Keynote Speaker: Matthew Kutz, Ph.D.

Dr. Matthew Kutz (Ph.D. in Global Leadership) is an Associate Professor at Bowling Green State University in the College of Education and Human Development. He is the award-winning author of Contextual Intelligence: How 3D Thinking Can Help Resolve Complexity, Uncertainty, and Ambiguity.

Matt is a Fulbright Scholar, Leadership Coach and Consultant to multinational and Fortune 500 companies, TEDx speaker, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith University School of Medicine in Brisbane, Australia. Matt's passion is to help develop leaders who can navigate their organizations and communities through the complexity and ambiguity of our global marketplace.

He is still crazy-in-love with his best friend and wife of 23 years, Angie, and despite the difficulties loves being a husband, father, and friend.

Closing Keynote Speaker: Rick Hicks 

Rick loves working with people with the ultimate goal of making a difference.

Rick has more than 25 years of experience in learning management and human resources, including as an executive of a global consulting and training company. He worked for large publicly traded companies, government, and private companies of various sizes. Rick has worked in the areas of workplace learning, human resources, leadership development, organizational development, safety and strategic planning in multiple industries. Rick also taught Human Resources at the University of Louisiana Lafayette

Rick has been actively involved with ATD both at the National and Chapter level. He was on the ATD International Board of Directors, served on the National Advisors for Chapters. He is a Past President and Director of the Dallas Chapter ATD. In 2003 Rick was awarded the Volunteer-Staff Partnership Award from ATD International.

Rick is proud to be the dad of two beautiful daughters, Alexandria and Natasha.

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