Indianapolis Keynote Speakers

Dan Pontefract
Author, Speaker, Thinker, Leadership Strategist

Dan is the founder and CEO of the Pontefract Group, a firm that improves the state of leadership and organizational culture. He is the bestselling author of three books: Open to Think, The Purpose Effect, and Flat Army. A renowned speaker, Dan has presented at four different TED events and writes for Forbes, Harvard Business Review, and The Huffington Post. Dan is an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria, Gustavson School of Business and has garnered more than 20 industry awards over his career.

Previously as chief envisioner and chief learning officer at TELUS—a Canadian telecommunications company with revenues of $14 billion and 50,000 global employees—he launched the Transformation Office, the TELUS MBA, and the TELUS Leadership Philosophy, all award-winning initiatives that dramatically helped to increase the company’s employee engagement to record levels of nearly 90 percent. Prior to TELUS, he held senior roles at SAP, Business Objects, and BCIT.

Dan and his wife, Denise, have three children (aka goats) and live in Victoria, Canada.

The Desperate Need for Open Thinking
Society has begun to lose its grip on what matters most: the ability to think. Though the root cause is by no means malicious, we have started to reward speed over quality, distractedness over focus, and action over reflection—and the negative effects suffered in people’s personal and professional lives are beginning to add up. This predicament ought to be a wake-up call for the learning profession and its effect on employees. A return to balance between three components of productive thought—creative thinking, critical thinking, and applied thinking—is needed. How can we ensure employees are practicing open thinking? Find out as a former chief learning officer discusses this important topic. Dream, decide, do, repeat.

Mary Legakis Engel
Founder and CEO of The Management Coach and Co-founder and CEO of Reddin Global

Based in Oakville, Canada, Mary is a recognized speaker, coach, and technology business executive. She has helped thousands of leaders and managers around the world achieve higher levels of performance and recognition. She co-created, a mobile management app to enhance team performance and accelerate results.

Lead Like a Legend - How to Master Your Influence
Learn the essential rules for increasing your influence that have been used by legendary leaders for centuries. Based on Mary's research of legendary leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney and others in recent history, this interactive, experiential and humorous session will help you improve the quality and power of your conversations, so you have a more significant impact on your organization. Increase the adoption of your programs and exert more power and influence over decisions without appearing aggressive or uncooperative using the 4 communication styles. Learn how to have a greater impact on the organization by making more courageous decisions and influencing others more effectively.

Rick Lozano
Talent Development Thought Leaders, Singer, Songwriter

Rick Lozano helps people and organizations amplify their greatness to produce positive results, increase engagement, and develop impact. Combining his talents as a keynote speaker, talent development pro, and musician and singer/songwriter, Lozano brings his unique approach and positive attitude to everything he does.

He's spent the better part of the last two decades helping to shape award-winning talent and leadership development programs across multiple industries, most recently in a tech company consistently recognized as a great place to work. Along the way he has built a reputation for his energy, music, and refreshing delivery that leaves audiences raving and—more importantly—inspired with action items that can be immediately implemented to produce change.

Amplify Your Engagement
Does your organization want people who put in only just enough to get the job done? Or people who rock at their jobs, are excited to be there, lose themselves in their work, and unleash their creativity and potential? What will it take? And what about you? How do you position yourself to do the work you love to do, have the impact you are looking to have, and feel truly connected to your work?

In this session, we’ll focus on both! We’ll explore workplace culture and the tweaks we can make to create an environment people want to be from. We’ll learn from organizations that are known for being a great place to work and implement ideas to help your organization, through everyone’s involvement, get to that next level. We’ll also identify ways individuals can change their approach to show up motivated and happy and do work that matters. And we’ll have an awesome time doing it!