World Class Speakers
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General Robinson is the highest ranking female General in US history, and was named in Time magazine’s list of 100 most influential people for 2016. In May 2016, she took over as leader of U.S. Northern Command, becoming the first female service member to lead a unified combatant command after being inducted by President Obama. NORAD conducts aerospace warning, aerospace control, and maritime warning in the defence of North America, while USNORTHCOM partners to conduct homeland defence, civil support, and security cooperation to defend and secure the United States and its interests.
Stuart Lancaster is currently part of the senior coaching team at Leinster Rugby Club. Prior to this, he served as the Head Coach for the England Rugby Football Union from 2011 to 2015. Before he was appointed Head Coach, Stuart was the Elite Rugby Director to the RFU and Director of Rugby for Leeds Carnegie. During his tenure, he lead England to achieve runners-up for the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Six Nations Championship including a Triple Crown in 2014, and was the only team to beat New Zealand (Ranked no.1 in the world) in 2012.
Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer
Alessandrea Quane serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer for AIG, bringing over 20 years experience to her role on the Executive Leadership Team. She oversees the strategic management of risk on an enterprise-wide basis. Alessa is also responsible for reinsurance and value-based performance metrics at AIG. Alessa has served in a number of increasingly senior roles within Risk and Actuarial at AIG, including Chief Corporate Actuary and Head of Global Actuarial and Value Management, and Chief Risk Officer of AIG Property Casualty.
Alessa has extensive experience in both the domestic and international markets, having spent 13 years in Europe. She started the Pricing and Corporate Actuarial functions in Europe and the UK after which she moved to NY to start the Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) function for the international business within Property Casualty. Prior to AIG, Alessa specialized in pricing and research for non-standard auto at Allstate.
Alessa is a member of the North Amercian CRO Council, a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society, a member of the American Academy of Actuaries and an affiliate member of the Institute of Actuaries. Alessa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in Actuarial Science from Drake University.
Chief Learning Officer
Jeff is Chief Learning Officer, Leader Development & Performance, at Deloitte. His scope includes Deloitte’s leadership development strategy, onboarding through executive development activities for Deloitte’s 75,000 professionals and partners, the Communication Excellent team in USI, as well as performance management approach and analytics. A key focus is integration of these efforts – to drive a strengths-based and outcome-focused approach in how we develop leaders and fuel their performance.
Professor Emeritus & Former Professional Ballet Dancer
John Michael Schert is a visiting professor at Harvard’s Kennedy Business School and former professional ballet dancer at the world famous American Ballet Theatre in New York. Alongside his work with Harvard, John Michael also works with the likes of Stanford University and Google, delivering talks and insights into the notion of creativity. During his time as a professional dancer, he gained a unique insight into the creative process, which he now presents to some of the biggest organisations in the U.S.
Head of Acting & Award-Winning Theatre Director
Dexter is an award-winning director dedicated to directing new plays and creating original improvisational and experimental theatre. DePaul university is one of the top performing arts school in the US, and Dexter is responsible for the development of student actors, with a particular focus on those who are about to move into the professional arena. Alongside his work at DePaul, Dexter is heavily involved with The Second City, a world-renowned comedy theatre and school of improvisation. For more than fifty years, The Second City theatre in Chicago has been a training ground for some of the best comic minds in the industry—including Bill Murray and Mike Myers.
Head Of School
Jason Patera has been part of the Academy community for nearly 20 years, serving as a faculty member, Chair of the Music Department, Assistant Head of School, Principal, and Head of School. As Chair of the Music Department, Patera oversaw the development and implementation of several innovative curricular projects, including award-winning programs in music composition and jazz performance. Under his leadership in the administration, the school’s academic program has grown and flourished. A jazz pianist and drummer, Patera is a summa cum laude graduate of Berklee College of Music, where he studied arranging and contemporary writing. He also founded the college’s newspaper The Groove, now in its 20th year of publication. Patera also holds a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for excellence in teaching.
Professor and Director
Michael is the Professor and Director of the Wharton Neuroscience Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania, which is considered one of the top 10 neuroscience department in the world. Alongside his role as Director of the initiative, Michael’s research primarily focuses on the brain’s decision-making processes, and his work is also geared towards how people can become more precise in the identification of talent, enhancement of performance and advancement of human potential.
Technology has always been deeply woven into the world of sports. What’s different today is the ability to make technology more personal and intelligent, so it provides athletes and coaches with customized and real-time data to help teams improve training and performance. Intel is leading this next generation of computing by creating reference designs and complete end-to-end solutions from software to security to hardware that allow customers and partners to develop meaningful & impactful solutions.
Keiser. Because…’Good Enough’ Isn’t.
BETTER SCIENCE Keiser brings together the science of the human body with the principles of engineering to create human-centered machines that elevate performance for all who use them.
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BETTER BUILT Keiser engineers industrial-strength cardio, strength and functional training equipment around the human body. They are built for hard use, delivering long-term functionality for both users and owners.
Nolan Partners is the world’s leading and largest retained executive search firm with a dedicated focus on sports and entertainment. The firm has placed over 500 executives across 6 continents.
Nolan Partners has represented Manchester United, PGA Tour, Mercedes F1, NFL, Chicago Cubs, San Jose Earthquakes, International Tennis Federation, Breeders’ Cup, USTA, Toronto Blue Jays, City Football Group, Arsenal, and others.
In performance, Nolan Partners works with world famous clubs, governing bodies and professional leagues to identify top performance talent including Sporting Directors, General Managers, Technical Directors, Talent Acquisition Specialists, Medics and Sports Scientists, from a global pool, representing clients in the UK, Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia.
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