GSA’s New Keynote Speakers | Spring 2019

Organizations of all sizes are searching for guidance to help you prepare for your next big move with industry insights on business, leadership, workplace culture, and the future of work. We’ve added new keynote speakers to our roster who address some of the hot-button issues of today. They include the co-creator of Occupy Wall Street, the creative force behind Beats By Dre, the doctor who applies psychology to leadership, and the go-to global economist when it comes to future outlook.

Micah White

Attracting millions of people to your organization’s cause no longer guarantees success. As the co-creator of Occupy Wall Street, Micah White knows firsthand how contemporary ideas and assumptions are disconnected from the realities of successfully activating a movement. He shares his perspective as someone who has dealt with ‘constructive failure’ to equip people with the strategic lens & practical tools to successfully build & activate a movement.

Top 3 Audiences

• Marketing
• Youth Engagement
• Public Policy & Government

Most Requested Presentation: 

Power of the People: How to Mobilize a Movement
In this presentation, Micah White explores the best practices in organizing a movement. Are protests the most effective way to enact change? How can you effectively align your movement’s strategy with the decision-making process your audience uses to bring about change? The discussion will look to one central question around mobilizing movements: What is the future of activism?

Key Takeaways: 
• How to create a mental shift within people.
• Frameworks for complex decision making within large groups.
• The key pillars creating an effective movement.

Omar Johnson

How can your organization differentiate itself in today’s hyper-competitive market? With consumers constantly inundated with messaging, it’s become harder than ever for brands to stand out. The former CMO at Beats by Dre, Omar Johnson, has some answers. After all, he did help take the Beats brand from a $180 million dollar company to a billion dollar enterprise. Omar’s presentations provide audiences with the unconventional wisdom, passion, and creativity he uses to create authentic brand relationships.

Top 3 Audiences

• Marketing/Advertising 
• High Growth Companies
• Creative Teams

Marketing Brands with Authenticity and Emotion 
Big companies spend millions of dollars on advertising campaigns to drive brand awareness, but Omar Johnson was able to make Beats headphones a viral social media phenomenon and an international success on almost no budget. In this talk, he shares his innovative and unconventional marketing techniques.

Key Takeaways: 
• How brands can effectively create emotional connections.
• The unconventional marketing techniques that work.
• The ways truth and emotion can be applied as marketing assets.

Tasha Eurich

Are you aware of the biggest obstacle in your professional development? Leadership psychology speaker Dr. Tasha Eurich has been transforming leaders and organizations with this tip: Be self-aware. She uses her warm, humorous presentations backed by her own personal experiences and extensive research into self-awareness to increase organizational effectiveness. 

Top 3 Audiences

• Leadership
• Human Resources
• Branding

Most Requested Presentation: 

Becoming a Future-Ready Leader
For most leaders, the increasing rate of change—at work and in life—is downright dizzying. They face industry disruption, growing to-do lists, shrinking budgets, and the challenge of managing a demographically diverse workforce. Fortunately, Dr. Tasha Eurich reveals how the foundational skill of future-ready leadership is learnable. This presentation empowers leaders to bust through barriers, make better decisions, and engage and motivate their teams.

Key Takeaways: 
• How the two categories of self-awareness influence effectiveness and change agility.
• How to avoid invisible roadblocks.
• Techniques leaders can use to create wildly successful teams.


Dambisa Moyo

How are you preparing to create sustained economic growth in the business world of tomorrow? Global economics speaker Dambisa Moyo, named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, has the insights to set your organization up for success. Her presentations draw upon macroeconomic indicators to show organization how they can make better strategic decisions by incorporating key global market trends.

Top 3 Audiences

• Finance
• Economics
• Government/politics

Most Requested Presentation: 

Edge of Chaos
Dambisa Moyo shows why economic growth is essential to global stability, and why liberal democracies are failing to produce it today. Rather than turning away from democracy, she argues, we must fundamentally reform it. Edge of Chaos presents a radical blueprint for change in order to galvanize growth, ensure the survival of democracy in the twenty-first century, and recognize emerging economies.

Key Takeaways: 
• The investment opportunities provided by emerging economies.
• What indicators you can use to evaluate global investment opportunities.
• The impact of macroeconomics, geopolitics, technology and millennial themes on global business.

Our new keynote speakers will help guide your organization’s strategic planning with through informed, action-oriented insights.