Opening General Session, Thursday, September 5
“The Real Travel Trends”
Doug Lansky, Award-Winning Travel Writer, World-Travel Expert, Travel Trends Futurist
This is not your typical data display. Much like Hans Rosling’s hugely popular TED Talks, Doug uses powerful images and a mix of animated bubble charts to make international data come alive. He shows the surprising indicators behind travel trends you’ve never seen before. How do female education rates in developing countries affect who your future customers will be? How close are various nations getting to becoming major international travelers? The world’s international population stands to triple in the next 25 years…once you can see where the growth is coming from, what these emerging travel markets want, you can better position your destination and the marketing to attract these new visitors.
“How to Escape Conventional Thinking to Become the Exception Others Love”
Jay Acunzo, Author “Break the Wheel”
We live in a world flooding with best practices, conventional wisdom, and trendy tactics. It’s all we can do to simply keep up, let alone take control. It’s like we’re trapped on this always-spinning wheel of reactive decisions and good-enough work. It’s time to escape this cycle. It’s time to break the wheel.
In this fast-paced, inspiring talk, Jay Acunzo hands attendees a sledgehammer. He’ll share lessons learned from telling over 200 stories of teams and individuals who broke from conventional thinking to do exceptional things — without ever feeling like it was risky.
While everyone around them merely survives, attendees will know how to thrive. Remember: Finding “best practices” isn’t the goal. Finding the best approach for you is. Jay’s presentation will inspire and empower people to do exactly that.
Lunch General Session, Thursday, September 5
“From Homeless Refugee to Living the American Dream”
Derreck Kayongo, Business Visionary, Global Soap Project Founder & Former CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights
The nobility and power of Derreck Kayongo’s story and how he used it to arrive at his innovative Global Soap Project will leave audiences awe-inspired. Kayongo believes that not every bad experience in life has to end up horribly — sometimes bad experiences happen so they lead us to a problem we need to solve or to our true calling in life. Drawing on the hardships of his refugee experience, Kayongo shares how he went on to manufacture a solution to a global problem, the life lessons he learned along the way, and how they apply to one’s ability to stay relevant in today’s market.
Closing General Session, Friday, September 6
“The ‘What If…?’ Experience”
Mike Rayburn, Award-Winning Speaker, Entertainer, and Guitar Virtuoso
Mike uses his amazing guitar work and hilarious comedy as a metaphor to illustrate three tools designed to turn your team into an army of innovators with the peak performance skills to transcend the status quo to stop managing change, and lead by creating change.