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Here is more information on our opening & closing and plenary speakers. For more information on our pre conference session or concurrent presenters, click on the track name below:

Pre Conference
Coach Approach: Making Way for the Rooney Rule session
Client Track
Business Track
Science Track
Global Track

Opening Speaker-
Whitney Johnson: Critically Acclaimed Author, Exec and Performance Coach, Innovation Thinker

Personal Disruption

Disruptive companies and ideas upend markets by doing something truly different—they see a need and create something for a market which may not yet exist. After co-founding the Disruptive Innovation Fund with Harvard’s Clayton Christensen, Whitney discovered that the framework of disruption can also be applied to individuals. So, if you are…

  • a high potential individual ready to make a big career leap
  • a leader trying to jumpstart innovative thinking in your company, or
  • a self-starter ready to make a disruptive pivot in your business

We are living in an era of accelerating disruption—managing new learning curves is a vital skill. If you want to be successful in unexpected ways, Whitney will guide us down our own disruptive path.

About Whitney:

Whitney’s research and work in disruptive innovation shapes how individuals and corporations manage change.   She focuses on harnessing the core competencies required to building a team to leverage opportunities and unite when faced with adversity.  This will be great insight whether you are coaching individuals internally, externally, or working with teams or leaders as they grapple with the disruptions in business and life and support them to powerfully move forward.    



Whitney's most recent book Build an A Team: Play to Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve was just released with Harvard Business Press. After publishing, Disrupt Yourself, in 2016, 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 speaks on innovation initiatives, and has delivered keynote speeches to audiences of 50,000+ on discussing disruption, innovation, teamwork and organizational change.


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. Click here for an Interview with Jennie Antolak

Closing Speaker-Dr. Robert Kegan, Ph.D

Messengers from the Future? The Deliberately Developed Organization

If contemporary culture were a school, with all the tasks and expectations meted out by modern life as its curriculum, would anyone graduate? In the spirit of a sympathetic teacher, Dr. Robert Kegan guides us through this tricky curriculum, assessing the fit between its complex demands and our mental capacities, and showing what happens when we find ourselves, as we so often do, in over our heads. In this dazzling intellectual tour, he completely reintroduces us to the psychological landscape of our private and public lives.


Robert Kegan is a 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 SelfIn Over Our HeadsThe Way We Talk, and Immunity to Change, which is now available to 2.2 billion readers in their native language.