2022 AIN Conference Presenters

Curious about who will be presenting from the main stage at the 2022 Sales Conference? Learn more about this year’s Presenters below and stay tuned as the balance of the agenda is released!


Ellen Cooper

Ellen Cooper, currently an executive vice president at Lincoln Financial Group, will become Lincoln Financial Group’s president and CEO following the company’s Annual Meeting in May 2022, at which time she will also join the Lincoln National Corp. board.

Cooper is a seasoned executive with broad and deep life insurance industry experience. She joined Lincoln in 2012 as executive vice president and chief investment officer, and subsequently added the roles of head of Enterprise Risk and head of the Annuity Solutions group. During her tenure, she has been instrumental in developing and executing on the company’s general and separate account investment strategy, overseeing more than $300 billion in assets and managing the Corporation’s industry-leading hedge program.

Cooper is a member of the company’s senior management committee and the Lincoln Financial Foundation board.

Prior to Lincoln, Cooper served as managing director and global head of insurance strategy for Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Earlier in her career, she was the chief risk officer for AEGON Americas. She also served as a principal at Ernst & Young LLP and in an insurance consulting role at Towers Perrin.

Cooper holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Actuarial Science from Temple University, as well as CERA, CFA and FSA designations.


Jesse Itlzer

Jesse Itzler only eats fruit ’til noon, loves Run-D.M.C., and enjoys living life “out of the box.” In fact, he doesn’t even have a box. The author of the New York Times bestseller, Living with a Seal, co-founded Marquis Jet, the world’s largest private jet card company which he and his partner sold to Berkshire Hathaway/NetJets. Jesse then partnered with Zico coconut water, which he and his partner sold to The Coca-Cola Company.

He’s a former rapper on MTV and wrote and performed the NBA’s Emmy Award-winning “I Love This Game” music campaign and the popular New York Knicks anthem “Go NY Go.” When he’s not running ultra-marathons, eating vegan food or being a dad to his four kids, Jesse can be found at the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks games, where he’s an owner of the team. He is married to Spanx founder Sara Blakely.


Jon Picoult

Jon Picoult helps organizations impress their customers and inspire their employees, creating “raving fans” that drive business growth. He is the founder of Watermark Consulting and a noted authority on customer and employee experience.

A sought-after business advisor and acclaimed public speaker, Jon’s insights have been featured by dozens of media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, and Forbes. He has worked with the CEOs and executive teams at some of the world’s foremost brands, helping companies build powerful loyalty in both the marketplace and the workplace.

Jon’s new book, From Impressed to Obsessed: 12 Principles for Turning Customers and Employees into Lifelong Fans debuted as an Amazon #1 New Release and has earned praise from business luminaries such as Horst Schulze (co-founder of Ritz-Carlton Hotels) and Hubert Joly (former CEO of Best Buy).

Prior to establishing Watermark, Jon held senior executive roles at Fortune 100 financial services companies. Early in his career, at the age of 29, he earned the distinction of becoming the youngest executive officer in the over 150-year history of a leading global insurer.

Jon received his bachelor’s degree in cognitive science from Princeton University and his M.B.A. from Duke University.


Emily Roland

Emily is responsible for developing and delivering timely market and economic insight to financial advisors and institutional investors across the country. She has been featured on CNBC and Bloomberg TV, and is quoted frequently in the financial press, including the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s and the Associated Press. She is a highly rated keynote speaker at a variety of industry conference and events.

Emily leads the development of John Hancock Investments’ flagship quarterly market outlook publication, Market Intelligence. In doing so, she oversees the firm’s investment committee, which sets the view by marrying insight from the firm’s global network of asset managers, independent research firms, broker-dealers, and banks with top-down fundamental and macro analysis.

Emily joined the company’s investments division in 2004 and has held several positions in product management, competitive intelligence and market and industry research over the past 15 years. Prior to joining John Hancock, she held roles at GMO and the Boston Stock Exchange. Emily earned an MBA from Boston College and a BBA from James Madison University and holds the Certified Management Analyst Designation.


Bobby Samuelson

Bobby is the Executive Editor of The Life Product Review, the industry’s best source for independent and objective life insurance product intelligence. He regularly presents at major industry and corporate events. He has also authored and co-authored numerous articles appearing in publications such as Trusts and Estates and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal.

Bobby is also the President of Life Innovators, an independent product development firm helping life insurers create, implement and distribute unique and differentiated life insurance and annuity products.

Previously, Bobby was the Senior Vice President and Head of Product Development for life insurance and annuities at Brighthouse Financial. Prior to joining MetLife in 2013, he was an independent consultant to life insurers, distributors and advisors. He is the third generation of his family to work in the life insurance industry.


Mark Zinder

Mark Zinder is a futurist and leading trend forecaster specializing in the areas of finance and economics.

As a seasoned keynote speaker, he has traveled the globe delivering more than 2,000 presentations to hundreds of thousands of people around the world. He is also a regular guest on Fox Business and CNBC, sharing his expertise and positive outlook while tackling tough questions on the future of the global economy.

Mark’s extensive background spans 37 years and includes being the National Spokesman for Franklin Templeton. During that time, he worked side-by-side with Sir John Templeton, Dr. Mark Mobius, and Mr. Michael Price to hone his ability to spot trends before they become obvious.

Laughing is the key to learning, and connecting with your clients is the key to success. Mark’s high-energy presentation focuses on these elements and motivates you to think differently to achieve success in today’s constantly changing world.