Simon T. Bailey

Simon T. Bailey is a leadership catalyst whose expertise equips emerging leaders with tips, tools, and techniques on how to unleash potential in the world’s most important asset – people. He is the former leader of the world-renowned Disney Institute and founder of the Brilliance Institute, Inc.

Through powerful keynotes and workshops, Simon T. Bailey will challenge how you embrace change, address challenges, and inspire your team to produce results. Understanding how to develop your skills and connections strategically to stand out as a thought leader in your industry will significantly elevate your marketability and win probability

Meetings and Conventions magazine has cited him as “one of the best keynote speakers ever heard or used,” putting him in the same category as Bill Gates, General Colin Powell, and Tony Robbins. Speaker Magazine cited him as one of the top twenty-five “hot speakers” shaping the profession.

Harrison College (Indianapolis, IN) has partnered with him to launch the Simon T. Bailey Emerging Leaders Certificate for individuals, corporations and organizations.

Simon is the author of 7 books including Release Your Brilliance (HarperCollins), which was ranked number 17 of the Top 100 books being read by corporate America, according to 800CEORead.com. His most recent book, The Vuja De Moment! – Shift from Average to Brilliant, is receiving rave reviews.

Simon holds a master’s degree from Faith Christian University and was inducted as an honorary member of the University of Central Florida Golden Key International Honor Society. He is a graduate of the Rollins College Executive Management Certificate Program, one of the top 25 best private graduate business schools in the U.S.A.

TOPICS

Release Your Brilliance: How to Show Up, Be Accountable & Drive Results

Learn how to manage shifting agendas, competing priorities, and internal and external customers. Discover how to be a lifelong learner who pays attention to the tea leaves of change and adapts behavior accordingly to meet deliverables. Take responsibility for your personal brand, personal development, and personal behavior in email, on conference calls, and during video conferences. Learn to effectively communicate and exhibit trust, collaboration, and respect for different opinions.

Customer Experience with a Brilliant Touch

Learn that customer service is more than a department, it’s a mindset. Learn how to create an employee brand. Invigorate your organization to improve employee and customer experiences. Learn how to reenlist heads, hearts, and hands.

Own It! How to Reinvent, Realign & Reignite

Learn the importance of leveraging one’s Individual Development Plan. Take action by using the five core ideas of owning your career and building your personal brand. Create a 90-day action plan and share it with a personal “Board of Directors.” Take action by seeking opportunities to go above and beyond in delivering results.

Releasing Leadership Brilliance: How to Galvanize Your Team & Achieve Significant Results

Learn how to get the best out of the cheetahs and hippos on your team. Learn the difference between Leadershift and Leader “sham.” Become personally responsible for your personal brand and development.

SHIFT: How to Ignite Creativity & Innovation in the “New Normal”

Learn the important difference between déjà vu and “vuja de.” Take action by using the Vuja De creativity tool in your daily business. Inspire your organization to celebrate failure and risk. Discover the seven steps to shifting your business and your life from average to brilliant.

PROGRAMS

CUSTOMER LOVE – REALIGN HEADS, HEARTS AND HANDS TO DRIVE RESULTS

Connections, real connections, result in genuine customer loyalty. Earning the trust and respect of your client or prospective client is no easy task. In today’s information age, the competition for goods and services is even greater and the end consumer not only has more options, but access to vast information about potential offerings.

Building relationships and earning your customer’s love is more important than ever and requires a village. Are your employees fully invested in your thinking and service standards? Building an internal team that is focused on the company’s mission and dedicated to excellence requires leadership that has earned trust and respect.

Upon completion of this course, participants will emerge from this highly interactive session with a plan of action and will be able to:

  • Discover the formula for creating a seamless customer experience.
  • Learn tips, tools, and techniques to create memorable moments for customers.
  • Create an action plan and hold everyone accountable for maintaining the customer-love mindset.

SHIFT YOUR BRILLIANCE – CREATING AN EMPLOYEE BRAND EXPERIENCE

A positive employee experience goes way beyond drinking the Kool-Aid. Even Kool-Aid loses its sweetness over time. Today’s top talent have greater expectations and desire to be part of an inspired team where their personal and professional needs are met.

Your company’s brand and culture have to be front and center. The most basic human need is to feel accepted, to belong.

Upon completion of this course, participants will emerge from this highly interactive session with a plan of action and will be able to:

  • Uncover the methodologies that will allow your employee’s personality, charisma, and brilliance to emerge organically.
  • Embrace corporate storytelling that will motivate, focus, and unleash employees to realize their full potential.
  • Set your company apart from the competition by attracting, growing, and promoting employees who believe and live the brand 24/7.

SHIFT YOUR BRILLIANCE – HARNESS THE POWER OF YOU, INC.

You are the CEO of your brand, and it is as important as the credentials on your resume. You are waiting for your company or organization to do something, and they are waiting for you to take ownership of all that you do.

Whether you hold a leadership position or not, repositioning yourself to revitalize your role within your current team or company is a powerful tool for professional development and rapid career growth. You will learn my strategies for how I went from an individual contributor to a leadership role in less than three years while working at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Upon completion of this course, participants will emerge from this highly interactive session with a plan of action and will be able to:

  • Apply core principles for acquiring the Shift Your Brilliance mindset.
  • Uncover the insight needed to be a high performer.
  • Commit to being a Chief Breakthrough Officer in your department and division.

SHIFT YOUR BRILLIANCE – STOP SELLING AND START CONNECTING

The Gallup Organization states that 70% of human decision-making is emotional and 30% is rational. When buyers emotionally connect with a brand, they buy more, pay a higher margin, and tell others about their experience.

It is imperative for sales professionals to stop selling and start connecting. When they sell, that’s a transaction. However, when they connect, a relationship is created for the life of the brand.

This shift in selling has tremendous upside potential as organizations experience disruptive market forces, a change in client needs, and unseen economic headwinds. Sales professionals who intend to grow market share by acquiring new customers and increasing margins from existing customers must examine their sales edge.

In this session with Simon T. Bailey, former sales director for Disney Institute and founder of Brilliance Institute, will inspire your sales team to do the following:

Shift from selling to live and move to learning how to live to sell by creating a personal brand that attracts new opportunities and establishes credibility in the marketplace.
Shift from telling customers about the features and benefits to asking high-grade questions that unearth other potential opportunities.
Shift from just selling a service to fulfilling the customer’s wants and needs. You will also learn how to set your internal team members up for success by providing a seamless and consistent customer experience.
Shift from selling a product or service to connecting to the client’s problem and re-positioning your product or service as a value add.

Biography

Simon T. Bailey is a leadership imagineer and author whose expertise equips emerging leaders and organizations with tips, tools and techniques on how to unleash their potential. He is the former sales director of the world-renowned Disney Institute and founder of Brilliance Institute, Inc.

Bailey has been cited by Meetings and Conventions magazine as “one of the best keynote speakers ever heard or used,” putting him in the same category as Bill Gates, General Colin Powell, and Tony Robbins. Speaker magazine cited him as one of the top 25 “hot speakers” shaping the profession, and in 2013, Bailey was Meetings Net editors’ pick for favorite speaker of the year.

Bailey’s new book, Shift Your Brilliance – Harness the Power of You, Inc. (Sound Wisdom, May 2014), is a call to action that invites readers to shift their thinking, creating a disruption from the norm that ignites innovation, increasing accountability and profitability in life and business. He’s the author of seven books including Release Your Brilliance: The 4 Steps to Transforming Your Life and Revealing Your Genius to the World (Harper Collins), which was ranked number 17 of the top 100 books being read by corporate America, according to 800CEORead.com.

He is a weekly columnist for American City Business Journal and has been quoted in Entrepreneur magazine. He has spoken in front of worldwide audiences and impacted over a million people working with brands like Verizon, Chevron, McDonald’s, Nationwide, Wells Fargo and Subway.

Bailey holds a master’s degree from Faith Christian University and was inducted as an honorary member of the University of Central Florida Golden Key International Honor Society. He is a graduate of the Rollins College Executive Management Certificate Program, one of the top 25 best private graduate business schools in the U.S.

He lives in Windermere, Florida, with his family. When he is not working, he cheers on the Buffalo Bills and the Orlando Magic, and enjoys eating apple pie and going to the movies!

THE GENERALS

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Jessica Cox

Jessica is recognized internationally as an inspirational keynote speaker. Born without arms, Jessica Cox could have succumbed to the low expectations that ushered her into this world. In spite of them all, she earned two black belts in Taekwondo, graduated from college, and learned to swim, drive a car, fly an airplane, surf, scuba dive, and live independently using her feet in ways others who take their hands for granted can only imagine. She holds the title of the first person without arms to get a black belt in the American Taekwondo Association and the Guiness World Record for the first pilot to fly with her feet.

However, Jessica’s greatest triumph in life stands far above any physical feat. It is her unrepentant regard for herself as a whole person, her high degree of self-acceptance that gives her freedom and power to insist that society accept her, too, just as she is.

Accolades

  • Guinness World Record: The First Armless Person in the World Ever to Have Obtained a Pilot’s License, 2011
  • AOPA LIVE Pilots Choice Award 2010: Most Watched Female Aviator
  • Filipino Women’s Network: 100 Most Influential Filipino Women in the U.S., 2009
  • Published in Ripley’s Believe It or Not, 2009
  • The Filipino American Journal Award of Excellence, Outstanding Filipino Award, 2008

TOPICS

When Jessica first walks on stage, the audience has no idea that she doesn’t have arms. Carefully hidden underneath a jacket, she has on her prosthetic arms. Minutes into the introduction, she removes them and begins her speech rightfully titled:

Disarming the Impossible! Corporate Keynote:
Turning “Impossible” into “Accomplishment”
What limits people in your group from attaining their highest potential? How can they push limitations aside?
Jessica believes that by combining creativity, persistence, and fearlessness, nothing is impossible. In her presentation, she digs deep into her experiences living armless in a two-handed world. She shows how these three qualities helped her achieve the seemingly impossible.
Jessica’s elements stem from answering such questions as:

  • Are you letting your fears stand in the way of your opportunities?
  • Is it easier to come up with an excuse than a creative solution to a challenge?
  • What handicaps are you-and others-creating that you don’t need?
  • How soon should you give up when confronted with a difficult challenge?

Get Ready to Turn your “I can’t” into “I can!” and “I will!” Youth Keynote: Embracing Differences
Every person on this earth is “different” in one way or another and in one form or another has endured pressure to conform under the threat of rejection and isolation. Students experience the constant pressure to “fit in.” Jessica shares the struggle of masking her difference growing up in a two-handed world but then realizing the importance of being true to who we are as individuals. In order to be a good leader, Jessica believes it is critical to stand up for who it is we are, stand out every opportunity we have, and to stand proud of our differences!

Thinking Outside the Shoe
As a person who has never viewed herself as a victim of her condition, Jessica shares in her speeches humerous stories of struggle and success living in a “two-handed” world.  She provides critical insight on how to best approach a challenge, redefining the concept of innovative thinking.  She helps people reconnect with their own inner strengths and aptitudes.  Jessica believes in combining creativity, desire, persistence and fearlessness; with them, nothing is impossible.  In her presentation, she will dig deep into her excperiences living armless in a two-handed world and share how these four elements helped her achieve the seemingly impossible.

Jessica’s points stem from answering such questions as:

  • Why is it more important to “fit in” than to stand out and be different?
  • Do students act based on what everyone else is doing?
  • Who is responsible for standing up for who we are as individuals?
  • Why are we so worried about what everyone else thinks?

Full Biography

Jessica Cox was born without arms. The doctors do not know why she was born “differently-abed.” But she does. Jessica has made achievements with her feet that most people only dream of. Now she shares her story with people around the world.

Born in 1983 in Sierra Vista, Arizona, Jessica has learned to live her life with her feet. There were many questions at the time about whether Jessica would be able to live a “normal” life. However, Jessica’s father has said he never shed a tear about her birth condition. He had full confidence in her potential. With the support of her parents and family, Jessica became confident in herself as an adult and continued to explore the world with her feet.

As a child, Jessica studied dance in her home town. When the first performance arrived, she asked to be put in the back row. Her dance teacher told her there was no back row. Tentatively she took the stage with the other students and performed her routine. When she finished, the applause from the audience gave her encouragement and the confidence to continue dancing for 14 years.

Jessica’s parents eventually met a Taekwondo instructor named Jim Cunningham. His response when told of her birth condition was that she would be more than physically able and that only her attitude could hold her back. At the age of 14, Jessica earned her first Black Belt in the International Taekwondo Federation.

After graduating from high school, Jessica attended the University of Arizona where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. When talking about her degree, she frequently explains that psychology credits the way people think has a greater impact on their lives than a physical limitation.

During college, Jessica found a club of the American Taekwondo Association and resumed training in the sport. Even though Jessica already had one black belt in a different style, she had to relearn all of the color belt material. The instructors created a curriculum that would be accessible to any future arm less students. Jessica then became the first arm less person to earn a black belt in the ATA.
Jessica’s most famous accomplishment was learning how to fly. It took three states, four airplanes, two flight instructors and a discouraging year to find the right aircraft: a 1946 415C Ercoupe Airplane. She received the Guinness World Record for being the first person certified to fly an airplane with only their feet.

Jessica now works as a motivational speaker. She travels the world sharing her story and encouraging people to be creative and innovative with the mantra “Think outside the shoe.

David Stillman

Succession, leadership, talent management, diversity, social media—name a hot topic in business today and you better bet generational gaps are getting in the way. Are you looking for a savvy and insightful spin on the most pressing themes plaguing managers today? Generational expert David Stillman brings the ideas, the energy, the multi-media, the entertainment value, and the business solutions that make him one of the most sought-after speakers today. With clients that range from AARP and Deloitte to G.E. and MTV, Stillman is frequently called upon by CEOs to share his powerful insights.

Diane Sawyer from ABC News said of him, “David will help you see the world through the eyes of another generation.” He’s one of The Generations People who make up BridgeWorks’ multigenerational team of experts, speakers and corporate entertainers. Individually and together they deliver highly customized, high energy keynotes and workshops that entertain and enlighten audiences and leave them with plenty of practical, actionable solutions. Stillman is co-author of the best-selling book When Generations Collide and the recently-released The M-Factor: How the Millennial Generation Is Rocking the Workplace (HarperBusiness 2010). His firm routinely conducts large-scale surveys as well as focus groups and one-on-one interviews to discover firsthand the ways in which the generations are shaking up today’s business world. David has appeared on CNN, CNBC, and the TODAY Show, as well as in TIME magazine, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.

 

 

PROGRAM TOPICS

Rocking the Workplace: Managing and Leading Four Generations
If you think you’ve heard the generations topic before, guess again. The team that brought you the best-selling book, When Generations Collide, uses cutting-edge research, multimedia, stats and case studies to highlight what it’s going to take to attract and retain the best and brightest talent of every age. Find out…

  • What makes the generations so different—and so perplexing?
  • How will demographic shifts drastically change the ways we recruit, retain and manage in the next decade?
  • How do you engage one generation without alienating another?
  • What can leaders do now to plan for succession and win the war for talent?

The M-Factor: Seven Ways the Millennial Generation Is Shaking Things Up at Work
Eighty million Millennials are flooding into the workplace and clashing with the generations already there. Learn the seven surprising trends that shaped this influential generation and the best tips and techniques for managing them. Based on the brand new best-seller, The M-Factor . Learn…

  • How you can win the war for young talent and become the place Millennials want to work
  • The keys for bridging communication gaps between texters, tweeters, and traditional communicators
  • How to handle entitlement?
  • What it takes to engage Millennials without alienating the other generations

Selling and Marketing to the Generations
Markets are becoming increasingly segmented and one size no longer fits all clients and customers. This presentation reveals the hot buttons and preferences of Traditionalists, Boomers, Xers, and Millennials that marketers and sales people need to know to connect. This isn’t about inventing a new selling system—it’s about adding a generational lens to your already successful approach. Learn…

  • What should sales people do to customize their message to each generation they sell to?
  • What should managers know to coach all the generations on their sales team?
  • How can marketers target campaigns to one generation without turning off another?
  • How can you put a generational lens on your company’s selling system to make it even more impactful?

Just for Associations:

Engaging Four Generations of Members
Generation gaps are making it nearly impossible to meet the needs of every generation of members. This program reveals how to connect with each cohort and create loyalty with every generation. You can’t afford not to see the association world through a generational lens. Topics include…

  • How do you convince the generations to get involved with your association and stay committed?
  • How can you connect with loyal traditional members while getting the young ones in the door?
  • How can you engage four very diverse generations of staff?

Each presentation is customized to your event, audience, and objectives.

BOOKS

 

Full Biography

David A. Stillman is co-founder, with business partner Lynne Lancaster, of BridgeWorks, a company dedicated to speaking, writing, training, entertaining, and consulting on generational issues in the workplace and the marketplace.

One of the youngest keynote speakers to hit the national circuit and over the past decade, David has been engaged by numerous organizations ranging from the IRS to MTV—all grappling with how to connect with four distinct generations of employees and customers. His keynote speeches and workshops on generational issues in the workplace and marketplace receive rave reviews from client companies and associations nationwide.

In addition to speaking, David is co-author of the lively, entertaining and savvy best-seller When Generations Collide: Who They Are. Why They Clash. How to Solve the Generational Puzzle at Work (HarperBusiness, 2002). He has appeared nationally on CNN, CNBC, and the Today show and has been featured in such prestigious publications as TIME magazine, Entrepreneur, The New York Times, and USA Today.

David recently wrote and produced the corporate entertainment show TimesFour. This production is breaking new ground in the corporate entertainment market as one of the first shows to offer more than just entertainment; it has true strategic value.

David’s creative communications work has earned him numerous accolades including gold medals at the NY Film Festival, and the much coveted CLIO Award. He was recently named to the prestigious list of “Forty Under 40” movers and shakers by The Business Journal.

Prior to launching BridgeWorks, David worked for ABC television in New York City as an intern for PrimeTime Live. Later with CBS radio, he embarked on a round-the-world trip covering such topics as the end of apartheid in South Africa and the fall of the former Soviet Union. Upon his return to the United States, David was employed as creative director for the multimedia and computer based training firm, Integrated Strategies Inc. As he worked with clients such as 3M, American Express, and Wells Fargo, he concluded that communication strategies that hit hot buttons of one generation often missed the mark with another—thus, the creation of BridgeWorks with business partner Lynne Lancaster.

David is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison with B.A. degrees in Communications and Sociology. He was selected as a fellow for the Michigan State University Mass Media in Britain program and studied in London with the BBC. Most recently, David received a certificate in non-profit management through the University of St. Thomas.

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.

Blass invented, patented and launched RealityCharity, the world’s first person-to-person giving website and philanthropy community commonly known as the “eBay of Giving.” RealityCharity became an overnight sensation when it appeared around the world in the Associated Press on its launch day and continues to change lives around the globe everyday. It has received over 6 million hits and hosted thousands of fundraisers ranging from wounded veterans, to cancer patients, to disaster victims, supporting fundraisers in 50 countries.

The grand prize winner of the Top Innovator of the Year Award, Alexander is one of the most in-demand and best innovation keynote speakers. He also serves as an invited expert, Master Class presenter, and consultant to various audiences. He has traveled to 50 countries and enjoys inspiring others to succeed by sharing his passion, vision, expertise, and fascinating experiences.

Wharton-educated and an Oxford MBA, he also received the Influential Marylanders Award, recognizing the top 50 people in the State up to the Governor.

Mr. Blass is also the recipient of the Top 40 Under 40 Executives Award as well as the prestigious international WebAward for Outstanding Achievement, and has been honored as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the renowned Wharton School of business.

PROGRAM TOPICS

PRICELESS STRATEGIES FROM AN INNOVATOR:
HOW TO THRIVE IN CHALLENGING TIMES
In a constantly evolving world and today’s challenging economic climate, leadership through innovation, creativity and change management are no longer optional, but essential. Alexander Blass, grand prize winner of the Daily Record’s Top Innovator of the Year Award, reveals his strategies for success and an actionable blueprint. In this captivating and engaging keynote speech delivered to Fortune 500 and Global 1000 audiences worldwide, learn how you can reinvent yourself and your organization to get on the path to innovation today, think about “what’s next” and challenge the status quo in your industry. Discover essential characteristics and strategies of successful leaders, innovators, and innovative organizations. Grasp some of the challenges you must overcome to foster a thriving culture of innovation. Learn how to generate international buzz and excitement for your innovative endeavors with increasingly limited resources.

HOW TO DOMINATE YOUR MARKET AND BEAT THE COMPETITION
Alexander Blass teaches strategic methods for market domination and how to stay ahead of your competition. International case studies and best practices are studied across multiple industries to uncover what has differentiated the companies that have dominated their markets from those that have become defunct. Learn how to create unparalleled excitement and free publicity and media coverage for your products and service. Craft highly valuable, innovative and sophisticated buzz marketing and viral campaigns for your brand’s endeavors, which harness and grow your community of loyal customers and render your competition obsolete.

SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING SECRETS AND WEB 2.0:
HARNESS THE POWER OF COMMUNITY
Over 70% of the global Internet population visits social networking or blogging sites. Companies and organizations are rapidly playing “catch up” to adapt to this user-generated, customer-centric wave of social computing by scrambling to adopt both external and internal social media marketing and Web 2.0 strategies. Learn how to harness the power of your customers and community. Develop a game-winning social media marketing strategy. Beat the competition by employing best practices for success. Learn how to foster deeper relationships with your customers, promote your programs, and leverage your exuberant customer base to evangelize your brand and take it global.

FUNDRAISING 2.0: REVEALING AND RAISING THE INVISIBLE MILLIONS
Blass, credited with “revolutionizing charitable giving,” offers an evocative and eye-opening look into human nature, delving into the psychology of giving as well as the power of social networks and grassroots activism. Blass explores how technological innovation is changing the face of philanthropy, and offers thought-provoking strategies for fundraising success.

Complete Biography

Wharton and Oxford-educated, Alexander Blass is an internationally acclaimed American innovator and entrepreneur. He has traveled to 50 countries and appeared in hundreds of media outlets, including multiple cover stories. He is the grand prize winner of the Daily Record’s Top Innovator of the Year Award, which credited him with “revolutionizing charitable giving” for inventing person-to-person giving technology on the Internet. He presently serves as President of Alexander Blass International, an executive education and training firm based in Baltimore.

Alexander keynotes some of the world’s most prestigious conferences on innovation/creativity, leadership/change, business development & entrepreneurship. Examples include the Abu Dhabi Innovation Forum in the United Arab Emirates, the World Management Forum, the European Conference on Creativity and Innovation in Portugal, the Stars of Business Awards in Dubai, the Kingdom Entrepreneurship Summit in Saudi Arabia, EPIC in New York, HR SUMMIT in Singapore, and IBM INNOVATE in India to an audience of 2,000 people.

Frequently interviewed by the media, Alexander is a highly sought after and inspirational keynote speaker, Master Class presenter, invited expert and consultant. Through his high energy, dynamic and engaging presentation style, he enjoys sharing his expertise, passion, vision and fascinating experiences with top corporate business audiences at Fortune 500 and Global 1000 organizations, as well as associations, non-profits, and students.

Alexander also received the Baltimore Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 Executives Award and the Daily Record’s Influential Marylanders Award. He was honored as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Wharton School of Business.

Previously, Alexander was a venture capitalist, strategy consultant, senior government executive, and software developer, beginning his career at KPMG Consulting. During his tenure as a venture capitalist, one of the fund’s portfolio companies went from a $500,000 fund investment to a nearly $500 million all-cash acquisition by a Fortune 50 corporation. He has worked with leading organizations worldwide on opportunities totaling over $1 billion, as well as serving on boards of various for-profit and non-profit organizations in the U.S. and overseas. Alexander has been an invited expert at the National Science Foundation on a dozen occasions, making investment recommendations on over $100 million of emerging technologies for the U.S. government.

He has appeared in numerous media outlets globally including the Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, Associated Press, BusinessWeek, Globe & Mail, International Herald Tribune, The Independent, The Guardian, Melbourne Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, FOX, Forbes, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, The Sun, Information Week, Internet Evolution, Daily Record, South African Broadcasting Corporation, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Voice of Africa, Khaleej Times, Al Ittihad, Dubai Eye, SME Advisor Middle East, Private Sector Qatar, and many more.

Alexander received an MBA from Oxford University in England. He also holds a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where he concurrently studied at the Wharton School of Business.

Rita Davenport

Rita Davenport is an internationally recognized expert in the principles of success, time management, goal-setting, creative thinking, and self-esteem and confidence. Her unique background as an entrepreneur, corporate executive, author, speaker, humorist, and broadcaster sets her apart and has made her one of the most beloved and widely admired role models on the speaking circuit. She produced and hosted her own award-winning television shows in Phoenix, Arizona, for 15 years. Read more

Susan Brooks

Susan Brooks is, and always has been, a service enthusiast! She began her multi-million dollar cookie gift and mail order company Cookies From Home literally from scratch, nearly 30 years ago. As the Corporate Cookie Queen, Brooks is in good company with Famous Amos and Mrs. Fields. She recently sold Cookies from Home to focus full time on her Service Enthusiasm, Leadership, and Intuitive Mastery series. Although she is a sales and marketing guru, Brooks is best known as a die-hard Service Enthusiast, where she can ‘raise the bar’ of service excellence in your company… and in your world. Read more

Steve Rizzo

Steve Rizzo is a motivational mechanic who tunes and tweaks each member of his audience to succeed at their full potential. Through the guise of humor, Steve teaches the methods for improving opportunities and provides the skills your group needs to get to a better place at work and in life. A place that brings greater enthusiasm, increased productivity, and new levels of success! With a delivery that is poignant, entertaining and inspiring, Steve, affectionately known as the “Attitude Adjuster,” takes motivation and confidence building to a whole new level.” Read more

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 Monterrey 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

Bethany Hamilton

Bethany Hamilton, at the age of 13 survived a 14-foot tiger shark attack off the shores of her hometown Hawaii was left with one arm and only 26 days later she courageously overcame all odds and began surfing again. In the wake of this life-changing event that took her arm and nearly her life, Bethany’s feisty determination and steadfast faith spurred her toward an adventurous comeback that gave her the grit to turn her loss into a gift for others. Bethany is a true champion who inspiring millions worldwide through the love of her family, her sheer determination, and her unwavering faith. Read more