Keynote Speakers

FNCE® 2018 had an incredible lineup of keynote speakers.

Opening Session

Saturday, October 20

4 – 6 p.m.

Bonnie St. John, Paralympic Medalist and Best-Selling Author

High Performance Resilience

How do we continue to tap into new sources of energy for the innovations, insights and initiatives we need to compete as the pace of today’s global workplace continues to accelerate? Hailed as “One of the five most inspiring women in America” by NBC Nightly News, Bonnie St. John will challenge us to question our own limitations while providing research-based tools and techniques that re-energize our lives to achieve peak performance. A highly sought-after business coach and consultant to Fortune 500 companies, Bonnie will address these challenges by guiding attendees through a series of practical exercises and techniques that enhance our capacity to offset the negative effects of stress, increase resilience and play to win.

About Bonnie St. John

Paralympic Ski Medalist, Fortune 500 Business Consultant, Rhodes Scholar, Former White House Official, and Best-Selling Author, Bonnie St. John is a keynote speaker and leadership consultant who has guided individuals – from Fortune 500 C-Suites to start-up entrepreneurs – to their performance goals. Her broad media exposure includes The Today show, CNN, NPR, CBS Morning News, NBC News and the New York Times, as well as People, O, The Oprah magazine and Essence Magazines.

Member Showcase

Monday, October 22

10 a.m. – noon

Photo Credit: Blair Getz Mezibov

José Andrés, Culinary Innovator and Television Personality

Changing the World through the Power of Food

With a mission to change the world through the power of food, José Andrés is dedicated to not just feeding the few at his award-winning restaurants, but to feeding the many as well. In an uplifting and inspirational presentation, Andrés will share stories and images from his travels, including the work he has done to promote clean cook stove technology, improving kitchens in urban and rural schools, and launching culinary projects to create jobs and increase opportunities for families in Haiti and around the world.

Through his nonprofit World Central Kitchen, Chef Andrés finds smart solutions to hunger and poverty around the world, focusing on health, education, and jobs. Beginning with his experience volunteering in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, Andrés realized that food can be used to empower communities and strengthen economies.

About José Andrés

José Andrés is an internationally recognized culinary innovator and anti-hunger advocate, author, television personality, and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup. Andrés has won multiple James Beard awards (Humanitarian of the Year, 2018; Outstanding Chef, 2011; Who’s Who of Food and Beverage, 2007) and ranked on TIME magazine’s “Time 100” list of most influential people in the world.

Closing Session

Tuesday, October 23

2 – 3:30 p.m.

Simon T. Bailey, Best-Selling Author and Chief Executive Officer

Shift Your Brilliance: Leading Amidst Uncertainty

The best leaders are the ones who lead differently. Simon T. Bailey will address the critical strategies that empower individuals to lead without a title and stay relevant in every economy while escalating their impact. Bailey will share core principles for acquiring a forward-looking mindset while guiding participants on how to discover the insight needed to be a leader for the future. Finally, he will challenge you to commit to becoming the chief breakthrough officer in your organization.

About Simon T. Bailey

Simon’s expertise focuses on change, leadership and customer experience. He’s worked with over 1,500 organizations in 45 different countries. As an innovator, educator and executive advisor, speaker and author, he shapes the lives of men and women around the world.