Featured Presenters

Ryan Estis

Ryan Estis is the former chief strategy officer for McCann Worldgroup, a global marketing and advertising firm. A sales and leadership expert, he helps prepare companies and individual contributors to embrace change and achieve breakthrough performance. His 20 years of business experience working with the world’s best brands will help attendees learn how to initiate change, inspire innovation, and deliver growth.

Colleen Francis

Colleen Francis is the founder of one of the top sales training companies, rated in the top five by Sales & Marketing magazine. She assesses, designs, and implements sales strategies to help companies achieve revenue goals. Whether designing strategy to target a new market or working with a team to improve its productivity, her results have attracted clients like Merck, Abbott, Merrill Lynch, Royal Bank, Dow, Adecco, Trend Micro, NCR, Chevron, and thousands of other global organizations.

Michele Gay

Michele Gay is a mother, former teacher, and one of the founders of Safe and Sound Schools. After losing her daughter, Josephine Grace, on Dec. 14, 2012, she chose to take action as an advocate for improved security and safety in our nation’s schools. Michele’s background as a teacher and involved parent, along with her personal loss and post-tragedy perspective, uniquely position her to help school communities prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from a school emergency.

Dr. Chris Kuehl

Chris Kuehl was a professor of economics and finance for 15 years, teaching in the United States, Hungary, Russia, Estonia, Singapore, and Taiwan. He holds advanced degrees in economics, Soviet studies, and East Asian studies.  He now is a managing partner in a firm that provides forecasts and strategic guidance for a wide variety of corporate clients around the world. He is also the chief economist for several national and international organizations.

David Ricketts

David Ricketts, Ph.D. has worked with IoT and smart cities on the disruption of AI, big data, data analytics, and other digital trends transforming how business is done and how consumers buy and use new products and services. Helping organizations understand and compete in a disruptive world, he helps people solve high-impact problems to outperform their competition by translating customer needs into new products and opportunities. Working at the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center (TECH) at Harvard, David teaches how to create disruptive innovation.

Tim Sanders

Tim Sanders believes that, in a highly competitive market, if you aren’t playing to win, you’re losing traction every day. He has worked at companies that won and lost their traction, giving him the unique perspectives of both sides. By applying imagination, storytelling, visual impact, and novel approaches to solving problems, Tim has sold more than $500 million in services during his career.

Dennis Snow

Dennis Snow spent 20 years in management with the Walt Disney World Company. Known for his expertise on leadership and leading teams to create an excellent experience for the customer, he believes that everyone is responsible for generating new ideas. He knows how to use teamwork, coaching, and communication to help organizations turn ideas from all levels into action.

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