Joint Annual Conference

November 22-24, 2019

General Session Speakers

Kai Knight

Kai Kight

First General Session

Friday, November 22, 3:30 p.m.
“Compose your world”

As a classical violinist turned innovative composer, Kai Kight uses music as a metaphor to inspire individuals and organizations to compose paths of imagination and fulfillment. Inspired by his mother who, when diagnosed with cancer, revealed regrets of not bringing her ideas to the world, Kight is on a mission to spark a global mindset shift in which ingenuity is the norm, not the exception. Prepare to be mesmerized by his original music and personal stories of his transformation as an artist, and be inspired to bring your unique ideas forward.

A product of Stanford University’s design and engineering program, the Stanford d.School, Kight remains fascinated by the leaders, artists, and companies who dare to be different. As both a Mayfield Fellow and Kleiner Perkins Design Fellow, Kight has proven himself as a leader of the next generation of innovative and entrepreneurial talent. As a musician, he has performed his original music for thousands in venues across the world, from the White House to the Great Wall of China. His original violin performances become a metaphor for the core of his message: to inspire people to compose unique ideas in a world that celebrates conformity.

Matt Mayberry

Matt Mayberry

Second General Session

Saturday, November 23, 8:30 a.m.
“Transformational leadership – The building blocks to becoming a game-changing leader”

Matt Mayberry, a former NFL linebacker for the Chicago Bears, is currently one of the most-read columnists for Entrepreneur magazine as well as an acclaimed author and peak performance strategist. Mayberry specializes in maximizing the performance of organizations, teams, and individuals. He shares innovative ideas and strategies to thrive in today’s ever-changing business world and become a game-changing leader. Mayberry helps audiences learn how to lead confidently and effectively through change and create a personal action plan that will increase their effectiveness.

As an athlete and business professional, Mayberry has a real-world understanding that success is based on the key areas of peak performance, overcoming adversity, motivation, culture, and teamwork. Mayberry was signed by the Chicago Bears in 2010. However, after reaching the pinnacle of his sport, his dream career was cut short when he suffered a life-changing injury. Mayberry created success after football, earning his way to head of business development at a Midwest healthcare management service, putting into practice the fundamentals he learned as an athlete and in life. He began his training and consulting company, Matt Mayberry Enterprises, to help others achieve success by learning how to lead through change and create transformational breakthroughs.

Kelsey Tainsh

Kelsey Tainsh

Third General Session

Sunday, November 24, 9:45 a.m.

Kelsey Tainsh has been through more in her 28 years than most will endure in a lifetime. Successfully overcoming a brain tumor at 5 years of age, Tainsh went on to be a happy, healthy kid and a champion athlete. A decade later, at 15, it all came crashing down as the tumor returned and was followed by a crippling stroke.

Her friends had disappeared, she lost function in her right side, and she became paralyzed with fear and self-doubt. Despite her significant physical challenges, she worked hard to pull herself up, graduating magna cum laude from the University of Florida and going on to work for one of the most recognized companies in the world. Hear about the power of persistence and perspective as Tainsh shares her courageous journey delivering a message of motivation, inclusion, and overcoming adversity.