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Nashville’s Speakers Create Music, Magic, and Lasting Memories

Monday, October 23, 2017  
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Each year for Conclave, we want to introduce our members to keynote and featured speakers that make a lasting impression, whether through humor, an inspirational story, or with that extra something special.

In the Southern spirit of Nashville, ya’ll will truly enjoy the 2018 Conclave keynote and featured speaker line-up!

The legendary Marie Osmond, world-famous entertainer and entrepreneur, will open Conclave on Monday, April 23. Jon Dorenbos famed magician, professional football player, and one of the most sought-after speakers today, will be the breakfast keynote on Tuesday, April 24. On Wednesday, April 25, Mike Rayburn, world-class guitarist, will strike a chord in Music City as that day’s keynote speaker. Returning as Emcee—and featured speaker—will be Joel Zeff, back for his third straight Conclave.

“We are so excited about this lineup, and there is more great news to follow in the upcoming weeks,” said Katherine Bodoh, RJ, CEO of the American Gem Society and AGS Laboratories. “Conclave is known for its talented lineup of sought-after speakers and this year is no exception.”

Keynote Speakers  
Marie Osmond
Marie Osmond

Marie Osmond has spent five iconic decades in the entertainment business performing as a successful singer, television performer and talk show host, dancer, actor, author, entrepreneur and public speaker. She has continued to maintain relevance, remaining an instantly recognizable figure across the globe.

Ms. Osmond is a multiple gold and platinum selling artist and CMA winner, garnering numerous Billboard chart-topping singles and albums, and three New York Times Bestselling books. She has entertained millions throughout the world through television, radio, film, literature, live concerts and Broadway performances. As a philanthropist, she co-founded Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®, which has raised over five billion dollars for children to date.
Jon Dorenbos
Jon Dorenbos

Jon Dorenbos graduated from the University of Texas, El Paso, with a degree in Business. He was picked up by the Buffalo Bills as a free agent in 2003. He has since played for the Tennessee Titans and is currently playing for the New Orleans Saints, entering his 16th season in the NFL.

Looking for a means to overcome a childhood tragedy, Mr. Dorenbos got into magic just before his 13th birthday. Magic became an escape during a time of mourning and transition in his life. Mr. Dorenbos talks about overcoming adversity while entertaining the audience with sleight of hand magic.
Mike Rayburn
Mike Rayburn

Mike Rayburn uses guitar and comedy to teach three simple, powerful tools which took him from playing empty bars, to headlining Carnegie Hall—eight times!

Being a successful artist, as well as a savvy entrepreneur and business owner, Mike Rayburn is uniquely qualified to teach artistic principles in a business context, to give businesses and organizations the edge they so desperately need to innovate and perform at peak “virtuoso” levels… and thus transform their success and significance.
Featured Speakers  
Joel Zeff
Joel Zeff

He’s back! Joel Zeff, nationally renowned motivator, public speaker, humorist and actor, joins us again this year as our high-energy emcee…and as a featured speaker!

His spontaneous humor and vital messages have thrilled audiences for years. As a national workplace expert, speaker, author and humorist, Joel captivates audiences with a unique blend of hilarious improvisational comedy and essential ideas on work and life. He has shared his experience and insight on creativity, communication, work/life balance, leadership, teamwork, passion, and fun with more than 1,200 companies and organizations.

His new book, Make the Right Choice: Creating a Positive, Innovative and Productive Work Life, is consistently listed as one of the top work/life balance books on Amazon. He has appeared on CNBC’s “The Big Idea” with Donny Deutsch, the Fox Network’s Fox and Friends Weekend, and has been featured in the Dallas Morning News, Houston Chronicle, The Kansas City Star, and many other media outlets.
Victor Antonio
Victor Antonio

A poor upbringing from one of the roughest areas of Chicago didn't stop Victor Antonio from earning a B.S. in electrical engineering, an MBA, building a 20-year career as a top sales executive, and becoming CEO of a multimillion dollar high-tech company. Prior to being CEO, he was president of global sales and marketing for a $420M company.

As vice president of international sales in a Fortune 500, $3B corporation at the time, he was selected from over 500 sales managers to join the President’s Advisory Council for excellence in sales and management.

Victor’s presentation on Sales Influence is a fascinating look at how buyers are influenced and make a buying decision. In today's market, consumers have access to the Internet and often times know more about the product or service then the salesperson. Given this shift in power, salespeople need to regain the upper-hand in the sales process. Outdated sales techniques aren't enough anymore. Sales Influence provides a compendium of the latest sales methods based on consumer behavioral studies to help you increase your close rate.
Keith Scott and Rebecca Klein Scott
Keith Scott and Rebecca Klein Scott

Keith Scott and Rebecca Klein Scott co-founded TALLsmall Productions in 2013 with the mission of helping people feel comfortable with public speaking and to learn to communicate in a clear, concise and engaging style.

TALLsmall Productions leads communications training sessions for groups ranging from Fortune 500 companies to family-owned businesses and everything in between. Their interactive courses cover such topics as networking to get noticed, communicating across generational divides, body language, conflict resolution and media training. Keith and Rebecca have made a number of TV appearances as experts on body language and word choice.

The company name is a nod to their heights — Keith is 6'9'' and Rebecca is 5'2''.

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The American Gem Society (AGS) is a nonprofit trade association of fine jewelry professionals dedicated to setting, maintaining and promoting the highest standards of ethical conduct and professional behavior through education, accreditation, recertification of its membership, gemological standards, and gemological research.

The Society is committed to providing educational products to inform and protect the consumer and to contributing to the betterment of the trade by creating industry standards to protect the jewelry-buying public and the fine jewelry industry as a whole.

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