As one of North America’s leading speakers bureaus, we pride ourselves in providing event professionals with access to some of the newest and up-and-coming international thought leaders on the topics that drive meaningful and impactful events. We are pleased to introduce some of the latest additions to our speaker roster – these cross-industry experts are a mix of celebrities, innovators, big picture thinkers, and inspirational superstars.
Criminal Defense Lawyer featured on Netflix’s, “The Staircase”
David Rudolf is a passionate defender of our individual rights, which has lead him to become one of the most well-known trial lawyers in the country, specializing in high-profile and complex criminal and civil rights cases. As a result of his professional representation of Michael Peterson in Netflix’s “The Staircase”, he has received worldwide recognition. For more than twenty-five years, Mr. Rudolf has been listed as one of the Best Lawyers in America. David’s presentations highlight dramatic examples of his own adventures in the justice system, to inspire the next generation to fix what is broken, and to help individuals fight against broken government systems.
Most requested presentations:
Inside the Staircase: Lies, Fake Science, and the Owl Theory | Join David Rudolf, the defense attorney for Michael Peterson in the hit Netflix documentary series, “The Staircase”, for a discussion on the intimate details of the case and the series. David will discuss the conflicts he wrestled with in determining whether or not to let the filmmakers follow him, his client, and his trial preparation. Get his insights into the most curious and contentious issues in the case, including; the blood spatter evidence, the bisexuality and Germany evidence, the discovery of the blow poke, and the genesis of the Owl Theory.
Leadership: Fighting for Justice & Resisting Authority | Attorney David Rudolf sits down for an intriguing conversation surrounding fundamental flaws in the criminal justice system and a discussion on the need for leadership.
Blockchain Expert & Co-Founder of Animal Ventures
A researcher, entrepreneur, and educator, Bettina Warburg is a world-renowned blockchain expert. Trained as a political scientist, she has a deep passion for the overlap of politics and technology. Bettina educates audiences on the potential blockchain holds for their particular industry while depicting a realistic snapshot of the future with blockchain and other technologies.
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The Looming Blockchain Revolution | Say hello to the decentralized economy—the blockchain is about to change everything. In this lucid explanation of the complex (and confusing) technology, Bettina describes how blockchain will eliminate the need for centralized institutions like banks and governments to facilitate trade and evolving age-old models of commerce and finance into something far more interesting: a distributed, transparent, autonomous system for exchanging value.
Founding Executive Director of Singularity University
Salim Ismail is a renowned strategist and tech entrepreneur who built and sold his company to Google. He was the Founding Executive Director at Singularity University, where he continues to be a Global Ambassador. Salim shares shocking insight on how companies can leverage technology and strategy to grow 10 times faster than their peers. He translates cutting-edge ideas into thriving startups by applying leading-edge thinking to re-energize or disrupt industries.
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Exponential Organization | As a result of accelerating change, a new breed of business is scaling 10 times faster than established organizational structures. Salim Ismail calls these businesses, exponential organizations. This talk describes the characteristics and attributes of exponential organizations and finishes with how to implement these ideas in established companies. He looks at today’s fastest growing technologies and the social impact they will have on our organizational, political, legal, educational, and medical systems. From artificial intelligence to biotech, these disruptive technologies are changing the face of many disparate industries and creating new innovations and opportunities. Audiences walk away with a tailored action plan for moving forward that utilizes five internal and five external strategies to spur astounding growth – like partnering with an incubator and transforming their organization’s leadership team.
Disruptive Convergence | Salim Ismail describes major breakthroughs occurring in a series of accelerating technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, biotech, sensors, neuroscience, medicine, and even energy. He describes the implications of these breakthroughs on both society and business, and will give a perspective on their impact tailored to each specific audience.
Former Head of Innovation & Creativity at Disney
Duncan Wardle is an inspiring and engaging keynote speaker, as well as a provocative and results-driven business consultant, who applies his creative talents and unconventional methods to help companies and individuals discover and utilize breakthrough ideas that lead to extraordinary results. With an infectious energy and focus on playful collaboration, Duncan pushes executives, their teams, and their organizations to surpass preconceived limits by acting more audaciously and daring to dream up the exciting new things consumers are looking for.
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Think Differently, the Disney Way! | Do you ever wonder why most of your best ideas come to you in the shower? Have you ever pitched a new idea to watch it diluted or killed as it moves through the processes? Ever wanted to know how Walt Disney came up with the idea for Disneyland or how Netflix completely revolutionized the movie rental industry? Or perhaps found yourself amazed at how some companies develop killer insights that enabled them to break into major new categories? Building on 25 years’ worth of experience with The Walt Disney Company, most recently as Vice President of Innovation and Creativity, Duncan Wardle creates an engaging presentation that will not only answer these questions but leave you with the tools to take on your own challenges in new and different ways that deliver tangible results.
Embedding Innovation into Everyone’s DNA | Disruption is inevitable and part of our everyday lives. So, how do you make innovation a part of everyone’s DNA? How do you create a culture that embraces risk and entrepreneurialism, which allows everyone to innovate? During this presentation, Duncan shares how he infused a culture of innovation with a startup mindset across one of the most creative companies in the world, Disney, by using a unique innovation toolkit.
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