Keynote Speakers

Adel Al-Saleh

CEO  |  T-Systems

Adel is a member of the Board of Management of Deutsche Telekom AG, the largest telecommunications provider in Europe. He is chief executive officer (CEO) of T-Systems, an IT subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom.


Dr. Catherine Tinsley

Professor of Management  |  McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

Catherine Tinsley, Ph.D., is a senior professor of management at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. She is an expert on leadership, risk, decision making, negotiations, and gender. She studies how leaders can improve their decision making and the impact of good decision architecture on organizational performance.


Chad Ford

Director  |  McKay Center for Intercultural Understanding

Chad Ford is an associate professor of International Cultural Studies and director of the McKay Center for Intercultural Understanding at BYU Hawaii. He has led peacebuilding workshops and mediations around the world.


Desmond Lomax

Senior Consultant  |  Arbinger Institute

Until his retirement from service in early 2020, Desmond was a clinical mental health therapist and internal Arbinger facilitator for the Utah Department of Corrections. He worked in the field of law enforcement and corrections for over 20 years and is now a senior consultant for Arbinger.


Sydney Jackson

Owner  |  Sydney Jackson Performance Horses

Sydney is a professional horse trainer, speaker, and equine-assisted therapy specialist with an incredible life story. She began training horses at age 15, shortly after surviving breast cancer, and went on to build her own values-based training business.


Ulises Torres

Assistant Professor  |  University of Massachusetts Medical School

Ulises is an assistant professor of surgery and the chief quality officer for the surgery department at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he also directs the trauma education and outreach program. He specializes in trauma and surgical critical care.


Chris Hoffman

Superintendent  |  Elk Grove Unified School District

Maggie Ellis

Lead Association Director  |  Elk Grove Education Association

As the superintendent and a director of the teachers union at Elk Grove Unified School District, Chris and Maggie bring two differing - sometimes conflicting - perspectives to leadership and education. Yet the Elk Grove story is one of unity, collaboration, and innovation focused on student success.

Breakout Session Leaders

Chip Huth

Major  |  Kansas City Police Department

Chip has 28 years of law enforcement experience, commands KCPD’s Traffic Division, and is the State of Missouri’s defensive tactics subject matter expert. He formerly led the Street Crimes Unit Tactical Enforcement Squad and has planned, coordinated, and executed over 2500 high-risk tactical operations.


Chris Wallace

Senior Consultant  |  Arbinger Institute

As a licensed clinical psychologist, Chris has more than 20 years of experience both facilitating individual outward mindset transformations and working in treatment programs for youth. More recently, he has been working with individuals struggling with eating disorders. He has learned a great deal about the ways inward and outward mindsets appear for this population.


Beth Hannan

Senior Consultant  |  Arbinger Institute

Beth has more than ten years of experience in the healthcare and nonprofit sectors, with a background that ranges from supporting grief-stricken families in the most challenging of times to helping tech entrepreneurs identify their value proposition, to mentoring young professionals as they become leaders in their communities.


Mette Villemoes Ponty

Managing Director  |  Arbinger Scandanavia

Mette has worked with Arbinger since 2008, first in Dubai with responsibility for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region and later for Scandinavia. She has a background in the fastmoving consumer goods industry as a sales and marketing manager. She also worked in the advertising industry, both on the client side and as a strategic director.


Howard Matalon

Equity Partner  |  OlenderFeldman LLP

Howard is an accomplished legal advisor with almost 30 years of experience counseling clients on a wide range of complex employment issues, including hiring practices and business accountability for workplace conditions and adverse employment actions. He weaves outward mindset principles into every facet of his legal and coaching work and will share these approaches in an interactive, informative session.

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