Keynote Speaker Michael Useem

UseemMichaelWEBMichael Useem is Professor of Management and Director of the Center for Leadership and Change Management and Faculty Director of the McNulty Leadership Program at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. His university teaching includes MBA and executive-MBA courses on management and leadership, and he offers programs on leadership and governance for managers in the United States, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. He works on leadership development with many companies and organizations in the private, public and non-profit sectors.

He is the author of "The Leader’s Checklist," "The Leadership Moment," "Executive Defense," "Investor Capitalism," "Leading Up," and "The Go Point." He is also co-author and co-editor of "Learning from Catastrophes;" co-author of "The India Way, Leadership Dispatches, Boards That Lead, and The Strategic Leader’s Roadmap;" and co-author of "Fortune Makers: The Leaders Creating China’s Great Global Companies (2017)," "Go Long: Why Long-Term Thinking Is Your Best Short-Term Strategy (2018)," and "Mastering Catastrophic Risk: How Companies Are Coping with Disruption (2018).

Mike is co-anchor for a weekly program “Leadership in Action” on SiriusXM Radio Channel 132, Business Radio Powered by the Wharton School, and he can be reached at useem@wharton.upenn.edu.


 

Kate Delaney

DelaneyKateWEBEmmy-award winning journalist Kate Delaney has interviewed more than 15,000 people, including U.S. presidents, top CEOs, and Hall of Fame athletes. As a woman hosting a popular sports radio talk show, she became a pioneer in broadcasting.

In addition to her popular speaking engagements around the nation, she currently hosts two nationally-syndicated radio shows each week. On NBC’s sports radio network, she hosts “The Kate Delaney Show” heard on 210 stations.

She also hosts Forbes Books Radio. Travelling and speaking at top business conferences, conventions and seminars across the country to interview business professionals of all levels from CEOs and executive management to financial advisors, lawyers and entrepreneurs. Kate also has a new Forbes published book, Deal Your Own Destiny, Increase Your Odds, Win BIG and Become Extraordinary.


 

Chris Field

FieldChrisWEBIn life there are Dreamers and there are Doers. Some people, like Chris Field, are blessed to be both.

Born in Houston, Texas in 1982, he knew early on that he was different. In grade school he befriended a young man (also named Chris), and kept him from being bullied and harassed. On a trip to visit an uncle in El Paso, his grandmother pointed out that the children just across the border in Mexico had much more difficult lives than he. His response to that became a metaphor for all that he has done since: “What if I just tape money to a rock and throw it across to them? Would that help?”, he asked. He has been figuratively throwing stones of disruption ever since.

As a freshmen in college he ran for mayor of his hometown and finished third out of five candidates. He was encouraged to aim lower by the powers that be, but he aimed high anyway. There is something about stepping out like that. No matter the outcome, it emboldens us and tells us that we can.

He launched Mercy Project in 2010 to combat child trafficking in Ghana’s fishing industry. To date, Mercy Project has rescued, rehabilitated, and reintegrated more than one hundred children back into their families.

Chris has broken multiple Guinness world records, run dozens of marathons, organized enormous fundraisers, created viral internet campaigns, taught himself to auctioneer, and brought down walls. Most recently he authored Disrupting for Good: Using Passion and Persistence to Create Lasting Change, which debuted as the #1 new release in the "Dreams" category on Amazon. He travels the country speaking on how each of us can be disruptors for good. “My hope is that my book and each of these talks will inspire people to find issues where they can roll up their shirtsleeves and do their own disruption, in spite of the difficulties and perhaps even dangers of doing so,” he says.

Chris lives in College Station, Texas with his wife, Stacey, and their four children.