When we first started to think about what the next SURGE should focus on, we considered associations’ biggest challenges today, how there’s a need to face transitional forces coming from both inside and outside the industry and how these organizations are looking to tap into new generations coming of age and into the market. 

We thought about how associations can grow. 

But the thing about growth is it’s impossible or, at least, unsteady unless you can build a solid foundation on which to begin. SURGE Growth, which returns Nov. 6-8,  is about building that foundation.

That’s why when we looked to bring in keynote speakers for the final sessions in each of the three days of our digital conference, we looked to bring in people who could help participants walk away with a toolbox full of ideas, skills and challenges to find new opportunities within their own organizations. 

This fall, SURGE Growth participants will kickstart their experience with keynote discussions with Safi Bahcall, Verne Harnish and John Spence.

As usual, SURGE Growth will offer three days’ worth of invigorating conversations, panel discussions and chat functionality so attendees can connect with each other and with speakers during each panel — all without having to buy a single plane ticket or book a single night in a hotel room. It’s the ultimate way for association professionals to pursue professional development without having to convince anyone to create a line item in the budget.

Learn more about each keynote speaker below: 

Safi Bahcall is a second-generation physicist and a biotech entrepreneur. After attending both Harvard and Stanford, Bahcall was a Miller Fellow in physics at UC Berkeley. After serving as a consultant at McKinsey for three years, Bahcall left to co-found a biotech company, which created new cancer drugs. Bahcall led that company’s IPO and served as CEO for 13 years. In 2008, he was named Ernst & Young’s New England Biotechnology/Pharmaceutical Entrepreneur of the year and, in 2011, he worked with President Barack Obama’s council of science advisers on the future of national research. In The Wall Street Journal bestseller “Loonshots,” Bahcall applies his science background to business, examining how to balance core business with new ideas, and what can be learned from transformation and reinvention. 

Verne Harnish is the founder of the Entrepreneur’s Organization, which boasts more than 14,000 members worldwide. He’s also the founder and CEO of Scaling Up, a global executive education and coaching company with more than 180 partners around the world. The author of the bestselling “Rockefeller Habits,” which was translated into nine languages, and “Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make it … and Why the Rest Don’t (Rockefeller Habits 2.0),” Harnish has been honored with multiple major international book awards, including the International Book Award for Best General Business book.

John Spence spent nearly a quarter century traveling the world to help businesses become more successful as a consultant, workshop facilitator, speaker and coach. Before he was 30, Spence was the CEO of an international Rockefeller foundation and recognized as one of “America’s Up and Coming Young Business Leaders” by Inc. Magazine. Today, he is the author of five books, including “Awesomely Simple,” has been CEO or owner of six companies and currently serves as a board member or adviser to others. In 2017, he was a finalist for the Breakthrough Ideas Award for the Thinkers50 Distinguished Achievement Awards.

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