THINK 18: THE RACE TO EXCELLENCE

May 07 - 10, 2018

Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

Conference Rate - $1,199
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Speakers

  • MICHAEL PHELPS
    MICHAEL PHELPS
    Champion Swimmer

    Michael Phelps is the most decorated swimmer in history, capturing a total of 28 medals, including a record-setting 23 gold medals, over the course of his career. Phelps utilized his performance bonus for winning eight gold medals in 2008 to establish the Michael Phelps Foundation. Committed to growing the sport of swimming, the Foundation addresses the need for water-safety through its signature program – im – that is available through the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Special Olympics International. The most decorated swimmer in World Championships history, Phelps launched his own competitive swimwear brand – MP – in partnership with Aqua Sphere in 2014. He has published two autobiographies – No Limits: The Will to Success and Beneath the Surface – that were New York Times and USA Today best sellers, as well as published one children’s book – How to Train with a T-Rex and Win Eight Gold Medals. He is a highly regarded inspirational speaker, sharing his message of “Dream, Plan, Reach” with audiences ranging from children to business executives.

  • BETH COMSTOCK
    BETH COMSTOCK
    Former GE Vice Chair

    Beth Comstock navigates change. She prepares for it, inspires it, and considers it an essential part of the growth of both individuals and organizations. Over nearly two decades at GE, she led efforts to accelerate new growth and innovation, helping transform a process-heavy, top-down culture to a faster, agile, and inventive one. Comstock initiated GE’s digital and clean-energy transformations, developed new businesses, increased GE’s brand value and sales, and partnered to enhance its inventive culture. She was responsible for the sales, marketing, and communications functions, and was the company’s first Chief Marketing Officer in 20 years. As President of Integrated Media at NBC Universal, Comstock oversaw ad revenue and the company’s digital efforts, including early development of hulu.com. She held a succession of marketing and communications roles at GE, NBC, CBS and Turner Broadcasting/CNN. Her first book, Imagine It Forward, offers lessons from a life of continual transformation and will be published September 18, 2018.

     

  • NICHOLAS THOMPSON
    NICHOLAS THOMPSON
    Wired Magazine Editor in Chief, Wired Magazine

    The story of how science and tech will change our lives is one of the most important in the world. And no one is more equipped to tell it than Nicholas Thompson. A veteran editor, he revolutionized The New Yorker’s online platform and transformed the magazine. Now, as the editor-in-chief of Wired, he’s working at the forefront of digital innovation – championing tech’s role in making the world a better place. Thompson served previously as a senior editor at Wired, and played a pivotal role with The New Yorker – first as senior editor, then as editor of the magazine’s digital platform. Author of the critically acclaimed biography The Hawk and the Dove: Paul Nitze, George Kennan, and the History of the Cold War, Thompson has written on technology and politics for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, Slate, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, The New York Observer, and other publications. He has appeared on Bloomberg TV, NBC, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC, NPR, and CNN, where he is a contributing editor, and CBS, where he is a news contributor.

  • CHRIS SKINNER
    CHRIS SKINNER
    Fintech Strategist

    Chris Skinner is known as an independent commentator on the financial markets and fintech through his blog, the Finanser.com, as author of the bestselling books Digital Bank, ValueWeb and its new sequel Digital Human. He is Chair of the European networking forum The Financial Services Club and Nordic Finance Innovation, as well as being a Non-Executive Director of the Fintech consultancy firm 11:FS.  He is on the Advisory Boards of many companies including B-Hive, Bankex, empowr, IoV42, Innovate Finance, Life.SREDA, Moven, Meniga, Pintail, Project Exscudo and the Token Fund, and has been voted one of the most influential people in financial technology by the Wall Street Journal’s Financial News.  He has recently been voted Game Changer of the Year and Financial Markets Advisor of the Year by Finance Monthly, CEO of the Year by CV Magazine, FinTech Speaker of the Year by TMT Global and has been an advisor to the White House, the World Bank and the World Economic Forum.

  • JEAN CHATZKY
    JEAN CHATZKY
    Financial Journalist

    Jean Chatzky, the financial editor of NBC’s TODAY show, is an award-winning personal finance journalist, AARP’s personal finance ambassador and host of the podcast HerMoney with Jean Chatzky on iTunes. Jean is also a best-selling author. Her newest book, AgeProof: Living Longer Without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hip, which she wrote with Dr. Michael Roizen, is a New York Times bestseller. In 2015, Jean teamed up with Time for Kids and The PwC Charitable Foundation to launch Your $, a financial literacy magazine reaching two million schoolchildren each month. She lives with her family in Westchester County, New York.

  • BRIAN SOLIS
    BRIAN SOLIS
    Digital Analyst

    Brian Solis is a principal analyst at Altimeter Group, a Prophet company. He is also an award-winning author, prominent blogger/writer, and keynote speaker. A digital analyst, anthropologist, and futurist, Solis has studied and influenced the effects of emerging technology on business and society. His research and books help executives, and also everyday people, better understand the relationship between the evolution of technology and its impact on people and also the role we each play in evolution. Solis also helps leading brands, celebrities, and startups develop new digital transformation, culture 2.0, and innovation strategies that enable businesses to adapt to new connected markets from the inside out. Solis is a regular contributor to leading business and industry publications including Adage, Forbes, Wired, and VentureBeat among others. His new book, X: The Experience When Business Meets Design, introduces the importance of experiences as the new brand, bringing the worlds of CX, UX and BX together to re-imagine the customer journey and lifecycle.

  • CHIP HEATH
    CHIP HEATH
    Business Professor

    Chip Heath is a professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, teaching courses on business strategy, change, and sticky communication, and consulting with clients ranging from Google and Gap to The Nature Conservancy and the American Heart Association. He is the co-author (along with his brother, Dan) of four books. Their most recent book, The Power of Moments (October 2017), explores why certain brief experiences can jolt, elevate and change us – and how we can learn to create these extraordinary moments in our life and work. Their book, Decisive: How to Make Better Decisions in Life and Work debuted at #1 on The Wall Street Journal best-seller list and #2 on The New York Times best-seller list. Their 2010 book, Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard, hit #1 on both best-seller lists. Their first book, Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, spent two years on the Business Week best-seller list and was an Amazon Top 10 Business Book for both editors and readers. The Heaths’ books have been translated into 33 languages, including Thai, Arabic, and Lithuanian.

 

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