership team comprised of the top 250 executives worldwide for 8 years.. Earlier assignments with IBM included GM, Higher Education, Americas (1995-1997) and Vice President, Higher Education Consulting, North America (1994-1995). Additionally, Sean served as senior State executive for IBM’s 5,000+ Massachusetts-based employees; partnership executive to the University of Hong Kong, Monterrey Tech (Mexico), and Los Angeles Unified School District; a member of IBM's university relations/shared university research review board. While with IBM, Sean co-edited: The Learning Revolution and The Future Compatible Campus.


Before joining IBM, Sean had a nearly 14-year career with PricewaterhouseCoopers (from 1981 to 1994) as a consultant, partner, and chairman of the firm’s education and nonprofit practice. From 1981 to 1991 he progressed from Associate to Partner-in-Charge, Education Consulting Practice and in 1993 he was appointed Chairman, National Education/Not-for-Profit Practice. He and his team grew the education client base 100% to $100M in the decade ending 1994.


Sean's academic credentials include: an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, 2007; an MBA from Boston College's Carroll Graduate School of Management, 1981; an M.S. from Boston University’s College of Communications, 1977; and an A.B. from Boston College, 1973.


Selected board, civic and professional activities: World Economic Forum, Constituent, 2008-present, Chairman, Harvard Kennedy School Fund, 2010-2013; Co-Chair, HKS Fund Executive Council, 2014 to present; The Commercial Club of Boston, 2012 to present; and member, Massachusetts Public Health Council 1983-1996.


Selected Awards/Recognition include: Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, Boston College Carroll Graduate School of Management 2004; Year 2000 Honoree Boston College Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma (The NHS of management students); Honorary Doctorate in Education Dowling College, NY, 2000; Excellence Award, Boston College Irish Institute, Dublin, Ireland, 1998. Additionally, he has addressed the Rhodes Scholars at the University of Oxford; invited speaker at the Peter Drucker Forum in Vienna, Austria; and also performed with the Boston Pops Orchestra.

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