speakers

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
George Foreman
Monday, March 25, 2019
World Boxing Champion & Entrepreneur

He’s a world heavyweight champion. He’s one of the most recognizable faces in the world. He’s the force behind one of the biggest and most successful brands. He’s transformative personality who has been knocked down, but not out, only to rise again in his life.
He’s George Foreman.

There are few people who have re-invented themselves more effectively than him. Rising up from a hardscrabble youth to become a champion, only to lose it all, has taught him a lot about getting a second and even third chance in life. He went from broke and disheartened to fight again, becoming the oldest heavyweight champion in the history of boxing. He ventured on to become the wildly successful businessman behind the George Foreman Grill, a preacher, best-selling author, and motivator.

With his universal appeal and charisma, Foreman shares amusing anecdotes of his empowering personal life journey. He empowers everyone and anyone who has ever been knocked down by life to fight back for a chance to enjoy the life. Both inspiring and humorous, he says, “Make every day of your life your best one. Take on the challenges and go from low on the totem pole to the top. If I can do it, then anyone can.”

SPEAKER
Jason Dorsey
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Generational Speaker & Researcher

Jason Dorsey is the #1 Gen Z, Millennial, and generations speaker and researcher. He has received more than 1,000 standing ovations for his acclaimed presentations. Adweek calls him a “research guru.” He’s funny, too.

Jason has appeared on over 200 TV shows including 60 Minutes, 20/20, The Today Show, and in a New York Times cover story.

Jason is President of The Center for Generational Kinetics, which delivers research, speaking, and consulting for more than 180 clients annually. Jason works closely with leaders around the world to separate generational myth from truth.

He uses original, data-driven research to explain generational behaviors. He has led research on four continents and keynoted events from India and Egypt to Chile, Finland and all 50 U.S. States.

Jason and his team at The Center have repositioned global brands to win each generation. They’ve advised on multi-billion-dollar acquisitions and taken clients from last to first in both employee retention and customer growth.

He’s also a Millennial, married to a Gen X’er, and they have a Gen Z daughter. Learn more about Jason and his generational speaking and research at GenHQ.com

SPEAKER
Kevin Coupe
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Storyteller and Retail Author
“Content Guy" / Prime Storyteller / Chief Metaphorologist MorningNewsBeat.com
Author, "Retail Rules! 52 Ways To Achieve Retail Success,"
& Co-Author, “The Big Picture: Essential Business Lessons From The Movies”


Kevin Coupe is a writer who for more than 30 years has been bringing to audiences all over the world a wealth of experience, sharp storytelling skills, provocative and contextual insights, unique worldview and serious levity about the world of business and consumers.

He is the author of “Retail Rules! 52 Ways To Achieve Retail Success," a guidebook for competing effectively and efficiently on Main Street. And he is the co-author, with Michael Sansolo, of “The Big Picture: Essential Business Lessons from the Movies,” which uses film narratives to teach about leadership, marketing and surviving the workplace.

For 17 years, he’s had his own website/blog – MorningNewsBeat.com – launched before the word "blog" was coined. MNB provides “business news in context, and analysis with attitude” to more than 30,000 subscribers all over the world. An independent survey ranked MNB as the “top industry news and information site.”

Kevin also is an adjunct faculty member of Portland State University’s Center for Retail Leadership in Oregon, where he has been teaching a summer marketing course for more than six years.

In addition to speaking at hundreds of conferences in the U.S. and abroad and reporting from 49 states and six continents, Kevin has been a daily newspaper reporter, magazine writer/editor, video producer, bodyguard, and clothing salesman. He has supervised a winery tasting room (happily), run two marathons (slowly), driven a race car (badly), learned to box (painfully) and acted in a major (but obscure) motion picture.

At present, Kevin is working with Michael Sansolo on a sequel to “The Big Picture,” to be published in 2019. The title: “THE BIGGER PICTURE: Business & Life Lessons from the Movies, TV, & Popular Culture.”

He is married with three grown children, and lives in Connecticut.

SPEAKER
Peter J. Larkin
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
President and CEO of the National Grocers Association

On July 1, 2010 Peter Larkin was named the president and chief executive officer of the National Grocers Association (NGA). NGA is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry, representing over $130 billion in annual domestic sales. He also serves as President of the NGA Research and Education Foundation.

Prior to joining N.G.A., Peter established his own government relations consulting firm, Larkin Public Affairs, in 2008. From 1996 to 2007 he was President and CEO of the California Grocers Association and served as the President of the CGA Educational Foundation.

From 1989 to 1996, Mr. Larkin was Vice President of State Government Relations and Environmental Affairs for the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) in Washington, DC. Prior to FMI, Mr. Larkin directed government and media relations programs for The Kroger Co. He also held similar positions with Philip Morris U.S.A. After earning a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Vermont in 1976, he served as legislative assistant to U.S. Representative Donald Mitchell (R-NY).

Mr. Larkin serves on the National Cooperative Bank Board of Directors, the Board of Directors of Save Mart CARES Foundation and the Advisory Board of Encore Associates. Mr. Larkin is a member of the US Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 (top trade association executives in the United States).

SPEAKER
Ree Drummond
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
The Pioneer Woman

It’s the simple things that drew Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman, to the country and her family’s cattle ranch outside Pawhuska, OK.

And it’s a simple approach to cooking, home-making, and life in general, that draws millions of followers to her website, magazine, best-selling cookbooks and top-rated Food Network show.

Now the wife, mother, and taste-making media star is bringing that same approach to a lifestyle brand reflecting a way of life that is so relatable and family-centered.

It’s authentic. It’s America. It’s Ree Drummond and The Pioneer Woman.