Keynote Speaker

Erika Andersen Headshot green backgroundErika Andersen is the founding partner of Proteus, a coaching, consulting, and training firm that focuses on leader readiness. Over the past 30 years, Erika has developed a reputation for creating approaches to learning and business-building that are tailored to her clients’ challenges, goals, and culture. She and her colleagues at Proteus focus uniquely on helping leaders at all levels get ready and stay ready to meet whatever the future might bring.

Much of her recent work has focused on organizational visioning and strategy, executive coaching, and management and leadership development. In these capacities, she serves as consultant and advisor to the CEOs and/or top executives of a number of corporations, including NBCUniversal, Facebook, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, GE, HULU, and Madison Square Garden.

She also shares her insights about managing people and creating successful businesses by speaking to corporations, nonprofit groups and national associations. Her books and learning guides have been translated into Spanish, Turkish, German, French, Russian, and Chinese, and she has contributed to and been quoted in a variety of national publications, including the Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and The New York Times. Erika is also one of the most popular leadership bloggers at Forbes.com.

She is the author of Be Bad First—Get Good at Things FAST to Stay Ready for the Future (2016); Leading So People Will Follow (2012); Being Strategic: Plan for Success; Outthink Your Competitors; Stay Ahead of Change (2009); and Growing Great Employees: Turning Ordinary People into Extraordinary Performers (2006). Additionally, Erika is the author and host of the Proteus Leader Show, a regular podcast that offers quick, practical support for leaders and managers.

SLA is excited to partner with Erika as our opening keynote speaker, and we’re hosting various options to connect with her. First, even before the conference, participate in a live Twitter Chat with Erika on Monday, June 6th, from 2 – 2:30p (ET). Use hashtag #SLA2016 to join in the conversation.

Second, we’ll be holding a meet and greet and book signing with Erika in Philly right after her keynote presentation on Sunday, June 12th, from 11:30a – 12:15p in the INFO-EXPO, Booth 134. We hope to see you there!

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