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Angela Hucles

Why We Need Introverted Leaders

Angela Hucles, a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and two-time World Cup Bronze Medalist for US Soccer, served a two year term as president of the Women’s Sports Foundation in 2015, founded by Billie Jean King. Hucles, named the US Soccer Foundation’s 2009 Humanitarian of the Year, is the founder and CEO of Empowerment Through Sport, focused on sports leadership and athlete career transitions.  Angela has worked in broadcast for both FOX Sports and NBC Sports covering games and in studio appearances for the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics and the 2015 Women’s World Cup.  Recently she launched Ceres Platinum Group with former US Soccer teammate, Heather Mitts, a financial, career and life management company for women athletes and executives.

Hucles graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in anthropology. During her college career, she was a first-team All-ACC Selection and a four-time Mid-Atlantic Star. She ended her career at Virginia as the all-time leader in goals (59), points (138), and game-winning goals (19).She was a spokesperson for New England SCORES, an organization aimed at empowering students in urban communities through soccer, writing, and other activities. She has also volunteered with CityKicks, an afterschool program for underserved middle school girls in the Boston Public School System. Hucles currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Women’s Sports Foundation, United States Soccer Federation, the Knight Commission of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Advisory Board of the You Can Play Project, Dream Big! and Tate Technology.

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Brittany Packnett

A New Archetype of Leadership

Brittany Packnett is an award-winning national leader in social justice. Cited by President Barack Obama as a “really impressive” leader whose “voice will be making a difference for years to come,” Brittany is an unapologetic educator, organizer, writer, and speaker. Known as @MsPackyetti on social media, Brittany has become a sought-after voice in the work of social change and empowerment.

A former teacher, policy expert, and non-profit executive director, has committed her life and career to justice. She currently plays many roles, all focused on freedom. Brittany serves as Teach For America’s Vice President of National Community Alliances, where she leads partnerships with communities of color and with them, is crafting the organization’s first civil rights and equity agenda. Beyond Teach For America, Brittany was a Ferguson protestor and continues in activism as, among other things, co-founder of Campaign Zero, a policy platform to end police violence. She is a featured mainstay on Pod Save The People, offering accessible analysis of news and culture, and recently penned the personal series ‘Falling In Love’ for Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls.

Recently, Brittany launched Love + Power, a hub created to inspire, empower, and outfit everyday people to seismically shift society. Brittany was an appointed member of the Ferguson Commission and President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Today, she continues to advocate for urgent systemic change at critical decision making tables and through national and international media. From New Zealand to London, across the United States, and at the White House, Brittany has travelled extensively to impart lessons of movement building, effective social impact, liberatory leadership, and empowerment for women and girls-especially those of color.

Her popular TEDx talk, “It’s about time to value Women of Color in Leadership” exemplifies the passionate and personal storytelling she shares with audiences. She has graced the cover of Essence Magazine, been named one TIME Magazine’s 12 New Faces of Black Leadership, LinkedIn’s Next Wave, received the Peter Jennings Award for Civic Leadership and shares the number 3 spot on Politico’s 2016 50 Most Influential list. She has been honored by Emily’s List, The Women’s Choice Awards, the NAACP, Ebony Magazine, Public Allies, and Washington University, among others. Brittany is an alum of Washington University in St. Louis, American University in Washington, and Is a current Aspen Institute Education fellow. She is a proud Advisory Board Member of Rise To Run, an organization committed to recruiting grassroots, diverse, progressive women to run for office. Ultimately, Brittany is a proud Black woman who believes that freedom is within our grasp- as long as we unleash love, and build our power, because “power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice.” (MLK)

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Dave Logan, Ph.D.

Tribal Leadership

Dave is a bestselling author, management consultant, and faculty member at the USC Marshall School of Business. He is author or coauthor of four books, including the New York Times #1 bestseller Tribal Leadership and Wall Street Journal bestseller The Three Laws of Performance.

Dave has been on the USC faculty since 1996, and served as associate dean for four years. He teaches in the Executive MBA, Executive Master of Leadership, and Master of Medical Management programs. He is also on the faculty of the American Association for Physician Leaders (formerly ACPE), the Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate School, the Global Institute of Leadership Development (Linkage) and over a dozen corporate universities around the world. He has guest lectured at many major business schools around the world.

Dave co-founded CultureSync in 1997, a management consulting firm specializing in cultural change, executive coaching, and strategy. CultureSync’s clients dozens of Fortune 500 companies, major nonprofits, and governments around the world.

He has been interviewed on CNN, Fox, National Public Radio and most major networks. His CBS MoneyWatch blog has been read by over two million people, and his TEDx Talk (selected as an official TED Talk) has been seen by over a million people.

Dave has a Ph.D. in Organizational Communication from the Annenberg School at USC.

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Dr. Tasha Eurich

Self Awareness: the Meta Skill of the 21stCentury

Tasha Eurich is an organizational psychologist, researcher, and New York Times best-selling author. She’s built a reputation as a fresh, modern voice in the business world by pairing her scientific grounding in human behavior with a pragmatic approach to solving problems. Over her 15-plus-year career, she’s helped thousands of professionals—from Fortune 500 executives to early stage entrepreneurs—improve their self-awareness and success.

With a PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and BAs in Theater and Psychology, Dr. Eurich has contributed to The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine and CNBC.com, and has been featured in outlets like Forbes, The New York Times, Fast Company, and Inc. She has been named a “Top 100 Thought Leader” by Trust Across America, a “Leader to Watch” by the American Management Association, and one of Denver Business Journal’s “40 Under 40.” Her 2014 TEDxMileHigh talk has been viewed more than one million times.

Dr. Eurich’s first book, Bankable Leadership, debuted on the New York Times best-seller list. Her latest book, INSIGHT, delves into the connection between our self-awareness—what she calls the meta-skill of the twenty-first century—and performance and success, both in and out of the workplace. Fortune calls it a “sprawling exploration of the psychic frailty that leads to self-delusion and self-aggrandizement, and—importantly—a compassionate, helpful guide for avoiding that path (or reversing it).”

As a passionate, often humorous and always enlightening speaker, Dr. Eurich blends scientific savvy, hands-on tools, and powerful stories of transformation from real people. She has a unique ability to engage her audiences through interactive discussions, real-world application, and experiential activities. Knowing that no two audiences are ever alike, Dr. Eurich is also known for meticulously customizing her programs, and it’s not uncommon for people to ask, “Are you sure you don’t work here?” Even more importantly, her audiences walk away enlightened, entertained, and inspired to transform.

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Kindra Hall

Storytelling: The Secret of High Level Leadership

Kindra is an award-winning columnist, author, and national champion storyteller. As a former Director of Marketing and VP of Sales, Kindra discovered the most effective method for capturing attention and increasing revenue—great storytelling. Kindra’s work can be seen in a weekly column at Inc.com, and has been featured in SUCCESS Magazine, Entrepreneur.com and behind the scenes in New York Times best selling books.

A former board member of the National Storytelling Network, and with a Masters’ Degree in Organizational Communications & Management, Kindra now teaches innovative brands and executives to close more sales, become better leaders and blow up brands with the irresistible power of strategic storytelling.

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Mitchel Adler, PsyD, CGP

Mitchel Adler is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) and the Director of MindBody Intelligence Consulting. He has served on the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine and is co-author of the book, Promoting Emotional Intelligence in Organizations (ASTD Press) and other research articles. As a Professional Speaker and Organizational Consultant, Dr. Adler speaks nationally on a wide range of topics including leadership, emotional intelligence, communication and conflict management, stress management, and wellness.  He has worked with numerous organizations including Genentech, The American Montessori Society, Gartner, and the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.  He has been heard on NPR and his research has been featured in Oprah’s O Magazine.

Mitchel Adler is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) and the Director of MindBody Intelligence Consulting. He has served on the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine and is co-author of the book, Promoting Emotional Intelligence in Organizations (ASTD Press) and other research articles. As a Professional Speaker and Organizational Consultant, Dr. Adler speaks nationally on a wide range of topics including leadership, emotional intelligence, communication and conflict management, stress management, and wellness.  He has worked with numerous organizations including Genentech, The American Montessori Society, Gartner, and the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.  He has been heard on NPR and his research has been featured in Oprah’s O Magazine.

Dr. Adler also has a private psychotherapy practice in Davis, California where he sees individuals and facilitates psychotherapy groups.  He is an avid film enthusiast, a “weekend warrior” basketball player, and a doting father of two daughters.

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Jenny C. Evans, B.S., C.P.T., C.F.T.

A cursed do-it-yourselfer, Jenny Evans started her business while still in college. Not happy with the opportunities available, she decided to define her job and success on her own terms and PowerHouse Performance was born. Jenny is obsessed with human performance and has created a career and life designed around maximizing her own potential, and helping others do the same. With a blend of confidence, creativity, stubbornness and some naïveté (which is sometimes key), she has gone headlong into following her passion and purpose…and figured out how to make a living while doing it.

Jenny is a speaker, award-winning author and on-air expert on resiliency, stress, confidence and human performance. She is founder and CEO of PowerHouse Performance and author of the award-winning book The Resiliency rEvolution: Your Stress Solution for Life – 60 Seconds at a Time.

Working with thousands of C-suite executives, leaders and employees worldwide, Jenny’s dynamic presentations move audiences to define and achieve success in both business and life…all in the face of the unrelenting demands of being a human in the 21st century. Audiences tap into their personal power and confidence, as well as learn how to increase their capacity for stress and to recover from it more quickly and effectively. Clients improve their performance and productivity, all while enhancing their health.

Jenny has spoken on the TEDx stage, writes as a blogger for The Huffington Post and was NBC KARE 11’s Health & Fitness expert for over four years. She has been quoted on National Public Radio, in Health Magazine and Women’s Health, while being showcased on FastCompany.com, Inc.com, Entrepreneur.com, Shape.com and Elle.com.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis on Psychology from the University of Minnesota, has been an American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor for over 20 years, and is a certified Exercise Nutritionist. In her spare time she is a competitive athlete, races duathlons and is an aerial arts performer…because you never know when you’re going to need a backup plan.

Jenny’s corporate client list includes Yale School of Management, AT&T, Estée Lauder Companies, Comcast, Nationwide, Ameriprise Financial, Procter & Gamble, Target and many other Fortune 500 companies.

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Henna Inam

Henna Inam is an executive coach, speaker and author of the book Wired for Authenticity (May, 2015). Her book
serves as a touchstone for leaders who seek both authenticity and adaptability in a 24/7 dynamic, fast-paced workplace. Her unique executive coaching tools help managers lead powerfully and create teams that are innovative, engaged, and drive measurable results. She is an authorized partner with “The Five Behaviors of A Cohesive Team” based on the teamwork model of best-selling author by Patrick Lencioni.

She founded Transformational Leadership Inc. in 2010 to help organizations develop authentic & agile leaders who create cultures of innovation, trust, and inclusion. As CEO, Henna and her partners offer executive coaching, leadership development, and team workshops globally. Clients are Fortune 500 companies including Google, Johnson & Johnson, CNN, The Coca-Cola Company, Bank of America, Microsoft and Novartis. Transformational Leadership builds trusted, long-term partnerships with companies to help them meet their goals.

During her 20-year corporate career, Henna led organizations as large as 600 people, including R&D and plant operations while working at Novartis and Procter & Gamble. She has functional experience in Marketing, Finance, Sales and General Management. Henna understands the pressures of the C-suite; as Chief Marketing Officer Henna ran marketing for a $2 billion global business and as a Region President she managed a $500 million P&L.

Henna has significant global experience, having lived or worked in seven countries across three continents. She is a frequent speaker on leadership and a blogger for Forbes. She has appeared on Fox Business, NPR, and is quoted in Fortune/CNN/Money online.

Henna is committed to several non-profits that share her passion for the advancement of women in leadership. She is on the Board of Counselors for Carter Center and is the organizer of TEDxWomen in Atlanta. Henna received her BBA degree in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin, an MBA from the Wharton School and completed Executive Education programs at the Harvard Business School.

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Talent Anarchy

Talent Anarchy is the dynamic speaking duo of Jason Lauritsen and Joe Gerstandt. A Talent Anarchy keynote is not for the faint of heart. They will provoke, entertain, educate, and inspire you to take action.

Joe Gerstandt
Joe is the sage consultant. He’s a middle-aged white guy who is a national thought-leader on issues of diversity and inclusion — need we say more? He brings a unique and powerful perspective to everything he does. The core of Joe’s work is to help organizations solve issues of diversity, culture and innovation through consulting, training and speaking. Listening to Joe speak, you will hear tales of his days as a U.S. Marine and Gulf War veteran blended with his experience in sales, education, and community-building. To say that Joe is intense and passionate about his work would be an understatement. He is one part professor, one part philosopher and one part “not quite right.” Be prepared.

Jason Lauritsen
Jason is the reformed corporate guy. For nearly a decade, he spent his days in the belly of the beast as a corporate Human Resources leader where he drove change from the inside. Today, he leads the Client Success Team for Quantum Workplace. A born innovator, Jason has been making change happen since his grade school years. Classically impatient, curious and well-groomed, Jason’s early career was a rapid progression of sales and management roles including launching, leading and ultimately selling a small business in his mid-twenties. He’s a leader, sales guy, entrepreneur and corporate executive — all rolled up in one.

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