With this powerful keynote presentation, Todd motivates and inspires anyone to believe they can overcome life’s many challenges and provides content for the audience to apply immediately in their lives. This presentation centers around Todd’s boating accident at age 14 where he died twice and had his leg amputated while awake. Audiences marvel as Todd shares how he went on to do what many thought was impossible – he became the first disabled person to break an able-bodied world record in sports by climbing to the highest elevations in each of the 50 U.S states faster than anyone else; and he did it with only one leg.
He uses awe-inspiring slides and stories from his life and expedition, travelling to the highest mountains of North America, including the daunting 20,310-foot Denali in Alaska. Your audience will laugh and cry with him through real life challenges and be left with insight and inspiration to overcome every obstacle holding them back, both individually and professionally, by finding the opportunity in every challenge.
Nigel runs the Love at Work Foundation, a center for the learning and development of human understanding in the workplace and putting love at the heart of business. Why? Because the old world of work simply doesn’t work. It is head driven, money driven, lacks any connection between our heads and our hearts, and denies our humanity. The foundation’s concept is new. It involves the creation of a world of work that works for everyone, and the head-heart connection is the norm rather than the exception. Love at Work Foundation makes the connection between the head and the heart in the workplace; reestablishes the head-heart connection where it has been lost; brings people and organizations together who are leading the field in this area, coordinating and recognizing their efforts; and supports all people and organizations interested in this concept. Our Vision: A world of work that works for everyone. Our Mission: Making deep care and respect as important at work as it is at home. To put the heart back into organizations.
An opinion leader, Stephen G. Post, Ph.D. is the best-selling author of Why Good Things Happen to Good People: How to Live a Longer, Happier, Healthier Life by the Simple Act of Giving (Random House). He has been quoted in more than 4000 national and international newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Parade Magazine, “O” Magazine, The US News & World Report, and Psychology Today. He has been interviewed on numerous television shows including Nightline, The Daily Show, and John Stossel.
A transformative speaker, Post has inspired thousands with the best of medical and philosophical knowledge based on thirty years of research. Across North America, Australia, Europe, Japan and India his positive psychology message centers on how giving and contributing to the lives of others impacts happiness, health, success, creativity and even longevity. He was described by Martin E.P. Seligman in his book Flourish as one of “the stars of positive psychology.” Post also addresses the ways in which empathic care enhances patient outcomes and professional well-being, the meaning of caring for “deeply forgetful” people, and ethical issues in Alzheimer Disease.
He has taught at the University of Chicago Medical School, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (1988-2008), and Stony Brook University School of Medicine (2008-), where he is Founding Director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics (designated as a special strength of the Stony Brook School of Medicine by the LCME visiting committee 2011). He is an elected member of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the New York Academy of Medicine, and the Royal Society of Medicine, London. Post served as a Becket Research Fellow at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford. His research had been supported by the National Institute on Aging, the National Human Genome Institute, and the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as by numerous private foundations.
Joel K. Manby has been President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of Sea World since April 2015. From 2003 to 2015, he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Herschend Enterprises, the largest family-owned theme park and entertainment company in the United States.
Prior to joining Herschend, Mr. Manby spent 20 years in the auto industry in general management and marketing roles, primarily at General Motors in the Saturn and Saab divisions. Mr. Manby served as CEO of Saab Automobile USA from 1996 to 2000. Mr. Manby currently serves on the board of directors of Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. and also serves as a member of the National Advisory Board of The Salvation Army. Mr. Manby received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. from Albion College. As valedictorian of Albion College, Mr. Manby was a Rhodes scholarship finalist.
Manby has incorporated the definition of love, the verb, into the companies existing organic culture to establish how leaders are to behave. He views love as a mode of thinking-one that has helped him deliver tangible results and position HFE as the 9th largest themed attractions company in the world.
An expert on leadership and customer relations, he spent 20 years in the auto industry. Joel was a member of the start-up team for Saturn Corporation where he was instrumental in launching Saturn’s innovative marketing and distribution strategy. After seven years with Saturn and a two-year term with GM’s International Division, he was promoted to CEO of Saab Automobile USA. During his four-year tenure at Saab, he led the company to dramatic results as sales increased by 67 percent and their J.D. Power Quality Rating improved from 30th to fifth in the industry.
Manby serves on several boards, including the National Advisory Board of the Salvation Army and John Scott Ministries. He also chairs reThink, a non-profit company whose mission is to provide effective tools which enable families to learn biblical virtues in the home, school and church.
As valedictorian of Albion College, Joel was a Rhodes scholarship finalist. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School on a GM scholarship. His involvement with his alma mater has continued throughout his career. Joel was elected to the Albion College Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991 and has served on the Albion College Board of Trustees. Celebrating his accomplishments and his dedication to the college, Albion presented Joel with the Distinguished Alumni Award.
In March 2010, he was featured on the hit CBS show Undercover Boss. Manby and the employees of HFE moved millions of viewers across the world with their unique approach to leadership.