UnleashWD 2013 Innovation Conference Adds to Storyteller Lineup

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UnleashWD, a leadership conference with topics including business growth through innovation, expanded its speaker lineup to provide greater value for distribution industry and channel partner attendees. UnleashWD is the only innovation conference for the wholesale distribution industry.

“What makes UnleashWD unique to wholesale distribution is that we provide an outside set of voices and new ideas,” Dirk Beveridge, founder of UnleashWD said.

UnleashWD 2013 added new storytellers to the lineup to further the innovation conference’s mission to teach wholesale distributors how to “Lift and Shift” fresh ideas from other industries.

“What makes UnleashWD unique to wholesale distribution is that we provide an outside set of voices and new ideas,” Dirk Beveridge, founder of UnleashWD said. “I could not be more proud of this lineup of storytellers. They are going to change wholesale distribution one business at a time.”

UnleashWD features 18 innovative storytellers from outside of wholesale distribution. During 18-minute sessions, the storytellers will provide examples of adding value to a business from the areas of: Innovation, Leadership, Business Model Design and Company Culture.

Some of the newest speakers at the innovation conference in each major area include:


Ken Hey, managing partner of Inferential Focus, provides his clients with early warnings of impending economic, political and technological changes. He provides senior executives with the information they need to make strategic decisions.

At UnleashWD 2013, Hey will offer insights on the changing economy will shape innovations and the business world.


Alexandra Levit, CEO of Innovation at Work and author of the bestselling “They Don’t Teach Corporate in College,” built a career out of connecting organizations with the best talent. Her work has been featured in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

At UnleashWD 2013, Levit will teach distribution leaders how to best work with the millennial talent pool.

Business Model Design:

Dr. John Johnson, founder of White Space Interactive, has led innovation initiatives at companies including PepsiCo and Spigit. He focuses on measuring return on investment and value creation.

Johnson will teach 2013 UnleashWD attendees about creating sustaining value through innovation.

Company Culture:

Dorie Clark, CEO of Clark Strategic Communications and a faculty member at Duke University, teaches that change at an organization starts with one person—you. Her work is featured in the Harvard Business Review, Forbes and the Huffington Post.

She will discuss creating a culture of innovation at UnleashWD 2013.

The complete lineup of speakers may be found at UnleashWD.com.

Founded in 2012, UnleashWD is the first and only conference dedicated to bringing innovation to wholesale distribution and manufacturing. The summit gathers only once a year, but do not wait to start innovating. Visit UnleashWD.com for updates on future webinars, eBooks and other valuable information on how to innovate.

About the UnleashWD founder:

Dirk Beveridge is an expert in how wholesale distributors and manufacturers increase market share through examining and improving their relationships with customers.

For the last 25 years Beveridge has worked with more than 3,000 firms as a leadership consultant, trainer and speaker. His clients include: Time Warner, IBM, Andersen Windows, Graybar and Berlin Packaging.

He is available for press interviews, corporate speaking or consulting. To contact Beveridge, call 847-381-7797 or email info(at)unleashwd(dot)com.

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