Breakfast Speakers

Please join us for breakfast on Monday and Tuesday mornings, followed by these outstanding speaker presentations.

Brian Solis
Monday, October 22 | 
7:15 am – 8:45 am

Brian Solis, Best-Selling Author, Principal Analyst and Futurist at Altimeter
Brian Solis is Principal Analyst and Futurist at Altimeter, the digital analyst group at Prophet and a digital anthropologist who studies disruptive technology and its impact on business and society. He is also a world-renowned keynote speaker who has earned accolades from organizers, audiences and media alike.

Additionally, Brian is an award-winning author of seven best-selling books including X: The Experience When Business Meets Design, What’s the Future of Business (WTF) and The End of Business as Usual. In his presentations, reports and books, he sets out to humanize technology’s effect on industries, markets and people. Brian’s current research topics provide leading (and approachable) insight into top business trends such as digital transformation, corporate innovation, customer experience design, corporate culture 2.0 and “the future of” industries/markets, tech and human behavior.

With a loyal online audience of over 600,000 people, his work makes him a sought-after thought-leader to Fortune 500 brands, celebrities and startups. Solis shares his vision, experience and passion to help audiences understand what’s driving change, what’s next and what to do about it. Brian’s blog is consistently named as a leading marketing and business blog around the world. Brian also hosts Revolution, a popular online video series that examines technology, trends and best practices and introduces viewers to the thought leaders who are blazing the trail.

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Todd Buchholz
Tuesday, October 23 | 
7:15 am – 8:45 am

Todd Buchholz, Former White House Economic Policy Director
Todd Buchholz “lights up economics with a wickedly sparkling wit,” says the Associated Press. He recently jousted with James Carville and Ben Stein, and Successful Meetings Magazine named him one of the “21 Top Speakers for the 21st Century.” His editorials in the Wall Street Journal and commentaries on PBS correctly forecast the 2001 slowdown in the U.S., the 2008 pop in commodity prices, and the downgrade of the U.S. debt rating. The New York Times has turned to him to decipher terrorist threats and the job market. Business Week raved about his book Market Shock, which warned of the quicksand facing the stock market. Buchholz entertains his audiences and shows them how to thrive in a challenging economy, while gearing up for future prosperity.

A former director of economic policy at the White House, a managing director of the $15 billion Tiger hedge fund, and an award-winning economics teacher at Harvard, Buchholz targets his entertaining remarks to the cutting edge of economics, finance, and business strategy. He has advised President Bush, and is a frequent commentator on ABC News, PBS, and CBS, and recently hosted his own special on CNBC. Buchholz has debated such luminaries as Lester Thurow and Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz. He is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Two Oceans Management, LLC and was a fellow at Cambridge University in 2009.

He has authored numerous books that have been translated into a dozen languages and are used in universities worldwide, the likes of which include Harvard, Duke, and Princeton. Buchholz is a contributing editor at Worth magazine, where he writes the “Global Markets” column, and he has penned articles for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Reader’s Digest. From 1989 to 1992 he served at the White House as a Director for Economic Policy. Buchholz won the Allyn Young Teaching Prize at Harvard and holds advanced degrees in economics and law from Cambridge and Harvard. He also holds several engineering and design patents and is a co-producer of the Broadway smash “Jersey Boys.”

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