Terry R. Bacon
Terry R. Bacon, Ph.D. is founder, CEO, and chairman of Lore International Institute, a global executive development firm whose work with such Fortune 500 firms as American Express, Cargill, Centex, Fluor, General Electric, Halliburton, Raytheon, and Ford Motor Company has included executive assessment, coaching, education, and organizational consulting in talent management and human capital development. He has coached thousands of executives and designed and delivered hundreds of programs on leadership, management, and interpersonal effectiveness over his 30-year career as a coach, teacher, and consultant. A prolific author and popular speaker, his most recent books include Winning Behavior, The Behavioral Advantage, Powerful Proposals, and Adaptive Coaching.
Shannon Banks is former director and trainer for top leadership in Microsoft. She is a Master Action Learning Coach, author of several articles and special journal issue on action learning and her company, Be-Leadership, provides executive level training for many global corporations throughout Europe including UK Parliament leaders.
David Barrie grew up on the south coast of England where he fell in love with sailing and - in particular - the art of navigation. At the age of 19 David crossed the Atlantic in the 35-foot yacht 'Saecwen' and the following year competed in the 2000-mile Observer Two-Handed Round Britain Race in Shamaal II - a Contessa 26, one of the smallest entries. In 1981 he sailed his own Contessa 32 from Lymington to the Azores and back, and in 1984 took part as navigator in the China Sea Race from Hong Kong to Manila. In recent years he has cruised in the Hebrides, Norway, the Caribbean and British Columbia. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation and a member of the Royal Cruising Club.David studied Experimental Psychology and Philosophy at Oxford University. His working life has been varied: deck hand on a ferry, diplomat, intelligence analyst, arts adminstrator and campaigner. The great great nephew of the playwright J M Barrie, he is married with two daughters and lives in London.
Judy Bartkowiak's training courses and coaching practice have helped thousands of people to apply the skills of NLP in their everyday lives. She is a qualified NLP Trainer, NLP Master Practitioner, NLP Sports Practitioner, NLP Business Practitioner and NLP Children's Practitioner.
Steve Bavister is an experienced NLP coach, therapist, trainer, author and editor of RAPPORT - the magazine of the Association for Neuro-Linguistic Programming (ANLP). He has an honours degree in psychology and has written books on coaching, NLP and photography.
Peter Bazalgette was Chair of Arts Council England from 2013-2017. He also chaired the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation. He was educated at Dulwich College and read Law at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge but escaped the law to spend most of his career working in television. He devised some of the biggest entertainment shows in recent TV history, such as Ready Steady Cook and Changing Rooms, and brought Big Brother to the UK. He now chairs ITV. His previous books include Billion Dollar Game and The Food Revolution (co-authored). In 2011 he was knighted for services to broadcasting.
John D.W. Beck
John D. W. Beck, Ed.D., is one of the founders of the Charter Oak Consulting Group, a firm specializing in strengthening organizational performance by developing effective leaders, building high-performing teams and aligning organizations in pursuit of a shared vision. Recent clients include British Petroleum, Carrier, and Digital Equipment.
Adam Becker is a science writer with a PhD in astrophysics and an undergraduate degree in philosophy. His writing has appeared in the BBC and New Scientist. He has recorded a video series with the BBC and several podcasts with the Story Collider. He is also a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley's Office for History of Science and Technology. He lives in Oakland, CA.
Jordan Belfort was born in Queens, New York. He hustled ices to put himself through college, showing early entrepreneurial flair. His first business sent him bankrupt at twenty-four so he went down to Wall St with $100 in his pocket and ended up building one of the largest brokerages in America - the now infamous Stratton Oakmont. A hard partying lifestyle ended in crash and burn. Ultimately indicted by the federal government, Belfort served twenty-two months in prison, and time in rehab. He's now a highly successful motivational speaker.His story has been made into a Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-nominated film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese.He is currently living in Los Angeles.
Antony Bell is co-founder and managing partner of Leader Development. Inc., whose nationwide consulting partners have worked with such clients as Allied Signal, Bose Corporation, and March of Dimes on issues of leadership development and organizational change. An adjunct faculty member of the Daniel School of Management at the University of South Carolina, he is an international speaker and noted specialist in coaching executive teams for clients, including Nike South Africa and British Telecom.
David Benjamin is the co-founder of Syntegrity and the chief architect behind its implementation of the Complexity Formula as laid out in his book, Cracking Complexity. David regularly guides leaders and their teams through their application of the formula, helping them get to decisions and action in days, no matter the industry, type of challenge, or nature of the organization. In this capacity, David has become a trusted advisor to Fortune 500 companies and government leaders on how to organize for complexity and find traction in the face of the intractable. He frequently speaks on a wide range of topics related to complexity, effective and efficient problem-solving, and human dynamics in systems. David spends most of the rest of his time and energy on writing, family, long-distance running and cracking cryptic crosswords. David and his wife, Angie, live near Toronto and have three incredibly talented daughters whom he loves equally.
Disrupt! is written by the team at Springwise, the most cutting edge online resource for innovation spotting and business ideas. Powered by their network of over 20,000 Springspotters in 190+ countries, Springwise curate and publish the most exciting global innovations every day. James Bidwell is the majority shareholder and CEO of Springwise and has been described as "Selfridges' ringmaster extraordinaire", as "a theatrical agitator", listed in the Financial Times Creative Business Top 50, named as one of London's 1000 most influential by the London Evening Standard; amongst many other tributes during his successful career in leading transformational change in business.
George Binney is an experienced coach and consultant who for many years has worked with chief executives and senior teams. He studied history before becoming a barrister, a McKinsey consultant and a manager in large corporates. He specialises in supporting senior doctors, scientists, lawyers and other professionals who now lead organizations.
DAVID BLAKE is cofounder and CEO of Degreed and has spent his career innovating higher education and lifelong learning. Prior to Degreed, he helped launch a competency-based, accredited university and was a founding team member at Zinch (acquired by Chegg). David was selected as a Top EdTech Entrepreneur by the Stanford d.School EdTech Lab sponsored by Teach For America and NewSchools Venture Fund. He has been published in the Harvard Technology Review, Business Insider, TechCrunch, and Huffington Post. He has spoken around the world on the topic of the future of learning, including the ASU Education Innovation Summit, EdTech Europe, and TEDx.
John Blakey is a coach to board-level leaders around the globe, having worked in the US, UK, Australia, Holland, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Portugal, Czech Republic, Malaysia, India, France, and Germany in recent years. In his corporate career he was international managing director at Logica plc and later its director of coaching, the first such role in a FTSE250 organization. In the 1990s he was consulting director of Team121 Ltd, one of the fastest-growing private companies in the UK. He has an MSc in Information Systems, an MBA from Aston Business School, and is a PCC credentialed coach with the International Coach Federation. He features regularly as a conference speaker and writer on the topics of executive coaching, organizational change, and business growth. John's work draws upon a broad range of influences including his passion for systems thinking, his Christian faith, his expertise in t'ai chi and his extensive work with Olympic athletes and their coaches.
Born in Liverpool, Tamsin Blanchard studied fashion journalism at St Martins College, and went on to work as fashion editor of the Independent and then style editor at The Observer. She is currently style director at the Telegraph Magazine. She lives in London with her partner Mark, their four-year-old daughter Sybilla, and a small Silkworm farm. She plans one day to knit her own silk scarf.
Ken Blanchard is Chief Spiritual Officer and Chairman of the Board of the Ken Blanchard Companies. He is the author of a dozen bestselling books - including the blockbuster international bestseller The One Minute Manager and the giant business best-sellers Raving Fans and Gung Ho! - which have combined sales of more than 12 million copies in more than twenty-five languages. He is married with two children and lives in San Diego, California.
Laszlo Bock leads Google's people function, which includes all areas related to the attraction, development, and retention of 'Googlers', of which there are more than 50,000 in seventy offices worldwide. His revolutionary methods have transformed how Silicon Valley harnesses the greatest talent on the planet. During his tenure, Google has been recognized over 100 times as an exceptional employer, including being named the #1 Best Company to work for in the US and sixteen other countries. Laszlo has advised President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board and the Office of Personnel Management, and been featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, PBS Newshour and on the Today Show.
Joan Bomford, 83, who lives near Evesham in Worcestershire, has been farming since the 1930s. She continues to be very active on the farm today - driving tractors and feeding the animals. In 2015 she was named BBC Countryfile's Farming Hero 2015.
One of Britain's best-known economists, Roger Bootle runs Capital Economics, Europe's largest macroeconomics consultancy, which he founded. Roger appears frequently on television and radio and is also a regular columnist for The Daily Telegraph. In the Comment Awards 2012 he was named Economics Commentator of the year. He is the author of widely acclaimed books including - The Trouble with Markets, Money for Nothing and The Death of Inflation. Roger is also a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Committee. He was one of the previous Conservative government's 'Wise Men'. In July 2012, Roger and a team from Capital Economics won the prestigious Wolfson Economics Prize.