Sheryl Connelly, Global Consumer Trends Expert & One of Fast Company's Most Creative People In Business
Confessions of a Corporate Futurist: Coming Trends That Will Revolutionize Your Business

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With the unique ability to translate how consumer and lifestyle trends will affect organizations across industry sectors, Sheryl Connelly outlines how to develop a futuring mindset, to act decisively in high-stakes business environments.

As a corporate futurist for more than a decade, Sheryl is skilled at identifying what’s coming around the corner and the potential influences to customer attitudes and behavioral patterns that directly impact business strategy. The in-house futurist at Ford Motor Company, Sheryl was twice named by Fast Company as one of its “100 Most Creative People in Business,” while TechWeek listed her among its “Top 100 Innovators”.

Her insights into what’s next help audiences understand how STEEP factors – social, technological, economic, environmental and political trends – will affect business in the short- and long-term.

From population growth to the proliferation of technology, to mindfulness and the tiny home movement, Sheryl’s big picture outlook ensures that organizational leaders recognize and take advantage of the trends that shape the way we live. With perspective that will revolutionize your approach to long-term planning and strategy, Sheryl provides audiences with the insights necessary to thrive, innovate and remain relevant in our constantly evolving world.

Libby Gill, CEO, Libby Gill & Company and former entertainment industry senior executive
Preparing for tomorrow's workplace today: leading through chaos, challenge and change

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Libby Gill knows change. She grew up on two continents and went to eight different schools before putting herself through college waiting tables. She started her first job in entertainment only to go through three mergers in five years, where she went from assistant in a small production company to vice president of publicity, advertising and promotion for Sony’s worldwide television group.

After heading communications at media giants Universal, Sony and Turner Broadcasting, Libby left the corporate world after nearly twenty years to become an entrepreneur. In her mid-forties when many people are slowing down, Libby founded Libby Gill & Company, an executive coaching and leadership consulting firm based in Los Angeles.

Libby now guides clients - including Avery Dennison, CA Technologies, Cisco, Comcast, Deloitte, Disney, Eli Lilly, First American Insurance, Honda, Intel, Kellogg’s, Microsoft, Oracle, PayPal, Royal Caribbean, Speedo, Sutter Health, Viacom, Warner Bros., and Wells Fargo - to lead their teams through change, challenge, and chaos.

Contrary to conventional wisdom, Libby shows high-performing individuals and organizations why hope IS a strategy - if you have the right mindset, methodology and expertise. She shares the science-based concepts of hope theory to provide the structured business discipline and competitive advantage you need in today’s swiftly changing world. In her executive coaching, leadership consulting, and keynote presentations, Libby guides you to:

• Reframe change as your biggest growth opportunity

• Re-energize your best performers to reach their potential

• Re-invent your company culture to embrace ambiguity

As Libby was reinventing her professional life, her personal life also underwent a major transition. She chronicled her journey of overcoming the self-perceived limitations left behind by a family legacy of alcoholism, divorce, mental illness and suicide in her bestselling book TRAVELING HOPEFULLY: How to Lose Your Family Baggage and Jumpstart Your Life.

Business leaders including CEO Tony Hsieh and Dr. Ken Blanchard have endorsed Libby’s award-winning book, YOU UNSTUCK: Mastering the New Rules of Risk-taking in Work and Life. Her latest book, Hope IS a Strategy: Leading through Change, Challenge, and Chaos, will be published in April 2018.

A frequent media guest, Libby has shared her success strategies on CNN, NPR, the Today Show, and in BusinessWeek, Time, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and more. A former columnist for the Dallas Morning News, Libby lives in Los Angeles and is the proud mother of two fabulous millennials, one in graduate school and one in college.

Colin Hill, Chairman, CEO, & Co-Founder, GNS Healthcare
How Predictive Analytics are Revolutionizing Healthcare

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Colin Hill co-founded GNS Healthcare in 2000 and has served as Chairman & CEO since then. He brings impressive leadership experience and a solid track record in commercializing machine learning technology and precision medicine platforms in the biopharmaceutical and managed care industries. In 2016, he was appointed to the board of directors of a leading publicly traded mobile health company that pioneered remote cardiac monitoring – Biotelemetry Inc. (formerly CardioNet) (NASDAQ: BEAT). He was appointed in 2015 by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker to the board of directors of the Center for Health Information and Analysis. He is also a founding board member of Transforming Medicine: The Elizabeth Kauffman Institute, a non-profit foundation (501c3) dedicated to the advancement of personalized medicine.

He was a founding member of the Board of Directors of AesRx, a biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of new treatments for sickle cell disease (acquired by Baxter in 2014). Colin was the founding chairman of O’Reilly Media’s Strata Rx in 2012, the first healthcare big data conference in the industry. Colin was the founding chairman of big data quantitative trading firm Fina Technologies and served from 2008 to 2011. In 2004, Colin was named to MIT Technology Review’s TR100 list of the top 100 innovators in the world under the age of 35.

He is a frequent speaker at national and international scientific and industry conferences including America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) annual meeting, the Pharmaceutical Researchers & Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) annual meeting, and the Forbes Healthcare Summit, and has been quoted in and appeared in numerous publications and television programs, including The Wall Street Journal, CNBC Morning Call & SquawkBox, Nature, Boston Globe, Politico, Forbes, Wired, and The Economist.

He graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in physics and earned Master’s degrees in physics from both McGill University and Cornell University.

Lynn Shapiro Snyder, Esq., Senior Member, Epstein Becker Green; Founder and Board Member, WBL
Welcome Session

Lynn Shapiro Snyder, Esq. is a Senior Member of the Health Care practice at the law firm of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. where she serves on the firm’s Board and Finance Committee. She advises health care and life science company clients about federal, state and international health law issues, including Medicare, Medicaid, managed care issues as well as health care fraud defense and compliance. She served as lead health counsel in many transactions including the HCA buyout, Biomet and HCR ManorCare. She has been recognized as one of the "Most Powerful People in Healthcare.”

Lynn founded WBL in 2001 and has served on the organization’s board since its founding.

Lynn also is a board member of several other companies, including Trustmark Companies, an organization that provides life, medical, dental, managed care, wellness, disability, critical illness, accident insurance and benefits administration services, with revenues over $1 Billion. Lynn serves on Trustmark’s Audit and Compensation committees. Her other board memberships include Meals to Heal, LLC, the National Hospice Foundation, the Harvard School of Public Health’s Executive Council, and the Maryland/Israel Development Center that encourages trade, joint ventures, and investment between Maryland and Israeli business and research institutions.

Ms. Snyder has authored two books about serving on corporate boards. She was named a "Director to Watch” by Directors & Boards magazine.



Jane Edison Stevenson, Vice Chairman, Board & CEO Services; Global Leader, CEO Succession Practice, Korn Ferry
Why would anyone want to be CEO? A Rockefeller Foundation Study

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In her role as Vice Chairman of Korn Ferry, Jane Edison Stevenson works across the global governance continuum on behalf of clients.  As the firm's Global Leader for CEO Succession, she regularly serves Fortune 500 clients and high-growth companies on C-suite succession, top team effectiveness, and other key governance issues. She has been acknowledged by BusinessWeek as one of the “100 Most Influential Search Consultants in the World.”

Jane recently led an innovative research initiative with the Rockefeller Foundation’s "100x25" program, geared to advancing 100 women to Fortune 500 CEO roles by 2025. The work includes in-depth behavioral interviews and leadership assessments with more than 55 current and recent Fortune 1000 women CEOs.  The goal of the research is to determine the personal and professional factors that enabled their success in becoming CEOs and to apply that knowledge in creating the first-ever "roadmap" for companies to create future generations of women CEOs.

A thought leader on governance and innovation, Jane appears regularly in global business media, including BusinessWeek, Fortune, Bloomberg, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, Innovation Excellence and Strategy+Business.  Jane is also a featured speaker at private forums for Fortune 500 clients and other select venues, including The Detroit Economic Club, The Simmons Leadership Conference, The US Department of Treasury, The World Summit on Innovation, NACD, and ODX.

Jane is the co-author of Breaking Away: How Great Leaders Create Innovation that Drives Sustainable Growth—And Why Others Fail (McGraw Hill 2011), and is a recent recipient of the Maurice Holland Award for her writing on innovation.

Evelyn Orr, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Korn Ferry
Why would anyone want to be CEO? A Rockefeller Foundation Study

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Evelyn Orr is the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Korn Ferry Institute, based in the Firm’s Minneapolis office. Ms. Orr specializes in translating research on leadership and organizations into practical resources for leaders. She has authored several articles and books published by the Korn Ferry Institute. With more than fifteen years of experience in talent management including competency modeling, interviewing and selection, engagement, leadership development, team development, and succession planning, Ms. Orr has worked with many Fortune 500 organizations from the consumer, financial, industrial, and technology industries.

Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Ms. Orr served as director of learning and development at a large retailer with multiple brands. The leadership development programs she designed have helped thousands of leaders move the needle on mission-critical skills. In addition to leadership development and competency profiling, she designed and delivered talent management solutions such as employee engagement, performance management and succession planning for a major division within the company. As part of her role with the Korn Ferry Institute, Ms. Orr leads the research and development teams which are responsible for analytics, assessments, thought leadership, and new products and resources for Korn Ferry’s clients.

Ms. Orr earned a master’s degree in education from Stanford University, where she was a Stanford Graduate Fellow, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology (with honors) from Macalester College. As an adjunct professor, she taught graduate level courses at San Francisco State University and Dominican University. Ms. Orr is fluent in English and proficient in Spanish.