Master of Ceremonies: Andy Buckley, Comedian, Actor, Financial Advisor

Represented by: Premiere Speakers Bureau

Andy Buckley served as a financial advisor at a major bank for 12 years, part of group managing over $400m in personal assets. This provided perfect background material for his fictional role as David Wallace, CFO of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, playing opposite Steve Carrell on NBC's hit comedy 'The Office.' His part on 'The Office' led to a number of other Film & TV roles, including supporting roles opposite Will Ferrell & Mark Wahlberg in 'The Other Guys,' playing the father in the International Blockbuster ‘Jurassic World’ and recently again working opposite Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler & Jeremy Renner in the Warner Brothers comedy 'The House.' Other studio movies he’s played supporting roles in include ‘Bridesmaids,' 'Life As We Know It,’ 'The Heat,' 'Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked,' the Oscar nominated ‘Lady Bird’ and the upcoming ‘A Million Little Pieces’ with Billy Bob Thornton. He’s guest-starred on dozens of network shows over the years. Some TV highlights include recurring parts on HBO’s ‘VEEP,' CBS’ ‘Scorpion,’ Hulu’s ‘Casual,’ ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ ‘Always Sunny in Philadelphia,’ and for the past three years, Buckley starred on the acclaimed Bravo comedy series ‘Odd Mom Out.’ He recently left his position at the bank.  


Sunday, November 4, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Mel Robbins, Author, The 5 Second Rule

Represented by: SpeakInc Speakers Bureau

The 5 Second Rule – Achieve Breakthrough Performance in Your Career and Life 

Three million people have learned the secret to reaching their true potential – now it’s your turn. You are meant to do extraordinary things in your career and your life, and the 5 Second Rule will help you achieve it.

In her viral, globally praised TEDx talk, Robbins demystifies neuroscience research on the brain and the latest social science research to explain why and how you screw yourself over every day. You’ll learn how to identify the mistakes you’re making and how to create lasting behavior change within yourself. You’ll also discover one radical idea that will forever alter how you approach life.

Robbins uses riveting videos, case studies and hilarious personal stories that will amaze and entertain you, all the while giving you the resources you need to soar. She leverages audience participation to demonstrate behavior change. The lessons and tools can be applied immediately and you will leave feeling deeply inspired, empowered and equipped to tackle your professional and personal dreams.

Learning Objectives

  • Be inspired and motivated to reach your true potential.
  • Discover the two modes in which your brain operates.
  • Learn the three ways your brain uses “trickery” to stop action.
  • Practice the higher brain function that enables breakthrough performance.
  • Witness Robbins turn fear into action.
  • Learn to use the 5 Second Rule to alter how you approach life. 

About Mel

Mel Robbins is a serial entrepreneur, best-selling author, internationally recognized social media influencer, and one of the most sought-after motivational speakers in the world.

Her digital platform inspires more than 20 million people per month with transformative videos, articles, positive psychology research, and inspiring content. Mel’s latest book, The 5 Second Rule, is a fixture on Amazon’s “Top Ten Most Read List” and one of the most successful audio books ever published. Her TEDx talk about change has more than 10 million views.

A graduate of Dartmouth College and Boston College Law School, Mel is a married mother of three and lives in the Boston area, but remains a Midwesterner at heart.   

Monday, November 5, 8:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Derreck Kayongo, Business Visionary, Global Soap Project Founder & CEO, Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta

Represented by: Keppler Speakers

Harnessing the Power of Change  

As Founder of the Global Soap Project, Derreck Kayongo has built a multi-million dollar venture that takes recycled soap and distributes it through global health programs to people who lack access to it around the world. He breaks down the key factors that have led to his personal success; (S.E.L.F.) Service, Education, Leadership and Faith, and shares his account of life as a Ugandan refugee and the turning point that led him to a brilliant transformation as a social entrepreneur. He will call upon you to stop complaining and to start taking responsibility, to consistently seek opportunities to improve, and most importantly, to maintain faith in yourself and your team to create an environment where everyone is empowered to thrive.

About Derreck

Derreck Kayongo and his family fled a civil war in Uganda and settled in the United States when Kayongo was just 10 years old. Now a successful entrepreneur, Kayongo is a renowned expert in environmental sustainability and global health. Kayongo is the founder of the Global Soap Project: a program that takes donated, melted, purified and reprocessed hotel soap and redistributes it to vulnerable populations around the world.
Currently, there are 1,500 hotels that are members of the Global Soap Project Recycling program in the U.S. alone and the list of participating countries is continuing to expand. Global Soap recently partnered with Clean the World to make an even more expansive and effective organization. Kayongo was recently selected by President Jimmy Carter to interview him as part of the National Archives’ Amending America Initiative. Kayongo's Global Soap Project has been designated for a Day of Recognition by the city of Atlanta on May 5 each year as Global Soap Project Day. On April 8, 2014, Kayongo was one of the elite TED TALK speakers at the esteemed Memminger Auditorium in Charleston, S.C. Kayongo is a graduate of the prestigious Fletcher school of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Wednesday, November 7, 9:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Jon Wee and Owen Morse, The Passing Zone 

Represented by: Concept Speakers

Teamwork: The Power of Partnerships

Jon Wee and Owen Morse don't just talk about teamwork – they DO it. The Passing Zone shows you people how to build a high-performance team. It takes trust, cooperation, communication and practice. Chainsaws fly through the air, audience members become part of the team, and you will laugh, gasp and wipe tears from their eyes during this hilarious keynote from one of America's most dynamic performing duos.

About The Passing Zone

Looking for something different? You put on a great meeting last time, but now you have to top it. You need something unexpected, unique, fresh, not just the same old speaker, comedian, magician or band.

You found something different. You found roaring chainsaws, cheering attendees, flaming torches and knives flying through the air! You found an experience. You found a surprise. You found genuine laughter, the kind that makes your face hurt.

You found two grown men who demonstrate partnership by leaping around the stage in fuchsia leotards, with rapid-fire banter, throwing sickles around the body of someone from the audience (or your CEO) as they receive a standing ovation. You found three of your people in astronaut suits flying through the air. You found danger (or so it would seem), laughter and an inspirational experience your people will never forget.

You found what you’re looking for. You found The Passing Zone.