KEYNOTE: The Art of Vision

Sunday, May 5 at 4:15PM
Calusa Ballroom ABCD

Erik Wahl

Internationally recognized artist, TED speaker, and No. 1 bestselling author

Erik Wahl Bio
On stage, Erik’s keynote experience creates a dynamic multidimensional metaphor for how to systematically embrace innovation and risk. His message: disruption is the new normal and businesses must embrace creativity in a
wholesale fashion, or risk being left behind. Erik’s presentation inspires organizations to be increasingly agile and
outlines how to use disruption as a competitive advantage. Some companies will be disrupted others will choose to be
the disruptor. Choose wisely.

His new book, The Spark and the Grind, activates the essential components of translating ideas into action. His
breakthrough thinking has earned praise from the likes of top influencers in both art and business.
Erik’s previous book, a bestseller called Unthink was hailed by Forbes Magazine as The blueprint to actionable
creativity, and by Fast Company Magazine as “provocative with a purpose.”

The Warhol of Wall Street, the Renoir of ROI, The Picasso of Productivity, the Jobs of … Well, Jobs.
Erik discovered an alarming truth early in his career as a partner in a corporate firm: organizations that encouraged
the mental discipline of creativity did better than those that did not put innovation as a priority mission. So he set
out to challenge companies to change their way of thinking.

In the meantime, inspired by street art, he became an acclaimed graffiti artist—though he has since stopped selling
his works for personal gain, and instead uses his art to raise money for charities. His keynote is where his passion for
business growth and art converge into a fascinating performance.

KEYNOTE: Understanding & Leveraging Change

Monday, May 6 at 9:15AM
Calusa Ballroom ABCD

Dr. Shalom Saada Saar

Internationally Recognized Expert in Leadership Studies

Dr. Saar Bio
Dr. Shalom Saada Saar believes that everyone has the capacity to lead, and he has dedicated his career to helping leaders identify and cultivate their unique leadership talents. Believing deeply that you can’t lead others until you know how to lead yourself, Dr. Saar developed the highly acclaimed program, Know Thyself, that has ignited a passion for leadership in people around the globe.

Whether working one-on-one with a leading CEO, or challenging his students in seminars at MIT, Dr. Saar brings his unique experiences and perspectives to everything he does. CEOs rely on his counsel because Shalom understands the challenges business leaders face. He also knows that leadership is the only sustainable competitive advantage — he challenges CEOs and their senior teams to think and act differently in order to create fundamental change that will create exceptional value for the firm’s clients.

Throughout his career as head of a naval academy, academic administrator, vp for executive development and consultant to governmental agencies and corporations, Shalom has dedicated himself to provide coaching and counseling to individuals and teams around the world. At MIT, and previously at Harvard, he challenged emerging leaders to thoroughly understand who they are as leaders so that they can think and act in fundamentally different ways to solve the complex challenges they face.

Shalom has brought his unique perspective on leadership to audiences around the globe. Participants consistently remark that they are inspired by his insights and common sense approach to leading oneself and leading others.

Dr. Saar is currently teaching leadership and management at MIT and Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business in Beijing. In addition to teaching at MIT and CKGSB he has taught at: Harvard; China European International Business School; State University of New York; and Southern Methodist University.

Dr. Saar received his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Psychology from Swarthmore College and Master and Doctoral degrees in Organizational Behavior and Administration from Harvard University.

KEYNOTE: Reality Based Leadership

Monday, May 6 at 10:45AM
Calusa Ballroom ABCD

Cy Wakeman

Drama researcher, global thought-leader, and New York Times best-selling author.

Cy Wakeman Bio

Cy Wakeman is recognized for cultivating a counter-intuitive, reality-based approach to leadership. Backed by 20 years of unparalleled experience, Wakeman’s philosophy offers a new lens through which employees and executives alike, can shift their attention inward, sharpen their focus on personal accountability, and uncover their natural state of innovation simply by ditching the drama.

Deemed “the secret weapon to restoring sanity to the workplace,” Wakeman has helped companies such as Facebook, Google, NASA, Pfizer, NBC Universal, New York Presbyterian, Johns Hopkins, Eli Lilly, Keurig Green Mountain, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch learn to navigate our rapidly changing world using good mental processes to harness energy wasted in workplace drama and reinvest that effort into achieving profound business results.

She’s a regular contributor on,, The Huffington Post, and Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global. She’s been featured on the TODAY Show, the AskGaryVee Show with Gary Vaynerchuk, The New York Times, Business Insider, The Daily Muse, and many more. In 2018, she was voted both a Top 100 Leadership Expert to follow on Twitter and #10 on the Global Guru’s list of Top 30 Leadership Professionals.

Wakeman has published three books, the latest of which is No Ego: How to Cut the Cost of Drama, End Entitlement and Drive Big Results (2017). Cy also hosts her own No Ego podcast, a Facebook Watch show, Life’s Messy, Live Happy, and adds weekly video content on YouTube to address leaders’ biggest challenges in the workplace.

The Future of the Beauty Industry

Monday, May 6 at 1:15PM
Calusa Ballroom ABCD

Dr. Leon Alexander

Owner of Eurisko Design

Dr. Leon Alexander Bio

Originally from London, England, Leon began his career as the General Manager of the Vidal Sassoon organization. He went on to acquire and direct, a collection of 320 salons and spas located mainly in the United Kingdom. Leon next launched AVD Cosmetics Ltd; and is credited with growing the company to 40 million dollars in sales.

In 2006 he launched Eurisko Design with a vision of designing space around the emotional needs of consumer, accommodating the functionality of service. He has studied how customers think and act within a specific environment and designs the location accordingly

Leon’s educational background includes a Doctorate Degree in Behavioral Psychology from Roehampton Institute in London. He has designed and presented a wide range of educational courses to the retail and service industries including ‘Why People Buy’, ‘The Ultimate Consumer Location’, ‘Creative and Lateral Thinking, ‘A Window into the Consumers Mind’ and Neuromarketing.

His primary objective is to elevate the level of thinking in the beauty industry

Author of “A Window into the Consumers Mind.

EOS Traction for Rapid Change Environments

Monday, May 6 at 1:15PM
Estero Ballroom C

Sue Hawkes

Author, Speaker and Leadership Expert

Sue Hawkes Bio

Sue Hawkes helps CEOs and their leadership teams succeed. As a bestselling author, award-winning leader, Certified EOS Implementer, Certified Business Coach, WPO Chapter Chair, and globally recognized award-winning seminar leader, Sue brings over thirty years of business experience to her clients.

As CEO of YESS!, Sue has designed and delivered dynamic, transformational programs for thousands of people. Her most recent book, Chasing Perfection- Shatter the Illusion; Minimize Self-Doubt & Maximize Success, is available now. Sue is also frequent contributor to publications including Inc., Entrepreneur, Thrive Global and the New York Daily News.

Sue’s passion is helping people design and live successful, fulfilling lives through powerful leadership, effective communication, no-nonsense coaching, and healthy teamwork.

Trends to Watch: Liability and Workforce Development

Monday, May 6 at 1:15PM & 2:30PM
Blue Heron

Robert Roginson
Ignacio J. Garcia

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Ignacio J. Garcia Bio

Mr. Garcia focuses his practice exclusively on representing employers with their labor and employment needs. He has extensive experience in both federal and state courts representing employers. He has defended both individual and collective actions under numerous state and federal employment laws, including Title VII, the ADEA, the ADA, FMLA, FLSA, Florida’s private whistle blower statute, and all manner of retaliation claims. Mr. Garcia has also defended employment related torts such as defamation, negligent retention, negligent hiring, assault, battery and fraud, as well as all manner of breach of contract claims. Mr. Garcia has handled numerous trials and administrative hearings.

Mr. Garcia has been featured as a speaker at numerous human resources and legal conferences throughout Florida.

Mr. Garcia also represents employers in front of numerous administrative agencies such as the EEOC and the Florida Commission On Human Relations.

Mr. Garcia regularly advises employers on numerous day to day matters related to their employees both domestically and internationally. He emphasizes a practical approach to problem solving while decreasing an employer’s exposure to potential liabilities. Mr. Garcia’s fluency in Spanish further allows him to address employee issues where language barriers would otherwise prevent such.

Robert R. Roginson Bio

Robert Roginson is a shareholder in the firm’s Los Angeles office. His practice includes all aspects of employment and labor law litigation and counseling for employers.

Mr. Roginson has represented private and public employers in state and federal courts and administrative agencies. Mr. Roginson has defended dozens of employers in class actions involving a variety of allegations, including employee misclassification, meal and rest period violations, off-the-clock claims, and record keeping violations. He also counsels employers and companies on California and federal wage/hour and pay practice laws, prevailing wage laws, project labor agreements (PLAs), reduction in force issues and WARN notification requirements, labor relations and union matters, tribal immunity and sovereignty issues, and retaliation and discrimination claims.

From November 2007 until March 2010, Mr. Roginson served as Chief Counsel for the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE). Appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mr. Roginson represented and advised the California Labor Commissioner and her staff in all aspects of enforcement and interpretation of California’s labor and wage/hour laws, licensing requirements, and retaliation statutes. He also managed and directed the Division’s litigation and handled matters involving meal and rest period compliance and enforcements, public works and prevailing wage requirements, child labor and work permit issues, the Talent Agency Act, farm labor contracting, garment manufacturing, and the Private Attorney General Act (PAGA).

As Chief Counsel, Mr. Roginson authored DLSE amicus briefs and opinion letters, including:

  • DLSE amicus brief in the California Supreme Court meal period case, Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Superior Court (Hohnbaum)
  • DLSE opinion letter affirming California’s on-duty meal period requirements
  • DLSE opinion letter affirming an employer’s right to take deductions for vacation and sick time for partial-day absences for exempt employees
  • DLSE opinion letter affirming an employer’s right to implement proportionate salary and work schedule reductions for exempt employees
  • DLSE opinion letter authorizing the use of debit paycards and convenience checks
  • DLSE opinion letter approving summertime alternative workweek schedule

Mr. Roginson also co-wrote and edited the DLSE’s Public Works Manual.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Mr. Roginson worked in the industrial relations department for the Associated General Contractors of California (AGC of California), where he represented construction contractors in labor grievance and arbitration matters in addition to the negotiation of the Southern California Basic Trades Master Labor Agreements.

The ECO Buzz

Monday, May 6 at 2:30PM
Estero C

Jenny Bayer

Sr. Manager National Accounts at CosmoProf Beauty

Jenny Bayer Bio

Jenny has spent the last nineteen years dedicated to working to create thriving and profitable salons and spas. She brings a wide range of expertise having worked in all areas of the industry from salon to manufacturer. Jenny is passionate about empowering stylists and the unique opportunities that the beauty industry offers to workings moms.

Jenny received her BA from the University of Houston with a major in Theatre. She says it is the best career training she could have ever received and was proud to make a living as an actor prior to joining the beauty industry. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and very large dog in South Texas.

KEYNOTE: Economic Trends Through 2020

Tuesday, May 7 at 8:45AM
Calusa Ballroom ABCD

Dr. Alan Beaulieu

Foremost Expert on Leadership, Transformation and Change Management; Best-Selling Author and Top Consultant to Fortune 500 Companies

Dr. Alan Beaulieu Bio

With a reputation as an accurate, straightforward economist, Alan has been delivering award-winning workshops and economic analysis seminars in countries across the world to thousands of business owners and executives for the last 25 years. He is co-author of Prosperity in the Age of Decline, a powerful look at how to make the most of the US and global trends over the next 20 years. Alan also coauthored Make Your Move, a practical and insightful guide on increasing profits through business cycle changes, and noted by one reviewer as “simple, yet awesome.”