Thom Singer has an eclectic background working in sales, marketing, and business development roles for Fortune 500 organizations, law firms, and entrepreneurial ventures. He is a professional master of ceremonies, motivational keynote speaker, and the author of 12 books on the power of business development, networking, entrepreneurship, legal marketing, and presentation skills while also serving as the host of the popular “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” podcast. He regularly speaks at business and association conferences around the United States and beyond—and has presented to over 600 audiences during his career as a speaker. He lives in the amazing city of Austin, TX, where he and his wife are the parents of two highly spirited daughters.
Jacob Stoller is an author, speaker, and consultant specializing in communication between experts and outsiders in areas such as lean management, information technology, accounting, and engineering. A frequent commentator in the business press, Stoller has delivered a variety of learning events in the United States and Canada, and authored reports, training materials, and other business documents for a wide range of corporate and institutional clients.
Stoller’s recent book, The Lean CEO, reveals the true power of lean through in-depth interviews with 28 CEOs who have taken the unusual step of establishing lean as a corporate-wide management system.
Steve Spear, award-winning author of The High Velocity Edge and numerous articles, and senior lecturer at MIT in both the management and engineering schools, has built a career helping organizations deliver way more value to market, faster, easier than they previously imagined with rewards accruing to all shareholders. His work has tracked through heavy and high-tech industry, production and design, manufacturing and service sectors, and commercial and military organizations including the U.S. Army's Rapid Equipping Force and the Navy's current effort to become a high-velocity learning organization.
A pioneer in applying lean and kanban to knowledge work, Jim Benson is the creator of personal kanban and co-author of Personal Kanban: Mapping Work | Navigating Life, winner of the Shingo Research and Publication Award. His other books include Why Plans Fail, Why Limit WIP, and Beyond Agile. He is the CEO of Modus Cooperandi, and co-founder of Modus Institute. For the past two decades Benson has worked at uncovering ways for individuals and groups to communicate, collaborate, and find clarity in unpredictable and amorphous environments.
Tonianne DeMaria Barry is partner and principal consultant at Modus Cooperandi, co-author of Personal Kanban: Mapping Work | Navigating Life, winner of the Shingo Research and Publication Award,andco-founder of Kaizen Camp™ and Modus Institute. DeMaria Barry explores the relationship between performance, motivation, and neuroscience, is passionate about the roles collaboration, value creation, and happiness play in “the future of work,” and appreciative of the ways in which psychology, lean thinking, and the work of W. Edwards Deming can facilitate these ends.
Together, Benson and DeMaria Barry have helped clients as diverse as the United Nations, The World Bank, Starbucks, JPMorgan Chase, and Spotify in over two dozen countries get control of their work, solve sticky problems, and create cultures of continuous improvement.