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When Jon Favreau—director of speechwriting for President Barack Obama (2009-2013)—joined the White House at age 27, he became the second-youngest chief speechwriter in United States history. Sharing illuminating anecdotes from a career spent working alongside the Commander in Chief on the two most pivotal presidential campaigns in recent history, in the West Wing and throughout the world, Favreau conveys his own life experiences, his aspirations to balance idealism with the reality of politics and insights to inspire others to consider public service and develop their skills as future leaders.

The significance of meaningful and effective words cannot be overrated, especially when a critical message is needed to stand out in a 24/7 news cycle and break through the constant noise of social media.  Jon Favreau—director of speechwriting for President Barack Obama (2009-2013)—knows this all too well as he has worked on some of the most important communications coming from the OvalOffice.  According to Obama chief advisor David Axelrod, he has had his “stamp on all the great speeches from 2005 to early 2013” and always sought to tell a compelling story rather than string together a collection of sound bites. However, it is not simply a sheer talent with words that has made Favreau a success. While his rhetorical prowess has played a role, what sets Favreau above the rest is his unique ability to “see” or get behind the words—to capture the essence of an issue and create dialogue that clearly and powerfully articulates what it is about that issue that matters and why we should care. As former right-hand man and “mind reader” to arguably one of the greatest orators in United States history, Favreau offers his audiences valuable insight on how precisely—from conception to delivery—to “get behind the words we speak.” In the process, he discusses the significance of “mining” resources for inspiration, creating scripts that speak from and to the heart and “walking the walk” of talk.

In the pursuit of business success and bottom-line results, joy is an attribute that can often seem trivial or unimportant. But the irony is that joy originally evolved to motivate our early human ancestors to pursue goals, and psychologists are beginning to understand that rather than being a distraction from success, joy actually fuels it. Studies show joyful doctors make better diagnoses, joyful salespeople improve customer satisfaction, and joyful employees are up to 12% more productive. In this talk, Lee shows how to bring joy to every level of an organization, from the physical environment to leadership behaviors, to improve employee health and retention, innovation and collaboration, and organizational success. 

We're often taught that our surroundings are incidental to our wellbeing, but an emerging body of research shows that the physical world can be a powerful resource to us in cultivating happier, healthier lives. For example, studies show that workers in more colorful offices are more alert, friendly, and confident than those in drab ones, that windows can speed healing, and that children progress faster in classrooms with better lighting. In this highly visual, evidence-based talk, Lee shows how organizations and individuals can use simple elements like color, light, and decor to create spaces that improve markers of physical health, reduce stress, stimulate creativity, facilitate social interaction, and of course, promote joy.

We think of joy as elusive and intangible, but what if we could create products and experiences that reliably give people a feeling of joy? In this talk, Lee reveals the specific physical attributes that trigger our hardwired impulses toward joy, showing why some products feel delightful while others don’t, and how tangible elements can be used to create powerful moments of surprise, magic, and wonder. Grounding these insights with real-world examples, Lee shows how the aesthetics of joy can be used to create unique, innovative products and experiences that can captivate audiences, increase the adoption of new technologies, and build well-loved brands with timeless appeal.

Carly Fiorina speaks on a wide variety of business, economic and political topics including:

  • Leadership and Change: It Starts with the People
  • Leading Organizational Transformation Through Innovation
  • Keeping America Competitive in the Global Economy
  • Insights on Today’s Political and Economic Landscapes

In order to lead, you have to inspire people to want to follow. A true leader knows that leadership extends beyond self. From the arenas of professional sports to the boardrooms of major companies, Molly Fletcher shares what drives top leaders and how they inspire collective success.

Learn how the best leaders:

  • Connect versus communicate and create a culture of feedback
  • Lead through change and adversity
  • Hire and retain talent with a focus on growth mindset
  • Inspire self-accountability and a culture of success

Successful business development is rooted in relationships, and those who learn how to effectively cultivate relationships rise to the top. Working in an industry where there are actually more sports agents than athletes to represent, Molly Fletcher used the power of relationships as her differentiator. She shares her unique tactics that will help you build better and more productive relationships and transform the way you do business.   

Learn how to:

  • Take creative approaches towards new business opportunities
  • Differentiate yourself from the competition
  • Grow your business by tapping into existing relationships
  • Close the deal in any business development cycle

A trailblazer in the male-dominated sports industry, Molly Fletcher empowers women to carve out their own path for success. Her message inspires, using humor and personal stories of her own experiences to connect. Molly shows how you can find fulfillment without sacrificing personal or professional goals.

This speech focuses on city, regional and global economic growth. It gives community leaders the tools they need to generate greater economic prosperity in their region. No longer are cities competing with neighboring cities, rather mega regions are competing globally.

This thought-provoking speech with your city’s crucial leadership will give you the necessary framework to make your community more competitive and vibrant. Richard Florida will share with your audience the most current regional economic and demographic data and knowledge of cutting-edge community-building practices.

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