2023 Keynote Speakers



Tuesday, Sept 19, 8:15-9:30am

Crystal Ball Gazing: Will Your Future Be Reinvented?

Don’t miss this opening keynote presentation, delivered by Michael Tchong, Futurist and Founder of Toolhacker, LLC.

This insightful session will delve into the transformative power of generative AI and its potential effects on the twenty-first century. Reflecting on the recent pandemic’s impact on our workforce and drawing inspiration from the Spanish proverb, “Life is a series of collisions with the future,” we aim to unravel the profound implications of our impending future on business and consumer market behavior. Innovation continues to reshape our world at unprecedented speed. Just a couple of decades ago, we marveled at the societal changes brought about by the internet. Then social media, just a mere decade ago. Today, we stand on the cusp of exciting new possibilities, ranging from digital currencies to the revolutionary digital entertainment potential of generative AI. These developments lay the groundwork for a future dominated by the digitization of assets, including the convergence of NFTs with real-life gaming and sports betting. In this session, we will navigate through the undercurrents shaping society today, gaining a comprehensive understanding of the forces propelling change. We aim to equip you with the knowledge and readiness required to embrace this bold new future. Discover how to seize the opportunities that lie around every corner while also addressing the disruptions and complexities that lie ahead. Join us as we embark on a journey of exploration and preparation for the reinvention of our collective future.

Wednesday, Sept 20, 8:15-9:15am

People Grow Companies, Leaders Grow People

This Wednesday morning Keynote will get you energized and inspired! Join Rick Denley, Speaker/Author/Leader and Founder of Peak Performance Leadership, as he addresses key areas holding back organizations from growing their people. With over 40% of employees not fully engaged, and organizations reporting that 77% of leadership is lacking. Many of today’s leaders lack the needed skills, tools, knowledge, and confidence to effectively lead people and teams through today‚Äôs complex challenges. Rick shares strategies that will retain and maximize your top talent. Attendees will leave energized, educated and committed to growing people first.

Wednesday, Sept 20, 12:15-1:30pm

Technology, Leadership, Resilience: Engage the Never Give Up Mindset

Scott Lesnick, Global Leadership Keynote Speaker, CSP, Certified Speaking Professional and Author will take attendees on a nail-biting ride through his signature keynote based on his book: “”Kidjacked: A Fathers Story”.

Attendees should be prepared for laughter, gasps, and cheers during this powerful presentation. Offering participants a unique and inspiring perspective on leadership, resilience, implementing effective strategies, navigating change, and overcoming obstacles in both professional and personal lives. With firsthand experience in facing extreme challenges and conquering seemingly insurmountable odds, Scott’s keynote will inspire and motivate attendees to tap into their own reservoirs of resilience and determination. Drawing upon the principles of resilience, grit and repurposing exemplified by trailblazers such as Ernest Shackleton and Dr. Angela Duckworth, their stories, combined with Scott’s personal narrative, provide a comprehensive framework for understanding and implementing effective strategies in the workplace. Attendees will be immersed and experience Scott’s captivating storytelling skills and participate in a fun group activity. Key outcomes include; elevating leadership skills through effective relationship building, enhanced communication proficiency and engagement, heightened decision-making by recognizing and managing stress and burnout, enhanced approaches to long-term challenges, and increased ability to cultivate growth mentorship and leadership amidst significant change.