Premier strives to help others make profitable connections and we strongly believe these connections can result in growth and learning. Sometimes, just reading the words of others can be inspiring and educational. Therefore, Premier is delighted to announce our Leadership Library hosted by Barnes & Noble at many of 2017 Premier CIO Forums! The Leadership Library will feature books both written and recommended by many of our past and present keynote speakers, along with recommendations from our Advisory Council's. This is a great opportunity, as an attendee, to engage one-on-one with Keynote speakers at the event. Author signing's available upon request.

For information on submitting your book or publication, please email Kris Lucero.

Kristen Brown

Recently named a top 20 trailblazer in the meetings industry by Meetings Today magazine, Kristen Brown helps busy professionals transform their goals into productive leadership, sales and personal growth strategies despite the stresses we face every day.

She is a keynote speaker and bestselling author who partners with people-centered organizations around the U.S. to boost market share and the bottom line including General Mills, PCMA, Cargill, Boston Scientific, Cox Automotive, Retail Value Chain Federation, Regis, and more.

Kristen spent 15 years in corporate leadership roles before a personal tragedy prompted her shift to starting her own business. She has shared her expertise extensively in the media including Live with Kelly, Inc. magazine, Forbes, Fox, BBC, Psychology Today, and many more.

She lives in Minneapolis with her daughter and will do just about anything for bacon or an extra hour of sleep. To learn more, visit

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The Happy Hour Effect | The Daily RISE

Todd Cohen

The first book ever written on how to build a Sales Culture to achieve higher revenue and improve employee satisfaction throughout your business.

In my book you will learn:

The nature and essence of a sales culture – what it is and why it matters
The steps to create a sales culture
How to create your virtual sales team
Why sales culture starts at the top
Why you or your sales organization never have to “sell alone”

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Frank Diana

Mr. Diana has served in various executive roles throughout his career and has over 30 years of leadership experience. Currently at TCS, he is focused on thought leadership and advisory services in the context of business, societal, and economic evolution. He blends a futurist perspective with a pragmatic, actionable approach, leveraging future thinking to steer executive strategy and action. Prior to joining TCS, Mr. Diana was Executive Vice President of enherent Corp., where he led a business analytics growth initiative focused on leveraging advanced forms of analytics to deliver business outcomes. For Aelera Corporation where he served as Chief Product Officer, he managed the development of a market facing social computing and advanced analytics platform.

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Dan Roberts / Brian Watson

Be the most effective CIO you can be—by learning from the best in the business Today's Chief Information Officers must be an entirely new breed of technology leader. With ever-changing demands from the business, and in an increasingly technology-centric business environment, CIOs must find game-changing innovations and process improvements that make a real impact on the bottom line. Business executives need their CIOs to be real partners—speaking the language of the business and donning their strategist caps—not just commodity managers. Those IT leaders who fail to break out of the order-taker, utility manager mold will, simply put, be looking for a new job.

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Dan Roberts

Go from the "IT guy" to trusted business partner If you're in IT, quite a lot is expected of you and your team: be technologically advanced, business-minded, customer-focused, and financially astute, all at once. In the face of unforgiving competition, rampant globalization, and demanding customers, business leaders are discovering that it's absolutely essential to have a strong, active partner keeping a firm hand on the decisions and strategies surrounding information technology. Unleashing the Power of IT provides tangible, hard-hitting, real-world strategies, techniques, and approaches that will immediately transform your IT workforce and culture, presenting the new mindset, skill set, and tool set necessary for IT leaders to thrive in today's challenging environment.

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Robert Siciliano

ROBERT SICILIANO, CEO of is fiercely committed to informing, educating, and empowering Americans so they can be protected from violence and crime in the physical and virtual worlds. His "tell it like it is" style is sought after by major media outlets, executives in the C-Suite of leading corporations, meeting planners, and community leaders to get the straight talk they need to stay safe in a world in which physical and virtual crime is commonplace.

Siciliano is accessible, real, professional, and ready to weigh in and comment at a moment's notice on breaking news. His goal is simple - to wake up and empower people across Main Street USA so they can avoid becoming victims of crime. His personal security and identity theft expertise are assets to any program or organization that demands straight talk, common sense, and potentially life and property saving results right now.

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Kathie Topel

Motivate talent to be better leaders, communicators, and innovators.  As a business strategist, international speaker, thought leader, visionary and CEO of IMPACTinsights, an organizational strategy and change management firm, Kathie created the POWERSHIP® alignment model and wrote a book of the same name, based on her 25 + years of experience in IT-business alignment, collaboration, innovation and product delivery.  Her second book, The Game Changer Ecosystem: ROI in 90 Days or Less, expands on these topics to further educate readers on ways they can optimize their own organizations and drive sustainable growth and value.  

​Kathie has led numerous interactive seminars, conferences, executive workshops and IT alignment implementations that have helped many organizations significantly improve their business operations by minimizing costs, maximizing employee productivity and enhancing customer satisfaction.  Her extensive experience in the IT, consulting, manufacturing, logistics and supply chain industries allows her to have a unique understanding of strategic growth and company-wide motivation.  She understands what it takes to run a business in today’s world and has helped many organizations including United Airlines, McDonald’s, Kraft Foods, Feeding America, Johnson Controls, Horace Mann and Cabot Microelectronics achieve success.    

She believes that building more effective leaders is the first step in transforming a business.  Breaking down complex ideas into simple, executable steps, and helping everyone in the organization grow and garner the respect they deserve is Kathie's professional passion. Her enthusiasm and extensive skills and knowledge are unparalleled and it's what drives the many organizations she’s committed to helping.

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Brian Watson

Brian Watson is Co-Head, CIO Networks at Metis Strategy, a business and technology strategy consulting firm, and a speaker and author on IT leadership issues. Watson is the author of Confessions of a Successful CIO: How the Best CIOs Tackle Their Toughest Business Challenges (Wiley, March 2014), which was a top-rated title on Amazon and appeared on numerous “must-read” lists for current and aspiring IT leaders. Previously, Watson served as Editor in Chief of CIO Insight and in various other editorial management roles with both CIO Insight and Baseline. Previously he wrote for and contributed to newspapers in the U.S. and Ireland. Watson has spoken and moderated CIO panels at IT leadership events including the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, the Society for Information Management (SIM) SIMposium, and the Technology Business Management (TBM) Council annual conference... Read more

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Phil Weinzimer

Based on interviews with more than 150 CIOs, IT/business executives, and academic thought leaders, The Strategic CIO: Changing the Dynamics of the Business Enterprise provides insight, success stories, and a step-by-step methodology to transform your IT organization into a strategic asset that drives customer value, increases revenues, and enhances shareholder wealth.
-The book details how strategic CIOs from FedEx, Procter & Gamble, McKesson, and other leading companies transformed their organizations. It illustrates the methods these CIOS used to become strategic partners that collaborate effectively within their organizations to leverage information and technology for a competitive advantage.
-The text will help you assess the key competencies and skills required by IT personnel to partner with your business teams to create new and enhanced products and services that create customer value, increase margin, and enhance shareholder wealth.
-The book includes powerful methodologies, time-saving templates, proven best practices, and helpful assessments. It also details a four-phase methodology, along with the associated activities and tools, to help your IT organization successfully transform into a strategic IT organization.
-Gain insight into the four domain competencies and twelve associated skills required to build effective strategic IT organizations. Build your roadmap to success using the transformation methodology described in the text and you will be on your way to making your organization a strategic IT organization.

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