Morning Keynote – Erica Dhawan

Sponsored by Humana Inc.

Erica Dhawan
Our speaker Erica Dhawan is on a mission to accelerate the collaboration and connectivity in today’s organizations.  As a researcher at Harvard, she co-authored the first book on connectional intelligence, Get Big Things Done: Unleash your Connectional Intelligence. Now as CEO of Cotential, she works with businesses to accelerate and sustain their capability to harness the power of relationships and networks for breakthrough innovation and results.

Unleash your Connectional Intelligence

So, what is it? Connectional Intelligence is the ability to combine knowledge, ambition and human capital, forging connections on a global scale that create unprecedented value and meaning. As radical a concept as Emotional Intelligence was in the 90s, Connectional Intelligence is helping people enlist supporters, accelerate innovation, develop strategies, and sustain solutions to big problems.

Ms. Dhawan will help attendees understand the practice of using connectional intelligence as the key to professional success and leadership in the 21st century. Attendees will learn from real-life stories and leave with an action plan to maximize their ability to connect people, ideas, and resources for breakthrough results.

BIO: Ms. Dhawan is a nationally recognized writer in Forbes, Fortune, and Fast Company on the future of work, the multi-generational workforce, innovation and leadership. While teaching leadership at Harvard and MIT with leadership gurus Marshall Ganz and Otto Scharmer, she earned her MBA at MIT Sloan and MPA at Harvard Kennedy School.  Prior to this path, she worked at Lehman Brothers through the boom and bankruptcy and has a deep understanding of challenges for emerging talent and corporate failures.  Her clients include Fidelity Investments, ATKearney, Deloitte, McGraw Hill Financial and PepsiCo, and she has been a featured speaker at places like the World Economic Forum at Davos, Facebook, Social Media Week, Harvard, and many others.

Closing Keynote – Francesca De Quesada Covey

Prior to joining Facebook, Francesca worked in the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House. Francesca started her career in Washington, DC as an analyst focusing on research and strategic communications development after having worked in finance for both UBS International (Miami, FL) and Goldman Sachs (London, UK).

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Lunch Keynote – Trey Grayson

Trey GraysonTrey Grayson is President & CEO, NKY Chamber of Commerce

Everything in Life I Learned from Star Wars

When he was seven years old, Trey went to the old Showcase Cinemas in Erlanger, Kentucky to watch the greatest movie ever made, “Star Wars”. Little did he know how often he would draw upon the “Star Wars” saga for lessons throughout the rest of his life – such as deciding whether to run for office, becoming a better leader, lawyer or politician, or even trying to woo his wife.

BIO: Trey Grayson is currently the President & CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.  From 2011 to June 2014, he served as the Director of Harvard University’s Institute of Politics.  While at Harvard, Trey was known as an expert on the political views of millennials and the role of technology in politics and government.  Prior to his time at Harvard, he was a two-term Secretary of State of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The youngest Secretary of State in the country at the time of his election, Trey served as Chair of the Republican Association of Secretaries of States and the President of the National Association of Secretaries of State.  Before entering politics, he was an attorney with the law firms of Greenebaum Doll & McDonald and Keating, Muething & Klekamp.  Trey received an A.B. in Government from Harvard College in 1994 and a JD/MBA from the University of Kentucky in 1998.  He resides in Boone County with his wife, Nancy, and his daughters, Alex and Kate.  He saw the latest Star Wars movie, Rogue One, on each of the first three days of its release.

Closing Keynote – Dr. Nat Irvin, II

Dr. Nat Irvin, IIDr. Nat Irvin is an author, innovator, futurist, teacher, composer and commentator & Woodrow M. Strickler Executive in Residence, Professor of Management Practice, College of Business at the University of Louisville. He has taught change management, leadership, future studies and team dynamics since 2007.

2042: The Future of Courage:  Do You Have the Guts to Lead in the Future?

An interactive multimedia experience exploring “ What Happens When Everything Changes? What does it mean to live, work, think and believe, to manage and lead in —a world that is very different from the one we live in today?  Every industry and every organization will have to transform itself in the next few years. But will you have the guts to lead change when you are confronted by a gigantic set of changes in the social, political, economic, technological and environmental driving forces of today that are sure to impact the mid-to-long term future, tomorrow? Bring plenty of energy, creativity and imagination!

BIO: Dr. Irvin is founder of “Thrivals @IdeaFestival” launched in 2010, the kickoff day of the IdeaFestival, an annual world-class event that attracts leading global innovators and thinkers to discuss and celebrate imagination, new perspectives and transformational ideas. From 1996-2007, Irvin created and led Future Focus 2020, an urban futurist think tank at the Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University, whose mission was to introduce futurist thinking to urban communities.

Irvin has engaged leadership and management teams of several Fortune 100 companies in strategic conversations about significant social, political, economic, technological and environmental trends events that will drive the mid to long term future. Dr. Irvin served as an advisor to the “TED Challenge: A Mission to Build the Next Generation of Brains, sponsored by TED (Technology, Entertainment & Design) and the Bezos Family (Amazon) Foundation, a non-profit focused on education from birth through high school.

Workshop Speakers/Facilitators

In order of appearance:

Kirsten HawleyKirsten Hawley
SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer, Brown-Forman Corporation

The Future of Leadership

In today’s ever-changing business environment, the models of leadership continue to evolve, and leaders must adapt to remain relevant.  In this interactive workshop, Kirsten Hawley, SVP, Chief Human Resources Officer of Brown-Forman Corporation will present three timeless skills that leaders from every industry and every country must continue to strengthen to ensure success despite the tides that will inevitably turn.

BIO: Kirsten Hawley leads the organization of professionals who provide general management human resources consultation to Brown-Forman’s businesses worldwide.  She and her team oversee the execution of strategic and operational Human Resources activities for North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Global Production, and corporate functions such as Marketing, IT, and Finance.  Additionally, Kirsten is a member of the CEO’s Executive Leadership Team as well as Brown-Forman’s Talent, Strategy, and Diversity Councils.


Scott MartinScott Martin
Parks Director, Parklands of Floyds Fork

Nature: The Original Innovator

The Louisville we live in today is defined by choices in development and design made over 100 years ago by citizen-leaders who brought Fredrick Law Olmsted to town. Louisville’s citizens are doing just this again through design, development, and operation of the nation’s newest large urban park system – The Parklands of Floyds Fork. This presentation will show how Louisville is once again at the national forefront of urban park design, and uniquely positioned to use green infrastructure assets to chart its next 100 years.

BIO:  Scott Martin serves as the Parks Director for The Parklands of Floyds Fork. He is part of the leadership team that seeks to reapply the metropolitan planning lessons of Fredrick Law Olmsted in the new century with the wrinkle of the new model being a private/public partnership. Scott joined The Parklands team in 2010 after serving eight years as the Director of Commerce & Leisure Services in Franklin County, VA. He helped oversee economic development, parks & recreation, tourism, and pilot open space conservation programs. Scott also spent five years working for the Boise (Idaho) Parks and Recreation Department where he provided staff support and conservation planning for the successful $10 million Foothills Open Space Serial Levy campaign that has preserved over 9,000 acres of land to date. Scott and his wife spend their free time kayaking, camping, and hiking.


Grace SimrallGrace Simrall
Chief of Civic Innovation, Louisville Metro Government

A City of Innovation

Discover how innovation is happening in Louisville, with the new chief of civic innovation for the metro area. Grace will share the unique challenges of leading innovation along with the future-oriented projects currently underway.

BIO: Grace Simrall was named Chief of Civic Innovation for Louisville Metro Government in August 2016. Prior to this role, Simrall served as Executive Director of Innovation at Care Innovations, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel, where she was responsible for the company’s innovation and analytics initiatives. In 2010, she founded iGlass Analytics, a startup focused on delivering data management and analytics solutions in the healthcare technology space. In that role, she worked with payers, providers, and accountable care organizations (ACOs) to apply enterprise data management design principles and cutting edge analytical tools to their specific challenges.

Simrall earned a bachelor’s degree in the geophysical sciences from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Louisville’s Speed School of Engineering.


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Sr. Manager, Amazon Media Group

Innovation – Start with the Customer and Work Backwards

At Amazon, all departments are completely data-driven based upon the success and failures of the customer experience. It allows the company to take risks and innovate quickly because of the concrete evidence driving decision on what is best for the customer and ultimately, what is best for the company.  Learn more about Amazon’s approach to innovation from Nancy Winé, Senior Manager of Amazon Media Group.

BIO: Nancy Winé is a Sr. Manager at Amazon Media Group (AMG). She oversees client partnerships for many of the world’s largest consumer package goods companies, including Procter & Gamble, Clorox, General Mills, Starbucks and MillerCoors. Prior to Amazon, Nancy served on The Integer Group’s senior management team. At Integer, she created and managed the agency’s business practice, Digitail® that introduced and integrated digital, retail and CRM skills among 600+ associates.


Stacy Griggs

Stacy Griggs
President and CEO, El Toro

Innovation is the Engine that Drives Great Companies

Great companies are constantly innovating, looking at the world differently and creating a future where their products will dominate the marketplace.  Stacy Griggs, president and CEO of El Toro will review some of the practical aspects of innovation that his company has used to disrupt the digital advertising marketplace.  Additionally, he’ll discuss how any company can focus on innovation as a strategy for winning.

BIO: Stacy Griggs leads day-to-day operations at El Toro, one of the fastest growing advertising technology (AdTech) companies in the United States. Stacy is also one of the creators of El Toro’s patent for IP targeting along with El Toro’s 5 other pending patents on game changing AdTech. He has led three different organizations that were recognized by Inc. Magazine on the Inc. 500 list as the fastest growing privately-held companies in the United States.

Stacy and his business partner David Stadler were selected as the 2016 E&Y Emerging Entrepreneurs of the Year for the Ohio Valley and El Toro was just the 12th company in the United States to be selected to participate in Endeavor at the 63rd International Selection Panel in March of 2016.  Additionally, he  currently serves as a volunteer firefighter with the Simpsonville Rural Fire District in Shelby County, KY.


Sherman BradleySherman Bradley
Owner & Founder, Consider the Poor of Ohio an organization focused on raising the ability of leaders to relate across socio-economic and ethnic boundaries

Building our Inclusive Future

Are You Socially & Culturally Competent? To be effective today and in the future, leaders need to be able to relate across socio-economic and ethnic boundaries. It requires becoming a person of social and cultural competency. Join us as we investigate our foundation to uncover our own implicit bias and cognitive dissonance. Empathy is the prerequisite to creating an environment of trust and harmony, which leads to better understanding of ourselves and our ability to be successful in relationships.

BIO: Sherman Bradley is the owner and founder of Consider the Poor of Ohio 501c3 and Consider The Poor, LLC, an advocacy, consulting, training and service company focusing on issues relevant to breaking the cycle of poverty. Consider The Poor of Ohio produces and sponsors the annual HopeFest Health & Education Festivals for families in poverty in greater Cincinnati, Ohio and the surrounding regions. HopeFest has served thousands of disenfranchised in partnership with University of Cincinnati, the City of Cincinnati, Children’s Hospital Medical Center, businesses, churches, organizations and volunteers. For 10 years prior to his work with Consider the Poor, Sherman served as Executive Director and then Vice-President of the City Gospel Mission, Cincinnati’s oldest homeless shelter, which was founded by the Gamble family of Procter & Gamble.


Lisa ZangariLisa Zangari
Director of Learning, Leadership Louisville Center

Unlocking Collective Genius for Innovation
From our Leadership Green Room curriculum

Innovation is a critical leadership competency for success and survival in the 21st century.  Innovative thinking fuels evolution, drives growth and in the best case scenario-creates positive change.  Developing your innovation skills and the right behaviors can give you a competitive advantage in an uncertain future. In this high-energy, high-impact session you will develop the mindset, behaviors and skills of an innovator and walk away with a practical approach for breakthrough thinking.

BIO: Lisa Zangari is Director of Learning for the Leadership Louisville Center where she leads the strategy and development of The Leadership Green Room and the newly launched Executive Green Room. Prior to joining the Center, Lisa worked in New York City at ?What If! Innovation Partners as an innovation strategist where she partnered closely with Fortune 500 executives to develop new products, launch new ventures and nurture more innovative corporate cultures. She’s led numerous leadership development programs around the world for companies like AARP, Citibank, Disney, Hasbro, Pfizer, The Hershey Company, and more.

In addition to her work at Leadership Louisville center, Lisa is on the Board of New Roots, a local food access nonprofit and the Kentucky Center for the Arts Foundation Board.

Active Break Presenters

Richard SistoRichard Sisto
Meditation teacher

The Art of Meditation for the Modern Leader

Led by meditation teacher Richard Sisto, this short break experience will introduce attendees to the practice of meditation and the benefits it offers to today’s leaders.

BIO: RICHARD SISTO, also known locally as jazz musician, Dick Sisto, has been teaching meditation since 1970. He has continued through the years, teaching for a large number of people from all walks of life including halfway houses, drug abuse centers, churches and meditation centers. The methods he employs are non-denominational yet include all persuasions. The techniques are fundamental, direct, easy to follow and effective.

Since the early 90’s and continuing in the present he has taught regular meditation classes for the Cathedral Heritage Foundation, Interfaith Paths to Peace, Men’s Halfway House and churches.


2016 Bingham Fellows2016 Bingham Fellows

Empowering Citizens to Live Healthier Lives

As a city regularly rated as one of the unhealthiest in the U.S. by many metrics used to measure wellness, the 2016 Fellows launched five projects to engage the community and increase the ability of individuals to develop healthy habits.