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Keynote Speaker Headliners

Keynote Speaker Headliners

The Right Honourable Dame Jacinda Ardern was elected the 40th Prime Minister of New Zealand at the age of 37, becoming the country’s youngest Prime Minister in more than 150 years. Ardern commanded global respect for her leadership style which focused on people, kindness, and “pragmatic idealism.”

Ardern championed women's empowerment, achieving 50% representation of women in parliament and on government-appointed boards. She also decriminalized abortion, improved pay equity laws, and extended paid parental leave to 6 months.

Under her leadership, New Zealand achieved some of the lowest losses of life through the COVID-19 pandemic, led the ban of military-style semi-automatic weapons, and created the Christchurch Call to eliminate violent extremism online.

Ardern is now a Senior Fellow at Harvard University with fellowships at Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership as well as Harvard Law School’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, where she is focused on ways to improve content standards and platform accountability for extremist content online. 

A passionate advocate for climate action, she is a board member of The Earthshot Prize which searches for and scales the most innovative solutions to the world’s greatest environmental challenges. She is also an Arnhold Distinguished Fellow, Conservation International where she is advocating for climate action and better treatment of the environment. 

Ardern is a highly sought-after speaker on authentic leadership, gender equity, social justice, online extremism, and climate change.

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Martin Eberhard is co-founder and former CEO of Tesla, credited with transforming public perception of electric vehicles into high-performance, desirable transportation options.

Martin's influence extends beyond his role at Tesla; he's contributed to the field as Director of EV Development at Volkswagen and continues to shape the future of energy storage with a new startup venture. With over 22 patents as an inventor, Martin has a storied career as a Silicon Valley veteran and extensive experience serving on boards of early-stage tech companies.

He speaks around the world on the business of green energy, reducing the use of carbon fuels, entrepreneurship, and inspiring students to pursue careers in science and engineering. 

Martin distills insights from his legendary career to discuss strategies for leading industry transformation, the economic and ethical landscapes of these pivotal technologies, and cultivating teams that can both embrace and drive change.

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Daymond John is CEO and founder of FUBU, an apparel line that amassed over $6 billion in global sales and can be seen on ABC's Shark Tank. Also CEO and President of The Shark Group, he advises companies on innovative strategies to connect with their consumers more effectively.

President Barack Obama appointed Daymond John as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) to harness his energy, ideas, and experience to help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs both at home and abroad.

Daymond is also the author of several books including The Power of Broke, Rise and Grind, and Little Daymond Learns to Earn, a picture book that teaches young audiences the basics of money and starting their own business.

He has been named Brandweek's Marketer of the Year, Crain's New York Business' 40 Under 40, and earned Advertising Age’s Marketing 1000 Award for Outstanding Ad Campaign.

On stage, he covers topics ranging from starting a business and closing deals to negotiating and building influence. 

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Diana Nyad is the first person to successfully complete the 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida without the protection of a shark cage, which led to her induction into the International Women's Sports Hall of Fame.

Nyad, a feature film directed by Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, is based on Diana’s life and stars Annette Bening as Diana.

She achieved this feat, referred to as the "Xtreme Dream," at age 64, 30 years after she had failed to finish the same route. 

Diana has written four books, including her bestselling memoir Find a Way: The Inspiring Story of One Woman's Pursuit of a Lifelong Dream. 

She launched an initiative, EverWalk, in an effort to turn us from a sedentary nation to a nation of millions of walkers.

She also developed the Oceans Commit event to gather commitment signatures from individuals and businesses to reduce single-use plastic. 

From the stage, Diana's message of teamwork, determination, perseverance, and “finding a way” to overcome seemingly impossible challenges resonates with audiences at every level across the world.

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James Clear is a personal development expert and the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller Atomic Habits. As of 2021, his book Atomic Habits has sold over 4 million copies worldwide, enjoyed over a year on the New York Times bestseller list, spent over 33 weeks on the Wall Street Journal bestselling list, and topped Amazon’s Most Sold List for over 31 weeks.

Through his online course, The Habits Academy, Clear has taught more than 10,000 leaders, managers, coaches, and teachers how to improve.

His thought leadership regularly appears in the New York Times, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Medium, and Time, and he is a regular guest for CBS This Morning. 

He is a regular speaker at Fortune 500 companies and his work has been used by teams in the NFL, NBA, and MLB. 

James is a supporter of the Against Malaria Foundation, donating five percent of his income to support AMF in distributing nets to protect children, pregnant mothers, and families from mosquitos carrying malaria.

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Chip Conley is an entrepreneur who formerly served as Strategic Advisor for Hospitality and Leadership at Airbnb. Chip is a thought leader at the intersection of psychology and business who disrupts how we think about teaching and learning.

He taught his award-winning methods to hundreds of thousands of Airbnb hosts in nearly 200 countries and also mentored current CEO Brian Chesky.

Chip's latest book, Learning to Love Midlife: 12 Reasons Why Life Gets Better with Age, inspires readers to embrace midlife as a time of transformation and joy. His book, Wisdom at Work: The Making of a Modern Elder, ignites a powerful conversation about the value of intergenerational connectivity, the wisdom that comes with age, and how to inspire a growth mindset for people of all ages.

He founded Modern Elder Academy, the first midlife wisdom school dedicated to transforming aging. Chip also authored Peak and the New York Times bestseller Emotional Equations, which share his own theories on transformation and meaning in business and life. 

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Dr. Joy Buolamwini is the founder of the Algorithmic Justice League, a groundbreaking MIT researcher, a model, and an artist.

Her book, Unmasking AI, explores her mission to protect what is human in a world of technology and what we can do to avoid the pitfalls of artificial intelligence.

Named the "conscience of the AI revolution," Dr. Joy gained recognition when her documentary, Coded Bias, revealed that many facial recognition technologies fail more often on darker-skinned faces and shed light on threats AI poses to civil rights and democracy.

Her TED Featured Talk on algorithmic bias has over 1.7 million views, she has written op-eds on the impact of AI for publications like TIME Magazine and the New York Times. Dr. Joy's MIT thesis methodology uncovered large racial and gender bias in AI services from companies like Microsoft, IBM, and Amazon.

She is the first Black researcher to grace the cover of Fast Company appearing in the 2020 “Most Creative People” issue and has been named to notable lists including Forbes 30 under 30, Bloomberg50, Time Next 100, and was honored with the Beloved Community Technological Innovation Award in 2022.

Dr. Joy was selected as a 2022 Young Global Leader, named to TIME's list of 100 Most Influential Shapers of AI, and named one of the world’s most promising leaders under the age of 40 as determined by The World Economic Forum.


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