ERA Conference - Keynote & General Sessions

2023 Keynote & General Session Speakers


Monday, Feb. 27, 2023

Sponsored by:

Meredith Elliott Powell

Meridith Elliott Powell, Award-Winning Author, Certified Speaking Professional, Business Strategist”

“THRIVE: Turn Uncertainty to Your Competitive Advantage”

These are unprecedented times! A marketplace where disruption is happening on steroids. One where there is more change building outside of your organization than in it. And a relentless pace of uncertainty that can radically impact your ability to grow your organization and keep your team motivated. The only guarantee you have is more change is coming. And if you’re not prepared – if you don’t have a plan – research proves this level of uncertainty will negatively impact your ability to drive innovation, attract top talent and achieve bottom line results.

While uncertainty can seem daunting, the truth is uncertainty has an upside – it always has an upside. In fact, it can be your greatest asset to thrive, grow and turn disruption into opportunity. But you need a plan, you need a strategy, and you need the research that shows you exactly how to turn disruption to opportunity.

Join business growth strategist Meridith Elliott Powell in this high-powered keynote where she reveals the research, the stories and the methodology. This keynote has it all – energy, engagement, and a personal plan of action for every attendee.

Key session takeaways:

  • Quantitative Research – Learn what more than 800 of your fellow CEOs think, feel and are doing in the
    face of uncertainty. This keynote starts with the powerful benchmark study that gives you insights into
    how today’s leaders are dealing with and solving today’s toughest challenges.
  • Qualitative Research – We follow up with the commanding stories of nine companies that have stood the
    test of time by thriving in business for more than 250 years. You’ll hear their overwhelming obstacles,
    their ingenious strategies for success, and the proven methodology they used to thrive through every
  • The PROVEN Methodology – then we share the code, the secret, the plan, exactly the path you need
    to follow to put you in the driver’s seat and in control in the face of uncertainty.
  • You’ll Gain The Secrets to staying highly flexibly and highly focused to strike the delicate balance of progress and seizing opportunity.
  • Your Personal Plan of action for thriving in uncertainty.


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Monday, Feb. 27, 2023

Bernard Baumohl

Bernard Baumohl, Chief Global Economist at the Economic Outlook Group

“Navigating Through Economic Uncertainty”

The economic and geopolitical order that has held for nearly a century is no more. The multiple shocks of the past three years have fundamentally transformed how people live and work. Every company, regardless of size, is now experimenting and testing out new strategies on how to operate successfully in this new and still evolving business landscape. But it all begins with having more clarity on where the U.S. and international economy is headed. So what is the outlook for consumer and business spending, inflation, interest rates, the job market, supply chains, energy prices and the dollar?  Equally important, what economic and geopolitical risks are most likely to erupt next — and how do you protect your business from such shocks?  Gaining a better understanding of the opportunities and risks ahead is therefore essential to making better and more confident decisions.

Sponsored by:

Chris McChesney

Chris McChesney, Global Practice Leader, FranklinCovey

“The 4 Disciplines of Execution”

“Executing Strategy” is consistently ranked as THE top leadership challenge for executives. Chris coauthored “The 4 Disciplines of Execution” in 2012, and it is currently the best-selling book in the world on the topic of execution. Chris’s 4DX keynote was rated as one of the top three presentations at the world’s largest leadership conference, the Global Leadership Summit in 2016 (with 350,000 attendees). Chris has also given the 4DX keynote at locations around the globe with the World Business Forum (WOBI). The 4DX keynote dives into the universal challenges of why almost every leader, and every organization, will struggle with execution. This keynote teaches the simple, but profound, disciplines that can be applied the next day, but take a lifetime to master.

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Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023

Cheryl Cran

Cheryl Cran, Founder of NextMapping™ and

“The Future of Leadership (Hint: It’s Human!)”

The future is now and its changing faster than ever!

In this dynamic and engaging keynote with future of work expert, Cheryl Cran will help you gain insight into trends, research and actionable ideas. The future is human – super.crucial.human in fact and Cheryl will share research on ‘why’ it’s a workers market until at least 2030 and what that means for companies now and in the future. Leaders today need to inspire and engage by being ‘change leaders’ and this means helping themselves AND their teams to be nimble, agile and adaptive to change.

In this keynote you will leave with:

  • Research into the ‘future of all things’ including worker mindsets, social trends and technology
  • A model on how to recognize where you and your team is in regard to the ‘change cycle’
  • The ’me to we’ mindset model and why it’s crucial to connect human to human and to lead change
  • Ideas and insights into how to attract and retain today’s workers
  • Strategies on how to navigate and create the future based on patterns and new behaviors
  • Actionable ideas that you can take away and apply right away back in the workplace

Michael Knight

Sponsored by:

Michael Knight, President and CEO, Endries International

Technology Drivers for 2023 and Beyond

In this eye-opening session, Michael will be sharing his insights on the 20 technologies driving the 2020s and how the supply chain, political and economic environment is likely to influence these technologies, as well as by influenced by them.