Curious about who will be presenting from the main stage at the 2021 Sales Conference? Learn more about this year’s Presenters below and stay tuned as the balance of the agenda is released!
Future-of-work strategist Heather E. McGowan helps leaders prepare their people and organizations for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The Third Industrial Revolution was marked by computerization and automation of physical labor, laying the foundation for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which will be notable for the rapid advancement of technology tools into the domain of human knowledge work. In this world, humans must continuously learn and adapt, and with this transition comes information overload. Heather gives lucidity to this topic through her illuminating graphic frameworks and powerful metaphors, all backed by deep research. In 2017, LinkedIn ranked her as its number one global voice for education. Pulitzer Prize–winning NYT columnist Thomas Friedman frequently quotes Heather in his books and columns and describes her as “the oasis” when it comes to insights into the future of work. Heather’s sessions help employees and leaders alike prepare for and adapt to jobs that do not yet exist.
McGowan’s clients range from start-ups to publicly traded Fortune 500 companies, including AMP Financial, Autodesk, Biogen, Citi, Accor Hotels, AARP, The World Bank, and BD Medical. Often quoted in the media, notably in the New York Times, McGowan serves on the advisory board for Sparks & Honey, a New York–based culture-focused agency looking to the future for brands. McGowan’s academic work has included roles at Rhode Island School of Design, Becker College, and Jefferson University, where she was the strategic architect of the first undergraduate college focused exclusively on innovation. In 2019 Heather was appointed as a faculty member of the Swinburne University Centre For the New Workforce in Melbourne, Australia. Heather advises and gives keynote addresses for organizations all over the world and, with her colleagues, provides bespoke consulting to help organizations adapt to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Her think tank is called Work to Learn because McGowan believes that in the Third Industrial Revolution, we learned (once) in order to work and now, in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, we will work in order to learn (continuously). McGowan is the co-editor and author of the book Disrupt Together: How Teams Consistently Innovate and a Forbes contributor. She is working on her latest book on the future of work, due out by Wiley in spring 2020: The Adaptation Advantage: Let Go, Learn Fast, and Thrive in the Future of Work.
Kevin’s unconventional path to business and personal success has taught him that winning in business and in life requires anything but conventional thinking. He grew up in Muskegon, Michigan where his blue-collar roots taught him the value of hard work and determination. With a streetwise aptitude and a never quit attitude, he worked his way from the front lines in business to the executive boardroom.
Kevin understands what drives organizational excellence and customer loyalty. He knows first-hand how great brands think, feel and act. He is a branding and culture expert with a 30+ year career in franchise development. He spent the last 20 years of his corporate career as part of a leadership team that built a little-known family business into the #1 franchise in their industry with annual revenues exceeding $2 billion dollars. Since 2016, he has traveled the world pursuing a mission to share The HERO Effect® message with as many people and organizations as possible.
The HERO Effect® is a simple philosophy that separates world-class organizations and high-performance people from everybody else. Kevin is passionate about helping people expand their vision, develop their potential and grow their results. And, as the father a child with autism, he knows firsthand how the principles of true success reach beyond the boardroom and into the lives of real people facing the challenges of everyday life.
As a highly sought-after keynote speaker, Kevin has had the privilege of speaking to a wide variety of organizations including American Express, Delta Airlines, Nationwide, H&R Block, PayPal, New York Life, Million Dollar Round Table, Southwest Airlines, Merck, Atrium Health, and many more.
Kevin has received numerous honors, including being named one of the ‘Best Keynote Speakers of 2019’ by NorthStar Meetings Group; one of the ‘Top 41 Motivational Speakers Who Can Energize Any Sales Team’ by ResourcefulSelling; among the ‘Top Customer Service Speakers’ by Eagles Talent Speakers Bureau; and an elite and in-demand ‘Gold Star Speaker’ by GDA Speakers.
Kevin is the author of the best-selling book The HERO Effect® – Being Your Best When It Matters the Most.
Kevin entertains, inspires and challenges people to show up every day and make a positive difference at work and in life!
Kim Lear is a speaker, writer, strategist, and researcher. As the founder and content director of Inlay Insights, Kim explores how emerging trends impact the future workforce and marketplace. She is at the forefront of cutting-edge research to uncover cultural shifts that revolutionize how organizations engage employees and consumers. Kim is a sought-after expert and has been featured on NPR as well as national publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, USA Today, and more. She is also a contributor to the award-winning NPR program “On Being” where she focuses on mindful work. Kim’s innovative presentations explore how future trends are changing the way people work, buy, and live. She is known for her ability to use a mix of data, storytelling, humor and actionable takeaways to discuss the trends that most impact the bottom line of organizations.
Chief Advocacy Officer
Armstrong leads Finseca’s advocacy team. He helped to guide the profession through tax reform in 2017. During that campaign the team repelled several attacks on client planning tools while securing key victories that benefit the profession to this day like the 199A passthrough deduction.
Prior to joining Finseca, Armstrong advocated for dozens of clients at the Prime Policy Group, a premier D.C.-based bipartisan lobbying firm on a wide variety of issues ranging from tax to cybersecurity.
During more than a decade serving the U.S. Congress, Armstrong worked extensively with the Committees on Ways & Means and Financial Services. He served as Chief of Staff and senior advisor for Representatives Geoff Davis (R-KY) and Keith Rothfus (R-PA). Armstrong successfully directed multiple successful political campaigns. He also served as Tax Counsel to Congressman Davis during his service on the Ways & Means Committee.
Financial Markets Economist
Scott Murray, CFA, is a Financial Markets Economist with Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. He regularly addresses a wide variety of audiences on the interaction of the economy and financial markets. Scott was previously a portfolio manager for the domestic equity portfolio at the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System. He holds a Bachelor of Art in Political Science from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. In addition, he is an adjunct professor in Economics at Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio.