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At the time of the Boston Marathon bombing, Heather Abbott enjoyed a high-powered career as a human resources executive with a Fortune 50 company. Key to her job responsibilities was a focus on equal employment opportunity, affirmative action and ensuring the hiring and retention of women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities. Little did Heather know that one day she would become the very kind of employee she was entrusted to protect. Learn how Heather’s professional views changed as a result of her traumatic injury, and how all businesses today can benefit from her experience.

83% of U.S. teenagers feel more stressed out than do adults, and school is by far the main cause of their stress.

46 % of all new teachers in the United States leave the profession within five years.

According to the World Economic Forum, as we march toward the fourth industrial revolution, our young people are not prepared. By the time they graduate from high school, as many as two-thirds of children entering primary school today will not have the skills required to get a job. The impact will be worse for women, who already have less than two-thirds of the economic opportunity that men have.

We cannot sit by any longer and watch the future of our country’s greatest asset – young people – have their wings clipped even before they soar. Empowered Education is the clarion call for everyone concerned about this country’s economic stability to rise up and transform the system from the inside out. The revolution is real, because the future is here.

Every educator must possess the mindset to change themselves first and then change the system they are in. anticipate the future economic drivers of the community, and radically overhaul their approach in engaging teachers, parents, students, and the community at large in a new way. This will require all stakeholders in education to lead differently in the midst of uncertainty by:

  • ? Creating a culture where everyone thrives;
  • ? Building professional presence of educators in the school and developing their collaboration skills; and
  • ? Shifting from teacher-centric to student-centered.

For the first time ever, the average American is more concerned about falling behind than about getting ahead. Working-class Americans have led a populist surge that has disrupted the political status quo and will have real implications for business. From his early start as a beer distributor in Brooklyn to advising presidents and corporate giants, Joel Benenson has spent his career developing big-picture strategies for success while remaining in touch with his blue-collar roots, and understands that treating employees as commodities simply doesn’t work. In this thought-provoking, impassioned and candid presentation, Benenson examines why it’s time for a new strategy, what these trends mean for the future, and lays out the actions you need to take now.

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.

There is a formula to gaining a competitive advantage, and it is simple – Speed, Agility and Focus. But complexity is holding most organizations back from creating a culture that embraces these three principles of success. Simplification is the solution, and every organization wants to know the techniques to help them eradicate complexity and get back to meaningful work that drives innovative change.

Lisa inspires leaders and their teams to consider what it means to have an innovative company. It isn’t about creating a culture of cool lounge areas with ping pong tables. More than anything, your culture will be predicated on the work people do every day. If your organization is mired in meetings, emails and reports, then that is what your culture will be known for; but, wouldn’t you rather be known as the company where people are engaged in truly meaningful work every day? Lisa gives you the tools to make this a reality.

Going through change is not a market differentiator. Adapting to change faster and better than your competitors can be. Gary Bradt’s inspiring new keynote, Turning Change into Opportunity, equips audiences with the tools they need to do just that.

Based on his new book, Change: The Tools You Need for The Life You Want at Work and Home, this keynote empowers audiences to:

  • Experience the power of The To Who List, a daily practice supported by an app Bradt developed that helps you build
    relationships that will sustain you through challenging change and difficult times
  •  Learn to let go of old beliefs, feelings or behaviors that are only holding you down or holding you back
  • Experience the moving power of the Two Minute Drill, an exercise that allows you to quickly engage your most deeply held values. Like a compass, these values will point you in the right direction whenever change creates difficult choices
  • Understand the four factors driving change for practically every organization and industry across the globe

How do we leverage the power of decentralized starfish networks and practice radical inclusion to foster innovation, trust, and agility? During this informative and interactive presentation, Brafman presents his unique perspective on leadership with compelling examples of its organizational effectiveness and provides executives and managers specific tools for empowering every member of the company to drive innovation and agility throughout the organization.

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.

Every 1- and 2-star general in the U.S. Army has taken Brafman’s “Agile and Adaptive Leadership” course. Conducted directly by Brafman, these deep-dive workshops are available in half-day, 1-day, and 2-day formats. They focus on solving a specific problem faced by the organization and combine interactive presentations, customized exercises, and concrete, actionable next steps.


Leaders today face challenges that have always existed but also challenges that are new, dynamic, complex, and cannot be ignored. This seminar will systematically examine today’s leadership environment to determine what’s new and what’s not. The instructors will share experiences from the highest levels of government and business to illuminate these challenges and to propose leadership principles for addressing them. In addition, the seminar will provide participants with opportunities to practice the application of these principles through customizable exercises and group experiences. Participants will walk away not only with a stronger understanding of the current and future environment, but with the practical skills necessary for grappling with the implications of leading in our rapidly evolving world.

The environment in which we now lead. In the first part of this session we will discuss changes in the leadership environment. We will discuss the distinction between complex and complicated, the accessibility and speed of information, the vulnerability of facts, the influence of digital echoes on both leaders and followers and the competition for trust and confidence in which leaders now find themselves. 

The enduring leadership principles. In the second part of this session, drawing on examples from both the instructors’ experiences and current events, we will draw out three enduring and important leadership principles: Give Them Memories (Belonging), Make it Matter (Meaning), and Learn to Imagine (Learning from Weak Signals).

The emerging leadership principles. Once again drawing upon both experience and current events, we will draw out three emerging and increasingly important leadership principles: Develop a Bias for Action, Empower Subordinates to Co-Create Context, Understand How to Relinquish Control to Preserve Power. We will discuss how these principles must be supported by certain leadership instincts including Listen, Amplify, and Include. We will conclude this session with a discussion of the concept of Radical Inclusion and why it is the necessary pragmatic leadership response to change, complexity, speed, accessibility, and affordability.  


  • The Ace: Demonstrating the unseen challenges of being a leader
  • 5 for 25: Quickly finding solutions and fostering innovation from the edges of the network
  • Break-Outs: Developing tangible next steps to solve a real problem
  • The Fish Bowl: An inclusive, facilitated conversation with instructors and participants
  • Role Playing: Seeking presidential decision on Afghanistan troop levels
  • Role Playing: Implementing SECDEF directive on women in service


This customizable seminar can be delivered in half-day, full-day, or two-day versions for groups of any size with an option to kick-off the event with a dinner, moderated discussion, and Q&A session with the instructors the night prior to the event.

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