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Speakers announced for Best of Leadership Summit March 4

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Leadership Louisville Center is announcing additional speakers for its annual Best of Leadership Summit on March 4, 2020. Presented by sponsor PNC Bank, the annual day of learning will feature three nationally-prominent keynote speakers and breakout sessions focused on leading self, leading others, and leading for impact & inclusion. About 500 attendees are expected, representing over 150 different companies of all sizes and from all sectors. They represent top leadership from Louisville and the surrounding region, ranging from high-potential emerging leaders to C-suite executives, with over 70% working at a director level or above.

The 2020 Best of Leadership Summit will be hosted at The Kentucky Center, 501 W. Main St., Louisville, Ky.

Registration is now open at www.bestsummit.org. Discounted early registration is available until Friday, January 17 ($400 per ticket). After this date, individual tickets are $495 ($425 for members of the Leadership Louisville Center). Discounted group rates and sponsorships are available by contacting Jennifer Stevens, [email protected] or (502) 561-5231.

Keynote speakers include:

Dan Heath

Dan Heath, innovative business thought leader and New York Times best-selling author. Heath co-wrote four of the most-loved business books of the last decade: Made to Stick, Switch, Decisive, and The Power of Moments. His talk will focus on his new book, UPSTREAM: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen, teaching leaders how to end the cycle of putting out fires and reaction.

Stephanie Mehta

Stephanie Mehta, editor-in-chief of Fast Company — the influential magazine championing creativity, innovation, and thriving workplace cultures for a new generation of business. She believes the future, increasingly, belongs to creative thinkers whose brains don’t follow traditional rules. At the Summit, Mehta will explain how to bring a rule-breaking mindset to any aspect of business, such as engineering, marketing, forecasting, or planning.

Amy Gallo

Amy Gallo, author of the HBR Guide to Dealing with Conflict, co-host of the Women at Work podcast, and contributing editor at Harvard Business Review. Gallo will deliver her high-successful talk from SXSW titled “Smart Fights: How to create and navigate productive tensions on your team.” She will share how to make it OK for your team to dissent, debate, and express their true opinions.

Additional Best of Leadership Summit speakers:

Karyn Twaronite, EY Global and EY Americas, diversity & inclusiveness officer. Twaronite works with clients and stakeholders around the world to oversee EY’s integrated approach to diversity and inclusiveness, which enables leaders to foster an inclusive environment, where people can better leverage their diverse skills, experiences and cultural backgrounds.

Ralph de Chabert, senior vice president, chief diversity inclusion and global community relations officer, Brown-Forman Corporation. Responsible for developing and implementing a global diversity and inclusion strategy, with an initial focus on the United States, de Chabert’s work includes Brown-Forman’s marketing efforts with diverse consumer groups, the composition of the company’s workforce, the diversity of its suppliers and the breadth of its community involvement.

Teddy Abrams, music director, Louisville Orchestra and music director & conductor, Britt Orchestra. An unusually versatile musician, Abrams is widely-acclaimed as a music director, as well as an established pianist, clarinetist, and composer. A tireless advocate for the power of music, he continues to foster interdisciplinary collaboration with all types of organizations.

Dr. Angelique Johnson, CEO/founder, Vissionaireum and MEMStim. An electrical and biomedical engineer whose medical technology company, uses automated manufacturing to make cochlear implants more affordable for patients. Johnson also teaches The Lean Startup methodology as a university professor and will share the benefits of leaders having an owner mentality versus a manager mentality to become an “interpreneur.”

Cynthia Knapek, president, Leadership Louisville Center. As president of the Center and chair of the national Association of Leadership Programs, Knapek has first-hand knowledge of the essential ingredients to help people find their voice. Helping your people find their voice is the most impactful way to build that sought-after inclusive leadership pipeline, and she will share the importance of building confidence, connection, and courage.

OJ Oleka, president, Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities (AIKCU). At Oleka will share from his experience the importance of leading self through the power of personal narrative. In his current role, he advocates for higher education policies at the state and federal level and previously served as Deputy Treasurer for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Michele Shelton, international speaker, author and consultant. Shelton draws from her 20 years of experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to help HR and business leaders understand the importance of embracing the human spirit of their employees to unlock potential and maximize performance and innovation. She will share how to confront and conquer the issues that divide us, limit productivity, and threaten the bottom line.

Additional speakers still to be announced. Visit https://bestsummit.org/all-speakers for updates.