2019 Annual Conference

Courageous Leaders + Bold Culture

April 7 - 10, 2019 Aventura, FL

 Thought-provoking Speakers

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Shellye Archambeau

Former CEO, Board Director, Speaker, and Author

Shellye Archambeau is an experienced CEO and Board Director with a track record of accomplishments building brands, high-performance teams, and organizations.  Ms. Archambeau currently serves on the boards of Verizon, Nordstrom, Roper Technologies, and MetricStream. 

Ms. Archambeau has over 25 years of experience in technology leading organizations. She is a recognized expert in marketing.  She was named the second most influential African American in IT by Business Insider in 2013. In 2015, she was ranked one of the “100 Most Influential Business Leaders in America” by Newsmax. She guest lectures at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and The Wharton School of Business.  She has been featured or referenced in major publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes and The Financial Times.

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Kristi Broom

Director, Mid-Market Engagement

Kristi Broom is an L&D leader with 20+ years of experience, including time at Citi and Anthem, designing and executing learning technology strategy and solutions. Her expertise lies in delivering complex global solutions on time and with impact. A true promoter of lifelong learning and skill growth, Kristi serves as a mentor for MNCAPS, a program that fully immerses students in a professional culture while receiving high school and college credit. 

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Adam Bryant

Managing Director
Merryck & Co.
Former New York Times "Corner Office" Columnist

Adam Bryant is a noted expert on executive leadership, whose work includes 525 Corner Office columns with CEOs for the New York Times, as well as two best-selling business books on leadership, culture and innovation. Adam has a proven ability to distill real-world, executable insights from his hundreds of interviews and turn them into practical tools, presentations and exercises to help organizations deepen their leadership bench and strengthen their senior teams. A frequently called-upon contributor to CNBC, Adam, Merryck and the network will launch a “Women in Leadership” interview series on CNBC.com in 2018.

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Christine Duffy

Carnival Cruise Line

Christine Duffy is president of Carnival Cruise Line, the biggest brand in the fleet of Miami-based global cruise industry leader Carnival Corp., the world’s largest leisure travel company.  As president, she’s the captain of a company that sails a fleet of 26 ships, annually hosts more than five million guests and employs more than 40,000 people who hail from more than 110 nations around the globe.  She joined Carnival Cruise Line in 2015 after a successful tenure as president and CEO of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the trade association representing the $120 billion global cruise industry.

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Danny Gaynor

SVP, Integrated Media Strategy
Weber Shandwick

Danny Gaynor leads Weber Shandwick's corporate brand and narrative practice globally. Working with multi-billion-dollar brands, Gaynor leads teams and partners with executives to craft companies' corporate narrative--articulating their innovation vision, social impact, and competitive distinction. Before joining Weber Shandwick, Gaynor worked at Nike World Headquarters in Portland, OR. At Nike, Danny crafted the global company narrative—spanning from innovation launches, to CEO communications, to investor relations. As one of the founding members of the new Nike Narrative team, Danny worked directly with the CEO and executive team to create and integrate a powerful brand vision across all Nike communications. Prior to Nike, Danny served in the Obama Administration as a Presidential Appointee, working on foreign policy and humanitarian assistance. Danny earned his Masters from the London School of Economics and attended college at Washington University in St. Louis. 

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Aaron Hurst

CEO and Co-Founder

Aaron Hurst is the foremost expert on the science of purpose at work and in 2014 brought global awareness to the rise of the fourth economic era in history, the Purpose Economy. He is the CEO and Co-Founder of Imperative, the technology platform for leaders in the new economy. Previously, as the founder of the Taproot Foundation, Aaron catalyzed the $15 billion pro bono service market. He is a third generation graduate of the University of Michigan.

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Louise Yochee Klein

Courage Growth Partners

Louise Yochee Klein PsyD is the 20+ year veteran business psychologist, author, and high-potential leadership program manager who leads the executive coaching practice at CourageGrowthPartners.com - equipping high-potential leaders and executive teams in North America, Israel, and other global innovation epicentres to mobilize investors, diverse project teams and KOLs who champion marketplace traction. Klein, an SFU and Widener PsyD alum and Canadian expat, is especially effective empowering visionary women and diverse leaders to get traction on transformative business initiatives.

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Merom Klein

Courage Growth Partners

Merom Klein Ph.D. co-leads CourageGrowthPartners.com - advising high-potential leaders and transformative executive teams to build the bold entrepreneurial high-courage culture that drives adoption of new technologies, therapies and business models. Klein, a Temple U Business Psychology alum, is a 25+ veteran workshop leader, author, assessment and experiential learning designer who brings serious fun, research validation and Israeli/North American innovative spirit - to awaken lead-from-the-middle empowerment, inventive thinking to Fortune 100 and mid-market growth company talent management programs. 

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Rajiv Kumar, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer and President
Virgin Pulse Institute

Rajiv Kumar serves as Chief Medical Officer and President of Virgin Pulse Institute, which provides Virgin Pulse clients with cutting-edge Value-on-Investment (VOI) studies and promotes research on health, wellbeing and employee engagement. Dr. Kumar's responsibilities also include overseeing the Virgin Pulse Science Advisory Board and the organization's analytics team. Dr. Kumar earned his medical degree from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and has focused his career on prevention, public health, and innovation in health care. He also received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from Brown University.

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Jenna Lebel

VP of Brand & Integrated Marketing
Liberty Mutual Insurance

Jenna is a passionate marketer with a track record of success throughout her career in a variety of settings from tech startup to agency startup to Fortune 100 insurance company. At Likeable, one of the first social media marketing agencies, she managed social media strategy for brands like Verizon, Neutrogena, GE, Medtronic, Logitech, Cumberland Farms, and 1-800-FLOWERS. In 2013, she left the agency side and moved to Liberty Mutual to start Digital Marketing for the Fortune 100 insurance company. As VP of Brand & Integrated Marketing and manages a team of 45 overseeing TV, Radio, Digital, PR, Sponsorships, and the company’s in-house creative agency. She has been published in several trade publications and has spoken at over a dozen industry conferences. Jenna serves on the Alumni Board of Directors for Emerson College and is also a member of Boston’s Future Leaders program from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.    

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Kelly Palmer

Chief Learning Officer

Kelly Palmer is on a mission to change the way the world learns. A well-known thought leader on learning, business, and career development, she is currently on the executive team of Degreed and was formerly the chief learning officer of LinkedIn. Prior to LinkedIn, Kelly was vice president of learning at Yahoo! and held executive positions in learning, M&A, and product development at Sun Microsystems. She speaks regularly at companies and business conferences around the world, has been featured in Big Think, Forbes, and Chief Learning Officer (CLO) magazine. 

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John Reid-DoDick

Senior Vice President, Culture 

After serving as WeWork’s Chief People Officer for two years helping the company's start-up culture thrive as it scaled five-fold into new markets across the globe, John now works with co-founder and Chief Culture Officer, Miguel McKelvey, to extend WeWork's "culture operating system" or "cultureOS" to help enterprises and entrepreneurs build and evolve great cultures. Prior to joining WeWork, John served as head of human resources for several organizations including Dun & Bradstreet, AOL, and Thomson Reuters Markets. An expert in leadership, talent, and organizational culture and change, John has led a number of initiatives that have received industry awards and been featured as best practice in publications such as The Art of Action, Leading Innovation, and The Employer Brand.

Dan Schawbel

Author, Entrepreneur, Partner, and Research Director 
Future Workplace

Dan Schawbel is a New York Times bestselling author, Partner and Research Director at Future Workplace, and the Founder of both Millennial Branding and WorkplaceTrends.com. He is the bestselling author of two career books: Promote Yourself and Me 2.0. His third book, Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation, will be published by Hachette on November 13th, 2018. Through his companies, he's conducted dozens of research studies and worked with major brands including American Express, GE, Microsoft, Virgin, IBM, Coca-Cola, and Oracle. Dan has interviewed over 2,000 of the world's most successful people, including Warren Buffett, Anthony Bourdain, Michael Bloomberg, Chelsea Handler, and Colin Powell. In addition, he has written countless articles for Forbes, Fortune, TIME, The Harvard Business Review and others that have combined generated over 15 million views. He has been recognized on several lists including Inc. Magazine's "30 Under 30", Forbes Magazine's "30 Under 30", Business Insider's "40 Under 40", BusinessWeek's "20 Entrepreneurs You Should Follow," and as one of Workforce Magazine's "Game Changers". 


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Pamela Stroko

Vice-President HCM Transformation and Thought Leadership 

Pamela Stroko is Vice-President HCM at Oracle Corporation and a recognized leader in HCM and talent management with over 20 years’ experience as a practitioner.  She is an author, keynote speaker, seminar leader, executive coach, and consultant working with Oracle’s customers in the HCM space.  Over her career she has developed deep expertise in all aspects of talent management, focusing on delivering business results by aligning enterprise strategy with strategies for building people capability across the organization. As a recognized thought leader, Pamela is frequently a keynote speaker and workshop leader at the industry’s largest forums.  Pamela has authored white papers, workbooks, and research reports.  Her e-book series:  The Chemistry of High Performance, which is a 7-part series, launched in June 2016. 

Julie Weber

Vice President and Chief People Officer
Southwest Airlines

As Vice President and Chief People Officer, Julie leads all aspects of Human Resources. Julie has over 20 years of domestic and international Human Resources experience. Since joining Southwest Airlines in 2006, Julie has served in various leadership roles including Director of Employment, Senior Director of People, and Vice President of People. Under Julie’s leadership, Southwest Airlines was among the Disability Equality Index’s® Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion, ranked #2 on Indeed.com's Top-Rated Workplaces in 2018, and is consistently among Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work. Julie is on the Board of Trustees for the University of Dallas and is a member of the Colorado State University College of Business Global Leadership Council. Julie earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Dallas, and a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Our Lady of the Lake University.


Additional speakers coming soon!