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2020 Keynote Speakers

Ben Sherwood, New York Times Bestselling Author, Former Co-Chairman of Disney Media Networks & President of Disney ABC Television Group

Ben Sherwood served as Co-Chairman of Disney Media Networks and President of Disney ABC Television Group from 2014 to 2019. An award-winning journalist and best-selling novelist, Sherwood also served as president of ABC News from 2010 to 2014. At Disney/ABC, Sherwood managed a $12 billion dollar business with 12,000 employees responsible for the creation of more than 25,000 hours of original content every year. He led the organization to continual ratings successes despite the challenge of rapid disruption, driven by streaming services Netflix and Amazon.

Harvey Floyd, Organizational Psychologist, Senior Executive Coach and Wharton Lecturer

Harvey Floyd specializes in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), leading and managing complex change, and executive leadership coaching. As a recurring Wharton School lecturer, Floyd’s teachings include ‘Diversity and Inclusion in 21st-Century Organizations’ and ‘High Performance Teams.’ Floyd serves as lead coach for Wharton’s Executive Development Program—as well as the MBA, Executive MBA and General Management programs—and adjunct faculty at the U.S. State Department’s School of Leadership Management at the Foreign Service Institute.


Paul de Gelder, Navy Diver, Shark Attack Survivor and Author

Ranked among the top 10 motivational speakers in the world, Paul de Gelder’s story is unlike any you will hear anywhere. The former Australian Navy diver lost two limbs in a horrific shark attack in 2009, but the power in his story is how he has re-imagined his life since. He travels the world as a passionate environmentalist, adventurer and mentor to children. Paul has spoken at a wide range of venues including the United Nations and for the U.S. Navy. With his amazing life journey from a troubled past to climbing the ranks in the military then overcoming extremely long odds, Paul captivates and inspires audiences with a life like no other.

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