2017 Annual Meeting Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote Speaker - Monday

Frank Abagnale

Frank Abagnale is a renowned cybersecurity and fraud prevention expert, bestselling author and subject of Catch Me If You Can. He provides entertaining insight into his life as the notorious imposter of the 1960s; a thrilling story told in the award‐winning movie and Broadway musical, Catch Me If You Can. By age 21, Abagnale was known as America's most gifted con man, successfully impersonating an airline pilot, pediatrician, stockbroker, college professor, and assistant attorney general, all while cashing $2.5 million in forged checks. Audiences will experience an emotional roller coaster ride as he describes his escapades and reveals how he learned to live on the right side of the law.

Tuesday Keynote Speaker
- NEW Feature in 2017!

Justin Newton

Justin Newton, the executive in charge of project management, planning, and controls at Walt Disney Imagineering, will be giving the Tuesday Keynote Address at the 2017 Annual Meeting.

Walt Disney Imagineering is the creative engine of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts that dreams up, designs and builds all Disney theme parks, resorts, cruise ships, attractions, shows and spectaculars around the world. In his role, Justin provides global leadership for the Project Management Studio and is responsible for innovation, process improvement, risk management, casting, talent development, and cost and schedule certainty. Since joining WDI in 2015, Justin has supported a number of major projects that include initiatives related to the Avatar and Star Wars franchises.

Prior to joining Imagineering Justin worked at Fluor Corporation, where he led domestic and international projects while developing talent, practices and standards, and other discipline initiatives. He holds a degree in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Southern California.

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