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In The Spotlight: Summer 2013 Newsletter

In The Spotlight: Summer 2013 Newsletter

Spotlight on our Newest Speakers

Susan Cain says contemporary culture holds a decided bias toward the “extrovert ideal” and dramatically undervalues the talents of introverts. No longer. In her bestselling book, Quiet, and in her record-smashing TED talk, Susan shows audiences how to change the way we work, lead, and teach in order to tap the abundant strengths of the quieter half of the population. Read more

Named one of Forbes’ five Most-Powerful Women on Twitter and a New York Times bestselling author for Renegades Write The Rules, Amy Jo Martin travels the world to speak about the latest trends in social media, how to monetize various social platforms, and how to successfully build a personal brand by utilizing social media. With nearly 1.3 million Twitter followers, her audiences have varied from the Harvard Business School and National Sports Forum to the Design Leadership Summit in Venice, Italy. Read more…

Dan Pallotta aims to transform the way society thinks about charity, giving and change. His iconic TED Talk, The Way We Think About Charity Is Dead Wrong, has been viewed more than 1.2 million times, and he is a William J. Clinton Distinguished Lecturer who has spoken at Stanford, the Gates Foundation, NASA, Harvard’s Hauser Center for Non-Profits, among many others. As the founder president of Advertising for Humanity, Dan’s powerful, game-changing talks encourage the non-profit sector how to transform long-held paradigms into brand-new success. Read more…


Who's Making News?Congratulations to Scott Harrison, the founder of charity:water, for being named one of the “Ten Most Creative People In Business” in 2013 by Fast Company magazine. The award celebrates the “data geeks, world-changers, actors, rappers and all types of innovators who prove the value of creativity at a crucial time in business.”

Could there be a better host for The Amazing Race than the guy who walked through Whistler Village holding a beer jug above his head after winning Olympic gold? Canada’s skeleton racer Jon Montgomery is thrilled to be putting his athletic skills and hunger for adventure to use as the face of one of television’s most popular shows this fall on CTV.

High-Performance Anthropologist Rasmus Ankersen became a media sensation upon the recent release of his latest book, The Gold Mine Effect. Watch Rasmus discuss the secrets to discovering untapped talent on CTV’s Canada AM.


Summer Reading List

David Marquet | Turn the Ship Around! How to Create Leadership at Every Level

When he assumed command of the USS Santa Fe, a nuclear submarine plagued by poor morale and even poorer performance, U.S. Navy Captain (now retired) David Marquet accepted the greatest management challenge of his career. He dared to challenge the Navy’s traditional leadership theory. David shares his insights on risking and revolutionizing standard operating procedures by allowing everyone on his crew to “think like leaders” and assume responsibility for everything from clerical tasks to crucial combat decisions.

Mitch Joel | Ctrl Alt Delete: Reboot Your Business. Reboot Your Life. Your Future Depends On It

The transition of all industries into the fully-digital future has left everyone caught in a middle ground, and it’s very confusing. In his new book, Ctrl Alt Delete, social media, digital marketing and personal branding expert Mitch Joel provides a roadmap for success. He explains the convergence of five digital movements that have changed business forever, identifies the seven triggers that will help you take advantage of those movements, and shows what it takes to thrive in the new business landscape.

Niall Ferguson | The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die

What causes rich countries to lose their way? Symptoms of decline are all around us today: slowing growth, crushing debts, increasing inequality, aging populations, antisocial behavior. But what exactly has gone wrong? The answer, internationally renowned historian Niall Ferguson argues in The Great Degeneration, is that our institutions—the intricate frameworks within which a society can flourish or fail—are degenerating.


Fall Preview: What's Coming For Fall?Arlene Dickinson | All In

To be a successful entrepreneur, you don’t just need to know how to run a business. You need to know how to run your life when the boundary between work and personal time has essentially been erased. In All In, Arlene Dickinson tells the truth about the dangers of believing your own hype, listening to naysayers, and ignoring naysayers.

Amanda Lindhout | A House in the Sky: A Memoir

In August, 2008, Amanda Lindhout was a young journalist who travelled to Mogadishu, Somalia—“the most dangerous place on earth”—to report on the fighting there. On just her fourth day in the country, she was abducted. What followed was fifteen months of captivity wherein she was subject to harrowing, unthinkable abuse. Since her release, Lindhout has dedicated her life to helping the Somali people through education. A House in the Sky is a wrenching testament to the capacity of the human spirit and an astonishing portrait of the power of compassion and forgiveness.

Steve Paikin | Paikin and the Premiers: Personal Reflections on a Half-Century of Ontario Leaders

Few people know the modern-era premiers of Canada’s most populous province the way Steve Paikin does. Paikin and the Premiers offers a rare, uniform perspective on John Robarts, Bill Davis, Frank Miller, David Peterson, Bob Rae, Mike Harris, Ernie Eves, Dalton McGuinty, and Kathleen Wynne—from the vantage point of one of Canada’s most astute and respected journalists.


Spotlight on Training: Social Media Feedback Blues with Tod Maffin

Speakers’ Spotlight continues our dedication to bringing the world’s top trainers from the stage to your boardroom, offering practical workshops, in-depth programs, facilitation, consulting services, e-learning, webinars, and many other kinds of customized solutions to suit your needs. Watch our digital marketing expert Tod Maffin share his solutions to overcoming undesirable social media feedback.


Celebrity Spotlight with Paul VenoitOur celebrity division has been as busy as ever, helping to match the right personality to the right endorsement campaign, media campaign, and more. We had a great time recently when celebrity beauty and style expert Paul Venoit dropped by to share his tops trends for fall to keep women looking and feeling their best at work and at rest. Read more…