Written by Speaker Nomi Prins | A new decade has arrived! And with it, the Roaring Twenties of a century ago echo today. That’s because the past can teach us lessons. Consider F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife, Zelda. She eloquently summarized the excesses and red-flags of the 1920’s. “We couldn't go on indefinitely being swept off our feet,” she noted in her 1932 semi-biographical book, Save Me The Waltz. The book was published at the height of the Great Depression that followed the Crash of 1929.
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APB’s Mark Blyth, a bestselling author, lauded professor and eminent political economist, lays out his vision of the coming decade in a timely New York Times op-ed. The Times asked 13 high-profile public figures, from Andrew Yang to Larry David to Blyth himself, to weigh in on the decade and share insights into what is to come. Blyth brings his signature honesty and essential knowledge to the question of our near future, saying, “only one thing matters between now and 2030: climate change.” He incorporates his sweeping knowledge of politics, finance and popular sentiment into his remarks, making bold predictions about not only the 2020 Election, but 2024 and beyond.
APB speaker David Epstein’s latest bestseller Range contradicts the conventional wisdom of “practice makes perfect” or, in career lingo, specialization. Epstein went on GPS with Fareed Zakaria on CNN to explain his data-driven bombshell theory. Epstein shares that it is generalists who thrive in a specialized world and offers two key reasons why this is so. Firstly, he draws on his encyclopedic knowledge of science, journalism, data, business and technology to assert that the world itself is becoming more specialized, which in turn demands big-picture thinkers to synthesize information and connect the dots. Secondly, as he puts it for Zakaria on air, “we learn who we are in practice, not in theory,” meaning that we maximize our potential by sampling many things.
Jeopardy! champion and APB speaker Ken Jennings is set to return to the Jeopardy! stage this January to compete against the other two top money winners in show history. The ultimate showdown, aptly called Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time, is set to debut at 8pm EST on January 7th, hosted by Alex Trebek. Already having won two games, the first of the three contestants to win three matches will take home $1 million (and a lifetime of bragging rights), while the two runners-up will win $250,000.
APB speaker Herman Boone, a beloved football coach, mentor, leader and motivator that touched the hearts of thousands, has passed away at the age of 84 in his home in Alexandria, Virginia. Boone is best known for uniting two racially diverse football teams in the '70s as newfound head coach of the T.C. Williams High School. The incredible story, including his journey with assistant Bill Yoast, was memorialized in the mega-hit film Remember the Titans, in which Boone was played by Denzel Washington to great acclaim. Coach Boone was a larger-than-life figure in the Alexandria community, and he became a symbol of steadfastness in the fight for racial integration and equality nationwide.
A world-renowned talent management consultant and advocate for women in the workplace, APB speaker Joan Kuhl channeled years of high-level consulting experience into her new book Dig Your Heels In: Navigate Corporate BS and Build the Company You Deserve. She recently appeared on Know Your Value on NBC to discuss the phenomenon of imposter syndrome in the workplace with host Mika Brzezinski.
LinkedIn has published its 5th annual “Top Voices” list, highlighting standout professionals from diverse industries who are breaking boundaries, building communities and starting conversations. APB’s Justin J. Shaifer, the founder and executive director of Fascinate, Inc., is featured on the prestigious Top 10 list for Technology, making 2019 a banner year for the young, science-loving firebrand.
Already a Top 10 New York Times best-selling book, Range, by APB speaker David Epstein has been named to multiple “Best of 2019” lists. These include Amazon’s Best Business and Leadership Books of 2019, Apple’s Best Audiobooks of 2019, Inc.’s Must-Read Books for Entrepreneurs in 2019, Bookpal’s Outstanding Works of Literature 2019 Longlist and Porchlight’s Business Book Awards Longlist.