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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

Allison Vincent

The winner of NBC’s hit show The Biggest Loser season five, and the first ever female winner, Arizona native Alison “Ali” Vincent is a dynamic and inspirational speaker.

A former champion synchronized swimmer, Vincent set foot on The Biggest Loser ranch weighing 234 pounds. After weeks of hard work and dedication to health and fitness on the ranch and at home, Vincent stepped on the scale at the finale weighing in at 122 pounds- 112 pounds less than her starting weight.

Vincent holds several philanthropic causes close to her heart and has participated with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and Girls Night Out to Cut Out Domestic Violence. She has been featured in numerous magazines and on both national and local talk shows, including the Oprah Winfrey Show, Ellen and The Today Show. She is a spokesperson for 24 Hour Fitness, where she trains, and is currently featured in 24 Hour Fitness ads in several US markets. She was also recently named a spokesperson for Infinity Insurance. Earlier this year, she was honored as the 2008 Inspiring Woman of the Year by the 2007 WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury.

Vincent hosts her own TV show titled Live Big with Ali Vincent on the Live Well Network. “Weight loss and maintaining your weight is about consistency, not magic,” she says.

Vincent’s personal mantra is “Believe it. Be it.” Full of energy and always ready to share her message of positivity, lifelong health and fitness, she speaks to groups both large and small, including students, business professionals and private ones throughout the United States.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

ALLISON’S STORY AND MESSAGE
Ali’s dynamic personality, genuine demeanor and inspirational message connect with audiences of all types. Her motivational speeches bring energy to her audience. Her use of compelling images and words combined with her personal conviction that anything is possible inspires everyone in the audience to feel as though anything is possible for them. With warmth and humility she describes her transformation from someone who was surviving to someone who is thriving. Professional speakers have the same polish but do not often have the personal connection that Ali creates with every audience member.

Ali engages audiences with her story and experience on The Biggest Loser ranch. As a public speaker, Ali’s motivational speeches are often directed toward audiences interested in health and fitness, corporate wellness programs, and sales-oriented organizations. She brings a high energy and compelling message to anyone who wants to achieve their goals but needs someone to ignite their spark within.

Full Biography

Vivacious and dynamic, Ali Vincent was the “one to watch” on Season 5 of TV’s most popular reality show, The Biggest Loser. She won the competition while viewers in the show watched her amazing transformation from overweight and discouraged to fit and inspiring.

As a nationally and internationally ranked synchronized swimmer, Ali Vincent never thought she would have a weight problem. She was a competitive athlete! Ali readily admits that when she gave up swimming, she never replaced that activity with anything else. She had rarely really worked out in a gym and had never incorporated new activities to keep her life active. Gradually, by adding five pounds at a time, after thirteen years Ali tipped the scales at 234 pounds. Only 5’ 5”, she says now that she had lost control and wasn’t completely sure how to get it back.

She had considered applying for The Biggest Loser but didn’t complete the application. It was only when she appeared at a local casting call did she fully set her sights on winning “The Biggest Loser.” Once she was determined, there was nothing stopping her. With determination, a positive outlook, and a commitment to her goals, even when she was voted off the show, Ali Vincent lost 112 pounds and became the first female Biggest Loser.

Throughout the show’s episodes, it was apparent that Ali’s personal philosophy resonated with people and inspired them to set new goals for their life. Now, Ali Vincent, whether attending a health fair or a triathlon as a celebrity spokesperson or hired as a “motivational speaker,” inspires audiences around the world by speaking and writing about her experience and personal philosophy, “Believe it. Be it.”

Barry Asmus

An unapologetic advocate of free enterprise and privatization, Barry Asmus is recognized as a revolutionary thinker who delivers his ideas in an energy-filled entertaining presentation. Asmus doesn’t just talk policy – he makes it happen. A senior economist for the National Center for Policy Analysis, Asmus has directly influenced how world leaders approach social security, health care, monetary and fiscal policy and other equally complex issues. With presentations customized to reflect your particular economic policy needs, Asmus helps audiences understand major policy issues – without all the jargon.

Offering an invigorating examination of a changing world, Asmus explores the limitless opportunities emerging from a borderless and knowledge-driven society, sharing the international economic and political trends shaping business and investment strategy in today’s global economy. A sought after economist who USA Today recognized as one of the nation’s top 5 most requested speakers, he is the author of many books including his most recent Bulls Don’t Blush, Bears Don’t Die.

 

PROGRAM TOPICS

America’s Economic Future
The United States is fighting to come back from the deepest recession since the Great Depression. What economic policies would be most helpful to create jobs and economic growth? Can America compete globally with our current tax system, two trillion dollars of annual government regulation and costly new health care policy? What are the inflationary implications of our current spending levels, monetary easing and national indebtedness? Dr. Asmus will give his views on America’s three unstoppable trends and outlook for the future.

Globalization: International Prosperity and Its Impact on America
As the current world economy speeds from $65 trillion of world GDP in 2011 to $130 trillion in 2030, will America hold on to its number one position? Will the world’s emerging countries rush to urbanization provide an opportunity for American expertise and trade? Dr. Asmus’ twenty-five years experience of tracking over a hundred of the world’s economies in an economic freedom index helps clients identify both growth and opportunity prospects.

Healing Health Care in America
As the national health care countries of the world move away from a single payer system, why is the U.S. moving towards it? When does NHC work for a country and when does it not? What five steps must America take to empower medical consumers and force health care providers to compete? Competition works in every other sector of the economy, why not health care? The National Center for Policy Analysis is widely recognized for its health care expertise on affordable, portable and transparent patient controlled alternatives.

Powering America’s Energy Future
North America could become the largest energy producer and exporter in the world. The four largest gas fields in the world recently discovered in the U.S. along with its vast coal reserves are literal game changers. This is the time to increase domestic energy of all forms? Energy production will be a focal point of the next election and could be an exciting bright spot in America’s immediate future.

Full Biography

Dr. Barry Asmus speaks, writes, and consults on political and business issues facing America. Recognized for his views on making the U.S. a world-class competitor, he was twice voted the Outstanding Professor of the Year, as well as honored with the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge Award for Private Enterprise Education.

Dr. Asmus is a Senior Economist with the National Center for Policy Analysis. Dr. Asmus has been named by USA Today as one of the five most requested speakers in the United States. Over the last twenty-five years, Dr. Asmus has spoken to thousands of companies and associations throughout the United States. He has testified before the House Ways and Means Committee regarding our income tax system and was a featured speaker in a privatizing Social Security conference for Western European leaders.

On recent trips to Romania, Albania, China and Peru, Dr. Asmus has encouraged government leaders to pass free-market, low tax, protected property rights and free trade policies.

Dr. Asmus is the author of nine books. His book, Crossroads: The Great American Experiment was nominated for a H.L. Mencken Award. As a Professor of Economics, he was twice voted University Professor of the Year and was honored with the Freedom Foundation Award at Valley Forge for Private Enterprise Education.

Asmus also co-anchored a syndicated radio called “Perspectives on the Economy.” Dr. Asmus is an effective advocate of free market economics. He is a recognized thinker who delivers his ideas in an enthusiastic and energy filled presentation.

Bob Arno

Bob Arno

Zero to hilarity in 60 seconds. Have you got a minute? Because that’s all it takes for Bob Arno to shift an audience through a full range of emotions: confusion, surprise, admiration, intrigue, and awe. From then on, he maintains a steady pace of hilarity, comedy, satire, and slick scams that are cleverly blended into a superbly-executed professional demonstration of pick-pocketing, revealing the sly tricks of pickpockets who prowl city streets worldwide. Exclusive video footage is projected, of actual street crime as it happens. Read more

Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy’s goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. He has consulted for more than 10,000 companies and addressed more than 5,000,000 people in 5,000 speeches and seminars throughout the US, Canada and 55 other countries worldwide.

 

Tracy has studied, researched, written and spoken for 30 years in the fields of economics, history, business, philosophy and psychology, and is the top selling author of over 45 books that have been translated into dozens of languages. He speaks to corporate and public audiences on the subjects of personal and professional development, including the executives and staff of many of America’s largest corporations.

 

His exciting talks and seminars on leadership, sales, self-esteem, goal setting, strategy, creativity and success bring about immediate changes and long-term results for those who engage him to address their issues. Brian Tracy is Chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, a company specializing in the training and development of individuals and organizations.

 

He speaks to corporate and public audiences on the subjects of Personal and Professional Development, including the executives and staff of many of America’s largest corporations. His exciting talks and seminars on Leadership, Selling, Self-Esteem, Goals, Strategy, Creativity and Success Psychology bring about immediate changes and long-term results. Read more

Cory Ondrejka

The world’s preeminent authority on the economic and technological impact of virtual worlds, Cory Ondrejka offers an exciting look at what’s ahead and how it will affect business and society. Currently the director of mobile engineering at Facebook and as co-founder and CTO of Linden Lab, Cory Ondrejka has long been an evangelist for the power of virtual worlds. A relentless innovator, he led the team that collaborated in unprecedented ways to solve impossible problems—taking the power of the virtual world to an extreme by co-opting the real and the virtual.

Ondrejka’s creation, Second Life, is not a game, but a tool set to build a virtual world, populated by “residents” who can then build whatever they want. Second Life shows just how powerful virtual words can be – it has transformed the way millions of people think about community, collaboration and entrepreneurship. People from around the globe are discovering worlds where the only limit is human creativity. People, ideas and cultures are interacting in ways never before possible.

Ondrejka conveys the excitement about this new frontier where entrepreneurs are already exploring ways to generate real-world profits. These digital worlds face important decisions around whether, and how, to embrace these business activities. Companies are using a virtual presence to test new products, and these virtual-world technologies provide a platform for learning, innovation and competition whose potential is just being imagined.

In life after Linden Lab and Second Life, Ondrejka was a visiting professor at University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication. From there, Ondrejka spent 18 months driving digital strategy and cultural change at EMI Music, first as Senior Vice President for Digital Strategy, then as Executive Vice President Global Digital Marketing. Through a focus on consumer insight, technology awareness, and internal collaboration, EMI saved millions of dollars and enabled its artists to share the music experience with fans in new and innovative ways.

TOPICS

Business Transformation, Change and Revolution
Web 2.0, video games, and virtual worlds are initiating the most disruptive information technology transition since the World Wide Web. Corporate and government leaders once again face complex questions around technology, innovation and competition. Non-technology companies face particular challenges as technological change radically impacts costs and opportuniteis. Cory Ondrejka brings unique insight to the business challenges and opportunities inherent to adapting and using these new technologies.

Building Innovative Organizations
Cory Ondrejka is an expert on the complex challenges of building innovation in distributed organizations that allows technology-savvy workers to thrive in a more connected workplace. As companies fully engage global opportunities, they face new hurdles and opportunities to integrate and collaborate with employees dispersed throughout the world, so understanding the deep connection between innovation and learning is critical.

Connection, Communication and Learning
Real-time collaboration technologies appearing in virtual worlds and on the web enable new modes of communication, both within organizations and between corporations and customers. User-generated content gives customers new methods for connecting with brands and sharing their opinions online. Cory Ondrejka discusses how interactions in games and virtual worlds provide a quantitatively different opportunity compared to the lightweight connections of a web impression, and offers strategies to take advantage of these opportunities to connect.

Entrepreneurship in the Experience Economy
Online communities create opportunities for entrepreneurs to explore the zero-marginal cost experience economy. Whether in Second Life or Facebook, new entrepreneurs are building multinational teams to rapidly explore design space and business plans. Cory Ondrejka explains how organizations are able to take advantage of this entrepreneurial energy.

Virtual Worlds and National Security
The US State Department, Defense Department and Intelligence Agencies have all recognized the need to understand how virtual worlds impact national power. Cory Ondrejka’s unique background allows him to bridge diverse worlds to bring critical insights to analysts and policy makers, focusing on the threats and opportunities created by games and virtual worlds

Full Biography

As the co-creator of Second Life, Cory Ondrejka is the world’s preeminent authority on the economic and technological impact of virtual worlds. Ondrejka is an expert on the complex interrelation between innovation and learning, as well as the technological and social requirements of product development across entangled, geographically dispersed teams.

A skilled and exciting speaker, Ondrejka regularly addresses corporate, academic and government organizations on how virtual worlds change our understanding of communities, geography and entrepreneurship. These talks have led to the creation of hundreds of new ventures at Fortune 500 corporations like IBM and Cisco, experimental class structures at Harvard Law School and other top universities and government use of virtual worlds from the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet to the Singaporean Ministry of Education.

Ondrejka is the former executive vice president of Digital Strategy for EMI Recorded Music. In this role, Ondrejka is advancing the company’s digital marketing capabilities, developing new consumer and market insight resources and leading EMI’s experimentation with new digital marketing and product models in order to provide the best service to its artists and their fans.
Ondrejka architected the core code and built the team that created Second Life, the award winning virtual world. With over 12 million residents and an economy larger than several countries, Second Life has transformed the way millions of people think about community, collaboration and entrepreneurship. From core engineering around distributed computing and user-driven, co-creation through the groundbreaking decision to allow residents to maintain the intellectual property of their creations, Ondrejka has been at the center of the meteoric growth of Second Life.

Beyond the Second Life, he has also driven Linden Lab unique distributed culture for geographically dispersed software development, establishing tools and practices for building the right internal teams for specific tasks, independent of the geographic location of the people. This culture has allowed the Linden Lab development team to grow from 1 person to 120 people, while still remaining independent and entrepreneurial.

The need to solve impossible problems drove Ondrejka to develop an unprecedented level of transparency and collaboration with external resources, allowing Second Life to reach a diverse set of communities. His speeches and collaborations have directly led to Second Life use by game developers, print media, television, Hollywood, hundreds of universities, non-profit organizations, philanthropic foundations, the US military, State Department, intelligence communities, climate change researchers, medical and social science researchers, and more. He is also an accomplished writer, including the chapter Education Unleashed in the MacArthur Series on Digital Media and Learning, and the recent Collapsing Geography in the journal Innovations: Technology, Governance and Globalization, both published by MIT Press.

As virtual worlds continue to transform communication and business, he is uniquely positioned to help organizations understand the new worlds that are coming.

Credentials:
• Former Executive Vice President of Digital Strategy – EMI Recorded Music
• Visiting Professor and Fellow at the Network Culture Project, USC Annenberg School for Communication
• Entrepreneur in Residence, Catamount Ventures
• Cofounder, former-CTO, Linden Lab, cocreator of Second Life
• Former advisor to Defense Modeling and Simulation Office
• Officer in the United States Navy. BS Weapons and Systems Engineering and completed all requirements for
• BS Computer Science from the United States Naval Academy. Also a graduate of Navy Nuclear Power School.

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David Morey

David Morey

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Digger Phelps

Digger Phelps

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Forrest Sawyer

Forrest Sawyer

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