Keynote speakers



Chris Lowney

Chris Lowney has lectured in more than two-dozen countries on leadership, business ethics, decision-making and other topics. He is the author of seven books, including the bestselling Heroic Leadership. His other books include Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads; and Everyone Leads: How to Revitalize the Catholic Church. His most recent book, Make Today Matter: 10 Habits for a Better Life (and World), won an Independent Press Award for 2018. 

A one-time Jesuit seminarian, Chris also served as a Managing Director of JP Morgan & Co on three continents. He currently chairs the board of Catholic Health Initiatives, which is one of the largest healthcare systems in the United States, with more than 100 hospitals. 

His efforts in philanthropy and social entrepreneurship have included helping to launch an innovative collaboration to offer online university education in refugee camps in Africa and elsewhere. He founded Pilgrimage for Our Children’s Future, which supports education and healthcare projects among severely impoverished, marginalized communities. He also co-founded Contemplative Leaders in Action, an emerging leader formation program now active in a half-dozen cities.

Chris was raised in Queens, NY, graduated from Fordham University summa cum laudeand passionately roots for the New York Mets.

Keynote description

Getting our Shoes Dusty: Catholic Leadership as a Spiritual Endeavour

Chris Lowney will challenge our assumptions and stereotypes about leadership and invite each of us to embrace leadership opportunities and responsibilities. Though leadership is often presented in business schools as a solely technical discipline, Chris will explore how leadership is a deeply spiritual endeavor. In the course of his presentation, he will tell stories from the early life of Jorge Bergoglio (now Pope Francis), and extract practical leadership insights and lessons from "getting our shoes dusty" and "listening for the monastery bell."



Isabelle Fontaine

Building on years of university teaching, television appearances and a series of over 1,500 presentations to some 800 organizations and counting, Isabelle Fontaine has become today’s premier go-to speaker in performance psychology. Fascinated by the psychological, physiological and biological mechanisms that help people tap into their inner power, she helps people unlock their courage, charisma and leadership potential. In her two best-selling books, Empower and Le Courage, she further explores emotional intelligence and performance psychology. 

On stage, Isabelle is a powerhouse of energy! Her fiery charisma captures the audience and her entertaining delivery keeps them on the edge of their seats right to the end of the show, in that pulsating zone she is known to generate. She shows the audience how to consciously move into “the zone” by learning how to produce the biochemical cocktail of top performance. By following her lead, they get a taste of what life would be like if they were in full control of their energy levels.

Participants emerge from the “ISABELLE EXPERIENCE” empowered with practical tools and strategies to rekindle their own zest for life. They are set on a path to injecting themselves with a dose of higher meaning, which leads to a renewed drive for excellence in vital aspects of their lives.

Keynote description

Emotional Intelligence and Performance Psychology: The Art of Surfing Waves of Change Through Inspired Leadership that Generates Performance, Charisma and Energy 

Isabelle Fontaine, outstanding international speaker and expert in performance psychology and emotional intelligence, will share a wide range of concrete tools and strategies that will: 

  • Develop your ability to shift mental states as circumstances demand and allow you to skillfully manage your emotional energy
  • Use your body’s internal pharmacy to concoct a biochemical cocktail for top performance euphoriathrough emotional fitnessand resilience training
  • Immunize yourself against “energy drainers” and instead, inspire them through the force of “limbic synchronization”
  • Recharge your inner battery that risks getting used and abused by endless change
  • Learn how to tap into your fighting spirit