We are pleased to announce our three outstanding Keynote Speaker Sessions for the



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Michael Abrashoff

It's Your Ship

Talent Triangle: Leadership (1.0 PDU)
Subject: Start, Build

Opening Keynote Abstract:
When Mike Abrashoff took command of the USS Benfold, morale was low, turnover was high and the ship’s performance ranked near the bottom of the Pacific Fleet. Just twelve months later Benfold was ranked #1 – using the very same crew. The lesson was clear – leadership matters and culture is everything.

This inspiring talk is for every individual and organization looking for practical and usable ways to take organizational performance to new heights. In Mike’s case, he realized that before the ship’s performance could change, he had to change his leadership style. Mike worked to create a culture of trust and empower his crew to take charge and use ingenuity and initiative to improve every aspect of the way things were done. Top down leadership is dead, so when the crew would present a problem, Mike became famous for responding “What would YOU do? It’s YOUR ship!”

Mike’s presentation leaves audiences with the tools and inspiration to accomplish big goals.


Opening Keynote Speaker Biography:
Michael Abrashoff

Mike Abrashoff is at the center of one of the most remarkable modern day stories of organizational transformation. At the age of 36, the Navy selected Mike to become Commander of USS Benfold. At the time he was the most junior commanding officer in the Pacific Fleet – on a ship that was plagued by low morale, high turnover and abysmal performance evaluations. Few thought that the ship could improve - yet 12 months later the ship was ranked #1 in performance – using the same crew. Regarded as the finest ship in the Pacific Fleet, Benfold won the prestigious Spokane Trophy for having the highest degree of combat readiness. This remarkable change was accomplished by the same crew.

Mike is author of three books. His first, It’s Your Ship, has sold over one million copies. Its message is timeless: don’t use outside forces that stand in your way as excuses – control the things you can influence and amazing results will happen. His next books, It’s Our Ship and Get Your Ship Together, showed how these principles have been put into action by business leaders in their own organizations.

Mike Abrashoff is the founder of Aegis Performance Group, a consulting firm which works with and supports leaders as they address leadership, talent and performance challenges within their organizations. Mike and his team prompt leaders at all levels to re-imagine their leadership thinking and create new ways to elevate individual, team and organizational performance.





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Craig Price

The Realist's Guide to the New Workforce

Talent Triangle: Leadership (0.75 PDU), Strategic and Business Management (0.25 PDU)
Subject: Advance

Afternoon Keynote Abstract:
This humorous, in-depth program puts the spotlight on what has shaped and what motivates the multi-generational workforce that exists today. Before you can manage a person, you need to understand them. This participant driven program will put to rest distortions and misrepresentations while giving proven strategies to manage multi-generational teams. Audience members older and younger alike will be enlightened and entertained by this informative presentation.


Afternoon Keynote Speaker Biography:
Craig PriceA realist by nature and a professional speaker, consultant, podcaster by trade, Craig Price has helped thousands of people learn to find the value in negative thoughts and emotions.

He has a background in customer service, entertainment, telecommunications, and safety.







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Matthew Bromberg

Project Management: Art vs. Science:Driving Execution Excellence by Developing PM Leadership to Better Use the PM Tools of the Trade

Talent Triangle: Leadership (0.5 PDU), Strategic and Business Management (0.5 PDU)
Subject: Build, Advance

Closing Keynote Abstract:
Pratt & Whitney Military Engines President Matthew Bromberg will reveal his insights on why leadership skills are so crucial to the effectiveness of Project Managers in high technology manufacturing environments.

The mobility of the world’s population is driving unprecedented expansion of air travel and P&W is responding with cost efficient and environmentally friendly engine systems to meet those needs. The resultant revolution in how products are delivered is requiring P&W and its subcontractors to invest billions of dollars in technology, facilities and workforce. To manage this investment, P&W Program Managers must be equipped with the leadership skills necessary to optimize project team performance against a fully understood corporate business case.

Matthew has long been an advocate for developing the skills and experiences of Project Managers and has championed a 2017 initiative to cultivate a new cadre of Certified Program Managers at P&W Military Engines. Join Matthew as he explores why leadership skills are so critical to meeting each project’s’ specific objectives as well as the organization’s strategic business goals.


Closing Keynote Speaker Biography:
Matthew BrombergMatthew Bromberg is president of Pratt & Whitney’s Military Engines business where he oversees development, production, and support of the company’s military offerings including the 5th generation F119 and F135 engines for the F-22 and F-35 fighters, the F100 for the F-15/F-16, the F117 for the C-17, the PW4062 for the KC-46A, P&W's Military APU portfolio, and its small engine business. He is also responsible for B-21 bomber engine development and P&W’s adaptive engine portfolio for future combat aircraft.

Matthew currently serves on the board of the United Service Organizations of Metropolitan New York and is the executive sponsor of “UTC-4-Vets”, an employee resource group for veteran employees of Pratt & Whitney and United Technologies. Before joining United Technologies, Matthew served five years as a nuclear-trained submarine officer in the U.S. Navy.

Matthew holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley.





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