Erin Merryn

Author, Activist & Force Behind Erin’s Law

As a victim of sexual abuse, Erin travels around the country giving a voice to the voiceless and shares her inspiring story, pushing for Erin’s Law to pass in every state.

Erin helps nonprofits raise funds at events by closing her message on the importance of giving back and how donations help keep the doors of these nonprofits open Which allows survivors get the healing and justice they deserve to move forward with their lives. It has significantly helped centers raise donations.

After suffering years of sexual abuse for six years of her childhood Erin broke her silence when she was 13 at a Children’s Advocacy Center. The place Erin reclaimed her voice and began her journey to healing. Erin has spoken at over 60 CAC’s.

In 2008 she began writing legislators to require personal body safety be taught to kids in school. This decision has brought her on a crusade across America to pass what is known as Erin’s Law. Erin’s Law is the first US child sexual abuse prevention education law requiring children be educated in schools. Erin has been traveling state to state testifying to lawmakers to pass Erin’s law for 7 years. It is currently passed in 31 states as of July 2017. In December 2015 President Obama signed the federal version of Erin’s Law providing federal funding for schools to use. Release of those funds is still pending.

 

PROGRAMS

A Voice for the Voiceless
Sexually abused and raped for many years as a child, Erin shares her journey through years of abuse, finding her voice, healing, forgiveness and turning tragedy into triumph. By making the decision to go after giving children the voice she never had as a child, she will share what kept her silent and so many children silent when abused, the warning signs that were missed, how we can protect kids from abuse, and finally, the decision she made to quit her job and go after passing Erin’s Law across America. She travels from one capital to the next testifying to lawmakers on the law that requires personal body safety taught in public schools pre-k through 12th grade. It has now been passed in nearly half the country.

A Resilient Life
Labeled with a learning disability as a high school student, sexually abused and raped as a child and being diagnosed with epilepsy as a young adult, Erin has shown she has bounced back time and again from the obstacles she has faced. She explains how she has not allowed adversity to play a negative role in her life and instead, it has given her the strength to show others no matter what challenges we may face, we can rise above and overcome anything. Audiences walk away inspired and empowered to achieve their goals.

 

BIOGRAPHY

Erin is a woman on a mission . Her view of the world forever changed at the tender age of six, when she went to a sleepover at a best friend’s house. There, she would be sexually abused for the first time. For the next two and a half years, she was abused and raped by an adult neighbor. He told her he would hurt her if she told anyone, so she stayed silent. Her saving grace came when she moved at 8 ½ years old. Little did she know moving was getting her that much closer to the next abuser in her life.

Merryn spent 5 years of her childhood keeping her abuse a secret. After breaking her silence, she went down a destructive path of depression, self-injury, anorexia and a suicide attempt. She was ashamed to talk about what happened to her until she confronted one of her abusers in high school, which lead her on an unstoppable crusade to end the stigma and silence around sexual abuse. She published her childhood diary her senior year of high school to give children the voice she never had.

Merryn knew by the age of 12 she wanted to be a social worker, but struggled throughout elementary and high school to do well. However, she was determined to go to college even when she was tested by a school psychologist and it was determined she had a learning disability. Although teachers and counselors told her she would amount to nothing, one thing they didn’t know about Merryn was she accomplishes what she sets out to do. Not only did she get accepted into college, she graduated with honors and 5 years out of high school, she graduated with her masters in social work.

The obstacles didn’t end there. In January 2008, Merryn suffered a grand mal seizure while driving. Neurologists were stunned when they got her MRI back to discover her left temporal lobe was gone due to a virus she got as a newborn. Even more incredible was the fact that the missing area is where speech, writing and short term memory are developed. This explained why she struggled in school with her short term memory. Doctors were speechless that she is gifted as a speaker and writer, two things that she should have noticeable challenges with.

In 2010, Merryn began a crusade to get Erin’s Law passed across America. This law requires personal body safety taught to children Pre-K to 12th grade through an age appropriate curriculum. Merryn successfully passed it in her state of Illinois in 2013 and has been traveling from one state capital to another testifying to state lawmakers to pass it. To date, it is passed in nearly half the country and pending in many more.

Merryn is author of Stolen Innocence, Living for Today, and An Unimaginable Act, both memoirs. In November 2012, Glamour Magazine named her Woman of the Year and she was honored in Carnegie Hall before 3,000 people. People Magazine named her a HEROES Among Us in April 2013 and one of fifteen women changing the world in their June 2014 issue, alongside Oprah and Hilary Clinton. She has made numerous media appearances, including on Oprah, Katie Couric, CNN, Good Morning America, MSNBC, Fox, Windy City Live, Jane Velez Mitchell, 700 Club, Montel, Al Jazeera and many more. She has appeared in Time Magazine, USA Today, London Times, Huffington Post, Cosmo Girl Magazine, among others.

Lisa Van Loo

Lisa is an award-winning writer and speaker who uses her words to inform and inspire others who may be experiencing a difficult period in their life.

SEEDS OF ABUSE

Based on Lisa’s own traumatic life experience exiting an abusive marriage, she empowers others to focus on self-improvement and informs others about the powerful and oftentimes hidden tactics of an abuser.

Using humor, brutal honesty and detailed scene-setting and description, Lisa draws an audience in with her endearing and authentic delivery.

Lisa has been asked to speak to law enforcement groups, victim’s groups, before municipal officials and in front of advocacy groups. She has the ability to customize her message for any given group or theme.

 

Keynotes that inspire: 

  • What abuse looks like, and what an abuser looks like.
  • The stages of recovery.
  • General awareness about domestic abuse.
  • The burden of shame that comes with domestic abuse and how to overcome it.
  • Transforming from someone who was abused to someone who is empowered.
  • Defining courage, and its companion, fear.
  • Diving into life again – or for the first time.
  • Surviving Domestic Violence

 

“I don’t know much about gardening. Or farming.  And, I should. I come from a family of Michigan farmers, ones who worked until twilight, earned funky sunburns and ate every last morsel of their second plate at supper.  

What I do know about farming is that seeds don’t grow into anything without the nourishment they need.  You can’t just plant something and walk away and expect it to grow.   

The same goes for people. Love, abuse, trust, fear – it all grows if it is nourished.  

I remember the day he planted the seed. It’s as clear as day, even though it was in the wee hours of the morning. We had been married for weeks, maybe. I was pacing in the hallway of our house, frantic, wondering where he was. Cell phones were only for emergencies then, and it was the middle of the night. He was nowhere to be found.  

When he finally walked through the door, I burst into tears, telling him I had been so worried. Why had he been out all night, without calling? Where did he go? What was he doing? I thought the worst.   

“This is what husbands do,” he said, telling me nothing more.   

I would learn nearly two decades later, after talking with his first wife, that he did and said the exact same thing to her, at the exact same point in their relationship. He dug a hole in us, carved us out with worry and fear, and planted a seed of manipulation to fill the vacancy.  

And then he watered it. Over the course of a 15-year marriage, that seed grew tangled roots. That seed of abuse flourished, thanks to his dedicated tending. “

 

BIOGRAPHY

Lisa lost herself for nearly two decades in a marriage that thrived on control, manipulation and abuse. When it eventually ended following an explosive, life-changing altercation, she held on to her optimistic spirit and rediscovered the person she had lost for years, finding a new clarity, focus, and gratitude for the turmoil she had survived.

Lisa, a writer and mother of three, has evolved from someone paralyzed by the simplest of decisions for fear of the repercussions, to someone who balances a career, motherhood and the ongoing manipulative behavior of her ex with a new-found confidence and self-assuredness. She made a conscious decision to avoid regret, vengeance and guilt as she navigated the most terrorizing and trying year of her life, standing strong against intimidation and threats, even when the threats moved from verbal to physical. Lisa used all the tools at her disposal to protect herself and her children and now advises others on how to do the same.

She appreciates how the abusive events in her past have strengthened her resolve.  She’s sure she isn’t special – Lisa believes anyone can rise above the chaos, and everyone deserves the most of out life, once they choose to put themselves first.  Lisa lives to capture every drop of every day, and she hopes her experience allows others to see the light through the fog.

 

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

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Andrew Ortiz

Andrew Ortiz, JD, MPA., an internationally-recognized leader and scholar, has presented both across the United States and internationally on topics related to leadership, success, human resources, motivation, and personal and organizational development. As President of Ortiz Leadership Systems, he has developed and conducted keynotes, seminars and workshops across the globe.

His programs have resulted in higher productivity and success for organizations across the globe.Andy Ortiz has helped some of the top organizations and leaders in the nation to attain a peak level of performance. Ready to coach, consult, and inspire you to achieve your level best in all that you do, Andy’s experience in working with diverse constituencies in various sectors of leadership will help prepare your organization bring a personal approach to greater efficiency, increased effectiveness, and unparalleled excellence.

Full Biography

Andrew F. Ortiz who was born and has lived in Arizona for 38 years, has three degrees from Arizona State University, and as a second-year law student was elected Student Body President of the nation’s largest university.

While at Arizona State University, Andrew enjoyed great success as a leader and as a scholar. Ortiz served as the Vice President of Operations with the ASU Hispanic Business Students Association, Vice President for Community Affairs with the ASU Chapter of the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A.), and as President of the ASU Young Democrats. For his work on social justice issues, Ortiz received the 1995 Community Service Award from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, and was bestowed with an Image Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Andrew Ortiz is committed to the betterment of health and human services in his community. Ortiz has been a volunteer with the Arizona State College of Law Homeless Legal Assistance Project, has been a member of the Arizona Governor’s Commission on Community development, a member of the Arizona Joint Legislative Welfare Reform Task Force, a Steering Committee member with the Arizona Association of Food Banks, and a Founding Member of Protecting Arizona’s Families Coalition.

Andrew is dedicated to building partnerships to serve the needs of Arizona’s and America’s citizenry. He has been a champion in the arenas of law, personal leadership, nonprofit management, education, health and human services, and youth development. Andrew is a successful leadership trainer and a dynamic public speaker, and has been a distinguished member of the prestigious public speaking honorary, the International Platform Association.

Today, Andrew Ortiz is a popular lecture circuit and keynote speaker, addressing topics such as:

  • Success
  • Motivation
  • Personal Development
  • Organizational Development
  • Leadership
  • Team-Building
  • Diversity
  • Effective communication
  • Board Governance/ Development
  • Success/Motivation
  • Goal-Setting
  • Collaborations/Strategic Alliances
  • Diversity/Inclusiveness Training
  • Executive Coaching
  • Ethics
  • Evaluation/Outcome Measurement
  • Youth Leadership
  • Personal Leadership
  • Nonprofit Leadership & Management
  • Volunteer Management & Volunteerism
  • Team-Building
  • Mentoring
  • Succession Planning
  • Public Speaking and Communications Training
  • Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Training’s
  • Advocacy and Coalition-Building
  • High School and College/University Student Government Training’s
  • Keynote Speeches
  • Motivational Talks
  • Event Master of Ceremonies Services
  • Corporate Spokesperson
  • Visioning
  • Organizational Development/ Management
  • Strategic Planning

 

 

 

 

Harvey Alston

Harvey Alston Motivates People and Organizations to Be Their Best! Harvey is a highly interactive and spirited presenter who speaks on his personal, proven message of being the best.

EDUCATIONAL MOTIVATOR!

    

Considered one of the most dynamic, “high octane” speakers in America, Harvey Alston has been a full-time speaker since 1989. He has spoken to millions of people throughout the United States who have benefited not only from his knowledge, but also from the wisdom that Alston brings to the finish line.

His unforgettable words of individual responsibility for achievement have improved spirits, spurred growth and changed lives. His powerful, soul-searching presentations uplift audiences to a higher standard and to a level where they strive only for the best. Harvey Alston believes in solitary achievement, shared accomplishment and the dignity of human beings

His powerful presentations on individual responsibility for shared achievement uplift audiences to a higher standard, and to a level where they strive only for the best.

He is a master communicator who believes in solitary achievement, shared accomplishment and the dignity of human beings. His words of individual responsibility for achievement have improved spirits, spurred growth, and changed lives. As an educator Alston has taught English, biology, health, life sciences and math curricula, and over the years, he has received recognition from groups such as the Ohio House of Representatives as one of Ohio’s Finest Citizens; the City of Columbus declared a Harvey Alston Day; and he was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel, among numerous national recognitions and awards.

However, none has more impact than the response from those individuals whose lives have been dramatically changed. Harvey Alston has the courage it takes to remind people that life is only what they make it, that self-respect does not come with the job, but is brought to the job by people who do the best they can do, with whatever work is available to them.

TOPICS:

Educational Motivation
In this program Harvey Alston provides ideas and tools so that students will be able to apply effective strategies and ideas on how to become the best; demonstrate ways to be more effective as leaders; identify school challenges and ways to handle them; develop a specific goal-setting strategy; work more effectively as members of a team; enhance their communication and listening skills; and apply effective strategies and ideas to become trailblazers.

You Are the “BEST!”
Believe in yourself and don’t hesitate to let others know that you are great! Expand your mind and continue to grow for you will always be the star of the show. Strive to achieve excellence in all that you do for God knew what he was doing when he created you. Think before you act, work before you rest, and let the world know that you are the “BEST”.

Getting Down to Business
This program was developed to help both small and large businesses get on focus and develop success guidelines for employees and management.

The Best Team Doesn’t Win Nearly As Often As the Team That Gets Along “BEST”
The areas covered are: Marketing, Attire, Skills, Interest, Visualization, Goal-Setting, Work Ethics

Be the Best
Harvey has taken his personal proven message “Be the Best” to literally millions of people. His unforgettable words of individual responsibility for achievement have improved spirits, spurred growth, changed lives. Alston’s powerful, soul-searching presentation uplifts people to a higher standard – to a level where people strive only for the BEST.

WORKSHOPS

Climbing the Rough Side of the Mountain
This program is a highly interactive and spirited search for solutions, designed to provide a variety of educational experiences through the delivery of subjects on the cutting edge of team leadership. Alston will share practical skills that will enhance quality of life by reshaping lost abilities, heighten expectations, rebuild hope, confidence, self-respect and desire.

Customer Service-S.O.U.L. “Service On Unbelievable Levels”
Learn to develop strategies for the BEST customer service by planning the future of your employees. This seminar will research different delivery styles of successful businesses that have an understanding of what it takes to motivate employees.

Competent Communication
This program will build your communication skills and enhance skills for listening and identifying the obstacles to effective listening. Participants will be involved in adapting to communication within social context and adjusting the physical context of symbolic functional dimensions, as well as develop strategies for public group communication with active knowledge of verbal and nonverbal communication.

Practical Parenting
Alston discusses ways to “Know Your Child’s Interests”, “Using TV Wisely”, “ABCs of Parenting”, “Advice for Living with Pre-Teens”, “Parents Watch Your Language”, and “Discipline, a Preventive Force”.

Class Room Management
The program for student behavior, “How Well Do You Like Yourself” will teach skills for getting parents involved. The seminar content will cover strategies for developing trust, power, and rules for raising what is considered to be a delinquent child.

Code of Conduct
Start with sharing your own “credo” or “code of conduct”. Have you thought about the rules that guide your life? Do you act as a result of your parents, teachers, or friends expectations? Or do you act because you have decided what you think is right? What influences your life choices? In this exercise you will write your own “code of conduct.”

Bullying and Hazing
This program starts by asking the following questions, “What is bullying”? What is the difference between having a little fun and hazing? After discussing the responses and then sharing the answers with the group, attendees will break into smaller groups and role-play situations; afterward groups will have to come up with answers, which will be presented to the whole group.

Integrity
How do you define integrity? What is honesty? Are there varying degrees of honesty? What makes a person dishonest? This workshop explores these questions, discussing the responses and then sharing the answers as a group. After the definition of integrity is discussed participants will break into smaller groups, questions will be passed out and the groups will collaborate on their answers. The results will then be presented to the whole group.

Conflict and Resolution
This session focuses on the ability to impact those around us using some of the skills learned about personal code of conduct. The group will be led through a worksheet which will teach them how to resolve conflicts. Role playing will be used to show some of the daily conflicts that people face in achieving their goals.

Excuses vs. Excellence
The participants will write down actual excuses they have used, and then break into smaller groups. The splinter groups will select a situation or problem and present the solution to the whole group. Each solution must apply to “The Test” of honesty, integrity, and the good of all and one.

 

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Full Biography

Considered one of the most dynamic, “high octane” speakers in America. Harvey Alston has been a full-time speaker since 1989. He has spoken to millions of people throughout the United States who have benefited not only from his knowledge, but also from the wisdom that Harvey Alston brings to the finish line.

Harvey Alston’s unforgettable words of individual responsibility for achievement have improved spirits, spurred growth, and changed lives. His powerful, soul-searching presentations uplift audiences to a higher standard, and to a level where they strive only for the best. Harvey Alston believes in solitary achievement, shared accomplishment and the dignity of human beings.

As one of the most in-demand speakers in America, Harvey Alston’s career has spanned positions from head football coach of Columbus East High School in Ohio in 1968, to assistant director of student financial aid at the university level. As an educator he’s taught English, biology, health, life sciences and math curricula.

Over the years, Harvey Alston has received recognition and awards from such diverse groups and organizations as the Ohio House of Representatives as one of Ohio’s Finest Citizens, the City of Columbus declared a Harvey Alston Day, and he was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel, and has received numerous national recognitions and awards. However, none has more impact than the response from those individuals whose lives have been dramatically changed. People walk away from Harvey Alston’s presentations knowing they have just heard someone who “has been around the track a few times” and one who shares it in a way that people do not forget. He has the courage it takes to remind people that life is only what they make it, that self-respect does not come with the job, but is brought to the job by people who do the best they can do, with whatever work is available to them.

Harvey Alston’s enterprise is called Best Inc., based on his philosophy and the book titled “Be the Best.” He is a member of the National Speakers Association and serves as advisor to many civic boards, panels, and commissions.

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.

Brett King

Often referred to as The Disruptor, Brett King is known in financial circles as a Bank Futurist. Recently named Innovator of the Year’ by American Banker Bank TechnologyNews Magazine, Brett’s radical and revolutionary views pertaining to customer experience and financial services have made him a sought after expert and strategic advisor to many of the world’s leading financial services organizations.

An Australian, who has also lived in the Middle East and Hong Kong, King, now resides in New York where he runs a strategic advisory firm, User strategy. His latest endeavor, likely his most ambitious yet, is Moven – the world’s first card-less, direct mobile bank.

When not traipsing the globe, infecting the continents with his progressive banking movement, Brett can be found turning out best sellers; Gone Today Branch Tomorrow, Bank 2.0, and his latest – Bank 3.0. King’s insightful and thought provoking contributions can also be found in The Huffington Post, The Financial Times, The Economist, American Banker, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg TV, and Seeking Alpha.

BRETT KING – KEYNOTES

Based on his bestselling book BANK 2.0 and “Branch Today, Gone Tomorrow”, Brett King’s presentations entertain and educate audiences on how consumer behavior and technology are changing the way we do banking and how significant changes in the future will change your view of customer interactions forever. “As customers embrace the blackberry, iPhone, and new devices like the iPad, banks are marginalized as a transaction platform and telcos, aggregators and players like PayPal are capturing customers.” Brett King, BANK 2.0 Author on Bloomberg TV affiliate SBC (Greece)

The Big Shift: How Customer Behavior & Technology will Change the Future of Retail Financial Service

Ten years ago, no one could have predicted that 90 per cent of daily transactions would be electronic, that Internet banking would provide more revenue than branches, that social media would drive your brand, and that growth in mobile banking would be the final nail in the coffin for the dominance of branch banking.

Brett King reveals in this charged keynote why customer behavior is so rapidly changing, including the four phases of disruptive change, how branches must evolve, why checks are rapidly disappearing and cash is next, why your mobile phone will replace your wallet in the next 2-3 years, and how financial institutions must reinvent themselves or become irrelevant.

Brett King has appeared on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, been featured in the Financial Times, Washington Post, and has spoken at events for Google, Oracle, plus some of the world’s biggest banks and corporations – explaining “The Big Shift.”

The Future of Retail Financial Services

Brett King looks at the latest trends that are redefining financial services and payments. From the global scramble for dominance of the mobile wallet, the expectations created by Tablet computing, the operationalizing of the Cloud and the explosion of Social Media.

In this session he identifies how Social Media has exposed pricing, over-regulation, outdated processes, poor policy and explains how mobile technology is completely changing the context of banking. He also dives into how customer advocacy is killing traditional brand marketing, the growth of the ‘de-banked’ consumer who doesn’t need a bank at all, and why Banking is no longer a place you go, but something you do.

The Battle for the Bank Account: And Why the Banks Will Probably Lose…

In this new topic for 2012, Brett explores the end-game in the emergence of the mobile wallet and what it means for the humble bank account. With more than 60% of the world’s population without a bank account, with the ubiquitous nature of mobile phone handsets and the increasingly pervasive pre-paid ‘value store’, will you need a bank at all in the future?

When you can get your salary paid directly onto your phone, when your iTunes account doubles as a prepaid debit card and when you can use Facebook to send money – will banks still be able to compete

Advocacy, Behavior, Context – The New Rules of Engagement

In this session designed for marketers and digital channel professionals, Brett King explores how social media, mobile marketing, daily deals, geo-location, advocacy, gamification and behavioral psychology are working to change the rules of engagement for financial service brands.

This shift has far reaching implications for the organization, including rebuilding the marketing team, defining new metrics, delivering true 1:1 propositions and creating an open brand dialog.

Moven™ and the Reboot of Banking

Moven™ is a revolutionary new bank that will launch in 2012. This is the story of how Moven™ will revolutionize retail banking on multiple fronts. Brett King tells the story of why Moven™ decided on a card-less, paper-less, transparent model of banking and how the CREDSCORE™ engagement model is going to change the way we think about engagement, value and lending in the banking arena. If Moven™ achieves what it is aiming for, it will change the way people think about banking forever.

Based on his best selling book BANK 2.0, Brett King’s presentations entertain and educate audiences on how consumer behavior and technology are changing the way we do banking and how significant changes in the future will change your view of customer interactions forever. “As customers embrace the blackberry, iPhone, and new devices like the iPad, banks are marginalized as a transaction platform and telcos, aggregators and players like PayPal are capturing customers.” Brett King.

Full Biography

Brett King a strategic advisor to the global financial services industry,

Brett King on third generation banking – he is on the ground floor of creating it.

Founder and Chairman of Movenbank, the first direct mobile bank in the US and UK, he has been featured on BBC, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The Economist and The Asian Banker Journal.

Recognized as a global expert on innovation, customer experience, channel distribution strategy and understanding the fundamental shifts in consumer behavior, he publishes regularly in his role as industry advisor on Huffington Post, Internet Evolution, FinExtra.

King is a Board Advisor at Geezeo, a leading software services provider for banks and credit unions. He advises IAFM, the International Academy of Financial Management™ (previously known as the American Academy of Financial Management).

One of the founders of IAFM, one of the world’s fastest growing professional associations with more than

200,000 members, associates and affiliates in 145 countries,King was instrumental in the development of the worldwide certification training provided by IAFM. He led the Asia division for Modem Media/Digitas (part of the Publicis group) managing revenues in excess of $10m per year and a 100 to 150 staff persons.

King was a Director for Deloitte Consulting with service line responsibilities in the technology integration arena across the Asia region, particularly within the financial services practice.

King advises top financial institutions globally and has presented at conferences in more than 30 countries for organizations like Google, Forbes, Oracle, The Economist, SWIFT, the American Bankers Association, Bloomberg, The Asian Banker, IIR, Marcus Evans, DTT Fast 500 and HSBC.

An international judge for The Asian Banker Retail Banking Excellence Awards, the GSMA Global Mobile

Awards, the Middle East Business Achievement Awards and the Middle-East Retail Banking Awards.

Specialties

  • The Future of Banking
  • Banking and Finance Sector
  • Executive and Professional Development
  • Channel Optimization and Prioritization

HCI, Usability The Big Shift in the Fundamentals of Consumer Behavior

Most of our business models are based on physical interactions, processes that occur face-to-face and value based on presence. What happens when the fundamentals of consumer behavior shift?

If you don’t yet understand “The Big Shift” then it is likely you and those around you still perceive changes like the arrival of the internet, Smartphone’s, mobile payments, Social Media and networking as the progression of technology adoption. But what if there was much more to these changes? What if they formed the basis of something fundamental and when seen collectively they foretold much bigger and more significant changes in the future?

Whether it is a brand, the value assets or the potential of a future investment, chances are consumers are already communicating their opinions using social media platforms.

Tools that have arisen from ‘The Big Shift’ include the process of ‘sentiment analysis’ which will allow investors to forecast the attitude of consumers with regards to specific issues based on what the public are communicating. This in turn, creates an opportunity to access knowledge that is already available in forecasting the success or risk of an investor’s current or future portfolio in ‘real time’.

Learning to surf ‘The Big Shift’, provides investors with an opportunity to reconnect the marketplace, removing intermediaries streamlining blockages in communications which in turn impede marketplace competiveness.

By using simple social media tools, the property industry can not only capture and search the expertise available within the network, but also create relationships encouraging peer to peer lending and private investors.

Brett King has appeared on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, been featured in the Financial Times, Washington Post, and has spoken at events for Google, Oracle, and some of the world’s biggest banks and corporations – explaining “The Big Shift.”

Mikki Williams

What do the Cree Indians of Canada, bankers in Australia, farmers in Indiana, insurance agents in Singapore, and German fitness professionals all have in common with AT&T, IBM and Lockheed? MIKKI WILLIAMS!

Mikki Williams, CSP, is an international speaker, trainer, consultant, coach, author, radio & TV personality and entrepreneur extraordinaire. She was featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal, named one of the Outstanding Connecticut Women of the Decade by the United Nations, and ABC did a television documentary about her life. She has spoken on every continent (except Antarctica), at President Mandela’s South African home and twice at the White House.

Whether addressing the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table, or sharing the platform with Suze Orman or Tony Robbins, her unique storytelling is transformational, thought-provoking and she holds her audience members accountable to action. A highly sought after speaker, Mikki provides take home messages that improve the quality of people’s lives. Her unique audio visual aids, not Power Point, or computer generated graphics but Play-Doh, PIES cards, customized goal bands, have made her programs more memorable and fun. When people laugh, they relax, they learn more. Mikki believes in the power of humor in all programs whether inspirational or business skills.

SOME OF MIKKI’S MOST POPULAR PROGRAMS

The Whole Life Trilogy addresses the complexities, challenges and joys of life and the rewards offered through a life lived in harmony with one’s values. The Whole Life Trilogy is made up of three distinct programs — each one a unique blend of the Program Topics outlined below. They are offered independently in this suggested sequence:

Part 1: A Balancing Act: Walking the Tightrope of Life
Learn how to achieve your goals in this powerful, life-changing program that deals with potential, inspiration, change and perspective. It addresses life skills, quality of life issues and wholeness as it relates to achieving balance in our lives.

Part 2: We Interrupt this Life to Bring You…
Life is full of interruptions: birth, death, divorce, relocation, new job, health challenges, financial disasters, events that shape our lives and give us opportunities to evaluate, change, grow and find our purpose in life.

Part 3: Running the Human Race: From Success to Significance
There are times in our lives when we wonder if our vision is in sync with our values. When our purpose, our ideals and our results are not in harmony, we are out of balance. Maintaining a perspective, when we are racing to keep up with time, in an era which always seems to be accelerating, is one of life’s greatest challenges.

How to Set Yourself on Fire!
Inspiration! Interaction! Humor! Pathos! This program delivers a universal message of quality of life, change and balance. It has inspired people to make significant changes in their personal and professional lives. Discover your uniqueness and develop your potential to shape your life.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS INCLUDE;

  • You’ve Got Personnel-ity™
  • Speak Loudly and Carry a Big Shtick™
  • The Timing of the Shrewd™
  • Your Net-Work Is Important to Your Net-Worth™
  • Customer Service or Lip Service?™

Full Biography

What do the Cree Indians of Canada, bankers in Australia, farmers in Indiana, insurance agents in Singapore, and German fitness professionals all have in common with AT&T, IBM and Lockheed? MIKKI WILLIAMS!

Mikki Williams, CSP, is an international speaker, trainer, consultant, coach, author, radio & TV personality and entrepreneur extraordinaire.

She was featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal, named one of the Outstanding Connecticut Women of the Decade by the United Nations, and ABC did a television documentary about her life. She has spoken on every continent (except Antarctica), at President Mandela’s South African home and twice at the White House.

Mikki earned her designation as CSP, Certified Speaking Professional, an honor bestowed on less than 500 professional speakers worldwide. She was awarded the National Speakers Association Golden Mike Award, Small Business Advocate of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year and the International Business Person of the Year. She has hosted her own radio and television shows and has made guest appearances worldwide. Whether addressing the prestigious Million Dollar RoundTable, or sharing the platform with Peter Drucker or Tommy LaSorda, she has a dynamic ability to communicate to an audience, delivering practical information in a down-to-earth style.

In addition to Mikki Williams Untld., her speaking and training firm, and Coaching, etc . . . , her coaching and consulting enterprise, she is the Chair of two Chicago CEO think tanks, affiliated with Vistage, the world’s largest CEO organization and a resource speaker for their worldwide network.

Mikki is the unexpected; a unique, one-of-a-kind talent, eclectic, original, refreshing, and smart. An inspirational humorist and business motivator, her many successful careers have given her a wealth of information and experience in sales and marketing, teamwork, communication skills, customer service, creativity, change management, humor in the workplace, wellness and motivation. She wrote a book on customer service and produced several tapes and videos. Her inspirational life story has been optioned for a book and movie. An Enthusiologist™ who went from dance choreographer through nine successful careers to word choreographer, she mixes entertainment and humor with business savvy and knowledge to share insight and inspiration for life changing impact. From the corporate world to the ever-changing world we live in, she is a breath of fresh air: outrageous, fun, stimulating, informative and most of all, real! Carpe Diem!

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.