Southern New England Chapter of PMI

SNEC PM Conference 2016 - Keynote Sessions


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



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Jack Canfield

Mastering the Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

Talent Triangle: Leadership (.5 PDU) & Strategic and Business Management (.5 PDU)

Opening Keynote Abstract:

Prepare Yourself for a Year of Success with Jack Canfield, America's #1 Success Coach!

Jack Canfield is uniquely qualified to coach you on success. He is an inspirational keynote speaker, internationally recognized transformational trainer, highly acclaimed personal success coach, and bestselling author. He has published more than 250 books, including the New York Times #1 bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul® series which has sold more than 500 million copies in 47 languages.

Knowing how to achieve success is like knowing the combination to a lock. If you are missing any of the numbers, or have them in the wrong order, the lock won't open. In this fast-paced, entertaining and powerful seminar, based on his latest book, The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be—The 10th Anniversary Revised Edition, Jack will teach you his proven breakthrough success system that guarantees you greater levels of peak performance and success in every area of your life—your career, your finances, and your personal life.

Here are a few of the things you'll learn:

  • How to double your results/income and double your free time in 3 years or less.
  • A simple but powerful formula (E+R=O) that will empower you to handle any experience more responsibly, effectively and successfully.
  • How to clarify your purpose, vision and goals, including the latest research on goal setting and goal achievement and how to apply it to your life.
  • How to change your self-talk and your limiting beliefs to better support your success.
  • How to program your subconscious mind to unleash greater creative thinking and increased motivation to act on your ideas.
  • How to more effectively use the Law of Attraction to accelerate your success.
  • The three main ways people sabotage their success and how to overcome them.
  • How to overcome your fear of failure and get into action.
  • How to overcome your fear of rejection and ask for what you want and need.
  • Why it's important to drop out of the "Ain't It Awful Club" and surround yourself with positive, success-oriented people.
  • Why, when, and how to successfully use an accountability partner and a mastermind group.
  • The daily "disciplines of success" you need to have to sustain success over time.
  • And so much more

As a result of this presentation, you will be able to experience new confidence and commitment, on all levels—taking risks, making decisions, pushing through your fears and limiting beliefs, asking for what you want, creating the support teams you need, taking the necessary actions to achieve breakthrough success, and persevering in the face of obstacles and challenges.


Opening Keynote Speaker Biography:
jack canfield


As the beloved originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, Jack Canfield fostered the emergence of inspirational anthologies as a genre - and watched it grow to a billion dollar market. As the driving force behind the development and delivery of more than 123 million books sold through the Chicken Soup for the Soul franchise (and over 500 million copies in print worldwide), Jack Canfield is uniquely qualified to talk about success.

Behind the empire Time Magazine called the "publishing phenomenon of the decade" is America's leading expert in creating peak performance for entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, managers, sales professionals, corporate employees, and educators. Over the last 30 years, his compelling message, empowering energy and personable coaching style has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals achieve their dreams.

Affectionately known as "America's #1 Success Coach," Jack has studied and reported on what makes successful people different. He knows what motivates them, what drives them, and what inspires them. He brings this critical insight to countless audiences internationally–sharing his success strategies in the media, with companies, universities and professional associations. Jack is a Harvard graduate with a Master's Degree in psychological education and one of the earliest champions of peak-performance, developing specific methodologies and results-oriented activities to help people take on greater challenges and produce breakthrough results.

His proven formula for success reached global acclaim with his most recent National Bestseller, The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. This new standard in self-improvement contains 64 powerful principles for success utilized by top achievers from all walks of life and all areas of commerce. The Success Principles–and the entire empire of "Principles" books, products, coaching programs and branded retail merchandise is Jack's most recent offering to the more than 100 million readers he currently reaches worldwide.

Jack is a multiple New York Times bestselling author. His other best-selling books – The Power of Focus, The Aladdin Factor, Dare to Win, You've Got to Read This Book!, and The Key to Living the Law of Attraction, have generated millions of bookstore and Internet sales, and have launched complementary products such as audio programs, video programs, corporate training programs and syndicated columns to enthusiastic individuals and corporate buyers. His audio program, Maximum Confidence, has sold more than 350,000 copies through Nightingale-Conant alone. Jack's latest publication Tapping Into Ultimate Success: How to Overcome Any Obstacle and Skyrocket Your Results which features a revolutionary cutting-edge technique to make achieving success easier than ever before. A must read for those who are seeking to transform their lives and take action today!

He is the Founder and Chairman of The Canfield Training Group in Santa Barbara, California, which trains entrepreneurs, educators, corporate leaders and motivated individuals how to accelerate the achievement of their personal and professional goals. Jack is also the founder of The Foundation for Self-Esteem in Westlake Village, California, which provides self-esteem resources and trainings to social workers, welfare recipients and human resource professionals. Jack wrote and produced the Goals Program, a video training program for California welfare recipients. To date, the program has been responsible for helping 450,000 people get off welfare.

Jack is the founder and former CEO of Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprises, a billion dollar empire that encompasses licensing, merchandising and publishing activities around the globe. Jack's nationally syndicated newspaper column is read in 150 papers worldwide, and the Chicken Soup for the Soul radio shows are syndicated throughout North America. Chicken Soup for the Soul has also been a featured television program on both the PAX and ABC networks.

Jack's background includes a BA from Harvard University, a Masters degree in Psychological Education from the University of Massachusetts, and Honorary Doctorates from the University of Santa Monica, Parker College of Chiropractic and St. Ambrose University. Over the past 30 years, he has been a psychotherapist, an educational consultant, trainer and a leading authority in the areas of self-esteem and peak performance.



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Kenton Lee

Shoes that Grow - Practical Compassion in Non-Profit Business Development

Talent Triangle: Leadership (.5 PDU) & Strategic and Business Management (.5 PDU)

Afternoon Keynote Abstract:
Practical Compassion - the small things that make a BIG difference. Each and every person can have a mindset and heart of practical compassion as they look at the world around them both locally and globally. Small things really can make a huge difference. Even something small like shoes.

For many kids around the world, they do not have access to shoes or cannot afford to have shoes that fit each year. We created a shoe that can adjust and expand five sizes - The Shoe That Grows. These shoes are now on the feet of 30,000 kids in over 25 countries. This innovation came through years of trial-and-error. And it shows the power of manufacturing, entrepreneurship, and business to help people around the world. I hope that my journey with The Shoe That Grows can inspire you to live with Practical Compassion in your own lives - because small things do make a BIG difference.

You can find out more about Practical Compassion at BecauseInternational.org.


Afternoon Keynote Speaker Biography:
kenton leeKenton Lee

The Shoe That Grows started when Founder and Executive Director Kenton Lee was living and working in Nairobi, Kenya in 2007.  After growing up in a small town in Idaho, he was ready to see the world.  This year of traveling after college changed his life forever.

One day while walking to church, he noticed a little girl in a white dress next to him who had shoes that were way too small for her feet. That led to questions about why. 
And finally an idea: “Wouldn’t it be great if there was a shoe that could adjust and expand – so that kids always had a pair of shoes that fit?” 

And just like that The Shoe That Grows was born.

The Shoe That Grows is the first project of an organization committed to practical compassion.  Because International was founded in 2009.  They are a 501(c)3 organization headquartered in Nampa, Idaho.  They listen to those living in extreme poverty to hear their thoughts, ideas, and dreams for a better life – and then work together to help make those ideas into a reality.



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Stew Leonard

Reinventing the Customer Experience - Customer Loyalty and Satisfaction

Talent Triangle: Leadership (.5 PDU) & Strategic and Business Management (.5 PDU)

Closing Keynote Abstract:
Stew Leonard is President and CEO of the world famous Stew Leonard’s dairy stores. This Northeast chain is often referred to as “the Disney of Retail” and management experts cite the company as a shining example of a customer-obsessed enterprise. The stores live by the rules etched on a three ton granite rock at each store’s entrance: Rule #1 The Customer is Always Right; Rule #2 If the Customer is Ever Wrong, Re-Read Rule #1. In good times and bad, this simple axiom has created legions of intensely loyal customer who have driven constant growth. It’s no accident that customers of Leonard’s are unwaveringly loyal. Every visit to his stores offers new surprises - even for regular customers.

Stew Leonard, Jr. shares his secrets and inspires audiences to create teams of enthusiastic and empowered people who are committed to reinventing the customer experience. He stresses the importance of always looking for a better way and creating an environment where innovation is rapid because people are encouraged to experiment and setbacks are viewed as part of the education process. This inclusive managerial style has propelled him and his stores to business success.


Closing Keynote Speaker Biography:
stew leonardStew Leonard Jr. is president and chief executive officer of Stew Leonard's, a unique family-owned and operated retailer dubbed "The Disneyland of Dairy Stores" by The New York Times for it's in-store entertainment and costumed characters and listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having "the greatest sales per unit area of any single food store in the United States." Leonard's father started the business in Norwalk, CT in 1969 as the first dairy retail store where children could be entertained watching milk being bottled while mothers did their shopping for locally-produced farm-fresh foods. Leonard grew up in the business, helping his father expand the store to include fresh meat, seafood, produce, cheese and a bakery.

Since Leonard took over as president and CEO in 1991, the company has grown to include four food stores in Norwalk, Danbury and Newington, Connecticut and Yonkers, New York, and nine wine stores in Norwalk, Danbury and Newington, Connecticut, Yonkers, Farmingdale and Carle Place, New York and Clifton, Springfield and Paramus, New Jersey. Stew Leonard's employs over 2,000 team members and has annual sales of $400 million.

Stew Leonard's has received worldwide recognition for its passionate approach to customer service and creating a great work environment for its team members. The company is continuously featured in marketing textbooks and business school case studies such as Harvard Business School and Columbia University, was named to FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" list for ten consecutive years, and has been featured in two of management expert Tom Peter's books, A Passion for Excellence and Thriving on Chaos.

Leonard was awarded the prestigious Dale Carnegie Leadership Award, an international honor that recognizes company leaders who emphasize development of their people, and has appeared on numerous national television shows regarding his expertise and store's business philosophy, including the CBS Early Morning Show, Martha Stewart, CNN, MSNBC, The History Channel and The Food Network.

Following the devastating drowning accident of their 21-month old son, Stewie, Leonard and his wife Kim founded the Stew Leonard III Children's Charities with the mission to save lives through water safety education and awareness, since drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in children under the age of five. As part of this mission they have published two children's books on the topic of water safety - Stewie The Duck Learns to Swim and Swimming Lessons with Stewie The Duck - and have raised over $1 million.



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