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Featured Speakers

Thursday, April 9 (morning)

Rich Sheridan, CEO, co-founder, Menlo Innovations; author, Joy Inc.

From kid programmer in 1971 to Forbes cover story in 2003, "outlier" Richard Sheridan has never shied from challenges, opportunities nor the limelight. While his focus has always been around technology, his passion is actually process, teamwork and organizational design, with one inordinately popular goal: The business value of joy. His software design and development team at Menlo Innovations didn't invent a new culture, but copied an old one: Edison's Menlo Park New Jersey lab. Menlo's remarkable story has brought Sheridan invites to the White House, speaking engagements around the nation, numerous articles and culture awards and high demand for tours of his Menlo Software Factory™.

Thursday, April 9 (afternoon)

David Marquet, Captain of Human Capital Engineering, Next Jump Inc.; author, Turn the Ship Around!

A 1981 U.S. Naval Academy graduate, Capt. Marquet served in the U.S. submarine force for 28 years. After being assigned to command the nuclear-powered submarine USS Santa Fe, then last-ranked in retention and operational standing, he “turned his ship around” by devising an entirely new approach to leadership that took the sub from “worst to first.” The turnaround is featured in Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People follow-up The 8th Habit.

Friday, April 10 (morning)

Huggy Rao, professor, Stanford University; co-author, Scaling Up Excellence

Prof. Rao is a widely published researcher in the fields of management and sociology, where he examines the causes of organizational change. In 2009, he published Market Rebels: How Activists Make or Break Radical Innovation, and just this year co-authored the Wall Street Journal bestseller Scaling Up Excellence with colleague Robert Sutton. Daniel Pink, renowned keynote and author of bestseller Drive, called Scaling Up Excellence “one of the finest business books you’ll ever read.”