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Updated Opening & Closing Speaker Information
By Zach Prosser
Posted on 3/19/2018 11:00 AM

New Opening Speaker: Whitney Johnson


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.    


She wrote Dare, Dream Do: Remarkable Things Happen When You Dare to Dream (2012).  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.



Our New Closing Speaker:  Dr. Robert Kegan


If contemporary culture were a school, with all the tasks and expectations meted out by modern life as its curriculum, would anyone graduate? In the spirit of a sympathetic teacher, Dr. Robert Kegan guides us through this tricky curriculum, assessing the fit between its complex demands and our mental capacities, and showing what happens when we find ourselves, as we so often do, in over our heads. In this dazzling intellectual tour, he completely reintroduces us to the psychological landscape of our private and public lives.


Robert Kegan is a William and Miriam Meehan Research Professor of Adult Learning and Professional Development at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.  The recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards, his forty years of research and writing on adult development have influenced the practice of leadership development, executive coaching, and change management throughout the world.


At Harvard alone, he is regularly asked to teach in executive development programs in the Schools of Business, Government, Education and Medicine. His seminal books include The Evolving SelfIn Over Our HeadsThe Way We Talk, and Immunity to Change, which is now available to 2.2 billion readers in their native language.