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Featured Speakers

The following information reflects programming for COE's 2013 summit. Details for the 2014 summit are set to be announced later this year.

Thursday, April 10

Chip Heath - Professor, Stanford University; co-author, Decisive, Switch, Made to Stick
8:30 a.m.

All summit attendees will receive a copy of Decisive at Leading Through Excellence 2014

Chip Heath is a professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business, teaching courses on business strategy and organizations.  He is the co-author (along with his brother, Dan) of three books: Decisive, Switch, and Made to Stick. Switch debuted at #1 on the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. Heath’s first book, Made to Stick, was a Times and Business Week bestseller, and was an Amazon Top 10 Business Book for 2007 for both editors and readers. The Heath brothers’ books have been translated into 28 languages including Thai, Arabic, and Lithuanian. Chip Heath has consulted with clients ranging from Google and Gap to The Nature Conservancy and the American Heart Association.



Helen Turnbull - Founder/CEO, Human Facets
4 p.m.

Turnbull has more than 25 years of experience assisting business develop strategy to practice global inclusion. She is a world-recognized thought leader in global inclusion and diversity and her experience includes working with clients such as JPMorgan Chase, Cardinal Health, Mayo Clinic, Hewlett Packard, and IBM. Turnbull has developed two online assessment tools that provide clients with behavioral metrics for individuals and organizations: Cognizant, an unconscious bias tool that helps leaders identify their “blind spots,” and ISM profile, anonline 360 skills assessment. She is also published in the Organizational Culture, Communications and Conflict Journal and is the author of an allegorical tale “Village of Illusions”, “Roadmap to Success” with Deepak Chopra and Ken Blanchard, where she has a featured chapter and “Blind spots: A conversation with Dr. Turnbull about Unconscious Bias”. She is also a member of the National Speakers Association, and The Global Speakers Network and an accomplished keynote speaker, particularly in the area of Unconscious Bias and Global Inclusion. Dr. Turnbull spoke at TEDx in Florida on “The Illusion of Inclusion” in May 2013.

Friday, April 11

Cameron Mitchell - Founder / President, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants
8:30 a.m.

A lifelong entrepreneur, Mitchell is an accomplished businessman, culinary expert and nationally recognized restaurateur. He began his restaurant industry career more than three decades ago as a dishwasher and, after graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, launched Cameron Mitchell Restaurants in 1993. His industry profile skyrocketed in 2008 when he sold his Mitchell’s Fish Market and Steakhouse concepts for $92 million. Over the years, he has guided the development of new concepts and expanded existing ones, today overseeing 19 units and eight different concepts. Mitchell’s successes in business and keen understanding of the restaurant industry have earned him countless awards and acknowledgements. Most notably, he has been honored as Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young, as a Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration and as one of 5 Golden Chain winners by Nation's Restaurant News. He also received the prestigious Silver Plate award from the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association.


Lawrence Funderburke - Founder, Exec. Director, Lawrence Funderburke Youth Organization
11:30 a.m.

A three-time All Big Ten performer and magna cum laude graduate in business finance at The Ohio State University, Funderburke was selected by the Sacramento Kings in the second round of the 1994 NBA draft. He played professional basketball for 11 years from 1994-2005, with eight in the NBA and three overseas. He later founded the Gahanna, Ohio-based Lawrence Funderburke Youth Organization, which assists at-risk youth through personal development, financial planning, career role models, and educational field trips. On behalf of LFYO, he received the first-ever NBA’s Hometown Hero of the Month Award and the National Silver Medallion Award by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America for his outstanding service and devotion to inner-city youth. Funderburke has an MBA and is a Certified Financial Planner.