Brett King

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Maddy Dychtwald

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Gene Stanaland

Gene Stanaland

Dr. Gene Stanaland has been called the “Will Rogers of Economics.” He has the uncanny ability to take complex subjects and make them understandable and entertaining. Through his wit and style he makes the “dreary science” exciting, leaving audiences laughing and informed. Possessing a unique ability to analyze current economic conditions and relate their impact on individuals and businesses in an understandable and entertaining way, Stanaland leaves audiences entertained but also educated about the economic realities of the day. Read more

Robert Genetski

Robert Genetski

Robert Genetski’s contributions in the world of economics and finance range from serving as Chief Economist for a major Midwest bank to teaching at New York University (NYU) and the prestigious University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business. He has also managed to be crowned a top-five speaker in the field of Economics and Finance, and is renowned for the simplicity with which he explains critical elements and classical principles of economics. After receiving his Ph.D in economics from NYU, Genetski worked in the banking industry and subsequently founded of his own economic and financial consulting service. Read more

Ben Stein

Ben Stein is either the world’s funniest economist, or the most economically well-trained funny man… and he’s definitely one of the busiest, most well-received speakers in the world. Ben Stein knows markets and theories and keeps totally up-to-date, hour by hour. He speaks to colleges and universities, businesses, private organizations, and at special events—even parties. Ben can talk about economics, finance, current events and, of course, Hollywood and his experiences there. And any size group is the perfect size.

In May 2009, Ben spoke to an audience of 23,000 at a university commencement, and one week later spoke to a gathering of 35 private-equity players. Ben’s speeches are always funny, insightful, and loaded with lessons everyone needs to know, and he always leaves audiences deeply thoughtful. Most of all Ben loves people. He stays with the group for a long time after his speeches… and he’s there before for them, too.

TOPICS

Ben Stein on Life
Ben Stein is a profoundly unique individual who has had the good fortune to have “been there and done that” in a myriad of professions that many of us only dream about, see on television, or read about in the news. Always entertaining, always informative and possessing expertise in everything from law to laughs, Ben Stein will leave your audience with useful insight (if you want it!) or simply great memories of a fun time had by all.

Ben Stein on the Economy
In election after election there is endless complaining about waste, fraud and abuse in Washington. Each batch of candidates promises to clean it up, but somehow it never happens. With the latest economic debacle in full tilt, one thing is for certain — you and I will pick up the monster-sized bill in many different ways. What is missing is more regulation from Washington and more prosecution, not less. Ben Stein shares these insights and more regarding the current economy, what prompted this fiasco and what must be done to dig us out.

Ben Stein on the Economic Crisis
What is needed–a positive policy for moral and economic recovery. How we got into this mess, how bad is it, and how are we going to get out-and make sure it never happens again

Ben Stein at Universities and Colleges
His topics include, What Does It All Mean for You? The Economic Meltdown: How It Happened and How You Can Survive It and Thrive

Ben Stein for Humorous Events
How to ruin your life. Updated for all occasions.

Full Biography

Complete Biography

Economist; Longtime Columnist for The Wall Street Journal, Barrons and The New York Times; Speech Writer and Aide for Presidents Nixon and Ford; Emmy-winning Television Gameshow Host; Commentator for CBS News, Fox News and CNN and Award-winning Commentator on Finance.

Ben Stein (Benjamin J. Stein) was born November 25, 1944 in Washington, D.C., (He is the son of the economist and writer Herbert Stein) grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland and attended Montgomery Blair High School.

He graduated from Columbia University in 1966 with honors in economics. He graduated from Yale Law School in 1970 as valedictorian of his class by election of his classmates. He also studied in the graduate school of economics at Yale.

He has worked as an economist at The Department of Commerce, a poverty lawyer in New Haven and Washington, D.C., a trial lawyer in the field of trade regulation at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., a university adjunct at American University in Washington, D.C., at the University of California at Santa Cruz and at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA.

At American University, he taught about the political and social content of mass culture. He taught the same subject at UCSC, as well as about political and civil rights under the Constitution. At Pepperdine, he has taught about libel law and about securities law and ethical issues since 1986.

In 1973 and 1974, he was a speech writer and lawyer for Richard Nixon at The White House and then for Gerald Ford. (He did NOT write the line, “I am not a crook.”)

He has been a columnist and editorial writer for The Wall Street Journal, a syndicated columnist for The Los Angeles Herald Examiner (R.I.P.) and King Features Syndicate, and a frequent contributor to Barrons, where his articles about the ethics of management buyouts and issues of fraud in the Milken Drexel junk bond scheme drew major national attention.

He has been a regular columnist for Los Angeles Magazine, New York Magazine, E! Online, and most of all, has written a lengthy diary for twenty years for The American Spectator.

He currently writes a column for The New york Times Sunday Business Section and has for many years, a column about personal finance for Yahoo!, is a commentator for CBS Sunday Morning and for Fox News.

He has written, co-written and published thirty books, including seven novels, largely about life in Los Angeles, and twenty-one nonfiction books, about finance and about ethical and social issue in finance, and also about the political and social content of mass culture. He has done pioneering work in uncovering the concealed messages of TV and in explaining how TV and movies get made. His titles include A License to Steal, Michael Milken and the Conspiracy to Bilk the Nation, The View From Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood Days, Hollywood Nights, DREEMZ,Financial Passages and Ludes. His most recent books are the best-selling humor self-help series, How To Ruin Your Life. He has also been a longtime screenwriter, writing, among many other scripts (most of which were unmade ) the first draft of The Boost, a movie based on Ludes, and the outlines of the lengthy miniseries Amerika and the acclaimed Murder in Mississippi. He was one of the creators of the well regarded comedy, Fernwood Tonight.

He is also an extremely well known actor in movies, TV and commercials. His part of the boring teacher in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was recently ranked as one of the fifty most famous scenes in American film. From 1997 to 2002, he was the host of the Comedy Central quiz show, Win Ben Stein’s Money. The show has won seven Emmies. He was a judge on CBS’s Star Search and on VH-1’s America’s Most Smartest Model.

He lives with his wife, Alexandra Denman (former lawyer,) six cats and three large dogs in Beverly Hills. He is active in pro-animal and pro-life charitable events.

Denise Shull

Denise Shull translates the latest brain science into real-world competitive advantages.

Denise’s company ReThink is known for its un-traditional approach. The name ReThink even refers to the value of rethinking thinking altogether. To that end, we believe that the most effective mental skills coaching will go beyond the ideas of mental toughness and positive thinking.

Market and athletic performance improves, even from already high levels, when one learns to recognize and comprehend all of one’s emotions.

Too many people repeat the mantra “control your emotions” when all that matters is NOT what you feel but what you do! When you realize that all types of feelings have all kinds of information in them, it radically alters what you are capable of.

The problem is that we were all taught to try to set emotion aside. It even looks – on the surface – that doing so works. What most don’t notice though is that the calm confidence we all desire is also a feeling!

Denise teaches you how to understand the meaning in your emotions, how to avoid just automatically acting on the energies of emotion and how to capitalize on your unconscious pattern recognition, intuition and instincts which come from experiential learning.

Additionally, as Founder of The ReThink Group, a consultancy specializing in advanced risk and behavioral intelligence, Denise teaches hedge funds, bank and independent investment managers the strategies in her 2012 book, MARKET MIND GAMES, A Radical Psychology of Investing, Trading and Risk. Among its many accolades, Larry Tabb of The Tabb Group described the book as “a must read for those who want to make their livelihood as a professional investor, trader or algorithmic trading developer”.

Shull’s thought leadership explains how to capitalize on the brain’s ability to unconsciously recognize patterns while simultaneously avoiding the thinking mistakes of Behavioral Finance. She is known for discovering that decision makers also bring a fractally-patterned perceptual skew to risk decisions.

Profiled by the WSJ, The Financial Times, Bloomberg Magazine and Risk Professional, she has appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box in the US and Asia, Bloomberg’s Market Makers, PBS and The Discovery Channel. She currently writes for Psychology Today and Business Insider.

A former head trader and member of CME Group, Shull holds a Master’s degree in Neuropsychology from The University of Chicago. Shull also graduated from Harvard’s “Investment Decisions and Behavioral Finance” executive class and recently compiled a chapter for Wiley’s 2014 book Investor Behavior edited by Victor Ricciardi and Kent Baker.

Shull belongs to the Association for Psychological Science and The Society for Neuroeconomics.

 

STRATEGIC DECISION

Private equity or venture capital firms engage ReThink to add a factor of emotion knowledge to a mathematical analysis. As success lives or dies with human execution, an “EQ” assessment offers a distinct advantage in correctly predicting outcomes.

In 13 years of active coaching, Denise has worked with numerous portfolio managers and traders and well known coaches who have tried the traditional approaches. She consistently receives inquiries from Portfolio Managers, Traders and now a new group of athletes that have been failed by the approaches of cognitive-behavioral, positive thinking and emotion control. Denise knows how to help you understand yourself and can teach you how to work with your emotion in a way that is unparalleled.

 

Full Biography

Denise Shull translates the latest brain science into real-world competitive advantages.

Founder of The ReThink Group, a consultancy specializing in advanced risk and behavioral intelligence, Denise teaches hedge funds, bank and independent investment managers the strategies in her 2012 book, MARKET MIND GAMES, A Radical Psychology of Investing, Trading and Risk. Among its many accolades, Larry Tabb of The Tabb Group described the book as “a must read for those who want to make their livelihood as a professional investor, trader or algorithmic trading developer”.

Shull’s thought leadership explains how to capitalize on the brain’s ability to unconsciously recognize patterns while simultaneously avoiding the thinking mistakes of Behavioral Finance. She is known for discovering that decision makers also bring a fractally-patterned perceptual skew to risk decisions.

Profiled by the WSJ, The Financial Times, Bloomberg Magazine and Risk Professional, she has appeared on CNBC’s Squawk Box in the US and Asia, Bloomberg’s Market Makers, PBS and The Discovery Channel. She currently writes for Psychology Today and Business Insider.

A former head trader and member of CME Group, Shull holds a Master’s degree in Neuropsychology from The University of Chicago. Shull also graduated from Harvard’s “Investment Decisions and Behavioral Finance” executive class and recently compiled a chapter for Wiley’s 2014 book Investor Behavior edited by Victor Ricciardi and Kent Baker.

Shull belongs to the Association for Psychological Science and The Society for Neuroeconomics.

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►  Stories from traders, athletes, poker players… and how emotion really works.

►  Why Positive Thinking is Dangerous.

►    Don’t feel bad because it doesn’t work for you!

In the past 5 years, neuroscience has delivered numerous insights into how important our social environments are. The findings apply most definitely to the influences of family on each of our own perceptions of risk and good judgment. Since the time of Greek philosophers, Western Society has focused on the individual but this is proving to be wholly inadequate in understanding human decision making. In fact, this is so true that at least one neuroscientist is calling for our brain science research to be designed to study no less than two people at one time. This talk outlines the highlights of the latest in building the true and more powerful understanding of human psychology through the understanding of familial and group influences.

Denise Shull, MA, is an expert of human motivation and behavioral finance. As a Neuroeconomist, her ideas on fractal psychologies, emotion analytics and the leverage of what academics call mind-body cognition has been adopted by clients around the world. Shull bridges the gap between Wall St. and academic neuropsychology and connects non-traditional idea’s to the psychology of risk and human performance. She is known for her unconventional ideas and proprietary techniques that leverage human emotions in high-pressure decision making profess

A former commodities trader, she has worked with hundreds of market professionals to improve their performance under pressure. She uses her theory of emotional-social context to turn behavioral finance, neuroeconomics and emotion science into measurable results and competitive advantages.

Shull’s book, Market Mind Games: A Radical New Psychology of Investing, Trading and Risk unravels the human mystery of the markets and offers a revolutionary prescription for benefiting from the intuition and emotion typically suppressed in market decisions. She is also a contributing author for the ‘Surprising Realities of Trader Psychology’ chapter in the 2014 Wiley book Investing Behavior: The Psychology of Financial Planning and Investing.

Shull has appeared as a guest on CNBC, PBS Nightly Business Report, Marketwatch, Cavuto, ABC News Now, Fox Money for Breakfast, and the Discovery Channel. She has also been profiled by the Financial Times, Bloomberg Business Week, and the Wall Street Journal. The Huffington Post has recently invited Shull to be a contributing blogger.

 

  PROGRAMS:

  • Team Coaching

Denise coaches teams on using the emotional competencies of knowledge, recognition and understanding to make better risk decisions and work more easily as a group. This kind of coaching is much more like exercise than lecture type learning – i.e. it provides the most results when regularly worked on. Emotional sophistication includes what is called interoception – or bodily awareness – and as such is indeed a skill of body and mind.

  • Economic and Future Trends

A revolution is brewing in the way intentional risks like investing are analyzed. The relatively new field of neuroeconomics is demonstrating for example that predicting other investor’s intentions is more germane to success than mathematical or probabilistic analyses. Emotion is also getting a whole new rap. Instead of being the opposite of reason and logic, human feelings are turning out to be an asset in risk decision making. Literally, it’s time to rethink thinking itself.

  • That Illusive ‘Je ne Sais Quoi” in Business Success

Why can two people with equal experience, education and dedication produce such radically different results? They appear to have the same skills but one consistently outperforms the other and neither talent nor their network explain it. Do the brains of the super-successful contain a mystery particle that somehow works its magic on clients and colleagues? More importantly, can those who seek it, find it?

Denise Shull answers YES to both. The illusive factor lies in integrating all of the intelligences we possess. It’s the qualitative data rarely analyzed in business school. Cutting- edge perception and judgment research demands that we rethink how to systematically use our senses, feelings and emotions. Furthermore, did you know that science demonstrates how complex decisions are best made NON-deliberately? Learn how to do this and more in an illuminating, engaging address.

  • Behavioral Finance and Beyond

Behavioral Finance makes it clear that human beings tend to repetitively make crucial thinking mistakes. Examples include how we overweight our recent experience and mistakenly relate completely irrelevant pieces of data like the last four digits of our telephone number when quizzed on the year of an historical event. As Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman notes, no coherent theory exists as to why we make these mistakes. Denise Shull explains what the latest brain science has to say about how these mistakes develop and how they can be unlearned. Audiences come away more aware of the behavioral catalog of common mistakes but more importantly, they gain effective strategies and tactics for avoiding such mistakes in the future.

Audiences learn: Why the “soft” context insidiously colors decisions How to think about systemically analyzing psychological factors How to identify valid intuitions or unconscious pattern recognition – what the human brain is really good at.

Program appropriate for C-Suite, Senior Executives, ‘Rising Star” managers, Athletic and Sports Management and any Wall St. related Audience.

  • The Real Causes of the 2008 Market Meltdown

It’s fashionable to blame the bankers’ greed for the global financial crisis, but to do so only sets us all up for another crisis. Blaming bankers is at least as old as pre-Christian times and yet financial crises still continue to occur at regular intervals. Could it be that the ideas of greed and even of rationality should be replaced? The economists and their mathematical models can’t accurately portray how we really think. It is time to literally ReThink Thinking itself. Understanding what neuroeconomists know as “Regret Theory” shines a much brighter light on what really happened. Adding in the latest from “embodied cognition” or how we think with our bodies adds the punch line to a much more enlightened view of what really happened. This program will enlighten audiences as to the real psychological and structural causes of the crisis and in turn create a much more sophisticated view of these critical events.

Audiences learn:

  • How complex markets, like those at the core of the crisis, actually work – think Musical Chairs
  • Why accounting rules played a major role in the crisis
  • How “decision-fatigue” contributed
  • The value of analyzing potential regret as a way to more optimal decisions
  • What Wall St. and Washington should be doing to improve risk management.

Program appropriate for any general business audience but particularly applicable outside Wall St. Excellent program for Government and Regulatory audiences.

  • Fractal Geometry Meets the Human Psyche Benoit Mandelbrot demonstrated how in nature, simple patterns repeated in specific ways create larger patterns that are similar to the original. These so-called fractal patterns are now showing up in and being applied to how the brain handles thinking and judgment. Denise Shull reveals how these patterns are similar to what Freud originally identified as “the compulsion to repeat” or our unconscious tendency to repeat patterns of behavior and responses in our professional and personal lives. Identifying these mental fractals, which originate in our personal histories, and disengaging them improves decision making in a wide variety of contexts—from management decisions to decisions involving financial risk.

Audiences learn:

  • How our brains lead us unconsciously to make the same mistakes
  • How to make our own patterns explicit
  • Tricks to hire the right star and avert creating the same manager-talent conundrum yet-again
  • Marvels of the human psyche

Program applicable to all levels of Management, Human Resources, Talent Management, Hedge funds, Athletes, Coaches and Owners of sports teams.

  • Why Sports Teams with more High Fives Win More Games

“Chemistry” is power. From the cutting edge of performance analysis and neuroscience, Denise explains what research is telling us about how our social environments determine our performance. Explaining complex neuroscience in terms that management can actually use, Denise brings a provocative, entertaining and bankable perspective to audiences used to hearing the world’s most desired speakers.

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