Take a Look Back at our Esteemed Presenters!

Tanmay Bakshi

Tanmay Bakshi, a 19-year-old AI prodigy and technological savant, defies conventions with his extraordinary achievements that reach far beyond his age. Wearing numerous hats — Author, TED & Keynote Speaker, Google Developer Expert for Machine Learning, AI & Software Architect for IBM Watson Apps, Instructor at the University of Winnipeg, Visiting Professor at iUniversity Tokyo, Media Personality, and YouTuber — he's a force in the technology sector.

Tanmay's passion lies in using technology as a tool to drive positive global change. His goal? Empowering over 100,000 individuals to leverage the benefits of technological advancements, fostering a global community of innovators and change-makers.

His journey with coding began when he was just five years old. By nine, he had published an iOS app, earning recognition from The Toronto Star as their Newsmaker of the Year 2013 — an accolade indicative of his prodigious talents. Since then, he has shared his insights with over 300,000 executives, developers, and students in more than 30 countries, speaking at high-profile organizations such as the United Nations, Apple, Walmart, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, HSBC, KPMG and Shell.

In addition to his speaking engagements, Tanmay has made significant contributions to the field of AI and technology. Notably, he has been instrumental in developing AI techniques to revolutionize the drive-thru experience at McDonald's as part of his work with IBM. He has also created applications that enhance songwriting capabilities, identify individuals through their heartbeat, and decode mental states using EEG data.

Tanmay's impact has been recognized globally, with prestigious awards and accolades. Bloomberg Businessweek named him Young Entrepreneur, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation honored him with the Knowledge Ambassador Award, and he received the Twilio Doer Award, the Life Mentor Award from the Creative Foundation, and the Young Edison Award from Shanghai TV.

His achievements have garnered attention from prominent international media outlets such as Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CNBC, and CBC. These platforms have recognized his innovative work and the potential he holds to shape the future of technology.

Driven by a deep desire to create lasting positive change, Tanmay Bakshi remains committed to using his extensive knowledge to transform the world through technology. With his remarkable expertise and unwavering dedication, he is poised to continue making significant contributions to the field and inspiring others to harness the power of technology for the greater good.

Michael Bonner

Michael Bonner is a renowned leader, innovator, and performance booster, who is a trailblazer in leadership development and organizational culture. He is a dynamic keynote speaker as seen on The Ellen Show, NBC Nightly News, and Time for Kids and a recent recipient of Atlanta's 40 under 40 awards . He is the CEO of Bonnerville, a business that promotes the value of self-care and a highly respected team member at the famed Ron Clark Academy.

He empowers leaders to build genuine relationships and establish a positive organizational culture, vision and team development. His seminars challenge listeners to reflect, strategize, and execute in order to increase their efficiency in the workplace and personal areas. He empowers listeners to build genuine relationships with their teams and colleagues because "You cannot demand a withdrawal from someone you have never invested in."

Michael Bonner's transformative approach leaves C-suite and nonprofit leaders, educators, and administrators confident and prepared to become world-changing citizens who garner significant impact.

To learn more about Michael Bonner, visit and follow him on all social media platforms at @michaelbonner_.

Meridith Elliott Powell

Meridith Elliott Powell is an award-winning author, keynote speaker and business strategist.

With a background in corporate leadership and sales, her career expands over several industries including banking, healthcare and finance. Meridith worked her way up from entry-level to earn her position in the C-Suite. She is a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame, Vice-Chair of the National Speakers Association, A Master Certified Business Growth Strategist, A Certified Executive Coach and Certified Speaking Professional. In addition, Meridith is an invitation-only author for LinkedIn with more than 600,000 learners taking her courses around the world. With a passion for helping her clients learn the strategies they need to turn uncertainty to competitive advantage. Meridith has a cutting-edge message, rooted in real-life examples and real-world knowledge. She is the author of nine books, including "THRIVE: Turning Uncertainty to Competitive Advantage" named Top Sales Book, and Who Comes Next? Leadership Succession Planning Made Easy, written with Dr. Mary Kelly. Who Comes Next? solves one of the biggest challenges in business today - building your leadership bench. Both books have won the top honors for the Benjamin Franklin Independent Books Sellers Award. One of the highest honors for business books.

Meridith is regularly featured in publications such as Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., Investment News, and American Banker among others. High energy and highly interactive, she helps leaders and business owners learn the new rules of success today, and the strategies they need to Thrive in Uncertainty. You can find her inspiring message and strategies on both of her podcasts: Sales Logic - the "logical" approach to selling successfully in challenging times, and THRIVE - where Meridith interviews leaders, sales professionals and business owners who have transformed their organizations to turn uncertainty to opportunity.

In her highly engaging keynote-speaking sessions, Meridith shares how you can think, feel and most importantly react to uncertainty, and the power of what you can do to start to control change rather than have change control you. Meridith shows her audiences how to attract more business, retain top talent, and leap into position to win in a constantly shifting marketplace. Meridith always deliver practical solutions to businesses toughest challenges. No walking on coals, no breaking boards, just real-life strategies you can put into place first thing Monday morning. When not coaching or keynoting, Meridith can be found on her favorite hiking trail, riding her mountain bike, or endlessly chasing little white golf balls on courses round the country.

Jessica Kriegel

Dr. Jessica Kriegel is driven by data and defined by results. She transforms corporate culture for success. As seen on CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, FOX Business, Yahoo Finance, New York Times, Forbes, NBC and more, Jessica is a household name for all workplace, labor, leadership, women in the workplace, and job markets. Her renowned “Culture Equation” was acquired by Culture Partners in 2021, where she is currently Chief Scientist of Workplace Culture.

As a member of the executive team at Culture Partner, Jessica leads groundbreaking research, strategy, and innovation alongside institutions like Stanford University.

Culture Partners is reshaping the DNA of Fortune 10 and Fortune 500 companies to increase revenue, drive sales, and ensure retention.

With a Doctoral degree in Human Resources Development, Educational Leadership, and Management from Drexel University, Jessica is one of the few females in her space uncovering the uncharted territories of culture and leadership. As a single mom, she is also a fierce advocate for women in the workplace and designing a job that works for you not a job you work for.

Her groundbreaking research is detailed in her debut book "Unfairly Labeled," a manifesto for equality and transformation in the modern workplace and disrupting the narrative that Baby Boomers and Gen Z are misaligned in the workplace. It's her mission to dispel the stereotype that unfairly labels workers today.

As a keynote speaker who is a force on the stage nationally and internationally, Jessica leads with data-driven results that amplify revenue and results. With an MBA and fluency in three languages, Jessica is an advocate for progress, innovation, and data-fueled transformation.

In a world where culture isn't just a concept but a catalyst, Jessica is scripting a narrative of evolution, empowerment, and enduring success.

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.

Rick Lazio

Rick Lazio is a former U.S. Representative from New York serving in Congress from 1993-2001. While there, he became a strong advocate for small businesses by sponsoring the successful Small Business Tax Fairness Act. After Congress, Rick moved to the private sector working for JP Morgan Chase as a Managing Director and then Executive Vice President. Rick is committed to his continued interest and support of small to mid-sized businesses by brokering his insight and experience in the public and private sectors to provide strong incentives for job growth. This interest has extended into his civic and philanthropic work in New York with the Committee for Economic Development and the Association for a Better New York.

Steve Thomas

Steve Thomas invests his life in helping a variety of organizations build leadership, develop people and create team. To put it simply, he helps people navigate through the complexities of human weirdness. He genuinely wants to see people live better lives and has a passion to develop people to get the most out of their leadership. It is not secret that great people make great organizations. While some start with tips and techniques to solve the problems that we see, Steve digs below the surface to challenge the deep issues we sometimes don’t see. Convinced that leadership drives the workplace culture and the culture drives everything else, he challenges current thinking and belief systems to bring about change…and fun! In fact, part of his mission…make work culture more fun! Steve also coaches football and lives in Springfield, Illinois with his wife, Debbie. She works in education doing almost the same thing he does, except she is way better at it than he is!

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