Past CEO Talks
Veronica Serra
Veronica SerraApril 2013
April, 2013
New York, NY 10016
Veronica Serra is the founding partner of Pacific Investimentos and one of the most successful business women in Brazil. Veronica is an active investor, mother of 3 children and has developed her career as one of the biggest investors in Brazil and is an inspiration as a working parent and professional. Veronica sits on 10 boards including some of the biggest for-profit and non-profit companies in Brazil. She is currently Chairman of the Board of Portal de Documentos and a Board Member of Allied Advanced Technologies and Wow! Nutrition. She is an advisor to One Equity Partners and founding partner of Pacific Investments, the Brazilian investment advisor for OEP since 2006.  more
Copie Harris
Copie HarrisFebruary 2013
February, 2013
Boston, MA 02139
Copie is the Managing Partner of Lilien Communications and is an expert presentation coach. She took the helm of Lilien Communications which was founded by her father Bob Lilien. Bob was the presentation coach for Ronald Reagan, who is arguably seen as one of the best speakers/presenters of all time. Many who have worked with Bob and with Copie say that Copie is even better than her father. She is the best in her field. Copie consults with executives worldwide throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, South America, and the United States. For nearly 20 years as a communications skills consultant and strategist, Copie has worked with executives at all levels to clarify and deliver their message effectively to their audiences. Copie?s expertise lies in not only identifying communications challenges and offering strategies but also putting people at ease so they are open to accepting and embracing new ways of approaching people and situations. more
Gabe Zichermann
Gabe ZichermannJanuary 2013
January, 2013
New York, NY 10016
Gabe started as an entrepreneur in the gaming space, well known within the world of gaming, building a successful gaming tech company which he sold for millions. Since then, he has pioneered the term ?gamification? and could arguably be credited as the ?father of gamification,? advancing this field and called upon globally as THE EXPERT. He then dedicated his life to helping motivate human behavior, taking his gaming principles mainstream. His biggest followers are human resource professionals as well as managers/leaders interested in gamification techniques to motivate employees. Gabe is the author of a bestselling book, and is about to publish his next book this spring (where NxJ has significant coverage). more
Scott Harrison
Scott HarrisonDecember 2012
December, 2012
New York, NY 10016
Scott's story is extremely inspiring. He went from being one of New York's best nightclub promoters, to founding charity: water ? an organization which is helping provide clean water to millions of people in poverty stricken countries around the world. In 2004, tired of the poisonous promoter lifestyle, Scott volunteered aboard a floating hospital called Mercy Ships. He found himself in Liberia, Africa with no public electricity, water or sewage. The trip changed his life. He built one of the largest charities at a global scale in the shortest amount of time. I believe he will have the same impact he has had on myself as I heard his personal journey of ups and downs..inspiring and very real.  more
Shiv Khemka
Shiv KhemkaOctober 2012
October, 2012
New York, NY 10016
Shiv Vikram Khemka is Vice Chairman of SUN Group, a private investment group active around the world in various industries, including Oil and Gas, Mining, Real Estate, Infrastructure, Technology and Consumer Goods. He is a recognized global leader, who focuses his influence on impacting positive world change. He is a Trustee of his family's charitable trusts, the Nand & Jeet Khemka Foundation and the Nabha Foundation, which strive to reduce poverty, empower marginalized societies, and protect the natural environment. Most recently, Shiv has directed his attention to leadership development. He believes that finding, nurturing, and empowering leaders is the way to better the world. Shiv is active on the Advisory Boards of his alma maters, The Wharton School and Brown University. more
Will Marre
Will MarreSeptember 2012
September, 2012
New York, NY 10016
Will Marré is the co-founder and former president of the Covey Leadership Center where he translated the concepts of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People into powerful leadership courses taught to millions of executives worldwide. Today Will is an evangelist of socially strategic enterprise that transforms Corporate Social Responsibility into Corporate Social Opportunity. Will has been a business leader and consultant for 25 years to world leading companies such as Disney and Procter & Gamble. Now he is on a mission bringing his experience, vision and personal fire to the world to create a future of sustainable abundance. more
Wes Moore
Wes MooreAugust 2012
August, 2012
New York, NY 10016
Wes Moore is an author, businessman, and US Army veteran. His first book, 'The Other Wes Moore', became an instant New York Times bestseller. Currently, he is the host of 'Beyond Belief' on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Moore also serves on the board of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the Johns Hopkins University Board of Trustees, the Valley Forge Military Academy and College Board of Trustees, and the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation Board of Trustees. He also founded STAND! through Johns Hopkins, which works with Baltimore youth involved in the criminal justice system. Moore was also a featured speaker at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver and addressed the crowd from Invesco Field. more
Jim Loehr
Dr. Jim LoehrJuly 2012
July, 2012
NY, NY 10010
Dr. Jim Loehr is a world-renowned performance psychologist, Co-Founder of the Human Performance Institute, and author of 15 books including his most recent, The Power of Story. He also co-authored the national bestseller The Power of Full Engagement. Dr. Loehr's ground-breaking, science-based energy management training system has achieved world-wide recognition and has been chronicled in leading national publications. He has appeared on NBC's Today Show, ABC's Nightline with Ted Koppel, The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather and CBS Morning News and the Oprah Winfrey Show. more
Beth Ann Kaminkow
Beth Ann KaminkowJuly 2012
July, 2012
Cambridge, MA 02139
Beth Ann is the CEO of TracyLocke, listed in Advertising Age's article, Women to Watch. She is dedicated to every aspect of the employee and client experience. During her two decades in the industry she has touched every aspect of marketing communications across consumer packaged goods, retail, finance, restaurant and technology companies. Beth Ann has led TracyLocke's transformation into Brand to Retail Marketing which has landed them in the top three of shopper marketing agencies for three years running. She is a thought leader in this area writing articles, publishing white papers, speaking at conferences and consulting with clients. more
David Marquet
David MarquetJune 2012
June, 2012
New York, NY 10016
David graduated at the top of his class from the Naval Academy. Shortly after graduation he earned command of the USS Santa Fe, the lowest performing crew in the entire US Submarine fleet. Traditionally, the Navy is a permission based culture, before acting a sailor must seek permission. His innovative style of leadership reformed the entire atmosphere of the ship from one of permission to intent. Under his leadership, sailors on the USS Santa Fe took ownership of their tasks and they announced their intentions rather than asking permission. Now, founder & CEO of Practicum, a leadership development company, he has many inspirational stories and insights to share. more
John Wood
John WoodMay 2012
May, 2012
New York, NY 10016
John J. Wood is the founder and board co-chair of Room to Read, a global nonprofit organization focused on literacy and gender equality in education in Asia and Africa that has reached over 6 million children. more
Simon Sinek
Simon SinekApril 2012
April, 2012
New York, NY 10016
Simon O. Sinek is an author and best known for developing "The Golden Circle" and popularizing a concept of human motivation. Described as "a visionary thinker with a rare intellect," Sinek teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. more
Janet Hanson
Janet HansonFebruary 2012
February, 2012
New York, NY 10016
Janet Hanson is Founder & CEO of 85 Broads, a network community of 30,000 trailblazing women across 82 different countries. more
Charlie Kim
Charlie KimFebruary 2012
February, 2012
New York, NY 10016
Charlie Kim founded Next Jump in 1994 in his college dorm room while going through school on financial aid. He serves as mentor to NYC Venture Fellows and serves on Mayor Bloomberg's NYC Applied Sciences Committee. more
Robert LoCascio
Robert LoCascioJanuary 2012
January, 2012
New York, NY 10016
Rob LoCascio is Founder and CEO of LivePerson, a leader in Intelligent Engagement Solutions that help thousands of top brands and websites around the world monitor and connect their consumers online. more
Charles Best
Charles BestDecember 2011
December, 2011
New York, NY 10016
Charles Best founded DonorsChoose.org at Wings Academy, a public high school in the Bronx where he was a social studies teacher for five years. more