John is a lead Virtual Event Producer for the Grand Dynamics team and expert at virtual meetings and events. He has been consulting on organizational effectiveness since 1992 and spent almost a decade working as an internal learning and organization development consultant for a large, award-winning corporate university. He has led enterprise-wide initiatives involving
Robert Strong, the San Francisco Magician, has twice been voted San Francisco's 'Best Comedian' and three times voted San Francisco's 'Best Magician'. He has performed in over 40 countries, in all 50 states, on every major TV network, and twice at the White House.
Warren Glenn is the head game-master and producer for Grand Dynamics virtual games. His passion is fueled by the creative desire to help connect people to each other, to places, to brands and to the world around them through games! Bringing smiles to faces around the world is the highlight of the day. Come experience the science behind play and how we connect through games from the man who creates these experiences every day!
Dr. Jim Cain is one of the most creative and fun experiential educators on the planet! He has authored of 14 adventure-based teambuilding texts, including the most recent virtual book: The Learning Curve: Making the transition from facilitating in the real world to facilitating in a virtual one, with a contribution by GDI President Tim Walther.
A former GDI Director of Sales, Matt Campana has worked in corporate leadership and development for over 15 years and has been at the forefront of the “give back” retreat movement since 2008. He founded the “Hands of Gratitude” program in which participants assemble and donate 3D printed hands to those in need. This program, in collaboration with GDI, impacted thousands. The “Hands of Gratitude” program has been delivered to Deloitte, Fed Ex, Merck, Abbot, GE Novartis, SurveyMonkey, Gulfstream, Facebook, LinkedIn, and many more. Now these events are available for virtual experiences worldwide.
Managing Director, ZRG Boston, Ken Lubin is a managing director for an executive search firm specializing in talent and leadership acquisition of C Level and Senior Searches globally in multiple markets including sports, media, tech and financial services. In addition, he started the Executive Athletes Linked-In Group and Podcast
President, Grand Dynamics International-Tim Walther is an expert in applied business psychology and experiential training and development, specializing in team, leadership and adventure programs for corporate groups. Tim has led business operations and the design and delivery of customized corporate team and leadership retreats, events, and experiences since 1998.
Jimmy Chin is one of the most sought-after and recognized adventure sports photographers and filmmakers working today. In the past decade, Jimmy has collaborated with some of the most progressive athletes and explorers in the world, participating in and documenting break through expeditions around the planet, from climbing notable first ascents in the Karakoram, to skiing first descents in the Himalayas.
Cathy O’Dowd is the first woman in the world to climb Mount Everest from both its north and south sides. The insights she discovered about herself, and about individuals and teams under intense stress in the face of overwhelming challenge, are ones she has been sharing with her corporate audiences ever since. She is the author of Just For The Love Of It, a story of her Everest climbs. She remains an active adventurer and was part of the team that did the first ascent of Nanga Parbat via the Mazeno ridge. Alongside mountaineering, she enjoys rock-climbing, mountain-running, ski-mountaineering, canyoneering – anything that involves traveling through mountains. She is based in Andorra, in the Pyrenees mountains in western Europe. Follow her adventures on Twitter/Instagram @CathyODowd
Stephen Koch: Leadership learned in the mountains The world’s only leadership expert who has snowboarded on Mt Everest. Stephen Koch is a pioneering snowboard mountaineer, professional athlete and mountain guide. With over 50 first ascents and descents on the world’s highest and most challenging mountains, he made calculated decisions with a high level of uncertainty in the face of extreme danger. As a thought leader and keynote speaker, Koch analyzes the world of high-stakes decision-making and failure, sharing the gold that has resulted from tragedy as he connects with audiences worldwide. Extreme Leadership and Decision-Making Stephen will lead audiences through lessons learned the hard way – in the teeth of an avalanche, leading a team up Mount Everest, making decisions about turning back or heading onward that mean life or death. Audiences will learn how to make decisions when the pace is fast, the dangers extreme, and need to decide imminent. How to Lead a Team Under Pressure Today’s business climate demands more from organizations, teams, and leaders than ever before. The pace is faster, the stakes higher, and the changes in the marketplace come more rapidly than ever. Leading a team means being willing to make decisions faster and make bigger bets than ever. Stephen will show audiences how to build an effective team, lead it when it counts, and get out of the way when that’s essential. The Zen of Leadership Stephen will take audiences on a thrilling journey through the world of high-stakes decision-making and failure, sharing the gold that has resulted from tragedy as he tells stories about his life in the mountains and helps audiences apply his wisdom to their business dilemmas.