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Have you felt like your leadership and professional development has been at a standstill the past couple of months? Are you tired of living to survive when you could be living to thrive?

With the pandemic situation murky and any ending to its ramifications indeterminable, there's really no choice but to move forward. But how do you move forward?

The Back to Business: Thriving in a New Normal virtual leadership summit is our attempt to answer that question.

Over 5 days, June 8th-12th, we'll be bringing together 17+ of the top business owners, leadership experts, and authors to help you understand how COVID-19 impacted you, your team, and your company so you can plan a rebuilding effort to increase productivity and enhance customer relationships.

Learn more about our speakers below!

John Maxwell

John C. Maxwell is an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, coach, and author who has sold over 19 million books. Dr. Maxwell is the founder of EQUIP and the John Maxwell Company, organizations that have trained more than 5 million leaders worldwide. Every year he speaks to Fortune 500 companies, international government leaders, and organizations as diverse as the United States Military Academy at West Point, the National Football League, and the United Nations. A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week best-selling author, Maxwell has written three books which have each sold more than one million copies: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Developing the Leader Within You, and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader.

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Adrienne Bankert saw firsthand how the power of kindness can work in her career. Uncertain about where she would go next and determined to pursue her dream of being on national TV, she took a chance and landed a Los Angeles reporting job. Her new boss told her it was her reputation for kindness throughout her career that was the key to her being hired. Just a few months later, that opened the door to the biggest break of her life, landing a job at a major TV network.

Adrienne is now an Emmy Award–winning national news correspondent with ABC News, having won two Emmys for her work as an interviewer, reporter, and weekend entertainment anchor on Good Morning America. She’s known for her versatility and ability to connect while reporting on major headlines.

She will tell you that the genuine warmth and relatability she exhibits in her interviews, and through the screen into millions of homes across America, comes from the habit of practicing connection and kindness.

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Donald miller

Donald Miller has helped more than 3,000 businesses clarify their marketing messages so their companies grow. He’s the CEO of StoryBrand, the cohost of the Building a StoryBrand podcast, and the author of several books, including the bestsellers Blue Like Jazz and A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, Betsy, and their dogs, Lucy and June Carter.

As StoryBrand’s director of teaching and facilitation, J.J. Peterson travels around the world facilitating StoryBrand workshops, to help organizations grow their business. He holds a PhD in communication and has spent the last twenty years practicing and teaching communication theory. J.J. has studied C.S. Lewis in Oxford, debated theology with filmmakers at the Sundance Film Festival, directed a documentary, served in marketing and PR for two multinational nonprofit organizations, worked in higher education as a communication professor and dean of students, and speaks to thousands of people every year about creating marketing that get results.

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Mark hunter

With an extensive background in sales and marketing for Fortune 200 companies, Mark Hunter "The Sales Hunter" left his corporate role in 1998 to show companies and salespeople how to maximize profits by prospecting more effectively. A native of Seattle, he now makes his home in Omaha, Nebraska, but Mark travels more than 200 days per year speaking globally to corporations and associations.

Mark is known for his high-energy fast-paced presentations full of proven strategies to build business. He has earned the "CSP" designation (Certified Speaking Professional) from the National Speakers Association.

His power as a speaker has allowed him to share the stage with such experts as Seth Godin, Simon Sinek, Jill Konrath, Arianna Huffington, Tony Robbins, Jeb Blount, Tim Sanders and numerous others.

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Kindra hall

Kindra Hall is President and Chief Storytelling Officer at Steller Collective, a consulting firm focused on the strategic application of storytelling to today's communication challenges. Kindra is one of the most sought after keynote speakers trusted by global brands to deliver presentations and trainings that inspire teams and individuals to better communicate the value of their company, their products and their individuality through strategic storytelling.

What began as a chance encounter at age 13 with a storytelling cassette tape grew into a passion for not only telling stories, but a mastery for teaching others the methods and science of storytelling so they can better tell their own.

She was a National Champion storyteller (yes, they have those), member of the Board of Directors of the National Storytelling Network and has her master's degree in communications where she conducted original research studying the role of storytelling in defining and revealing organizational culture.

Kindra is a former Director of Marketing and VP of Sales. Today, Kindra's work can be seen at, and as a contributing editor for SUCCESS Magazine. Kindra's message spans all industries and her clients include Facebook, Hilton Hotels, Tyson Foods, Target, Berkshire Hathaway and the Harvard Medical School.

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Dave Hollis

Dave Hollis is the CEO of the Hollis Company, a company that exists to help people build better lives. He is husband to Rachel and father to Jackson, Sawyer, Ford, and Noah. Together with his wife, Dave hosts the podcast Rise Together, the #1 health podcast on iTunes. Dave was previously president of distribution for the Walt Disney Studios until he left to apply his experiences to the expansion of the Hollis Company. Dave is a member of the Motion Picture Academy and has been an advisor or board member of technology incubator Fandango Labs, philanthropy start-up Givsum, film charity Will Rogers Pioneers Foundation, Pepperdine's Institute for Entertainment, Media, and Culture, and foster care champion National Angels. Dave and his family live in Austin, Texas, where he drives a 1969 Ford Bronco named Incredible Hulk and has a mini schnauzer named Jeffrey.

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Blake Morgan

Blake Morgan is a leader in customer experience. She is a customer experience futurist and keynote speaker who brings her message to audiences all over the world. Her clients include Comcast, Fujitsu, Nationwide, Allstate, Genentech, Accor Hotels, Accenture, Parker Hannifin, Ericcson, Verizon, Adobe and more. Blake is a guest lecturer at Columbia University, the University of California, San Diego and adjunct faculty at the Rutgers MBA program. She is a contributor to Forbes and the Harvard Business Review. Blake is the host of The Modern Customer Podcast and a weekly customer experience video series on YouTube.

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David Cote

David M. Cote is Executive Chairman of Vertiv Holdings Co, a global data center products and services provider. Previously, as CEO of the industrial giant Honeywell, he grew the company's market capitalization from around $20 billion to nearly $120 billion, delivering returns of 800 percent and beating the S&P by nearly two and a half times.

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Marc Morial

Marc Morial, former mayor of New Orleans and current president and CEO of the National Urban League, oversaw many improvements during his terms, including crime reduction, police reform, and the passing of a significant bond issue.

In May 2003,  Morial  was appointed president and CEO of the National Urban League. Since that appointment,  Morial’s  Empowerment Agenda has worked to reenergize the League’s diverse constituencies; to build on the strength of its nearly one-hundred-year-old legacy; and to increase its profile both locally and nationally.

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SIobhan mchale

Siobhan McHale has worked across four continents, helping thousands of leaders to create more agile and productive workplaces. She also has been on the “inside” as the executive in charge of culture change in a series of large, multinational organizations. One of these inside jobs was a radical seven-year change initiative at Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) that transformed it from the lowest-performing bank in the country into one of the highest-performing and most admired banks in the world. Professor John Kotter used her work with ANZ as a Harvard Business School case study designed to teach MBA students about managing change.

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Paul Falcone

Paul Falcone is CHRO of the Motion Picture & Television Fund in Woodland Hills, CA, and he's held senior-level HR positions with Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures, and City of Hope. He has extensive experience in entertainment, healthcare/biotech, and financial services, including in international, nonprofit, and union environments.

Paul is the author of a number of bestselling HarperCollins, AMACOM, and SHRM Books, many of which have been ranked as #1 Amazon bestsellers in the categories of human resources management, labor & employment law, business mentoring & coaching, communication in management, and business decision-making and problem-solving. His books have been translated into Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Indonesian, and Turkish.

Paul is also a long-term contributor to HR Magazine, a top-rated conference presenter, and an adjunct faculty member in UCLA Extension's School of Business and Management.

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Chaka booker

Chaka Booker is a Forbes monthly contributor and has also written for the Stanford Social Innovation Review and Success magazine. He is the author of Mastering the Hire, which focuses on unique interviewing strategies for consistently identifying great talent.

He is a managing director for The Broad Center. The center, founded by billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad, is a national non-profit focused on leadership development. For over a decade, Chaka has recruited, assessed, trained, coached and developed talented professionals from across the country - and has learned as much from them as they have learned from him.

Chaka is a proud product of public schools from kindergarten through undergraduate at UCLA where he double majored in economics and psychology. He latered received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, which has not stopped him from mentioning his public school roots. As an introvert, Chaka is either helping leaders navigate their toughest challenges or he's figuring out how to leave a room without anyone noticing.

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Joel Peterson

Joel Peterson is the Chairman of JetBlue Airways and the Founding Partner of Peterson Partners, a Salt Lake City-based investment management firm. Joel is on the faculty at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and has been since 1992, teaching courses in real estate investment, entrepreneurship, and leadership. Joel formerly served as Chief Executive Officer of Trammell Crow Company, then the world's largest private commercial real estate development firm. Joel earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and received his Bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University. He is the author of "The 10 Laws of Trust: Building the Bonds That Make a Business Great".

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Jennifer Goldman-Wetzler

Dr. Jennifer Goldman-Wetzler, a leading expert on conflict and organizational psychology, is founder and CEO of Alignment Strategies Group. For two decades, she has advised senior leaders at global corporations in a wide range of industries as well as at large non-profit and governmental institutions.

In the corporate arena, Jennifer counsels CEOs and their teams on how to achieve optimal organizational health and growth, specializing in innovative technology, healthcare, and financial and professional services companies. She has served clients including: CSC, IBM, Intel, athenahealth, Novartis, Oscar Health Insurance, Oxeon, Roche, Barclays, GE Capital, Moody's, Cornerstone Research, Lexis Nexis, Navigant, and KPMG.

In the public sector, she helps leaders and their teams optimize organizational impact at institutions including: Jazz at Lincoln Center, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, The New School, Oxfam America, and the United Nations.

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Adrian gostick

Hailed as the #8 Leadership Guru & #9 Organizational Culture Guru of 2020, Adrian Gostick helps clients around the world with employee engagement and leadership issues. His consulting clients include Danaher, Bank of America, Rolls Royce, Cisco, and California Pizza Kitchen.
Adrian is a global expert on organizational culture, and author of the New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestsellers The Carrot Principle, All In and Leading with Gratitude. His books have been translated into 30 languages and have sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide.
He is often quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Fast Company, and the New York Times. And you may have seen him on NBC’s Today Show or CNN.
Adrian earned a master’s degree in leadership from Seton Hall University, where he is a guest lecturer on organizational culture; and he is a founding partner of The Culture Works, a global consultancy focused on helping organizations building high-performance work cultures.
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Chester elton

Chester Elton has spent two decades helping clients engage their employees to execute on strategy, vision, and values. In his provocative, inspiring, and always-entertaining speeches, the #1 bestselling leadership author provides real solutions to leaders looking to manage change, drive innovation, and lead a multi-generational workforce. Elton’s work is supported by research with more than 1 million working adults, revealing the proven secrets behind high-performance cultures and teams.

Chester has been called the “apostle of appreciation” by Canada’s Globe and Mail, “creative and refreshing‚” by the New York Times, and a “must read for modern managers” by CNN.

Sandy Rogers

Sandy Rogers is the lead author of the Wall Street Journal bestselling book Leading Loyalty: Cracking the Code to Customer Devotion. He is also the founder and leader of FranklinCovey's Loyalty Practice, which helps organizations accelerate growth through improving customer and employee loyalty. FranklinCovey provides frontline teams with an accurate measure of their customer service each month, along with a process to deliver great service more consistently.

Sandy was previously a senior vice president at Enterprise Rent-A-Car. During his 14 years there, he and his team figured out how to accurately measure customer service at thousands of branches each month, and then improve it, helping to triple company revenue over 10 years. Their success inspired Fred Reichheld at Bain to create NPS – Net Promoter Score – now the global standard for measuring loyalty. In his time at Enterprise, Sandy led the marketing team to develop Enterprise’s new logo, branch signage, and the “Pick Enterprise, We’ll Pick You Up!” television campaign. He managed the turnaround of Enterprise’s London England operation and later overall corporate strategy.

Through entertaining stories and keen insights from a career at P&G, Apple, Enterprise, and FranklinCovey, Sandy shares his learning over 30 years to unlock the secret to earning the fierce loyalty of your customers, co-workers, and all the important people in your life.

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Joseph Heagney

Joseph Heagney has been president of QMA International, LLC since 2001, providing a wide range of management learning solutions. He was previously the Global Practice Leader for Project Management Best Practices at the American Management Association where he currently serves as a faculty member.

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