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Opening Keynote Session

The Psych​ology of Influence

Management and Leadership Track

Monday, October 30

8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

René Rodriguez

Moderators: Robert Bacci, CIH, CSP, Vice President, EHS & Facilities, Nektar Therapeutics, San Francisco, CA; Deborah Nelson, PhD, CIH, President, AIHA Board of Directors, Falls Church, VA.

Presenter: René Rodriguez, Founder & CEO, Volentum &, Minneapolis, MN.​

René Rodriguez is a renowned behavioral and organizational change expert, leadership coach, world class sales trainer, and dynamic keynote speaker who has shared the stage with the likes of Tony Robbins, Lou Holtz, Ben Stein, Roy Firestone, and Jeffery Gitomer. René is the founder and CEO of as well as the CEO of Volentum, an enterprise education and consulting company specializing in the application of the latest brain research in the areas of Leadership Development, Employee Engagement, Sales Training, and Professional Influence. Volentum has trained over 100,000 people in practical ways for individuals and groups to grow and renew themselves even as they engage and profit from recurring change.

René has been named to the 40 under 40 Most Influential Mortgage Professionals for 5 years straight. He has been a trusted advisor to leadership teams at Coca-Cola, Liz Claiborne, Medtronic, Daimler Chrysler, FORD, Microsoft, Bank of America and Loan Tool Box. He has been a featured speaker at the Microsoft Annual Convergence Conference, the Presidents Network and the Business Plan Conferences in Las Vegas. He was featured on the Cover of the Niche Report Magazine and has authored dozens of magazine articles about Sales, Leadership and Change.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​