Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Doug Hall

Professional Inventor, Adjunct Faculty, Researcher, Author

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Doug began his entrepreneurial career at age 12, inventing and selling magic and juggling kits.  After earning a chemical engineering degree from the University of Maine, he joined Procter & Gamble where he rose to the rank of Master Marketing Inventor - inventing and shipping a record nine innovations in 12 months.


Since, 1986, the Eureka! Ranch Consulting team has helped corporations such as American Express, Nike, P&G and Walt Disney discover measurably smarter choices for growth.  It seems to work - the Ranch has a world-class 88% client repeat rate.


Today in addition to continuing to help corporate clients, Doug is on a mission to bring the Eureka! Ranch Technologies to real world entrepreneurs.  He’s developed a new licensed program called Eureka! Winning Ways that helps small and mid-size businesses discover measurably smarter choices for growth.


Doug is the author of 4 best selling books and is a popular speaker on sales, marketing, creativity and innovation.  He has hosted and starred on a wide range of network radio and television programs. He is a one-of-a-kind straight shooter who’s a life member of MENSA and the world’s leading expert on how to invent measurably smarter choices for business growth.

Peter Shea

Chairman / CEO, Entrepreneur Media Inc.

Peter Shea acquired Entrepreneur Media, Inc. in December of 1986. The corporation now includes Entrepreneur Magazine, Entrepreneur International, Entrepreneur de Mexico, and Entrepreneur Thailand, with other international editions being planned for the future. In addition,, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Entrepreneur Media, Inc., is the largest small-business website on the internet.

Since 1983, Mr. Shea has been the CEO and President of Stained Glass Overlay, Inc., an international franchiser with over 350 franchises in 40 countries. From 1981 to 1983, he was involved in land development throughout Southern California and Utah. In 1973, he co-founded Gradco Systems, Inc., a publicly listed company and the world’s largest R&D manufacturer of sorting devices for OEM clients. Mr. Shea was Executive Vice President of Gradco until he sold his interest in the company in late 1981. Prior to 1973, he held various sales management positions at A.B. Dick Company and Itek Business Products.

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Amy M. Wilkinson

Senior fellow, Harvard University Center for Business and Government

Amy M. Wilkinson is a senior fellow at Harvard University’s Center for Business and Government.  She is also a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  

Ms. Wilkinson has written for,,, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, USAToday, The Oregonian, Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Wilson Quarterly and The Huffington Post.  She has lectured and spoken on entrepreneurship, small business, and cross-sector innovation at The Economist Innovation Summit, Stanford University, Harvard University, MIT, the Library of Congress, and the Woodrow Wilson Center as well as appearing as a commentator on Fox News, ABC-Channel 8 News, and the Dialogue Radio and Television program.  

Previously, Ms. Wilkinson served in the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) as a White House fellow and senior policy advisor.  Her business background includes consulting at McKinsey & Company, investment banking at JP Morgan, and founding Alegre, an international art-export company. She began her career as the chief of protocol for the United States Embassy in Mexico.   

Ms. Wilkinson is co-chair of the Council on Foreign Relations term member program, deputy director of the Next Generation Project, and a board advisor for the Wealth and Giving Forum. She holds a BA in political science and English, an MA in sociology, and an MBA all from Stanford University. 

Panelists for Plenary Panel Discussions

Guy Philips

Head of North American Small Business, Visa Inc.

Guy Philips is head of North American small business for Visa Inc, responsible for the development and implementation of VISA business products, portfolio growth, strategy and building client partnerships. In this role, he coordinates all small business credit and debit product efforts; including product development, product management and marketing. He also provides VISA members with insight and counsel on effective card portfolio growth strategies. 


Philips has 15 years experience in the corporate payment card industry. Prior to joining Visa, he was a senior vice president at GreenSky Financial, where he made significant contributions to GreenSky’s portfolio growth, strategy and client partnerships. Philips was also senior vice president of BankCard for The Bankers Bank, the largest correspondent bank in the U.S. In addition, Guy served as vice president of Business Card for General Electric Consumer Finance, managing the Business Card P & L, as well as held senior leadership positions with American Express.


Guy is a native of Johannesburg, South Africa and holds a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.

Elizabeth Edwards

Saturday June 26 - Morning Plenary Speaker

Elizabeth Edwards launched Metro Innovation, a catalyst for innovation and entrepreneurship, in 2009 after seven years in venture capital, private equity, and strategy and innovation consulting.

Metro Innovation helps cities, universities, community foundations, state venture funds, and economic development organizations find high potential technologies and aspiring entrepreneurs – and develop them into viable startup companies.

As a venture capital investor at Neyer Holdings, Elizabeth built winning strategies for start-up and growth companies in a variety of sectors, including clean tech, life sciences, consumer products, and technology. She has evaluated hundreds of business plans, and actively participated in the funding, launch, and management of five early stage portfolio companies.

Elizabeth started her career at Deloitte Consulting, where she was a strategy consultant to Fortune 500 companies, deployed over a broad range of industries, mainly focusing on the health care and life sciences. At Deloitte, Elizabeth’s work focused on strategic marketing, disruptive innovation, and growth strategies.

Elizabeth holds a BS in Economics and Psychology from the University of Michigan, where she graduated with honors and distinction, and a MBA from the University of Cincinnati, where she was Winner of the 2003 Case Competition.  She serves on the board for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber Agenda 360 Committee for Economic Competitiveness.

Robert Sun-Quae Lai

Saturday June 26 - Morning Plenary Speaker

Dr. Robert Sun-Quae Lai is the Director-General of Small and Medium Enterprise Administration (SMEA) of Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), an active customer-oriented organization providing a range of professional services to micro, small and medium enterprises to enhance upgrading and sustainable development.

Dr. Lai spent fifteen years working for Department of Commerce, MOEA where he undertook policy research and implementation. His involvement in programs of the revision and harmonization of Corporate Law, establishment of infrastructure of commercial environment, business automation and logistic operation was given further boost on his assignment into office as Deputy Director-General of the Department. Dr. Lai then was transferred to Deputy Director-General of SMEA where he continued his in-depth participation in supporting SME development. That time he was focusing on market promotion through the conduct of local market development plans, particularly in the frontlines all year round to communicate with SME entrepreneurs, find their potential business demands and provide for integrated solutions.  

In his role as Director-General of SMEA, Dr. Lai has consolidated SMEA’s key position as one of the powerful engines for Taiwan economic development. He is responsible for SME industrial policies and business strategies, entrepreneurial development and incubation, business consultation and guidance, financial assistance and facilitation, e-business and e-learning capacity building, knowledge management and international cooperation. His achievements in these realms have promoted and transformed SME operations into a new stage of efficiency, effectiveness and competitiveness.

Dr. Lai is currently the Associate Professor of Business Administration at the National Taiwan Institute of Technology, Taipei, Taiwan. He received his MBA degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A., and Ph.D. degree in Business Administration from National Taipei University, Taiwan. Dr. Lai’s research interests are in the fields of SME policy analysis, entrepreneurship, incubation, innovative business development, cross-cultural management, business negotiations and strategic alliances. He has published various articles on the utilization of industrial clustering and networking by SMEs, including researches on analyzing Taiwanese SME success stories and core competences, examining partnership collaboration for internationalization modes, exploring impacts of culture in the global competition, and investigating the situation of women-owned SMEs in the digital economy.

In light of Dr. Lai’s outstanding performances and academic contributions, he was laurelled with Award for Model Civil Servant (1993), K. T. Lee Management Medal (2003), Outstanding IT Elite Award (2004) and Outstanding Civil Servant Award (2004). He concurrently represents SMEA in several domestic boards and international organizations and fora.

Honorary Guest

Oscar Robertson

Oscar Robertson (The Big O) forever changed the game of basketball -- on the court and in the courtroom. Voted “Player of the Century” by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, he  
has also distinguished himself as a social activist, a labor leader, an international ambassador for the game of basketball, a business owner, a mentor and teacher, and a philanthropist.  

On the basketball court, the 6’5” Robertson set new standards of excellence at every level and is considered the greatest all-around player in the history of the game. The first big point guard who could score from anywhere, rebound, pass, and play defense, he created the template for such later NBA stars as Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.  

In only his second NBA season, 1961-62, Robertson set a record which may never be broken, averaging the first and only “triple double” for an entire season (30.8 points per game, 12.5 rebounds, and 11.4 assists). He is the NBA’s all-time leader in triple doubles (season, 41, and career, 181), and in rebounds by a guard. He was the first player to lead the league in assists and scoring in the same season. He led the league in assists six times and free throw percentage twice, and is the only guard ever to lead his team in rebounding.  

As president of the NBA Players Association from 1965-74, The Big O made an even more lasting impact with a class action anti-trust lawsuit against the NBA, seeking changes in the draft and the league’s reserve clause. A 1976 legal settlement, known as the Oscar Robertson Rule, helped NBA players become the first professional athletes to achieve free agency, forever changing the balance of power in professional sports and leading to a new era of expansion, growth and prosperity for the NBA. The Big O was one of five co-founders of the NBA Retired Players Association and served as its first president from 1992-1998.  

In 1997, when his daughter Tia’s kidneys were failing, The Big O made the assist of a lifetime by donating a kidney to her. He also became an advocate for health and wellness, kidney disease prevention, and organ transplantation on behalf of the National Kidney Foundation.  

The youngest of three brothers, Oscar Robertson was born November 24, 1938 in Charlotte, Tennessee and raised in Indianapolis, where he graduated in the top 10% of his class at Crispus Attucks High School. He led Attucks to a 45-game win streak including an undefeated season, two consecutive state titles – the first for an African-American school or an Indianapolis school – and a national championship, the first ever by an African-American school in any sport. As a senior, he was Indiana’s “Mr. Basketball” in 1956 and national high school player of the year. 

At the University of Cincinnati, The Big O earned a business degree in four years and led the Bearcats to the Final Four in 1959 and 1960. A three-time All-American, he was the NCAA’s first three-time scoring leader, finishing with a 33.8 average, and the first to win College Player of the Year honors three times. In 1998, the U.S. Basketball Writers renamed their college Player of the Year award The Oscar Robertson Trophy. He is listed among the NCAA’s all-time leading student athletes, and holds an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Cincinnati. 

Following graduation, The Big O co-captained the undefeated 1960 U.S. Olympic gold medal team, often considered the greatest basketball team ever put together. He then embarked on a 14-year Hall of Fame NBA career -- ten years with Cincinnati and four with Milwaukee – during which he led his teams to 10 playoff appearances including Milwaukee’s only NBA title in 1971. He was Rookie of the Year in 1961, Most Valuable Player in 1964, a 12-time All-Star, and MVP in three All-Star games. He is enshrined in the International Basketball (FIBA) Hall of Fame and twice in the Naismith Hall of Fame, as an individual and with the 1960 Olympic team.  

One of the nation’s leading small business owners, Robertson is the CEO of companies in the areas of specialty chemicals, document management, and media. He holds a Lifetime Achievement Award for entrepreneurship from the University of Cincinnati College of Business Entrepreneurship Center. At the University of Cincinnati, the Oscar and Yvonne Robertson Scholarship Fund provides assistance to deserving minority students, and the Robertsons also serve as co-chairs of the University’s current $1 billion capital campaign. 

Robertson is the author of an autobiography, “The Big O: My Life, My Times, My Game,” and “The Art of Basketball,” the definitive instructional book on the fundamentals of the game. He has contributed five op-ed pieces to the New York Times and has written for TIME Magazine and For complete information about Oscar Robertson, please visit