General Session Information

Monday General Session: Power Keynote Preview
Date: Monday, January 9, 2017    
Time: 3  3:45 pm
Location: Level 2, Mandalay Bay Ballrooms
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Hear 10-minute presentations from not one, not two, but three world-class presenters all in one setting.  These phenomenal presenters give you a sneak peek into the focus of their Power Keynote presentations.  Attend this preview prior to choosing a Power Keynote session that best suits your needs.

Individual Power Keynotes
Date: Monday, January 9, 2017    
Time: 4 – 5 pm


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Colette Carlson, Speak Your Truth, Inc.


Stress Less, Connect More!

The truth is whether you are in leadership, sales, or the front line, you are expected to produce more in less time with fewer resources, while staying positive and engaged. The reality is you are stressed out, tightly wound, and exhausted trying to meet and exceed expectations. You have the best intentions that seem to go out the window before lunch due to constantly changing schedules, demands and priorities.  In this real-world and laugh-out-loud funny presentation, Colette shares how to stay connected to what really matters amidst change, challenges and conflict. It’s no longer about time management, it’s about YOU management!  As a result of this program you will learn how to: know when to let go or take control, train your brain to stay cool, calm and collected in stressful situations, eliminate unrealistic expectations and, instead, set yourself up for success and •beat the stress and temptation of everyday life in healthy ways.              




Speaker Bio: Colette Carlson, founder of Speak Your Truth, Inc. is a human behavior expert and humorous keynote speaker who shares the tools, terminology and techniques that encourage people to excel. Clients include Boeing, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble and the United States Government. With a Master’s in Human Behavior and a fascination with communication trends, Colette delivers the latest research letting the facts support the fun. She writes a monthly column for Business Management Daily and has been featured in Success and Working Mother magazines. Colette is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), a designation held by fewer than 10% of the members belonging to the International Federation for Professional Speakers.




Colette learned her message the hard way. She started out a big liar. Literally! Only by telling the truth on herself and admitting her fears did she break through her complacency, lose 50 pounds, and step into a bold, commission-only sales livelihood. Working for sales legend Tom Hopkins, she quickly ascended to become the #1 producer. Colette’s immediate success led to an opportunity to join sales guru Brian Tracy’s team, and shortly thereafter she became a National Sales Trainer for US West.
Laugh and learn with Colette as you step in the Truth Booth and receive the tools to create positive, long-lasting change. Learn more at




Speaker: Brian Solis, Altimeter Group (A Prophet Company)


From Brand Experience (BX) + Customer Experience (CX) + User Experience (UX) = X: How Digital Is Inspiring A New Era Of Experience Design
People don’t want products, they want experiences. This is one of the reasons why businesses over the next 10 years are going to increase investments in customer experience to more effectively compete. The secret to success however, is understanding the relationship between digital and the evolution of customer expectations, behaviors and preferences. What people value, what they find relevant, the experiences they want, are ours to discover. And, they’re not what we think. In his presentation, digital analyst, anthropologist and futurist Brian Solis will share why and how digital will help businesses design meaningful and relevant experiences that people love online and in the real world. More so, he will share insights into how see the world differently to design for a different generation of connected customers.  


Speaker Bio:
Brian Solis is Principal Analyst at Altimeter Group, a Prophet company. Solis studies the effects of disruptive technology on business and society. He has a very special ability to humanize all of these incredible trends to help us see how technology and people are changing and what to do about it.


He is an award-winning author and avid keynote speaker who is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders in digital transformation, innovation and experience. Brian has authored several best-selling books. His latest book “X,” explores the intersection of where business meets design to create engaging and meaningful customer experiences.


PPAI Expo 2017 Opening General Session Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Time: 8:30 – 9:50 am
Location: Level 2, Mandalay Bay Ballroom J
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Promotional Product buyers of today are demanding more from their promotional consultants. The PPAI Expo General Session helps prepare you and your business to deliver on those expectations. Past General Session speakers have included Golden Globe winner Jeffrey Tambor, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, and best-selling author Seth Godin. The PPAI Expo 2017 General Session speaker is sure to make industry headlines and will be announced in the Fall of 2016.