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Art Barter

As the cultural architect of Datron World Communications, Inc., Art Barter turned a company with revenues of $10 million into one with over $200 million in just six years.

Datron’s success was born out of Art’s desire to transform its traditional power-led model to its current servant-led culture. As an active speaker, Art tells Datron’s riveting story of moving from severe adversity to becoming a significant organization committed to leading for the sake of others. He believes that how you get results is more important than the results themselves.

Datron’s culture shift and lessons learned from implementation led Art to create the Servant Leadership Institute (SLI). Founded in Southern California, SLI teaches others how to inspire and equip those they influence, using the insight gained from building a successful servant-led company. Art’s popular lecture, “Can You Spare Any Change? Transforming Behaviors Through Servant Leadership,” describes the behaviors Datron used to transform the organization.


An authority on servant leadership implementation, Art writes regularly for many business books, websites, and blogs. His experience with Datron’s transformation to a servant-led organization is chronicled in the book, The Art of Servant Leadership. Art’s newest book, Farmer Able: A Fable About Servant Leadership Transforming Organizations And People From The Inside Out, has been endorsed by leaders of servant-led companies including WD-40, Popeye’s, Franklin Covey, Ken Blanchard Companies, & John Maxwell Co.

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Ken Blanchard

Dr. Ken Blanchard is the co-founder and Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies, an international management and training consulting firm. He’s a sought-after author, speaker and business consultant who’s widely regarded as one of the most influential leadership experts in the world. When Ken speaks, he speaks from the heart with warmth and humor. He is able to speak to an audience and communicate with each person as if they were alone and talking one-on-one. Ken is a sophisticated storyteller with a knack for making the seemingly complex easy to understand

Ken’s books have sold more than 18 million copies in over 25 languages; The One Minute Manager, which he co-authored with Spencer Johnson in 1982, remains on bestseller lists today. Ken has received many awards and honors for his contributions in the fields of management, leadership and speaking, and the business school at Grand Canyon University bears his name.

Born in New Jersey and raised in New York, Ken received a master’s degree from Colgate University, and a bachelor’s and PhD from Cornell University. An avid golfer, he belongs to the Loch Lomond Golf Club in Scotland.

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Jim Minarik

Jim’s big break in learning about business and the importance of valuing and respecting his co-workers and customers came early.  He was 14 years old when he started working for $1 per hour at the local hardware store in the Western PA steel town where he grew up. The owner of the store, a respected local businessman, came to Jim one day and said, “I can tell you have a fertile mind, and I want to help teach you business.”  Never forgetting the kindness, compassion and sincere interest in his future shown by that man remains one of the most transformative experiences of Jim’s life. It was also his introduction to a style of leadership built around serving others.

Over the past 15 years, while driving the growth of sales, earnings and employment at California-based DEI Holdings, which is the parent to some of the world’s leading home audio and vehicle security companies, including Polk Audio, Definitive Technology, Viper and Clifford, Jim firmly established giving back and “paying it forward” as key ingredients of the company’s corporate culture. DEI’s Forte for Children has raised and distributed nearly $4.5 million over the past few years to its beneficiaries that help disadvantaged children in the communities where DEI does business, an accomplishment Jim is incredibly proud of.

Jim holds Bachelor’s and MBA degrees from Penn State. Prior to joining DEI as its CEO, he served as CEO of Clarion Corporation of America, where he had full P&L responsibilities for $560 million and 4500+ employees. He has also served on the Consumer Electronics Board of Industry Leaders, The Electronics Industry Alliance Board of Governors, the Automotive Parts and Accessories Association Board of Directors, as well as other numerous for profit and not for profit Boards, including the Boys and Girls Club Foundation of Vista, California.

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Michael Tatelbame
Michael Tatelbame is Division Vice President, Human Resources, Kindred Healthcare and leads an HR team that provides guidance and support to over 40,000 employees. He has been instrumental for a number of Company-wide programs, including Kindred's Culture of Service initiative and a succession planning program for mid-level clinical managers across the organization. Michael has over 20 years of human resources leadership experience and holds a Bachelor's degree in Human Resources and a Master's in Organization Development from Loyola University. Michael is passionate about the impact leaders have on the engagement of their employees. Prior to Kindred, Michael held Human Resources leadership roles for the University of Chicago Medical Center, Columbia/HCA Healthcare and United Airlines. Michael lives in Chicago and loves to travel, experience Chicago's great restaurant scene and watching his son on the high school soccer field.
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Charles Hazlewood
Charles Hazlewood, internationally renowned conductor and speaker, has won hearts and minds around world with his groundbreaking musical projects. Moving audiences to laughter and occasionally tears, his presentations on leadership, trust, creativity, and change have inspired leading organizations including Google, the U.S. Federal Reserve, Mulberry and TED. Since winning the European Broadcasting Union Conducting Competition in his 20s, the two-time TED speaker has enjoyed a global and pioneering career conducting some of the worlds's greatest orchestras. He has authored, presented and conducted multiple television films on music for the BBC and Channel Four and won Sony Awards for his shows on Radio 2 and 3. Dubbed, the “British Bernstein” by the New York Sun, Charles is a charismatic and engaging speaker whose inspiring and interactive presentation is effectively split into two parts. During the first half, Charles delivers an energetic and articulate speech that draws analogies between the workings of an office and an orchestra, both of which depend on individuals working as part of a whole in pursuit of a common goal. As he talks, Charles addresses specific leadership challenges, including the fundamental necessity for clear communication and creating and communicating a single vision through strong teamwork. The second half is highly interactive, and involves Charles dividing his audience into a number of different sections, each of which is taught individual sounds. Instead of providing each member with an instrument, they become the instruments. One group may be tongue clickers, performing to a rhythm suggested by Charles, while a second may be thigh slappers, tapping their legs to a specific beat. A third group will be given a short hand-clapping routine, while a fourth will have to hum their way through a short melody. After each group has mastered its own challenge, they join together to perform as one. The result is a distinctive and unique composition that provides a dramatic illustration of exactly what can be achieved by working together in a positive, productive, and committed way.
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Juliet Funt

Juliet Funt is the owner and founder of WhiteSpace at Work and is a warrior in the battle against reactive busyness. It is her mission and that of her team to unearth the potential of companies by unburdening their talent. With thought-provoking content and immediately-actionable tools, she has become a nationally-recognized expert in coping with the Age of Overload in which we all live and work. Juliet helps attendees learn the pivotal difference between meaningless activity and true productivity. She teaches a streamlined method for personal process improvement, leading to more creativity and engagement. She helps executives, managers and teams answer the critical question, "What thoughts deserve my full attention today?" Incredibly intuitive, Juliet successfully blends highly-customized content with a keen understanding of clients' needs in her programs and consulting work. Yet beneath her powerful assets, she is both authentic and accessible. As a busy corporate speaker and consultant, business owner, wife and mother of three young boys, she practices on a daily basis the WhiteSpace concept she shares with clients.

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Kristen Hadeed
For Kristen, it all started with a pair of jeans. Eyeing some expensive denim, Kristen asked her parents for a loan, but they laughed and told her to get a job. As a finance major with a challenging course load and little free time, Kristen needed a part-time position that was flexible enough to accommodate her demanding schedule. Kristen needed a job that would fit with her classes and her entrepreneurial spirit, so she chose to create her own opportunity. The only issue that remained was: what to do? Kristen posted an ad on Craigslist to clean houses. A self-proclaimed “neat-freak,” she saw cleaning as a good fit. She cleaned houses after class, hired some friends to help, and the business grew – a lot. During her junior year, between football games and finals, Kristen founded one of Florida’s largest independently owned cleaning services, Student Maid™. At only 27 years old, Kristen possesses the business savvy and experience of leaders twice her age. Her business – which began as a part-time cleaning gig with a couple of her friends – has blossomed into a company with more than 500 college student employees during its peak season. However, Kristen’s journey as a young entrepreneur hasn’t been a walk in the park. Along the way, she’s endured defeats and setbacks so devastating that most people, especially a college student, would have thrown in the towel. From being denied a bank loan to hearing others in the business world say her dream was impossible, Kristen learned to see the word “no” as empowering. That attitude is what has allowed Kristen to grow Student Maid™ from a small business that started as just a few friends scrubbing toilets to an award-winning cleaning service with two locations in Florida and is making its way across the country. With every setback, in business and in life, Kristen has learned to embrace failure as a priceless lesson and an opportunity to accomplish bigger and better things. She has never been afraid to think bigger than herself, lead others, and turn obstacles that seem doomed for failure into success. Through her eye-opening story, she inspires her audiences to transform into leaders and do the same.
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Vicki Floyd Clark
Vicki Floyd Clark has devoted the past 30 years of her life to building capacity in organizations and inspiring community leaders. A noted speaker, facilitator, consultant and trainer, she has extensive experience in the nonprofit, government and private sectors. Her work includes numerous specialty areas; board development, inclusion and diversity, servant leadership development, strategic planning, project planning, volunteer resource development, and effective communication. Clark is a member of the Peter F. Drucker Foundation’s training and consultation team and a Senior Governance Consultant for BoardSource. Each year she speaks to thousands of community, business and government leaders and has made presentations in 48 of the 50 United States. In 1996 Clark was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to the National and Urban Forestry Advisory Council. She also was appointed to the Executive Governor’s Team tasked with the development of the first Unified State Plan for Texas Volunteerism, Community Service and Service Learning. She has served as mentor and facilitator for students in Baruch College’s (NY) National Urban/Rural Graduate Fellows Program.
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