Meet the NerdNation 2016 Featured Speakers

NerdNation 2016, April 7-9 in National Harbor, Maryland, features a full slate of speakers guaranteed to inform and inspire you.

In addition to our featured speakers listed below, 2015-2016 International President Yanik Etan will speak during the first general session, and Phi Theta Kappa President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner during the fourth general session.

Dr. Paul G. Stoltz — General Session 1

Stoltz is considered the world’s leading authority on the integration and application of grit and resilience. He was voted “One of the Top 10 Most Influential Global Thinkers” by HR Magazine and “One of the 100 Most Influential Thinkers of Our Time” by Executive Excellence.

“To succeed in the world requires growth, resilience, instinct and tenacity (GRIT),” said Susan Edwards, Phi Theta Kappa’s Dean of Academic Affairs and Honors Programs. “Dr. Stoltz will help us understand how emotional, mental, physical and spiritual GRIT play roles in how the world works.”

Stoltz is the Director of the Global Resilience and GRIT Institutes, where he oversees research in 29 countries dedicated to exploring, expanding and advancing the applications of his Adversity Quotient theory and GRIT to strengthen people and their organizations. His newest book is GRIT — The New Science of What it Takes to Persevere, Flourish, Succeed.

“How can we use GRIT in our everyday lives to achieve our most worthy goals?” Edwards asked. “Dr. Stoltz will answer that question, and NerdNation 2016 participants will be ready to create their own GRITty game plans.”

Read his full bio.

Many thanks to Pearson Higher Education Group for sponsoring this speaker!

Lord John Eatwell — General Session 2

Eatwell is the President of Queens’ College Camridge, a constituent college of Cambridge University. He is an economist whose early work focused on economic theory and later work on problems of international finance and unemployment, financial markets and regulation.

“Lord Eatwell knows a thing or two about the global economy, and he is a strong proponent of international education as a way to see how the world works from others’ perspectives,” Edwards said.

Eatwell has taught Economics and Finance at Cambridge for decades. He has also been a visiting professor at Columbia University, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Amsterdam and the New School for Social Research, and he now teaches for six weeks each year at the University of Southern California.

From 1993-1997 and again from 2010-2013, Eatwell was Principal Opposition Spokesman on Treasury and Economic Affairs in the House of Lords.

“We are so fortunate to have Lord Eatwell join us at NerdNation 2016,” Edwards said. “He understands how the world works in academia, politics and public service. The depth and breadth of his knowledge about global perspectives on how the world works is unparalleled.”

Read his full bio.

Katty Kay — General Session 3

Kay is the lead anchor for BBC World News America. She covered the end of apartheid in South Africa and the Kobe earthquake and the economic recession in Japan, among other topics around the world, before settling in Washington, D.C. She was at the Pentagon just 20 minutes after a hijacked airplane flew into the building on September 11, 2001.

“We are excited to host BBC World America anchor Katty Kay at NerdNation 2016,” Edwards said. “Her work reporting and delivering the news allows American viewers to consider issues from global perspectives.

“Kay has also written two books that explore the science and art of self-assurance and encourage women to develop confidence to go along with their talents.”

Kay is co-author of The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance — What Women Should Know and Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success. She grew up in the Middle East and studied modern languages at Oxford University.

“She will inspire convention participants to see how the world works in new and different ways,” Edwards said.

Read her full bio.

The regular registration deadline for NerdNation 2016 is March 14. See the full schedule, make hotel reservations and register today!

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