For the past three decades, Anthony Robbins has served as an advisor to leaders around the world. A recognized authority on the psychology of leadership, negotiations, organizational turnaround, and peak performance, he has been honored consistently for his strategic intellect and humanitarian endeavors.
His nonprofit Anthony Robbins Foundation provides assistance to inner-city youth, senior citizens, and the homeless, and feeds more than three million people in 56 countries every year through its international holiday “Basket Brigade.” Robbins has directly impacted the lives of more than 50 million people from over 100 countries with his best-selling books, multimedia and health products, public speaking engagements, and live events.
A successful entrepreneur, Robbins serves as Chairman of seven privately held companies — in industries as diverse as hospitality, education, media production, business services, and neutraceuticals, and he holds an interest in and strategically directs a series of others. While diverse in characterization, all the companies Robbins owns or is a partner in are geared toward Robbins’ creed of improving the quality of life for people around the world: from Namale Resort & Spa, the award-winning, 325-acre tropical paradise in the Fiji Islands, to Twinlab Corporation, the highest-rated neutraceutical company honored in 2003 with the Consumer Satisfaction Award as Top Rated Retail Brand by Consumerlab.com, an independent testing group. Robbins’ pursuit of creating and contributing to a higher standard of living is reflected by one of his subsidiary companies, Rebus Publishing, a leading consumer health and science publisher that has been communicating healthy ideas for more than 25 years through such avenues as the “UC Berkeley Wellness Letter” and “Johns Hopkins Health After 50” newsletter. Robbins was also the first individual in the personal improvement industry to surpass more than a billion dollars in gross sales.
Leaders and achievers already at the pinnacle of success in their respective fields call on Robbins to be their strategic advisor when they face critical decisions requiring creative options and a systematic evaluation of probabilities and consequences.
Winston Scott’s journey to the stars as a NASA astronaut is a testament to the power of perseverance and vision. Raised in Miami, Scott’s largely segregated education provided little access to resources, but his own determination combined with the dedication of his teachers set him on an inspiring path of achievement. Since retiring from NASA Scott has remained an active pilot
and his work in space is now regarded as a case study in leadership and expert communication, qualities most clearly exhibited in the much-publicized manual capture of the Spartan satellite in the 1997 Columbia mission.
Continuing to excite readers, Scott’s book, Reflections From Earth Orbit, is not your typical “how do you go to the bathroom in space” book. Rather, it is a book about life as told through the reflections of Scott, prompted by events that occurred during his two space missions as a NASA astronaut aboard the space shuttles Endeavor and Columbia. Reflections is Scott’s way of sharing some of the experiences that drove him to overcome his life’s obstacles and become one of the select few who journeyed into outer space.
Weili Dai is one of the most successful women entrepreneurs in the world today. Widely considered a technology visionary, she is the only woman co-founder of a global semiconductor company, and since it began in 1995, she has helped Marvell’s rise to become one of the top semiconductor companies in the world.
Ms. Dai’s business acumen, strategic thinking, product leadership, endless passion and personal network have contributed greatly to Marvell’s fast rise to success. Her close relationship with her customers and the foundation of the trust shared with them has given her a strong reputation for professionalism and integrity throughout the technology industry. Ms. Dai has served a pivotal role in creating some of the Company’s most important strategic partnerships and under her leadership Marvell’s technology has become an integral component of many of the world’s most important products in enterprise, communications, mobile computing, consumer and emerging markets. She has also become a driving force in expanding access to technology in the developing world and an ambassador of opportunity between the US and China, particularly in the arenas of education and green technology. Ms. Dai has become a powerful advocate for the better use of technology to improve the human condition.
Eric Ryan makes soap. Really nice smelling soap that’s nontoxic and good for the planet. It’s really beautiful, too. He and his high school buddy Adam Lowry started Method in 2001 and have since built it into a global industry leader for both design and sustainability. Today, method has over 200 planet-friendly
cleaning products in stores across North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. Ryan has been named an eco-leader by Vanity Fair and an eco-revolutionary by Time. He has also been PETA’s Person of the Year, a recipient of the Clinton Global Citizen Award, and counted among Fortune’s 40 under 40.
Dr. Goldsmith is the author or editor of 35 books, which have sold over two million copies, been translated into 30 languages and become bestsellers in 12 countries. His two other New York Times bestsellers are MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There – the Harold Longman Award winner for Business Book of the Year.
In February 2016, Amazon.com recognized the ‘100 Best Leadership & Success Books’ in their To Read in Your Lifetime series. The list included classics and newer books – management and self-help books. Both Triggers and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There were recognized as being in the top 100 books ever written in their field. Marshall is only one of two authors with two books on the list.
Marshall’s professional acknowledgments include: Harvard Business Review and Best Practices Institute – World’s #1 Leadership Thinker, Global Gurus, INC and Fast Company magazines – World’s #1 Executive Coach, Institute for Management Studies – Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching, American Management Association – 50 great thinkers and leaders who have influenced the field of management over the past 80 years, BusinessWeek – 50 great leaders in America, Wall Street Journal – top ten executive educators, Economist (UK) – most credible executive advisors in the new era of business, National Academy of Human Resources – Fellow of the Academy (America’s top HR award), World HRD Congress (India) – global leader in HR thinking. His work has been recognized by almost every professional organization in his field.
Dr. Goldsmith’s Ph.D. is from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management where he was the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. He teaches executive education at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. He is one of a select few executive advisors who has worked with over 150 major CEOs and their management teams. He served on the Board of the Peter Drucker Foundation for ten years. He has been a volunteer teacher for US Army Generals, Navy Admirals, Girl Scout executives, International and American Red Cross leaders – where he was a National Volunteer of the Year.
Ragy Thomas is a technology visionary, entrepreneur, and investor who has played an instrumental role in the evolution of two business-critical channels for the enterprise: social media and email. As founder and CEO of Sprinklr – the world’s most complete enterprise social technology serving more than 1,000 enterprise brands globally – he is empowering companies to reimagine their customer-facing operations to manage consumer experiences across every touch point.
Kim Jordan, co-founder, executive chair and former CEO of New Belgium Brewing has cultivated her passion for social work, the environment, and community to create one of the most successful corporations in America. Her lifelong commitment to developing healthy communities has informed New Belgium’s culture through progressive policies like employee ownership,
open-book management, and philanthropic giving. Jordan is a recent board member of Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s Renewable Energy Authority Board. As an entrepreneur for more than 20 years, she is the visionary link keeping New Belgium Brewing on a path of evolution to meet consumer needs of the future.
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.
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.
Elizabeth McKee Gore is the entrepreneur-in-residence at Dell, where she drives initiatives that support Dell’s goals around helping small and medium businesses scale and prosper; fueling the expansion of global entrepreneurship and creating jobs that will drive the world economy.
Gore previously served as the first ever entrepreneur-in-residence for the United Nations Foundation as well as vice president of Global Partnerships where she founded strategic grassroots efforts such as Nothing But Nets, Girl Up and the Shot@Life. Prior to her position with the United Nations Foundation, Gore served as the director of development and corporate relations for the Points of Light Foundation and was a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia, South America.
Adam Miller is the founder and CEO of Cornerstone OnDemand. Since starting the company in 1999, Miller has led Cornerstone through nearly 14 years of consecutive growth, transforming it into one of the world’s leading Software-as-a-Service companies.
Cornerstone has been recognized as one of the nation’s fastest growing companies by Deloitte, Inc. magazine and the Los Angeles Business Journal. Miller recently was honored as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 award winner. He also was named the Southern California Technology Association’s CEO of the Year in 2009.
Pooneh Mohajer, CEO and Co-founder of tokidoki, is a devoted entrepreneur who in 1999 sold her first company Hard Candy Inc. (a color cosmetics company that revolutionized the nail enamel and cosmetic industries worldwide), to LVMH, Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA, an international luxury goods conglomerate.
Since 2005, Pooneh has overseen the growth of tokidoki into a global lifestyle brand which has amassed a cult-like following for its larger-than-life characters, megawatt partnerships and diverse array of products, ranging from handbags to apparel to slot machines. Tokidoki has collaborated with many iconic brands such as Hello Kitty, Karl Lagerfeld, LeSportsac, Barbie, Onitsuka Tiger, Sephora, Marvel, Major League Baseball, and 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. He lives in Springfield, Missouri, with his family.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. He lives in Springfield, Missouri, with his family.
Doug serves as Chairman for Newport Board Group, a national partnership of CEOs and senior executives who advise emerging middle market companies and assist private equity firms to invest in and grow portfolio companies. He is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship at Florida State University.
Doug also serves as the Advisory Board Chairman for the Business Dynamics Research Consortium, a national research institute, funded by the NASDAQ Foundation and the University of Wisconsin – Extension. It studies the entrepreneurial economy and job creation. Doug is Immediate Past Chairman and serves on the board of directors of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), a global not-for-profit organization with 58 Chapters and 14,000 members in the US and internationally, representing middle market private capital investors, intermediaries and the middle market deal community. Doug is the author of No Man’s Land, a leading text about growth companies that has been translated into many languages and has won four National Best Business book awards.His insights about the economy and business have been cited in hundreds of media outlets including Inc. Magazine, The Financial Times, and The New York Times online. As Chairman and CEO of Tatum LLC, Doug built a highly respected national professional service firm, leading it from its entrepreneurial phase to growth to 30 offices. Tatum LLC was sold to Spherion (now SFN Group) in 2010.
Kate Rogers joined CNBC in September 2014 as a reporter based at the network’s global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. Rogers covers small business and entrepreneurship for the network, appearing on its Business Day programming and providing daily stories and videos to CNBC.com.
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As the author of five books, including the Amazon No. 1 best sellers ROAR! Get Heard in the Sales and Marketing Jungle andVideo Marketing for Dummies, Kevin Daum helps companies communicate in strategic, compelling, and often humorous ways. Daum is an Inc. 500 entrepreneur and Inc.com columnist whose track record includes more than $1 billion in sales and marketing.
Hilary Folger is a Partner at Lippincott, a leading brand strategy and design firm that is behind some of the world’s most iconic brands including Walmart, Starbucks, McDonald’s and Samsung. Her most recent work includes the rebranding of Southwest, America’s most loved airline.
Long sought after for her ability to refresh and revitalize heritage brands, Hilary is also deeply passionate about sharing her expertise with female start-up founders in an advisory capacity.
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.
Ami Kassar, CEO/Founder of MultiFunding, a financing advisory and brokerage company specializing in debt financing. For seven years, Kassar has been a noteworthy industry advisor on the state of the business credit market and a champion of entrepreneurship.
He is a regular panelists and thought leader in Washington, DC on the topic. Kassar also brings a decade long credit market experience, which equates to 17 years of financing expertise. He is the 2015, 2014, and 2013 recipient of the Small Business Influencer Award as well as the 2012 Small Business Advocate Award.
Heidi Messer has been an entrepreneur and investor in the digital economy since the commercialization of the Internet. Ms. Messer currently serves as Co-Founder and Chairman of Collective[i]™. Collective[i] (short for Collective Intelligence) hosts a network and applications that uses artificial intelligence
and predictive analytics to grow revenue for enterprise sales organizations. Prior to Collective[i], Ms. Messer co-founded LinkShare, serving as board member, President and COO until its sale to Rakuten (4755:JASDAQ) for $425m. Ms. Messer serves on the boards of AB (NYSE:AB), the Partnership for NYC, the Brown Entrepreneurship Program and Women’s Leadership Counsel and advisory boards of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins, Dell, NBC Universal and Amex OPEN. Ms. Messer is a founding member of Zokei, a global network of artists, scientists, business and technology leaders and investor/advisor to startups including Perch, DoDoCase, Mogul and Spire.
Jim helps leaders grow companies. He specializes in the issues that fast growth firms experience in their business models, talent, processes and systems as they reach higher levels of performance. Jim and his team work with over 100 CEOs of high growth companies to identify and obliterate the things that stand between them and continued growth.
He has been personally involved in many exits on both the buy and sell side. He has been running companies over 25 years and has done business in over 26 countries. His insight is sought by dozens of CEOs of growth companies around the country. If you want straight, strategic advice on your business problem – you have found your guy.
Mel Robbins is one of the most sought after motivational speakers trusted by global brands to design and deliver business expanding, life-changing, interactive keynotes that inspire change, challenge thinking and accelerate personal and professional growth. The media has tapped Mel to host award-winning shows for FOX, A&E, Cox Media Group and CNN. Mel is a Dartmouth College and Boston College Law School graduate. She and her husband of 18 years have three young kids. She lives in the Boston area, but remains a Midwesterner at heart.
With over 20 years in nonprofit leadership and visioning, Carissa excels at creating environments for effective teamwork and fast-pace growth development. As a consultant with Predictable Success, Carissa helps teams from large government agencies and commercial organizations like Otter Tail Corporation enhance communications, foster teamwork, and develop leadership potential from within.
Jennifer Connelly is founder and CEO of JConnelly, a communications and marketing firm founded in 2003. A leading communications strategist, Jennifer has served as a trusted consultant to C-suite executives, helping them launch their businesses in new markets, broaden awareness of their brands and navigate potential crisis situations.
Recognized by her peers and colleagues in public relations, business and beyond, Jennifer has garnered numerous personal accolades, including earning a spot on the 2014 Gorkana Survey of Financial Journalists as one of the “Most Respected PR professionals”– as determined by more than 200 financial journalists – and one of NJBIZ’s “50 Best Women in Business.” For the past six years, JConnelly’s employees have voted for the firm as one of the “Best Places to Work in New Jersey.”
Sherry Stewart Deutschmann is the founder and CEO of LetterLogic, Inc. a $40M Nashville-based company that has been praised nationally for placing the needs of the employees before those of the customers and shareholders. The company mission is to prove to the world that taking great care of the employees ensures customer loyalty and a healthy bottom line.
Sherry is a member of the National Women’s Business Council, a small group of women who advise the President, Congress, and the Small Business Administration of issues related to access to capital, markets, and networks for women entrepreneur
Rob joined Vista Equity Partners in 2002. He sits on the Investment Committee and co-heads the Foundation Fund. Rob also sits on the boards of Bullhorn, Lanyon, Newscycle, PeopleAdmin, Social Solutions, Trintech and Telarix. He previously served on the boards of Accruent, ADERANT,
BigMachines, MicroEdge, Mitratech, Relias Learning, SumTotal, Surgical Information Systems and Sunquest. Prior to joining Vista, Rob served as Director of Finance and Business Development for Integra LifeSciences. Before his time with Integra, Rob worked in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group of Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Tom Gimbel is the Founder and CEO of LaSalle Network, a staffing and recruiting firm headquartered in Chicago. For the past five years (2011-2015), Staffing Industry Analysts has named LaSalle Network among the Best Staffing Firms to Work for in the country, and is the only staffing firm to make this list five consecutive years, and recognized LaSalle Network on its national list of Fastest-Growing Staffing Firms for the past three years (2012-2014).
Also, LaSalle has been named to the Inc. 500/5000 list of Fastest-Growing Privately Held Companies in America for the past eight consecutive years (2007-2014). Gimbel individually has been recognized on Crain’s Chicago Business’“40 Under 40′′ list and inducted into the Chicago-area Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame. Gimbel is a national expert on company culture and employee engagement and retention, featured on CNBC, theTODAY show, Fox & Friends, Fox Business Network, and featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, among others.
Dallas Seely has been in the fitness industry for over a decade. After working his way up the ranks to becoming one of the top trainers in the state of Texas, he was introduced to the Camp Gladiator opportunity. He now serves as a Divisional Vice President, Regional Director, and Primary Trainer. He is also ranked as the number one trainer in the company.
Mr. Wilkins heads Harris Williams & Co.’s West Coast Technology, Media & Telecom team and leads the firm’s U.S. efforts in the Internet & Digital Media and Education Technology sectors. He has over 20 years of investment banking experience serving technology clients, including global industry leaders across the online advertising and marketing, digital media content, e-commerce, data/analytics, internet software and education technology sectors.
Mr. Wilkins has led numerous advisory and capital raising assignments including mergers and acquisitions, public and private equity, and fixed income securities deals, many of which have been cross-border transactions. Prior to joining Harris Williams & Co., Mr. Wilkins was a managing director and head of Internet & Digital Media Investment Banking at Sagent Advisors where he co-founded the firm’s Technology & Media practice. Previous experience includes leading the Internet & Digital Media practice at Wachovia Securities and the Communications Technologies and Multimedia practice at Wasserstein Perella in San Francisco and London. Earlier in his career, Mr. Wilkins worked in investment banking at J.P. Morgan and began his career as an analyst at Goldman Sachs.
During the four years Eric Schurenberg has presided over Inc., the magazine has seen a 24 percent increase in ad pages and received numerous journalism awards and a National Magazine Nomination for general excellence. Prior to his tenure at Inc., he had leadership roles at Money, Fortune, Business 2.0, the CBS Interactive websites Bnet.com and MoneyWatch.com, and the Goldman
Sachs Group’s personal wealth management website, Goldman.com. In addition to hosting Inc. live events, Schurenberg is an occasional contributor to CNBC, MSNBC, and the Today show.
Before joining Inc., James Ledbetter was the opinion editor of Reuters. He was the founding editor of Slate’s financial site The Big Money and deputy managing editor of CNN Money. Ledbetter has published five books, including Unwarranted Influence: Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Military-Industrial Complex.
Leigh Buchanan is an editor-at-large for Inc. magazine. A former editor at Harvard Business Review and founding editor of Webmaster Magazine, she writes regular columns on leadership and workplace culture.
Kris Frieswick is executive editor at Inc. She is an award-winning journalist and editor whose work has appeared in a wide variety of national publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Boston Globe Magazine, Departures, and Hemispheres.
Tom Foster is an Inc. editor-at-large. His work has also appeared in Popular Science, Fast Company, Details, and Men’s Journal, among others. A longtime New Yorker, he is a recent transplant to Austin.