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BodellLisa Bodell

As a globally recognized futurist and expert on innovation, Lisa Bodell ignites new thinking at every event with high energy, humor, and audience engagement.

Bodell is an award-winning author and CEO of futurethink, an innovation-training firm that helps businesses embrace change and become world-class innovators. As a globally recognized futurist and expert on the topic of driving change, her mission is to provoke fresh thinking around what’s possible, and help people better solve problems with intentionally simple, easy-to-use tools. She has helped thousands of senior leaders ignite innovation at the New York Stock Exchange, Pfizer, Google, Lockheed Martin and many others.

Bodell is an inspired speaker who has brought her message to over 30 countries and nearly 100,000 people each year, and she was recently awarded the “Top 5 Speaker Award” by She is also the author of the best-selling book Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution, which won the 2014 Axiom “Best Business Book Award” and was voted “Best Business Book” by USA Book News and Booz & Co. A respected thought-leader on innovation, Bodell has appeared on NPR, FOX News, and in publications such as Fast Company, The New York Times, and WIRED. She is a monthly columnist for strategy + business, and frequent contributor to Forbes and Harvard Business Review.

Bodell serves as a member of the Global Agenda Council for the World Economic Forum; an adviser on the boards of the Association of Professional Futurists; and Novartis’ Diversity and Inclusion Board in Basel, Switzerland. Among her many academic activities, Bodell has taught innovation and creativity at both American and Fordham Universities.

Glassman Barry Glassman

Throughout his thirty years in public service, Harford County Executive Barry Glassman has been recognized for outstanding character, service and leadership. His record as a fiscal conservative includes promoting rural values and steadfast protection of Harford County’s land and water resources.

Barry Glassman has family roots in the county dating back to the 1800s. Raised on a small farm, he joined the Level Volunteer Fire Company at the age of 16 and later graduated from Havre de Grace High School and Washington College. As a college senior, he was awarded the prestigious Henry Catlin 1894 Medal for outstanding scholarship, character, leadership and citizenship.

Barry Glassman began elected public service in 1990 representing the northern district on the Harford County Council for two terms, including service as council vice president. In 1998, he won a seat in the Maryland House of Delegates. He chaired the Harford Delegation for many years until the late Sen. Bob Hooper recommended then-Del. Glassman as his replacement in the state Senate. He was honored in 2009 with the Senator William H. Amoss Memorial Legislative Award for outstanding service to the Maryland State Firemen’s Association.

Elected to the Maryland Senate in 2010, Barry Glassman served as Senate chair of the Harford Delegation, co-chair of the Legislative Fire and EMS Caucus and a member of the Senate Finance Committee. He completed the 2010 Emerging Leaders Program at the University of Virginia.

While serving as Harford’s seventh county executive, Barry Glassman was appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan to the Maryland Economic Development Corporation (MEDCO) Board of Directors, and also elected to the 2015 Board of Directors for the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo). Recent recognitions include a United Way Lives United Leadership Award from United Way of Central Maryland and induction into the Maryland State Firemen’s Association Hall of Fame. 

A longtime supporter of Harford County 4-H, County Executive Glassman continues to raise a small flock of Katahdin sheep. He lives on a small sheep farm in Darlington along with his wife Debi and their son Jordan.