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Host and Keynotes

XDP’s Keynote Speakers will inspire and challenge you through their unique insights, experiences, knowledge and ideas. 

 

HOST

Dan Klein

Dan Klein

Dan Klein

Your host for XDP 2020 is Dan Klein. He will walk you through the two days of your XDP experience and prepare you to take advantage of the program and innovative formats.

Dan teaches improvisation at Stanford University where he is a lecturer in the Graduate School of Business and the Department of Theater and Performance Studies. He leads classes at the Hasso Plattner Institute for Design, including a new offering titled Game Design: Making Fun.

His workshops are in demand at the Schools of Law, Medicine, and Engineering, and he was recently named Teacher of the Year by the Stanford Students Association.

Dan travels around the world delivering leadership communication programs with Stand & Deliver Consulting for organizations like Cisco, Blackrock, Roche, Nestle, Nasdaq OMX, eBay, and LucasFilm. The creative process fascinates him, and he has dedicated his life to nurturing, supporting, revealing, and accelerating it.


Embedding Innovation into Everyone's DNA

Morning Keynote
Wednesday, May 20, 9:00 AM

Duncan Wardle

Duncan Wardle

Duncan Wardle

Duncan Wardle is a 25-year Senior Executive veteran of The Walt Disney Company, and a design thinking & innovation consultant. As Head of Innovation and Creativity at Disney, Duncan and his team helped Imagineering, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Pixar, and Disney Parks to innovate, creating magical new storylines and experiences for consumers around the globe.

He brings his extensive experience to audiences around the world using a unique approach to Design Thinking that not only places the end user at the core of the creative thinking process, but also looks in new and usual places to uncover insights for innovation.

In his keynote, Wardle will address how to create a culture that embraces risk and entrepreneurialism—allowing everyone to innovate. Learn how he infused a culture of innovation across the world’s most creative company, Disney.

Speaker presented by:

Keppler Speakers


 

BeeFearless: Dream Like a Kid

Closing Keynote
Wednesday, May 20, 3:30 PM

Mikaila Ulmer

Mikaila Ulmer

Mikaila Ulmer

Mikaila Ulmer is an entrepreneur, bee ambassador, philanthropist, and author.

When Mikaila was just four years old, she was stung by two bees in the same week. Her parents encouraged her to do some research on the bees rather than being upset with them. Upon discovering the important role that bees play in our ecosystem, Mikaila was determined to help them.

Using her Great Granny Helen’s flaxseed honey lemonade recipe, Mikaila launched her business from her home in Austin, Texas in 2009. Landing a deal with Daymond John on Shark Tank was just the beginning of Me & the Bees’ many business successes.

Today, the award-winning lemonade is distributed by United Natural Foods (UNFI), Inc and buzzing off the shelves of Whole Foods Market, Natural Grocers, Fairmont Austin and now Dell Computer Company.

In 2018, Mikaila launched her Healthy Hive Foundation where 10% of the net profits from the sale of her lemonade goes to saving our honey bees.

Now at the age of 15, Mikaila has shared her story with Good Morning America, NBC News, ABC 20/20, The Real, Forbes and TIME among others, and has been invited to speak on social entrepreneurship at prestigious gatherings including the White House, and the United State of Women Summit, where she introduced President Barack Obama. Look out for Mikaila’s book, BeeFearless: Dream Like a Kid, in July 2020.

Trust us, you won’t want to miss this year’s closing keynote!

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