Main Stage Speakers

Join us each day of the conference for a diverse lineup of thought-provoking and inspirational Main Stage speakers!

These daily Main Stage sessions are not to be missed. Friday and Saturday, the General Sessions will begin at 7:30 a.m. ET and Sunday at 8:00 a.m. ET.

Ben Nemtin

When? Friday, Oct. 28, 8:15 a.m. ET

What? “Resilience in the Face of Uncertainty”

Ben Nemtin
Ben Nemtin

An organization can only become the-best-version-of-itself to the extent that its employees are becoming better-versions-of-themselves. Proving that you care enough to ask your people what matters most to them goes a long way, and it’s easier than you think to help them get there. Highlights the importance of pursuing a bucket list, not only for your own wellbeing but also for your career and for those around you and inspires people into action through masterful storytelling and by implementing tiers of accountability to drive them towards their goals.

Ben Nemtin is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of What Do You Want to Do Before You Die? and a star of MTV’s highest rated show ever on iTunes and Amazon called The Buried Life. As the co-founder of The Buried Life movement, Mr. Nemtin’s message of radical possibility has been featured on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, FOX, and NBC News. President Obama called Ben and The Buried Life “inspiration for a new generation” and Oprah declared their mission “truly inspiring.” In his first year of university, Mr. Nemtin was unexpectedly hit with a depression that forced him to drop out. In an attempt to feel more alive, he created the world’s greatest bucket list with his three best friends. They borrowed a rickety old RV and crisscrossed North America, achieving the unthinkable. And most importantly, every time they accomplished a dream, they helped a complete stranger cross something off their bucket list. From playing basketball with President Obama to having a beer with Prince Harry, from reuniting a father and son after seventeen years to surprising a young girl with a much-needed bionic arm—Ben’s bucket list quest has inspired millions to thrive personally and professionally.

Herman A. Taylor, Jr., MD, MPH

When? Saturday, Oct. 29, 8:00 a.m. ET

Herman Taylor, MD
Herman A. Taylor, Jr., MD, MPH

Herman A. Taylor, Jr., MD, MPH, is the former director and principal investigator of the Jackson Heart Study, the largest study in history to investigate the inherited factors that affect high blood pressure, heart disease, strokes, diabetes and other important diseases in African Americans. Dr. Taylor was named the American Heart Association’s 2008 Physician of the Year and was nominated in 2013 as a White House Champion of Change for Prevention and Public Health.

Scott Hamilton

When? Saturday, Oct. 29, 8:30 a.m. ET

What? “Undefeated: How to Keep Fighting When the World Says ‘Quit'”

Scott Hamilton
Scott Hamilton

True greatness can only be achieved by a fierce commitment to going after it with everything you’ve got, no matter how many times you’re knocked down. It means rejecting apathy and staying hungry — refusing to settle for less than excellence. Scott Hamilton’s life can be defined by a voracious appetite for greatness. Despite the seemingly insurmountable roadblocks he’s endured, he stayed focused, rallying after every setback to take on the next challenge. Mr. Hamilton talks about the journey of the extreme highs and lows of his story — from his days as an Olympic gold medalist figure skater to his four battles with cancer — letting in on the secrets of what it takes to cultivate that voracity of spirit and keep going, even when the obstacles’ shadows loom large.

The most recognized male figure skating star in the world, and figure skating’s voice of authority in the U.S., Scott Hamilton has won 70 titles, awards and honors including an Emmy Award nomination, induction into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame and a privileged member of the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

In 1984, Mr. Hamilton captured the attention of the world with his Olympic Gold medal performances in Saravejo and since has shared his love and enthusiasm for the sport as an analyst/commentator, performer, producer and best-selling author (Landing It, 1999; The Great Eight, 2009; and Finish First: Winning Changes Everything, 2018). Mr. Hamilton further inspires others as a speaker, humanitarian and as a cancer and pituitary brain tumor survivor.

Tom Koulopoulos

When? Sunday, Oct. 30, 8:00 a.m. ET

What? “Revealing the Invisible: How Artificial Intelligence is about to Change Everything”

Tom Kouloupos
Tom Koulopoulos

The world is at the precipice of one of the most dramatic shifts in history: the transition from an industrial society to one that is based on a deep understanding of an entirely new form of knowledge capital, behavior—our behaviors as well as those of the intelligent machines that we are building.

Tom Koulopoulos is chairman of the Boston-based global futures think tank Delphi Group, which was named one of the fastest growing private companies in the US by Inc. Magazine. Mr. Koulopoulos is a frequent business commentator on MSNBC, a columnist forInc.com, an adjunct professor at Boston University Graduate School of Management, an Executive in Residence at Bentley University, the past Executive Director of the Babson College Center for Business Innovation and past Executive Director of the Dell Innovation Lab.

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