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Brad Ludden
Brad Ludden
A world-class kayaker who also happens to be a world class human being and one of 2016 CNN's "Top 10 Heroes!" By 18, Brad was living his dream. He was Nike's first sponsored whitewater kayaker, on the cover of Outside Magazine and traveling the globe in search of first descents - successfully paddling a river that no one has ever paddled before. But despite those successes, something was missing. At a young age Brad watched his Aunt battle cancer and realized how little support there was for her. Thirteen years later he founded First Descents - an organization that empowers people fighting and surviving cancer by providing free outdoor adventures helping more than 3,000 young adults live beyond their disease and pursue a journey not previously forged.

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Shawn Achor
Shawn Achor
Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage, spent over a decade at Harvard University where he won numerous distinguished teaching awards for his work. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and earned a Masters from Harvard Divinity School in Christian and Buddhist ethics. In 2006, he was Head Teaching Fellow for "Positive Psychology," the most popular course at Harvard at the time. In 2007, Shawn founded Good Think Inc. to share his research with a wider population. When the global economy collapsed in 2008, Shawn was immediately called in as an expert by the world's largest banks to help restart forward progress. Subsequently, Shawn has spoken in 45 countries to a wide variety of audiences: bankers on Wall Street, students in Dubai, CEOs in Zimbabwe. Shawn's research on happiness and human potential has received attention from the Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Forbes, CNN, and NPR.

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Kristin Baird, RN, BSN, MHA
Kristin Baird, RN, BSN, MHA
Kristin is an individual with a unique career path combining clinical nursing experience with marketing and business development for a variety of healthcare organizations. She is a consultant, author, speaker and trainer who uses an exclusive skill set to help healthcare organizations transform culture and shape the patient experience through leadership development, employee engagement, culture assessments, and mystery shopping.

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Robyn Benincasa
Robyn Benincasa
2014 CNN Hero, World Champion Eco-Challenge Adventure Racer, NT Times Bestselling Author, Founder of the 501c3 Project Athena Foundation, 3x Guinness World Record Distance Paddler, Proud Owner of 2 Metal 'Bionic Hips' and Full Time San Diego Firefighter Robyn Benincasa definitely knows a thing or two about ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things. NBC, ABC, CNN, ESPN, USA Network, Discovery Channel, Outdoor Life Network, PBS and FOX have all featured Robyn and her amazing accomplishments. Add to those network credits editorials in Fast Company, Sport Illustrated, Vogue, Corporate & Incentive Travel, The New York Times, Outside, and Harper's Bazaar, and it's no surprise your meeting will be electrifying!

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Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha
Ben Casnocha is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and executive in Silicon Valley. He recently served as Chief of Staff to the Chairman at LinkedIn. He is coauthor with LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman of the recent New York Times bestseller "The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age," which has become one of the most sought-after management frameworks on how to recruit, manage, and retain entrepreneurial employees. Human Resources magazine recently named Ben one of the top trendsetters in the talent industry. He has appeared on CNN, The Charlie Rose Show and CNBC and been featured in various media including The Economist, The New Yorker, and the Wall Street Journal.

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Mitchell Ditkoff
Mitchell Ditkoff
Mitch is the President and Co-Founder of Idea Champions. He is a former adjunct faculty member at GE's Crotonville Management Center and Duke Corporate GE. His new bestselling book in 2016 is Storytelling at Work: How Moments of Truth Reveal the Real Business of Life. Mitch is considered one of the world's best speakers on fostering a culture of innovation.

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George Dom
George Dom
George Dom is a former naval officer and aviator. His career included key leadership positions in high performance organizations, including four aircraft carrier fighter squadrons and command of the air wing on the USS John F. Kennedy. What gave him the greatest lasting satisfaction was "building" high performance leaders and teams. Leadership development is not only the key to success but crucial to survival.

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Chip Eichelberger
Chip Eichelberger
Chip Eichelberger, CSP will be THE energy source for your event! Formerly Tony Robbins international point man, Chip is a proven pro that will do the homework necessary to customize his message with your theme and business model. He specializes in customized, high energy, engaging, humorous and interactive opening, after meal and closing presentations. Winning Sales Leader of the Year twice, he hired, trained and led sales teams around the U.S. and became Robbins' international point man planting the flag for Tony in Australia and the UK.

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Jackie Freiberg, PhD
Jackie Freiberg, PhD
One of the best female business speakers available in today's market place, Jackie Freiberg, PhD, is a connoisseur of companies that blow the doors off business-as-usual. She is the co- author of the compelling book, GUTS!: Companies That Blow the Doors Off Business-as-Usual, and the award-winning national bestseller, NUTS!: Southwest Airlines' Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success. As a professional speaker, Freiberg is in high demand to deliver practical business strategies that prove to increase productivity, retention, service, loyalty and profitability. She is passionate about equipping leaders at all levels with hope, ideas, and practical tools to kick-start and re-inspire their journey toward becoming employers of choice!

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Kevin Freiberg, PhD
Kevin Freiberg, PhD
Kevin Freiberg, PhD, is recognized in the business arena as a thought leader and authority on gutsy leaders and companies. His book, GUTS! Companies That Blow the Doors Off Business-as-Usual, the exciting sequel to their hugely successful book, NUTS! Southwest Airlines' Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success. One of the most influential voices on the speaking circuit today, Freiberg is widely acknowledged for his expertise in helping clients build strong, purposeful cultures that attract top talent and loyal customers; developing gutsy leaders who excel at hiring, retaining and unleashing world-class talent; re-recruiting people and re-inspire the passion for increased performance and productivity; and increasing customer loyalty by building customer-centric organizations.

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Tim Gard
Tim Gard
Authority in stress reduction, increasing productivity, morale, and overall job satisfaction through humor., Tim Gard is the author/co-author of 4 books; frequent guest on TV & radio; CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, Certified Speaking Professional, named Meetings and Conventions "Best Speaker Heard or Used!"

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Kevin Harrington
Kevin Harrington
Inventor of the Infomercial, Original Shark on Shark Tank and As Seen on TV Pioneer, Kevin Harrington is one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time. As a real estate and business broker, Kevin sold thousands of businesses and then offered one-stop services from accounting to insurance to advertising to finance and more. Master storyteller and brand builder, Kevin shows you how to go from "being great at what you do" to becoming a key person of influence in your industry.

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Sheila Heen
Sheila Heen
Collaboration, innovation, high performance and sound decision-making all hinge on leaders’ ability to have difficult conversations and discuss honest feedback when it matters most. In organizations all over the world, these conversations are attempted or avoided every day. Sheila Heen's humor, warmth and authenticity make an instant connection with C-suite executives, senior leaders and individual contributors alike. In her New York Times Bestselling books Difficult Conversations and Thanks for the Feedback, and through 20 years at the Harvard Negotiation Project and Triad Consulting, Heen shows us how to revolutionize the quality of feedback conversations and the culture of learning, collaboration, and innovation in your organization.

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Ben Hines
Ben Hines
Founded Moving Performance in 2009, Ben brings together his two passions: people development and music. He uniquely combines his 13 years of commercial experience in the financial and legal sectors with his own musical abilities as a semi-professional orchestral French horn player. Ben has used music to help both executive boards and emerging leaders to reflect on their strengths and those of others, to move toward more collaborative and productive outcomes. He works across the world facilitatin

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Chad Hymas
Chad Hymas
At the age of 27, Chad Hymas broke his neck in an accident which left him a quadriplegic. Inspired by his son, Hymas made the decision that he had the power to control his own future. Now President of his own communications company and author of the book, Soaring to New Heights, he shares principles and values that have helped him to achieve the unachievable - inspiring audiences to stretch out their own wings, take off with confidence, and not worry about where they're going to land. Through his unique sense of humor and touching stories, Hymas delivers a message that taps into the heart of every audience.

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John Izzo, PhD
John Izzo, PhD
Dr. John Izzo brings to health care organizations around the world a powerful message and formula for renewing the heart in health care and creating a culture where compassionate service and a focus on excellence sit side by side. He is an established author who has focused on the power of people at work and the creation of vital workplaces, and his PBS featured special - The Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die, all culminate to support his powerful message.

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Willie Jolley
Willie Jolley
* Named "One of the Outstanding 5 Speakers In The World" - by Toastmasters International * Best Selling Author of "A Setback Is A Setup For A Comeback" & "An Attitude of Excellence!" * Host of "The Willie Jolley Show" on CBS-TV, PBS, Sirius/XM & WHUR-FM

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Professor John Kotter
Professor John Kotter
John P. Kotter is internationally known and widely regarded as the foremost speaker on the topics of Leadership and Change. His is the premier voice on how the best organizations actually achieve successful transformations. The Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership, Emeritus at the Harvard Business School and a graduate of MIT and Harvard, Kotter's vast experience and knowledge on successful change and leadership have been proven time and again. John Kotter's articles in The Harvard Business Review over the past twenty years have sold more reprints than any of the hundreds of distinguished authors who have written for that publication during the same time period.

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Gregg Lederman
Gregg Lederman
Founder and CEO of Brand Integrity, a passionate engagement company with disruptive and sustainable solutions, Greg has worked with tens of thousands of business leaders and managers to implement a sustainable engagement solution—one that goes beyond rewards and "thank you" programs, and positions their companies to become even better places to work, ultimately creating customers for life. His clients have experienced a more than 68% increase in employee engagement over the last two years. More than 65% of Gregg's clients have been noted on "Best Places to Work" lists, either in their region, industry, or on the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® annual ranking.

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Patrick Lencioni
Patrick Lencioni
Patrick Lencioni is founder and president of The Table Group, Inc., a specialized management-consulting firm focused on executive team-development and organizational health. He has been described by the One-Minute Manager's Ken Blanchard as "fast defining the next generation of business thinkers." Pat's work has also been featured in numerous publications such as Fast Company, INC. Magazine, USA Today, Entrepreneur, Drucker Foundation's Leader to Leader and The Harvard Business Review.

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Josh Linkner
Josh Linkner
Josh Linkner delivers inspiring and actionable keynotes to drive meaningful outcomes worldwide. He is the perfect balance between energizing and practical; entertaining and result-focused; fun and impactful. As an innovation keynote speaker, New York Times Bestselling author, successful four-time entrepreneur, venture capitalist, national columnist and well-respected jazz musician, Josh blends deep, real-world experience with a magnetic stage presence to help people and organizations thrive. Every talk is customized to drive the biggest possible impact, combining engaging stories, gorgeous visuals, and practical techniques that push audiences to jumpstart their creative energy and solve challenges in fresh, innovative ways.

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John O'Leary
John O'Leary
John began speaking in 2005 to a total of eight organizations. Since then, John has partnered with over 850 organizations in 46 states and nine countries. His life is proof of the power of the human spirit. At nine years old, he was burned on 100% of his body and given less than one percent chance of surviving the first night. He endured months in the hospital, years in therapy, dozens of surgeries, and lost all of his fingers to amputation. As a boy in a hospital bed, John could not have foreseen his many accomplishments. Yet his experiences throughout the journey are what fuel the incredible compassion and authenticity that are evident in every presentation he gives focused on personal awareness, clarity of purpose and personal mastery.

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Freddie Ravel
Freddie Ravel
Internationally acclaimed "Keynote Maestro" Freedie blends his infectious passions for business breakthroughs and the power of music to unlock the minds, hearts and potential of audiences around the world. Backed by #1 hits and collaborative successes with Earth, Wind & Fire, Madonna, Prince, Sergio Mendes, Quincy Jones, the Boston Pops and rock legend Carlos Santana, the #1 chart-topping pianist is the founder of The Rhythm of Success. His program enhances leadership, innovation and collaboration for small, midsized and large corporations alike. Freddie's media appearances include FOX, ABC, CBS, Universal, Business Rockstars, Clear Channel and SiriusXM. His delighted clients refer to him as "the ideal balance of entertainment and content."

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Mark Sanborn
Mark Sanborn
Mark Sanborn is an international bestselling author and noted authority on leadership, team building, customer service and change. To meet healthcare challenges and navigate the changes, healthcare businesses will need to focus more than ever on leadership, change management, and the patient experience. Mark has helped hundreds of organizations and clients rise to meet challenges just like these as he assists organizations through the uncharted territory of 21st Century healthcare. He's the author of eight books, including Up, Down Or Sideways: How to Succeed When Times Are Good, Bad, or In Between and The Fred Factor: How Passion in Your Work and Life Can Make the Ordinary Extraordinary which has sold 1.6 million copies.

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Dennis Snow
Dennis Snow
Dennis Snow, over 20 years with the Walt Disney World Company, launched a division of the Disney Institute responsible for consulting with some of the world's largest companies including ExxonMobil, AT&T, and Coca Cola. He is a full-time speaker, trainer and consultant who helps organizations achieve goals related to customer service, employee development and leadership. While there, he coordinated the Disney Traditions program which is universally recognized as a benchmark in corporate training. In his last year with Walt Disney World®, Dennis' leadership performance was ranked in the top 3% of the company's leadership team.

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Bill Taylor
Bill Taylor
A generation of executives and company-builders think differently about change, leadership, and the best ways to compete, innovate, and succeed as a result of Bill Taylor, founding editor of Fast Company. His book Simply Brilliant: How Great Organizations Do Ordinary Things in Extraordinary Ways, was named "Best of 2016" by Leadership Now. Bill's popular book, Practically Radical: Not-So-Crazy Ways to Transform Your Company, Shake Up Your Industry, and Challenge Yourself was declared by bestselling author Daniel H. Pink as "the most powerful and instructive change manual you'll ever read."

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Ben Utecht
Ben Utecht
Ben has established himself as a prominent national leadership and motivational speaker for corporations, conventions, and non-profit events. Both of his programs, The Champion's Way and The MVP Program, stem from lessons he learned from Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy and in the huddle with future Hall-of-Famer Peyton Manning. As an influential advocate for brain health, Ben served as the national spokesperson for the American Academy of Neurology and currently sits on the board of the American Brain Foundation. He has a message of hope that has reached a nation-wide audience, inspiring people to value every moment to its fullest.

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Bill Walton
Bill Walton
A basketball superstar and member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, Bill Walton made sports history playing for UCLA when he led the team to two NCAA championships and a record 88-game winning streak. He inspires audiences with tales from his improbable life and career as he talks about his legendary coaches and shares their leadership secrets. The most-injured player in NBA history, Walton was forced to quit the game he loved. He decided to pursue broadcasting, but first had to overcome the lifelong stutter that afflicted him. A catastrophic spinal collapse represented the toughest challenge of Walton's life. His 37th surgery put him back together but it was a rocky road that led to his triumphant recovery.

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Margie Warrell
Margie Warrell
As a best-selling author and expert on courage, Margie Warrell has an extraordinary ability to get to the heart of what holds people back from achieving deeper fulfillment and greater success. Warrell is the author of two bestselling books Find Your Courage (McGraw-Hill 2009) and Stop Playing Safe (Wiley 2013). She's also co-authored of two other books with Stephen Covey, Jack Canfield, Ken Blanchard and John Gray. Warrell's l2015book, Brave: 50 Everyday Acts of Courage to Thrive in Work, Love and Life (Wiley, 2015) guides readers to move past the fears, doubts and beliefs that keep them from making the changes and taking chances they need to enjoy the fulfillment and success they desire. Her Spring 2017 release Make Your Mark will focus on getting unstuck and charting your best course towards your biggest life.

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    Distress signals are starting to sound in two of the country’s major sectors, retail and healthcare. Last week, the discount shoe retailer Payless ShoeSource filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and announced it will close 400 brick-and-mortar stores throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. The announcement comes on the heels of a seemingly unending parade of bad news from traditional retailers in recent months. So far this year, Walmart, Macy’s, J.C. Penney among others, have all announced significant store closures. Ralph Lauren is shuttering its flagship Polo store, a foot-traffic magnet on tony Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, the latest step in a massive cost-cutting effort.
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  • magnifying-glass-1001506_640The payment landscape is shifting dramatically in the US health care industry and this has serious implications for the survival of providers. With the volume-to-value transformation, traditional fee-for-service payments are being replaced with a financial incentive framework that rewards for improved quality and outcomes. Although this impacts only Medicare payments today, it lays the groundwork and provides strong incentives for other payers to move in the same direction, thus potentially disrupting the health care system at all levels.

    Ultimately, value-based payments transform traditional business models by putting significant revenue– and risk– at stake. Building the outcomes-based financial models to maximize value-based care (VBC) reimbursement pathways will be fundamental to sustainable growth in the future.
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  • health-2082630_1280We are living through what is arguably the most challenging time for the health care industry. Globally, health care appears to be on a collision course with patient needs and economic reality. No one is happy with the current system, and the combination of rising costs, poor access, inequitable care, and diminishing quality and safety has created anxiety and frustration for all. Decades of interventions have failed to improve the situation; if anything, things have become worse. Current approaches tend to focus on a single issue or problem (the price of drugs, rising numbers without medical insurance, provider incentives to over treat), but an overarching solution has remained elusive.
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  • US Medical care illustrated by flag and stethoscope

    There is no issue more important to the future of America than it’s long-term fiscal sustainability. And the long-term fiscal sustainability of the United States has been placed in jeopardy primarily by the structure and expense of America’s healthcare system. According to the Congressional Budget Office, nearly the entirety of the growth in federal spending as a share of the economy—excluding interest—can be explained by government health programs: Medicare, Medicaid, the Medicaid-related Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Affordable Care Act. In addition, one of the principal economic challenges faced by middle- and lower-income Americans is the expense and instability of American health insurance.
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     3 Reasons Why Staying Social Matters to Your Thinking

    How many friends do you have? Do you rarely see family, go out for the evening or join your community for an event?

    You may not realize it, but your social life may just be bad for your brain.

    In the immortal words of Bette Midler, “you’ve got to have friends.” Little did the Divine Miss M know that in addition to our souls, she was hitting a high note on brain health as well.

    A recent AARP survey found that adults 40 and over with a higher number of social connections report better brain health.
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  • American Health Care Act

    After a seven year wait to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, the GOP’s much-anticipated replacement collectively called the American Health Care Act (AHCA) was unveiled this week. Amidst a revolt from the left and right, doctors, hospitals and insurers, the plan cleared its first hurdle at 4.30 am on Thursday- approval by the House Ways and Means Committee and The House Energy and Commerce Committee after 18 and 27 of hours of debate respectively. It now has to be approved by a full House and the Senate…the former likely (although not guaranteed) and the latter impossible without bipartisan support.
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  • fixing the drug pricing problem

    The one thing that all Americans agree on – politicians included- is that prescription drug prices are on an unsustainable trajectory. Americans pay, by far, the highest prices for prescription drugs in the entire world. On average, Americans pay $1,100 per year for their drugs — $300 more than Germans or Canadians do. In addition, total US drug spending has more than doubled in the past 15 years, from $121.2 billion in 2000 up to nearly $374 billion in 2014, squeezing both payers and insurers alike……all of this while the largest pharmaceutical companies are cumulatively earning $80-$90 billion per year in profits at higher margins than other industries.
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  • The 2016 election is over, and a top priority for the new administration and Congress is healthcare. The candidates discussed little substance about healthcare during the campaigns, despite the fact it is approaching 20% of our economy and touches every American. You could say the problems in healthcare have been caused by action by one party and inaction by another party. You could say Republicans want this and Democrats want that, but I don’t think labeling should be the focus. The problem is Congress (both parties) are tied to special interest groups. Insurers, medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, and the plaintiff’s bar, along with Congress created our unaffordable healthcare system.
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