Pioneers. Researchers. Innovators. Business leaders. Government officials. Authors. Activists. Compassionate leaders. Game-changers.
Our speakers are carefully chosen based on their experience putting heart-centered business practices into play, and their commitment to creating profound, lasting change in business, government, and individuals.
Below is a glimpse of our 2017 lineup. Stay tuned as we announce surprise speakers and special guests.
MAYOR JOHN CRANLEY
Raised in Price Hill, John Cranley was infused with a deep faith and commitment to giving back at a young age. Now John and his wife, Dena, are raising their son in the city, dedicated to same ideals of hard work, service and faith. As Mayor, John is working every day to make Cincinnati the best place in America to live, raise a family and locate a business.
Since taking office in late 2013, John has helped bring more than 6,100 new jobs to Cincinnati; lobbied for three police recruit classes which added 97 officers, the first new hires in six years; added 46 firefighters, which effectively ended “brownouts” in the Fire Department; resolved the city’s pension crisis; approved a multi-year plan to repave and repair deteriorating roads; and drafted a major anti-poverty program, the Hand Up Initiative.
John’s commitment to civil rights and equal opportunity match the values of our Queen City. As Mayor, he implemented a Croson Disparity Study and created an Office of Economic Inclusion & Minority Contracting, aimed at increasing the number of minority firms awarded city contracts. On council, John led the effort to ban racial profiling and was a lead negotiator for the historic Collaborative Agreement, which has helped improve race relations in the city. John also led the effort to pass the Hate Crimes Law after a person was murdered because of their sexual orientation.
John is the co-founder of the Ohio Innocence Project, which has exonerated more than 20 people who were wrongfully imprisoned. Also, John has worked as a private sector developer and a real estate attorney. He graduated from St. William’s, St. Xavier High School and earned degrees from John Carroll University, Harvard Law School and Harvard Divinity School.
CEO, Start With Why
Kim’s favorite word is revel. She believes we have a responsibility to help one another move to the edge of our individual and collective greatness. She has worked alongside New York Times bestselling author and optimist, Simon Sinek, since 2008. She began by showing up every day to the office – AKA Simon’s living room – to see how she could help advance the movement to inspire. Now as CEO of Start With Why, Kim is charged with building the foundation for which the Why movement can thrive. The Start With Why team exists to bring Sinek’s bold vision to life – a world where the vast majority of people wake up inspired to go to work, feel safe while they are there and return home at the end of the day fulfilled by the work they do. The team creates and provides a suite of tools and offerings to help leaders and organizations create workplaces and communities where we put people first. It’s Kim’s job to make sure the team is living this message on the inside. Kim’s strength and passion is to support people to step into roles where they can make the most meaningful and impactful contribution to the Why movement. After more than a decade in New York City, Kim recently relocated to Denver which she now calls home.
President, Habits at Work
Andrew holds over 20 years of leadership, organizational performance and business development experience. He has consulted to some of the world’s largest companies, including Shell Oil, McDonald’s, Nokia, British Aerospace, Unilever, Blue Cross Blue Shield and many others.
Although his consulting experience is the source for many of his insights, Andrew’s real passion is public speaking. Andrew is an innovator and disruptor who has spoken about organizational performance at over 500 public and private events. He brings new and challenging perspectives to the topics he discusses, honed by his experience working around the world, and from the practical application of his solutions in his consulting work.
Wherever and whatever he speaks, his goal is to leave his audience feeling moved and inspired to join him in his personal mission to make the world a more productive place. As a result, his presentations are passionate, lively and entertaining and will challenge your views on the way the world works.
Andrew is adamant about helping companies to flourish through the success of their people, rather than their expense, and is eager to share his expertise with other thought leaders in all industries.
Former Chief Marketing Officer, HYATT Hotels Corporation
John is Principal of Farley Hill, influencing leadership behavior. He believes that every organization should confront its challenges with open minds, analytical precision and fearless creativity. And from his own vast experiences, he knows that when this process occurs, the results are remarkable for organizations and the people within them. Now an advisor helping companies bring their purpose to life, John retired from Hyatt Hotels Corporation in 2016, where he’d had an amazing career. He ultimately became Global Head of Marketing and Brand Strategy, reporting to the CEO, managing a budget in excess of US$300 million and directing the efforts of seven Vice Presidents, encompassing roles of marketing communications, e-commerce, analytics, brands, innovation, public relations and loyalty, including 117 associates in Chicago, Zurich and Hong Kong. Previous roles included Senior Vice President, Product and Brand Development, Senior Vice President, Global Asset Management, General Manager and Regional Vice President for various of Hyatt’s international properties on every continent.
Co-Founder, THINX, Icon, Tushy & Wild
Author, DO COOL SH*T
Miki is a social entrepreneur who loves to use designed innovation to break taboos and change culture. She's passionate about sharing her knowledge and strategies from idea to launch to growth in the most authentic way possible. Social Entrepreneur. Inventor. Author. Speaker. Impact Investor. Creative Director. Dreamer.
A true “force of nature", Miki was dubbed a 2017 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, 2016’s Crain’s 40 Under 40 list, featured on the cover of Entrepreneur magazine, named one of the “Most Impressive Women Entrepreneurs of 2016” by Inc. Magazine and one of 2015’s “Most Creative People” by Ad Age. Between 2013 and 2015, Miki was given the Tribeca Film Festival’s “Disruptive Innovation” Award and named one of Forbes’ 20 Millennials on a Mission. More on Miki at mikiagrawal.com.
VICTOR J. STRECHER, PhD, MPH
Professor & Director for Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship
University of Michigan Schools of Public Health and Medicine
Founder & President, JOOL Health, Inc.
Vic Strecher is a behavioral scientist, professor, and Director of Innovation at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. In 1995, Vic founded the UM Center for Health Communications Research. In 1998, he founded HealthMedia, a digital health coaching company that was sold to Johnson & Johnson in 2008. In 2015 he founded JOOL Health, a digital health solution company that integrates the science of health and well-being, advanced smartphone and biometric technology, and big data analytics. His most recent book is Life On Purpose: How Living for What Matters Most Changes Everything (HarperOne).
Former Manager, Shell GameChanger Innovation Program
Until March 2016, Mandar managed Shell's GameChanger program on social innovation, focusing on investing in novel solutions to social and environmental challenges that would create shared value - for both business and society. Through the portfolio of investments, Mandar strived to showcase that business can and must play a greater role (beyond philanthropy) to enable and scale social impact. He received the "Ashoka League of Intrapreneurs" award for designing and facilitating a leadership program using meditation practice to nourish the innovation culture at Shell. Mandar is co-founder of Media Rise, a not for profit, social enterprise that inspires both the creation and consumption of meaningful media to accelerate social change. He recently produced his first documentary film "From India With Love" – a story about the transformational pilgrimage to India taken by a group of Americans, who have all suffered from violence, in search of solace, healing and wisdom.
Author & Activist
Author, activist and entrepreneur, Judy founded Philadelphia’s iconic White Dog Cafe in 1983, which became a pioneer in the farm to table movement and a model in sustainable business practices. She is founder of Fair Food Philly (2000) and the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (2001) and the nationwide (BALLE) Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (2001). In her retail career, Judy founded Black Cat, which featured locally made and fair-trade gifts for twenty years. In 1970, Judy cofounded the original Free People’s Store, now well known as Urban Outfitters (no longer affiliated). Her work has earned numerous local and national awards, including the James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award, the International Association of Culinary Professionals Humanitarian Award and the Women Chefs and Restaurateurs Lifetime Achievement Award. Judy was inducted into the University Science Center’s Innovators Walk of Fame in 2016. Good Morning, Beautiful Business, Judy’s acclaimed memoir, won a national gold medal for business leadership and has been translated into Chinese and Korean. Judy continues her work to build a new economy of beautiful businesses and mentors the next generation of entrepreneurs in Philadelphia.
New York Times Bestselling Author
Founder & Co-Founder, Dream Change & Pachamama Alliance
As Chief Economist at a major international consulting firm, John Perkins advised the World Bank, United Nations, IMF, U.S. Treasury Department, Fortune 500 corporations, and leaders of countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. He is the author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, The Secret History of the American Empire and Hoodwinked. These ground-breaking exposés of the clandestine operations that created the current global crises set the stage for the revelations and strategies detailed in The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man – a book that provides practical strategies to transform the failing global Death Economy into a regenerative Life Economy. John has lectured at Harvard, Oxford, and more than 50 other universities around the world, and is the author of books on indigenous cultures and transformation. He has been featured on ABC, NBC, CNN, CNBC, NPR, A&E, the History Channel, TIME, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Der Spiegel, and many other publications and documentaries. John is a founder and board member of Dream Change and The Pachamama Alliance, non-profit organizations devoted to establishing a world future generations will want to inherit. He was awarded the Lennon Ono Grant for Peace 2012, and Rainforest Action Network Challenging Business As Usual Award, 2006.
President & CEO, Wellness Council of America
Ryan is President & CEO of WELCOA, the national leader in workplace and corporate wellness programs. He is known for his innovative and pragmatic approach to worksite wellness, and is furthering the WELCOA mission and vision – continuing to position the organization for success for the future. Prior to joining WELCOA, Ryan served BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBST) for nine years working in health promotion, organizational development, human resources, strategy and planning, and account management. In his most recent role, he created and led health management consulting where he was responsible for developing strategies and capabilities to promote wellness and improve health for BCBST’s customers. Under his leadership, BCBST has received numerous national awards and recognition including a C. Everett Koop honorable mention in 2012. While in Tennessee, Ryan was an active member of the Tennessee Obesity Task force, Pioneering Healthy Communities initiative, and helped create the Chattanooga Wellness Coalition. He has a Master of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Northern Arizona University.
Founding Partner, Management Centre Türkiye
Alper is the Founding Partner of Management Centre Türkiye, a leading management consultancy operating in Turkey and surrounding region. Clients that he currently serves are; Saudi Telecom, TEB-BNP Paribas, Perfetti Van Melle, Türk Telecom, Vodafone, Turkcell, and Janssen. He has graduated from Boğaziçi University, Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1991 and holds a Doctorate on Professional Studies on Organizational Consultancy at Ashridge/Middlesex University. Alper is the Co-Founder of European Leadership University which is a new generation university providing developing, recruiting and retaining talent for exceptional organizations through bespoke degree programmes. He is a member of Young Presidents Organisation (YPO). He has co-authored a best seller in Turkey: “Agile Companies” and has been a contributing writer to a recently published book in UK, “Organisational Consulting : @ the Edges of Possibility”. He speaks Turkish, English, and French.
Co-Founder & CEO, Tribute.co
Andrew Horn is on a mission to bring gratitude and meaningful connection to the masses. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of Tribute.co, which The New Yorker recently called "Hallmark 2.0." Tribute makes it easy to create a collaborative video montage of a group of people sharing their appreciation for someone they want to celebrate. You can almost think of it as a “living eulogy” and they have delivered more than 100,000 since launching.
Andrew often speaks (United Nations, MasterCard, Cleveland Clinic) and writes (Inc., MindBodyGreen, TheMuse) on human connection and the art of meaningful conversation.
CEO & Co-Owner, JANCOA
Mary is CEO and co-owner of JANCOA Janitorial Services, Inc., an award-winning, certified WBE that is a family operated, commercial cleaning service located in Cincinnati. She is known for her optimism and desire to help others realize their uniqueness and personal power. Through JANCOA’s renowned employee benefits program, the Dream Manager, Mary has created an exceptional work environment. The Dream Manager, popularized by the bestselling book by Matthew Kelly, under the same name, grew from an employee retention program into an encouraging example of what a business can be. As CEO, Mary has driven the company’s success and exponential growth; she believes success came when she stopped selling and started caring, and that’s the core of who she is. Mary has gained an international following as a popular speaker advocating for everyone to change direction and focus on their dreams, both personal and professional. As author of Changing Direction, she strives to stay on a path of positivity and determination while continuing to achieve her dreams and inspire others to reach for theirs. In addition to running a business with more than 500 full-time employees, Mary is an associate coach for Strategic Coach, where she works with fellow entrepreneurs on work-life balance, growth and enjoying the process.
Chief Creative Officer, LPK
Nathan Hendricks believes there is no excuse for a lousy brand. As chief creative officer at LPK, he brings nearly three decades of experience across virtually every category, merging diverse disciplines to approach brands with innovative methodologies, such as desires thinking. Across offices in Cincinnati, London, Geneva, Singapore and Guangzhou, he has developed winning creative for a long and varied roster of clients, including Gillette, Titleist, Pringles, Beam Suntory, AB InBev, Herbal Essences, Olay and Coleman. In every effort, Hendricks challenges his teams to uphold LPK’s vision: that every brand should make a powerful and positive difference for the people it serves. A candid cultural commentator, he’s never afraid to tell it like it is. His industry insights and design methodologies have been quoted in publications like Fast Company, Quartz, AdAge, DMI, HOW Magazine and UX Magazine, among others. Hendricks holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial design from The Ohio State University, where he majored in visual communications and cultivated an affection for beer.
Founder, Nick Jackson Speaks & Speakers of Love
As founder of Speakers of Love, Nick motivates and inspires people through his experiences and empowering stories. With a focus on the principles of loving thy neighbor and serving one’s community, he commits his life to helping people of all ages reach their higher purpose and unleash their true potential. In 2014 Nick was honored with the TedX-Cincinnati People’s Choice Award for his inspiring speech at Memorial Hall. To date he has enlightened, entertained and championed the lives of over 755,000 high school and collegiate students.
With a degree in education, Nick began his career as the first African-American male teacher and coach at Norwood High School in Ohio, and later taught and coached at Fort Thomas (Highlands) Independent School District in Kentucky, where he was the school's first Afro-American educator. While at those schools, Nick coached two football teams to state championships and never had a losing season. He was elected by NBC, Showtime and Fox Sports’ Cris Collinsworth to become the national spokesperson for UGive, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering the next generation of volunteers. Nick believes his crowning achievement in life is orchestrating volunteer groups that have generated over 100,000 meals and 2,500 haircuts for homeless neighbors, single mothers and friends.
Executive Coach, Performing Artist & Director of Ser In Motion
Felicia has been training professionals in leadership skills around Spain and Europe since 2004. Her wide range of clients have included companies such as Adidas, LG, Abbot, Thyssen Krupp, Sanitas, Auchan, Capgemini, and Deutsche Bank. Felicia is the founder of Ser In Motion – a unique conference platform that unifies performing arts, communication and high impact training. As a lifelong seeker of expression through dance, signing, choreography and teaching, she has incorporated these passions into Ser In Motion, which uses stage language to exhibit paradigms of behavior through humor. Ser In Motion presents at corporations, universities and other institutions. Felicia holds a degree in Life and Executive Coaching with a specialty in Emotional Intelligence from the Universidad Camilo José Cela, and is a Master NLP trainer via Santa Cruz University, California. She is a certified member of International Trainers Academy in London, where she lived for 8 years. Felicia is from Madrid, Spain, where she currently lives and works.
Founder, Social Good Now
Alex is the founder of Social Good Now, which highlights social issues through short animated videos and visual content.
Alex’s projects have been featured on TEDx Houston, CNN, Time.com, Univision, Fast Company, and the Houston Chronicle. He’s also an occasional contributor to the Huffington Post.
In 2014 Alex took a trip around the world and turned it into a video project called “High Five Around the World.” You can watch his TEDx Houston presentation about it here.
Founder & CEO, GameChangers
Andrew is on a mission to redefine the game of business. He has spearheaded the creation of GameChangers.co, a platform to accelerate the transition to an economy that grows love, promotes unity, and cares for the one planet we call home. He has created a system to assess, showcase, and improve the world’s top for-benefit businesses; those that look beyond revenue as the “point system” and, instead, ranks organizations based on the depth and scale of their positive impact. Andrew has become a sought-after expert on what differentiates high performing purpose-driven companies. More at www.GameChangers.co.
President & CEO, Motivity Partnerships
Co-Founder, Global Women 4 Wellbeing
Mim Senft has over 20 years of corporate experience in project management, benefits design and wellness program strategy and implementation. She specializes in providing companies with strategies that positively impact culture and create team innovation. She is a certified as a Worksite Wellness Specialist through the National Wellness Institute; has her GBA group benefits designation through the International Foundation of Benefit Professionals (IFEBP); her property and casualty insurance certification, Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI), through the Insurance Institute of America; and became a certified yoga instructor in 2006. Prior to founding Motivity Partnerships, she worked with over 70 clients in a variety of industries including finance, manufacturing, law, fashion/retail and not-for-profit. She is also a co-founder of Global Women 4 Wellbeing (GW4W), a member of the Wellness At Work Initiative at the Global Wellness Institute, a member of the American Sustainable Business Council and a member of UN Women Metro. She served on the National Wellness Institute board from 2015 to February 2017.
Founder, CORE Media Enterprise & LevelUp Institute
Executive Director, SocialGood.us
Ruben is an international public speaker, trainer, marketing strategist and serial social entrepreneur. He is founder and CEO of CORE Media Enterprise, a media production, strategy and marketing company focused on changing the world through the power of story. In addition to his work at CORE Media Enterprise, Ruben is Executive Director of SocialGood.us, a national platform for social innovation, action tanks and business acceleration. SocialGood.us is part of the Social Good Summit, where Ruben also serves Director of Business Development. Ruben’s youngest company, LevelUp Institute, is a social enterprise that aims to empower the next generation of diverse entrepreneurs. The company works with students who are the first in their family to attend college, and come from historically low-income and marginalized backgrounds. LevelUp's 12-week accelerator produces entrepreneurs that create high-tech startups for social impact. Ruben holds a B.S. in Radio-TV-Film from the Moody College of Communications and an M.S. in Technology Commercialization from the McCombs School of Business, both from The University of Texas at Austin. He graduated from Leadership Austin’s Essential class of 2014, and was nominated as Entrepreneur of the Year for Austin Under 40 in 2015. He also was nominated for Changemaker of the Year in 2016 by the Austin Young Chamber.
Founder, Rule No. 1
Adam has no idea why people write bios about themselves in the third person. So I’m going to just address you directly. It might sound less fancy but it’s a lot more personal. Let me know what you think.
After 16+ years as a consultant, marketer, and innovation practitioner, most recently as Principal at SYPartners, I started Rule No. 1, a consultancy dedicated to helping companies be the best version possible of themselves—living their unique purpose and values in their culture and in the market.
My recent consulting has focused on the intersection of brand and culture—helping companies create distinctive brands and fully activate their people to bring those brands to life. I’ve partnered with senior executives at leading companies such as IBM, Hyatt, JetBlue, Celgene, and Metlife, to codify company purpose, values, behaviors, and vision; define brand identity and strategy; design leadership development and workforce engagement programs; and shift mindsets and behaviors to fuel brand, culture and performance.
I began my career at McKinsey & Company, consulting on strategy and organizational change. I worked at Pfizer as a brand manager on Sudafed, Listerine, and Efferdent, and at J&J to build a new innovation capability and unlock non-traditional revenue streams. I’ve got a BA in Speech & Drama from Yeshiva University, and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Chicago.
In addition to my professional passions, I am an avid craft beer lover, home brewer, father of 3, and I enjoy some quiet reading time when I can get it.
Managing Partner, The Experience Firm
As an experiential marketing strategist and managing partner at the Experience Firm, Elijah teaches companies about the power of building relationships and driving word of mouth. He believes that the purpose of business is to make life better for people, and that if we can commit to doing that to the best of our ability each and every day, we can build brands that change the world for the better.
Throughout his career, Elijah has negotiated with Hollywood studios, coordinated with the Secret Service, managed celebrity events, facilitated CEO roundtables, lectured at colleges and universities, and testified as an expert witness on branding. The simple truth he has gleaned from all of his experience is that a focus on people, purpose, and possibilities can turn the daily grind into a daily inspiration.
Director of Wellbeing, SIG
Rachel is the Director of Wellbeing at SIG, a nationally recognized top workplace and benefits consulting firm, where she has been leading the wellness efforts for over a decade. In her role, Rachel supports and guides organizations to connect and engage their employees in meaningful ways, so they can become an employer of choice. Because of her passion and unique approach to her work, the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) named her the Top Health Promotion Professional in the U.S. in 2015 and among the Top 10 in 2017. Influenced by the example set by her entrepreneur parents, Rachel learned from a young age that you can do what you love and get paid for it while maintaining a commitment to family and core values. Her unique approach combines her background in psychology, health education, and corporate consulting with her inspiring personal health journey, refreshing and inviting approach, and disarming sense of humor.
Rachel is a founding member and young board member of Global Women for Wellbeing (GW4W), and writes the blog Rachel’s Nourishing Kitchen, which was named one of the Top 50 Clean Food Blogs by the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. She holds a Master’s degree in Health Science with concentrations in Community Health Education and Health Administration as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
Business Consultant & Coach
Gale West, MA, MFA, is an internationally known speaker, consultant, coach and business intuitive. With over 30 years of experience, she helps conscious entrepreneurs, creatives, and executives link the soul of their business to the business of their soul so they can experience the joy, adventure and financial expansion from playing a bigger game. She specializes in transforming relationships with money and success.
Gale combines intuitive wisdom, creative innovation and laser quick transformational methods with practical applications. She created the In-Vision Process, an out of the box technique utilizing powerful creative processes to access intuitive information. She works with clients one-on-one, in workshops, and through teaching and writing.
Gale earned her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and New Media and holds certifications in Internal Family Systems, Hakomi Mind-Body Therapy and Myers Briggs Type Indicator. She has taught business at universities in China and the States. Additionally, she had a practice as a highly successful psychotherapist. Her upcoming book, Money, A Healing Journey, invites readers to transform their relationship with money so that it can become an agent for divine love in the market place.
HANLIE VAN WYK
Research Psychologist, Habits at Work
Hanlie’s professional career spans 26 years and three continents. She was involved in monitoring hate crime with the University of South Africa Center for Applied Psychology and a founding member of the Hate Crimes Working Group-a multi-sectoral network of civil society organizations set up to spearhead advocacy and reform initiatives. The work resulted in improved hate crime legislation. Inspired by Nelson Mandela’s quote “People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love” her new research will focus on the prevention and mitigation of hate crimes. As a consultant she facilitated leadership and talent actualization for clients in a range of industries. She co-developed a unique approach that measures and explains the interactions between brain behavior and wellbeing and used this to create a platform for exemplary leadership. She currently works as Head of Applied Behavioral Research and Habit Change at the Behavioral Research and Applied Technology Laboratory (BRATLAB). Hanlie fills a critical gap with her background, expertise and practical experience in building and implementing performance programs. In her spare time she is a shaman-in-training.
Founder, Concentrated Coaching
Mark serves heart-led entrepreneurs, innovative leaders, and coaches/therapists stalled in important work or life pursuits. They've become "stuck:" there's something they yearn to do, have the skills to do it, yet struggle with--for reasons that make little sense. Mark offers a concentrated way to get unstuck quickly. It includes reconnecting to the essential self in a visceral way ("core intention"), and resolving that internal civil war between parts that are driven and parts holding ourselves back. Prior to Concentrated Coaching, Mark had 34 years of coaching and consulting experience in strategy and strategy implementation (including incentive design and sales analytics), in startups and multinational companies around the world. That included roles as a Partner at the London Perret Roche Group; VP Professional Services at marketRx/Cognizant; Group Leader at the strategy advisory firm, Monitor Group; Senior Partner and Vice President at CSC Healthcare; Vice President with The Wilkerson Group (merged with IBM Healthcare); Principal at Towers Perrin; and lecturer at New York University. Mark has a BS from MIT (computer science/engineering), MBA from Wharton (strategic planning), and 1,200 hours of clinical training resulting in certifications in Internal Family Systems, NLP, and Ericksonian Hypnosis.
Speaker & Transition Strategist
Lauren Magrisso is a dynamic speaker and workshop facilitator on a quest to unlock the potential of the feminine in our masculine worldview. Lauren believes the feminine energy is the most untapped natural resource on our planet. To release this nascent potential, she teaches masculine leaders (both male and female) to more fully access their feminine energy source.
A former innovation and growth strategist, Lauren built her career on advising executive leaders at Fortune 100 companies on how to design new businesses through the power of empathy, design and experimentation. After taking a quarter life sabbatical to understand meaningful living over materialistic consumption, Lauren is now committed to seeing leaders, teams and organizational cultures access their full potential for power, energy and joy.
Co-Founder, Imaginal Labs
As the co-Founder of Imaginal Labs, Rob is a master at working with courageous leaders to help them align and mobilize their teams to accomplish the things of which they dream. One of the worlds leading experts at designing and delivering the innovative DesignShop® collaborative workshops, Rob has helped many of the world’s leading organizations, including 38 of the 2016 Fortune 100 companies, and major non-profits tangle with wicked problems and design break-through solutions.
Rob is the author of the five-volume Collaboration Code, a practical guide to successfully designing and leading collaborative work with groups small, large, and huge.
Rob is an adjunct faculty member at Auburn Theological Seminary and holds graduate degrees from Harvard Divinity School and Harvard University. He has held faculty positions at Harvard University, Harvard Divinity School, Northeastern University, and the Lesley College Graduate School of Management.
CAROLYN BUCK LUCE
Managing Partner, Imaginal Labs
Carolyn is a gifted strategist and teacher who has spent her career building highly effective cultures, businesses and teams. She has been a leader concurrently in both the private and public/non-profit sectors for the last four decades. Diplomat, Wall Street Banker, Management Consultant, Healthcare Futurist, Talent Innovator, Professor, Author, Philanthropist, Executive Coach – Carolyn’s career journey has provided her with a unique perspective on building the “heart-ware” operating system of business.
As the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the boutique consulting firm, Imaginal Labs, along with her life partner, Rob Evans, Carolyn is focused on helping courageous leaders make the difference they dream of. She is also the Co-Founder and Executive-in-Residence at the Center for Talent Innovation, whose mission is to lead ground-breaking research that leverages talent across the divides of gender, generation, geography, and culture. She has co-authored several articles in the HBR and recently published a new book “Reimagining Healthcare: Through a Gender Lens.
Carolyn has served in a variety of capacities in advancing women’s leadership including past Board Chair of the New York Women’s Foundation, being named the 2012 Woman of the Year by the Healthcare Women’s Business Association, and, in 2007, she was appointed by Mayor Bloomberg as a Commissioner of the New York City Commission on Women’s Issues.