General Sessions

Lisa Ling

Lisa Ling
Keynote Address »
Monday, March 4

Acclaimed Journalist on CNN & OWN: the Oprah Winfrey Network

Lisa Ling is currently executive producer and host of "This is Life" on CNN. For the show, Ling has explored stories such as the opioid addiction in Utah and the recent influx of women in North Dakota's boomtowns.

Previously, Ling executive produced and hosted five seasons of "Our America" on OWN: the Oprah Winfrey Network. While reporting, she lived in a midwestern town ravaged by heroin, gained exclusive access to an anti-gay religious movement, spotlighted PTSD in returning veterans and went undercover to investigate underage sex trafficking in the nation's capitol.

As former field correspondent for "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and contributor to ABC News' "Nightline" and National Geographic's "Explorer," Ling has reported from dozens of countries, covering stories about gang rape in the Congo, bride burning in India, and the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang in Central America, among other pressing issues.

Ling got her start in journalism as a correspondent for Channel One News, where at 21 years old, she covered Afghanistan's civil war and stories in dozens of other countries. She later co-hosted ABC Daytime's hit show "The View," which won its first Emmy while she was host.

Ling is the co-author of "Mother, Daughter, Sister, Bride: Rituals of Womanhood" and "Somewhere Inside: One Sister's Captivity in North Korea and the Other's Fight to Bring Her Home," which she penned with her sister, Laura Ling.

Erik Wahl

Erik Wahl
Leadership Awards Lunch »
Tuesday, March 5

Graffiti Artist and Best-Selling Author

Erik Wahl is an internationally recognized artist, TED speaker and best-selling author. His new book, "The Spark and the Grind," outlines the essential components of translating ideas into action. His breakthrough thinking has earned praise from top influencers in both art and business. Wahl's previous book, the best-seller "Unthink," was hailed by Forbes as "the blueprint to actionable creativity," and by Fast Company as "provocative with a purpose."

Wahl discovered an alarming truth early in his career as a partner in a corporate firm: organizations that encouraged the discipline of creativity did better than those that did not prioritize innovation. He set out to challenge companies to change their way of thinking. His message: disruption is the new normal and businesses must embrace creativity in a wholesale fashion, or risk being left behind. Wahl inspires organizations to be increasingly agile and outlines how to use disruption as a competitive advantage.

Inspired by street art after leaving the corporate world, Wahl became an acclaimed graffiti artist. He now donates all money raised from his art to charities.

Kevin Carroll

Kevin Carroll
Business Officer Breakfast »
Wednesday, March 6

Best-Selling Author and Consultant

Kevin Carroll is the author of three highly successful books, "Rules of the Red Rubber Ball," "What's Your Red Rubber Ball?!" and "The Red Rubber Ball at Work," and founder of Kevin Carroll Katalyst/LLC.

With his consulting endeavors, Carroll has helped turn creative ideas into reality for organizations such as the National Hockey League, ESPN, Nike, Starbucks, the National Basketball Association, Walt Disney Company, Mattel, Hasbro, Procter & Gamble, Discovery Channel and Capital One.

Raised by his grandparents in Philadelphia, Carroll spent endless hours at the neighborhood playground where he found his calling: a red rubber ball. He served with the Air Force for ten years, living overseas and serving as an interpreter and translator in Croatian, Czech, Serbian and German.

After returning to Philadelphia, Carroll was an athletic trainer at the high school and collegiate levels. In 1995, he became the head athletic trainer for the Philadelphia 76ers. Two years later, Nike hired him to be a creative change agent, where he was instrumental in helping the company better understand athletic product performance, team dynamics and interpersonal communication. He founded his own company in 2004, Kevin Carroll Katalyst/LLC, to elevate the power of sport and play as a vehicle for social change around the world. Carroll is a frequent visiting professor across the U.S.