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Lisa Bodell
Monday, January 13
Start an Innovation Revolution

Too many organizations are stuck in the land of status quo - where thinking differently is long forgotten and the simple tools to creatively solve problems absent. The very structures they put in place to help grow are now holding them back.

Bodell, a globally recognized innovation leader and futurist, brings her call to arms to Boston – Imploring you to join the Innovation Revolution and lead your own organization of change agents to revolutionize how you think, work and create big impact.

Mike Walsh
Tuesday, January 14
LIGHTWEIGHT - How to Design Your Organization for the Future

The organizations that survive the disruptive future will have one quality in common - they will be Lightweight. Whether you are a Fortune 50 giant, a professional association or an independent planning company, what makes your organization lightweight is how fast it can recognize and adapt to changing circumstances.

Founder and CEO of Tomorrow, innovation research lab and publisher of the ‘Disruptive Future’ blog, Mike Walsh advises some of the world's leading brands and organizations on what's coming next in their industry. He is a leading authority on the intersection of emerging technologies, consumer behavior and fast growth markets.

Walsh’s keynote explores why meetings and events will be a strategic priority for the networked organization of the 21st century, the challenges of tomorrow's employee and what it will take to attract, motivate and reward the next generation of talent and how to master the new models of enterprise communication, from enterprise social networking to cloud based productivity platforms.

Walsh has been a pioneer in the digital space since the 1990s, running both successful start-up ventures as well as holding senior leadership positions in established media organizations. He also spent five years in senior strategy roles at News Corporation where he helped shape the digital strategy for both their Australian newspaper and Asian TV divisions.

Hilary Mason
Monday, January 13
Data-Driven Decision Making

Hilary Mason, one of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business 2013, is Data Scientist in Residence at Accel Partners, Scientist Emeritus at bitly, co-founder of HackNY, creator of dataists, member of NYCResistor and believes data gives us super powers.

It's now cheaper to keep data than to throw it away. This simple change in our business environment has led to organizations to accumulate vast troves of potentially valuable data. Unfortunately, it's still a technical and organizational challenge to make use of this data. Mason shines a light on the best organizational data practices and opportunities and how individuals can use data as a super power for their own success.

From what time of day people use their desktops versus their tablet, to how social media usage was shaped by the Arab Spring you’ll be illuminated by her keen insights and how they can be utilized within your own organization.

Vikram Mansharaman
Tuesday, January 14
The Generalist Advantage: Going Beyond Expertise
Global Prosperity: Why Everything is About to Change

Dr. Vikram Mansharamani is the author of Boombustology, a Yale University lecturer and a Tiger21 Scholar.

Blinded by expertise and single-minded focus? It happens. But in a fast-paced world driven by complex and diverse factors, connecting the dots is often more important than developing the dots.

Dr. Vikram Mansharamani the author of Boombustology, a Yale University lecturer, a Tiger21 Scholar and a regular contributor to financial media including: Forbes, Fortune, CNBC, Bloomberg, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal - will show you why generalists are better-suited to navigating uncertainty than specialists; he will provide you with real tools to help you avoid tunnel vision and think beyond your area of expertise.

Dr. Alan Watkins
Wednesday, January 15
Being Brilliant Everyday

The pressures placed on executives today far exceed those of 10 years ago. As leaders we find ourselves having to make difficult decisions and work in highly stressful situations while remaining completely energized, focused and inspiring.

Despite this, most leaders can still deliver great performance sometimes but very few can be brilliant every day. Dr.Watkins, author and international expert on leadership and human performance, will turn the focus on you and explore the science behind leadership. He will reveal how the best leaders in the world think about leadership and how you can step change you own ability, control your own biology and regain the energy levels you had 10 years ago. Be prepared to be surprised by how good you could be.

Kristian Hammond
Monday, January 13
Revolutionizing Communication by Humanizing Data

Kristian Hammond is the Founder of the University of Chicago’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and Northwestern University’s Intelligent Information Laboratory (InfoLab)

We have entered an interesting new era of information.

Computers have not just become integrated with our everyday lives, they actually know more than we do about many of the things we care about. These data about how our world works, how organizations and services perform, and even how our bodies work are incalculably valuable. As more and more of these data have been captured, however, the machine’s ability to communicate the insights contained within them has remained strikingly limited and we are still forced to grapple with data, spreadsheets, and charts and graphs directly and deal with the machine on its terms rather than our own. Imagine a world where we can humanize data by transforming it into clear and compelling stories and create a communication bridge between numbers and knowledge that will enable us to create more relevant experiences for our attendees and customers.

John Spence
Tuesday, January 14
Follow Me: Leadership By Design

It’s been said that you aren’t really a leader if people are not willing to follow. So what makes someone want to follow?

John Spence, a business improvement expert and author of Excellence by Design: Leadership – The Six Key Characteristics of Outstanding Leaders, conducted research with 8,000+ high potential employees at top companies around the world to capture what people look for in a leader they would willingly follow.

Spence will reveal his key findings and discuss how to leverage them to design your personal leadership style. You’ll depart with solutions to some of the most challenging issues leaders are facing right now and examples how to effectively implement them. This 75 minute session will be a fast paced, “Cliffs Notes” leadership jump start to 2014.

Kim Lear
Monday, January 13
Planning For Four Generations: Attracting and Engaging Across Generational Divides

With four generations in the mix, it can be tricky to create engaging programs that appeal to everyone. There are so many meeting elements that can be impacted by generational preferences and personalities, and sometimes satisfying one generation’s needs can seem to alienate another.

As Millennials (born 1981 to 1995) continue to flood the workforce and revolutionize the status quo and have very different expectations about the kinds of events they want to attend. Generational expert and Millennial Kim Lear, a speaker, writer, strategist and researcher on the topic of generations, provides practical tips for planning to help you connect with Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, and Millennials.

Sinan Aral
Monday, January 13
Social Influence Networks: How Do Ideas Spread?

Every day, our planet pulses with trillions of digitally enabled “social signals.” We’re constantly bombarded with streams of SMS messages, status updates, tweets, pokes, posts, referrals, notifications, shares, check-ins, and ratings from peers in our social networks and from “the crowd.” This cacophony of social signals, which today informs, entertains and persuades us in nearly every facet of our daily lives, did not exist just ten short years ago.

Sinan will show us how the tidal wave of digital socialization and social influence online is affecting us and what it means for our products, our politics, and our public health. Sinan will review what we know and where work might go with respect to measuring influence and finding influential people in social networks and the importance of causal inference for understanding the spread of products, political views and public health behaviors through society. He will provide examples from viral marketing experiments on Facebook to scientific studies of online ratings behavior and describe a new project to spread HIV testing using peer to peer influence and mobile messaging in South Africa, the subject of which is the basis for a new documentary film entitled “A Social Cure.”

David Pogue
Tuesday, January 14
Disruptive Tech: What’s New, What’s Coming & How It Will Change Everything

As Yahoo’s newest consumer tech contributor and a past NYT’s tech reviewer, David Pogue has a front-row seat to observe the blazing-fast torrent of new inventions. Hundreds of gadgets and technologies come down the pike every year and plenty get lots of press… even though most of it is junk.

In this fast, funny presentation, Pogue will stick his neck out to predict which will actually cause major, disruptive changes. He’ll display, discuss, and even demonstrate the technological advances—in personal entertainment, cellular tech, Web 2.0, and more—that will have the greatest impact on your industry in the coming years.

Glen Urban
Tuesday, January 14
Marketing in the New World of Trust

The age of information has brought forth a dramatic shift in consumer behavior. Organizations are no longer able to rely on “push marketing” to obtain customers and must be adept at positioning themselves as trusted advisors and sources of information.

Dr. Glen Urban of MIT Sloan School of Management will discuss his trust based marketing research which focuses on the role of increased consumer power, its role in building loyalty and how this applies to the meetings industry.

Tina Brown
Wednesday, January 15
The Relevant Revolution – From the Page to Face-to-Face

Tina Brown, renowned journalist, book author and editor-in-chief, has broken ground and rejuvenated brands throughout her widely publicized career. From Vanity Fair to The New Yorker and The Daily Beast she has left a trail of innovation in her wake. Pick up any of her past print publications today and you’ll still see Brown’s fingerprints on every page.

In 2010 Brown entered the event arena with the launch of her Women in the World Summit - a place to tell live stories and bring her print and digital journalism style to live audiences. Today she is so firmly committed to face-to-face media she is leaving The Daily Beast to start Tina Brown Live Media; a company dedicated to bringing theatrical journalism to summits, salons and flash forum.

If you are in the business of creating excitement, as Brown is, you can’t miss this Closing General Session. You’ll be immersed in her personal evolution and why she has chosen to pursue a face-to-face media strategy.

Jim Austin
Tuesday January 14
Scenario Planning- A Tool for Times of Uncertainty

Jim Austin is an expert in strategic planning, decision-making, and corporate governance, Jim has advised a number of Fortune 500 companies and is an Adjunct Faculty member the Aresty Institute of Executive Education at the Wharton School. He also teaches at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management where he lectures on Strategic Thinking, Healthcare Management and Healthcare Policy/Ethics.

Salman Khan
Wednesday, January 15
The One World School House: Education Reimagined

With over 3,000 instructional videos, 300 exercises, and 3,700,000 unique users per month, Khan Academy is changing the educational landscape. Founder Salman Khan provides insight into the history and the evolution of Khan Academy and how we can rethink education today.

Like many innovators, Khan questions existing assumptions and imagines what education could be if truly freed from them. And his core idea—liberating educators from lecturing and opening up class time for truly human interaction—has become his life's passion. Schools seek his advice about connecting to students in a digital age, and people of all ages and backgrounds flock to the Kahn Academy site to utilize this fresh approach to learning and technology integration.

Kristen McCosh
Tuesday, January 14
Inclusive Hospitality: Creating Events That Support All

McCosh has been involved in public health and disability issues for over twenty-five years in both her professional career and as a member of the disability community. She has worked in program management, service delivery, community organizing, and research. Additionally, she has been an advocate, writer, speaker, and peer mentor in the disability field.