Michael Walsh

Mike Walsh, best-selling author of FUTURETAINMENT and CEO of innovation research lab Tomorrow, is a leading authority on the digital future. He helps to prepare business leaders for what’s next. Rather than focusing on the distant future, Mike takes an anthropological approach – scanning the near horizon for disruptive technologies and consumer innovations on the verge of hitting critical mass, and then translating these into usable business strategies. Mike’s expertise is explaining new patterns of consumer behavior and disruptive technologies in emerging markets.

His advisory work and keynote presentations provide unique insights into the growing influence of new markets on breakthrough innovation and business transformation. A global nomad constantly traveling the world for the best ideas – Mike distills the most relevant insights into tailored keynotes that allow any audience to not only understand, but also start to influence the future direction of their industry.

Mike Walsh helps prepare business leaders for what’s next. With an engaging blend of first hand stories, global case studies and cutting edge research into consumer and technology trends – Mike can bring the future to life for you and your audience.

PROGRAM TOPICS

Mike Walsh’s three core programs are:

  • FUTURETAINMENT (what’s next for your customers?)
  • FLEX (what’s next for your enterprise?)
  • THE FUGUE (what’s next for the world?)

You can experience these topics as either a high impact 50 minute keynote or a half day workshop with interactive exercises and facilitated discussion.  Supported by a global network of analysts and researchers – Mike takes the time to work with you and your team to tailor his presentations to directly address the issues directly relevant to your company and industry.

FUTURETAINMENT – Yesterday The World Changed, Now Its Your Turn

Welcome to the Revolution. The balance of power has shifted and consumers have taken control. How we buy, sell and engage customers with our brands is being transformed by powerful new forces – both technological and anthropological. Based on Mike Walsh’s best selling book, FUTURETAINMENT is a fast paced tour of the latest technologies, global trends, and case studies that will forever change the way you think about your relationship with your customers. In this session Mike shares:

  • The most disruptive trends for 2012 specifically researched for your industry
  • Products and promotions that will engage the next generation of consumers
  • Consumer innovations from fast growth emerging markets – The value of big data, compelling content and next generation behavioral analytics
  • Global best practices in mobile applications and platforms
  • Original video interviews with the scientists, innovators and entrepreneurs whose ideas will drive the future of your business

FLEX – Business Re-Imagined
What does it take to lead a 21st century company? New technology is not only an opportunity to improve productivity, it invites us to ask a much bigger question – can we re-imagine the way we do business? Forces of change surround us. Whether it be generational turnover, the Cloud, mobile work, or the rise of the social enterprise – the companies that thrive in the near future will be the ones that not only embrace change but are the first to break the rules.

With original consumer market research, practical evaluations of next generational enterprise tools and case studies from some of the world’s most innovative firms – you will have everything you need to start thinking like a FLEX firm. In this session Mike shares:

  • The new digital platforms and enterprise tools that can change the relationship you have with your customers and competitors
  • The worldview of your next generation of staff and the new management styles necessary to lead them through disruptive times
  • The new models of innovation suitable for the current, fast paced, uncertain global environment
  • How consumerization, enterprise mobility and the Cloud will change the way your teams colloborate and act on information
  • Relevant case studies of the ‘winners circle’ of companies who have survived disruptive change
  • A roadmap for your company’s future and identify the capabilities you will need to take it there

WORLD NEXT – Your Roadmap To The Global Future
Social unrest, economic turmoil, rapid technological change – we live in a world seemingly dominated by crisis. And yet if you look more closely, you may also see a different set of patterns giving rise to new markets, new consumers and new ways to do business.

The future is already here, you just need to know where to look. From disruptive mobile technology from China to India’s low cost business models, next generation mobile banking in Africa and social consumerism in South America – innovation is shifting to a new geography. How we interact, transact and entertain ourselves in the future will be shaped by a billion new consumers from emerging markets. THE FUGUE is your roadmap to understanding and accessing the growth potential of tomorrow’s world. In this session Mike shares:

  • How the Web of tomorrow will be different from the one we use today
  • New markets, consumers and technology trends that will be essential for the global growth of your business
  • Case studies of international companies who have successfully leveraged cultural forces for local market success
  • The disruptive innovation models of your emerging market competitors – The new management styles necessary for leadership in fluid, hyper-competitive and uncertain global markets
  • The winners and losers in the new digital world order and your company’s readiness to survive or thrive

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS AND WORKSHOPS
TOMORROWLAND – Tales from the Near Future
The future is already here – you just need to know where to look. Virtual currencies in China, web organized flash mobs in Korea, and cashless mobile banking in Africa – sometimes the most disruptive product ideas come from the most unlikely of places. The secret to seeing what’s coming next is to pay close attention to the spaces where all the rules are being broken. Come on a fast paced global tour of the disruptive technologies that will directly impact you and your industry.

THE DIVERGENCE – Why the Future of The Web Will Be Like Nothing You Know Today
What we think of the Web today is only a fraction of its future potential. The Divergence  marks the point where everything we know about the digital world will change. In the coming years, the emerging markets of China, India and Brazil will rapidly overtake the West not only in their rates of economic growth, but as the dominant commercial and cultural influences on the development of the Web. How we interact, transact and entertain ourselves in the future will be shaped by new forms of consumer behavior never seen this side of Silicon Valley. Forget everything you know about West Coast Web etiquette. Tomorrow’s Web will be a milieu of competing cultures – simultaneously a source of conflict and also a wellspring of consumer innovation.

THE ENERWEB – Energy’s Networked Future
Information may be power, but power is also be information. Global environmental concerns are driving not only new investment in renewable energy but also the transformation of the analog power grid into a smart, digital network. What we think of today as a simple electricity outlet will soon become a node in a new networked ecosystem of appliances, applications, and consumer data. The rise of the Enerweb will attract both new kinds of players and encourage new forms of consumer behavior, forever changing the way we think about energy.

 UBIQUITOUS – 24HRS in Tomorrow’s Mobile World
While faster processors, bigger screens and more powerful features steal the headlines – the true mobile revolution plays out daily in its continuing impact on the way we live, work and play. The next generation of phone technology is less about innovative hardware, and more about providing consumers with ubiquitous, high speed access to our social, professional and entertainment networks. From location based technologies, to gesture based interfaces and integrated financial services – the future of your phone may be no phone at all. For advertisers and platform providers alike – the secret to understanding the mobile business of tomorrow is to understand how today’s consumer is already changing.

WORKSHOPS

NEXTLAB – How to Think Like a Futurist
NEXTLAB is a unique learning format. Part insights briefing and part hands on innovation workshop – you will learn to apply the latest tools and techniques that future forecasters use to map out the most significant technological, social and commercial trends on the near horizon. NEXTLAB is a 90 minute session designed for small, dynamic groups. The workshop is divided into three sections – theory, tools and application. In the first section, we discuss the latest thinking around innovation and consumer behavior, and their influence on future outcomes. The next module – tools – is focused on the insight gathering methods used by the world’s best forecasters and explains how you can apply these in your every day activities. Finally, in the third section we conduct a series of practical group exercises that facilitate building a picture of the future of your individual company and industry.

  • Discover the top ten forces that are already changing the relationship you have with your customers
  • Understand how divergent consumer behavior creates new future scenarios
  • Deploy simple collaboration and information sharing systems in your team to maximize your collective wisdom
  • Learn how new social media tools can help you track what people are thinking, doing and saying in real time
  • Build an innovation radar for your company and identify the trends most likely to impact your core business
  • Deploy simple collaboration and information sharing systems in your team to maximize your collective wisdom
  • Use creative consumer focused scenarios and stories to build an ‘innovision’ for what happens next in your industry
  • Effectively communicate your vision of the future to internal stakeholders and your industry peers

INNOVISION – Bring Future Visions to Life
Innovision is a radically different approach to future thinking and scenario planning. The objective of the Innovision Workshop is to develop a shared view on the challenges and untapped opportunities facing the future timeline of the company and its stakeholders, and capture this in a compelling format for broader comm-unication. In a half day format, our unique process adapts lateral thinking and sophisticated narrative development techniques developed by creative professionals to develop entertainment products. The Workshop is structured into three parts, that loosely follow the structure of a three act film or play. During the discussion, the Tomorrow team will identify keywords and phrases that characterize the scenarios and use these to develop a visual storyboard, used to build the rough cut of the Innovision film presented at the end of the session. We believe that the Innovision process offers a number of benefits over and above a more traditional strategy workshop formats:

  • A more engaging, dynamic and creative framework for collective brainstorming and scenario testing of future conflicts and opportunities
  • Character based approach builds empathy with potential stakeholders and clearer identification of the implications of strategic tradeoffs
  • The final result –  a five minute mini film – provides a powerful communication tool for wider distribution

CONNECT! – The Simple Guide to Social Engineering
This session is an engaging, interactive workshop focused on helping business managers and entrepreneurs harness social networking to transform their customer marketing and communications. Incorporating live demonstrations and case studies of brands that have successfully used services like Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin – this workshop uncovers some of the secrets that social networking gurus use to turn their customers into evangelists.

  • How consumers are already talking about your brand, and how to participate in the conversation
  • How to use Twitter to build your ‘herd’ of brand followers> Building ‘content sharing’ into your website to tap into free network marketing
  • Leveraging Linkedin for targeted business development
  • How to track what your customers are already saying about you in online forums
  • Integrating social media with your CRM strategy – from sales to customer support
  • Developing the right ‘tone’ to talk to your customers on blogs, Twitter and video podcasts
  • The best tools, web services and infrastructure providers to partner with to achieve instant results

MICHAEL WALSH’S BOOK

Gary Marlon Suson

9/11 photographer Gary Marlon Suson lives in New York City. On September 11, 2001, his life, just as all American’s lives, was turned upside down by the attacks on the World Trade Center and The Pentagon. Initially, after photographing the Towers’ collapse from his rooftop, Suson returned to his studio, deciding he wasn’t going to shoot anything else having to do with this tragedy. He didn’t want the stress of being in the midst of the chaos taking pictures, and especially didn’t wish to be wrongly viewed as someone trying to exploit a situation.  Besides, he felt that trying to document something of this enormity was pointless – “Who am I to think I can capture the magnitude of all this?” he thought. However, he slowly realized he had a responsibility to try to document for future generations what terrorism was.

After creating a website called SeptemberEleven.net he posted his photos and captions, providing a pictorial commentary on what had happened. Unexpectedly appointed the Official Photographer at Ground Zero shortly after the tragedy at World Trade Center, Suson took photos on behalf of the Uniformed Firefighters Association and Uniformed Fire Officers Association. The culmination of his efforts became the Ground Zero Museum Workshop, a not-for-profit museum that houses not only his stunningly gripping images, but exhibits of relics and effects recovered from the site.

 

 

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Full Biography

Ground Zero Workshop Museum Founder Marlon Suson is a professional actor-playwright who resides in Manhattan & an Honorary Battalion Chief in the Fire Department of New York (FDNY). Just months after the attacks of September 11, 2001, he stepped away from his theatrical career after he was requested to take on a unique role: To be the Official Photographer at Ground Zero for the Uniformed Firefighters Association & Uniformed Fire Officers Association (FDNY). Like all New Yorkers and wanting to contribute to the relief efforts in any way he could, he began shooting on the morning of 9/11 and was appointed Official Photographer at Ground Zero in late December of 2001. He spent six days per week and approximately 17 hours per day “living” at Ground Zero, where he documented every phase of the ‘Recovery’. His work was overseen by FDNY Chief of Department Daniel Nigro. He was allowed access to every area at Ground Zero and given strict guidelines, which included:
• Not to release any of the images until the Recovery was over
• Not to shoot images of human remains.
• To share future proceeds with 9/11 charities.

In addition, he was not salaried by anyone and had to take out bank loans in excess of $8000.00 in order to finish his documentation of the “Recovery.” The FDNY first caught wind of Mr. Suson’s work in December of 2001, when the Manhattan Trustee for the Uniformed Firefighter’s Association, Rudy Sanfilippo, was receiving complimentary immunotherapy and vitamin drips at a well-known holistic clinic. Mr. Sanfilippo, a survivor of the WTC collapse on 9/11, was having lung complications. Mr. Suson had arranged the free care for several firemen who were experiencing breathing problems from September 11. It was this impromptu meeting between Suson and Sanfilippo that led the Uniformed Firefighters Association to view Mr. Suson’s award-winning website, SeptemberEleven.net, and then allow him full, unrestricted access to every area of Ground Zero. Early on, he didn’t shoot very much; choosing instead to focus on becoming friendly with the Chiefs and fixtures that ran the WTC site. Firemen were at first spooked when they saw Mr. Suson shooting and were uneasy. They feared he was exploiting the sacred site but this changed quickly as they got to know him and also noticed that none of his images were showing up in any of the daily newspapers. This spoke volumes to the many men who had lost family members and whole fire companies on September 11. Slowly, he was welcomed into the Ground Zero “brotherhood” and was even allowed to document the private Honor Guards from only a few feet away without the men so much as blinking an eye. Mr. Suson recalled, “I have to say I felt as if I was always at home there. I looked forward to seeing the men (and women) every day. It was an honor for all of us to be the ones to help out firsthand in the recovery efforts. We knew we were making a difference.” Whenever financially possible, Marlon Suson’s non-profit Museum donates to assorted charities and is particularly supportive of charities having to do with Mesothelioma research, such as the Mesothelioma & Asbestos Awareness Center (MAA Center).

One Battalion Chief in particular, Stephen Zaderiko, took Mr. Suson under his wing. “He spent time educating me on different aspects of the site, which included the art of making a recovery. He literally taught me how to dig when I wasn’t shooting; showing me what to look for in the way of remains. It was an honor to be able to dig but quite frightening the first time I did it. That’s when everything got quite real for me. No more hiding behind the lens. I really looked up to him; he was always at Ground Zero, even on his days off and always stayed upbeat.” Another Chief Mr. Suson credited for his images and emotional support was Battalion Chief Jim Riches. “Chief Riches lost his son on 9-11 and God himself couldn’t pull Chief Riches away from Ground Zero. I called him the gentle giant as he never spoke much but when he did, it mattered. He was very supportive of my work and genuinely cared about everyone at the site. It was quite a day when Chief Riches finally found his fireman son, Jimmy, Jr. in the North Tower area.” One last catalyst to Mr. Suson attaining his unique images at key moments during the recovery was a volunteer recovery worker known simply as “Mike The Beard.” A bear of a man who sported a thick beard, overalls, size 14 work boots, coke-bottle thick glasses and was always covered in the trademark brown-gray, Ground Zero mud, “Beard” often drove Mr. Suson around the site in an ATV. “He’d often wake me up at two or three in the morning while I slept in St. Paul’s Church and told me to be outside in two minutes. He would do this when he thought there was something happening down in the hole that should be documented, so he’d pick me up in this muddy, Honda ATV “Gator” and whiz me down to wherever the action was happening. I attribute some of my best photographs to his being so attentive and involved in my documentation.” Mr. Suson, who stockpiled his collection of images for many months, was virtually unknown to the media until the fire union granted him permission to release the images in the last week of the recovery at Ground Zero. On May 28, 2002, the New York Times broke the story of his singular journey into Ground Zero with a feature, half-page, color photo story entitled, “From a Camera at Ground Zero, Rare Photos of an Agonizing Dig” by Susan Sachs. The morning that the story broke, Mr. Suson was contacted by every major media outlet in the world, including Fox News Channel, CNN, SKY (UK), CBS, NBC and ABC. His first major interview, a five-minute featured segment on CNN Worldwide, was shaky. “I was only a few days out of Ground Zero and suddenly I had to talk about my experiences with a camera in my face and I couldn’t do it. I got choked up every time I opened my mouth, so CNN was kind enough to pair me up with a very sensitive producer who made sure I felt comfortable, which included my not being able to see the video camera. It was a slow process, that first interview, but the final product was an accurate tale in words and images that told the story of my journey into the heart of Ground Zero. I still get choked up every time I watch that interview as I can see just how emotionally vulnerable I was during that period.” That five-minute segment remains to this day the longest taped story ever produced on CNN. Gary Marlon Suson was a guest numerous times on Fox News Channel and recently did radio interviews on INSIDE MAC RADIO and for AUSTRALIAN RADIO for the 7-Year anniversary of the W.T.C. attacks.

Book offers quickly followed and Mr. Suson, courted heavily by Judith Regan of Regan Books, signed with the smaller Barnes Noble Publishing to release, “Requiem: Images of Ground Zero”, a 200-page pictorial of Day 1 through the closing ceremonies. The book was endorsed by the most notable firemen in the FDNY, with the foreward penned by highly respected Assistant Chief of Operations Joseph W. Pfeifer, whose brother Kevin was lost on 9/11. In keeping with his promise to the fire union, he donated hundreds of autographed books to the Uniformed Firefighters Association, to FDNY headquarters in Brooklyn, to 9/11 families and to firehouses all over the New York area. In addition, he sold books and museum posters for the UFA Widows Children’s Fund. His works were featured on the FBI Training Network in Quantico for their Homeland Security and Policing videos and in 2003, 8 of his images were reviewed by the Pulitzer Prize Committee for the 2002 awards. In August of 2002, Mr. Suson was a guest of the U.S. Secret Service at The White House, where he was given a private tour and signed dozens of books for the staff. From there, he came back to New York where he was an honored speaker at the U.S. Postal Service’s “Tribute To Heroes” ceremony, moving the packed audience with an emotional power point presentation of his Ground Zero images set to music. In September of 2002, Mr. Suson was a guest on Fox News Live with David Asman and then appeared on CNN with Connie Chung, accompanied by FDNY 9/11 Family Members Lee Ielpi and John Vigiano. Says Suson,”This was an emotional segment to be a part of, to say the least. I admire both men’s incredible courage to subject themselves to such a tough interview just one year after losing their sons.” His travels also included going to England, where he accompanied British Fire Chief David O’Dwyer of the Hereford Worcester Fire Brigades to the peak of a centuries-old, mountain fortress called “British Camp”, where Mr. Suson dug a hole and buried World Trade Center glass and dirt in a secret location in memory of the British citizens who died on September 11. The dirt was given to Mr. Suson by retired FDNY Lieutenant Paul Geidel, who spent nine months looking for his missing son, Gary Geidel, of Rescue-1 in Manhattan. Since then, Mr. Suson has spoken all over Europe on his work and experiences at Ground Zero, often showing up at firehouses with historical images for people on the opposite end of the world to remember the fallen. In 2002 and 2003, he had two different museum exhibits at The New-York Historical Society. One exhibit, “9/11: Loss and Remembrance”, featured the “Band of Dads” from Ground Zero.

In 2004, Mr. Suson, feeling unfulfilled in his mission to educate people as to what transpired during the Ground Zero Recovery, began writing his next Off-Broadway project, AMERICAN BROTHER – a ground zero-themed play. Mr. Suson recently penned a feature screenplay based on his own experiences at Ground Zero as the Official Photographer of record during the Recovery. Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis has offered to act in the project when it comes to fruition. Mr. Suson travels to different fire expos around the USA to sign books & museum posters for 10 assorted charities, including Artists 4 Hope, NYC Fire & Police Widows Fund, The FDNY Chief Raymond Downey Memorial Fund, The UFA Widows & Children’s Fund, HugsAcrossAmerica.net, Firefighter Ralph Geidel 9/11 Fund and the Brian E. Sweeney Memorial Fund. In 2004, Mr. Suson participated in a Ground Zero chemical detoxification program designed by the Church of Scientology and campaigned by actor Tom Cruise. Mr. Suson continues to raise awareness of the courage of the Ground Zero firefighters, police and volunteers through his unique and singular images. Most importantly, these images keep the memory alive of all those who perished on the fateful day of September 11, 2001 . Mr. Suson has often stated, “Time has a way of dulling our memories and so I hope these photographs will keep people from forgetting how we need to consistently fight the war on terrorism.” Mr. Suson, in 2005, opened the Ground Zero Museum Workshop in the Meat-Packing District of New York, which conducts daily, guided tours for tourists from all over the world, as well as hosting 9/11 families and survivors groups. Mr. Suson speaks around the world about his experiences as the Official Photographer at Ground Zero for the Uniformed Firefighters Association & Uniformed Fire Officers Association. Mr. Suson’s role as Official Photographer at Ground Zero for the Fire Unions (UFA & UFOA) was a one-time position that ended when the Ground Zero Recovery ended and he no longer shoots photography for either union. His affiliation was with the 2001-2002 UFA administration from the Ground Zero Recovery period and not the current UFA administration, whose members were not elected officials nor were in office during the events of September 11 or during the “Recovery” at Ground Zero.

Roberta Bondar

Roberta Bondar OC, O.On, MD, PhD, FRCP, FRSC is Canada’s first female astronaut and the first neurologist in space. For more than a decade she was NASA’s head of space medicine and now consultants and speakers to business, scientific, and medical communities. She has received such honors as the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, the NASA Space Medal, over 22 honorary degrees and induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. Seeing the world through the lenses of a medical doctor, scientist, photographer, astronaut and author, Bondar follows her family’s tradition of excellence in teaching.

Trained as a member of NASA’s Earth Observation Team she expanded her professional photographic expertise. After her space mission, she continued her photographic explorations honing her artistic and technical skills as an honors student in Professional Nature Photography.

A cross-discipline thought leader with groundbreaking insights on the environment, innovation, discovery and leadership, Dr. Bondar is one of North America’s most sought-after and respected presenters. Meeting and conference planners from organizations as diverse as Yale University, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Gartner, Investors Group, Capgemini, Pfizer, Oracle, the FBI and many more have come to depend on her as a valued partner in planning and delivering customized presentations that consistently move audiences to their next level.

Dr. Bondar draws on her remarkable depth of expertise as an astronaut, physician, scientific researcher, photographer, author, environment interpreter and team leader to stimulate, motivate, educate and inspire. By customizing each speech and keynote, she brings added value with her maturity, wisdom gained from “in the trenches” life experiences, broad educational background and depth of personality. This unique combination will ensure that any event will be extraordinary.

PROGRAM TOPICS

Personal and Professional Goals – An Advanced Ethic
We all want to lead happy productive lives and it is fulfilling when both personal and professional lives can feed off each other. As far as I have seen on Earth and beyond, nothing is clearer than the fact that we have a precious relatively short Earth-life. It makes sense to develop ourselves for each hour that we are awake by learning from the potential life experiences all around us.

Management Lessons from Space
Successful businesses anticipate and respond rapidly to a world in constant flux where human relations are keys to effective change. As professional flexibility reflects personal adaptability, valued team members know when to lead, when to follow and when to stay the course. They embrace culture challenges as positive influences on both their continued professional and personal development.

Never a Distance too Great: Bridges for Life
It is not enough just to advocate a vision: you must realize it. The gap between a dream and reality is bridged with interest and insight, skill and determination, focus and discipline. Because of their timeless value, these bridges also give us the flexibility that we will need in the future to cope with inevitable change. Dynamic bridges of the human mind can be virtual or real, but they must be agile. They form the link between other worlds, ideas and relationships.

Vision and Leadership
In a world of extremes, a leader’s vision must be bold yet within reach of fellow team members. Sharing a vision is more than setting out objectives and goals for other to follow. If there is no overlap of interest or passion by everyone, a vision will be blind to fulfilling its potential. By definition, a leader knows about leadership but a successful leader understands followership. Experience offers each of us an opportunity to learn from another person’s life lesions which combine the richness of education, with the insight of critical thinking. By linking this resource to respect for a shared vision, a strong team will be focused on success.

 

Full Biography

Astronaut Dr. Roberta Bondar World’s First Neurologist in Space

The world’s first neurologist in space, Dr. Roberta Bondar is globally recognized for her pioneering contribution to space medicine research. Aboard the Discovery mission STS-42 in 1992 she conducted experiments in the shuttle’s first international microgravity laboratory.

For more than a decade at NASA Dr. Bondar headed an international research team, continuing to find new connections between astronauts recovering from the microgravity of space and neurological illnesses here on Earth. Her techniques have been used in clinical studies at the B. I. Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School and at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Bondar served two terms as Chancellor of Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario.

A true renaissance woman, Dr. Bondar is an acclaimed photographer of the environment. She is the author of four best-selling photo essay books featuring her stunning photography of the Earth. Her photographic works may be found in private, corporate and institutional collections in Canada, the U.S. and England.

An author, environmental educator and celebrated landscape photographer, Dr. Bondar has also earned a reputation as a leading speaker and consultant within the medical and scientific communities, and in the field of corporate social responsibility and care for the Earth’s environment. She co-founded The Roberta Bondar Foundation, a charitable organization to improve our understanding of the environment.

Dr. Bondar has been recognized with the NASA Space Medal, inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame and into the International Women’s Forum Hall of Fame for her pioneering research in space medicine. She is a recipient of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario and has received 24 honorary doctorates from North American universities. In 2003 TIME magazine named her among North America’s best explorers. In 2011, Dr. Bondar received her own star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.

Jack Canfield

Jack Canfield

Jack Canfield, America’s #1 Success Coach, and the beloved originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, fostered the emergence of inspirational anthologies as a genre – and watched it grow to a billion dollar market. As the driving force behind the development and delivery of over 100 million books sold through the Chicken Soup for the Soul® franchise, Jack Canfield is uniquely qualified to talk about success. He is a Harvard graduate with a Master’s Degree in psychological education and is one of the earliest champions of peak-performance. Read more

Claudia Stevens

To be an artist is one thing. To be a successful artist is quite another. What separates the two? Often it is simply entrepreneurship-the drive and know-how to turn your artistry into an art career.

Claudia Stevens, pianist, singer, musicologist, and composer, whose work has been performed on national stages, lectures on the topic of entrepreneurship and reveals key strategies for artists to undertake. Her presentations address topics such as self-management, marketing, and crossover careers.

As a scholar and performer she encourages listeners to consider both thoughtfully and creatively the importance of developing entrepreneurial skills. Stevens’ interdisciplinary presentation will benefit students and community members interested in pursuing the arts or a business career. She has created some 15 solo plays for her own performance as a musician and monologue artist, many of which were published or presented by leading universities and arts centers. Among her honors as a creative artist are a dozen touring grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and numerous residencies at cultural institutions.

Recent projects include a solo play cycle about animal rights and the librettos for a short chamber opera, A Very Large Mole, and for a new chamber opera, Riddle Me, created in collaboration with Allen Shearer.

Stevens holds degrees in music from Vassar College and University of California, Berkeley, as well as a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano from Boston University, under Leonard Shure. She has held academic, conducting and performance positions at Brandeis University, Williams College, the College of William and Mary.

PROGRAM INFORMATION:

  • Lecture: “Breaking Some Eggs: Strategies in Career Advancement for the Entrepreneurial Artist”.
  • Lecture: “Revelation: an artist talks about her discovery of Jewish identity and Holocaust past.”

“An Evening with Madame F” was created by Claudia Stevens for her solo performance as a musician and actor, with additional original music by Fred Cohen. The work has been presented at the national and international levels for two decades. It is widely praised by critics, audiences, and the Holocaust survivor community as a uniquely authentic and profound artistic expression of the Holocaust. Drawing on first-hand accounts – those of her own family members and of several concentration camp musicians, Stevens depicts and mirrors the struggle of women who survived Auschwitz as entertainers. In an enthralling virtuoso performance, she incorporates music that was played and sung by concentration camp inmates. And, as the daughter of victims of the Holocaust, she also meditates on the complex ethical and artistic dilemma of expressing unspeakable horror through art. An Evening with Madame F was produced for television by PBS affiliates WCVE and WHTJ.

“An Evening with Madame F” has been programmed in New York, Toronto, Houston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Cincinnati, New Orleans, Palm Beach, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Omaha, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Salt Lake City, St. Paul, Louisville, Baltimore, Boston, and many other cities. Presenters have included Holocaust centers, Jewish Federations and Foundations, JCC cultural arts series and lectureships in Jewish Studies. Additionally, the piece is being presented by many leading educational institutions. Recently these include: Dartmouth, Stanford, Brandeis, UCLA, Lehigh, Southern Methodist, the Univ. of Calif. at Santa Barbara, Cornell, Swarthmore and many others. A major article about Claudia Stevens, her unique personal story and artistic contributions, appeared in a recent issue of Reform Judaism magazine.

Full Biography

Claudia Stevens creates and performs her unique and complex solo plays throughout the United States. A number of her solo plays and musical compositions for piano are published in leading music and poetry journals. She also has become a recognized thinker and sought-after speaker about the Holocaust, great women of science, and entrepreneurship in the arts.

Classically trained as a pianist, singer, conductor and composer, Claudia studied piano with the master teachers Leon Fleisher, Leonard Shure and Arie Vardi. She holds degrees in music from Vassar College (summa cum laude), the University of California at Berkeley and the DMA from Boston University. Her academic positions have included Williams College and the College of William and Mary as an Assoc. Professor of Piano, where she now is a Visiting Scholar. As a pianist she was the featured artist on a number of “Performance Today” on National Public Radio and PBS television broadcasts.

When Claudia Stevens developed a new career as an innovative performance artist and playwright, her creative work came to national attention. She is the recipient of grants from the International Theater Institute, the National Endowment for the Arts, and twelve consecutive grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, and has been an artist in residence at the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Baltimore Theater Project, and RS9 Studio Theater in Budapest. She also was in residence at the Gitameit Art Center in Rangoon, Burma at the invitation of the American diplomatic and arts community to address the suppression of artists in Burma. Most recently, Claudia has become a librettist, collaborating with San Francisco composer Allen Shearer in several works of chamber opera: “The Dawn Makers,” which premiered at Herbst Theater, San Francisco in 2009 to national and international acclaim, and a new opera, “Middlemarch, a Love Story,” currently in progress. Claudia lives in the Bay Area in California.
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Harvey Mackay

Harvey Mackay

Harvey Mackay is the CEO of his own corporation, which he founded at age 26. He is the author of two New York Times #1 bestsellers, Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive and Beware The Naked Man Who Offers You His Shirt. Harvey provides audiences with successful strategies for exceptional selling, customer service and negotiations. At the age of 26, Mackay bought a failing envelope company and transformed it into Mackay Envelope. Today Mackay Envelope is an $85 million corporation that produces over 23 million envelopes a day. Using his natural wit, wisdom and experience, Mackay offers audiences Read more

Andy Boynton

Andy Boynton is Dean of Boston College’s Carroll School of Management, one of the world’s leading business schools, the author of several books and co-creator of DeepDive™, the world’s leading methodology for helping executives harness the power of teams to significantly improve problem-solving speed, innovation and results. Prior to joining Boston College, Boynton was a professor of strategy at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland for 10 years. Boynton wrote his latest book, The Idea Hunter: How to Find the Best Ideas and Make them Happen (Jossey-Bass) with co-authors Bill Fischer and William Bole. His previous books include Virtuoso Teams: Lessons from Teams That Changed Their Worlds (Financial Times-Prentice Hall) and Invented Here: Maximizing Your Organization’s Internal Growth and Profitability (Harvard Business School Press). In addition to his publishing career and role as Dean of the Carroll School of Management, Boynton has over twenty years of experience speaking and designing powerful executive education sessions and seminars for firms around the world. He is often utilized by organizations looking to build more innovative and effective teams. Read more

Boris Brott

Boris Brott

Thousands of people across corporate America have heard Boris Brott’s interactive presentation — he draws comparisons between business organizations and symphony orchestras. Both have common goals, each must perform in harmony to achieve those goals, and each continually strives for perfection. Often, both attempt to be innovative and creative. Boris draws out the juxtaposition of teamwork and leadership the need for creativity within an organization; the joy of communication and the achievement of success. All are explored through the medium of music. Read more

Lenora Billings-Harris

Internationally acclaimed speaker, educator and poet, Lenora Billings-Harris, CSP has delivered presentations to thousands of people across three continents. Using her strong business background, including positions with General Motors, and the Graduate School of Business at The University of Michigan, Lenora has developed a unique way of presenting sensitive topics in a high-energy, fun-filled, yet thought-provoking way. Her interactive style, and immediately applicable ” How Tos” have inspired clients to invite her back again and again. Read more

David Weinberger

David Weinberger

Dr. David Weinberger’s status as one of the foremost interpreters of technology’s impact on business and society continues to grow. His latest book, Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder, reveals new principles for taking advantage of the onrushing flood of information in order to help us pull ourselves together now that we’ve blown ourselves to bits.

Called a “marketing guru” by the Wall Street Journal, Weinberger is co-author of the influential bestseller The Cluetrain Manifesto (1999), and author of the critically acclaimed book Small Pieces Loosely Joined (2002), a highly original and accessible reflection on the human impact of the internet.

Weinberger addresses the key elements of an information and technology revolution that impacts how we organize our businesses, increases our customers’ new-found control of the information they touch, and challenges the core concepts of who and what we trust.

One of the connected economy’s most thought-provoking mavericks, Weinberger is a fellow at Harvard University’s prestigious Berkman Center, a former philosophy professor, NPR commentator, technology columnist, weblogging pioneer, and a dot com entrepreneur. A dynamic and witty speaker, he has received widespread acclaim – and we can prove it! – for captivating presentations to such companies as IBM, Yahoo, Microsoft, Google and Disney.

Weinberger turns his remarkable range of experience and knowledge to the most important question facing every business today: How is technology changing the way my employees, partners and customers are putting themselves together, and how is that changing the basics of my business? The answer will surprise you.
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