SPEAKERS

This year’s lineup features entrepreneurs, HR executives, major brand leaders, and an astronaut presenting exceptional general sessions, TED-style talks, mega sessions, and masters series panel. These are just a few of our confirmed speakers. Stay tuned for updates!

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Mel Robbins

CNN Commentator and creator of the “5 Second Rule”

Mel Robbins is best known for delivering one of the most popular
TEDxTalk’s in the world: “How To Stop Screwing Yourself Over”. Her provocative and compelling views on leadership, courage and human potential have earned her international attention and invitations to train executive teams at some of the world’s leading brandsWhen she’s not on stage, Mel is on TV or trending on social media for her captivating analysis about the biggest stories of our time as an award-­winning on-­air analyst for CNN.

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Afdhel Aziz

Co-Author of “Good is the New Cool” and Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Conspiracy of Love

Afdhel Aziz is on a mission to solve one of the biggest problems facing companies and individuals in the 21st century: how to find purpose and meaning in the work they do. Following a life-changing moment when he experienced the devastating effects of the South Asian tsunami in his native Sri Lanka, he embarked on a journey to explore inspiring work. This led to his first book ‘Good is the New Cool : Market Like You Give a Damn’ (co-authored by Bobby Jones) which explores the link between purpose and success in companies like Warby Parker, Zappos and Citibank.

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Captain Scott Kelly

History-Making U.S. Astronaut, Retired U.S. Navy Captain, & Author of Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery

Captain Scott Kelly’s epic Year In Space solidified his status as one of the greatest pioneers in history. Now, in his acclaimed speech appearances, he brings audiences to the edge of their seats with transcendent insights that inspire and challenge them to dream big, test the status quo, and “choose to do the hard things.”

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Dr. Ernest J. Wilson III

Founding Director of USC Annenberg Center for Third Space Thinking

Ernest James Wilson III is the founding director of the USC Annenberg Center for Third Space Thinking. His most recent research focuses on critical workforce competencies as well as talent and skills development in today’s digitally disrupted world.

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Garry O. Ridge

President, Chief Executive Officer and Director, WD-40

As chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors of WD-40 Company, Garry Ridge is responsible for developing and implementing high-level strategies, all operations, and the oversight of all relationships and partnerships for the company.

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Dr. Vu Pham, Ph.D

Chair of Elevate at UC San Diego Center for Executive Development

As the Chair of Elevate, Vu H. Pham, Ph.D. works with dozens of organizations from the Fortune 500 to government and non-profit agencies. The Elevate Program features leadership development in areas of diversity, strategic thinking, innovation and influence through interactive and visual learning, as well as data-driven research.

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