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13-15 September 2017
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

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, 13 September 2017
1:00pm — 2:00pm

Keynote I - Diversity and Inclusion

Dr. Tony Byers will be taking the stage to share how a properly managed diversity and inclusion program can increase engagement, creativity and business performance. His thought provoking keynote address will challenge old mindsets and explain how, through best practices, organizations can turn diversity and inclusion into a powerful business advantage that stimulates innovation and drives marketplace growth.

Tony Byers, Ph.D., Diversity and Inclusion Expert, The Byers Group, LLC
CPE Credit: 1.0
Field of Study: Behavioral Ethics
Level: I, II, III
Thursday, 14 September 2017
10:35am — 11:35am

Keynote II - Personal Security from All Angles

Personal security is a concern for everyone, from high net worth executives to rank and file employees. The risks are great for affluent executives, as professional fraudsters refine techniques. Individuals may be concerned with securing their online identity and keeping their home and family safe, but don’t always know the best practices and resources that are available. This session focuses on online and personal security and provides education and practical advice on security threats and appropriate risk mitigation strategy.

Some of the specific topics often discussed include:

  • Preventing Online Fraud (e.g., enhanced log-in security)
  • Digital Footprint / Online Presence
  • Vetting Household Help
  • Residential Safety & Security
  • Information Security at Home
  • Preventing Elderly Exploitation
  • Travel Security

This thought-provoking discussion about personal security will help you and your executives to combat this growing threat.

Gary F. Rossi, Senior Vice President, Fidelity Investments
CPE Credit: 1.0
Field of Study: Personal Development
Level: I, II, III
Friday, 15 September 2017
12:30pm — 14:15pm

Keynote III - Going Against the Grain: Overcoming Adversity in Pursuit of Your Dreams

Christine Ha is the winner of “MasterChef” season 3 on FOX with Gordon Ramsay. She is also a New York Times best-selling author and holds both a Master of Fine Arts from the nationally acclaimed Creative Writing Program at University of Houston and a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.

In her talk, Christine will tell the story of how she began cooking and how vision loss and the diagnosis of a rare autoimmune condition challenged her to rethink her life’s purpose. Christine’s inspiring journey shows how resilience, like cooking, can be self-taught, and that adaptability and attitude are the impetuses for achievement.

Christine Ha, American Chef, Writer, and TV Host
CPE Credit: 1.0
Field of Study: Personal Development
Level: I, II, III

Keynote Speakers

GEO 2017 NECF Conference  |  Keynote Speaker Tony Byers, Ph.D., Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Starbucks

Tony Byers, Ph.D.
Diversity and Inclusion Expert
The Byers Group, LLC

Tony Byers, Ph.D., is a game-changing leader in diversity and inclusion. He is a keen strategist who takes bold steps to drive organizational cultures toward more diverse, inclusive, and high-performing transformation. He has served as the chief strategist for some of the world’s most respected companies. His thought leadership and strategic guidance is demanded by senior executive teams and boards to effectively design diversity initiatives that foster individual performance, productivity, and business growth. An engaging presenter and rapport builder, Dr. Byers works with organizational leaders to move from transactional to transformational inclusion.

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GEO 2017 NECF Conference  |  Keynote Speaker Christine Ha, MasterChef

Christine Ha
American Chef, Writer,
and TV Host

Christine Ha is the first ever blind contestant and season 3 winner of the competitive amateur cooking television show, MasterChef U.S., on FOX with Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot, and Joe Bastianich. She defeated over 30,000 home cooks across America to secure the coveted MasterChef title, a $250,000 cash prize, and a cookbook deal.

“The lady has an extraordinary palate, a palate of incredible finesse. She picks up hot ingredients, touches them, and she thinks about this image on the plate. She has the most disciplined execution on a plate that we’ve ever seen. But the palate is where it’s just extraordinary. And honestly, I know chefs with Michelin stars that don’t have palates like hers.” ~Chef Gordon Ramsay, MasterChef judge

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GEO 2017 NECF Conference  |  Keynote Speaker Gary F. Rossi, Sr. Vice President, Fidelity Investments

Gary F. Rossi
Senior Vice President
Fidelity Investments

Gary Rossi has over 30 years of experience as a private sector and law enforcement security professional with deep expertise in investigations, cyber security, risk mitigation and strategic planning. Gary joined Fidelity Investments in 2003 and served as Fidelity’s Head of Corporate Investigations for nearly a decade, which included leading all Customer Fraud/Identity Theft matters, Anti-Money Laundering cases and Cyber-related investigations. Gary and his team created a comprehensive and proactive anti-fraud program to protect Fidelity’s customers from sophisticated cyber criminals. Gary now works directly with many clients to assist in better understanding current security threats and with building appropriate mitigation strategies for them and their families.

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