Keynote Speakers

2018 Keynote Speakers

Claire Shipman, Senior National Correspondent, Good Morning America
Tuesday, October 2 9:00 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. EDT

The Confidence Code

In this candid, motivational speech, Claire Shipman offers up surprising new research from her latest book, The Confidence Code, which suggests that confidence may well be the missing ingredient for women who are eager to find both success and satisfaction at work and at home. And while Shipman’s research is focused on women, the questions and subsequent answers she provides are compelling and applicable to both men and women looking to increase their confidence level. She gets to the bottom of the confidence conundrum with basic, provocative questions like:

  • Is confidence more important than competence?
  • Is there a confidence gene?
  • What are we doing, or learning wrong?
  • Can we blame our parents?
  • Does perfectionism impede confidence?

The answers are counterintuitive. Some come from the frontiers of neuroscience—part of our confidence is hardwired, it turns out, but not all of it. And we can redo that wiring with fairly basic actions that Shipman outlines. Inspiring, insightful and persuasive, this session will leave you understanding that by acting on your best instincts and by daring to be authentic, you can feel the transformative power of a confident life.

Tuesday, October 2 12:00 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. EDT

Dealing with Difficult People: Handling Big Egos or Difficult Conversations

Dealing with difficult people is an unavoidable part of doing business, so it’s important to learn how to do so skillfully. When people don’t feel skilled at handling difficult conversations, they either avoid having those conversations (which really need to be had) or handle them poorly. This presentation gives you a solid framework and tools, developed within the Harvard Negotiation Project, to optimally handle difficult conversations. You will feel both more confident and more skilled in handling these crucial conversations.

Wednesday, October 3 10:45 A.M. – 12:15 P.M. EDT

Exactly What to Say – The Magic Words for Influence and Impact

The right words, said in the right way and at the right time, have the power to change almost any outcome. By challenging your beliefs around influence and sharing specific and intentional word choices, best-selling author Phil M. Jones will reveal exactly what to say and when to say it. You’ll leave equipped with new skills and feel inspired to make use of your new “magic words” and enhanced ability to influence, persuade and drive outcomes through your teams.