GENERAL SESSION SPEAKERS

Listed alphabetically

Walter Bond
Walter Bond
No One Can Stop You but You!
Are you ready? Are you really ready to go to the next level? Are you ready to improve your life, your business and your relationships? Most people are looking for ways to make a difference. Most people are looking for ways to make an impact. Most people are ready to look themselves in the mirror and say, “I’m ready right here and right now. I want to be more successful, more profitable, and more purposeful.” And that all starts within. Learn the tools to look within, and begin the execution process today. This requires thinking differently, executing daily and dominating right where you are. Walter acts as a catalyst for your organization to jump-start, to energize and to inspire your team with the passion and the know-how to move forward in thinking, executing and dominating.
Marcus Buckingham
Marcus Buckingham
Find Your Edge: Win at Work
Excellence happens all the time in an organization, but it can be tricky to harness this excellence and make it work for you. So often, when companies try to reproduce what their best performers do differently, the result is just another lifeless policy that ends up constraining people instead of freeing them to do their best work. The trick is to help people put innovative ideas into practice without stifling the personal strengths that give them their edge. In this speech, Marcus presents a customized best-practice delivery system for both managers and employees. Using a simple, easy-to-remember method to identify each person’s unique combination of strengths, Marcus gives individuals tips and techniques on how to put their particular edge to use. And managers will get lots of raw material to be better coaches, based on the specific strengths of their team members. At the end of the speech, you will know how to move beyond the one-size-fits-all approach and find those practices that are best for you.
Jim Carroll
Jim Carroll
Big Trends in Agriculture: What Ag Will Look Like in 2045
Jim, an agriculture futurist and innovation expert, will look into his crystal ball and predict what agriculture will be like in 2045. Whether it’s driverless tractors, weed-zapping robots or data-transmitting crops, Jim will forecast what farms might be like 30 years from now, and encourage the industry to embrace high-velocity innovation. He is recognized worldwide as a “thought leader” and authority on global trends, rapid business model change, business transformation in a period of economic uncertainty, and the necessity for fast-paced innovation. You will not want to miss his predictions.
Tim Clue
Tim Clue
Emcee
Hailing from a small town outside Chicago, Tim has brought to bear all his experiences from his years as an award-winning educator, training at Second City and decades in stand-up comedy, and has synthesized his calling as a humorous motivational speaker and corporate entertainer.

After a decade as a professor of communications and speech, Tim took his then-budding comedy writing skills to the clubs. During his years as an ultra-clean comedian, Tim swiftly progressed to working with many well-known comics — such as Jerry Seinfeld, Steven Wright and Larry Miller. As a playwright and director, Tim’s stage comedy “Leaving Iowa,” which was nominated Best New Play in the Country during its premiere at actor Jeff Daniels’ Purple Rose Theatre Company, is now published and performed in theaters all over the United States and Canada.
Chris Heeter
Chris Heeter
What Sled Dogs Know that We Don’t
Chris, an award-winning speaker and business owner, is out to create a wild revolution in the workplace. A wilderness guide since 1982, Chris has led and worked with countless groups, helping them find their way as teams and individuals. Featured on the Discovery Channel’s “National Geographic Today,” she brings decades of outdoor leadership experience indoors, to conferences and offices, working with teams and leaders — helping us recognize that leadership and communication don’t have to be so complicated. With remarkable parallels to the work world, Chris shares hilarious stories from the quirky personalities of her sled dog team to whitewater canoeing, where successfully navigating obstacles is part of the journey.
Allison Massari
Allison Massari
Ignite the Fire Within℠ – The Art of Exceptional Self-Leadership
Prepare to be taken on a journey. In this moving and thought-provoking keynote, Allison teaches her listeners to find peace, purpose and happiness, and gives them the tools they need to rise above any obstacle. As the survivor of two life-threatening car accidents, and having suffered severe second- and third-degree burns on more than 50 percent of her body, she reveals her personal journey from absolute loss, to forgiveness and understanding, and finally, to success and a life beyond anything she could have imagined. Through the power of storytelling, Allison weaves humor, surprise and potent life lessons. Allison provides people with a new vision and applicable tools for managing change and adversity.
Joby Ogwyn
Joby Ogwyn
On Top of the World
In an inspiring and often hair-raising speech, Joby takes his audience though many of his adventures, and helps them understand and embrace the values and principles that made them successful. A man who has many “firsts” associated with him, Joby knows what it is like being faced with the unknown, unfamiliar environments, change and challenges. He shares insights on what it takes to be successful — the most paramount steps of which are having a vision, creating a plan for success, and then committing to it fully. With stunning visuals, Joby encourages audiences to embrace the future, challenge themselves and never look back. While most people never climb Everest or take flight in a wing suit, the themes and lessons that have made Joby one of the world’s premier adventurers are relevant to everyone.
Terri Sjodin
Terri Sjodin
Small Message, Big Impact: The Elevator Speech Effect
Don’t just think of an elevator speech as a generic tool you use in chance moments — consider the concept as a strategy to manage multiple talking points and to communicate more complex ideas as well. Perhaps you want to promote an idea, a project or a concept. Maybe you are looking to create a more intriguing presentation to sell a product or service that will help you access more challenging decision makers. How do you sell, persuade or move people to action? What actually makes you a person of influence? Terri will explain how a vital element in moving people to action and creating influence is your ability to build and deliver a thought-provoking presentation. From elevator speeches to formal sales presentations, you can craft a more compelling message. One that is persuasive rather than just informative.
Charles Wheelan
Charles Wheelan
Naked Statistics Meets Big Data: Stripping the Dread from the Data
“Data are to statistics what a good offensive line is to a star quarterback.” Everyone’s talking about big data. But what we should focus on, instead, is statistics. Data is like a resource – a raw fuel that is abundant, but formless. It’s just there. Statistics are what allow us to turn data into intelligence, into pragmatic action in government, the corporate world, science, innovation, education. Without this interpretive filter, we are left asking bad questions, which leads to bigger bad answers. In this talk, Charles turns data on its head, makes it comprehensible, and — with humor and real-world examples — shows you how to turn this suddenly “sexy” concept into something actually, and endlessly, useful. His case studies are relatable and resonant: How does Netflix know which movies you’ll like? How can we become more effective marketers?

TUESDAY BREAKOUT SESSION SPEAKERS

Listed alphabetically

Dr. Fred Below
Feed the Plant for High Corn and Soybean Yields
Agronomic and genetic advancements have brought corn and soybean yields to new heights, but many producers have not changed their fertilization practices to meet the nutrient requirements of modern corn hybrids and soybean varieties in a way that maximizes their yields. Research conducted by Dr. Fred Below and the Crop Physiology Laboratory at the University of Illinois over the last five years has been designed to address key questions regarding fertility management in high-yield corn and soybean production systems, including the following: What are the quantities of macro and micronutrients required by corn and soybean crops, how and when should these nutrients be applied, and how can balanced crop nutrition complement other agronomic practices to consistently achieve high yields?
Walter Bond
Visionary Leadership: Creating a Culture Designed to Fuel Peak Performance
If an organization is a reflection of its leadership, what are you reflecting as a leader? If you want your organization to grow, first you must be willing to grow. Your leadership ability will either direct your organization to the Promised Land or steer it way off course. This program is a no-holds-barred message about what peak-performance leadership is all about. After playing for some legendary coaches (and a few bad ones, too) and working with industry leaders worldwide, Walter has made yet another amazing discovery. He has extracted peak-performance truths that specifically apply to leaders. These truths will enhance the effectiveness of your leadership qualities. If you can learn, embrace and internalize this message, you will be well on your way to evolving into the great leader your organization needs to achieve peak performance.
Jeff Brown and John Cosgrove
Thinking Differently
Great thinkers are successful leaders. They know how to solve problems, how to unleash the possibilities, and how to achieve the impossible. Jeff, a former employee of Steve Jobs, will share stories from the early days at Apple on how “Thinking Differently” created a culture and mind-set that allowed Apple to challenge the “status quo” and become what Apple is today. This presentation provides an inspiring outlook on Thinking Differently and the value it brings to building your business by differentiating yourself from your competitors. Jeff and John will show you how to develop five thought habits to get you started on the road to becoming a “Think Different” thinker.
Jim Carroll
Big Trends in Ag: Implications and Strategy
In this breakout, you’ll have an opportunity to explore and debate the themes and issues Jim discussed in his keynote. In addition, he will challenge you to think about the barriers that people and organizations place in the way of innovative thinking and future opportunities. Jim will help you look at some practical strategies you can pursue, so that you can ensure that the opportunities of tomorrow can be seized today.
Dr. Matt Clover
Mosaic Innovation: From Mine to Market
At The Mosaic Company, our commitment to innovation starts with mining raw materials, and extends throughout the entire production process of developing finished fertilizer products.

Our Research and Development program supports this innovation by exploring ways to advance our current products as well as looking for future technologies to meet our customers’ needs for tomorrow and beyond. In this session, Dr. Matt Clover, manager of Research and Alliances, will provide real-life examples of how the Mosaic worldwide research program is continually working to advance fertilizer innovation.
Steve Cubbage
What Precision Ag Could Learn From the Kansas City Royals
In order to score runs, you have to first make it to first base. Unfortunately, in the game of precision ag, there are way too many strikeouts and people left in the on-deck circle. In this discussion, we’ll talk about the state of precision agriculture, and how it could become a winner if it adopted some of the traits of the World Series Champion Kansas City Royals. In the same way they proved that it’s not all about home runs and big-money free agents, you’ll learn that in precision ag, it’s not all about billion-dollar programs and Big Data. What does it take to succeed? Where do you start? And who are the new rising stars of precision ag?
Dr. Mike Rahm and Andy Jung
Bull or Bear? The Great Debate: Rahm vs. Jung
This course pits Mosaic’s two veteran analysts against each other in three informal and somewhat irreverent debates about the agricultural commodity, phosphate and potash outlooks. Based on a coin toss, one analyst will argue the bull case while the other will argue the bear case, with the audience ultimately deciding the most convincing and winning argument. Be prepared to frequently use the new phone app for live on-site polling!
Don Reynolds
Global Economic Tour: What’s Really Going On
We are now looking at transformational change. The corporate mantra for this year has been “If we can just hold on, one of these days things will get back to normal.” Forget about getting back to normal — this is the new normal. More regulation, a weaker consumer, higher borrowing costs, a fluctuating dollar, more volatility, sudden shifts of perception, more government debt, more taxes and more inflation.

So instead of just trying to hold on, accept that things have changed, and develop new strategies. It means narrowing your product focus and accelerating innovation. Making big business feel like small business so it can be nimble and move quickly. It is about building a corporate culture, spending more time and effort in making employees more comfortable in the work environment to get greater productivity.
Rod Snyder
Field to Market®: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture
There’s a growing segment of consumers globally who want to know not just where their food comes from, but also how it is produced. Specifically, they want to buy products that are grown, harvested and produced sustainably. Field to Market® addresses the challenge of producing enough food, fiber and fuel for a rapidly growing population — while conserving natural resources and improving the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

To meet consumer demand, food and retail companies are requesting more information about the sustainability of their suppliers’ products. This creates new pressures for agricultural retailers and growers, who are being asked to provide data about their agricultural practices, including fertilizer use.

The great news is that there are business value and opportunity for retailers and others in the agricultural supply chain, by helping growers demonstrate their sustainability performance. Learn more in this breakout with Field to Market President Rod Snyder, who will share:
  • Field to Market’s role in helping develop the new Certified Crop Advisers’ (CCA’s) sustainability curriculum
  • How/Why agricultural retailers and their grower customers can get involved in Fieldprint® Projects across the United States.
Mark Waschek
Effective Talent Management Strategies in a Challenging Market
Employees are your most valuable asset, and your ability to attract, hire and retain those talented employees is critical to the future of your business. The combination of low unemployment and retiring Baby Boomers is continuing to make hiring a major challenge for all industries. The ag industry, specifically the retail agronomy sector, has even greater challenges due to the nature of the business. However, there are several unique and effective strategies that agronomy organizations can use that will significantly improve their ability to attract and retain workers in this competitive market. This session will give you specific tips and strategies that you can implement in your own organizations that are guaranteed to have a positive and immediate impact on how effective you are in recruiting and retaining employees.
Mike Veny
Transforming Stigma in Strength™
This energetic, entertaining and educational program will provide you with practical tools to manage your stress. Led by Mike Veny, the founder of TransformingStigma.com, it will offer guidance on how to identify the signs and symptoms of stress and more severe mental health challenges. You will learn practical tips that will help you take better care of yourself and the people in your life. This will lead to increased happiness, more success and greater profits.

Mike discovered his path as a professional speaker through convincing the staff at psychiatric hospitals to discharge him three times during his childhood. In addition to being hospitalized as a child, he was expelled from three schools for behavior problems, attempted suicide, and was medicated in attempts to reduce his emotional instability and behavioral outbursts. By the fifth grade, Mike was put in a special education class. Aside from getting more individualized attention from the teacher, he learned that pencil erasers make a great sound when tapped on a desk. He had no idea that drumming would become his career or his path to his recovery from mental illness.

WEDNESDAY BREAKOUT SESSION SPEAKERS

Listed alphabetically

Michael Anthony
Shut Up and Sell with Your Body
This interactive session will give you an unfair advantage in the real world. Fifty-five percent of all communication is nonverbal, and only 7 percent is the actual words we use. Understanding what employers, friends and colleagues are saying without realizing it is a crucial skill to have.

Michael will reveal how you can know what others are thinking simply by understanding their body language, and just as importantly, you will learn to change your own body language to “speak” to others without saying a word.
Dr. Fred Below
Feed the Plant for High Corn and Soybean Yields
Agronomic and genetic advancements have brought corn and soybean yields to new heights, but many producers have not changed their fertilization practices to meet the nutrient requirements of modern corn hybrids and soybean varieties in a way that maximizes their yields. Research conducted by Dr. Fred Below and the Crop Physiology Laboratory at the University of Illinois over the last five years has been designed to address key questions regarding fertility management in high-yield corn and soybean production systems, including the following: What are the quantities of macro and micronutrients required by corn and soybean crops, how and when should these nutrients be applied, and how can balanced crop nutrition complement other agronomic practices to consistently achieve high yields?
Jeff Brown and John Cosgrove
Thinking Differently
Great thinkers are successful leaders. They know how to solve problems, how to unleash the possibilities, and how to achieve the impossible. Jeff, a former employee of Steve Jobs, will share stories from the early days at Apple on how “Thinking Differently” created a culture and mind-set that allowed Apple to challenge the “status quo” and become what it is today. This presentation provides an inspiring outlook on Thinking Differently and the value it brings to building your business by differentiating yourself from your competitors. Jeff and John will show you how to develop five thought habits to get you started on the road to becoming a “Think Different” thinker.
Paul Burton
Done! Time Management Strategies for Regaining Command of Your Day
In this age of hyper-connectedness, the world seems to spin faster and faster. No matter how hard or long we work, we often finish the day right where we started. It feels like we’re treading water! In this seminar, Paul will deliver a host of best practices for staying focused, getting more done, and enjoying greater personal and professional satisfaction. The straightforward suggestions made in this program put you back in charge of your work and success. Using any or all of these principles, one can gain six-plus minutes of productivity a day, which adds up to 24 hours of additional productivity a year. That’s three days of work off your desk!
Dr. Jo Lichten
How to Stay Healthy and Fit on the Road
Whether it’s business or pleasure that takes you on the road, travel can zap your energy and pack on the pounds. Dr. Jo,® author of “How to Stay Healthy and Fit on the Road”, shares quick and easy tips for alleviating weight gain and the worn-out feeling of travel! Learn how to:
  • Eat healthy in any restaurant – even fast food
  • Creatively fit in fitness and have fun!
  • Get a good night’s sleep anywhere
  • Manage jet lag and stress
Mike Pearson
What’s Driving Agriculture in the Year Ahead?
Get ready to learn with Mike as he takes you on an entertaining journey — a forward look at the farm markets, including global trends and drivers impacting these markets.
Mike grew up on a farm in central Iowa, where they raised livestock. Currently, he can be seen as the host on the television program “Market to Market”, which covers the more than $100 billion business of food, as well as those issues affecting the 56 million citizens of rural America.
Dr. Christina Walters
How Seed Science Might Save the World: A perspective on Seed Banking from the USDA
Our planet is in the midst of a water, energy and food security nexus. According to Dr. Christina Walters, it will take careful stewardship of our natural resources, including biological diversity, to stabilize economies, ensure global peace and invite unforeseen opportunities. Seed banks, which store plant germplasm for decades to centuries, provide a tangible method to conserve genetic diversity of plants. Seed banks are akin to libraries; they house a wealth of genetic information that is readily accessible for studying biological diversity, including how to use it wisely and how to sustain it. The USDA National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation (NCGRP) is a seed bank dedicated to the goals of agriculture. This session will provide a glimpse into the fascinating science and facilities designed to ensure future scientists have essential biological resources.
Customer Listening Session
Nutrient Stewardship in Agriculture Retail Business
Talk to us! Reducing the loss of crop nutrients to waterways is an ongoing challenge to our industry. The Mosaic Company is working to develop a formal nutrient stewardship strategy that provides real value to our customers. To do this, we’re asking our customers these questions: What are your greatest barriers and challenges around nutrient stewardship? What can Mosaic do to help your business realize the agricultural benefits of fertilizer and reduce nutrient loss to the environment?