#Ideas17 brings you more thought leadership than ever, from inside and outside the association industry. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the speakers working outside our space that will be inspire your ideation and creativity.
Why Only is Better Than Best
Srinivas Rao is the author of the WSJ Bestselling book The Art of Being Unmistakable and his next book Unmistakable: Why Only is Better Than Best was released in August 2016. His work has been featured on the CBS Sunday Morning Show, USA Today, The Blaze and Wall Street Journal. He’s also the founder of The Unmistakable Creative Podcast where he’s interviewed more than 600 creative professionals including entrepreneurs, best-selling authors, venture capitalists and artists. Today the show has a global audience and over 500 5-star reviews in iTunes.
Fail to Innovate: How to Create Iconic Advantage
global VP of innovation and corporate officer, VF Corporation
author, Iconic Advantage (coming soon)
Soon Yu is an international speaker, author and consultant on innovation and design. His upcoming book “Iconic Advantage,” focuses on unleashing the power of iconic brands. Soon has founded and served as CEO for several venture startups, was a consultant at Bain and Co. and was a general manager at Chiquita Brands and The Clorox Co. He most recently served as the global vice president of innovation at VF Corp., parent organization to such well-known companies as The North Face, Vans, Timberland, Nautical and Wrangler. While at VF, Soon created a $2 billion innovation pipeline, established three global innovation centers and initiated industry leading design best practices. He earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Davis and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Mastering the Way You See the World
James H. Gilmore is an author, speaker, and management advisor to organizations throughout the world, helping them go deep on innovative ways to create customer value and new revenue. Jim is a Batten fellow and adjunct lecturer at the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia, where he teaches a course on the Experience Economy. Gilmore is a visiting lecturer in Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California, where he teaches a course on cultural hermeneutics. He also teaches a design course at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. Jim is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an alumnus of Procter & Gamble, and, before co-founding Strategic Horizons LLP, was head of CSC Consulting's Process Innovation practice. His books include the highly influential, The Experience Economy, Authenticity: What Consumers Really Want, and his latest book Look: A Practical Guide for Improving Your Observational Skills.
Making Time for You: Secrets of the Fringe Hours
Jessica N. Turner is the author of the best-selling book, The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You and founder of the popular lifestyle blog The Mom Creative. Additionally, she is an an award-winning marketing professional and a writer for HuffPost Parents, Parenting.com, and DaySpring's (in)courage. Jessica also has a monthly column in The Tennessean and a regular guest on WSMV's "Talk of the Town." She and her husband, Matthew live with their three young children in Nashville, Tennessee.
Unconventional Approaches to Problem-Solving
The New York Times bestselling author of The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z, Maximillian Michael Brooks is an American horror author and screenwriter who has been called "the Studs Terkel of zombie journalism." He is the son of comedy filmmaker Mel Brooks and actress Anne Bancroft. Max's writing focuses on zombie stories. Brooks is also a television and voice-over actor. He lives in New York City but is ready to move to a more remote and defensible location at a moment’s notice.
Inspiring Creativity in the Workplace
story consultant & creative writer
former story supervisor, Pixar Animation Studios
Matthew Luhn is a writer, story consultant and educator with over 25 years’ experience creating stories and characters at Pixar Animation Studios, The Simpsons, and beyond. Alongside his story work at Pixar, Matthew also trains CEO’s, marketing teams, directors and other professionals how to craft and tell stories for Fortune 500 companies, Academy Award winning movies and corporate brands. His clients include Target, Procter and Gamble, Adidas, Sony, Mattel, Facebook, Charles Schwab, Microsoft, Warner Brothers, Google, Salesforce, Disney, and many more. Matthew also has a sustained interest in teaching and empowering children around the world how to draw, write, and make films. Collaborating with The General Pencil Company, the first pencil factory in the USA, Luhn has created a series of “how to draw” books and art programs for kids of all ages.
Putting Women’s Ideas to Work—Authentic Ways to Hear and Be Heard
Ruha Benjamin is on the faculty of Princeton University in the Center for African American Studies, and is a faculty associate in the Program on the History of Science, the Center for Health and Wellbeing, and the Program in Global Health and Health Policy at Princeton. She writes and speaks widely on the tension between innovation and equity in the U.S. and globally, and is actively involved in initiatives to transform public engagement with science, technology, and medicine.
founder & CEO
Speaker presented by: [Leading Authorities]
Jake Harriman is the founder and CEO of Nuru International, a U.S.-based social venture that empowers individuals living in remote and rural areas to combat extreme poverty in their communities. A Bronze Star-recipient and Stanford University Graduate School of Business alum, Harriman has been honored as a White House as a “Champion of Change,” selected as a Dalai Lama “Unsung Hero of Compassion,” and featured in profile pieces by Forbes, The Huffington Post, ABC News, and more. He is a graduate of the Presidential Leadership Scholars Class of 2015. Jake work was inspired by his experiences as an Infantry and Special Operations Platoon Commander in the Marine Corps for 7 years, where he led four operational deployments including counter-terror and combat operations.