Keynote Speakers 2020

Daniel Pink

  • Sunday, May 17, 2020

Daniel Pink is one of the best-selling nonfiction authors of the last decade. His books on work, business, and behavior have won multiple awards, been translated into 39 languages, and have sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. His books include:

  • When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post bestseller. Named Amazon’s Best Business Book of 2018.
  • To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others. A #1 best seller on The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post lists and winner of the American Marketing Association’s Berry Book Prize for the year’s best book on marketing.
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. #1 New York Times best seller. 159 weeks on the New York Times best seller lists. National bestseller in Japan and the UK.
  • A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future. 96 weeks on the New York Times best seller lists. Freshman Read at several US colleges and universities. In 2008, Oprah Winfrey gave away 4,500 copies of the book to Stanford University's graduating class when she was the school’s commencement speaker.
  • The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need. The first American business book in the Japanese comic format known as manga and the only graphic novel to appear on the BusinessWeek best seller list. Named an American Library Association best graphic novel for teens.
  • Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself. Washington Post best seller. Named by the U.S. Department of Labor as one a Book That Shaped Work in America over the last 100 years.

Pink was host and co-executive producer of Crowd Control, a National Geographic Television series on behavioral science. He also appears frequently on NPR, PBS, and other TV and radio networks in the US and abroad.

He has been a contributing editor at Fast Company and Wired as well as a business columnist for The Sunday Telegraph. His articles and essays have also appeared in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The New Republic, and other publications. In 2007, he was a Japan Society Media fellow in Tokyo, where he studied the country’s massive comic industry.

For the last six years, London-based Thinkers50 has named him one of the top 15 business thinkers in the world.

His TED Talk on the science of motivation is one of the 10 most-watched TED Talks of all time, with more than 22 million views. His RSA Animate video about the ideas in his book, Drive, has collected more than 17 million views.

Before venturing out on his own 20 years ago, Pink worked in several positions in politics and government, including serving from 1995 to 1997 as chief speechwriter to Vice President Al Gore.

He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University, where he was a Truman Scholar and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School. He has also received honorary degrees from several colleges and universities, including Georgetown University and the Pratt Institute.

 

Susan Cain

  • Monday, May 18, 2020

Susan Cain is the author of the bestsellers Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts, and Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking, which, is in its seventh year on the New York Times best seller list, and was named the #1 best book of the year by Fast Company magazine.

When it comes to introverts—who make up a third to a half of the workforce—many make the mistake of asking them to act like extroverts. This is a serious waste of talent and energy. In her presentation, Susan will communicate how introverts think and work in ways that are crucial to the survival of today’s organizations and how you can structure your organization so that the best ideas, rather than the most vocal and assertive people dominate.

Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. Her record-smashing TED talk has been viewed over 30 million times on TED.com and YouTube combined. Susan received Harvard Law School’s Celebration Award for Thought Leadership, the Toastmasters International Golden Gavel Award for Communication and Leadership, and was named one of the world’s top 50 Leadership and Management Experts by Inc. Magazine. She is an honors graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School.

 

 

 

Keynote presentation for Tuesday, May 19 will be announced soon.