February 13-15 Orlando


Transforming Hearts & Minds


Connecting Through Stories

Monday, February 13

9:15 am – 10:00 am

Drawing on his 20-plus years of experience as a former animator for The Simpsons (the youngest animator to work on the TV series at age 19) and former storyteller for Pixar, Matthew Luhn works with Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs, and other professionals to craft and tell stories that bridge the gap between business and heart. The author of the Best Story Wins provides practical strategies that teach and inspire people and teams to connect more effectively on an emotional level through compelling stories that engage us in experiences while learning lessons and defining personal and organizational values. 


Changing the Narrative

Monday, February 13

10:15 am – 11:00 am

A member of the Oglala Lakota Nation, Sarah Eagle Heart grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, where she learned Native American storytelling traditions. Today, she wields her powerful narrative skills as an activist, philanthropic leader, writer, and Emmy Award-winning consultant film producer — sharing her traditional cultural knowledge to increase diversity and inclusion, build strong networks, and fight for social justice for Indigenous People. She also is the co-CEO of Return to the Heart Foundation, which focuses on resourcing innovative Indigenous women-led initiatives in the ecosystems of climate justice, civic engagement, and regenerative development. 


Embracing All Kinds of Minds

Tuesday, February 14

8:10 am – 9:15 am

Temple Grandin did not speak until she was three-and-a-half years old. Displaying all the signs of autism, she went through countless hours of therapy to learn to speak. Mentored by her high school science teacher and her aunt, she pursued a career as a scientist, becoming a professor of animal science at Colorado State University. Today, half of the cattle in the U.S. are handled in humane facilities she designed. The author of books such as The Way I See It and The Autistic Brain, she demonstrates the power of “thinking in pictures” and the importance of embracing all kinds of minds.

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