23rd Annual Conference event sponsors
23rd Annual Conference event sponsors

GEO's 23rd Annual Conference

27-29 April (In-person), Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

Keynote Addresses

GEO takes pride in partnering with keynote speakers that represent the most influential, forward thinking and astute leaders from business, academia and everyday life to share their stories and ideas and make a difference to your work and personal life and enhance your conference experience.

Wednesday, 27 April 2022 | 13:45 - 15:30

Opening Keynote

The Power of Nonverbal Communications

Joe Navarro

Joe Navarro
Retired FBI, Best-Selling Author, Speaker (USA)

Nonverbal behaviors comprise approximately 60–80% of all interpersonal communication. They can reveal a person’s true thoughts, feelings, concerns, as well as intentions. And because people are not always aware they are communicating nonverbally, body language is often more honest than the spoken word. In this presentation, Joe Navarro, a world-leading expert on the applied use of nonverbal communication, will provide crucial insights into how to master nonverbal intelligence in business to assess and influence others.

Drawing on his decades of experience in behavioral sciences and 25 years in the FBI, Joe will take a fresh look at nonverbal intelligence as a tool for change, for better communication, for collaboration and for success. He will show how to decode what’s really being said in meetings, negotiations, due diligence settings and interviews, which can often impact decisions and reputations. The presentation also covers how to manage your “curbside appeal” to insure first and last impressions inspire and attract, including the five most important traits of exceptional individuals that will help the audience differentiate themselves in a world where there is little left to differentiate.

This presentation is immediately practical, detailed and full of valuable pointers on how to communicate more effectively and confidently, as well as persuasively. We communicate every day—how well we understand others and communicate with them often dictates our success.

Through his 28-year career with the FBI, he was an agent and supervisor in Counterintelligence and Counterterrorism forces. He was able to study, refine, and apply the science of non-verbal communications. After retiring in 2003, there was an overwhelming demand for his insights, and he has now dedicated his life to speaking and consulting. Learn more about Joe Navarro visit: jnforensics.com.

Thursday, 28 April 2022 | 09:00 - 10:15

Thursday Keynote

Five-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Swimmer Missy Franklin Reflects on the Role of Gratitude, Optimism, and Grit in Inspiring Performance

Missy Franklin

Missy Franklin
5x Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer, Motivational Speaker (USA)

GEO is thrilled to announce our second Keynote Speaker, 5x Olympic Gold Medalist Swimmer and Motivational Speaker, Missy Franklin. Join Missy as she shares her experiences both in the pool as an elite athlete, holding more World Championships titles than any female swimmer in history, as well as through her transition into retirement, where she began sharing her discipline of gratitude as a way to maintain her resilience and mental health.

Franklin is an inspiring mentor to athletes and dreamers of all types. Join this exciting keynote and hear Missy reveal her thoughts on inspiring performance, DE&I importance, effective leadership, giving back, resilience and maintaining focus on the end goal, whatever it may be.

Missy Franklin has been swimming competitively since the age of five, so it was a dream fulfilled when she won four gold medals and one bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, breaking a 40-year world record. Franklin has been named “World Swimmer of the Year" and "American Swimmer of the Year" by Swimming World Magazine and earned the ESPY for Best Female Olympian in 2013 and Best Female College Athlete in 2015.

Friday, 29 April 2022 | 12:15 - 14:00

Closing Keynote

Everyday Improviser: Fear LESS {&} Think Like An Improviser

Judi Holler

Judi Holler
Keynote Speaker, Best Selling Author, Improviser, Entrepreneur (USA)

Fear isn’t something to be afraid of, neither is failure. Both are incredible data streams that illuminate the path towards innovation, confidence, and true collaboration. This interactive keynote is designed to help participants use the experimental ideas from the improv theatre and apply them to the unscripted stage of everyday life. The improv mindset will build confidence in individuals, and teams, so they can turn obstacles into opportunities and remain flexible inside of disruption.

You will learn how to identify the ways that fear shows up in their lives and embrace failure in order to stay in forward momentum. Known as a “strong cup of coffee and a spa day” wrapped into one, we cannot wait to see how inspired we all leave after Judi Holler’s Keynote.

Judi Holler is an author, keynote speaker, thought leader, podcaster, improviser, and the creator and CEO of the Haus of {&}, a possibility-driven lifestyle and apparel brand that helps teams, companies and the humans inside them open the door to what's possible, teaching the power of the improvisational mindset. Each year Judi speaks on stages around the United States and beyond, to audiences of 10 - 10,000 sharing the power of the improvisational mindset with her interactive, high-vibe, and inspirational keynote speeches.