Dr. Chris Kuehl is an economist based in Kansas City. His firm 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, including NSCA.
Geoff Colvin of Fortune magazine delivers valuable insights to help companies and leaders win by confronting reality faster than their competition. His unique perspective stems from unparalleled access to top global business leaders who tell him what they’re seeing, thinking, and doing. As a result, he has analyzed companies and business leaders worldwide as they confront the largest issues of our time and has pinpointed what distinguishes the winners from the losers. Colvin is author of four books, including the groundbreaking international bestseller, Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else.
Ron Lovett went from breaking up brawls at nightclubs to providing personal protection to some of the world’s biggest A-List Celebrities―a 15-year rollercoaster ride of managing against the grain in uncharted territory. In Outrageous Empowerment: The Incredible Story of Giving Employees Their Brains Back, Lovett shares how he transformed his one employee business in Halifax, Nova Scotia, into a leading national security company with over 1,500 frontline staff. Lovett will reveal the techniques he used to turn disgruntled employees into passionate stakeholders who carried out the company’s visions. All large companies talk about employee alignment through culture and purpose. Lovett will show you how with simple, scalable systems and processes that ensure an enterprise’s productivity matches its mission and empowers its staff to execute.
Ryan McCarty is an author, speaker, and cofounder of Culture of Good Inc. He began his career as a full-time minister leading non-profit organizations for more than 20 years before becoming director of customer and employee relations at TCC, one of the nation’s largest Verizon Authorized Wireless Retailers. During his time at TCC, one of the nation’s largest Verizon Authorized Wireless Retailers, McCarty created and launched Culture of Good, a movement that enabled the wireless retailer’s 3,000 employees to give back in all 850 communities in which they exist. Today, he is an author, speaker, and co-founder of Culture of Good Inc., which teaches for-profit companies how to operate their business with the soul of a non-profit to drive their business toward greater success. McCarty is the author of Build a Culture of Good: Unleash Results By Letting Your Employees Bring Their Soul to Work.
Ken Ritterspach is a certified EOS implementer and knows first-hand what it means to lead a company. He is a former CEO with 30 years of experience leading and working alongside teams as a turnaround specialist and trusted business advisor for private and publicly held companies. Ken has been the CEO or president of five companies, held senior-level positions in three others, and owned his own business.
Laura Stack, MBA, CSP, CPAE, is best known by her moniker: “The Productivity Pro.” She is an authority on employee and team productivity and president and CEO of The Productivity Pro Inc., a boutique consulting firm dedicated to helping leaders increase workplace performance in high-stress environments. For over 25 years, she has helped associations and Fortune 1,000 corporations like Starbucks, Wal-Mart, Aramark, Bank of America, GM, Wells Fargo, and Time Warner improve output, increase execution speed, and save time in the office. Stack is also the bestselling author of seven books, including her newest, Doing the Right Things Right: How the Effective Executive Spends Time.
Mike Staver is the author of Leadership Isn’t for Cowards. He takes noisy, complex leadership content and makes it immediately useful, digestible and entertaining. He speaks from real-world executive leadership experience, provides coaching that helps businesses of all kinds maximize employee performance, and is a trusted advisor to some of the world’s most influential leaders. He encourages people to carefully and fully examine how their leadership is deeply personal and completely attainable if they are focused and aware of who they are, what they believe, and how they influence (or should influence) others.
Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg was on HR Magazine’s list of “Top 20 International Thinkers.” He believes that mental models limit thinking and innovation. Instead of looking at up-and-coming technology and future problems, we should be focused on problems in the past that haven’t been solved. Wedell-Wedellsborg helps integrators find the answer to this question: “What is the service or product you should have invented three years ago that no one has invented yet?” He’s an expert at teaching business leaders how to get better at things going on right now. His research on creativity has been featured in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Harvard Business Review.
Chris Younger is the Managing Director for CVA Family Office, and is also a Managing Director for CapitalValue Advisors, a FINRA-registered broker-dealer in Denver. Chris has over 25 years of experience in investment banking, law, operations, sales, and working with middle market business owners on both business and personal planning issues. Chris has personally managed over 100 transactions for businesses large and small across industries including consumer products, software/SaaS, manufacturing, distribution, and services. He and David Tolson co-founded CVA Family Office with Matt Blackburn and Dalyce Young to better serve the wealth management requirements of business owners – CVA Family Office serves to book-end a business owner’s transition from an illiquid ownership position in a private company to a liquid portfolio by integrating business planning with personal planning before, during, and after a sale. He is a graduate of Miami University and Harvard Law School, and prior to founding CVA and CVAFO, he was the President of a $1B+ communications company, where he purchased and integrated 27 different companies