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Speakers Showcase


Great Ideas offers you thought leadership from inside and outside the association industry to make sure you hear a variety of perspectives to evoke ideation and problem solving. Look forward to hearing and collaborating with some of the most innovative, inspiring, and creative leaders in the industry. Here are some of the speakers from #Ideas17:

 

2017 Thought Leaders


Why Only is Better Than Best

Srini Rao

Chief creative instigator, Unmistakable Media
Author, Unmistakable
@UnmistakableCEO

Srini Rao

Srini Rao

Rao taught us to ignore best practices, trust our intuition, and attempt what hasn’t been proven. He showed us the importance of being so distinctive it makes our competition irrelevant.

BrightSight Group

Speaker Provided by BrightSight Group

 


Fail to Innovate: How to Create Iconic Advantage

Soon Yu

Global VP of innovation and corporate officer, VF Corporation
Author, Iconic Advantage (coming soon)
@SoonSpeaks

Soon Yu

Soon Yu

Yu taught us to design for and innovate around the key principles for iconicity—noticing power, staying power, and scaling power.

 


Mastering the Way You See the World

Jim Gilmore

Co-founder, Strategic Horizons LLP
Author of Experience Economy and Look

Jim Gilmore

Jim Gilmore

Gilmore taught us to master how we see the world by overcoming personal bias, pinpointing significance, scrutinizing details, and uncovering potential opportunities.


Making Time for You: Secrets of the Fringe Hours

Jessica Turner

Founder, The Mom Creative
Author, The Fringe Hours
@JessicaNTurner

Jessica Turner

Jessica Turner

Turner taught us how to find our fringe hours, eliminate guilt, and show up as our best authentic self.

 


Unconventional Approaches to Problem-Solving

Max Brooks

Author, World War Z and Zombie Survival Guide @MaxBrooksUKnews

Max Brooks

Max Brooks

Brooks taught us to challenge old ways of thinking and pursue mental agility and flexibility when seeking new solutions to age-old challenges..

GTN

Speaker Provided by Greater Talent Network


Inspiring Creativity in the Workplace

Matthew Luhn

Story consultant & creative writer
Former story supervisor, Pixar Animation Studios
@MatthewLuhn

Matthew Luhn

Matthew Luhn

Luhn taught us how to create a culture that encourages and nurtures ideas, and embraces fear and failing as part of the creative process.

Big Speak

Speaker Provided by Big Speak

 


Putting Women’s Ideas to Work—Authentic Ways to Hear and Be Heard

 
Ruha Benjamin 

Assistant professor, Princeton University
Author, People's Science
@ruha9

Ruha Benjamin

Ruha Benjamin

Benjamin taught us to grow and strengthen our associations by better understanding the role of voice, presentation, positioning, and bias in building and supporting a framework and pipeline for women-led intrapreneurship. 
 


Team of Teams

Chris Fussell

Chief Growth Officer, McChrystal Group
Former US Navy SEAL

Chris Fussell

Chris Fussell

Fussell challenged us to use the concept of special ops teams from the military and acclimate it to the workplace.  This is instructive as work environments need be innovative while being responsive to a structured environment.  The reality, while attaining the best results, is to operate in a hybrid model to achieve efficiency, adaptability, and navigate complexity.