Sunday Opening General Session, 10 a.m. – Noon

Bob Woodruff

Broadcast Journalist, ABC News

In an Instant

Bob Woodruff joined ABC-News in 1996 and was named co-anchor of ABC’s World News Tonight in 2005. On January 29, 2006, while reporting on U.S. and Iraqi security forces, he was seriously injured by a roadside bomb near Taji, Iraq.

Just thirteen months after sustaining his injuries, Mr. Woodruff returned to the air with “To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports” which chronicled his traumatic brain injury (TBI) and recovery and the plight of thousands of service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with similar injuries. His continued work in covering TBI for ABC News won him a Peabody Award in 2008.

In recent years, Mr. Woodruff has covered major stories from around the globe including major hotspots—North Korea, Syria, Jordan, China, and the Sudan. He reported from New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and was ABC’s lead correspondent on the Asian Tsunami. In 2008-2009, Mr. Woodruff anchored “Focus Earth”, a weekly eco-newscast for Planet Green, Discovery Communications 24/7 eco-lifestyle network.

In 2007, Bob and Lee Woodruff published the account of their lives after his injury: In an Instant: A Family’s Journey of Love and Healing. A percentage of the book’s proceeds are donated to the Bob Woodruff Foundation which provides resources and support to injured service members, veterans, and their families.

Join us in the opportunity to be inspired by Mr. Woodruff’s courageous recovery story and to be intrigued by his perspective on the world we live in today.

Mr. Woodruff will do a book signing after his presentation.


Monday General Session, 8:30 – 9:45 a.m.

Michio Kaku, Ph.D.

Cofounder of String Field Theory, Theoretical Physicist, Professor, TV Host, Author, Futurist

Explorations in Science

Just how far-fetched is it to imagine that we’ll someday be able to access the Internet simply by blinking our eyes? Do public works professionals need to start now to plan for roadways and traffic devices for cars that will drive themselves? What will be the energy sources of the future—will it be cold fusion or hot fusion or something else? What are the implications of nanotechnologies on how we will live and work? Get ready to be blown away—it is all closer to NOW than you think.

Dr. Michio Kaku is one of the most widely recognized figures in science around the globe. As cofounder of String Field Theory, he holds the Henry Semat Chair in Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York. A regular host on the Science and Discovery Channels, he’s also appeared in science specials for PBS’s Nova and been interviewed on Good Morning America, The Colbert Report, CNN, Fox News, BBC TV and Radio, and NPR.

Author of several books including Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100; Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel; Parallel Worlds: A Journey through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos.

Dr. Kaku will do a book signing after his presentation.


Tuesday General Session, 8:30 – 9:45 a.m.

Jamie Clarke

Extreme Adventurer, Master Storyteller

Above All Else: The Power of Passion

Jamie Clarke is a gifted storyteller who will share the lessons he learned during his extreme adventures and how they apply to organizational challenges, teamwork, and leadership. He has twice summited Mount Everest, and in 2008 he climbed the Carstensz Pyramid in Indonesia completing his epic quest to reach the summits of the highest peaks on each of the seven continents. In addition to his mountain adventures, Jamie conquered the nearly 700-mile camel-trek of Arabia’s Empty Quarter, the most dangerous and desolate desert in the world.

He has produced a television documentary for National Geographic called Above All Else and has written two books: Everest to Arabia and The Power of Passion.

Jamie will challenge you to think differently, to view failure as a learning experience, to master the art of grunt work, to conquer fear through focus, and live a life of passion on your own terms. His presentation will be infused with entertaining anecdotes and breathtaking images. You’ll leave feeling recharged and ready to blow past your fears and achieve your goals.


Wednesday Closing General Session

11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Simon T. Bailey

Author, Catalyst of Brilliance

Release Your Brilliance—
How to Show Up, Be Accountable, and Drive Results

Founder of the Brilliance Institute and bestselling author of The Vuja de (voo-ja-day) Moment: Shift from Average to Brilliant and Release Your Brilliance, Simon T. Bailey is a compelling thought leader in this “New Normal” era, who teaches audiences how to creatively release leadership and organizational brilliance. His expertise is based on his research through the Brilliance Institute with countless companies and organizational clients and through his leadership roles with organizations like the world renowned Disney Institute.

His transformational insights connect viscerally with audiences. He believes in immediate action steps and long after the first encounter, participants find him through social media to reconnect and report their personal and professional results.

You are in for a treat—readers of Meetings and Convention Magazine voted Simon one of the best keynote speakers they ever heard! He has a unique ability to connect and transform lives by offering his audiences the inspiration to shift their thinking, ignite the creative impulse, and increase their productivity and accountability.

Simon Bailey will sign books after his presentation.