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ACTE’s General Sessions feature highly regarded innovators and thought leaders, who inspire attendees with fresh perspectives.

Sunday, 27 April, 2014 at 5:30 pm

The Next (Dramatic & Disruptive) Mobile Wave

The next mobile wave is hitting a handset near you - including invisible apps, network arrival notifications, location-driven content auctions, and sponsored data. This time there is nothing the travel manager, the TMC or the GDS can do to control or delay the dramatic and disruptive developments. How well are you positioned to take advantage of these major new opportunities in your global travel program? Johnny Thorsen, travel technology evangelist,  will provide fresh insights from Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress that few of us have seen before.

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Monday, 28 April, 2014 at 9:00 am

Predictions for the Future of Work and How it will Change the Corporate Travel Industry

Dana Ardi, Ph.D.
Founder of Corporate Anthropology Advisors 

uthor of The Fall of the Alphas: The New Beta Way to Connect, Collaborate, Influence--And Lead

Dr. Ardi identifies patterns of evolution in business culture and their intersection with emerging technologies. She describes the future of work and the impact it will have on our industry.

Dr. Dana Ardi, founded Corporate Anthropology Advisors. She coaches senior management, boards, and investors on building high caliber teams, and other skills for success. She has served as a Partner/Managing Director at CCMP Capital and JPMorgan Partners, and was a Partner at Flatiron Partners. Previoiusly, she was an operating executive at R. R. Donnelly & Sons and at McGraw-Hill; and has served on the board of AMC Entertainment Inc.


Monday, 28 April, 2014 at 11:30 am

Inside the Box: Creativity for Breakthrough Results

Drew Boyd
Co-author, Inside the Box: A Proven System of Creativity for Breakthrough Results

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Inside the Box is one of those books that makes you lose sleep after you read it. Co-author Drew Boyd will introduce a method of creativity used by hundreds of corporations throughout the world, including industry leaders such as Johnson & Johnson, GE, Procter & Gamble, SAP, and Philips. The process is simple to understand and can be applied to anything you want to innovate.
Drew Boyd spent 17 years at Johnson & Johnson in marketing, mergers and acquisitions, and international development. Today, he trains, consults, and speaks widely in the fields of innovation, persuasion, and social media. He is the executive director of the Master of Science in Marketing Program and assistant professor of Marketing and Innovation at the University of Cincinnati. His work has been featured in numerous business publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and Strategy+Business.

Tuesday, 29 April, 2014 at 10:00 am

The Prediction Effect, the Data Effect, and the Persuasion Effect

Eric Siegel, PhD

Author, Predictive Analytics: The Power to Predict Who Will Click, Buy, Lie, or Die
Founder, Predictive Analytics World

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Eric Siegel, author of Predictive Analytics: The Power to Predict Who Will Click, Buy, Lie, or Die, makes the how and why of predictive analytics understandable and captivating. 

How is data being used to predict future probabilities and trends? What are the underlying principles that make predictive analytics effective? Why is imperfect prediction valuable? What type of prediction succeeds to persuade? In eighteen minutes, Eric will explain the fun part of science and technology – how these intuitive hooks work and why these effects succeed.

In addition to being an author, Eric Siegel is Founder of Predictive Analytics World, a business-focused event for predictive analytics professionals. He is a former Columbia University professor who used to sing to his students, and a renowned speaker, educator and leader in the field.

Tuesday, 29 April, 2014 at 3:15pm

marter Than You Think: How to Architect Your Life to Create Big Ideas

Clive Thompson

Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds For the Better

Contributing writer, New York Times Magazine & columnist for Wired

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Can you imagine a setting where great ideas, epiphanies, and inspirations seem to be a regular part of your world? New York Times Magazine contributing writer and Wired columnist Clive Thompson shows us how to create the right conditions for big ideas to happen.

The brilliance of his approach is its simplicity and accessibility to all. Clive will reveal a provocative vision of innovation and show us how to change measurable and actionable aspects of our lives to infuse serendipity into our personal and professional careers.

Clive Thompson is one of the most prominent technology writers, respected for getting beyond headlines to harness insights of science, literature, history and philosophy. A Toronto native, Clive is a longtime contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired. In his spare time he’s also a musician, performing in The Delorean Sisters and writing original music as part of the duo Cove.