Argentum Mainstage

Get to know the Argentum Mainstage Speakers.

Marcus Buckingham

Marcus Buckingham is a global researcher and thought leader focused on unlocking strengths, increasing performance and pioneering the future of how people work.

Marcus Buckingham

Building on nearly two decades of experience as a Senior Researcher at Gallup Organization, Marcus Buckingham currently guides the vision of ADP Research Institute as Co- Head and Talent Expert. He founded The Marcus Buckingham Company in 2006 with a clear mission: to instigate a “strengths revolution.” It started, as all revolutions do, with the simplest of ideas: that when people spend the majority of each day on the job using their greatest talents and engaged in their favorite tasks, basically doing exactly what they want to do, both they and their organizations will win.

In other words, companies that focus on cultivating employees’ strengths rather than simply improving on people’s weaknesses stand to dramatically increase efficiency and productivity while allowing for maximum personal growth.

In all of his speeches, Marcus demonstrates the correlation between strengths-driven, engaged employees and business fundamentals such as turnover rates, customer satisfaction, profits, and productivity. Challenging entrenched preconceptions about achievement to get to the core of what drives success, Marcus’s strengths-based approach is a win/win scenario that, without exaggeration, will define the future of work.

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Nina Easton

Co-Chair, Fortune Global Forum; Chair, Fortune Most Powerful Women International; Fox News Political Analyst; Co-Founder, SellersEaston Media

Nina Easton

Nina Easton is an award-winning author, writer, TV commentator, and entrepreneur. Her three decades in the news media spanned Fortune Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe–as well as appearances on prominent Sunday news shows such as “Meet the Press” and “Face the Nation.” As a primetime Fox News political analyst for more than a decade, she regularly provided primetime commentary on U.S. politics, foreign affairs, and the economy.

In 2016, Nina opened a new chapter by launching a start-up built on her decades-long experience interviewing and profiling top leaders and  personalities–on stage, in print, and on video. SellersEaston Media is dedicated to capturing and preserving the legacies of leaders in business, the arts, philanthropy, and public service.

Nina, formerly an award-winning Fortune columnist, is currently chair of Fortune Most Powerful Women International–hosting events in the US, Asia, and Europe. And she co-chairs the Fortune Global Forum, bringing together Fortune 500 CEOs from around the world, most recently to the Vatican, Rome (2016) and Guangzhou, China (2017). At the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), she hosts the global affairs series “Smart Women, Smart Power,” bringing world leaders and diplomats to the stage for insightful interviews.

Nina is also an accomplished author of political history. Her critically-acclaimed account of modern conservatism, Gang of Five, ranks on the Vox list of “books to read to understand the world.” She is co-author of John F. Kerry: A Complete Biography, as well as Reagan’s Ruling Class, a Washington best-seller profiling the top 100 officials in that administration.

In 2012, she served as a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, teaching a seminar on the presidential election and conducting in-depth research on economic inequality, which became a Fortune magazine cover story. Her columns in Fortune and her stories during a decade-long tenure at the Los Angeles Times have earned national recognition.

The list of top figures she has interviewed over the years range from Hollywood figures (such as Bette Davis and Meryl Streep) to business (Jeff Bezos, Penny Pritzker, Meg Whitman, and many more) to politics (Barack Obama, Laura Bush, Condi Rice, and more).

Nina grew up in California and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of U.C. Berkeley.


Sophia is Hanson Robotics’ most advanced robot to date and recently was named the world’s first United Nations Innovation Champion. Sophia was created by Dr. David Hanson, who after working at Disney as an Imagineer, aspired to create genius machines that will surpass human intelligence.

The future is here and her name is Sophia, the world’s very first humanoid celebrity. The toast of the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Sophia has graced the cover of Elle magazine, appeared on Chinese television, spoken before the United Nations General Assembly and named the first non-human citizen of Saudi Arabia.

Wowing awestruck audiences with her superhuman intelligence and advanced ability to read faces, empathize with emotions, understand the nuances of language and communicate with thousands of facial expressions, Sophia has discussed subjects ranging from “Will robots take over the world?” to how artificial intelligence could end hunger in developing nations. Sophia interacts with humans in a profoundly personal way, previewing a fast-approaching future where friendly, caring humanoids help us solve our most challenging problems to create a better world.

From Hong Kong to the U.S., Europe and Australia, Sophia has sung in concert, addressed audiences in Mandarin, debated the future of the human race (against another robot), and generated billions of views and social media interactions. She has also displayed her expansive tech knowledge and growing business savvy, meeting with leaders in the banking, insurance, automotive, property development, media and entertainment industries. A versatile and ingenious presenter who customizes her appearances with encyclopedic event-specific content, Sophia has appeared as a panel-member and speaker at high-level conferences, addressing how robotics and artificial intelligence will become an integral part of everyone’s everyday lives and work.

Sophia is the brain child of Dr. David Hanson of Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics, a modern-day renaissance man who has built a reputation for creating the world’s most humanlike robots. A former Disney Imagineer, Dr. Hanson’s mission is to create genius machines that are smarter than humans and able to learn creativity, empathy and compassion.

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Jan Dougherty, MS, RN, FAAN

Jan Dougherty is a known nursing expert and leader in dementia care crafting innovative programs to support people living with dementia and their family caregivers across the care continuum. 

For over 2 decades, Jan has pioneered unique dementia programs being used in Arizona, nationally and internationally. These programs include Dementia Care Paths and Best Practices for Dementia Care Management; Hospice Care for Dementia; Palliative Care for Advanced Dementia, Arts and Dementia; and the Native American Toolkit for Alzheimer’s disease. Most recently, Jan has been on the forefront of the Dementia Friendly Community movement making Tempe, Arizona, the first Dementia Friendly Community in Arizona.

Jan completed her BSN from Valparaiso University and her MS in Gerontological Nursing from the University of Arizona. She has received numerous professional and program awards and recognition. She is a noted speaker, author and educational designer of numerous professional and family caregiver education programs. Jan works as a Special Projects Consultant with Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and as the Dementia Fellowship Director with Hospice of the Valley in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Autumn Leaves

Julianne Holt-Lunstad

Expert in the recognition of social isolation and loneliness as a risk factor for early mortality.

Dr. Holt-Lunstad’s research is focused on the long-term health effects of social connection. Her work has been seminal in the recognition of social isolation and loneliness as a risk factor for early mortality. Dr. Holt-Lunstad has provided expert testimony in a US Congressional Hearing, provided expert recommendations for the US Surgeon General Emotional Well-Being in America Initiative, and serves as a Scientific Advisor for the Australian Coalition to End Loneliness, the Foundation for Art & Healing, and research advisory panel for AARP Services, Inc. and United Healthcare.

She has been awarded the Citation Award for Excellence in Research by the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the George A. Miller Award from the American Psychological Association, the Mary Lou Fulton Young Scholar Award, the Marjorie Pay Hinkley Endowed Chair Research Award, and is a Fellow for the Association of Psychological Science. Her work has been highlighted in the BBC 100 Breakthrough Health Discoveries in 2015, and has been covered in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, Scientific American, This American Life, The Today Show, and other major media outlets.

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Joan Lunden

Joan Lunden is an award-winning journalist, author, and TV host. She was co-host of ABC’s Good Morning America from 1980 to 1997. She has juggled the role of working mom while caring for an aging parent. Her experience led her to become spokeswoman for A Place for Mom.

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Benchmark Senior Living

Janet Morrison

Founding Member of the Campaign to End Loneliness

Janet Morrison is Chief Executive of Independent Age, a dynamic national older people's charity which is a thought leader on ageing and provides information, advice and friendship support to older people, their families and carers.

She is a founder member of the Campaign to End Loneliness - a coalition of over 10,000 organisations which raises awareness of loneliness in old age and what works to address it. Janet is also Chair of the Baring Foundation, an independent grant making trust which funds strengthening the voluntary sector, arts and older people and international development. She is also a Director of Reconnections, a pilot social finance initiative (SIB) to tackle loneliness amongst older people, and a member of Big Society Capital Advisory Board.

Janet was previously Deputy Chief Executive of NESTA - the National Endowment for Science Technology which promotes creativity and innovation in the UK. Prior to NESTA, Janet was senior adviser on UK Policy at the BBC and before that was Director of Policy and Research at NCVO.

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Lilian Myers

Global Leader | Aging and the Longevity Economy | Watson Health at IBM

Lilian Myers

Lilian Myers leads IBM’s Global Aging Initiative. In that role she helps governments, industries, and companies around the world, as they seek to develop products and tech-enabled services for consumers in the new 'longevity economy'. Lilian joined IBM from 25 years as a startup founder and executive with companies focused on health and commerce. Her tech career started at Microsoft where she helped pioneer its partner network and left Microsoft to found one of the earliest electronic medical record vendors, later sold to Siemens.

Over her career Lilian has led product, marketing, strategy, and internationalization, helped raise hundreds of millions in venture and strategic capital, patented consumer technologies for health, and served as executive leadership at companies acquired by Aetna and Google and led the Venture Lab at the University of Central Florida. As a part of Central Florida’s tech community, she continues to serve as a board member, adviser, and investor.


As a caregiver and a part of the longevity economy herself, she considers her focus on longevity the fulfillment of her life’s purpose.

Sponsored by Omnicare.



Jonathan Mildenhall

Former Chief Marketing Officer of Airbnb & One Of The Most Influential Marketing Experts In The World

Jonathan Mildenhall

Jonathan Mildenhall inspires us to reflect on what our purpose is while encouraging businesses to envision a better world through creativity, humanity, and purposeful, authentic branding.

Jonathan is an internationally renowned thought leader in the worlds of business strategy and creative excellence. A proponent of purposeful branding – Jonathan is passionate about connecting consumers with brands in a meaningful, authentic way and building community-driven brands that promote positive societal change.

The former CMO of Airbnb (2014-17), Jonathan also led The Coca-Cola Company’s marketing initiatives from 2007-13 as VP of global advertising strategy and content excellence, where he radically overhauled Coke’s creative approach, overseeing a number of successful global campaigns. His unique background also includes working with several of the world’s most recognizable brands including: Audi, Smirnoff, General Motors, Guinness, and PlayStation. While at Airbnb, Jonathan propelled the company into becoming the world’s first community-driven SuperBrand.

Jonathan draws from his previous experiences to share strategies on creativity, corporate social responsibility, and branding with audiences around the world. A champion of accelerating diversity in advertising, Jonathan also equips audiences with genuine ideas and insights on the role of disruption, creativity, inclusivity, and purposeful branding in sparking positive change and uniting humanity around a movement.

Jonathan is now running his own firm, 21st Century Brand, where he is helping high-profile startups and venture-capital firms in their creative and business strategy initiatives.

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Victor Regnier

Professor of Architecture and Gerontology, Associate Dean of Research, and ACSA Distinguished Professor

Victor Regnier

Victor Regnier is a teacher, researcher and architect who has focused his  professional life on the design of housing and community settings for older people. He holds a joint professorship between the USC School of Architecture and the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, which is the only joint appointment of this type in the US. He is the only person to have achieved fellowship status in both the American Institute of Architects and the Gerontological Society of America. From '92-'96 he served as USC’s Dean of the School of Architecture. Regnier is currently the Associate Dean for Research in the School of Architecture.

As a designer/practicing architect he has provided consultation advice during the last 40 years on over 400 building projects in 38 states, Canada, Germany and England. Projects on which he has consulted have won over 50 state and national design awards. Professor Regnier is considered one of the world’s major thought leaders on the topic of housing and services for older people.

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Bruce Tulgan

Bruce Tulgan, Author, and Expert on Leadership and Management

Bruce Tulgan

Bruce Tulgan is internationally recognized as the leading expert on young people in the workplace and one of the leading experts on leadership and management. Bruce is a best-selling author, an adviser to business leaders all over the world, and a sought-after keynote speaker and management trainer. In recent years, Bruce was named by Management Today as one of the few contemporary figures to stand out as a “management guru”. Bruce’s most recent books include Not Everyone Gets a Trophy: How to Manage the Millennials and Bridging the Soft Skills Gap: How to Teach the Missing Basics to Today’s Young Talent.

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Roy Yaari, MD

Senior Medical Advisor at Lilly Co. 

Dr. Roy Yaari is a neurologist and senior medical advisor at Lilly Co. where he is involved in two key Alzheimer’s disease clinical trials – the Anti Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer’s (A4) and the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer’s Network Trials Unit (DIAN-TU).

After medical school, he completed a residency in neurology at the University of California - San Diego. At UCSD, he did a two-year fellowship in the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study where he developed a close connection with patients living with Alzheimer’s disease. After the fellowship, he worked at the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute in Phoenix for eight years. He helped build the clinic as the first physician hired to see patients.

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Autumnn Leaves

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