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.

Mehmet Oz

One of the most accomplished heart surgeons in the world, Dr. Mehmet Oz shares his guidelines for good health and health care that, if adopted, can change your life and save others’ lives.

Given the title “America’s Doctor” by Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Mehmet Oz is Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University. Dr. Oz also directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Mehmet Oz’s research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complementary medicine, and health care policy. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books and has received several patents. Dr. Mehmet Oz performs over 350 heart operations annually.

Mehmet Oz, M.D., is a renowned New York Times best-selling author. In 2008 he was listed as one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People.” Host of the nationally syndicated Dr. Oz television show, Oz is the resident health expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show, is a regular guest on Good Morning America, Larry King Live, and has a regular column in Esquire magazine. He educates audiences about the inner workings of the human body and promotes well-being in a fun, interesting way that motivates audiences to live better.

TOPICS

A Healthier YOU
Based on his five best-selling books, including YOU: The Owner’s Manual, Dr. Oz shares with audiences his philosophies on living better and ways to achieve optimum health. His common-sense, inspiring presentation includes quizzes, trivia, and facts that are informative and amusing. Audiences leave feeling not only empowered to take charge of their health in small, everyday ways, but able to make life decisions toward healthier lifestyles.

Other topics include:

  • You: The Owner’s Manual
  • You: The Smart Patient
  • You: On a Diet

Full Biography

Although he’s pioneering new ways of thinking about medical care, Dr. Mehmet Oz, an award-winning heart surgeon with an undergraduate degree from Harvard and a joint MD and MBA from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Wharton Business School, wasn’t always sure medicine was his calling. “As a child I wanted to be either a pro athlete or a heart surgeon,” says Oz. “I failed at the former, so I pursued the latter. In reality, they are scarily similar professions. You have to deliver the goods every day. And no one cares how well you performed yesterday.”

Today, Dr. Oz is Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University and host of The Dr. Oz Show. He directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital, where his research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complementary medicine, and health care policy. Dr. Oz has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books and has received several patents. He performs over 300 heart operations annually.

For over five years and 55 episodes, Dr. Oz was a featured health expert on The Oprah Winfrey Show; he also served as chief medical consultant to Discovery Communications, where his Transplant! series won both Freddie and Silver Telly awards. In addition, Oz has appeared on Good Morning America, Today, Larry King Live, and The View, and was a guest host on the Charlie Rose show.

The author of four New York Times bestsellers – You: The Owner’s Manual, You: The Smart Patient, You: On a Diet, and You: Staying Young – and the award-winning Healing from the Heart, Oz also has a regular column in Esquire and Reader’s Digest. His article “Retool, Reboot, and Rebuild” was awarded the 2009 National Magazine Award for Personal Service.

His approach incorporates both traditional Western techniques for treating disease and alternative ideas about healthy lifestyle choices that contribute to overall wellness. He has successfully treated patients – some of them famous celebrities – with a combination of cutting-edge Western techniques and alternative Eastern therapies such as acupuncture and yoga. He encourages patients to become partners with their doctors.

In addition to belonging to every major professional society for heart surgeons, Dr. Oz was elected as a Global Leaders of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, and won the prestigious American Association for Thoracic Surgery Gross Research Scholarship. He was voted “The Best and Brightest” by Esquire magazine and was elected one of the Doctors of the Year by Hippocrates magazine and one of the Healers of the Millennium by Healthy Living. He is annually elected as one of the best physicians in the USA by the Castle Connolly Guide as well as other ranking groups. In 2006 he was honored as one of The Harvard 100 Most Influential Alumni in 02138 Magazine. In 2008, Dr. Oz was honored as one of the Top 100 influential people in Time magazine for his work.

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Christine Dumas

Christine Dumas is a medical and lifestyle reporter as well as accomplished author. As a seasoned TV news reporter, Dumas is one of America’s most trusted personalities. She shows audiences how to live more successful, happier and engaging lives. Never far from the leading edge of what is affecting our world today, she offers audiences the information necessary to gain control of their happiness, career, health and future in an entertaining and engaging way. Dumas covers a wide range of topics from athletes in the Olympics to the legal issues of drugs that are unsafe for children.

Since 1996, her stories have appeared on The Today Show and Weekend Edition Today. She has reported on health, lifestyle, and fitness features for Weekend Today at the NBC affiliate in Raleigh, North Carolina. Dumas appears regularly as a medical reporter on Weekend Live on Fox News, as well as being regularly featured on the Sirius Stars Network, where she comments on topical issues which range across medicine, lifestyle, and the currency of conversation. She has been featured on both The Oprah Winfrey Show and The View.

Dumas covers a broad range of issues in her reporting, from profiling athletes competing in the Olympics to legal issues surrounding drugs that are unsafe for children,all with unparalleled intensity, commitment and compassion.

Author of a healthcare guide, Special Treatment: How to Get the Same High-Quality Health Care Your Doctor Gets, a reference guide for households across America that was featured in the January 2005 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine as one of the must-have health books of the year. Her second book, The Weight Is Over, addresses breakthrough science and advances surrounding sleep, stress, and weight loss that might contradict everything you thought you knew about fat, carbs, and exercise. With unparalleled intensity, commitment and compassion she provides the real answers and a simple path to the healthy lifestyle that we all want but that always seems to be just out of our reach.

 


PROGRAM TOPICS

Transformation Healthcare – How Business Leaders Can Get Ahead of the Curve in a Post- Healthcare Reform World
In the post-reform world of healthcare, American businesses will be among the most heavily impacted by the new legislation. From new regulations and compliance issues to dealing with potential caps on premiums, many businesses may already be significantly behind the curve on managing the impact to their business and to their employees. In this presentation, Christine Dumas can help you navigate the complexities of this new legislation and share with your human resource and business leaders what they need to do now to prepare for the coming change.

Our country is at a critical juncture regarding the health of our citizens and the transformation of our health care system as a result of the passage of healthcare reform legislation. As research and science lead to groundbreaking cures and new live-saving treatments, doctors, patients, human resource and health care administrators are all increasingly frustrated by the factors that drive up costs and limit the availability of the highest quality, state of the art health care.

Drawing on her experience as a nationally recognized medical correspondent with a degree in Economics, a nationally recognized expert on corporate workplace wellness and as a senior advisor to the Center for Health Transformation in Washington DC, Dr. Christine Dumas covers the leading edge trends in the U.S. health care system and the changes that will come as a result of the new legislation. She covers how these trends will transform our health care system and the role that corporate America will play.

What Christine knows from her years covering healthcare is that promoting better health means more than just passing new healthcare legislation. To get a healthier America and a healthier workforce we need to transform the way Americans think about their health. She discusses a leadership-driven model for a healthcare system of the future that we can embark on today – one that is patient-centered and rich in innovation. She outlines in detail what the American consumer really wants from their healthcare experiences. She provides her audiences with insight on the critical issues that business leaders and human resource managers will face when dealing with the new healthcare landscape as a result of the new legislation, while outlining specific trends that will lead to better care and a healthier America.

Creating Your Best Life: Health and Wellness Edition
In her refreshingly entertaining and straightforward style, Christine Dumas shares the candid advice that has motivated her throughout her career, inspiring audiences to take charge of their life, career, health and happiness.

Drive, determination and knowing where you want life to take you are part of the equation for success. At each step of the way, Dumas emphasizes the importance of never letting traditional expectations keep you from having your preferred life — one that is custom-made for you. To say that she thinks “outside the box” doesn’t begin to describe her intuitive, innovative and entertaining presentation for everything from financing a college education to a business, to doing whatever you feel passionate about, to seamlessly changing course in life as opportunities present themselves — allowing you to create the very best life possible.

Creating Your Best Life features many health and wellness highlights from her book, The Weight is Over (Wiley, 2011) which deals with new groundbreaking research surrounding stress, sleep and the physiology of the brain and how those factors can impact your lifestyle, family life, relationships and positive self image. She takes new science and research and makes it “consumer friendly” so that the audience member or reader can instantly understand it, embrace it and take action. Her book, Special Treatment, was selected by O Magazine as one of the top five must-read books of 2005. Your audience will be entertained and inspired with a memorable presentation that will change the lives of those in attendance.

Delivering the Promise – What Healthcare Consumers Really Want in the New World of Healthcare
To get a healthier America and a healthier workforce, healthcare providers need to fully understand the new way Americans are thinking about their health today. Christine outlines in detail what the American consumer really wants from their healthcare experiences – not what healthcare providers think that they want – in this challenging and rapidly changing healthcare landscape. She describes how healthcare providers and businesses can not only deliver, but exceed the healthcare consumer’s new expectations.

More than ever, consumers are clear that healthcare should be about the relationship between a patient and his healthcare provider – not about rules and regulations coming from Capitol Hill. She will show you ways to put the caring and humanity back into the healthcare experience in ways that Americans can easily embrace and appreciate. She provides her audiences with insight on the critical issues that healthcare providers, business leaders and human resource managers will face when dealing with the new healthcare landscape as a result of the new legislation, while outlining specific trends that will lead to happier consumers of healthcare, better care and a healthier America.

Building Your Strongest Brand: Successfully Reaching Women Across America and the Blogosphere
Today’s businesses require visionary strategies that quickly respond to rapidly changing conditions and intense competition?especially among the trillion dollar “mom market.” Find out what this demographic thinks, needs and desires as Christine Dumas discusses her connections among women utilizing her expertise as a national television correspondent, author and trends specialist. With her engaging insight, witty commentary and successful web outreach, she shows Fortune 500 companies and consumer brands how to turn occasional shoppers into profitable brand ambassadors while simultaneously improving their bottom line. Whether you are building a new brand or reinventing an existing brand, you will take away important lessons to better understand the women who can build your brand from one of America’s most trusted television personalities.

Christine Dumas as Moderator and Entertainer
One of the most charismatic, entertaining and gifted moderators available today, Christine Dumas leads panel discussions with the perfect balance of information, entertainment and tone, while bringing out the best in diverse panels across the spectrum. More than just a facilitator, she can turn a panel discussion into the highlight and most memorable moment of your meeting.

Full Biography

Dr. Christine Dumas is a consumer/health /lifestyle reporter, strategic consumer trends advisor and author. Since 1996, her stories have appeared on NBC News Today and NBC News Weekend Edition Today. She has also been a regularly featured medical correspondent on Fox News Channel’s Weekend Live since 2003.

Dumas has been the national spokesperson for Kellogg’s Healthy Beginnings campaign and currently serves as a senior adviser to the Center for Health Transformation in Washington, DC. In addition to her clinical training, she holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from UCLA and has been called upon as an advisor to Congressional committees addressing lifestyle issues that matter most among American families. Her insight and Washington experience among politicians, policy and watchdog groups as well as industry organizations makes her perspective increasingly valuable in this rapidly changing marketplace.

As an expert in consumer trends, Dumas has advised domestic and multi-national brands on message, product positioning and tactical outreach. Companies utilize her skills, warmth and demeanor due to her connection with a wide demographic, contact with well over a quarter of a million women and also, because of one prime keyword affiliation: trust. Consumers across the country have bonded with Dumas listening to her sage recommendations, knowing it originates from someone who understands them, their lifestyle and their needs. She holds an unparalleled position in this capacity, and is considered one of the key connectors to “gatekeeper moms,” viewed by many as their primary demographic. Dumas stands alone as someone who can interpret trends navigate a path for success and help reach a target audience as well as financial goals.

Each speech delivered by Dumas is unique. As a result, she creates special appeal and a value added component for both organizers and attendees with unparalleled satisfaction. Her appearance is further complemented by her extended one-on-one post meeting gatherings. Many feel working with her is both an investment and beginning of an extended relationship for them and their clients.

Dumas started her broadcasting career as a health correspondent on ABC’s Home Show and was also featured in a similar role for Home and Family. She also makes guest appearances on both The Oprah Winfrey Show and The View.

Dumas’ 2010 book, The Weight is Over, showcases the many facets of her expertise. She addresses the breakthrough science and advances surrounding sleep, stress and weight loss while contradicting common themes about fat, carbohydrates and exercise. She connects the dots, provides the real answers and a simple path to the healthy lifestyle everyone wants but always seems to be out of reach. The Weight is Over will transform everyone’s relationship with food and health allowing them to relax, enjoy and understand the breaking edge information they need to transform their bodies and their lives.

Dumas delivered the keynote address for the Speaking of Women’s Health National Tour, where she covered the latest trends in health, lifestyle and fitness, while delivering that message to thousands of women across the United States. She has also served as a national spokesperson and strategic planning consultant for the American Medical Association’s Women’s Health Campaign and the National Tobacco-Free Steering Committee for the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute. She serves on the senior faculty of the American Medical Association’s Health Broadcasting Conference, providing counsel and advice to some of the most well-known officials and experts communicating with the public. She is one of the nation’s foremost experts and thought leaders on employee wellness and high quality healthcare transformation for our nation’s corporations and for all Americans in the workplace setting and at home.

Dumas has spent over a decade reporting on trends in health, lifestyle, fitness and sports giving her a leading-edge perspective that is sought-after by Fortune 500 corporations, think tank associations and group forums, such as The California Governor and First Lady’s Conference on Women and Families. Her background and broad-based career experience give her a unique perspective that resonates with audiences. She has covered a broad range of issues in her reporting-from profiling athletes to legal issues surrounding drugs that are unsafe for children-all with unparalleled intensity, commitment and compassion.

Holly Atkinson

Holy Atkinson

One of the most recognizable and popular healthcare journalists in the country, Dr. Holly Atkinson helps audiences make sense of the latest medical news. Always candid and prepared to “tell it like it is,” she offers guidance through the maze of challenges that consumers face today including healthcare reform, women’s health issues and the overload of medical information reported in the media. Atkinson leaves her audiences with the ability to exercise their healthcare options more intelligently, and more informed about the medical issues making the headlines. Read more

Bruce Clark

Dr. Bruce Clark is one of America’s foremost visionaries and authorities on the business and marketing implications of the “new mature consumer.” In 1986, he co-founded Age Wave LLC, a leading marketing communication firm specializing in baby boomers and mature consumers, and has since directed many groundbreaking business initiatives in financial services, healthcare and retailing, as well as other industries, that have significantly defined this emerging market niche. Appearing frequently in national media, one of Dr. Clark’s most prominent accomplishments has been the production of the 20-part PBS series “Caring for an Aging Society.” He launched Age Wave’s Mature Market Study, an ongoing research panel of 3,500 baby boomers and seniors in 20 major US markets. In addition, he managed a national study with Roper Worldwide focused on business and marketing implications of “the new mature consumer.” In his entertaining and commanding presentations, Dr. Clark combines a dynamism and wit that is uniquely enriched by his research-based business and consumer knowledge. Read more

Paul Root Wolpe

Paul Root Wolpe

Dr. Paul Root Wolpe, Director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University, explores the fascinating field of bioethics and how its promises and perils are impacting life today. With incisiveness and deft humor, Wolpe brings the benefit of his respected achievements to audiences riveted by the latest scientific developments. He examines the intriguing topics dominating the headlines including managed care and health reform, genetically engineered foods, artificial organs, neuroscience and cloning—all offering vast benefits, while posing enormous societal and ethical challenges. Read more

Joe MacInnis

Joe MacInnis

Dr. Joe MacInnis is a physician-scientist, author and deep-sea explorer. He has led 30 expeditions into the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic Oceans and written ten books about undersea exploration. His work has earned him a number of distinctions, including his country’s highest honor, the Order of Canada.

Dr. MacInnis spent ten years studying the physiology and psychology of men and women working in the depths of the sea as well as leadership in lethal environments. He is continually searching for new ways to improve the relationships between the human family and the natural world. Read more

Alan Bean

Captain Alan Bean, the fourth man in history to set foot on the moon, knows about reaching for the stars, both organizationally and individually. In 1973, he was the Commander of Skylab Mission II (SL III), where he lived 59 days in space, orbiting 270 miles above Earth, leading his crew to accomplish 150% of their pre-mission goals – a record unsurpassed before or since. Captain Bean shows why human beings are the most extraordinary creatures in the universe. We are unique because as far as we know we are the only beings in the universe whose only limits are those we place on ourselves. Read more

Jack Uldrich

Jack Uldrich

As a renowned global futurist and best-selling author, Jack Uldrich is an accomplished business speaker, addressing hundreds of businesses and organizations, including General Electric, General Mills, Pfizer, St. Jude Medical, and more. His books include the best-selling, The Next Big Thing is Really Small: How Nanotechnology Will Change the Future of Your Business, and the award-winning, Into the Unknown: Leadership Lessons from Lewis & Clark’s Daring Westward Expedition. His latest book is Jump the Curve: 50 Essential Strategies to Help Your Company Stay Ahead of Emerging Technologies. Read more