Alexander Blass

Alexander Blass

One of today’s most acclaimed social entrepreneurs and innovators, Alexander Blass is a visionary who has improved and inspired countless lives across the globe. He invented and launched person-to-person charitable giving on the Internet, a revolutionary technology adopted in dozens of countries around the world. Blass is most famous for is leaving a high ranking position at a venture capital firm to make a real difference in our world and the lives of other people. After getting tired of seeing countless stories in the news of good people in need, he decided to do something about it. Read more

Bruckner Chase

Bruckner Chase

On August 24, 2010, at 4:00 AM, surrounded by a community of supporters, Bruckner Chase embarked on a 25-mile marathon swim to connect Santa Cruz to Monterey while also binding those on land with the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Those twenty-five miles developed into an epic fourteen-hour journey in which he encountered everything from massive jellyfish to blue whales, fog to white-capped swells. Read more

Greg Bennick

Greg Bennick

Greg Bennick makes people laugh while inviting them to think. He speaks about getting involved in ideas, leadership, and creativity. He follows up his words with actions: last year he returned from a humanitarian aid trip from Haiti where he was part of the crew for the Schooner Liberty, one of the first private vessels to arrive in the south of Haiti after the earthquake; he and his team were able to deliver ten thousand pounds of food and medical supplies for distribution amongst people who had yet to see help. But even more important than “about Greg” is “about your audience”. What the audience takes away from any presentation is what matters most. Did you audience have fun? Are they inspired? Bennick thinks that experiencing a keynote presentation should be ENTERTAINING, and he uses entertainment as a vehicle for ideas. He researches his audiences and your group in advance to make every presentation perfect. Greg Bennick is a keynote entertainer with unique and specialized messages of empowerment. His presentations offer a return on investment that can be gauged through post-keynote followup surveys that inquire about inspiration and connection to one’s own sense of value. Imagine: a presenter who will entertain and educate, and who makes promises and then delivers on them? Yes, there is one and you found him. Read more

Clint Longenecker

Clinton O. Longenecker has been a business leader for the past twenty years, as an award winning professional business educator, as a business researcher and best selling author, as an executive coach and management trainer, as a consultant and practitioner of cutting edge business practices, and as a community servant and advisor. He wears a variety of hats that stimulate entrepreneurship and business success and he has a local, regional and national reputation as a leader who helps both organizations and individuals realize their potential for success in both the private and public sector. He has helped numerous organizations create high performance business practices that are being used across the country. Read more

Mark DeVolder

Mark DeVolder

Dr. Mark DeVolder – The Change Specialist
For over a decade, Dr. Mark DeVolder has motivated and equipped thousands of listeners not only to navigate change, but to build high levels of trust and become fully engaged at work and at home. As an expert in the dynamics of organizational change and employee engagement, DeVolder reveals why 70 percent of all change initiatives fail to achieve their stated goals.

Dr. DeVolder has written about his findings on the subject in his best-selling book, Read more

Robin Wiszowaty

Robin Wiszowaty

A motivational speaker, community development worker and author, Robin Wiszowaty has devoted her life to helping others. Her curiosity about the disjoint between international development theory and fieldwork brought her to various villages, tribes and non-governmental organizations throughout Kenya and neighboring countries.

Her recent book, a memoir of her experiences called My Maasai Life: From Suburbia to Savannah, explores the personal side of many African struggles. Read more

Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak

Considered by most to be the real “brains” behind Apple, Steve Wozniak is not just a first class engineer with three decades of world-famous credentials; he’s also a really nice guy. Personally invested in making the world a better place on a global and local level, Wozniak has been dedicated –from the first design of the Apple I — to a vision of making technology functionally and financially accessible. This is more than just a design spec; it’s about real life: Wozniak has “adopted” the Los Gatos School District, providing students and teachers with hands-on teaching and donations of state-of-the-art technology equipment. He’s also founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and was the founding sponsor of the Tech Museum, and Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. This Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist has been awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators, and was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame. He also won the prestigious Heinz Award, for Technology, Economy and Employment. Wozniak recently released his bestselling biography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It. His role in shaping the computing industry cannot be underestimated: he’s the engineer/inventor/fifth grade teacher/philanthropist and irrepressible prankster who is changing our world even at this very moment. Read more

Peter Thum

 

Peter Thum is a pioneer in showing that business can do good while doing well. He is humanitarian with keen entrepreneurial skills to build two businesses founded on advancing a social mission.

As the founder of Ethos™ Water, Thum turned his idea of getting clean water to children into a successful social venture that not only changed lives but the entire industry. In building a brand, a business and a self-funding philanthropic engine directly connecting consumption to a related social mission, Thum forged new ground and created a model that others could follow. Read more

Heather Wood Ion

Heather Wood Ion

Heather Wood Ion is a Chief Executive and cultural anthropologist who holds degrees from McGill University, Claremont Graduate School and Oxford University. She specializes in turning around troubled organizations and communities.

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Fred Sarkari

Fred Sakari

“Expert on Leadership, Sales, Branding, Communication, Customer Service & Human Behaviour” Fred Sarkari is president of a unique sales and development company, that seeks to empower organizations to achieve their visions, goals and dreams. Fred provides management services to a broad range of organizations from start ups to some of the world’s largest organizations. Fred’s unique approach combines vision with practical application – his customized keynotes provide a compelling and practical message to audiences regardless of size and translates through to the programs he creates. Read more