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Spark the Change

Build an Organization You Can Believe In!

We’re excited to announce that Aaron Dignan, author of the upcoming book Brave New Work, will be speaking at Spark Toronto this year! All attendees will get a copy of Brave New Work which Seth Godin said:

“THIS IS THE MANAGEMENT BOOK OF THE YEAR. CLEAR, POWERFUL AND URGENT, IT’S A MUST READ FOR ANYONE WHO CARES ABOUT WHERE THEY WORK AND HOW THEY WORK.”

20 Motivated Change Agent Tickets Remain!

June 13 - 14, 2019 at the Ontario Science Centre

Take the Leap of Faith and Join us for Spark Toronto 2019!
20 Motivated Change Agent Tickets Remain!

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Aaron Dignan

Aaron Dignan

Author, Founder of The Ready

Aaron Dignan sees the same phenomenon everywhere he looks. Our most trusted and important institutions—in business, healthcare, government, philanthropy, and beyond – are struggling. They’re confronted with the fact that the scale and bureaucracy that once made them strong are liabilities in an era of constant change. For the past ten years, he has studied organizations and teams with a new way of working that prioritizes adaptivity and autonomy over efficiency and control. Aaron contends that teams everywhere need to join them in the future of work.

As the founder of The Ready—a global organizational transformation and coaching practice—he helps companies large and small adopt new forms of self-organization and dynamic teaming. Clients include GE, Kaplan, Lloyds Banking Group, Microsoft, Citibank, FreshDirect, Hyatt, Airbnb, Bloomin’ Brands, Charles Schwab, PG&E, Fidelity, New York Public Radio, and charity: water.

Dignan is an active angel investor and helps build partnerships between the startups and end-ups he advises. He has sat on advisory boards for GE, American Express, PepsiCo, and Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, as well as the board of directors for Smashburger. He is currently traveling and speaking in support of his new book Brave New Work (Portfolio 2019).

Marsha Shenk

Marsha Shenk

Marsha coined the term “Business Anthropology” in the 1990’s, on the understanding that commerce, society, and the brain co-evolved. Her passion is de-obfuscating the forces that make ‘work’ and ‘business’ a source of suffering, rather than the joy of social animals contributing to their groups.

Her processes and tools lead people to bring their full ingenuity to the great human game of helping each other thrive. Some of what she suspected through her studies of paleoanthropology and history have now been proven by neuroscientists: the social brain is the big boss.

Working with leaders and innovators since the early eighties, she honed her tools. With a modified Game theory, she led senior teams to develop fresh sets of success measures, particularly early indicators, enabling them to design winnable business games.

Leaders from the Fortune 10 to micro-business have developed sustainable agility with her Ecosystem Mapping, leading metrics and MasterMoves. Leadership skills that breed healthy environments, embrace learning and welcome change as opportunity.

Marsha’s work has included 15 years of teaching leadership, and 37+ of consulting/coaching/facilitating, helping leaders develop learning environments and welcoming change as opportunity. A popular speaker and beloved teacher, she continues cast light on ways we can build Ecosystem Intelligence to exchange more effectively with each other – as we evolved to do.

Starting at Reed College, her education includes doctoral study at UCLA and Berkeley, as well as numerous post-graduate courses. Marsha is an active member of the Society for Affective Science.

Dave Dame

Dave Dame

Just your average tech dude making his way… I’m just your average guy trying to live an average life. I have Cerebral Palsy…

But it doesn’t have me! Everyone has their own challenges, these are mine.

As an organizational change agent, principal coach and trainer, Dave has an excellent reputation for facilitating the philosophical adoption and practical implementation of agility practices and training in large organizations.

With over 20 years of management experience he has successfully lead complex agile transformations.

Selena Delesie

Selena Delesie

Love guides me — it’s my secret to lasting change! For 17 years I have supported IT organizations and leadership teams through phenomenal transformations. Another secret? — I bridge ancient wisdom into modern living. I love to help intelligent leaders improve their life and business from their heart. I live what I teach as a human being who happens to be a coach, keynote speaker, advisor, mentor, and spiritual guide (among other things).

I am the founder of Lead With Love Global and co-founder of Radient Phoenix. I offer a variety of transformational programs, women’s retreats, leadership retreats, a leadership conference, podcast, and sacred healing circles. I am often found travelling the world, laughing with loved ones, meditating, and hugging trees. I believe that all things are possible with authentic vulnerability, compassion, pause, and play. Find me at www.SelenaDelesie.com.

Mike Edwards

Mike Edwards

Everyday you are given 86,400 seconds to make a difference in the world. What you do with your time is up to you, and if you waste any of it, you will never get it back. I am Mike Edwards and I work with people who are tired of wasting time living someone else’s story.

For more than 25 years I lived the corporate career starting as a Software Developer and over time became a Program Manger. I ran running multi-million dollar programs, quickly rising to what many would define as success.

I am a Co-Active Coach, certified through The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and graduate of the CTI Leadership Program. As a coach, I am on the forefront of many coaching organizations including Leanintuit, the Leadership Gift Program, and Agile Coaching Institute. I love working with people who are tired of taking life so seriously and are ready to write their own stories.

I coach and mentor individuals, executives, and organizations who are motivated to take charge of their lives, and regularly offer workshops for people and teams who know that so much more is possible. Through my blogs and podcast, I share my own story and give voice to the inspiring stories of so many others.

Previously Announced Speakers

Jen Frahm

Jen Frahm

So you’re a leader or executive in a large organisation and you’ve got a particularly tricky change challenge that needs urgent attention and you’ve found me here.

I could tell you about my educational qualifications (a Doctorate in Management), or that I’ve worked with a large range of companies or the experience I have had across sectors in types of change (culture change, digital transformation, business agility, customer centricity, operating model changes, large scale technology change).

Or I could just share what I believe in every cell in my body.

Organisational change is often complex, but it doesn’t have to be hard. With change in the workplace we have the opportunity to create a place where people flourish, where customers are delighted, where the shareholders are confident they did the right thing investing in your company. With change in the workplace we can ensure you remain relevant.