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Keynote Speakers

Open to all registered attendees

Jade Simmons, "How to Move like a Maverick"

Rockstar Concert Pianist & Activational Speaker

Wednesday, June 22
Lower Level, Room 3

Jade Simmons is a world-class concert artist, a musical force of nature, and a creator of experiences that inspire audiences to become the biggest, boldest version of themselves. Described as “Classical Music’s #1 Maverick,” her electrifying, genre-bending concert adventures span Rachmaninoff all the way to rap, and include virtuoso storytelling, uncommon insights, and boundless inspiration.

In her early career after graduating from Northwestern and Rice Universities, she performed as a classical pianist in renowned halls throughout the world, including the White House and US Supreme Court. Following an artistic epiphany, she pivoted from playing the piano to impress audiences, to instead using music as a vehicle to inspire, entertain, and profoundly move them instead.

A message from Jade Simmons to the PCBC audience.

Matthew Luhn, "Storytelling for Business"

Top Creativity Speaker, Director, Former Lead Storyteller and Animator at Pixar Studios

Thursday, June 23
Lower Level, Room 3

Matthew Luhn is an accomplished storyteller, instructor, motivational keynote speaker, and story consultant, with over 20 years’ experience creating stories and characters at Pixar Animation Studios. Alongside his story work in Hollywood, Matthew works with Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs, and other professionals how to craft and tell stories that bridge the gap between business and heart to build stronger brands and business communication.

With over 20 years experience creating and developing dozens of films, TV shows, and video games, at Pixar, The Simpsons, ILM, and other studios, Matthew Luhn knows what it takes to create memorable stories with enduring characters. From filmmaking to business, Matthew’s story talks are beneficial to anybody wanting to improve their story skills, or learn the persuasion of great storytelling.

A message from Matthew Luhn to the PCBC audience.

"Storyliving by Disney"

Claire Bilby, Disney Signature Experiences
Michael Hundgen, Walt Disney Imagineering
Brent Herrington, DMB Development

Thursday, June 23
Lower Level, Room 3

In February, Disney announced the launch of Storyliving by Disney, new home communities infused with the company’s special brand of magic. Disney Imagineers will play a key role in the creative concept for each of these master-planned communities – and future residents will have a whole new way to experience Disney’s world-class service, legendary storytelling and creativity. Cotino™, a Storyliving by Disney community, is the first location under development by DMB Development in Rancho Mirage, California. In this closing keynote session, we’ll hear from the visionary team collaborating to bring this groundbreaking concept to life.

Previous Keynote Speakers Include:

Sekou Andrews
Two-time national poetry slam champion
Poetic Voice (2019)

Shawn Achor
Author, Educator, CEO, Good Think, Inc.
The Happiness Advantage (2015)

Chip Conley
Airbnb, Head of Global Hospitality & Strategy
Wired to Share (2016)

Sheryl Connelly
Global Trends & Futuring, Ford Motor Company
How Generational Cohorts are Reshaping the Way We Live, Work and Play (2014)

Steven Kotler
New York Times bestselling author, an award-winning journalist and the Co-founder & Director of Research for the Flow Genome Project
Stealing Fire (2017)

Patrick Lencioni
Founder and President, The Table Group
The Untapped Advantage of Organizational Health (2018)

Alison Levine
First American Women's Everest Expedition Team Captain & Author
On the Edge: Leadership Lessons from Everest (2019)

Matthew Luhn
One of the original story creators at Pixar
The Best Story Wins! (2017)

Award-winning Photographer
Powerful Portraits: An Intimate Look at Humanity and Leadership (2018)

Joshua Cooper Ramo
Kissinger Associates, Vice Chairman and Co-CEO
The Seventh Sense: Power, Fortune, and Survival in the Age of Networks (2015)

Jay Rogers
Founder and CEO, Local Motors
Manufacturing Renaissance? … or … Revolution? (2018)

Simon Sinek
Author, Ethnographer, Leadership Expert
Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Come Together and Others Don’t (2015)

Adam Steltzner
Team Leader & Chief Engineer, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
The Right Kind of Crazy (2017)

Gary Vaynerchuk
Best-selling author, Social Media expert, VaynerMedia
Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook (2014)

Benjamin Zander
Conductor, The Boston Philharmonic Orchestra
The Art of Possibility (2014)