Keynote and General Session

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Keynote and General Session Speakers


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The End of Insurance As We Know It

Rob Galbraith

Monday, July 11
8:30 am–9:30 am

Missouri Ballroom


Rob Galbraith has been called “the patron saint of insurtech,” “a global insurtech thought leader,” “a wonderful motivator,” “an inspiration,” “a mentor to many in the insurance industry,” “the prophet,” and “the most interesting man in insurance.” Rob is the founder and CEO of Forestview Insights, an independent digital media company, and is the author of the international best-selling book The End of Insurance As We Know It. Rob is also a popular keynote speaker who has shared his unique insights at numerous events around the globe on the topics of innovation, insurtech, and the future of insurance.

Rob has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry in a variety of innovation and leadership positions. He is a recognized thought leader on P&C insurance and is a frequent media contributor and well-known industry influencer. He holds an M.S. in insurance management from Boston University and a B.A. in economics from Michigan State University.

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Leadership in Turbulent Times

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Monday, July 11

10:00 am–11:00 am

Missouri Ballroom

 

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a world-renowned presidential historian, public speaker, and Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times #1 best-selling author.

Her seventh book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, was published in September 2018 to critical acclaim and became an instant New York Times best seller. A culmination of Goodwin’s five-decade career of studying the American presidents, focusing on Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Baines Johnson, the book provides an accessible and essential roadmap for aspiring and established leaders in every field, and for all of us in our everyday lives.

Goodwin’s career as a presidential historian and author was inspired when, as a 24-year-old graduate student at Harvard, she was selected to join the White House Fellows, one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. Goodwin worked with President Johnson in the White House and later assisted him in writing his memoirs.

Goodwin then wrote Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream, which became a national best seller and achieved critical acclaim. It was re-released in 2019 with a new foreword highlighting President Johnson’s accomplishments in domestic affairs that have stood the test of time.

Goodwin was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for No Ordinary Time—Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II. Her book The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys was adapted into an award-winning five-part television miniseries. Her memoir Wait Till Next Year is the heartwarming story of growing up loving her family and baseball. Her sixth book, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, won the Carnegie Medal and is being developed into a film. Goodwin’s Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln served as the basis for Steven Spielberg’s hit film Lincoln and was awarded the prestigious Lincoln Prize, the inaugural Book Prize for American History, and the Lincoln Leadership Prize.

Well known for her appearances and commentary on television, Goodwin is frequently seen in documentaries, including Ken Burns’ The History of Baseball and The Roosevelts: An Intimate History; on news and cable networks; and on shows such as Meet the Press and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. She played herself as a teacher on The Simpsons and a historian on American Horror Story. In 2020, she served as the executive producer for the HISTORY® Channel's six-hour, three-night miniseries event, Washington, which delves into the lesser-known details of America's first president and shows the arc of his developments as a leader.

Goodwin graduated magna cum laude from Colby College. She earned a doctorate in government from Harvard University, where she taught government, including a course on the American presidency. Among her many honors and awards, Goodwin was awarded the Charles Frankel Prize, the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal, the New England Book Award, and the Carl Sandburg Literary Award. She recently founded Pastimes Productions with Beth Laski to develop and produce film, television, and digital projects.

Goodwin lives in Boston. She was the first woman to enter the Boston Red Sox locker room in 1979, and is a devoted fan of the World Series-winning team.

 


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The Evolution of Work

Thomas Frey

Tuesday, July 12
8:30 am–9:30 am

Missouri Ballroom


Over the past decade, futurist Thomas Frey has built an enormous following around the world based on his ability to develop accurate visions of the future and describe the opportunities ahead. Having started 17 businesses himself and assisting on the development of hundreds more, the understanding he brings to his audiences is a rare blend of reality-based thinking coupled with a clear-headed visualization of the world ahead. Predicting the future has little value without understanding the driving forces behind the trends, subtle nuances that can be leveraged, and implications for both the people directly affected in the industry as well as others farther down the technological food chain.

Before launching the DaVinci Institute, Thomas spent 15 years at IBM as an engineer and designer, where he received over 270 awards, more than any other IBM engineer. He is also a past member of the Triple Nine Society (High IQ society over 99.9 percentile).

As part of the celebrity speaking circuit, Thomas continually pushes the envelope of understanding, creating fascinating images of the world to come. His keynote talks on futurist topics have captivated a range of individuals, from high-level government officials to executives in Fortune 500 companies, including NASA, Disney, IBM, Federal Reserve Bank, TED, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Visa, Frito-Lay, Toshiba, Dow Chemical, KPMG, Siemens, Rockwell, Wired Magazine, Caterpillar, PepsiCo, Deloitte & Touche, Hunter Douglas, Amgen, Capital One, National Association of Federal Credit Unions, Korean Broadcast System, Bell Canada, American Chemical Society, Times of India, Leaders in Dubai, and many more.

 


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Cooking, as a Recipe For Life

Chef Eduardo Garcia

Tuesday, July 12
Noon–1:15 pm

Missouri Ballroom

 

Eduardo Garcia is a classically trained chef who started his relationship with food at the age of 15 and has spent the past 27 years on a journey from field to plate. His passions to live and explore life took Eduardo all over the world as a yacht chef and back home again.

In 2010, he founded the clean-label food brand Montana Mex. In 2011, Eduardo suffered a catastrophic accident in the Montana backcountry when a chance encounter with a hidden power line sent 2,400 volts of electricity coursing through his body. The 2017 award-winning documentary Charged chronicles Eduardo’s brush with death and his road to recovery.

Eduardo inspires others to rethink what is possible as a public speaker. His care for others and interest in the world is most creatively seen through his work in storytelling and cooking. As an executive producer with the Magnolia Network, Eduardo has launched a new food show, Zest for Life.

Eduardo’s mission is to connect with others and create a deeper connection with food and the landscape while exploring and uncovering the things that nourish us the most, particularly food.

 


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New Leadership: Why You Matter

Ben Nemtin

Wednesday, July 13
8:30 am–9:30 am

Missouri Ballroom

Ben Nemtin is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of What Do You Want to Do Before You Die? and a star of MTV’s highest rated show on iTunes and Amazon called The Buried Life. As the co-founder of The Buried Life movement, Ben’s message of radical possibility has been featured on The Today Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, FOX, and NBC News. President Obama called Ben and The Buried Life “inspiration for a new generation,” and Oprah declared the mission “truly inspiring.” An acclaimed keynote speaker, Ben has headlined business conferences and Fortune 100 leadership teams around the world, garnering standing ovations from AIG, Anthem, Amazon, FedEx, Harvard, Microsoft, Verizon, and more. Ben is recognized as one of the World’s Top Organizational Culture Thought Leaders and was ranked 3rd Best Motivational Speaker in the world by Global Gurus in 2022. 

In his first year of university, Ben was unexpectedly hit with a depression that forced him to drop out. In an attempt to feel more alive, he created the world’s greatest bucket list with his three best friends. They borrowed a rickety old RV and crisscrossed North America, achieving the unthinkable. And most importantly, every time they accomplished a dream, they helped a complete stranger cross something off their bucket list. From playing basketball with President Obama to having a beer with Prince Harry, from reuniting a father and son after 17 years to surprising a young girl with a much-needed bionic arm—Ben’s bucket list quest has inspired millions to thrive personally and professionally.