Keynote Speakers

The plenary sessions at APIC 2020 feature exceptional keynote speakers who have been selected to inspire and energize you. You’ll return to your facility with learning, ideas, and solutions to advance your professional development and personal ambitions.


Francesca Gino
Fostering Rebel Talent: Letting Your Employees Break the Rules and Be Themselves

At work, we’re often taught—and expected—to conform. Social pressures and rewards show us that it’s often easier, and more comfortable, to keep our heads down and go with the flow. But obeying the status quo comes with a heavy price to ourselves and to our organizations, argues Francesca Gino.

Drawing upon extensive research, fieldwork, and expert opinion, Gino has found that organizations can improve feelings of commitment, satisfaction, engagement, and authenticity in employees by encouraging what she calls “rebel talent.” In this illuminating keynote, Gino offers six key strategies for those looking to instill constructive nonconformity.

From encouraging feelings of authenticity, to eliminating boredom and injecting new learning opportunities, Gino’s talks identify the value of dissent in a workplace—and how to implement it. Dissent isn’t unhealthy; in fact, introducing a little non-conformity might be exactly what your organization needs. Keep your company smart, innovative, and—above all—happy with one of the most exciting and insightful behavioral economists working today.


Steffanie A. Strathdee
The Perfect Predator: An Epidemiologist’s Journey to Save Her Husband from a Deadly Superbug

In 2015, epidemiologist Steffanie Strathdee and her husband, psychologist Tom Patterson, were vacationing in Egypt when Tom came down with what appeared to be a stomach bug. What at first seemed like a case of severe food poisoning turned out to be gallstone pancreatitis, complicated by a multi-drug resistant Acinetobacter baumannii infection that the presiding doctor referred to as being “the worst bacteria on the planet.”

Tom’s situation quickly turned critical, and by the time he had been transferred via emergency medevac to the medical center at UC San Diego, where both he and Steffanie were on faculty, blood work revealed why modern medicine was failing: Tom’s bacterial isolate was now resistant to all available antibiotics. Frantic, as her husband slipped into a coma and ever-closer to death, Strathdee combed through research and came across phage therapy: the idea that the right virus, aka “the perfect predator,” can kill even the most lethal bacteria. With time running out, Strathdee appealed to phage researchers all over the world for help and allies at the FDA, Texas A&M, and a high-security Navy biomedical center. Together, they resurrected a forgotten cure, and saved Tom.

Strathdee’s will share how this story led to the founding of the first dedicated phage therapy institute in North America (IPATH) and will discuss the latest research in this area and prospects for the future.


Simon T. Bailey
SPARK: Act Like an Employee and Think Like a CEO

Are you the person that your organization cannot live without? You can be, by understanding how to be a team member with SPARK. Individuals with SPARK are transformational thinkers who positively impact those around them and produce tangible results. These characteristics help you take your career and your organization to the next level.

This session will show you how to move beyond tasks and into leadership: how to stop saying “no” and find a way to say “yes”, how to leverage relationship capital to find uncommon solutions to common problems, and how to speak and think to advance your career. This fresh way of thinking highlights the ways you’re accountable for your career, and will encourage high performance behaviors, positive habits, and consistent execution.

Bailey’s energizing session will empower you to upgrade your skills and stop waiting for your organization to do it for you.




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