Adam von Gootkin – Entrepreneur, CEO of Highclere Castle Cigar Co., and Author of Living Proof: Onyx Moonshine’s Journey to Revive the American Spirit
Adam von Gootkin is an entrepreneur and luxury spirit and cigar founder. Adam left college after one semester and chose to embark on an entrepreneurial adventure that has included e-commerce, muscle cars, and the music industry. Adam’s ancestors were arrested in 1864 for tax evasion on a shipment of moonshine bound for Canada, resulting of the collapse of Chafee & Co Distilling. In 2011 at the age of 28, Adam resurrected his family moonshine legacy 78 years after its inception to launch Connecticut based Onyx Spirits Company, producers of the world’s first ultra-premium American moonshine. Adam shares his insights on entrepreneurship, on having an authentic product, on the importance of execution and what can we learn from his book, ‘Living Proof: Onyx Moonshine’s Journey to Revive the American Spirit’. Highclere Castle Cigar Co. was founded in 2017 via a partnership with the 8th Earl of Carnarvon, and world renowned cigar blender, Nicholas Melillo of Foundation Cigar Company. Highclere Castle also known as the fictional home “Downton Abbey,” but the magnificent Estate in Hampshire, England has been the seat of the distinguished Carnarvon family over 300 years.
Tama Kieves – Former Lawyer, and Bestselling Author of This Time I Dance!: Creating the Work You Love and Thriving Through Uncertainty: Moving Beyond Fear of the Unknown and Making Change Work for You
Tama Kieves left her law practice with prestigious corporate law firm to write and help others discover and soar in their life’s work. Tama knows well that you can’t plan for every contingency after having toiled for years to become a lawyer and then realizing the work was soul-crushing. She also knows that it’s in the midst of these times of uncertainty that if you can learn to listen to and trust your most authentic desires, you can make the changes necessary to lead the life you always wanted. Now in her new book, she proves that the moment your plans fall apart is precisely when your true destiny begins. With Tama’s guidance, you can take hold of the blessings and opportunities hidden within uncertain transitional periods and begin to move forward.
Andy Swann – Catalyst, Connector, Change Maker, Speaker, Writer, Work-Explorer, and Author of The Human Workplace: People-Centred Organizational Development
Andy Swann leads the development and delivery of people-focused transition management for organizations undergoing change at BDG Architecture + Design in the UK. He is also the founder of Simple Better Human, a creative organization development consultancy which specializes in allowing employees to thrive so that organizations can, too. He runs the All About People conference and speaks around the world on the benefits or taking a more human approach to organizational development. Andy knows better than most that things just aren’t that straightforward. Bringing his work at the coalface of organizational change with him, he leads us through the challenges, debunks the fads and offers practical and effective ways of not only coping with the challenges of the future but possibly even enjoying them. In The Human Workplace researched book, Andy considers the full scope of how we work, from the interpersonal to the networks and communities on which we rely, and how this is translating into today’s society. In an age of digitization and artificial intelligence, Andy repeatedly finds that applying our shared humanity is the most important element of a high-performing workplace.