Speakers

John Foley
Former Lead Solo Pilot, U.S. Navy Blue Angels; Founder & CEO, John Foley Inc.

John Foley's personal path to high performance began as a child, when he stood alongside his father at an air show featuring the Blue Angels. From that moment, Foley knew deep in his heart that someday he’d be carving up the skies as a member of the Blues. Eventually, he lived that dream, but getting there wasn’t easy. In fact, Foley’s journey from an awe-struck child at an air show to the cockpit of the Blue Angels’ F/A-18 Hornet is a study in persistence, hard work and the will to overcome obstacles and setbacks. Foley graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in mechanical engineering. He also was a defensive back for the Midshipmen, playing in two bowl games and helping Navy to one of the best four-year records in its football history. As a pilot, Foley was a “Top Ten Carrier Pilot” six times before becoming a Marine instructor pilot and a Blue Angel. He holds master’s degrees in business management, from the Stanford Graduate School of Business (as a Sloan Fellow); in international policy studies, from Stanford University; and in strategic studies, from the Naval War College. He makes his home in Sun Valley, Idaho.

 

Daymond John
Founder/CEO of FUBU; Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship; Star of ABC's Shark Tank and CEO of The Shark Group

Daymond John is the personification of the American Dream. From his humble beginning on the streets of New York, to a self-made multimillionaire with over $4 billion in global product sales, and a starring role on the ABC business reality TV show Shark Tank, John continues to set standards of excellence while expanding his interests in fashion, branding, marketing, consulting, entertainment and beyond. As Founder and CEO of the FUBU (“For Us, By Us”) clothing line, John took the company from concept to global fashion powerhouse, with annual retail sales in excess of $350 million. Introducing many of the tactics commonly used today, he pioneered the art of integrating fashion, culture and music nearly 20 years ago. From his then-unprecedented guerrilla marketing and branding techniques, to the continuously innovative ways in which he uses social media, brand integration and his expertise in pop culture, John remains a cutting edge business strategist.

A best-selling author, John entered the literary world with his first book Display of Power: How FUBU Changed a World of Fashion, Branding and Lifestyle which tells the story of his awe inspiring journey and provides a roadmap for those who aspire to succeed in business and in life. Drawing on his innovative experiences in the fashion business, he followed up with The Brand Within: How We Brand Ourselves, From Birth to the Boardroom.

 

Jonathan Perelman
Vice President of BuzzFeed Motion Pictures; Former Global Lead for Industry Relations at Google

Jonathan Perelman is the former vice president of BuzzFeed Motion Pictures and the former global lead for industry relations at Google. He was twice featured as one of AdWeek’s Top 50 Media and Advertising Executives and twice named to Billboard’s Digital Power Player’s list. VideoInk name him "Dealmaker of the Year," and he was named to Broadcasting & Cable’s "Digital All-Star's" list as well as Como’s "Top 5 Behind the Scenes Tech Talent." He was also awarded Google's 2011 OC Award, given for "substantial contributions to company." Perelman serves on many industry boards, including The American Advertising Federation (AAF) and Advertising Week. Jonathan is a senior fellow at the Center for the Digital Future at the USC Annenberg School.

 

Marci Rossell
Former Chief Economist for CNBC; Broadcast Journalist

Marci Rossell served as the popular, lively Chief Economist for CNBC in the months immediately following September 11th. Prior to her career in broadcast journalism, Rossell served as Corporate Economist and Investment Spokesperson for Oppenheimer Funds, one of the nation's largest mutual fund companies. Before moving to Wall Street, she was an expert witness for Deloitte and Touche in court cases involving economic issues. Rossell began her career as an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Rossell earned a PhD in Economics from Southern Methodist University, where she was named one of the Young Alumni of the Year in 2002.

 

Stephen Shapiro
Author and Innovator

Over the past 20 years, Stephen Shapiro has presented his provocative strategies on innovation to audiences in 50 countries. During his 15-year tenure with the consulting firm Accenture, he led a 20,000-person innovation practice. He is the author of five books, including "Best Practices Are Stupid," which was named the best innovation book of 2011. His Personality Poker® system has been used around the world to create high-performing innovation teams. In 2015 he was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame. He was recently a regular judge and mentor on the TLC television show, Girl Starter.