Keynote Speakers

Michael Brandwein | Speaker, educator, author

Michael Brandwein is an internationally recognized expert on management, communication, leadership, team-building, and customer service. He has presented in every one of the 50 states, in most provinces of Canada, and on 6 of the 7 continents. He is the author of four best-selling books, Training Terrific Staff!, Training Terrific Staff! Volume Two, Super Staff SuperVision, and Learning Leadership, and wrote and presented three 1999 Emmy® award-winning televisions programs on communication, broadcast on PBS stations throughout the U.S.

Michael is best known for his highly practical, “use-it-immediately” approach and entertaining and engaging teaching methods. Successful Meetings magazine searched nationwide and selected Michael as one of two “unique, exceptional speakers who provide real entertainment value with important messages that listeners can apply to their jobs immediately.” Corporate Meetings & Incentives magazine identified Michael as one of 15 “sure-thing speakers.”

Brand Pillar: Standards

Stosh Cotler | CEO, Bend the Arc

Stosh Cotler is the Chief Executive Officer of Bend the Arc. Ms. Cotler has twenty years of leadership experience as an educator, trainer, and organizer within social and economic justice movements. The Jewish Daily Forward featured Ms. Cotler in the publication’s 14 Jewish Women To Watch in 2014 and again in the annual Forward 50 list of American Jews who have had the most impact on the national conversation.

Prior to becoming CEO, Ms. Cotler served as Bend the Arc’s Executive Vice President. In her years of leadership at Bend the Arc, Ms. Cotler has personally overseen some of the organization’s most successful national growth strategies, including strategic mergers and affiliations. Ms. Cotler brings her experience in leadership development and organizational change to her management of the Board of Directors, the senior management team and the strategic planning processes of the organization. As manager of Bend the Arc’s expansion into online base-building and chapter development, one of the largest such expansions in the Jewish community, Ms. Cotler has helped give Bend the Arc an unprecedented ability to harness the potential of America’s progressive Jewish activists.

Brand Pillar: Heart

Deborah Grayson Riegel | President of Elevated Training, Inc. and

Deborah Grayson Riegel is a communication and behavior expert who helps corporations, Jewish organizations, and individuals achieve personal, interpersonal and professional success. Her clients range from American Express to the JCC Association to Toyota and the United States Army.

Deborah’s energetic workshops, coaching and keynotes are in high demand with Fortune 500 companies, Jewish and other non-profit organizations, national and local government agencies, and small start-ups. Deborah is a visiting Professor of Executive Communications, Presentation Skills and Business Writing at the Beijing International MBA Program at Peking University, China, and she also teaches Presentation Skills at the Fordham Graduate School of Business.

Deborah was the Director of Education and Training for the Mandel Center for Leadership Excellence at the Jewish Federations of North America, where she developed innovative training programs for Federation professionals and lay-leaders, and co-authored an award-winning interactive solicitation training website. Deborah also worked at the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged (JASA) as the Director of the only program in North America that trains senior citizens to be lobbyists.

Deborah has served on the faculty for both the Wexner Heritage Program and Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical school. She is a member of the National Speakers Association, the Jewish Communal Service Association, and a credentialed member of the International Coach Federation. Deborah also sits on the Advisory Board of the Harvard Business Review.

Deborah has been a contributor and featured expert in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Forbes, Fast Company, Fox Business News, Bloomberg BusinessWeek and the New York Jewish Week, where her monthly column reaches over 160,000 readers. She is the author of “Oy Vey! Isn’t a Strategy: 25 Solutions for Personal and Professional Success.” (Behrman House, 2012)

Deborah earned a B.A. in Psychology at the University of Michigan, and her M.S.W. at Columbia University, supporting her expensive school habit by performing improvisational and stand-up comedy.

Brand Pillar: Flexibility