Jason Jennings

Bestselling Author, Speaker, and Consultant


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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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Lorraine Lavet

Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry

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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


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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


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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

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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


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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


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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 www.johnmaxwell.com/blog.

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Judith Mulhberg

Consultant, Gagen MacDonald

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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


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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


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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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