2017 Keynotes

Thursday, October 5

8:45 - 9:45 am

Jeremy Gutsche
CEO OF TrendHunter.com, Innovation Expert, and New York Times Best-selling Author of "Better and Faster"

About Jeremy:

Jeremy Gutsche inspires others to “disrupt or be disrupted,” with revolutionary ideas and strategies for cultivating a culture of action, change, creativity, innovation and reinvention.

Referred to as an “intellectual can of Red Bull” and the “top trend-setter in the world,” Jeremey is the founder and CEO of TrendHunter, the world’s top trend firm, and one of the most sought-after authorities on disruptive innovation and entrepreneurialism. More than 500 brands, billionaires, and CEOs rely on his trusted counsel to help their people accelerate change, success, and innovation, including Disney, Starbucks, Netflix, LEGO, Coca-Cola, IBM and Wells Fargo.

The author of the New York Times best-seller, “Better and Faster: The Proven Path to Unstoppable Ideas,” Jeremey energizes audiences with breakthrough methods and frameworks for adapting to change and staying ahead of the pack.

With a rock star’s stage presence and the keenly attuned expertise of a proven innovator and entrepreneur, he inspires others to seek out overlooked opportunities, find better ideas faster, and reach their full potential in a world where innovation, disruption, and adaptation are unequivocally essential to transformative success.


Friday, October 6
8:30 - 9:30 am

Paul Schott Stevens
President & CEO, Investment Company Institute (ICI)

About Paul:
Since June 2004, Paul Schott Stevens has served as president and CEO of the Investment Company Institute (ICI), the leading association globally of investment funds. Stevens has steered ICI during some of the most challenging years in its history, through the financial crisis and beyond. He has led ICI’s efforts on a series of crucial issues—money market fund reform, passage and implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act, and critically important fiscal and tax issues. He directed the 2011 launch of ICI Global to respond to the globalization of fund investing and regulation, and has consistently championed the role of investment funds and defined contribution plans in providing for retirement.

Stevens served as general counsel of ICI from 1993 to 1997. He also practiced law in Washington for many years, most recently as a partner in the financial services group of Dechert LLP. In addition, Stevens served in senior government positions at the White House and Defense Department, including as special assistant for national security affairs to President Ronald Reagan and chief of staff of the National Security Council. Upon leaving government service, he was awarded the Defense Department’s Medal for Distinguished Public Service, its highest civilian decoration. Over his career, Stevens has been involved with a wide range of professional, cultural, community, and church activities. He received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Yale University, and a J.D. from the University of Virginia’s School of Law. He and his wife, Joyce, live in Alexandria, VA, and have four sons.

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