Keynote Speakers

The Academy is proud to announce its 2019 International Leadership Conference keynote speakers.  These feature presenters represent the best in transformational leadership, offering inspirational messages of positive change, leadership best practices, and opportunities for reflective thought and curiosity.  Most presentations will feature a short Q&A segment. 

2019 Conference Speakers

Barry Posner - Britt Andreatta - John Hope Bryant - Clifton Taulbert


Barry Posner

Speaker, Professor, Researcher, Co-Author of the Leadership Challenge

Barry Posner will be speaking at 8:00am, on Wednesday, March 27, 2019

About Barry Posner:

Barry Posner is the Accolti Endowed Professor of Leadership at the Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University, where he served for 12 years as Dean of the School. Barry received the Association for Talent Development’s highest award forDistinguished Contribution to Workplace Learning and Performance. He has been named as one of the nation’s top management and leadership educators by the International Management Council, recognized as one of the Top 50 leadership coaches in America, ranked among the Most Influential HR thinkers in the world by HR magazine, and listed among the Top 75 Leadership and Management Experts in the world by Inc.magazine.

He is the co-author (with Jim Kouzes) of the award-winning and best-selling leadership book The Leadership Challenge. With over two million copies, the book has been described as a groundbreaking research study, combining keen insights with practical applications, and has been translated into 22 foreign languages.  FAST COMPANY ranked it among the top dozen books of 2012, and it has been listed among The Top 100 Business Books of All Time, receiving both book-of-the-year honors by the American Council of Health Care Executives and the Critic's Choice Award from the nation’s book review editors. 

Barry has also co-authored several other award-winning, inspiring and practical books on leadership: Turning Adversity Into Opportunity; Finding the Courage to Lead; Great Leadership Creates Great Workplaces; Credibility: How Leaders Gain and Lose It, Why People Demand It; The Truth About Leadership: The No-Fads, Heart-of-the Matter Facts You Need to Know; Encouraging the Heart: A Leaders Guide to Recognizing and Rewarding Others; A Leader’s Legacy; Extraordinary Leadership in Australia and New Zealand, Making Extraordinary Things Happen in Asia, and The Student Leadership Challenge. Kouzes and Posner’s Leadership Practices Inventory has been called “the most reliable, up-to-date leadership instrument available today,” and the online version has been completed by over three million people. 

Barry is an internationally renowned scholar who has published more than 100 research and practitioner-oriented articles, in such publications as the: Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Relations, Personnel Psychology,and IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management. He is currently on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Servant-Leadership and Leadership and Organizational Development Journal. Barry has served on a number of corporate Boards and for a number of public and community organizations, such as the American Institute of Architects, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Global Women’s Leadership Network, and EMQ FamiliesFirst. 

Barry received an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a master's degree from The Ohio State University in public administration, and his Ph.D. in organizational behavior and administrative theory from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. At Santa Clara he has received several outstanding teaching and leadership honors, including the President's Distinguished Faculty Award and the School’s Extraordinary Faculty Award.  Barry has been a visiting professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Sabanci University (Istanbul), and the University of Western Australia.

LinkedIn: @barryp1

Britt Andreatta

Speaker, Researcher, author of Wired to Connect, Wired to Grow, and Wired to Resist

Britt Andreatta will be speaking at 3:00pm, on Wendesday, March 27, 2019

About Britt Andreatta:

Dr. Britt Andreatta is an internationally recognized thought leader in leadership and learning. Drawing on her unique background in leadership, neuroscience, psychology, and learning, and she has a profound understanding of how to unlock the best in people, helping organizations rise to their potential.

She is the CEO and President of 7th Mind Inc., providing groundbreaking research and science-based solutions for today’s workplace challenges. Britt has published several titles including her books Wired to Connect: The Brain Science of Teams and a New Model for Creating Collaboration and InclusionWired to Grow: Harness the Power of Brain Science to Master Any SkillWired to Resist: The Brain Science of Why Change Fails and a New Model for Driving SuccessBritt is currently writing her next books on the neuroscience of purpose and the conscious evolution of organizations.

Britt is a seasoned professional with more than 25 years of experience consulting with businesses, universities, and nonprofit organizations. Corporate clients include Fortune 100 companies like Comcast and Apple as well as companies such as Ernst & Young, Avvo, LinkedIn, Franklin Covey, AlterEco Foods, DPR Construction, Rustoleum, 15Five and Practice. Dr. Andreatta has also worked with major educational institutions like the University of California, Dartmouth University, and the University of New Mexico as well as non-profit organizations like the YMCA and Norton Healthcare.

She has received over 9 million views worldwide of her courses on and LinkedIn Learning. Titles include The Neuroscience of LearningCreating a Culture of Learning,Organizational Learning & DevelopmentLeading ChangeHaving Difficult Conversations, and Leading with Emotional Intelligence.
A highly sought-after and engaging speaker, Britt delivered a TEDx talk called “How Your Past Hijacks Your Future” and she regularly speaks at corporate events and international conferences receiving rave reviews like “best speaker of the conference” or “best keynote I’ve ever heard.”

Britt has won several prestigious awards including the 2016 Global Training & Development Leadership Award from the World Training & Development Congress. She won the Gold Medal for Chief Learning Officer magazine’s Trailblazer Award, and was also nominated for the CLO Strategy Award for her work in designing a performance management program based on growth mindset principles. Talent Development magazine identified her as an “outstanding thought leader and pioneer” featured in the June 2017 issue.

She has served as the Chief Learning Officer for and Senior Learning Consultant for global leadership and talent development at LinkedIn. She continues to partner with and LinkedIn as an author and thought leader on learning and leadership. 

Dr. Andreatta has served as professor and dean at the University of California, Antioch University, and several graduate schools. She regularly consults with executives and organizations on how to maximize their full potential.

Learn more at  
Twitter: @BrittAndreatta

John Hope Bryant

Speaker, Author of How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class, and LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World 

John Hope Bryant will be speaking at 8:00am, on Thursday, March 28, 2019

About John Hope Bryant:

American Banker magazine 2016 Innovator of the Year”, Inc.’s “The World’s 10 Top CEOs” (honorable mention), and one of Time magazine’s “50 Leaders for the Future” named in 1994, John Hope Bryant is an American entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and prominent thought leader on financial inclusion, economic empowerment and financial dignity.

Bryant is the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Operation HOPE, Inc. the largest not- for-profit and best-in-class provider of financial literacy and capability empowerment for youth and adults; chairman and chief executive officer of Bryant Group Ventures and The Promise Homes Company, the largest for-profit minority-controlled owners of institutional-quality, single-family residential rental homes in the U.S., and co-founder of Global Dignity. The last five U.S. presidents have recognized his work, and he has served as an advisor to the last three sitting U.S. presidents. He is responsible for financial literacy becoming the policy of the U.S. federal government. In January 2016 Bryant became the only private American citizen to inspire the renaming of a building on the White House campus, when the U.S. Treasury Annex Building was renamed the Freedman’s Bank Building. The Freedman’s Banks’, founded by President Abraham Lincoln, legacy has become the narrative of the work of Operation HOPE—to help all people become fully integrated into our nation’s economy. In April 2017, a historical marker inspired by Bryant to honor the final flight of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Memphis on April 3, 1968, was installed at the Memphis International Airport 49 years to the day that Eastern Flight 381 arrived from Atlanta.

A member of the founding class of The Forum of Young Global Leaders, and founding member of Clinton Global Initiative, Bryant is a LinkedIn Influencer, contributor to Huffington Post and Black Enterprise, and a member of the World Economic Forum Expert Network. His Facebook Live “Silver Rights” Series has received millions of views, and serves as an engaging platform to foster essential discussion in the digital age around financial inclusion and social uplift. He has received hundreds of awards and citations for his work, including, Oprah Winfrey’s Use Your Life Award, and the John Sherman Award for Excellence in Financial Education from the U.S. Treasury. Bryant recently received an honorable mention in Inc. magazine’s “The World’s 10 Top CEOs” article that spotlights global servant leaders as the visionaries behind some of the most successful organizations.

Bryant is the author of bestsellers; The Memo: Five Rules for Your Economic Liberation (Berrett-Koehler, September 2017), How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class (Berrett-Koehler, 2014), and LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass, 2009). He is one of the only bestselling authors on economics and business leadership in the world today who happens to also be African-American.

Twitter: @johnhopebryant

LinkedIn: johnhopebryant

How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class


Clifton Taulbert

Freemount Corporation, author of Eight Habits of the Heart

Clifton Taulbert will be speaking at 3:00pm, on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, during the Conference Prelude and at 9:00am on Friday, March 29, 2019 during the Conference Summit

About Clifton Taulbert:
Clifton L. Taulbert is the President and CEO of the Freemount Consulting Company and has consulted internationally for businesses, international schools and for community colleges throughout the United States. Taulbert a banker by profession saw his life shift to owning his own business with the publication and success of his first book, Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored which became a major motion picture. Taulbert’s capture of the look and feel of community was received internationally. Taulbert now has fourteen books to his credit and is recognized internationally as an entrepreneur—from being on the team that introduced STAIRMASTER EXERCISE SYSTEM to the world and most recently as the President and CEO of AFRICAN BEAN COMPANY—the home of ROOTS JAVA COFFEE. Taulbert’s life is reflective of the necessity to embrace STRATEGIC PREPAREDNESS.

How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class

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