Speakers

This year’s GLC will feature an array of speakers in breakout sessions during two full days of vital learning. When you’re not in your Chapter Officer track sessions, be prepared for challenging and entertaining speakers to enhance other aspects of your entrepreneurial leadership. Check back soon for more updates as we book our speakers!

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Rajiv Agarwal

Rajiv Agarwal

Breakout Speaker
Speaker Biography

Rajiv Agarwal is a family business consultant who specializing in issues of succession, business strategy and business continuity. He also has over 20 years of experience in running his own family business.

To date, he has worked with 1500 families during his tenure as an Associate Professor of Family Business at SP Jain Institute of Management & Research, (SPJIMR) Mumbai, a top 5 MBA school in India. He also heads the Owners Management Program & the Women’s Management Programs, and the SPJIMR Case Publishing House.  This year, he became the lead faculty for Strategy at SPJIMR.

Rajiv received his Bachelors of Communication from Sydenham, MBA from SPJIMR, and is currently in the final stages of his PhD in Family Business from BITS Pilani. He has undergone training at the Harvard Business School, Indian School of Business, IIM Ahmedabad for Case Writing and Case teaching and has trained faculty at various institutions for case writing and Simulations. He is the first Indian to get dual certificates in both, Family Business Advising (CBFA) and Wealth Advising (CFWA), from the Family Firm Institute (FFI), Boston, USA, the most prestigious Association for Family Business professionals worldwide.

Rajiv has published various articles on family business in The Economic Times, Hindustan Times, Business Line and in Business Magazines like Forbes and Business Today. He has been called upon, as an authority on Family Businesses, to comment on various family issues in the media, including the Economic Times and Hindustan Times. He has spoken on various forums on family businesses.

Speaker Session

Passing Legacies to the Next-gen

Session Abstract:

Most founders/entrepreneurs are faced with the challenges of inducting the next generation into the family business. Today, we also find that most children do not want to take over the family business. Business families face these and a number of other challenges related to integrating the next generation and other family members into their endeavors. This session will explore the issues of legacy and shared values. Hear from renowned family business consultant, Rajiv Agarwal on research-driven means to face these challenges.

EO360 Topic(s): Self, Business and Family

In this session, you’ll learn:
  • The key factors influencing succession in business families
  • The true meaning of legacy
  • How to avoid legacy becoming a burden for next generation kids
  • Best practices employed by families who have managed to transition and preserve the harmony within their families while taking advantage of legacy
  • What questions you should be asking yourself and your family?

Ryan Avery

Ryan Avery

Breakout Speaker
Speaker Biography

Ryan Avery is one of the millennial generation’s most profound speakers on generational leadership and strategic communication. At age 25, Ryan became the youngest World Champion of Public Speaking in history, competing against more than 30,000 contestants from 116 countries to claim the 2012 World Championship for Toastmasters International.

Ryan has delivered keynotes and trainings on every continent in the world, is an Emmy-award winning journalist, and a best-selling author. Ryan currently lives in United States with his wife Chelsea and daughter Atlas. He is the highly sought-after headliner at conferences and for conducting company-wide trainings on the power of strategic communication between generations. His one message… stop being A leader and start being THE leader!

Speaker Session

Go From A to THE®: The Communication and Storytelling Strategies That Take You From Being A Leader to THE Leader in Your Industry

Session Abstract:

Are you A leader or are you THE leader? Are you A sales consultant or are you THE sales consultant? Are you offering A product or THE product? Learn what differentiates A leader from THE leader and the strategies we need to know when switching from A to THE in our industry. It is no longer acceptable for you to go from good to “great” when you want to persuade others to take action and stand apart from your competition. Your competition is great. Their products are great. It is time to go from A leader to THE leader in your industry!

EO360 Topic(s): Business

In this session, you’ll learn:
  • The major differences between what it means to be A vs. THE in your industry and how to make the switch
  • The most persuasive communication strategies top leaders use to engage, motivate and get others to take action
  • The most powerful storytelling strategies leaders use to persuade and retain their customers

Amy Balliett

Amy Balliett

Breakout Speaker

CEO of Killer Infographics

Speaker Biography

Amy Balliett is the CEO of Killer Infographics, a Seattle-based industry leader in visual communication. She owned her first company, a candy store and ice cream parlor, at the age of 17 before heading off for college. She subsequently built a successful career in SEO and marketing and has headed up SEO at several companies. In 2009, Amy partnered to build lead-gen-based websites, but in the fall of 2010, she pivoted the business to an entirely new model: infographic design. In the years since, Killer Infographics has grown to become an industry leading full-service visual communication agency, driving successful content marketing campaigns for nonprofits and Fortune500 clients including Microsoft, Boeing, Adobe, Nikon, Starbucks, the National Endowment for the Arts, the United Nations, and more.

Speaker Session

Speak Visually: How to Get a 10x ROI Using Visual Communication

Session Abstract:

Over the past year, headlines paired with images have completely altered politics around the world, Snap Chat has taken over as the fastest growing social platform, and Pinterest drove more traffic to business sites than Google+, YouTube, and LinkedIn combined. With so much information available at our finger tips, we have become overwhelmed by too much text and enamored with short-form visual content as a result. Text-based content is no longer king. Instead, with the power of communicating your message 60,000 times faster than any other form of information delivery that exists, visual content is king.

With thousands of successful campaigns developed for Fortune 1000 companies, Killer Infographics is considered a global leader in the field of visual communication. In this session, CEO and co-founder Amy Balliett will share her expertise with fellow EO members and explain how you can get a 10x ROI by growing your brand and catapulting your marketing efforts with visual content.

EO360 Topic(s): Business

In this session, you’ll learn:
  • To understand the science and demand behind visual communication
  • The top 6 rules for identifying high-performing visual content
  • The steps required to produce a visual campaign that will drive a 10x ROI

Dorothéa Bozicolona-Volpe

Dorothéa Bozicolona-Volpe

Breakout Speaker

Principal and Founder of Social Espionage

Speaker Biography

Dorothéa Bozicolona-Volpe is a strategic digital marketing executive who is fluent in 4 languages and specializes in developing business for international brands (Fortune 500) via initiating and integrating social media and digital strategies and enterprise social networking, as well as, building strategic partnerships and implementing marketing technologies. She teaches marketers and business leaders how to measure, optimize and build current new media efforts to increase value and develop strong relationships between brands and fans.  Three distinct areas of her business are personal branding, Enterprise Social Networking, and Social Media and Content Marketing Strategy.  Additionally, Dorothéa has appeared as a social media strategy subject matter expert on CBS and CNN’s Ali Velshi show. Some of her clients include:  CP Kelco, World50, BlogHer/SheKnows, Mint, Emirates Airlines, AlphaBoost, Cisco, Ceridian, Keller Williams, Capital One, Auto Nation, ING, Ron Clark Academy, Goldman Sachs, Waffle House, American Music Awards, Oprah Winfrey Network, Clarins, Randstad, BCD Group, Ryan Seacrest Productions, Chrysler, The Weather Channel (IBM), Tumblr, Mercer, ATandT, American Marketing Association, InterContinental Hotels Group, Ogilvy and Mather, Reader’s Digest, Qualcomm, Turner Network Television, Coca-Cola and Powerade.

Speaker Session

5 Social Media Strategies to Design Your Personal Brand

Session Abstract:

What do Paula Deen, Shia LeBouf, Martha Stewart and Snoop-Dog have in common? They all have strong and differentiating personal brands. Whether you are an entrepreneur, business owner or senior leader in an organization, who you are matters as much as how you communicate it! Are you attempting to get the attention of tier-1 media, court the ideal client or be followed by members of your industry? Are you sharing the right type of content to attract the perfect employee to your company? Now more than ever it is important to get your voice heard and establish your reputation on and off-line. Learn the tips and tricks for building your personal brand from the expert that taught several C-Suite executives, business leaders and Ryan Seacrest!

Ms. Bozicolona-Volpe will walk us through 5 Strategies to Design Your Personal Brand using case studies and tactics that can build your personal brand and create effective digital-thought leadership.

EO360 Topic(s): Community and Business

In this session, you’ll learn:
  • Where to begin
  • How to identify your audience
  • Curation and creation of content
  • How to measure your success

Michael Caito

Michael Caito

Breakout Speaker

Founder/CEO of Restaurants on the Run

Speaker Biography

Michael Caito was born in Buffalo, New York. As a teenager Michael headed off to California and attended college at Cal State Fullerton in Orange County. After his 5th year of college Michael decided to set three goals for himself, get in shape, pay off his debt and start a business. In 1993, Michael co-founded Restaurants on the Run with his 2 partners. Today, Michael Caito is seen as being the expert in the restaurant delivery industry. Restaurants on the Run is a multi-restaurant delivery and catering company serving Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Las Vegas. As CEO, Michael manages the company by upholding the organizational values and being the motivating force behind driving the company’s vision of being “THE” food delivery solution for corporate America.

Michael is also a member of Entrepreneur’s Organization and a former EO Global Chairman. Michael’s business passions include leadership development, creating high performance organizations and delivering World Class Service. Michael is a genuine leader who believes in sharing his experiences and business practices with other entrepreneurs. Through his speaking engagements Michael delivers important messages about having the right people in your business, creating focus and achieving results. Outside of work, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife and three sons, traveling, art, outdoor sports and music. He also commits time to the Child Guidance Center of Orange County and is currently an active board member.  His next venture integrates his personal, business, family and community aspects of his life.

Speaker Session

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly ... Decisions we Made on the Path to Exiting

Session Abstract:

In this session you will:

  • Learn the power of a culture of execution
  • Discover how to pick a lane…choose what markets and clients to serve and which to not
  • Acquire my top 3 ways to decrease your valuation at an exit

EO360 Topic(s): Self and Business


Gina Hayden

Gina Hayden

Breakout Speaker

Sphere Consulting

Speaker Biography

Gina Hayden has been advising leaders and companies globally for more than twenty years on developing their leaders for the future. She has been a leadership development specialist in PwC and has run Sphere Consulting for the past fifteen years. Gina facilitates broadly across many clients and sectors, works with teams on their alignment, and coaches executives and senior managers. She promotes responsible and sustainable business that is profit, as well as purpose-driven, and is particularly interested in how leaders develop their capacities to think in more complex and inclusive ways while bringing their heart to what they do. Gina is the author of Becoming a Conscious Leader: How to Lead Successfully in a World that’s Waking Up (2016) and is an ICF certified coach (PCC level). She co-founded The Global Centre for Conscious Leadership and The Conscious Leadership Consultancy, and is a director for Conscious Capitalism UK.

Speaker Session

What can we learn from the most forward-thinking business leaders?

Session Abstract:

In this session you will learn:

  • An upgrade to your entrepreneurial leadership mindset
  • Illustrated by examples, research and ideas to spark the possibilities
  • Inspiration for what it could mean for you and the impact of your business on the world

EO360 Topic(s): Business


Jeffrey Hoffman

Jeffrey Hoffman

Keynote Speaker

Co-founder of Color Jar

Speaker Biography

The co-founder of Color Jar, Jeff Hoffman is an accomplished entrepreneur and innovator in the fields of Internet e-commerce and entertainment. He is best known as a founder and CEO in the Priceline family of companies. Jeff worked with President Obama’s National Advisory Council on Innovation Entrepreneurship along with USAID and the State Department for which he speaks worldwide on the topics of entrepreneurship and innovation. Jeff launched his first software company, Competitive Technologies, while still a student at Yale University. The company, which pioneered online travel tools, was acquired by American Express. He is the producer of hit horror film Cabin Fever and had a music group tour with Britney Spears and NSYNC. He had nothing to do with the shiny pants. He’s a regularly featured business expert on Fox News, CNN, NBC and other media outlets. Jeff has spoken at conferences and symposiums in over 40 different countries. Jeff also has the longest bio of any Color Jar team member, which is in no way a euphemistic statement of his superior experience.

Speaker Session

How Entrepreneurs Can Save the World

Session Abstract:

Serial entrepreneur and global mentor Jeff Hoffman will discuss how the skills of entrepreneurship have become the toolset for affecting change all over the world. He will talk about how people who want to make a difference in the world are becoming entrepreneurs so they can solve problems where they live, and make things better for everybody. Jeff’s talk is filled with real stories from every part of the globe.

EO360 Topic(s): Community and Business

In this session, you’ll learn:
  • The state of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial ecosystems globally
  • What is the entrepreneurial toolset today and how you get/improve yours
  • What are some of the amazing real problems being solved by entrepreneurs around the world

Hazel Jackson

Hazel Jackson

Breakout Speaker

Biz Group FZ LLC

Speaker Biography

Hazel has built an impressive reputation and successful multi-million dollar business – Biz Group FZ LLC- during the past 20 years based in Dubai. Nearly two decades ago, and with just US$700 in her pocket, Hazel founded Biz Group, which she has developed from a small training company into an organization of 42 professionals servicing the Middle East’s corporate training, team building and business strategy needs. Passionate about impacting performance, Biz-Group’s success is a testament to Hazel’s entrepreneurial spirit. A strong believer in the multiplying effect of exceptional leadership, Hazel conducts strategic workshops for executives, is a regular commentator on business leadership issues and a keynote speaker at HR conferences throughout the region and internationally. Renowned for her high-energy business savvy, Hazel is the Past President of the UAE Chapter of the global Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO), and the business was rated #9 in Dubai’s SME Top 100 in 2013. The business has grown to include three successful divisions – biz-ability, increasing people performance through training and development; biz-events, the number one team building company in the region; and biz-strategy, helping companies leverage business performance through strategic alignment and execution. As an accredited ‘Gazelles’ business leadership coach, Hazel works closely with renowned business author and international speaker (coined ‘The Growth Guy’), Verne Harnish, author of famed Mastering the Rockefeller Habits. In 2010, she read the book Multipliers, how the best leaders make everyone smarter, engaged with the author Liz Wiseman and bought the license rights for the Middle East and subsequently emerging markets, China, India and Africa. A Multipliers keynote speaker and certified workshop leader, Hazel focuses on how Multipliers enables Business Leaders to maximize the intelligence in their workforce, ultimately let go and hold others accountable. A dynamic and commercially minded CEO and consultant, she has worked with diverse cultures and across all industries, from banking to manufacturing, FMCG to retail, professional services to Automotive, Oil & Gas to Hospitality, in family businesses, multi-nationals and government entities. Hazel’s exceptional entrepreneurial skills, her incredible leadership and passion for impacting performance have transcended throughout Biz-Group, its people, culture and results making it the successful organization it is today.

Speaker Session

Multipliers: How the best leaders make everyone smarter

Session Abstract:

How can you get more done with fewer resources, develop talent, and cultivate new ideas to drive change and innovation? What could your organization accomplish with access to all the intelligence that sits inside it? In this highly engaging session, your team will develop an understanding of the research behind Multipliers and illustrate the resoundingly positive and profitable effect these Multipliers have on organizations – how they get more done with fewer resources, develop and attract talent, and cultivate new ideas and energy to drive organizational change and innovation.

EO360 Topic(s): Community, Business and Self

In this session, you’ll learn:
  • How to LEVERAGE the talent within your business and double your team’s output (at no extra cost)
  • How to DEFINE opportunities that challenge people to go beyond what they know how to do
  • How to TRANSFER ownership and hold others accountable for results

James Lawrence

James Lawrence

Breakout Speaker

The Iron Cowboy

Speaker Biography

James Lawrence, The Iron Cowboy, conveys rousing and influencing keynote presentations that embolden meaningful outcomes and improvements globally. Lawrence is a Guinness World Record Holder, endurance athlete, successful entrepreneur, husband, father, and reputable speaker. James has physically and mentally pushed limitations, broken barriers, and accomplished the seemingly impossible. He is able to illustrate his endeavors to his audience and through these experiences is able to inspire communities and organizations to elevate performance. His combination of energy, humor, determination, and achievements captivates his audience and creates an inspirational and awakening phenomenon for all. James ensures each presentation is customized to fit his audience and guarantees passion behind each keynote to engage and arouse maximum performance.

Speaker Session

Redefine Impossible

Session Abstract:

Experience first-hand the remarkable journey of James Lawrence and his family. Repeatedly mocked for choosing a goal so big, Lawrence takes on the challenge of doing 50 Ironman races, in 50 consecutive days, through all 50 US States. His journey will make you laugh, cry and possibly squirm in your seats in disbelief. Lawrence shares with you the ups, the downs and the life lessons learned along the way. His story resonates with all, young and old. You won’t want to miss this tale of adventure as they ‘Redefine Impossible.’

EO360 Topic(s): Self, Community and Business

In this session, you’ll learn:
  • To become the best version of yourself by mastering your fears and taking massive action
  • Nothing extraordinary happens without your team, nothing
  • Naivety is the hidden secret to success
  • It’s never too late to carve out your success lane and ‘do you’

Michael Michalowicz

Michael Michalowicz

Breakout Speaker
Speaker Biography

Mike Michalowicz is the entrepreneur behind three multi-million dollar companies and is the author of Profit First, Surge, The Pumpkin Plan and what BusinessWeek deemed the entrepreneurs cult classic, The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur. Mike is a former small business columnist for The Wall Street Journal, and regularly travels the globe as an entrepreneurial advocate.

Speaker Session

Profit First - How to make your business permanently profitable (by the end of this presentation)

Session Abstract:

In this highly actionable session you will master the simple process to immediately and permanently increase your profit. The secret? You will learn the core behavioral principles to managing money, master the Profit First system to leveraging those profits and discover how you can use this method to spark even faster business growth.

EO360 Topic(s): Business

In this session, you’ll learn:
  • To understand the behavioral flaw in traditional accounting that actually prevents profit, and the simple fix that puts profit first (without doing anything to your accounting)
  • To master a super simple cash management system that allows you to keep your finger on the pulse of your financials, just by logging into your bank account
  • To leverage the power of Parkinson’s Law – the behavioral mechanism that saved the lives of 3 astronauts and will immediately put your business on profitable maximizing course

Nance Rosen

Nance Rosen

Breakout Speaker
Speaker Biography

CNBC named Nance Rosen America’s Job Coach. Investor’s Business Daily featured her in their Managing for Success column. Over 420 media outlets cover Nance on Business Communication, Personal Branding, Social Media and Business Success. She is a former marketing executive with The Coca-Cola Company, the number one most recognized brand in the world. The first woman director of marketing in the Fortune 500 technology sector and a successful serial entrepreneur, Nance is now publisher of Pegasus Media World. In 2009, she produced a Wall Street Bestseller, Business Week bestseller and the number one sales book on Amazon. The author of Speak Up Succeed and The Library of Success, Nance is a world-class speaker, a faculty member at UCLA Extension, and a business coach with a twist. She invented a low-cost, hugely successful business-coaching club that allows business owners to transform their business goals, models, sales management, and approach to success in only two hours each month. It’s called the Do It Together Club (DITclub.com) because success is not a DIY (do it yourself) project!

Speaker Session

How to Avoid Ten Killer Mistakes and Live the Life of a Billion Dollar Brand

Session Abstract:

Get the rules of Billion Dollar Personal Branding with precise formulas that will transform your communication, your business, your relationships and your life. Nance’s methods are based on brand new neuroscience, plus the secrets of success in marketing, management, linguistics, and the science of social norms. It’s the most exciting and lucrative time to leverage the real YOU!

EO360 Topic(s): Business and Self

In this session, you’ll learn:
  • Improvisation is the most common cause of failure in business communication. If you are thinking while you’re speaking, you miss 90% of the cues that other people are sending you. Find out how to widen your brain space and open up more working memory with 50 bits of “Trigger Talk” personalized for you and your business.
  • Self-Regulation is the leadership hack you’ve been missing. The degree to which you manage yourself equals the degree to which you can lead others. Learn the 4 key success factors of self-management. Then, start every meeting with this fast and simple, 4-step “check up from the neck up.”
  • Billion Dollar Personal Brands leverage 99 personal traits and 5 brain styles to achieve 85% of their success. Discover your unique combination so you can be more of who you really are – and get more of what you really, really want. Plus find out who needs to surround you for bullet-proof billion dollar deal making.

Lynda Spillane

Lynda Spillane

Breakout Speaker
Speaker Biography

Lynda Spillane is an internationally-recognized expert in public performance. She is known for her special teaching ability and intuitive style that encourages individuals to confront and overcome their fears and anxieties, thus moving them to a level of performance they thought beyond their reach. She is a strong proponent of the experiential style of teaching, believing that in management there can be no improvement unless there is long-term behavioral change. Since 1994 she has run a consulting company in Sydney, Australia and has consulted and taught throughout Asia, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. In 2004, she relocated permanently to the USA. She is committed to helping Americans present themselves sincerely and well…rather than merely standing up and chatting.

Speaker Session

Public Speaking on Stage, in the Boardroom, & Across the Table

Session Abstract:

Lynda will not tell you anything you’ve heard before. A consummate professional, who works only at the top, she understands that you don’t need the basics – you need techniques and strategies to truly jump to the next level as a communicator.

Public speaking is not about focusing on you. It’s not about worrying how nervous you are, how inadequate you feel in front of an audience, how unnatural you feel. It’s about focusing on what it is that you know that the audience will benefit from, what experiences you have had that they will be inspired by – in other words, public speaking is about them, not you.

Public speaking can be a terrifying experience. Lynda will make sense of anxiety and turn it into your motivator rather than your fear. An astute psychologist, she understands how the confident and authoritative communicators behave and she will share these insights with you. At this session you will discover techniques that will turn you into a confident communicator – not only in front of an audience but in the boardroom and meeting room too. She will share techniques that you can immediately implement that will enable you to more confidently speak to any audience, anywhere.

After attending this session you will not think about public speaking or communication in the same way again.

EO360 Topic(s): Business and Self

In this session, you’ll learn:
  • To understand the biggest reason why people have so much difficulty public speaking and how to fix this problem
  • The biggest kept secret of public speaking and how you can use this technique straight away
  • Countless techniques that will improve your performance in the Boardroom, across the table as well as on stage

Chris Westfall

Chris Westfall

Breakout Speaker
Speaker Biography

Chris Westfall is the U.S. National Elevator Pitch Champion, and his strategies have created multi-million dollar results for global companies across a broad array of industries. A coach to clients on Shark Tank, Dragon’s Den in Canada and Shark Tank – Australia, he specializes in authentic and persuasive strategies for high-growth organizations. He has appeared on CNN, ABC-NEWS, NBC-TV, and in The New York Post, among many other media outlets. He’s the publisher of The NEW Elevator Pitch, BulletProof Branding, The Millennial CEO and several other books. An award-winning MBA instructor at a top-20 business school, he currently serves as the official ‘pitch coach’ at the nation’s fifth-largest university – where his strategies have helped raise over $12 million for student startups. Clients include HP, Unilever, Cisco, The University of Chicago, Experian, DISCOVER, The University of Pennsylvania, Transwestern, SMU, The Big 12 Conference and hundreds of other businesses around the world. Originally from Chicago, he lives in Houston with his wife and two daughters.

Speaker Session

Bulletproof Branding

Session Abstract:

What would it mean to you if you could connect and engage the people that matter most to you?  To build your organization, you have to be able to bring your ideas to life – and empower your team to grow your business.  For entrepreneurs today, the ability to concisely express your ideas is central to your impact as a leader.  Learn how to be more compelling in any situation, with strategic guidance into the science of persuasion and influence. This presentation will discuss the physics and engineering of a new kind of conversation – helping you to turn your ideas into action.

EO360 Topic(s): Business

In this session, you’ll learn:
  • Greater understanding of how to clarify and deliver your branding message, whether you tweet it or tell it, for your team and your customers
  • Strategic guidance on persuasion and influence, with interactive advice from a US National Champion and international “Shark Tank” coach
  • Instruction on how to design and deliver a new kind of compelling conversation, for your internal or external customers – and accelerate your impact as a leader, via the language of leadership