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Fiercely competitive and focused on connecting clients with the right audience, Joel Benenson relays key lessons learned from presidential campaigns and while serving as a consultant to top American companies and CEOs, including Procter & Gamble’s A.G. Lafley, General Electric’s Jack Welch and AOL’s Bob Pittman. In this engaging, dynamic and informative presentation, Benenson shares with your audience what the corporate boardroom can learn from the campaign war room—and what they shouldn’t, such as:

  • How to leverage strengths, inoculate weaknesses, and identify the fault lines that shape consumers’ decision frames so your messages connect more with key audiences
  • How to set yourself apart, and the tools you need to understand your unique competitive framework
  • What it takes to frame questions to your audience so that your brand is the only answer

Big ideas do not magically appear. There is no hidden storage unit of pre-generated ideas locked away in the recesses of our minds. Good ideas come from a process.

In this marketing-focused program, J.B. Bernstein shares the steps in his revolutionary “Idea Generation System.” This presentation is complete with cases studies and accomplishments from his career to show the system in action and the results.

Ideas are the lifeblood of business growth, but so few believe they are capable of coming up with them. After this presentation, business leaders walk away with fresh thoughts on how to better foster a culture of big ideas and creativity that can permeate their entire organization.

More importantly, the rank and file leave with not only the belief that big ideas are within their grasp, but also the simple tools to start bringing new ideas and results to their own business.

Charles shares how, as a 24-year-old teacher at a Bronx high school, he created a model of giving hailed as "the future of philanthropy" by The New York Times. His story covers the high school wrestling coach who inspired him to become a teacher, the most humiliating mistake he ever made getting DonorsChoose.org off the ground, and the most poignant moments, such as the projects teachers created to recover from the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.  Today, teachers at half of all the public schools in America have created projects on DonorsChoose.org, and more than a million people have given $200 million.

Charles connects this story to the rise of Kickstarter and Etsy, sites that—like DonorsChoose.org—enable anyone to go public with their originality.  These sites signal a profound change in how long you have to wait, and who you have to know, and how lucky you have to be, to bring a good idea to life.  They represent a new kind of marketplace where gatekeepers no longer stand in your way.

Charles enables the audience to experience this change by giving everyone a DonorsChoose.org gift card (underwritten by his speaker’s fee) to spend on a classroom project of their choice, so they can directly connect with a classroom in need.

In launching DonorsChoose.org out of his Bronx classroom, Charles Best pioneered the crowd-funding movement. Today, teachers at half of all the public schools in America have created project requests on DonorsChoose.org, and more than a million people have donated $200 million.

That scale of growth has spurred Charles and his team to tap the power of both crowdfunding and crowdsourcing, making DonorsChoose.org the first charity ever named to Fast Company’s list of the “50 Most Innovative Companies in the World.”  Charles explains how the DonorsChoose.org team has:

  • Opened up a mountain of data so that people can discover what schools most need and which teaching topics are trending, inspiring hundreds of web developers to build apps that engage the public in public schools.
  • Crowdsourced many aspects of integrity assurance and quality control, a shift that has delivered huge productivity gains as well as cost savings.
  • Turned DonorsChoose.org into a platform that companies like Google, Facebook, Starbucks, and Chevron are using to do cause marketing, to engage their customers and employees in philanthropy, and to “do well by doing good.”

Charles concludes by giving everyone a DonorsChoose.org gift card (underwritten by his speaker’s fee) to spend on a classroom project of their choice.

David Blaine (Exclusively WSB)

The world's most famous magician sits down to give his perspectives on what it's like to be the center of so many infamous feats. Called "the hottest name in magic" by USA Today, Blaine takes questions from the audience, giving them a front row seat to the headline-making stunts that have captured the public's attention over the last decade.

The Secret of great leaders is one that might baffle many. A great leader serves their followers. Through this program, you will discover and explore the five fundamental ways a manager leads through service- see the future, engage and develop others, reinvent continuously, value results and relationships, and embody values. In understanding these simple principles, you will benefit yourself, your organization, and those that look to you for guidance.

See the Future:

  • What is the purpose of your team?
  • Where do you want your team to be in five years?
  • How many members of your team could tell you what the team is trying to become/achieve?
  • What values do you want to drive the behavior of your team?
  • How can you communicate your vision of the future to your team?

Engage and Develop Others:

  • How much time do you invest looking for talented people to join your organization?
  • What are the key characteristics you look for in the people you select?
  • To what extent have you successfully engaged each member of your team?
  • What are ten specific things you could do to engage individuals more effectively in the work of the team and the organization?
  • What have you done to suggest to them that when it comes to Heads Down implementation activities, you work for them?
  • How are you encouraging the development of your people?

Reinvent Continuously:

  • Who are your mentors?
  • What are you reading or listening to on tape?
  • What systems or processes in your area of responsibility need to be changed to enhance performance?
  • How could the areas under your leadership be structured differently to enhance performance?

Value Results and Relationships:

  • How much emphasis do you place on getting results?
  • How many of your people would say that you have made a significant investment on their lives?
  • What are the ways you have expressed appreciation for work well done in the last thirty days?

Embody the Values:

  • How can you better integrate your organizational values into how your team operates?
  • What are some ways you can communicate your core values to your team over the next thirty days?
  • How can you alter your daily activities to create greater personal alignment with these values?
  • How can you recognize and reward people who embody these values?

George Blankenship (Exclusively WSB)

Learn how to equip your company and deliver what your customers most want and need as George Blankenship conveys animated stories of challenge, strategy and demonstrated results. How far do you need to go to change the way people think and act? With 30 years of strategy, retail and real estate experience, the former Tesla and Apple executive believes in order to develop brand loyalty and earn the trust of customers, companies must first dedicate themselves to understanding the customer experience. Blankenship captivates audiences and energizes them with the tools they need to remove barriers to innovation, deliver outstanding customer experiences, and create a culture of service excellence. His high-energy presentation inspires audiences to rethink the challenges that face consumers in a modern market and develop groundbreaking, consumer-centric strategies that will transform and elevate organizations into global icons.

George Blankenship (Exclusively WSB)

What does it take to transform a company from status quo market contender to forward-thinking and dynamic player of the future? Industry leader and expert George Blankenship looks to the future and explores this question in an engaging and thought-provoking presentation. Widely recognized as the architect of Apple’s brand-building retail strategy, Blankenship formulated and executed one of the most successful retail growth strategies in history by turning the classic engagement model on its head. Most recently, he revolutionized the auto industry by redefining the car-buying experience in his executive role at Tesla Motors. Bringing 30 years of industry experience and invigorating insight, Blankenship shows you how to build your brand based on the unique value that your company provides and how to market and attract new customers. Audience members take away fresh, fascinating ideas and innovative tools for rethinking their role in a competitive environment.

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)

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.  

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