General John Allen RETIRED FOUR-STAR GENERAL, US MARINE CORPS FORMER HEAD OF NATO FORCES IN AFGHANISTAN FORMER PRESIDENTIAL SPECIAL ENVOY TO THE GLOBAL COALITION TO COUNTER ISIL
General John Allen is one of the nation’s most legendary military leaders and most respected thought leaders on U.S.-global engagement. When President Obama created the appointment of special envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, General Allen was the first American tapped to confront the Islamic State terror group. Widely hailed as a strategic thinker and a true battlefield leader, Gen. Allen is one of the nation’s foremost experts on the geopolitical relationships between U.S. and Asia and the Middle East. In 2011 Allen replaced General Petraeus as the commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan. There, he led and managed one of the most complex military transitions of the last decade as he oversaw the strategic shift from troop-intensive counterinsurgency operations to the development of Afghan security forces. Allen spent his early career in Washington, DC, and became the first Marine Corps officer to be inducted as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He had field command during missions in the Caribbean and the Balkans and became the first Marine to serve as the commandant of midshipmen at the Naval Academy. He then served as the principal director of Asian and Pacific affairs for the office of the Secretary of Defense before heading to a command position and service in Iraq. Allen spent 13 months in the Anbar province, where he led efforts to persuade Sunni tribal leaders to stand against al-Qaeda militants. His success precipitated a shift in the nature of the war in western Iraq. In 2008, Allen became deputy commander of U.S. Central Command. Allen is currently affiliated with the Brookings Institution, where he is a co-director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, and is a senior fellow at the Merrill Center of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Jeffrey Pfeffer AUTHOR, PROFESSOR AND ORGANIZATIONS BEHAVIOR GURU
Jeffrey Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University where he has taught since 1979. He is the author or co-author of 14 books including: The Human Equation: Building Profits by Putting People First; Power: Why Some People Have It—and Others Don’t;The Knowing-Doing Gap: How Smart Companies Turn Knowledge Into Action; Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense: Profiting from Evidence-Based Management. Dr. Pfeffer received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University and his Ph.D. from Stanford. He began his career at the business school at the University of Illinois and then taught at the University of California, Berkeley. Pfeffer has been a visiting professor at the Harvard Business School, Singapore Management University, London Business School, Copenhagen Business School, and for the past 10 years a visitor at IESE in Barcelona. Pfeffer currently writes a semi-monthly column for Fortune (Fortune.com). From 2003-2007, Pfeffer wrote a monthly column, “The Human Factor,” for the 600,000-person circulation business magazine, Business 2.0 and from 2007-2010, he wrote a monthly column providing career advice for Capital, a leading business and economics magazine in Turkey. Pfeffer currently serves on the board of directors of Berlin Packaging and the nonprofit Quantum Leap Healthcare, and on the advisory board for Collective Health. In the past he has served on the boards of Resumix, Unicru, and Workstream, Audible Magic, SonoSite, and the San Francisco Playhouse. Jeffrey Pfeffer has won the Richard D. Irwin Award presented by the Academy of Management for scholarly contributions to management and numerous awards for his articles and books. He is listed in the top 25 management thinkers by Thinkers 50, and as one of the Most Influential HR International Thinkers by HR Magazine. In November, 2011, he was presented with an honorary doctorate degree from Tilburg University in The Netherlands.
Kenneth Pollack SENIOR FELLOW, CENTER FOR MIDDLE EAST POLICY AT THE BROOKING INSTITUTE
Dr. Kenneth Pollack is a senior fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. Prior to that, he served as the director of research, helping to build and establish the center, and then as the director of the Center itself. With an extensive background in national security, intelligence, and foreign policy, Pollack is an expert on Middle Eastern political-military affairs, with a particular emphasis on Iraq, Iran, and Saudi Arabia. Pollack is the author of eight books on the Middle East. His latest, Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb and American Strategy, was named one of the “Best Books of the Year” by the Economist and Foreign Affairs and was picked by the New York Times as an “Editor’s Choice” and one of its “Notable Books of the Year.” His book, A Path Out of the Desert: A Grand Strategy for America in the Middle East, was chosen as one of the Washington Post’s “Best Books of the Year” for 2008 and a New York Times’ “Editor’s Choice.” His six other books include: Which Path to Persia? Options for a New U.S. Strategy toward Iran, Unfinished Business: An American Strategy for Iraq Moving Forward; Things Fall Apart: Containing the Spillover of a Civil War in Iraq; The Persian Puzzle: The Conflict Between Iran and America; Arabs at War: Military Effectiveness, 1948–1991; and The Threatening Storm: The Case for Invading Iraq, which was a New York Times and Washington Post best-seller. Pollack began his career as an Iran-Iraq military analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency, where he predicted the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait and was the principal author of the CIA’s classified post-mortem on Iraqi strategy and military operations during the Persian Gulf War. Pollack received the CIA’s Certificate of Distinction for Outstanding Performance of Duty for work before and during the Persian Gulf War. He also twice received the CIA’s Exceptional Performance Award. Dr. Pollack twice served on the staff of the National Security Council. He was director for Near East and South Asian affairs and served as director for Persian Gulf affairs. In this latter capacity, he was the principal official for U.S. policy toward Iraq, Iran, Yemen, and the Gulf Cooperation Council States at the White House. Pollack was also a senior research professor at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University, where he worked on issues related to Middle Eastern political and military affairs for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Lastly, he was the director for national security studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and a research fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Crystal Washington SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING STRATEGIST
When powerful companies want their teams to take action online, they book social media expert and dynamic speaker Crystal Washington, who has worked with Google, Microsoft, GE and others in the USA, Africa and Europe. For this comprehensive knowledge on social media, she has been interviewed by ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS and numerous radio stations and magazines around the globe. Crystal is well known for her ability to take complex Web and social media topics, and make them easy to understand and accessible for everyday people and small business owners. She owns CWM Enterprises, a social media instructional brand aimed at training everyone from Gen Y's to Baby Boomers in strategically using social media. Educating consumers on the practical applications of social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube is her passion. As a recognized authority on social media, she has appeared in The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, Glamour Magazine, Bloomberg Business Week, and in The Associated Press. She was the past host of a weekly technology segment on Houston’s Fox television affiliate. Crystal is the author of the book, The Social Media Why: A Busy Professional’s Practical Guide to Using Social Media Including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Google+ and Blogs for Business.
Jeff Belkora ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, SURGERY AND HEALTH POLICY, UCSF
Jeff Belkora, PhD is on a mission to help professionals guide clients to good decisions. Belkora is a faculty member at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine. There he founded and directs the Patient Support Corps, which serves patients and families navigating major medical decisions. Dr. Belkora also consults with financial advisors, helping them improve their discovery and decision support processes, and thereby increase client satisfaction, commitment (close rate), assets under management, and referrals. His new book DEAL! Discovery, Engagement, and Leverage for Professionals tells the story of how he has successfully translated his work from health care to financial services. Belkora earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from Brown University; and from Stanford University, a Master’s in Statistics and a PhD in Engineering. Prior to UCSF, he worked at Strategic Decisions Group and Outcome Software. Outside of work, Belkora enjoys time with his family and friends; plays soccer and basketball; and writes songs.
Brad Bueerman CEO, FP TRANSITIONS
Brad Bueerman is a nationally recognized speaker and thought leader on matters of business value and equity management for independent financial professionals. Brad has been active in the merger and acquisition market for most of his career, beginning with CitiBank in Milan, Italy, and through ventures with the Christie Group, plc, as well as private brokerage. Brad is the creator of FP Transitions’ Comprehensive Valuation Report, the industry’s standard for valuation, relying on the largest proprietary database of independent financial businesses in the USA.
Mike Byrnes, a national speaker and President of Byrnes Consulting, LLC, works with advisors to help them become even more successful. He is a recognized thought leader on practice management topics and has been published 300 times throughout the industry. His expertise is in business planning, marketing strategy, business development, client service and management effectiveness, along with several other areas. He specializes in helping businesses grow by utilizing the right mix of PR, social media, websites, sales, events, advertising, direct mail, emails, marketing collateral and research. In his free time, Mike serves as a volunteer consultant for Executive Service Corps of New England, helping hundreds of charities in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Mike received his MBA from Boston College and BS from Saint Michael's College.