​​​​​Opening Keynote - Carmen Bryant​​​​​

Wednesday, November 2nd ​

Innovating in a Post-Pandemic World​

Carmen is an international speaker and strategic business leader with more than 20 years of marketing, research, and thought leadership expertise. Her unique expertise helps her translate insights and cultural shifts into compelling stories that motivate action. As a leader and influencer, she explores what’s influencing workers today and what’s shaping the future of work. Carmen has spoken on topics that include the multigenerational workforce, recruiting trends, and equity insights, and shares best practices that are relevant to global audiences. As a speaker, Carmen has presented in boardrooms and conference venues worldwide, including as a featured speaker for SHRM, SHRM India, the Human Capital Institute, and as a keynote at Indeed’s Interactive. ​​

Bio: Carmen was born in Mississippi, graduated from Harvard University, and then built her life in New York City. She was most recently Head of US Marketing at Indeed and held other strategic leadership and insights positions at top-tier companies including NBC Universal, Time Inc. and L’Oreal USA. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and son.

Opening Keynote Discussion Panel Moderated by Janavi Kumar​

Wednesday, November 2nd

The Future of Research and How Technology Will Transform it

Consumer needs and behaviors are continuously changing, as are the channels to reach them. The pandemic has only accelerated many trends that were already brewing under the surface. There is an increasing focus on sustainability and corporate social responsibility; consumers are more interested in personalization and connecting to brands and products that reflect their values. The convergence of these factors points towards the need to evolve research methodologies to be more predictive, more iterative, more empathetic, and better connected with the everyday lives of our consumers. This panel will focus on the future, and how disruptive technology trends is opening up new avenues for research.


Opening Keynote - Joni Goodman 

Wednesday, November 2nd

Dare to LeadTM in the New Decade  


When we dare to lead, we don’t pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions. We don’t avoid difficult conversations; we lean into vulnerability when it’s necessary to do good work. Daring leadership in a culture defined by scarcity, fear, and uncertainty requires skill-building around traits that are deeply human. Daring leadership is a collection of four skill sets that are 100 percent teachable, measurable, and observable. Let's examine the fours skills needed for courage-building: rumbling with vulnerability, living into your values, braving trust, and learning to rise from failures. Join us and come away with a powerful new language, operationalized values, and practical tools that will help you lead in your personal, professional, and volunteer worlds of work.

Bio: Joni D. Goodman, CPTD is the Principal at Joni D. Goodman, LLC. She collaborates with her clients: employees, sales professionals, leaders and executives and together with them boosts learning initiatives, sales, and leadership, to achieve development goals! Joni was selected and trained by Dr. Brene’ Brown as one of the first Dare to LeadTM facilitators in the world. Joni is known for creating safe spaces where leaders can put down their armor and lean into growth. Ms. Goodman has over 20 years of experience in the learning and development space where her experience encompasses effective management development, sales training, mentoring, and executive coaching. She is also a published author in: “The Book of Road Tested Training Activities”, “Association for Talent Developments (ATD)Training Toolkit application”, and “101 Ways to Make Training Active”. Ms. Goodman has been a featured speaker for the HR Houston Gulf Coast Symposium, ATD Houston, ATD San Antonio, Gulf Coast Diversity Council and TEW (Texas Executive Women) to name a few. Joni is the past president of the ATD Houston chapter, an ALC PAC chair, and a past National Advisor for Chapters.

Closing Keynote - Michael Useem

Friday, November 4 ​ ​

What Will Be Essential for Your Leadership and Influence in the Years Ahead?

What capabilities will you need for leading and influencing your associates and organizations during the coming decade? Drawing on the leadership and influence experience of ten chief executives -- including those of Estée Lauder, Johnson & Johnson, Progressive Insurance, an NFL team, and the Continental Army -- Mike Useem identifies what’s still true but also what’s new for leading and influencing colleagues, teams, offices, agencies, and enterprises.​​

Bio: Michael Useem is Faculty Director of the Leadership Center and McNulty Leadership Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and author of several books, including The Leadership MomentLeading UpThe Leader's ChecklistThe Edge: How Ten CEOs Learned to Lead. His university teaching includes courses on governance, management, and leadership, and he offers programs on leadership for managers in the United States and abroad. Mike is co-anchor for a weekly program “Leadership in Action” on SiriusXM Radio Channel 132, Business Radio Powered by the Wharton School​. 

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