Co-founder of Strategyzer
Alexander Osterwalder is an entrepreneur, speaker and business model innovator. He is co-founder of Strategyzer, a leading SaaS company that helps organizations develop new growth engines, better value propositions und powerful business models via online applications and facilitated online courses.
In 2015 Alex won the strategy award by Thinkers50, called the “Oscars of Management Thinking” by the FT, and ranks #15 among the leading business thinkers of the world. In 2013 he won the inaugural Innovation Luminary Award by the European Union.
Alex is lead author of Business Model Generation and Value Proposition Design, which sold over a million copies in 37 languages. USA Today named Business Model Generation among the 12 best business books of all times. The German edition was named Management Book of the Year 2011. Fast Company Magazine named it one of the Best Books for Business Owners in 2010.
He crafted the first book with his long-time co-author and former PhD supervisor Professor Yves Pigneur and 470 collaborators from 45 countries. It was initially self-published in 2009 with an innovative crowd-funded business model.
Alex invented the Business Model Canvas, a strategic management tool to visualize, challenge and (re-) invent business models. Leading organizations and start-ups around the world use it. He is a frequent keynote speaker at Fortune 500 companies and has held guest lectures in top universities around the world, including Wharton, Stanford, Berkeley, IESE, MIT, KAUST and IMD.
Previous start-ups include netfinance.ch and Arvetica. Alexander holds a PhD from HEC Lausanne, Switzerland, and he is a founding member of The Constellation, a global not-for-profit organization aiming to make HIV/AIDS and Malaria history.
Speaker website: http://www.alexosterwalder.com
Company website: http://www.strategyzer.com
Recognized as one of the 50 leading business thinkers in the world by Thinkers50.
Whitney Johnson is an expert on disruptive innovation and personal disruption; specifically, a framework which she codified in the critically-acclaimed book Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work. She developed her proprietary framework and diagnostics after having co-founded the Disruptive Innovation Fund with Harvard Business School’s Clayton Christensen. This framework is complemented by a deep understanding of how executives create and destroy value, having spent nearly a decade as an Institutional Investor-ranked equity analyst on Wall Street.
Professional / Coaching Experience
- Thinkers 50, Leading Business Thinker Globally
- Finalist for Top Thinker on Talent, Thinkers 50, 2015
- Host, Disrupt Yourself Podcast; guests include Susan Cain, author of bestseller Quiet, Patrick Pichette, former CFO of Google
- Coach C-Suite executives across a variety of industries and companies, from start-ups to P&Ls of $10bn+
- Coach for Harvard Business School Executive Education
- Original Cohort of 15, Marshall Goldsmith’s #100 Coaches
- Top 100 Best Coaches Award – World HRD Congress (India)
- Harvard Medical School Institute of Coaching – Member
- Master Certified Coach – Marshall Goldsmith’s Stakeholder-Centered Coaching
- Co-founded with Clayton Christensen: Rose Park Advisors – Disruptive Innovation Fund
- Former Institutional Investor-ranked sell-side analyst on Wall Street
- Author, Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work
- Keynote speaker on innovation, having delivered speeches to audiences of over 50,000
- Regular contributor to Harvard Business Review; article, “Disrupt Yourself,” was included in publication from HBR on Leading Change, featuring Clayton Christensen, John Kotter, among others.
- Board Member, Business Innovation Factory
- Advisory Board Member, Chatbooks
Playing it safe is not safe in today’s fast-paced marketplace. Disrupt Yourself is a must-read for anyone looking to stand out from the crowd and pursue innovation in our highly uncertain business climate.
–Eric Ries, bestselling author of The Lean Start-up
I’ve worked with several coaches over the years. I’ve accomplished more with Whitney than any of the others.
–Angela Blanchard, CEO, Neighborhood Centers, Houston, TX
Wow! Disrupt Yourself wins the ‘plain English’ award–which is to say, I’ve seldom, if ever, read a better written business/career development book. The advice is compelling, clear-as-a-bell, research-based and actionable.
–Tom Peters, best-selling author of In Search of Excellence
Mark C. Thompson
- First Chief of Staff reporting to Founder & Chairman Charles ‘Chuck’ Schwab.
- Founding Director & Coach for Sir Richard Branson’s Entrepreneurship Centres.
- Founding Advisor & Board Member, Stanford Univ Realtime Venture Design Lab
Mark C. Thompson is a senior operating executive and New York Times bestselling author with 30 years coaching senior executives, including leadership teams working directly for founders Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Charles Schwab, FitBit founder Eric Friedman, and Pinterest founders Ben Silbermann and Evan Sharpe. He is a founding member of World Bank President Jim Kim’s Leadership Advisory Board, and served as a Governor for the Investment Securities Council at the World Economic Forum in Davos. He is a founding director of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Unite Entrepreneurship Centres. The Virgin group has over 350 companies.
Mark was Chairman of Rioport, which popularized the MP-3 player before iTunes. He was a founding Board member of Esurance, which was sold to Allstate Insurance. He was a founding Board member of Interwoven during the Nasdaq IPO and then sold to HP. He was Chairman of the Integration, which was sold to Silicon Labs. At his alma mater, Stanford University, Mark was a founding advisor of Stanford’s Real-Time Venture Design Lab and served as a Visiting Scholar for seven years. He was a board member of the John F. Kennedy University Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership, where he received the institute’s first ever Lifetime Achievement Award.
Mark was an operating executive at Charles Schwab reporting to the Chairman, Charles ‘Chuck’ Schwab. Mark was on the team that launched Schwab as an NYSE IPO, and he was the first Retail & Institutional Investor Relations Officer, first Chief Customer Experience Officer and Executive Producer of Schwab.com, and Chief Communications Officer. www.MarkCThompson.com
David B. Peterson, PhD
David joined Google in 2011 as Director of Executive Coaching and Leadership. He coaches senior leaders, manages Google’s network of external and internal coaches, and supports leadership, learning, and executive development initiatives at Google.
Before joining Google, David served as leader of world-wide coaching services for PDI Ninth House (now part of Korn Ferry). In addition to coaching top leaders in organizations such as Salesforce, Sandisk, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Target, Wal-Mart, Shell, Genentech, Mayo Clinic, Harvard, and Stanford University, he provided consultation and thought leadership on how to design and manage organizational coaching programs, how to develop high potential leaders and critical talent, and how to accelerate learning and leadership development at all levels.
David has published dozens of articles and chapters on coaching, is co-author of Development FIRST: Strategies for Self-Development and Leader as Coach, with close to a million copies in print, and co-editor of the Handbook of the Psychology of Coaching and Mentoring.
He earned his PhD in Counseling and Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of Minnesota. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Society of Consulting Psychology, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), and the Harvard Institute of Coaching. His awards include the RHR International Award for Excellence in Consultation (Society of Consulting Psychology), the Outstanding Achievement Award (California Psychological Association), and the Vision of Excellence Award (Harvard Institute of Coaching).
Vikki Brock’s history of coaching (2008, 2012) names David as one of the primary influencers in the field, both for his early influence on the emergence of executive coaching and for continuing to shape the field as someone “on the cutting edge of the profession, doing and saying surprising and thought-provoking things.”
David lives in San Francisco with his wife, Alexis Shoemate, and two adorable Tibetan Terriers named Pinot & Cab.
Judith E. Glaser
Judith E. Glaser is an Organizational Anthropologist. She is one of the most pioneering and innovative change agents, consultants and executive coaches, in the consulting and coaching industry and is the world’s leading authority on Conversational Intelligence®, WE-centric Leadership, and Neuro-Innovation, and is a best-selling author of 7 business books including her newest best seller – Conversational Intelligence: How Great Leaders Build Trust and Get Extraordinary Results. Through the application of ‘the Neuroscience of WE®, to business challenges, Judith shows CEOs and their teams how to elevate levels of engagement, collaboration and innovation to positively impact the bottom line.
Judith is the founder and CEO of Benchmark Communications, Inc., and the Chairman of The Creating WE Institute with over thirty five years of business experience working with CEOs and their teams in establishing WE-centric cultures poised to strategically handle business challenges in the face of moving targets. Her transformational approaches using neuroscience and anthropology enable leaders to raise their Conversational Intelligence® and build agile and higher performing individuals and teams poised to impact the bottom line and top line results in their organizations.
She has appeared on CBS Morning News with Charlie Rose & Gayle King, NBC’s Today Show, ABC World News, The Fox News Channel, The Martha Stewart Show and the Family Network talking about We-Centric Leadership and Cultural Transformation.
She is frequently quoted on her revolutionary workplace approaches in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Crain’s, Harvard Business Review, The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, AMA World, etc. and is a contributing Editor for Executive Excellence Magazine. Judith was awarded Woman of the Year in NYC in 2006; she was inducted into the Temple University Gallery of Success in 2006, and the Drexel University Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011. In 2016 Judith was selected by Ben Croft, CEO of WBECS, to launch Conversational Intelligence® for Coaches globally.
Michael Bungay Stanier
Senior Partner, Box of Crayons
Michael Bungay Stanier is the Senior Partner of Box of Crayons, a company that helps organizations do less Good Work and more Great Work. Box of Crayons is best known for its coaching programs, which give busy managers practical tools so they can coach in 10 minutes or less.
On the way to founding Box of Crayons in 2002, Michael lived in Australia, England, the United States and Canada, his current home.
He’s written two books that have each sold close to 100,000 copies, the Wall Street Journal bestseller The Coaching Habit and Do More Great Work. He’s proudest of End Malaria, a collection of essays about Great Work by thought leaders that raised $400,000 for Malaria No More.
To balance all this out, Michael was banned from his high school graduation for “the balloon incident,” was sued by one of his law school lecturers for defamation and managed to give himself a concussion while digging a hole as a labourer.
He was the first Canadian Coach of the Year, is a Rhodes Scholar, and in 2016 was recognized as the #2 Coaching Guru in the world.
If I had to pick a person to have dinner with, when I need to be prodded and challenged and inspired to think about the things I really am committed to think about for myself and what I’m doing, I’d pick Michael Bungay Stanier. He has an ability to shake our tree and make us more conscious and responsible about what we know but aren’t willing to admit we know yet.
—David Allen, author of Getting Things Done
Douglas J. Winnie
Certified Million Dollar Business & Executive Coach
Beginning at Age 14, Doug embarked on his first entrepreneurial experience selling holiday greeting cards door‐to-door. Over 30 years later he has built several of his own multi-million dollar companies, sold a couple of them, and now teaches business owners how to do the same, as he owns and operates the most successful business coaching franchise firm in the world!
Because of both experience and a never-ending thirst for education, Doug understand the challenges, pressures, and pleasures associated with being an executive and business owner.
Doug is also an avid private pilot and enjoys travelling, having explored over 30 countries.
Chief Investment Officer
Drawing by Ayse Birsel
One of leading European experts in decision-making, leadership, team effectiveness and talent management; author of a best-selling book on decision-making, keynote speaker at numerous conferences, C-level consultant, trainer and certified executive coach.
20+ years’ business experience, including 10 years in management consulting and executive search roles with 7+ years in the CEO position (Harvard Business Review Poland / ICAN Institute). Speaker at Harvard Business Review conferences in Poland, has delivered presentations with dr. Marshall Goldsmith, prof. Dave Ulrich, prof. Andrew McAfee, prof. Joseph Badaracco, Neil Rackham, Coleen Stanley, prof. Heike Bruch and many others. Designer and facilitator of C-level leadership development programs (2500+ hours of training sessions delivered). Top-ranked trainer in ICAN Institute executive education projects. Architect of consulting solutions and advisor to the management boards of leading companies in Poland, has managed and participated in numerous international assignments. Certified executive coach with Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder-Centered Coaching. In 2005, he was the first Pole to complete Train-the-Trainer program at McClelland Centre for Research and Innovation in Boston. In 2016 Pawel was selected to participate in dr. Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 Coaches initiative.
Pawel’s book on decision-making was published in Polish in 2015 and became Harvard Business Review Poland all-time bestseller in just 4 weeks. The book won many prestigious awards in Poland, including 2015 Golden Owl.
Pawel spends his spare time in mountains, has climbed numerous 6000m and 7000m peaks in Himalaya and Pamir. He is also an admirer of Italian red wines, from Tuscany in particular.
More information: www.pawelmotyl.com
“It is my honor to endorse the work of Pawel Motyl. Pawel is a fantastic expert in leadership, who is consistently at the leading edge of thinking. He is a wonderful speaker, who receives consistently positive feedback from his participants. He is also an excellent coach and consultant who can help both individuals and organizations achieve positive change. Along with all of this, he is a great guy. Working with him is a joy!” — Dr. Marshall Goldsmith
Bernard (Bernie) Banks is a noted expert on the subjects of leadership and organizational change. Currently, he is the Associate Dean for Leadership Development and a Clinical Professor of Management at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. As an Associate Dean, Bernie possesses responsibility for leader development integration across the school’s global portfolio of programs.
Bernie retired from the Army as a Brigadier General in 2016 after having successfully led West Point’s Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership from 2012-2016. In addition to having studied leadership extensively, he has led multiple military units ranging in size from 10 to 500 people. In 1995, Bernie was selected from over 40,000 officers to receive the Army’s top award for entry-level managers (General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award). In 2006, the Apache Helicopter unit he was leading in South Korea was designated as the top Apache Helicopter unit globally in the U.S. Army’s annual best aviation unit competition.
A West Point graduate, Bernie is broadly educated. He holds graduates degrees from Northwestern, Columbia, and Harvard Universities. Additionally, he earned his Ph.D. in social-organizational psychology from Columbia University. Bernie’s work has been published in a variety of outlets (e.g., Harvard Business Review, Military Psychology, New York Times). Furthermore, he has worked extensively with organizations across all sectors concerning their leader development efforts (e.g., Procter and Gamble, Mercedes Benz, General Electric, IBM, 7-Eleven, The US Forest Service, International Chiefs of Police).
An active member of several civic and professional organizations (e.g., The Chicago Club, Harvard Club of NYC, Community Solutions of NYC, USO of Illinois, West Point Society of Chicago), Bernie is deeply invested in his community.
Areas of Expertise
Founder, Institute of Coaching
Carol Kauffman Founder of the Institute of Coaching and on the faculty of Harvard Medical School.
Carol is a leadership coach with over 20 years experience helping leaders raise the bar on their performance and managing their success. She is most interested in high stakes coaching where managing leadership impact is crucial and it is necessary to intervene quickly. She has focused on these issues with young high potential leaders to the CEO/Chairs of the Board at Fortune 50 companies.
She is a leader herself: An Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School she founded the Institute of Coaching, a community of 18,000, launched the Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare Conference at Harvard, The Institute of Coaching Leadership Forum and has chaired numerous conference. In addition she was Founding Editor in Chief of the first journal in Coaching with a major publishing house. In 2009 her work and entrepreneurial spirit were commemorated with a $2,000,000 gift to begin the Institute of Coaching.
Dr. Kauffman has extensive coaching experience with over 40,000 hours of client contact. She works with multi-national organizations either in the C-Suite or in tandem with large-scale leadership development programs. A sampling of recent clients includes: Ahold, Astra Zeneca, BCG, BUPA, Bombardier, BCG, Harvard Medical School, Hospital Corporation of America, Lloyds, Linklaters, McKinsey, Norton Rose, Owens-Illinois, Tubelines, State Street Bank, Unilever, Vanderbilt University and Wellington.
Praveen Kopalle is Associate Dean for the MBA Program, Signal Companies’ Professor of Management, and Professor of Marketing at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Dartmouth College. Praveen received his Ph.D. from Columbia University, New York, MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, and B.E. from Osmania University, Hyderabad. Praveen’s teaching interests are Marketing Management, Statistics, Pricing Strategies, Product Management and his research interests include new products/innovation, pricing and promotions, customer expectations, and e-commerce. Professor Kopalle serves as an Area Editor at the Journal of Marketing, Associate Editor at the Journal of Consumer Research, and Associate Editor at the Journal of Retailing; in addition, he is on the Editorial Boards of Marketing Science, Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Letters, and Journal of Interactive Marketing. Professor Kopalle has won many awards including: 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India, 2015 Core Teaching Excellence Award at the Tuck School, Winner, 2005 John D. C. Little Best Paper Award in Marketing Science, Best Paper Award of the special issue on Marketing and Innovation (2015), International Journal of Research in Marketing, Finalist, 2006 John D. C. Little Best Paper Award in Marketing Science, Finalist, 2011 Marketing Science Institute’s Robert Buzzell award, Winner, 2014 William R. Davidson Award, American Marketing Association Consortium Faculty, 2013, 2009, 2005, 2001, Finalist, 2012 William R. Davidson Award, Visiting Scholar, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (USA), Bocconi University (Italy), Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India, University of Texas, Austin, TX, 1998 Harvey H. Bundy III Fellowship.
Praveen’s research has been published in many top-tier journals including Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science, Management Science, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Strategic Management Journal, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Retailing, Production and Operations Management, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Managerial and Decision Economics, Marketing Letters, Applied Economics, and International Journal of Electronic Commerce. He has also been invited to speak at over forty six universities and institutes worldwide. Praveen Kopalle is a faculty fellow (Internet marketing and pricing) of the Glassmeyer/McNamee Center for Digital Strategies and a faculty associate of the William F. Achtmeyer Center for Global Leadership, both at the Tuck School.
Sanyin Siang is the founding executive director of the Coach K Leadership and Ethics Center at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. The center is a leadership laboratory with programming for all of Duke’s Daytime MBA students and convenes think tank gatherings across sectors to explore today’s complex leadership challenges.
She is a leadership coach, working with CEOs and generals. She an advisor for Google Ventures and Duke Corporate Education. Her thought-leadership has appeared in in Forbes, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and World Economic Forum Platform. She is also a LinkedIn Influencer with more than 700,000 followers. She has spoken at different gatherings from The White House to The Global Sports Owners & Management Summits, to Generation W. She is a Sr. Advisor with Dan Ariely’s Center for Advanced Hindsight and a faculty for Duke StoryLab. She is also an alumnus of the 86th Joint Civilian Orientation Conference, the US Department of Defense’s oldest and most prestigious public liaison program.
Sanyin received a BSE in biomedical engineering and an MBA from Duke where she was an AB Duke Scholar.
Her new book, The Launch Book: Motivational Stories for Launching Your Idea, Business, or Next Career, is out August 3, 2017. Drawn from first-hand stories with industry leaders and entrepreneurs, it helps readers understand what to know, to feel, and to believe for a successful launch.
Managing Director, Custom Programs Harvard Business School Executive Education
Clark Callahan is Managing Director, Custom Programs at Harvard Business School Executive Education. In that capacity, he manages a portfolio of executive education client relationships, business development, program design and delivery, and coordinates the activities of the Custom Programs team.
Clark also serves on the board of directors of UNICON, the university-based executive education consortium where he was co-chair in 2014-15 and chair in 2015-16. Clark is certified in Marshall Goldsmith’s Stakeholder Centered Coaching method, and brings those practices and principles to all of his client work.
Before joining Harvard in 2016, Clark led the growth and transformation of Executive Education at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College since 2003. Prior to Tuck, Clark was Managing Director of Strategic Management Group (SMG) UK-Europe (now BTS), a leading provider of simulation-based executive education. He was responsible for SMG’s UK and Europe sales and delivery operations and served on the parent company’s executive committee. Before joining SMG, Clark spent eight years at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He held a number of posts including director of the Wharton Small Business Development Center, which advises early-stage companies, and lecturer in entrepreneurial management.
Clark holds a master’s degree in government administration from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor of arts from Franklin & Marshall College. He and his wife are happily transitioning back to city life in Boston, where one of their two adult daughters also lives.
Executive VP, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.
Kathleen Wilson-Thompson is executive vice president and global chief human resources officer for Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., based in Deerfield, Illinois.
Ms. Wilson-Thompson joined Walgreen Co. in January 2010 as senior vice president and chief human resources officer. Following the strategic partnership between Walgreens and Alliance Boots announced in June 2012 and resulting in the merger of the two companies and formation of Walgreens Boots Alliance on December 31, 2014, Ms. Wilson-Thompson is currently the company’s executive vice president and global chief human resources officer.
Prior to her role at Walgreens, she held several positions of increasing responsibility in the operations and legal departments at Kelloggs from 1992 to 2010 and left Kelloggs as senior vice president of global human resources to join Walgreens. She also worked as vice president and staff counsel of litigation and banking law for Michigan National Corporation in Farmington Hills, Mich., from 1986 to 1991.
Ms. Wilson-Thompson earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1979, a Juris Doctorate in 1982 and an LLM, master of laws in corporate and finance law in 1996, both from Wayne State University in Detroit.
Ms. Wilson-Thompson is a board member on the Vulcan Materials Company Board of Directors and serves on the board of The Alumni Association of The University of Michigan, The NAACP Foundation, The Chicago Children’s Choir, and Skills for Chicagoland’s Future and is a member of the National Advisory Board of the National Civil Rights Museum. Additionally, Ms. Wilson-Thompson was named by Black Enterprise magazine in 2012 as one of its “Top 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America and in 2015 as its “50 Most Powerful Women in Corporate America”. Finally, she was named a Distinguished Alumni of Wayne State University Law School in 2016.
Executive Development at LinkedIn
Prakash is currently in Executive Development at LinkedIn, where he brings practical tools that leaders can use daily to help recognize and achieve their potential. He coaches, facilitates, and conducts workshops focused on leading through values, connection and the shared human experience.
Prakash’s experience and background prior to LinkedIn enables him to take a unique, and actionable approach to developing leaders. From beginning his career on Wall Street, to globally scaling a non-profit, to managing the P&L for the Oreo Cookie brand, Prakash has successfully worked through key business problems, providing a business-rooted perspective when working with leaders. Prakash graduated with honors from Rice University while playing Division 1 tennis, and holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.
Corporate VP and General Manager
Aicha S. Evans is corporate vice president and general manager of the Communications and Devices Group at Intel Corporation. She is responsible for driving wireless engineering for multi-comm products and Intel platforms, including modems, RF, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, FM, LTE, WLAN/WWAN as well as emerging wireless technologies to lead this industry going forward.
Previously Evans was the general manager of the Wireless Platform Research and Development Group where managed the engineering, software, hardware, strategic planning, and product test teams responsible for providing wireless connectivity ingredients and solutions for all Intel platforms.
Evans joined Intel in 2006 as a software integration and test manager. She held a number of management positions responsible for Intel’s wireless efforts including software engineering and support for customers deploying WiMAX networks in multiple geographies. Additionally, she worked in Israel managing WiFi engineering and product lines. Prior to Intel, Evans spent 10 years in various engineering management positions at Rockwell Semiconductors, Conexant and Skyworks.
Evans received a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from The George Washington University in 1996.
Chief Human Resources Officer, Bunge Limited
Ms. Borg assumed the role of Chief Human Resources Officer in January 2016 where she leads Bunge’s global Human Resources strategy and operations. She is a seasoned business and human resources leader with a proven track record in developing people and culture based programs in support of business performance and growth, Ms. Borg joined Bunge from Dow Chemical, where she served as President Dow USA, a role in which she was responsible for regional business strategy and external relationships with customers, government organizations and joint venture partners. She started her career at Dow in 2000 as Human Resources Manager for Australia / New Zealand, and went on to hold regional and business HR roles in Asia, Europe and North America. She also served as Global HR Director, Marketing and Sales, and led the Human Capital Planning and Development function for Dow focusing on talent acquisition, retention, diversity and development. Previously, Ms. Borg served in HR and talent development roles with General Motors Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Business Management in Human Resources and a Master in Training and Change Management from Victoria University, Australia.
Chief Executive Officer of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company
Bill Simpson is the Chief Executive Officer of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company, located in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Bill began his career with HE&R in 1996 as General Manager of the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center. During his time in Hershey, Bill served as Vice President of the Entertainment Group, overseeing all Park & Entertainment operations, including the Hershey Bears Hockey Club, and was President & Chief Operating Officer of the company for three years.
A veteran of the lodging industry, Bill began his career with Hyatt Hotels Corporation with assignments in Phoenix, Louisville, San Antonio, and Birmingham. Bill continued his career with such notable operations as Kingsmill Resort, The Opryland Hotel in Nashville, and The Williamsburg Inn. Prior to arriving in Hershey, Bill spent five years with Quorum Hotels & Resorts.
Bill & his wife Holly reside in Hershey, PA, with daughter Ashleigh and son John.
WD-40 Company CEO
Marshall Goldsmith Certified Coach, Leader, author, mentor, coach.
Garry Ridge joined WD-40 Company in 1987 and held various leadership positions their before being appointed CEO in 1997. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego where he teaches leadership development, talent management & succession planning. He believes that in the long term, values are arguably the most important aspect of working at WD-40 Company. In 2009, he co-authored a book with Ken Blanchard titled “Helping People Win at Work: A Business Philosophy called “Don’t Mark My Paper, Help Me Get an A.”
A native of Sydney, Mr. Ridge holds a certificate in Modern Retailing and wholesale distribution and a Master of Science in Executive Leadership from the University of San Diego.
Website – www.thelearningmoment.net
CEO and Co-Founder of Tokidoki
Pooneh is a serial entrepreneur at heart. Tokidoki is her third company to date. Since debuting in 2005, tokidoki has amassed a cult-like following, and is known not only for its eye-popping aesthetic and criminally cute characters but also its megawatt partnerships with evergreen brands such as Hello Kitty, Karl Lagerfeld, LeSportsac, Barbie, Sephora, Marvel and others.
Pooneh also co-founded Hard Candy Inc., a color cosmetics Company that revolutionized the nail enamel and cosmetic industries worldwide with innovative products. In 1999, Pooneh successfully sold Hard Candy Inc. to LVMH, Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA, an international luxury goods conglomerate. Pooneh received her BA from Vanderbilt University and went on to receive a Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law. Pooneh currently serves on the Inc. Media Board of Advisors.
CEO, Corent Technology
Feyzi Fatehi is a technology visionary, inventor, innovator and entrepreneur. As a Silicon Valley veteran of a Fortune 100 and multiple disruptive technology start-ups, he currently serves as the CEO of Corent Technology – a company that was named among the 10 Most Valuable Cloud Solution Providers in 2017.
Feyzi has studied at Cambridge, Princeton, UT Austin and UCLA and has given talks at Harvard Business School, Wharton, Stanford and around the globe. He was recognized as 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Orange County Business Journal.
As an avid supporter of education, Feyzi serves as an advisor to UCLA Anderson School of Management, UC Irvine Samueli School of Engineering, and the Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He also serves as a CEO mentor and coach at two California technology incubators: EvoNexus and the UCI Applied Innovation Institute.
Feyzi has been interviewed and quoted by Harvard Business Review, Forbes, CEO Magazine, and Start-up Grind – Google for Entrepreneurs, on the topics of 10X innovation, and his entrepreneurship philosophy – an integrated leadership framework for life and business.
Feyzi lives in Laguna Niguel, California, and is currently working on three books: The Soft Skills Are the Hard Skills; “What” Got You Here, “How” will Get You There! and Inspiring the Culture of 10X Innovation and Entrepreneurship Within Any Organization. He is a sought-after speaker on these topics and as a coach and mentor to entrepreneurial CEOs.
Leadership Development Expert and Non-profit Head, Paraguay
Gabriela Teasdale is the President at Fundación Transformación PY. Transformation Paraguay is a non profit organization that works with The John Maxwell leadership foundation in a national project in Paraguay. The objective of this social initiative is to train 10% of the population in values and leadership principles. We do the training in the seven strengths of a country, government, business, education, culture, media, religion and family. The slogan of the project is “transformation is in me” because we believe that if you can transform yourself you can transform your country.
Gabriela also serves as the CEO of Paraguay Leadership Team. As owner and director of Paraguay Leadership Team, a professional Training, Coaching & Communication business in Paraguay, Gabriela works with The John Maxwell Team and Equip Leadership Inc. She represents JMT and Equip Leadership in Paraguay, and provides professional development and leadership training.
President & Chief Executive Officer, JA Worldwide
Asheesh is the President and CEO of Junior Achievement (JA) Worldwide, one of the largest NGOs in the world dedicated to educating young people about financial literacy, entrepreneurship and workforce readiness. With offices in over 100 countries, JA serves more than 10 million young people annually with programs designed to activate youth for the future of jobs.
Asheesh is an accomplished technology entrepreneur, having served as CEO of Covestor (acquired by Interactive Brokers) and CircleLending (acquired by Virgin Group). He began his career as a consultant at the Monitor Group followed by the World Bank.
Asheesh is actively involved in the World Economic Forum as a member of the Civil Service Advisory Council and the Global Agenda Council for the Future of Education, Gender, and Work. Now living in Boston, he is a JA alumnus first exposed to entrepreneurship as a teenager participating in the JA Company Program. His experiences as an entrepreneur and leader were chronicled in case studies at Babson College and at Harvard Business School. Asheesh is a graduate of the Wharton School and Oxford University, where he was a Commonwealth Scholar.
Asheesh aspires to bring human capital development and management coaching to JA’s leadership around the world. His approach to enabling leaders to realize their full potential is to focus on being empathetic to their unique challenges in each local and regional market. JA is now the largest distribution network to reach young people in the world, so the opportunity to improve the effectiveness of the organization is substantial and impactful.
Asheesh is a sought-after speaker for leadership conferences, technology conferences, and in the media. He has served as a co-chair of the World Economic Forum in Latin America, a speaker at numerous conferences including the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos and several technology gatherings in the US, India, Europe, and Africa, and a commentator in the media including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NPR, and PBS. Speaker fees are donated to Junior Achievement Worldwide and related organizations.
Co-founder, Birsel + Seck
Ayse Birsel has been designing award-winning products for over 20 years. She is the co-founder of Birsel + Seck, an innovative design studio in New York that partners with leading brands and Fortune 500 companies, including Colgate Palmolive, Converse, GE, Herman Miller, Nissan, Staples, Target, Tiffany & Co, Toyota, on design, design thinking, strategy and innovation projects.
Called affectionately by the press the “Queen of Toilets” and “Queen Bee” for her bathroom designs and office systems respectively, she brings new solutions to old problems by thinking differently, using her user-centered, humanistic design approach and her process, Deconstruction:ReconstructionTM.
Ayse is also known for her acclaimed workshops, Design the Life You Love, the foundation of her book, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, in October 2015.
Ayse is the recipient of numerous design awards including the IDEA Gold Award, ID Magazine Award, the Young Designer Award from the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Athena Award for Excellence in Furniture Design from Rhode Island School of Design. She is a speaker at international conferences—notably the Aspen Design Conference, IDSA and AIGA Conferences, the Indaba Conference, Design Management Institute, 99U, The Feast and Fast Company Innovation Conferences.
She is a Fulbright Scholar with a master’s degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and is a graduate of Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and Philadelphia Museum of Art. Ayse teaches at Products of Design Department at SVA (School of Visual Arts) and is on the board of IDSA (Industrial Designers Society of America). She lives in New York, with her husband and partner Bibi Seck and their 3 kids.