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General Assembly 2014

Thursday, March 27
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM NEW TIME

Experience the Magic of Audiology Want to have a MAGICAL time at AudiologyNOW! 2014? Kick start your EXPERIENCE by being a part of the largest gathering of audiologists in one room in the world! Join your colleagues and Academy leadership for General Assembly at its new time – 9:00 AM following the early Featured Sessions on Thursday morning. Enjoy the MAGIC that happens when we review Audiology’s most important issues, and how your Academy is responding to them. Additionally, we’ll recognize and honor several colleagues for their outstanding contributions to our profession. But that’s only part of EXPERIENCING THE MAGIC… Want to increase recognition from patients, colleagues, and professionals for the exceptional services that audiologists provide? Our keynote speaker, Mark Thompson, will captivate the audience with his five unique techniques to enhance audiology’s value proposition. Mark has an extraordinary background- he’s a bestselling author, leadership coach, venture capitalist, and Tony-nominated Broadway producer. He has partnered with three of the world’s most innovative leaders of our time: Steve Jobs, Charles Schwab and Sir Richard Branson. Mark Thompson’s recent book, Admired, is a New York Times Bestseller and he’ll share how we, as hearing and balance care providers, can garner support from all stakeholders to move audiologists forward as the preeminent providers of hearing healthcare. Mark Thompson will reveal what highly engaged people admire in practices, providers, teams, and leaders and how that relates to audiology. You won’t want to miss to miss the MAGIC!


CEO and Co-Founder of Virgin Unite Mentors
Co-Author of Success Built to Last

Watch Mark’s welcome video

Mark C. Thompson is CEO and cofounder of Virgin Unite Mentors, Sir Richard Branson’s network for executive coaching and entrepreneurial innovation. A leadership coach, best-selling author, venture capitalist, and Tony-Nominated Broadway producer, Mark brings real-time solutions to today’s leadership challenges.

He is Charles Schwab’s former Chief of Staff, Chief Customer Experience Officer, Chief Communications Officer, and co-founder of the Schwab Foundation. He also served as Executive Producer of Schwab.com, with assets of $1.4 trillion. Forbes magazine called Mark one of America’s top investors with the ‘Midas’ touch.

Mark served on the Board of Directors of Best Buy, Korn Ferry International, and Interwoven (now owned by HP). He was Chairman of Rioport, which popularized the MP3 player prior to iTunes, and was Chairman of Integration, which was acquired by Silicon Labs. He is a Founding Patron of Richard Branson’s Entrepreneurship Centre, and is Program Chairman for the Board of Governors of the Hesselbein Leadership Institute and the John F. Kennedy Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership.

He is a founding advisor of the Stanford Realtime Venture Design Lab, and is a visiting scholar at his alma mater, Stanford University. He has served as faculty at the World Economic Forum and World Business Forum. He is a member of the Clinton Initiative and an Executive Coach for TED.

Mark is an investor in entertainment software and health care companies. He was a founding Board member of Smule, which is Google and Apple’s top music applications company for the hit TV series Glee, with over 20 million monthly active users. He is an investor in Cancer Genetics and CNS Response.

Among his passions is Broadway. As a producer, Mark’s plays have earned five Tony awards and ten nominations, including Peter and the StarCatcher with Disney, and StickFly with Alicia Keys. He is a partner in the Broadway Times Square Theatre, which will be converted into a 4-dimensional Broadway attraction.

He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and Manhattan with two extraordinary women, his wife Bonita and daughter Vanessa.

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