General Session Keynote Facilitators
Keynote: The Technium
Thur., 4/12/2018 4:00 – 5:00 pm
What comes after the Internet? What is bigger than the web? What will produce more wealth than all the startups to date? The answer is a planetary super-organism comprised of 4 billion mobile phones, 80 quintillion transistor chips, a million miles of fiber optic cables, and 6 billion human minds all wired together. The whole thing acts like a single organism, with its own behavior and character – but at a scale we have little experience with. This is more than just a metaphor. In this presentation, Kevin takes the idea of a global super-organism seriously by describing what we know about it so far, how it is growing, where its boundaries are, and what it will mean for us as individuals and collectively. Both the smallest one-person enterprises today, and the largest mega-corporations on Earth, will have to learn to how this Technium operates, and how to exploit it.
Kevin Kelly, best-selling author and founder of Wired Magazine
Kevin Kelly has been a participant of, and reporter on, the information technology revolution for more than 30 years. Based in his studio in Pacifica, California, he immerses himself in the long-term trends of technology, tools and cultural behavior. He writes about the ripple effects and social consequences surrounding the culture of technology. His New York Times best-selling book titled The Inevitable (Viking, June 2016) chronicles how our lives in the near future will be shaped by a few long-term technological trends that are inevitable. Read Full Bio
Christina “CK” Kerley
Keynote: The Tech Megatrends
The Tech and Trends Reshaping Our Lives, Our Work – and Our World
Fri., 4/13/2018 8:00 – 9:15 am
Humanity is experiencing record-setting levels of disruption at an unprecedented, unimaginable pace.
In just a handful of business quarters, our focus has shifted from smartphones to smart things, apps to algorithms, devices to data, screens to sensors… and the 2D Web to 3D Virtual Worlds.
Where mobile made our phones smart, IoT turns ALL things smart as the physical world becomes digital’s newest frontier.
The Next-Gen Web is breaking out of the box – outside of our screens – and into an exciting new ecosystem of connected objects, products, and places. Read Full Abstract
Christina “CK” Kerley, speaker, futurist, and professor
Powerhouse speaker, futurist, and professor Christina “CK” Kerley pushes Fortune 500s AHEAD of the curve through the 10+ tech that will dominate the next 10 years.
A forerunner across 20 years of digital revolutions, CK’s electrifying performances have been featured at: Verizon, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Amazon, Cisco, Prudential, The United Nations, Best Buy, The Ad Council, Neutrogena, Verisign, Janssen, The ANA, The IAB, and IDG. Read Full Bio
Sponsored General Session Keynote
Thur., 4/12/2018 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Bruce Flitcroft, CEO, TenFour
Bruce Flitcroft is the CEO and founder of TenFour, the industry leading IT infrastructure utility. In a time where business leaders are facing increased demands around Digital Age IT, security and agile business – all while budgets remain unchanged – TenFour has reinvented the way mid=to large-sized enterprises can leverage their IT Infrastructure to drive business growth.
Bruce is a technology enthusiast, a collector of cars and a keeper of bees. But most of all, he’s a problem solver. In the nearly two decades since he founded TenFour, combined with the ten years prior he spent running AlphaNet, Bruce’s mission has been to evolve IT to meet the needs of CIOs. He knows that simply being good isn’t good enough. You must dare to be different; dare to be better. At TenFour, Bruce’s team is transforming the industry with an innovative business model that delivers highly reliable yet agile solutions for some of the most well-known brands in the world.
General Session: RLF Advancing Leadership
Fri., 4/13/2018 1:00 – 1:45 pm
Applying Improvisation to Your Team
The secret skill you have been waiting for
To accomplish anything, you need the help of others and others need your help. Successful teams have members that are continually improving how they interact and communicate with each other. Collaboration, creativity, and results grow out of an environment that is positive and affirming.
Why is this so important? The speed of business today requires teams to decide fast, learn fast and gain buy-in from all stakeholders involved. In Daniel Pink’s book, To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, he highlights improv skills as a necessary competency for everyone. This quote sums it up. “In improv, you never try to get someone to do something. That’s coercion, not creativity,” Salit says. Read Full Abstract
Kupe Kupersmith, business analyst and improv comedian
From Accountant, to Improv Comedian, to Business Analyst, and back to Improv Comedian, Kupe’s ambition is to make everyone more awesome. For the past 20 years Kupe has been helping organizations achieve business value with an improvisational advantage. Kupe is an author, keynote speaker, coach and a trained improv actor. Some think Broccoli & Cheetos is an odd combination, but you will be delighted with Kupe’s combination of laughter and learning. Kupe is a connector and has a goal in life to meet everyone!
Dr. Lisa Strohman
General Session Keynote
Thur., 4/12/2018 8:00 – 9:30 am
Dr. Lisa Strohman is the founder and director of the Technology Wellness Center, one of the first organizations to address the global issue of technology addiction and overuse. As a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Strohman has spent more than a decade working with individual, family and adolescent clients struggling with issues including depression, anxiety and addiction.
Recognizing the growing challenges parents now face with their children, and the increasingly serious issues her young patients are dealing with due to our growing dependency on technology, inspired Dr. Strohman to launched the Technology Wellness Center, which she co-founded with Dr. Melissa Westendorf JD, PhD in 2014.
In early 2015, Dr. Strohman established Digital Citizen Academy, which provides education, prevention and diversion program to schools, school districts and organizations. The programs are trackable and measurable for students, educators and parents, and specifically address core issues related to technology overuse and addiction. Read full bio
Closing Keynote: Vince Poscente, To Thrive in a More, Faster, Now World
Fri., 4/13/2018 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Vince Poscente, one of the most in-demand speakers today, is an expert on Resiliency—the ability to overcome challenges and bounce back even stronger than ever before. His client list includes top organizations with one thing in common: they understand that success is not just about reaching your goals and getting what you want. There also has to be an intent to handle set-backs and overcome obstacles and end of smarter, stronger and more focused than ever before, Vince knows first-hand the power that attitude, determination and innovation play in your future success–especially when life doesn’t go as planned.
A recreational skier, Vince rose to the ranks of an Olympic skier in just four short years. Next goal. Win the gold. But it didn’t happen. Things got in the way. But not in the way of him becoming successful. He just had to bounce back and find another path. Another solution. Another way to achieve his goals and GRAB THE GOLD another way. Landing him a spot as a Times Best Selling author. Hall of Fame Speaker. Award winning business owner. And, most recently, Himalayan adventurer. Read full bio
Master of Ceremonies: Sarah Michel
VP of Professional Connexity for Velvet Chainsaw Consulting
Sarah is an Experience Architect who has been working in the meetings industry for over 15 years to create dynamic audience experiences. Her vast knowledge of next-generation learning and facilitation skills help design dynamic meetings that guarantee more participation, opportunities for networking and peer-to-peer interactions to assure a return on attendance. Read full Bio