We have an exciting line up of speakers set for the 2018 conference.

Marshall Goldsmith

International bestselling author of 35 books

“What Got You Here Won’t Get You There”


At the recent Thinkers50 ceremony in London, Marshall was recognized again as the World’s #1 Leadership Thinker and #1 Executive Coach. His newest book, Triggers, is a #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller, as well as an Amazon Best Business Book of the Year.

Dr. Goldsmith is the author or editor of 35 books, which have sold over two million copies, been translated into 30 languages and become bestsellers in 12 countries.  His two other New York Times bestsellers are MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There – the Harold Longman Award winner for Business Book of the Year.  In February 2016, Amazon.com recognized the ‘100 Best Leadership & Success Books’ in their To Read in Your Lifetime series.  The list included classics and newer books – management and self-help books.  Both Triggers and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There were recognized as being in the top 100 books ever written in their field.  Marshall is only one of two authors with two books on the list.

Marshall’s professional acknowledgments include: Harvard Business Review and Best Practices Institute – World’s #1 Leadership Thinker, Global Gurus, INC and Fast Company magazines – World’s #1 Executive Coach, Institute for Management Studies – Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching, American Management Association – 50 great thinkers and leaders who have influenced the field of management over the past 80 years, BusinessWeek – 50 great leaders in America, Wall Street Journal – top ten executive educators, Economist (UK) – most credible executive advisors in the new era of business, National Academy of Human Resources – Fellow of the Academy (America’s top HR award), World HRD Congress (India) – global leader in HR thinking. His work has been recognized by almost every professional organization in his field.

Dr. Goldsmith’s Ph.D. is from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management where he was the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. He teaches executive education at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. He is one of a select few executive advisors who has worked with over 150 major CEOs and their management teams. He served on the Board of the Peter Drucker Foundation for ten years. He has been a volunteer teacher for US Army Generals, Navy Admirals, Girl Scout executives, International and American Red Cross leaders – where he was a National Volunteer of the Year.

Karyn Buxman

Bestselling author and neurohumorist

”Funny Means Money: High Performance for Disruptive Times”


Karyn Buxman is an international speaker, successful author, and neurohumorist (living at the intersection of the brain and humor). Karyn is a pioneer in the field of applied humor, starting with her masters thesis in graduate school and now continues her partnerships with leading neuroscientists. Today Karyn helps leaders—and those they serve—achieve peak performance and optimum health through the art and science of applied humor.

More than 500 organizations—including NASA, the Mayo Clinic and the Million Dollar Round Table have hired Karyn to entertain, educate, and inspire their audiences again and again. She is one of 227 people in the world—and one of only 39 women—to be inducted into the National Speaker’s Association’s Speaker Hall of Fame. Karyn’s mission: To improve global health, business, and peace through laughter and heal the humor-impaired.

Audiences love Karyn’s message of laughter and leadership. In one month she spoke for the Million Dollar Round Table, the US Air Force, the Mayo Clinic, Pfizer, & the Association for Peri-Operative Room Nurses.

Entertaining, educational and inspiring, Karyn has addressed thousands of audiences around the world, to groups from 10 to 10,000. Corporate, education, government, healthcare and professional associations value the transformational power of Karyn’s inspirational, entertaining, and practical message. Change is possible – and it can be fun!

Karyn is in the National Speakers Association’s Speaker Hall of Fame and is a Diplomat at the American Institute of Stress. She is a proud recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor. She serves on the advisory boards of the Invisible Disabilities Association and the American Happiness Association. She’s the co-founder of World Laughter Tour. That’s why Karyn Buxman is the best person to teach your team how they can lead with laughter!

Tony Alessandra

Bestselling author and founder/CVO of Assessments 24/7

“Strategic Business Development”


Dr. Tony Alessandra helps consultants turn prospects into promoters. He is two speakers in one… a professor and a performer, or as one client put it – he delivers college-level lectures in a comedy store format. Dr. Tony offers audiences the opportunity to enjoy themselves while learning practical, immediately applicable skills that positively affect their relationships with prospects, customers and co-workers. His focus is on how to create instant rapport with prospects, employees & vendors; how to convert prospects and customers into business apostles who will “preach the gospel” about your company and products; and how to out-market, out-sell and out-service the competition.

Dr. Alessandra has a street-wise, college-smart perspective on business, having been raised in the housing projects of NYC to eventually realizing success as a graduate professor of marketing, Internet entrepreneur, business author, and hall-of-fame keynote speaker. He earned a BBA from Notre Dame, an MBA from the Univ. of Connecticut and his PhD in marketing in 1976 from Georgia State University.

Tony is CEO of Assessments 24x7 LLC, a company that offers a variety of online assessments, including the widely used DISC profile, the Hartman HVP, Motivators (Values/PIAV) assessment, and several 360º effectiveness assessments.

He is also a prolific author with 30 books translated into over 50 foreign language editions, including the newly revised, best-selling The NEW Art of Managing People; Charisma; The Platinum Rule; Collaborative Selling; and Communicating at Work.

He is featured in over 100 audio/video programs and films, including DISC Relationship Strategies; The Dynamics of Effective Listening; and Gaining the EDGE in Competitive Selling. He is also the originator of the internationally recognized behavioral style assessment tool – The Platinum Rule®.

Dr. Alessandra was inducted into the National Speakers Association Speakers Hall of Fame in 1985.  In 2009, he was inducted as one of the “Legends of the Speaking Profession;” in 2010-2014, he was selected 5 times as one of the Speakers.com Top 5 Sales/ Marketing/ Customer Service Speakers by Speaking.com; in 2010, Tony was elected into the inaugural class of the Top Sales World Sales Hall of Fame; in 2012,  he was voted one of the Top 50 Sales & Marketing Influencers; and also in 2012, Dr. Tony was voted the #1 World’s Top Communication Guru.

Dez Thornton

Presentation coach for TedX Peachtree

“Closing the Gap Between What You Say and What Your Prospects Hear” 


Do you rivet attention and inspire action when you speak?

Whether looking into a camera, speaking to a group or connecting one-on-one, it’s undoubtedly challenging to connect and close in today’s disruptive environment.

Session participants will experience an engaging keynote designed to demonstrate how to use clear and concise language to advance their ideas and persuade listeners to their point of view.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Establish connections with ease and eloquence
  • Use story to increase acceptance of ideas
  • Provoke clear and willful audience engagement
  • Expedite decision making and lead listeners to desirable conclusions.

If you’re tired of puzzled faces, blank stares or being “let down easy,” join Dez to uncover the secrets of using words to gain and sustain client relationships.

Professionally trained at the University of South Carolina and Dale Carnegie, he is a past president of the Georgia Chapter of the National Speakers Association and the winner of Speak Tank, a speaking competition hosted by the NSA.  He has been a speech coach for TEDx Peachtree, coached hundreds of professionals and corporate clients, and even taught a public speaking class for 7 years at a federal prison.

At the tender age of nine, Dez forgot his lines in a church play but he never forgot the embarrassment and humiliation that followed.  Since then, he’s dedicated himself to learning and teaching the art of speaking and helping thought leaders say the right words in the right way when they matter most.

Patty Vogan

Author and Vistage International Chair

“Maximize Your Energy with Clients”


When it comes to business, we live in an age of endless possibilities.  With this we experience heavier workloads, increased demands and greater responsibilities. The cost to both you and your organization may be increased anxiety, low energy, poor concentration, lack of mental focus and decreased productivity.

Patty Vogan helps consultants maximize their energy with clients. She helps consultants:

  • Lead their consulting to victory without sacrificing life balance
  • Increase mental acuity and decrease mistakes
  • Identify energy drains & refueling stations
  • Design structures and strategies for consistent and sustained performance

Attendees will be inspired, motivated and driven to achieve maximum performance in all business and life endeavors.

Patty Vogan is an author and the founder of Victory Coaching International, a leadership and communications training company based in San Clemente, CA serving clients all over the globe. A Southern California native, Patty fulfilled a childhood dream when she moved to the South Pacific and the Kingdom of Tonga to open a scuba diving shop and sport fishing/whale watching tour business. She successfully operated the business for seven years before selling.

After returning to California, she served as Vice President of Business Development for the Ocean Institute, where she helped to raise more than $16 million in capital to build an educational facility for children to learn about science and become stewards of the ocean. Over the past 12 years she facilitates peer advisory boards for Vistage International in Orange County.

I always take away a number of actionable nuggets from each IMC USA Conference. Considering the awesome selection of presenters at the 2016 IMC USA Conference, I expect it will be a virtual gold mine of actionable ideas.

Don Matheson

Chair & CEO, Institute of Management Consultants

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