Keynote Presenters


Keynote Presenters:




Monday, October 1st

Caroline Casey

“Who Says We Can’t: Looking Past Limits”

Caroline Casey has been recognized internationally for her pioneering and innovative approach to changing attitudes and perceptions of disability with a focus on business and media. In 2004 she founded Kanchi, an organization established to influence this change, which she named after the elephant she trekked across Southern India on during a 1,000km personal journey.

Kanchi devised the Ability Awards to recognize and build awareness of the business case for disability. The awards are now being rolled out internationally across five countries in the next five years with the focus on Europe.

Caroline Casey is invited around the world to speak on her leadership work at eminent events including the Global Competitiveness Forum, the Clinton Global Initiative, TED, and Davos.

She became the first Irish person to be appointed a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, is an Ashoka Fellow, and received an honorary doctorate from National University Ireland. She currently sits on the boards of a number of media and charity organizations in Ireland. Caroline is visually impaired to the degree that she is registered as legally blind.

Tuesday, October 2nd

Dr. Michio Kaku
“Predicting the Future of Healthcare”

Dr. Michio Kaku is an internationally recognized authority in two areas. The first is Einstein’s unified field theory, which Dr. Kaku is attempting to complete. The other is to predict trends affecting business, commerce, and finance based on the latest research in science. He is one of the most widely recognized figures in science in the world.

Dr. Kaku holds the Henry Semat Chair in Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York. He graduated from Harvard University in 1968 summa cum laude and first in his physics class. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1972, and been a professor at CUNY for almost 30 years. He has taught at Harvard and Princeton as well. His goal is to complete Einstein’s dream of a “theory of everything,” to derive an equation, perhaps no more than one inch long, which will summarize all the physical laws of the universe. He is the co-founder of string field theory, a major branch of string theory, which is the leading candidate today for the theory of everything.

He is the author of several international bestsellers, including Hyperspace and Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the 21st Century. For Visions, he interviewed 150 of the world’s top scientists, many of them Nobel Laureates and directors of the largest scientific laboratories, about their vision for the next 20 years in computers, robotics, biotechnology, space travel, etc. His book, Parallel Worlds, about the latest in cosmology, was a finalist for the prestigious Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction in the UK, and also a finalist for the Aventist science book award.

His latest book is Physics of the Impossible, which was on The New York Times Bestseller list for five weeks in 2008, and earned glowing reviews from The Los Angeles Times, New Scientist Magazine, The Guardian (UK), and many, many more. It was also the number one science book in the US.

Dr. Kaku’s upcoming book, Physics of the Future: How Science will Change Daily Life by 2100 is due for publication in March 2011. Based on interviews with over 300 of the world’s top scientists, Dr. Kaku presents the revolutionary developments in medicine, computers, quantum physics, and space travel that will forever change our way of life and alter the course of civilization itself.

Dr. Kaku also does considerable public speaking on international radio and TV. He has appeared on Larry King Live, Nightline, 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, CNN, CNN-Financial, ABC-TV News, BBC-TV, BBC-Radio, PBS’s Nova and Innovation, Tech-TV, and numerous science specials, including PBS’s Stephen Hawking’s Universe, Science Odyssey, and Einstein Revealed; the BBC’s Future Fantastic, Parallel Universes, and Copenhagen; Channel 4′s The Big G: The Story of Gravity; the Discovery Channel; the Learning Channel’s Exodus Earth; A & E; and many science documentaries.

He was featured in the full-length, 90-minute feature film Me and Isaac Newton, which was nominated for an Emmy in 2001. He was profiled in Tech-TV’s Big Thinkers series and is a regular commentator on that cable network. He has spoken on over 500 radio stations around the country.

He has also appeared in a series of major science specials. In 2006, he hosted a four-part, four-hour series for BBC-TV and BBC World on the nature of time. In winter of 2007, he hosted a three-part, three-hour Discovery–TV series about the next 50 years, called 2057. He has also hosted a new three-part, three-hour documentary for BBC-TV about the future of science, called Visions of the Future. It aired in the UK in the fall of 2007, and received glowing reviews from the London newspapers, including The Times, The Daily Telegraph, and The Guardian. It also received some of the highest ratings for BBC4.

Starting in 2008, he became a regular host on the Science Channel/Discovery Channel, hosting their Sunday line-up of shows. In January 2009, the Science Channel announced that Dr. Kaku would host a 12-part series on TV based on his New York Times Bestseller Physics of the Impossible. The movie aired in fall 2009.
Dr. Kaku hosts his own national weekly radio program which airs in 130 cities in the US and also the KU national satellite band and internet, called “Science Fantastic.” It is the largest nationally syndicated science radio show on commercial radio in the United States, and perhaps the world.

He has written for Time magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Discover Magazine, New Scientist Magazine, Astronomy Magazine, and Wired, and been quoted in Scientific American, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The London Daily Telegraph, The London Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Wired, and Fast Company. He has written cover articles for New Scientist Magazine, Astronomy Magazine, and the Sunday London Times. He has also written several op-ed pieces for the Wall Street Journal, as well as the Boston Globe.

Tuesday, October 2nd

Zonya Foco,RD, CSP,
“Conviction Over Convenience: Staying Healthy in a Culture That’s Anything But!”

Nobody motivates an audience more about the benefits of smart nutrition, everyday exercise, and commonsense core habits then Zonya Foco, RD, CSP, America’s Nutrition Leader. Her mission is to win the war on obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Foco’s easy humor and dynamic style drive home the message that, when it comes to health and nutrition, each of us can change our lives with the Power of One Good Habit. As a teen who saw her own weight bounce up and down, ending each diet at a higher number on the scale, she is now motivating people everywhere with a commonsense approach to healthy eating through her TV show, Zonya’s Health Bites; her popular cookbook, Lickety-Split Meals for Health Conscious People on the Go; and her newest book, a co-authored health novel titled Water with Lemon.

As the only Registered Dietitian (RD) and Certified Health and Fitness Instructor (CHFI) in the country to have earned the prestigious Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation, her boundless energy inspires audiences across North America to stop dieting and start living the healthy life they deserve.

Before launching her speaking, writing, and publishing career in 1994, Foco received her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University and then worked for eight years as a clinical nutritionist for the Michigan Heart and Vascular Institute at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor. It is from these clients that she discovered the need for a “countertop coach” cookbook and in 1998 wrote Lickety Split Meals for Health Conscious People on the Go, filled with easy recipes and healthy tips for everyday families.

In 2005, Zonya’s Health Bites began making converts to healthy eating across the nation. This 30-minute program airing on public television incorporates smart grocery shopping and lively cooking segments with practical exercise, and is peppered with quick “bites” of information on topics from kid-friendly veggies to heart-smart snacks.
In her newest book, Water with Lemon, she has joined forces with novelist Stephen Moss to introduce a new genre – the health novel – bringing readers an inspiring story of personal transformation that teaches readers how eight simple habits can help them master diet-free, guilt-free weight loss for life.

Foco uses humor, hard facts, and common sense to help people of all ages incorporate healthy habits into their busy lives. She is committed to the idea that small, simple steps are the key to long-term lifestyle changes.

In addition to spreading the word through her own books and TV show, Foco is a favorite on local newscasts across the country, nationally-syndicated daytime talk shows and QVC. She has been published in the popular magazines Prevention, Today’s Dietitian, Total Health, and Fast and Healthy Cooking. In 2008, Foco toured across the country on Oprah and Bob’s Best Life Challenge 2008 bus as the presenter.

Wednesday, October 3rd

Mark Sanborn

“You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader: How Anyone, Anywhere Can Make a Positive Difference”

Mark Sanborn is the president of Sanborn & Associates, Inc., an idea lab for leadership development. lists him as one of the top 30 leadership experts in the world.
In addition to his experience leading at a local and national level, Sanborn has written or co-authored eight books and is the author of more than two dozen videos and audio training programs on leadership, change, teamwork, and customer service. He has presented over 2400 speeches and seminars in every state and a dozen countries.
Sanborn is a member of the prestigious Speakers Roundtable, which includes 20 of the top speakers in the world today. He holds the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speakers Association and is a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame (CPAE).
Sanborn’s book, The Fred Factor: How Passion in Your Work and Life Can Turn the Ordinary Into the Extraordinary, is an international bestseller and was on the New York Times, Business Week, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. His latest books include You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader: How Anyone, Anywhere Can Make a Positive Difference; The Encore Effect: How to Achieve Remarkable Performance in Anything You Do; and Up, Down or Sideways: How to Succeed When Times are Good, Bad or In Between (released by Tyndale October 2011).
Sanborn is a past president of the National Speakers Association and winner of The Cavett, the highest honor bestowed by that organization. In 2007, Mark was awarded The Ambassador of Free Enterprise Award by Sales & Marketing Executives International.

Wednesday, October 3rd

Dr. David Rakel
“The Clinician Effect: How you trump Pills”

David Rakel, MD, started his career near the Teton Mountains in Driggs, Idaho where he was in rural private practice for five years before completing a two-year residential fellowship in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. He is the founder and director of the University of Wisconsin Integrative Medicine Program and associate professor with tenure in the department on family medicine at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Rakel is editor of one of the premier texts in this field titled, Integrative Medicine now with the 3rd edition in progress. He is involved in NIH funding to study the placebo effect and to incorporate healing modalities into medical school curricula. He is board certified in family and holistic medicine and sits on the board of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine and is on the executive committee for the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine. He has a certificate of added qualification in sports medicine and is certified in interactive guided imagery.

Wednesday, October 3rd

Christine Stevens, MSW, MA, MT-BC

 ”The Heartbeat of Healthcare”

Christine Stevens is an internationally acclaimed speaker, author, and music therapist. Holding masters degrees in both social work and music therapy, Christine inspires people all over the world with her message of music for holistic health, spirituality and wellness.

Christine is the author of The Healing Drum Kit, The Art and Heart of Drum Circles book and DVD and two CDs; Reviving Rhythms, and Drumming Up Diva.

As a member of an integrative research team, Christine has published studies on the scientific benefits of group drumming.  Christine serves on the editorial board of Explore: The Journal of Science & Healing.  With over 20 years of experience developing drumming programs for such groups as Columbine High School, Ground Zero, survivors of hurricane Katrina, and most recently, created the first drum circle training program in northern Iraq. She has also worked with many Fortune 500 companies, including DuPont, The Department of Defense, Disney and Verizon.
Christine is the founder of UpBeat Drum Circles, offering diversity training, teambuilding, and wellness presentations world-wide.  She has trained facilitators and led workshops in more than twenty countries, including Hong Kong, Brazil, South Africa, Japan, and Western Europe.

Christine trains HealthRHYTHMS facilitators throughout the United States, England and Japan through Remo, the world’s largest drum company.  A leader in the music and wellness movement, Christine also serves on the editorial board of Explore: A Journal of Science and Healing.

Christine’s work in Iraq was recently featured in the book and DVD Discover the Gift.  Televised media credits include: PBS Healing Quest TV, NBC, KABC–Los Angeles, KTLA – Los Angeles, Tournament of Roses Parade, London Tonight, Living Better TV, Discovery Health, & Hong Kong News.  As a contributing writer, Christine’s work has been featured in Fitness Magazine, Spirituality & Health, Body & Soul, Fast Company, First for Women Magazine, The Oriental News, The Christian Science Monitor, US News & World Report, Yogi Times, and Natural Beauty and Health.

Watch this video on Christine!