January 28-31, 2018
Naples Grande Beach Resort, Naples, Florida

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS, Conversations With the Future"


Brian Beaulieu
Economist, ITR Economics 

Brian Beaulieu has been delivering workshops and economic analysis seminars in 7 countries to thousands of business owners and executives for the last 31 years. During that period he has also been consulting with companies who need a domestic and global perspective on how to forecast, plan, and increase their profits based on business cycle trend analysis. He is co-author of Prosperity in the Age of Decline, a powerful look at how to make the most of the U.S. and global trends over the next 20 years. Brian also co-authored Make Your Move, a practical and insightful guide on increasing profits through business cycle changes, and noted by one reviewer as “simple, yet awesome.” He is on the Board of Directors of the Ariens Company, a global leading manufacturer of outdoor power equipment, and a member of the Investment Committee for NorthStar Financial Services, CLS Investments in Omaha. He is also Chief Economist for Vistage International, a global organization of CEOs comprising over 16,000 members.

Brian’s views have appeared in/on: the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Barron’s, USA Today, CNBC TV, FOX Business TV, Knight Ridder News Services, Reuters, CBS Radio, The Washington Times, Forbes, Atlanta Journal Constitution and numerous other outlets. He is a regular columnist and contributing economist to national trade associations and publications. 

Founded in 1948, ITR Economics is the oldest, privately-held, continuously operating economic research & consulting firm in the United States. With a long-term 94.7% accuracy rating, ITR Economics has forecast major economic events, such as the 2008 recession, well in advance and provides reliable industry and company forecasts tailored to client’s needs. ITR Economics also offers economic webinars, subscription periodicals, consultative reports, and data collection services.


Mel Robbins
The 5- Second Rule

Mel Robbins is best known for delivering one of the most popular TEDxTalks in the world: “How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over”. Mel is a powerful keynote speaker who jumps into your audience (literally) creating motivational experiences with unforgettable engagement, surprising research, vivid imagery, original videos and music. Mel is a third-generation entrepreneur who’s launched and sold two companies and currently owns and operates a multimillion-dollar publishing and speaking business. Her provocative and compelling views on leadership, courage and human potential have earned her international attention and invitations to train executive teams at some of the world’s leading brands such as The PGA Tour, Million Dollar Roundtable, PwC, CISCO Systems, YPO, Johnson & Johnson, and Chase Business.

When she’s not on stage, Mel is on TV or trending on social media for her captivating analysis about the biggest stories of our time. She’s an award-winning on-air analyst for CNN and drives millions of page views for CNN.com as one of their most prolific opinion writers. She’s been named “America’s Outstanding News Talkshow Host” by The Gracie Awards and has hosted original shows for A&E, Fox and Cox Media. She’s appeared as an expert on a wide range of talk shows, from Oprah to Dr. Phil, Fox News to Good Morning America. Mel is a contributing editor for SUCCESS Magazine and is continually featured in publications like The New York Times and Inc. Magazine. 

A mid-western gal who prefers a hug to a handshake, she’s soaring in business because of what she does both on and off stage helping people reach their maximum potential. Mel is a Dartmouth College and Boston College Law School graduate on a mission to reveal how each one of us can thrive at work and in life. She and her husband of twenty years have three kids and live outside of Boston. 


Brett Williams
Cybersecurity: An Executive Approach to a Technical Challenge

Senior business leaders are being held accountable for managing cyber-risk in their companies. Unfortunately, many executives do not feel comfortable with this responsibility due to their lack of technical background and their limited understanding of cyber. Brett Williams, Major General, USAF (Retired) will help close the gap in language, perception and understanding between those charged with strategic business decisions and the people who have technical responsibility for cybersecurity in the company. Brett's substantial experience with corporate boards and other groups of senior leaders has made him an expert at identifying the key cybersecurity issues for business leaders. 

Prior to founding IronNet Cybersecurity, Inc., Brett served as an Air Force General Officer and was Director of Operations at U.S. Cyber Command, leading a team of 400 people responsible for the global operations and defense of all DoD networks. Brett is well known as the person who "operationalized" cyberspace operations. He designed the organizational structure and operating concepts that DoD currently follows as they build out capability to defend the nation and protect our national interests from cyber threats. 

 


Jim Platzer
Leader Dogs for the Blind
Nurture Success

Jim’s business is helping others. His product is emotional innovation that will leverage your organization’s greatest tactical asset —relationships and perspective. A former president of a distribution facility for a Fortune 500 company, Jim was forced into an early retirement due to retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative condition that leads to blindness. After a challenging transition, Jim found Leader Dogs for the Blind, who matched him with a dog and trained them both to see the world in an entirely new way leading to a renewed sense of purpose.

Today, Jim is a keynote motivational speaker. His message? Your most important sense is your sense of purpose.

At his engagements, Jim transports you to the world he experiences each day. Through his true story and everyday experiences, Jim conveys a message of self-empowerment and hope that will change how you communicate inside and outside your organization.  He has built an impressive reputation in the business field as a sought after motivational speaker through his engagements with Audi, Lincoln, Purina, The Cheesecake Factory and others. His story is relatable and will invite you to exceed expectations and live your life with a driven perspective.

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