Keynote Speakers

Shimi Kang

Shimi Kang

Award-Winning Harvard-Trained Physician | Bestselling Author | Global Social Entrepreneur

Monday, November 8 | 8:30 - 9:30 AM

An award-winning medical doctor, researcher, and expert on the neuroscience of innovation, leadership, and motivation, Dr. Shimi Kang provides science-based solutions for health, happiness, and achievement in the workplace, classroom, and at home. With 20 years of clinical experience and extensive research in the science that lies behind optimizing human intelligence, Kang provides practical tools to cultivate the key 21st-century skills of resilience, connection, creativity, and more.

Dr. Kang is currently a clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia and has made promoting wellness a priority. She is also the founder of Dolphin KIDS: Future-Ready Leaders — an organization that offers positive mindset and social-emotional life skills programs to students, teachers, and parents around the world — and CEO of Spark Mindset.

A thought leader, Kang has been featured in major media outlets around the world, including BBC World News, NPR, Al Jazeera, South China Morning Post, CBC, and The Washington Post. Her featured blogs can be found in The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, US News & World Report, and TIME magazine. She is also the host of “Mental Wealth with Dr. Shimi Kang” on YouTube.

Kang is also the author of The Self-Motivated Kid, and the critically acclaimed The Dolphin Parent: A Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy, and Self-Motivated Kids, which is a #1 Canadian bestseller and won the 2015 US News International Book Award. Her latest book, The Tech Solution, provides neuroscience-based strategies to optimize technology’s incredible benefits while minimizing its many drawbacks.

An entertaining and experienced speaker, Kang has presented at events ranging from the world’s largest conferences to customized workshops for small groups. She has shared the stage with cutting-edge scientists, movie stars, CEOs, professional athletes, and global leaders. Her TEDx presentation on the power of adaptability has been viewed more than a million times. 

Kang has been honored with five national awards in mental health and the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in Health. She is also the proud recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her years of outstanding community service.

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Radha Agrawal

Co-Founder, CEO, and Chief Community Architect of Daybreaker

Tuesday, November 9 8:30 - 9:30 AM

Radha Agrawal Radha is a community force. She is the co-Founder, CEO and Chief Community Architect of Daybreaker, the early morning dance and wellness movement that currently holds events in 25 cities and over a dozen college campuses around the world with a community of almost half a million people.

She is a successful entrepreneur (Co-Founder THINX, LiveItUp), author, globe-trotting speaker, DJ, inventor, and investor. Her new book BELONG answers the questions, "how the heck do I find my people?" and "How do I create large and meaningful communities in the real world?".

She spent 18 months synthesizing her key methods for community building, peeling back the curtain on exactly what she and her team did (and continues to do) at Daybreaker so that anyone interested in creating their own community could have a blueprint for how to do it. She was named by MTV as “one of 8 women who will change the world.” Radha lives in Brooklyn NY with her love Eli (a baby on the way) and her twin sister Miki – and lots of family and friends within a few blocks.

You can most often find her tinkering with new social experiments, community and experience design projects, speaking around the world, or on the dance floor at Daybreaker in New York City (if she’s not dancing at sunrise in another part of the world.)


Erik Qualman

Erik Qualman

No. 1 Best Selling Author | Keynote Speaker | Socialnomics Thought Leader

Wednesday, November 10 8:30 - 9:30 AM

Erik Qualman has performed in 55 countries and reached 50 million people as a keynote speaker. His Socialnomics work has been featured on media from 60 Minutes to The Wall Street Journal and used by organizations such as the National Guard and NASA. His book Digital Leader propelled him to be voted the “Second Most Likeable Author in the World” behind Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling. 

What Happens in Vegas Stays on YouTube bouyed Qualman to the Forbes and FORTUNE “Top 100 Digital Influencer” lists. His business books are used in more than 200 universities and he has received an honorary doctorate for his ground-breaking work.  How to Sell on LinkedIn is mandatory reading for sales teams. Qualman was also formerly a sitting professor at Harvard and MIT’s edX labs.

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RX Fogarty

Rx Fogarty

A Brand New You: Your IMEX America Un-Keynote Experience

Thursday, November 11  9:00  - 10:00 AM

Dear World.

You likely have your business’ elevator speech ready for connecting with and meeting new people at IMEX America, but what about your own? Showcase yourself as the bad*ss professional you are with a powerful and refined elevator pitch that tells the world you are ready for business.