Marco Tempest

Marco Tempest specializes in developing immersive experiences of future technologies. Taking ideas about advanced technology, and how we might interact with it, and finding innovative ways to bring those concepts alive. In his presentations he combines mixed reality, storytelling, gestural sensing and swarm robotics to give us a glimpse of a delightful augmented future right now.

Marco Tempest is a frequent keynote speaker at tech conferences around the world, a Directors Fellow at the MIT Media Lab and a creative consultant at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Marco is executive director of the NYC MagicLab, a science consortium exploring illusion and digital technology. Applications include media, marketing, entertainment and the prototyping of future technologies via immersive experiences. Marco is deeply embedded in the tech industry and has regular interactions with product teams in an advisory capacity or as consultant or developer for prototype consumer technologies.

Wednesday, February 5, 8-9 a.m.

Inventing the Impossible

Marco Tempest specializes in developing immersive experiences of future technologies. Marco takes ideas about advanced technology, how we might interact with it, and finding innovative ways to bring those concepts alive. In this session, he combines mixed reality, storytelling, gestural sensing and swarm robotics to give us a glimpse of a delightful augmented future right now.

Luvvie Ajayi

Luvvie Ajayi is an award-winning author, speaker, and digital strategist who thrives at the intersection of comedy, technology, and activism.

Her book, I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual, was released to critical acclaim and became an instant New York Times bestseller. Luvvie’s ability to create content that makes people laugh heartily while thinking critically has been honed by 16 years of blogging. On her website AwesomelyLuvvie.com, she covers everything from TV and movies to race, politics, and life’s random adventures.

She recently launched the Do-Better Academy (DBA), an e-school that focuses on teaching people how to thrive in business and their careers.

The University of Illinois alum is a sought-after speaker, host, and correspondent who leverages her background in marketing, communications, and new media. She has spoken on notable stages in the United States and abroad, including the Obama White House, MAKERS Conference, Pennsylvania Conference for Women, SXSW, and Social Media Week (Nigeria, South Africa), and her TEDWomen opening talk “Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable” has received more than 4 million views since December 2017.

Using her background in marketing, communications, and new media, Luvvie created Awesomely Techie, a resource site for entrepreneurs, small-business owners, and others who want to use technology to make their work and personal lives more efficient.

The drive to leave the world better than she found it is the foundation of her work with The Red Pump Project, a nonprofit she co-founded with Karyn Brianne Lee. From March 2009 to 2018, Red Pump empowered and educated women and girls of color about HIV/AIDS. As executive director, Luvvie led the national organization’s work in driving conversation to decrease stigma associated with the HIV epidemic. Red Pump’s work earned them a Congressional Record from the U.S. House of Representatives and resolutions by the Illinois State Senate as well as the City Council of Chicago.

Friday, February 7, 11 a.m. -12 p.m.

Branding Like a Boss in the Digital Age

Your “brand” is what people say about you when you’re not in the room. Being active on social media has become a necessity in this increasingly digital world. This session will take the fear out of social media (and highlight its power) and give you the knowledge to tell the best story about who you are and what you do across platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Find out how to go from followers to fans and evangelists, while also highlighting the importance of building and maintaining profiles that inspire people to support your work, defend you when you’re not in the room, and cheer for you, even when you fall.

Tara Deakin

Tara Deakin is Chief Talent Development Officer at Spin Master. Prior to Spin Master, Tara was Senior Vice President, Talent & Organizational Effectiveness, for TD Bank Group, where talent acquisition, talent management, organizational development, and diversity and inclusion were the core components of Tara's portfolio. Tara is a member of the Human Resources Operating Committee.

Prior to joining TD, Tara served as the Managing Director/Chief Learning Officer for the North American Consumer Bank at Citi Group. In this role, she was accountable for employee onboarding and development. In addition to her North American responsibilities, Tara had global accountability for enterprise systems training and knowledge management. In this capacity, she and her team supported the strategic focus of the organization by translating business goals into actionable performance initiatives to ensure the readiness of 102,000+ customer facing employees. Tara has more than 16 years of progressive positions in the field of organizational development and learning.

Prior to joining Citi, she was the Chief Learning and Enablement Officer at Rogers Communications where she held a number of increasingly senior roles driving the organizations learning and organizational effectiveness capability.

Tara holds a BA from the University of Western Ontario, and has completed post graduate work at Central Michigan University in adult education and organizational development. In 2009, Tara was awarded a Leadership Fellowship from the International Women's Forum which included advanced studies at INSEAD and Harvard.

Hamoon Ekhtiari

Hamoon Ekhtiari is the founder and CEO of Audacious Futures, a global innovation studio whose latest venture, FutureFit AI, is focused on building the world's most intelligent map for the future of work and learning. Previously, he was the director of strategy and innovation for the executive vice president at TELUS. Prior to that, Ekhtiari was the founding director of Studio [Y], a leadership and innovation academy at MaRS, Canada’s largest innovation hub. He also founded a social enterprise venture that raised $1 million in its first year, helped build Deloitte’s consulting business in the Caribbean, and taught as adjunct faculty. Ekhtiari is a member of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference, an AdR fellow at the University of Cambridge, a recipient of the University of Waterloo’s Alumni Achievement Medal, and a Canada Millennium Scholar. He is passionate about unlocking the potential of people, organizations, and societies to imagine and build more audacious futures.

Thursday, February 6, 12-1:45 p.m.

Bringing the Future of Work to Life Today

Join your fellow participants for lunch followed by a lively conversation with Tara Deakin and Hamoon Ekhtiari. To prepare for the future of work, talent development professionals need to identify, design, and deliver programs focused on future-ready skills. But what are these skills, and how can they be developed? Using research and data from around the globe, Hamoon and Tara will discuss how organizations are bridging today’s gaps with the future in mind. They’ll focus on why every organization needs an inskilling, upskilling, outskilling, and reskilling plan in place now. Bring your thoughts and questions to add to the exchange around this crucial topic with global implications.

Main Stage Super Session

But wait, there’s more! Thursday’s super sessions will immediately follow Tara and Hamoon’s talk. Just like yesterday, you’ll get to choose between three more experts—Julie Dirksen, Karl Kapp and Steve Sitek—to chat on the main stage. Bring your RF device for the most immersive experience!

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