Day 1 Keynote Speaker

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Angela Duckworth 

Founder and CEO of Character Lab

Angela Duckworth is the Founder and CEO of Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance scientific insights that help children thrive. She is also the Rosa Lee and Egbert Chang Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, faculty co-director of the Penn-Wharton Behavior Change For Good Initiative, and faculty co-director of Wharton People Analytics. A 2013 MacArthur Fellow, Duckworth has advised the World Bank, NBA and NFL teams, and Fortune 500 CEOs. Prior to her career in research, Duckworth founded a summer school for underserved children that was profiled as a Harvard Kennedy School case study and, in 2018, celebrated its 25th anniversary. She has also been a McKinsey management consultant and a math and science teacher in the public schools of New York City, San Francisco, and Philadelphia.

Duckworth completed her undergraduate degree in Advanced Studies Neurobiology at Harvard, graduating magna cum laude. With the support of a Marshall Scholarship, she completed an MSc with Distinction in Neuroscience from Oxford University. She completed her PhD in Psychology as a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Duckworth’s TED talk is among the most-viewed of all time. Her first book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, is a #1 New York Times best seller. She is also co-host, with Stephen Dubner, of the podcast No Stupid Questions.

True Grit: The Surprising, and Inspiring, Science of Success

Who succeeds in life? In this keynote, Angela Duckworth presents her influential work on grit—the tendency to pursue long-term goals with perseverance and passion. She describes the predictive power of grit for performance in a variety of fascinating contexts. Angela has studied groups like the West Point cadets, National Spelling Bee competitors, rookie teachers, and students from Chicago Public Schools—all people performing in high-stress environments—to examine the correlation between grit and achievement. Drawing from these examples, she explains what makes gritty individuals different from others and shares her belief that grit “can be instilled and cultivated by anyone, anywhere, and at any time in life.”

 

Day 2 Keynote Speaker

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Patrick Lencioni

President of The Table Group and Bestselling Author

Patrick Lencioni is founder and president of The Table Group, a firm dedicated to providing organizations with ideas, products, and services that improve teamwork, clarity, and employee engagement.

Patrick’s passion for organizations and teams is reflected in his writing, speaking, executive consulting, and most recently his podcast, At the Table With Patrick Lencioni. He is the author of eleven bestselling books with more than six million copies sold. His capstone book, The Advantage, is the pre-eminent source on organizational health. After 18 years in print, his classic book, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, remains a weekly fixture on national bestseller lists.

The widespread appeal of Patrick’s leadership models have yielded a diverse base of speaking and consulting clients, including a mix of Fortune 500 companies, professional sports organizations, the military, nonprofits, schools, and churches.  

Named in Fortune magazine as one of the 10 new gurus you should know, Patrick and his work have been featured in USA Today, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Harvard Business Review, to name a few.

Prior to founding his firm, he worked as a corporate executive for Sybase, Oracle, and Bain & Company. Patrick lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and four sons.

Three Steps to Regenerate Your Team  

New York Times best-selling author Pat Lencioni claims that teamwork remains the ultimate competitive advantage because it is so powerful and rare. Based on 25 years of working with teams, this revolutionary and practical framework is designed to help teams to emerge into the new world of work stronger than ever. Pat will teach you how to get the right people on the bus, put them in the right seat, and, ultimately, morph them into a high-performing team. By mastering these three steps, your team will dominate any industry against any competition at any time.

 

Day 3 Keynote Speaker

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Mel Robbins

Bestselling Author and Award-Winning CNN Commentator

Mel Robbins has spent the past decade coaching, teaching, and motivating millions of people around the world. Her practical, no-nonsense advice and life strategies provide tangible results and skills that help people push through the everyday challenges they face in life, work, and love.

She is the most-booked female speaker in the world and an international bestselling author whose work has been translated into 36 languages. In 2017, Mel broke self-publishing records with her international bestseller The 5 Second Rule. It was named the #1 audiobook in the world and the fifth most-read book of the year on Amazon. When Mel launched her science-backed productivity planner, The 5 Second Journal, the first print run sold out worldwide within minutes.

She is the creator and host of three #1 audiobooks on Audible and the co-founder and CEO of 143 Studios, a digital media company that produces content in partnership with Fortune 500 brands. In January 2019, a quarter of a million people took part in her free 30-day Mindset Reset program online.

Her social media platforms inspire more than 60 million people every month and her TEDx Talk is one of the most popular of all time, with more than 18 million views.

The 5 Second Rule: Achieve Breakthrough Performance in Your Career and Life 

Imagine if you had a secret weapon that helped you beat procrastination and self-doubt. What if you had the confidence and courage to act and share your ideas with conviction? You’d be unstoppable. In her globally praised TEDx talk, best-selling author, entrepreneur, and social media influencer Mel Robbins introduced the world to a science-backed secret for change—the 5 Second Rule. Join this life-altering General Session to gain groundbreaking insights and a tool for selling, leadership development, innovation, and success. Mel used the 5 Second Rule to transform her own life, and now she’s sharing the secrets to changing behavior, taking smart risks, bringing out the best in your team, and creating the results that you covet at work and in life.