Keynote Speakers

Opening Speaker

Sunday, August 25 - 8:30AM - 10:00AM
Simon Bailey 
Release Your Brilliance

Simon T. Bailey is a compelling Business Thought Leader in this “New Normal” era who teaches audiences how to creatively release leadership and organizational brilliance. His expertise is based on his work with over 1,000 organizations through the Brilliance Institute and as a former leader of the world-renowned Disney Institute.

Simon has positively impacted the lives of over one million people through his practical interactive sessions, action-oriented programs, and Internet presence. His counsel from the C-Suite to the front-line drives productivity, increases accountability, shifts thinking, and ignites creativity.

He is the author of the highly anticipated new book – The Vuja de Moment – Shift from Average to Brilliant. This is the sequel to his breakout bestseller, Release Your Brilliance, published by HarperCollins and ranked No.17 of the Top 100 books being read by Corporate America according to 800 -

Simon will be selling a limited number of books after his session on Sunday, but you can get a sneak peek and purchase one here:

Plenary Session Speakers

Tuesday, August 27 - 8:30AM - 9:30AM 
Dr. Lowell Catlett
Understanding The World’s Largest Economy and Tomorrow’s New Future

Dr. Lowell Catlett, is a Regents Professor in Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business and Extension Economics and the Dean of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University. He is an exciting futurist whose knowledge of technologies and their implications on the way we will live and work is addressed in his varied and upbeat presentations. His vast knowledge astounds corporate and association audiences both nationally and internationally.

His presentations are thought- provoking and highly-entertaining. The professor is internationally known as an expert in commodities futures markets and is in demand as a speaker and consultant on predicting and planning for near- and long-term futures.

Dr. Catlett received his doctorate in Economics from Iowa State University, and has twice received the Don C. Roush Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is also a recipient of many other prestigious awards that include Burlington Foundation Faculty Achievement Award for Outstanding University Teaching, Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences Award, and the Carl F. Hertz Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award. Dr. Catlett is a consultant to the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, the Interior, Defense and Labor. He has also been a consultant to many Fortune 500 companies.

Wednesday, August 28 - 8:30AM - 9:30AM
Janet Lapp
Plant Your Feet Firmly in Mid-Air: Thrive During Fast Change

Dr. Janet Lapp is a psychologist, author, and consultant for workplace transformation. She is known for her ability to create optimism, energy and an intense emotional connection. Dr. Lapp shares decades of evidence-based research results derived from years of experience in both her books and on stage . She has a professor’s ability to translate complex theory into useable answers, and a humorist’s knack for getting ideas across in an entertaining way.

Janet is a Registered Nurse who also holds a PhD in Psychology from McGill University in Montreal. She has been admitted into the CPAE Speakers Hall of Fame, has been rated by Toastmasters as one of the top three speakers worldwide. Creator and host of the Emmy-nominated CBS series Keep Well, she has appeared regularly on INN, ABC, CNN, and NBC.

She and her team have helped hundreds of organizations around the world including Allstate, Blue Shield, IBM, Intel, Verizon, AT&T, Unilever, and P&G to design systems to overcome resistance to change and expedite workplace transformation.

Closing Speaker

Wednesday, August 28 -4:00PM - 5:00PM
Doc Hendley
Digging for Hope: Turning Wine to Water and Other Modern Day Miracles

Doc Hendley is proof that anyone, even a tattooed keg-tapper, can cure what ails the world. In 2003 Doc dreamed up the concept of Wine To Water while bartending and playing music in nightclubs around Raleigh, North Carolina. In January of 2004 he held his first fundraiser and by August was living in Darfur, Sudan installing water systems for victims of the government-supported genocide.

When Doc returned home in 2005, the haunting memories of what he had seen in Darfur drove him to continue growing the organization he had started only two years earlier. And in 2007, after working two jobs and volunteering his time for over three years, Wine To Water became an official 501 (c)(3) and Doc’s dream finally became a reality.

Hendley’s work aims to help the 1.1 billion people worldwide who lack access to clean water, a figure estimated by the World Health Organization. Unclean water is the number one killer of children in the world. Water borne illnesses kill far more children the HIV/AIDS and Malaria combined. Every 15 seconds a child dies from unclean water.

Doc Hendley was named one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes for 2009 (chosen by a panel of judges including Gen. Colin Powell, Whoopi Goldberg, Ted Turner and Sir Elton John). His book, Wine to Water: A Bartender's Quest to Bring Clean Water to the World (Avery:Penguin, Jan 2012), is a captivating story of an ordinary bartender who's changing the world through clean water.

Deep Dive Workshop Speakers

Monday, August 26 - 10:00AM - 11:30AM
David Rabiner 
The Art and Technique of Negotiating

David Rabiner is a rare combination of subject-matter expert and humorist who has been teaching, speaking on, and writing about leadership and personal effectiveness for over 19 years. During that time, he has presented to more than 1,900 audiences in 45 states and 12 countries.

David graduated from the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. Prior to his work as an educator, he enjoyed a successful 15-year career in radio news broadcasting, in executive-level public service, and as an entrepreneur.

In 2003, David passed rigorous standards to earn the coveted Certified Speaking Professional designation, the international benchmark for speaking excellence and a designation currently held by fewer than 600 speakers worldwide.

Monday, August 26 - 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Shari Harley 
How to Say Anything to Anyone

Shari Harley is the founder and President of Candid Culture, an international training and consulting firm that is bringing candor back to the workplace, making it easier to tell the truth at work. Managers tell employees the truth about their performance. Employees ask for what they need. Prospects tell you why they did or didn’t hire you. Customers tell you how things are really going, giving you the chance to retain their business.

Shari is knows globally as an engaging, funny, content-rich business speaker and author. She is the author of the book How to Say Anything to Anyone: A Guide to Building Business Relationships the Really Work, holds an MA in Communication and taught leadership at the University of Denver. Before launching Candid Culture, Shari led leadership development training for OppenheimerFunds, conducted customer service training for American Century Investments, and facilitated and sold programs for Dale Carnegie Training.

Shari’s practical approach had led her to speak and train throughout the U.S. and in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Dubai, and Australia. Some of Shari’s clients include: IBM, DirecTV, Noodles & Company, the U.S. Olympic Committee, Experian, the University of Colorado, the Environmental Protection Agency, the City of Denver, the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), and the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).

From making meting work and delegating better, to managing your career and saying anything to anyone, Shari’s techniques are sure to delight and inform in a real, direct, and very funny way, Participants will be laughing while they’re learning and will walk away with tools and techniques to transform any relationship.

Monday, August 26 - 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Andy Core 
Redefining Humanly Possible

Andy Core’s primary focus is understanding “why do we not change when we know it is the right thing to do?” Specifically, he addresses how to overcome the barriers sabotaging your motivation to living healthier and achieving better work-life balance.

Core has a master’s degree in the science of human performance and performed research and understands how men and women respond to stress, stress testing, and what it takes to change your health behaviors for the better.

Over the last 17 years, Core has contributed to improving the overall health of some of America’s most successful companies as well as some of our most unhealthy communities. Specifically, he has field tested his concepts working directly with hundreds of top performers within Gillette, Coldwell Banker, Intel, Ernst & Young, Clorox, Tyson Foods, and Newell Rubbermaid, as well as leading healthcare organizations, associations and government agencies. His success rate at helping people go from “knowing they need to live a healthier and more balanced life” to actually living it is 13X the national average.

Combing the high-energy style of a stand up comic, stories from his experience a successful wellness consultant, and the latest research, Core will ignite your motivation and show you how to execute a better way of life.