Speaker Showcase

Tuesday, November 6, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Back by popular demand is FICP’s Speaker Showcase! This unique program offers multiple world-class speakers in one venue. 

First, Kim Lear will dive into three impactful factors to consider when understanding the behavior of today’s workforce. Next, hear from a culture transformation director within The Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center on what makes up memorable customer service. Finally, Kevin Brown will share his message of The HERO Effect and how this philosophy encourages being your best when it matters most. Stay tuned for additional speakers to be announced. 

Get a taste of each of these talented speakers, then choose one and dive deeper through a more intimate education session.

Kim Lear, Founder + Content Director, Inlay Insights

Represented by: Goodman Speakers 

The Future Factors: Top Factors Impacting Relationships in an Age of Empowerment

We are in the midst of a period of great change in organizational structure and consumer behavior. Hierarchies are flattening, networks are being created, the traditional “American Dream” is being challenged and constant disruption is forcing established industries to work harder to remain relevant. Savvy clients have information at their fingertips and platforms to share opinions. Our ability to understand the factors that shape the behaviors of future clients and employees is critical as we create innovative solutions in an ever-changing landscape. The three most impactful future factors identified and researched by the Inlay Team are: unprecedented access, the experience economy and mainstream mindfulness. In this program, we’ll explore how these future factors are changing the way we work, the way we buy and the way we live.

About Kim

Kim Lear is a speaker, writer, strategist and researcher who explores how emerging trends impact the future of our workforce and marketplace. As the founder and content director of Inlay Insights, Lear is at the forefront of cutting-edge research to uncover cultural shifts that revolutionize how organizations engage employees and consumers. She is known for her ability to use a mix of data, storytelling, humor and actionable takeaways to discuss the trends that most impact the bottom line of organizations. Previously, Lear was the content director at a research firm dedicated to generational and Millennial trends. Lear has keynoted for some of the most-renowned companies in the world. She has received rave reviews from clients such as American Express, Cisco Systems, Deloitte, Disney, General Mills, LinkedIn, MasterCard, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Wells Fargo and more. In addition to speaking, Lear has written white papers on the topics of generational wealth transfer in the finance sector, retirement trends in the hospitality industry and the impacts of mindfulness practices on healthcare costs. A researcher to the very core, Lear employs eye-opening statistics to accentuate her points and mixes them with stories and case studies to make her message come alive. She is a sought-after expert and has been featured on NPR as well as national publications such as ‘The Wall Street Journal,’ ‘The Huffington Post,’ ‘USA Today’ and more. She is currently the head of research on a new book published by Harper Collins about Gen Z, the teenage demographic.  .   

John Cashion, Corporate Director, Culture Transformation, The Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center

Memorable Customer Service

To create customer loyalty, you must first elevate the customer experience. This journey focuses on the emotional and psychological aspects of creating a culture where personalized and impressive service is the norm. Learning will continue as you are taken through The Ritz-Carlton methods for fulfilling unexpressed wishes and needs, learning to stay-in-the-moment, and creating personalized experiences that surprise and delight. You will also discover and discuss the critical skills necessary for authentic customer engagement, and how to foster them in your employees. 

About John

Mr. John Cashion is an international speaker and successful hotelier. He is also a genuine and caring leader who enjoys sharing his passion for service excellence with businesses and organizations throughout the world. John has spent over two decades with The Ritz-Carlton and has served as a Director of Banquets, Executive Director of Food & Beverage, Director of Operations Manager, and General Manager of The Ritz-Carlton Residences Singer Island, Palm Beach. He has managed day-to-day hotel operations including rooms, food and beverage, meeting and special events, spa, and culinary. In his current role of Corporate Director, Culture Transformation for The Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center, John teaches organizations how to implement transformational techniques for creating a sustainable, service-oriented culture. John uses humor and storytelling to not only engage audiences, but also to help them understand each concept thoroughly. John and his family enjoy golf, water sports, attending professional sporting events, and living in vibrant South Florida.

Kevin Brown, Author, The HERO Effect​

Represented by: SpeakInc Speakers Bureau 

The Hero Effect: Creating a Culture of Heroes at Every Level 

In this presentation, Brown takes his most requested program and focuses The HERO Effect™ principles on leadership. Brown has a simple philosophy when it comes to leadership. He believes that you are "a leader of one or a leader of none." He believes that leadership begins with mastering self along with the daily habits required to become world class leaders, mentors and coaches to the teams we live and do business with. The foundation of this program can be summed up in one powerful idea…we reproduce what we are! The role of leadership in an organization is to create an environment where people can be the best version of themselves. That is what serves a brand well and stands out in a crowded marketplace.

About Kevin

Brown's unconventional path to business and personal success has taught him that winning in business and in life requires anything but conventional thinking. He grew up in Muskegon, Mich., where his blue-collar roots taught him the value of hard work and determination. His resume includes an eclectic mix of career stops that ultimately led him to the purchase of a franchise at age 17. With a street-wise aptitude and a never-quit attitude, he worked his way from the front lines in business to the executive boardroom. For nearly two decades, Brown was a sales and marketing executive who helped grow a little-known family business into an industry giant with annual revenues reaching two billion dollars. After a career in franchising that spanned 30 years, Brown retired from corporate America to pursue his passion for bringing The HERO Effect™ message to as many people and organizations as possible. Brown is on a mission to help people and organizations embrace a simple philosophy that separates world-class organizations and high-performance people from everybody else. He is passionate about helping people expand their vision, develop their potential and grow their results. And, as the father of an autistic child, he knows firsthand how the principles of true success reach beyond the boardroom and into the lives of real people facing the challenges of everyday life.