About Apex 2017

Apex 2017 is an exclusive gathering of the HighTower community taking place May 23-24 at the Intercontinental San Francisco. This one-of-a-kind summit will explore the intersection of health and wealth, as well as the idea that financial success is not an end-goal, but a catalyst to achieving an extraordinary quality of life. The program features insightful speakers and accomplished experts from the worlds of business, finance and more, including: former NASA astronaut Captain Scott Kelly, two-time Olympic Marathoner Alan Culpepper, Google Foundation President Jacquelline Fuller, and many others.

Keynote Speakers

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Captain Scott Kelly

Captain Scott Kelly

Astronaut

Captain Scott Kelly’s epic Year In Space solidified his status as one of the greatest pioneers in history. Now, in his acclaimed speech appearances, he brings audiences to the edge of their seats with transcendent insights that inspire and challenge them to dream big, test the status quo, and “choose to do the hard things.”

One of a select group of Americans who embody a defining moment in the nation’s history, he captivated the world and seized the imagination of millions during his record-breaking voyage— proving that the sky is not the limit when it comes to the potential of the human spirit. On his trip, Scott, together with his identical twin brother Mark on Earth, paved the way for the future of space travel and exploration as the subjects of an unprecedented NASA study on how space affects the human body.

This year, the world awaits another exciting landing with the arrival of Scott’s widely-anticipated memoir, “Endurance: My Year In Space and Our Journey to Mars” slated for release in fall 2017. His book has also been optioned as a Hollywood film by Sony Pictures.

With awe-inspiring stories from space and personal reflections on leadership, teamwork and testing limits, Scott inspires others to believe that they can reach any goal, no matter how ambitious or audacious. As he looks back on the expedition that shuttled him into history books, audiences revel in the presence of a true American hero and gather unique takeaways on persistence, resilience and self-determination that transform the way they view their own journey through life.

Jacquelline Fuller

Jacquelline Fuller

President, The Google Foundation

Jacquelline Fuller leads Google.org, Google’s philanthropy, which provides more than $200 million yearly to support innovators using technology for humanity.

Jacquelline joined Google in 2007 and manages a global team that brings together Googler volunteers, product donations and funding in areas such as education, economic empowerment and inclusion. 

Jacquelline previously served as Deputy Director of Global Health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she was a member of the senior management team for eight years. In 2004-2005, Jacquelline and her family moved to Delhi, India where she helped to launch a $300 million health initiative for the Gates Foundation. Prior experience also includes serving as speechwriter to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Louis Sullivan. 

She received her BA in political science from UCLA and a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School at Harvard. She serves on the board of GiveDirectly.

Kyle Maynard

Kyle Maynard

Mountaineer, ESPY Award-winner, motivational speaker and only congenital paraplegic to ascend Mt. Kilimanjaro

Kyle Maynard is an entrepreneur, speaker, best selling author, award-winning extreme athlete, and the first man to bearcrawl to the top of the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro (19,340 feet), and the summit of Argentina’s Mount Aconcagua (22,838 feet), the highest peak in both the Western and Southern Hemispheres.

Born with a rare condition known as congenital amputation, that left him with arms that end at the elbows and legs that end near his knees, he learned early on to live life independently and without prosthetics. Kyle thrives on physical challenges and is a champion wrestler, CrossFit Certified Instructor and gym owner, competitive Mixed Martial Arts fighter, world record-setting weightlifter, and skilled mountaineer.

He is on a mission to make the world a better place and to inspire others to do the same by sharing his story and living by example. He travels across continents, speaking to thousands of executives and students, athletes and warriors, to share his "No Excuses" philosophy. He is a humanitarian who passionately supports numerous charities, and commits time and resources to work with wounded and recovering U.S. military veterans.

Kyle is the New York Times best selling author of his life story, “No Excuses,” and the focus of the moving ESPN documentary, “A Fighting Chance.” His story has been featured in countless television programs and editorials, which have been viewed by millions around the world.


Jenn Lim

Jenn Lim

CEO & Chief Happiness Officer, Delivering Happiness

Jenn Lim is the CEO and CHO (Chief Happiness Officer) of Delivering Happiness (DH), a company she and Tony Hsieh (CEO of Zappos.com) co-founded to inspire science-based happiness, passion and purpose at work, home and in everyday life.

Jenn has been a consultant with Zappos from its start-up days in 2003 to the $2B business it is today. She created the Zappos Culture Book, an embodiment of how companies can use happiness as a business model to increase productivity and profitability.

Jenn’s experience with Zappos, combined with her development of scientific frameworks for workplace happiness, created the evidence that happier employees = happier customers = successful companies (and meaningful lives).

Jenn has traveled to over 30 countries to speak on this equation and most importantly, share the practical ways of HOW this equation works.

Upon the discovery that every organization can have similar results, DH evolved into the culture coach-sulting company it is today...to help businesses, hospitals and governments actualize their own sustainable culture for positive ROI.

Today, Jenn is dedicated to growing DH to inspire people, companies and communities to change their world, so together, we can change the world.


Alan Culpepper

Alan Culpepper

Two-time Olympic Marathoner

Alan grew up in El Paso Texas where he held 5 State Championship titles in Track and Cross Country and he still holds numerous El Paso city records. While studying at the University of Colorado he was an 8 time Division I All-American and earned a National Title in the 1996 NCAA Championships at 5,000 meters. Alan graduated in 1996 with degrees in Sociology and Geography and was named University of Colorado’s Student-Athlete of the year and in 2012 was inducted in the University Athletic Hall of Fame. Over the course of his 12 year professional career, Alan proved to be one of the most consistent and versatile distance runners in American history. Along with qualifying for two Olympic teams, Alan was also a seven time National Champion in events ranging from 5k to the marathon and competed on four World Championship teams. In 2002 Alan ran his debut Marathon in a time of 2:09:41 which at that time was the American Debut Record. In only his second marathon Alan won the 2004 Olympic Marathon Trials and later that year went on to finish an impressive 12th place in the marathon at the Athens Olympic Games. He continued a string of impressive performances finishing 4th in the 2005 and 5th in the 2006 Boston Marathon. With a range of personal bests from 3:55.1 in the mile to 2:09:41 in the marathon Alan has the best range of any other American Distance runner to date and one of only 20 men in the world to run under a 4:00 mile and under a 2:10 marathon.

Upon completing his athletic career Alan shifted his focus to starting a retail business and successfully launched and operated Solepepper Sports just outside Boulder Colorado. After several years of owning and operating the business and developing new community initiatives through the store, Alan decided to sell the business to pursue a career in event planning, marketing and execution with one of the largest participatory event companies in the world. He began his 6 year stint with Competitor Group Inc. as Director of Operations where he managed multi day event operations and logistics in city across the country. This included Phoenix, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Denver and others. He later moved into a management role where he served as the functional lead for seven major events in the United States annually. Alan eventually ended up as Vice President of Government Relations where he handled all sensitive city conversations and negotiations with the Mayor’s office, City Manager, Conventions and Visitors Bureau and City Council.

Currently Alan serves as the Director of Operations and Marketing for the University of Colorado’s annual Conference on World Affairs. The Conference on World Affairs is a historic one of a kind week-long festival of ideas with thought leaders from around the world. The 100 invited speakers take part in 200 panel discussions and performances throughout the week and attract almost 70,000 attendees annually. Topics include climate, politics, food, activism, space, human rights and many more. Alan also works with athletes of all varying abilities through his online coaching platform Culpepper Coaching. He helps athletes from Singapore to Australia and London and across the United States with aspirations of completing their first event to qualifying for the Boston Marathon.

In 2015 Alan authored, RUN Like a Champion – An Olympian’s Approach For Every Runner. Published by Velopress.


Amy Webb

Amy Webb

Futurist

Amy Webb knows what’s coming. The futurist, author and founder of the Future Today Institute, she identifies emerging trends maps how they’ll transform the future of business, international relations, culture and the world. A recent Wall Street Journal profile described her methodology, which combines data-driven research with “aggressive computation.” Webb’s forecasting tools are taught in universities, and her Future Today Institute team advises Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, government agencies, large nonprofits, universities and startups worldwide. Her futures forecasting work has been featured in The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Inc. Magazine, Fast Company, CNN, NPR, and more. She was recently named to the 2017 Thinkers50 Radar list of management thinkers most likely to shape the future.

The authority on forecasting and strategy, Webb collaborates with a number of institutions. She was a Delegate on the former U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission, where she worked on the future of technology, media and international diplomacy. She is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, where she has served as a Blue Ribbon Panel Emmy Judge for emerging technology categories. She sits on several advisory boards, including the SXSW Accelerator.

An engaging and energetic speaker, Webb customizes every presentation for each audience
using original research and insights specific for the organization, industry or conference. Attendees typically receive a digital folder full of resources, tools and actionable ideas following the presentation. Webb’s popular TED talk, based on her bestselling memoir “Data, A Love Story,” has been viewed more than 5 million times and translated into 32 languages. It has been the featured in-flight entertainment on Delta flights and in Marriott hotel rooms.

She is the author of three books, including “The Signals Are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe Is Tomorrow’s Mainstream” (PublicAffairs, December 2016) which explains how leaders and organizations can predict and manage technological change. It was selected as one of Fast Company’s Best Books of 2016, was an Amazon’s best book of December 2016 and was a #1 Bestseller. Signals has been translated into a number of languages.

Webb designed and teaches the futures forecasting MBA course at the New York University School of Business. She was a 2014-15 Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, where her research on the future of education reform received a national Sigma Delta Chi award. Every year, she lectures about the future of media and technology at a number of universities, which have included Institut d’études politiques de Paris, Temple University, Tokyo University and National University of Kyiv.

The first half of Webb’s career was spent in journalism: she was a reporter with Newsweek (Tokyo) and the Wall Street Journal (Hong Kong) where she covered emerging technology, media and economic trends.


Jim Kwik

Jim Kwik

Memory and Learning Expert

Jim Kwik is CEO and founder of KwikLearning.com, a leader in accelerated learning with online students in over 150 countries. 

He is a world expert in speed-reading, memory improvement, and optimal mental fitness and performance. 

For two decades he has served as the brain performance coach to many of the world's most admired CEOs and celebrities. 

Kwik’s cutting edge techniques and impressive mental feats have made him the highly sought out trainer for top entrepreneurs and organizations, with clients that include Virgin, Nike, GE, Fox Studios, Caltech, Harvard, and Singularity University.

After a childhood brain injury left him learning challenged, Kwik created systems and strategies to dramatically enhance his own mental performance. He has since dedicated his life to helping others to master the growing epidemic of information overload and unleash their brainpower to live a life of greater power, productivity and prosperity.

He has a passion for education and funds schools for children from Guatemala to Kenya.

Mark Jeffries

Mark Jeffries

Expert, Influencing Using "Soft" Communication Skills

Author, keynote speaker and former Merrill Lynch stockbroker, Mark Jeffries, has become a trusted adviser and communication consultant to some of the world's largest and most successful corporations, agencies and partnerships.

Dividing his time mostly between the United States, Canada and Europe, Jeffries is invited to deliver his highly effective keynotes on business communication and influence to audiences across many industries. His speeches are relevant, entertaining, and filled with instantly useable takeaway ideas.

Jeffries has spoken in front of more than 100,000 people, always receiving audience plaudits and praise. The messages within his content help people, in every industry, at any level improve how they build connections, tell stories, share ideas, pitch themselves and "sell without selling".

Jeffries has also mastered a fascinating niche¾moderating major corporate events. Jeffries has become the go-to person for facilitating, moderating and MC-ing multinational events for major organizations around the world.

Jeffries has published two books: What's up with your Handshake? and The Art of Business Seduction.

Discussing the power of business influence, networking 2.0 and soft skills, Jeffries regularly appears as an expert guest on NBC's Today show, FOX Business, CNBC and BBC News and writes for The Huffington Post.


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