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For organization’s who want a deeper understanding of grassroots leadership and want to take those principles to the next level, Mike Abrashoff addresses the challenges most on the minds of leaders in these challenging times. Collaboration, commitment, cohesion, accountability, engagement, rapid and continual innovation, engaging employees and dealing with generational differences in that workforce—these crucial issues are the ones that that successful leaders need to master. It's Our Ship is about creating a high performance culture where everyone takes ownership and responsibility using real lessons from the business world and focus on innovation, accountability and engagement.

The “stoop” is a universal metaphor for building connections with people across intercultural, intergenerational and international boundaries. It is a mentality defined by listening, non-judgment and the courage to step outside our comfort zones. Bash’s childhood Brooklyn stoop was a set of stairs with friends that shared a total of thirteen nationalities. Sometimes a stoop is a teashop in Saudi Arabia, a pile of rocks in Haiti, or the community workplace in a Minnesota accounting firm. In this flagship talk, Bash defines the practical steps by which we can create stoops in both our communities and in the workplace.

Join Bash on a trek across continents, wrestling with nomads in the hills of Mongolia, jumping with Maasai warriors on the plains of Africa, and understanding the subtle cultural nuances that define human relationship. The Rules of the Stoop are the actual method by which to diffuse tensions and strengthen the most challenging relationships in our personal and professional lives. Through thought provoking exercises, unique audience participation and uplifting videos we will be empowered to create more authentic relationships here and now.

A global citizen uses his or her everyday life as a vehicle to serve others. Global Citizenship (GC) does not mean giving up our possessions and traveling the world to volunteer—it means finding moments each day, both inside and outside the office, as a means to contribute. Once we identify our unique gifts and abilities we can transform them into a means to serve. The good news is we can do this in essentially any career on Earth!

Bash traveled to over 30 countries before realizing that being a global citizen has nothing to do with traveling the world. Global Citizenship is a mentality we carry with us in our hearts that strengthens our relationships, builds trust in ourselves, and breathes life into our productive winds. It is categorized by authenticity, openness and a genuine concern for others. Having trained with Mongolian herdsmen, walked for clean water in Haiti and harvested buffalo in Pine Ridge, Bash defines the new global citizenship mentality—one that we can apply to our lives today.

Michelle Bernard (Exclusively WSB)

One matter of concern on which both political parties can agree is the drastic need to improve America’s educational system. Right-of-center on issues from personal responsibility, to free markets and economic justice, but left-of-center on issues of gender, racial and social justice, Michelle Bernard is fiercely independent, smart, passionate and candid with her views. In this talk, Bernard discusses:

  • How education remains the great equalizer in American society
  • How school choice is a powerful means of escaping poverty
  • How proposals for the U.S. government to provide all students with a free college education might impact the American economy and the possible unintended consequences of such proposals on public, K-12 education, college readiness in low income, rural, and communities of color, and on private, Historically Black Colleges and Universities;
  • How the education reform plans of various presidential, Congressional, and Gubernatorial candidates and political parties impact all Americans  
  • How comprehensive education reform now is the key to managing a shift in the American economy from industry to service is critical to avoiding another “Great Recession” and truly restoring the economy to health
  • How the American president’s advocacy for better educational opportunities for minorities and all Americans is the ultimate prescription for achieving the American dream

In a presentation infused with optimism and good humor throughout, Charlie Bolden shares first-hand stories that bear witness to the possibilities that can be realized through a combination of grit, determination, and American ingenuity. Reflecting on a lifetime of service to country, Bolden offers insight into the incredible human effort that was required to implement ideas that started on a piece of paper to what would eventually become the tangible projects that would set a new agenda for the future of exploration to the Red Planet and beyond.

In a message that invites young and old alike to dream big, audiences will be inspired to consider both how far we have come so far and how much we can still achieve if we work together.

Douglas Brinkley (Exclusively WSB)

Brinkley lived through the destruction of Hurricane Katrina with his fellow New Orleans residents. In his book The Great Deluge, he shares a complete account of the harrowing week following the flood. His official biography of Rosa Parks captures her personal dignity while conveying the power of her legacy. Brinkley shares highlights from these two amazing stories, provides historical context, and foretells the future of race relations in America.

We constantly hear about the “pipeline problem” of women in the technology industry. Companies want to hire more women and drive more diversity, but they say they struggle in finding qualified candidates. Is the pipeline problem real and how can we better prepare our girls and young women for careers in the technology industry? Busque will share her experiences from how her eight year old self learned about what a CEO does, to having strong female mentors and role models throughout pivotal educational years, to quitting her job at IBM to found TaskRabbit – a pioneer of the sharing economy movement. Her experiences as a speaker for Girls Who Code, mentor for Girls in Tech, and board Trustee for Sweet Briar College have shaped her perspective on bridging the gap for women in technology. As we strive to increase diversity in the pipeline, Busque will also share how companies can start finding qualified diverse candidates today, by increasing their focus on culture building, investing in diversity and inclusion programs, and working with untraditional recruiting resources to fill the gap immediately. The audience will be left motivated, inspired, and with new tools at the ready to drive diversity for their organization.

Hillary Clinton’s failed second bid for the presidency reminds us that sexism is still evident in the way a female candidate is covered. A woman will eventually break the highest, hardest glass ceiling. The 2016 election brought four new accomplished Democratic women to the U.S. Senate, and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley will have a visible role as Ambassador to the United Stations in the new administration. Who are the up and comers? 

Barbara Corcoran, who led 1,000+ brokers at The Corcoran Group, New York’s largest real estate company, is an expert in the art of leading a team to success. She knows exactly what it takes to create a thriving workplace and how to develop a winning team from a diverse group of employees from Gen Y to Gen X to baby boomers. From hiring the right people and firing the wrong people to bringing fun into the workplace and establishing an atmosphere that breeds innovation, Barbara shares her unique and winning strategies in how to get people moving on the path to professional and personal greatness.

Steven Cortes served on Trump’s National Hispanic Advisory Council and became a foremost Latino face of the Trump campaign over hundreds of national TV news hits and many local TV/radio programs geared to Latino markets in key swing states. The head of the Hispanic 100, Mario Rodriguez, called Steve “one of the most articulate, ardent, and knowledgeable Hispanic television analysts on air today.”

As the son of a Latin immigrant, he brings audiences a firsthand look into how policies have both helped and hurt Latino communities in America.

He makes the case for a renaissance within Hispanic America though empowerment policies including school choice, enterprise zones, de-regulation, and immigration reform.  Cortes also specifically outlines the opportunities and potential pitfalls for American businesses regarding the hugely important Hispanic demographic. 

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