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January 29 - February 02, 2017
Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort
St Thomas, VI
General Session Speaker
Steve Farber, President, Extreme Leadership, Incorporated
Extreme Leadership: Your Radical Leap Forward at Work and Beyond
Listed as one of Inc.’s global Top Leadership and Management Experts, Farber has shaken up and redefined what it means to be a leader of substance, significance and success. He is one of the world's most in-demand leadership speakers and the bestselling author of three ground-breaking books:
After having run his own financial services company, in 1989 Farber decided to devote his professional life to the field of leadership development, and he’s has been at it ever since.
Farber was director of service programs at TMI, an international training consultancy, and then worked for six years as vice president and official mouthpiece (that’s what it said on his business card) of The Tom Peters Company, where he met several of his mentors, including author/gurus Tom Peters, Jim Kouzes, and Terry Pearce.
In 2000, Farber established his own company, Extreme Leadership, Inc, where he is president and CEO. He is a member of The Transformational Leadership Council and has served as vice chairman on the board of directors of the world-renown Up With People, a global leadership program for students from 18 to 29 years old.
Coaching and inspiring extreme leadership at all organizational levels is Farber’s passion, and he does so with a style that is part strategist, part social commentator and all energy.
Francis (Frank) Flynn, Paul E. Holden Professor of Organizational Behavior, Stanford University Graduate School of Business
Sound Decision Making and Harnessing Collective Wisdom
Flynn received his Ph.D in Organizational Behavior from the University of California, Berkeley. From 2000-2006, he served as an assistant and then associate professor at Columbia Business School, joining the GSB in September 2006. A winner of multiple teaching awards, Professor Flynn’s courses focus on leadership issues, particularly how young managers can learn to navigate complex political environments and build interpersonal influence.
Professor Flynn’s research centers on the topics of employee cooperation, work group dynamics, and leadership in organizations. His articles have appeared in Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Psychological Science, Strategic Management Journal, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, the discipline’s top research outlets.
Professor Flynn has worked for the Department of Commerce in the International Trade Administration, the Institute for Business and Economic Development, and the Institute for Urban and Regional Development. He has also provided executive education for various companies, including Bank of America, Boston Consulting Group, Box, Caterpillar, Cisco, Cooley, Facebook, Flextronics, Genentech, Goldman Sachs, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Intuit, Johnson & Johnson, Kaiser, LinkedIn, Logitech, Medtronic, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Prudential, Standard & Poor’s, Symantec, Twitter, Yammer, Yelp, and Yahoo! – training that focuses on improving employee decision making and interpersonal leadership skills.
Lisa Petrilli, CEO, C-Level Strategies, Inc
CEO of C-Level Strategies, Lisa Petrilli started her career by receiving 10 promotions in 12 years to work her way up from accountant to leading a $750 million medication delivery business within Baxter Healthcare, which was at that time a Fortune 500 company. After two difficult pregnancies which led to dialysis while waiting for a kidney transplant, Petrilli reengineered her career and became a leadership and marketing strategy consultant.
As a consultant she has held roles such as chief relationship officer for CEO Connection, chief marketing and strategy officer for Vanda Incorporated, and lead strategy and training architect for TheSocialArchitects, a leading-edge digital marketing agency.
Named #11 on Forbes’ list of Top CMO’s based on social influence, Petrilli is well-known in the leadership blogging space for her Visionary Leadership Blog, has blogged for Harvard Business Review, and has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Globe and Mail, Entrepreneur, Inc. Magazine and Huffington Post among others.
She is author of The Introvert’s Guide to Success in Business and Leadership, The CEO’s Guide to Social Media, co-author of The Character Based Leader, and was featured in the 10th anniversary edition of The Power of Focus by Jack Canfield.
She has been a speaker for The United Nations, Naval Academy, American Marketing Association, Kellogg Graduate School of Management, and Indiana University Foundation among many others.
Joel Trammell, Founder and CEO, Khorus
Predictable Results Through Strategic Alignment
In addition to serving as CEO of Khorus, which he founded with the mission of helping chief executives run their businesses as effectively as possible, Trammell is chairman emeritus of the Austin Technology Council. A 20-year software veteran, he is also co-founder and managing partner of private equity firm Lone Rock Technology Group. He serves on the boards of several public, private, and nonprofit companies.
Trammell is producing a growing body of work about the CEO role. He provides advice for current and aspiring CEOs through his blog at TheAmericanCEO.com. He also contributes regular columns at Forbes.com and Entrepreneur.com, and hosts an annual CEO seminar in Austin in conjunction with the Rice Alliance and the Austin Technology Council.
In his book, The CEO Tightrope, recognized by the 2015 Axiom Business Book Awards, Trammell masterfully explains how no CEO can find a point of balance and then stand still—that’s not possible on a tightrope, or in the role of chief executive. The expectation is that the business will always move forward. Drawn from years of study and experience, the book explores the various points of balance that challenge every CEO.
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