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How can large organizations prepare for an uncertain world? Based on Brafman’s work with the most senior officials at the Pentagon and executives from Fortune 500 companies, this presentation provides a strategy for tomorrow and the next generation. Brafman reveals how organizations can drive growth and profits by allowing contained chaos, unstructured space, and disruption the chance to flourish, generating new ideas that trigger innovation across the organization.

There is a great deal of confusion around what AI is and what it is actually capable of. Beyond Human decodes the world of artificial intelligence from the perspective of its impact on the core competencies of an organization. It puts in place a roadmap for how one can understand the impact of an era when the human brain is no longer the most sophisticated hard drive on earth. It’s about practicality, not scientific theory. We are standing at a great precipice in human history. Its time to demystify AI and truly understand what it is and how it can be harnessed to propel organizations to their next level of growth and purpose.

Rising longevity and the aging of the massive boomer generation are radically altering both the demographic landscape and every aspect of the consumer marketplace. Already 50+ consumers account for more than half of all spending and control more than 70% of total U.S. net worth. In the coming years, we’ll see explosive business growth fueled by this unprecedented age wave.

In this provocative new presentation, for business leaders seeking to understand, re-gear, and thrive in the era of unprecedented longevity, Dr. Ken Dychtwald offers a revealing glimpse into the future. He will explore which industries, products and services will dominate the boomer marketplace and are hiding in plain sight:

• What medical breakthroughs and technologies are on the horizon that have the potential to dramatically transform health, aging, and longevity

• How an aging population’s evolving need for healthy choices will influence food, beverage, and supplement sectors

• How a cyclic lifeplan – with repeated personal reinventions - will stimulate demand for new ways to learn, give, volunteer, work, and enjoy life

• How the aging boomers will re-invent retirement and re-define the travel and leisure, housing, and financial services industries

• Lessons learned from four decades on the front lines about the successes of pioneering companies worldwide that have “cracked the code” and created brands and marketing strategies that resonate with this new generation of brand loyal consumers

Nicholas Epley (Exclusively WSB)

Ethical organizations are sustainable organizations. Doing good leads to doing well in the long run, while also producing happier and more motivated employees in the short run. The problem, argues Nicholas Epley, is that there are four common myths about morality that lead to misunderstandings about how to create more ethical organizations. Instead of treating ethics as a problem about people’s beliefs, we should treat it as an issue about the systems in which people live and work. Epley explains how businesses, and individuals, can design their policies and structures to ensure they are both doing good and feeling good. This approach offers constructive, concrete ideas for designing ethical systems that keep all of us engaged, effective, and happier. 

Andy Karsner (Exclusively WSB)

The world is burgeoning with new ideas, innovation and inventions that will transform our understanding of energy as a scarce, exhaustible resource. Which global market holds the greatest competitive advantage? What is the next major “game changer” for those seeking to be at the forefront of the future? How does all this rapid change offer you advantages in your household, in the markets, and on the global stage? During this candid presentation, Andy Karsner explores the political and business landscape to share with audiences an outlook of energy innovation that holds boundless opportunity for the bold. Having developed and funded energy projects on every continent—including oil, gas, coal, wind, solar, biomass—Karsner shares his experience and unmatched understanding of the potential for energy to become the catalyst for the next wave of economic transformation.

(Note:  Because of Karsner’s breadth and range of experience, this topic can be customized for audiences to do a deep dive into the elements of their priority and concern, such as:  current finance, investment, trade, policy and regulatory issues, as well as business segments and sectors, including power generation, oil and  gas, efficiency, technology, industry, and manufacturing.)

Martin O'Malley (Exclusively WSB)

Through the stories, wisdom, talents and commitment of others, Governor Martin O’Malley learned to forge a new way of governing as both mayor of Baltimore and governor of Maryland. O’Malley understands that leadership has changed from top-level hierarchy to the center of a collaborative circle, and that the public now often learns information just as fast – if not prior – to leaders today. Enabled by new technologies such as geographic information systems, common platforms and the Internet, O’Malley successfully recaptured the trust of the citizens of Baltimore and subsequently the state of Maryland. One of his first actions as governor was to implement the same CitiStat system he used to manage Baltimore. CitiStat received the “Innovations in Government” award by Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. This new way of governing has now spread to cities and towns all across the United States and is a model for improving the quality of life shared by all and a promise of a more effective way of governing at every level of our government—local, state and federal.



In a career spanning 27 years, ocean advocate Lewis Pugh has pioneered more swims around famous landmarks than any other swimmer in history, including the first swim across the icy waters of the North Pole, and across a glacial lake on Mt. Everest—all in just a Speedo swimsuit. Many of his expeditions were in conditions deemed “impossible.” Widely regarded as one of the world’s most inspiring speakers, Lewis shares his insights on the mind-set, preparation, teamwork and leadership skills necessary for any major undertaking and how they can be applied in your organization. The most crucial success factor, he says, is to have a driving purpose, which for him is to protect our planet’s threatened oceans.

Call it the paradox of the connected workforce: If it is easier than ever to connect with our colleagues, customers and collaborators, then why do we still find it so challenging to actually work together and get things done? Many of us spend the majority of our working hours in meetings, on the phone or responding to emails, yet if we crunch the numbers, we often have little return to show for that substantial time investment. That’s because collaboration is inefficient and culture is hard to get right. Data shows that in many organizations, the most helpful employees are suffering from collaborative overload, and so-called “star performers” often do little to help their colleagues. At the same time, despite leadership’s best efforts to be mission-driven and values-focused, developing a strong workplace culture is still more of a mystery than an established practice supported by analysis and insights. “Collaboration” and “culture” are big buzzwords for a reason—when done right, they can make work more productive and more meaningful. This talk shows how researchers and industry leaders are turning to data and analytics for insights about how organizations and communities can work together better.

Much has been made lately about the importance of having meaningful work, both for our own well-being and for our organizations’ success. But what exactly do we mean when we talk about meaningful work? This talk unpacks that important buzzword to reveal the four roads to more fulfilling careers—Work is more meaningful when: 1. It leads to clear and tangible results, be they finished work products or people we have helped; 2. It offers financial, social and psychological rewards that align with our values and goals; 3. It fosters a sense of community and enables valuable relationships, both in the office and at home; and 4. It resonates with our identity, our values and the people we would like to be. For general audiences, this framework is especially relevant for anyone interested in getting more from work than just a paycheck, whether they are just entering the workforce, considering a career change or trying to make the most of the job they have. Within organizations, this talk offers insights about how leaders can motivate employees, improve engagement and strengthen culture, and how employees can craft their work (and lives) to be more meaningful.

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