Keynote Speaker Bios
In October 2007, Lieutenant Colonel Darling retired from the United States Marine Corps with just over twenty years of active duty service. He flew attack helicopters in Desert Shield and Desert Storm during the first Gulf War and in Somalia, Africa, in support of Operation Restore Hope. In June 1998, he was selected to fly as a presidential pilot with Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) and in October 2000, he was handpicked to work for the White House Military Office, Airlift Operations Department. It was in that capacity that Lt. Col. Darling supported the President, Vice President and National Security Advisor in the President's Emergency Operations Center (PEOC) on September 11, 2001.
In May 2002, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School where he earned his MBA in Financial Management and subsequently served as a Program Manager for the Chief of Naval Operations supporting the Department of the Navy Flying Hour Program.
Bob is the author of “24 Hours Inside the President’s Bunker, 9/11/01: The White House”, and the President and CEO of Quantitative Analytics, LLC, an aviation operations and logistics company located in Stafford, Virginia. He is married to the former Angela Paderon of New City, NY. They have two sons, Michael, 18 and Matthew, 15.
Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker staff writer and author of four New York Times Bestsellers, announced as a keynoter at CUNA's 2013 America's Credit Union Conference.
Malcolm has been named one of Time's 100 most influential people. He is ranked number 10 on The Thinkers 50 2011, the premier ranking identifying and sharing the best management thinking in the world.
Malcolm's writing often deals with applications of research and new ideas in the social sciences, making frequent use of academic work in the areas of sociology, psychology, and social psychology. He is known to be an extraordinary speaker with great eloquence, audience awareness and magnetism. His New Yorker archives, details on his books, and his blog can be found at www.gladwell.com.
Malcolm Gladwell's books
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Lyn Heward is the current director of creation for Montreal's Cirque du Soleil and the former president and COO of the Creative Content Division. She is the author of the critically acclaimed book, The Spark: Igniting the Creative Fire that Lives Within Us All.
Her renowned keynote of the same title takes the audience behind the scenes of Cirque du Soleil to explore the nature and origins of creativity. Presenting practical advice on a range of issues: risk-taking, leadership, teamwork, product development, finding and developing talent, and fostering a dynamic corporate culture, Heward helps professionals in any field find the creative spark and zeal for innovation that, in today's business climate, can mean the difference between success and failure. Heward was also an associate producer for a portion of the 2006 Winter Olympics closing ceremonies.
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Adam Grant, an award-winning professor, researcher and author, has been announced as the fourth keynote speaker at America's Credit Union Conference. Grant is the youngest-tenured and highest-rated professor at Wharton, where he teaches organizational psychology--the study of workplace dynamics. He was named one of the world's 40-best business professors under age 40 and has received the Excellence in Teaching Award for every class he has taught.
Grant has presented solutions for leaders of organizations including Google, the National Football League, IBM, Merck, the World Economic Forum, Goldman Sachs, Estee Lauder and the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force. He wrote a new book, Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success, and was recently profiled in a New York Times Magazine cover story, "Is Giving the Secret to Getting Ahead?"