ABA Annual Convention

October 15-17, 2017  •  Hyatt Regency Chicago  •  Chicago, Illinois
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Featured General Session Speaker​s


Geena Davis_80x106F.jpgGeena Davis
Award-winning Actor
Founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

Few have achieved such remarkable success in as many different fields as Geena Davis has: she is not only an Oscar and Golden Globe winning actor, but a world-class athlete, a member of the genius society Mensa, and is now recognized for her tireless advocacy of women and girls. She is the Founder and Chair of the non-profit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which engages film and television creators to dramatically increase the percentages of female characters — and reduce gender stereotyping — in media made for children 11 and under.


TomRicketts_80x106.jpgTom Ricketts
Executive Chairman, 2016 World Champion Chicago Cubs
Chairman, Incapital LLC

When Tom Ricketts and his family were introduced as the new owners of the Chicago Cubs in 2009, he outlined three goals for the organization: win the World Series; preserve and improve Wrigley Field for future generations; and to be good neighbors, giving back to the city and the team’s North Side neighborhood. The Chicago Cubs won the 2016 World Series and were named by Baseball America as the 2016 Organization of the Year. In 2010, Ricketts was named Ernst & Young’s Midwest Finance Entrepreneur of the Year for his work with Incapital LLC and has been named as one the 40 most influential leaders in electronic finance by Institutional Investor magazine.


MichaelHayden_80x106.jpgGeneral Michael Hayden
Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency

General Michael Hayden is a retired four-star general who served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency when the course of world events was changing at a rapid rate. As head of the country’s premier intelligence agencies, he was on the front lines of global change, the war on terrorism, and the growing cyber challenge. A frequent commentator on major news outlets and in top publications, Hayden’s recent memoir, Playing to the Edge: American Intelligence in the Age of Terror, was a New York Times best-seller, and selected as one of the 100 most notable books of 2016.


MarcusLemonis_80x106.jpgMarcus Lemonis
Host of CNBC’s The Profit
Chairman and CEO, Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises

There is no secret as to why Marcus Lemonis continues to make his mark on the business world with allies like NASCAR®, Allstate, Winnebago...or anyone who is within earshot of him. As Chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises, he leads close to 6,000 employees in over 100 cities across the US. Lemonis’ passion for business landed him to star in CNBC's primetime reality series The Profit. In each episode, he steps in to save struggling businesses while investing his own cash in the process. Viewers get to see his personal mantra ring true: "Business success is about the three P's: People, Process and Product."






​Speaker questions? Contact Lauren Dwyer for more information.