2024 Conference Keynotes

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Keller Rinaudo Cliffton
Tuesday, April 9 8:00 a.m.

Keller Rinaudo Cliffton is the co-founder and CEO of Zipline, the largest commercial autonomous system on Earth. With drone delivery operations in seven countries and more than 55 million commercial autonomous miles flown, the company is transforming access to healthcare, consumer products, and food. Customers rely on Zipline to save lives, reduce emissions, and increase economic opportunity. Today, Zipline completes a commercial delivery every 70 seconds, serves more than 4,000 health facilities, and partners with companies such as Walmart, Toyota, Sweetgreen, GNC, OhioHealth, Cleveland Clinic, Intermountain Health, Pfizer, MultiCare Health System, and many national governments. 

Zipline has raised ~$1b from private investors such as Sequoia, A16Z, Valor, and Fidelity. Before starting the company, Keller was a professional rock climber and built computers made of DNA as an undergraduate at Harvard.

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Josh Linkner
Thursday, April 11 10:15 a.m.

Josh Linkner – a New York Times bestselling author – is a rare blend of business, art, and science. He passionately believes that all human beings have incredible creative capacity, and he’s on a mission to unlock inventive thinking and creative problem solving to help leaders, individuals, and communities soar. Josh has been the founder and CEO of five tech companies and is the author of four books including the New York Times Bestsellers, Disciplined Dreaming and The Road to Reinvention. He has invested in and/or mentored over 100 startups and is the Founding Partner of Detroit Venture Partners. Today, Josh serves as Chairman and co-founder of Platypus Labs, an innovation research, training, and consulting firm. He has twice been named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and is the recipient of the United States Presidential Champion of Change Award. While proud of his business success, his roots are in the dangerous world of jazz music. He’s been playing guitar in smoky jazz clubs for 40 years, studied at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, and has performed over 1000 concerts around the world. His experiences in both business and music led him to become one of the world’s foremost experts on innovation.

John Quiñones
Wednesday, April 10 1:45 p.m

Combining a moving life story, an exceptional career, incomparable insights and a powerful presence, John Quiñones has emerged as one of the most popular inspirational speakers in the world today. His moving presentations focus on his odds-defying journey, celebrate the life-changing power of education, champion the Latino American Dream and provide thought-provoking insights into human nature and ethical behavior.

A lifetime of “never taking no for an answer” took Quiñones from migrant farm work and poverty to more than 30 years at ABC News, the anchor desk at 20/20 and Primetime and seven national Emmy awards for his reporting over the years. Along the way, he broke through barriers, won the highest accolades and became a role model for many. As host and creator of What Would You Do?, the highly rated, hidden camera ethical dilemma news magazine now on its 17th season, Quiñones has literally become “the face of doing the right thing” to millions of fans. It’s a role that he has enthusiastically embraced off camera, with a popular book and inspirational keynote presentations that challenge both business and general audiences to examine the What Would You Do? moments we face every day.

Known for truly connecting with audiences and leaving them uplifted and inspired, Quiñones delivers a powerful message of believing in one’s self, never giving up and always, always doing the right thing.

Dr. Rose Sherman
Wednesday, April 10 8:30 a.m.

Dr. Rose Sherman, Ed.D, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, is nationally known for her work in helping current and future nurse leaders develop their leadership skills. Rose is an emeritus professor at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University, and currently serves as a faculty member in the Marian K. Shaughnessy Nursing Leadership Academy at Case Western Reserve University. Before teaching, Rose had a 25 year career with the Department of Veterans Affairs where she held leadership positions at five major VA Medical Centers.

Rose is the Editor of Nurse Leader, the American Organization for Nursing Leadership’s official journal.  She is the author of two bestselling nursing leadership books, The Nuts and Bolts of Nursing Leadership: Your Toolkit for Success and The Nurse Leader Coach: Become the Boss that No One Wants to Leave.  Rose is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and an alumnus of the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellowship program.  She is a Gallup certified strengths coach.  In 2018, Rose received the Nurse Researcher of the Year award from the AONL Foundation for Nursing Leadership Research and Education.

Amy Walter
Tuesday, April 9 3:50 p.m.

For more than 25 years, Amy Walter has built a reputation as an accurate, objective, and insightful political analyst with unparalleled access to campaign insiders and decision-makers. Walter is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Cook Political Report with Amy Walter and a frequent on-air analyst. She appears weekly on “Politics Monday” on the PBS NewsHour and is a regular Sunday panelist on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and CNN’s “Inside Politics” and appears frequently on “Special Report with Bret Baier” on Fox News.  Since 1998, Walter has provided election night coverage and analysis. She is the former political director of ABC News and the former editor-in-chief of The Hotline. Named one of the “Top 50 Journalists” by Washingtonian magazine, Walter was also dubbed one of the most powerful people in politics in George magazine. She also won The Washington Post’s Crystal Ball Award for her spot-on election predictions.