Featured Speakers

 

Ginny Clarke

Former Director of Executive Recruiting at Google

Dedicated to helping leaders create the conscious workplace for tomorrow, Ginny Clarke has advised at the highest levels of corporate America for decades. A proven expert in driving diverse leadership, she is the former director of executive recruiting at Google, where she led the company’s diversity, non-tech recruiting, and leadership internal mobility teams – finding and hiring senior leaders across the company. She also built a scaled internal mobility program for Google’s senior leaders to advance within the organization, and designed much of the infrastructure that supports their executive recruiting function today.

Clarke draws on her unparalleled experience inside corporate C-Suites and boardrooms helping thousands of executives up their game and elevate their careers to bring a unique, holistic five-dimensional approach to true leadership that is essential now more than ever. A systems thinker who deconstructs processes and behaviors to carefully assess organizational and individual capability, she inspires and uplifts groups by helping them scale mobility opportunities for all, and bring conscious awareness to both the workplace and life. Clarke delivers “no-holds-barred” discussions on the root causes that lead to a lack of diversity in organizations, and provides the thoughtful, integrated solutions that anyone can use to affect change.

Prior to Google, Clarke was a partner at Spencer Stuart, the global executive search firm based in Chicago. For 12 years, she worked in the firm’s financial services and financial officer practices, and co-founded and led their global diversity practice. Drawing upon her breadth and depth of experience, Clarke wrote the book titled Career Mapping: Charting Your Course in the New World of Work, providing a framework that empowers individuals to plot and assess their professional competencies and strategically navigate their careers. After the book was published, she ran her own executive search and talent management firm for three years before becoming a senior partner for executive search in the U.S. at Knightsbridge, a Canadian human capital solutions firm.

Clarke started her career in banking at First National Bank of Chicago (now Chase). After a short stint, she spent a number of years in the real estate investment management business with Jones Lang LaSalle and Prudential Real Estate Investors, where she was responsible for asset management, portfolio management, capital raising, and client servicing.

She is now the CEO of Ginny Clarke, LLC, her own talent and leadership consulting business, as well as the host of Fifth Dimensional Leadership, a podcast for leaders, thinkers, and future-makers covering topics like power, personal branding, self-awareness, networking, fear, and career management.

Clarke earned her BA in French and Linguistics from the University of California at Davis, and her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School. She is the single mother of an adult son, Julian, who works in the entertainment industry.

Ginny Clarke

 

Mitch Joel

Technology and Innovation Expert & Best-selling Author

When brands like Google, Walmart, Starbucks, Microsoft, Procter and Gamble, Twitter, and Unilever want to leverage technology to better connect with their consumers, they call Mitch Joel.

Mitch is the founder of Six Pixels Group – an advisory, investing, and content producing company that is focused on brands, commerce, community, and what’s next. Prior to Six Pixels Group, Mitch was the president of Mirum – a global marketing agency operating in 25 countries with close to 3,000 employees. He spent close to two decades building, running, and (eventually) selling his agency to WPP – one of the world's most valuable marketing and communications holding companies.

Mitch Joel has been called “one of North America’s leading visionaries” and the “Rock Star of Digital Marketing” by Strategy Magazine, he has been listed as one of the “Speakers Worth Catching” by Forbes, he has been named to the Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2021, he was recognized as one of the top 100 online marketers in the world, and he was named to the highly prestigious “Top 40 Under 40”… but he's much more than that. He is also an entrepreneur, investor, author, trusted advisor, chronic reader, and passionate speaker who connects with people worldwide by sharing his insights on business transformation, innovation, and marketing.

Mitch is also a best-selling business book author. His first book, Six Pixels of Separation, named after his successful blog and podcast, is a business and marketing best-seller. His second book, CTRL ALT Delete, was named one of the best business books of 2013 by Amazon.

Currently, Mitch is an advisor and investor in many businesses and charitable organizations in the fields of artificial intelligence, smart audio/voice, martech, fintech, and blockchain. He sits on the advisory board for Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, Inovia Capital's Early Stage Fund, HubSpot’s Inbound conference, and is a Trustee of the Westmount Public Library. Mitch is the former chair of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Marketing Association and a past executive for the National Advertising Benevolent Society. He is also a former board member of Postmedia and the Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada. In the past, he sat on the content committee for both the National Retail Federation and the Web Analytics Association.

Mitch is frequently called upon to be a subject matter expert for publications like Fast Company, Strategy, Forbes, and many other radio, television, digital, and print outlets. He is a columnist and journalist for I Heart Radio, the Harvard Business Review, and Inc. Magazine. Mitch is also the host of Groove – The No Treble podcast, where he is slowly trying to build the largest oral history of electric bass players in the world.

Mitch Joel

 

John Ondrasik

Singer/Songwriter, Five for Fighting

Singer-songwriter John Ondrasik has spent the past decade writing deeply personal songs that include social messages, invoke the human spirit and make an emotional connection. With the past six albums by Five For Fighting, the hockey moniker stage name under which he performs, Ondrasik has seen multitudes of successes. Five For Fighting's breakthrough came in 2001 with the Grammy-nominated song “Superman,” and John’s performance at The Concert For New York.

Ondrasik proceeded to become part of the American songbook with the iconic hit “100 Years,” "World," "The Riddle,” “Chances,” and “What If.” John’s music has been featured in over 350 films, TV shows, and advertisements ranging from The Blind Side to The Sopranos. In 2018 John was the musical voice for the CBS hit show Code Black.

John has also been deeply involved in supporting our troops. From USO tours, supporting several Veteran oriented charities, and distributing over a million “CD for the Troops” to servicemen and their families around the world. “At the end of the day, it really is about doing your part, each one of us. In whatever area we can. What kind of world do you want?”

Ondrasik is currently working on a Broadway musical, various television projects, and a new Five For Fighting album while giving keynotes across the country to corporations and various organizations.

John Ondrasik