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Keynotes

Nelson Dellis

USA Memory Champion and Founder and CEO of Climb for Memory

A two-time winner of the USA Memory Championship, mountaineer and Alzheimer's disease activist Nelson Dellis preaches a lifestyle that combines fitness, both mental and physical, with proper diet and social involvement.

Born with an average memory, Dellis was inspired by the passing of his grandmother in 2009 from Alzheimer's disease to start training his memory so that he could keep his mind strong and healthy. In a short period of time, he transformed into one of the leading memorizers in the world, claiming two US titles along the way as well as two US memory records for memorizing:

  • The most digits in five minutes – 303 digits.
  • A deck of cards in the fastest time – 63 seconds in national competition, 40 seconds in international competition.

Dellis is the founder and CEO of Climb for Memory, a nonprofit charity that aims to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's disease research through mountain climbs all around the world. He has climbed numerous peaks for this cause, including Mt. Everest twice.

Dellis has been featured on Today, CNN.com, The Dr. Oz Show, the Science Channel and National Geographic magazine.

Check out Dellis’ blog.

Thornton May

Futurist and Executive Director at the IT Leadership Academy

Thornton May has extensive experience researching and consulting on the role and behaviors of “C” level executives in creating value with information technology. He holds an unquestioned place on the short list of serious thinkers on this topic.

May combines a scholar’s patience for empirical research, a stand-up comic’s capacity for pattern recognition and a second-to-none gift for storytelling to address the information technology management problems facing executives.

His work has appeared in several business publications, including Harvard Business Review, Businessweek, the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal. He is a columnist at Computerworld and has served as an advisor to the founding editors at Fast Company magazine.

Jason Dorsey

The Gen Y Guy® and Best-Selling Author

Jason Dorsey is The Gen Y Guy. He has been featured as a generational expert on 60 Minutes, 20/20, Today, The View, The Early Show and many more. What makes him different is his view that generations aren't simply boxes, but powerful clues.

An acclaimed speaker, Dorsey has received more than 1,000 standing ovations from audiences as large as 13,000. His secret: He doesn't use PowerPoint. Instead, he makes generations interesting, entertaining, and actionable through personal stories and the latest data.

Dorsey wrote his first best-selling book at 18. His newest books are Y-Size Your Business and My Reality Check Bounced! He also produced the acclaimed training DVD Managing Across Generations.

When not on an airplane, Dorsey is at The Center for Generational Kinetics, where he is the Chief Strategy Officer. In this role, he reviews data from companies around the world. These insights help him identify emerging trends early so you can, too.

At 25, Dorsey won the Austin Under 40 Entrepreneur of the Year Award, becoming one of the youngest winners ever.

Watch Dorsey explain why Gen Y is not tech-savvy here: JasonDorsey.com.

Sebastian Wernicke

Statistics Whiz

A bioinformatician by training, Sebastian Wernicke has a strong passion for massive-scale analytics and engaging presentations. Consequently, when an opportunity arose for him to speak at the world-renowned TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference in California, he set out to use data analytics to create “the ultimate talk” based on hundreds of popular talks that had been given at that conference before. His result was statistically authoritative, completely ridiculous, and has been viewed more than 2 million times.

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