Co-Founder of Quiet Revolution and Best-Selling Author
Susan Cain is the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. The New York Times best-seller was named the No. 1 book of the year by Fast Company magazine, which also named Cain one of its Most Creative People in Business. She received Harvard Law School’s Celebration 60 award for thought leadership, the Toastmasters International Golden Gavel award for communication and leadership, and was named on Inc. magazine’s list of Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts. In 2014, Cain partnered with Steelcase to create Susan Cain Quiet Spaces, which empower introverts at work.
Entrepreneur, Author and Executive in Silicon Valley
Ben Casnocha is a technology entrepreneur and executive. He recently served as Chief of Staff to the Chairman at LinkedIn. Casnocha is co-author – with LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman – of the recent New York Times best-seller The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age, which has become one of the most sought-after management frameworks on how to recruit, manage and retain entrepreneurial employees.
He's co-founder of Allied Talent, a consultancy that helps companies train managers on how to better engage their top talent. HR magazine named Casnocha one of the top trendsetters in the talent industry for the year 2015.
Information Designer and Best-Selling Author
David McCandless champions the use of infographics and data visualizations to explore new directions for journalism and design. His blog and best-selling book Information Is Beautiful are dedicated to visualizing ideas, issues, knowledge and data – and to discovering new patterns and stories in the seas of data swamping and surrounding us.
He believes visualized information has incredible potential to help us quickly understand, navigate and find meaning in a complex world. His information design work has appeared in more than 40 publications internationally, including the Guardian, Wired and Die Zeit. His commercial clients include GE, Google and the United Nations.
Chief Executive Officer, SAS
Since he co-founded SAS in 1976, Jim Goodnight has served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. The worldwide leader in business analytics, SAS has more than 13,700 employees in 60 countries. The company’s 2014 revenue was $3.09 billion, its 39th consecutive year of growth and profitability. Goodnight considers his employees to be his most valuable asset and has created a world-renowned workplace model. In 2014, SAS ranked No. 2 on the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces list from Great Place to Work Institute. Goodnight has a PhD in statistics and speaks internationally on leadership, education and innovation.