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Speakers’ Spotlight Annual Showcase: Vancouver 2013

Last week, Speakers’ Spotlight presented our Annual Showcase in Vancouver to over 300 top meeting and event organizers. The morning featured six speakers from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, who delivered incredible talks and shared wisdom that attendees could immediately apply both in the workplace and in their personal lives.

Former CBC TV “dragon,”celebrated entrepreneur, and philanthropist, W. Brett Wilson kicked off the event with entertaining stories about his television work, including his time on Dragons’ Den, and spoke passionately about the importance of marketing, philanthropy, and entrepreneurship in all aspects of our lives.

Organizational expert Michelle Cederberg had the audience in hysterics with her high-impact, laugh-out-loud presentation, sharing ideas and possibilities on how to make improve health, increase happiness, and make a more energetic life a reality, once and for all.

Technology expert Steve Dotto took the audience on journey of discovery, discussing how we can better evaluate everything in our digital world, from social media to the latest hardware, and how we can–and should–gain control over our own lives, through the effective use of our technology.

After a brief break, business visionary Dr. John Izzo had the audience spellbound with his inspiring examples of how people have stepped up to “make things better.” He left the audience with the message that the more each person takes personal responsibility to do the right thing, not only will will their workplace be better, but their life will be better, too.

Gold medal Olympic rower Adam Kreek brought the audience to its feet when he shared his recent adventure rowing across the Atlantic Ocean, as well as his Olympic experiences. Adam’s  philosophy of “Shared Leadership”  answers the question, “how can we create teams full of leaders to maximize group potential and resilience?”

Celebrated social entrepreneur and owner of Vancouver’s Save On Meats  Mark Brand closed off the morning with his powerful presentation on his work in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and how we can all help to create and build better communities that are rich, inclusive, and wonderful places in which to live and work.

Breakfast TV Vancouver co-host Riaz Meghji kept the event moving with his quick wit, tying everything together with his belief that “Every Conversation Counts.”

In keeping with our philosophy of giving back, the  event supported Mark Brand’s Save on Meats “Meal Token Program.” Attendees were able to purchase tokens that are redeemable for a meal at Save On Meats. They could chose to distribute the tokens to people in need directly, or donate them to Brand’s various community partners, such as the Vancouver Police Department, Rainier Women’s Treatment Centre, and Vancouver’s Women’s Health Collective.

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