Opening Session Keynote Speaker:  Carey Lohrenz



Carey Lohrenz knows what it takes to win in one of the highest pressure, extreme environments imaginable: in the cockpit at Mach 2.

As the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, having flown missions worldwide as a combat-mission-ready United States Navy pilot, Lohrenz is used to working in fast moving, dynamic environments, where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results.

The same challenges are found in business: markets change, customer needs evolve and if you do not adapt quickly your company is at risk.

In her motivating and engaging keynote presentations, Carey shares her fascinating experiences operating in one of the world's most challenging environments - an aircraft carrier. She is uniquely qualified in the fundamentals of winning under pressure, reducing errors and overcoming obstacles. Her mastery of these fundamentals can help your team triumph in this high-risk, time crunched world.

Carey Lohrenz's timely message about High Performing Teams and developing a Culture of Learning is based on the best-practices of high reliability organizations. The processes of Planning, Briefing, Debriefing and Adjusting help businesses manage risk while becoming a High Performing Organization. This message resonates with diverse audiences at every level of the company.

Carey has been requested by name from some of the top Fortune 100 businesses. Her ability to connect with both an audience and on a one-on-one level, coupled with her knowledge and experience in leading high-performing, diverse teams, has made her highly sought after as a business consultant and speaker.

Carey is a powerhouse in the field of delivering engaging Leadership, High Performing Organizations and Diversity Training that directly impacts a company's ROI and bottom line. Her experience in the all-male environment of fighter aviation and her ability to pass on the Lessons Learned in her career allow her to deliver insight and guidance from a credible platform on Women's Leadership Issues.

Carey has delivered her leadership and strategy experience to such companies as Cisco, Underwriters Laboratories, AT&T, Kimberly Clark, and Sea Ray Boats, to name a few.

Carey graduated from the University of Wisconsin where she was a varsity rower, also training at the pre-Olympic level. After graduation, she attended the Navy's Aviation Officer Candidate School before starting flight training and her naval career. She is currently working on her Master's in Business Administration in Strategic Leadership.

Luncheon Keynote Speaker:  Ben Stein



Ben Stein is the most famous economics teacher in America. His comedic role as the droning economics teacher in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" has been ranked as one of the fifty most famous scenes in movie history.

In real life, Ben Stein is a powerful speaker on economics, politics, education, and history. Like his father, Herbert Stein, he is considered one of the great humorists on political economy.

Stein has a bachelor's with honors in economics from Columbia, studied econ at the graduate level at Yale, and is a graduate of Yale Law School (valedictorian of his class by election of his classmates in 1970).

Ben Stein is morally committed to making your meeting a success and utilizing his extensive background to bring out the funniest and most powerful trends in current history.

His background includes being a poverty lawyer for the poor in New Haven, a trade regulation lawyer for the FTC, a speech writer for both Presidents Nixon and Ford (He did NOT write the line, "I am not a crook...."), a columnist and an editorial writer for The Wall Street Journal, and a teacher of law and economics at UC Santa Cruz (undergrad) and Pepperdine (law school and undergrads).

He has written or co-written roughly 30 books with his brilliant colleague Phil DeMuth. Most of these books concentrate on investing, and many have been New York Times bestsellers. Their book, Yes, You Can Time The Market, has become a landmark of using price theory for securities market analysis.

He wrote a column about economics for The New York Times for several years, roughly 2004- 2009.

He co-hosted the show “Win Ben Stein’s Money” with Jimmy Kimmel, which won seven Emmys, including best game show host. (Surely making him the only well known economist to win an Emmy....). Presently, he writes a column for The American Spectator and for NewsMax, and is a regular commentator on Fox News and on CBS Sunday Morning, as well as a frequent commentator on CNN.

He lives in Los Angeles with his wife of 45 years, Alexandra, two dogs and six cats.