Our Speakers

 
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JOHN C. MAXWELL

Leadership expert, bestselling author, and coach

John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 30 million books in fifty languages. He has been identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association® and the most influential leadership expert in the world by Business Insider and Inc. magazine. He is the founder of The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, EQUIP, and the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation, organizations that have trained millions of leaders from every country of the world. The recipient of the Mother  Teresa Prize for  Global Peace and Leadership from the Luminary Leadership Network, Dr. Maxwell speaks each year to Fortune 500 companies, presidents of nations, and many of the world's top business leaders.

 
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TYLER PERRY

World-renowned filmmaker, actor, entrepreneur and philanthropist

The multi-hyphenate talent has a resume that reads like the American Dream: playwright, screenwriter, actor, director, producer, best-selling author, and studio head. His work, from page to stage to screen, never fails to leverage the power of story to share Perry’s message of hope. Perry’s unique insights on the need for leaders to adapt and stay agile are reflected in his career as an entrepreneur and artist. From his youth on the streets of New Orleans to his career among Hollywood’s heavyweights, Perry’s ability to learn and grow as a person and a creator will breathe new life into leaders everywhere. 

 
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CARLY FIORINA

Founder and Chairman of Unlocking Potential

Carly is a true leader and a seasoned problem-solver. She is a passionate, articulate advocate for entrepreneurship, innovation, and effective leadership. Carly started out as a secretary for a small real-estate business and eventually became the first woman ever to lead a Fortune 50 company. Carly was recruited to lead HP in 1999, during the worst technology  recession in 25 years. While there, she re-focused the company on innovation and market leadership again. Under Carly's leadership, revenues grew, innovation tripled, growth quadrupled, and HP grew to become the 11th largest company in the U.S. Prior to announcing her candidacy for the Republican nomination for President in 2015, she served as the Chairman of Good360, the world's largest product philanthropy organization, and as Chairman of Opportunity International, a Christian-based organization that lifts millions out of poverty  around the globe through micro-finance. She also founded the One Woman Initiative in partnership with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, to engage and empower women in Pakistan, Egypt, India and the Philippines through increased access to economic opportunity.

 
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DANIEL PINK

Best-Selling Author, To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, Drive and A Whole New Mind.

 Daniel H. Pink is one of the best-selling nonfiction authors of the last decade. His books on work, business, and behavior have been translated into 35 languages and have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. He has been a contributing editor at Fast Company and Wired as well as a business columnist for The Sunday Telegraph. His articles and essays have also appeared in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The New Republic, and other publications. In 2015, London-based Thinkers50 named him, alongside Michael Porter and Clayton Christensen, as one of the Top 10 business thinkers in the world. His TED Talk on the science of motivation is one of the 10 most-watched TED Talks of all time, with more than 19 million views.

 

DEBRA SEARLE, MBE

Professional Adventurer and Serial Entrepreneur

Debra Searle is a professional adventurer and serial entrepreneur. Her expeditions have included rowing solo and unsupported across the Atlantic and sailing around Antarctica. As well as other expeditions across the globe, she has also launched four companies, is a published author, has worked as a host for the BBC and won gold medals for Great Britain at World Championship level. Debra's spirit of adventure gained her an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen and a place on the board of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award. She later co-founded the Business Women's Network Forum which meets at Buckingham Palace.