Featured Speakers

Founder and Chief Movement Officer, FutureSight Labs
Seth Mattison is an internationally renowned expert on workforce trends and generational dynamics. As Founder and Chief Movement Officer of FutureSight Labs, Seth advises many of the world’s leading brands and organizations on the key shifts happening around talent management, change and innovation, leadership, and the future of work. His ideas have been featured in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and The Globe.
Seth delivers presentations with specific take-away value that will help organizations:
  • Harness the power and perspective of their top talent
  • Tap into the hidden brainpower throughout the entire organization
  • Establish an ongoing system to nurture and harvest the best ideas
  • Learn how to adapt more quickly and proactively to changes in the marketplace
  • Foster a culture of stewardship of careers, capabilities, resources, the environment, and values
Founder and CEO, The Center for Advancing Retail & Technology (CART)
As Founder and CEO of The Center for Advancing Retail & Technology (CART), Gary Hawkins has an unparalleled view on the current and future innovation in fast-moving consumer goods retail. CART sits at the epicenter of retail transformation as Gary’s team connects retailers to new innovation using a vast industry network to understand the challenges and opportunities facing retailers, wholesalers, brand manufacturers, and solution providers. Reviewing hundreds of new solutions each year, combined with years of industry experience leading shopper-focused innovation across the supply chain, uniquely positions Gary to guide retail into the future.

In addition to Deutsche Bank analysts covering the massive fast-moving consumer goods retail sector relying on Gary’s unique perspective, he is an often-quoted resource for publications like Bloomberg, Elsevier, and Drug Store News, among others. Gary has also authored two internationally published books, numerous white papers and myriad articles.

His latest book, Retail in the Age of ‘I’ focuses on the challenges and opportunity for retail to evolve as the world is increasingly tailored to each person individually. In addition to being a regular guest lecturer at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, Gary also keynotes retail conferences in the United States and abroad.
Columnist, author, founder of Marks Group PC
Gene Marks writes daily for The Washington Post, focusing on issues affecting the business community. He also writes weekly columns for Forbes magazine, Fox Business, The Huffington Post, and entrepreneur.com., and has been quoted frequently in The New York Times, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune and Business Week.
In addition to writing six books on business management, specifically geared toward small- and medium-sized companies, Gene owns and operates the Marks Group PC, a 10-person firm that provides technology and consulting services to more than 600 companies and thousands of individuals throughout the country.
Prior to starting his firm, Gene, a Certified Public Accountant, spent nine years in the entrepreneurial services arm of the international consulting firm KPMG in Philadelphia where he was a senior manager.
Through his keynotes, workshops, seminars and executive retreats, Gene helps business owners, executives and managers understand the political, economic and technological trends that will affect their companies so they can make profitable decisions.