Innovation & Creativity
Famous for finding the Titanic, Dr. Ballard is the president and founder of the Institute for Exploration at Mystic Aquarium. Led by Ballard, this institute is focused on the development of a suite of remotely-operated vehicles created specifically to conduct deep-water archaeological excavation. Ballard has conducted more than 100 deep-sea expeditions during his career and is the recipient of numerous professional awards including the National Geographic Society's prestigious Hubbard Medal and the National Humanities Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Frans Johansson is an author, speaker, and entrepreneur. His recent bestselling book, The Medici Effect, was named one of the top-10 best business books of 2004 by Amazon.com, the innovation book of the year by several other organizations and has so far been translated into 17 languages. In this remarkable book, Frans looks at how individuals, teams and organizations can create an explosion of groundbreaking innovations by combining ideas and concepts from different fields, cultures, and industries.
Michael Porter is considered by many the father of the modern strategy field. As the most prolific and honored business expert of our time, he is often asked to speak on themes related to his most successful books and seminal articles on strategy, competition, health care’s future, differentiation and corporate social responsibility.
Clyde Fessler has presented his Harley Davidson Turn-Around Story to over 100 corporations and international organizations in the past three years as a keynote speaker. Because of the great audience reception, several of these presentations were repeat performances. Vice president of business development for Harley-Davidson Motor Company for over 20 years, Clyde has been recognized as the marketing genius behind this dramatic turnaround. Clyde's presentation captures the Harley-Davidson turnaround story and adds mystique... the ability of the brand to bring together, in unique and surprising ways, seemingly disparate combinations of products, people, processes, and experiences.
Brian Olsen is a corporate performance artist; in his shows, he conveys one compelling message to his audiences- everything is possible through creativity. Brian began his career as the one and only protégé of renowned performance artist, Denny Dent. Brian has taken this art form and made it his own with a unique visual style, unveiling the spirit and charisma of his subjects.
William Duggan is the author of three recent books on strategic intuition as the key to innovation. His keynotes, based on his groundbreaking research and teaching, help audiences capture the benefits of strategic intuition and apply it to real world business situations. In today's economy, it's clear that business leaders needs creative thinking, entrepreneurial thinking, innovative thinking or strategic thinking to succeed: all of these kinds of thinking happen though strategic intuition. Help your audience learn about innovation and how to do it better with this idea-rich and highly relevant keynote presentation.
Does your audience need to know how today’s leading enterprises compete successfully for revenues and profits in a globalized, commoditized, deregulated marketplace? That is the question keynote speaker Geoffrey Moore's book Dealing with Darwin: How Great Companies Innovate at Every Phase of Their Evolution seeks to answer. The focus is on frameworks that reinterpret the changing landscape of business to highlight new forces that have come to the fore. For Moore, the key issues are innovation and inertia, and how companies must manage both to create superior economic returns.
Clayton Christensen is the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, with a joint appointment in the Technology & Operations Management and General Management faculty groups. Clayton Christensen's research and teaching interests center on the management issues related to the development and commercialization of technological and business model innovation. Specific areas of focus include developing organizational capabilities and finding new markets for new technologies.
Mike Rayburn is a captivating keynote artist with a presentation completely unlike any you’ve ever seen! Having been called “the World’s Funniest Guitar Virtuoso,” Mike uses his astounding guitar creations, uproarious songs, and veteran presentation skills to encourage, challenge and inspire his audiences to leap beyond their perceived limitations. He can focus his program completely on entertainment, depending on your needs.
Perhaps one of the most recognizable business luminaries in the world, in 1999 Richard Branson was knighted for his "services to entrepreneurship". The Rebel Billionaire continues to grow the Virgin brand worldwide, and his unconventional strategies are an inspiration to businesses and individuals alike.
Robert Kriegel, Ph.D. is a New York Times and Business Week best selling author; a commentator on NPR’s Marketplace Program, and a pioneer in sports psychology as an Olympic and professional athlete coach. One of the most in demand business speakers, Dr. Robert Kriegel teaches bold, innovative, ‘out of the box’ strategies for keeping ahead of the changes, challenges and competition in today’s dynamic marketplace.
Joel Zeff creates energy. His spontaneous humor and vital messages have thrilled audiences for years. As a national speaker and humorist, Joel captivates audiences with a unique blend of hilarious improvisational comedy and essential ideas on work and life. Corporations and organizations nationwide seek him out to motivate and energize their employees on such topics as creativity, communication, teamwork, passion and fun.
Erik Wahl is a recognized artist and speaker who inspires corporations to achieve greater levels of organizational performance. His consulting firm specializes in challenging professionals to implement breakthrough thinking to achieve extraordinary results. Erik has keynoted meetings for America’s top corporations, guest lectured at the London School of Business and performed for organizations all over the world. Erik's unique understanding of vision traces back to his experience as an artist. Erik earned his bachelors degree in Business Communication before embarking on an eight year career as a partner in a corporate firm. After first working in the business world and playing with his art; Erik now PLAYS in the business world by WORKING with his art. Erik’s sought after artwork can be seen hanging in executive offices around the world. And as one of the country’s top platform speakers, Erik shares his powerful message with audiences from coast to coast.
Using his striking photographs as illustrations of his metaphor about possibility and creativity, Steve inspires audiences to take advantage of his experience and vision to make any venture an adventure. In any project he undertakes, Steve's preparation lays the foundation for magic to happen; "Chance favors the prepared mind," said Louis Pasteur. After all, our eyes will only ever see what our mind is prepared to comprehend. He spends six months of the year traveling the world for his clients; the remainder teaching and delivering his presentation "Open Roads Open Minds: An Exploration of Creative Problem Solving".
Insider Magazine recently dubbed him "The Guru of Creatively Thriving from Change." Using humor, wit and contagious energy, Jeff presents more than 100 programs each year and consults with organizations that urgently need to stay ahead of their marketplace.
Rohit Talwar is an award winning speaker, entrepreneur, specialist advisor and strategic change agent. He was nominated as one the top ten global future thinkers by the UK’s Independent newspaper. He is the founder of the think tanks Fast Future and Global Futures and Foresight. Rohit spends his time traveling the world researching the ideas that will shape the future and meeting the people and organizations behind them. Rohit has a particular interest in the evolution of China, India, the emerging economies and the future of travel. He has just completed major global studies on the Future of China’s Economy – The Path to 2020 and the Future of Travel and Tourism in the Middle East.
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It's seldom that you find a really funny, clean comedian and it's seldom that you find a really good, captivating speaker. It's nearly impossible to find one who is both. Mark Mayfield is one of the rare individuals in the world who is equally accomplished at performing comedy shows or delivering high content keynote speeches.
Linda Larsen has been helping people worldwide upgrade their thinking, improve their communication and achieve much better quality results in life, both personally and professionally. And she does this in such extraordinarily fun, fast-paced and memorable ways that she is sought after around the globe by meeting planners looking to blow people’s socks off at their annual conferences.
Travelocity Founder and Branding Expert Terry Jones entered the travel industry in 1971, joined American Airlines in 1978, and served as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Sabre, Inc. In 1996, he founded Travelocity.com as a division of Sabre, Inc., and later took the company public as President and CEO. Jones took an idea and created a business with 33 million members. It was one of the first profitable dot coms in existence.
Dewitt Jones is one of America’s top professional photographers. Twenty years with National Geographic photographing stories around the globe has earned him the reputation as a world-class photojournalist. As a motion picture director, two of Dewitt’s films were nominated for Academy Awards. In the business community, Dewitt’s work is also well known. He rose to the forefront of creative marketing by photographing national advertising campaigns for organizations such as Dewar’s Scotch, Canon, and United Airlines.
Richard Florida, one of the world's leading social theorists and public intellectuals, believes that human creativity is the engine of economic growth. Every human being is creative, Florida argues, and for first time in human history, our economic growth depends on the further development of a wide spectrum of human capabilities.
At the age of 22 Steve Donahue had his life all mapped out. He was living his dream as a professional disco dance teacher. Steve had it all; money, fame and plenty of dance partners. Then disco died. But Steve learned a valuable lesson; never bet your life on shiny shirts and tight pants. He also remembered not to trust maps. Just two years previous Steve crossed the Sahara Desert. Battered by relentless sandstorms, tormented by searing heat and freezing nights, never knowing if the speck on the horizon would be a friend or foe, Steve found his way in the world’s largest desert.
Stephen Shapiro provides proven, yet unconventional thinking about innovation. During his two decades as a corporate consultant, Stephen Shapiro developed simple and effective methods for creating pervasive cultures of innovation, increasing creativity, and enhancing individual and team performance.
Cuban defector and successful technology consultant Ariel Coro presents a compelling and motivational keynote on imagination and ingenuity under difficult circumstances. His experiences will help your audience learn how to adopt a “never give up” attitude, and to appreciate the resources at our disposal many take for granted.
Jim Carroll is recognized as one of the world’s leading international futurists, trends & innovation experts, with a massive global blue-chip client list. Jim latest books include Ready, Set, Done: How to Innovate When Faster is the New Fast, and What I Learned From Frogs in Texas: Saving Your Skin with Forward Thinking Innovation. Jim Carroll is an author, consultant, and frequent media commentator with some 3,000+ media interviews to his credit. Jim has written over 35 books, and has been a columnist for a wide variety of publications.