Alan Mulally served as president and chief executive officer of The Ford Motor Company and as a member of Ford's board of directors from September 2006-June 2014. Mulally led Ford's transformation into one of the world's leading automobile companies and the #1 automobile brand in the United States. He guided Ford in working together on a compelling vision, comprehensive strategy and implementation of the One Ford plan to deliver profitable growth for all of the company's stakeholders.
Prior to joining Ford, Mulally served as executive vice president of The Boeing Company, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and president of Boeing Information, Space, and Defense Systems.
Throughout his career, Mulally has been recognized for his contributions, industry leadership, and service, including being named #3 on FORTUNE's "World's Greatest Leaders", one of the 30 "World's Best CEO's" by Barrons' magazine, one of "The World's Most Influential People" by TIME magazine and "Chief Executive of the Year" by Chief Executive magazine. He was also honored with the American Society for Quality's medal for excellence in executive leadership, the “Automotive Executive of the Year”, and the “Thomas Edison Achievement Award”. In 2016, Mulally was inducted into The Automotive Hall of Fame.
Mulally previously served on President Obama's United States Export Council. He served as co-chairman of the Washington Competitiveness Council, and has served on the advisory boards of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the University of Washington, the University of Kansas, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the United States Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. Mulally has also served as president of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and as chairman of the Board of Governors of the Aerospace Industries Association.
Mulally currently serves on the board of directors of Google, Carbon 3D, and the Mayo Clinic.
Daymond John is a New York Times Bestselling author and the CEO and founder of FUBU, the iconic global lifestyle brand that went on to have more than $6 billion in sales. Resolved to expand his own brand, Daymond joined ABC’s iconic series, Shark Tank as one of their original cast members. Now in their seventh season, “The Peoples Shark” remains a staple on the three-time Emmy Award winning show that airs on Friday nights.
His commitment to entrepreneurship goes beyond his work with FUBU and television and has been celebrated on a global level. In 2015, he was named a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship and was part of an exclusive group who joined the President and his staff at the Global Entrepreneur Summit in Kenya.
One of Daymond’s greatest accomplishments is his continued fight against dyslexia where he sits on the advisory board of Understood.org and works closely with the Yale Center for Dyslexia. Daymond has embraced his affliction allowing it to be a catalyst for his career as an author. This past January, his book The Power of Broke (Crown Publishing) was released and became an instant New York Times Bestseller. Designed to inspire men and women of all ages and circumstances, The Power of Broke takes readers behind the scenes with country’s most celebrated entrepreneurs to show how starting a business from broke forces you to think more creatively, use your resources more efficiently, connect with your customers more authentically and market your ideas more imaginatively. His two previous books, Display of Power and The Brand Within were National Bestsellers.
A recipient of more than thirty-five awards, including the Brandweek Marketer of the Year and Ernst & Young’s Master Entrepreneur of the Year, Daymond serves as CEO of the marketing firm Shark Branding which specializes in brand strategies, brand development, artist relations and marketing. Under Daymond’s leadership, Shark Branding has perfected the methods for ingraining companies, brands and products into the social consciousness including Capital One, Miller Lite, Gillette, Shopify and Infusionsoft. Additionally, he continues to anchor the company’s celebrity brand management division where he has worked with superstars such as Muhammad Ali, the Kardashians, Pitbull, Idris Elba, Lennox Lewis, Stan Lee and more.
Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past fifteen years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of three #1 New York Times bestsellers – The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, and Rising Strong. Her TED talk – The Power of Vulnerability – is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over 25 million views. Brené is the Founder and CEO of Brave Leaders Inc – an organization dedicated to delivering a research-based, courage-building program to help individuals, teams, and organizations answer a call to courage and develop brave leaders based on four teachable, observable, and measurable skills.
Michael Dubin is a passionate, creative entrepreneur, executive and trailblazing brand-builder with a unique style and an engaging voice that clearly resonates with male consumers. Under his leadership, DSC now boasts over 3 million active members with revenues that exceeded $200M in 2016.
Les McKeown advises CEOs and senior leaders of organizations on how to achieve scalable, sustainable growth and speaks to Fortune 500 companies about his breakthrough strategies. Prior to founding Predictable Success LLC, Les established himself as a serial founder/owner in the global business spectrum, starting more than 40 companies, in addition to being the founding partner of an incubation consulting company that advised on the creation and growth of hundreds more organizations worldwide. It is through this experience that he aids businesses in different size and scope as an in-demand speaker, sought-after advisor and bestselling author.
Les delivers keynotes to various organizations and businesses around the world. He has presented his ‘Predictable Success’ and ‘Synergist’ model to the likes of Harvard University, Microsoft, United Technologies Corporation, Overture, Pella Corporation, the US Army and many more. In these engagements, he aims to empower every level of the workforce by educating every individual on the stages of the business lifecycle, their business’ current stance and steps leading to this outcome, and the adopted practices needed to prosper for the future of the company. Les has appeared on NBC, ABC, BBC, CNN, Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, USA Today and The New York Times.
Nina Vaca is Pinnacle Group's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Her dynamic leadership over the past 19 years has propelled the company from a niche IT services firm to the workforce solutions powerhouse it is today, with a suite of business lines that address the range of human capital challenges companies face today.
Vaca's unwavering commitment to Pinnacle's success and growth has motivated her to make several bold decisions over the years that have changed the company's course and helped it become what it is today. Watershed moments came in 2001, when Vaca took full control of the company and re-engineered its service offerings in response to the changing landscape post-9/11, then again in 2007 when Vaca saw an opportunity to enter the managed services sector with an ambitious $100 million program. In 2009, Vaca diversified Pinnacle's business in response to the economic downturn by expanding into Canada and offering additional services. Then in 2011, Pinnacle expanded into the VMS space when it acquired Provade, Inc., which offers enterprise-class VMS (vendor management software) that enables clients to manage their contingent workforce spend. Pinnacle further broadened its managed service offerings in 2011-2012 by adding payrolling and IC compliance to its portfolio.
Pinnacle's evolution and astronomical growth is not only the result of Vaca's fearless approach to overcoming challenges the business has faced, but is due in equal measure to her intense focus on two core values – delivering impeccable service to clients and putting people at the heart of everything Pinnacle does. In Vaca's own words, "Our growth is rooted in our people. It is vital that they feel as empowered and impassioned as possible."
Because of her many successes with Pinnacle Group and the respect she has earned within the business community, Vaca has been elected to serve as a director of three publicly traded companies, and has won numerous awards both for the company and as an individual. She has been named one of the most influential Latinos in the United States for the past seven years, and has also been called one of the country's 100 most intriguing entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs.
In addition to her varied business pursuits, Vaca is a committed civic leader and philanthropist. She is a passionate advocate for women and entrepreneurs, especially within the Hispanic and minority communities. In 2014, the Obama Administration appointed Vaca as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship. Vaca is also Chairman Emeritus of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and serves as Chairman of the USHCC Foundation. For the superb work she has done in the community as well as in business, she has been awarded three honorary doctorates and is the youngest graduate in her alma mater's history to be honored as a distinguished alumna.
Banjo is Damien Patton’s fourth entrepreneurial venture. He also served in Desert Storm, worked as Chief Mechanic for a top NASCAR team, and worked as a crime scene investigator while simultaneously working full-time as chief operating officer for a technology company. Patton speaks frequently on subjects ranging from social, mobile and location-based technology to agile development and user privacy. He served as a mentor for the Harvard Innovation Lab and the Silicon Valley Immersion Experience Program (IXP).
Alex Kenjeev is Kevin O’Leary’s right-hand man. As president of O'Leary Ventures, he negotiates with, oversees and mentors a portfolio of rapidly growing businesses across many industries. He also co-founded a software company that was acquired three years later for more than $100 million. Kenjeev is an investor on CNBC’s Make Me a Millionaire Inventor, a frequent contributor on CTV, and a bit of a weird dude.
Dan Price captured headlines around the world after implementing a $70,000 minimum wage at his company, Gravity Payments. This move has sparked a national debate on the purpose of business and leadership responsibility.
Price’s 40-year goal is to be a small speck of sand in the revolution where business ceases to be about profit and greed to one that is about values and serving others. Today, more than 13,000 businesses across the country trust Gravity Payments to save them millions in fees and hours in frustration by making it easy to accept credit card payments.
Shama Hyder is the CEO of the award-winning agency, The Marketing Zen Group, and best-selling author of two books, The Zen of Social Media Marketing and Momentum. She is an international keynote speaker and has been featured across all major media channels, including MSNBC, Fox Business, Forbes, Inc. and The Wall Street Journal.
She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Technology Titan Emerging Company CEO award as well one of the “Top 30 Under 30 Entrepreneurs” by both Inc. Magazine and Forbes. Additionally, Shama has been honored at both the White House and The United Nations as one of the top 100 young entrepreneurs in the country.
Michael Lastoria is CEO & Co-Founder of &pizza, the first Washington D.C. based fast-casual pizza concept rapidly expanding in the Mid-Atlantic region. In 2012, Michael founded &pizza in D.C.’s historic H Street NE corridor. He set out to create a different kind of pizza shop - one where experience is the focal point, every shop reflects the culture and people of its neighborhood and where quality ingredients are combined in inventive ways. Evidence of their success can be found in the culture of its employees (the brand calls them Tribe Members), its rapid expansion, now up to 20 shops, and numerous recognitions, including Best Pizza and Best Vegetarian.
An entrepreneur at heart, Michael Lastoria began his career in 2002, founding Innovation Ads, a leading marketing and media services company. While acting as CEO, Michael oversaw the successful sale of the company to Seaport Capital, a New York based private equity firm, in 2006.
Since then, Michael has founded several other notable performance-based advertising and hospitality companies. His ventures have received national recognition including features in Entrepreneur Magazine and a variety of entertainment publications.
In addition to his role as CEO & Co-Founder of &pizza, Michael serves as President of JWALK, a New York based full service creative agency, leading the company in growth strategy.
Michael is a well-recognized leader in the startup world and speaks regularly on sales, marketing, branding and entrepreneurship. Michael holds a B.A. in Economics and Business from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.
Dave McKeown is President of Inc. Consulting by Predictable Success, a leadership development firm specializing in organizational growth. He has worked with hundreds of professionals to develop their leadership skills and make their organizations perform at a higher level. Dave has had the opportunity to share the Predictable Success methodology at top conferences including Inc. 5000 and GrowCo, as well as deliver business growth workshops in conjunction with Bank of America and the British Government. A native of Ireland, Dave relocated to the US in 2013 and currently resides in Southern California.
Tom Gimbel is the founder and CEO of LaSalle Network, a staffing, recruiting and culture company headquartered in Chicago. LaSalle has been named to the Inc. 500|5000 list of fastest growing companies for the last 10 years, as well as Glassdoor’s 2016 list of “Best Places to Work” and to Inc.’s 2016 “Best Workplaces” list in America. Gimbel is an expert on hiring, career management and company culture, contributing to Inc. and The Wall Street Journal. Gimbel appears frequently on Squawk Box, TODAY Show, Fox & Friends, Fox Business Network, and in The New York Times and Fast Company, among others.
Steve Baker is the Vice President of the Great Game of Business Inc., a division of employee-owned SRC Holdings Corporation. He also co-wrote the 20th anniversary edition of the best-selling book The Great Game of Business. Baker spent two decades struggling to help small-business owners reach their goals without access to key business metrics. Learning to play the Great Game of Business at SRC changed his life. He also serves on the board of the National Center for Employee Ownership and on the steering committee of SRC’s Ownership Culture Initiative. Baker is a career marketing and branding professional and an award-winning designer.
Inc. columnist and senior contributing editor Norm Brodsky is a veteran entrepreneur who has founded and grown six businesses. In 2007 he sold CitiStorage, a document-archive business based in Brooklyn, New York, for $110 million.
His most recent venture is Black Gold Suites, an extended-stay hotel in Tioga, North Dakota. Brodsky chronicles his entrepreneurial journey in his Inc. “Street Smarts” column and in the book The Knack: How Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Whatever Comes Up, both co-authored with Inc. editor-at-large Bo Burlingham.
MultiFunding helps small business owners find the best business loan options. Within the company, Kassar, Founder and CEO, ensures small business owners have access to the capital needed to help grow and manage their businesses. He has been featured in the New York Times and The Huffington Post. Ami is the 2012, 2013 and 2014 recipient of the Small Business Advocate Award ans Thought Leader. He developed Banking Grades, a free tool that helps small business owners discover which banks are lending to small businesses.