Keynote Presenters


Wednesday, August 10

Jamie Merisotis

8–9:15 a.m.

Jamie Merisotis is president and chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation, author of the highly-regarded book America Needs Talent, and a globally recognized leader in philanthropy, higher education, and public policy. He is a driving force for increasing Americans’ success in higher education. Merisotis leads the charge at one of the nation’s largest private foundations, which under his leadership, has a specific and ambitious goal: to ensure that, by 2025, 60 percent of Americans hold high-quality degrees, certificates, and other credentials.


Thursday, August 11

Christine Cashen

8–9:15 a.m.

Christine Cashen delivers a fast-paced, hilarious program with useful content that makes her a sought-after speaker worldwide. An authority on sparking innovative ideas, handling conflict, reducing stress and energizing employees, Christine has enlivened audiences throughout the U.S., Canada, South Africa and Australia for more than 15 years. She is the author of THE GOOD STUFF: Quips & Tips on Life, Love, Work and Happiness, which was named motivational book of the year by the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.


Friday, August 12

Rory Cooper and Chris Durlak

11 a.m.–12 p.m.

Veteran political and corporate strategists Rory Cooper and Chris Durlak from Purple Strategies will examine the lay of the land for the remainder of the 2016 election. Beyond the presidential election, they’ll dive into the overall political and behavioral trends that will impact business in the decades to come. This will include the notion of Ascendancy, the headwinds and tailwinds facing businesses and political parties, and how to plan accordingly to help ensure business success.

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