General Session Speakers

LAMP attendees meet in general session on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings to hear an exciting mix of big names, top leaders in the industry, and speakers with an inspiring message of hope and significance. Don’t miss learning about — or being reminded of — the extraordinary power of good leadership.

Professional Speakers


Steve D’Annunzio

Conscience Coach


Steve D’Annunzio, president of the Soul Purpose Institute, is a must-see, must-hear speaker for mission-driven financial services professionals. This spiritual teacher and productivity coach to Fortune 100 execs and pro athletes helps leaders transcend ego and mine their natural genius (“soul purpose”) to boost value for clients.


Rita Davenport

Performance Provocateur


Award-winning speaker Rita Davenport, ex-president of body care behemoth Arbonne International, shows people how to take it to the limit in networking, time management, goal setting, creative thinking, and confidence building. In other words, how to be successful!


Jason Dorsey

Generational Genius

Sponsored by


Session Handout, Supplement

Want a glimpse of the industry’s future? Jason “Gen Y Guy” Dorsey, the chief strategy officer of the Center for Generational Kinetics, spots emerging trends among the different generations of consumers and tells you all about them, combining an easy presentation style with hard data customized to the audience. 


John Maxwell

Leadership Principal

Sponsored by 


John Maxwell knows leadership. Not only has he founded two companies — EQUIP and the John Maxwell Company — that together have trained more than 5 million leaders in nearly 200 countries, but he has also addressed audiences from West Point, the National Football League, and the United Nations.



Humorist and Author


LAMP attendees, get ready to roll in the aisles! Greg Schwem, a business humorist known for inciting laugh riots among the most straight-laced corporate groups, presents a hilarious view of today’s corporate world, customized to the specific audience. Big-biz clients have included McDonald’s, Microsoft, General Motors, United Airlines, and Cisco Systems. And among his eclectic array of media venues have been Sirius Radio, Fox News, Comedy Central, and Parents Magazine!


Clara Shih

Social Media Oracle


Confused about exactly how you should be using social media to enhance your business? Come listen to social media pioneer Clara Shih, founder and CEO of Hearsay Social, a leading social sales and marketing platform. Way back in 2007, she developed the first social business application, called Faceforce, and then knocked out the New York Times best-seller The Facebook Era: Tapping Online Social Networks to Market, Sell and Innovate. So get ready to be “social.”

Practitioner Speakers


Howard J. Elias

Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

Howard Elias — GAMA 2013–14 president — has been the CEO of the New York City–based Wealth Advisory Group, an agency of Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, for nearly 15 years and a GAMA member for 20. Be at Monday’s general session for his “state of the association” report and exploration of the unique role general agents and managers play in enabling our associates to achieve ever higher levels of productivity.


Harry P. Hoopis

Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company (Ret.)

Industry megastar and systems guru Harry Hoopis, CLU ChFC, who built the giant Northwestern Mutual firm Hoopis Financial Group, is CEO of Hoopis Performance Network. Among his many industry honors, he’s the 2003 GAMA Management Hall of Fame inductee.


Kelly G. Kidwell

Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

Kelly Kidwell, CLU ChFC CFP LUTCF, is a firm builder extraordinaire. Only six years after starting his financial services career in 1987, he launched Pacific Advisors in Southern California, which now has  more than 200 advisors and staffers, plus some 3,000 active brokers.


Robert Krumroy  

Identity Branding and

Need some prospecting help? Enter Bob Krumroy, CLU ChFC, the CEO and founder of Identity Branding and Often called “America’s Prospecting Coach,” this star speaker and trainer will talk about his “prospecting made easy” model.


Peter S. Novak

MassMutual Financial Group

Pete Novak’s past as a social worker and basketball coach has greatly influenced his successful 30-year financial services career. As general agent of MassMutual Financial Group’s Charter Oak Insurance and Financial Services Co. and principal of The pQ Coach, Pete draws on his diverse experiences to help shape the next generation of industry leaders. His talk, “Building a Legacy of Leadership,” will transform how you see your role in keeping this business alive.


Gregory R. Smith

Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan

Greg Smith, M.S., CLU CPCU LIC, is a champion of the GAMA Foundation’s research milestone Firm 2020 and is all set to tell you why. Now a Farm Bureau senior statewide sales director, he spent 22 years as an agency manager, while serving as a regional field director.