Journey Keynote Speakers
Lisa X. Walden is a speaker, strategist, and consultant dedicated to helping businesses create authentic, empowering workplaces that don’t inspire the dreaded Sunday scaries. Her presentations deliver action-oriented insights that help people better connect, collaborate, and communicate.
As co-founder of Good Company Consulting, her work is centered on the (strangely revolutionary) concept that people and strategy don’t have to be mutually exclusive. She takes a holistic approach to workplace strategy, keeping human beings – arguably the most valuable resources – at front and center. Lisa Walden’s speeches focus on how to maintain thriving cultures, best-practices for mindful communication practices, and tactics for nurturing the single most important component of a healthy work environment—trust.
Walden has worked with a broad range of clients and organizations, ranging from architects, to finance, real estate, and hospitality. In her speeches, Lisa strives to inspire mindset shifts by presenting valuable, research-based insights in a way that resonates, engages, and entertains. She weaves in stories, statistics, case studies, and some good old-fashioned self-deprecating humor into each and every one of her presentations.
Lisa Walden is the co-author of Managing Millennials for Dummies and is deep in the trenches of planning her next book. She is a voracious consumer of all business-related books, podcasts, magazines, and think pieces.
Dr. Mark A. Stone serves as the System Chief Information Officer (“SCIO”) for The Texas A&M University System (“A&M System”). As the SCIO for the A&M System, Dr. Stone is responsible for cybersecurity, enterprise-wide applications, networking, and infrastructure strategy development and implementation throughout the A&M System. The CIO collaborates with technology as well as non-technology leaders to ensure A&M System systems support A&M System goals, objectives, policies, procedures and initiatives as specified by the Chancellor.
Prior to this appointment, Dr. Stone served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Safety-Kleen Systems, Inc. from August 2009 until December 2012. Dr. Stone served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Zale Corporation from May 2005 to February 2009. Dr. Stone was with Zale Corporation for 14 years and worked in IT, Planning, Database Marketing, and Distribution. Prior to working at Zale Corporation, Dr. Stone served as the Director of Financial Operations for the Resolution Trust Corporation.
Dr. Stone is a Certified Public Accountant and the author of “The Three C’s: A Career Enrichment Primer on Characterizing, Connecting, and Communicating.” He holds a BBA in Accounting from Baylor University, a Masters in Divinity (MDiv) from Westminster Theological Seminary, a Masters in Theology (ThM) from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Ethics from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His doctoral dissertation was entitled “International Research Collaboration and National Security.”
The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $7.2 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, a comprehensive health science center, eight state agencies, and the RELLIS Campus, the A&M System educates more than 152,000 students and makes more than 24 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, research and development expenditures exceed $1 billion and help drive the state’s economy. With more than 26,000 faculty and staff, the A&M System has a physical presence in 250 of the state’s 254 counties and a programmatic presence in every one.