Power Speakers

Vusi Thembekwayo

Global business entrepreneur, thought leader, disruptor, speaker and investor

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Tuesday, April 4th, 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Session 1.0 – Opening Power Speaker

Leading at the Edge of Chaos

Change can either propel you into the future or leave you in the dust. Global Entrepreneur, Vusi Thembekwayo will do more than pay lip service to the ever-fluctuating business climate, his message will empower you to take advantage of it. This is a must-attend opening session will teach you to effectively lead in today’s world of uncertainty and change.

Learn to:

  • Make certain the entire business isn’t just ready to deal with change effectively, but to thrive off change
  • Change faster than your competition
  • Determine the speed of change rather than be abused by it
  • Perform exceptionally, not despite the speed of change, but because of it
  • Motivate your teams with a higher purpose to embrace ambiguity

Vusi Thembekwayo is a global business entrepreneur, thought leader, disruptor, speaker, and investor who empowers people in their business or career path to achieve “step-change” results.

At 25 he ran a R400mn division in a R17bn multi-national. Today he is one of the youngest directors of a listed company and is the CEO of a boutique investment and advisory firm that forces medium, large and listed businesses into much needed, often painful, always lucrative new directions. He also serves on several boards. The edge of chaos is the world in which he lives.

He doesn’t just talk business – he lives it. He does more than inspire revolution, he initiates it. He has been the catalyst for change in businesses across the globe with his expertise in strategy, leadership and sales.

Meet and Greet & Book Signing to Immediately Follow.

Steve Piscitelli

Nationally recognized teacher, workshop facilitator and author

Tuesday, April 4th, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Session 3.0 – Power Speaker and Lunch

No Need to Be an Island: The Power of Purposeful Collaboration

Is your workplace environment killing your team, organization, and you? One recent study found that just the perception of an unjust work environment could lead to fifty-percent higher physician diagnosed illnesses. Our employees and customers (internal and external) are more than statistical points on institutional spreadsheets. They have multiple life dimensions and workplace responsibilities that affect their well-being and resilience. In the context of creating community and promoting professional and personal growth and resilience, what do you do in your workplace community to build collaborative bridges while breaking down isolating silos?

Using the 7Rs for success, Steve Piscitelli will build a case and offer strategies for the power of collaboration to enhance personal and professional growth and resilience. We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with and nurture.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Articulate both the strengths and challenges that exist for building collaborative bridges within your organization.
  2. Identify situations in which well-intentioned interventions may lead to poorly executed interactions.
  3. Connect session strategies and discussion to a larger conversation within your organizations about the power of purposeful collaboration.

Steve Piscitelli is a nationally recognized facilitator, author, and teacher. He has written and published ten books, has more than 30 years of direct (face to face) classroom professional development experience, and is a TEDx talk presenter. He also carries his teachings to his weekly blog (nearly 7 years old), podcast channel, and YouTube channel. Steve received his undergraduate degree from Jacksonville (FL) University with a major in Sociology, where he graduated as the Valedictorian. Steve earned a Masters in Education from the University of North Florid and a Masters in History (United States concentration) from the University of Florida. He taught for 33 years. Florida State College at Jacksonville named Steve as one of the ‘Fabulous 50’.

Meet and Greet (1:30 pm – 1:45 pm)

Steve will be available for questions and conversation. He will have his most recent book, Stories About Teaching, Learning, and Resilience: No Need to be an Island, for sale and signing. In addition, he will have his two music CDs available for purchase.

Gwen Migita

Vice President Sustainability & Corporate Citizenship at Caesars Entertainment Corporation

Wednesday, April 5th, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Session 6.0 – Power Speaker and Lunch

A Best Practice Approach to Environmental & Social Sustainability Strategy

Caesars Entertainment shares its evolution and learnings over the past decade as an early mover in a holistic sustainability strategy. Learn about their differentiated approach to environmental responsibility strategy, employee behavior changing programs, and social return on investment initiatives. Challenges and lessons learned will be shared as with the need to address stakeholder expectations as a purpose driven business.

Gwen Migita drives sustainability strategy, policies, and stakeholder initiatives for Caesars social and environmental sustainability programs. She also oversees corporate responsibility and sustainability governance, public policy positions, and a CEO advisory board. Additionally, Gwen directs philanthropy policies, corporate and Caesars Foundation community engagement strategy and HERO employee volunteer policies for the organization’s 70,000 employees at over 40 domestic and international resorts. Gwen previously served as the Executive Development Director and “Chief of Staff” to Caesars Executive Vice President of Communications and Government Relations. She started her career at Caesars as Manager of Market Research in the brand marketing division. Prior to Caesars, Gwen served as Executive Vice President at QMark Research & Polling where she drove expansion to the West Pacific and Las Vegas. Gwen sits on the Corporate Advisory Board for the World Resources Institute, is a Membership Council Chair for Sustainable Brands, Advisor for Seattle University’s Center for Environmental Justice & Sustainability, and is a Trustee of Green Chips (Southern Nevada). Gwen is a recipient of the Top 40 Under 40 award from In Business Magazine in Las Vegas and 2010 Woman of the Year from the LGBT Center of Southern Nevada.