2019 Keynotes

Powerful speakers to inspire us all to make work life better – in every way: the lineup you don’t want to miss.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus earned worldwide acclaim and recognition for her portrayal of ‘Elaine Benes’ in the hit NBC series Seinfeld, as ‘Christine Campbell’ in the CBS hit comedy The New Adventures of Old Christine and most recently as ‘Vice President Selina Meyer” in the HBO series Veep.

She has received eleven Emmy awards with twenty-six nominations, a Golden Globe award with nine nominations, nine Screen Actors Guild awards with sixteen nominations, a Television Critics Association awards with three nominations, five American Comedy Awards with ten nominations, and has received the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy.

Upcoming, Julia will produce the HBO miniseries, Soldier Girls. The show is based on Helen Thorpe’s 2014 non-fiction book Soldier Girls: The Battles Of Three Women At Home And At War. The book follows the lives of three friends who decided to join the National Guard shortly before 9/11, only to find themselves deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq during one of the most tumultuous periods in recent military history.

Feature film credits include Disney’s Planes; Pixar’s animated hit A Bug’s Life; Woody Allen’s Academy-award winning Hannah and Her Sisters; Allen’s Deconstructing Harry; Rob Reiner’s North; Ivan Reitman’s Fathers’ Day; and Jack the Bear.

Louis-Dreyfus is a committed and steadfast defender of the environment. She serves as a member on the leadership council for the Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) as well as on the Board of Directors of Heal the Bay and on the Honorary Board of Heal the Ocean.


 

Why Terry Crews? Well, it’s not just because he is a Golden Globe award-winning action and comedy star. He’s also an expert on overcoming fear, knowing the work it takes to do so, in order to live one’s life to its highest potential.

Named a Time Person of the Year in 2017 and described as one of the most progressive and thoughtful voices on gender roles, Terry Crews is sure to both educate and entertain our INSIGHTS audience.

But behind the brawn, bullets, and laughs is a renaissance man from Flint, Michigan who, as a teen, got his first big break after high school with an art scholarship at the prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. This was followed by an Art Excellence scholarship and a full-ride athletic scholarship for football at Western Michigan University, where, as a star defensive end, he helped lead the Broncos to a Mid-Atlantic Conference Championship in 1988.

After several years in the NFL (where he painted portraits of teammates to supplement his income) with the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles, Crews turned his talents to the performing arts, where his talent, hard work, character, and dedication has made him one of the most sought out and respected talents in the industry.


 

Shawn Achor is the bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage and Big Potential. He spent 12 years at Harvard, where he won over a dozen distinguished teaching awards and delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard. Shawn has since become one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. Shawn has now worked with over a third of the Fortune 100 companies, and with places like the NFL, the Pentagon, and the U.S. Treasury. To do his work, Shawn has traveled to 51 countries, speaking to farmers in Zimbabwe, CEOs in China, doctors in Dubai and schoolchildren in South Africa. In 2014, Oprah Winfrey did a two-hour interview with Shawn on the science of happiness and meaning. His research on happiness made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED talk is one of the most popular of all time with over 16 million views, and his lecture airing on PBS has been seen by millions.