Salim travels extensively sharing a global perspective on the impact of breakthrough technologies and how organizations can leverage these disruptions to grow 10x faster than their peers. His book, Exponential Organizations, quickly reached No. 1 on Amazon's "Best-Sellers in Business Management" and was named Frost & Sullivan's "Growth, Innovation, and Leadership Book of the Year." His captivating, educational, and downright jaw-dropping presentations have been called "mind-blowing" and "the best talk I think I've ever heard."
Salim has spent the last seven years building Singularity University as its founding executive director and current global ambassador. SU is based at NASA Ames, and its goal is to "educate, inspire, and empower a new generation of leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity's grand challenges." SU has empowered people from more than 85 countries to apply disruptive technologies - biotechnology, artificial intelligence, and neuroscience - to more than 100 startups and countless patents and ideas.
Prior to Singularity, Salim was a vice president at Yahoo, where he build and ran Brickhouse, the company's internal incubator. His last company, Ångströ, a news aggregation startup, was sold to Google in 2010. He has founded or operated seven early-stage companies including PubSub Concepts, which laid some of the foundation for the real-time web, and the New York Grant Company, a direct response to 9/11. In its first year, the organization attracted over 400 clients and delivered over $12 million of federal grants to the local economy.
Jared Smith is the co-founder of Incite, a strategic growth marketing firm, and Turning Point, a business development training platform, with clients across Canada. Jared has dedicated most of his career advising senior leaders in highgrowth organizations. Jared was named one of Avenue Magazine's Top 40 Under 40, has won Entrepreneur of the Year Awards with BDC Canada and the Chamber of Commerce, and in 2016 he was recognized as one of Business in Edmonton Magazine's top 20 Business Leaders.
Jared's passion for community-building keeps him busy. He is the Past-President of the Entrepreneurs' Organization, the Honorary Chair of the Glenrose Foundation, the Chair of the Edmonton Mayor's Business Roundtable and sits on the board for the University of Alberta Property Trust.
Jared is a sought-after public speaker, moderator and facilitator and appears as a key-note speaker at numerous Canada-wide business events.
Cheryl is an award winning international consultant, best-selling author and highly sought after keynote speaker, and she has worked in multiple industries, with hundreds of clients and thousands of leaders worldwide.
For over 20 years Cheryl Cran has wholeheartedly devoted herself to the study and application of leadership mastery. Her greatest joy received from her work is in partnering with her clients to create extraordinary results and to be a part of their successes.
Cran’s research and thought leadership on the Future of Work and Change Leadership have been featured in CNBC, Huffington Post, Metro New York, Readers Digest, Financial Post, Fox, Entrepreneur magazine and more. In addition, Cheryl’s reputation as a Future of Work and Leadership Expert has landed her on numerous Top Influencers lists on social media.
Her client partners include globally known brands such as AT&T, Ceridian, BDO, Gartner, Johnson & Johnson, E3 Wealth, Manulife and more. Cheryl also works and partners with mid-sized as well as boutique sized companies.