2018 Keynote Event

Presented by Havas Edge

Carey Lohrenz knows what it takes to win in one of the highest pressure, extreme environments imaginable: in the cockpit at Mach 2.

As the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy, having flown missions worldwide as a combat-mission-ready United States Navy pilot, Lohrenz is used to working in fast moving, dynamic environments, where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results.

The same challenges are found in business: markets change, customer needs evolve, and if you do not adapt quickly, your company is at risk.

In her motivating and engaging keynote presentations, Lohrenz shares her fascinating experiences operating in one of the world’s most challenging environments — an aircraft carrier. She is uniquely qualified in the fundamentals of winning under pressure, reducing errors and overcoming obstacles. Her mastery of these fundamentals can help your team triumph in this high-risk, time-crunched world.

Lohrenz’s timely message about High Performing Teams and developing a Culture of Learning is based on the best-practices of high-reliability organizations. The process Prepare, Perform, Prevail helps businesses manage risk while becoming a High-Performing Organization. This message resonates with diverse audiences at every level of a company.

Lohrenz has been requested by name from some of the top Fortune 100 businesses. Her ability to connect with both an audience and on a one-on-one level, coupled with her knowledge and experience in leading high-performing, diverse teams, has made her highly sought after as a business consultant and speaker.

Lohrenz is a powerhouse in the field of delivering engaging leadership, high-performing organizations and diversity training that directly impacts a company’s ROI and bottom line. Her experience in the all-male environment of fighter aviation and her ability to pass on the lessons learned in her career allow her to deliver insight and guidance from a credible platform on Women’s Leadership issues.

She has delivered her leadership and strategy experience to such companies as Cisco, Dell, TEVA, Deloitte, Underwriters Laboratories, Verizon, AT&T, Kimberly Clark, State Farm Insurance, and Sea Ray Boats, to name a few.

Lohrenz graduated from the University of Wisconsin, where she was a varsity rower, also training at the pre-Olympic level. After graduation, she attended the Navy’s Aviation Officer Candidate School before starting flight training and her naval career. She is currently working on her Master’s in Business Administration in Strategic Leadership.

Janet Evans is widely considered to be the greatest female distance swimmer in history. Despite her small size and unorthodox windmill stroke, she was a natural-born swimmer, completing laps by the age of two. In 1987, when she was 15 years old, Evans burst onto the international swimming scene, breaking world records in the 400-meter, 800-meter, and 1,500-meter freestyle.

A year later at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Evans won gold medals in all three of her races: the 400m freestyle, 800m freestyle, and 400-meter individual medley. In 1992 in Barcelona, she defended her gold in the 800m freestyle and added a silver medal in the 400m freestyle. At the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Evans swam in both the 400m and 800m freestyle but failed to medal. The highlight of those Games came at the Opening Ceremonies, where she passed the Olympic Flame to Muhammad Ali. Through that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, she saw another side of the Olympic experience, which changed her forever. She retired from competitive swimming at the end of the Atlanta Games.

During her career, Evans broke a total of seven world records in three events (400-meter, 800-meter, and 1,500-meter freestyle). Her 400m world record stood for 19 years, her 1,500m world record stood for 20 years, her 800m world record stood for 21 years — making them some of the longest standing records on the swimming books.

In 1989, Evans was awarded the prestigious Sullivan Award as the United States’ top amateur athlete. She was inducted into the and the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 2001 and the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2004.

In 2010, Evans mounted a comeback with the goal of competing at the 2012 Olympic Trials in the 400-meter and 800-meter freestyle. She successfully qualified for the Trials, and, at age 40, had the honor of trying out for the Olympic Team in both events in July 2012.

In September 2015, Evans was selected to be the primary athlete voice of the Los Angeles 2024 Olympic Bid. As the vice chair of the Bid Committee and head of the Athletes’ Commission, she worked closely with Paralympians and Olympians to ensure they were effectively represented in the city’s bid for the Games. She will continue her role with the newly formed LA2028 Organizing Committee, as her team works to ensure that the athletes of the world have the best possible athlete experience at the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games now scheduled for Los Angeles.

Out of the pool, Evans also has made a name for herself as a commercial spokesperson, author, reality television personality, and a highly sought after motivational speaker. Her first book, “Janet Evans’ Total Swimming,” was published in 2007 and offers fitness programs, workouts, and proper swim techniques to readers.

Evans executes speeches for top companies in varying fields including technology, healthcare, real estate, telecommunications, apparel, banking, insurance, non-profits, and many others. She lives in Southern California with her husband Billy and their two young children, Sydney and Jake.

While most speakers have a story to tell, there are a select few with one so impactful and poignant that the audience is forever changed. That is what happens when Allison Massari speaks. She was named one of the Top 10 Best Motivational Speakers in North America by Meetings and Conventions Magazine and has forged her path to success with creativity, tenacity, and deep gratitude. Having survived two devastating and near fatal car accidents, one where she burned alive and suffered severe burns on over 50 percent of her body, Massari views her experiences as a tremendous gift that allowed her to find strength, hope, and a fiery passion to reach pinnacle achievements both personally and professionally. As an international keynote speaker, executive coach, and award winning visual artist, Massari ignites vitality, inspires confidence, and offers essential tools for the everyday challenges of being human. 

Prepare to be profoundly moved and deeply inspired. Prepare to be taken on a journey.


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