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Interact with catalysts who will share their latest thinking to stimulate our conversations. Some of the thinkers we will hear from include:

Ori BrafmanOri Brafman is the coauthor, along with Rod A. Beckstrom, of The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations, a book that has been hailed as a must read by theoreticians and business executives. Brafman is a life-long entrepreneur whose projects include a wireless start up, a health food advocacy group, and a network of CEOs working on public benefit initiatives, which he co-founded with Rod Beckstrom. Ori also co-authored, with Rom Brafman, Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior and Click: The Forces Behind How We Fully Engage with People, Work, and Everything We Do. Ori and Plexus Institute have collaborated to produce highly interactive and experiential programs for leaders. The program has been adopted by the US Army as part of an intensive training for officers with a goal of "developing individuals with the ability to exploit opportunity, continuously learn, and deal with uncertainty by empowering those with the most knowledge at the edge to act in ambiguous and complex environments."

Rod CollinsRod Collins is the author of Leadership in a Wiki World: Leveraging Collective Knowledge to Make the Leap to Extraordinary Performance, which won the 2011 EVVY Book Award for Business/Finance. Collins started his career in healthcare finance before crossing over to health insurance operations. After successfully turning around declining performance as a senior operations leader, Rod served as the chief executive of the $19 billion per year business alliance of 39 independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans, which provides health insurance to over 4.5 million federal employees and their family members nationwide. Rod’s approach was to implement a state-of-the-art innovative management model based on organizational learning and consensus building to integrate the decentralized contributions of the independent business partners into a seamless national business model. Over the five year period, the successful application of the new management model increased market share by eight percentage points, improved operational performance measures by over 30 percent, and increased profits by over 65 percent.

June DelanoJune Delano has had a front row seat on change as a founding partner of PIVOTAL, an Asian-based global leadership consulting firm working with leaders to effect the highest level of performance and purpose in their lives and their work. She was previously a leader of the executive development practice at Monitor Group, running enterprise-level projects with clients in Asia, Europe and the Americas. Earlier in her career, she led Worldwide Learning & Development, including executive and organization development for Eastman Kodak. She is known for her deep understanding of the relationship between strategy and executive learning, as well as ground-breaking approaches to leadership development. She is a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science and a Director of Meridian International Institute.

Deb JohnsonDebera Johnson is a designer, artist and educator who has been a catalyst for transformative change at Pratt Institute for over 20 years and a lifetime advocate for collaboration. She is currently the Academic Director of Sustainability at Pratt Institute and is leading Pratt’s commitment to integrate sustainability through its academic programs. Deb is the executive director of Pratt’s Center for Sustainable Design Studies, a regional resource to support educators from K-12 to higher education. Deb founded and continues to direct the Pratt Design Incubator for Sustainable Innovation whose dual purpose is to support start-up sustainable/social enterprises and engage Pratt alumni, faculty and students in projects that focus on sustainable innovation for industry and the non-profit sector.

Scott KelsoJ.A. Scott Kelso, PhD, is Glenwood and Martha Creech Chair in Science, professor of psychology, biological science and biomedical science, and founder of the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences at Florida Atlantic University. He is the author of Dynamic Patterns: The Self-Organization of Brain and Behavior, (MIT Press 1995) and The Complementary Nature, (MIT Press, 2006) and is editor in chief of Understanding Complex Systems, a new book series by Springer-Verlag. Kelso is a pioneer in the field of Coordination Dynamics, the science of coordination, which has led to many applications and developments in the neural, cognitive, behavioral and social sciences.

Lisa KimballLisa Kimball, is President, Plexus Institute. She is an actionary known for her ability to help organizations tackle complex challenges by changing the conversation about problems and potential solutions. She has worked for more than 30 years with clients including government agencies, corporations, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions to design and facilitate organizational change and development efforts involving diverse stakeholders. Lisa pioneered the development and application of Liberating Structures, a mash up of open source methods that make high engagement practical, exciting, and fun! She has deep experience facilitating processes from Positive Deviance, Open Space, Design Research, Appreciative Inquiry, and Dialogue. An early adopter of social network applications and founder of Group Jazz, Lisa speaks all over the world about leveraging networks for social change and innovation. Her doctoral research in cognition and learning focused on problem solving strategies of senior executives in complex systems. She was part of the research team that developed the selection and training framework for the Federal Senior Executive Service and is currently working with officers in the US Army to develop their capacity to use Liberating Structures at the core of their leadership approach.

Tom PetzingerTom Petzinger is founder, chairman, president and CEO of LaunchCyte which creates life sciences companies that offer unique technologies and products to improve healthcare and the human condition. In addition to leading LaunchCyte, Tom is executive vice president of business development and public affairs for Knopp Neurosciences, one of LaunchCyte’s portfolio companies. He spent 22 years at The Wall Street Journal, as a beat reporter, weekly columnist, investigative reporter, bureau chief and Washington economics editor. In mid-1999 he accepted an assignment editing the paper's special edition for Jan. 1, 2000. He is a winner of the Gerald Loeb Prize, the highest award in business and financial journalism. From 1995 to 1999 Tom wrote "The Front Lines," a weekly exploration of case studies and cutting-edge thinking in management and entrepreneurialism. It was in this assignment that he began exploring and writing about businesses and economies as complex adaptive systems, a theme he further developed in his book The New Pioneers: The Men and Women Who areTransforming the Workplace and Marketplace (Simon & Schuster, 1999). He is the author of two earlier business books, both selected by the New York Times as notable books of the year.

Judah PollackJudah Pollack is an expert in leadership development, innovation, and change management. He is a writer, presenter, and facilitator who believes that it is only when we understand that we can truly change. For the past year and a half he has been co-designing and delivering the Starfish Adaptive Leadership Program for the U.S. Army He is also co-writing a book with New York Times best-selling author Ori Brafman. He has lectured throughout the Army and to business leaders on the subject of innovation and guest lectured at the Haas School of Business. Judah has worked with many top companies including Google, Oracle, SAP, Roche, and Thermo Fisher Scientific as well as non-profits like REDF and the Engage Network. He has been a sous-chef, a bellman, a landscaper and a journalist. In 2004 he was named writer of the year by the New Hampshire Press Association for his coverage of the 2004 presidential primary. He was co-chair the 2011 international conference on psychological type.

Birute RegineBirute Regine earned her degrees from Harvard in developmental psychology, is a researcher and writer who specializes in the dynamics and development of relationships and women’s role in the workplace, and is trained in gestalt therapy. Regine speaks to corporations and at national conferences on transforming the workplace to be personally fulfilling, humane, and economically successful. She is the author of Iron Butterflies: Women Transforming Themselves and the World which won the 2011 Nautilus Silver Book Award in both social change and women's interest categories. She co-authored the highly acclaimed book The Soul at Work: Using Complexity Science for Business Success with science writer Roger Lewin. She also blogs for The Huffington Post.

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