Sage Summit 2015 is Rolling In New Orleans Now

by Lauren Kornick on July 29, 2015

150415164416-new-orleans-biz-guide--morial-convention-center-super-169This week New Orleans is playing host to the Sage Summit Conference in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The conference, occurring annually for over forty years, fuels aspiring entrepreneurs and organizations across the country. Each day, the event provides open-floor interactions and group sessions that allow aspiring businesses to connect with different sponsors and leaders.

On July 28th, Sage CEO Stephen Kelly, General Colin L. Powell and Deepak Chopra will provide the keynote address concerning operating in our changing world. Stephen Kelly acts as Chief Executive Officer for Sage as well as a leader for many other tech companies, providing assistance to smaller and medium-sized businesses. General Powell’s leadership credentials are almost unparalleled, holding multiple roles in service and leadership, including acting as Secretary of State, army general and Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations, as well as accumulating many awards for his military service. Deepak Chopra, founder of the Chopra foundation and champion for human enlightenment, has written over eighty books, many focusing on innovative perceptions on the world and in spiritual leadership.

On July 29th, the convention presents two conversations, entitled “The Youtube Generation” and “Down but Not Out,” focusing on topics such as how implementing technology and content can build brands and how three women, through perseverance and education, could carve their way into the business world. For “The Youtube Generation,” Youtube co-founder Chad Hurley provides insight into how to manage content and technology as well as oversee a company in an ever-changing world. For “Down but Not Out,” Jane Seymour, Baroness Karren Brady and Brandi Temple provide their personal stories of growth and success as women in business. Jane Seymour, an award-winning actress, has experience in multiple fields, including founding and running many art galleries and supporting philanthropic foundations, including the The Open Hearts Foundation. Baroness Karren Brady, leader, CEO, and ambassador, is notable in becoming the first woman to manage a football team in the top flight of English football as well as the youngest managing director of a UK plc. Brandi Temple, founder and CEO of Lolly Wolly Doodle, notably uses innovative social platforms to promote sales in children’s clothing.
On July 30th, the convention presents two more special guest conversations, entitled, “Stay Hungry. Stay foolish,” and “Finding Your Fan Base,” focusing on innovation and leveraging a customer base respectively. “Stay Hungry. Stay foolish.” includes William A. McDonough, Bre Pettis, and Dolly Singh sharing their different experiences in innovation from their respective industries. William A. McDonough, leader of McDonough Innovation, provides notable sustainability and innovation advice to businesses and organizations, including his own foundations the Make It Right Foundation and the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. Bre Pettis, Chief innovation officer of Bold Machines and cofounder of MakerBot, works in providing DIY advice and innovative solutions to future problems for individuals and organizations, winning several awards and notoriety (including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal) for his DIY movement. Dolly Singh, Founder and CEO of Thesis Couture, has experience in bringing together experts for innovative projects, including creating the world’s first high‐performance + high fashion, high heels.

“Finding Your Fan Base” involves Matthew Weiner, Trevor Noah, and Tony Hawk discussing their paths of leveraging their fan bases in the entertainment business world. Matthew Weiner, creator of Mad Men, successfully created and sustained a critically-acclaimed series that notably won four consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series, while continuously working on his own writing and directing career. Trevor Noah, comedian and new host of The Daily Show, successfully used his background and experiences to grow his audience around Africa and, eventually, the entire world. Tony Hawk, entrepreneur and professional skateboarder, used his professional talents and connections to support the skateboarding industry, including starting new skateboarding companies, video games, and donation foundations.

Through its notable speakers and excellent opportunities, the Sage Summit 2015 seeks to help business owners and organizations succeed in the coming future. Using flourishing and sustaining examples, the conference provides individuals and organizations with the answers that they need to future business or sustainability problems. With the advice from the Sage Summit 2015, attendees can use the lessons on leadership, innovation, and maintenance to survive the ever-changing business world of tomorrow.

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