General Session Speakers

At ICBA LIVE in Nashville, March 18-22, the speaker lineup promises to be empowering, entertaining, and BOLD. Elevating your bank’s potential, your leadership and your life starts with bold determination as you step outside of your comfort zone.

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Be Bold in Innovation

Tuesday 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

The Psychology of Illusion

Vinh Giang, CEO of Luminary Productions
Magic is much more than sleight of hand. When skillfully executed, magic shifts perspectives, spotlights influence, and challenges belief systems. With humor, heart, and captivating showmanship, Vinh Giang will take you on a wondrous journey as he uses magic to illustrate how it is possible to unlock old mindsets and preconceived ideas to realize what you may have once thought impossible.

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Will Include a Presentation by
Sophia the Robot!

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Be Bold in Leadership

Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Combating Cybercrime in the Financial Services Industry

Theresa Payton, Former White House CIO and Cybersecurity Expert
Theresa Payton, CEO of Fortalice and co-founder of Dark Cubed, discusses why the financial services industry’s investments in cybersecurity has not eliminated attacks and breaches. By outlining three types of companies: those breached, those about to be breached, and those who don’t know they’ve been breached, Theresa proposes solutions on how companies can better secure their assets in this volatile landscape. With Theresa’s guidance learn how you can avoid negative effects to your bottom line with strategies on how to manage present and emerging cybersecurity threats.

Be Bold in Life

Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

How One Attitude, One Action, and One Person Can Change the World

John O’Leary, National Bestselling and Speaker
John was a curious nine-year-old boy. Playing with fire and gasoline, he created a massive explosion in his garage and was burned on 100 percent of his body. Given less than a 1 percent chance of survival, John overcame insurmountable odds and today is an inspirational speaker and author.

With emotional storytelling and unexpected humor, John reminds audiences of the significance of daily attitudes, the power of gratitude, and the impact of serving others with courage. John translates these lessons for the workplace where he emphasizes how building a positive atmosphere can increase creativity and expand productivity.

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Vinh Giang, CEO of Luminary Productions


With only six months to graduation, Vinh Giang left his degree in commerce and law to become an online magic teacher ultimately building a hugely successful online business, 52kards, which now serves over 800,000 students all around the world. This earned him the award of Top Young Entrepreneur in Australia.

Vinh Giang’s real magic journey began when he finally understood what magician, Robert Houdin, meant when he said: “A magician is an actor playing the part of the magician.” He focused all his energy on studying the art of performance and not the art of presentation. Vinh spent the last 15 years mastering the art of performance-enhanced communication, helping thousands of professionals worldwide learn this skill.

Vinh is also the CEO of Luminary Productions which produces exceptional video for individuals and companies all around the globe. Vinh will bring out the magic in you!

Sophia the Robot

The future is here, and her name is Sophia, the world’s very first humanoid celebrity. From the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to the United Nations General Assembly, Sophia has been captivating awestruck audiences with her intelligence and advanced ability to read faces, show empathy, understand the nuances of language and communicate with thousands of facial expressions. Sophia interacts with humans in a profoundly personal way, previewing a future where friendly, caring humanoids may help us solve our most challenging problems. 

Sophia is the brain child of former Disney Imagineer Dr. David Hanson of Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics, a modern-day renaissance man who has built a reputation for creating the world’s most humanlike robots. Through cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI), Sophia was created to help people in fields such as medicine and education, and to serve AI research. Hanson’s mission is to create machines which can learn creativity, empathy and compassion-all while making a positive contribution to humankind.

Theresa Payton, Former White House CIO and Cybersecurity Authority


Named by IFSEC Global as one of the world’s top 50 cybersecurity professionals and by Security Magazine as one of the top 25 Most Influential People in Security, Theresa Payton is one of America’s most respected authorities on security and intelligence operations.

As White House Chief Information Officer, Payton oversaw IT operations for President George W. Bush and his staff from 2006 to 2008 during a period of unprecedented technological change and escalating threats. Previously, she held executive roles in banking technology at Bank of America and Wells Fargo.
Currently, as the founder, president and CEO of Fortalice Solutions, a cybersecurity consulting company, and co-founder of Dark3, a cybersecurity product company, Payton remains the expert that organizations call for discretion, proactive solutions, and crisis management.

Payton passionately protects her clients — from the boardroom to the server room — and helps them understand the business risks to their organization’s cybersecurity.

John O’Leary, National Bestselling Author and Speaker


In 1987, John O’Leary was a curious nine-year-old boy. Playing with fire and gasoline, O’Leary created a massive explosion in his home and was burned on 100 percent of his body. He was given a one percent chance to live. Expected to die, now he is teaching others how to truly live.

O’Leary’s debut book, “On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life,” was an instant number one national bestseller, has sold 120,000 copies, and has been translated into 12 languages. His podcast, “Live Inspired,” is a top 20 for business on iTunes and Inc. magazine.

Today, O’Leary is an inspirational speaker teaching nearly 75,000 people around the world each year how to live inspired. Described as “the best speaker we’ve ever had,” O’Leary’s emotional storytelling, unexpected humor, and authenticity make each of his presentations truly inspirational.

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