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Keynote Speakers 2017

Tony Bridwell - Thursday, Sept. 7

As an author, international speaker, consultant, and coach, Tony Bridwell has been making a difference at some of the world’s largest organizations for the past 20 years. He is the former Chief People Officer of Brinker International and a current partner with global consulting firm, Partners In Leadership. Tony is a highly recognized thought leader in corporate culture, L&D, and human resources, being named 2015 HR Executive of the Year by DallasHR (the local SHRM affiliate) and also receiving the 2015 Strategic Leadership Award from Strategic Excellence HR. Tony has been a facilitator and featured speaker for audiences of several thousand people and has presented for multiple conferences and associations, including the CHRO Exchange, DallasHR (SHRM), the HRSouthwest Conference, ATD San Diego, and the California Restaurant Association. Tony is also a member of SHRM and serves on the board of directors for Unlimited Partnerships and Taylor’s Gift Foundation. When he is not spending time with his family, Tony turns his efforts toward mentoring a small group of young men, cycling, and writing. With three grown children and two dogs, Tony and his wife, Dee, have called the Dallas area home for almost 30 years.

Terry Gurno - Friday, Sept. 8

“Leading is art and leaders are artists.” Most of us intuitively know effectively leading people means helping those around us succeed. This is not revolutionary thinking, yet in real time it can be hard to do. Preoccupied with our own success, the people we lead often become a source of frustration; we may even see them as a hindrance.

Talented, educated, and successful leaders often rely on the science of leadership – information, data, rational strategies, and push aside the messy ‘art’ of leading people. During this 60-minute presentation, Terry will help you reset and refocus on developing the mindset of putting others first and how, by bringing out the best in others, we become the leaders we were always meant to be. When we embrace our identity as a leader/artist, our focus will shift from a life of external success to a life of internal significance.

Terry is the Co-founder and CEO of Gurno Group LLC. He lives in the beautiful city of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho with his wife, Nancy. They have three grown children and are expecting their first grandchild. When he’s not speaking, training, or coaching, he enjoys hiking, fishing, boating, music, sports, cooking, training for triathlons and reading. He loves to laugh, learn, create, and help others do the same.


Conference Location

  • The Riverside Hotel 
  • 2900 W Chinden Blvd.
  • Boise, ID, 83714

Presented by Harris & Co