September 18 - Sheraton Airport - Portland, Oregon
The theme for this year's Annual Conference is being developed by the conference committee in the next month. Our keynote and concurrent session speakers will provide great topics and insights based on the theme.
Presenting: Kaihan Krippendorf
You may be familiar with his best selling books, such as:
**The Way of Innovation
**Outthink the Competition
**The Art of the Advantage
A former consultant with McKinsey & Company, he now writes one of the most popular blogs on FastCompany.com, “Outthinkers”, and is recognized expert on innovation, strategy, and creativity, appearing in key business media outlets including Fox Business, National Public Radio, Bloomberg Businessweek, Bloomberg Radio, and more. Kaihan earned an MBA from Columbia Business School and London Business School, a BSE in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and a BSE in engineering from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering.
He lives in Greenwich, CT (just outside of New York City) with his wife and three children. He is fluent in English and Spanish with conversational command of German.
Kaihan will deliver the morning keynote as well as a concurrent session.
Presenting: Lee LeFever
Lee LeFever is the son of a goldfish farmer. Born in 1973, he began life in North Carolina where the family business dominated dinner table conversation. At the time, he found it boring. But today his own dinner table discussions sound eerily familiar. Lee's parents, Wyatt and Dolores (now retired), made a successful team. It was often noted that Wyatt had the ideas and Dolores made them happen. Such is the case with Lee and his wife Sachi. Married in 2004, they also became a team devoted to their company, Common Craft.
But before Common Craft or Sachi, Lee was lured by the music and attitude of his college years and moved to Seattle in 1998 without a job. In the years that followed, he discovered a few things:
He's happier with a job and specifically, running a small company
It rains a lot in Seattle, and he loves the rain
That his special purpose is helping people communicate better
Lee believes in the idea that happiness at home, business and life comes from making deliberate and sometimes unconventional choices that focus on lifestyle and the long term. He will be our closing keynote speaker.
Featuring: Tyson Wooters
Tyson Wooters believes in the strength of humble leaders, the awesome power of servanthood, and your organization's ability to harness those forces. He also believes in his life's mission: to educate people through humor and shared experience about the phenomenal power of taking real accountability and ownership in every aspect of life.
Along with earning his teaching degree in music education from the University of Oregon (as well as unofficial minors in "trampoline performance" and "mascot studies"), Tyson has spent the last decade working with groups in the US and around the world. He considers himself a teacher first and foremost, though his definition of what it really means to "teach" often doesn't require a blackboard or a textbook. Tyson lives in Portland, Oregon, where he curates an impressive Hawaiian shirt collection and enjoys spending time with his niece, who is his favorite person in the whole wide world.
Tyson will emcee the conference.
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