XDP faculty are experts in their fields and will bring you out of your comfort zone as you reimagine the future of your event. 



Lisa Kay Solomon 
Author, Speaker, Chair, Transformational Practices
Singularity University

Lisa is an author, innovation strategist, and leadership coach. She helps leaders develop the ability to build more expansive and creative futures through design led tools, skills, and behaviors. She teaches innovation and strategic foresight in the ground-breaking MBA in Design Strategy program at the California College of the Arts.  Lisa co-authored the Wall Street Journal Bestseller, “Moments of Impact,” as well as the recently published “Design a Better Business” and her work has been covered by WSJ, Inc., Forbes, Huffington Post, Business Week, and more. Lisa earned a BA from Cornell University and an MBA from New York University-Stern School of Business.


Marketing Zone

Attendee Acquisition

Don Neal
Founder & CEO
360 Live Media

Don is a marketing advisor, author, speaker, and practitioner. He has served as the CMO at Fortune 100 insurance brand Marsh McLennan, as a marketing and advertising executive on Madison Avenue with Omnicom’s Rapp Collins agency, as the CEO of Focalpoint Marketing, and as the co-founder of Hallmark Cards Loyalty Group. Don has been an adjunct graduate professor of marketing and branding at Georgetown University. He also served as Chairman of the Board at the Catalogue for Philanthropy and is an active member of the association community.


Operations Zone

Business Partnerships

David Peckinpaugh
Maritz Global Events 

As President of Maritz Global Events, David provides strategic oversight for both Maritz Travel and Experient – two of the largest and most respected leaders in the event industry with more than 4 million room nights booked, 8,500 programs planned and executed and nearly $1 billion in total event spend annually. Over the last 30 years, David has experienced nearly every facet of the industry – from hotels and CVBs to sales and marketing and business strategy including 15+ years serving in sales and marketing roles at the Broadmoor, La Costa, Hyatt Hotels, and the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. David is a board member of the U.S. Travel Association, member of the Meetings Means Business Coalition, and Secretary and Treasurer of the PCMA Education Foundation.



Content Gamification

Karl Kapp, EdD
Director, Institute for Interactive Technologies
Bloomsburg University

Karl was named a LinkedIn Top Voice in Education in 2017 and is a scholar, writer, and expert on the convergence of games, learning, and technology. Karl received his doctorate of education in instructional design at the University of Pittsburgh, and is an award-winning professor of instructional technology at Bloomsburg University. Author of seven books including “The Gamification of Learning and Instruction” and “Play to Learn”, Karl is founder of the educational consulting and game development firm, The Wisdom Learning Group, LLC, where he consults internationally with Fortune 500 companies, government entities, and not-for-profits.


More Faculty

In addition to your Host and Zone Captains, the XDP faculty team includes Pop-Up Talks, Idea Accelerators, and about 200 volunteer Team Leaders.