IMEX America

Keynote Speakers

What if…
You had the time to imagine new possibilities and fresh ways of thinking. How could that impact your personal and professional experiences?



Embrace the Shake: Transforming Limitations into Opportunities

Speaker: Phil Hansen, Speaker

After developing a career-ending tremor in his drawing hand, artist Phil Hansen embraced his “shake” by redefining his limitation as an impetus for creativity. He restored his artistic abilities and has helped businesses approach their limitations in new ways.


Monday, September 9 | 8:30 - 9:30 AM


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“Yes, And”: The Power of Improvisation in the Workplace

Speaker: Four Day Weekend Comedy

Four Day Weekend describes how we have built our 22-year-old business on the methods of “yes, and…”. We take our onstage skills and apply them to the corporate world through customized training that brings improv philosophies to life through activities and conversational debriefs.


Tuesday, September 10 | 8:30 - 9:30 AM


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The Optimism Quotient: Changing our Mindset, Fueling Success

Speaker: Michelle Gielan, Nationally recognized researcher, best-selling author, and speaker

Research in neuroscience and positive psychology is showing the ripple effect rational optimism can have on performance, profitability and happiness at work. Michelle Gielan will empower you with practical, research-based positive communication strategies to increase happiness and success.


Wednesday, September 11 | 8:30 - 9:30 AM


Sponsored by:

Philadelphia CVB


Five Funky Ice Breakers: Your IMEX-America Un-Keynote Experience

Speaker: Jessie States, CMP, CMM

Get to know your peers during this outside-the-box experience, and experiment with five funky icebreakers that could help your own attendees get to know each other just a little bit better.


Thursday, September 12 | 9:00 - 9:50 AM