Alliance Keynote Speakers

The Alliance of Chief Executives brings CEOs together. In order to allow our members to interact with other successful CEOs, we are proud to have had the following Keynote Speakers share their experiences with us. For media and public relations questions, contact us.

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Alliance Voices, San Francisco Alliance Members Share Business and Life Stories
Date: Friday, May 13, 2016
Location: San Francisco

At this Regional Meeting, six of our San Francisco Alliance members shared 5-minute presentations about topics of interest and value to members.  James Kilpatrick talked about “Motion and Emotion” and how the two are inextricably intertwined.  Peter Koshland spoke on “Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers” and how our bodies are not designed to handle chronic low to mid-level stress.  Chris Mittelstaedt shared his company’s “5 R’s Customer Promise” and how having a unifying theory of doing business is important.  Ebbe Altberg told us about the “Future of Virtual Reality” and how this technology will influence our lives.  Cat Lincoln spoke about “Influencer Marketing” and where this social media strategy fits in the marketing mix, and Lisa Dyson talked about “The New Carbon Currency” and what that might mean for the future of our planet.

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Geoffrey Moore, Managing Director, Geoffrey Moore Consulting
Date: Friday, May 06, 2016
Location: Santa Clara

Geoffrey Moore is an author, speaker, and advisor who splits his consulting time between start-up companies in the Mohr Davidow portfolio and established high-tech enterprises, most recently including Salesforce, Microsoft, Intel, Box, Aruba, Cognizant, and Rackspace.  Moore’s life’s work has focused on the market dynamics surrounding disruptive innovations. His first book, Crossing the Chasm, focuses on the challenges start-up companies face transitioning from early adopting to mainstream customers. It has sold more than a million copies, and its third edition has been revised such that the majority of its examples and case studies reference companies come to prominence from the past decade. Moore’s most recent work, Escape Velocity, addresses the challenge large enterprises face when they seek to add a new line of business to their established portfolio. It has been the basis of much of his recent consulting.

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James White, Former CEO, Jamba Juice
Date: Thursday, March 10, 2016
Location: Santa Clara

James White is the recently retired Chairman & CEO of Jamba Juice.  James' impressive career includes senior management positions with iconic companies, including Safeway, Gillette, Nestle Purina Petcare and Coca-Cola prior to joining Jamba Juice 2008.  He has successfully transitioned to “retired CEO”  and is actively serving on four major boards (including Panera). James will talk about the lessons he learned from his executive career and the value of diversity in the executive suite and the board room – diversity from every dimension (industries, skill sets, age, ethnicity, gender, etc.) to enable fresh perspectives and to challenge conventional thinking.

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Adam Leipzig, CEO, Entertainment Media Partners
Date: Friday, February 19, 2016
Location: San Ramon

Adam Leipzig is the former Senior VP with Walt Disney Pictures and President of National Geographic Films who oversaw some of the most financially successful and iconic films ever – including March of the Penguins, Dead Poets Society, Good Morning Vietnam and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.  Now, as the CEO of Entertainment Media Partners, Adam provides informed guidance, dealmaking intelligence and relevant connections for corporations and prestige media companies to garner greater success in the marketplace.

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Eamonn Kelly, Chief Strategy Officer, Deloitte
Date: Friday, February 12, 2016
Location: San Francisco

Eamonn Kelly, author of "Powerful Times" and Chief Strategy Officer of Deloitte, advises senior leadership at leading corporations across multiple sectors, key global and national public agencies, as well as major philanthropic foundations. He also develops and delivers programs to help current and future leaders acquire the knowledge, judgment and skills required to succeed in a complex and unpredictable future. Prior to joining Deloitte, Eamonn served as CEO of Global Business Network (GBN), the pioneering scenario planning consultancy and futures think-tank where he led GBN's thought leadership about the future and the development of insights, tools and methodologies for mastering change and uncertainty.
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Curt Carlson, Founder, The Practice of Innovation
Date: Thursday, December 10, 2015
Location: Santa Clara

Prior to founding the Practice of Innovation, Curt Carlson was President and CEO of SRI International. During Curt's 16-year tenure at SRI, its revenue more than tripled and SRI became a global model for the systematic creation of high-value innovations. Carlson is widely sought as a speaker and thought leader on innovation and global competitiveness. He advises U.S. governors, prime ministers, economic ministers, and education ministers around the world on innovation, competitiveness, and educational reform. His book, written with William Wilmot, called Innovation: The Five Disciplines for Creating What Customers Want was selected by BusinessWeek as one of the top 10 business books for 2006. He is finishing a new book of “next-generation” innovation best practices, called Creating Abundance:  Prosperity and Meaningful Employment Through Innovation Across Society.

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Fonta Hadley, Communication Educator, Eloquence
Date: Friday, November 20, 2015
Location: San Ramon

Fonta Hadley is a verbal and nonverbal communication educator. Using perceptual and behavioral tools, she teaches a rich mix of logical and emotional communication for professional development. Her research focuses on the relationship between what you are saying (verbal) and how you are saying it (nonverbal) with particular emphasis on cleaning up any discrepancy between the two (mixed messaging). Fonta has taught executive trainings for Fortune 500 companies such as Apple, Google, Ebay, Microsoft & Amazon. She is a voice and communication instructor for the San Francisco Bar Association and has worked with editors and journalists from the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The New Yorker, Wired and Forbes.

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Joe Abraham, Founder, BOSI Global
Date: Friday, November 13, 2015
Location: San Francisco

Joe Abraham is the founder of BOSI Global – a group of entrepreneurship initiatives including bosiDNA.com, BOSI Fast 50 and The BOSI Growth Fund.  A professional entrepreneur himself, Joe has started up, grown and exited three companies of his own and invested in over 20 small businesses.  He is author of Entrepreneurial DNA: The Breakthrough Discovery That Aligns Your Business to Your Unique Strengths.

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Phil Solk, Managing Partner, Opero Partners
Date: Friday, November 06, 2015
Location: Santa Clara

Phil has over 30 years of experience in selling and delivering technology solutions to Fortune 100 companies. He has held executive and founder roles at a four successful start-ups: Seer Technology, Netigy, MidEdge and Vitria.  He founded the consulting services group for Symantec, created the first international consulting group for Business Objects, and helped manage a billion dollar IT outsourcing engagement.  He focuses on helping companies drive significant revenue growth through increased sales effectiveness.

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Mark Coopersmith, Senior Fellow, Haas School of Business
Date: Thursday, September 10, 2015
Location: Santa Clara

Mark Coopersmith is a seasoned Fortune 500 executive, entrepreneur, and C-suite advisor.  He has launched, built, and led high-growth businesses from startups to global enterprises. He has been a strategic advisor to VC-backed ventures and global corporations, such as Intel and DirecTV, and founded and built product- and service-focused companies including an online payment venture that's now a part of Google. Currently, Mark teaches innovation and entrepreneurship as a Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley.  Mark works with today's top leaders to drive innovation, growth & exceptional results, often using unexpected resources, such as leveraging failure which is the topic of his new book The Other "F" Word.

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Scott Sadler, Founder, Creative Conflict Solutions
Date: Friday, August 21, 2015
Location: San Ramon

Scott is an Entrepreneur, Facilitator, Speaker, Consultant and a Certified Executive Coach. He has been a successful business owner for over two decades and truly understands challenges that entrepreneurs face in engaging with the most important and expensive asset in business, human capital.  He is a trusted advisor to companies and individuals all over the country, helping them systemize communication skills that helps them understand how to “get to yes” in their daily human engagements. He is “The Millennial Mentor”™ to his clients, helping them engage generation Y in a positive and profitable way by reducing turnover, in companies, of this important segment of the workforce. Scott's latest book is A Guide for Developing Successful Millennial Leaders; noting that by 2020, Millennials will represent 40% of the workforce across the globe, and asking, is your organization ready?.

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Lisa Kay Solomon, Innovation Strategist
Date: Friday, August 14, 2015
Location: San Francisco

Lisa Kay Solomon works with leaders to solve their high-stakes issues with new frameworks and practices. Her method helps leaders not only address today’s most vexing business challenges, but also accelerate progress on their greatest opportunities. In her work with such companies as ING, Andreesen Horowitz, Nestle, PBS, Toyota Financial Services, and Citrix, she has helped executive teams bring innovation into everyday work and behaviors. Lisa coauthored the Wall Street Journal bestseller, Moments of Impact: How to Design Strategic Conversations that Accelerate Change.

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Adam Leipzig, CEO, Entertainment Media Partners
Date: Friday, August 07, 2015
Location: Santa Clara

Adam Leipzig is the former Senior VP with Walt Disney Pictures and President of National Geographic Films who oversaw some of the most financially successful and iconic films ever – including March of the Penguins, Dead Poets Society, Good Morning Vietnam and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.  Now, as the CEO of Entertainment Media Partners, Adam provides informed guidance, dealmaking intelligence and relevant connections for corporations and prestige media companies to garner greater success in the marketplace.

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Christopher Davis & Charles Follett, The Stratam Group, Core Team Members
Date: Thursday, June 11, 2015
Location: Santa Clara

Two core team members of the Stratam Group, Christopher Davis and Charles Follett will join us for this Regional Alliance meeting.  The Stratam Group's practice focuses on companies where the business requires coordinating the efforts of highly educated specialists to produce innovations and then bring them to market efficiently, such as life sciences and high tech. As Managing Director of the Stratam Group, Chris has almost three decades’ experience improving how organizations, teams, and individuals work. Charlie is one of the developers of the process design methodology founded on Commitment-based Management (CbM), one of the most successful management disciplines to emerge in the last four decades because CbM puts accountability and coordination at the center of producing results.

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Liz Wiseman, President, The Wiseman Group
Date: Friday, May 15, 2015
Location: San Ramon

Liz Wiseman is the President of the Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm. Some of her clients include: Apple, Dubai Bank, Genentech, Nike, PayPal, Salesforce.com and Twitter. Liz has been listed on the Thinkers50 ranking and named one of the top 10 leadership thinkers in the world.  A former executive at Oracle, Liz was the Vice President of Oracle University and the global leader for Human Resource Development. Liz discussed the research behind her newest book, Rookie Smarts. Her previous books are Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter and The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools.

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AmyK Hutchens, CEO, AmyK International
Date: Friday, May 08, 2015
Location: San Francisco

AmyK Hutchens, CEO of AmyK International, is unparalleled in her ability to weave together substantive and fascinating facets of business with a splash of humor and great storytelling.  Focusing on various aspects of leadership, she breaks down theories with real front-line stories and practical tools for immediate application. AmyK provides leadership tools that have immediate practical application for increasing performance and productivity levels in individuals and teams.

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Lisa Kay Solomon, Innovation Strategist
Date: Friday, May 01, 2015
Location: Santa Clara

Lisa Kay Solomon works with leaders to solve their high-stakes issues with new frameworks and practices. Her method helps leaders not only address today’s most vexing business challenges, but also accelerate progress on their greatest opportunities. In her work with such companies as ING, Andreesen Horowitz, Nestle, PBS, Toyota Financial Services, and Citrix, she has helped executive teams bring innovation into everyday work and behaviors. Lisa coauthored the Wall Street Journal bestseller, Moments of Impact: How to Design Strategic Conversations that Accelerate Change.

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Matt May, EDIT Founder & Author
Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015
Location: Santa Clara

EDIT founder Matt May joined us for this Regional Alliance meeting.  Matt works with creative teams all over the world and is a close advisor to senior management of companies such as Toyota, ADP, Intuit, and Edmunds.com. He is the author of several books including:  The Laws Of Subtraction: 6 Simple Rules For Winning In The Age Of Excess Everything, and The Shibumi Strategy: A Powerful Way To Create Meaningful Change.

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Charlene Li, Founder, Altimeter Group
Date: Friday, February 13, 2015
Location: San Francisco

Charlene Li, Founder of the Altimeter Group and the author of the New York Times bestseller, Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You Lead joined us for this Regional Alliance meeting. Li, an independent thought leader on social and emerging technologies, is also the coauthor of the critically acclaimed, bestselling book Groundswell.

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Patty McCord, Principal, Patty McCord Consulting
Date: Friday, February 06, 2015
Location: Santa Clara

Patty McCord, Principal of Patty McCord Consulting, joined us for this Regional Alliance meeting. McCord is an executive coach for CEOs and their teams to help in defining leadership and company culture. In the early days of Netflix, McCord decided to “write down the things we expect in people.” This simple idea led to an infamous document and philosophy now known as, “Netflix Culture: Freedom & Responsibility.” Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook called it “the most important document ever to come out of the Valley.”

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