Keynote Speakers

Thomas Mazloum

Wednesday, June 3

Bill Strickland

Founder and Chairman, Manchester Bidwell

Bill Strickland created an empire by stoking genius in those who believed they had nothing. The Founder and Chairman of Manchester Bidwell—an arts and training center with a $10 million annual budget—Mr. Strickland fuels hope, generates jobs, and empowers underprivileged citizens to become experts in any field. With his company tied with Apple for most Harvard Business Review case studies (four), Mr. Strickland confidently shows us how to pursue social restoration and profit with a conscience.

Recently, Mr. Strickland was named as one of the 25 members of the White House Council for Community Solutions by President Obama. For years now, in front of rapt audiences, this MacArthur “Genius” has shared his unshakable message of leadership, self-worth, and the intrinsic ability in all of us to achieve remarkable transformation in our lives. He was also honored by the U.S. Senate for his contribution to social innovation. Mr. Strickland is also the author of Make the Impossible Possible, a recipient of The White House’s “Coming Up Taller” Award, and the founder of the Grammy-winning MCG Jazz, the most successful jazz subscription series in America.

Sponsored by:

Alma Clayton-Pedersen

Thursday, June 4

Johnny Campbell

CEO and Co-Founder, SocialTalent

Johnny Campbell is a serial disrupter in the world of hiring. As co-founder and CEO of SocialTalent, the world’s leading hiring skills platform, Mr. Campbell works with some of the largest enterprises in the world (such as Intel, IBM, and Oracle) to drive hiring excellence in their organizations.

Not content with professionalizing the roles of sourcers and full lifecycle recruiters, Johnny has now set his sights on steering the future of hiring and has presented these concepts at some of the world’s biggest hiring conferences across the world. His dedication is matched only by his enthusiasm, making him one of the most sought-after speakers on the topic of hiring.

Sponsored by:

Erik Qualman

Friday, June 5

Michele Sullivan

Author of Looking Up: How a Different Perspective Turns Obstacles into Advantages

Michele L. Sullivan, a former executive at Caterpillar, is unforgettable. As a person born with a very rare type of dwarfism, who, in spite of being looked down upon by others, learned to look up, Ms. Sullivan came to lead with an elevated view of others. This philosophy landed her at the helm of Caterpillar Foundation, one of the world’s most prominent philanthropy organizations. With inspiring style, she offers a unique perspective and inspiration for individuals and leaders that attest to the fundamental role one’s perspective plays in their life.

Along with the launch of her first book, Ms. Sullivan’s experience includes giving a TED talk at TEDWomen 2016, where she spoke candidly about the challenges she has overcome in life, highlighting the importance of acceptance and helping others succeed in the face of their unique challenges.

Sponsored by:

Northrop Grumman Corporation