October 23October 24
Hear it from the best in the business
Bill Taylor

Thursday October 23 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Bill Taylor is a best-selling author, celebrated entrepreneur and groundbreaking thinker on leadership and innovation. The author of the New York Times best seller Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win, Taylor’s new best seller, Practically Radical: Not-So-Crazy Ways to Transform Your Company, Shake Up Your Industry, and Challenge Yourself, is based on his in-depth access to 25 organizations that are making deep-seated changes under the most trying circumstances imaginable. These organizations (from hard-charging technology companies to long-established nonprofits, from hospitals to automakers to banks) are mastering a set of strategies and practices that define the work of leadership in turbulent times—ideas from which every leader can learn. Having made his name as a hugely successful editor and entrepreneur who co-founded and took Fast Company magazine from startup to a $340 million sale in less than six years, Taylor speaks with authority and experience on embracing people-centric approaches to leadership, a network approach to cultivating ideas and a relentless focus on being extraordinary all in the name of creating market dominance. Provocative and inspiring, Bill offers firsthand accounts of how game changers are transforming their companies and shaking up their industries—and insights into how you can do the same in your own organization.

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Alison Levine

Thursday October 23 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM

Alison Levine is a history-making adventurer who has never been one to shy away from risk. Despite being born with a life-threatening heart condition, she has climbed the Seven Summits (highest peak on every continent), served as the team captain of the first American Women's Everest Expedition, and skied to both the North and South Poles. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller On the Edge: The Art of High-Impact Leadership which chronicles the lessons she learned in the world's most extreme environments. In addition to her life as an adventurer, Alison spent four years on the adjunct faculty at the United States Military Academy at West Point and currently works with the Thayer Leader Development Group -- an executive education program that shares West Point leadership best practices with business professionals. Through her stories of adventure and stunning visuals, she explains how to thrive while managing risk and dealing with unpredictable environments.

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George Hedley

Friday October 24 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM

George Hedley founded and built his major construction company from $0 to $50 million dollars in only 7 years! For his accomplishments, George received the nationally recognized award “Entrepreneur of the Year” by INC magazine and Ernst & Young. George’s experience as a field superintendent, project manager, estimator, salesman, construction manger, owner, general contractor, developer and subcontractor, qualifies him as an expert in the construction industry. To date, he has built over 250 projects valued in excess of $500 million dollars and executed over 10,000 subcontracts.  George is a graduate of the University of Southern California in Civil Structural Engineering and has served as President of 3 Construction Industry Associations. Today, along with managing his construction company, George is the owner of Hardhat Presentations, presenting motivational keynote speeches, practical workshops and “how to” seminars to business and association audiences across the United States.

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Frans Johansson

Friday October 24 12:45 PM - 2:00 PM

An author, entrepreneur and consultant, Frans Johansson has spoken to audiences around the world, from the boardroom of large corporations to villages in developing countries. His debut book, The Medici Effect, available in 18 languages, shattered assumptions about how great ideas happen, and was named one of the “Best Books on Innovation” by BusinessWeek and one of the top 10 best business books of the year by Amazon.com. His follow up book, The Click Moment, obliterates the idea that in business you can strategize, plan and analyze your way to success.

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