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Keynote Speakers

2014 Keynote Speakers

Jeff Dyer

Dyer HeadshotJeff Dyer's teaching and research is focused on innovation, organizational change, and strategic alliances. His most recent book, The Innovator's DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators, identifies the behaviors of the world's best innovators and helps individuals enhance their own innovator DNA, to increase the innovation capabilities of their organizations. He is the only strategy scholar in the world to have published five times in both Strategic Management Journal (the top academic journal devoted to strategy) and Harvard Business Review (the top practitioner journal).

With more than 10,000 citations to his work, according to GoogleScholar, his research has been quite impactful. He was recognized by Essential Science Indicators as the fourth most cited management scholar and 17th most cited overall scholar (1996-2006) in the combined fields of management, finance, marketing, operations, and economics. His research has won several awards. Dr. Dyer regularly gives speeches, consults, and conducts training programs in the areas of innovation, change, and strategy. His past clients include Bang & Olufsen, Boeing, Ford, Johnson & Johnson, Navistar, and VF Corp. He teaches in executive programs at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, Northwestern University, and UCLA. He has won numerous teaching awards, including University of Pennsylvania's top award, the "Excellence in Teaching Award." Dr. Dyer is the Horace Beesley Professor of Strategy at the Marriott School, Brigham Young University (BYU), where he serves as Chair of the Department of Organizational Leadership & Strategy. Before joining BYU, Dr. Dyer was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, where he maintains an adjunct professor position and continues to teach executive MBAs.

Dr. Dyer has considerable consulting experience, having spent five years working as a strategy consultant and manager at Bain & Company, where he consulted with such clients as Baxter International, Kraft, Maryland National Bank, and First National Stores. He has a PhD from UCLA.

All 2014 ASTD TechKnowedge Conference participants will have complimentary access to the Innovator's DNA Self-Assessment through February 7th, 2014. This assessment is offered as a part of Jeff Dyer's Wednesday's Keynote Presentation. Often described as the "Myers-Briggs assessment for innovation," this tool provides individual feedback on personal discovery and delivery skills. To access this assessment, visit this link and enter the Registration Key: ASTDTK_2014.


Amy Jo Martin

Amy Jo MartinNamed one of Forbes' five Most Powerful Women on Twitter and a New York Times bestselling author for Renegades Write the Rules, Amy Jo Martin travels the world to speak about the latest trends in social media. Specifically, she discusses how to monetize various social platforms and how to successfully build a personal brand by utilizing social media. With nearly 1.3 million Twitter followers, her audiences have varied from the Harvard Business School and National Sports Forum to the Design Leadership Summit in Venice, Italy.

Amy Jo founded Digital Royalty in 2009 to help companies, celebrities, professional sports leagues, teams, and athletes build, measure, and monetize their digital universe. Clients include Shaquille O'Neal, FOX Sports, Chicago White Sox, UFC, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Los Angeles Kings, Tony Hsieh CEO of (and author of New York Times number 1 bestseller, Delivering Happiness), Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Amy Jo is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review and Sports Business Journal. She and Digital Royalty have been featured in top-tier media outlets including Vanity Fair, TIME, Forbes, New York Times, Fast Company, ESPN's SportsCenter, USA Today, MSNBC, and Newsweek.

As an attendee to the ASTD 2014 TechKnowledge conference, Thursday’s keynote speaker, Amy Jo Martin and her company, Digital Royalty are providing you with complimentary access to any of the Digital Royalty University online classes for one-month. Classes vary from tactical to strategic social media training that can be applied to a business or to developing your personal online brand. Digital Royalty helps companies, celebrities and athletes of all sizes humanize and monetize their online brands through education and strategy development. To access your complimentary classes, visit Digital Royalty University and apply the offer code ASTDTK at checkout to receive a 100% discount. Offer expires on February 23, 2013.


Kate Hartman

Kate HartmanKate Hartman is an artist, technologist, and educator whose work spans the fields of physical computing, wearable electronics, and conceptual art. She is the co-creator of Botanicalls, a system that lets thirsty plants send text messages, and the Lilypad XBee, a wearable radio transceiver. Her work has been exhibited internationally and featured by the New York Times, the BBC, CBC, NPR, and in books such as Fashionable Technology and Art Science Now. She was a speaker at TED 2011 and her work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Hartman is based in Toronto at OCAD University where she is the assistant professor of wearable & mobile technology and director of the social body lab. She is also the director of Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) Camp, a summer program at ITP/New York University. Hartman enjoys bicycling, rock climbing, and someday hopes to work in Antarctica.


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