2021 Weekdays with Bernie Speakers & Topics

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Keynote Speaker, Kindra Hall

Topic: Stories that Stick: The Irresistible Power of Strategic Storytelling

Kindra is a professional storyteller who teaches leaders, executives, and entrepreneurs across countless industries to harness and leverage the power of their stories. Her book, Stories that Stick, debuted at #2 on the Wall Street Journal Bestseller List, and Forbes said it “may be the most valuable business book you read.” In 2020, she became the Chief Storytelling Officer of SUCCESS Magazine, where she interviews icons like Deepak Chopra and Misty Copeland in an effort to hear and share their stories of success. She is based in New York City with her husband and two children.

General Session Speaker, Paul Keckley

Topic: Megatrends Impacting the US Healthcare Industry

Paul is Managing Editor of The Keckley Report, a healthcare policy analyst, and widely known industry expert. He is a frequent speaker and advisor to healthcare organizations focused on long-term growth, sustainability, and advocacy strategies. In addition to the weekly Keckley Report, he has published three books and 250 articles. During the period preceding the passage of the Affordable Care Act, he facilitated sessions between the White House Office of Health Reform and major health industry trade groups as private sector input was sought in the legislation.

Paul serves on the board of Tivity Health and as an advisor to Western Governors University, Erdman, Sullivan Cotter, and the Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy. He is a member of the Health Executive Network and Healthcare Financial Management Association.

He completed his B.A. at Lipscomb University, his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Ohio State University, and a fellowship in economic policy at Oxford University. He resides in Nashville, Tennessee, and enjoys golf, jogging, and the search for great coffee.

General Session Speaker, Anton Gunn

Topic: How to Develop a Culture that Gets Big Things Done

Anton is a former senior advisor to President Barack Obama and the world’s leading authority on Socially Conscious Leadership. He has a master’s degree in Social Work from USC and was a Resident Fellow at Harvard. He is the bestselling author of The Presidential Principles and has been featured in TIME Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, INC Magazine, BBC, NPR, and on Good Morning America.

As an international speaker and consultant, he has worked with organizations like Microsoft, KPMG, Vanderbilt Health, Sodexo, Verizon Wireless, Aetna, American College of Surgeons, Blue Shield of California, and the Boeing Company.

From playing SEC football and being the first African American in history elected to the SC legislature from his district early in his career to now working as a leadership development consultant and serving on multiple boards, he has spent his life helping people build diverse high performing teams and world-class leadership culture.

General Session Speaker, Ryan McCostlin

Topic: COVID19: How to decide when to require employees to come back to work

Ryan is BerniePortal’s very own HR party of one. Ryan has a B.S. from Vanderbilt and an MBA from Yale. He has taught as an adjunct instructor of organizational development at Vanderbilt University and has served as a faculty member for the Tennessee Bar Association. He is also the face of BerniePortal's Youtube show and podcast, HR Party of One.

Disclaimer: This is not a comprehensive list. We will announce additional speakers and sessions when confirmed.


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