Featured Speakers

We’re committed to bringing you the best collection of relevant, practicing Great Game speakers and subject experts working across a variety of industries.

Opening Keynote: Jack Stack

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Jack is Founder, President and CEO of SRC Holdings Corporation. Jack has been called the smartest strategist in America” by Inc. Magazine and one of the “top 10 minds in small business” by Fortune Magazine. A pioneer of the leadership model known as open-book management, Stack is the author of two books on the subject, The Great Game of Business and A Stake in the Outcome. His expertise in using the open-book model has helped SRC Holdings Corporation start, acquire, and own over 60 businesses and created thousands of jobs since 1983. Along the way, SRC’s stock value has increased 360,000%.

Jack has served as a world judge for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Institute and as an advisor for this group since 1998. Jack designed the first ever United Way Entrepreneurial Fund to encourage innovation within the non-profit community. He has also served as a contributor for Inc. Magazine and The New York Times and has addressed thousands of audiences on the topic of open-book management. Jack is the father of five children and grandfather of six.

Jack Stack on playing The Game at SRC: We didn’t do this by riding some hot technology or glamorous industry. Remanufacturing is a tough, loud, dirty business. Our people work with plugs in their ears and leave the factory every day covered in grease. What SRC remanufactures are engines and engine components. We take worn-out engines from cars, bulldozers, eighteen-wheelers, and we rebuild them, saving the parts that are in good shape, fixing those that are damaged, replacing the ones that are beyond repair. But in some ways engines are incidental to what we do. Our real business is education. We teach people about business. We give them the knowledge that allows them to go out and play the Game.” –from The Great Game of Business

Closing Keynote: Jackie Freiberg

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You know Jackie as the author of NUTS!, Herb Kelleher’s story of Southwest Airlines’ “crazy recipe for success.” Her latest book, CAUSE! A Business Strategy for Standing out in a Sea of Sameness, reveals the power of cause-driven leadership and collaboration that ignites business success in companies like Southwest, Virgin and TOMS Shoes. Jackie proves companies with a shared cause stand out - through better employee engagement and stronger profitability and growth.

Who she admires: “I’ve been deeply influenced by some of the most admired leaders in the world. In getting to know leaders like Ratan Tata, Herb Kelleher, Colleen Barrett, Robert Redford and Jim Goodnight, I’ve noticed they have something in common…They’re all incredibly confident people but they show no signs of ego.”

Where she got started: “My journey started by writing about great leaders who build and sustain world-class brands, gutsy leaders like Herb Kelleher and Colleen Barrett at Southwest Airlines. For more than 20 years, I’ve been sharing leadership, culture and innovative practices with people who want to learn, grow, do and borrow from the best.”

How she makes a difference: “My messages are designed for successful executives, entrepreneurs and managers, who want to become better leaders, build “best” places to work, grow globally recognized brands and achieve really cool things. I want to work with leaders and people who are into making a difference—leaders, who believe they have the power to change themselves, transform their businesses and even revolutionize their industries.”

In her closing keynote, Jackie will share trends and data that demonstrate why the future belongs to businesses that are profitable AND cause-driven. 

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