IGNITE TED-Style Talks

Ignite Talk #1 – Rock Star Leadership: Achieving Sustainable High Performance – Brant Menswar – 1:00 – 1:20

  • Real life rock star and collaboration expert, Brant Menswar, reveals the two most important components needed to meaningfully engage your teams. By learning the “AC/DC Method,” leaders walk away with real life strategies that will move the needle forward in your organization.

Ignite Talk #2 – Innovation via Disruption: Change that Creates – George Andriopoulos – 1:25 – 1:45

  • Organizations often search for answers within a self-imposed box, but what if they escaped the box? What if they changed the way their organization functions by turning that box on its side? Disrupting the “norms” that organizations impose on themselves is a tricky business, but once you change how the game is played, you create a brand new game.  Corporate turnaround artist, innovative disruptor, and self-proclaimed Chief Inspiration Officer, George Andriopoulos is the award winning founder and CEO of management consulting firm Launchpad Five One Six whose mission is to provide organizations with the tools to innovate and thrive. Having spent the first leg of his career cultivating operations in the pharmacy industry, he pivoted to his current role after a series of life changing moments that effectively unified the businessman, the father, the humanitarian, and the human being inside of him into a man that is determined to change the world while remaining true to the example he wants to set for my children.  Co-founder of Shannon’s Fight, a non-profit dedicated to financially aiding families in medical crisis.

Ignite Talk #3 –  The Digital Era is Here -Heidi Forbes Oste – 1:50 – 2:10

  • The Digital Era is here. This talk will give a window into strategies for creating a harmonious relationship with technology so that it enhances the human experience rather than become it. You will learn about the meaning of digital wellbeing and ethics and what it means for you. You will also learn the importance of making it a strategic initiative for your organization to maintain trust, accountability and balance. This is for you if you want technology to be a solution for your organization rather than become the problem.

Ignite Talk #4 – Is marijuana becoming the next Big Tobacco? – Dr. Kevin Sabet – 2:15 – 2:35

  • Is marijuana becoming the next Big Tobacco? Dr. Kevin Sabet will go through the latest developments over the battle to legalize marijuana and will review the latest science about the drug – highlighting why science and policy are often disconnected. Dr. Sabet makes the claim that our greatest concern about the recent wave of marijuana legalization should be the inevitable rise of a second Big Tobacco industry. Dr. Sabet, advisor to three U.S. presidential administrations, has studied, researched, written about, and implemented drug policy for more than 20 years. In 2013, he co-founded a non-profit organization, Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM), with Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy, which advocates for a public health based marijuana policy. He is currently a fellow at Yale University, and the Director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida and the President of SAM.



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