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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

LAMP has a long history of providing top-notch speakers that introduce first-line and front-line leaders to innovative, relevant and forward-thinking strategies, techniques, and tools to help them build their business in the year ahead. All sessions undergo a rigorous peer-vetting process and each speaker must provide an innovative insight into growth and development, a forward-thinking tactical takeaway or a breakthrough trend or tool for action that has been previously tested.

02-clara-shihBonnie Godsman
CEO

GAMA International

Bonnie Godsman joined GAMA International 12 years ago, where she rose through the ranks to become vice president for corporate and business development, overseeing all revenue departments, including PMG corporate relations. Under her leadership, GAMA experienced dramatic growth in revenue, membership, membership retention and LAMP attendance. In June 2014, Godsman took the helm as GAMA’s first, and youngest, female chief executive officer.

Before joining GAMA, Godsman held political appointments under the administrations of Suffolk County (N.Y.) Executive Robert J. Gaffney, New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and President George W. Bush. She is also founder of Bliss, LLC, a restaurant group based in New York City. In addition, Godsman is a member of the American Society of Association Executive and the National Association of Professional Women.

Born and raised on the south shore of Long Island, Godsman is a proud New York native. Having been bitten by the political bug at a young age, she attended the American University in Washington, D.C., receiving a Bachelor of Arts in political science.

02-clara-shihMarshall Goldsmith
Executive Coach

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is a world authority in helping successful leaders achieve positive, lasting change in behavior: for themselves, their people and their teams.

Goldsmith is the million-selling author or editor of 31 books, including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers, MOJO and What Got You Here Won't Get You There — a Wall Street Journal #1 business book and winner of the Harold Longman Award for Business Book of the Year. His books have been translated into 28 languages and become bestsellers in eight countries.

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Debra L. Grommons
CEO

GAMA Foundation

As CEO of the GAMA Foundation, Debe oversees funding and development of research for advancing the field leader profession in the insurance, investment, and financial services industry. Prior to joining the Foundation in April 2016, Debe worked for GAMA International for 10 years, starting as Director of Professional Development and advancing to Chief Learning Officer and Chief of Staff.

Before coming to GAMA, Debe worked as a technical trainer for an encryption technology company where most of her clients were from the CIA and NSA, and, oddly, all were named “Bob Jones” or “John Smith.” Before that, she worked at National Life Group in Montpelier, VT, for 10 years, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of VT for three years.

Debe has worked in training and development for almost 30 years, and is passionate about the Foundation’s three research goals: providing leaders with industry best practices, helping leaders adapt to a changing world, and preparing leaders for the future.

Originally from New England, Debe currently lives in northern Virginia with her Michigan-born husband and two Siberian huskies. They are affectionately (we think) known as “those Yankees with the Russian dogs.”

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Kari Stringfellow
Senior Director, Professional Development

GAMA International

As the Senior Director of Professional Development at GAMA International, Kari is dedicated to managing the strategic intersection of learning design and leadership development for GAMA members and leaders who build the insurance, investment, and financial services industry.

She has worked in training and development for more than 15 years as a facilitator, coach, consultant and Director for Estee Lauder Companies, George Mason University, and the National Automobile Dealers Association. She is most passionate about developing high performing teams led by agile leaders.

Kari channels her creativity as a professional makeup artist, her love of travel and the outdoors as an Indiana Jones wanna-be, and her love of learning to her two children, Chloe and Forrest. A native of Alabama, Kari lives in Washington, D.C.

02-clara-shihWill Marré
Co-Founder & Former President; Founder

Covey Leadership Center; Smart Power Institute

Will Marré (rhymes with “Hooray!”) is the co-founder and former president of the Covey Leadership Center, which brought The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to millions worldwide. Today, Will’s focus is on developing smart power leaders through his Smart Power Institute. The institute is research-based and develops thinking tools, behavioral skills and leadership practices necessary to be effective in the new disruptive economy. Smart Power is based on gender synergy — how men and women can use gender-based strengths to lead and work together to multiply positive results. Will is also a highly requested speaker and trusted advisor on corporate transformation, women’s leadership and igniting innovation.

02-clara-shihDarren Hardy
New York Times Bestselling Author & Entrepreneur

Darren Hardy is the former publisher of SUCCESS magazine, an entrepreneur and New York Times best-selling author of The Compound Effect and Living Your Best Year Ever: A Proven Formula for Achieving Big Goals.

Darren has been a central leader in the personal growth and success industry for more than 20 years and has led three successful television networks producing over 1,000 TV shows with most every known thought leader of our time. Over the past decade, Darren was the visionary force behind the rebirth of SUCCESS magazine as its publisher and editor. These positions have given him the unique and unprecedented access to interview, investigate and publish the stories of the most successful people on the planet, including Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Howard Schultz, Steve Wynn, Jack Welch and many more. Having uncovered the secrets to their success, Darren now uses them to empower millions of entrepreneurs globally.

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Vinh Giang
Entrepreneur, Keynote Speaker & Magician

For many years Vinh has noticed the common threads between the world of business and the world of magic. He believes what makes him unique as a speaker is his ability to speak about important business and motivational concepts in an interesting way. The way he does this is by using magic as his metaphor when he speaks. This keeps people highly engaged and helps make the “medicine taste good”.

Vinh Giang (pronounced Jang) is first and foremost a business person and entrepreneur. While in his 20s, he started an online business with two good friends; all of them had decided to leave their careers in accounting and pharmacy, to pursue their dream of building a successful business. Their online platform, Encyclopedia of Magic, now teaches magic to almost 50,000 students around the world. For this innovative and successful business idea, Vinh and his friends were awarded Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

02-clara-shihMark Zinder
Financial Expert, Keynote Speaker & Investment Coach

A seasoned financial professional and keynote speaker, Mark Zinder has a unique gift for making the complicated clear. His insights on practice management and macroeconomics clarify investor needs and help advisors stand out from the crowd.

Mark came to the financial industry more than 33 years ago as an investment adviser with Dean Witter before moving to the world of wholesaling. By leveraging a strong background in communications, he quickly gained acclaim for his public seminars and became recognized within the wholesale community as a powerful and entertaining speaker.

Shortly after being hired by Franklin Templeton Investments in 1993, Mark was named National Spokesman. His job was to sit down with Sir John Templeton, Dr. Mark Mobius, Michael Price and others, listen to their stories and then travel the world to speak on their behalf. This golden opportunity gave him unprecedented access to the top money managers in the world and hundreds of elite advisors—an experience that helped him develop an uncanny understanding of financial markets.

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Timothy Schmidt
Managing Partner

Thrivent Financial

Tim Schmidt grew up in Hong Kong as the son of a missionary. He graduated from the Hong Kong International School and then returned to the United States. He attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois and graduated with a BA in Education. After college, he moved to Phoenix, Arizona and became a teacher and coach. In 1986, Tim joined Thrivent Financial (formerly Aid Association for Lutherans) as a Financial Representative (FR). Within 5 years, Tim ranked among the top 5% of all representatives in the company. After 8 years in the FR role, Tim moved to Texas to take over the leadership of the North Texas – Oklahoma Regional Financial Organization. In 1997, Tim moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota to take over 4 merged firms for Thrivent. In that role, Tim achieved the GAMA Master Firm Award and ranked among the Top 250 firms in the world. From 2008 – 2011, Tim served as the Divisional Vice President for the West Division. Today, Tim is the Managing Partner for the Two Rivers Region, which has recently expanded and now includes the northern portion of Iowa and eastern South Dakota.

In January of 2011, Tim achieved a life-long dream and published a book, What Really Works? Blending the 7 F’s for the Life You Imagine, with his friend, Paul Batz. In 2012, this book is in its third printing.

Tim is currently President on the Executive Committee of the GAMA International Association. Past commitments also include serving on the Board of Directors for Lutheran Social Service and Concordia St Paul’s College of Business and Organizational Leadership. In 2012, Tim’s firm ranked #1 in Overall Sales.

Tim has a passion for travel, philanthropy, living a blended life, and the outdoors. In September, 2010, Tim and his son summited the 14,400 foot Mt. Rainier in Washington State. He and his wife, Jeannette, live in Chaska, Minnesota and have two grown children. Tim and Jeanette are members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Waconia, MN.

Mark Rooney
Chair

GAMA Foundation

Mark began his career in the financial services business in 1973 in Beverly Hills, California. He has been with Equitable (now AXA) his entire career, but has played many roles in many areas. In addition to being a producer, frontline manager and agency head, he was President of Equitable Variable Life Company; Chief Marketing Officer; Chairman of the Brokerage Company (now AXA Network/Crump); Chairman of Frontier Trust Company and Board Member of the Broker-Dealer.

Professional Achievements and Awards:
• Financial Planning Association (FPA)
• The Society of Financial Service Professionals (SFSP)
• Registered Principal with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
• Executive Cabinet of GAMA International
• National Association of Financial and Insurance Professionals (NAIFA)
• Research Agency Group (RAG) - LIMRA
• Association of Advanced Life Underwriters (AALU)
• GAMA Foundation Board Chairman
• The American College Board of Trustees
• 2014 GAMA International Management Hall of Fame Inductee

Education and Expertise:
• New York State University - Undergraduate Studies (BS, Communications)
• London School of Business - (F.S.E.)
• Certified Financial Planner (CFP®)
• Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC)
• Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU)
• Advanced Certificate in Financial Counseling

Mark lives in Newport Beach, California with wife Diane and son Shane.

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Travis Penfield
Founder & Managing Partner

49 Financial

Travis is a Founder and also Managing Partner of 49 Financial in Austin, Texas.

Travis works with individuals and business owners to help them define their financial goals and provide strategies, products and services to help them work toward their objectives. Travis has been in the top three highest producers for 2013,2014, and 2015 for the developing sales force (DSF) on the national level within AXA. He also led the way in Texas in being the top DSF producer in 2013, 2014, and 2015 as well as the top producer overall in the Central Texas Region during those years. In 2013 and 2015, he was recognized at the Life Leaders Conference for being one of the top life insurance producers within the company. He is a two-time Circle of Excellence member and a one-time Summit award winner. He holds his FINRA Series 7, 24 and 66 registrations, as well as his Life and Health licenses.

He was honored as the top manager in all of Texas in 2015 as well as the fourth highest ranking manager throughout the United States. Travis’ group of advisors broke the AXA all-time record for most production of advisors within their first 12 months in 2015. He has also been inducted into AXA’s prestigious “Elite Leaders” group which signifies the top 10 managers in the company nationally.

Travis graduated Magna Cum Laude from Texas A&M University with a degree in finance. Prior to his work with AXA Advisors, LLC, he worked for Deloitte Consulting, LLP in Dallas, Texas. During his tenure there, he did financial consulting for Fortune 100 companies both domestically and abroad.

Travis has been married to his wife, Jaclyn, since 2011 and they live in Austin, Texas with their dog, Duncan.

02-clara-shihSalim Ismail
Speaker, Strategist & Entreprenur

Salim Ismail is a man who is passionate about business, entrepreneurship, and technology. He is a technology strategist, software engineer,
and successful entrepreneur.

Salim travels extensively sharing a global perspective on the impact of breakthrough technologies and how organizations can leverage these disruptions to grow 10x faster than their peers. His book, Exponential Organizations, quickly reached number one on Amazon's "Best-Sellers in Business Management" and was named Frost & Sullivan's "Growth, Innovation, and Leadership Book of the Year." His captivating, educational, and downright jaw-dropping presentations have been labelled as "mind-blowing."

Salim has spent the last seven years building Singularity University (SU) as its founding executive director and current global ambassador. SU is based at NASA Ames, and its goal is to educate, inspire, and empower a new generation of leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity's grand challenges. SU has empowered people from more than 85 countries to apply disruptive technologies - biotechnology, artificial intelligence, and neuroscience - to more than 100 startups and countless patents and ideas.

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Misty Weltzien
Associate General Agent

Pacific Advisors

As the Director of Business Development for Pacific Advisors, Misty Weltzien is charged with recruiting, attracting, and developing experienced advisors looking to take their practices to the next level, and career changers who feel financially or intellectually stagnant She is also committed to providing leadership, vision, and guidance to her own clients to put them on a financial Path of Confidence Pacific Advisors is a West Coast-based financial services firm that specializes in advanced estate, business, charitable and philanthropic planning. Misty and her team provide guidance for a wide range of clients, from successful business owners looking for exit strategies, to new professionals looking to build for their future.Misty has spent over a decade studying and working in financial services. By applying sound financial principles in her own life, she has been able to see firsthand the power of a solid and secure investment strategy. Now, many years later, she continues to share that philosophy with her clients and advisors. Originally from Palm Springs, CA, Misty moved to Orange County to attend California State University Long Beach, where she received a degree in Finance. She and her husband Travis live in Tustin, CA and are both very active in their community. Misty is involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters OC, the ASPCA, Future Leaders of Our Community, and the National Association of Professional Women. She is also the President for the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors OC. Misty invests first in herself. This is most evident in her commitment to ongoing education. She believes that only by keeping ahead of the fast-paced changes in our economy can she be of optimum value to her clients. In addition to her degree in finance, Misty is also a Certified Financial Planner (CFPA®), a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFCA®), and a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLUA®). Each of these additional levels of education, some taking several years to attain, enable Misty to better serve the needs of her diverse client base.

02-clara-shihBonnie Godsman
CEO, GAMA International

Bonnie Godsman joined GAMA International 12 years ago, where she rose through the ranks to become vice president for corporate and business development, overseeing all revenue departments, including PMG corporate relations. Under her leadership, GAMA experienced dramatic growth in revenue, membership, membership retention and LAMP attendance. In June 2014, Godsman took the helm as GAMA’s first, and youngest, female chief executive officer.

Before joining GAMA, Godsman held political appointments under the administrations of Suffolk County (N.Y.) Executive Robert J. Gaffney, New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and President George W. Bush. She is also founder of Bliss, LLC, a restaurant group based in New York City. In addition, Godsman is a member of the American Society of Association Executive and the National Association of Professional Women.

Born and raised on the south shore of Long Island, Godsman is a proud New York native. Having been bitten by the political bug at a young age, she attended the American University in Washington, D.C., receiving a Bachelor of Arts in political science.

02-clara-shihDarren Hardy
New York Times Bestselling Author & Entrepreneur

Darren Hardy is the former publisher of SUCCESS magazine, an entrepreneur and New York Times best-selling author of The Compound Effect and Living Your Best Year Ever: A Proven Formula for Achieving Big Goals.

Darren has been a central leader in the personal growth and success industry for more than 20 years and has led three successful television networks producing over 1,000 TV shows with most every known thought leader of our time. Over the past decade, Darren was the visionary force behind the rebirth of SUCCESS magazine as its publisher and editor. These positions have given him the unique and unprecedented access to interview, investigate and publish the stories of the most successful people on the planet, including Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Howard Schultz, Steve Wynn, Jack Welch and many more. Having uncovered the secrets to their success, Darren now uses them to empower millions of entrepreneurs globally.

02-clara-shihMarshall Goldsmith
Executive Coach

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is a world authority in helping successful leaders achieve positive, lasting change in behavior: for themselves, their people and their teams.

Goldsmith is the million-selling author or editor of 31 books, including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers, MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There — a Wall Street Journal #1 business book and winner of the Harold Longman Award for Business Book of the Year. His books have been translated into 28 languages and become bestsellers in eight countries.

02-clara-shihMark Zinder
Financial Expert, Keynote Speaker & Investment Coach

A seasoned financial professional and keynote speaker, Mark Zinder has a unique gift for making the complicated clear. His insights on practice management and macroeconomics clarify investor needs and help advisors stand out from the crowd.

Mark came to the financial industry more than 33 years ago as an investment adviser with Dean Witter before moving to the world of wholesaling. By leveraging a strong background in communications, he quickly gained acclaim for his public seminars and became recognized within the wholesale community as a powerful and entertaining speaker.

Shortly after being hired by Franklin Templeton Investments in 1993, Mark was named National Spokesman. His job was to sit down with Sir John Templeton, Dr. Mark Mobius, Michael Price and others, listen to their stories and then travel the world to speak on their behalf. This golden opportunity gave him unprecedented access to the top money managers in the world and hundreds of elite advisors—an experience that helped him develop an uncanny understanding of financial markets.

02-clara-shihSalim Ismail
Speaker, Strategist & Entreprenur

Salim Ismail is a man who is passionate about business, entrepreneurship, and technology. He is a technology strategist, software engineer,
and successful entrepreneur.

Salim travels extensively sharing a global perspective on the impact of breakthrough technologies and how organizations can leverage these disruptions to grow 10x faster than their peers. His book, Exponential Organizations, quickly reached number one on Amazon’s “Best-Sellers in Business Management” and was named Frost & Sullivan’s “Growth, Innovation, and Leadership Book of the Year.” His captivating, educational, and downright jaw-dropping presentations have been labelled as “mind-blowing.”

Salim has spent the last seven years building Singularity University (SU) as its founding executive director and current global ambassador. SU is based at NASA Ames, and its goal is to educate, inspire, and empower a new generation of leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges. SU has empowered people from more than 85 countries to apply disruptive technologies – biotechnology, artificial intelligence, and neuroscience – to more than 100 startups and countless patents and ideas.

02-clara-shihWill Marre
Founder & Managing Partner | Covey Leadership Center

Will Marré (rhymes with “Hooray!”) is the co-founder and former president of the Covey Leadership Center, which brought The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People to millions worldwide. Today, Will’s focus is on developing smart power leaders through his Smart Power Institute. The institute is research-based and develops thinking tools, behavioral skills and leadership practices necessary to be effective in the new disruptive economy. Smart Power is based on gender synergy — how men and women can use gender-based strengths to lead and work together to multiply positive results. Will is also a highly requested speaker and trusted advisor on corporate transformation, women’s leadership and igniting innovation.