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convention speakers & presentations

Economic Update: A Good Year Ahead

General Session

Saturday, April 28 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Uncertainty and volatility are the prevailing challenges that NAHAD members confront today. The critical questions facing the business community are “What will be the overall health and vibrancy of the US and global economies going forward?”, and “How can I be profitable and make critical strategic decisions in the face of such economic volatility?”

Sifting through the often conflicting maze of economic information, Alan Beaulieu will provide a timely snapshot of the economy today, where it is headed over the next three years and what it means to your business. The session will provide ITR's views of what to expect this year and beyond, covering such topics as industry and consumer trends, business-to-business activity, interest rates, oil prices, inflation, exchange rates, emerging economies and more.

Alan BeulieuAlan Beaulieu – ITR Economics

With a reputation as an accurate, straightforward economist, Alan Beaulieu has been delivering award-winning workshops and economic analysis seminars in countries across the world to thousands of business owners and executives for the last 25 years. He is co-author of Prosperity in the Age of Decline, a powerful look at how to make the most of US and global economic trends over the next 20 years. Alan also co-authored Make Your Move, a practical and insightful guide on increasing profits through business cycle changes.


Is Amazon an Existential Threat to Your Business?

General Session

Saturday, April 28 | 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The ‘Amazon Effect’ has become a serious concern for most NAHAD member businesses. As Michael Purves, chief global strategist and head of equity derivatives strategy for Weeden & Co recently noted, "Amazon is not political risk - it’s a long-term structural trend, the powerful disintermediation of centuries-old business models, and that’s something a CEO really has to get their arms around and figure out how to navigate.” In this session, Jonathan Taplin will outline this threat, and what small and medium-sized businesses can do to counter it.

How Rebel Artists like Bob Dylan and Marty Scorsese Innovate in Culture and Business

Emerging Leaders / First Timers Workshop

Saturday, April 28 | 4:15 pm – 5:30 pm

Based on his first-hand and intimate experience working with some of the most innovative music and visual artists, Mr. Taplin will offer a personal exploration into the role that Rock & Roll, Film-Making and technology have played in profoundly changing society.

Jonathan Taplin

Jonathan Taplin – USC Annenberg Innovation Lab

As Director Emeritus of the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab and the author of Move Fast and Break Things: How Facebook, Google and Amazon Have Cornered Culture and Undermined Democracy, Jonathan Taplin’s career began by producing music and film for Bob Dylan and The Band, George Harrison, Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders and Gus Van Sant. He was the founder of Intertainer, the first streaming video-on-demand platform in 1996.

He is a member of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a board member of The Authors Guild, Americana Music Association and the Los Angeles Council on Technology and Innovation. His commentaries have appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Time Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, and the Wall Street Journal.


Women in Leadership

Women In NAHAD (WIN) Workshop

Sunday, April 29 | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

This workshop will provide a proven blueprint for how to recruit the best talent, retain and grow your existing business, then reinforce these habits among your employees and team.  Combining her own real-life experiences with analytical cases studies and statistics, Judy focuses on how both genders can support each other to achieve a more productive and profitable workplace. Going one step further, when you think of being a leader, do certain skills immediately come to mind? Are some more male centric while others more female? The truth is, real leadership is ‘going soft’...while hard skills will get you the job, it's the soft skills that will get you to the top. The importance of soft skills in leadership as well as the seven qualities of leadership will be a topic worth discussing.

Judy HobermanJudy Hoberman

Judy Hoberman began her career as an insurance sales agent, and eventually became the founder of her own agency. Along the way, she learned to articulate what often gets lost in the modern corporate setting: Women want to be treated equally—not identically. The on-the-ground reality is that there are very real differences between how men and women sell, manage, and recruit.

Learn more about Women In NAHAD (WIN)


What in the World is Going On?

Luncheon Keynote Address

Sunday, April 29 | 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Today more than ever before, CEOs and top-level executives need to understand what is going on in the world. Key trends in politics, economics and even culture have an impact on every business; to manage effectively, executives must know what these trends are, how they will affect our economy, and what opportunities these trends may generate for their own companies. Moreover, today’s CEOs are leaders in their communities – often serving on public and community boards -- and people look to them for guidance and insight on national and international issues. In this presentation, Herb Meyer will talk about the national security, economic and cultural issues that dominate the news:

  • What’s “the war” really all about – and why are revolutions setting the Mideast on fire? What is likely to happen in the months ahead, for instance in Iraq and Iran?
  • How will demographic crises in Western Europe and Japan keep those economies from growing, and what will be the impact of their economic weakness on our economy?
  • What demographic problems do we face in North America, and how will our businesses be affected by our own low birth rates and high rates of immigration?

Herb MeyerHerbert E. Meyer

Herb Meyer served during the Reagan Administration as Special Assistant to the Director of Central Intelligence and Vice Chairman of the CIA’s National Intelligence Council. The author of How to Analyze Information and The Cure for Poverty, Mr. Meyer’s essays on intelligence and politics have been published in The Wall Street JournalNational Review OnlinePolicy Review and The American Thinker.


Co-Create - How to Think & Lead Differently About the Evolution of Your Business

General Session

Monday, April 30 | 10:00 am – 11:45 am

In our current dynamic business climate, many believe that you cannot succeed in the future by going at it alone. If you believe that your business model, revenue model, and growth opportunities must evolve, what if that evolution came from a few, real, meaningful and impactful relationships? What if those customers, employees, partners, investors, helped co-create a very different future than you could on your own? That’s the power and promise of the Co-Create Effect, delivered by NAHAD friend and past speaker of Relationship Economics, David Nour. Come join us for an hour that will challenge you to think and lead differently moving forward!

Implementing Co-Creation - Why Delivering Creative Value is More Complex than You May Think

Lunch & Learn Workshop

Monday, April 30 - 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

So, now that you’ve heard David Nour’s passionate message about Co-Creating future value, get ready to take a few more ideas back to your business to implement with your team! In this special workshop, David will roll up his sleeves and walk you through a handful of tools within the Co-Create framework that you can immediately apply. Bring your toughest customer, partner or employee relationship challenge and elevate them to a different conversation, allowing you to create value beyond any one transaction.

David NourDavid Nour

David Nour is a senior leadership / board advisor, global speaker, and a best-selling author. He helps leaders connect with their teams by using the right strategy, pictures, and behaviors. His tenth book is Co-Create: How Your Business Will Profit from Innovative and Strategic Collaboration. Learn more at www.NourGroup.com.


The NAHAD Annual Convention is open to members of NAHAD only. If you are not a member and wish to attend, please visit our Join page.