Meet our Keynote Speakers and Presenters
Artist, Speaker, and Bestselling Author
Erik Wahl is an internationally recognized artist, TED speaker, and No. 1 bestselling author. His breakthrough experience as an artist and entrepreneur has translated into making him into one of the most sought-after corporate speakers on the circuit today
On stage, Erik’s keynote experience creates a dynamic multidimensional metaphor for how to systematically embrace innovation and risk. His message: disruption is the new normal and businesses must embrace creativity in a wholesale fashion, or risk being left behind. Erik’s presentation inspires organizations to be increasingly agile and outlines how to use disruption as a competitive advantage. Some companies will be disrupted others will choose to be the disruptor. Choose wisely.
His new book, The Spark and the Grind, activates the essential components of translating ideas into action. His breakthrough thinking has earned praise from the likes of top influencers in both art and business.
Erik’s previous book, a bestseller called Unthink was hailed by Forbes Magazine as the blueprint to actionable creativity, and by Fast Company Magazine as "provocative with a purpose."
The Warhol of Wall Street, the Renoir of ROI, The Picasso of Productivity, the Jobs of … Well, Jobs. Erik discovered an alarming truth early in his career as a partner in a corporate firm: organizations that encouraged the mental discipline of creativity did better than those that did not put innovation as a priority mission. So he set out to challenge companies to change their way of thinking.
In the meantime, inspired by street art, he became an acclaimed graffiti artist—though he has since stopped selling his works for personal gain, and instead uses his art to raise money for charities. His keynote is where his passion for business growth and art converge into a fascinating performance.
Erik’s list of clients includes AT&T, Disney, London School of Business, Microsoft, FedEx, Exxon Mobil, Ernst & Young and XPrize.
Chief Research Officer, Managing Partner of Sapient Insights Group
Stacey Harris is the Chief Research Officer, Managing Partner of Sapient Insights Group where she oversees their industry research work, including the esteemed Annual HR Systems Survey and White Paper, now in its 24th year. She has been a leading member of the HR practices and technology research community since 2007, producing groundbreaking research on high-impact HR organizations, enterprise HR technology, and key practices across the talent management spectrum.
Stacey held executive-level roles with Sierra-Cedar, Bersin & Associates, and Brandon Hall Group, and worked as an industry advisor and HR leader for multiple fortune 100 organizations around the world. Stacey is frequently included in Human Resource Executive® and the HR Technology Conference’s Top 100 HR Tech Influencers list and sits on the International Human Resource Information Management (IHRIM) Board of Directors, overseeing strategy and education in her role as Vice-Chair. Stacey holds MA and BA degrees from Kent State and Ashland University in Education and Communications and is a certified Human Resources Information Professional (HRIP) from IHRIM.
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