Keynote Speakers

Brian Solis

Known as one of the most prolific leaders in the worlds of innovation and digital transformation, Brian Solis is a digital analyst, business strategist, and futurist, creating new media tactics to bridge the gap between companies and customers, and with employees and key stakeholders.

As an author, Brian actively contributes to Fast Company, Businessweek, Ad Age, Harvard Business Review, and Mashable. He’s written three best-selling books on getting — and staying — a step ahead of ever-evolving consumers.

Brian has shared his vision and experiences through keynotes and presentations at more than 450 conferences and events around the world, having appeared at events ranging from South by Southwest (SXSW) and TEDx to engagements for clients such as L’Oreal, 3M, Oracle and Google.

In 2012, Billboard Magazine included him in “Billboard’s Twitter 140: The Music Industry Characters You Need to Follow,” and Mashable named Brian as one of the “25 Twitter Accounts That Will Make You Smarter.” His blog, BrianSolis.com, is consistently ranked in the Top 10 of the Ad Age Power 150, and ranks among the top 1 percent of all blogs tracked by Technorati.

He is regularly quoted by media outlets such as The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Wall Street Journal, and is followed by more than 200,000 individuals on Twitter.

Learn more about Brian at www.BrianSolis.com.

 

Terri L. Sjodin, CPAE, CSP

In today’s competitive market, it takes more than just showing up, more than persistence, and more than just having a dream to reach your goals. Sometimes you have to roll up your shirtsleeves and get a little scrappy and creative to earn the right to be heard!

As the Principal and Founder of Sjodin Communications, Terri has made “getting scrappy” fashionable as a speaker and consultant to an impressive list of corporations, associations, academic conferences, CEOs, and U.S. Congress members. She is one of America’s most sought-after female speakers and has motivated thousands of individuals worldwide.

How do you sell, persuade or move people to action? What actually makes you a person of influence? A vital element in moving people to action and creating influence is your ability to build and deliver a thought-provoking presentation. In Terri’s session, you will gain an understanding of:

  • The six most consistently effective arguments in today’s market.
  • How to re-purpose your existing presentation content to create a new, more effective message.

Terri will share research, interview material, and incredible stories from a variety of individuals in different industries who have pulled off seemingly impossible wins or achieved crazy, fun goals. This session will give you tactical ideas to help you execute your vision…once you decide to get scrappy.

A high-content speaker, Terri’s style is fresh, sassy and practical. Her unique specialization is advancing professionals’ persuasive presentation skills and her book, “Small Message, Big Impact,” hit the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists.

Learn more about Terri at www.sjodincommunications.com.

 

Douglas L. Beck

Director of Academic Sciences for Oticon
Senior Editor of Clinical Research for Hearing Review
Adjunct Professor of Audiology

“The first 100 years of audiology were about hearing — the next 100 years will be about listening,” says Dr. Douglas L. Beck.

Join Dr. Beck’s session “Cognition-Audition and Amplification” for an intimate look at the future of audiology and how your craft will evolve as Vision2020 takes shape.

As listening is a cognitive function, many audiologists are beginning to screen for cognitive abilities in their patients. Beck will discuss why cognitive screenings should be a vital part of your practice and how you can integrate them into your everyday appointments.

You will also come away with confidence in your ability to conduct speech-in-noise (SIN) tests and realize how useful these tests can be in hearing aid dispensing. “The single most common complaint among all individuals with hearing loss is the inability to understand SIN, yet fewer than one-third of all hearing care professionals test or document SIN,” says Beck.