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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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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Rich Karlgaard, Publisher, Forbes Magazine
Date: Thursday, December 11, 2014
Location: Santa Clara

Rich Karlgaard is an angel investor, board director and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Life 2.0.  He released his second book, The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success in April 2014.  He is also the longtime publisher of Forbes magazine and writer of the Forbes column, "Innovation Rules."  Rich has been a regular panelist on television’s "Forbes on FOX" show since its inception in 2001.  He is also a serial entrepreneur, having launched two magazines (Upside and Forbes ASAP), the venture capital firm Garage Technology Ventures, and Silicon Valley’s premier business and technology forum, the 7500-member Churchill Club. He is a past winner of the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” award.

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Robert Sher, Founding Principal, CEO to CEO
Date: Friday, November 21, 2014
Location: San Ramon

Robert Sher is Founding Principal of CEO to CEO, a consulting firm of former chief executives that accelerates the performance of midsized companies by improving their leadership infrastructure. As a frequent speaker on the successful leadership traits and skills of CEOs of midsized companies, Robert has been published in the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, CFO, and other leading publications.

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Louis Patler, President, The B.I.T. Group
Date: Friday, November 14, 2014
Location: San Francisco

Award-winning author, speaker and consultant, Louis Patler  brings pioneering technologies for identifying emerging business and consumer trends, organizational culture, and strategic initiatives to Fortune 500 companies, multi-national corporations, and foreign governments.  Louis' message is clear and impassioned: that conventional ways of doing business no longer work in the fast-forward, global economy of today.

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