Former president of Cinnabon Inc., now Group President of Cinnabon’s parent company, FOCUS Brands, where she leads global, multi-channel businesses in licensing, manufacturing and ecommerce for all 6 brands that operate across 65 countries: Cinnabon, Auntie Anne’s, Moe’s, Schlotzsky’s, McAllister’s, and Carvel. Kat is an angel investor, humanitarian, and philanthropist, focused on elevating self-sufficiency through education, technology, and access to opportunity around the world. She is the co-founder of Changers of Commerce; chair of the board of the Women’s Foodservice Forum; and a mentor, board member and advisor to emerging, retail, education and tech startups. Her Twitter handle best describes her: “Connected-Creative-Conscious-Community building Capitalist, Biz Advisor, MBA, YGL, EDM fan, Coffee-Loving Chronic Learner.”
University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban is in his ninth season with the Crimson Tide. Saban has compiled an 86-17 record at Alabama while leading the Tide to five SEC Western Division championships, three conference titles, and three national championships. Saban entered the 2015 season with a career record of 177-59-1 as a collegiate head coach, while also serving at Toledo, Michigan State and LSU.
Saban won his first national championship as head coach of the LSU Tigers in 2003, guiding the Tigers to a 13-1 record that season. Overall, Saban has coached six conference championship teams (1990 Mid-American, 2001, 2003, 2009, 2012 and 2014 SEC) and 16 of Alabama’s 19 football teams have played in postseason bowl games under Saban’s direction. Saban is also one of two coaches to win at least two BCS national championships and is the first to accomplish the feat at two different schools.
Dr. Henry Cloud is an acclaimed leadership expert and bestselling author. He draws on his experience in business, leadership consulting, and his practice as a clinical psychologist to impart practical and effective advice for improving leadership skills and workplace performance. Dr. Cloud has written or co-written over twenty books, including the bestseller “Boundaries,” which sold over two million copies. He has an extensive executive coaching background and experience as an organizational consultant, devoting the majority of his time to improving leadership capabilities of CEOs and their executive teams.
LCDR Rorke T. Denver has run every phase of training for the U.S. Navy SEALs and led special-forces missions in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and other international hot spots. He starred in the hit film Act of Valor, which is based on true SEAL adventures. His first book, Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior, takes you inside his personal story and the fascinating, demanding SEAL training program.
Denver is an honor graduate of the United States Army Ranger School. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Syracuse University, where he was an All-American lacrosse player and captain of the varsity lacrosse team. He earned a Master’s Degree in Global Business Leadership from the University of San Diego.
Communicator, author, and pastor, Andy Stanley founded Atlanta-based North Point Ministries (NPM) in 1995. Today, NPM is comprised of six churches in the Atlanta area, serving more than 60,000 people weekly, as well as a network of 30 churches around the globe. As host of NBC’s Your Move with Andy Stanley, reaching over 36 million viewers in less than two years on the air, and author of 20-plus books including “Ask It,” “How to Be Rich, Deep & Wide,” “Visioneering,” and “Next Generation Leader,” he is considered one of the most influential living pastors in America. Andy Stanley and his wife, Sandra, have three grown children and live near Atlanta.
A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for more than 30 years, Steve Wozniak has helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products, the Apple I and II, and influenced the popular Macintosh. In 1976, Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple Computer, Inc. with Wozniak’s Apple I personal computer. In 1985, president Ronald Reagan awarded Wozniak the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators, the National Medal of Technology, for his achievements at Apple Computer.
Best selling author, speaker, and creativity guru Chris Barez-Brown has been unleashing the creative potential of worldwide organizations including Unilever, Nike, and Diageo for years. He is a master of metamorphosis, challenging and transforming businesses through embedding Creative Leadership as part of the DNA of the culture.
Chris founded Upping Your Elvis in 2009 to help people reconnect with their inner creative genius and once again become confident in being who they truly are. He is the author of “How to Have Kick-Ass Ideas,” a best-selling Harper Collins book. His second book, “Shine – How to Survive and Thrive at Work” published by Penguin, has been lauded “Business Book of the Month.” His third book, “FREE: Love Your Work, Love Your Life,” helps us further shake up our view of how we can be even more extraordinary in business.
James Brown is a three-time Emmy award winning network broadcaster, and was named SI.com’s “Best Studio Host of the Decade” in 2010. He is the host of “The NFL Today” on CBS and Super Bowl 50, host of “Thursday Night Football” on CBS, and Special Correspondent for CBS News, contributing to various programs including “60 Minutes.” Previous broadcasting roles include co-host of “Fox NFL Sunday,” host of “Inside The NFL” on Showtime, correspondent for “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” on HBO, and a nationally syndicated radio show on Sporting News Radio.
Tripp Crosby is widely known as the taller half of Tripp and Tyler, a world famous YouTube sketch comedy duo with over 50 million views. You might be familiar with their most popular video, A Conference Call in Real Life. Their sketches have been featured on the Today Show, The Tonight Show, CNN Headline News, and many other national media. They recently hit the top 20 on iTunes with their brand new podcast, Hello Today with Tripp and Tyler.
Tripp is also a film director, and was recently selected as part of the Saatchi & Saatchi New Director Showcase at the Cannes International Film Festival. Aside from Tripp and Tyler Youtube sketches, he also directs broadcast commercials and other forms of branded content. Tripp founded his production company, Green Tricycle, over a decade ago. They have recently partnered with Hollywood based talent firm Thruline Entertainment to form a world class roster of directors and Youtube creators who work with national brands to create sharable branded content, because “The only thing more important than your first impression as a brand is your millionth.”
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