Power Session Speakers

Power Sessions are back by popular demand! These sessions are designed to kick start the entrepreneur in you and give you the tools to grow and thrive in any business environment.

Carmine Gallo

Carmine Gallo is a three-time Wall Street Journal bestselling author, internationally popular keynote speaker, Harvard instructor, and communication advisor for the world’s most admired brands. A “communications guru,” according to Publishers Weekly, Gallo’s books have been translated into more than 30 languages. He delivers highly customized, engaging, inspiring, and actionable multimedia keynotes based on his international bestsellers: Talk Like TED, The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs, and The Storyteller’s Secret, among others. In June, 2018, Macmillan/St. Martin’s Press will publish Gallo’s ninth book, Five Stars: The Communication Secrets to Get from Good to Great. In his book, Gallo argues that good isn’t good enough in the age of ideas. As the combined forces of globalization, artificial intelligence and automation disrupt every field and every career, the persuaders are irreplaceable and irresistible. Gallo shows brands and individuals how to master the ancient art of persuasion to stand out in the modern world.

Gallo is one of the most influential voices in communication, business and leadership. Gallo has been called “a master raconteur” by Worth Magazine and has “built a career sharing secrets we can all learn from,” according to ABC’s 20/20. He has also been featured on CNBC, MSNBC, Bloomberg TV, and in The New York Times, Entrepreneur, Costco Connection, and Success Magazine. Gallo has built a reputation for transforming leaders into powerful storytellers and communicators at the world’s largest brands including: Accenture, Allstate, Apple, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Chevron, Cisco, Coca-Cola, Disney, Ford, Google, HCA Health, Hyundai, Intel, Kaiser, KPMG, LinkedIn, McKinsey, Medtronic, Microsoft, Pfizer, Salesforce, SAP, Walmart, and many others. Gallo’s books are also required reading at some of the highest levels of the U.S. military where leaders are training the next generation of team commanders.

Gallo’s books have been endorsed by a who’s who of billionaires and business leaders such as Howard Schultz, Marc Benioff, Tony Hsieh, Daniel Pink, and Barbara Corcoran. In addition to playing a role in shaping the messages behind products that touch your life every day, Carmine Gallo is an instructor of storytelling and communication at Harvard University. He also writes popular columns for Forbes.com and Inc.com.

Shabnam Mogharabi

Shabnam Mogharabi has more than 15 years of experience in media and entertainment, building startups and organizations with an emphasis on digital content, social platforms, production, and news media. She is currently the CEO of SoulPancake, an inspiring entertainment company she co-founded with actor Rainn Wilson that creates positive, socially conscious videos daily about human connection. As CEO, she is responsible for steering the company’s vision, safeguarding its mission, and supercharging its growth past its current community of 10M fans online and nearly 1B video views. She also advises SoulPancake’s parent company, Participant Media, and its board on strategic issues, acquisition opportunities, and the company’s social impact goals. 

Prior to SoulPancake, Shabnam was an award-winning journalist and editor, having served as the youngest Editor-in-Chief at Hanley Wood Business Media, where she oversaw a group of 4 print publications, 8 websites and e-newsletters, and 3 annual live events in the real estate space. Under her leadership, the group weathered downsizing and consolidation during the financial and housing crisis of 2008, yet surpassed annual revenue growth and profitability targets by 20%. One of the youngest winners of the Jesse H. Neal Award (the Pulitzer Prize of B2B journalism), Shabnam has worked as a contributing writer, editor, and stringer for a number of publications, including People, Pool & Spa News, Sunset, and HuffPost. She is a New York Times bestselling author with SoulPancake: Chew on Life’s Big Questions. 

Shabnam is honored to be a member of the 2016 class of Henry Crown Fellows and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She is a frequent speaker on the importance of joy, how to connect with Millennials, and meaningful online engagement. She resides in Los Angeles, where she is active with several interfaith organizations and volunteers with the Crisis Text Line. She is on the advisory board of Wayfarer Entertainment and consults for several feature films in development. Shabnam received her B.A. in journalism and business administration from the University of Southern California and her Master’s in media management from Northwestern University.