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One of today’s most influential voices in workplace trends, Chester Elton has spent two decades helping clients engage their employees to execute on strategy, vision, and values. In his provocative, inspiring and always entertaining talks, #1 bestselling leadership author Chester Elton provides real solutions to leaders looking to manage change, drive innovation, and lead a multi-generational workforce. Elton’s work is supported by research with more than 850,000 working adults, revealing the proven secrets behind high-performance cultures and teams. He has been called the “apostle of appreciation” by Canada’s Globe and Mail, “creative and refreshing‚” by the New York Times, and a “must read for modern managers” by CNN. Elton is co-author of the multiple award-winning New York Times and #1 USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling leadership book, All In, The Carrot Principle, and The Best Team Wins. His books have been translated in more than 30 languages and have sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide.
Nabeela Ixtabalan, EVP of People and Corporate Affairs, leads human resources and corporate affairs for one of Canada’s largest employers with over 90,000 associates and more than 400 stores nationwide Her career includes 20+ years of leadership and business development experience with three of the worlds most recognized brands, Walmart, IKEA and Starbucks Coffee in the US, Canada and Europe.
Nabeela was previously Head of Digital Transformation at Ingka, leading IKEA’s digital and retail transformation globally across 41 countries.
Nabeela is especially passionate about enterprise-wide transformations, the future of work, workplace wellbeing and diversity equity and inclusion.
#1 bestselling author Adrian Gostick provides advice to some of the world’s largest organizations on managing change, driving innovation, and leading high-performance teams.
Gostick is a global thought leader in the fields of corporate culture, leadership, and engagement. He is founder of the workplace assessment company FindMojo.com and author of the #1 New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestsellers All In, The Carrot Principle, Leading with Gratitude, and Anxiety at Work. His award winning books have been translated into 30 languages and have sold more than 1.5 million copies around the world.
Michele Markey is CEO of SkillPath, a non-profit learning and development company based in Mission, Kan. A 25-year veteran of the training industry, Michele has worked with hundreds of businesses to design and implement their talent development strategies. Prior to joining SkillPath in 2018, she was with the Kauffman Foundation, serving as the vice president of Kauffman Fasttrac, which provides business training for aspiring entrepreneurs.
Chris Rainey is Co-founder and CEO of HR Leaders, a digital media platform and community that is shaping the future of work, for business and for the lasting benefit of society. Chris is also host of the worlds #1 HR Podcast where he chats with industry experts and HR executives from the world’s leading global brands including Coca-Cola, Unilever, Walmart, Facebook, LinkedIn, Nike, McDonald’s and Microsoft.
After battling with anxiety and depression in silence for many years Chris is now a Wellbeing advocate sharing his personal journey and experience to help raise the collective consciousness about mental health and wellbeing.