SPEAKERS

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Erik Qualman   
Motivational Speaker and Author

Often called a Digital Dale Carnegie and The Tony Robbins of Tech, Erik Qualman is a #1 Best Selling Author and Motivational Keynote Speaker that has spoken in 47 countries, and reached 25 million people.

His Socialnomics work has been featured on 60 Minutes to the Wall Street Journal and used by the National Guard to NASA. His book Digital Leader propelled him to be voted the 2nd Most Likeable Author in the World behind Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling. Qualman is a sitting professor at Harvard & MIT’s edX labs.

His latest book What Happens in Vegas Stays on YouTube is a Pulitzer Prize nominated work.

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Jeff Havens   
Motivational Speaker and Author

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Vanderbilt University, Jeff has quickly become one of the most in-demand presenters in North America.  His truly unprecedented ability to deliver high-quality education in an undeniably entertaining way has earned him dozens of repeat clients, all of whom appreciate Jeff’s insistence that education is the only way that we improve at anything and that we’ll all improve better and faster if we enjoy the learning process.  By combining the content of the traditional presentation with the entertainment value of a comedy show, Jeff has found enthusiastic audiences in government, academia, small businesses and several Fortune 50 companies, all while still being one of the youngest members of the professional speaking circuit.

 

Jessica Rosenworcel 

FCC Commissioner

Jessica Rosenworcel returned as a Commissioner to the Federal Communications Commission on August 11, 2017 after being nominated by the President and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate. Previously, Commissioner Rosenworcel served as an FCC Commissioner from May 11, 2012 to January 3, 2017 following her nomination by President Obama and unanimous Senate confirmation. Commissioner Rosenworcel brings a decade and a half of public sector and private sector communications law experience to her position at the FCC. This experience has shaped her belief that in the 21st century strong communications markets can foster economic growth and security, enhance digital age opportunity, and enrich our civic life.

Shirley Bloomfield   

CEO, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association

Shirley Bloomfield is chief executive officer of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, the premier association representing more than 800 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. With more than 25 years of experience representing the country’s smallest independent telecom operators, Bloomfield is an expert on the role of federal communications policies in sustaining the vitality of rural and remote communities and the benefits rural broadband networks bring to the national economy.

In addition to serving as the industry’s chief advocate, Bloomfield has led efforts to seek synergies and align strategic partnerships among rural telecom companies, their larger counterparts, other rural utilities and federal agencies, further expanding business opportunities for NTCA members. In addition to her service to NTCA, Bloomfield also served as senior vice president of federal relations for Qwest and vice president of federal relations for Verizon. Bloomfield serves as a board member of the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative and GlobalWin, an organization of women leaders in the high-tech industry.

Josh Seidemann

Vice President of Policy, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association

He focuses on federal telecommunications advocacy on the regulatory side. He has represented small and mid-size carriers in private practice and in trade associations, and was also counsel for a state public advocate office, where he worked on telecom and energy utility issues.