Keynote Speakers

August 28 - 30, 2023 | Cleveland, OH

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Tuesday, August 29, 2023

9:45am EST


Bob Chapman
Chairman & CEO, Barry-Wehmiller
"Truly Human Leadership: The Skills and Courage to Care"

In his presentation, Bob Chapman will challenge traditional thinking about how to run a business and how to be a caring and effective leader.
He’ll offer simple, yet groundbreaking ideas on how to create safe, healthy and fulfilling work environments grounded in people-centric leadership. Attendees will leave inspired and equipped to implement some of his concepts today to help build better organizations for tomorrow.

Bob Chapman is Chairman and CEO of St. Louis, MO-based Barry-Wehmiller, a $3B global capital equipment and engineering solutions company with more than 12,000 team members. He became the senior executive of Barry-Wehmiller in 1975 at age 30 when the 90-year-old business had $20 million in revenue, outdated technology and a very weak financial position. Despite the obstacles, Chapman applied a unique blend of strategy and culture over the next 45-plus years in leading Barry-Wehmiller through more than 120 successful acquisitions.

Over the past two decades, a series of realizations led him away from traditional management practices to Truly Human Leadership--a people-centric approach where his team members feel valued, cared for and integral to the company’s purpose. At Barry-Wehmiller, they have a unique measure of success: by the way they touch the lives of people.

Chapman’s experiences and the transformation he championed were the inspiration behind his 2015 WSJ bestseller Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family. The book has been translated into eight languages. In 2016, Harvard Business School released a case study featuring Barry-Wehmiller’s unique approach to business, which is now taught at 70+ business schools around the world.

Chapman shares his story whenever he can, as it is an example of what’s possible at the intersection of great business strategy and profound care for people. He wants everyone to see that caring for people and giving them meaning, purpose and fulfillment through their work is not in disharmony with creating value.


Wednesday, August 30, 2023

11am EST

Mark Schulman
World-Class Drummer for performers including P!nk, Foreigner, Billy Idol, and Cher
“Hacking the ROCKSTAR ATTITUDE: How to Ignite Rockstar Performance During Uncertain Times”

Mark’s high-energy, dynamic presentation can best be described as a Rock show disguised as a keynote. Mark uses three core principles during this kinetic and sensory-driven program – ABC: Attitude * Behavior * Consequences.  You can’t always control what happens to you – as evidenced by the global pandemic – but you can control your attitude, which drives your behavior, and your behaviors determine your consequences. The audience will walk away with a blueprint for how to incorporate Rock & Roll philosophy, techniques, and swagger in order to overcome obstacles, drive performance, and energize their work and personal lives. Are you ready to rock?

Key Takeaways:

Through an invigorating, entertaining, and emotional experience, participants gain an understanding of how to immediately employ fundamental and powerful concepts that will elevate their professional and personal performance beyond what they thought possible.

Based on his interviews with world-class performers in all industries, Mark has synthesized the secrets to busting through fear, trepidation, and anxiety associated with any type of performance, presentation, pitch, or communication.

Participants learn how a shift in attitude and perspective can have a tremendous impact on the outcomes for their work and personal lives.

Discover the world-class drummer who is unlocking the secrets to Hacking the Rockstar Attitude for audiences around the globe. 

Are you ready to rock? You will be after experiencing Mark Schulman in action!

Mark has performed for sold-out audiences all over the world as the drummer for some of the greatest artists of all time, including P!nk, Foreigner, Billy Idol, and Cher. Get ready to be empowered, inspired, and elevated to an evolved mindset and new level of peak performance.

Having performed for over a billion people, Mark unlocks the Rockstar Attitude by incorporating his powerful business philosophy and innovative strategic content with engaging multimedia and live drumming performances. Through Mark’s high-energy speaking style, strategic business expertise, and dynamic, interactive musical activities, you will get to express your own rhythms, fortify individual strengths, and enhance emotional connections with your colleagues and families.

Mark’s presentations have the excitement of a Rock concert with the transformational results of a cutting-edge keynote. Think Tony Robbins meets Bono meets Ringo Starr; you’ll break the boundaries of possibility and performance while rocking out to an unforgettable mix of live drumming, interactive performances, and compelling stories from Mark’s intimate experiences from over 30 years touring with legendary artists. In May 2021, Mark was awarded the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) Designation, an honor held by only 17% of his peers. In 2023, watch for Mark starring in a new and innovative music competition television series that implements a "build a band" from scratch concept, showcasing exceptional musical talent that can each play, write, and sing! Mark will also be releasing his second book on the power of attitude this year called ‘The Attitude Equation.’ This book features Mark’s interviews with rock star performers in all areas of life including Howie Mandel, Judd Apatow, Grant Cardone, Martina Navratilova and so many more!




GEO Martin