Featured Speakers

Leon Logothetis

Sunday, October 3 | 5:00-6:15 p.m. 

Leon Logothetis is a global adventurer, motivational speaker and  philanthropist. It wasn’t always that way. He used to be a broker in London, where he felt uninspired and chronically depressed. He gave it all up for a life on the road. This radical life change was inspired by the inspirational movie “The Motorcycle Diaries.”

The days of living and working behind his “slab of wood” (or desk to the layman) are well and truly over. His new passion: finding ways for your inner rebel (that voice that tells you, “you are worth so much more than you think”) to come out and play. The inner rebel tells you that your life is yours. And anything you dream of is possible. And that the fuel for all this potential is simple: kindness and harnessing the power of human connection.

As host of the Netflix series, The Kindness Diaries, Logothetis circumnavigated the globe on his vintage yellow motorbike “Kindness One,” giving life-changing gifts along the way to unsuspecting good Samaritans — all while relying on the kindness of strangers. He recently returned from filming the second season of “The Kindness Diaries,” in which he traveled from Alaska to Argentina in his vintage yellow VW Beetle “Kindness Two,” changing lives one mile at a time.

Logothetis has visited more than 100 countries and has traveled to every continent. He teamed up with First Book® and drove a car from London to Mongolia raising money to buy 10,000 books for underprivileged children in America. He also drove a vintage London taxi across the U.S., giving free rides to the needy. He has documented his travels for numerous media outlets including Good Morning America, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Outside, Psychology Today and The New York Times.

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David Epstein

Monday, October 4 | 10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 

David Epstein is the author of two top 10 New York Times bestsellers: RANGE: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, and The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance.

Epstein brings bold new insights to business, education, technological innovation, healthcare and other industries on the best approach to career development. Sharing fascinating examples from the career trajectories of Duke Ellington, Roger Federer and a preeminent CEO who took her first job around the age her peers were retiring, Epstein shows that at every stage of life — from children’s development in math, music and sports to students fresh out of college to mid-career professionals in need of a change and would-be retirees looking for a new vocation — generalists triumph as the world around them becomes increasingly specialized.

Epstein has spoken on five continents on the science of high performance and novel uses and misuses of data, and his writing has appeared in numerous national and international publications, including The New York Times, The Atlantic and National Geographic. He was previously an investigative reporter at ProPublica.

Merging stories from the worlds of sports, business, medicine and education, Epstein sheds light on the paths to peak performance. From how to best prepare for our specialized world to how to optimally incorporate AI into our workplaces, Epstein unpacks the science of success, leaving audiences with actionable takeaways to improve how they live, work and prepare for the future. 

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Shola Richards
Tuesday, October 5 | 2:30-3:45 p.m.

In this highly engaging, memorable and actionable keynote, Shola Richards will introduce us to the transformative African concept of Ubuntu, which is translated to mean, “I am, because we are.” Richards will share how Ubuntu, along with three
powerful questions, will have the power to positively transform how we work, live and lead, and how anyone can do this — regardless of job role, years of experience, level of education or professional title. 

Richards is the author of the best-selling book Making Work Work and the newly-released book Go Together. He is an in-demand workplace civility expert and a positivity writer with a passionate worldwide following. His articles and popular Monday morning “Positivity Solution” email series have been read by readers in over 160 countries, and his work has been featured on the Today Show, CBS This Morning, Forbes, Black Enterprise, Complete Wellbeing India, Business Insider Australia and numerous other outlets all over the world. 

As a speaker, he has shared his transformative message with leading healthcare organizations, top universities, Silicon Valley, the motion picture industry, on the TEDx stage and as a keynote speaker for the Department of Homeland Security under the Obama Administration.

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