Wade Davis is Professor of Anthropology and the BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia. Between 1999 and 2013 he served as Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society and is currently a member of the NGS Explorers Council. Davis is an author of 17 books, including The Serpent and the Rainbow, One River, The Wayfinders and The Sacred Headwaters. His latest book, Into the Silence, received the 2012 Samuel Johnson prize, the top award for literary nonfiction in the English language. His many film credits include Light at the Edge of the World, an eight-hour documentary series written and produced for the National Geographic. Davis is the recipient of 11 honorary degrees, as well as the 2009 Gold Medal from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society for his contributions to anthropology and conservation, the 2011 Explorers Medal, the highest award of the Explorers Club, the 2012 David Fairchild Medal for botanical exploration, and the 2013 Ness Medal for geography education from the Royal Geographical Society. He holds degrees in a
nthropology and biology and received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University.
Peter Greenberg is the nation’s preeminent expert on travel and travel-related issues and an Emmy award-winning writer, investigative reporter, and producer with more than 11 million miles of direct experience under his belt, covering thousands of stories in hundreds of countries around the globe. He is Travel Editor for CBS News, appearing on The Early Show and across many CBS broadcast platforms. His nationally syndicated radio show, Peter Greenberg Worldwide, is broadcast each week from a different remote location around the world. He is heard on more than 150 stations, Sirius/XM radio and Armed Forces Radio. Greenberg’s other current titles include Travel Editor at Large for “AARP,” Contributing Editor for “Men’s Health” magazine, and contributor to “Parade,” ForbesTraveler.com, and MSN.com. He has been a featured guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Dr. Phil, and Larry King Live. Greenberg is the author of “The New York Times” best-selling Travel Detective series. His latest book, “Tough Times, Great Travels,” offers his expert advice and insight on how to travel efficiently–and well–during difficult economic times. His website, PeterGreenberg.com, is one of the fastest-growing travel news sites in America. When he’s not working, Greenberg trains six times each year in state-of-the-art aircraft simulators, and he remains active as a volunteer fireman in New York. He lives in New York, Los Angeles, Bangkok, and most major airports around the world. Mr. Greenberg has spoken at many ETC conferences, including 2001, 2002, 2005 – 2010, and 2014.
Jack Hanna explores the corners of the globe as one of the most respected animal ambassadors. His enthusiasm and “hands-on” approach to wildlife conservation has won him widespread acclaim as a conservationist, television personality, author and Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and the Wilds. Beginning in 1993, Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures ran for ten years and is still currently in syndication. 2007 saw the launch of a new TV series, Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild. Just one year after its launch, Into the Wild received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Children’s Series. Hanna’s third TV venture was launched on ABC in September 2011. Entitled Jack Hanna’s Wild Countdowns, the episodes showcase some of his favorite experiences with the world’s rarest, most endearing and fascinating animals. Although the press of media appearances persuaded Hanna to relinquish his fourteen-year directorship of the Columbus Zoo in 1992, he then became Director Emeritus, a position he still enjoys today. Mr. Hanna spoke at the ETC 2012 conference.
John Hendricks is the Founder and Chairman of Discovery Communications, the parent company of the Discovery Channel. Before launching Discovery Channel in 1985, Hendricks founded and served as president of the American Association of University Consultants (AAUC), a private consulting organization that specialized in television distribution, marketing, and fundraising for educational programs and services. Hendricks has been honored with a Primetime Emmy Award and with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ highest honor, the Governors’ Award, for conceiving the TLC series, Great Books. Hendricks has also been recognized as the first corporate leader to receive the National Education Association’s Friend of Education award for “innovations in education and technology and greatly expanding educational opportunity for America’s schoolchildren.” Hendricks serves on the board of directors of a number of non-profit organizations including the National Forest Foundation and the United States Olympic Committee. Hendricks also serves on the Advisory Board of Lowell Observatory and the University of Maryland Foundation Board of Trustees. Most recently Hendricks serves as the Founder and Chairman of Experius, an innovative new enterprise designed to provide exceptional educational and recreational experiences to individuals who possess a lifelong curiosity about the world. Hendricks’ commitment to experience-based learning comes to life in May 2010 with the opening of Experius Academy, based at Gateway Canyons Resort in the red rock canyons of western Colorado. Mr. Hendricks spoke at the ETC 2011 conference.
Sue Hershkowitz-Coore is an internationally recognized communications specialist. She helps audiences increase their profitability, professionalism and productivity through improved communications. Her customized sessions engage, educate and entertain to ensure authentic communications and amazingly successful client relationships. Hershkowitz-Coore has authored two books, Power Sales Writing (McGraw-Hill) and How to Say It to Sell It! (Prentice Hall/Penguin). She is a past officer and board member of the National Speakers Association, a founding member of Meeting Professionals International’s Women’s Leadership Initiative, has been designated an MPI “Platinum” speaker for 9 consecutive years and named “Best in Class – 2010-2013” by the Professional Convention Management Association. Hershkowitz-Coore received her BA from the University of Bridgeport, MC from Arizona State University and a Fellowship from UC Berkeley.
Perry Hewitt is the Chief Digital Officer for Harvard University. She is charged with leading digital strategy for communications and engagement, as well as exploring ways that organizations effect digital transformation. Hewitt drives best practices for new capabilities required by rapid digital, mobile and social changes, and attracts leaders and builds teams who can bring these capabilities to fruition. She is an established leader in digital strategy and marketing communications, with deep experience in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. Hewitt advises, writes and speaks on topics including digital transformation, marketing and content strategy, user experience, mobile, women and leadership, and the social web. Hewitt has held significant marketing, editorial, and client services roles at firms including Crimson Hexagon, Razorfish, Harcourt, and Lotus Development Corporation. She has been a consultant to major media companies for online product development, and began her career in publishing at the Houghton Mifflin Company. She was a winner of a 2013 “50 on Fire” award for inventors, disrupters, luminaries, and newsmakers in Boston, and her digital work has won Webby, CASE, MITX Interactive and Innovation, and UCDA Awards. Hewitt holds an A.B. from Harvard University in Russian and Soviet Studies.
Jeff Hoffman is a successful entrepreneur, proven CEO, worldwide motivational speaker, published author, Hollywood film producer, and a producer of a Grammy winning jazz album in 2015. In his career, he has been the founder of multiple startups, he has been the CEO of both public and private companies, and he has served as a senior executive in many capacities. Hoffman has been part of a number of well-known companies, including Priceline.com. uBid.com, CTI, ColorJar, and more. He serves on the global board of directors of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the US State Department’s GIST program, the APEC Startup Initiative, and many others. He is a member of the board of directors of The Unreasonable Group, and he supports the White House, the State Department, the United Nations, and similar organizations internationally on economic growth initiatives and entrepreneurship programs. Hoffman is the author of the book SCALE, a how-to guide for growing your business. He is a featured business expert seen on Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, CNN International, Bloomberg News, CNBC, ABC, and NPR, and in publications including Forbes, Inc., Time, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, and more. In 2015, he was honored with the Best of the Best Award from the national CEO association (Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization) as well as receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award and being inducted into the Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame for his contributions to the field of entrepreneurship. He also received the Champion of Entrepreneurship Award from JP Morgan Chase, Citibank, and Rising Tide Capital, as well as receiving the George Brown Award for International Cooperation. Hoffman spoke at the 2017 conference.
Pico Iyer is a Distinguished Presidential Fellow at Chapman University, a longtime essayist for Time magazine, and a constant contributor (for more than 20 years now) to The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Harper’s and dozens of other magazines worldwide. He is also the author of 10 books, from “Video Night in Kathmandu” to “The Man Within My Head,” the fashioner of TED talks and World Economic Forum lunches and the author of film-scripts and Leonard Cohen liner-notes. Born in Oxford, England, to parents from India, he was educated at Eton, Oxford and Harvard and has been based for the past 26 years in rural Japan. Mr. Iyer spoke at ETC 2006, the year of the 20th anniversary of the Conference, and again in Boston for ETC 2015. More Pico Iyer
Dr. Clint Laurent is the founder and chief executive of Global Demographics which has offices in London and Hong Kong and clients in every major market. Dr. Laurent is an experienced advisor to multinational businesses and a speaker at international conferences. He is an analyst of and commentator on global population and socio economic trends and their impact on the world economy. He founded Asian Demographics in 1997 and transformed the organization into Global Demographics in 2006, as its geographical coverage increased. Dr. Laurent moved to Hong Kong in 1976, initially with Hong Kong University and then as a Director of Price Waterhouse, where he built up a market research and consultancy group. Author of Tomorrow’s World (Wiley 2013), Dr. Laurent has a Ph.D. in Marketing and Statistics from Bath University in the UK, and a Master of Business from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Mr. Laurent spoke for the first time at the 2014 conference.
Richard Louv is a journalist and author of eight books about the connections between family, nature, and community. His next book is “The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder” (May 2011, Algonquin), which offers a new vision of the future, in which our lives are as immersed in nature as they are in technology. “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder” (Algonquin), translated into 10 languages and published in 15 countries, has stimulated an international conversation about the relationship between children and nature. Louv is also the Chairman and Co-founder of the Children & Nature Network, an organization helping build the movement to connect today’s children and future generations to the natural world. Louv coined the term Nature-Deficit Disorder™ which has become the defining phrase of this important issue. In 2008, he was awarded the Audubon Medal, presented by the National Audubon Society. Among Louv’s numerous awards, he is also the recipient of the Cox Award for 2007, Clemson University’s highest honor, for “sustained achievement in public service” and has been a Clemson visiting professor. Louv has written for “The New York Times,” “The Washington Post,” “The Times of London,” and other major publications. He has appeared on many national TV shows, and served as an advisor both to the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World award program and to the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. He is on the board of directors of ecoAmerica and a member of the Citistates Group. Mr Louv spoke at the ETC 2011 conference.
Peter Matthiessen was a world-renowned novelist, naturalist, and environmental activist, and a founder of “The Paris Review.” He was the author of eight novels and many powerful works of nonfiction, most of which appeared in “The New Yorker,” and also the controversial “In the Spirit of Crazy Horse.” Matthiessen was the only writer to win the National Book Award in both fiction for “Shadow Country” and in nonfiction for “The Snow Leopard.” He was the recent recipient of the William Dean Howells Medal awarded by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for “the most distinguished work of fiction in the previous five years.” Mr. Matthiessen spoke at the ETC 2011 conference. Peter passed away April 5th, 2014. He will be dearly missed and fondly remembered.
Andrew McCarthy is an editor at large at National Geographic Traveler magazine. He has written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, Afar, Bon Appetit, Travel+Leisure, Town & Country, and Men’s Journal, among others. The Society of American Travel Writers named him “Travel Journalist of the Year” in 2010. His travel memoir, The Longest Way Home, became a New York Times bestseller, with the Financial Times of London naming it one of the Best Books of 2012. Despite all this, he is best known as an actor, having appeared in dozens of movies, including such iconic films as Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire and Less Than Zero. Mr. McCarthy spoke for the first time at the 2014 conference.
Richard Olivier is Founding Director of Olivier Mythodrama, a unique leadership development consultancy. Richard has been a leading theatre director for over ten years, and directed Henry V for the opening of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London in 1997. His work today centers on bringing theatre and the arts into the development of authentic leaders. He is the founding voice within Mythodrama, a new form of experiential learning, combining great stories with psychological insights, creative exercises and organizational development techniques. Mr. Olivier spoke at the ETC 2006 conference.
Joe Pine is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker and management adviser. A visiting scholar with the Design Lab at MIT, he co-founded Strategic Horizons LLP to help businesses conceive and design new ways of adding value to their economic offerings. Mr. Pine is frequently quoted in such places as Forbes, The New York Times, Wired, Business 2.0, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily, ABC News, Good Morning America, Fortune, Business Week, and Industry Week. Mr. Pine spoke at the ETC conference in 2005 and 2011.
Peter Shankman is a bestselling author, entrepreneur, and speaker. He is recognized worldwide for radically new ways of thinking about the Customer Economy, Entrepreneurship, Social Media, PR, marketing and advertising. Shankman is the founder of ShankMinds: Breakthrough, an online entrepreneurial community. His Customer Economy and Corporate clients have included American Express, Sprint, the US Dept. of Defense, United Airlines and many more. Shankman is the author of four books, among them: “Zombie Loyalists: Using Great Service to Create Rabid Fans” and “Nice Companies Finish First: Why Cutthroat Management is Over, and Collaboration is in.” He is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop presenter at conferences and tradeshows worldwide, including South By Southwest, TEDx, Affiliate Summit, BlogWorld and TBEX to name a few. A marketing pundit for several national and international news channels, including Fox News, CNN and MSNBC, Shankman is frequently quoted in major media and trade publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press and others. He is a proud graduate of Boston University and lives in New York with his wife and daughter. Shankman was a featured keynote speaker at ETC’s 2017 conference.
Brian Skerry is a photojournalist specializing in marine wildlife and underwater environments. Since 1998, he has been a contract photographer for National Geographic Magazine covering a wide range of subjects and stories. Skerry has also worked on assignment for or had images featured in magazines such as Sports Illustrated, US News and World Report, BBC, Wildlife, GEO, Smithsonian,Esquire, Audubon Men’s Journal. His latest monograph Ocean Soul, released in 2011, has received worldwide acclaim. Skerry frequently lectures on photography and conservation issues having presented at venues such as TED Talks, The National Press Club in Washington, DC, Royal Geographical Society in London and the Sydney Opera House in Australia. He is also a regular guest on programs such as NBC’s TODAY Show, CBS’s Sunday Morning, and ABC’s Good Morning America. In 2010, National Geographic magazine named one of Skerry’s images among their 50 Greatest Photographs Of All Time. In 2012, he was honored with the Peter Benchley Award for excellence in Media. An exhibit of his work, Portraits of Planet Ocean, is currently on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. Mr. Skerry spoke for the first time at the 2014 conference.
Sree Sreenivasan (@sree) is the first Chief Digital Officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the latest step in what he calls “a three-decade, one-way love affair with the world’s greatest museum.” At the Met, he leads a world-class team on topics he loves: digital, social, mobile, video, apps, data, geolocation, email and more. He joined the Met after spending 20 years at Columbia University as a member of the faculty of the Columbia Journalism School and a year as the university’s first Chief Digital Officer. He will continue to teach a digital media course there each semester. In 2009, he was named one of AdAge’s 25 media people to follow on Twitter and in 2010 was named one of Poynter’s 35 most influential people in social media. You can find him on Twitter at twitter.com/sree and on Facebook at facebook.com/sreetips and on Instagram at instagram.com/sreenet and on the web at http://sree.net. His blog posts are at https://www.facebook.com/SreeTips/. Mr. Sreenivasan spoke for the first time at the 2014 conference.
Essdras M. Suarez is a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer with almost two decades of experience as a photojournalist. Until October 2014, he was a staff photographer for the Boston Globe. He recently relocated to Alexandria, VA and works as a freelance photographer working for publications like the Washington Post, New York Times, and TIME magazine as well as commercial clients. He is the recipient of several national awards including Headliners, Editors & Publishers, Gerald Loeb Award UCLA Anderson School of Management, American Travel Writers Foundation, to name a few. Suarez teaches photography workshops focused on improving the participant’s ability to better “see” while using their devices or DSLRs to capture the world around them. He is a US Department of State Expert Speaker in Photojournalism for Latin America. In recent years, he has led Road Scholar groups to Cuba and private groups to Africa. He has become a sought-after speaker with appearances in Panama, Costa Rica, Venezuela and Puerto Rico. He has also given presentations to institutions of higher learning such as Boston University, where in 2013 he was an adjunct photojournalism professor, Northeastern University and MIT among many others. Suarez graduated from the University of Florida with a BS in Journalism, specializing in Photojournalism. He received the title of Alumnus of Distinction from the University of Florida in 2010.
Peter Yesawich is Vice Chairman of MMGY Global and leads all of MMGY’s efforts in consumer insights. Listed in “Who’s Who in America,” Yesawich is the recipient of the World Travel Award from the American Association of Travel Editors, The Albert E. Koehl Award and named one of the “25 Most Extraordinary Marketing Minds” from the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI), and the Silver Medal from the American Advertising Federation. He is a frequent commentator on travel trends in publications such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Time, Newsweek and Business Week, and has been featured on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, BBC World and National Public Radio. He is a coauthor of “Marketing Leadership in Hospitality” published by Prentice Hall. Yesawich is a member of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants and serves on the board of directors of the Travel Industry Association of America. Yesawich received three degrees from Cornell, including a doctorate in Applied Psychology, and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Yale. Mr. Yesawich has spoken at many ETC conferences, including 2002, 2003, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2015.