Andrew Winston

 

Andrew Winston is an accomplished, engaging speaker. He’s given keynotes and moderated panel discussions in front of audiences of all types and sizes, from small meetings of the top executives at a corporation to large conference keynotes in front of thousands of people.

Andrew is a globally recognized expert on green business, appearing regularly in major media such as The Wall Street Journal, Time, Business Week, The New York Times, and CNBC. Read more

Cedric King

Retired Master Sergeant Cedric King entered the United States Army in 1995. During his illustrious career, Master Sergeant King served proved himself to be an exemplary soldier graduating from several distinguishing schools in the Army, including but not limited to: the United States Army Jumpmaster Course, United States Army Pathfinder course, Air Assault course, The United States Army Ranger Course. He is also the recipient of the Bronze Star, the Purple heart, the Meritorious Service Medal and is a Four time Best Ranger Competition competitor.

On July 25,2012 during his second tour in Afghanistan, Cedric was severely injured by an Improvised Explosive Device which caused him major internal injuries, permanent damage to his right arm and hand and the amputation of both of his legs.

 

CEDRIC’S POPULAR THEMES

 ADAPTING TO CHANGE
Being adapted to change is simple – we cannot get so caught up with the way things are, and believe that somehow it is how everything will always be – we have to be adaptive. We have to reach a point where we can grasp that the past is what life was, and it was a gift. But this is what life is now, and it is also a gift. The one thing that must remain the same is our attitude. Whatever the change and challenge is, we must decide that our attitude must be the one constant in the equation. Most people hold the mindset that they will maintain a positive attitude only when circumstances are good, and when circumstances are bad, then their attitude will follow suit. This way of thinking is a pure recipe for destruction of the soul. No matter what the weather is like that day, no matter what taxes you bare, no matter who is elected into office, and no matter what your income is – you will win. That is the only way you can adapt to change.

 OBSTACLES
We evaluate obstacles when we determine things we want to achieve in life. There is always something that impedes the process and slows us down. It might be finance, doubt, frustration, fear of failure and a number of other factors that inhibit us. No matter what the interference is, we all have to deal with obstacles.

If you intend to overcome the obstacle, you need to be able to speak to it. Most of us allow the obstacle to speak to us and this is what leads us down the dark road of frustration and depression. It is that annoying voice in your head that tells you: “You are never going to get better, it’s always going to hurt, and you are never going to heal.”

Just as troops need to be motivated by their general, my inner warrior needs inspiration to know that I will figure it out –I may not know how, but guess what, I will figure it out! Until hard times get better, I will put a smile on my face and keep a song in my heart. And even if the worst case scenario occurs and time doesn’t heal my wounds, I will continue to be a happy and celebrated person and I will refuse to let the obstacle dominate my life.

Think of the obstacle like a tailor-made suit. It is cut and customized for your shape only. Your obstacles are specifically tailored to your fiber and reality of your life. But these obstacles are not out to destroy you – they exist to turn you into a better version of your current self. We often allow the obstacle to frustrate and destroy us through an ongoing inner dialogue. You must change your relationship with the obstacle and stop perceiving it as an enemy, because if you don’t, you are permitting the obstacle to stop you from reaching your goal.  When you begin to befriend the obstacle, everything changes. .  Instead of beating myself down and believing I can’t do one thing because I don’t have another, I have restated and renamed the obstacle as my friend, my employee, and my sparring partner. Although a sparring partner and his opponent look a lot alike when they are throwing punches at one another, the fighter we are knows that the sparring partner is not there to hurt us, and if he stopped throwing those punches, our reflexes, instincts and strength would never sharpen and improve.

The obstacle knows your greatest weakness. It is smart in this way, and tries to stop you from overcoming it with your own strength and talents.  If you don’t like your boss, you might wish to switch to another department, or if you’re unhappy with your spouse, you might just give up and believe you are simply no longer compatible. But if you trust the obstacle, stick with it, push through the pain, and challenge yourself. Sooner or later, your old weakness will become a new-found strength, and this is one of the most gratifying feelings in the world. Issues that used to frustrate you will leave you with a deep sense of peace that you never would have reached if the obstacle had not entered your life.

FAILURE IS THE TUITION
Dealing with failure is something so engrained in my experience.  I have never been the type of person to seize success during the first try. I don’t view failure as a downfall, I view it as a necessary component to succeed When I first joined the army, I could not shoot to save my life and my bullets missed the target time and time again. But I’ve learned that success only came after repeated, grueling failure. Setbacks in life is the form of tuition you must pay to accomplish your goal. Although it sounds cliché, I have failed so many times in so many things that I look at failure as part as what it takes to succeed. Today, the things I’m the best at are what I’ve failed at the most. After so many times at getting it wrong, I understood that getting it wrong is the tuition that you pay to succeed. Your brightest skills and talents tend to be the ones where you have experienced the most miserable failure at one point in time. Part of success is knowing how it feels to be on the other side of failure and understanding how far you have progressed from failure to success.

People who were so successful in the very beginning rarely stay on top. They reached the mountain top so quickly that when they inevitably did slip and fall eventually, their growth was severely stunted. Failing makes you turn around and hit the books to find out what you have been doing wrong. The person that walks through the correct door during their first attempt, neglects to discover all of the other potential doors that they could have explored.  Once you determine what you need to improve upon, it becomes easy to find the right door to open. I was lucky enough to fail earlier on and I have been down long enough to know how it feels to be down. So when it was time to come up, nothing could stop me. I knew where I went wrong at. When you know where you go wrong at, it’s so much easier to make that little correction. Failure is the tuition that you pay. There’s no graduation without paying tuition. And there’s no success without you failing.

VICTIM MENTALITY
Many people hold the mentality that their lives would be better if they didn’t have obstacles to face. They believe that if external factors weren’t present, they could truly be the best version of themselves.

For a long time, I too thought my life would be great if I just had my legs back. But I had to come to the realization that I am not a victim. Yes, something unfortunate happened to me –a horrible and unexplainable tragedy. But I never intended to let that stumble make or break my life.

You have to stop thinking like a victim. Start thinking like a warrior and a winner, and trust that no matter what happens, you will too prevail. No matter how much it hurts, you must strive to be the person you always hoped you could be.

The main factor that separates you from who you currently are and who you could potentially be in the future are your thoughts. You must give up feeling sorry for yourself and do not let a negative inner dialogue dictate your life. Nobody else is making your life worse for you –it is your inner self that has to change.

 ATTITUDE
People with the best attitudes always rise to the top eventually. Attitude is the one trait that separates winners and the successful leaders from everybody else. For a long time, I thought that the smartest, strongest, fastest and most naturally talented people who were handed fortunate genes were the same people that always won. I began to take notice that men with the most positive attitudes always ended up winning and outshining the more innately gifted people. . They did this by finding a way to avoid complaining when everyone else was. Attitude is a choice and is something you have to practice in order to be able to stop looking at life with a discouraging perspective. There will be days with poor weather conditions, heavy traffic, delayed flights, and lost luggage, but you must find a way to decide that you will take charge of your feelings and resist negativity. Although we cannot control many aspects of life, we can control our attitude. Once you have a firm understanding of your emotions, the circumstances that used to bother you will no longer have power over you and the poison, hate, and frustration that surrounds you cannot be let inside. Just because you get dealt a bad hand, does not mean you have to play a bad game. A bad hand got dealt to me and I caught a bad break, but I never allowed that to dominate my life.  People that win card games don’t do so because they get lucky, they win because of how they decide to play with the cards they were dealt. You always have the authority to make a choice to win no matter how long it may take you. People with an optimistic attitude are aware that an obstacle is not their enemy, but is their ally that has come to help, not hurt them.

The average person would probably hold the belief that there is no way a man with two prosthetic legs could run 26 miles. But guess what, I did it. Although this challenge was incredibly draining, the most demanding and strenuous hurdles are the ones that push you the most to become a better person. With a supreme attitude, anything is possible.

 THE INNER VOICE
Inside of all of us, there are two voices, two inner dialogues that we deal with, and sometimes the loudest voice believes you can’t succeed. It’s this annoying voice in your head that tells you that you are not good enough, you’re not smart enough, you’re not pretty or handsome enough, you don’t have enough money or enough knowledge, that you’ve never done this before etc… But there is another voice too, and depending on which voice we’re listening to the most, that voice will be the strongest.

I like to think of these inner voices like two scoreboards inside of us; one that resides inside of us and one that projects to the outside world. When I talk to professional sport teams, I tell them that if their inner scoreboard is always losing, they have no chance of bringing that outside scoreboard up to a winning number. If you’re not winning on the inside, you can’t expect winning on the outside. You have to start with inner talk. Believing in yourself begins with encircling yourself with influences that encourage positivity.

This is why our memories of previous success are so important. Because in times of self-doubt, they remind you in the low moments that you were once a winner, that you did win. Those wins from the past are your cache, your ammunition. When you come under attack with that inner negative voice, that’s when you must start firing back with the ammunition of the past victories. When we let the negative voice overpower those positive feelings, these good memories start to fade. You cannot sit there and allow that inner voice start winning over and over again.

Now what about people who don’t have a previous cache of wins and victories to look at?  Society has taught us that medals, trophies, and certificates equal success. But positive reinforcement can be accomplished much more profoundly than through these material tokens of triumph. Always strive to be impeccable with your words and your deeds. If you say you’re going to do something, do it, and do it with excellence. Excellence does not mean perfection, but it does mean perfect effort. You just have to give the perfect effort and allow the outcome to take care of itself. When you execute with perfect effort, you never have to look back and find a trophy or a diploma from the past. Just look back at the things that you said and that you did and you can be proud of who you are.

 FAITH & BELIEFS

Faith means recognizing a mental state where you are able to believe in something that you cannot see. I think this concept is really what life is all about. You must learn to believe in unanticipated outcomes that you have no power to predict. We all face times in life when we are lost and wondering what in the world is happening to us, and that is why we must say “yes” to faith. Achieving this balance has nothing to do with earning a certain amount of money or mimicking something you have seen on television, but rather, trusting that unknown possibilities exist and accepting that reality. I don’t know if my children are going to graduate from high school or college, or where the money to pay for that education is even going to come from, but even without those answers, I have come to terms with the reality that I will figure it out. I may not always know how I am going to achieve a goal, but at least I have faith that I will make it happen. I don’t know how I am going to be physically able to run my next marathon, but I felt the same way before I ran countless races in the past and somehow I took a walk of faith and accomplished what I once thought was impossible. Faith will never demand you to achieve something in life with any particular resources that you don’t already have, all you need to do is believe in yourself and maintain a positive outlook.

 

Biography

 In July 25, 2012, during his second tour in Afghanistan, King was severely injured by an improvised explosive device. The blast caused major internal injuries, permanent loss to part of his right arm and hand, and the amputation of both legs. He applied the same determined, can-do mindset to his recovery that he had relied on to succeed as an elite Army Ranger. With the love and support of his wife Khieda and daughters Amari and Khayma, he began rebuilding his life.

Master Sergeant Cedric King entered the United States Army in 1995. During a career that took him from an infantry private to a position of leadership in the elite Rangers, King graduated from a number of distinguished Army schools. These included The United States Army Jumpmaster Course, United States Army Pathfinder course, Air Assault course, The United States Army Ranger Course, and others. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, and is a four-time Best Ranger Competition participant.

Just 21 months after losing both legs, King completed the Boston Marathon, running on prosthetic blades. He has gone on to compete in a number of physically daunting events, including a 70.3-mile half Ironman Triathlon, the 2014 New York City Marathon, and the 48.6-mile Disney Marathon series. There, he successfully completed four runs in four days — a 5k, 10k, half marathon, and full marathon. King shares his inspirational story of endurance with audiences across the country, including schools, churches, the National Football League, and Fortune 500 companies.

Just as he led and motivated men in combat, he now leads and motivates others to see the possibilities in their own lives.

Connie Podesta

Connie Podesta is a top-rated professional keynote speaker, executive career/life coach and one of the industry’s leading experts in sales strategies, leadership development, relationships and change. Using her talents as an author, board certified therapist, comedienne and TV/radio personality, Podesta delivers customized high-energy presentations that creatively combine laugh-out-loud humor and compelling insight with real-world strategies and solutions. She has inspired millions of people to increase sales, attract and keep more customers, build longer-lasting, healthier relationships, Read more

Dan Coughlin

Dan Coughlin

Dan Coughlin is a student and teacher of practical processes that improve business performance. His Read more

Garrett Oliver

 

Best-Selling Author Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of The Brooklyn Brewery, the Editor-in-Chief of “The Oxford Companion to Beer“, and the author of the award-winning book “The Brewmaster’s Table.” He is one of the world’s foremost authorities on beer and brewing and has spoken at more than 800 events in 14 countries. After years of amateur brewing inspired by beers he had encountered during a year in England, Garrett began brewing professionally at Manhattan Brewing Company in 1989 as an apprentice. He was appointed brewmaster there in 1993. He soon became widely known both here and abroad for his flavorful interpretations of traditional brewing styles and as an avid and entertaining lecturer and writer on the subject of fine beer. Garrett has hosted hundreds of beer tastings and dinners, writes regularly for beer and food-related periodicals, and is internationally recognized as an expert on traditional beer styles and their affinity with good food.

Garrett explains how beer is like bread – there’s a big difference between the real and the fake – and how it’s possible to create a great product while growing a responsible, sustainable business.

 

PROGRAM TITLES:

•  An evening with Garrett Oliver

•  Beer, The Universe and Everything

•  Portrait of the Artist as a Young Brewer

•  Beer, the Avatar of the Emerging Food Movement

Full Biography

Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of The Brooklyn Brewery, editor-in-chief of The Oxford Companion to Beer, author of The Brewmaster’s Table, and one of the foremost authorities in the world on the subject of beer. Garrett Oliver began brewing professionally at Manhattan Brewing Company in 1989 as an apprentice. He was appointed brewmaster there in 1993. He soon became widely known both here and abroad for his flavorful interpretations of traditional brewing styles and as an avid and entertaining lecturer and writer on the subject of beer. Garrett has hosted more than 800 beer tastings, dinners, and cooking demonstrations in fourteen countries, writes regularly for beer and food-related periodicals, and is internationally recognized as an expert on traditional beer styles and their affinity with good food.

In late 1994, Garrett joined The Brooklyn Brewery as brewmaster. Many of his beers have won national and international awards. He has served as a judge for the competition of the Great American Beer Festival for twenty years, and has been a perennial judge for the prestigious Great British Beer Festival competition and The Brewing Industry International Awards. He has hosted tastings and talks for many cultural institutions, including the Smithsonian, MassMOCA, the American Museum of Natural History, the National Geographic Society and The Jewish Museum. In the United States, Garrett has made numerous radio and television appearances as a spokesman for craft brewing.

Garrett has hosted beer tastings and dinners at many fine restaurants, cooking schools, and food events including several dinners at James Beard House, Eleven Madison Park, Per Se, Craft NYC, Oceana, The Waldorf-Astoria, Gramercy Tavern, Aubergine (London), Noma (Copenhagen), the Slow Food Cheese Festival and Salone del Gusto in Piemonte, Italy, Restaurant Roberta Sudbrack (Rio Di Janiero), Restaurant Julia (São Paulo), Anthony’s (Leeds), Cape Wine 2006 (South Africa), The Association of Westchester Country Club Chefs, The American Institute of Wine and Food, The Culinary Institute of America, the Sommelier Society of America, The French Culinary Institute, The Institute for Culinary Education, Johnson & Wales University and the 2008 GEL Conference. Garrett was a founding Board member of Slow Food USA and then later served for five years on the Board of Counselors of Slow Food International. He was also a 2009 and 2010 finalist for the James Beard Award as “Outstanding Wine or Spirits Professional.”

Garrett’s first book, The Good Beer Book, co-written with Timothy Harper, was published in 1997 by Putnam/Berkley Books. In 2003 he authored The Brewmaster’s Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food. The Brewmaster’s Table was the winner of a 2004 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Book Award and was a finalist for the 2004 James Beard Foundation Book Awards. The Brewmaster’s Table was released in a paperback edition in May of 2005 and remains in print.

His book The Oxford Companion to Beer (OCB) was published in October, 2011 by Oxford University Press. Compiling the vast knowledge of 166 experts in 24 countries, covering 1,120 subjects, The Oxford Companion to Beer is the most comprehensive book ever published on the subject. Only nine weeks after its publication date, the OCB had risen to #8 on the Amazon list of overall books, had sold out four printings and headed into a fifth. Amazon.com named the OCB one of the “Best Books of 2011”. Calling the OCB “a treasure trove”, the New York Times said “The Oxford Companion to Beer is a definitive resource not just for beer enthusiasts but for amateur brewers, professional brewers and the thousands of restaurants that serve great beers but are staffed by people who may know little about them.”

Garrett is a graduate of Boston University, and holds a degree in Broadcasting and Film. He is the recipient of the 1998 Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation and Excellence in Brewing, granted by the Institute for Brewing Studies. It is the highest award given within the United States brewing profession. He is also the recipient of the 2003 Semper Ardens Award for Beer Culture (Denmark) and Cheers Beverage Media’s “Beverage Innovator of the Year” Award for 2006. In 2007, Forbes named him one of the top ten tastemakers in the country for wine, beer and spirits.

 

 

 

 

 

Libby Gill

 

Libby spent many years heading public relations and corporate communications as  senior vice president at Universal Studios; and vice president at Sony Pictures Entertainment and Turner Broadcasting. She was also the PR/branding brain behind the launch of the Dr. Phil Show.

Libby is now an internationally respected executive coach, brand strategist and bestselling author. She has shared her success strategies on the Today Show, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, CNN, NPR, Oprah & Friends Radio Network, Fox News, CBS Early Show, and in Time Magazine, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, O Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Self and many more.

With a focus on getting individuals and organizations unstuck by preserving the best practices of the past and moving courageously into the future, Libby delivers keynote addresses and training programs for companies desiring to create a culture of risk-taking, innovation and bold leadership. Her proven “Clarify, Simplify & Execute” process inspires individuals and organizations to maximize their “Leadership DNA,” build high-passion/high-performance teams; and increase employee engagement.

PROGRAM TITLES

YOU UNSTUCK: Creating a Culture of Risk-taking and Innovation

Sooner or later, every individual or organization gets stuck. It’s just part of the human condition. Maybe the “stuckness” manifests as a lack of agility or an unwillingness to innovate or take risks. Maybe it’s a general feeling of malaise or disengagement. However it shows up, if you ignore your stuck state, you run the risk of mediocrity becoming your new normal.

Libby Gill, executive coach, brand strategist and author of award-winning You Unstuck: The New Rules of Risk-taking in Work & Life, shows you how to shift your organizational mindset to create a culture of innovation. With her proven “Clarify, Simplify & Execute” process, Libby guides audiences to clarify a bold vision for success, simplify the most direct route to get there, and

execute a plan against measurable milestones – refusing to give into excuse-making, inertia or indifference. Libby’s high-energy, high-content presentation ensures that your participants will learn to:

  • Discover the benefits in Libby’s Clarify, Simplify & Execute process where you learn to “clarify the vision, simplify the path & execute the plan”
  • Challenge the INR, or Immediate Negative Response, that knee-jerk resistance to change that causes us to avoid risks, even when we expect the results to be positive.
  • Maximize Leadership DNA by anticipating behavioral patterns to increase productivity, accountability and camaraderie
  • Reduce Riskophobia, that is, fear and resistance and replace it with exploration and creativity utilizing the 3 R’s: Risk, Reinvent, Repeat
  • Re-inspire depleted employees to bring pride and passion back to the organization

Dedicated to ensuring that her message powerfully hits home with your group, Libby always customizes her presentations so that her content is timely, relevant and immediately applicable.

IGNITING BOLD LEADERSHIP: Inspiring High Passion & High Performance at All Levels of Your Organization

A corporate entertainment veteran, Libby Gill held senior management positions in public relations and communications at Sony Pictures Entertainment, Universal Studios and Turner Broadcasting, and was also the branding brain behind the launch of the Dr. Phil Show. During her 15-year Hollywood tenure in an industry known for cuthroat competition, she survived more than a dozen management restructures, transitions and takeovers. Yet with each change, Libby positioned her company to maintain their competitive edge – and emerged as a leader herself. Rising rapidly up the corporate ladder, Libby moved from office temp to C-suite division head in just five years. Now she shares her leadership strategies with organizations around the world who strive to create a culture of excellence, despite difficult times. With her proven “Clarify, Simplify & Execute” process, Libby guides corporations and individuals – from start-ups to CEOs – to create bold leaders at every level of the organization. Using first-hand experience, case studies, proven business strategies, – and a dash of her trademark Hollywood dazzle – Libby ensures that your participant ROI will include learning to:

  • Discover the power of Libby’s proven “Clarify, Simplify & Execute” process which guides leaders to boldly “clarify the vision, simplify the path & execute the plan”
  • Identify and maximize your personal “Leadership DNA” Foster collaboration and camaraderie – and avoid clashes – even in times of heightened stress and triple workloads
  • Reward bold risk-takers and leverage new ideas & systems overnight
  • Re-engage disheartened and depleted employees to work with passion and pride
  • Reframe change from negative shake-up to growth prospect
  • Harness the power of personal accountability within individuals & teams

An executive coach and bestselling author, Libby has shared her success strategies on the Today Show, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, CNN, NPR, and in Time Magazine, Business Week, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Daily News and many more. Libby’s bestselling book, “YOU UNSTUCK: Mastering the New Rules of Risktaking in Work and Life,” is the winner of an Independent Publishing Book Award for 2010.
CAPTURE THE MINDSHARE AND THE MARKET SHARE WILL FOLLOW: Aligning Personal Brand with Organizational Vision

In these challenging times, it’s more important than ever that your brand cuts through the clutter and captures the mindshare of your customers and clients. Because once you’ve got their mindshare – that is, their trust, loyalty, heads and hearts – the market share will follow. So how do you capture the mindshare? Executive coach, brand strategist and bestselling author Libby Gill shows association members, business owners, and executives how to create distinctive brands based on their unique gifts and authentic customer value. As the former head of PR & Communications for Universal, Sony & Turner Broadcasting – and the branding brain behind the launch of the Dr. Phil Show – Libby guides your group to articulate their brand so powerfully that they’ll stand out from the herd of competitors. No wonder Good Housekeeping called her as “Dr. Phil’s secret weapon.” In her high-energy, interactive presentation – including her lively audience participation game “Name That Brand” – Libby shares the 5 key strategies for creating a powerful personal brand. You’ll get bottom-line results to:

  • Create your personal “success spin” so you can succinctly and memorably position yourself and your company in any situation
  • Differentiate yourself from competitors, even when they offer similar skills, services or products
  • Establish immediate rapport with colleagues, customers and clients
  • Repackage yourself to revitalize your role within your team or company
  • Learn to use the media without letting the media use you
  • Master leadership skills and establish expert status in your field
  • Promote team-building through improved communication, collaboration and connection
  • Build a cycle of continuous improvement and brand excellence to see better bottom-line results fast

An executive coach and bestselling author, Libby has shared her success strategies on the Today Show, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, CNN, NPR, and in Time Magazine, Business Week, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Daily News and many more. Libby’s bestselling book, “YOU UNSTUCK: Mastering the New Rules of Risktaking in Work and Life,” is the winner of an Independent Publishing Book Award for 2010. In addition to keynote addresses, Libby can customize half, full-day or follow-up presentations to address specific organizational needs.

Libby customizes full-day training sessions to focus on outcomes that directly dovetail with organizational and individual needs. Expanding on her core topics of leadership and management; accountability to excellence; creating high-passion teams and personal branding, Libby gives her audiences the insight and relevant tools so they can leave her session and implement what they’ve learned the very next day.

LIBBY GILL BOOKS/DVDs:

 

 

Full Biography

An entertainment industry veteran, Libby Gill spent fifteen years heading public relations and corporate communications as senior vice president at Universal Studios; and vice president at Sony Pictures Entertainment and Turner Broadcasting. She was also the PR/branding brain behind the launch of the Dr. Phil Show.

Libby is now an internationally respected executive coach, brand strategist and bestselling author. She has shared her success strategies on the Today Show, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, CNN, NPR, Oprah & Friends Radio Network, Fox News, CBS Early Show, and in Time Magazine, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, O Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Self and many more.

With a focus on getting individuals and organizations unstuck by preserving the best practices of the past and moving courageously into the future, Libby delivers keynote addresses and training programs for companies desiring to create a culture of risk-taking, innovation and bold leadership. Her proven “Clarify, Simplify & Execute” process inspires individuals and organizations to maximize their “Leadership DNA,” build high-passion/high-performance teams; and increase employee engagement.

Among her achievements, Libby is most proud of having guided many professionals to career success. Her former staff members now hold senior management positions at CBS Entertainment, ESPN, Universal, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Sony, ABC-Disney and many other organizations. Her coaching clients have also achieved great success in transitioning from one industry to another, climbing the corporate ladder and launching non-profit or entrepreneurial ventures.

As a consultant, Libby was instrumental in creating the comprehensive media launch that catapulted Dr. Phil to the highest ratings in daytime television since the Oprah Winfrey Show debuted. After starting her career as a temporary office assistant, in just five years Libby worked her way up to VP of publicity, advertising and promotion at Sony before moving on to Turner Broadcasting and Universal. Along the way, Libby also served in a creative capacity as vice president of television programming and development for Universal’s Studios USA working on syndicated talk and reality shows.

Deciding she would answer the call of entrepreneurship, Libby left the corporate world and founded Libby Gill & Company in November 2000. As she was reinventing her professional life, Libby’s personal life also underwent a major transition. She chronicled her journey of overcoming the self-perceived limitations left behind by a family legacy of alcoholism, divorce, mental illness and suicide in her bestselling book TRAVELING HOPEFULLY: How to Lose Your Family Baggage and Jumpstart Your Life (St. Martin’s Press).

Libby’s new bestseller YOU UNSTUCK: Mastering the New Rules of Risk-taking in Work and Life won a 2010 Independent Publishers Award. Business leaders including Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh and Dr. Ken Blanchard have endorsed her book. States Blanchard, “In YOU UNSTUCK, Libby Gill will help you understand the way you look at risk-taking so you can start moving past your fears and excuses toward success. This book is a powerful tool if you know you need to change but don’t know how. Read YOU UNSTUCK and get your life on track.”

Libby’s clients have included Microsoft, Warner Bros, Siemens, Cisco Systems, Comcast, Celebree Learning Centers, Deloitte & Touche, Hewlett-Packard, Natural Products Association, The Boeing Company, Triad Hospitals, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association, International Association of Administrative Professionals, Cadbury Schweppes, PitneyBowes, State Farm, Financial Women International, Andrews-Kurth Legal; Parsons Brinckerhoff, National Kitchen & Bath Association and more.

The proud mother of two fabulous sons, a college sophomore and a high school sophomore, Libby lives in Los Angeles, California.

Robyn Benincasa

Two time World Champion Eco-Challenge Adventure Racer and San Diego Firefighter Robyn Benincasa knows a thing or two about creating Human Synergy, or as Robyn puts it, “that magic that allows groups of ordinary people to accomplish extraordinary things together.” For the past 15 years, she and her teammates have studied Extreme Teamwork in the most unique and compelling classroom on earth: the jungles of Borneo, the Himalayan peaks of Tibet, the rivers of Fiji, the rain forests of Ecuador and the epic brush fires of Southern California. It is through these harrowing, life affirming and often hilarious experiences in the world’s most grueling challenges that she has emerged with her refreshing and truly unique perspective on what it takes to build the kind of world class teams that succeed against all odds, that triumph in the face of adversity and that go the distance in any endeavor. In her 15-year career as a professional adventure racer, Benincasa has competed in close to 40 expedition-length events – multi-day, multi-sport killers such as Primal Quest and Eco-Challenge. She has biked through jungles in Borneo, climbed Himalayan giants in Nepal, trekked across lava fields in Fiji, rafted rapids in Chile – and racked up multiple world championship titles along the way. In her spare time, Robyn Benincasa, is a full-time firefighter in San Diego, on the nation’s first all-female crew. Read more

Steve Rivkin

Steve Rivkin

Sought-after speaker and the author of numerous marketing classics, Steve Rivkin is a dynamic speaker who has presented speeches and seminars throughout the world. Steve consults, writes and speaks on a variety of marketing and communications topics. He has a diverse background in marketing, advertising, naming, identity, corporate communications, public affairs and journalism. Steve is a well-known marketing expert & best-selling co-author of Differentiate or Die and IdeaWise: How to Transform Your Ideas into Tomorrow’s Innovations.

Prior to forming his own firm, Mr. Rivkin spent 14 years with Trout & Ries Inc., the prestigious marketing strategy firm known for its pioneering work in positioning and marketing warfare. As executive vice president at Trout & Ries, Mr. Rivkin supervised campaigns and strategy projects for such clients as Harrah’s Hotels, Ingersoll-Rand, Leica Cameras, Playtex, Stop & Shop Supermarkets, United Jersey Banks and Western Union.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Rivkin worked at International Utilities Corp., a Philadelphia-based conglomerate, in advertising, public relations and corporate identity. A journalism graduate from the University of Missouri, he began his career as an associate editor of Iron Age magazine, a weekly trade publication. Later, he was co-founder and editor of Financial Marketing Abstracts, a monthly newsletter.

Mr. Rivkin is a frequent speaker on marketing and communications topics, and has appeared at hundreds of seminars, conferences and retreats in the United States, Europe and Southeast Asia.

PROGRAMS:

Brainstorms & Rainstorms
New ideas propel our business and professional lives. The common thread is the desire for fresh thinking and new ideas. This presentation shows you how to find an existing idea that’s worked for someone else … and then adapt that idea for your own. Like Doubletree Hotels, you could substitute an ingredient. Like Pizza Hut and AMC Entertainment, you could minimize or magnify. Like Commerce Bank, you could bring back an old idea. Attendees come away with a blueprint for more effective problem-solving and more effective brainstorming.

Differentiate or Die
Choice is a cruel master in the marketplace. Make a mistake in differentiating your business or your brand, and your competitors quickly take away your business. This presentation spells out how to make differentiation your business weapon. You’ll see that there is no such thing as a commodity, and that all goods and services can be differentiated. Using dozens of examples, this presentation explains what differentiation is not, and what it should be. Mini-case histories bring each point to life.

The Making of a Name
What makes one brand name great, and another brand name ghastly? Knowing the answer can be the difference between a flop and a marketplace triumph. This fast-moving presentation shows how names are made; how they’re bought, sold and protected; and the do’s, don’ts and nevers of naming.

Steve Rivkin Books:

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Full Biography

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Steve Rivkin founded Rivkin & Associates LLC, a marketing and communications consultancy, in 1989. His work focuses on the positioning and differentiating of companies and brands.

Steve has consulted for both healthcare and education clients, and also clients such as Abbott Labs, Cadbury-Adams, Celsia Technologies, Kraft Foods, Monsanto, NBC Universal, PG&E Corporation, PixelOptics, and Premio Foods.

As the co-author of six books on marketing and communications strategy, Mr. Rivkin is a nationally-recognized expert on marketing and branding. His books:

The New Positioning (1996, McGraw-Hill), the sequel to the international best-seller that introduced the concept of positioning.

The Power of Simplicity (1998, McGraw-Hill), a guide to coping with the complexities of management, leadership and people issues.

IdeaWise (2002, Wiley), a guide to observing, borrowing and adapting new ideas.

The Making of a Name (2004, Oxford University Press), a comprehensive study of the strategic, creative, linguistic and legal aspects of brand names.

Differentiate or Die (2nd edition 2008, Wiley), on finding and exploiting your unique selling proposition.

Repositioning (2010, McGraw-Hill), on marketing in an era of competition, change and crisis.

Prior to forming his own firm, Mr. Rivkin spent 14 years with Trout & Ries Inc., the prestigious marketing strategy firm known for its pioneering work in positioning and marketing warfare. As executive vice president at Trout & Ries, Mr. Rivkin supervised advertising campaigns and marketing strategy projects for such clients as Harrah’s Hotels, Ingersoll-Rand, Leica Cameras, Stop & Shop Supermarkets, United Jersey Banks and Western Union.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Rivkin worked at International Utilities Corp., a Philadelphia-based conglomerate, in advertising, public relations and corporate identity. A journalism graduate from the University of Missouri, he began his career as an associate editor of Iron Age magazine, a weekly trade publication. Later, he was co-founder and editor of Financial Marketing Abstracts, a monthly newsletter.

Mr. Rivkin is a frequent speaker on marketing and communications topics, and he has appeared at hundreds of seminars and conferences in the United States, Europe and Southeast Asia.

For 18 years he has been on the faculty of the Estes Park Institute, a leading healthcare educational organization, as its Senior Fellow in Health Communications & Marketing Strategy. He is a board member of Estes Park Institute and the Volunteers in Medicine Institute.

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