Speakers

Neil Pasricha

Conference Opening: Tuesday, May 2

NEIL PASRICHA

Happiness Expert | Bestselling Author of The Book of Awesome


A Harvard MBA, New York Times bestselling author, award-winning blogger, and one of the most popular TED speakers in the world, Neil Pasricha is “a pied piper of happiness” who dazzles audiences with ideas and frameworks that skyrocket happiness into the stratosphere. With infectious enthusiasm, heartfelt authenticity, and a “what works” authority, Pasricha draws on the latest research in happiness to increase individual performance and create a more positive and productive workplace.

Pasricha spent a decade with Walmart, the world’s largest company, directly working for two CEOs and as the organization’s director of leadership development. He now travels all over the globe sharing messages on happiness to Fortune 500 companies, schools, and non-profits.

His first book, The Book of Awesome, is a runaway #1 international bestseller with millions of copies sold. His new book, The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything (also an international bestseller), provides step-by-step guidelines to illustrate how to apply a unique set of principles to improving and managing everything - your time, your career, your bottom line, your relationships and ultimately, of course, your happiness.

Pasricha’s writing and work has been featured in Harvard Business Review, Forbes, CNN, BBC, The Guardian, The New Yorker, The Sunday Times, China Daily, The Jakarta Post, The Sydney Herald and Wired.

 

Curt Steinhorst

Morning Keynote: Wednesday, May 3

CURT STEINHORST

Distraction Expert


Curt Steinhorst is on a mission to help today’s workforce win the battle against digital distractions. Having spent years studying the impact of tech on human behavior, he equips professionals across the world to work smarter and stronger in this constantly-connected age.

As a leading voice on strategic communications in the age of distraction, Curt’s clients range from more than ten companies on the Fortune 100 and global leadership associations list, such as YPO, EO, and Million Dollar Roundtable, to professional sports teams and even Taylor Swift’s record label.

For the first time in history, we live in a world without any barriers to connection or communication. This has fundamentally altered the way people work, engage, communicate, and relate to one another. The same technology that simplifies processes compromises our focus and makes it ever more difficult to reach increasingly distracted customers. Attention resources have never been more competed over, or more depleted. We are asked to process four times the information that people dealt with in 1986, but with less space and time to actually think. Advertisements, alerts, emails, constant notifications - no wonder we all struggle to make it three minutes without being interrupted! In this intensely practical speech, Curt Steinhorst shares communication insights that help you rise above the noise and focus strategies that help you block it out.

 

Steven Page

Lunch Keynote: Wednesday, May 3

STEVEN PAGE

Iconic Musician


Steven Page is a natural in front of a crowd. Having shot to international fame as the co-founder of The Barenaked Ladies, Page now boasts an impressive solo career, where he continues to showcase his creative genius. A witty, endearing, and searingly honest speaker, Page continues to earn his rightful place in our national conversation.

Page spent over two decades with The Barenaked Ladies, writing and co-writing hit songs such as “One Week,” “The Old Apartment,” “If I Had $1000000,” and “Brian Wilson,” among dozens of others. Along the way, the band earned accolades from all over the world, sold millions of albums, received two Billboard Awards, and six Juno Awards.

Page first came out about his mental health struggles in 2011, when he guest hosted an episode of the CBC Radio current affairs show The Current. Since then, he has been an outspoken advocate for more mental health awareness, and to help decrease the stigma around mental illness. Page encourages others to share their stories and seek help; “When we educate everyone about the truths and myths of mental health, we can open up dialogue, and get down to the business of promoting good mental health.”

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