Keynote/General Session


The Psychology of Illusion

Keynote Presentation – Presented by Vinh Giang – Monday, May 4th from 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Magic is much more than sleight of hand. It’s the ability to guide perspective, spotlight influence, and challenge belief systems. With humor, heart, and captivating showmanship, Vinh Giang transforms these three powerful components and shares how creating and cultivating the RIGHT influence in our lives can make the difference between tremendous success or limited mediocrity. What we know in this world is that everything that once seemed impossible can be reimagined and overcome. It takes suspending old belief systems, unlocking mindsets, deliberate and definitive action. And yes, even a little magic.

About Vinh Giang
Vinh Giang, CEO, magician and entrepreneur. With only 6 months to graduate, Vinh Giang left his degree in commerce and law to become an online magic teacher ultimately building a hugely successful online business 52kards, which now serves over 800,000 students all around the world. This earned him the award of Top Young Entrepreneur in Australia. Vinh Giang’s real magic journey began when he finally understood what Robert Houdin (an amazing magician) meant when he said: “A magician is an actor playing the part of the magician.” Once Vinh understood the meaning behind this quote, he focused all his energy on studying the art of performance and not the art of presentation. He has spent the last 15 years mastering the art of performance-enhanced communication, helping thousands of professionals worldwide to learn these skills. Vinh is also the CEO of Luminary Productions which produces exceptional video for individuals and companies all around the globe.

Cybersecurity – What MHEDA Members Need to Know

General Session – Presented by Mike Foster – Monday, May 4th from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Today there are many threats to IT security including ransomware, fraudulent wire transfers, viruses, spyware, hackers, and misuse of wireless networking. Imagine how much money your organization will lose per hour of downtime if your network goes down. Also estimate the intangibles that will be lost in the event you have to notify your employees and/or clients that you have had a security breach and their private data has been released to identity thieves. Find out as Mike explains in plain English the shocking truth about how un-secure your business and vital systems likely are—and the critical questions you must ask your IT professionals to ensure that you are safe. Mike will reveal the top key strategies you must review and implement with your IT professionals to make sure your essential information, network and assets are protected. 

About Mike Foster
Mike Foster, CEH, CISA, CISSP is the founder and CEO of Foster Institute. More than 20 years ago he began training people to be more productive in their use of technology. He is a technology expert, author and professional speaker with more than 1,000 presentations under his belt. Mike is author of The Secure CEO: How to Protect Your Computer Systems, Your Company, and Your Job and is regularly sought for interviews and business publication features. He’s been interviewed by USA Today, Forbes Magazine, and The New York Times, as well as many others. Mike explains the most technical, in a common sense “plain English” way that even “low tech” people enjoy. Because Mike’s delivery is down-to-earth, the technical is easy to understand. Mike Foster has a wide range of high-level technology certifications; he also quickly engages even your most sophisticated tech people.

Becoming Unbreakable: Unleashing the Power of Purpose

General Session – Presented by Brant Menswar – Tuesday, May 5th from 8:45 am – 10:00 am

Our ability to perform at the highest levels, both individually and organizationally, is critically impacted by what we allow to influence us. What our eyes see and our ears hear tells our minds what to believe. As a leader, our ability to control our influences determines the impact we have within our organization and the light in which we are seen by our people. Learn: why our purpose is hiding and how we find it; the secret to amping up commitment level; turning Organizational Values into unforgettable anthems; aligning personal and organizational core values.

About Brant Menswar
Brant Menswar, author, musician and speaker is a critically-acclaimed author, award-winning musician and the CEO and founder of Rock Star Impact, a boutique agency that teaches people and organizations how to cultivate values-based leadership and activate organizational values to help connect the head and heart. His unique and compelling approach of using music to build bridges across generational, gender and competency based gaps has changed what’s possible for industry-leading organizations like Netflix, Verizon, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Microsoft, Hilton and dozens more. Passionate, engaging and transformational, Brant encourages audiences to move forward with deliberate intention. His interactive and entertaining techniques of defining what matters most compels audiences to dive deeper into their lives, identify their core values and give them the airplay needed to become life-changing anthems that change what’s possible.

Economic Challenges and Changes

General Session – Presented by Brian Beaulieu – Tuesday, May 5th from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Attendees will learn what the business cycle changes are likely to be for the US and global economies through 2022. The opportunities for increased profits are real, but you need to know what to expect and how strong the trends will be. You can make money during periods of rise and periods of decline. Both are ahead for us to navigate. Attendees will also see an update on the impact of tariffs upon the economy, where interest rates are heading, and how well key consumer indicators are doing. Looking beyond 2022, an update on ITR’s long-range 2030-2040 forecast will also be provided.

About Brian Beaulieu
Brian Beaulieu, CEO, ITR Economics. Brian has been an economist with ITR Economics since 1982 and its CEO since 1987. At ITR, Brian has driven applied research with regard to business-cycle trend analysis and implemented that research at the practical, company level. For the past 35 years, he has been leading workshops and seminars across the US and Canada for thousands of business owners and executives. Prior to joining ITR Economics, Brian served as an economist for the US Department of Labor, where he worked on the health-care component of the Consumer Price Index. Brian has coauthored, with Alan Beaulieu, the books “Prosperity in the Age of Decline,” “Make Your Move,” and, for children, “But I Want It!”