Bob Kulhan is an Adjunct Professor at both Duke University’s and Columbia University’s Business Schools. He also is the CEO of Business Improvisations, a world-class leader in developing experiential learning programs for businesses. Bob has performed and taught improvisation internationally for 20 years and his teaching and performing credits include Chicago's famed Second City, Improv Olympic, London TheaterSports and many more.
Bob’s consulting and teaching work in leadership and managerial improvisation includes emphases on team skills, fostering a collaborative corporate culture, whole body listening, busting blocks to creativity, conflict management, dyadic relationships, creative and adaptive problem solving, leadership, influence, and fostering creative cultures. He has performed improvisation and facilitating Business Improvisations workshops in countries such as the U.S., England, Singapore, and Dubai. In addition to all things improv, Bob is passionate about cooking, SCUBA diving, and Brazilian Jju-Jitsu.
John Austin, an award-winning researcher and engaging teacher, is fascinated by the different ways that people react to, and inspire, change. “I’ve begun to see that it isn’t about charisma, but about process and perseverance.” As a Principal in Executive Development, he explores a fundamental question: how do great leaders catalyze transformation?
John has worked with leaders across industries. His client lists include Hewlett-Packard, General Electric, Merck, The US National Park Service, Nokia, HSBC, Pfizer, and The University of Pennsylvania. John’s teaching and training experience spans a broad range, from MBA students to practicing managers to top executives. He is skilled at translating strategies and concepts into actionable, engaging programs. He has been a faculty member at Smeal College of Business at Penn State University and The University of Washington, and teaches at The Wharton School, Georgetown University, and Duke Corporate Education. He has also helped to found two companies based on his research.
Adrian Segar is a meeting architect and event facilitator with over thirty years experience, and an energetic champion for participation-rich and participant-led meetings that uncover and satisfy attendee needs for relevant education, connection, engagement, and community. He is the author of Conferences That Work: Creating Events That People Love and The Power of Participation: Creating Conferences That Deliver Learning, Connection, Engagement, and Action (publication 2015). Adrian was named one of the most innovative people in events by BizBash Magazine, and one of MeetingNet's most influential online personalities in meetings and travel. He writes regularly on event design and related issues at conferencesthatwork.com, is the community manager of the Google Plus #eventprofs community, and hosts the weekly #Eventprofs Happy Hour Hangout.
Dr. John Medina
Monday Opening General Session Speaker
Dr. John J. Medina, a developmental molecular biologist focused on the genes involved in human brain development and the genetics of psychiatric disorders; faculty in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and director of the Brain Center for Applied Learning Research at Seattle Pacific University; and author of the "Molecules of the Mind" column for the Psychiatric Times, New York Times bestsellers Brain Rules; Brain Rules for Baby; and others; has had a lifelong fascination with how the mind reacts to and organizes information.
Sarah Lewis Tuesday General Session Speaker
Sarah Lewis is the author of The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery, a current Du Bois Fellow at Harvard University, appears on Oprah's “Power List,” is a member of the President’s Arts Policy Committee, and has been profiled in Vogue Magazine. She received her B.A. from Harvard, M. Phil from Oxford, and Ph.D. from Yale. She was a speaker at TED2014 in Vancouver, BC.
Wednesday Closing General Session Speaker
Mel is one of CNN’s most popular social commentators and legal analysts. She’s also a best-selling author and her TEDx Talk “How To Stop Screwing Yourself Over” has been viewed by millions. Mel’s been studying human behavior and influencing the way people act for over 20 years - first as a criminal defense attorney, then as an entrepreneur who’s launched and sold two companies and now as an award winning talk radio host and television personality.
Robbins hosted A&E's Monster In-Laws and has appeared on Dr. Phil, Good Morning America, Oprah, The Today Show, CNBC and Fox News. Her book on managing change and increasing productivity, Stop Saying You’re Fine, is a bestseller translated into four languages.