Founder and CEO of futurethink Lisa Bodell is the bestselling author of Kill the Company and Why Simple Wins. She is a recognized global leader on innovation foresight and change management, whose keynotes leave audiences inspired with a vision and armed with tools toward action.
A dynamic speaker and futurist, Bodell has brought innovation to life for Google, Cisco Systems, Citigroup, Merck, Fidelity, Accenture and the U.S. Navy. Bodell’s takeaways are proven transformational methods that she and her team at futurethink, an innovation-training firm helping businesses become world-class innovators, have successfully implemented with Fortune 500 companies around the world. The characteristics that define Bodell as a successful global speaker are the same as those that define her success as a CEO — a laser-focused ability to provide radical thinking and offer on-the-spot business solutions, with an inspired vision that motivates people to action.
With a deep understanding of best practices across industries, Bodell has contributed her expertise to a wide variety of media, including: Fast Company, WIRED, The New York Times, Inc., Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, The Huffington Post, FOX News and CNN. She serves as a member of the Global Agenda Council for the World Economic Forum; and an adviser on the boards of the Association of Professional Futurists; and Novartis’ Diversity and Inclusion Board in Basel, Switzerland.
Anne Grady is an internationally recognized speaker and author who shares humor, humility, refreshing honesty and practical strategies that can be applied both personally and professionally to improve relationships, navigate change and triumph over adversity. She is a two time TEDx speaker, and her work has been featured in Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Fast Company and Inc. magazines, CNN, ESPN and FOX Business.
With a master's degree in organizational communication and more than 20 years of experience working side-by-side with industry gurus, political and educational leaders and executives, Anne addresses audiences worldwide on topics including change management, resilience, leadership, communication and emotional intelligence. She faces adversity head on and shares her personal toolkit for building courage and resilience. Her expertise is growing talent, offering up timely solutions and building subtle, yet sustainable, change in teams and organizations.
Ben Heywood is co-founder and chief privacy officer of PatientsLikeMe. Founded in 2004, it is the world’s largest personalized health network. The network serves as a community of patients, doctors and organizations that inspires, informs and empowers individuals. Heywood initially launched the platform to help his brother, who was struggling with an ALS diagnosis. That ALS diagnosis led to a desire to reinvent the healthcare system, with the patient at the center. Now with the help of the more than 600,000 PatientsLikeMe members living with chronic illnesses, Heywood has been on an inspired journey through the U.S. healthcare system few others have seen.
Dave Wendland is a 27+ year veteran of the consumer packaged goods industry and is passionate about optimizing results across the retail supply chain. A sought-after speaker for industry conferences and frequent editorial contributor, Dave provides dynamic, thought-provoking presentations; idea-generating articles; and purposeful business guidance.
As vice president strategic relations and one of the co-owners of Hamacher Resource Group, Dave has connected, counseled, and offered business-improvement solutions to a variety of manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and technology providers. With his bird’s-eye view of retail and fresh approaches to branding he is able to assess and offer creative ideas to help companies of all sizes whether they are market leaders or new to the industry.