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Keynote Speaker, Professional Rock Climber & Star of the Academy-Award Winning Documentary "Free Solo"
Alex Honnold is renowned for free soloing Yosemite's 3000-foot rock monolith, El Capitan, without any ropes or assistance, making him one of the greatest and most accomplished climbers in history, inspiring millions worldwide. He has been featured in mainstream media outlets and constantly challenges himself, setting speed records and embarking on cutting-edge expeditions. Alex founded the Honnold Foundation, an environmental non-profit that advances solar energy access globally, demonstrating his humility and commitment to the greater good. He also hosts the Climbing Gold Podcast and produces environmentally-focused documentaries and TV projects.
Innovation Architect, Best-Selling Author & Keynote Speaker
Carla Johnson helps leaders paralyzed by traditional thinking and teams that lack purpose and progress. As the world’s leading Innovation Architect, Carla’s spent 20 years helping leaders shatter limits and discover undiscovered possibilities. Through years of research, she’s developed frameworks and processes that teach people how to consistently produce inspired ideas that lead to uncommon outcomes.
Educator & Founder of The Freedom Writers Foundation
Erin Gruwell has earned an award-winning reputation for her steadfast commitment to the future of education. Her impact as a change agent attracted Hollywood’s attention, and in 2007, Paramount Pictures released Freedom Writers, starring two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank as Erin.
Emmy Nominated Poet, Multi-Platinum Songwriter, & Best-Selling Author
IN-Q is an Emmy nominated poet, multi-platinum songwriter, and the best-selling author of Inquire Within. His groundbreaking achievements include being named to Oprah's SuperSoul 100 list of the world's most influential thought leaders, being the first spoken word artist to perform with Cirque du Soleil, and being featured on A&E, ESPN, and HBO's Def Poetry Jam. He's inspired countless audiences around the world, live and virtually, through his performances and storytelling workshops. Many of his recent poetry videos have gone viral with over 60 million views combined, and his stand-up poetry special, IN-Q - Live at the Ace Theatre, is now streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.
Keynote Speaker, Owner & President of Latitude 35 Leadership
Jason is the President and Owner of Latitude 35 Leadership, which uses experiential training to explore the finer art of leading and maintaining high performance teams. He has worked with advanced managers in over 30 Fortune 500 companies, and has taught at the Executive Education department of some of the top Business schools to include Wharton, Darden, Emory, Columbia School of Business, and others. As a speaker with over 13 years experience, Jason draws from the hard-earned perspective he's learned leading teams through grueling endurance challenges. He touches on themes of high-performance team leadership, team dynamics, risk assessment and mitigation, while using his record breaking Atlantic row attempt, amongst others, as a backdrop to illustrate his points. Jason is also passionate about emotion-driven leadership, as explored in his book “Navigating the Impossible”, and the power of understanding and leveraging your "why" as teams take on challenges.
Keynote Speaker: Olympic Gold Medal Winning U.S. Gymnast & Winner of Season 23 of "Dancing With The Stars"
Since bringing home the Gold and Silver medals at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Laurie has gone on to win the coveted Mirror ball trophy on “Dancing with the Stars” Season 23 and has had two New York Times Best Sellers. She is a second generation American, as her grandparents are from Puerto Rico, making her the first U.S. born Latina to make the U.S. team since 1984. Laurie was also the gymnastics analyst for Peacock and the Olympic Channel for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Acting is one of her biggest passions and she has done cameos, voiceovers, and hosting. Laurie is currently attending New York University where she is a theater major.
Real Estate Developer, Urban Revitalization Strategy Consultant & Broadcaster
Majora Carter is a real estate developer, urban revitalization strategy consultant, MacArthur Fellow and Peabody Award winning broadcaster. She's responsible for the creation of numerous economic development, technology inclusion & green-infrastructure projects, policies and job training & placement systems. She is also a lecturer at Princeton University's Keller Center.
CEO of Rappler, Journalist, Author, Freedom Advocate and 2021 Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Maria Ressa is the co-founder, CEO of Rappler.com, an online news organization in the Philippines. Maria’s courage and work on disinformation and ‘fake news’ culminated in being awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her “efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.” Her numerous awards include being named Time’s 2018 Person of the Year and listed among its 100 Most Influential People of 2019.
Maria advises organizations and corporations on corporate governance, values, and strategy. Her experience as a journalist and an entrepreneur in the digital world makes her a sought-after keynote speaker and panelist.
A journalist for over 36 years, Maria has been arrested on 10 charges related to exposing the Duterte government’s corrupt practices and was convicted of cyber-libel in June. She is out on bail pending her appeal but true to form, Ressa, vows to keep fighting.
Maria was featured in the 2020 documentary “A Thousand Cuts,” which profiles her fearless reporting on the abuses of Duterte’s presidency, while also illustrating social media’s capacity to deceive and entrench political power.
Maria now travels the world speaking to organizations of all kinds on freedom of the press, democracy, and corporate governance.
Science-backed leadership and performance expert | Author | CEO
As a stress expert, Dr. Rebecca Heiss is dedicated to helping us overcome our instinctual limitations – the ancient, often subconscious fears that hold us back from our optimal performance and our happiest lives. Her research has been designated “transformative” by the National Science Foundation and it is waking up audiences around the world. Author of Instinct, founder and CEO of the 360-review mobile app icueity, and highly sought-after professional speaker, Rebecca has found her calling in helping others live more, fear(less).
Futurist, Award-Winning Speaker, Best-Selling Author, and Technology Pioneer
Samantha Radocchia, or “Sam Rad,” is a futurist, best-selling author, multimedia storyteller, and frontier tech pioneer who combines the mindsets of an anthropologist and technologist. Sam is the founder of Radical Next, a meta-media studio and strategic consultancy creating transformative stories, experiences, and media productions that shape the future. Her upcoming book by the same name, Radical Next: Thriving in Times of Radical Change explores how “radical next ideas” and technologies will transform societies in the decades to come.