Wednesday, April 10 | 8:30 a.m.
Sam Walker
Deputy editor, Wall Street Journal
Author, The Captain Class

sam walker wsjIn Walker's keynote, he'll be sharing insights from his bestseller The Captain Class, which looks at more than a dozen legendary seasons and teams in sports history and arrives at the conclusion that it's not talent or coaching that makes the defining difference - it's the role of the captain, or the "middle manager," of the team.

Sam Walker is The Wall Street Journal’s deputy editor for enterprise, the unit that directs the paper’s in-depth page-one features and investigative reporting projects. A former reporter, sports columnist, and sports editor, Walker founded the Journal’s prizewinning daily sports coverage in 2009.

In addition to The Captain Class, he is the author of Fantasyland, a bestselling account of his attempt to win America’s top fantasy baseball expert competition (of which he is a two-time champion). Walker attended the University of Michigan. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

Wednesday, April 10 | 3:15 p.m.
The Water Coolers
NYC-based workplace musical/comedy troupe

water coolersOnce called a cross between The Office and the funniest YouTube parody video you ever saw, The Water Coolers is a singing comedy act that uses top NY talent to answer the question “does this stuff happen to anyone else?”

Conceived and created by Tom and Sally Allen to combine their skills, The Water Coolers made their New York club debut in 2000 and followed that two years later with a smash engagement Off-Broadway, produced by one of the producers of HAIRSPRAY, SPAMALOT, and THE PRODUCERS. The Water Coolers received two Spotlight Awards for Entertainment of the Year, making them one of only 3 acts to be awarded this honor twice. In addition to a packed special events schedule, they have toured their constantly updated act at performing arts centers around the U.S. and spots as far reaching as Singapore. The Water Coolers make people laugh about work and luckily, the ever-evolving world of work is a steady source of comedy. 

Thursday, April 11 | 8 a.m.
Roger Rawlins, CEO, Designer Brands Inc. (formerly DSW)

roger rawlins dswJust weeks after announcing a new corporate name as the discount shoe retailer continues to diversify its customer offerings, CEO Rawlins will be offering an inside perspective on how the company is staying ahead of disruptive forces in the retail industry.

Roger Rawlins currently serves as DSW’s Chief Executive Officer. Prior to his appointment, Roger held the positions of Chief Innovation Officer, Executive Vice President of Omni Channel and Senior Vice President and General Manager of Mr. Rawlins joined DSW in 2006 as Vice President, Finance and Controller of the Company. Prior to joining DSW, Mr. Rawlins held several leadership roles within Real Living and L Brands Inc. Mr. Rawlins began his career in the practice of public accounting with Arthur Andersen & Company. Mr. Rawlins is Co-Founder and a Board Member of Handshake America and has served as a Board Member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Central Ohio.

Thursday, April 11 | 11:30 a.m.
Libby Gill
Executive coach
Author, The Hope-Driven Leader

libby gillThe summit's closing speaker, Gill will be sharing insights from her book The Hope-Driven Leader, which posits that all of us - regardless of our level in the organization - have unique skills and capabilities that can be leveraged to drive change. Gill also will help attendees begin the process of putting into action insights they've gathered throughout the summit.

Libby Gill knows change. She grew up on two continents and went to eight different schools before putting herself through college waiting tables. She started her first job in entertainment only to go through three mergers in five years, where she went from assistant in a small production company to vice president of publicity, advertising and promotion for Sony’s worldwide television group.

After heading communications at media giants Universal, Sony and Turner Broadcasting, Libby left the corporate world after nearly twenty years to become an entrepreneur. In her mid-forties when many people are slowing down, Libby founded Libby Gill & Company, an executive coaching and leadership consulting firm based in Los Angeles. Libby now guides clients – including Avery Dennison, CA Technologies, Cisco, Comcast, Deloitte, Disney, Eli Lilly, First American Insurance, Honda, Intel, Kellogg’s, Microsoft, Oracle, PayPal, Royal Caribbean, Speedo, Sutter Health, Viacom, Warner Bros., and Wells Fargo – to lead their teams through change, challenge, and chaos.

Past keynote speakers

  • 2018
    • Charles Duhigg, author, Smarter Faster BetterThe Power of Habit
    • Chris Holtmann, head coach, Ohio State Men's Basketball
    • Karen Martin, President, The Karen Martin Group; author, Clarity First, The Outstanding Organization
    • Bradley Staats, professor, University of North Carolina; author, Never Stop Learning
  • 2017
    • Don Sull, faculty, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; co-author, Simple Rules
    • Debra Jasper, CEO, Mindset Digital
    • Urban Meyer, Head Football Coach, Ohio State Buckeyes
    • Chris Yeh, entrepreneur/investor; co-author, The Alliance
  • 2016
    • Ben Cook, Program Director, Performance Instruction & Training
    • Francesca Gino, Professor, Harvard University; author, Sidetracked
    • Joe Murli,  Founder, The Murli Group
    • Todd Henry, author, Louder Than Words, Die Empty
  • 2015
    • David Marquet, ret. U.S. Navy Captain; author, Turn the Ship Around!
    • Huggy Rao, professor, Stanford University; co-author, Scaling Up Excellence
    • Rich Sheridan, CEO, Menlo Innovations; author, Joy Inc.
  • 2014
    • Chip Heath, co-author, Switch, Made To Stick, Decisive
    • Cameron Mitchell, CEO, Cameron Mitchell Restaurants
    • Helen Turnbull, Founder/CEO, Human Facets
  • 2013
    • Charles Duhigg, author, Smarter Better FasterThe Power of Habit
    • Craig Morrison, CEO, Hexion
    • Susan Moffatt-Bruce, Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer, Wexner Medical Center


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