Keynote Speakers 


Kai Kight

Composing Change: Events that Move People

Monday, October 10

1:15 - 2:15 PM

As a meeting and event professional, you are required to check a lot of boxes. Sometimes, it can be easy to get so lost in the details of work that you miss the bigger picture of creating an impact on those experiencing your work. In music, a great performance requires both masterful technique and embodied emotion. Artists must not only “hit the right notes” but also connect their works to the humanness of the people in their audiences. In this captivating performance, hear original violin compositions and gain metaphorical insights on how to bring artistry to your own events. Enjoy a moment that will be both entertaining and thought-provoking.


Kai Kight is an artist, composer, and entrepreneur who believes that change happens at the intersection of both systems and soul. As a violinist, Kai has performed across the world, from the White House to the Great Wall of China. In his keynotes, Kai uses metaphors from the world of music to help organizations bring humanity to the forefront of their work.

Kai is a product of Stanford University’s engineering school, where he studied at both the innovation hub, the d. School, and the Behavior Design Lab, focusing on the art of human-centric design. Currently in his role as Co-founder of Tea at Shiloh, a late-night teahouse in Los Angeles, Kai aims to reimagine nightlife by designing environments that calm the senses and foster authentic connection.

Sponsored by:

Visit Anaheim


Jen Coken

The Science of Self-Sabotage: Making Imposter Syndrome Your Superpower

Tuesday, October 11

8:30 - 9:30 AM

Imposter Syndrome isn’t just for those who feel inadequate or insecure—although that’s the usual misunderstanding. Instead, it’s a hallmark of leaders who sabotage their success by thinking it was just right-timing or luck when they achieve success. Most of us are unaware that’s what we’re experiencing or the impact of its presence in our personal and professional lives. However, a recent study showed that nearly 70 percent of people experience Imposter Syndrome at work at some point. During this experiential keynote, Jen Coken will leave you with key strategies to embrace your Imposter Syndrome, turn it into a superpower and use the hell out of it to achieve extraordinary things with the confidence and certainty we all deserve. 


Recognized by ABC, MSNBC, and TEDx, Jen Coken is a comedian, coach, speaker, and Imposter Syndrome expert. She transforms women executives and founders from being stuck and fearful of making the wrong decision, to owning their expertise, having confidence in the direction they’re headed, and the courage to be with the uncertainty. Fortune 1000 CEOs to seven-figure Founders trust Jen to shake things up with no apologies, no limits, and all the laughs.




Shane Feldman

Leadership Passport: Build Better Relationships and Create Engaged Communities

Wednesday, October 12

8:30 - 9:30 AM

Go beyond the hype and speculation and find a fundamental truth: In today's unpredictable landscape, community and purpose set you apart. Having researched community leadership and human behavior in more than 25 countries, Shane Feldman has uncovered universal strategies that make teams click and businesses thrive. In this captivating and actionable talk, learn how to cultivate a work environment centered around community that enables individuals and teams to perform at their highest levels. See past common misconceptions about organizational culture and break down how to foster an inclusive work environment in which teams innovate, think creatively and collaborate.

Learner Outcomes:

  • Become a community builder and lead with authenticity.
  • Apply the difference between culture and community, and what it takes to foster unity and collaboration at all levels.
  • Make one simple shift to ensure every person feels valued and heard.
  • Build loyalty and engagement among employees to boost performance.
  • Empower a courageous entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Use new and effective ways of working across all levels of an organization, regardless of your role.


In this digital age of distraction and disconnection, our leaders are facing a community crisis spanning all generations. Shane Feldman has researched community leadership on the ground across 29 countries, uncovering universal strategies that help leaders create engaged communities.

Shane's "Leadership Passport" framework helps companies cultivate a work environment centered around community, enabling individuals and teams to perform at their highest levels. As one of the most in-demand speakers in America, Shane has worked with dynamic brands including Disney, Google, Mercedes-Benz, TD Bank and Kaiser Permanente.

Shane has been recognized by the White House, Prime Minister of Canada, and United Nations, and been named one of North America's Top 40 Under 40 LGBTQ+ Leaders. He has been featured by Oprah, Larry King, Dr. Oz, Forbes, People Magazine, and is the subject of a TV series from A&E.

In this new age, brands are struggling to optimize team culture, leadership, engagement and retention. Through his firsthand experiences travelling the globe and spearheading the world’s largest millennial-led movement, COUNT ME IN, Shane has decoded frameworks that help leaders build better relationships, and better workplaces.

Since its founding in 2011, COUNT ME IN has initiated more than 30,000 projects worldwide, contributing a value of over $2.6 billion to the global economy through service. Shane started COUNT ME IN in 2008 as a school project. With an alumni network spanning 6 continents, COUNT ME IN is now a social entrepreneurship incubator and community, engaging 10-million members in 100+ countries.

Sponsored by:

Mexican Caribbean

Nancy Snowden

On the Playground: Your IMEX America Unkeynote Experience

Thursday, October 13

8:30 - 9:30 AM

During WEC San Francisco, MPI Academy experimented with a variety of unique and engaging activations meant to captivate attendees in new ways and unlock a heightened ability to learn, solve problems and generate dynamic, practical solutions. A star example of this creative madness was The Playground, a solution-room experience that harnessed the power of play through a curated series of games, amusements and diversions that provided new perspectives and creative answers to serious event and meeting challenges. During IMEX America, we bring The Playground experience to you, LIVE on the tradeshow floor! Tackle a variety of proposed problems, or even one of your own. Bring your team or make one on the spot, all while discovering how to unlock your creative problem-solving potential. Ditch the whiteboard wipeout of your last solution ideation session in this experience you don’t want to miss.


An educator by trade, dream chaser by nature and brain-science fanatic, Nancy Snowden has always sought to do things in her own way. From earning her bachelor’s degree in English, Creative Writing, and Women & Gender Studies, to continuing her education and earning her master’s degree in Adult Education– she loves to look at an average opportunity and carve out the path that cultivates her zeal for life and passion for helping others. After spending a decade working in Higher Education, she took a professional leap into the world of meeting and event professionals. Since then, Nancy has found an incredible amount of fulfillment working to provide #meetingprofs with the tools and resources they need to live, work, and create in transformational ways.


Nancy Snowden