Meet the 2022 COE Summit Keynotes

The pace of change is moving faster than ever, and organizations are becoming defined by their ability to adapt and anticipate disruption. Growing as an innovative, adaptive organization means supporting a culture of continuous learning. Each year, The Ohio State University Center for Operational Excellence offers an opportunity to get your cross-functional teams in front of the latest best practices in leadership and problem-solving at the COE Summit.

With 4 dynamic keynotes, 10 diverse breakout sessions, engaging entertainment, and multiple opportunities to connect with peers, speakers, and sponsors, the 2022 COE Summit offers a low-cost, high-value opportunity to hit “pause” on your team’s frenzied schedule to take a look at operational excellence through a new lens.

The 2022 COE Summit will be held virtually on April 6th & 7th and features the following keynotes you won’t want to miss:

Nancy Giordano, Bestselling Author

Headshot of Nancy GiordanoDescribed as endlessly optimistic, Nancy is a strategic futurist with a drive to help enterprise organizations and visionary leaders transform to meet the escalating expectations ahead. Nancy, bestselling author of Leadering: The Ways Visionary Leaders Play Bigger, will prepare and inspire us on the future of work and working, the important distinction between these two concepts, why this matters, and the kinds of structures we need to create to ease the transition to the productivity era. You can get a sneak preview of Nancy Giordano’s work in this TEDx talk on Creating a Future to Be Excited About.

Angus Fletcher, Author and Professor of Story Science

Headshot of Angus FletchrAngus Fletcher is an award-winning teacher, bestselling author, and one of the world’s foremost scholars on the science of storytelling. His research into courage and creativity has been called “life-changing” by Brene Brown and “mind-blowing” by Malcolm Gladwell, and he is currently working with teams in the US military’s special operations community and faculty at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business to crack more of the secrets of creative leadership and courageous organizations. You can listen to Angus on Brene Brown’s podcast.

Ryan Day, Head Football Coach of The Ohio State University Buckeyes

Headshot of Ryan DayRyan Day just completed his third full season as head coach of fan-favorite, The Ohio State Buckeyes. He is the first Ohio State coach to win Big Ten championships in his first two years as coach (2019 and 2020) and he has also set the standard by leading Ohio State into the College Football Playoffs for two consecutive years followed by their 2021 Rose Bowl win. Day is the first Ohio State coach in 40 years to be named Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year, and he earned the honor in 2019 by coaching, developing and leading one of the best teams ever in school history. At the 2022 COE Summit, Coach Ryan Day will share his leadership insights on developing a winning team and his continual strive for excellence.

Kwame Christian, Director of The American Negotiation Institute

Kwame Christian, bestselling author, attorney, and speaker, is the Director of the American Negotiation Institute and a respected voice in the field of negotiation and conflict resolution. He has conducted workshops throughout North America and abroad, and is a highly sought after national keynote speaker. Host of the world’s most popular negotiation podcast, Negotiate Anything, Kwame is dedicated to empowering professionals through the art and science of negotiation and persuasion. Now downloaded almost 2 million times, Negotiate Anything has a dedicated and growing following with listeners in more than 180 countries around the world. Kwame’s TEDx Dayton talk, Finding Confidence in Conflict, was the most popular TEDx Talk on the topic of conflict in 2017, and has been viewed over 150,000 times.