Tuesday Keynote: Leading With Joy

Dave Caperton

Dave Caperton believes that laughing matters. Not just because laughter is a great way to build connections and energy, but because it’s also a great tool for delivering transformative learning. Drawing on his 20-plus years as an international keynote speaker, business owner, entrepreneur and executive coach and his background as an award-winning educator, stand-up comedian and comedy writer, Dave combines his business experience and teaching strategies with razor sharp humor and comic timing to provide transformative insights on creating balance and building a workplace culture where engagement, retention and service are simply the by-products of making joy a mission-level goal.

Dave’s programs fuse in-depth research and proven learning strategies with side-splitting humor and story-telling to deliver programs that don’t just inspire laughter, they demolish barriers between groups and open pathways to shift from transaction-based to relationship driven success. His entertaining conversations about joy and connection provide his clients with a new vocabulary and concrete actions to build connection and trust, and to create a people-centric culture that benefits both employees and customers alike. Since starting his own speaking and coaching business—Speaking of Joy!— in 1999, Dave has worked with over 1000 client organizations across 4 continents teaching them how and why to choose joy for authentic and sustainable success.

Clients and audiences value his programs because they provide a motivational experience that is highly interactive, energizing, and wildly funny. But unlike many humorous speakers, Dave’s programs are infused with relevance and transformative takeaways to provide lasting value throughout the event and beyond. Dave’s talks have been requested and lauded by such iconic organizations as JP Morgan Chase, Boeing, Lockheed-Martin, Nationwide Insurance, Limited Brands, The Cleveland Clinic, True Value Hardware, NBC Comcast, the FAA and hundreds of others.

Dave is the author of Happiness Is a Funny Thing, and 30 Days To a Happier Workplace. He and his wife, and partner in joy, Suzanna, live in Columbus, Ohio.

ADAM 2023 Dave Caperton from DaveCapertonSpeaks on Vimeo.


Thursday Keynote: Own Your Focus

Penny Zenker: The Focusologist

Penny Zenker is The Focusologist, international motivational speaker, business strategy coach, and best-selling author. Penny founded, developed, and sold her first multi-million dollar business while living in Zurich, Switzerland. Later at the world’s 4th largest Market Research company, she managed business unit turnarounds and was a Tony Robbins business coach helping entrepreneurs around the world to double their businesses.

Her clients tell her, her gift is cutting through the clutter and helping them focus on the most important and relevant areas to sustainably grow their businesses.

Penny’s high-energy and interactive keynote presentations, motivational speeches and workshops inspire and challenge you to think act and be more strategically,  Be more emotionally intelligent, and inspire personal leadership.

Penny is the bestselling author of The Productivity Zone: Stop the Tug of War with Time. As a master NLP practitioner and neuro-strategist, she integrates the elements of thought, communication, and behavior to provide strategies for positive changes and maximum results.

Penny’s expertise focuses on strategic thinking, leadership, problem-solving, communication, and productivity. She has coached hundreds of successful business leaders and entrepreneurs in leadership roles, relationships, and building culture.

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2023 ADAM Annual Meeting from Penny Zenker on Vimeo.