Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers 

Vinh Giang

Vinh Giang, Keynote Forum 2017The Psychology of Illusion The Power of Perspective
Sunday, August 27

Vinh Giang is a businessperson and entrepreneur. While in his 20s, he started an online business with two good friends; all of them had decided to leave their careers in accounting and pharmacy, to pursue their dream of building a successful business. Their online platform, Encyclopedia of Magic, now teaches magic to almost 50,000 students around the world. For this innovative and successful business idea, Vinh and his friends were awarded Young Entrepeneur of the Year.

Vinh’s mission in business and life is to share the psychology of illusion. He has devoted himself to understanding the ways in which people are fooled by illusions and by the tricks we play on ourselves. During his presentations, he demonstrates how this occurs. Hearing Vinh will open your mind to new possibilities, as he takes you on an unforgettable journey through stories, remarkable insights into human psychology, business and the wonderful art of magic.

Don’t miss this fun, highly entertaining, magical opening keynote where Vinh will share his three key business ideas and demonstrates them using the art of magic!

Barrett and Greene

Procurement in States and Localities: A View from the Front
Barrett and Greene, Forum 2017 Keynotes Monday, August 28, 8:30 am


Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene, Principals, Barrett and Greene, Inc. Barrett and Greene -- a husband and wife team -- have focused on the field of state and local government through research, analysis, consultation and writing for over twenty-five years.

The team are senior fellows at the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania; special project consultants to the Volcker Alliance; senior fellows with the Council of State Governments and fellows in the National Academy of Public Administration. They are also management columnists for Governing Magazine and are senior fellows at the Governing Institute. They have served in an advisory capacity to many organizations including the National League of Cities, the Urban Institute, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, The Association of Government Accountants, The National Association of State Chief Administrators Offices, The Center for a Better South, and others. They have also co-written five books and have helped found two organizations: GovPerformance and the State Government Workforce Project.



Eileen McDargh

Eileen McDargh, Keynote Speaker Cultivating Radical Resiliency
Tuesday, August 29, 8:30 am

Since founding her consulting firm in 1980, Eileen McDargh has helped organizations and individuals transform the life of their business and the business of their life through conversations that matter and connections that count. She believes that resiliency is a critical life skill and one that requires the energy of connections. She draws upon practical business know-how, life's experiences and years of consulting to major national and international organizations.

Executive Excellence magazine continually ranked her as one of the top 50 thought leaders in self-leadership development. Global Gurus International, a British-based provider of resources for leadership, communication and sales training, also ranked her 7th as one of the World’s Top 30 Communication Professionals. As a business author and commentator, Eileen has appeared on network news, on radio programs and in business journals and in major metropolitan newspapers.

Join us for Tuesday’s plenary session where you will discover how to grow the skills of adaptability, agility, laugh-ability, and alignment for producing results that put YOU in control of your ship; explore traditional definitions of resiliency and discover the value of presilience™; learn a model for methodically tackling the tough issues you currently face; and develop a personal legacy leadership goal that defies downturns and disappointments.

Phil Hansen

Phil Hanson, Keynote Speaker Forum 2017 Embrace the Shake: Transforming Limitations into Opportunities
Closing Plenary – Wednesday, August 30, 3:45 pm

Referred to by his fans as “the Artist for the People”, Phil Hansen is an internationally recognized multimedia artist, speaker, author and innovator -- at the forefront of bringing art to a wider audience. Crashing irreverently through conventional boundaries, Phil works at the intersection of traditional art, electronic media, offbeat materials, and interactive experiences. He is most widely known for his meta-art, videos that document the creation process (sometimes even through destruction), showing millions that art is action, not just result. Hansen's work also extends deeply into traditional media with features on the Discovery Channel, Good Morning America, the Rachael Ray Show, Last Call with Carson Daly, Glamour and many more.

For the tens of millions who have seen Phil’s art on TV and online, it’s hard to imagine that his artistic journey nearly came to an end when a tremor developed in his drawing hand. In exploring new ways to create art, Phil discovered that by embracing his shake, limitations could become the passageway to creativity.

His inspirational story was first shared on the TED stage to a standing ovation, and then shared around the world including on PBS, BBC and CCTV. “Phil’s message of self-reinvention and the power of transforming adversity into opportunity is one that translates well across audiences—regardless of the industry. His message inspires, motivates and re-energizes the creative spirit in us all.” - Ford Motor Company

Close out your Forum experience by attending this session where Phil shares his powerful message of finding creativity within limitations that will inspire you to stop looking on the outside, and start looking inside yourself for resources that can transform your challenges into opportunities for success. Like Phil's art, "Embrace the shake" isn't just a talk, it's an experience! Through jaw-dropping visuals and LIVE interactive art, get ready to break preconceived assumptions, activate your creative capacity, and bring fresh ways of viewing the task at hand that will culminate with success.

NIGP Forum | August 27 - 30, 2017 | Salt Lake City, Utah

The largest educational conference exclusively for public procurement professionals