Thursday, December 1, 2016, 7:30-9:50am

High Performing Cultures: Transforming
Individuals and Organizations

Al Curnow

World-class organizations have long recognized the powerful influence their cultures have on the performance of their people, and by extension, the performance of their companies. Not surprisingly, while most organizations allow their cultures to evolve naturally, top-performing ones are amazingly intentional about how they create and drive the culture they want to have.

Al Curnow is a Senior Consultant with High Performing Culture, LLC (HPC). HPC helps organizations create, drive, and maintain high performing cultures with a proven system that’s straightforward, practical, and easy to use. He works with CEO’s of numerous industries nationwide.

Not your typical abstract or theoretical program about the importance of creating a vision or mission statement, Curnow’s presentation is a practical, actionable, no-nonsense program designed to give participants the tools to leverage their corporate culture as a distinct competitive advantage. Delivered with his down-to-earth yet passionate style, and filled with lots of examples through the case study approach, this discussion will include such topics as:
• The difference between a “good culture” and a “high-performance culture;”
• Why Values are less important than Behaviors;
• The critical mistakes most leaders make in defining their culture, and how to avoid them; and
• The role of “ritual” in sustaining a focus on culture over the long run.

Al Curnow regularly writes and speaks on the topics of culture and employee engagement. He has spoken to Vistage groups, CEO Clubs, Chambers of Commerce as well as corporate symposiums. Prior to his consulting career, he spent more than twenty-five years in the employee benefit industry on both the wholesale and retail side of business. Receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Rhode Island and completing graduate work at the University of Missouri, Curnow is married and has two daughters. He lives in East Greenwich, RI.

Website:

http://www.highperformingculture.com/

     
     

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 7:30-9:50am

“Future-Proofing” Your Brand in a Climate of
Economic and Political Change

Jeremy Goldman

For more than 15 years, Jeremy Goldman has been working with companies looking to take their operations online and integrate social media into their processes. He has managed global e-commerce and social media for a number of global beauty brands, including Kiehl’s Since 1851. Under Jeremy’s leadership, Kiehl’s won the 2009 WebAward for Outstanding Achievement in Web Development, achieved a Top 25 digital performance ranking according to the L2 Digital IQ Index in the Beauty & Skincare category, and received a Top 50 Facebook IQ ranking among all luxury brands. He has also managed make-up product partnerships with Beyoncé’s Deréon make-up line for Temptu Airbrush Make-Up, and founded Unilever's first-ever luxury skincare products division.

As founder and CEO of Firebrand Group, an award-winning future-proofing firm focused on building powerful brands through innovative digital marketing and social media strategies, Jeremy includes Unileaver, L’Oreal, Consumer Reports, and Movado among his clientele. He earned his MBA in Information Systems and Marketing at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. His views have been featured in publications such as Mashable, Wall Street Journal, Smart Money, ReadWriteWeb, The Next Web, The Star-Ledger, and Internet Retailer Magazine, and his campaigns have been featured in Gawker and Ads of the World.

Jeremy’s first book, Going Social: Excite Customers, Generate Buzz, and Energize Your Brand with the Power of Social Media was the #1 bestselling social media book in the world. His latest book, Getting to Like: How to Boost Your Personal and Professional Brand to Expand Opportunities, Grow Your Business, and Achieve Financial Success, came out earlier this year as a practical, actionable guide to anticipating and staying one step ahead of the curve – and your competition – providing specific examples of effective communication and engagement.

Website:

http://www.firebrandgroup.com

     
     

Thursday, October 6, 2016, 7:30-9:50am

Marketing in the Trenches

Christopher Ciunci

An entrepreneur and marketer, Chris Ciunci is Founder and Managing Partner of TribalVision, an outsourced marketing-department-for-hire with offices in Boston and Providence. Motivated by his frustration with the conflict of interests inherent in the conventional marketing landscape, Chris founded TribalVision in 2010 - a forward-thinking alternative to the traditional advertising agency model. He oversees TribalVision’s strategy, marketing and thought-leadership initiatives. In addition, he works closely with clients, partners, and team members to develop comprehensive marketing strategies for business owners and organizations looking to achieve dramatic top-line growth.

The author of two books – Market Smarter and Marketing in the Trenches – Chris has built a reputation as a marketing thought-leader in the New England business community. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and has conducted marketing workshops in partnership with numerous organizations. He has also served as a guest panelist for Providence Business News (PBN) Marketing Summits as a CIBER Case Competition Judge, as well as a guest columnist for multiple publications.

Chris holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Swarthmore College and an MBA with a marketing concentration from the Yale School of Management. An active member of the Rhode Island business community, he was recently recognized by the Small Business Association (SBA) as the 2015 Rhode Island Small Business Person of the Year. Chris is also a recipient of the SmartCEO Future 50 national prize and PBN’s “40 Under Forty” award.

Website:

www.marketinginthetrenches.com

     
     

Thursday, September 1, 2016, 7:30-9:50am

Develop the Resilience You Need to Succeed

George S. Everly, Jr.

George S. Everly, Jr. is co-founder of, and Representative to the United Nations for, the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, a non-profit United Nations-affiliated public health and safety organization. He is a member of the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health Preparedness and serves on the faculties of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and Loyola College in Maryland. Prior to these appointments, Dr. Everly was Chief Psychologist and Director of Behavioral Medicine for the Johns Hopkins' Homewood Hospital Center.

He is the author, co-author, or editor of 14 textbooks and over 100 professional papers. Among his texts are Mental Health Aspects of Disasters: Public Health Preparedness and Response, Pastoral Crisis Intervention, Psychological Counterterrorism and World War IV, Personality Guided Therapy of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Critical Incident Stress Management, Psychotraumatology, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing and A Clinical Guide to the Treatment of the Human Stress Response. He has given invited lectures in 22 countries on 6 continents and his works have been translated into ten foreign languages.

Dr. Everly has won numerous awards receiving the Certificate of Honor from the Baltimore Police Department, the Honor Award from the American Red Cross, the Leadership Award from the American Red Cross, and the Maryland Psychological Association's Award for Scientific Contributions to Psychology. Dr. Everly was recognized as a “Pioneer in Clinical Traumatology” by the Traumatology Institute of the Florida State University. He served as the Mental Health Chairperson for the Central Maryland Chapter of the American Red Cross, where he was co-founder of the disaster mental health network.

Website:

http://www.nc-cm.org/biogeorgeeverly.htm

     
     

Thursday, June 2, 2016, 7:30-9:50am

Demystifying the Sales Process and Achieving the Results You Want

Carl Gould

Carl Gould is a business growth expert who advises organizations to get to the next level – fast! An entrepreneur who built three multi-million dollar businesses by age 40, Carl is a keynote speaker and published author as well. Using a proprietary methodology based on his best-selling 2010 book, The 7 Stages of Small Business Success, he is among the world's leading business growth experts. With leading international bestselling authors Ken Blanchard and Stephen R. Covey, Carl has overseen the development of over 5,000 small businesses in 35 countries, conducting more than 75,000 innovative, highly acclaimed coaching sessions with entrepreneurs.

Beyond business mentoring and coaching, Carl’s expertise extends to personal development, as he maintains there are predictable patterns to personal as well as business success and failure. He helps companies and organizations ALIGN their people and processes, TURNAROUND any situation in which they find themselves, and GROW their revenues exponentially. His latest book, BIZ DEV DONE RIGHT, focuses on managing the blind spots in the sales process. Viewing the situations of life as opportunities, Carl maintains that when business development is done right, there is no limit to what a company can accomplish.

Married with three children and a resident of New Jersey, Carl has been seen, heard and read on News 12 NJ, Florida’s CBS affiliate WINK-TV, the Newark Star Ledger, Wall Street Journal, South Africa’s Cape Business News, and Key Performance Indicators’ (KPI) Performance Magazine.

Book:

BIZ DEV DONE RIGHT

     
     

Thursday, May 5, 2016, 7:30-9:50am

Harnessing the Power of Emotions to Fuel Extraordinary Performance

Jackie Barretta

Jackie Barretta has led some of the largest teams and toughest projects as a Fortune 500 executive and higher education CIO. She is currently the CIO at Willamette University, and has held the CIO position at College of Marin, Portland Community College, and Con-way Inc.

Her work with technology teams has won her widespread recognition with dozens of prestigious awards for innovation and achievement, including Premier 100 IT Leader from Computer World, IT Innovator of the Year from Information Week, and IT Executive of the Year from the Society for Information Management.

Her book, Primal Teams, has been published by the American Management Association, and she has published several articles on team motivation and agility in CIO and Information Week. Her team practices and unprecedented team accomplishments have been highlighted through numerous interviews and articles in prestigious publications, including Fast Company and Forbes.

Website:

Primal Teams

     
     

Thursday, April 7, 2016, 7:30-9:50am

Rescheduled to September 1

George S. Everly, Jr.

George S. Everly, Jr. is co-founder of, and Representative to the United Nations for, the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, a non-profit United Nations-affiliated public health and safety organization. He is a member of the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health Preparedness and serves on the faculties of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and Loyola College in Maryland. Prior to these appointments, Dr. Everly was Chief Psychologist and Director of Behavioral Medicine for the Johns Hopkins' Homewood Hospital Center.

He is the author, co-author, or editor of 14 textbooks and over 100 professional papers. Among his texts are Mental Health Aspects of Disasters: Public Health Preparedness and Response, Pastoral Crisis Intervention, Psychological Counterterrorism and World War IV, Personality Guided Therapy of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Critical Incident Stress Management, Psychotraumatology, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing and A Clinical Guide to the Treatment of the Human Stress Response. He has given invited lectures in 22 countries on 6 continents and his works have been translated into ten foreign languages.

Dr. Everly has won numerous awards receiving the Certificate of Honor from the Baltimore Police Department, the Honor Award from the American Red Cross, the Leadership Award from the American Red Cross, and the Maryland Psychological Association's Award for Scientific Contributions to Psychology. Dr. Everly was recognized as a “Pioneer in Clinical Traumatology” by the Traumatology Institute of the Florida State University. He served as the Mental Health Chairperson for the Central Maryland Chapter of the American Red Cross, where he was co-founder of the disaster mental health network.

Website:

http://www.nc-cm.org/biogeorgeeverly.htm

     
     

Thursday, March 3, 2016, 7:30-9:50am

Seven Powerful Steps to the Top of the World

Tim Warren, DC

Rhode Island native Tim Warren has been an endurance athlete and adventurer since the age of 12, when he came in nearly last in his first cross country race! Inspired though, he then hiked the Grand Canyon rim to rim at age 15, ran his first 26 mile marathon at 16 and hitchhiked to California at 18!

But Dr. Tim has also suffered from a debilitating joint and nerve condition since the age of 10, motivating him to become a Doctor of Chiropractic medicine, and subsequently care for more than 10,000 individuals before leaving clinical practice to teach and write. His topics and delivery invariably result in both “inspiration and perspiration” for audiences ranging from second graders to Fortune 500 business executives and their teams of employees. His pervasive mission is to inspire his audience with a greater understanding of true wellness.

A sponsored athlete many times over, Dr. Tim has climbed the highest peak on four continents including becoming the first Rhode Islander to summit Mt. Everest at age 48. His presentations reflect failure and success on the great mountains of the world as metaphor for overcoming the difficulties in life’s journey.

His first book, Lessons From Everest, was published in 2010 and his second, One Second Wellness, is slated for a September 2016 release. Invariably, Dr. Tim has influenced hundreds of audiences with his message of hope, optimism and hard work, and how failure is necessarily the prerequisite of success.

Website:

Lessons from Everest

     
     

Thursday, February 4, 2016, 7:30-9:50am

From Boardroom to Playing Field: Leadership Choices and Team Performance

Tony Collins

Tony Collins, former running back for the New England Patriots when they played in Super Bowl XX in January 1986, today inspires young people, athletes, teachers, community servants, organizational heads and business leaders alike because of the choices he has made on and off the field – some tragic – and the significant lessons he has learned from them. Raised in a family of sixteen children in central upstate New York, Collins unleashed his passion for football excellence very early in life, and dedicated his formative years to achieving the goal of one day playing in the National Football League.

Gaining some 4,647 yards over seven seasons for the Patriots, Collins earned All-Pro honors, a team record for most yards achieved in a game, and the Super Bowl XX privileged competition in his first three years on the team. These on-the-field successes diminished over time, however, as Collins found himself falling prey to destructive choices stemming from football injuries and the various pain medications they required. His abusive drug behavior eventually resulted in a downward spiral, ending his football career and leaving him floundering for more than eighteen years.

Collins’ personal story is about “turn-around” and transformation. The author of Broken Road: Turning My Mess into a Message, he has made something significant of his life – off the field. His foundation, “Good Choices,” provides funding for twenty scholarships for high school seniors annually. Travelling extensively for national speaking engagements, he engages in mentoring, motivational programming and fundraising as he illuminates the important work of his foundation. Beyond his own experiences, Collins discusses the trends and potential threats that negatively influence today’s young people, and suggests the remedies they may require.

Website:

http://www.tonycollinsfoundation.com/

     
     

Thursday, January 7, 2016, 7:30-9:50am

The Unlikely Grassroots Movement That Saved A Beloved Business

Daniel Korschun

Daniel Korschun works with companies to develop innovative Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives that generate value for both the company and the community it serves. Much of this innovative thought is profiled in his first book, a co-authored work, Leveraging Corporate Responsibility: The Stakeholder Route to Business and Social Value. His latest volume, We Are Market Basket, also co-created, tells the true story of the grassroots movement to reinstate a beloved CEO and save a $4.5 billion supermarket chain.

His expertise in building business and social value uses underleveraged “intangible assets” such as corporate identity and reputation, membership and brand communities, and corporate social responsibility to strengthen stakeholder relationships. Reflecting the cohesive rather than competitive nature of these properties, Daniel’s work appears in a host of leading business and academic journals.

Viewed as often defining the standard for various components of the business and marketing strategies of packaged goods companies worldwide, Daniel has provided counsel to and taken strong positions on corporate management decisions including, most recently, the ouster of Market Basket CEO Arthur T. Demoulas, and the eco-friendly public relations calamity of Volkswagen – widely recognized as perhaps the most egregious example of greenwashing. An academic fellow, Daniel is LeBow Professor of Marketing at Drexel University.

Website:

www.lebow.drexel.edu/people/danielkorschun

     
     

Thursday, December 3, 2015, 7:30-9:50am

Strategies to Accelerate Growth

Paisley Demby

Paisley Demby directs Business Services for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative in New York. He is responsible for partner development, marketing and recruitment of business owners to the program. Drawing upon more than 20 years of management and finance experience and working with a wide range of companies from startups to large-scale multimillion dollar corporations, Demby designs and delivers small business development through a team of business advisors that provides support to business owners enrolled in the Goldman Sachs program.

Demby’s vast experience has helped him to craft industry-tested strategies – including his own 10X Revenue and Job Growth model – easily implemented to drive immediate results. Inspirational and motivational, his leadership workshops “stretch” and rejuvenate audiences, giving CEOs a new-found understanding of their latent potential by removing roadblocks to moving forward.

Well recognized and actively involved in the small business development community in the New York region, Demby has served as a judge in multiple business plan competitions. He received the career achievement and social impact award from the Whitney M. Young Jr. Memorial Conference Executive Board at Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and was recognized by The Queens Courier as a “40 Under 40 Rising Star.”

Employed by Fortune 100 companies including Accenture, JP Morgan, IBM, General Motors and Westinghouse, Demby is no stranger to Providence – having earned a BA in engineering and economics from Brown University. He holds an MBA in finance and strategic management from The Wharton School.

Website:

http://www.marketnewyorkexpo.com/conference-speakers/paisley-demby/

     
     

Thursday, November 5, 2015, 7:30-9:50am

The End of Stress

Don Joseph Goewey

Don Joseph Goewey is the managing partner of ProAttitude, a human performance firm focused on ending work stress. He previously managed the department of psychiatry at Stanford Medical School, directed a regional emergency medical services system, and headed the International Center for Attitudinal Healing, an internationally recognized institute that pioneered an approach to catastrophic life events.

Don has worked with some of the most stressful situations on earth – with people facing terminal illness, parents struggling with the loss of a child, prisoners adjusting to a life sentence, and refugees of the genocidal war in Bosnia struggling with extreme post-traumatic stress.

Don spent six years directing a think tank aimed at integrating breakthroughs in neuroscience and psychology. From this work, he innovated a model for changing brain structure to extinguish stress reactions and amplify the higher brain function that enables a human being to flourish. The success of the model in helping people end stress in high pressure workplaces like Cisco Systems and Wells Fargo has been unprecedented. Other clients have included Fenwick and West LLP, Dematic, Stanford University, Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, and the County of San Mateo.

Don is the author of The End of Stress, Four Steps to Rewiring Your Brain. He writes for the Huffington Post and has been on the Today Show, CNN and NPR.

Book:

The End of Stress

     
     

Thursday, October 1, 2015, 7:30-9:50am

How Top Companies Assess Risk,

Manage Exposure and Seize Opportunity

John J. Hampton

John J. Hampton is a professor of business at St. Peter’s University, and former Executive Director of the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS). A respected speaker, he regularly addresses professional audiences on technologies that comprise the cutting edge of risk.

Dr. Hampton has worked on strategic planning, risk management and due diligence projects for diverse clients including AT&T, The World Bank, and United Technologies. He has extensive experience in China, Russia, and Japan.

Book:

Fundamentals of Risk Management

     
     

Thursday, September 3, 2015, 7:30-9:50am

There are Only Four Ways to Grow a Business

Paul Latham

Paul Latham CEO of in-Cube-8, is a serial entrepreneur who moved from the UK to Rhode Island in 2012. “In-Cube-8”, is aimed at the strategic planning needs of business owners. Paul believes that there is an exciting new opportunity in the USA to build an innovative, virtual, business consulting platform, designed to meet the changing needs of 21st Century business owners.

Paul originally trained as a Chartered Accountant, and was senior partner at Lathams Accountants. They became a top 15 accounting practice in the UK, employing more than 250 people before being sold to Tenon Group Plc. for $45 million in 2001. Lathams growth was achieved by innovatively branding and positioning themselves as “future accountants – looking forwards not backwards”. It was at Lathams that Paul developed his unique business processes, designed to help business owners to grow profits and build business value.

After the sale of Lathams, Paul became a Founding Director of Fairpoint Group Plc., successfully completing an I.P.O. and entering the UK Stock Market in 2002. Fairpoint was a market leading financial services provider, employing more than 400 people, and achieved a market capital value in excess of $400 million. He retired as Finance Director.

Subsequently, Paul has become a Director and major shareholder in Brinc Limited (known as “Health Service Discounts”) in the UK. Brinc is an on-line provider of employee benefits, with over 1 million National Health Service members, making it easily the largest such affiliate provider in the UK market. Brinc has recently been valued in excess of $30 million.

Website:

Paul Latham | LinkedIn

     
     

Thursday, June 4, 2015, 7:30-9:50am

How Technology Is Revolutionizing Advertising And the Way Companies Reach Consumers

Mike Smith

Mike Smith is Vice President of Revenue Platforms and Operations, Hearst Magazines Digital Media as well as the General Manager of Hearst’s Core Audience. Smith joined Hearst in July 2013 and is responsible for all digital media revenue platforms, including the company’s programmatic sales engineering efforts through the Hearst Audience Exchange as well as advertising operations, and digital ad product development.

Prior to Hearst, Smith held a number of positions with Forbes, most recently as the President of Forbes.com and Chief Digital Officer of Forbes Media, where he oversaw the company’s technology departments, including IT systems, multi-platform development and digital strategy. He was also responsible for audience sales via auctions including trading desks, advertising operations, data and analytics, and yield management.

Before joining Forbes.com as Chief Technology Officer, Smith was Vice President and Chief Information Officer at TheStreet.com, where he directed technology efforts, including application development, network engineering, website operations, global technology initiatives and business support systems and prior to that, was Director of Information Technology at HBO.

Smith holds a network-technology related patent and is the author of the new book, TARGETED: How Technology Is Revolutionizing Advertising And The Way Companies Reach Consumers (AMACOM / 2014).

Smith graduated from the New Jersey Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and has been a member of the Board of Visitors of NJIT’s Albert Dorman Honors College for 14 years, as well as the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Education Law Center, a member of the School Consultative Board of Union Catholic High School and a member of The Union League Club.

Website:

http://targetedmikesmith.com

 

Book:

Targeted

     
     

Thursday, May 7, 2015, 7:30-9:50am

Effective Leadership Through Courage,
Compassion and Wisdom

Jim Bouchard

Jim Bouchard transformed himself through martial arts from dropout, drug abuser and failure to successful entrepreneur and Black Belt.

As a speaker and author of Amazon bestseller THINK Like a BLACK BELT, Jim tours nationally presenting his philosophy of Black Belt Mindset for corporate and conference audiences. He's a regular guest on TV and radio programs including FOX News, BBC Worldview and FOX Across America.

Jim has been teaching people how to access peak levels of performance and develop personal and professional Mastery for more than 25 years. He is a true Master of the mindset needed for success in business and in life.

He increases productivity and engagement- and develops leadership at ALL levels by teaching people how to THINK Like a BLACK BELT!"

Website:

http://www.thatblackbeltguy.com/

 

Book:

The Sensei Leader

     
     

Thursday, April 2, 2015, 7:30-9:50am

Cultivate the Enduring Customer Loyalty that
Keeps Your Business Thriving

Noah Fleming

Noah Fleming is a marketing expert and thought leader in strategic marketing and customer loyalty and he helps clients dramatically and rapidly increase sales, multiply profits, and maximize customer value. He is the trusted source for coaching and consulting to thousands of owners, executives, and individuals and he is the author of the Amazon #1 bestselling book in Sales, Marketing, and Customer Service - EVERGREEN: Cultivate The Enduring Customer Loyalty That Keeps Your Business Thriving.

Noah is an expert blogger for Fast Company Magazine, a regular contributor to The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business section, and he has been routinely quoted and mentioned in publications like Forbes, The New York Times, and Reuters. He has taught master classes on retention for the popular website, Mixergy.com, a site dedicated to interviewing company founders and industry experts, and he has conducted webinars on retention for top level executives for Vindicia, an online payment company responsible for processing over $4 billion dollars annually in recurring payments. He recently delivered the closing keynote to over 400 information publishers at the Society of Information Publishers Association’s 36th Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

Flemingis also member of Alan Weiss’s Mentorship Program & Growth Cycle®, two highly respected and world-renowned programs dedicated to the refinement of advanced consulting skills, and one of only 36 people who are globally recognized & accredited by Dr. Weiss as a Master Mentor.

Website:

http://noahfleming.com/

 

 

     
     

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 7:30-9:50am

Mergers and Acquisitions:
The Acquisition of Mereco Technologies

Philip M. Papoojian

Philip M. Papoojian is currently COO of Mereco Technologies, a wholly owned subsidiary of Protex International. He was formerly President and Chief Operating Officer of Mereco, a highly specialized manufacturer and supplier to major electronic component manufacturers. Phil began his career with SWS Silicones, a joint venture between Stauffer Chemical Corporation and Wacker Chemie. He has also worked as a Product Manager, Marketing Manager and Business Director for the Electronic Chemicals unit of J. T. Baker Chemical Company in Philipsburg, NJ, a division of Proctor & Gamble, and he was a Vice President for Voyager Technologies, a venture capital funded startup producing equipment for the semiconductor industry.

Mr. Papoojian has been very active in the Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) serving as its Chairman from 2011-2013. He has also served on its Board of Directors and as Chair of the SBANE Massachusetts Government Affairs Committee, the SBANE Rhode Island Government Affairs Committee, and is currently serving as Co-Chair of the SBANE Advanced Manufacturing Committee. He has served on the Board of Directors for the National Small Business Association (NSBA) in Washington, the R.I. Healthcare Reform Commission, Governor Carcieri's Well Care Advisory Committee, Lt. Governor Roberts Small Business Advisory Committee, The RI Health Insurance Market Merger Task Force and The Office of the RI Health Insurance Commissioner's Health Insurance Advisory Committee. He served for five years as the Chairman of the Health Care Committee on the Rhode Island Economic Summit sponsored by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and The Rhode Island Small Business Development Center at Johnson and Wales University.

Mr. Papoojian holds a BA in chemistry from Fitchburg State College, a MS in plastics engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and a MBA with a concentration in corporate finance from Anna Maria College. He is the co-author of patents related to the use of Deep UV capable pellicles used in semiconductor lithography processes.

Website:

http://www.mereco.com/

 

 

     
     

Thursday, January 8, 2015, 7:30-9:50am

Harness the Energy of Competing Ideas To
Uncover Radically Innovative Solutions

Deborah Schroeder-Saulnier

Deborah Schroeder-Saulnier, Founder and CEO of Excel Leadership Solutions, is a highly sought advisor to senior executives. Leveraging her 25-year career in senior leadership roles and consulting in business/industry, she partners closely with executives to solve problems, clarify focus, and accelerate the pursuit of critical market, organization, and leadership priorities.

She has worked with a number of Fortune 500 companies worldwide including Boeing, Citigroup, Bunge LTD., Scottrade, Danfoss, IPC-The Hospitalist Company, RGA – Reinsurance Group of America and World Wide Technology. Deborah was previously Partner with The Clarion Group; Global SVP for Right Management; and Global Director - Organization Development for Ingersoll Rand.

Deborah’s new book: The Power of Paradox: Harness the Energy of Competing Ideas to Uncover Radically Innovative Solutions brings a counterintuitive approach to solving problems to help you face chronic challenges with confidence and uncover unexpected and infinitely better solutions. She is based in St. Louis, Missouri.

Website:

Excel Leadership Solutions

 

Book:

The Power of Paradox

     
     

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 7:30-9:50am

Why Revoluntionary Companies Abandon Conventional Mindsets, Question Long-Held Assumptions, and Kill Their Sacred Cows

Linda Henman

Linda Henman is one of those rare experts who can say she's a coach, consultant, speaker, and author. For more than 30 years, she has worked with Fortune 500 Companies and small businesses that want to think strategically, grow dramatically, promote intelligently and compete successfully today and tomorrow. Some of her clients include Emerson Electric, Boeing, Avon and Tyson Foods. She was one of eight succession planning experts who worked directly with John Tyson after his company's acquisition of International Beef Products, one of the most successful acquisitions of the twentieth century.

Whether coaching executives or members of the board, Linda offers clients coaching and consulting solutions that are pragmatic in their approach and sound in their foundation - all designed to create exceptional organizations. She is the author of Challenge the Ordinary, Landing in the Executive Chair, and The Magnetic Boss among other works.

Linda holds a Ph.D. in organizational systems, M.A. degrees in interpersonal communication and organizational development and a BS in communication.

Website:

Linda Henman

 

Book:

Challenge the Ordinary

     
     

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 7:30-9:50am

Discover What Your Top Performers Do Differently And Inspire A New Level Of Greatness In All

William Seidman

William Seidman is the CEO of Cerebyte, Inc., a company focusing on creating high performing organizational cultures. He has worked as a manager or consultant with many large and small organizations including Hewlett-Packard, Jack in the Box, Intel, Tektronix, CVS Pharmacies, and Sears. As a recognized thought leader and expert on leadership in high-performing organizations, he contributes an in-depth understanding of the processes required to discover and use expert wisdom to create extraordinary organizational performance.

Dr. Seidman earned his doctorate at Stanford University. He is co-founder and chief executive officer at Cerebyte, Inc., co-author (with Rick Grbavac) of award winning, The Star Factor, published by AMACOM books. The Star Factor presents Affirmative Leadership, a methodology for discovering what your top performers do differently - and inspiring a new level of greatness in all.

Dr. Seidman lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon with his wife. He enjoys traveling, golf and spending time with his three kids.

Website:

William Seidman

 

Book:

The Star Factor

     
     

Thursday, October 2, 2014, 7:30-9:50am

How the Information Tidal Wave is Driving New Business Opportunities

Christopher Surdak

Christopher Surdak is an industry-recognized expert in Collaboration and Content Management, Big Data, Information Security, Regulatory Compliance, and Cloud Computing with over 20 years of professional experience. Presently, he is Global Subject Matter Expert for Analytics, Information Governance and eDiscovery for HP Autonomy.

Mr. Surdak has held similar roles with other leading companies such as Accenture, Siemens, Dell and Citibank. Mr. Surdak began his career with Lockheed Martin Astrospace, where he was a spacecraft systems engineer and rocket scientist.

Mr. Surdal is the author of Data Crush: How the Information Tidal Wave is Driving New Business Opportunities, published by AMACOM Publishing, which has been nominated by GetAbstract for their International Book of the Year Award, 2014. He is also contributing editor and columnist for European Business Review magazine.

Mr. Surdak holds a Juris Doctor from Taft University, an Executive Masters in Technology Management and Moore Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master's Certificate in Information Security from Villanova University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Website:

www.surdak.com

 

Book:

Data Crush

     
     

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 7:30-9:50am

High-Profit Strategies in the Age of Techno Service

John A. Goodman

John A. Goodman is a Vice Chairman of Customer Care Measurement and Consulting, a customer care and consulting firm that enables clients to earn the best return on investment for their efforts to improve customer experience. Over the past 40 years, Mr. Goodman has managed more than 1,000 separate customer service studies, including the White House-sponsored evaluation of complaint handling practices in government and business; studies of word of mouth and the bottom-line impact of consumer education sponsored by Coca-Cola USA; and a dozen benchmarking studies of customer service, complain handling, voice of the customer processes and the use of technology for service.

The American Management Association published his book, Strategic Customer Service, in May, 2009, and the book has been translated into four other languages. His new book, Customer Experience 3.0, was published in July, 2014.

Mr. Goodman graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.S. in chemical engineering and he received an M.B.A. from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. He has conducted training for the American Bankers Association, the Life Office Management Association, the American Financial Services Association, the Food Processors Association, the American Management Association, the Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals, the American Gas Association, and the Food Marketing Institute. His international credits include seminars in England, Japan, Brazil, Hong Kong, Dubai, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, France, Switzerland, Russia, Greece and Germany.

Website:

http://www.customercaremc.com/john-a-goodman

 

Book:

Customer Experience 3.0

     
     

Thursday, June 5, 2014, 7:30-9:50am

What You Need to Know to Get Results

Paula K. Berman

Paula Berman has worked in several industries - aerospace, internet applications, petrochem, and semiconductor - at companies that number from under a hundred to over a hundred thousand employees. She's seen the pitfalls of not having well-documented and controlled process - and the hazards of having too many processes. Her book Successful Business Process Management provides the fundamentals of process systems, in a clear and readable format, to help you figure out what's right for your business.

Paula holds a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an MS in physical sciences from the University of Houston - Clear Lake, and is a Six Sigma Black Belt. She currently works as a Quality Manager for SSOE Group, who provide architecture, engineering and project management services worldwide. She lives near Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two cats. When not thinking about process systems (and sometimes when she is), she likes to read, row, or knit.

Website:

http://www.linkedin.com/in/paulaberman

 

Book:

Successful Business Process Management

     
     

Thursday, May 1, 2014, 7:30-9:50am

A Simple Guide to Reaching Your Personal Best

Tamara Myles

Tamara Myles is a Certified Professional Organizer® and Productivity Consultant for individuals and corporate clients, including Anytime Fitness and Best Buy. She is the author of The Secret Guide to Peak Productivity: A Simple Guide to Reaching Your Personal Best, and an international speaker. She has been featured in USA Today, The Boston Globe and Success Magazine, among others.

Tamara's main goal is to help executives and entrepreneurs achieve a higher level of productivity and balance in their lives. Based on her broad consulting experience, Tamara developed and trademarked a proprietary productivity framework, the Peak Productivity Pyramid System. The Peak Productivity Pyramid is based on Maslow's Hierarchy of Human Needs, and is a proven framework to take clients through the journey of aligning their daily tasks to their goals and objectives.

Tamara graduated from Southern Illinois University with Highest Honors with a degree in Communications. She is fluent in English and Portuguese, and proficient in French and Spanish.

Website:

http://www.tmylesconsulting.com

 

Book:

The Secret to Peak Productivity

     
     

Thursday, April 1, 2014, 7:30-9:50am

A Revolutionary New Model for a Rapidly Changing and Collaborative World

Rod Collins

Rod Collins is the Director of Innovation at Optimity Advisors, a national management consulting firm. Rod is a leading expert on the next generation of business management. He works with forward thinking business leaders who understand that managing great change means changing how we manage.

Ron is the former Chief Operating Executive of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program, one of the nation's largest and most successful business alliances, which today has over $28 billion in annual revenues. Under his leadership, the business experienced its greatest five-year growth period in its 53-year history, as year after year, it set new records for operational and financial performance.

Rod is also the author of Wiki Management: A Revolutionary New Model for a Rapidly Changing and Collaborative World. His previous book, Leadership in a Wiki World: Leveraging Collective Knowledge to Make the Leap to Extraordinary Performance, won the 2011 EVVY book award for Business/Finance.

Website:

http://www.optimityadvisors.com

 

Book:

www.optimityadvisors.com/WikiManagement

     
     

Thursday, March 6, 2014, 7:30-9:50am

Diversity Management as a Competitive Advantage
RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE - ALGER HALL 110

David L. Casey

David L. Casey serves as Vice President, Workforce Strategies and Chief Diversity Officer for CVS Caremark. Casey joined CVS Caremark in 2010 and is responsible for developing and driving diversity and engagement strategies across the company. He is also focused on ensuring that diversity and inclusion are embedded into CVS Caremark's recruitment, talent development, performance management and succession planning efforts.

Prior to joining CVS Caremark, Casey was Chief Diversity Officer at WellPoint, the nation's largest health insurer by membership, where he led the development and execution of enterprise-wide strategies to leverage diversity management for the workforce, workplace and marketplace. Casey was also a Regional Director of Business Development for Bernard Hodes Group, where he consulted with regional, national and international clients. He is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having served in Operation Desert Storm.

David has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, DiversityInc, Diversity Executive, Crain's Chicago Business, Voice of Inclusion, Insight Into Diversity, Savoy, the Indianapolis Star, the Detroit Free Press, African American Career World and the television series, American Profiles, with Lou Gossett, Jr. Casey has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Website:

www.linkedIn.com/in/caseydavid

     
     

Thursday, January 9, 2014, 7:30-9:50am

Rethink Your Business to Transform Today's
Challenges into Tomorrow's Profits

Diana Rivenburgh

Diana Rivenburgh is the CEO/President of Strategic Imperatives, Inc., a strategy, leadership and organizational development consulting firm helping clients to build sustainable, prosperous organizations. Diana consults, speaks and writes on strategy, culture, sustainability, change and the leadership capabilities important for enduring success.

Her clients include Novo Nordisk, PVH (Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein), Verint, City of Decatur, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Gentiva Health Services, Adecco, Ahold USA, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, DentaQuest, Symbol Technologies and AkzoNobel.

Prior to launching two consulting practices, Diana held Executive and management positions with Gartner, Gentiva Health Services, Olsten Corporation and NEC. Diana serves as a faculty member for Singapore's Sustainability Institute and as a Board of Advisor member of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, where she serves on the Chamber's Global Commerce Council, the Sustainability & Environmental Committee and the Clean Tech Council.

Website:

Strategic Imperatives, Inc.

 

Book:

The New Corporate Facts of Life

     
     

Thursday, December 5, 2013, 7:30-9:50am

Recognizing and Resolving Your Most
Troubling Management Issues

Nicole Lipkin

Nicole Lipkin is a leadership and organizational consultant and coach and the CEO of Equilibria Leadership Consulting, an international business/organizational solutions company based in the US. She coaches and consults with leaders and their organizations to improve management and leadership skills, strengthen the leadership pipeline, and develop behaviors and practices that help increase organizational and staff resilience and sustainability.

Nicole is the author of What Keeps Leaders Up At Night: Recognizing and Resolving Your Most Troubling Management Issues and the co-author of the popular business and management book, Y in the Workplace: Managing the "Me First" Generation.

She is a sought after speaker, consultant and coach who has been retained by organizations such as Aqua America, Honda, Toyota, Penske, The American Society of Training and Development and the Environmental Protection Agency among others. Nicole has been featured on NPR, NBC, CBS, Fox Business News, Forbes.com and numerous other media outlets both nationally and internationally.

She has a doctorate in clinical psychology, a MBA and master's in criminal justice. An adjunct faculty member at the Center for Creative Leadership, Nicole is a Board Certified Coach and the owner of Equilibria Psychological and Consultation Services in Philadelphia. Her community work has included serving as a board member of the Independence Arts Studio and Nicole is currently and Advisory Council Member of City Security and Resilience Networks in New England.

Website:

Nicole Lipkin

 

Book:

What Keeps Leaders Up at Night

     
     

Thursday, October 3, 2013, 7:30-9:50am

A Millennial's Guide to Rewriting the Rules of Management

Thursday, November 7, 2013, 7:30-9:50am

A Proven Plan for Strategic Growth

David Braun

David Braun is the Founder and CEO of Capstone Strategic, Inc., a management consulting firm specializing in mergers and acquisitions and corporate growth initiatives. As a M&A expert, he is a dynamic, in-demand speaker and the author of a new book that guides business leaders in finding and buying other companies.

David has an enviable track record of successful acquisitions that far surpasses the industry average. Since Capstone's inception in 1995, it has completed more than $1 billion in transactions. Clients range from small to family-owned businesses to Fortune 500 and multinational companies.

He has more than 20 years' experience formulated growth strategies in a wide range of manufacturing and services industries. He has taught over 20,000 top-level business executives the subject of M&A through the American Management Association (AMA). Vistage International and a wide variety of industry trade organizations.

David has been interviewed by Fox Business News, CBS MoneyWatch, SmartCEO magazine, Memphis Business Journal and other media. His book, Successful Acquisitions: A Proven Plan for Strategic Growth is a complete roadmap to buying companies that integrates all of the moving pieces into a logical step-by-step process.

Website:

David Braun

 

Book:

Successful Acquisitions

     
     

Thursday, October 3, 2013, 7:30-9:50am

A Millennial's Guide to Rewriting the Rules of Management

Courtney Templin

Courtney Templin is a Chief Operating Officer of JB Training Solutions - a training and development company. She has over eight years of experience in the training and development field, and she is a co-author of Manager 3.0: A Millennial's Guide to Rewriting the Rules of Management and How to Say It on Your Resume. Courtney has been featured in media outlets including WGN, BusinessWeek, The NY Post, Chief Learning Officer and Diversity Executive.

Courtney spearheads JB Training Solutions' consulting work, strategic planning, business development and program design. Courtney partners with clients including Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, ConocoPhillips, Abbott Laboratories, Walgreens, Discover Financial, and Cargill. Courtney sits on the Board of Chicago SHRM as the Emerging HR Leaders Chair, and she is a member of the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. Courtney volunteers on the Career Conference Committee with Chicago Scholars.

JB Training Solutions is a training, learning and development company that works with organizations and employees across the country to enhance important business skills. JB Training Solutions offers dynamic workshops and interactive courses to help professionals achieve success in the workplace. Our programs focus on key areas including communication skills, management techniques, business proficiencies, and HR fundamentals.

Website:

Courtney Templin

 

Book:

Manager 3.0

     
     

Thursday, September 5, 2013, 7:30-9:50am

Become the Go-To Authority People Turn to Every Time

Ken Lizotte

Ken Lizotte and his team transform consultants, entrepreneurs, business experts, attorneys and professional services professionals and their firms into "thoughtleaders," thereby separating them the competitive pack.

A thought leader in his own right, Ken is the author of The Expert's Edge: Become the Go-To Authority that People Turn to Every Time and four other books. He has been interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, Newsweek, Financial Times, Investors' Business Daily, National Public Radio, CBS-TV, Writer's Digest Magazine, The Boston Globe, to name just a few. He has published hundreds of articles including blogs and columns for the American Management Association and Boston Magazine. He's a co-founder of the National Writers Union.

A Certified Management Consultant (CMC), Ken speaks frequently at national and local business events including annual appearances at Harvard University and the Concord Authors Festival. From 2000-2005, he served as chapter president of IMC New England, followed by a term on the national board of IMC USA. He is a member of the CEO Club of Boston and the Association of Management Consulting Firms, a graduate of Alan Weiss's Million Dollar Consulting College and a trustee on the board of the Thoreau Farm Trust.

Website:

Ken Lizotte

 

Book:

The Expert's Edge

     
     

Thursday, June 6, 2013, 7:30-9:50am

Persuade Without Pushing and Gain Without Giving In

Mark Goulston

Mark Goulston , M.D., is a psychiatrist, business consultant, executive coach, international speaker and he has trained hostage-negotiators for the FBI. He is the Co-Founder of Heartfelt, a global community whose vision is a world led by leaders that dare to care and whose mission is identifying, celebrating, developing, empowering, impassioning and emboldening heartfelt leaders. He also is the manager of the Heartfelt Leadership Linkedin group.

Dr. Goulston is a bestselling author whose books include Real Influence: Persuade Without Pushing and Gain Without Giving In, Just Listen: Discover the Secret to getting Through to Absolutely Anyone, Get Out of Your Own Way and Get Out of Your Own Way at Work, and The 6 Secrets of a Lasting Relationship: How to Fall in Love Again...and Stay There. He writes the "Closing Bell" column for C-Suite Quarterly and the syndicated column, "Solve Anything with Dr. Mark," for Tribune Media Services and blogs for the Huffington Post, Business Insider, Fast Company, Daily Speculations, Basil and Spice.

A partial list of companies and organizations he has trained, spoken to, provided executive coaching to or consulted with include: GE, IBM, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Xerox, Deutsche Bank, Hyatt, and Bank of America. Frequently called upon to share his expertise with the media, he has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Fortune, Newsweek, Time, and Reuters. Mark has also offered commentary on NPR, CNN, and Fox News, and has appeared on the Oprah and Today shows. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Website:

 

Book:

     
     

Thursday, May 2, 2013, 7:30-9:50am

What You Need to Know to Unlock Your Full Potential

John Mattone

John Mattone is widely regarded as the world's leading authority on the Future Trends of Leadership Development and Talent Management. John has been recognized by the prestigious Thinkers50 as one of the world's leading management thinkers and by Leadership Excellence Magazine as one of the world's top independent leadership consultants, executive coaches and speakers.

Professor Mattone's work has been featured by The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, CEO Magazine, CLO Magazine, CIO Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Harvard Business Review, and many other respected global news outlets. Professor Mattone and his work have also been the subject of a 30-minute documentary produced by PBS. Prior to re-launching JohnMattonePartners, John was Vice President of Global Assessment Services for Linkage, Vice President of Sales for Drake Beam Morin, and he built his first successful consulting firm, Human Resources International.

John is known throughout the Fortune 500 as a cutting edge thinker in the area of trends in executive development and identifying and developing high-potential and emerging leaders. Clients include: Allied Van Lines, Kohl's, IBM, Arco, AT&T, AgFirst Farm Credit Bank, Bristol Myers Squibb, Citicorp, IRS, New York State of HR Directors, US Air Force, Regions Bank, Smithsonian Institute, Private Healthcare Systems, Liberty Mutual, and Young Presidents' Organization.

Website:

 

Book:

     
     

Thursday, April 4, 2013, 7:30-9:50am

Powerful Tools for Staying Calm, Confident, and Productive when the Pressure's On

Sharon Melnick

Sharon Melnick, Ph.D. is the CEO of Horizon Point, Inc., a coaching and training firm. A business psychologist and stress resilience expert, Dr. Melnick is a leading authority helping businesspeople reach next level success – even under stress. Her practical tools are informed by 10 years of research at Harvard Medical School, field tested by over 6000 training participants and applied by hundreds of clients to quickly be more effective, productive, and influential.

Her trainings receive repeat requests 100% of the time by organizations such as Procter and Gamble, GE, Merck, Oracle, Moody's, the American Management Association, Women in Cable and Telecommunications, Healthcare Businesswomen's Association, and many others.

She has a strong track record of successful executive coaching engagements at organizations such as Deutsche Bank, Deloitte Consulting, Oracle Corp, Pitney Bowes, Visiting Nurse Service, Freddie Mac, Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo, Korn/Ferry International, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, and many others.

She is the author of the newly released book Success under Stress: Powerful Tools for Staying Calm, Confident, and Productive when the Pressure's On.

Website:

Sharon Melnick

 

Book:

Success Under Stress

     
     

Thursday, February 7, 2013, 7:30-9:50am

Leadership That Liberates Creativity and Accelerates Innovation

Lina Echeverría

Lina Echeverría is an innovation leadership consultant with 25 years experience in science and technology. From scientist to vice president, she helped drive new products at Corning Inc. that now underpin our technology-based economy, from faster optical fiber that powers the Internet to flat-panel glass used in everything from smart phones to LCD TVs.

At Corning, Echeverría created an environment where scientists were both creative and productive, where teams balanced the ability to explore the edges of possibility, while also delivering critical new technology on time and on budget. Her book, Idea Agent: Leadership that Liberates Creativity and Accelerates Innovation, shows readers how to juxtapose creative freedom with management rigor and lead dedicated professionals as they generate and execute one great innovation after another.

Echeverría was the first woman to graduate with a degree in engineering geology from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia at Medellín and she went on to earn a PhD in geology at Stanford. After winning a fight against aggressive breast cancer, Echeverría stepped aside from the corporate world to focus on her passions: helping create cultures of innovation inside companies and organizations, and creating wearable textile art in her workshop.

Website:

Lina Echeverría

 

Book:

Idea Agent

     
     

Thursday, January 3, 2013, 7:30-9:50am

Developing Leaders Who Share Social & Economic Opportunity

Danna Greenberg

Danna Greenberg is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at Babson College where she holds the Mandell Family Term Chair. Professor Greenberg's research focuses on two distinct areas: (1) the intersection between organizations, family, and community and (2) the scholarship of teaching and learning particularly as it relates to innovation in management education. She is currently working on multiple projects that explore individual and organizational change as it pertains to work-life integration. Her recently published book, The New Entrepreneurial Leader, presents a framework of leadership as individuals who can both analyze and act their way into new opportunities that create value for their organizations and society.

Danna has published more than 30 articles and book chapters with articles appearing in journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Academy of Management Learning and Education, Administrative Science Quarterly, and Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. Prior to joining the faculty at Babson, she taught at Boston College and Tilburg University in The Netherlands. She received her BA from Wellesley College and her PhD from Boston College, Carroll School of Management.

Website:

Danna Greenberg

 

Book:

The New Entrepreneurial Leader

     
     

Thursday, December 6, 2012, 7:30-9:50am

Excite Customers, Generate Buzz, and Energize Your Brand with the Power of Social Media

Jeremy Goldman

Jeremy Goldman, a recognized expert in social marketing, has managed ecommerce and social media for major brands, including Kiehl's, TEMPTU, and Jurlique, and consulted with numerous others. His book, Going Social: Excite Customers, Generate Buzz, and Energize Your Brand with the Power of Social Media, is an indispensable guide to connecting with customers in the brave new social frontier. Jeremy is currently AVP of Interactive Communications for iluminage inc., a Unilever subsidiary he helped found.

Under Jeremy's leadership, Kiehl's won the 2009 WebAward for Outstanding Achievement in Web Development, achieved a Top 25 ranking in the L2 Digital IQ Index in the Beauty & Skincare category, and received a Top 50 Facebook IQ ranking amongst all luxury brands. While at TEMPTU, Jeremy developed a partnership between TEMPTU and Beyoncé's Deréon fashion line that resulted in TEMPTU's largest-ever sales period. During his tenure, TEMPTU won the Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors Association Award for Website Innovation.

Jeremy earned his MBA in Information Systems and Marketing at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business and is a recognized marketing and social media expert. His views have been featured in publications such as Smart Money, Read Write Web, The Star-Ledger, and Internet Retailer Magazine, and his campaigns have been featured in Gawker and Ads of the World. Jeremy blogs at jeremygoldman.com and curates news daily to his Twitter following of 40,000+.

Website:

Jeremy Goldman

     
     

Thursday, November 1, 2012, 7:30-9:50am

Principles for Positive Living

Patricia Raskin

Patricia Raskin is the host of the Patricia Raskin Positive Living on WPRO-AM630 and Positive Business WPRV-AM790 radio shows heard on Cumulus Broadcasting in Providence. She is a nationally recognized, multi-media radio talk show host, award-winning producer, speaker and author. Recognized by her peers and listeners as the "powerhouse voice" behind lifestyle, health and wellness, inspirational and personal growth talk radio, she has been hosting and producing media programs and serving as a catalyst for creating positive change through programs that focus on the positive side of life for over twenty-five years.

Patricia has interviewed nearly 2,000 guests on her Patricia Raskin Positive Living™ television and radio programs and her programs have aired on Fox, PBS and NPR affiliates and WTKF, 107.3FM. Patricia has also authored two books, Success, Your Dream and You and Pathfinding: 7 Principles for Positive Living, in addition to writing nearly 700 newspaper columns and producing and hosting over 500 television shows and documentaries.

Raskin hosts and produces programs on air, on line and on demand and she one of the first to create positive radio programs on the internet. Guests have included Dr. Maya Angelou, Joan Lunden, Debbie Ford, and actress Jane Seymour among others. Raskin frequently interviews talent, writers, producers and directors from upcoming Hallmark Channel's original movies including Ernest Borgnine, Elliot Gould, Patty Duke, Doris Roberts and Dean McDermott.

Website:

Patricia Raskin

     
     

Thursday, October 4, 2012, 7:30-9:50am

How to Recognize the Subtle Signs and Act Before It's Too Late

Leigh Branham

Leigh Branham is Principal and Founder of Keeping the People, Inc., Overland Park, Kansas. Leigh has been researching and speaking about best practices in employee engagement and retention since 1996. He helps companies analyze the root causes of employee disengagement and turnover, then develop and implement strategies to grow revenues and profits by becoming better places to work.

Leigh is the author of three books, two of which were selected by Executive Soundview among the top 30 business books of the year. The most recently published is the updated 2nd edition of The 7 Hidden Reasons Employees Leave: How to Recognize the Subtle Signs and Act Before It's Too Late as co-author. He has consulted with multinational companies and spoken at human resource and leadership conferences in China, Poland, Canada, Argentina, Paraguay, Chile, Singapore, and Malaysia. Leigh has been interviewed on National Public Radio, and widely quoted by the Associated Press and in publications such as Time and Business Week as an expert on employee engagement and retention.

Leigh serves on the board of the Center for Spirit at Work in Kansas City and also publishes a quarterly free subscription e-newsletter—Keeping the People Report, available at www.keepingthepeople.com.

Website:

Leigh Branham

 

Book:

The 7 Hidden Reasons Employees Leave: How to Recognize the Sublte Signs and Act Before It's Too Late

     
     

Thursday, September 6, 2012, 7:30-9:50am

A Guide to Crafting Business Narratives that Captivate, Convince, and Inspire

Paul Smith

Paul Smith is Director of Consumer & Communications Research at The Procter & Gamble Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. In his 19 years with the company, he has worked in leadership positions in both research and finance functions, in several multi-billion dollar business units. He is also a highly-rated trainer in several P&G training colleges for leadership and communications courses. Prior to P&G, Paul was a consultant for Arthur Andersen & Company.

Outside P&G, Paul is a keynote speaker and trainer in leadership and storytelling techniques, and the author of a book about storytelling as a leadership tool titled Lead with a Story: A Guide to Crafting Business Narratives That Captivate, Convince, and Inspire. In addition to corporate clients, he is a lecturer in the MBA programs at Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati.

Paul holds a bachelors degree in economics and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He lives with his wife and two sons in the Cincinnati suburb of Mason, Ohio.

Website:

Paul Smith

 

Book:

Lead with a Story: A Guide to Crafting Business Narratives That Captivate, Convince, and Inspire

     
     

Thursday, June 7, 2012, 7:30-9:50am

Recruiting, Managing, & Retaining Veterans

Emily King

Emily King is a nationally recognized expert on the transition from military service to civilian employment and Vice President of the Military Transitions practice at The Buller Group, based just outside Washington, DC.

Emily's business-focused approach emphasizes the role of the civilian hiring organization in making veterans successful, and has directly contributed to the retention of veterans. Emily brings a unique ability to translate between cultures so that military personnel and civilians benefit from their association with one another.

Emily is the author of Field Tested: Recruiting, Managing, & Retaining Veterans (AMACOM 2011), the first-ever guide for private sector organizations. In 2009, Emily wrote and produced the standout audio course entitled, Your Military Transition™ aimed at preparing former military personnel for civilian employment. Prior to founding Military Transitions, Emily spent 10 high-impact years as an internal consultant and coach at the firm of Booz Allen Hamilton, leading People Strategy.

Emily completed her master's of science degree in organizational development at Johns Hopkins University and received formal training and credentials in leadership coaching from Georgetown University.

Website:

Emily King

 

Book:

Field Tested: Recruiting, Managing, & Retaining Veterans

     
     

Thursday, May 3, 2012, 7:30-9:50am

Closing the Skills Gap: Innovative Talent Management
Solutions for a Changing Workforce

David DeLong

Dr. David DeLong helps leaders to deal more effectively with an aging, changing workforce. President of David DeLong & Associates, he is also a research fellow at the MIT AgeLab and has been an adjunct professor at Babson College.

A popular keynote speaker and consultant, David helps executives manage the talent-related risks that threaten to undermine their business strategy. He gives top managers practical ways to develop leaders faster, reduce the costs of strategic skill shortages, and retain more high potentials.

David is co-author of the new book, The Executive Guide to High-Impact Talent Management from McGraw-Hill. He is also author of the widely praised Lost Knowledge: Confronting the Threat of an Aging Workforce from Oxford University Press.

His work has been widely cited in the New York Times, Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, CIO Magazine, US News & World Report, and the Boston Globe. David has also been interviewed on "NPR's Morning Edition" and "Talk of the Nation". He has a doctorate in organizational behavior from Boston University and an MPA from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.


Website:

David DeLong

 

Book:

The Executive Guide to High-Impact Talent Management

     
     

Thursday, April 5, 2012, 7:30-9:50am

How Smart Companies Live Their Brand Promise
and Inspire Fierce Customer Loyalty

Larry Vincent

Larry Vincent is the head of The Brand Studio at United Talent Agency. Over the past two decades, he has developed brand strategies for some of the world's most beloved brands, including CBS, Disney, Coca-Cola, Four Seasons Hotels, MasterCard, Microsoft, the National Football League, Sony Playstation, Southwest Airlines, The Home Depot, and vitaminwater.

Larry is an active writer and speaker. His first book, Legendary Brands: Unleashing the Power of Storytelling to Create a Winning Market Strategy, was released in 2001 and eventually translated into 7 languages. His latest book, Brand Real: How Smart Companies Live Their Brand Promise and Inspire Fierce Customer Loyalty is a unique business strategy guide for making a brand's promise stand up at every customer touchpoint.

He holds an MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. He also received his Bachelor's degree from USC, where he attended the School of Cinema-Television.

Website:

Larry Vincent

 

Book:

Brand Real: How Smart Companies Live Their Brand Promise and Inspire Fierce Customer Loyalty

     
     

Thursday, March 1, 2012, 7:30-9:50am - postponed
Rescheduled for June 7, 2012

Recruiting, Managing, & Retaining Veterans

Emily King

Emily King is a nationally recognized expert on the transition from military service to civilian employment. Emily's business-focused approach emphasizes the role of the civilian hiring organization in making veterans successful, and has directly contributed to the retention of veterans. Emily brings a unique ability to translate between cultures so that military personnel and civilians benefit from their association with one another.

Emily is the author of Field Tested: Recruiting, Managing, & Retaining Veterans (AMACOM 2011), the first-ever guide for private sector organizations. In 2009, Emily wrote and produced the standout audio course entitled, Your Military Transition™ aimed at preparing former military personnel for civilian employment. Prior to founding Military Transitions, Emily spent 10 high-impact years as an internal consultant and coach at the firm of Booz Allen Hamilton, leading People Strategy.

Emily completed her master's of science degree in organizational development at Johns Hopkins University and received formal training and credentials in leadership coaching from Georgetown University.

Website:

Emily King

 

Book:

Field Tested: Recruiting, Managing, & Retaining Veterans

     
     

Thursday, February 2, 2012, 7:30-9:50am

The Secret to Unleashing Your Team's Maximum Potential

Brian Cole Miller

Brian Cole Miller is a team builder who helps people work together in an inclusive, direct and honest way. He believes that it's a disservice to all involved when you protect them from the truth, but you also don't have to be "brutally" honest to be effective in your relationships either. He shows the way to achieving effective balance in communications—at home, at work, or in your community.

Brian's client list includes Nationwide Insurance, K. Hovnanian Homes, NAIS's People of Color Conference, Microsoft, State of Ohio, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Communications Workers of America (CWA), Wright-Ryan Construction, Eddie Bauer, US Air Force, American Red Cross, and UPS. VISA chose him to be their spokesperson for their small-business web campaign in 2007.

Brian has a Masters degree in Human Resources Development and he has authored several books on teamwork and inclusion that are used in schools, businesses, government and other agencies. These include the bestseller Quick Team-building Activities for Busy Managers and his latest: Nice Teams Finish Last.

Website:

Brian Cole Miller

 

Book:

Nice Teams Finish Last: The Secret to Unleashing Your Team's Maximum Potential

     
     

Thursday, January 5, 2012, 7:30-9:50am

The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader

Kent Lineback

Kent Lineback is an executive coach, film producer, and author of several books, including the BusinessWeek bestseller The Monk and the Riddle.

His latest book, Being the Boss: the 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader, is a self-coaching guide for leaders. Hailed as a "modern management classic," one of "five must-read business books for 2011," and "the manager's bible," Being the Boss provides a comprehensive view of what those responsible for others at all levels must do to be effective in today's more fluid, multi-cultural, multi-generational organizations.

Kent has held senior administrative positions in several companies including New England Business Service, Sterling Institute, and Warren Gorham & Lamont, and he served as Director of Administration for the Public Broadcasting Service and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Kent has an MBA from Boston College and a BA from Harvard College.

   

Book:

Being the Boss: The 3 Imperatives for Becoming a Great Leader

     
     

Thursday, December 1, 2011, 7:30-9:50am

How to End Workplace Frustration and Get the Most from Employees

Mark Royal

Mark Royal, coauthor of The Enemy of Engagement: Put an End to Workplace Frustration – and Get the Most from Your Employees, is a Hay Group Senior Principal based in Chicago and a leader in Hay Group's employee research division.

Mark's client consulting work focuses on helping organizations structure work environments both to increase employee engagement and to translate high levels of employee motivation into improved results. He plays a leading role in directing Hay Group's annual research with Fortune magazine to identify the World's Most Admired Companies and uncover the business practices that make these companies both highly regarded and highly successful.

Mark holds Ph.D. and MA degrees in sociology from Stanford University and a BA in sociology from Yale University.

Website:

Mark Royal

 

Book:

The Enemy of Engagement: Put an End to Workplace Frustration – and Get the Most from Your Employees

     
     

Thursday, November 3, 2011, 7:30–9:50am

How to Find the Best Ideas and Make Them Happen

Andy Boynton

Andy Boynton, co-author of The Idea Hunter: How to Find the Best Ideas and Make them Happen, is Dean of Boston College’s Carroll School of Management and co-creator of DeepDive™, the world’s leading methodology for helping executives harness the power of teams to significantly improve problem-solving speed, innovation and results.

Andy consults with a wide variety of organizations, helping them build more innovative and effective teams. He also has over twenty years of experience designing and delivering executive education seminars for firms around the world.

The Idea Hunter is based on research projects that explore how experts from a variety of knowledge-domains work with ideas to achieve professional success and improve their effectiveness in social networks. Andy’s articles on this topic have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, and The California Management Review. His previous books include Virtuoso Teams and Invented Here.

Dr. Boynton is a graduate of Boston College and earned his MBA and PhD at the Kenan-Flagler School of Business, Chapel Hill, NC.

Website:

Andy Boynton

 

Book:

The Idea Hunter

     
     

Thursday, October 6, 2011, 7:30–9:50am

Getting Others to Follow Your Lead

Terry R. Bacon

Terry Bacon, author of The Elements of Influence: The Art of Getting Others to Follow Your Lead.

Currently a Scholar in Residence in the Korn/Ferry Institute, Terry R. Bacon, Ph.D., founded Lore International Institute in 1989 and led its rise to a world-renowned provider of executive education and leadership development, executive coaching and organizational development. In 2008, Lore was acquired by Korn/Ferry.

Terry's other best-selling business books also include What People Want, The Elements of Power, Leadership Through Influence, Effective People Skills, High Impact Facilitation, Helping Customers Buy, Powerful Proposals, Selling to Major Accounts, Winning Behavior, The Behavioral Advantage, and Adaptive Coaching.

Dr. Bacon is an engineering graduate of West Point and earned a Ph.D. from The American University. He has studied psychology and counseling at Goddard, and business management and leadership at Roosevelt, Wharton, University of Chicago, Harvard, and Stanford.

Website:

Terry R. Bacon

 

Book:

The Elements of Influence

     
     

Thursday, September 8, 2011, 7:30–9:50am

How the Best Leaders Get Good Results in Bad Times

Justin Menkes

Justin Menkes, Ph.D., author of Better Under Pressure: How Great Leaders Bring Out the Best in Themselves and Others is a leading expert in the field of C-suite talent evaluation. His research led him to the discovery of Executive Intelligence and the creation of a methodology to measure it. Justin is a founder of the Executive Intelligence Group, which was integrated into Spencer Stuart in 2007. He applies his deep under-standing of leadership performance to his succession work with clients such as Blackstone, Chevron, Mass Mutual, etc.

Menkes has received international recognition for his expertise, authoring the best seller Executive Intelligence, and articles in Chief Executive magazine, Directorship magazine and Harvard Business Review. He has chaired master tutorials to train other industrial and organizational psychologists in best practice assessment techniques, and was inducted into the Sigma Xi Psychological Honors Society in recognition of his research contributions to the field of psychology.

Justin graduated from Haverford College, received his M.A. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. And studying under the late Peter Drucker, Menkes earned a Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Claremont Graduate University.

Website:

Spencer Stuart

Book:

Better Under Pressure

   

Thursday, September 8, 2011, 7:30–9:50am

How the Best Leaders Get Good Results in Bad Times

Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee

Linc Chafee is a proud Rhode Islander, born and raised in Warwick. He graduated with a degree in Classics from Brown University, where he received the Francis M. Driscoll Award for leadership, scholarship and athletics. After graduating, he worked for seven years as a blacksmith at harness racetracks throughout the United States and Canada. When he returned to Rhode Island, inspired by the path of his father John Chafee, he entered politics. He won election in 1985 as a delegate to the Rhode Island Constitutional Convention, and went on to serve four years on the Warwick City Council, nearly four two-year terms as Mayor of Warwick, and seven years as United States Senator. After leaving the US Senate, he disaffiliated from the Republican Party and became an Independent. He spent two years as Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies, during which he wrote Against the Tide: How a Compliant Congress Empowered a Reckless President.

On November 2nd, 2010, with the help of an excellent campaign staff and a strong community of supporters, Linc was elected the first independent Governor of our state. He is honored to serve as your next Governor and optimistic about forging a new way forward for Rhode Island!

Websites:

Office of the Governor     RI Government     Rhode Island

   
   

Thursday, June 2, 2011, 7:30–9:50am

Redefining Diversity to Drive Productivity

Michelle T. Johnson

Michelle T. Johnson, author of The Diversity Code: Unlock the Secrets to Making Differences Work in the Real World and Working While Black, is a public speaker, diversity consultant, certified mediator, and a columnist in the business section of the Kansas City Star. Her speaking and consulting clients include Wal-Mart, UCLA, Yellow Freight System, UPS, Presbyterian Church, National Education Association, H&R Block, Firefighters of Topeka, and the City of Kansas City, Missouri.

Prior to her current work, Michelle Johnson served as an attorney in two Kansas City law firms, where she represented many companies and organizations in employment litigation, including Hallmark, Deffenbaugh Industries, and Interstate Brands Corporation (IBC).

Michelle started her career as a journalist for the Philadelphia Daily News, the Louisville Courier-Journal and the Austin American-Statesman. She has a BA in Journalism from the University of Kansas and JD from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. Michelle has been appointed by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to be a member of its Kansas Advisory Committee.

Website:

Michelle T. Johnson

 

Book:

The Diversity Code

     
     

Thursday, May 5, 2011, 7:30–9:50am

Landing a Corporate Board of Directors Seat

Michael D. Jeans

Michael D. Jeans, creator and leader of the Board Directorship Program, is President of New Directions, Inc., a nationally-recognized career management firm in Boston that helps senior executives and professionals develop new jobs, start new ventures, and find board directorship positions.

Prior to New Directions, Mike was President and Chief Executive Officer of Roxy.com, Inc., an on-line retailer of consumer electronics and wireless telecommunication products and one of the top 10 distributors of DirectTV nationally and its #1 on-line retailer. Earlier, Mike was CEO of Nashua Photo and President of Wesson/Peter Pan Foods (a division of Conagra Foods).

Mike serves on the Board of Directors of AMICA Mutual Insurance Companies, Habitat For Humanity (MA), the Boys & Girls Club and the Boston Minuteman Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He is also a member of the Board of Corporators of Emerson Hospital. Mike holds a Professional Directors certification from the Corporate Directors Group, a national education and public company credentialing organization.

He has a BA from The College of the Holy Cross, magna cum laude and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

Website:

New Directions

 

     
     

Thursday, April 7, 2011, 7:30–9:50am

The Elements of Powerful Leadership and Influence

Terry R. Bacon

Terry Bacon, author of The Elements of Power: Lessons on Leadership and Influence, is recognized as a business and professional development expert, who has coached hundreds of clients including CEOs and other senior executives.

Currently a Scholar in Residence in the Korn/Ferry Institute, Terry R. Bacon, Ph.D., founded Lore International Institute in 1989 and led its rise to a world-renowned provider of executive education and leadership development, executive coaching and organizational development. In 2008, Lore was acquired by Korn/Ferry.

Terry's other best-selling business books also include What People Want, Leadership Through Influence, Effective People Skills, High Impact Facilitation, Helping Customers Buy, Powerful Proposals, Selling to Major Accounts, Winning Behavior, The Behavioral Advantage, and Adaptive Coaching.

Dr. Bacon is an engineering graduate of West Point and earned a Ph.D. from The American University. He has studied psychology and counseling at Goddard, and business management and leadership at Roosevelt, Wharton, University of Chicago, Harvard, and Stanford.

Website:

Terry R. Bacon

 

Book:

The Elements of Power

     
     

Thursday, March 3, 2011, 7:30–9:50am

Captivating & Influencing Your Workforce and Your Customers

Kurt W. Mortensen

Kurt W. Mortensen, author of The Laws of Charisma: How to Captivate, Inspire, and Influence for Maximum Success, is one of America’s leading authorities on persuasion, motivation and influence. Kurt spent 15 years researching personal development and motivational psychology. He offers his speaking, training, and consulting programs nationwide, helping thousands achieve unprecedented success in business and personal endeavors. Kurt is also the author of Persuasion IQ and Maximum Influence, an Amazon.com bestseller and is endorsed by Stephen R. Covey, Brian Tracy, Robert Allen, and Mark Victor Hansen.

Kurt teaches that success in every aspect of life depends on the ability to persuade, motivate, and influence others. He combines scientific research with real-world studies to provide the most authoritative and effective arsenal of proven techniques for persuading, influencing, and motivating others.

Mortensen received a bachelor's degree in Communications/Advertising from Brigham Young University in 1992 and an MBA in Marketing and Consumer Behavior from the University of Pittsburg in 1993.

Website:

Kurt W. Mortensen

 

Book:

The Laws of Charisma

     
     

Thursday, February 3, 2011, 7:30–9:50am

Creativity: How To Develop It
In Yourself and Manage It In Others

Stephen P. Ramocki

Stephen P. Ramocki, Ph.D. is a professor of Marketing in the Department of Management & Technology at Rhode Island College. Stephen came to RIC in 1984 from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.

In 1993 Stephen obtained a sabbatical at Yale University where he studied educational psychologists' theories on intelligence, specifically in the area of creativity. Consequently, Stephen has come to believe that it is essential to teach and to emphasize theories and tactics that allow students to become more creative.

Because it is clear that improvements in creativity are not short run phenomena, Stephen firmly believes that people who have been given instruction in creative thinking and behavior will carry long run advantages throughout their careers and lives.

Stephen earned his Ph.D AT Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Managerial Economics and Statistics with Minors in Marketing, Econometrics, and Behavioral Science. He also possesses B.S. and M.S. degrees in “Industrial Management” from Lowell Technological Institute and Clarkson College of Technology.

Website:

Stephen P. Ramocki, Ph.D.

     
     
     

Thursday, January 6, 2011, 7:30–9:50am

Lessons from Inside the CIA for Business Leaders

Peter Earnest

Peter Earnest, author of Business Confidential: Lessons for Corporate Success from Inside the CIA., is the founding executive director of the International Spy Museum and a 35 year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Peter served 25 years as a case officer in its Clandestine Service, primarily in Europe and the Middle East. He ran wide range of intelligence collection and covert action operations including counterintelligence and double agent operations working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and military intelligence.

Assigned to the Office of the Director of Central Intelligence, Peter served as an Inspector with the Inspector General, liaison with the U.S. Senate, and director of media relations and spokesman. A member of the Senior Intelligence Service, he received the CIA’s Medal of Merit and Career Intelligence Medal.

Peter is Chairman of the Board of the Association for Intelligence Officers (AFIO). As Museum director, he has played a leading role in its extraordinary success as a Washington attraction and he has frequently been interviewed by the major media in radio, TV, and the press on current intelligence issues.

Website:

The International Spy Museum

 

Book:

Business Confidential

     
     

Thursday, December 2, 2010, 7:30–9:50am

Influencing Change In Turbulent Times

Edwin C. Nevis, Ph.D.

Edwin is co-founder of the Gestalt International Study Center and the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.

In addition to his internationally acclaimed work in executive education and organiza-tional change management, he spent 17 years at the Sloan School of Management of MIT, where he served as Director of the MIT Program For Senior Executives and taught courses in organiza-tional change.

Dr. Nevis is the author of several books, including, Organizational Consulting: A Gestalt Approach, and is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the OD Network.

David Tunney

David is currently the Executive Director of the Gestalt International Study Center (GISC).

He worked for nearly twenty years as an organizational change management consultant in Fortune 100 and middle market companies in the areas of health care, information technology, financial and professional services, entertainment, telecommunications, and energy & utilities,.

David also has ten years experience working with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, IBM, and Infosys Consulting.

 

Website:

Gestalt International Study Center

     

Thursday, November 4, 2010, 7:30–9:50am

Achieving Ferocious Commitment
from Managers, Employees, and Customers

Stan Slap

Stan Slap, author of Bury My Heart at Conference Room B: The Unbeatable Impact of Truly Committed Managers, is the president of the international consulting company called, by a remarkable coincidence, “slap.”

Stan's firm specializes in achieving ferocious commitment in manager, employee, and customer cultures – the three groups that decide the success of any business.

Stan has a history of accomplishments as a CEO with as many as 5,000 employees reporting to him and has served as a director of several companies with their CEOs reporting to him, which he prefers a whole lot more.

Since 1985, Stan has focused his hoodlum neurons on creating success for slap clients. He is credited with revolutionizing performance for some of the world’s biggest, smartest and fastest companies, including Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, HSBC, Viacom, Hallmark, and others, by developing explosive growth strategies and the cultural willingness to implement them.

Stan personally coaches CEOs and the executive teams of many his client firms.

 

Website:

slap (the company)

 

Book:

Bury My Heart at Conference Room B

     
     

Thursday, October 7, 2010, 7:30–9:50am

How Successful Leaders Achieve Scalable, Sustainable Growth

Les McKeown

Les McKeown, author of Predictable Success: Getting Your Organization On the Growth Track--and Keeping It There, is the President & CEO of Predictable Success. He has has started over 40 companies and was the founding partner of an incubation consulting company that advised on the creation and growth of hundreds more organizations worldwide.

Since relocating from his native Ireland to the US in 1998, Les advises CEOs and senior leaders of organizations on how to achieve scalable, sustainable growth. His clients range from large family-owned businesses to Fortune 100 companies, and include Harvard University, American Express, T-Mobile, United Technologies, Pella Corporation and Chiron.

Les was awarded the Samuel Smyth Memorial Prize as a CPA in the UK and was, at that time, the youngest qualified Chartered Accountant in the UK. After a brief period with Price Waterhouse, Les became Ireland’s youngest ever accounting firm partner.

Based in Marblehead MA, Les now spends his time consulting, writing, teaching, and speaking. Les has appeared on CNN, ABC, BBC, Inc, Entrepreneur magazine, USA Today and The New York Times.

 

Website:

PredictableSuccess.com

 

Book:

Predictable Success

     
     

Thursday, Sep 2, 2010, 7:30–9:50am

How CEOs Must Rethink Risk, Spot The Red Flags & Be Proactive

Joseph W. Koletar

Joseph W. Koletar, author of Rethinking Risk: How Companies Sabotage Themselves and What They Must Do Differently, most recently served as Executive Director, Principal, and Director in the Fraud and Investigations practices of Ernst & Young LLP and Deloitte & Touche, where his clients included: GM, Merrill Lynch, American Standard, Johnson & Johnson, GE, Kohler, Credit Suisse, The Bank of Luxembourg, Genworth, Household Finance, Holiday Inn, and Dell.

Joseph began his 25-year FBI career as a Special Agent and retired as the Section Chief in the Criminal Investigative Division, where he was the national program manager for a $2.5 Billion criminal investigations’ budget, computer operations, the Witness Protection Program and informant operations, criminal undercover operations, surveillance and aviation operations, the Strategic Intelligence Operations Center, and White House Background Investigations. Prior to the FBI, he was an Intelligence Officer in the United States Army Special Security Group.

Dr. Koletar holds a BA from the Penn State, a Master of Science in Industrial Administration from George Washington University, and a Master of Public Administration and a Ph.D. from the USC.

     
 

Book:

Rethinking Risk

     
     

Thursday, Jul 15, 2010, 7:30–9:50am

Building Talent from Within

William J. Rothwell

William J. Rothwell, author of Effective Succession Planning: Ensuring Leadership Continuity and Build- ing Talent from Within, is President of Rothwell and Associates, Inc. He is also Professor of Human Re-source Development at Pennsylvania State University.

As a consultant, William has worked with over 30 multinational corporations. As an academic, he heads up the #2 ranked graduate program in HRD in the USA. Before arriving at Penn State, he was previously Assist. Vice President and Management Development Director for The Franklin Life Insurance Co., a wholly-owned subsidiary of a Fortune 48 company.

His bestselling book, Effective Succession Planning, is regarded by some as the "corporate bible" on succession management practices. He is also author of Building In-House Leadership and Management Development Programs, The Competency Toolkit, and The Action Learning Guidebook. He has also authored, coauthored, edited or co-edited some 50 books and has consulted on succession planning and management with a wide array of business, government, and nonprofit organizations.

 

Website:

Rothwell & Associates, Inc.

 

Book:

Effective Succession Planning

     
     

Thursday, Jun 3, 2010, 7:30–9:50am

Maximize Return on Human Capital Investments
While Energizing and Engaging Employees

Jac Fitz-Enz

Jac Fitz-Enz, the author of The New HR Analytics: Predicting the Economic Value of Your Company's Human Capital Investments, is founder of Human Capital Source and widely acknowledged as the father of human capital strategic analysis and measurement. 

Dr. Jac was named by HR World as one of the Top 5 HR Management Gurus and cited by HR Magazine as one of 50 People in the last 50 years who have significantly changed the field of HR. He has authored a dozen books including the award-winning The ROI of Human Capital. His column, Leading Edge, appears monthly in Talent Management magazine.

As founder of Saratoga Institute, he developed the first international HR benchmarks.  Dr. Jac has trained more than 85,000 managers in 45 countries. Although his work is widely imitated, he remains The Source for human capital strategy, measurement and analytics.

Prior to founding Saratoga Institute Dr. Fitz-enz held human resource vice presidential positions at Wells Fargo Bank, Imperial Bank and Motorola Computer Systems. He holds degrees from: Notre Dame (B.A), San Francisco State (M.A.), and USC (Ph.D) in organizational communications.

 

Website:

Human Capital Source

 

Book:

The New HR Analytics

     
     

Thursday, May 6, 2010, 7:30–9:50am

Reinventing Business for the Next Decade

Jim Champy

Jim Champy, is the Chairman of Dell Services consult-ing practice. He is recognized throughout the world for his work on leadership and management issues and on organizational change and business reengineering. His book, Reengineering the Corporation: A Manifesto for Business Revolution, sold more than 3 million copies and spent more than a year on The New York Times best seller list. He is also the author of the best seller, Reengineering Management: The Mandate for New Leadership, which was recognized by Business Week as one of the top ten best business books of 1995.

His current books: Outsmart, Inspire and Deliver are case studies of businesses that have and are achieving extraordinary success.

Prior to joining Dell Services, Jim was Chairman and CEO of CSC Index, the management consulting arm of Computer Science Corporation. He was one of the original founders of Index, a $200 million consulting practice that was acquired by CSC in 1988. Under Champy, the company's consulting practice grew at a rate of 25 percent a year.

Jim earned his BS in 1963 and his MS in Civil Engineering in 1965 from MIT. He received his JD in 1968 from Boston College Law School and immediately passed the bar exam.

 

Website:

www.JimChampy.com

 

Book:

Inspire! Why Customers Come Back

     
     

Thursday, April 1, 2010, 7:30–9:50am

How to Turn Adversity into Advantage
During Tough Economic Times

J. Barry Griswell

J. Barry Griswell, co-author of The Adversity Paradox: An Unconventional Guide to Achieving Uncommon Business Success, is retired chairman of the board and chief executive officer of The Principal Financial Group.

Barry is a 2003 recipient of the Horatio Alger Award, given to individuals who achieved great success while overcoming difficult backgrounds.

He currently serves as president of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines and is currently a board member of Principal Financial Group, Inc. and Herman Miller, Inc. He has also been active in various industry and community organizations, including service as chair of the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), board member of The Business Roundtable, including co-chair of the CEO Task Force on Health and Retirement Security.

A native of Georgia, Barry received his bachelor's degree from Berry College in Rome, Georgia and his master's degree from Stetson University in Deland, Florida. In 2007, he was honored with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Grand View College. He is also a Fellow of LIMRA Leadership Institute (LLIF).

 

Website:

www.AdversityParadox.com

 

Book:

The Adversity Paradox

     
     

Thursday, March 4, 2010, 7:30–9:50am

Increase Your Company's
Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Adaptability

Susan Page

Susan Page is the author of The Power of Business Process Improvement: 10 Simple Steps to Increase Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Adaptability.

She is widely recognized as a top expert on business process improvement and is currently responsible for driving the overall technology strategy for the human resources organization in an internationally renowned entertainment company headquartered in Orlando, Fl.

With business process improvement a key and integral part of her day-to-day work, Susan directs a team that supports the human resource system of record for employee information, training, performance management, etc.

Ms. Page holds a BSBA from Boston University and a MSCIS from the University of Phoenix. She is a graduate of the WOMEN Unlimited LEAD Program, and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the International Association for Human Resource Information Management (IHRIM).

 

Website:

PowerofBusinessProcessImprovement.com

 

Book:

The Power of Business Process Improvement

     
     

Thursday, February 4, 2010, 7:30–9:50am

PR — The Future Is Here — Learn How To Deal With It Or Perish

Robert Dilenschneider

Robert L. Dilenschneider, the author of The AMA Handbook of Public Relations and eight other top-selling books, is the Founder and Principal of the Dilenschneider Group.

Prior to forming his own firm, Robert served as president and chief executive officer of Hill and Knowlton, Inc. from 1986 to 1991.

Robert has counseled major corporations, professional groups, trade associations and educational institutions, and has assisted clients in dealings with regulatory agencies, labor unions, consumer groups and minorities, among others.

Robert Dilenschneider's best-selling books include Power and Influence, A Briefing for Leaders, On Power, The Critical 14 Years of Your Professional Life, Moses: C.E.O., The Critical 2nd Phase of your Professional Life, and 50 Plus!—Critical Career Decisions for the Rest of Your Life.

Mr. Dilenschneider started in public relations in 1967 in New York, shortly after receiving an M.A. in journalism from Ohio State University, and a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

 

Website:

Dilenschneider.com

 

Book:

The AMA Handbook of Public Relations

     
     

Thursday, December 3, 2009, 7:30–9:50am

How to Get Through to Anyone and Gain Their Buy-In

Mark Goulston

Mark Goulston is the author of “Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone.”

Mark is an M.D., psychiatrist, hostage-negotiation trainer for the FBI, business consultant, executive coach, and a best-selling author whose books include "Get Out of Your Own Way" and "Get Out of Your Own Way at Work." 

Dr. Mark writes an Internet column on leadership for Fast Company as well as the syndicated column "Solve Anything with Dr. Mark" for Tribune Media Services.

His corporate clients include: GE, IBM, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Xerox, Deutsche Bank, Hyatt, Accenture, Kodak, Federal Express, etc.

Dr. Goulston holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley, an M.D. from Boston University, and did his post-graduate residency in psychiatry at UCLA. Mark was a professor at UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Institute for more than twenty years, became an American Psychiatric Association Fellow (the highest award that organization offers), and was named one of America's Top Psychiatrists for 2004-2005 and 2009 by Washington, D.C. based Consumers’ Research Council of America.

 

Website:

MarkGoulston.com

 

Book:

Just Listen

     
     

Thursday, November 5, 2009, 7:30–9:50am

Building a Trust Based Business

Greg Link

Greg Link is Co-founder and President of CoveyLink. His co-founder Stephen Covey is the author of The Speed of Trust.

Greg was also co-founder and Senior Vice President of the Covey Leadership Center, where he orchestrated the marketing and public relations strategy that led Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, to the number one best selling business book of the 20th century, selling over 15 million copies in 38 languages. 

Greg created the marketing momentum that helped propel Covey Leadership Center from a start-up company to a $100+ million-dollar enterprise with offices in 40 countries.

Greg has taught Principle Centered Leadership and The Speed of Trust and advised executives at numerous leading enterprises; including, Hewlett Packard, U.S. Navy Resale, U.S. Navy Supply, Sony, Chevron Oil, San Diego Gas and Electric, IBM, Microsoft, Boeing, and many other well known organizations.

 

Website:

CoveyLink

 

Book:

The Speed of Trust

     
     

Thursday, October 1, 2009, 7:30–9:50am

Brand Strategies That Work in the Digital World

Allen Adamson

Allen P. Adamson is the author of BrandDigital: Simple Ways Top Brands Succeed in the Digital World and BrandSimple: How the Best Brands Keep it Simple and Succeed.

He is managing director of the New York office of Landor Associates (a WPP company), one of the world’s leading strategic brand consulting and design firms, with 24 offices in 18 countries.

Allen has worked with some of the world’s leading organizations, overseeing branding efforts for clients such as Procter & Gamble, GE, PepsiCo, Pfizer, Verizon, and others.

Recognized as one of the world's top brand experts Adamson has penned numerous articles on branding and marketing issues for industry publications. He has appeared on NBC's Today Show and CNBC Canada's Report on Business Television. He is often quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Advertising Age, The New York Times, The New York Post, the Orlando Sentinel, USA Today, The Washington Post and Forbes.

Adam regularly lectures at New York University's Stern School of Business and the Yale School of Management.

 

Website:

Landor

 

Books:

BrandDigital    BrandSimple

 

Blog:

BrandDigital | BrandSimple

     

Thursday, September 3, 2009, 7:30–9:50 am 

Turning Ordinary People into Extraordinary Performers

Erika Andersen

Erika Andersen is the author of Growing Great Employees: Turning Ordinary People into Extraordinary Performers and Being Strategic: Plan for Success; Out-think Your Competitors; Stay Ahead of Change,

Erika is the founding partner of Proteus International, a consulting and training firm that helps client organizations clarify and move toward their hoped-for-future.

Since 1980 Erika has become known for promoting learning and change in ways uniquely tailored to her clients' challenges, goals, and culture. She focuses on thoroughly understanding each organization and on collaborating with her clients in ways that are engaging, direct, and "learner-friendly."

Erika has serves as coach and advisor to the senior executives of such companies as MTV Networks, GE, TJX, Hewitt Associates, Turner Broadcasting, MillerCoors, NBC Universal, Union Square Hospitality Group, CBS, Madison Square Garden, and Comcast Corporation.

 

Website:

Proteus International

 

Books:

Growing Great Employees    Being Strategic

 

Blog:

The Simplest Thing That Works

     

Thursday, June 4, 2009, 7:30–9:50 am 

How Great Leaders Prevent Problems

Michael A. Roberto

Michael Roberto, author of Know What You Don't Know: How Great Leaders Prevent Problems Before They Happen and Why Great Leaders Don't Take Yes for an Answer, is the Trustee Professor of Management at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI, where he teaches leadership, managerial decision-making, and business strategy. He joined the tenured faculty at Bryant after serving for six years on the faculty at Harvard Business School. He also has been a Visiting Associate Professor of Management at New York University's Stern School of Business.

Michael's research focuses on strategic decision-making processes and senior management teams. More recently, he has studied why catastrophic group or organizational failures happen, such as the Columbia Space Shuttle accident and the 1996 Mount Everest tragedy.

Michael Roberto is a sought after leadership expert who has taught and consulted at a number of firms including Morgan Stanley, The Home Depot, Mars, Novartis, The World Bank, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, Level 3 Communications, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Jabil, Corporate Executive Board, and The Advisory Board.

 

Website:

Bryant University: Michael Roberto

 

Book:

Know What You Don't Know

 

Blog:

Leadership, Decision Making, and Competitive Strategy

     

Thursday, May 7, 2009, 7:30–9:50 am 

How to Solve Boardroom Problems

Eli Mina

Eli Mina, M.Sc., P.R.P., author of 101 Boardroom Problems and How to Solve Them, is a Vancouver based board effectiveness consultant, meeting facilitator, mentor and coach, and Registered Parliamentarian.

 

Since 1984, Eli has advised his clients on building better decision making teams, dealing with organizational dysfunctions, planning and running better meetings, demystifying the rules of order, and minute taking standards.

 

Eli's clients come from government, business and industry, colleges and universities, native organizations, and the non-profit sector.

 

Eli is the author of five books on meetings and shared decision making. They include: The Guide to Better Meetings for Directors of Non-Profit Organizations and Mina’s Guide to Minute Taking: Principles, Standards & Practical Tools.

 

Website:

Eli Mina Consulting

 

Book:

101 Boardroom Problems

     

Thursday, March 5, 2009, 7:30–9:50 am 

Business Networking Technology for 21st Century CEOs

Kathleen Taylor

Kathleen Taylor, co-author of How to Succeed in Business Using LinkedIn: Making Connections and Capturing Opportunities on the World's #1 Business Networking Site, is the cofounder of TalentPlanet, an executive talent firm focusing primarily on high tech emerging growth companies in the United States.

Before co-founding TalentPlanet with Dr. Greg Ketchum in 1999, Kathy worked for the Stratford Group. Earlier in her career, Kathy was a top sales executive at CBS and ABC.

Based on her track record of forging lasting relationships between the executive talent and potential employers, Kathy has developed a unique methodology for performing executive searches using LinkedIn and other social networking sites. This has resulted in an extraordinary success rate of over 95 percent.

Kathy’s expertise is particularly sought after by venture capital-backed organizations seeking highly qualified executives to fill key roles in the areas of Sales, Business Development, Product Management and Marketing.

 

Website:

TalentPlanet

 

Book:

How to Succeed in Business Using LinkedIn

     

Thursday, February 5, 2009, 7:30–9:50 am 

What Every CEO Needs to Know to Succeed

Scott Eblin

Scott Eblin, author of The Next Level: What Insiders Know About Executive Success, is president of The Eblin Group, a former Fortune 500 HR executive and professional certified coach.

 

Scott's coaching client list includes AOL, Astra Zeneca, Capital One, Northrop Grumman, Sallie Mae, World Bank, and Walt Disney Company. He works with clients nationally and internationally to help them determine what to pick up and let go of to succeed at the next level of leadership.

 

Scott has been featured on ABC News and in Investor's Business Daily, the Washington Post and Harvard Management Update.

 

Scott is a graduate of Davidson College, Harvard University, and Georgetown University's leadership coaching certificate program, where he is also on the faculty. He is also a member of the Dean’s Alumni Leadership Council of the Harvard Kennedy School.

 

Website:

The Eblin Group

 

Book:

The Next Level

 

Blog:

Next Level Executive

     

Thursday, December 4, 2008, 7:30–9:50 am 

How Going Green Can Drive Profits

Matthew Kiernan

Matthew Kiernan is the author of Investing in a Sustainable World: Why Green is the New Color of Money on Wall Street.  He is the Founder and Chief Executive of Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, Inc. Innovest's clients include the leading institutional investors in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific, including APG,  the second-largest in the world. Innovest has been rated the #1 firm in the world in its field.

 

Prior to founding Innovest, Matthew served as Director of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development in Geneva, serving as the Principal Business and Industry Advisor to the Secretary General to the U.N. Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.

 

Matthew Kiernan is a frequent speaker at international investment conferences, and recently addressed the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. In 2007. he received a special executive award from the U.N. Environment Program's Finance Initiative for innovation and leadership in the emerging field of carbon finance.

 

Matthew holds degrees in political science and environmental studies, as well as Ph.D. in strategic management from the University of London.

 

Website:

Innovest

 

Book:

Investing in a Sustainable World

     

Thursday, November 6, 2008, 7:30–9:50 am 

How to Navigate and Win in a World
Transformed by Social Technologies

Josh Bernoff

Josh Bernoff is the coauthor of Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies, a comprehensive analysis of corporate strategy for dealing with social technologies like blogs, social networks, and wikis.
 
Josh has been a Forrester Research analyst for 13 years and is currently a vice president at the technology and market research company where his analysis aims at a deeper understanding of people, how they use technology, and how that affects business.
 
Josh has consulted on strategy with senior executives from global companies including ABC, Best Buy, Cisco Systems, Comcast, L’Oréal, Microsoft, Sony, TiVo, and Viacom.
 
Josh has a bachelor's degree from The Pennsylvania State University and was a National Science Foundation fellow in the graduate program in mathematics at MIT.

 

Website:

Forrester Research

 

Book:

Groundswell

 

Blog:

Groundswell

     

Thursday, October 2, 2008, 7:30–9:50 am 

How to Enhance Decision Making with “Outside Insight”

Saj-nicole Joni

Saj-nicole Joni is the author of The Third Opinion: How Successful Leaders Use "Outside Insight" to Create Superior Results. Saj-nicole is an internationally known business strategist and thinking partner to senior executives and high-potential leaders.
 
Saj-nicole draws upon her senior leadership expertise as an executive at CSC Index and Microsoft, where she distinguished herself in global strategy, finance and organizational leadership. She has served on a number of boards including public and private companies. In addition, she currently sits on the board of the New England Conservatory and the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra.
 
Saj-nicole earned her undergraduate degree and doctorate from the University of California, San Diego. Shortly after completing her Ph.D., Saj-nicole was appointed to the faculties of MIT and Carnegie Mellon University. She later joined the faculty of Wellesley College. Saj-nicole is a senior fellow at Katzenbach Partners, LLC and a Fellow at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership. She is also an accomplished pianist and an avid gardener. She lives in Cambridge, MA.

Website:

Cambridge International Group

Book:

The Third Opinion

   

Thursday, September 11, 2008, 7:30–9:50 am 

How to Enhance Decision Making with “Outside Insight”

Omar Kahn

Omar Khan is the author of Liberating Passion: How The World’s Best Global Leaders Produce Winning Results. Omar shares real-world examples of how to summon peoples’ minds, hearts, and spirits for greater productivity, quality, effectiveness, and profitability.

 

Omar is the founder and senior partner of Sensei International, a global firm consulting in personal and leadership development. His firm’s clients include 3M, Motorola, Unilever, Microsoft, The Ritz-Carlton, Singapore Airlines, Standard Chartered Bank, Johnson & Johnson, KLM, Nestle, BusinessWeek, and American Express.

 

One of the early pioneers of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Transformational Learning, he continues to open up new frontiers to summoning people’s mind, hearts, and spirits for greater productivity, quality, effectiveness and profitability.

 

Omar earned his BA and MA at University College, Oxford and attended Stanford Law School. His previous books are Synergy and Timeless Leadership.

Website:

Sensei International

Book:

Amazon.com

   

Thursday, June 12, 2008, 7:30–9:50 am 

Strategic Persuasion — Getting Everyone Onboard

Mario Moussa

Mario Moussa is the co-author of The Art of Woo: Using Strategic Persuasion to Sell Your Ideas. His book complements the intensive, personalized, down-to-earth Wharton program that he and his co-author lead. This workshop, The Art and Science of Selling Ideas, provides executives with critical tools to sell their ideas at work. Dr. Moussa also teaches negotiation and influence, strategy, change, and corporate culture.

Dr. Moussa is also a Principal of CFAR Inc., a management consulting firm and has led the development of programs at Wharton for corporate security managers, energy executives, physician leaders, health care and banking executives. His clients include United Health Group, PNC Bank, the Georgetown University Medical Center, and State Farm Insurance.

As a keynote speaker, Dr. Moussa has addressed executives in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Istanbul, Delhi, and Paris, as well as cities across the United States.

Dr. Moussa graduated from the Wharton MBA program and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Website:

CFAR: Center for Applied Research

Book:

The Art of Woo

   

Thursday, May 8, 2008, 7:30–9:50 am 

Maximizing Executive Talent Within Your Organization

Christine Rivers & Ron Garonzik of Hay Group

Christine Rivers is Vice President and a member of Hay Group Boston’s Leadership Team.  She consults with senior leaders across a variety of industries to help them build the leadership capability necessary to execute on their organizational strategies.  Christine specializes in Succession and Talent Management. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Research, Measurement & Evaluation with a minor in Management from Boston College.

Ron Garonzik is Vice President and a member of Hay Group Boston’s Leadership Team. He is globally recognized as a thought leader in Succession and Talent Management and has worked with a variety of senior leadership teams in several multinational companies. Ron holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Boston University.

Hay Group is a global management consultancy that works with leaders to transform strategy into reality. Christine and Ron's clients include AeroMexico, Applebee’s, CVS Caremark, DENSO, IBM, PepsiCo, Standard & Poor’s, State Farm, T Rowe Price, and Toyota.

 

Website:

Hay Group

 

 

   

Thursday, April 10, 2008, 7:30–9:50 am 

The Ultimate Leadership Tool: Storytelling

Ryan Mathews

Ryan Mathews, author of What's Your Story?: Storytelling to Move Markets, Audiences, People, and Brands, is a globally recognized futurist, speaker, strategist, storyteller, author, consultant, and the pioneer of the field of corporate cultural ecology.

Wired magazine has called Ryan a philosopher of e-commerce, and American Demographics named him “the futurist to watch” in a study of the 25 individuals who have made the greatest contribution to futuring. Red Herring said it was Mathews’s job “to ask the tough questions.”

Ryan, with Fred Crawford, coauthored The Myth of Excellence: Why Great Companies Never Try to Be the Best at Everything, which appeared on business best-seller lists at The Wall Street Journal and BusinessWeek and was honored by Amazon.com as one of the top twelve best business books of 2001.

Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president, and CEO of Federal Express, has called Mathews an “exceptional strategic thinker.” He is widely regarded as an expert on consumers and their relationships to brands, products, services, and the companies that offer them.

Ryan is also the founder and CEO of Black Monk Consulting.

Website:

Black Monk Consulting

Book:

What's Your Story

   

Thursday, March 13, 2008, 7:30–9:50 am 

How the Web 2.0 and Beyond Will Reshape Your Business

Nicholas Carr

Nicholas Carr, author of The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google, is a former executive editor of the Harvard Business Review, He writes and speaks on technology, business, and culture.

In 2005, Optimize magazine named Nicholas Carr one of the leading thinkers on information technology and in 2007 eWeek named him one of the 100 most influential people in information technology.

His 2004 book Does IT Matter? Information Technology and the Corrosion of Competitive Advantage, published by Harvard Business School Press, set off a worldwide debate about the role of computers in business. His new book, The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google, examines the future of computing and its implications for business and society.

Nicholas has been a speaker at MIT, Harvard, Wharton, the Kennedy School of Government, Moscow State University, NASA, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas as well as at many industry, corporate, and professional events throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Earlier in his career, he was a principal at Mercer Management Consulting.

Nicholas holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College and an M.A. from Harvard University.

Website:

Nicholas G Carr

Book:

The Big Switch

   

Thursday, February 14, 2008, 7:30–9:50 am 

Make Your Company the Best at What It Does

Bo Burlingham

Bo Burlingham, author of Small Giants: Companies that Choose to be Great Instead of Big, is Editor-at-Large of Inc. magazine, a prolific writer, and best selling author of books about leadership and business management.

Jim Collins, of Built to Last & Good to Great fame, says, Bo "rejects a mantra of growth-for-growth’s sake in favor of a passionate dedication to becoming the absolute best. Bo Burlingham reminds us of a vital truth: big does not equal great, and great does not equal big."

Bo joined Inc. magazine in January 1983 as a senior editor and became executive editor six months later. In 1990, he became "Editor-at-Large" to write books with Jack Stack, CEO of Springfield Remanufacturing Corp. and the pioneer of open-book management. The Great Game of Business has sold more than 300,000 copies; A Stake in the Outcome has been called “the first management classic of the new millennium.”

Bo  is also the co-author (with Norm Brodsky) of the popular monthly column in Inc. called “Street Smarts” and is currently working with Norm on yet another book entitled The Knack: How Street Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Whatever Comes Up.

Website:

The Bright Sight Group: Bo Burlingham

Book:

Small Giants

   

Thursday, November 8, 2007 , 7:30–9:50 am 

The Keys to Change at Work and in Life

Alan Deutschman

Alan Deutschman, author of Change or Die: The Three Keys to Change at Work and in Life, is one of America's leading writers on change and innovation.

Alan is the Executive Director of Unboundary, a strategy consulting firm whose clientele includes top executives at major companies such as FedEx and Charles Schwab.

In a 19-year career as a business journalist, Alan has been the Silicon Valley correspondent for Fortune; a senior writer at GQ, where he wrote the "Profit Motive" column; and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, where he has co-authored the "New Establishment" power list for the past decade. Most recently, he was a senior writer for Fast Company.

Alan, a Princeton University graduate, has interviewed and profiled many of the most influential and innovative figures in global business, including Apple's Steve Jobs, Microsoft's Bill Gates, Amazon.com's Jeff Bezos, Google's Sergey Brin, and Virgin's Richard Branson, and he has studied the successful turnarounds and change efforts at companies such as Apple, IBM, and Yahoo.

Website:

Alan Deutschman     Unboundary

Book:

Change or Die

   

Thursday, October 11, 2007, 7:30–9:50 am 

Getting Ahead of the Curve—Taking Advantage of What's Next

Peter Gloor

Peter A. Gloor, author of Coolhunting: Chasing Down The Next Big Thing, is a Research Scientist at the Center for Collective Intelligence at MIT's Sloan School of Management where he leads a project exploring Collaborative Innovation Networks (www.ickn.org).

Until the end of 2002, Peter was a Partner with Deloitte Consulting, leading its E-Business practice for Europe. Before that, he was a Partner with Pricewaterhouse- Coopers and the Section Leader for Software Engineering at Union Bank of Switzerland.

Peter was Mercator Visiting Professor at the University of Cologne, and is currently a lecturer at Helsinki University of Technology. Earlier, Peter was a Senior Research Fellow at the Dartmouth Tuck Center for Digital Strategies and an adjunct faculty in the Department of Computer Science at Dartmouth and a Post-Doctoral Fellow at MIT. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Zurich in 1989.

Peter blogs about Swarm Creativity at swarmcreativity.blogspot.com and is currently involved in developing the social networking and data visualization software Condor.

Website:

MIT Sloan School of Management: Peter Gloor

Book:

Coolhunting

   

Thursday, September 13, 2007, 7:30–9:50 am 

Avoid the Seven Deadly “Sins” that Can Destroy Your Company

Jag Sheth

Dr. Jagdish N. Sheth, author of The Self-Destructive Habits of Good Companies ...And How to Break Them, is a world-recognized authority on global competition, strategic thinking, and customer relationship management.

Jag has published more than two dozen books including: The Rule of Three: Surviving and Thriving in Competitive Markets, Tectonic Shift: The Geoeconomic Realignment of Globalizing Markets, ValueSpace: Winning the Battle for Market Leadership, Clients for Life, and Firms of Endearment: How World-Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose.

Jag has served on the board of Norstan, Wipro, PacWest Telecomm, Cryo-Cell International, and Shasun Chemicals & Drugs. His consulting clients include AT&T, General Electric, Bechtel, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Citicorp, General Motors, Lucent, and Monsanto.

Dr. Sheth is the Chair of Marketing Strategy in the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. He has served as a distinguished faculty member at the University of Southern California, the University of Illinois, Columbia University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Website:

Dr. Jagdish N. Sheth

Book:

Self Destructive Habits

   

Thursday, June 17, 2007, 11:00am–1:50pm

What It Really Takes to Lead

Anthony F. Smith

Tony Smith, the author of The Taboos of Leadership: 10 Secrets No One Will Tell You About Leaders and What They Really Think, is a co-founder and a Managing Director of Leadership Research Institute which focuses on executive development, leadership training and design, organizational change and assessment, and teambuilding.

Tony is a coach and consultant with nearly 20 years’ experience in executive development, leadership training and design, organizational change and assessment, and teambuilding. His clients include American Express, The National Football League, Siemens AG, the Coca-Cola Company, Deutsche Bank, International Paper, The Walt Disney Company, ESPN, Spencer Stuart, and Goldman, Sachs.

Tony earned his PhD at the School of Leadership and Education Science at the University of San Diego. He also holds a B.A. and M.A. in the Behavioral Sciences. Smith has served on the teaching and research faculties of universities including the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and the prestigious EAP Graduate School (European School of Management) at Oxford.

Website:

Leadership Research Institute

Book:

The Taboos of Leadership

   

Thursday, May 17, 2007, 11:00am–1:50pm

How to Get Past Groupthink to Reality

Michael Roberto

Michael Roberto, author of Why Great Leaders Don't Take Yes for an Answer: Managing for Conflict and Consensus, is the Trustee Professor of Management at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI, where he teaches leadership, managerial decision-making, and business strategy.

Michael joined the tenured faculty at Bryant after serving for six years on the faculty at Harvard Business School. He also has been a Visiting Associate Professor of Management at New York University's Stern School of Business.

Michael's research focuses on strategic decision-making processes and senior management teams. More recently, he has studied why catastrophic group or organizational failures happen, such as the Columbia Space Shuttle accident and the 1996 Mount Everest tragedy.

Michael Roberto is a sought after leadership expert who has taught and consulted at a number of firms including Morgan Stanley, The Home Depot, Mars, Novartis, The World Bank, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, Level 3 Communications, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Jabil, Corporate Executive Board, and The Advisory Board.

Website:

Bryant University: Michael Roberto

Book:

Why Great Leaders Don't Take Yes for an Answer

   

Thursday, April 19, 2007, 11:00am–1:50pm

Streamline Your Brand to Increase Revenues

Allen Adamson

Allen P. Adamson, author of BrandSimple – How the Best Brands Keep it Simple and Succeed, is the Managing Director of the New York office of Landor Associates—a leading branding development firm within global leader Young & Yubicam.

Adam has overseen branding efforts for a broad spectrum of corporate and consumer brands in industries ranging from technology to healthcare to fashion.

Under Adamson's leadership, Landor's New York office has partnered with a wide array of clients, including Citigroup, Diageo, GE, IBM, Lenovo, P&G, PepsiCo, Pfizer and Verizon. Additionally, he counsels professional organizations on branding.

Adamson is a sought after industry expert and has penned numerous articles on branding and marketing issues for industry publications. He has appeared on NBC's Today Show and CNBC Canada's Report on Business Television. He is often quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Advertising Age, The New York Times, The New York Post, the Orlando Sentinel, USA Today, The Washington Post and Forbes.

Adam regularly lectures at New York University's Stern School of Business and the Yale School of Management.

Website:

Landor

Book:

BrandSimple

   

Thursday, March 15, 2007, 11:00am–1:50pm

24 Carrot Leadership – Driving Performance

Chester Elton

Chester Elton, Co-author of New York Times best-selling book, The Carrot Principle: How the Best Managers Use Recognition to Engage Their People, Retain Talent, and Accelerate Performance, is vice president of performance recognition with the O.C. Tanner Recognition Company.

As a motivation expert, Chester Elton has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Fast Company magazine, has been profiled in The New York Times, and was called "an apostle of appreciation" by the Globe and Mail (Canada).

Chester Elton has been a guest on NBC's Today Show, CNN's Business Unusual, and on National Public Radio. A sought-after speaker and recognition consultant.

Chester has spoken to delighted audiences throughout the world and was the highest rated speaker at the 2005 SHRM annual conference. He serves as a recognition consultant to Fortune 500 firms such as Johnson & Johnson, AOL/Time Warner, DHL, Avis, and KPMG.

Website:

O.C. Tanner     Carrot Culture

Book:

The Carrot Principle

   

Thursday, February 15, 2007, 11:00am–1:50pm

Hardwired for Success

Chuck Martin

Chuck Martin, author of seven business books, including Smarts: Are We Hardwired for Success?, is a New York Times business best-selling author, researcher, speaker, and business strategist.

As the Chairman and CEO of NFI Research, Martin is at the nexus of a global idea exchange and the leader of a research engine that regularly samples the mood and intentions of more than 2,000 senior executives and managers from 1,400 companies in more than 50 countries, including half the Fortune 100. This gives him an incredible amount of useful information and a true, up-to-the-minute view of today's workplace. The broad base of his network, the robust and virtually instantaneous nature of his process, and his experience analyzing results give him unusual insight into business and workplace trends.

A former IBM vice president responsible for a global division, Chuck has helped identify successful corporate business strategies for some of the leading companies in the world. Prior to IBM, he was the founding publisher and Chief Operating Officer of Interactive Age, the magazine credited with helping to define the interactive marketplace and the first publication to launch simultaneously in print and on the internet.

Website:

NFI Research

Book:

SMARTS

   

Thursday, January 18, 2007, 11:00am–1:50pm

How to Profit from What’s Next

Eric Garland

Eric Garland, author of Future, Inc: How Businesses Can Anticipate and Profit from What's Next, is the founder and CEO of Competitive Futures — the only consultancy to combine the disciplines of futures research and business intelligence to give decision makers a complete view of their intelligence needs for strategic planning.

Eric is a global futurist, author, competitive analyst, strategic advisor, executive educator, and popular keynote speaker.

As an internationally-recognized futurist, Eric has been exploring the issues of climate change, health care, global talent crisis, infrastructure, immigration, and advanced technologies. Mr. Garland advises small to medium-sized businesses, corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations, helping clients navigate change and identify opportunities for business development.

An experienced competitive analyst, he has executed market analyses for a global clientele, serving as a consultant to a broad range of Fortune 100 companies and national governments. A frequent world traveler, Mr. Garland works professionally in English, French and Spanish.

Website:

Competitive Futures

Book:

Future, Inc.

   

Thursday, November 16, 2006, 11:00am–1:50pm

Leadership Lessons from Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition

Dennis Perkins

Dennis Perkins, Ph.D., author of Leading at the Edge: Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition, is the founder and CEO of The Syncretics Group, a consulting firm devoted to effective leadership in demanding environments -- especially those characterized by uncertainty, ambiguity, and rapid change.

A graduate of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Dr. Dennis Perkins began his quest to understand exceptional leadership while serving as a Marine infantry officer in Vietnam. After Vietnam, his passion for leadership continued in graduate school – first at Harvard University, where he earned his MBA, then as a doctoral student in psychology at The University of Michigan.

Joining the faculty of the Yale University School of Management, Dr. Perkins confronted the challenge of teaching courses on leadership, teamwork, and organizational effectiveness.

Drawing on his experiences in Vietnam, he devised a breakthrough approach to critical leadership concepts. He began to apply insights from groups at The Edge—the outer limits of human endurance—to illuminate the qualities and behaviors that distinguish truly outstanding leaders.

Website:

The Syncretics Group

Book:

Leading at the Edge

   

Thursday, October 19, 2006, 11:00am–1:50pm

Motivating & Retaining Employees

Mel Stark

Mel Stark, author of The Manager's Guide to Rewards: What You Need to Know to Get the Best For-and From-your Employees, is Vice President and Regional Reward Practice Leader in the New York Metro office of Hay Group.

Mel is focused on adding clarity to his clients' operations through cultural diagnostics, job analysis, work measurement, accountability mapping, and the effective implementation of holistic reward programs.

Mel is frequently quoted and published. His articles include: Five Years of Insight Into the World’s Most Admired Companies, and Reap What You Sow: Manage Your Talent Pipeline.

Mel has also managed Hay Group's relationship with FORTUNE magazine since 1997 and their annual study of the Most Admired Companies.

He holds a bachelor's degree from The American University in Washington, D.C. and has earned a master's degree in business administration from Bernard M. Baruch College and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Behavior and Development from New York University's Graduate School of Business Administration.

Website:

Hay Group

Book:

The Manager's Guide to Rewards

   

Thursday, September 21, 2006, 11:00am–1:50pm

Executive Leadership

Justin Menkes

Justin Menkes, Ph.D., author of Executive Intelligence: What All Great Leaders Have, is perhaps best known for having invented the proprietary Executive Intelligence Evaluation, which is used by many corporate clients to help them identify, develop, and hire effective leaders for their organizations. He has been cited in the New Yorker by Malcolm Gladwell for his work on intelligence and has studied with Peter Drucker, Michael Scriven, and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

Dr. Menkes is nationally recognized for his expertise in managerial assessment, and has chaired tutorials training other psychologists in his techniques. He is a Managing Director of the Executive Intelligence Group (EIG), a leading provider of executive assessment services to major corporations worldwide. EIG is a unit of Spencer Stuart, the world’s preeminent executive research firm. He has advised clients such as Texas Pacific Group, DuPont, British Sky Broadcasting, and Inbev on hiring, promotion, and development decisions.

Based in Los Angeles, Dr. Menkes received his B.A. with honors from Haverford College, his M.A. in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and his Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Claremont Graduate University.

Website:

Executive Intelligence Group

Book:

Executive Intelligence

   

Thursday, September 21, 2006, 11:00am–1:50pm

Executive Leadership

Gov. Donald L. Carcieri

On January 7, 2003, Don Carcieri was inaugurated as Rhode Island's 57th Governor.

A native Rhode Island and graduate of Brown University, Don started his professional life as a math teacher at Newport's Rogers High School and then at Concord Carlisle Regional High School in Concord, Massachusetts.

Next he turned to business, where, over the course of ten years, he built a career at Old Stone Bank, reaching the position of Executive Vice President.

In 1981 Don made an unusual career move, taking his family to Kingston, Jamaica, where he headed the Catholic Relief Service's West Indies operation.

In 1983 Carcieri joined Cookson America as the president of a small start-up company in the group, and he and his family returned to Rhode Island. Rising through the ranks to the position of Chief Executive Officer of Cookson America, where he was instrumental in the growth of the business into a major manufacturer employing over 12,000 people worldwide.

Cookson America grew from an organization doing $30 million in sales to over $3 billion in sales in 1997 when he retired.

Websites:

Office of the Governor     RI Government     Rhode Island