Spring Speaker Bios

Speaker Bios

Thursday, April 18th

General Session #1 

Henry Evans
Winning With Accountability: The Secret Language of High Performing Organizations

8:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.


An Amazon Top-10 author and global keynote speaker, Henry Evans is the founder and Chief Excellence Officer for Dynamic Results, LLC. As an “Invited Agitator” and “Chief Peacemaker” to the C-suite, he has delivered more than 15,000 hours of performance coaching to executives and has facilitated more than 5,000 hours of strategic planning and implementation meetings.

A five-time CEO with one failure under his belt, Henry smashes myths about high-performance leadership, drawing on his own knowledge and experience along with the work he does with executive clients every day. In everything he does, he’s guided by his life purpose to “leave every person and situation better than I found them.”

Henry’s bestselling book, “Winning With Accountability, The Secret Language of High Performing Organizations,” and its associated Accountability Method™ are used by organizations ranging from multi-national corporations to U.S. and European Executive MBA programs.

In 2018, his Winning With Accountability eSchool was awarded the Brandon Hall Silver Medal for “Excellence in Learning.” He is also the author of “131 Ways to Win with Accountability” and the Amazon Top Ten Business Book “Step Up: Lead in Six Moments that Matter,” with Colm Foster. Entrepreneur magazine, Inc. magazine, Forbes, the BBC, The Washington Post, Fast Company, HuffPost, and many others have interviewed Henry or covered his concepts.

Any encounter with Henry is action-packed, experiential, and focused on action learning. As a result, his keynotes are short on talk and long on actionable strategies attendees can immediately put to work. His sessions have not only been described as “entertaining and inspirational” and “extremely engaging”; they’ve also received the ultimate validation: “I didn’t check my e-mail once.”

Henry has traveled all over the world, competed in martial arts, skydived, taught self-defense, and is an avid reader and meditator. He is also a licensed and practicing MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) referee. Since 2007, Henry has earned more than 21 Teaching Excellence Awards from the Business Leadership Center at the SMU Cox School of Business, where he is also an instructor.



General Session #2 

Nancy Giordano
On Becoming AI Led

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Mike MarksNancy Giordano is an exponential strategist, business futurist, and bestselling author who has consulted on a portfolio of $60+ billion well-known brands and given more than 100+ global keynotes. With a drive to help enterprise organizations and visionary leaders transform to meet the escalating expectations ahead, she advises leaders on the organizational structures and new mindsets necessary to effectively harness the significant technology innovations heading our way.
Her expertise and experiences range from A.I., to frozen foods, to reinventing the internet, and all of her projects have a key common denominator: transitioning away from the extractive operating systems and outdated business thinking that no longer holds up... to create the more sustainable, inclusive and dynamic solutions the future demands.
Author of the Amazon bestselling book Leadering: The Ways Visionary Leaders Play Bigger, Nancy is a frequent panelist at South by Southwest, global keynote speaker, Singularity University guest lecturer, and the world’s first TEDx licensee. She is recognized as one of the world’s top female futurists, and is co-Founder of the Femme Futurists Society.


General Session #3 

Digital Forensics - Finding Truth in the Digital Age

1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Mike MarksLars Daniel, a seasoned professional in the field of digital forensics, assumed the role of practice leader at Envista in 2016. His responsibility has been to guide the growth and development of the practice, ensuring that Envista remains at the forefront of digital forensic capabilities.

Prior to his tenure at Envista, Lars spent seven years at Guardian Digital Forensics, a company that was subsequently acquired by Envista in 2016. During his time there, he played a significant role in the operational success of the business. He served as a testifying expert and contributed as an educator, offering Continuing Legal Education (CLE) classes to attorneys across the United States. In addition to his educational role, he authored books and articles.

Notably, Lars is a co-author of the comprehensive book Digital Forensics for Legal Professionals: Understanding Digital Evidence from the Warrant to the Courtroom, and Digital Forensics Trial Graphics: Educating the Jury Through Effective Use of Visuals.

His status as an expert witness is well-established, as he has provided testimony in both state and federal courts within the United States and internationally. Lars has qualified and testified as an expert in digital forensics, computer forensics, cell phone forensics, video forensics, and photo forensics. He has testified for both the prosecution and defense in criminal cases, as well as plaintiff and defense in civil litigation.

General Session #4 

Chad Williams
"SEVEN" -  Seal Team Maxims 

3:00 p.m. -4:15 p.m.

Mike MarksChad Williams draws from his experience in military to provide a Navy SEAL's perspective on issues related to effective leadership, resilience, teamwork, overcoming adversity and motivation.

Just days prior to entering SEAL training, Chad's resolve would be thoroughly tested when he turned on his television one morning to see the unexpected graphic video footage of his mentor and training partner, Navy SEAL Scott Helvenston, who was brutally killed, mutilated, and dragged through the streets of Fallujah, Iraq. Hung upside-down from the Euphrates River Bridge while an incensed Iraqi mob repeatedly celebrated and chanted in Arabic, “Fallujah is the graveyard of Americans.” Helvenston's body was set ablaze as Chad witnessed. Forged by adversity, Chad became steeled in resolve to complete SEAL Training in honor and memory of his good friend, Scott Helvenston. 

Serving his country proudly through multiple deployments on SEAL Teams One and Seven, Chad continued to hone the technical skill, tactical proficiency, and attention to detail that our nation's best warriors adhere to. In an ironic final operation in Iraq, Chad's shares the story of how his SEAL Team was set up on a premeditated ambush similar to the location and scenario that took the life of his mentor Scott Helvenston but on that occasion Chad and his Team were victorious, overcoming the enemy and odds set against them in a gun battle to the death.

Today Chad is a bestselling author of his book, SEAL of God. Drawing from his experiences as a SEAL, Chad will illustrate the SEAL mindset and ethos that revolve around leadership, teamwork, integrity, safety, mental toughness, discipline, overcoming adversity, and grit. 


Friday, April 19th

General Session #1 

Dr. Thom Mayer
Battling Burnout and Restoring Resilience

8:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Mike MarksDr. Thom Mayer is the medical director for the NFL Players Association, executive vice president of leadership for LogixHealth, founder of BestPractices, Inc., and clinical professor of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University and Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke University. He was named the 2018 winner of the James D. Mills Outstanding Contribution to Emergency Medicine Award, which is the highest honor of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He was recently nominated to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

When asked about these awards, Dr. Mayer simply says, “I have only one talent. I know how to hire people who are not only better than me, but much better than me. They won the awards, not me.”

Dr. Mayer has been the founder, CEO, and principal shareholder of physician leadership, staffing, and management and ambulance transport companies with revenues in excess of $100 million, which were then sold with an average IRR in excess of 38%. He continues to hold intellectual property rights to all the content developed by these companies.

On September 11, 2001, Dr. Mayer served as the Command Physician at the Pentagon Rescue Operation and has served on 3 Defense Science Board Task Forces, advising the Secretary of Defense. Most recently, in 2022, Dr. Mayer helped lead a mobile team to Ukraine treating almost 350 patients and training over 1,700 Ukrainian medical staffers.

Dr. Mayer was the originator of the entire NFL Concussion Guidelines program, and thus has changed the nature of concussion diagnosis and management world-wide. He gives many examples of his NFL experiences in his talks.


General Session #2 

Brian Beaulieu
2024 and Beyond: ITR’s Economic Update

10:45 a.m - 12:00 p.m.

Brian Beaulieu  has served as CEO and Chief Economist of ITR Economics™ since 1987, where he researches business cycles and economic forecasting as tools for improving profitability. Brian has shared his highly valued research results via presentations, workshops, and seminars in numerous countries to hundreds of thousands of business owners and executives for the last 40 years.

Prior to joining ITR Economics, Brian served as an economist for the US Department of Labor, where he worked on the health-care component of the Consumer Price Index. Brian has coauthored, with Alan Beaulieu, the books “Prosperity in the Age of Decline,” “Make Your Move,” and, for children, “But I Want It!”


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