Grant McCracken holds a PhD from the University of Chicago in cultural anthropology. He is the author of Culture and Consumption, Culture and Consumption II, Plenitude, Big Hair, The Long Interview, Flock and Flow, Transformations, Chief Culture Officer, and most recently, Culturematic.He has been the director of the Institute of Contemporary Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum, a senior lecturer at the Harvard Business School, a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge and he is now a research affiliate at C3 at MIT. He named the “Diderot effect.”
Author, Cultural Anthropologist
In 1999, at the age of 24, Tony Hsieh (pronounced Shay) sold LinkExchange, the company he co-founded, to Microsoft for $265 million. He then joined Zappos.com as an advisor and investor, and eventually became CEO, where he helped Zappos.com grow from almost no sales to over $1 billion in gross merchandise sales annually, while simultaneously making Fortune magazine's annual "Best Companies to Work For" list. In November 2009, Zappos.com was acquired by Amazon.com in a deal valued at $1.2 billion on the day of closing.Tony's first book, "Delivering Happiness," was published on June 7, 2010, and debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list and remained on the list for 27 consecutive weeks.
Zappos CEO, Best-Selling Author
A believer that community is the engine of loyalty to companies, brands, religions, sports teams, whatever…and that social glue is generally a good thing, Douglas works with organizations to create stronger glue through better community platforms and programs. He does this through his company theglueproject. Douglas is a Purpose Fellow and previously Partner at Purpose.com, an organization that creates 21C Movements that mobilize millions to take action for social change.Douglas is a Meetup Fellow and was previously Partner and Chief Community Officer of Meetup Inc. and a Co-Founder of Yackit, a new social platform that enables people to share opinions and create communities of interest via live and recorded video.
Dale V. Atkins, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who has more than twenty-five years of experience as a relationship expert, focusing on families, couples, parenting, aging well, managing stress and maintaining balance in one's life. Dr. Atkins consults domestically and internationally. She conducts seminars and retreats for executives and employees of major corporations, government agencies, and health and educational institutions in matters related to the fields of psychology, sociology, education, and communication. An author of several books and journals for popular and professional audiences, Dr. Atkins is a much sought after lecturer and keynote speaker as well as a recurrent guest expert in the media. Additionally, she serves on the Boards of several non-profit local and national organizations.
DR. DALE ATKINS
Psychologist, Life Balance Expert
San Francisco based perfumer Yosh Han specializes in artisanal fragrances and vibrational perfumery. Her eponymous collection is dedicated to creating a full wardrobe of perfumes fragrant accessories for inner radiance. These can be found at exclusive retailers and haute parfumeries throughout the USA, Europe, Middle East and Russia.In the intimate setting of her home studio, she offers workshops and bespoke perfumery for private clients and designs aromatic concepts for event based productions and other artistic companies. She consults for creative agencies on olfactory trends and perfume culture. Her work has been featured in Vanity Fair, Vogue, Town & Country, SF Chronicle, WSJ and Bloomberg.
Perfumer, founder of YOSH Fragrance Company
Joy is one of the nation’s leading health authorities. Joy’s mission is to improve the well being of our country and believes it’s never too late or too early to reap the benefits of healthy living. As the nutrition and health expert for The TODAY Show, Joy shares reliable, practical, and straightforward advice that helps millions of Americans eat better and lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. She also hosts the program’s popular “Joy Fit Club” series, which celebrates determined people who have lost more than 100 pounds through diet and exercise alone. Together with Florence Henderson, Joy hosts RLTV’s heartwarming show, Good Food, Good Deeds, where she whips up delicious, nutrient-packed meals and provides engaging information on aging gracefully.
MS, RD, CDN, Author, TV Personality
Dan Ariely, a James B. Duke Professor of Psychology & Behavioral Economics at Duke University, is dedicated to answering the big questions: What are the forces that influence our behavior? Why do we so often fail to act in our own best interest? Why do we promise to skip the chocolate cake, only to find ourselves drooling our way into temptation when the dessert tray rolls around? His goal is to help people live more sensible – if not rational – lives. His often bizarre experiments demonstrate profound ideas that fly in the face of common wisdom. Dan is also a founding member of the Center for Advanced Hindsight, and the author of the New York Times bestsellers Predictably Irrational, and The Upside of Irrationality. His newest release is The Honest Truth About Dishonesty.
Neuroscientist, Behavioralist, Author
Majora hosts the Peabody Award winning public-radio series: The Promised Land. She has a long list of awards and honorary degrees, including a MacArthur 'genius' Fellowship. She founded the Sustainable South Bronx in 2001 when few were talking about 'sustainability'; and even fewer, in places like The South Bronx. Since 2008, her consulting company, Majora Carter Group has exported Climate Adaptation, Urban Micro-AgriBusiness, and Leadership Development strategies for Business, Government, Foundations, Universities, and economically under-performing Communities. She's the only person to receive an award from John Podesta's Center for American Progress, and a Liberty Medal for Lifetime Achievement from Rupert Murdoch's: New York Post.
Urban Revitalization Strategist, Radio Host and Consultant
An expert in the field of mind-body healing, Deepak Chopra is a world-renowned speaker and author on the subject of alternative medicine. He has written over sixty-four books translated into over eighty-five languages, including nineteen New York Times bestsellers in both the fiction and nonfiction categories. Dr. Chopra is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, Adjunct Professor of Executive Programs at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and Senior Scientist with The Gallup Organization.Time magazine heralds Deepak Chopra as one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century and credits him as ‘the poet-prophet of alternative medicine’.
Spirtual Thought Leader
Emma Sherrard Matthew first joined Quintessentially in August 2005. Her creative flair and extensive network encompassing Hong Kong’s business and social elite have rapidly positioned her as one of Hong Kong’s most dynamic businesswomen. Her role as the Global Chief Executive Officer for the growing concierge business of Quintessentially involves expanding its network of offices around the world as well as enhancing the quality of the Member service experience. Quintessentially has recently opened offices in Spain and New Zealand and plans to move into China. In addition, Emma is responsible for establishing and nurturing the Quintessentially Group sister businesses in Asia such as Quintessentially Wine, Quintessentially Events, Quintessentially Travel and Quintessentially Aviation.
EMMA SHERRARD MATTHEW
Global Chief Executive Office, Quintessentially
Tokyo-based Consultant for the Japanese web and mobile industries and Japan correspondent for TechCrunch. Dr. Serkan Toto’s focus has always been on technology, mobile and web industry. He is an expert in Japan’s status in terms of web industry and mobile technology.His main focus is working as a consultant for Japan's Internet industry including: Mixi, GREE, Mobage-town, Twitter Japan, Facebook Japan, Rakuten, Kakaku.com, Groupon, Yahoo Japan, Google Japan, Zynga Japan, Drecom, CyberAgent and Hangame.
Asian Technology Correspondent