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.

BREAKOUT: The Truth About Going ‘Green’

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.”