Executive Forums October 2011

Guest Speaker Les McKeown

Les McKeown is the President & CEO of Predictable Success. He has has started over 40 companies in his own right, and was the founding partner of an incubation consulting company that advised on the creation and growth of hundreds more organizations worldwide.

Since relocating from his native Ireland to the US in 1998, Les advises CEOs and senior leaders of organizations on how to achieve scalable, sustainable growth. His clients range from large family-owned businesses to Fortune 100 companies, and include Harvard University, American Express, T-Mobile, United Technologies, Pella Corporation, The US Army, Microsoft and the NSA.

Based in Marblehead MA, Les now spends his time consulting, writing, teaching, and speaking. Les has appeared on CNN, ABC, BBC, Inc, Entrepreneur magazine, USA Today and The New York Times.

Event Led and Organized by Mike Kleis, Executive Forums Iowa

Mike Kleis brings 25 years of business experience and leadership to Renaissance EXECUTIVE FORUMS. He has amassed extensive knowledge and practice in Strategy Development, Business Planning, Lean Process Improvement, Marketing & Sales, Customer Service and Operations. Mike has a rich background leading cross-functional teams and crafting marketplace strategies and is noted for his balanced perspective, collaborative approach and ability to simplify complex issues.



During the Executive Forums event, live visuals of speaker content were sketched by Jocelyn Wallace, done live and in real-time.

The visuals were displayed and shared at the event in two ways:

1) Shared Real-Time on jocelynwallace.com,  Twitter and Facebook.

  • While the speaker presented, Jocelyn shared instantly sketched visuals via this website, jocelynwallace.com.
  • Then by clicking on the share buttons at the bottom of the page, she also shared the visual to Twitter and Facebook.
  • The Twitter hashtags #executiveforums and #thesynergist, along with speaker and event organizer Twitter handles @LesMcKeown and @ExecForumsIowa automatically load into the tweet.
  • This allowed participants to follow the stream on their mobile devices and re-tweet or share them via this site to their networks.
  • … all LIVE, while the event is happening!

2) Displayed on Large Screens: At the close of the speaker’s talk, Jocelyn revealed a “ta-da” where the visuals were displayed on a large screen for all participants to see. This created quite a buzz, encouraging more engagement and interaction with the speaker content they just heard, while also making it an experience to remember and share with others.

It’s not too late to share visuals worth spreading, even if you didn’t attend this event! See one you like? Be a visual tweeter and share it to your networks! Click on an image below to share it.