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Speakers share #MeetSmart tips for overcoming adversity at any age

Hyatt Regency Lake Washington at Seattle’s Southport seamlessly combines the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest with today’s modern meeting amenities. Here’s a sneak preview of what you can expect from Smart Meeting keynote speakers.

Smart Meeting Northwest at Hyatt Regency Lake Washington on March 14

Glen Hiemstra

Want to look into a crystal ball? Futurist Glen Hiemstra, founder and CEO of, has the foresight to anticipate trends and breakthroughs long before they occur. For example, even before the Internet went public, he warned how online communication would change human interaction, and spoke about climate change as early as 1987. The writer, speaker and consultant helps companies such as Toyota, Microsoft, The Home Depot and Proctor & Gamble with planning.

Hiemstra wrote the book Turning the Future into Revenue: What Businesses and Individuals Need to Know to Shape Their Future and Millennial City, and co-authored Strategic Leadership: Achieving Your Preferred Future. The Seattle resident previously served as a professor at Whitworth University, University of Washington and Antioch University Seattle. He was involved in the early stages of development of virtual and augmented reality at University of Washington’s Human Interface Technology Lab.

Anna Liotta

Are you a baby boomer? Gen X-er? Millennial? Speaker, consultant and best-selling author Anna Liotta, CSP, has devoted 20 years to researching how generational demographics impact businesses and organizations. The youngest daughter in a family of 19 children, Liotta is very familiar with the dynamics of a large age disparity at all her family functions. She works with clients, such as the NBA and, developing ways to optimize communication between people of various generations. Liotta founded The Generational Institute and wrote Unlocking Generational Codes. She’s also vice president of National Speakers Association, and president of Columbia Tower Club and Top 40 Under 40 Alumni Association.

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Matt Mayberry

Creating strategies for your best performance is key when putting on an event. Rising to the top following a career-ending injury in the NFL and a drug addiction in the aftermath, Matt Mayberry inspires his audience to face any challenges head-on—and win.

His keynote address will focus on overcoming adversity to achieve goals in your personal and professional life. By emphasizing motivation, process, mindset and credibility, you, too, can begin an upward trajectory to success, he counsels.

Mayberry is CEO of Matt Mayberry Enterprises, a training and consulting company that guides individuals and their organizations to reach their maximum potential, with clients including the FBI and USA Hockey. He is also one of the most popular columnists for Entrepreneur Magazine, as well as the author of Winning Plays: Tackling Adversity and Achieving Success in Business and in Life.

Matt Havens

Communication is ageless. With humor and compassion, he shares insights gleaned from a series of marketing and management leadership roles at Fortune 50 companies for connecting with diverse teams.

Learn to ignore the much-ballyhooed generational gap and address both seasoned professionals and their younger counterparts at once, rather than catering differently to each generation. The same goes for managing different personality types. Once you have a better understanding of what motivates people, you can get them moving in the same direction, and then anything is possible.

That is leadership, pure and simple, and Havens, who comes from a family of entertainers, makes it look easy.