Keynote Speakers

Annual Convention
Betsy Allen-Manning

Betsy Allen-Manning

Do you want to know the No. 1 skill that determines 85 percent of your success in life? If your answer is yes, then you have to listen to what Betsy Allen-Manning has to say during her keynote address at the NCPA 2021 Annual Convention.

Featured on FOX, CBS, NBC, ABC, and TEDx, Betsy is the founder of Motivate YOU Enterprises, and is a best-selling author, with three published books and two more on the way.

She’s a former manager of five-star hotels, and with her expertise in human behavior, Betsy has trained more than 7,500 leaders and teams from small businesses to multi-billion dollar corporations, such as Toshiba, BMW, Six Flags, and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Before that, Betsy headlined shows around the world as a professional singer. (If you ask her to sing, she’ll make you sing along with her, so be careful what you ask for!)

Betsy is also quite the daredevil and a part-time adventure junkie. She’s skydived twice, bungee jumped, walked across hot coals, jumped off the Stratosphere in Las Vegas, and hiked Mount Marathon in Alaska.

She won’t ask you to jump off buildings with her, but she will dare you to live like you were born to make a difference!

Josh Linkner

Josh Linkner

Josh Linkner calls himself a creative troublemaker. He passionately believes that all human beings have incredible creative capacity, and he’s on a mission to unlock inventive thinking and creative problem solving to help leaders, individuals, and communities soar.

Josh has been the founder and CEO of five tech companies, which sold for a combined value of more than $200 million and is the author of four books including the New York Times bestsellers, Disciplined Dreaming and The Road to Reinvention. He has invested in and/or mentored more than 100 startups and is the founding partner of Detroit Venture Partners.

Today, Josh serves as chairman and co-founder of Platypus Labs — an innovation research, training, and consulting firm. He has twice been named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and is a recipient of the Presidential Champion of Change Award.

Josh is also a passionate Detroiter, father of four, a professional-level jazz guitarist, and has a slightly odd obsession for greasy pizza.