October 18 – 21, 2017


Opening Keynote with Shabnam Mogharabi
Thursday, October 19 | 9:00 – 10:15 AM

Shabnam Mogharabi is CEO and Executive Producer at SoulPancake, an award-winning media and entertainment company founded by actor Rainn Wilson that explores ‘Life’s Big Questions’. SoulPancake spreads joy and celebrates the human experience by producing and curating uplifting, thought-provoking content that is distributed on television, online, at live events, and through branded engagements.

Shabnam joined SoulPancake at its launch in March 2009 as the co-director of content of SoulPancake.com. She is one of the co-authors of the New York Times bestselling book SoulPancake: Chew on Life’s Big Questions. Today, she is developing the long-term strategic plans for the company’s ever-expanding business in Los Angeles. Under her leadership, the company’s revenue has more than doubled in the past year.

Prior to SoulPancake, Shabnam was an award-winning journalist and magazine editor covering entertainment, finance, real estate, and home design. A California native, Shabnam holds a master’s in publishing from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s from USC, where she double-majored in business administration and journalism, with a minor in comparative religion. 

Plenary Session with Amy Blankson
Thursday, October 19 | 3:30 – 4:45 PM

Amy Blankson is the only person to be named a Point of Light by two Presidents (President Bush and President Clinton). She received a Presidential appointment to serve a five-year term on the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National Service, and was one of the youngest delegates to the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future.

Amy received her BA from Harvard and MBA from Yale School of Management.

In 2007, Amy co-founded GoodThink to bring the science of happiness to life for organizations and individuals. Amy brings both passion and practicality to GoodThink. She is currently doing research in partnership with Google to determine how to make positive psychology strategies stick and create sustainable positive change. She serves as a Visioneer for the Xprize Foundation for Personal Health, and was a featured professor in Oprah’s Happiness course.

Amy is the author of two books: Ripple’s Effect and The Future of Happiness: 5 Modern Strategies to Balance Productivity and Well-being in the Digital Era (Spring, 2017).

Compelling Conversation with Heath Slawner | Si Seymour Luncheon

Friday, October 20 | 12:00 – 1:45 PM

How can leaders bring teams together to achieve extraordinary results? What do all great organizations have in common, whether they realize it or not? How do we consistently and effectively get people to listen, follow, buy-in, and take the next step? Heath Slawner shows audiences that trust and purpose – based on a palpable concern for others – are what’s at the centre of it all. When we’re clear about why we’re here, where we’re going, who we serve, and how we’re getting there, people start to feel valued and fulfilled. As a consequence, we will naturally seek out ways to collaborate, execute and bring bold visions to reality.

Heath’s work lies at the intersection of leadership, influence, and trust. Through in-depth and dynamic presentations, he shows audiences how to leverage proven strategies to strengthen relationships, drive performance, and achieve outstanding results. He shares his insights with individuals and teams at leading organizations around the world, including the United Nations, and some of Canada’s most iconic companies, such as Bell, Canadian Tire, and Loblaws, to name just a few.

Boasting exceptional facilitation skills and a passion for helping people learn and apply new skills, Heath combines intelligence, empathy, and conscientiousness to ensure valuable and memorable experiences for all audiences.

Heath earned his undergraduate business degree from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Throughout his career, he has continually contributed to his community, both nationally and internationally. He is also a Board and Executive Committee Member of Equitas – International Centre for Human Rights Education, whose mission is to help build a global culture of human rights through education.