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Tony Abbott (Exclusively WSB)

Tailoring his remarks to the needs of your audience, Tony Abbott is able to explore a wide variety of subject matter such as: the global economy; global trade; leadership; terrorism and security in the 21st Century; foreign policy; Europe; China; the Middle East; the future of Asia from a Western perspective; indigenous Australia; welfare state; political outlook; and behind-the-scenes insight to timely geopolitical events.

In an increasingly networked world where industrial control systems and physical infrastructure are linked to the Internet, a cyber-based attack could have astronomically devastating physical and economic effects on society, at home and abroad. No one knows this better than General Keith Alexander, a recognized expert in warfare and security, chief of the Central Security Service and head of USCYBERCOM. What companies really need is a level of certainty that they will detect cyber intrusions–but the question remains, “how do you get there?” Based on his level of experience in both the government and private sector, Alexander provides insights on how to drive such a solution. In a detailed discussion of immense take-home value to economists, technology buffs, business owners, executives, leaders, and citizens across the board, he examines such topics as: the vulnerability of critical infrastructure; the susceptibility of the military’s command and control structure; the dependence of the economy on the Internet’s smooth functioning; and the imperativeness for the private sector to assume its portion of the responsibility for protecting the infrastructure that connects to the Internet. Moreover, he articulates a road map for what is likely to be the strategic challenge of the next several decades: how we protect our increasingly networked world in a way that preserves freedom and liberty.

With advanced degrees in both physics and electronic warfare, an unprecedented tenure as head of the NSA, and over 40 years of top-level experience as a leader, General Keith Alexander is among the most influential figures in national security to date. A colossal undertaking given the rapidity of change and the vulnerabilities that change brings—specifically when policy, technology and ways of thinking or looking at the world lag behind—Alexander’s methodology is more than fit for the task. It is multipronged, highly complex, comprehensive, and largely straddles his efforts to protect the nation from cyber attacks. A critical figure in developing and advocating the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative and leading USCYBERCOM, Alexander’s approach to national security helped to bridge the gap between agencies and focus the efforts of the government in ways that not only paralleled but jumped ahead of the trajectory. An agent of change who truly understands its impact, Alexander has transformed the way we think about new domains of warfare and security. In a detailed discussion of critical import to countless members of the public and private sectors, Alexander examines the nation’s current state of affairs, what’s on the horizon, and offers solutions about what we can do to stay ahead of the curve to protect America’s most vulnerable targets and secure our nation for future generations.

Kelly Ayotte (Exclusively WSB)

Drawing from her invaluable perspective in government and business, Kelly Ayotte provides rational assurance and guidance for organizations wondering what the policies of the current administration will mean for them. From businesses anticipating regulatory change and health care policy shifts, to the future of FAA reauthorization and transportation infrastructure, Ayotte’s experience in the Senate Commerce, Budget, and Aviation Committees provide her with expert insight on what to expect. She offers cogent, sensible analysis of current events and the future of policy issues while sharing her expectations and predictions for the future.

Spirit Airlines completed what is now considered to be a highly successful IPO in 2011, but the plans to take the company public began years earlier. Ben Baldanza can explain what it took to make this happen and what changes it necessitated within the organization. Companies thinking that an IPO may be right for them can learn from his experience and lower their own risk profile.

 

 

 

Laszlo Bock (Exclusively WSB)

Laszlo Bock's New York Times bestselling Work Rules! synthesizes a decade of explosive growth at Google, the latest cutting-edge academic research and examples from the worlds of sports, art, nutrition, and business into 10 steps any organization can take to make work better. He explains how to build an unbeatable culture and hire better, why you should "pay unfairly", when to be frugal and when to be generous, and why your smallest actions can have the biggest impact. Taken together, he offers a roadmap to building an unbeatable organization. As John Doerr, managing director of the seminal venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers explained, "these principles are the handbook for high performance teams that win."

Laszlo Bock (Exclusively WSB)

Some people work to make a buck. Some people work to climb the ladder. And some people work because they know deep in their souls that their work *matters*. That they are building something greater than themselves. Something that has an impact way beyond the day-to-day. And that makes them happier, more committed, and even more productive. The amazing thing is that people who find meaning in their work exist in every profession, from doctors and executives to cleaning staff and deli workers. Laszlo Bock explains how to find the deeper meaning in your own organization's work and how to cultivate that connection in your people. If you want to be surrounded by passionate, motivated, high performing people, you need to connect them to a mission that matters.

Laszlo Bock (Exclusively WSB)

Everyone tells you they have the secret to innovation. Have crazy, aspirational, "moonshot" goals. Invest in a secret skunkworks facility. Brainstorm. Use "design thinking." But that's all wrong. As psychologist Abraham Maslow wrote, "[I]f the only tool you have is a hammer, [it is tempting] to treat everything as if it were a nail." There is no single path to innovation and creativity.  Different situations, different teams, different problems all require different approaches. Drawing heavily on Google's history of innovation, Laszlo Bock details why the best way to innovate is to innovate in many ways.  

Nick Bostrom invites a discussion with the audience to explore any of a wide range of topics concerning the big picture for humanity, technological trends, risks, and future prospects for civilization. This format gives the audience the opportunity to interact with a commanding mind which has been researching and thinking about these topics for two decades. As the founding director of Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute, Professor Bostrom leads a research group of about twenty mathematicians, computers scientists, philosophers, and engineers, doing serious research in an area that traditionally has been dominated by inspirational speakers and "business futurists”. The effect on the audience is an expansion of cognitive horizons and simple intellectual delight: people will be thinking and talking afterwards. 

This talk zooms out and discusses how to structure our thinking about the really big picture—the key transitions in history that fundamentally changed the human condition, and the prospects of technological transformations, existential risk, and posthumanity that might lie ahead. This talk by Professor Nick Bostrom draws on his unique body of work over two decades in many relevant areas, including his books Anthropic Bias, Global Catastrophic Risk, Human Enhancement, and the New York Times bestseller Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies. 

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