Mark is an expert on executive leadership, business strategy, and innovation who has spent over 25 years leading teams and building companies from the ground up. He delivers actionable, valuable and practical advice for leaders at all levels of an organization.
A highly sought after executive coach and venture investor, Forbes called Mark one of America’s Top Venture Investors with the "Midas Touch." He was recently featured as one of the "World’s Top Executive Coaches" by the American Management Association and #1 Thought Leader on Innovation and Engagement, and was named one of the "Top 30 Communications Professionals for 2015" by Global Gurus.
Mark advises top leaders in Fortune 500 and Global Fortune 1000 companies as well as the executive teams who are leading high growth startup companies in Silicon Valley today.
Mark has worked side by side with three of the world’s most legendary disruptive innovators: Steve Jobs, Charles Schwab and Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson. He brings insight from decades of experience with these great leaders and research on the culture of companies and brands that achieve the highest levels of employee engagement, customer loyalty and continuous sales growth.
Mark was Charles Schwab’s former Chief of Staff and Chief Customer Experience Officer, and the Executive Producer of Schwab.com which today has assets over $2.4 Trillion. He is a co-founder of Sir Richard Branson’s Entrepreneurship Centers and an advisor to Virgin Unite Entrepreneurs.
A successful venture capitalist over the last two decades, Mark was as an early investor in companies like Facebook, Netflix and eSurance. He has been a Board Member for many well known technology, biotech and retail companies, including: Best Buy, Korn Ferry, and Interwoven (now owned by HP). He was the Chairman of the Board for Rioport, which popularized the MP3 player prior to the iPod. He is an investor in Cancer Genetics, a leader in DNA-based diagnostics for clinical management of cancer treatment.
A New York Times bestselling author whose books include: ADMIRED: 21 Ways to Double Your Value; Now Build a Great Business; and Success Built to Last - Creating a Life that Matters, Mark is also an Innovation Leadership columnist for Forbes.com, Inc.com and FastCompany.com. His most recent bestseller ADMIRED is a primer on how the world’s "Most Admired Companies" achieve long-term success and growth as well as the qualities that are common to "Most Admired Leaders."
Among Mark’s passions are music and Broadway. Mark serves as a founding Board of Directors member for Smule, the top music app company on iTunes which has over 125 million users worldwide. As a Broadway producer, Mark’s plays have earned five Tony Awards and a total of ten Tony nominations, including Peter and the Star-Catcher with Disney, and StickFly with Alicia Keys.
Guest Speakers / Executive Session Speaker
Curt Steinhorst - Guest Speaker
Since most organizations today are passively going the way of distraction, the few who wake up to the gravity of the situation and learn how to take control of their attention will see their value in the marketplace multiplied. You set the example for how to manage your attention in the workplace. You're also in charge of figuring out how to reach your distracted customer. This speech is directed toward leaders who watch as their bottom lines and employee engagement are negatively impacted by the always-distracted workforce. In this leader-focused speech, Curt Steinhorst answers: How can you communicate with your team to create a focused environment at work? And how can you help your organization truly stand out from the noise? What can you do to more effectively manage the rising demands on your own attention? Curt Steinhorst is on a mission to help today’s workforce win the battle against digital distractions. Having spent years studying the impact of tech on human behavior, he now equips professionals across the world to work smarter and stronger in this constantly-connected age.
Doug Betensky - Guest Speaker / Executive Session Speaker
Doug Betensky is the Founder of Upside Business Consultants. With over 20 years of leadership experience, Doug has helped Fortune 500, middle-market, and small businesses by developing and managing growth-oriented marketing programs.
With expertise in digital marketing, search engine optimization, and search engine marketing, Doug helps clients transform their online advertising programs into cost effective workhorse machines, ensuring the highest return on their investment. Doug’s passion is helping companies outmaneuver the competition online by applying sophisticated data analytics to acquired business insights in order to build winning, measurable business strategies. Although Doug’s primary focus is his clients’ day-to-day requirements, he is also sought after by national companies and the press to speak about digital and search marketing trends and strategies.
Dan Horan - Executive Session Speaker
Dan Horan is an associate consultant at IRCG. Joining in 2016, Dan brings his expertise in sales, marketing, branding, and communications strategy to the IRCG team.
In his career, Dan has worked with a wide range of B2B and B2C companies – from family-owned to Fortune 500 – leading multidisciplinary teams as they develop and implement holistic marketing and strategic plans.
Dan’s experience includes: developing consumer segmentations and insights through quantitative and qualitative research; building and executing creative strategies based on new and existing consumer segmentation; designing and implementing internal and external communication strategies; creating and evolving digital ecosystems; brand launch and positioning strategy; group facilitation for immersion, strategy and implementation.