Keynote Speakers

As an attendee of Matrix's Get Connected conference, you will have access to our famous keynote sessions. It is our goal to provide you with content that offers important insight into the key issues we all face.

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Sunday

John Foley

Imagine being part of an elite, highly trained team of people who routinely achieve levels of extreme precision, then improving that performance by an additional 300%! To transition from a Navy carrier pilot to Lead Solo of the Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Team, John Foley had to do exactly that. He became one of the top pilots in the world by applying principles that would become the basis for his unique Diamond Performance® Framework. Using Blue Angel methodology as a model, he developed a framework for excellence that has informed his life in a profound way and has guided his approach to achievement. Mr. Foley, leader of CenterPoint, has served as advisor to Fortune 500 corporations, professional athletic teams, venture capital companies, professional associations, and educational institutions. Mr. Foley has earned three master's degrees: one in business and one in international policy studies from Stanford University, and the third in strategic studies from the Naval War College. He completed his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering at the US Naval Academy, where he also played in two bowl games and contributed to one of the best four-year records in Navy football history. During his years of service as a Navy carrier pilot, he won six Top Ten Carrier Pilot awards. As a Blue Angel, John gained extensive media experience with over 500 appearances including ABC, NBC, CBS, A&E, and the Discovery Channel. Through CenterPoint, John Foley combines his rich experience and unique insights to equip organizations, teams, and individuals to pursue their highest goals, achieve breakthrough performance, and sustain results.

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Joe Montana

Joe Montana, selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round of the 1979 National Football League Draft, had a stellar career with the 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs. A master of late-game comebacks, Montana directed his teams to 31 fourth quarter come-from-behind wins during his illustrious career, including a 92-yard drive in the closing seconds of Super Bowl XXIII. His uncanny ability to bring a team back from apparent defeat was so common that it simply became referred to as "Montana Magic." A true student of the game, Montana won the NFL's passing title in both 1987 and 1989. He topped the NFC in passing five times (1981, 1984, 1985, 1987, and 1989).

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Monday

Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward is a journalist and acclaimed non-fiction author who has worked for The Washington Post since 1971. Woodward was working as a reporter for the paper when he was tipped to a burglary at the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. With fellow journalist Carl Bernstein, Woodward eventually connected the break-in to the highest levels of the Nixon administration. The Washington Post was awarded the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its coverage-one of two Post Pulitzers won through Woodward's contribution-and Woodward and Berstein became synonymous with investigative journalism.

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Mike Rayburn

Mike Rayburn is a captivating keynote artist with a presentation completely unlike any you've ever seen! Having been called "The World's Funniest Guitar Virtuoso," Mike uses his astounding guitar creations, uproarious songs, and veteran presentation skills to encourage, challenge, and inspire his audiences to leap beyond their perceived limitations. He can focus his program completely on entertainment, depending on your needs. Mike draws from a wealth of life experience as an adventurer, business owner, comedian, world-class guitarist, author, philanthropist, husband, and father to deliver a presentation that is motivational, hilarious, and musically amazing!

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Tuesday

LCDR Rorke T. Denver

Rorke has run every phase of training for the U.S. Navy SEALs and led special-forces missions in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and other international hot spots. He starred in the hit film Act of Valor, which is based on true SEAL adventures. His NY Times Bestseller, Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior, takes you inside his personal story and the fascinating, demanding SEAL training program he oversaw.


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