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Welcome to the New Normal where there are never enough hours in the day to do everything you want to do. This is a time in history when professionals take their timid feet off the brakes of life, career, and business, and accelerate into the future. I have good news for you.

The good old days may be behind us, but there are magnificent days just around the corner. Enough waiting around; enough biting your nails; enough tapping your feet; enough wishing and waiting for something to happen.

Consider this your nudge, your push, your invitation to show up in a big way. Now is the time to make something happen. Simon will share insights on how he reinvented himself at Disney as well as key insights that he’s learned while working with 1,500 organizations in 45 countries over the past 15 years.

Brilliant Living will teach you how to make something happen instead of playing it safe. You have a choice to make.

Be average or be brilliant. Which one are you? Will you dare to be brilliant? If so, there are eight core areas of life that one must constantly evaluate to live a brilliant life: spiritual, family, career/business, emotional, mental, wellness, social and financial. Simon T. Bailey leads this inspiring and invigorating session in which participants will learn how to:

  • ? Increase capacity to be confident in career and life;
  • ? Understand how and why mindfulness meditation can provide a breakthrough; and
  • ? Experience a simple tool to use to regularly evaluate the eight core areas of life.

Dr. Ballard speaks about how he has turned his dreams into reality by taking risks and learning how to face failure and turn it into success.

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.

Noise in the modern world is constant and serves to distract us not only from our greater goals, but also from our internal decision make—our heart. Before we can identify our unique talents and offer them to the world, we first must learn to ignore the noise. By putting down our smart phones and turning our attention inside we often gain insights into some of our most pressing challenges. Join Bash, National Geographic explorer and television host, on an introspective journey to the often intimidating, yet rewarding path of life after college.

At 20 years old Bash was broke, living at home and far removed from the path of his dreams. By 23 he became one of the youngest people to speak in the UN General Assembly Hall and produced an international television show for PBS. His journey to the unexpected has been plagued by failure and tragedy. By ignoring the noise and trusting himself in his greatest moments of doubt Bash was able to discover his potential and create a niche career path a social entrepreneur. Ultimately we’ll learn that fulfillment has less to do with our outer career path and more to do with our inner path—our intention. Through captivating stories and thought provoking exercises students will leave with confidence they need to embrace life after college—in any career they embark on.

Shane Battier (Exclusively WSB)

What can I control? How do my passion and distinguished skills add value to my organization? In the face of discouragement and desolation, these are some of the questions that Shane Battier often asked himself in his endeavors toward success. He shares his personal story with audiences and expounds on how factors such as dedication, resilience and tenacity ultimately rendered Battier an invaluable member of championship winning teams. Deemed the “No-Stats All-Star” by best-selling author Michael Lewis in a New York Times Magazine cover story, audience members are emboldened to apply Battier’s strategy, vision and leadership skills in their own professional careers in this thought-provoking and impactful presentation.

Positive Psychology, "the scientific study of optimal human functioning," provides practical tools for better living. This new subfield within psychology is unique in that it creates a bridge between the Ivory Tower and Main Street -- making rigorous academic ideas easily accessible. In this session, Ben-Shahar discusses current research related to the science of happiness and introduces ideas and tools that can actually make you happier. He covers topics including giving ourselves the permission to be human, simplifying our lives, recognizing the mind-body connection, and re-focusing on the positive.

Most organizational and individual potential is untapped. Talented individuals are attracted to and thrive in organizations that bring out the best in them. Ben-Shahar discusses how leaders can create a positive environment that nurtures their inherent potential, as well as the potential in those with whom they work. Ben-Shahar presents research and practices from the world of Appreciative Inquiry, and the Strengths-based Approach to Leadership and Organizational Development and illustrates how to blend them into an approach that underpins extraordinary rather than ordinary outcomes, and enables people to reach fulfillment, happiness, wellbeing, and success.

Rocky Bleier motivates audiences to keep on striving for greater accomplishments. His dynamic style is coupled with real-life stories that are told from a first person perspective. Those stories about his fabled comeback from Vietnam injuries to Super Bowl star are utterly inspiring for their courage and determination. He brings it together with a warm, self-reflective humor that audiences really relate to.

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."

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