Day 1: Sunday | May 5, 2024
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Opening Power Lunch

Heather Berlin

Cognitive Neuroscientist I Host of PBS Nova’s Your Brain

The Human Brain and Its Future
How to Make Your Brain More Creative, Productive, and Effective

Dr. Heather Berlin reveals the extraordinary power and activity of the unconscious mind and brain. With this knowledge, how can we optimize ourselves for success by hacking our cognitive systems? Berlin delves into the enigmatic realms of creativity, consciousness, and willpower, offering insights that empower us to comprehend ourselves and others, discern their desires, and provide effective assistance. This captivating talk unveils the secrets of attention, perception, and human well-being, illustrating their pivotal role in the future digital economy. Businesses equipped with a clear understanding of their inner workings gain a competitive edge, while leaders fostering creativity in their teams achieve substantial success. Berlin asserts that we can all enhance decision-making and unlock our brain's full potential, but first, we must comprehend its intricacies.

Heather Berlin, a cognitive neuroscientist and PBS Nova's Your Brain host, has dedicated her career to unlocking the potential of our brains and those we lead. She champions the integration of arts and sciences, science communication, and women in STEM, serving on the National Academy of Sciences’ “Science and Entertainment Exchange” Program and the AAAS Committee on Science and Technology Engagement with the Public. With a background in clinical neuropsychology, Berlin is also an associate clinical professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Oxford and an MPH from Harvard University.

Day 2: Monday | May 6, 2024
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Power Talk

Rex Miller

Futurist | Author | Coach

The Genius Journey: From Ordinary to Extraordinary

Childhood overflows with creativity and nonconformity—that is until the status quo stamps them out. We’ve all wondered what happened to that curious, uninhibited kid full of potential. Yet the spark lies dormant within us all, waiting to blaze again.
This talk draws on startling research about declining innovation in adulthood. But ultimately, it’s a story of hope. By unlocking personalized talents, we find our true purpose; we transform into magicians through a journey of self-actualization.

You’ll learn:
• The neuroscience behind lost creativity and how to reactivate it
• A simple method for uncovering your innate Genius Spark
• Why connecting strengths unlocks your potential and a sense of purpose

It’s never too late to rediscover life’s magic. Whether you feel uninspired at work or sense untapped potential, this talk shares the path that leads to human flourishing. You’ll leave energized by your individuality, equipped to share unique gifts.

Rex Miller, a distinguished expert in optimizing human and team performance, strategic foresight, and organizational transformation, boasts over two decades of experience as a consultant and coach. Recognized with prestigious awards such as IFMA's Distinguished Author Award, the Industry Excellence Award and the CoreNet Global Innovator Award. Rex is acclaimed for his ability to guide large capital project teams to work efficiently and navigate the Forming-Storming phase. As a visionary futurist, he created the MindShift process to address deep-rooted systemic obstacles, catalyzing transformative changes in various sectors, including integrated capital projects, education, workplace engagement, and corporate wellness. His innovative approach offers efficient and impactful alternatives to traditional practices.

Day 3: Tuesday | May 7, 2024
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Closing Power Talk

Eric McNulty, MA

Associate Director, National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Future Ready: The Leadership Imperative for Facilities Managers

In an era of escalating risks, cascading consequences, and transformed ways of working, it is more imperative than ever for facilities managers to think and act as leaders. In this engaging session, Eric McNulty will explore how leading down, up, across, and beyond can help organizations be better prepared, safer, adaptive, and more productive places to work. He will provide examples from his research and from the field. You’ll leave inspired, and with pragmatic take-aways to put to work in your facilities.

Mr. McNulty, the Associate Director for the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, oversees research, writing, and teaching focused on leadership in high-stakes situations. In addition to being an Instructor at the Harvard School of Public Health, he works with the Program for Health Care Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the Harvard Chan School, teaching negotiation, conflict resolution, and leadership. McNulty is a principal author of NPLI’s case studies on leadership decision-making in crises like the Boston Marathon bombing, Hurricane Sandy response, and the Deepwater Horizon incident. Co-author of "You're It: Crisis, Change, and How to Lead When it Matters Most" and "Renegotiating Health Care," he has also authored an e-book and numerous academic articles. With over 200 published articles, he contributes to Strategy + Business and Harvard Business Review, and his cases are used in business education globally. McNulty co-founded Harvard Business Publishing’s conference business, producing thought leadership events worldwide, and remains a sought-after speaker and moderator at business events.

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