Speaker Showcase

Tuesday, November 14

FICP's Speaker Showcase has become one of the most anticipated features of the Annual Conference and offers a sneak peek at three world-class speakers in one venue. Each speaker followed up on their short keynote with a full-length breakout session to continue their story.

Meet Our Incredible Lineup of Speakers

Courtney Clark



Courtney Clark

Resilience and ReVisionary Thinking Expert

Represented by SpeakInc Speakers Bureau

ReVisionary Thinking: The Science and Strategy of Succeeding No Matter What

Can you reach your goals, even if things aren’t going the way you expect? Most people (and organizations) are good at setting goals and making plans, but not very good at revising those plans when things change. But that’s the real work of resilience. Backed by Courtney’s data-driven research, ReVisionary Thinking offered concrete strategies (not just toxic positivity!) for blazing a new path to success when the goalposts move on you.

Learning Outcomes:

  • *Apply the “Stop, Drop, and Roll” technique for chaos management
  • Improve mental flexibility as individuals and teams
  • Understand why gut instinct fails you in unfamiliar situations—and how to counter it
  • Generate more (and more innovative!) ideas when solving problems

Courtney Clark is the luckiest unlucky person in the world. After a series of major struggles beginning in her mid-20s, she has built two successful businesses and is the author of two books, including her most recent book The Successful Struggle: Powerful Techniques to Achieve Accelerated Resilience. She works with people who want to adapt faster and achieve more and has spoken worldwide to organizations like Procter & Gamble, Dell, S&P, Humana, Cisco and Cardinal Health.

Courtney’s resilience work has been called “practical,” “powerful” and “empowering” by industry leaders and she’s been featured in Forbes, Psychology Today, USA Today and The Chicago Tribune. If she wasn’t writing and speaking about resilience, Courtney would have wanted to be a tap dancer. Thankfully for her audiences, she wasn't very good at it.

Hamza Khan



Hamza Khan

Future of Work and People-First Leadership Expert

Represented by Speakers Spotlight

Brave New Work: The Change-Friendly Playbook for Navigating Non-Stop Transformation

Volatility. Uncertainty. Complexity. Ambiguity. Four words that defined our lives over the past few years. Now, emerging from chaos, we face yet another challenge — navigating a fast-approaching future of work, an always-on “new abnormal” characterized by hybrid work, persistent technological disruption and constantly shifting behaviors and expectations.

Today’s organizations must compress their five-year plans to two years (or less) to thrive in tomorrow’s fast-paced world. In an age where everything that can be automated will be, it’s imperative that people change before it’s too late. To meet this challenge, attendees of this dynamic session require a bold new approach to navigating constant change; they must lean into an array of uniquely human qualities — such as attunement, (true) resilience and creativity — that are difficult, if not impossible, to disrupt. The future of work belongs to those who can change before change is required.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Familiarize themselves with the #1 reason organizations fail to navigate constant change
  • Understand how to operationalize and maximize change-friendly values to future-proof their career
  • Become inspired to transition their organization to a change-friendly state of automatic and perpetual renewal

Hamza Khan believes the future of work is more human, not less. He's on a mission to help organizations achieve inclusive and sustainable growth by rehumanizing the workplace. Rather than be reactive to rapidly changing external conditions, Khan shows leaders how to embrace a bold "people first" approach to better support diverse, engaged and connected teams in a hybrid environment. In doing so, they'll unlock the tremendous upside of a loyal, thriving and innovative workforce. Rehumanizing workplaces is the winning strategy of the future.

Khan is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur, bestselling author and world-renowned keynote speaker whose TEDx talk "Stop Managing, Start Leading" has been viewed over two million times. He has spoken on various global stages, including the World Youth Forum, and his clients have included some of the world’s most dynamic companies and organizations, such as Microsoft, PepsiCo, LinkedIn, Deloitte, Salesforce, TikTok and hundreds of colleges and universities. These leading organizations trust Khan to inspire modern leadership, unleash purposeful productivity, transcend burnout culture and embrace constant change.

As a trusted thought leader, Khan’s insights have been featured by notable media outlets such as Inc., Bloomberg and Business Insider. He is also the bestselling author of The Burnout Gamble: Achieve More by Beating Burnout and Building Resilience and Leadership, Reinvented. Through his writing, speaking, teaching, and executive coaching, Khan empowers people to evolve and thrive in the future of work.

Sylvie di Giusto



Sylvie di Giusto

Personal Branding and Customer Experience Expert

Represented by Gotham Artists

You Have 7 Seconds. Make Them Count!

People we meet make quick decisions about us. In business, first impressions are essential to building relationships with others. They’ll set the tone for the entire experience and the relationship with the brand will depend on them. The good thing is that this impression is something people can control. By leveraging the power of emotional intelligence, we can make intentional choices about how we present ourselves in these crucial moments.

Interactive, fun and thought-provoking – Sylvie showed you a deeper understanding of how others perceive you and the way your organization is perceived in the marketplace. You learned how to proactively leverage visual, behavioral, non-verbal, verbal, digital and social intelligence to authentically convince others, build stronger relationships and achieve tremendous success in your professional life.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain insight into what your first impression communicates about your personality, values and beliefs - how to align your personal brand with your professional goals and corporate brand
  • Discuss how first impressions can shape customers’ perceptions of your organization - how to create a consistent and positive image in all customer-facing interactions
  • Identify and overcome unconscious biases in your personal and professional relationships - how to build stronger connections with customers, vendors, managers or colleagues
  • Share a deep understanding of the psychology of first impressions and their impact on personal and professional relationships, including how to leverage emotional intelligence to make positive and lasting impressions. 

International keynote speaker, Sylvie di Giusto, brings her expertise from a successful corporate career in Europe to every presentation. Formerly the head of a management academy and innovation hub, she developed innovative programs for high-end education with never-before-used training methods.

As the chief of staff for the chief human resources officer of Europe’s largest tourism and retail group, Sylvie also coordinated all group-wide human resources teams and activities. Prior to that, at a consultancy firm, she implemented online and in-person training and development initiatives for Fortune 100 companies. Well-versed in the study of social and cultural norms, personal beliefs and values, as well as cognitive biases and thought patterns, her 20 years in learning and development leaves a deep understanding into how ‘The Power of Choice’ impacts an organization’s sales, leadership and growth

Now, extraordinary leaders and professionals at many of the most respected organizations and associations in the world — from American Express to American Airlines, Hilton to Nespresso, Microsoft to Prudential and even the US Air Force — trust Sylvie to help them make the right decisions that grow their brands and bottom lines. Building on her five cornerstones of ‘Modern Emotional Intelligence’ — visual, behavioral, verbal, digital and social intelligence — Sylvie gives her audiences ‘The Power of Choice’ a conscious decision-making framework that allows us to understand our perceptions, choose our behaviors and determine our best outcomes.

She is the author of The Image of Leadership, Discover Your Fair Advantage and the upcoming Make Me Feel Important, in which she leads you deep into the customer experience and shows you how to make every interaction count. Sylvie takes your organization on an entertaining, spectacular and thought-provoking journey through the brain, the mind and from the unconscious to the conscious — and ultimately to the heights of personal, professional and organizational success.