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Author of The New York Times Bestseller “On the Edge: Leadership Lessons from Everest and Other Extreme Environments”
Unleash your potential in today’s competitive business environment with unconventional leadership concepts that the MBA experience and corporate America can’t – and won’t – teach you from Alison Levine.
Alison served as team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, climbed the Seven Summits and skied to the North and South Poles. A history-making adventurer who also spent time in the business world, she has survived sub-zero temperatures, hurricane-force winds and sudden avalanches – and that was while climbing the corporate ladder!
In her New York Times best-selling book, “On the Edge: Leadership Lessons from Everest and Other Extreme Environments,” Alison asserts that the principles that apply to the world of extreme adventure also apply to demanding business environments. A former part-time faculty member at West Point, Alison understands what it takes to lead teams through challenging situations.
On stage, she uses stunning imagery from her various expeditions to demonstrate how progress can be made going backward, why egos are a good thing, and how complacency can kill you. One of today’s most in-demand speakers, she inspires audiences to push themselves further than they ever thought possible.
TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation
Living With Purpose
As Chief Marketing Officer of TD Ameritrade, Denise is tackling CMO leadership in a new way; throwing away old playbooks, breaking down old systems of thinking, and challenging her team to stretch their vision and push for greatness. With a new purpose statement in place to transform lives and invest for the better, she is charged with delivering meaningfully on their brand purpose. That means driving the conversation and getting the entire organization to rally behind this purpose to aim high and execute on strategy.
Denise Karkos is Chief Marketing Officer at TD Ameritrade, responsible for the overall management of TD Ameritrade’s marketing and advertising to the long-term investor, trader and advisor segments.
In this role, she leads segment strategy, brand and advertising, social media and content marketing, marketing analytics, marketing technology and operations, and corporate communications. She serves as a member of the Company’s senior operating committee, which shapes the strategic focus of the organization.
Prior to joining TD Ameritrade in 2010, Karkos spent four years with TD Bank as the senior vice president of marketing planning. In this role, she managed the retail marketing strategy and helped grow the business organically and through acquisitions.
She had early career experience in media planning and buying with a focus on digital at Initiative Media, Hill Holliday and Digitas. Karkos also drove broader marketing strategies, focusing on advertising, CRM, branding and partnership marketing at L.L.Bean, Outside Television and VIA.
Karkos was elected as a new member of the Ad Council’s Board of Directors in 2016. Throughout her career, she has received multiple marketing honors, including an Adweek Brand Genius Award and a Clio, as well as numerous Webby, ADDY, and Financial Communications Society (FCS) awards. Her more recent accolades include an Advertising Women of New York Changing the Game – Paradigm Shift award in 2015 and a 2016 Cojone’s award, presented to her at South by Southwest.
Karkos received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Notre Dame, where she was a four-year member of women’s soccer and captain of the 1992-1993 team.
Dr. David Agus
The End of Illness
A Short Guide to a Long C-Suite Life
As we face the onslaught of demands and pressures in our high profile careers, how can we manage stress and maintain healthy lives? Modern life is full of hassles, frustrations, and deadlines. For many executives, stress has become a way of life, but when you’re constantly running in emergency mode, long-term stress can lead to serious health problems.
David Agus, MD, one of the world’s leading cancer doctors, researchers, and technology innovators, tackles fundamental questions, challenging long-held wisdoms and dismantling misperceptions about what “health” means. Dr. Agus presents an eye-opening picture of the complex and endlessly enigmatic human body, the ways it works—and fails—showing us how a new perspective on our health will allow each of us to achieve the goal of a long, healthy life. Agus also offers insights and access to powerful new technologies that will transform medicine in our generation.
Dr. David B. Agus is a professor of medicine and engineering at the USC Keck School of Medicine and Viterbi School of Engineering and the founding director of USC’s Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine. He is one of the world’s leading physicians and the cofounder of several pioneering personalized medicine companies, and author of the New York Times #1 and international best seller “The End of Illness”. His most recent books “A Short Guide to a Long Life” and “The Lucky Years: How to Thrive in the Brave New World of Health” are also New York Times and international bestsellers.
Dr. Agus specializes in treating patients with advanced cancer. Over the past twenty-five years he’s received acclaim for his innovations in medicine and contributions to new technologies that will change how all of us maintain optimal health. He’s also built a reputation for having a unique way of looking at the relationship of the human body to health and disease.
As a contributor to CBS News, he comments on important health topics regularly on television. He serves leadership roles at the World Economic Forum, among other prestigious organizations. After earning his BA from Princeton University and medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he completed his medical residency training at Johns Hopkins Hospital, a research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, and an oncology fellowship at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
The Power of Habit and Smarter Faster Better
The Power of Habit, Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter and bestselling author, Charles Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation. From consumers to corporations to society, Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed, and why instilling the right habits are crucial to the success of our companies.
With engrossing narratives and success stories of leading companies like Starbucks and Procter & Gamble, he’ll examine the cues and rewards that shape automatic behaviors of our employees and our customers. You’ll learn why some people and companies struggle to change, while others transform overnight, what shapes customer behavior, and how successful leaders teach organizational habits through design that promote productive and strong corporate cultures.
Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and the bestselling author of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, which explores the science of habit formation in our lives, companies and societies. His newest book Smarter, Better, Faster: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business (2016) is a fascinating exploration of the science of productivity, and why, in today’s world, managing how you think—rather than what you think—can transform your life.
He is the winner of the National Academies of Sciences, National Journalism, and George Polk awards, and a frequent contributor to television and radio. He has authored or contributed to multiple series, including “The Reckoning” (2008), which studied the causes and outcomes of the financial crisis, and “The iEconomy”, which examined the global economy through the lens of Apple, and which won the 2013 Pulitzer prize in explanatory journalism.
He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School and Yale College.
Shift Thing…A Whole New Mindset
Mark Bonchek is in the epiphany business. He does more than educate and engage. He helps produce profound insights into the challenges and opportunities of business in the 21st century. Mark’s message of transformative change and exponential growth will help you re-imagine your business and find new paths to growth. Through the framework of Shift Thinking™, he delivers a powerful prescription for how to organize, engage, and compete in the digital age.
You’ll learn new mental models that will help you strengthen capabilities within yourself, your team, and your organization: understand the importance of un-learning, brand orbits, and decision doctrine.
Mark Bonchek is the founder and CEO (Chief Epiphany Officer) of Shift Thinking. His mission is to update thinking for a digital age. Mark has been at the forefront of the digital revolution since receiving Harvard University’s first Ph.D. on the topic of social media in 1997. He now advises leading organizations on how to achieve exponential growth and transformative change. He is a frequent speaker and regular contributor to Harvard Business Review, faculty member for Singularity University, and author of the book Brand Orbits.