Our Speakers

Your 2020 Speakers, chosen to help you Reimagine. Revolutionize.

You deserve expert guides advising on critical topics. That’s why we’re bringing you over 15 Global Thought Leaders! Gain ability to thrive, stimulate new thinking and get inspired with a new lineup every Thursday in October.

Guy Kawasaki

Chief Evangelist of Canva and Podcaster

What I Learned From Steve Jobs

Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva and the creator of Guy Kawasaki’s Remarkable People podcast. He is a brand ambassador for Mercedes-Benz, an executive fellow of the Haas School of Business (UC Berkeley), and an adjunct professor of the University of New South Wales. He was the chief evangelist of Apple and a trustee of the Wikimedia Foundation. He is also the author of Wise Guy, The Art of the Start 2.0, The Art of Social Media, Enchantment, and eleven other books. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University, an MBA from UCLA, and an honorary doctorate from Babson College.

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Seth Godin

Founder of altMBA and The Akimbo Workshops, Entrepreneur and Author

Customer Service is Free

SETH GODIN is the author of 19 books that have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 35 languages. He’s also the founder of the altMBA and The Akimbo Workshops, online seminars that have transformed the work of thousands of people.

He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything. You might be familiar with his books Linchpin, Tribes, The Dip  and Purple Cow. His latest book, This Is Marketing, was an instant bestseller around the world.

In addition to his writing and speaking, Seth has founded several companies, including Yoyodyne and Squidoo. His blog (which you can find by typing “seth” into Google) is one of the most popular in the world. His podcast is in the top 1% of all podcasts worldwide.

In 2018, he was inducted into the Marketing Hall of Fame. More than 20,000 people have taken his powerful Akimbo workshops, including the altMBA and The Marketing Seminar.

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Tom Bilyeu

CEO at Impact Theory, Co-Founder Quest Nutrition

How Will You Impact the World?

A unicorn entrepreneur, Tom Bilyeu co-founded Quest Nutrition and built it into a billion dollar business in just 5 years – all without outside funding. Following his exit from Quest, alongside his wife Lisa, they co-founded the media studio, Impact Theory. Their aim is to influence the cultural subconscious by building a single-minded content creation machine that makes exactly one type of content –content that empowers people. With millions watching on YouTube or listening to their podcasts, Impact Theory is empowering people all over the globe.

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Jesse Itzler

Co-Founder Marquis Jet, Co-Owner of the Atlanta Hawks, Author

Building Fanatical Customer Loyalty

Jesse Itzler only eats fruit ’til noon, loves Run-D.M.C., and enjoys living life “out of the box.” In fact, he doesn’t even have a box. The author of the New York Times bestseller, Living with a Seal, co-founded Marquis Jet, the world’s largest private jet card company which he and his partner sold to Berkshire Hathaway/NetJets. Jesse then partnered with Zico coconut water, which he and his partner sold to The Coca-Cola Company.

He’s a former rapper on MTV and wrote and performed the NBA’s Emmy Award-winning “I Love This Game” music campaign and the popular New York Knicks anthem “Go NY Go.” When he’s not running ultra-marathons, eating vegan food or being a dad to his four kids, Jesse can be found at the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks games, where he’s an owner of the team. He is married to Spanx founder Sara Blakely.

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Adrienne Bankert

Emmy-award winning journalist, author and speaker.

Your Hidden Superpower

A national correspondent for ABC News, she is often seen on Good Morning America and World News Tonight. She has covered some of the most historic headlines of the past decade and biggest stories in sports and entertainment.

She was the first national correspondent to go live from the 2016 Dallas police shooting, reporting in Thailand on the rescue of a youth soccer team, and the 2019 murder of rapper Nipsey Hussle. From the Oscars, Women’s World Cup Finals in France, and from both coasts, she has interviewed major names including Kobe Bryant, Brad Pitt, Harrison Ford, Dwayne Johnson, Lady Gaga, Viola Davis, Will Smith and Scarlett Johansson.

Her new book, “Your Hidden Superpower: The Kindness that Makes You Unbeatable at Work and Connects You with Anyone” is about resilience, facing competition and dealing with negativity.
An alumna of the University of Southern California, Adrienne is also a coach and sought after speaker across the U.S.

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Ken Blanchard

Founder, The Ken Blanchard Companies

Leading at a Higher Level

Ken Blanchard, one of the most influential leadership experts in the world, is coauthor of more than 65 books including the iconic bestseller The One Minute Manager® with combined sales of over 23 million copies in 47 languages. In 2005 Ken was inducted into Amazon’s Hall of Fame as one of the top 25 bestselling authors of all time.

Ken is cofounder of The Ken Blanchard Companies®, a globally recognized leadership training and consulting firm in San Diego, California. He also co-founded Lead Like Jesus, a worldwide organization committed to helping people become servant leaders.

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David Horsager

Global Trust Expert, CEO of Trust Edge Leadership Institute, Author

The Trust Edge™: How Top Leaders and Organizations Drive Business Results through Trust

David Horsager, MA, CSP, CPAE is the CEO of Trust Edge Leadership Institute, national bestselling author of The Trust Edge, inventor of the Enterprise Trust Index™, and director of one of the nation’s foremost trust studies: The Trust Outlook™. His work has been featured in prominent publications such as Fast Company, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal. David has advised leaders and delivered life-changing presentations on six continents, with audiences ranging everywhere from FedEx, Toyota and global governments to the New York Yankees and the Department of Homeland Security.

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Mikki Williams

Hall of Fame Keynote Speaker, Transformational Storyteller, Executive Speech Coach

The Art and Heart of Storytelling

Mikki Williams is a CSP, certified speaking professional, Hall of Fame Speaker and TEDx speaker and was chosen as one of the best speakers in the country by Meetings and Convention Magazine along with Tony Robbins, Bill Gates, Mike Ditka, Lou Holtz and Jay Leno. She was featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal and named a top executive speech coach in Forbes as well as named one of the Outstanding Women of the Decade by the United Nations, and ABC did a television documentary about her life.

An award-winning speaker for Vistage International, the world’s leading executive organization and Master Chair of two of their peer advisory boards in Chicago, she is a global celebrity speaker, transformational storyteller and sought after executive speech coach. Based in Naples, Florida and Chicago, she is the creator of Speakers School, Keynote Kamp and The Mikki Mouth Club.   Mikki has spoken in every US state, every Canadian province and every continent except Antarctica… where she can’t wear her stiletto’s.


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Darren LaCroix

World Champion of Public Speaking, Presentation Skills Coach, World-Class Trainer, Author

Revolutionize Your Online Meetings

After a failed business in 1992, Darren LaCroix took the stage in a Boston comedy club and bombed miserably. It was horrible. The headliner that night told him to “keep his day job.”  Friends told him that his dream of making people laugh for a living was crazy and stupid. He didn’t listen. 

His story has roused audiences in faraway places like Australia, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, China, Oman, Malaysia, and Taiwan with his inspirational journey from Chump to Champ. He is passionate about showing people that if you are a sponge and have the right mentors, anything is possible.

Darren is currently the only speaker in the world who is a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), an AS (Accredited Speaker), and a World Champion of Public Speaking. Darren always stresses, “Don’t go for the designations to get letters after your name; do it for the professional you will become in the process.”

He is the co-host of Unforgettable Presentations podcast.  He is the founder of StageTimeUniversity.com, the ultimate online programs for presenters.

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Bronkar Lee

Keynote Speaker, Performer & Mindset Coach

Ignite Your Passion for Learning

Bronkar Lee isn’t your typical keynote speaker. His unique background includes touring Europe as ringmaster to a world-renowned circus, appearing with Jay Leno on the Tonight Show, starring in a SuperBowl commercial, and beatboxing with his son in a viral video that received over 200 Million views.

Bronkar plays 42 instruments and counting (including drums, saxophone, guitar, and handpans) which he’s incorporated into live performances and presentations for over 20 years. He has produced multiple theater shows and founded the Set Your Tone Summit in Atlanta, Georgia (a full-day experience of live music and Ted-talk style presentations from various thought leaders). Additionally, Bronkar is a focus coach and author of BAM: Bold Achievement Method.

Pulling from these vastly different experiences, Bronkar provides a refreshingly energetic perspective on the importance of physical health, mental wellbeing, and personal development.

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Tom Ryan

NCAA Champion Head Wrestling Coach Ohio State Buckeyes, Author

Chosen Suffering

Tom Ryan is head coach of The Ohio State University Wrestling Team. As an All-American college wrestler he embraced his fair share of “chosen suffering.” It wasn’t until he and his wife Lynette suffered the sudden death of their five-year-old son, Teague, that they encountered “unchosen suffering” in a way they never wished. In this fire, they found their faith and a process to push through the pain. Tom’s passion is to transform ordinary lives into elite champions. He and Lynette live in Columbus, Ohio and have four children: Jordan, Jake, Teague and Mackenzie. Learn more at ChosenSuferring.com

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Dr. Paul Bizjak

Health & Wellness Expert

It’s In You: Uncovering True Health and the Life You Were Designed to Live

Dr. Paul Bizjak is a serial self-experimenter, working to test success and wellness theories in an effort to help others live their best life possible. His more than 22 years in his private chiropractic practice, caring for thousands of patients and providing almost half a million patient visits, has kept his finger on the pulse of what people want, the mistakes they make, and what it takes to be truly well. He has worked and researched extensively to deconstruct the healthiest, happiest, and most successful people on the planet, finding the answers in a blend of ancestral wisdom with modern technology. Dr. Paul is the creator of the popular Friday’s Findings, a weekly email newsletter that shares three things he comes across each week in his own effort to “figure it all out.”

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Chris Larkins

What I Learned by Almost Dying

Chris is an executive Partner at CEO Coaching International, and an active CEO coach across multiple industries. Immediately prior to joining CEO Coaching International, Chris served dual senior executive roles at Prime Communications, a major AT&T Authorized Retail chain, with over 2,000 stores today.

As President at Prime Communications, Chris took hold of an acquired portfolio of severely underperforming stores, and rapidly led them to record sales and profits. These efforts led AT&T to name Prime its #1 chain in the Western US, literally a worst-to-first transformation. Nationally, he sharply boosted profit across all company locations coast-to-coast, and built the infrastructure that successfully tripled the company’s footprint in less than 3 years, with the vast majority of stores added to the portfolio via acquisition of other chains.

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J.R. Heckman

singer songwriter

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J.R. Heckman is a classically trained vocalist whose voice is truly magical. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, J.R. attends the prestigious Tisch School of The Arts at New York University where he is singing, acting, and writing music. He recently produced his single, Reimagine, which encourages people to come together and “be the change they want to see in the world”.

J.R. has shared the Minskoff Stage on Broadway with Kristen Chenoweth, the cast of the Lion King, Tommy Tune, Harry Connick, Jr., and Billy Joel. J.R. was chosen to be a National Jimmy Award Finalist in addition to being a three time Playhouse Square Dazzle Award Recipient for Best Actor. J.R. produced a virtual benefit concert, “Songs Of Hope” for Josh Groban’s Find Your Light Foundation to give back and provide funding for music and arts education for the underserved. Additionally, J.R. received the Jean L. Pettit Memorial Music Scholarship performing at Severance Hall and has been recognized by the Cleveland Critics Circle as a “Rising Star”.

J.R. is passionate about inspiring others and creating a better tomorrow through his music.

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John DiJulius

chief revolution officer, The DiJulius Group, Author


The authority on world-class customer service and John doesn’t just talk about it either – He lives it. John has been a successful entrepreneur of two businesses:

John Robert’s Spa, a chain of upscale Cleveland locations repeatedly named one of the top 20 salons in America.

And The DiJulius Group, a customer experience consulting firm that uses the X-Commandment methodology to providing a World-Class customer experience.

When John’s not running the daily operations of both businesses,He’s also a Keynote speaker, international customer experience consultant and best selling author of five books. Through his expertise, he has had the privilege of working with world class companies like the Ritz-Carlton, Lexus, Starbucks, Nordstrom, Nestle, Marriott Hotel, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Cheesecake Factory, Bausch & Lomb, Progressive Insurance, Harley Davidson, State Farm, Chick-fil-A, Entrepreneurs Organization, YPO, Aveda, and many more!

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Dave Murray

senior customer experience consultant

Creating Your Companies Actionable True North & Crafting Standards that Drive Internal & External Excellence

Dave helps clients generate fresh, game-changing ideas and then turn those into actionable systems.

Dave’s role at the DiJulius Group is that of a facilitator, where he strives to make all participants feel comfortable – creating an ideal environment for idea generation and sharing.

Dave’s passion is helping organizations create new standards that help them deliver a better experience to their customers – and also make the company an even better place to work!

Prior to joining TDG, Dave had 20 years of experience in customer service, marketing, and sales, primarily in the sports and entertainment industry. Dave’s experience varies from leading call centers and front-line team members to working closely with key partners and stakeholders.

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Jess Pischel

customer experience consultant

Setting The Stage With Consistent Behaviors That Will Set You Apart and Tricks to Make it All Stick

As a Customer Experience Consultant with The DiJulius Group, Jess helps clients generate ideas, turn them into systems, and then implement them enterprise-wide. Jess has a passion for working on meaningful projects while creating leaders that move results through their people.

Jess is a strong, critical thinker, whose analytical and strategic skills bring a holistic approach to all projects – leaving nothing to chance.

Jess has been personally trained on the trademarked X Commandments methodology by John DiJulius and uses this methodology regularly with our clients. Jess’s priority in every client engagement is to create new customer experience standards and implement systems that lead to concrete, measurable results.

Jess is also a keynote speaker that loves to share her clients’ best practices and provide content that her audience can apply immediately in both their professional and personal lives.

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Joe Wolfcale

Topic: Coming Soon.

Joe is an executive by experience, and a teacher by heart. Joe finds great satisfaction in helping others turn concepts and ideas into practical reality within their business.

He have been an executive leader for nearly 20 years, including over 10 years as a Chief Executive Officer.  His industry experience ranges from manufacturing to healthcare, with most of his executive experience in healthcare.  Joe’s success is directly tied to servant leadership – serving his customers and team to the highest degree.

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Brittni Walker

Topic: Coming Soon.

Brittni helps clients develop ideas and turn them into systems.

She’s also a CXEA Academy Instructor and a public speaker who motivates her audiences with energy and humor.

Brittni has been working with the X-Commandments methodology since 2012. At the time, she worked with The DiJulius Group to develop and implement the customer service systems and employee engagement strategy for a consumer banking company, where she served as Director of Customer and Employee Experience.

On a personal note, she is passionate about improving business by developing and training people at various organizations where she leverages her expertise in company culture and experience as a consultant.

Brittni is a 2017 nominee for Nashville’s 30 under 30, and loves traveling and collecting as many experiences as possible from all corners of the world!

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