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Jill Schlesinger, CFP­­® to Serve as Keynote Host

CBS NEWSJill Schlesinger, CFP®, is the Emmy-nominated, Business Analyst for CBS News. Schlesinger appears on CBS radio and television stations nationwide covering the economy, markets, investing and anything else with a dollar sign. She translates complicated business and economic news into understandable, relatable topics for everyday viewers and listeners. She is a frequent guest on American Public Media’s “Marketplace Money”. Schlesinger is also the host of the nationally syndicated radio show, “Jill on Money”, which airs in over 85 markets. She also writes the nationally syndicated column “Jill on Money” for Tribune Media Services and is an Influencer for LinkedIn. Schlesinger is a frequent speaker on a variety of topics, including macroeconomic trends; workplace issues for women and LGBT employees in financial services; and how to create authentic branding. Prior to her current role, she was Editor-at-Large for CBS, where she was responsible for video and written content and was part of the team that launched the site. Before she jumped the shark into the world of media, Schlesinger spent 14 years as the co-owner of and Chief Investment Officer for an independent investment advisory firm. She began her career as a self-employed options trader on the Commodities Exchange of New York, following her graduation from Brown University. Schlesinger serves on the National Advisory Board for the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

Jim Craig
1980 US Hockey Team Gold Medalist

Craig, Jim (photo) 1-15Jim Craig is widely known as the heart and soul of the 1980 USA Olympic Hockey team. The “Miracle on Ice” victory for the United States over the vaunted, seemingly unbeatable Soviet Union team is largely regarded as one of the most extraordinary sports victories of all time, and the team’s success is attributed to exceptional teamwork. Jim has parlayed his incredible work ethic and determination into an impressive sales career, spanning over 30 years. He has also translated many of the essential teamwork principles from the Olympics into successful business methods. He will use these methods to both educate and assist you in order to develop a team-oriented environment that will allow you, your team, and your business to successfully overcome the many challenges that you will face in the business world. Winning teamwork allowed Jim and the 1980 Olympic team to achieve “the impossible,” and the same principles can lead your business to unprecedented success!

Dr. Michio Kaku

Kaku Michio (photo-standing-lectern) 3-13Dr. Michio Kaku is an internationally recognized figure known for attempting to complete Einstein’s unified field theory and predicts trends affecting business, commerce and finance based on the latest research in science. Dr. Kaku holds the Henry Semat Chair in Theoretical Physics at the City University of New York. He graduated from Harvard University (summa cum laude). He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California at Berkeley, and is a professor at CUNY for almost 30 years. He has taught at Harvard and Princeton as well. His goal is the complete Einstein’s dream of a “theory of everything,” to derive an equation, perhaps no more than one inch long, which will summarize all the physical laws of the universe. He is the co-founder of string theory, a major branch of string theory, which is the leading candidate today for the theory of everything. Dr. Kaku has authored several international best-sellers. He has appeared on the Larry King Show, Nightline, 60 Minutes, Good Morning America, CNN, CNN-Financial, ABC-TV News, Fox News, BBC-TV, BBC-Radio, PBS’s Nova and Innovation and Tech-TV. He has also appeared on the David Letterman Show, the Colbert Report, the Conan O’Brian show, HBO’s Bill Maher Show, and has appeared on PBS’s Steven Hawking’s Universe, Science Odyssey, Einstein Revealed, the BBC’s Future Fantastic, Parallel Universes, Copenhagen, The Big G: The Story of Gravity, Exodus Earth and many science documentaries. He was featured in Me and Isaac Newton, which was nominated for an Emmy in 2001.  He frequently keynotes major business conferences addressing the next 20 years in computers, finance, banking and commerce.


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