Below is a listing of our 2017 speakers:
Jason SilvaFuturist, Host of National Geographic’s “Brain Games”
Jason Silva is the Emmy-nominated host of National Geographic Channel’s #1 rated and Emmy-nominated series, Brain Games, seen in over 100 countries.
“A Timothy Leary of the Viral Video Age” was how The Atlantic described television personality, filmmaker and philosopher Silva, who has also been described as “part Timothy Leary, part Ray Kurzweil, and part Neo from ‘The Matrix.’”
A self-professed wonderjunkie, Silva is the creator of the web series “Shots of Awe,” micro-documentaries exploring creativity, innovation, technology, futurism, metaphysics, existentialism and the human condition. In short: Philosophy, Science and Art for the YouTube generation. The videos, which “play like movie trailers for ideas,” according to The Atlantic, have spread like wildfire across the internet and have been viewed more than 13 million times. Influencers such as Ron Howard, Richard Branson, Leo Dicaprio, Tribeca Films Co-founder Jane Rosenthal, actor Mark Ruffalo, NASA, and many others have tweeted Jason’s videos.
Rorke DenverNavy SEAL Commander & Best-Selling Author
Commander Rorke T. Denver has run every phase of training for the U.S. Navy SEALs and led special-forces missions in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and other international hot spots. He starred in the hit film Act of Valor, which is based on true SEAL adventures. His New York Times bestseller, Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior, takes you inside his personal story and the fascinating, demanding SEAL training program he now oversees. In his second book Worth Dying For: A Navy SEALs Call to a Nation, which was released in April 2016, Rorke tackles the questions that have emerged about America’s past decade at war–from what makes a hero to why we fight and what it does to us. Up next, Rorke will be seen on FOX’s American Grit. The new series follows 16 of the country’s toughest men and women as they face a variety of military-grade and survival-themed challenges set in the wilderness.
Roger StaubachHall Of Fame Quarterback, Dallas Cowboys, Executive Chairman of Jones Lang LaSalle Americas
Heisman Trophy winner, Super Bowl MVP and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Roger Staubach generated excitement every time he took a snap from center. His uncanny ability to lead the Dallas Cowboys to come-from-behind victories engineered no less than 23 fourth quarter comebacks. After serving his four years in the Navy, Roger played his entire 11 years of professional football with the Dallas Cowboys, leading the team to four Super Bowls and achieving victories in Super Bowls VI and XII. His pro career culminated in his selection into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985, his first year of eligibility.
Staubach has carried over the same winning attitude and traits from his successful football career into his business career. In 1977, Roger entered the commercial real estate industry, forming The Staubach Company. Over the years, he expanded services to meet clients’ ever-changing requirements and grew to 1,600 employees serving 3,000+ clients from 70 North American offices. In July 2008, The Staubach Company merged with Jones Lang LaSalle, bringing together the unique strengths of two powerful organizations into one integrated global company. Roger is now the Executive Chairman of Jones Lang LaSalle Americas.
David BurkusBest-Selling Author, Award-Winning Podcaster & Management Professor
David Burkus is a best-selling author, an award-winning podcaster, and management professor. In 2015, he was named one of the emerging thought leaders most likely to shape the future of business by Thinkers50, the world’s premier ranking of management thinkers.
His latest book, Under New Management, challenges the traditional and widely accepted principles of business management and proves that they are outdated, outmoded, or simply don’t work — and reveals what does. He is also the author of The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies and People Generate Great Ideas. David is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review and Inc magazine. His work has been featured in Fast Company, the Financial Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and CBS This Morning.
Dr. Anand RaoPartner Insurance Advisory Services, Innovation Lead for PwC's Data and Analytics, Co-Lead Future of Insurance
Anand Rao is a principal in PwC’s advisory practice. With more than 25 years of experience, he leads the insurance analytics practice, is the innovation lead for the U.S. firm’s analytics group and is the co-lead for the Global Project Blue, Future of Insurance research. In these roles, Anand is responsible for a team of practitioners who work with C-level executives at some of the world’s largest organizations, advising them on a range of topics including global growth strategies, marketing, sales, distribution and digital strategies, behavioral economics and customer experience and statistical and computational analytics. As the innovation lead for the analytics group, he is responsible for research and commercial relationships with academic institutions and start-ups focused on new and innovative big data and analytic techniques. With his PhD and research career in computer science and artificial intelligence and his subsequent experience in management consulting, he brings business domain knowledge, statistical and computational analytics to generate unique insights into the theory and practice of data science.
Dr. JP Pawliw-FryLeadership and Performance Expert, Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Thought Leader, New York Times Bestselling Author
An internationally renowned thought leader on the subject of leadership, performance and managing under pressure, JP was one of the highest rated lecturers at the prestigious Kellogg School of Management's Executive Education Program. He now acts as an advisor to numerous Fortune 100 companies, including long-term relationships with Johnson and Johnson, PWC, Goldman Sachs, HSBC as well as Olympic medal winning athletes.
JP co-authored the New York Times bestselling book, Performing Under Pressure, with noted psychologist Hendrie Weisinger. JP is also a performance coach to Olympic athletes and business leaders. He melds innovative research with powerful inspiration to create thought-provoking and moving keynote presentations. An expert in performing under pressure, he is one of the world's most highly sought-after speakers on the topic.
Roel PeetersCEO & Co-founder, Roost
Roel Peeters is the CEO and Co-Founder of Roost, a technology company based in Sunnyvale, California. Roost has developed the Home Telematics Platform that provides the hardware, software and data solution enabling the transformation of the Property Insurance industry. Peeters is a serial entrepreneur with over 20 years of startup experience ranging from enterprise software to consumer electronics and semiconductors. Most recently, he was the co-founder of Ozmo Devices, a pioneer in low-power Wi-Fi where he successfully raised angel and venture funding rounds for the company and executed Ozmo’s go-to-market plan.
Mark GarrettResearch Director, Insurance Practice, J.D. Power
Mark Garrett is the Director of Industry Analytics for the Insurance Practice at J.D. Power. He leads the design of the analytic content of several Insurance studies and authors articles on key industry topics. Mark works closely with many of the top 30 insurance carriers consulting on study findings and advising on opportunities to improve the customer experience, particularly with all aspects of home and auto claims.
Mark presents at over 30 executive-level meetings with insurance companies annually and has spoken at several industry conferences. Mr. Garrett joined the Insurance Practice in 2007 and has designed and launched several studies including both the Auto and Property Claims Satisfaction studies.
Prior to joining J.D. Power, Mark worked for DTE Energy’s Customer Insight group where he managed several research projects and process improvement initiatives. Mr. Garrett has over 15 years of market research experience on the vendor and client side across the insurance, utility, automotive, mortgage and brokerage industries. He graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s of Psychology from Madonna University.