Sam Walker
Deputy editor, Wall Street Journal
Author, The Captain Class

sam walker wsjSam 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.

Libby Gill
Executive coach
Author, The Hope-Driven Leader

libby gillLibby 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.

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. 
 

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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