Shannon Byrne Susko

Serial Entrepreneur, Corporate Director, Amazon Bestselling Author – Entrepreneurship – “Metronome Effect:  The Journey to Predictable Profit”

Shannon Byrne Susko has been working with CEOs, Boards, executive teams, and individuals who want to grow, both personally and professionally, for over 14 years. Shannon is currently coaching growth companies in Silicon Valley, Seattle, Vancouver, Whistler and India. Shannon is a serial tech entrepreneur who implemented the Rockefeller Habits to scale up her various firms which she built and successfully exited.

She has since written her own book, Amazon Bestseller – Entrepreneurship – “The Metronome Effect”, on the topic and keynotes audiences to rave reviews. The Metronome Effect is a practical execution guide that compliments Verne Harnish’s newly released book: Scaling Up. This book shares her detailed account of how to step by step implement the one page plan and other thought leaders tools in one habitual growth rhythm. She is an expert both at understanding, implementing and realizing the value of this methodology.

Shannon has been recognized for numerous awards including: BIV/ACG Vancouver 2011 Deal Maker of the Year, Report on Business Magazine’s Canada’s Top 40 Under 40™ Award 2000, 2006 recipient of the Sarah Kirke Award for Canada’s Leading Women High Tech Entrepreneur, 2012 – ACG New York Champion’s Award – Middle-Market Deal of the Year – Finalist, BC TIA Best Application of Technology Award 2001 and 2011, Influential Women of the Year 2001, presented by Business in Vancouver, and CEO of the Year, presented by FWE Northwest.

She is a member of the following Board of Director’s and advisory committees: British Columbia Automobile Association, ATB Financial and Whistler Mountain Ski Club. Former member of the following Boards: Paradata Systems Inc, Subserveo Inc, Capilano University, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation; President –; Whistler Chamber of Commerce, Telus Whistler Pacific Sport Centre; Forum for Women Entrepreneurs – Founding Board Member; BCTIA TIA Awards Chair; BC Premier’s Technology Council; ACETECH, BC Luge, Norsat International and Electronic Transactions Association President’s Advisory Committee.

She holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science degrees from Saint Mary’s University and a Masters of Computer Science degree from Technical University of Nova Scotia. Shannon is married, resides in Whistler, BC, and has 3 children.

Halla Tomasdottir

Presidential Candidate (2016) & TED Speaker, Iceland 

Halla is a Change Catalyst on a quest to inspire and empower leaders to release the value of principle-based and gender balanced leadership. She has passionately pursued this purpose as a business leader in Corporate America with M&M and Pepsi Cola, as the first female CEO of Iceland’s Chamber of commerce and as an executive and non-executive director for diverse businesses. An entrepreneur at heart, she joined the founding team of Reykjavik University where she founded the Executive Education department and led a successful initiative focused on empowering women and girls as entrepreneurs, leaders and investors. In 2007 she co-founded an investment firm with the vision to incorporate feminine values into finance. The company made international headlines when it successfully survived Iceland’s infamous economic meltdown. In 2016, Halla ran for President in Iceland. She was an independent candidate with no prior political experience and surprised everyone as she emerged from an initial 1% in the polls to becoming the runner-up.

Halla holds an international MBA from Thunderbird and has lived and worked in the US, the UK and across the Nordics. Her work led her to the TED stage twice and she has delivered keynotes and participated in dialogues about leadership and gender for companies and conferences around the world. Newsweek named her to a list of 150 women who “shake the world” and the New Yorker called her a “Living Emoji of Sincerity”.

Halla is married and a proud mom of two teenagers and a puppy.
Twitter: @HallaTomas
Public Facebook: @hallatomas