Motivational, inspirational, insightful. These are just a few of the words we hear whispered over and over during the general sessions. This year, we add REVOLUTIONARY to the list with the following two extraordinary speakers.
Mark Thompson — Mark is a senior executive leadership coach, a successful business leader, New York Times bestselling author, venture capitalist and Tony-nominated Broadway producer, and he brings real-time solutions to today’s leadership challenges. Mark is the CEO and cofounder of Virgin Unite Mentors, Sir Richard Branson’s network for executive coaching and entrepreneurial innovation and is a Founding Patron of Virgin Unite’s Entrepreneurship Centre.
Mark is also Program Chairman for the Board of Governors of the Hesselbein Leadership Institute and the John F. Kennedy Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Mark excelled as Charles Schwab’s former Chief of Staff, Chief Customer Experience Officer, Chief Communications Officer and cofounder of the Schwab Foundation.
Rounding things out, Mark is also an award winning Broadway producer and former real estate agent specializing in luxury and investment properties. Simply put, Forbes magazine called Mark one of “America’s top investors with the ‘Midas’ touch.”
Eric Greitens — Eric served as a United States Navy SEAL officer and deployed four times during the Global War on Terrorism to Afghanistan, Southeast Asia, the Horn of Africa, and Iraq. After returning from Iraq, Eric donated his combat pay to found The Mission Continues, a national nonprofit organization that challenges veterans to serve in communities across America. As CEO, Eric has been recognized as one of the most effective leaders in America.
In 2013, TIME magazine named Eric as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” and most recently, Fortune magazine recognized him as one of the 50 greatest leaders in the world. He was an Angier B. Duke Scholar at Duke University, where he studied ethics, philosophy, and public policy. Selected as a Rhodes and a Truman Scholar, he attended the University of Oxford where he earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D.
An extraordinary photographer and writer, Eric is the author of three books, which have won many accolades: Strength & Compassion, The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL, and The Warrior’s Heart.