Keynote Speakers

2017 Conference Keynote and Featured Speakers

Hear from some of the brightest minds in talent development as you connect with peers and other professionals. We have three days of thought-provoking keynotes, sessions and networking opportunities planned.


How Technology, Demographics and Values Are Disrupting the Future of Work and Talent

Opening Session Keynote
Nancy Giordano // @nancygiordano

Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Drones, and other technologies are increasingly making certain job functions obsolete.

Behaviors and attitudes are changing what we want to do for work. How will these change the nature of work, and how companies operate in the future?  

Strategic futurist Nancy Giordano delves into both the advancing technologies and the critical shifts companies and the workforce must confront to stay relevant in the future.




Embrace the Shake: Transforming Limitations into Opportunities

Lunch Session Keynote
Phil Hansen // @Philinthecircle

Are you ready to Embrace your Shake?

Whether it’s to embrace change, overcome obstacles, sustain growth, or take suc cess to the next level, leaders want to know their teams can rise above any challenge and succeed no matter what comes their way. They want to “Embrace the Shake”.

The term “Embrace the Shake” is coined from Artist Phil Hansen’s personal story of transformation.

After developing a career-ending tremor in his drawing hand, Phil embraced his “shake” both physically and metaphorically by redefining his limitation as an impetus for creativity.

Phil not only restored his artistic abilities, he became a much more creative and innovative artist than ever before.

Upon sharing his message on the TED stage and with millions subsequently after, “Embrace the Shake” has become a motto for many businesses to approach their limitations in a new way.

Through jaw-dropping visuals and interactive art, get ready to break preconceived assumptions, activate your creative capacity, and bring fresh ways of viewing the task at hand to transform your challenges into opportunities for success.


Born to Win

Closing Session Keynote
Shawn Harper // @shawnharper075

If life is a game, play to win!

Having overcome unbelievable challenges to reach his goals as a former NFL player and successful CEO, Shawn Harper now focuses on teaching others the winning concepts he learned from the playing field and locker room and how to apply them to a higher level of personal and professional success.

Through his "no excuses" philosophy, Shawn motivates millions of people to overcome internal and external obstacles to build bridges to their purpose and destiny,

In his presentation, Born to Win, Shawn will help leaders to break thinking patterns away from the status quo to create a paradigm shift in operations strategies.

He'll inspire team members to unify under a mission and work together to achieve uncommon results.

Through his own life experiences and examples, Shawn is living proof that “a set back is a set-up for a comeback."