Keynotes | ENGAGE 2021
In the spotlight, on center stage

June 9–13 | Las Vegas or attend online

Great ideas to propel you forward

Business strategy. Global economics and politics. Inspiring leadership. Every part of your day is touched by some aspect of these big-picture issues. Explore the impact during the keynote sessions.

Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, CPA, CGMA
Monday and Wednesday, Grand Garden Arena

Charles P. Rettig

Chuck’s day job

The 49th commissioner of the IRS

Why you recognize Chuck

Chuck presides over the nation’s tax system, which collects approximately $3.4 trillion in tax revenue each year. This revenue funds most government operations and public services. He manages an agency of about 80,000 employees and a budget of approximately $11 billion.

Before joining the IRS, Chuck was with the law firm of Hochman, Salkin, Rettig, Toscher & Perez P.C. for more than 36 years. In his practice, he represented clients in cases involving civil examinations and appeals, criminal investigations and tax collection matters.

A deep history of service in the tax field

Chuck most recently served as vice chair — administration for the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation and president of the American College of Tax Counsel. He also served as chair of the Taxation Section of the State Bar of California and has served on the advisory boards of both the Franchise Tax Board and the Board of Equalization in his home state of California.

John Elway

John’s day job

General Manager and President of Football Operations for Denver Broncos

Why you recognize John

  • Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2004
  • Two-time Super Bowl Champion
  • Retired as the NFL’s all-time winningest quarterback
  • Nine-time Pro-Bowl selection
  • Guided the Denver Bronco’s to six AFC championships and five
  • Super Bowl appearances
  • 1993 AFC Player of the Year
  • 1987 NFL Most Valuable Player
  • Eight-time recipient of the Bronco’s offensive most valuable player award
  • One of only two players in NFL history to pass for more than 50,000 yards and rush for 3,000 yards in career

Zanny Minton Beddoes

Zanny’s day job

Editor in chief of The Economist

Why you recognize Zanny

She is renowned for delivering sophisticated insight on all facets of economic affairs, from emerging markets and a precarious European Union to corporate America and the latest twists in U.S. politics.

Zanny is the first female editor in the 170-year history of The Economist.

Recognition from her peers

  • Forbes magazine’s one of the “Most Powerful Women in the World”
  • 2017 Loeb Award for Breaking News for the scoop on Saudi Aramco
  • 2012 Loeb Award for economic journalism

Ian Bremmer

Ian’s day job

President and founder of Eurasia Group, the leading global political risk research and consulting firm. The company has offices on four continents and a network of experts in 90 countries. He is also the president and founder of GZERO Media, a Eurasia Group company dedicated to helping a broad, global audience make sense of today’s leaderless world.

Why you recognize Ian

Ian is credited with bringing the craft of political risk to financial markets; he created Wall Street’s first global political risk index (GPRI).

He is a prolific thought leader and author, with frequent appearances on TV. His weekly tv show GZERO World with Ian Bremmer is broadcast nationally on public television. His is the foreign affairs columnist and editor-at-large at Time magazine.

On our reading list

Ian has published ten books, including his most recent New York Times bestseller Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism and these national best-sellers:

  • Every Nation for Itself: Winners and Losers in a G-Zero World
  • The End of the Free Market: Who Wins the War Between States and Corporations?
  • Superpower: Three Choices for America’s Role in the World

Session: Reimagine

Barry Melancon

Barry’s day job

CEO, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants

President and CEO, American Institute of CPAs

Why you recognize Barry

As the head of the largest body of CPAs in the world, Barry represents the Institute with state, national and international organizations.

Under his leadership, the Institute has spearheaded initiatives designed to benefit not only the profession but also investors, business owners, lenders and the general public.

These include audit quality centers, private company reporting standards, eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL), the computerized CPA exam and two consumer financial literacy education programs.

His rise to leadership

Prior to joining the AICPA, he served for eight years as executive director of the Society of Louisiana CPAs.

In 1995, at only 37 years old, Barry was named the CEO of the AICPA and is now the longest serving CEO in the organization’s 127-year history. Today the AICPA has a record number of members and revenue.

Session: Reimagine

William Reeb

Bill’s day job

Incoming Chair, American Institute of CPAs

CEO, The Succession Institute

Why you recognize Bill

Bill has held a number of volunteer leadership positions at the AICPA, having previously served as a member of the Board of Directors and governing Council as well as Secretary of the Political Action Committee.

His lengthy career includes consulting for businesses of all sizes, primarily in the areas of organizational structure and governance, operations and accountability.

He has provided education and training to state CPA society members for decades, including lectures, leadership programs, workshops, self-study programs and videos.

Recognition from his peers

  • INSIDE Public Accounting’s top-10 most recommended CPA firm consultants
  • Accounting Today’s “Top 100 Most Influential CPAs”
  • CPA Magazine’s “Top 100 Most Influential Practitioners”

Simon Sinek

Simon’s day job

Teacher of leaders and organizations on how to inspire people

He’s also known as “an unshakable optimist” and “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect.”

Why you recognize Simon

His TED talk “How great leaders inspire action” is the third most viewed of all time on

His unconventional and innovative views on business and leadership have attracted international attention and have earned him invitations to meet with an array of leaders and organizations, including 3M, Costco, Deckers, EY, HSM, jetBlue, KPMG, Pfizer, NBC Universal, the military, government agencies and entrepreneurs.

On your reading list

  • Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
  • Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t
  • Together Is Better: A Little Book of Inspiration
  • Find Your Why: A Practical Guide to Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team
  • The Infinite Game, due out in 2019