Keynote Speakers

Wednesday, November 28th, 8:00 PM
Opening Keynote Plenary Session

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How My Day Job at an Experiential Learning Start Up Revolutionized the Way I Thought About...Everything

Lisa Degliantoni, Engagement Specialist

Everything we know and believe is being disrupted. How can we train ourselves to think like designers, creating solutions to problems from our everyday lives to space travel...while keeping our eyes on the ground and doing the simple task of engaging with our audiences and our community? In this interactive session, Lisa, a wildly enthusiastic communicator, journalist, talk show personality and artist, will draw our ACCESS audience in with a story about her experience as Engagement Director at ground-breaking start up HackStudio. She’ll challenge the audience to think about how playing with perceptions and building excitement can create meaningful engagement goals and result in compelling experiences.

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Revolutionary Sound Engagement

Rob Steel, Sound Designer and Composer

As the lead at DePaul’s School of Cinematic Arts Sound Design, Rob has deep insight not only into how to design an immersive and evocative audio environment, but also how young people trigger their own creative engagement. Leveraging his skills as a sound designer and composer in theater, video and film, Rob will demonstrate tricks to unleashing heightened engagement that will inspire the audience to think differently about the world around them, and what their audiences experience.  Rob will incorporate audio examples that demonstrate the power of music and sound to influence thoughts, feelings and actions.

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Lighten Up and Lead: Leverage Levity to Boost Client Confidence and Employee Engagement

Tami Evans, Employee Engagement & Levity Leadership Expert

A happy workplace is imperative to success, but how do you remain positive AND professional?  Laugh and learn key characteristics to create levity in the worker, workforce, and workplace, with tools that help you reach your personal and professional potential through the power of fun. Connection creates culture and culture creates employee engagement - and the fastest way to connect is through levity. Engagement empowers employees to collaborate through challenges, create innovative solutions, and communicate confidently. Not to mention the bump to your bottom line!

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Thursday, November 29th, 9:00 AM

Morning Keynote:
Flashes of Genius - Learning the Art and Science of Creativity

Allen Gannett, Founder & CEO, TrackMaven

The standard view of creativity is one of constant brainstorming punctuated by sudden flashes of genius - it is not something you can be intentional or methodical about. This talk will disprove this, explain how flashes of genius actually happen and provide ways any creator can increase their odds of having one.

The talk is based on two years of research for Gannett's most recent book The Creative Curve (June 2018, Penguin Random House). As part of this, he interviewed dozens of the world's leading creatives such as celebrity chefs, multi-platinum musicians, billionaire entrepreneurs, and fine artists. In addition, he talked to the leading scientists and academics who study the field. Based on this, he found four patterns—The Four Laws of Creative Curve—that all creatives engage in. These laws are not only scientifically valid, but can be followed by any aspiring creative. This talk will give a sneak peek into Gannett's research and an early look at how you can leverage it.

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Friday, November 30th, 11:30 AM

Closing Keynote: 
Technology is Magic,
The Magic of Technology

Jackson Young, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Master of Arts program in Exhibition & Experience Design, FIT

Fifty years ago sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke formulated three adages that are known as "Clarke's three laws." The third law stated, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." At this most exciting time in human evolution, we are witnessing this third law coming to life and making every aspect of our lives more magical than ever. The experiential industry is facing tremendous change due to rapidly evolving technological advancements. We must be vigilant of new trends and harness the magic of technology to help us create innovative experiences for our clients. Join this keynote presentation to discover some amazing technologies that are quickly forming, evolving, and aiming to magically transform our industry in the future!