More of the same will just produce more of the same: less competitiveness, less growth, fewer jobs.

David Cameron

Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

No one ever made a decision because of a number. They need a story.

Michael Lewis

Bestselling Author and Contributing Editor to Vanity Fair

When people do things they weren’t even sure they were capable of, I think it comes back to connection—connection with teammates and the organization and feeling like they belong.

Theo Epstein

President of Baseball Operations

Chicago Cubs

Tax-free Roth accounts are powerful tools. And the tax law has more flexibility than most people realize to maximize and optimize how much can be put into them!

Michael Kitces

Partner and Director of Research, Pinnacle Advisory Group

Co-founder, XY Planning Network

As our dependency on the digital world becomes greater than ever before, it is crucial that we take steps to assess and address our vulnerabilities on a national, organizational, and personal level.

General Peter Pace USMC (Ret.)

Chairman

Joint Chiefs of Staff (2005–2007)

Get ready to be inspired.

David Cameron

David Cameron

Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

More of the same will just produce more of the same: less competitiveness, less growth, fewer jobs.

One of the most prominent global influencers of the early 21st Century, David Cameron served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2010 to 2016, leading Britain’s first Coalition Government in nearly 70 years and, in 2015, forming the first majority Conservative Government for over two decades.

As the UK’s youngest Prime Minister in two centuries, Cameron transformed the UK’s economy. The deficit was reduced by over two-thirds; one million businesses set-up; a record number of jobs were created, and Britain became the fastest-growing major advanced economy in the world. That created the stability Cameron needed to cut taxes, introduce a National Living Wage, transform education, reform welfare, protect the National Health Service, and increase pensions.

Internationally, Cameron developed a foreign policy in the post-Iraq era that addressed the new challenges of the Arab Spring, as well as a more aggressive Russia, while ensuring Britain played a full role in the global fight against ISIS.

Elected Leader of the Conservative Party in 2005 to reform and modernise a party that had lost three elections in a row, Cameron advocated a new and distinctly modern, compassionate agenda. He led the way internationally by passing the UK’s Same Sex Marriage Act; championed environmental issues; and offered constitutional referenda on Scotland’s place within the United Kingdom, and on the United Kingdom’s place within the European Union.

Cameron continues to focus on issues he advanced while in office. He is Chairman of Patrons at National Citizen Service, the UK’s flagship youth development programme; President of Alzheimer’s Research UK; and he is chairing the LSE-Oxford Commission on State Fragility, Growth, and Development.

Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis

Bestselling Author and Contributing Editor to Vanity Fair

No one ever made a decision because of a number. They need a story.

Michael Lewis’ nonfiction page-turners chronicle some of the United States’ most significant economic, political, and cultural experiences. The financial journalist and New York Times bestselling author has published 16 books on subjects ranging from politics and Wall Street to sports and parenting. His latest, The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds, tells the story of the unusual collaboration between two psychologists who founded the field of behavioral economics.

Mr. Lewis’ previous best seller, Flash Boys, revealed the legal but highly questionable practice of high-frequency trading. In The Big Short, which was also made into a movie, he chronicled the Wild West behaviors of Wall Street and feeder markets that underpinned the Great Recession of 2008. The transformative story of Michael Oher from homeless teen to NFL offensive tackle unfolded in The Blind Side, and in Moneyball, Mr. Lewis used the backdrop of baseball to explain the way markets value people. Both books were made into Oscar-nominated films. His other works include Boomerang: The Meltdown Tour; The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story; Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life; Losers: The Road to Everyplace but the White House; and Liar’s Poker: Two Cities, True Greed.

Mr. Lewis is a columnist for Bloomberg News and a contributing writer to Vanity Fair. His articles have appeared in multiple publications, including the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Slate, and Sports Illustrated. He has served as editor and columnist for the British weekly The Spectator and as senior editor and campaign correspondent for the New Republic. Mr. Lewis has also filmed and narrated short pieces and documentaries for TV and radio.

 

General Peter Pace USMC (Ret.)

General Peter Pace USMC (Ret.)

Chairman

Joint Chiefs of Staff (2005–2007)

As our dependency on the digital world becomes greater than ever before, it is crucial that we take steps to assess and address our vulnerabilities on a national, organizational, and personal level.

General Peter Pace (Ret.) served for more than 40 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is a member of the Director of National Intelligence Senior Advisory Group, a distinguished research scholar at Fordham University, and an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University. He also sits on the board of directors of several corporations involved in management consulting, private equity, and information technology security.

Previously, General Pace was the sixteenth chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President George W. Bush; before that, he was vice chairman—the first Marine to hold either position. He also served on the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board, as well as on the secretary of defense’s Defense Policy Board. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2008.

General Pace graduated from the United States Naval Academy and the National War College and holds a master of business administration degree from George Washington University.

Joanna Jonsson

Joanna Jonsson

Equity Portfolio Manager

Capital Group

Joanna Jonsson brings 28 years of investment experience to her role as an equity portfolio manager at Capital Group, where she has worked for 26 years. Earlier in her career, Ms. Jonsson was an equity investment analyst, covering insurance, U.S. household and personal care, restaurants, lodging, and cruise line companies.

Before joining Capital Group, she served as an equity research analyst at Fidelity Management & Research Company and as an officer in the Public Finance Division of Irving Trust Company (now the Bank of New York).

Ms. Jonsson holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Princeton University and a master of business administration degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst® and a member of CFA Institute.

Sunder Ramkumar

Sunder Ramkumar

Senior Manager of Client Analytics

Capital Group

Sunder Ramkumar is a senior manager of client analytics at American Funds, part of Capital Group. He has 13 years of investment industry experience.

Prior to joining Capital Group, Mr. Ramkumar was a managing director and a portfolio manager on the multiasset portfolio strategies team at BlackRock. His research on asset allocation and optimal investment strategies has been published in several financial journals, including the Financial Analysts Journal, Journal of Portfolio Management, and Journal of Fixed Income.

Mr. Ramkumar holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Mangalore University in India and a master’s degree in management science and engineering from Stanford University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst®.  

Deena Katz

Deena Katz

Associate Professor, Department of Personal Financial Planning

Texas Tech University

Dr. Deena Katz is a Professor in the Department of Personal Financial Planning at Texas Tech University and a founding partner of Evensky & Katz/Foldes Financial Wealth Management in Coral Gables, Florida. She is an internationally recognized financial advisor and practice management expert, as well as the author of nine books on financial planning and practice management topics. She has won many awards for her efforts in the profession, including receiving the Alexandra Armstrong Lifetime Achievement Award from InvestmentNews in 2016.

Pattie Sellers

Pattie Sellers

Co-founder and Partner

Sellers Easton Media

I’ve learned from the best leaders: Reach far and wide across the talent pool—and then enable your people to bring their full talent and full selves to work.

An award-winning magazine writer and multimedia journalist, Pattie Sellers is the executive director of live content for Fortune magazine’s “Most Powerful Women” (MPW) feature, which first appeared in 1998. Ms. Sellers co-founded and directs Fortune MPW Entrepreneurs, the Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership, and the Goldman Sachs–Fortune Global Women Leaders Award. She is also a co-founder and partner at Sellers Easton Media, a content creation company.

Previously, Ms. Sellers was an assistant managing editor at Fortune, a Time Inc. publication. During a three-decade career at the magazine, she wrote more than 20 cover stories and interviewed such business luminaries as Warren Buffett, Rupert Murdoch, Melinda Gates, Ted Turner, and Oprah Winfrey. In 2013 she won Time Inc.’s Most Valuable Performer Award for her work at Fortune and her contributions to its parent company.

Ms. Sellers holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Virginia.

Jocelyn D. Wright

Jocelyn D. Wright

Assistant Professor

The American College

Jocelyn Wright has more than 20 years of experience in financial services. She is an assistant professor of women’s studies and the State Farm Chair for Women and Financial Services at The American College. She is also the founder and managing partner of The Ascension Group, where she designs personalized strategies to help clients meet their financial goals.

Previously, Ms. Wright was an equity research analyst in the Global Asset Management Group at JPMorgan Chase and a research assistant at Nomura Securities. She created a financial education series called Debt Boot Camp, has written for such publications as Black Enterprise magazine, and hosted a weekly radio show called “The Bottom Line.” InvestmentNews named her to its “women to watch” list in 2016.

Ms. Wright holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from the University of Delaware and a master of business administration degree from Howard University. She is a Certified Financial Planner™.

Jon Yankee

Jon Yankee

Partner, Senior Financial Advisor, and Chief Executive Officer

FJY Financial

Jon Yankee is a partner, a senior financial advisor, and the chief executive officer at FJY Financial, which he co-founded in 2006. He oversees the firm’s strategic direction and its human-capital strategy.

Prior to FJY, Mr. Yankee was a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch and a program manager for the Pacific Basin Economic Council in Honolulu, Hawaii. He often speaks at industry events and conferences. Mr. Yankee has been quoted in Investor’s Business Daily and the Wall Street Journal, as well as on Forbes.com, CNBC.com, and in other publications. He has received numerous awards, appeared in Washingtonian magazine’s 2016 list of the “top fee-only financial planners,” and was on Northern Virginia magazine’s list of “top financial professionals” from 2012 to 2015.

Mr. Yankee holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies and Japanese from the University of Richmond and a master of business administration degree in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He is a Certified Financial Planner™.

Julie Littlechild

Julie Littlechild

President

AbsoluteEngagement.com

Julie Littlechild is president of AbsoluteEngagement.com, which conducts ongoing research among financial professionals, their clients, and their teams to uncover the drivers of deeper engagement and the impact on long-term value and growth. Those data are the foundation for engaging keynote presentations, workshops, and thought leadership programs across North America, the United Kingdom, and Europe.

Ms. Littlechild has worked with and studied top-producing financial professionals, their clients, and their teams for more than 20 years. She is a respected researcher, a popular speaker, and a recognized expert on driving deeper engagement and growth.

Prior to launching AbsoluteEngagement.com, Ms. Littlechild established Advisor Impact, where she created The Client Audit, one of the most successful client feedback programs for advisors. She sat on the national board of the Financial Planning Association from 2010 to 2013, was twice identified as one of the 25 Most Influential People in Financial Planning by Investment Advisor magazine, and won the Influencer Award in practice management from Financial Planning magazine. She works in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Europe and holds a master of business administration degree from the University of Toronto.

Suzanne Peterson

Suzanne Peterson

Associate Professor of Leadership

Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University

Suzanne Peterson, Ph.D., specializes in the development of leadership behaviors that characterize extraordinary leaders. She is an associate professor of leadership at Thunderbird School of Global Management, where she teaches an executive MBA course titled High Impact Leadership and was awarded the 2012 MBA Outstanding Teaching Award. As a consultant to leaders of Fortune 500 companies, Ms. Peterson emphasizes leadership style, communication, relationships, and change leadership as key building blocks for success. Her clients include Apple, Bank of America, Fidelity, JP Morgan Chase, Juniper Networks, McDonald’s, Merrill Lynch, Microsoft, PayPal, Prudential, and State Farm.

Previously, she worked as a change management consultant for Andersen Consulting, now known as Accenture. Her work has appeared in top business and psychology journals, and she has presented her leadership ideas to a variety of audiences worldwide. She has been quoted in or referenced by the Wall Street Journal, Business Inc., and MSNBC and was a columnist for the Arizona Republic. She was also a contributor to The Handbook of Research on Top Management Teams, published by Edward Elgar.

Ms. Peterson holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree and a doctorate from the University of Nebraska.

Jeffrey Gundlach

Jeffrey Gundlach

Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer

DoubleLine Capital

A well-known expert in bonds and fixed income investments, Jeffrey Gundlach is the chief executive officer and the chief investment officer of DoubleLine Capital. Considered a market visionary with an unconventional approach, he has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Barron’s, Forbes, Fortune, and USA Today for his business strategies.

He has received numerous industry awards, including “Money Manager of the Year” from Institutional Investor. Bloomberg Markets named him to its list of the “50 most influential thinkers and leaders,” Barron’s dubbed him the “King of Bonds,” and he was on Fortune’s “Mutual Fund All-Star Team.”

Mr. Gundlach holds bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and philosophy from Dartmouth College and was a doctoral candidate in mathematics at Yale University.

Mick Ebeling

Mick Ebeling

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Not Impossible Labs

Mick Ebeling believes that nothing is impossible. The producer and filmmaker has sparked a movement of pragmatic, inspirational innovation as the founder of Not Impossible Labs, an award-winning social innovation lab, and production company that harvests the power of technology and storytelling to change the world. The company follows the mantra Commit, then figure it out, which has allowed Mr. Ebeling to convene a disparate team of hackers, doers, makers, and thinkers—all of whom are empowered to invent devices that better the world by bringing accessibility to all.

This unconventional approach has generated highly acclaimed initiatives that gave a paraplegic street artist the ability to draw again, developed 3D-printed arms for Sudanese amputees, and brought a “voice” to a patient with Lou Gehrig’s disease who hadn’t spoken in 15 years. Working with an array of Fortune 500 companies, Mr. Ebeling raises the bar on innovation and shares the emotionally resonating stories of overcoming seemingly impossible odds to inspire people to “help one, help many.”

Mr. Ebeling’s book, Not Impossible: The Art and Joy of Doing What Couldn’t Be Done, recounts the life experiences that led to the founding of Not Impossible Labs. He was named one of Wired’s “agents of change,” is a two-time South by Southwest “Innovation of the Year” award winner and a recipient of the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year award, and is listed among Advertising Age’s Creativity 50—the most influential and innovative creative thinkers and doers.

Sheri Fitts

Sheri Fitts

Founder

ShoeFitts Marketing

Sheri Fitts has more than 25 years of experience in digital leadership and brand marketing. As the founder of ShoeFitts Marketing, she has helped thousands of advisors and industry influencers convey their messages, create meaningful connections, improve sales performance, and scale their digital leadership.

Ms. Fitts regularly speaks about digital marketing and social media at financial services industry events, has been quoted in numerous publications, and is the author of Deconstructing Digital: Simple Ways to Connect with Your Next-Generation Financial Clients.

She has received awards and recognition from the Plan Sponsor Council of America, the National Association of Government Defined Contribution Administrators, the International Association of Business Communicators, and Pensions & Investments. 401kWire.com named her one of the “most influential people” in the defined contribution category.

Ms. Fitts holds bachelor’s degrees in business, psychology, and choice architecture from Marylhurst University.  

Edward Keon Jr.

Edward Keon Jr.

Managing Director and Portfolio Manager

QMA

Edward Keon Jr. is a managing director, portfolio manager, co–portfolio manager, and member of the asset allocation team for QMA. In the latter role, he manages a diverse mix of asset allocation funds encompassing U.S., international, and emerging markets stocks and bonds, real estate, commodities, and other asset classes.

Prior to QMA, Mr. Keon was the chief investment strategist and the director of quantitative research at Prudential Equity Group; he also served on the firm’s Investment Policy Committee and Research Recommendation Committee. Before that, he was the senior vice president at I/B/E/S International.

He is a member of the board of directors of the Chicago Quantitative Alliance and sits on the Membership Committee of the Institute for Quantitative Research in Finance.

Mr. Keon holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial management from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and a master’s degree in finance and marketing from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Michael Lillard

Michael Lillard

Chief Investment Officer

PGIM Fixed Income

As the head of PGIM Fixed Income and the chief investment officer, Michael Lillard oversees the investment process, leads day-to-day activities for the firm, and manages all of PGIM Fixed Income’s business decisions. He also serves as a member of the U.S. Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee.

Previously, Mr. Lillard held several positions within PGIM Fixed Income, including senior investment officer for insurance portfolios, liability-driven investment strategies, and hedge strategies for fixed income. He also led the quantitative research and risk management group; was head of PGIM’s fixed income U.S. liquidity team, which managed U.S. government and mortgage-backed securities; and was a portfolio manager.

Mr. Lillard holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as a master’s degree in management from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst®.

Joshua Cooper Ramo

Joshua Cooper Ramo

Vice Chairman and Co–Chief Executive Officer

Kissinger Associates

Joshua Cooper Ramo analyzes and explains the new era of events that are shaking the world, in turn giving us the power to understand and master what is happening. His latest bestselling book, The Seventh Sense: Power, Fortune, and Survival in the Age of Networks, introduces a new way of seeing the invisible forces that today’s leaders already grasp; that is, the disruptive power of networks in trade, politics, DNA, finance, the Internet, and more. He is also the author of The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us and What We Can Do About It, which explains the economic and technological shifts that have ushered in an era of unprecedented change and unintended consequences.

Mr. Ramo’s insights come from years of advising generals, business leaders, and politicians. As vice chairman and co–chief executive officer of Kissinger Associates, a strategic global advisory firm founded by former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Mr. Ramo has worked with some of the largest companies and investors in the world, and he sits on the boards of directors of Starbucks and FedEx. Additionally, he is an expert on China. Considered “one of China’s leading foreign-born scholars” by the World Economic Forum, he has spent more than a decade witnessing firsthand the rise of the country as a superpower.

Trained as an economist, Mr. Ramo previously was a technology editor at Time and the youngest foreign editor in the magazine’s history. He wrote more than 20 Time cover stories and authored the Fortune magazine article “Globalism Goes Backward” on the need for companies and countries to adapt to the rise of the “inside economy.”

Mr. Ramo holds degrees from the University of Chicago and New York University.

Jonah Berger

Jonah Berger

Marketing Professor


Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

It’s not random why some things become popular. There’s a science behind it. If we understand that science, we can get any product, service, or idea to succeed.

A world-renowned expert on new product adoption, consumer behavior, word of mouth, and how products, ideas, and behaviors catch on, Jonah Berger, Ph.D., is a professor of marketing at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Berger teaches Wharton’s highest-rated online course and has published dozens of articles in academic journals. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Harvard Business Review. He has written several books, including the best-selling Contagious: Why Things Catch On and Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces That Shape Behavior. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and conferences.

Dr. Berger holds a doctorate in marketing from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Theo Epstein

Theo Epstein

President of Baseball Operations

Chicago Cubs

When people do things they weren’t even sure they were capable of, I think it comes back to connection—connection with teammates and the organization and feeling like they belong.

Theo Epstein knows a thing or two about leadership—and winning. He has done the seemingly impossible not once but twice. He engineered two of the biggest comebacks in sports history: turning the Chicago Cubs into World Series champions in 2016 after a 108-year drought and, in 2004, leading the Boston Red Sox to the same title for the first time in 86 years. They clinched the title again in 2007. Earlier this year, Fortune magazine named the Cubs’ president of baseball operations the “World’s Greatest Leader.”

Mr. Epstein transformed the Cubs by emphasizing a combination of analytics, chemistry, discipline, and character as the team acquired new talent. The 2016 championship was the culmination of a five-year rebuilding program in which baseball operations were completely restructured, and the Cubs have increased their total wins every year under Mr. Epstein’s leadership. When he became the general manager (GM) of the Red Sox in 2002, he was the youngest GM in baseball history. Over the next nine seasons, he led the team to six postseason appearances. Before that, he served as assistant general manager of the Red Sox and earlier spent five seasons with the San Diego Padres.

In 2009 Mr. Epstein was named baseball’s “Executive of the Decade” by Sporting News and was third on the Sports Illustrated list of the “top 10 GMs/executives of the decade.” In 2008 he was named “Baseball America Executive of the Year.” In 2003 and 2004, the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America honored him as “Major League Executive of the Year.”

Mr. Epstein holds degrees from Yale University and the University of San Diego School of Law.

Michael Kitces

Michael Kitces

Partner and Director of Research, Pinnacle Advisory Group

Co-founder, XY Planning Network

Tax-free Roth accounts are powerful tools. And the tax law has more flexibility than most people realize to maximize and optimize how much can be put into them!

Michael Kitces is a partner and the director of wealth management at Pinnacle Advisory Group, a private wealth management firm. He is also a co-founder of the XY Planning Network, NextGen, and New Planner Recruiting; host of the Financial Advisor Success podcast; and publisher of Nerd’s Eye, a continuing education blog for financial planners. His website, Kitces.com, is dedicated to advancing knowledge in the field.

He is an active writer and editor and the recipient of numerous awards. His work has appeared in such publications as Financial Planning, the Journal of Retirement Planning, and the Wall Street Journal. He is the co-author of several books, including The Annuity Advisor and Tools and Techniques of Retirement Income Planning. He has also appeared on CNBC and NBC.

Mr. Kitces holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bates College, a master’s degree in financial services from The American College, and a master’s degree in taxation from Tulsa University. He is a Certified Financial Planner™.

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Leon Bridges

His unique sound has taken him from busing tables to performing for President Barack Obama in the White House and making television appearances on The Late Late Show, Saturday Night Live, and Austin City Limits. Bridges and his band have been on two world tours. He received the 2015 Grulke Prize for Developing US Act at the 2015 SXSW Music Festival, where he was a hot topic among both fans and critics.

When you hear his smooth, melodic voice, it’s easy to compare him to Otis Redding or Sam Cooke, and indeed he feels he must carry on the tradition of soul music, honoring the great artists who came before him. But the 26-year-old native of Fort Worth, Texas, whose fame is quickly growing, has his own unique sound, with echoes of gospel and R&B.

For Bridges soul has a raw and imperfect quality that can come only from deep within. As he riffs on the guitar in his retro fedora and suit, he sings from the heart about family, truth, and love. What comes out of him is “real and life-affirming in a musical way,” says music producer and guitarist Austin Jenkins, who helped Bridges first record his music.

Listen to Bridges’ “Smooth Sailin’.”

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