In many ways, the difference between a great leader and a visionary leader comes down to one simple word: perspective. Consider the following…
When Amazon started selling books online, most observers laughed at Jeff Bezos. Why order a book online when you could easily grab one at the bookstore? When SpaceX announced plans to develop space exploration services and one day host commercial flights in space, many thought Elon Musk was crazy. How do you compete with NASA?
But both leaders have proven to have, among many other talents, the uncanny ability to view situations from angles others don’t see, and ultimately to solve problems others never realized existed. Bezos’s ability to foresee the impact of the internet has completely redefined retailing. Similarly, Musk’s grasp of NASA’s challenges, the escalating concerns about the environment, and how to make space exploration vastly more efficient have changed the conversation about space.
The topic of perspective and how to develop it has always been core to ConnectCentral—and ConnectCentral 2018 is no exception. This year’s keynote speakers have each used their own uncommon perspectives to shape new ideas and new markets. And in keeping with our overall discussions about the power of uniting people, ideas, and businesses at this year’s ConnectCentral, each of our keynote speakers has demonstrated their own unique point of view in their area of focus.
ConnectCentral 2018 Keynote Speakers
Transforming Ideas with Malcolm Gladwell
Malcolm Gladwell is a journalist, master storyteller, and world-renowned author of five critically acclaimed books. Perhaps his best-known book, The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, explores how ideas, trends, and social behaviors reach a “tipping point” and ultimately spread like wildfire. Gladwell’s thoughtful approach will inspire ConnectCentral 2018 attendees to think about new ways to disseminate ideas, sell products, and create lasting change.
Transforming Business with Jacob Morgan
Jacob Morgan is a three-time best-selling author who explores the future of work and the employee experience. Morgan also founded “The Future If,” a global community of business leaders, authors, and futurists who explore what our future can look like if certain technologies, ideas, approaches, and trends actually happen. Morgan’s 2012 book, The Collaborative Organization, predicted many of the trends we will explore at ConnectCentral 2018.
Transforming People with Reshma Saujani
Reshma Saujani is the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in the technology sector and redefine the image of programmers around the world. Saujani’s organization has provided free computer-science education to more than 40,000 young women, and by the end of the 2018 academic year, Girls Who Code will have reached more than 50,000 girls in all 50 states and several US territories. The results have been nothing short of life changing: 88 percent of Girls Who Code alumni have gone on to pursue a degree in computer science.
Developing a Unique Perspective
For many visionary leaders today, their perspective is often built upon an understanding of the virtually limitless potential of technology. Ideas that seem impossible one minute become possible the next, as the nonstop acceleration of technology innovation unites people, ideas, and businesses around the world.
ConnectCentral 2018 provides a unique opportunity to engage with industry thought-leaders, peers, and RingCentral experts for deep learning, networking, and hands-on training. Our insightful keynote speakers, technical breakout sessions, and tailored demos are certain to deliver valuable knowledge and perspective. And, of course, don’t forget our rocking parties!