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Keynote Speakers

RIMS General Session & Opening Keynote

Monday, April 27, 8:30 am — 9:45 am
Doors open at 7:45 am. Breakfast service ends promptly at 8:30 am.

Erik Wahl: The Art of Vision and Author

Erik Wahl is an internationally recognized graffiti artist, number one bestselling author and entrepreneur. His on-stage painting seamlessly becomes a visual metaphor to the core of his message, encouraging organizations to maximize profitability through innovations and superior performance levels. Erik’s bestselling business book, UNTHINK was hailed by Forbes Magazine as “THE blueprint to actionable creativity” and by Fast Company Magazine as “Provocative with a Purpose”.


Awards Luncheon & Leadership Keynote

Monday, April 27, 12:15 pm — 1:45 pm

Simon T. Bailey, Former Disney Executive, Motivational Coach, and Author

Simon T. Bailey is a leadership imagineer and author whose expertise equips organizations with tips, tools and techniques on how to unleash their potential. Bailey’s new book, Shift Your Brilliance – Harness the Power of You, Inc. (Sound Wisdom, May 2014), is a call to action that invites readers to shift their thinking, creating a disruption from the norm that ignites innovation, increasing accountability and profitability in life and business. He is also a weekly columnist for American City Business Journal.


Conference Finale & Closing Keynote

Wednesday, April 29, 3:15 pm — 4:45 pm

Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief of Huffington Post Media Group and Author

In May 2005, Arianna Huffington launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.

She has been named to TIME magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. Her 14th book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder was published by Crown in March 2014 and debuted at number one on The New York Times Best Seller list.