Here is more information on our opening and plenary speakers. This is a draft and topics are subject to change.
Opening Speaker-Whitney Johnson: Bestselling Author, Exec and Performance Coach, Innovation Thinker
Whitney’s research and work in disruptive innovation shapes how individuals and corporations manage change. After publishing, Disrupt Yourself, Whitney was recognized as one of the world's fifty most influential management thinkers by Thinkers50 in 2017 and 2015. Through speaking, writing, coaching, and consulting, she synthesizes the key levers of change and how to use them effectively.
Johnson is a frequent contributor for the Harvard Business Review, and a Linkedinfluencer. Her new book - Build an 'A'-Team: Play To Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve - will be published by Harvard Business Press in early 2018 building upon her work and research with teams and disruption.
She is the author of the critically acclaimed Disrupt Yourself™: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work (2015) and Dare, Dream Do: Remarkable Things Happen When You Dare to Dream (2012). She speaks on innovation initiatives, and has delivered keynote speeches to audiences of 50,000+ on discussing disruption, innovation, teamwork and organizational change.
She is shaping how organizations embrace and manage disruption by leading individuals and teams up the S-curve of change. She focuses on harnessing the core competencies required to building a team to leverage opportunities and unite when faced with adversity.
Co-founder of Rose Park Advisors with Clayton Christensen, where they invested in and led the $8 million seed round for Korea’s Coupang, currently valued at $5+ billion. Johnson was involved in fund formation, capital raising, and the development of the fund’s strategy.
Previously, Johnson was an Institutional Investor-ranked equity research analyst for eight consecutive years, and was rated by Starmine as a superior stock-picker.
She has received widespread recognition for her thinking and was named one of Fortune’s 55 Most Influential Women on Twitter. She co-founded the popular Forty Women Over Forty to Watch, is a member of the first cohort of Marshall Goldsmith #100 Coaches, and is a fellow at the Tribeca DisruptiveInnovation Awards
Plenary Speaker-Jennie Antolak, MA, MCC
Trust the Process: What really happens when we shift from rescuing clients to releasing responsibility?
Most of us would deny we ever rescued a client. We faithfully recite the statement, “We believe our clients are resourceful and they have the answers inside of them.” However, when the stakes are high, we are tempted to step in and expand awareness for them. We think we are simply helping by sharing a story, providing a bit of information, or suggesting alternatives in hopes that our efforts wake people up to better outcomes or solutions. The reality is the opposite often happens. When we step in, we take away their opportunity to discern what is important, discover their path forward and develop self-efficacy and resiliency. This keeps them playing small in the world and limited to the information we imparted on them rather than them stumbling and learning from each experience. In addition, it greys the lines of coaching impacting our personal credibility as well as the validity of the entire field.
We invite all those committed to assisting others in living out their preferred narratives. Come hear compelling stories and supporting data that reinforces the value of releasing responsibility and allowing clients to falter and still find their way to a greater story.
You can learn more about Jennie here.
Opening Speaker-Dr. Robert Kegan, Ph.D
Robert Kegan is the William and Miriam Meehan Research Professor of Adult Learning and Professional Development at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. The recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards, his forty years of research and writing on adult development have influenced the practice of leadership development, executive coaching, and change management throughout the world.
At Harvard alone, he is regularly asked to teach in executive development programs in the Schools of Business, Government, Education and Medicine. His seminal books include The Evolving Self, In Over Our Heads, The Way We Talk, and Immunity to Change, which is now available to 2.2 billion readers in their native language. One of twenty--among Harvard’s 2300 faculty--honored by the president of the university for his outstanding teaching, Bob has been on the faculty of the World Economic Forum’s Davos Conference, and had his work featured in such diverse periodicals as The Harvard Business Review, The New York Times Sunday Business Section and Oprah Magazine. His most recent book, An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization, has already won several awards and this fall will be published in Japanese.
For the past several years, Bob has served as a trusted advisor to CEOs in the private and public sectors in the US, South America, Europe, and Asia. His clients are among the most recognized and respected leaders in the world. A husband, father, and grandfather, he is also an avid poker player, an airplane pilot, and the unheralded inventor of the “Base Average,” a superior statistic for gauging offensive contribution in baseball.