Adam steltzner

NASA Engineer

Thursday, January 5, 12:30pm - 2:00pm

The Right Kind of Crazy: A True Story of Teamwork, Leadership and High Stakes Innovation

With a rich and varied background, Adam Steltzner had many of the needed skills to lead the landing team for the Curiosity rover. That said, his team would struggle for almost a decade with design challenges and set backs. How did he keep the team focused and on task? What makes a team gel and enables truly innovative thinking? How do team dynamics drive that process forward or inhibit it? And how can organizational culture create an environment for sustained performance? The challenges he and the team faced and the lessons learned from those struggles can help you understand how to better lead high performing teams, manage innovation and drive towards excellence.

rich karlgaard

Economic & business innovation thought leader, publisher and columnist for forbes, entrepreneur & author

Four Megatrends & Three Best Practices That Will Shape Your Business Future
Thursday, January 5, 9:00am - 10:00am

A common mistake among business, investment and government leaders is to overestimate change in the short run, but badly underestimate it the long run. Karlgaard deftly forecasts the business and technology world as it is likely to unfold over the next 2, 5, and 10 years, sharing thought-provoking and actionable ideas that help leaders “future proof” their organizations and investments.

Publisher of Forbes magazine, Rich Karlgaard writes a biweekly column known for its witty and honest assessment of current business issues. More than just a business journalist, Karlgaard as a private investor and board director understands firsthand the difficulties of navigating in today’s business climate and opportunities available to those who have the courage to reach out for them. Rich is also the author of Team Genius, which focuses on management strategy, and The Soft Edge. On stage he shares insights ranging from politics to the economy to relevant business strategies that help people to see the global marketplace with new eyes and what it means for the American economy.

phil lempert


Host and Moderated of the Spud Nation Throwdown Cook-off Competition and Panel
Wednesday, January 4, 3:00pm - 4:00pm and Thursday, January 5, 10:00am - 10:30am

For more than 25 years, Lempert, an expert analyst on consumer behavior, marketing trends, new products and the changing retail landscape, has identified and explained impending trends to consumers and some of the most prestigious companies worldwide. Known as The Supermarket Guru®, Lempert is a distinguished author and speaker who alerts customers and business leaders to impending corporate and consumer trends, and empowers them to make educated purchasing and marketing decisions.

As one of America’s leading consumer trend-watchers and analysts, Phil Lempert is recognized on television, radio and in print. For twenty plus years Phil has served as food trends editor and correspondent for NBC News’ Today show, reporting on consumer trends, food safety and money-saving tips, as well as showcasing new products, as well as regular appearances on ABC’s The View, The Oprah Winfrey Show, 20/20, CNN, CNBC, FOX, as well as on local television morning and news programs throughout the country.

Phil Lempert was one of the pioneers of the new information media, founding in 1994. The website is now one of the leading food and health resources on the Internet, visited by more than 9 million people each year. offers thorough food ratings, analyzes trends in food marketing and retail, and features health advice, unique recipes, nutrition analysis, allergy alerts and many other resources to help consumers understand their food, health, lifestyle and shopping options.