KEYNOTE SPEAKER RYAN HOLIDAY
With bestsellers like The Daily Stoic and Ego Is the Enemy, RYAN HOLIDAY is a motivational speaker on everyone’s mind. The New York Times calls him “a sought-after guru to NFL coaches, Olympians, hip-hop stars and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.” And in his latest book, Perennial Seller, he proves once again why he’s a marketing maverick—explaining how to create products that actually stand the test of time.
Ryan Holiday is a young, smart, marketing powerhouse turned motivational speaker. His book The Daily Stoic distills the ancient wisdom of the stoic philosophers into 366 practical meditations, each meant to enrich and enliven our daily lives—at work, on the field, and in our relationships. In Ego Is the Enemy, Holiday explains how “the battle against ego must be fought on many fronts,” and provides helpful examples of major figures who’ve achieved success by escewing the spotlight and putting the greater good above their own vanity. And in The Obstacle Is the Way, he shows us how to turn even the most insurmountable obstacles into advantages, inspired by a timeless set of philosophical principles used by icons from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart, Richard Wright to Steve Jobs. Forbes calls it “an inspiring read for anyone faced with adversity” that can “save years of future angst.” Publishers Weekly argues that “Holiday’s performance is commanding and optimistic, sure to inspire readers to take new perspective on their apparent obstacles.” It has so far been translated into over 20 languages and has sold over 230,000 copies.
Holiday is also the renowned media strategist behind celebrity authors Tucker Max and Timothy Ferriss. The former Director of Marketing at American Apparel, his campaigns have been studied by YouTube, Twitter, and Google. After dropping out of college at 19 to apprentice under the strategist Robert Greene (The 48 Laws of Power), he went on to advise many bestselling authors and multi-platinum musicians. His book Growth Hacker Marketing: A Primer on the Future of PR, Marketing, and Advertising explains how multibillion dollar brands are built without spending a dime on ‘traditional marketing,’ and frames the overnight success of companies like Dropbox, Facebook, AirBnb, and Twitter. Porter Gale, Former VP of Marketing at Virgin America, says: “This book is a wake up call for every marketing exec in the business. And a tutorial for engineers, IT, founders and designers. Read it.” And his latest book returns to the world of marketing and publicity: Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work That Lasts explores iconic products, artworks, artists that achieve longevity in our disposable age. It’s a book Inc. says “every entrepreneur should read” and an FT book of the month selection.
Holiday is a media columnist for The New York Observer, and his other writings—published in 19 languages—appear in Forbes, The Huffington Post, Fast Company, Thought Catalog, and The Columbia Journalism Review, among others. Holiday’s first book, Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator, a tell-all expose of modern online journalism, is a Wall Street Journal bestseller and an Amazon Editor’s Best Book of the Month. The Financial Times called it an “astonishing, disturbing book.” To The Big Picture author Edward J. Epstein, “Ryan Holiday’s brilliant expose of the unreality of the Internet should be required reading for every thinker in America.”
Mr. Jeff Moulton is the Executive Director of Stephenson’s National Center for Security Research and Training and the Transformation Technologies and Cyber Research Center at Louisiana State University (LSU) and the President & CEO of LSU’s non-profit applied research and development corporation – Nascent Technologies Corporation (NTC). He provides strategic direction and leadership and is responsible for focusing research, business development, building technical teams, and coordinating information operations across the university and institute. Mr. Moulton has in-depth experience within the intelligence communities assessing and defining corporate-level and globally deployable network security solutions. Mr. Moulton actively participates in numerous National and International Cyber Forums. Most noteabley he has been appointed to the ODNI/NSA Computational Cyber Security in Compromised Environments (C3E); the Secretary of the Air Force’s Cyber Vision 2025 (CV2025) Committee; the AFCEA International Cyber Committee, and the IEEE Homeland Security Technologies (Cyber Panel) Committee. His technical certifications include: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2), Project Management Professional (PMP), Project Management Institute, National Security Agency (NSA) Information Assurance Manager (IAM), National Security Agency (NSA) INFOSEC Evaluation Methodology (IEM), Open Source Professional Security Analyst (OPSA), and Malware Forensics Investigator (MFI), Wetsone.
Prior to LSU, Mr. Jeff Moulton served as the Director of Program Development and Information Operations for Georgia Tech Research Insistute (GTRI). At GTRI, Mr Moulton established GTRI’s first cyber lab, recruited and hired the technical team, and grew GTRI’s newest laboratory into the largest of GTRI’s eight labs.
Before joining GTRI, Mr. Moulton served as the Information Assurance Assistant Program Manager at the Naval Surface Warfare Center. In this role he established an Information Assurance (IA) Division for the Deployable Joint Command and Control (DJC2) Joint Program Office. He provided leadership and direction for all information assurance facets of the $566M Joint Program of Record and managed the many facets of a major DoD acquisition program. He recruited and built the first joint integrated IA team across government and military service branches, with members from DIA, NSA, SPAWAR, NETWARCOM, OSD NII, JITC, USJFCOM, USPACOM, USEUCOM, USSOUTHCOM, and other Department of Defense (DoD) IA stakeholders. Mr. Moulton authored the DJC2 IA Strategy, Technology Readiness Assessments, Analysis of Alternatives, and other DoD acquisition documents required by public law. Mr. Moulton continues to represent the DJC2 Joint Program Office as the IA subject matter expert with DoD intelligence agencies. In addition, Mr. Moulton serves on the Department of the Navy Network Warfare Command (NETWARCOM) IA Working Group.
Prior to his position with the U.S.Navy, Mr. Moulton served as the Executive Director, Integrated Solutions Division (ISD) at Concurrent Technologies Corporation (CTC), a 501(c)3 non-profit research and development company. He was responsible for contract performance, business development, human resources, financial performance, and organizational development for the ISD. This included operational responsibility for over 350 employees, 8 major offices and multiple operating locations. Focus areas included: communications/network engineering, software/systems engineering, visualization, battlefield situational awareness, advanced technology prototyping, C4ISR systems, information assurance, logistics decision support systems, supply chain integration, and general information technology (IT) development.
Preceding his assignment at ISD, Mr. Moulton served as the Director, Information Assurance Programs at CTC where he provided overall leadership on multiple multi-million dollar programs and directed the organization’s personnel. His programs ranged from improving network security and developing unique solution sets for advanced network security problems utilized throughout the Department of Defense, to designing high-speed systems and modeling and simulating these network architectures. Mr. Moulton established the National Attack Sensing, Warning and Response (ASW&R) Laboratory. This National asset is currently hosted and operated by the National Security Agency (NSA).
Mr. Moulton served a twenty-four year career with the United States Air Force. He held a diverse set of technical and leadership positions across the globe, including Communications and Information Functional Manager for Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Air Force Base.
Mr. Moulton, who was born and raised in St. Marys, Pennsylvania, studied Business and Management at Allentown College of St. Francis DeSales (now DeSales University), and holds a Masters of Science Degree in Management from the Troy State University.