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October 10 - 12, 2017
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Matt Abrahams, Co-Founder and Principal, Bold Echo
Think Fast. Talk Smart
Abrahams is a passionate, collaborative and innovative educator and coach. He has published research articles on cognitive planning, persuasion, and interpersonal communication.
Abrahams recently published the second edition of his book Speaking Up Without Freaking Out, a book written to help the millions of people who suffer from anxiety around speaking in public.
Additionally, Abrahams developed a software package that provides instant, proscriptive feedback to presenters. Prior to teaching, Abrahams held senior leadership positions in several leading software companies, where he created and ran global training and development organizations.
Abrahams is also co-founder and principal at Bold Echo Communications Solutions, a presentation and communication skills company based in Silicon Valley that helps people improve their presentation skills. Abrahams has worked with executives to help prepare and present keynote addresses and IPO road shows, conduct media interviews, and deliver TED talks.
He is currently a member of the Management Communication Association (where he received a “Rising Star” award) as well as the National and Western States Communication Associations.
Abrahams received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Stanford and his graduate degree in communication studies from UC Davis.
Ty Bennett, CEO, Leadership, Inc.
The Power of Storytelling
When Bennett was 21 years old, he and his brother Scott started a business in direct sales, which they built to over $20 million in annual revenue while still in their twenties. Since that time, Bennett has developed over 500 sales managers globally with sales and leadership in 37 countries. As a young entrepreneur, Bennett went on to found Leadership Inc., a speaking and training company with a mission to empower individuals and organizations.
With a natural ability to engage and empower others, Bennett draws on his experience in the trenches to share real and tangible techniques about the principles of leadership that continue to create his success. Bennett was recently featured as one of the Top 40 Under 40.
Bennett is a young, fresh voice providing interactive presentations that are engaging, dynamic and inspiring. His clients include some of the most recognizable brands in the world, including Coca-Cola, AT&T, Home Depot, NY Life, Delta Airlines and Remax. Bennett has shared the stage with celebrities, Olympians and world-renowned thought leaders such as President Bush and President Clinton.
Bennett best-selling books The Power of Influence and The Power of Storytelling: The Art of Influential Communication are used in graduate courses at multiple universities including MIT. Bennett is also the co-author of The Two Most Important Days of Your Life.
In June 2014, Bennett received the CSP Designation. At just 32 years of age he is one of the youngest ever to receive the award in the shortest amount of time; less than 5% of speakers earn the CSP honor.
Bennett lives in Utah with his wife Sarah, daughters Andie and Lizzy, and sons Tanner and Drew.
Kirk Kordeleski, Senior Managing Partner, The Edge Consultancy
CEO Only Session: Dominating the Retail Financial Services Market: Yes, You Can Double Your Size Every Five Years
Kordeleski is widely considered a breakthrough performer and leader in the credit union industry. He is known for his commitment to the cooperative principals of the industry, as well as his vision of growth, extraordinary value and world class service.
Kordeleski has more than 35 years’ experience in the credit union industry. For 15 years, Kordeleski served as president and chief executive officer of Bethpage Federal Credit Union, the largest community credit union in the Northeast. During his tenure, Bethpage was awarded the largest federal charter in the country and was able to double its size every five years, growing from $950 M to $6B.
Located in one of the most competitive retail banking markets in the U.S., Bethpage FCU was a market share leader in mortgages, checking and deposit growth and it set the standard for credit union branding in the New York metropolitan area. Among his achievements as CEO, Kordeleski helped create large-scale collaborations in both technology and back room operations, the first such collaborations in the industry. Prior to taking the CEO position at Bethpage, he was the credit union’s EVP for seven years. Before joining Bethpage, Kordeleski served as a director on the executive team of Bank-Fund Staff FCU for seven years.
Kordeleski holds a B.S. degree in business administration and accounting systems. He has held a number of community leadership positions, including chairman of Long Island’s top business association, Friends of the Arts, and board positions at the United Way.
Sam Maule, Director, Senior Practice Lead, and Digital & Fintech, NTT DATA Americas
FinTech Working Group Facilitator & FinTech Panelist
Maule joined Carlisle & Gallagher Consulting Group in June 2011, focusing on the cards and payments community of practice. In this role, Maule provides industry subject matter knowledge and experience to CG’s Financial Services clients in support of projects such as consumer and commercial card portfolio management, emerging payments, loyalty and prepaid, and digital/mobile banking.
Prior to CG, Maule held management positions with TSYS in a number of consumer and commercial card roles, including digital card management, mobile, loyalty and prepaid, and consultative services. These positions were focused both on domestic and international clients and included several years.
Maule is a sought after presenter and an active voice in the FinTech Social Media space. He has been named as one of 'Bank Innovation's' Coolest Brands (Honorable Mention) 2015, recognized by LeadTail and BrightIdea study as one of the top ten Twitter accounts that Innovators follow (2015), recognized by Onalytica and Jay Palter as one of the Top 100 #fintech influencers (2015); named as one of the top 30 Innovators to Watch 2014 and 44 Executives Shaping the Future of Banking 2013 by Bank Innovation; recognized by NextBank Europe in their 2014 Who's Who in FinTech series, and is a proud member of the @FinTechMafia.
Maule recently joined the Digital Finance Institute as the Chief Inspiration Officer (CIO) focusing on financial inclusion for the unbanked globally.
Maule is also part of the Breaking Banks radio show/podcast team and is a recurring guest host focusing on #FinTechforgood & #FinancialInclusion.
Maule is the creator and catalyst behind the ongoing FemTechLeader program. The series of interviews with women leaders in technology across the globe has included interviews with executives, engineers, and start-up founders from Google, Amazon, Twitter, Amex, DBS, Standard Charter, Lloyds, Stripe, and over 200 women leaders. The series has been featured in American Banker, and multiple other publications.
JP Nicols, Managing Director, FinTech Forge; Host and Segment Producer, Breaking Banks Radio; Chairman, Next Money
FinTech Working Group Facilitator & FinTech Panelist
Nicols has been internationally recognized as a leading voice for innovation, strategy and leadership, and his work has been featured in some of the industry’s top publications and conferences.
A former senior bank executive, he is a principal in the innovation enablement company Innosect, and a director of Next Bank, a global community committed to reinventing financial services through design, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
Nicols is a trusted advisor to companies from startups to the Fortune 500, a popular writer, a top rated speaker, and is often quoted in the media on video and in print. He is also
a highly rated instructor at the Pacific Coast Banking School, held at the University of Washington, and a recurring guest host on the global podcast Breaking Banks. He has been named to several lists as an influential thought leader
He holds a B.A. from the University of Akron, and an M.B.A. from Cleveland State University, where he conducted his research project at Buckinghamshire College in England. He also completed the Leadership Excellence executive program at the University of Minnesota, and is a graduate of the Cannon Financial Institute and the College for Financial Planning.
Find out more at JPNicols.com, and follow him on Twitter: @JPNicols
Erik Qualman, Founder and Author, equalman LLC
Digital Leadership, Influence and Innovation in a World Gone Wi-Fi
Often called a Digital Dale Carnegie and The Tony Robbins of Tech, Qualman is a number one best-selling author and motivational keynote speaker who has spoken in 47 countries, and reached 25 million people.
Author of 'Socialnomics', and named a top 100 digital influencer by Fast Company, Qualman’s partners include Starbucks, Raytheon, Chase, Sony, National Guard, IBM, Airgas, Disney and over 200 universities.
His Socialnomics work has been featured on 60 Minutes and the Wall Street Journal, and used by the National Guard and NASA. His book Digital Leader propelled him to be voted the second Most Likeable Author in the World, behind Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling. Qualman is a sitting professor at Harvard & MIT’s edX labs.
His latest book What Happens in Vegas Stays on YouTube is a Pulitzer Prize nominated work.
Graham Seel, Principal, BankTech Consulting
How Technology Can Enable Your Business Strategy
Seel has over 30 years of experience implementing innovative technology solutions to financial services problems. Executives throughout the industry know Seel for a deep and broad knowledge of commercial banking and its enabling technologies. As a sought-after speaker and widely recognized thought-leader in financial services innovation, Seel consults with smaller financial institutions and fintech companies, enabling them to create partnerships that will address real bank and credit union business challenges sustainably and with acceptable risk.
Chris Voss, President/CEO, The Black Swan Group Ltd.
Never Split the Difference
Voss’s storied career with the FBI brought him face-to-face with an astounding collection of criminals ranging from inexpert domestic bank robbers to highly sophisticated international terror networks.
The author of Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as If Your Life Depended on It, Voss retired from the FBI in 2007 after 24 years of service and is now CEO of business negotiation coaching and advisory firm The Black Swan Group. Voss offers individuals and businesses competitive advantages in business negotiations using the hostage negotiation strategies he employed while working as a special agent with the FBI. Voss takes audiences inside the world of high-stakes negotiations and into his own head, revealing the skills that helped him and his colleagues succeed in incredibly high-pressure situations with innocent lives hanging in the balance.
Tapping into his time with the FBI, Voss shares the nine effective principles—counterintuitive tactics and strategies—that companies and their employees can use to become more persuasive in their professional and personal lives. Voss knows that life is a series of negotiations you should be prepared for—negotiating a salary, buying a home, renegotiating rent, deliberating with your partner—and shares jaw-dropping stories that show his practical negotiation tips at work whether you’re facing an international kidnapping ring or simply buying a car. Taking emotional intelligence and intuition to the next level, Voss’s shares with audiences the competitive edge needed for any debate or discussion.
Voss was assigned to the FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit (CNU) from 2000 to 2007, reaching the pinnacle of his profession by becoming the FBI’s lead international kidnapping negotiator in 2003. He has worked approximately 150 kidnappings worldwide, and was trained by the FBI, Scotland Yard, and Harvard. He worked cases which included the Jill Carroll case in Iraq, the Steve Centanni case in the Gaza Strip, and the Gonsalves-Howes-Stansell kidnapping in Colombia, which culminated in a July 2008 rescue by Colombian forces.
Domestically, he assisted in many high-profile negotiations including the D.C. Sniper case and the Chase Manhattan Bank robbery and hostage taking in Brooklyn, New York in 1993. He was a member of the New York City Joint Terrorist Task Force for 14 years and was the lead Crisis Negotiator for the New York City Division of the FBI. Voss was also the FBI hostage negotiation subject-matter expert for the Hostage Working Group of the National Security Council and the U.S. hostage negotiation subject-matter expert representative to the G8.
Voss also teaches international negotiation in the MBA programs at The University of Southern California and Georgetown University. At both USC and Georgetown, Voss’ class is one of the most sought after courses on campus. Voss formerly taught International Business Negotiation at Harvard University and was on the teaching staff at Harvard Law School. He is the 2014 recipient of the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business’ Peter J. Gonzalez Jr. Award of Excellence in Adjunct Faculty Teaching and the recipient of the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement and the FBI Agents Association Award for Distinguished and Exemplary Service.
Lee Wetherington, Director/Strategic Insight, Jack Henry & Associates
FinTech Working Group Facilitator & FinTech Panelist
Wetherington directs the development of actionable insight and strategy for the financial services industry at large. To this end, he creates programs, presentations, and articles designed to orient and educate financial executives on the trends and implications of new technologies. He routinely delivers keynotes nationwide focusing on opportunities and challenges in payments and the online/mobile/social channels, and he is widely renowned for his unique style of comedic delivery.
Wetherington has delivered over 400 keynotes for state, national, and international trade groups, including the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA), American Bankers Association (ABA), Bank Administration Institute (BAI), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), and the National Automated Clearinghouse Association (NACHA).
He has served as Technology Faculty Chair for several graduate schools of banking and finance, and has delivered guest lectures on leadership and technology at universities across the country.
He was named “Strategic Alliance Executive of the Year” at the 2013 Golden Bridge Awards, which recognizes the world’s top executives across every major industry globally. Wetherington’s articles and commentary have been published in American Banker, BAI’s Banking Strategies, ABA’s Bank Marketing and ICBA’s Independent Banker.
Wetherington received bachelor degrees in Economics and English from Duke University in 1990, and, in 1993, he completed graduate studies at Emory University. In 1995, he earned the distinguished Accredited ACH Professional (AAP) certification from the National Automated Clearing House Association (NACHA).
Steve Williams, Principal, Cornerstone Advisors, Inc.
Future Ready Digital and Analytics: How Smart Credit Unions Are Accelerating Change
Williams is a founder of Cornerstone Advisors, and leads the firm's strategic planning practice. Williams’ prior experience includes being a banker with Chase, finance work at Arthur Anderson & Co., director of a publicly traded bank, and managing director with M One.
Williams is a graduate of Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University. Cited often in the press and a regular contributor to GonzoBanker, Williams is a nationally sought after speaker and facilitator, including ABA, BAI, CUES, CUNA, American Banker, and Bank Director. He stays Gonzo through his love for family, Springsteen and anything historical.
Denise Lee Yohn, President/Consulting Partner, Denise Lee Yohn Inc.
Brand Leadership: How to Build a Rock Star Brand
Your Brand Workshop, Deep Dive Session
Through her expertise and personal approach, Yohn has become an in-demand keynote speaker inspiring business leaders around the world to improve their brands. Her keynote presentations have captivated international audiences at conferences including the Consumer Electronics Show, The Art of Marketing, the National Restaurant Show, and American Marketing Association, among others.
Yohn enjoys challenging people to think differently about brand-building. It was with that goal in mind that she wrote the bestselling book What Great Brands Do: The Seven Brand-Building Principles that Separate the Best from the Rest and her e-book Extraordinary Experiences: What Great Retail and Restaurant Brands Do.
She has been a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review blog and Forbes, and has been a sought-after writer for publications including Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Knowledge@Wharton, ChangeThis, Seeking Alpha, and QSR Magazine.
News media including FOX Business TV, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times call on Yohn when they want an expert point-of-view on hot business issues. In 2008 she launched her blog, Brand-As-Business Bites™, which the Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG) named one of the “Top 20 Marketing Blogs that Marketing Executives Actually Read.”
Yohn initially cultivated her brand-building approaches through several high-level positions in advertising and client-side marketing. She served as lead strategist at advertising agencies for Burger King, Land Rover, and Unilever, and as the marketing leader and analyst for Jack in the Box restaurants and Spiegel catalogs. Yohn went on to head Sony Electronic Inc.’s first ever brand office, where she garnered major corporate awards as the vice president/general manager of brand and strategy. She has run her own firm as an independent consulting partner since 2004.
Through her work with marketing and branding, Yohn has won awards from the American Marketing Association (EFFIE). HOW Magazine’s Interactive Design competition, the Financial Communications Society, Sony Corporation, and Sony Electronics Inc.
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