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In our increasingly competitive marketplace, traditional leadership is changing, and employers need to be savvier than ever. Attracting and retaining standout talent is a top priority, and truly successful leaders are those whose business strategies are informed by knowledge, skills, and perspectives from a broad range of disciplines.

To help you get ahead of the curve, we are bringing a number of top professionals to this year’s Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Toronto. As experts in topics ranging from managing customer relationships to social selling to hostage negotiation, these professionals will help you identify key opportunities to strengthen your leadership practices and maximize the potential of your growing business. Seeing these experts individually could cost you a fortune, but at WPC, we bring them together in one place, netting you an incredible return on your investment in attendance.

Read on to get a taste of who you can expect to see at WPC with five of our featured speakers. And be sure to take a look at our new Featured Speakers page to get even more information on the great speakers we’re bringing to WPC. We’ll be adding more and more insightful speakers as we get closer to the conference, so be sure to bookmark the page and check back often.

Carol Roth—Creator of the Future File™ legacy planning system, billion-dollar dealmaker, media personality and bestselling author of The Entrepreneur Equation.

Carol RothCarol Roth is the creator of the Future File™ legacy planning system, “recovering” investment banker/billion-dollar dealmaker, investor, national media personality and author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Entrepreneur Equation. She is an on air contributor to CNBC and a judge on Mark Burnett & Intel’s technology competition series, America’s Greatest Makers, airing on TBS.

Roth is also an advisor to companies ranging from startups to major multi-national corporations and a former public company director. A noted small business and entrepreneurship advocate, Roth has also been named one of the Top 100 Small Business Influencers in the nation every year from 2011 to 2015.

Roth counts among her “accomplishments” having an action figure made in her own likeness, getting a standing ovation from Richard Branson, and having the NFL follow her on Twitter.

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J.B. Wood—CEO, Technology Services Industry Association

JB WoodJ.B. Wood is president and CEO of the Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA). He is a frequent speaker and author of the best-selling books B4B (2013), Consumption Economics (2011) and Complexity Avalanche (2009). He has appeared in Fortune, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other leading publications.

Through TSIA, Wood works with the world’s largest tech companies on strategies to build profitable service and XaaS business models. He was formerly the CEO of Prognostics and executive vice president of InsightExpress.

In his latest book is B4B: How Technology and Big Data Are Reinventing the Customer-Supplier Relationship, he envisions a next-generation tech industry where suppliers play an active, ongoing role in helping business customers achieve unparalleled value from their technology investments.

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Kim GarstCEO, Boom Social

Kim GarstKim is the best-selling author of Will The Real You Please Stand Up; Show, Up, Be Authentic and Prosper in Social Media. She is also the CEO of Boom Social, a social selling, training and consulting agency that helps businesses of all sizes leverage social and digital marketing strategies to increase their traffic, leads and sales.

She is internationally recognized as a thought leader in the social media space. Forbes named her as one of the Top 10 Social Media Power Influencers, and she regularly contributes to Entrepreneur.com and Huffington Post. Her blog kimgarst.com is one of the top social media resources in the world.

Kim lives in Tampa, FL with her husband and her fur baby.

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Matthias SchrannerCEO, Schranner Negotiation Institute

MatthiasThe former hostage negotiator, Matthias Schranner, was trained by German police and the FBI for the most difficult negotiations. As a consultant, he supports the UN, global corporations, and political parties with his institute—SNI—during difficult negotiations. He is the author of the books Negotiations on the Edge, The Negotiator, and Costly Mistakes, and has published numerous articles.

Schranner has taught and advised on negotiation to corporate and government leaders in more than 40 countries, including the United States, Russia, Ukraine, China, Singapore, and Japan. He serves as adjunct Professor for negotiations at the St. Gallen University in Switzerland and Warwick/UK, and he is President of the SNI LLC New York. Numerous Fortune 500 Companies use his proprietary Negotiation Scorecard® for negotiation support.

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Dona Sarkar—Author, Speaker, Mentor and Principle Product Person, Hololens Developer Platform & Engagement at Microsoft

Dona SarkarDona spends her days making holograms at Microsoft, celebrates diversity in STEM fields as a fashion blogger at Fibonacci Sequins, and is launching her first fashion line called Prima Dona Style this year. She is also the published author of both novels and non-fiction.

She lives in Seattle with her patient husband and her muse, a very bossy tabby cat named Ash.

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WPC 2016 brings together a community of leaders like you who are interested in learning from other top industry experts and thought leaders. Join us to meet and learn from an unparalleled roster of top professionals—and don’t forget to take a look at the WPC 2016 Session Catalog for sessions relevant to your business and priorities. Additional sessions are added each week, so check back often and start planning your experience now.

For those of you who have yet to register, now is the time to do so. Plan ahead and save—just two days remain to take advantage of our early All Access pass price! Register by April 20 at 11:59pm PDT to take advantage of the current, discounted All Access pass price of US$1995 and join us July 10-14 in Toronto.

I look forward to seeing you there!

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