Dr. Jeff Salz — As a cultural anthropologist, professional expedition leader and advisor to C-suite executives at cutting-edge corporations such as Google, WalMart, Microsoft, eBay, Hewlett Packard, and the Walt Disney Company, Dr. Jeff Salz understands why – when faced by challenge and change – some teams, organizations and individuals flourish…while others fail.
Alephonsion Deng — truly knows what it takes to surmount adversity as one of a handful of boys to survive the genocide in his native Sudan. His life story can only be described as inspirational . His resilience, spirit and courage is truly humbling. His insights are always original, profound and refreshing.
Born into stone-age world rich in ancient wisdom and traditions but devoid of all knowledge of contemporary society he grew up without electricity or basic metal tools. Fire was the only source of heat or light and his father fought off marauding lions with a spear.
In 1989, when he was seven years old, his village in Southern Sudan was attacked by government troops. To avoid capture he ran into the night with many other young boys. Without food, water, shoes or parents, he crossed 1000 miles of lion and crocodile infested territory. Aft five years of fleeing war, starvation and wild animals, he reached Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya and began his education.
In 2001, the Federal government of the United States welcomed Alepho as one of the Lost Boys of Sudan. Within months an opportunity came up to be in Russell Crowe movie Master and Commander, spending six months on the Fox Studios set in Rosarito, Mexico where he learned to sail a tall ship, sword fight and fire a cannon…effectively having journeyed from the Neolithic Age to the 21st century and then back to the 18th in a very short span.
The co-author of the Los Angeles Times #1 Bestselling book, They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky: The True Story of Tree Lost Boy of Sudan, Alepho has spoken to over one hundred schools and organizations.