#ASAE17 features two engaging and enlightening keynotes to give you business insights and get you inspired!
Sunday, August 13 | 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
The Power of Onlyness
Fellow, The Martin Prosperity Institute
“Onlyness” probably isn’t a word you think of often. In fact, it isn’t actually a word at all. But that hasn’t stopped Nilofer Merchant from using her coined term as she teaches executives how to make our ideas powerful enough to dent the world. She says power has long been seen as vertical, tied to an organization, rank, or influencers, and observed that at the intersection of power and opportunity lies “onlyness.” It’s a way for anyone and perhaps everyone to count and make a difference. Called by some as the “Jane Bond of Innovation” for her 20-plus years helping Fortune 500s and Silicon Valley startups grow products and sales, you’ll learn the secrets to her mega-successful entrepreneurial and innovative ways that leave her highly sought for her product strategy advice.
Based in Silicon Valley, Merchant’s experience ranges from working with Steve Jobs at Apple to defeating Microsoft in an epic industry battle and advising the C-Suites of GE, IBM, Logitech, and more. She has personally launched more than 100 products that, in total, have netted 18 billion dollars. It’s no wonder that companies turn to her for guidance on the social era, how to design new product strategies, enter new markets, defend against competitors, and optimize revenues.
Her famed TED Talk, titled, “Got A Meeting? Take A Walk” has been seen by over 2 million viewers to date. The talk posits that “sitting is the new smoking,” and encourages sedentary office workers to be both healthy and productive by walking, rather than sitting, at meetings.
In 2013, Merchant received the Thinkers50 “Future Thinker Award,” beating out a crowd of seven other internationally notable management thinkers on the shortlist. To put this in context, Clay Christensen is the top management thinker of the day, and Nilofer of the future. In 2015, she was shortlisted for the Digital Thinkers award, recognizing her ability to turn zeros and ones into insights that matter.
Tuesday, August 15 | 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Luncheon and Closing Keynote
If You Can See It, You Can Be It
Chef Jeff Henderson @Chefjefflive
Food Network Host and Bestselling Author
Chef Jeff Henderson discovered his passion and gift for cooking in a most unlikely place—prison. Now a Food Network star and The New York Times bestselling author, he is one of the most influential culinary role models in the country. Drawing from his personal journey of redemption—from imprisoned drug dealer to a series of prominent roles as executive chef at several top restaurants to award-winning television personality—he’ll share inspiration, real life strategies, and valuable insight to help you reboot your own dreams, expand your perspective, and gain a new foothold on the ladder to success. Outlining how the lessons he learned on the streets transfer to the business world and his roadmap to reinvention, Chef Jeff offers unique expertise on facing adversity, cultivating interpersonal relationships, managing a diverse workforce, and identifying one’s personal gifts. You’ll learn how diversity drives organizational benefits from increased staff retention, consistency in product delivery, and teams that are more confident and productive as he takes you through his remarkable journey from the streets to the stove.
Chef Jeff Henderson rose from humble beginnings in South Central Los Angeles to become the first African-American executive chef at the Bellagio Hotel. He has gone on to become a successful TV host with a cable show on the Food Network, a nationally syndicated series called, Family Style with Chef Jeff and the host of Flip My Food. The American Tasting Institute has named him Las Vegas Chef of the Year.
In 2001, Henderson became the first African-American Chef de Cuisine at Caesars Palace. He eventually became an executive chef at several top restaurants, including Café Bellagio. HarperCollins published his life story in The New York Times bestselling autobiography Cooked. His success as an author landed him on Oprah, and, shortly after, Sony Pictures bought the rights to his book and life story, which is currently being developed into a major motion picture. Jeff has taken advantage of his exposure to inspire disadvantaged young adults and at-risk youth.
Today, Jeff shares his knowledge and excitement for food through his speaking career, his cooking shows, and his popular cookbooks. His story has been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, ABC World News Tonight, The Steve Harvey Show, USA Today, People Magazine, The New York Times, Newsweek, and the Washington Post. Jeff currently resides in Las Vegas where he spends as much quality time as possible with his wife, Stacy, and their five children.