ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Verne Harnish

Founder, Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO); Founder and CEO, Scaling Up; Author, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits and Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0)

Verne is the founder of the world-renowned Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), with over 14,000 members worldwide, and chaired for fifteen years EO’s premiere CEO program, the “Birthing of Giants” held at MIT, a program in which he still teaches today.

Founder and CEO of Scaling Up, a global executive education and coaching company with over 180 partners on six continents, Verne has spent the past three decades helping companies scaleup.

He’s the author of the bestseller Mastering the Rockefeller Habits which is translated into 9 languages; and along with the editors of Fortune, authored The Greatest Business Decisions of All Times for which Jim Collins wrote the foreword. His latest book Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0) has won eight major international book awards including the prestigious International Book Award for Best General Business book.

Verne also chairs the annual ScaleUp Summits in collaboration with Bloomberg and serves on several boards including chair of The Riordan Clinic; co-founder and chair of Geoversity; and board member of the Million Dollar Women’s movement. A private investor in many scaleups, Verne enjoys piano, tennis, and magic as a card-carrying member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

 

Kara Goldin

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Hint Inc.

Kara Goldin is the Founder and CEO of Hint, Inc., best known for its award-winning Hint® water,
the leading unsweetened flavored water.

She has received numerous accolades, including being named EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2017
Northern California, one of InStyle’s 2019 Badass 50, Fast Company’s Most Creative People in
Business, WWD Beauty Inc.’s Feel Good Force and Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs. The Huffington Post listed her as one of six disruptors in business, alongside Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg.

Previously, Kara was VP of Shopping and Ecommerce at America Online where she helped lead
the growth of its shopping and ecommerce business to over a $1 billion in revenue. She is an active speaker and writer and, in 2017, she launched The Kara Goldin Show, a podcast where she interviews founders, entrepreneurs and disruptors across various industries. Kara’s first book, Undaunted: Overcoming Doubts and Doubters, published by Harper Leadership, was released October 2020 and is now a WSJ and Amazon Best Seller. Kara lives in the Bay Area with
her family.

Jonathan Byrnes

Author, Choose Your Customer: How to Compete Against the Digital Giants and Thrive and Islands of Profit in a Sea of Red Ink; Senior Lecturer, MIT

Jonathan L.S. Byrnes is Senior Lecturer at MIT, where he has taught at the graduate level and in executive programs for thirty years. He is the author of Islands of Profit in a Sea of Red Ink, which Inc.com named to its 2010 list of Best Books for Business Owners and which was published in four languages. He is the author of the forthcoming book, The Digital Giants are Coming! Managing to Win in Today’s Age of Revolutionary Change.

Dr. Byrnes serves on the Board of Directors of MSC Industrial Direct (NYSE – MSM), and serves as chairman of the board of Profit Isle, a private company. He has served on the Advisory Boards of several private companies that were acquired at a substantial gain, and he currently serves on the Advisory Board of Magnuson Hotels (WA and UK).

He has authored over two hundred books, articles, cases, notes, and expert submissions. He wrote a monthly column on managing profitability, called “The Bottom Line,” in Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge e-newsletter (hbswk.hbs.edu) for four years, and he is currently posting a monthly podcast called “Profit Levers” (www.profitisle.com/podcasts/).

Dr. Byrnes is the founding partner of Profit Isle (www.profitisle.com), a trusted partner that combines state of the art big data profit analytics and change management to create profit-driven processes that have accelerated the profitability of tens of billions of dollars of annual client revenues.

Dr. Byrnes earned a doctorate from Harvard University in 1980. He is Past President of the Harvard Alumni Association; he served for four years on the Harvard Business School Alumni Board, for two years on Harvard’s Committee on Shareholder Responsibility, and for six years on the Board of Directors of Harvard Magazine. He also served on a Presidential Task Force at Columbia University.

Bill Bartlett

Senior Vice President, Sandler Training

Bill Bartlett is a critically acclaimed trainer and coach, and best-selling author of “The Sales Coach’s Playbook: Breaking the Performance Code.” He has been dedicated to furthering the professional development of sales leaders for over 26 years, excelling at identifying critical core challenges and implementing growth strategies that are transformative in their depth.
With a client list spanning small organizations to Fortune 500 companies, and as an accomplished executive coach, Bill helps clients increase productivity and profit by developing high performance behaviors, winning attitudes and superior sales and management techniques. This has made Bill an internationally sought-after speaker, offering a unique perspective and insight to his audiences on a wide range of professional development topics.