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TAheadshot2.jpgTalent Anarchy
Un-Management: Confronting the Inconvenient Truth about Innovation

Talent Anarchy is the dynamic speaking duo of Jason Lauritsen and Joe Gerstandt. A Talent Anarchy keynote is not for the faint of heart. They will provoke, entertain, educate, and inspire you to take action.

Joe Gerstandt is the sage consultant. He’s a middle-aged white guy who is a national thoughtleader on issues of diversity and inclusion — need we say more? He brings a unique and powerful perspective to everything he does. The core of Joe’s work is to help organizations solve issues of diversity, culture and innovation through consulting, training and speaking. Listening to Joe speak, you will hear tales of his days as a U.S. Marine and Gulf War veteran blended with his experience in sales, education, and community-building. To say that Joe is intense and passionate about his work would be an understatement. He is one part professor, one part philosopher and one part “not quite right.” Be prepared.

Jason Lauritsen is the reformed corporate guy. For nearly a decade, he spent his days in the belly of the beast as a corporate Human Resources leader where he drove change from the inside. Today, he leads the Client Success Team for Quantum Workplace. A born innovator, Jason has been making change happen since his grade school years. Classically impatient, curious and well-groomed, Jason’s early career was a rapid progression of sales and management roles including launching, leading and ultimately selling a small business in his mid-twenties. He’s a leader, sales guy, entrepreneur and corporate executive — all rolled up in one.

IMG_2846.JPGKathleen Wood
B.O.L.D. Leadership – Why Crazy is Good

As CEO and Founder of Kathleen Wood Partners, LLC, an innovative growth strategy firm, focused on growing businesses, developing leaders and transforming organizations, Kathleen is an expert in business acceleration. A successful executive, she has spent over 20 years developing highly effective methods designed to achieve business growth and success. She is the architect of the Bold Leadership program, a game changing, culture shifting platform that accelerates people, performance and profits. 

A business strategist who walks her talk, Kathleen has mapped her way to success again with her latest business venture by following her own recipe leveraging her powerful network and forging an outstanding brand.  In August 2012, Kathleen, in partnership with her sister and niece launched Suzy’s Swirl in Gurnee, Illinois. Suzy’s Swirl is a self-serve frozen yogurt, gelato and sorbetto shop. Their vision is to re-ignite the American Dream through swirling frozen goodness, swirling greatness and gratitude with their innovative franchise program. Using Kathleen’s business acceleration formulas, they opened their second location in June 2014 in Lake Bluff, Illinois. 

RonFriedman.jpgRon Friedman
What the World’s Best Workplaces Do Differently

Ron Friedman, Ph.D., is an award-winning social psychologist who specializes in human motivation. His new book, The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace, has been described as “stunning,” “eye-opening,” and “a contemporary classic,” and praised by best-selling authors Daniel Pink, David Allen, Marshall Goldsmith, Susan Cain, and Adam Grant.

Dr. Friedman has served on the faculty of the University of Rochester, Nazareth College, and Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and has consulted for Fortune 500 companies, political leaders, and the world’s leading non-profits. Popular accounts of his research have appeared on NPR and in major newspapers, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, the Globe and Mail, The Guardian, as well as magazines such as Men’s Health, Shape, and Allure.

He is a frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review, CNN, Forbes, Fast Company, and Psychology Today.

Ron Friedman is sponsored by the Bank of North Dakota. 

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