FEATURED PRESENTERS

Jon Acuff

Jon Acuff is the New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including his newest release, Soundtracks: The Surprising Solution to Overthinking. He's an INC Magazine Top 100 Leadership speaker and has spoken to hundreds of thousands of people at conferences and companies around the world including: FedEx, Nissan, Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, Chick-fil-A, Nokia, and Comedy Central. His large and highly engaged social media following includes nearly 300,000 Twitter followers, more than 187,000 Facebook followers, more than 125,000 Instagram followers, and more than 90,000 email subscribers who look to him for his unique blend of humor, honesty, and hope. He lives outside of Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife and two teenage daughters.

Dr. Joseph Allen

Dr. Joseph G. Allen is an assistant professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and co-author of Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity, with John Macomber at Harvard Business School. At Harvard, Dr. Allen directs the Healthy Buildings program where he created "The 9 Foundations of a Healthy Building." He is also the faculty advisor to the Harvard Healthier Building Materials Academy. He works with Fortune 100 companies on implementing Healthy Building strategies in their global portfolios and presents internationally on the topic of Healthy Buildings. His work has been featured widely in the popular press, including the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, National Geographic, Time, NPR, Newsweek, The Washington Post, Fortune and The New York Times. He earned his Doctor of Science (DSc) and Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees from the Boston University School of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Biology from Boston College.

Peter Bregman

Peter Bregman, CEO of Bregman Partners, Inc., is the author of 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, Get the Right Things Done, and Point B: A Short Guide to Leading a Big Change. He writes a weekly column, "How We Work", for HarvardBusiness.org and is a regular contributor to Fast Company, Forbes, National Public Radio (NPR), Psychology Today, and CNN. As the advisor to CEO's and their leadership teams, Mr. Bregman has used his approach to improve performance at some of the world's premier organizations, including Morgan Stanley, NASDAQ, JP Morgan Chase, Victoria's Secret, Converse, Katz Media Group, Passlogix, and FEI, among others. He has worked with companies worldwide and has served as adjunct faculty with Columbia University Business School and the National Outdoor Leadership School.

Peter Bregman has based his work on the notion that an organization, at its core, is a platform for talent. By unleashing that talent, focusing it on business results, and aligning it with a compelling vision, both the individual and the organization thrive. Since 1989, he has trained and coached all levels of management and individuals to recognize their leadership, exhibit leadership behaviors, and model to stimulate change, and foster their own development and growth as well as that of their teams and colleagues. He earned his B.A. from Princeton University and his M.B.A. from Columbia University.

Dr. Chris Kuehl

Dr. Chris Kuehl is a Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence and one of the co-founders of the company in 1999. He has been Armada's economic analyst and has worked with a wide variety of private clients and professional associations in the last ten years. He is the Chief Economist for the National Association for Credit Management and is on the Board of Advisors for their global division - Finance, Credit and International Business. He prepares NACM's monthly Credit Managers Index. He is the Economic Analyst for the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association and writes their bi-weekly publication, Fabrinomics, which details the impact of economic trends on the manufacturer.

Chris is the chief editor for the Business Intelligence Briefs, distributed all over the world by business organizations and he is one of the primary writers (with Keith Prather) for the Executive Intelligence Briefs. He also makes close to a hundred presentations each year to business and industry associations in the US and overseas. He is on the Board of the Business Information Industry Association in Hong Kong and serves as a resource for the media and for many trade publications. Chris has a doctorate in Political Economics and advanced degrees in Soviet Studies and Asian Studies and was a professor of international economics and finance for over 15 years prior to starting Armada.

Dr. Calvin Mackie

Dr. Calvin Mackie is an award-winning mentor, inventor, author, former engineering professor, internationally renowned speaker, and successful entrepreneur. He is the founder of STEM NOLA, a non-profit organization to expose, inspire and engage communities in learning about opportunities in STEM. His message and life’s mission continues to transcend race, gender, ethnicity, religion, and time.

He has won numerous awards including 2019 Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Board’s Chair Phoenix Award, which recognizes individuals whose extraordinary achievements strengthen communities and improve the lives of individuals and families, nationally and globally. He was also awarded the 2003 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring in a White House ceremony. Dr. Mackie is the author of two award-winning books: A View from the Roof: Lessons for Life and Business and Grandma's Hands: Cherished Moments of Faith and Wisdom.

Scott McKain

Scott McKain is the founder of a consulting and training company that explores the role of ultimate customer experiences in creating enhanced client retention and revenue and is the author of three Amazon.com #1 business bestsellers; all teaching how to expand profits, increase sales, and engage customers. McKain latest book, released by an imprint from Simon & Schuster, titled "ICONIC: How Organizations and Leaders Attain, Sustain, and Regain the Highest Level of Distinction" was recently released to rave reviews from the world's leading executives and thought leaders."

Scott McKain's presentations benefit from three decades of experience, combined with his innate talent for articulating successful ideas. McKain has spoken before and consulted for the world's most influential corporations. He has presented his business strategies on platforms in all fifty states and seventeen countries. He has been honored with induction into the "Professional Speakers Hall of Fame”, and is a member of "Speakers Roundtable" -- an elite, invitation-only group of twenty business speakers considered by many to be among the best in the world.

Denise Yohn

Denise Yohn initially cultivated her brand-building approaches through several high-level positions in advertising and client-side marketing. She served as lead strategist at advertising agencies for Burger King and Land Rover and as the marketing leader and analyst for Jack in the Box restaurants and Spiegel catalogs. Denise went on to head Sony Electronic Inc.'s first ever brand office, where she was the vice president/general manager of brand and strategy and garnered major corporate awards. She has run her own firm as an independent consulting partner since 2004.

An influential writer and brand expert, Denise wrote the bestselling book What Great Brands Do: The Seven Brand-Building Principles that Separate the Best from the Rest (Jossey-Bass) and the new book Extraordinary Experiences: What Great Retail and Restaurant Brands Do. She enjoys challenging readers to think differently about brand-building. She is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review blog, Forbes, and Seeking Alpha, she writes the monthly column Brand New Perspectives to QSR Magazine, and she regularly appears on Fox Business TV as a commentator on breaking business news. In 2008 she launched her blog, brand-as-business bites, which the Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG) named as one of the top 20 marketing blogs.

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