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Here is more information on our opening & closing and plenary speakers. For more information on our pre conference session or concurrent presenters, click on the links below:

Pre Conference 
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Coach Approach: Making Way for the Rooney Rule session
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Opening Speaker-
Whitney Johnson: Critically Acclaimed Author, Exec and Performance Coach, Innovation Thinker

Personal Disruption

Approved for 1 ICF Resource Development CCE Units

Disruptive companies and ideas upend markets by doing something truly different—they see a need and create something for a market which may not yet exist. After co-founding the Disruptive Innovation Fund with Harvard’s Clayton Christensen, Whitney discovered that the framework of disruption can also be applied to individuals. So, if you are…

  • a high potential individual ready to make a big career leap
  • a leader trying to jumpstart innovative thinking in your company, or
  • a self-starter ready to make a disruptive pivot in your business

We are living in an era of accelerating disruption—managing new learning curves is a vital skill. If you want to be successful in unexpected ways, Whitney will guide us down our own disruptive path.

About Whitney:

Whitney’s research and work in disruptive innovation shapes how individuals and corporations manage change.   She focuses on harnessing the core competencies required to building a team to leverage opportunities and unite when faced with adversity.  This will be great insight whether you are coaching individuals internally, externally, or working with teams or leaders as they grapple with the disruptions in business and life and support them to powerfully move forward.    


Whitney's most recent book Build an A Team: Play to Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve was just released with Harvard Business Press. After publishing, Disrupt Yourself, in 2016, Whitney was recognized as one of the world's fifty most influential management thinkers by Thinkers50 in 2017 and 2015. Through speaking, writing, coaching, and consulting, she synthesizes the key levers of change and how to use them effectively.


Johnson is a frequent contributor for the Harvard Business Review, and a Linkedinfluencer. Her new book - Build an 'A'-Team: Play To Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve - will be published by Harvard Business Press in early 2018, building upon her work and research with teams and disruption.


She speaks on innovation initiatives, and has delivered keynote speeches to audiences of 50,000+ on discussing disruption, innovation, teamwork and organizational change.


Plenary Speaker-Jennie Antolak, MA, MCC

Trust the Process:  What really happens when we shift from rescuing clients to releasing responsibility?

Approved for 1 ICF Core Competency CCE Units


Most of us would deny we ever rescued a client.  We faithfully recite the statement, “We believe our clients are resourceful and they have the answers inside of them.”  However, when the stakes are high, we are tempted to step in and expand awareness for them.  We think we are simply helping by sharing a story, providing a bit of information, or suggesting alternatives in hopes that our efforts wake people up to better outcomes or solutions.  The reality is the opposite often happens. When we step in, we take away their opportunity to discern what is important, discover their path forward and develop self-efficacy and resiliency. This keeps them playing small in the world and limited to the information we imparted on them rather than them stumbling and learning from each experience. In addition, it greys the lines of coaching impacting our personal credibility as well as the validity of the entire field.


We invite all those committed to assisting others in living out their preferred narratives.  Come hear compelling stories and supporting data that reinforces the value of releasing responsibility and allowing clients to falter and still find their way to a greater story.

You can learn more about Jennie here. Click here for an Interview with Jennie Antolak

Closing Speaker-Dr. Robert Kegan, Ph.D


Approved for 1 ICF Core Competency CCE Units  and .5 Resource Development CCE Units

“[The *Deliberately Developmental Organization]  is the most provocative recasting of human and organizational potential since the advent of the ‘learning organization.’ It will transform how you think about work and workplace culture in the twenty-first century.”

                                                    --Gary Hamel, London Business School

In most organizations nearly everyone is doing a second job no one is paying them for—namely, covering their weaknesses, trying to look their best, and managing other people’s impressions of them. There may be no greater continuous waste of a company’s most precious resource—the time and attention of its people. The ultimate cost?: neither the organization nor its people are able to realize their full potential.


What if an organization did everything in its power to create a culture in which everyone—not just select “high potentials”—could overcome their own internal barriers to change, using errors and vulnerabilities as prime opportunities for personal and company growth?

Harvard psychologist Robert Kegan is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on adult development. He and his colleagues searched for such companies, studied them for years, and, more recently, began helping organizations within and beyond the US to start their own journeys toward remaking their cultures into 21st century incubators for unleashing human and organizational potential.

In this riveting and provocative talk, [In this half-day/day-long workshop,] Kegan will give us a full tour of these pioneering organizations, their unusual practices, and shared principles. We will have the chance to hear from those who work in a DDO, sample an assessment instrument that helps us see how growth-oriented our own work setting may be, and even to try on a few “growth culture” practices for ourselves! Come expecting to be both challenged and inspired!