Speakers & Panelists

Guy Kawasaki

Guy Kawasaki is a founding partner and entrepreneur-in-residence at Garage Technology Ventures. He is also the co-founder of Alltop.com, an "online magazine rack" of popular topics on the web. Previously, he was an Apple Fellow at Apple Computer, Inc. Guy is the author of eight books including Reality Check, The Art of the Start, Rules for Revolutionaries, How to Drive Your Competition Crazy, Selling the Dream, and The Macintosh Way. more info

James Fallows

James Fallows is National Correspondent for The Atlantic. He has worked for the magazine for more than 25 years, based in Washington DC, Seattle, Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and now Beijing. In addition to working for the Atlantic, he has spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, two years as the editor of US News & World Report, and six months as a program designer at Microsoft. more info

Michael Winston

With more than 25 years of cutting-edge experience as a business leader, change agent, and organization strategist, Michael G. Winston has been in the "eye of the storm" of businesses undergoing massive transformations. Dr. Winston has served in executive positions for five esteemed Fortune 50 companies. Michael's work has been recognized year after year by inclusion in several "Top Business Thought-Leaders" lists. more info

Ismael Ghalimi

Ismael Ghalimi is a passionate entrepreneur and fervent industry observer, founder and CEO of Intalio, creator of BPMI.org, initiator of the BPM 2.0 movement, producer of the Office 2.0 Conference, and organizer of the Extreme Productivity Seminars. Ismael is an advisor to several high-tech companies, including 3TERA, AdventNet (a.k.a. Zoho), Buzzgain, EchoSign, EveryTrail, Intellimaker, Move & Play, and Welum. more info

Buzz Bruggeman

Buzz Bruggeman is the co-founder of ActiveWords. Buzz and his team have focused on the building a powerful productivity software that is used by GTD'ers Worldwide, including many of the Davidco team. Buzz is a popular speaker on productivity related topics, and has spoken at more than 50 high tech events, including Demo, Gnomedex, Bloggercon, Blog Business Summit and many, many others. more info

Maj. Gen. Randal D. "Randy" Fullhart

Maj. Gen. Randal D. "Randy" Fullhart is Director, Global Reach Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. As the capability director, General Fullhart is responsible to the Air Force acquisition executive for airlift, air refueling, training and special operations programs. more info

Ben Hammersley

Ben Hammersley is a journalist, technologist, and broadcaster. As a foreign reporter, he has worked in Iran, Afghanistan, Burma, and Beirut. As a technologist he has written books for O'Reilly and others, built sites for the Guardian and the BBC, and consulted for the UK government. He is principal of Dangerous Precedent Ltd, and Associate Editor of the UK edition of Wired. more info

Bruce Somers, Jr.

President of Sincbox Media. Under Bruce's guidance, Sincbox Media's campaigns, for clients such as Procter & Gamble, VISA, Hamilton Beach, and Microsoft (to name a few), have been directly attributable to more than $1 billion of measurable revenue over the past two decades. more info

Dean Hering

Dean Hering is the Chief Innovator at NetCentrics Corporation and an avid GTD practitioner. His company and David’s have been partners since 2002, when they collaborated to create the Getting Things Done Outlook Add-In. more info

Sanjiv Mirchandani

Sanjiv Mirchandani is president for Personal Investing Products and Marketing for Fidelity Investments, the largest mutual fund company in the United States, the No. 1 provider of workplace retirement savings plans and a leading online brokerage firm. Mr. Mirchandani is responsible for the management, growth and profitability of Fidelity’s consumer products and services for Personal and Workplace Investors. more info

Frode Odegard

The founder of three companies, Frode has more than two decades of experience as an entrepreneur and trusted advisor to high-tech executives. His latest venture, the Lean Software Institute, helps software and technology companies improve their business performance using Toyota's Lean methodology. Frode is currently writing a book on Lean for the IT industry. His mission statement: Make the world of work a better place. more info

Jim Whitton

Jim Whitton is a Regional Director for The Hunger Project (THP), a global strategic organization committed to the end of chronic hunger. His 26 years with THP include 20 years as a major investor, volunteer spokesperson and fundraising coordinator. He has led investor trips to Malawi, Senegal, Ghana, Mexico, Bangladesh and India. A recent member of the Clinton Global Initiative, Jim loves developing creative partnerships. more info

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith

The American Management Association named Dr. Goldsmith as one of 50 great thinkers and leaders who have influenced the field of management over the past 80 years. Dr. Marshall Goldsmith's Ph.D. is from UCLA. He teaches executive education at Dartmouth's Tuck School and frequently speaks at leading business schools. more info

Dave Logan

Dave Logan is co-founder and senior partner of CultureSync, a management consulting firm specializing in cultural change, strategy, and negotiation. Dave is also on the faculty at the Marshall School of Business at USC, where he teaches in the Wall Street Journal's #1 ranked management and leadership area in the Executive MBA. more info

Alan Nelson

As co-head of CRA's Internal Communication Consulting practice, Alan Nelson advises management on the role and use of communication in addressing corporate challenges or opportunities. His focus is internal communication—communication within the boundaries of the organization and its governance structure—and he specializes in the communication of C-suite executives to internal audiences. more info

Venkat Rao

Venkat works at the Xerox Innovation Group, where he leads Web technology projects that aim to invent the future of documents and information work. Before joining Xerox, he spent two and a half years as a postdoc at Cornell, working on Air Force command and control models for future battlefields. He received his Ph.D. in 2003 from the University of Michigan, where he worked on formation flight and team decision-making problems. more info

Frank Sopper

For thirty years educator Frank Sopper has brought leading-edge cognitive theory into practical use in the classroom, office, and boardroom. Expanding personal performance and maximizing productivity with his presentations and consultations, Sopper offers his experience in education, business development, and management with remarkable results for high-performance professionals. more info

Mike Williams

Mike Williams is the Director of Education Services for GE Healthcare IT Imaging, a global leader in healthcare imaging technology. He has worked in the healthcare IT industry for over 20 years in the roles of senior manager, organizational development leader and training/development leader. more info

Jeff Irby

Jeff brings 30 years of experience having served in senior positions in the USAF, Banking Industry, Payments Industry and Global Accounting and Consulting firms and is currently at Unisys responsible for their global solutions offered by their Systems Integration Business. The primary focus of Jeff's career has been in sales, marketing and service creation. more info

Ron Kaufman

Ron is author of the #1 bestselling book, "UP Your Service! Strategies and Action Steps to Delight Your Customers NOW!", "UP Your Service INSIGHTS True Stories of Winners and Losers in the Quest for Superior Service" and, "UP Your Service GREAT IDEAS Tools. Tips and Proven Techniques to Lift Your Service Higher." He is also the author of eleven books in the inspirational "Lift Me UP!" pocketbook series. more info

Paul Comey

Paul Comey is Vice President of Environmental Affairs for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. His responsibilities include assuring the company’s sites are in environmental compliance with all local, state and federal laws, reducing the environmental impact of the company's operations, and contributing to the management of the company's environmental, financial and social bottom lines. more info

Randy Harward

Randy Harward, a former "In Conversation" guest, a long-time friend of David's and a devout GTDer, has been Patagonia's Quality Director since 1987, and for twelve years prior to joining Patagonia he managed several Patagonia distributors, which makes this his 34th year working with the company. more info

Jeff Tidwell

Jeff Tidwell is an online community pioneer with 20 years of experience connecting regular people with compelling digital experiences across a variety of communities. Jeff thinks these experiences will get much more visual and physically engaging. more info

Todd Brown

Todd Brown is the head of new-employee development at Morgan Stanley and based in London, where he leads a global team who design, develop, and deliver onboarding programs across four continents, covering everything from financial fundamentals to advanced modeling and technical skills. Todd re-joined Morgan Stanley in 2005 to lead IT Learning and Development for Europe. more info

Sean Finn

Sean Finn was appointed Executive Vice-President, Corporate Services and Chief Legal Officer on December 1, 2008. He is responsible for a wide array of legal, government, regulatory and human resources matters. He is a lecturer in tax legislation and policy at the Masters in Taxation at the University of Sherbrooke. more info

Gillian Martin Mehers

Gillian Martin Mehers is the Head of Learning and Leadership at IUCN - The International Union for the Conservation of Nature - which is the world's oldest and largest global environmental network. Gillian's expertise is in creating dynamic experiential learning environments, interactive learning design, and innovative curriculum and training materials development. more info

Sara M. Larch

Sara M. Larch, MSHA, FACMPE is Vice President, Physician Services at Inova Health System, a not for profit health care system with 5 hospitals and 16,000 employees. Ms. Larch has over 20 years of medical group practice experience in single and multispecialty groups of small and large size. She has a master's degree in health sciences administration from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). more info

Brian Lowery

Brian Lowery is CEO and Partner of OutSell Consulting, a firm specializing in mentoring clients to increase sales, improve customer retention and build a sustainable higher performance culture. Over the last 12 years, he has developed and implemented hundreds of customized performance improvement programs that focus on the core fundamentals of sales, leadership and personal effectiveness. more info

John de Souza

John de Souza is the President and CEO of MedHelp, the oldest and largest online health community site. Prior to MedHelp, he was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs, managing the Technology Practice of the Private Equity Group. Mr. de Souza was a co-founder and director of Smartleaf, a financial software company providing separate account management solutions. more info

Kim Hagerty

Kim Hagerty is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Hagerty Group, LLC, headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan. The Hagerty Group is the management company which oversees several specialty insurance and related business entities, finance and real estate holdings and development entities. As Chief Executive Officer of the Hagerty Group, Ms. Hagerty oversees the business and operations of Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc., Hagerty Marine Insurance and several other entities and their affiliates. more info

Steve Leveen

Steve Leveen is the CEO and co-founder of Levenger. Established in 1987, Levenger was the first company in America to design products specifically with readers in mind. Levenger was on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies four years running and today is a leading multi-channel retailer. more info

Michael Sliwinski

Michael Sliwinski is the founder of Nozbe – a web application that
helps thousands of busy professionals and companies get their things
done (also available for the mobile phone and iPhone). He actively
participates in the GTD community as a blogger, a host of the
"2-minute Productivity Show", a contributor to the GTDtimes blog and
recently the editor of the Productive! Magazine. more info

Peter Gallant

Dr. Peter Gallant, serial entrepreneur, most recently the founding President and CEO of Pathogen Detection Systems, Inc., a start-up specializing in the automated, on-site detection of potentially harmful bacteria such as E.coli in drinking water supplies. In addition to leading the company from its incorporation through several rounds of private equity investment, he is presently focused on business development, regulatory affairs, and management of the company's growing portfolio of intellectual property. more info

Greg Stikeleather

Greg Stikeleather is a serial entrepreneur who currently invests in both for-profit and non-profit ventures. In the 1990s, Greg founded and was President and CEO of aha! software which produced and patented digital-ink processing technology – aha! was acquired by Microsoft. Greg then led another start up, Portola Communications, in the development of high-performance Internet email software. He served as President and CEO of Portola through its acquisition by Netscape. more info

Paul Saffo

Paul is a forecaster with over two decades experience exploring long-term technological change and its impact on business and society. He advises private and governmental clients worldwide, and teaches at Stanford where he is a Consulting Professor in the Engineering School, and is a Visiting Scholar in the Media-X Program. Paul writes a column on technology issues for ABCNews.com, and his essays have appeared in a wide range of publications. more info

Carlin (Carly) Janson

Carlin (Carly) Janson is the CEO and Founder of New Sector Alliance, a recognized leader in the field of social impact consulting and talent management, and a partner of The Corporation for National and Community Service/AmeriCorps. Janson founded New Sector in 2000 as a volunteer project supported by individuals from multiple top consulting firms and business schools. (including Harvard, MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley, and Wharton). more info

Maggie Weiss

Maggie is a principal at Sage Alliance Partners, a consulting firm specializing in executive alignment, organizational momentum, leadership development, and enabling the achievement of extraordinary business results. We work with a wide range of organizations challenged to be nimble and innovative from Fortune 50 to Silicon Valley start-ups; from NASA to UNDP. more info

Eric Mack

Eric Mack is the founder and president of ICA.COM, Inc., a professional consulting organization that has provided expert consulting services to more than 350 corporate and government clients, most notably in the area of information, communication, and action management. With over 25 years experience in business as a technologist, software developer, public speaker, and productivity consultant, Eric has also shared his technological insights with more than 10,000 people around the world. more info

Eric Ly

Eric Ly was a co-founder and founding CTO of LinkedIn, the successful professional networking site. He has been a passionate startup entrepreneur all his life, having worked to combine productivity-oriented and social networking products and technologies to build successful companies. Eric is currently CEO of Presdo, an event scheduling tool, and a venture partner with Wellington Partners, a European-based venture capital firm. more info

Jerry Michalski

As a guide to the relationship economy, Jerry Michalski (ma-call-ski) helps companies develop strategies that build authentic, productive relationships with their customers as well as among their employees. Jerry's consulting clients include the Institute for the Future (IFTF), Best Buy and Havas Media. more info

Marian Bateman

Marian Bateman is the Vice President of Business Development. Marian has more than 20 years of experience working with the GTD methodology, interfacing with clients ranging from small businesses to international corporations. She consults with clients worldwide to customize the best GTD solution to meet their specific needs. more info

Meg Edwards

Meg has provided thousands of hours of one-on-one coaching and telecoaching for David Allen clients around the world since 1999. Her coaching assists people to achieve focused productivity and peace-of-mind through implementing and customizing the habits and practices of the Getting Things Done methodology. Meg also has an extensive background in learning style theory and applies this expertise in crafting a customized approach for each client that delivers long-term success. more info

Philip Rosedale

Philip Rosedale founded San Francisco-based Linden Lab in 1999, and has led the creation of the virtual world of Second Life from initial concept to a market-leading virtual world, with a robust economy and a global population. As a pioneer in the virtual world industry, Rosedale is actively involved in the strategy, development and design of Linden Lab’s products, including the world of Second Life and the Second Life Grid platform. more info

Danny Bader

Danny is a Senior Presenter and Coach with the DavidAllen Company, where he has led workshops and individual coaching sessions on the GTD methodology to thousands of people in the US, Canada, Asia, and the UK. Referred to as "a natural born facilitator," Danny's energy, enthusiasm, knowledge, and ability to connect with diverse audiences create the foundation for his effectiveness. more info

Wayne Pepper

After graduating from Wesleyan University and UCLA with degrees in Theater Arts, Wayne Pepper honed his presentation skills working with Insight Seminars in Santa Monica until 1990. For the last fifteen years Wayne has held positions within the entertainment and online industries, working in product development and sales for such companies as Creative Artists Agency, Twentieth Century Fox, Grey Advertising, ACNielsen EDI, and most recently IGN Entertainment, a division of News Corp. more info