Keynote Speakers


Mel Robbins

Motivational Speaker
Feb. 5, 2018

Mel Robbins is a powerful motivational speaker who is trusted by global brands to design and deliver multi-media, interactive keynotes that inspire change, challenge thinking and accelerate personal and business growth. Her TEDx Talk on "How To Stop Screwing Yourself Over" has more than 3 million views, and her book on the brain and productivity, "Stop Saying You’re Fine," is a business bestseller that has been translated into four languages. She started her career as a criminal defense attorney and went on to launch and sell a retail and internet technology company. Mel has led multi-year coaching programs at Johnson & Johnson, AG Edwards, Bear Stearns and Partners Healthcare. The media has tapped Mel to host award-winning shows for FOX, A&E, Cox Media Group and CNN.

Mel is currently one of CNN’s most popular on-air commentators and opinion writers. Her articles on human behavior drive tens of millions of page views for Mel has an extensive television resume as an expert on human behavior and motivation for Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, Oprah, The Today Show and Fox News. She was named America’s Outstanding News Talk Show Host at the 2014 Gracie Awards.

Mel is a Dartmouth College and Boston College Law School graduate. She and her husband of 18 years have three young kids. She lives in the Boston area, but remains a Midwesterner at heart.

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Feb. 6, 2018

Platon is a British photographer who has taken portraits for a range of international publications including Rolling StoneThe New York Times magazine, Vanity FairEsquireGQ and The Sunday Times magazine. Producing more than 20 covers for TIME magazine, he photographed Russian Premier Vladimir Putin for its “Person of the Year” cover in 2007—an image that was awarded first prize at the World Press Photo Contest.

As staff photographer for The New Yorker, he produced several large-scale photo essays, two of which won ASME Awards in 2009 and 2010. In 2009, Platon teamed with Human Rights Watch to celebrate those who fight for equality and justice in countries suppressed by political forces. In 2011, Platon was honored with a Peabody Award for collaboration on the topic of Russia's Civil Society with The New Yorker and Human Rights Watch.

Platon has published four books of his work: Platon’s Republic (Phaidon Press, 2004), Power (Chronicle, 2011), China: Through the Looking Glass (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015), and Service (Prestel, 2016). His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums domestically and abroad, including the Matthew Marks Gallery and the Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York City and the Colette Gallery in Paris, France.

Platon has been a keynote speaker on leadership at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Chanel, Nike, Yale University, Oxford University, Wharton University, the National Portrait Gallery in London and International Center of Photography in New York. He has also appeared on a range of television media, including Charlie Rose (PBS),Morning Joe (MSNBC), Fareed Zakaria's GPS (CNN) and the BBC World News.

Platon is currently on the board for Arts and Culture at the World Economic Forum and serves as a steward for the Economic Growth and Social Inclusion Initiative.