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Referred to by his fans as "the Artist for the People ", Phil Hansen is an internationally recognized multimedia artist, speaker, author and innovator -- at the forefront of bringing art to a wider audience. Crashing irreverently through conventional boundaries, Phil works at the intersection of traditional art,
electronic media, offbeat materials, and interactive experiences. He is most widely known for his metaart, videos that document the creation process (sometimes even through destruction), showing millions that art is action, not just result. Hansen's work also extends deeply into traditional media with
features on the Discovery Channel, Good Morning America, the Rachael Ray Show, Last Call with Carson Daly, Glamour and many more. His work is sought-after by many influential clients including the Grammy Awards, Disney, Skype, Mazda and the Rockefeller Foundation.
For the tens of millions who have seen Phil's art on TV and online, it's hard to imagine that his artistic journey nearly came to an end when a tremor developed in his drawing hand. In exploring new ways to create art, Phil discovered that by embracing his shake, limitations could become the passageway to
creativity. His inspirational story was first shared on the TED stage to a standing ovation, and then shared around the world including on PBS, BBC and CCTV. Now, Phil's ability to draw parallels to the business setting has won him followers among industry and business leaders, leading to invitations to speak at the
TED2013 conference, Adobe MAX Creativity Conference, World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, and the Million Dollar Round Table. "Phil 's message of self-reinvention and the power of transforming adversity into opportunity is one that translates well across audiences-regardless of the industry. His
message inspires, motivates and re-energizes the creative spirit in us all." - Ford Motor Company
"We need to first be limited in order to become limitless." - Phil Hansen
Jeff James serves as vice president and general manager of Disney
Institute, which is the professional development and business advisory arm of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. A 20 plus year veteran of The Walt Disney Company, Jeff is an expert in the company’s successful core competencies and values. Based in Orlando, Florida, he oversees a global team of Disney
subject-matter experts who engage with clients by sharing Disney business insights focused on service, leadership and employee engagement.
Most recently, Jeff served as vice president and managing director for Disney Destinations International in London. He led the marketing, sales, public relations and finance efforts across the United Kingdom and Ireland for the portfolio of assets within Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
Prior to his role in London, Jeff was the vice president of Travel Industry Sales for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. He originally led the sales team responsible for Disney Cruise Line, and was instrumental in supporting the team when it expanded to include Disneyland® and Walt Disney World®.
Jeff began his Disney career in 1996 and played a pivotal role as one of the founding executives of Disney Cruise Line. He served as the director of sales, where he provided executive leadership as the cruise line vastly expanded its domestic and European itineraries and added two new ships to its
Jeff has a bachelor’s degree in business and commercial recreation from the University of Colorado. He also has several professional licenses in the sales, insurance and real estate fields.
Innovative Composer and Violinist
Kai Kight uses music as a metaphor to inspire individuals and organizations around the world to compose paths of imagination and fulfillment. Inspired by his mother who, when diagnosed with cancer, revealed regrets of not bringing her ideas to the world, Kai is on a mission to
spark a global mindset shift in which ingenuity is the norm, not the exception. In his emotionally powerful presentations, Kai performs original music and candidly shares stories from his own transformation as an artist, translating these insights into takeaways that audiences can infuse into their own lives
and work environments. As a musician, he has performed his original music for audiences around the world, from the White House to the Great Wall of China. As a speaker, he has created impactful experiences for a wide range of audiences internationally, including for clients such as The Walt Disney Company,
PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks. His mesmerizing and original violin performance beautifully becomes a sonic metaphor for the core of his message: to inspire people to compose unique ideas in a world that celebrates conformity.
Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code and Author
Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a
national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology
and change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. With their
7-week Summer Immersion Program, 2-week specialized Campus Program, after
school Clubs, and a 13-book New York Times best-selling series, Girls Who Code
is leading the movement to inspire, educate, and equip young women with the
computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. By the end of the 2018
academic year, Girls Who Code will have reached over 90,0000 girls in all 50
states and several US territories. Girls Who Code alumni are choosing to major
in CS, or related fields, at a rate 15 times the national average; Black and
Latina alumni are choosing to major in CS or related fields at a rate 16 times
the national average.
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Jeff Rendel, Certified Speaking Professional, knows the financial services marketplace. With experience as a federal banking regulator, financial services executive, and Congressional lobbyist; he understands the balancing act of safety, soundness, sales,
As President of Rising Above Enterprises, Jeff works with financial services providers that want elite results in leadership, sales, and strategy. Each year, he addresses and facilitates for nearly 100 financial institutions and their business partners.
As a federal banking regulator with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Jeff examined a wide array of the nation’s banks and partnered with all levels of executive management.
As a financial services executive, he oversaw the strategic operations of a leading California community bank, directing corporate initiatives and helping guide the bank to record growth, market share, and financial results.
As a chief lobbyist to Congress, he represented financial institutions on the West Coast, serving as a first and main resource to Members of Congress as they sought to understand implications of legislation upon financial services.
A highly sought after and accomplished speaker; he is a professional member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) and has earned the NSA’s Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation. Fewer than five percent of
the world’s speakers hold this achievement.
Outside of the office and off the platform, Jeff is an avid reader and is learning the particulars of being an ice hockey referee. His much better half, Jayne, adds indispensable balance to his life. Together, they enjoy succulent gardening and their
respective alumni loyalties to their college teams. It’s a divided home from time to time.
Little Miss Molly’s arrival in 2005 made his life whole. When he’s not on a stage or on an airplane, Jeff is on a sheet of ice, proving no match for Molly, as she figuratively and literally skates circles around him.
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