Mike Figliuolo is an honor graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he graduated in the top 5% of his class. He served in the U.S. Army as an armor officer on M1A1 main battle tanks. Mike spent time as a consultant with McKinsey & Co. and as an executive at Capital One and Scotts Miracle-Gro. He’s the founder and managing director of thoughtLEADERS, LLC. He’s been featured on Inc.com, Investor’s Business Daily, Success, and The Huffington Post. His books include: One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership; Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results; and most recently The Elegant Pitch: Create a Compelling Recommendation, Build Broad Support, and Get it Approved.
Alan Veeck has deep experience in sourcing which he applies every day as a Vice President with Denali Sourcing Services. Prior to Denali, Alan was a Partner with Meakem Becker Venture Capital where he focused on investing in early-stage companies. He also spent seven years at Ariba working with the company’s largest customers across many industries and managing acquisition integration activities. Before Ariba, he was an associate at McKinsey & Co. where he worked extensively within the Purchasing and Supply Management practice, serving a range of Global 1000 clients in the healthcare and diversified manufacturing industries. Alan holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the College of William and Mary, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.
Marcy Schwab applies her unusual combination of talents in strategy, analytics, creativity, and leadership to help leaders generate breakthrough ideas that come to life. She started her career as a consultant with Mercer Management Consulting and cut her teeth in the operations world at Pizza Hut, Inc. as an operations and financial senior analyst. She built several businesses at Capital One including the Card division’s Internet business that became a $1B organization in just 3 years. As a Senior Vice President she was instrumental in building Capital One’s online bank. She’s also held senior roles at Sallie Mae where she helped create their deposits business. She’s a certified coach and has attended Georgetown’s Leadership Coaching program. She graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania and has an MBA from Wharton.
Paul Smith is a former Accenture consultant, executive, and 20-year veteran of The Procter & Gamble Company. He’s a storytelling expert and the author of three books: Sell with a Story: How to Capture Attention, Build Trust, and Close the Sale; Lead with a Story: A Guide to Crafting Business Narratives That Captivate, Convince, and Inspire; and Parenting with a Story. At Procter & Gamble, Paul held leadership positions in both the research and finance functions, and most recently served as director of consumer and communications research. His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Success, Forbes, The Washington Post, and Investor’s Business Daily. Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, and an MBA from Wharton.
Jon Wortmann is an executive and mental coach, speaker, minister, and author. A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, Jon works with Fortune 100 companies, non-profits, government, and start-ups. A Huffington Post blogger, he’s been featured in O Magazine, Elle, Fox, The Globe and Mail, Psychology Today, and Fast Company. Jon coaches mental skills for NCAA programs at UCONN and Dartmouth. He also coaches Web.com, PGA Latin America, and Canada Tour golfers. His five books, including Hijacked by Your brain: How to Free Yourself When Stress Takes Over, Mastering Communication at Work, and The Three Commitments of Leadership, have been best-sellers in ten categories on Amazon including #1 in leadership, communication, and stress-management.
Geoff Wilson has broad experience in private equity, management consulting, and corporate strategy leadership roles. He was Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development at Milliken & Co. where he led corporate strategy, M&A, and special initiatives. Prior to Milliken, Geoff was a management consultant with McKinsey & Co. where he was a leader of the firm’s Capital Productivity practice. Geoff has also held financial analyst roles with Comerica Ventures, Imperial Bancorp, and UBS/PaineWebber. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree and his Master of Arts degree from Stanford University. Geoff was a 3 year letter winner and 30-game starter as a football player at Stanford. He subsequently received his MBA with high distinction from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Victor Prince earned his MBA from Wharton and a bachelor’s degree from American University. He has more than twenty years of experience in corporate and government leadership positions in a variety of roles. As a Bain & Company consultant, he led strategy engagements with clients in the U.S., U.K., France and Spain. He was an executive at Capital One where he managed internet marketing strategy. Victor served as a member of Washington DC Mayor Fenty’s cabinet and led the CapStat performance accountability program. He was also the Chief Operating Officer of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau where he built a new federal regulatory agency and led a division of 300 people. He’s the co-author of Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results.
Mike Lynn has been helping people learn for nearly 25 years via formal and informal training, extensive delivery and facilitation, one-on-one coaching, and training management. He’s held training and communications leadership roles at Arthur Andersen’s Center for Professional Education and at the Inland Press Association. While at Arthur Andersen, Mike taught partners, managers, and industry teams how to cultivate relationships and close large sales. Mike served as the learning manager for McKinsey & Co.’s Midwest office where he was responsible for leading training programs for new consultants and engagement managers. After McKinsey, he was Head of Learning and Development at Prophet, a global marketing and branding firm. He is an honors graduate of Loyola University.
Joel Garfinkle has over 20 years of executive coaching experience working with some of the most influential executives at the world’s most respected companies. His business experience includes time as a consultant for top-tier consulting firms: Ernst & Young in Hong Kong and Accenture in San Francisco. He’s written seven books including Getting Ahead: Three Steps to Take Your Career to the Next Level and Time Management Mastery: Stress-Free Productivity in the 7 Key Areas of Life among others. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, ABC News, the New York Times, Newsweek, Forbes, the Financial Times, BusinessWeek, Fortune, NPR, USA Today, and Fast Company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from San Diego State University.
John Fisher has over 25 years of experience applying technology solutions to critical business problems and operating the IT function as a profit center. John served as CIO of SmithBucklin Corporation, the world’s largest association management company. He also held senior IT leadership positions at CNA Insurance and Continental Bank. Computerworld Magazine named him one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders and the AITP Windy City Chapter named him as CIO of the Year. He is an adjunct faculty member at DePaul University where he teaches graduate level courses in negotiations, strategy, and project management. John holds an MS in computer science from DePaul University, a BS in communications from Southern Illinois University, and a MA in history of religions from the University of Ottawa.