Keynote Speakers

April 3-6, 2013
CONNECT: Let the conversations begin!
Renaissance Hotel, Austin, Texas

Opening Keynote Speaker

Greg Risberg

Greg Risberg is a warm, funny motivational speaker whose presentations have been described as hilariously informative. He has addressed everyone from nurses and teachers, to bankers and farmers, traveling to 48 states as well as Canada, Great Britain, and Australia.

In his "Humor with a Message" programs, Greg Risberg offers useful ways to improve communication, handle stress, and increase humor and hope in people's lives. He is the author of 52 Bright Ideas to Bring More Humor, Hugs, and Hope into Your Life published by Book Marketing Solutions, LLC, 2008.

Greg Risberg's presentations create a spirit of renewed enthusiasm, having a positive and lasting impact on hundreds of healthcare groups (ranging from nurses and radiologists to hospice workers and cancer survivors) as well as other groups ranging from insurance sales and banking to transportation and education. A past president of the AMA said: "Everyone in health care needs to hear Greg Risberg!"

Prior to his work as a professional speaker, he worked as a consultant and educator at Proviso Family Services and Mental Health Center, and was a lecturer at both Loyola University Medical Center and Northwestern University Hospital in Chicago.

The National Speakers Association has recognized Greg Risberg as a Certified Speaking Professional. He has a B. A. degree in Psychology from Roosevelt University and a Master's Degree in Social Work from the Jane Addams School of Social Work in Chicago, IL.

Closing Keynote Speaker

Marcus Orlovsky

Marcus is passionate about creating better opportunities for young people. He and his team work nationally and globally with school leaders and students from all backgrounds. They pride themselves in helping accelerate the development of talent at all levels and across all phases.

Bryanston Square has a small team of multi disciplined professionals. It has a track record covering some £8Bn of buildings, more than 100,000 teacher training days, and numerous innovations including Unlock – a programme for raising expectations and attainment in secondary school students – through to Socrates Tree, an online decision support tool unparalleled in identifying key issues in schools and invaluable in future planning.

Marcus had a complex childhood, worked through University, joined a 'Big Four' firm and qualified as a Chartered Accountant and moved to being Director of Recruitment. He journeyed through commerce: Real Estate, Software and HR, whilst keeping up charitable commitments to education. He ended up speaking to schools and then designers, which led him and his colleagues to form Bryanston Square.

Marcus has a thought-provoking and entertaining manner of delivery which stimulates ideas and discussion in audiences. From addressing 300 Yr 11 students in one school to talking to 900 school leaders, his sessions are relevant and practical and, at the same time, far reaching. He is a now a well known figure in educational and commercial circles and in demand both as a keynote and after dinner speaker, as well as someone who can work through issues with smaller groups.
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