Opening Keynote   |   Closing Keynote


OPENING KEYNOTE


Nancy Giordano headshot

Just One Percent In: Learning to Navigate the Next Economy

Nancy Giordano
Strategic Futurist, Play Big Inc


The world as we knew is over. And though the pain this has caused is very real, it now opens opportunities for reinvention most of us couldn’t even imagine just six months ago. What makes this moment so unique is not only that we are collectively experiencing a simultaneous global pandemic and massive economic recalibration, and an overdue cultural and historical awakening, but we are also standing at the front end of an astronomical shift in how the world will work.

When you speak with the visionaries and entrepreneurs actually building the technology applications of tomorrow—from on-demand retail to vertical farms—and ask how far into this new era we are, almost universally the reply is: “only 1%.” And change will happen fast, so can you imagine where we will be ten years from now? How about 50?

We are at the front end of a new era and have important choices to make about the future we want to see — so let’s explore what’s on the horizon, what makes this moment especially potent and what it will take to build a better next.

Nancy Giordano is sponsored by Tanium.

About Nancy »

Described as endlessly optimistic, Nancy Giordano is a strategic futurist, global keynote speaker, corporate strategist and gatherer with a drive to help enterprise organizations and visionary leaders transform to meet the escalating expectations ahead.

Recognized as one of the top female futurists, Nancy's expertise and experiences ranges from A.I. to frozen foods to reinventing the internet, and all her projects have a key common denominator: transitioning away from the extractive operating systems and outdated business thinking that no longer hold up... to create the more sustainable, inclusive and dynamic solutions the future demands.

The world’s first TEDx licensee, a Singularity University lecturer, frequent SXSW contributor, creator of the “Career Fair For the Future” for college + high school students, and recent co-founder of Femme Futurists Society (a growing collection of interviews with leading futurists around the world), Nancy advises leaders on the organizational structures and new mindsets necessary to effectively harness the significant technology innovations heading our way, and ensure a safe and thriving future for us all.

Nancy is currently completing her first book, titled Leadering, which defines and encourages the dynamic, inclusive and audacious mindset leaders must cultivate in order to build a future we all want.


CLOSING KEYNOTE


Lee Kemp headshot

Growing from Adversity to Create Your Own Legacy

Lee Kemp
Olympian and Three-time World Champion Wrestler


Imagine working your entire life for one single goal, to win an Olympic Gold Medal. Along the way, you become the youngest American World Champion at the age of 21 and America’s first three-time World Champion. And then, due to circumstances playing out on a global stage, fate intervenes, and your dream is snatched suddenly from you. Lee Kemp knows what it means to overcome adversity because this was his reality. 

Following graduation from UW–Madison, Lee earned a spot on the 1980 U.S. Olympic wrestling team, only to see his dream shattered after President Jimmy Carter withdrew the United States from the games.

Before the Olympics, Lee went from an average wrestler as a high school sophomore to undefeated State Champ the next year. This led him on a path to learn the psychological components of not only how to become successful, but how to stay successful. This mental development continued throughout his wrestling career, leading to Lee's success, including holding the second-longest winning streak in collegiate history with an unbeaten string of 101 consecutive matches.

The thought process Lee discovered and developed in wrestling is the same for achieving excellence in any profession or circumstance. In this moving keynote, Lee will take the audience through his inspirational story, while sharing techniques and strategies he has learned along the way.

Lee Kemp is sponsored by SAP.

About Lee »


Known as one of the greatest wrestlers in United States history, Lee Kemp was an Olympian in 1980 and one of the coaches for the 2008 Olympic Freestyle Team. Lee was America's most accomplished wrestler when he became the first three-time World Champion in 1982 and for 38 years was the youngest American World Champion at age 21 when he won his first title in 1978. 

Wrestling at the University of Wisconsin, Lee was a four-time NCAA finalist and a three-time NCAA Champion, and holds the 2nd longest Winning Streak in Division I Collegiate history with an unbeaten string of 101 consecutive matches. As an 18-year-old, true Freshman, a split referee’s decision kept Lee from being the first four-time NCAA Champion in US history. As a college sophomore Lee defeated the legendary Dan Gable in his last competitive match at the Northern Open in November 1975 when Dan was making a comeback attempt for the 1976 Olympic Games. Lee is one of five Americans inducted to the International Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Today, Lee is an entrepreneur with an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He is a frequent, on-air commentator, for ESPN and other cable networks providing analysis for major wrestling events.

In 2018, Lee penned, Winning Gold: Success Secrets of a World Champion. Lee's inspiring story was documented in the 2019 film Wrestled Away: The Lee Kemp Story.

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