We are proud to welcome the following General Session speakers to our stage at the 2015 Annual Meeting and Exposition:
Opening General Session
Harnessing Innovation: Turning Raw Ideas into Powerful Results
Sunday, August 9
Associations—and their members—are in the midst of unprecedented change. With shifts in technology, travel practices, global economies, and team dynamics, hugging the status quo is a surefire path to mediocrity and decay. To thrive and remain competitive, associations must harness fresh approaches to all aspects of their work.
As a four-time successful tech entrepreneur and investor in dozens of startups, Josh Linkner has seen thousands of organizations loaded with creative buzz and big ideas. How is it that some harness their imagination to create game-changing drivers of growth and innovation while others miss the mark? The answer: The best-of-the-best have a systematic process to focus their team’s creativity into practical outputs—something Linkner discovered by founding and building companies that sold collectively for over $200 million. His inspiring presentation will deliver practical tools that can be used immediately to increase creative output and deliver bottom-line results.
Josh Linkner is a business leader, venture capitalist, tech entrepreneur, top-rated keynote speaker, and author of two New York Times bestsellers, Disciplined Dreaming and The Road to Reinvention. As CEO and Managing Partner of Detroit Venture Partners, he helps startups disrupt the old guard while helping to rebuild his hometown of Detroit, Michigan. Josh is on a mission to drive creativity, innovation, and reinvention. And he also plays a mean jazz guitar.
Closing General Session
Reclaiming Conversation in Our Digital World
Tuesday, August 11
A generation has grown up feeling that “I would rather text than talk.” And believing that it is possible to share our attention during almost everything we do. Sherry Turkle explores the costs of this flight from face-to-face conversation. What toll does this take on our personal lives among our family and friends? What are the costs in the work world? And most important, how can we reclaim conversation to its rightful place as the anchor of our relationships?
Sherry Turkle is a professor, author, consultant, researcher and licensed clinical psychologist who has spent the last 30 years researching the psychology of people’s relationships with technology. Referred to by many as the “Margaret Mead of digital culture,” Turkle offers a unique perspective on technology and social interaction, and on the psychological dimensions of technological change. She is the author of many books including her most recent, Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other. She is currently working on her next book, dealing with reclaiming conversation in the face of digital isolation, at work, home and school.