Speakers

 Called ‘The Reinvention Guru’ (In Ventures magazine) and ‘The Queen of Reinvention’ (TEDx Navasink), Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva is a business owner, educator, speaker and author — specializing in reinvention.  Nadya is the creator of Chief Reinvention Officer method – and now this approach to transformation and renewal can work for you.  As a business owner, Nadya oversees a group of companies active in real estate, investment, and consulting. As a consultant, Nadya has helped such organizations as The Coca-Cola Company, ENRC PLC, IBM, CISCO, Erste Bank, Henkel, Knauf Insulation, Vienna Insurance Group and many others to reinvent their products, processes, and leadership practices.  As an educator, Nadya personally contributed to the development of nearly 5,000 executives from over 60 countries and 20 industries via small group executive education sessions, custom-made seminars, and long-term corporate reinvention projects.  She served as the Coca-Cola Chaired Professor of Sustainable Development at  IEDC- Bled School of Management , an executive education center based in the Slovene Alps, where she continues to teach courses in leadership, strategy, change management, design thinking, and sustainability. In addition to IEDC, Nadya has taught in other business schools, including  CEDEP  (France) and  IPADE Business School  (Mexico).  As a speaker, Nadya has shared her insights with audiences worldwide through keynotes, panel presentations, and workshops. She has delivered three TEDx talks in  Austria ,  Slovenia  and the  US . Over 100,000+ professionals saw Nadya speak publicly.  Nadya is a member of the Resourcefulness Advisory Board at  OMV , an oil and gas company, as well as a member of the Advisory Board of  Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit  at Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. She also serves as the President of  Challenge:Future , a global student think-DO-tank and innovation competition that unites 35,000 members from 242 countries and territories.  As an author, Nadya has written two books (“ Embedded Sustainability: The Next Big Competitive Advantage ” in 2011 and “ Overfished Ocean Strategy: Powering Up Innovation for a Resource-Deprived World ” in 2014) and contributed to five others. In an effort to reinvent corporate approaches to sustainability strategy, Nadya and her co-author Chris Laszlo coined the concept ‘embedded sustainability’, which was virtually non-existent when they started in 2009. Today, it produces 25+ million Google search results and has become a staple for corporate sustainability efforts.  Nadya received her BA in management and BA in psychology from  Hartwick College  and her PhD in Organizational Behavior from  Case Western Reserve University .  A daughter of Kazakhstan, Nadya and her family split their life between the US and Eurasia.

JON MONTGOMERY delighted Canadians by winning Gold in Men’s Skeleton at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. Now, as host of The Amazing Race Canada, he is a charming ambassador for our country’s most beautiful sights. In his talks, Montgomery shares his Olympic journey and important lessons on teamwork, leadership, and dreaming big. 

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Don Tapscott, CEO of The Tapscott Group, is one of the world’s leading authorities on the impact of technology on business and society. He has authored over 15 books, including Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything, which has been translated into over 25 lan­guages.

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“Leadership is about finding ways to get things done,” says BONNIE BROOKS, the CEO who restored Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor to their rightful places as world-class retailers. As the first female President and CEO of Hudson’s Bay Company, Brooks led sweeping, institutional changes, bringing North America’s oldest company back from the brink of failure.