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Spotlight On: New Speakers, New Books, Lionel Richie’s Big “Hello”, and Martin Luther King III Looks Ahead

Spotlight On: New Speakers, New Books, Lionel Richie’s Big “Hello”, and Martin Luther King III Looks Ahead

Who's New?

Psst…did you hear the rumour that Elaine “Lainey” Lui has joined our roster? It’s true! We’re thrilled to confirm that the co-host of CTV’s The Social, and the founder of, is now working with us. As we’re sure you know, Lainey is recognized both for her unique insights into pop culture, and for her sharp business acumen as a successful female entrepreneur.

How do you inspire cult-like brand loyalty — the kind that creates mile-long line-ups and permanent tattoos? We’ve teamed up with Johnny “Cupcakes” Earle, founder of the world-renowned tee-shirt brand Johnny Cupcakes, to help him share his secret recipe for viral business and marketing success.

Also new to Speakers’ Spotlight is the award-winning CEO and founder of Cultureworks, Dr. Lisa Bélanger. Lisa draws cutting-edge insights from behavioural science research, showing leaders and teams how they can optimize their performance, productivity, and innovation to create long-term change, competitive advantage, and incredible success.


What's On Our Shelves?

Acclaimed activist and lawyer Jamil Jivani offers a counterintuitive — and often provocative — argument for a sea change in the way society looks at young men, and for how they see themselves, in his new book, Why Young Men: Rage, Race and the Crisis of Identity.

In Never Lose a Customer Again, customer experience expert Joey Coleman shares his methods for dramatically increasing customer retention and, as a result, improving the bottom line. The tools and techniques he outlines guarantee sales people will cement a long and valuable relationship with their clientele.

To create extraordinary professional and personal lives, we must learn to “unplug” from disruptions and “plug in” to what helps us reach our highest potential. In Attention Pays: How to Drive Profitability, Productivity, and AccountabilityNeen James shares tips to avoid distraction, increase focus, and create success.

Cameron Herold’s Vivid Vision: A Remarkable Tool for Aligning Your Business Around a Shared Vision of the Future, walks leaders through simple steps to create their own “vivid vision” — from brainstorming  exercises, to learning how to best share ideas, in order to drive progress in the years to come.


50 Years Later: Martin Luther King Jr's Son Continues to Spread His Father's Message

Last month saw the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, and to mark the sombre occasion, his son Martin Luther King III spoke with Newsweek to share his thoughts on where the movement for racial justice has been, and where he believes it is heading.


Choir Choir Choir sings to Lionel Richie on American Idol

International singing phenomenon Choir! Choir! Choir! recently made huge sound waves when its founders — Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman— descended in Los Angeles to teach American Idol contestants an arrangement of Lionel Richie’s smash hit “Hello,” as a special surprise for him.


Inside Our Boardroom: Jade Simmons, Motivational Pianist

Jade Simmons is one of the most versatile concert pianists in the world — using the piano as an instrument for providing not just entertainment, but also inspiration. She recently stopped by our office to talk about how she uses music to help people to better discover who they are, and who they wish to become.