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Keynote Speakers

Opening General Session Speaker:



David Delong, MIT AgeLab Research Fellow


A leading expert on practical solutions for closing ‘skills gaps’ that deter organizational performance, Dr. David DeLong has helped leaders in a range of industry sectors build a smarter workforce for almost two decades. 

Dr. DeLong is the author of the widely praised Lost Knowledge: Confronting the Threat of an Aging Workforce and Graduate to a Great Job: Make Your College Degree Pay Off in Today’s Market, as well as co-author of The Executive Guide to High-Impact Talent Management, which outlines how executives can maximize the return on critical talent investments.

The president of the consulting firm, Smart Workforce Strategies, he is also a research fellow at the MIT AgeLab.




Closing General Session Speaker:

Mark Nutsch, Green Beret Commander

Captain Mark Nutsch led the first 12-man Special Forces A-team on horseback as they infiltrated the mountains of Northern Afghanistan immediately following the September 11th attacks. His team’s courageous and relentless spirit led to the liberation of Mazar-e Sharif and six Northern Afghanistan Provinces, which served as a catalyst in overthrowing the Taliban Regime in what is considered the most successful unconventional warfare campaign in modern history. Be inspired by his story of unyielding dedication to one’s country and learn the importance of loyalty and dependability to achieve success.​



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