Featured Speakers

Sara Ross

Saturday, October 22 | 5:00-6:15 p.m. 

Sara Ross and her company BrainAMPED provide brain-based tools to decrease stress and exhaustion and increase leadership vitality by strengthening the skills of energy management, emotional intelligence and resilience. Her ideas and research are earning her a reputation as a fresh and thought-provoking voice in the discussions focused on the future of work.

Before founding BrainAMPED, Ross spent a decade immersed in the neuroscience of emotional intelligence and performance at a leadership training company where she served as vice president and global head of leadership innovation, research and training. As head of faculty, she and her team led the development and delivery of award-winning leadership programs, assessments, coaching and accreditation programs, helping leaders from across the globe be their best, even in the most complex and pressure-filled moments.

Ross has worked with Fortune 500 companies, tech companies, financial firms, pharmaceutical companies, educational institutions, healthcare companies and with the NBA’s Orlando Magic. Balancing relevance and practicality with a contagious energy, she integrates cutting-edge science with real-life stories of success and failures. Her approach is guaranteed to challenge the status quo, provide new insights and inspiration, and most importantly, leave audiences with a blueprint of actionable strategies.

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Baratunde Thurston

Sunday, October 23 | 10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 

Baratunde Thurston is an Emmy-nominated host who has worked for The Onion, produced for The Daily Show, advised the Obama White House, and wrote The New York Times bestseller How to Be Black. He’s the creator and host of “How to Citizen With Baratunde,” which Apple named one of its favorite podcasts of 2020 and for which he received the Social Impact Award at the 2021 iHeartRadio Podcast Awards.

Thurston is a founding partner of the new media startup Puck. In 2019, he delivered what MSNBC’s Brian Williams called “one of the greatest TED talks of all time.” He serves on the boards of BUILD and the Brooklyn Public Library and lives in Los Angeles, California. 

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Dave Ulrich
Monday, October 24 | 2:30-3:45 p.m.

Dave Ulrich is the Rensis Likert Professor at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and a partner at the RBL Group, a consulting firm focused on helping organizations and leaders deliver value. He is a Distinguished Fellow in the National Academy of Human Resources and is known for continually learning, turning complex ideas into simple solutions, and creating real value to those he works with in the fields of organizational development, leadership and human resources.

He and his colleagues have shaped the HR profession by focusing on HR outcomes, governance, competencies and practices, and he has been called the “father of modern HR” and “HR thought leader of the decade.” He edited the book Human Resource Management and spearheaded a “gift” book on the future of HR (The Rise of HR) in which 70 thought leaders freely shared their insights.

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