COE Summit 2021 | April 7-8
Keynote Speakers

Text on white background: Meet our Keynotes (with name and title, available below)

2021 keynote speakers include:


JCJames Clear is a writer and speaker focused on habits, decision-making, and continuous improvement. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Atomic Habits. His work has appeared in Entrepreneur magazine, Time magazine, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and on CBS This Morning. His website receives millions of visitors each month and hundreds of thousands subscribe to his popular email newsletter. He is a regular speaker at Fortune 500 companies and his work is used by coaches and players in the NFL, NBA, and MLB.

deb jasperDebra Jasper, PhD, founder and CEO of Mindset Digital, has worked with leaders in Fortune 100 firms and organizations around the world, helping them lead, communicate, and connect in a hyper-distracted digital age. In her keynote, she will connect the dots and deepen your understanding of how to break through the noise. She'll show us that it's not just what's now, but what's next -- including AI, charming chatbots, emotion analytics, and more.

katie smithKatie Smith is a two-time WNBA champion, three-time Olympic gold medalist, 2-time American Basketball League champion, and a Big Ten Champion, former WNBA coach -- and knows what it means to persevere.  Katie will provide expert wisdom about applying the drive of an Olympian to the duties of the everyday. With unique, innumerable achievements in her sport and in life, Katie is an expert in success, as well as the process of chasing it.

MellissaMelissa Briggs-Phillips, PhD is owner and founder, Next Generation Behavioral Health and a licensed clinical psychologist with a corporate background. In addition to serving as a leader of people and projects herself, she has spent years coaching people through career pivots and life transitions. She knows the full real deal about people's internal processes: why they leave bosses, why they drive chaos with co-workers, why you cannot get alignment across teams, why you need 3 glasses of cabernet to stop ruminating about an exchange in a meeting. She will outline the “G.R.I.T.” approach, a framework to personal and professional growth that is a fusion of best practices in organizational psychology, behavioral health, and leadership.

Past keynote speakers

  • 2019
    • Sam Walker, Deputy Editor, Wall Street Journal, and author, The Captain Class
    • The Water Coolers, NYC-based workplace musical/comedy troupe
    • Roger Rawlins, CEO, Designer Brands Inc. (formerly DSW)
    • Libby Gill, Executive coach and author, The Hope-Driven Leader
  • 2018
    • Charles Duhigg, author, Smarter Faster Better, The 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 Faster, The Power of Habit
    • Craig Morrison, CEO, Hexion
    • Susan Moffatt-Bruce, Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer, Wexner Medical Center

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