Redefining Strategy Risk & Resilience in the C-Suite & Boardroom
Erin Sedor is a risk and strategy expert supporting clients in a variety of industries in the for-profit, non-profit and government sectors. She is the architect of Essential Strategy approach and is the developer and principle instructor for the Essential Strategy Bootcamp. Erin has long been a thought-leader in the area of integrated strategy, risk and resilience systems, having more than 26 years-experience as a risk professional, c-suite officer, non-profit board chair, and now executive consultant and advisor.
Fueled by the need to create hybrid programs to better identify and mitigate strategic risk and improve goal execution during her corporate career, Erin developed a uniquely effective Essential Strategy approach that lays the foundation for more meaningful strategy design and execution, creating greater risk visibility and improving operational efficiency without reinvention of process.
Erin holds an MBA in Operational Risk, as well as Bachelor degrees in both Finance and Organizational Development. She is a RIMS Fellow and international instructor for the RIMS organization and regularly writes and presents at conferences on the topics of strategy, risk and resilience. See more from Erin at www.blackfoxstrategy.com.
Best-Selling Author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
McKeown is the CEO of THIS Inc, a company whose mission is to assist people and companies to spend 80 percent of their time on the vital few rather than the trivial many. Clients include Adobe, Apple, Google, Facebook, Pixar, Salesforce.com, Symantec, Twitter, VMware and Yahoo!.
His writing has appeared or been covered by Fast Company, Fortune, HuffPost, Politico, and Inc. Magazine. He is among the most popular bloggers for the Harvard Business Review and LinkedIn’s Influencers group: averaging a million views a month.
McKeown has been interviewed on numerous television and radio shows including NPR’s All Things Considered and NBC’s Press: Here. Entrepreneur Magazine voted his interview at Stanford University the #1 Must-See Video on Business, Creativity and Success.
McKeown is an accomplished public speaker. He has spoken to hundreds of audiences around the world including in Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, England, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan and Singapore.
McKeown challenges conventional wisdom in a unique and engaging style from the first moment to the last instant. As the event organizer at Greater Public said after McKeown addressed their 1,000-person conference, “I have been part of this event for 16 years and McKeown is the best speaker we have ever had!”
Originally from London, England, McKeown now lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and their four children. He graduated with an MBA from Stanford University.
Dr. Christine West,
The Business MD
Psychological Strategist, Visionary Entrepreneur, Influential Speaker & Writer
Christine West, the visionary leader and entrepreneurial spirit behind The Business MD, which is focused on advancing human potential through increasing her clientele’s awareness to their impact; while augmenting their leadership affect and effect.
Christine is a Business Psychologist, Psychological Strategist and Solutionist. She is an expert in Human Behavioral Patterns and Consciousness, Emotional Intelligence, Communication Strategies, Confident Vulnerability, and Leadership.
Across the United States, she has coached, consulted and worked with professionals and emerging businesses of all sizes and industries to include solopreneurs, Fortune 100, Health and Wellness, Construction, Engineering, Hospitality, Tourism, IT, Telecommunications, Real Estate, Banking, Government, Transportation and Legal.
She has also acted as an Expert Witness lending her ability to profile and assess psychological motivators and prepare witnesses to confidently articulate and express uncomfortable topics such as psychological abuse.
Christine holds a PhD in Industrial & Organizational Psychology and a MSCP in Counseling Psychology.
Author of Conflict and Leadership: How to Harness the Power of Conflict to Create Better Leaders and Build Thriving Teams
Christian works with successful leaders to help them rapidly grow the value and impact of their organizations. His interest in leadership took shape while working in international disaster relief in places like Kosovo, Southern Sudan, and Indonesia. Regardless of how well or poorly a project was funded or designed, success was ultimately determined by the quality of leadership and dynamics of the team.
As a leadership coach and strategy consultant, Christian is recognized for how quickly he helps clients move towards their goals. Clients who work with Christian note his frank, objective approach to solving problems and addressing opportunities. He has become renowned for helping his clients successfully grow or navigate change with practical and easy to implement strategies
Christian is called on by Fortune 500 companies, governments and leaders in the entrepreneurial and non-profit community when they want to develop their personal leadership, help create high-functioning teams or prepare for growth or change.
Christian is the author of Conflict and Leadership. His is next book, First Year CEO, is due to be published in late 2019. He is also a regular contributor to Forbes.com.
Christian is a Certified Exit Planning Advisor. He is an Advanced Stakeholder Centered Coach and has taught leadership, mediation and negotiation skills in numerous countries. He has an MA in Organizational Leadership and a BA in Sociology.
Jen Jarvis, Conference Director
Jen Jarvis Associates
Jen is a driven facilitator with the unique ability to unify diverse groups of people and create high functioning teams. Her talent for identifying and understanding challenges that organizations face when implementing strategy in the workplace improves meaningful employee engagement. This leads to a higher level of production, employee retention, and strategy execution.
She does this by teaching organizations to “Be at Cause.” Staff and organizations often feel in the world of cause vs. effect they are victims of the latter. Shifting the paradigm in organizations empowers leaders and their direct reports to seek opportunities to move their work forward. One client stated, “I was looking to stop the infighting amongst team leaders in our organization, by the time we were finished the fighting had stopped and they actually became united in driving a project forward.” Jen has supported the complexities of engaging/aligning staff in the execution of strategy in government, healthcare, tribal, for-profit, and nonprofit.
Jen hails from Michigan where she graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelors of Science in Secondary Math Education. Her current work is a continuation of her teaching and leaves organizations with sustainable competencies. She has teamed with Black Fox Strategy for the Essential Strategy Bootcamp to present best practices for goal execution and plan implementation.
Grace Jang Solutions
Communications Strategy, Initiative Management & Crisis Communications
Grace Jang is the principal and founder of Grace Jang Solutions LLC, which provides strategy, project management and crisis communications services.
Grace served for four years in Governor Bill Walker’s office, where she worked as press secretary, communications director and deputy chief of staff. Prior to that, she worked for 17 years as a journalist in print and television news, where she earned an Edward R. Murrow award and an Emmy nomination for her reporting.
She holds bachelor’s degrees in communications and history from the University of California, San Diego, and attended the University of Chicago for graduate studies in social sciences.
Grace was born in Busan, South Korea, and raised in San Francisco. She speaks conversational Korean, and lives in Anchorage with her husband and dogs.
Dr. Qingqing Han,
Head of Partnerships Brightline Initiative
Editorial Board Member & Reviewer,
Journal of Management & Sustainability
Dr. Qingqing Han is the Head of Partnership for Brightline Initiative™. She is responsible for all partnerships of Brightline, where she builds extensive networks with executives of global leading companies, entrepreneurs and thought leaders.
Over the past 10 years, Dr. Han has managed over 30 global projects ranging from corporate performance, human resources, finance, brand and marketing, partnerships, to education and sustainability.
Dr. Han has worked in 7 countries (US, France, Denmark, The Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland and China) and worked in multicultural environments including 3 United Nations agencies.
Qingqing earned her BA at Zhejiang University in China and a M.S. and Ph.D. at Indiana University in the United States.
Right Fit International
Strengthening American companies by helping clients locate and place outstanding executive candidates.
Crystal Nygard, Principle Owner and Managing Director for Right Fit International, has over 25 years experience strategically growing companies and increasing their bandwidth in an evolving, competitive marketplace. Ms. Nygard specializes in executive recruiting and business strategy services. She offers companies who have an ambitious growth plan, new leadership or M&A focus deep expertise in the integration and recruitment of impact players.
Crystal has over 20 years as a business owner, working with construction, environmental, finance and automation industries across the globe. She owned one of the very few 8(a) certified WBE companies in Alaska that brought innovation and efficient operation prevention savings to government contracting. Her government contracting and regulatory compliance knowledge and experience have provided clients with first-hand guidance on what it takes to survive in a competitive economy.
Crystal holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business / Corporate Communications.
Jonathon Taylor was born and raised in Anchorage, and works currently as an Account Manager for Yuit Communications, a full-service PR and marketing firm.
Jonathan is a proud University of Alaska Anchorage graduate! During his time at UAA, he served terms as Club Council Chair, Speaker of the USUAA Assembly, and Student Body President while working full-time. He also traveled nationally and internationally as a member of the world-class Seawolf Debate Team, concluding the 2015 calendar year with his debate partner ranked #33 in the world.
Jonathon worked in Alaska's tourism industry before spending two-and-a-half years as Deputy Press Secretary and Communications Strategist for Alaska Governor Bill Walker, and Communications Director for the Alaska Department of Public Safety. He joined Yuit in the spring of 2019 and manages a diverse array of client accounts.
Jonathan holds a B.A. in Political Science with Minors in Journalism, Communication, and Economics.
Pastor Daniel Bracken,
Ask Daniel Bracken about what it means to pastor a church today and you'll get a wide grin, crackling with energy and passionate conversation about how personal his faith and love for human potential will make every facet of career, family and life stand for something more. Mix that with twenty plus years in the ministry and a fervent pursuit to cross boundaries for the sake of his beliefs and personal convictions, as well as his deep love for people, and you'll know why Daniel Bracken along with his wife Karen pastor one of the fastest growing churches in Wasilla, AK. Pastor Daniel Bracken is part of a branch of the world renowned mega-church planting organization King’s Cathedral and Chapels of Maui, HI. He has been on staff since 1998.
During his years of ministry, he has pastored several churches on the islands of Maui, Moloka’i and Kauai. For the past 12 years, he has pastored at King’s Chapel in Wasilla, AK and oversees three other churches located in Eagle River, King Salmon as well as the Primrose Retirement Community in Wasilla, AK. Pastor Bracken also serves as Associate Pastor of King’s Cathedral World-Wide (KCWW), a network of 230 churches located across the globe, providing leadership and vision to this ever-growing movement.
Pastor Daniel Bracken is a highly respected and a sought- after keynote speaker for conferences around the country. He is an authentic and dynamic communicator, bringing encouragement and hope through timeless truth and humor. His insights challenge and equip people to be not only courageous and committed, but to grow strong in faith. Pastor Bracken inspires people to be the best they can be, thus transforming families, businesses and communities. He and is wife Karen along with his two children Daniel Jr (16) and Hannah (20) currently live in Wasilla, AK.