2021 Summit Speaker Bios

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Shawn Rhodes
General Session Speaker
Will You Manage the Change COVID-19 is Causing Or Will Those Changes Manage You?

Shawn Rhodes leveraged his former life as a war correspondent to become an international expert in how the best teams pivot when change enters their plans. He's a Tampa-based TEDx speaker and his work studying teams in more than two dozen countries - some the most dangerous places on the planet - has been published in news outlets around the world including TIME, CNN, NBC, Forbes, the Wall Street Journal and INC. His clients have included Deloitte, ConAgra, Coca-Cola and dozens of similar businesses. Shawn is also a nationally-syndicated columnist with the Business Journals and author of the new book "Pivot Point: Turn On A Dime Without Sacrificing Results."

J. Brian Henderson, CFA
Chief Investment Officer
BOK Financial Corporation
General Session Speaker
Economic Panel Discussion

J. Brian Henderson, CFA is Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer for BOK Financial Corporation. He is responsible for leading the Alternative Investments Group, Strategic Investment Advisors, and Cavanal Hill Investment Management, Inc. Prior to serving as CIO, Mr. Henderson was the President of Cavanal Hill Investment Management which was recognized with multiple performance awards during his tenure.
Mr. Henderson started his career with BOK Financial in 1991 as the Head Taxable Fixed Income Trader on BOK’s institutional trading desk before being promoted into the Wealth Division as Vice President, Manager of Bond Funds in 1993. Later in 2002, he was named the Director of Trust Investments, and President of BOK Investment Advisors with overall responsibility for the Investment Management Group’s alternative and traditional discretionary assets under management.

In 1989, Mr. Henderson earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, and has served as past President and Board Member for the Oklahoma Society of Financial Analysts. He is currently an Executive Board Member of the Boy Scouts of America’s Indian Nation Council in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Christian Lawrence
Senior Cross-Asset Strategist
General Session Speaker
Economic Panel Discussion

Christian works for Rabobank New York as a Senior Cross-Asset Strategist focusing on macro tends, currencies and interest rates. He has been at the bank for eight years - two of which he spent in London before moving to New York.

Within his role, Christian is responsible for forecasting North American economic and market variables as well as parts of the LatAm region. Christian also sits within the G10 FX strategy team which was ranked number one by Reuters and Bloomberg in 2019. As well as forecasting, Christian presents to clients and conference audiences on a regular basis and is widely quoted by the media with frequent appearances on television from Sky News to Bloomberg and CNBC. Before joining Rabobank, Christian worked for five years as an FX and interest rate strategist at RBC Capital Markets in London specializing in cross-country relative value rates trades. Christian holds a BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Liverpool and an MSc International Banking & Finance from the University of Southampton.

Connor Lokar
Speaker And Senior Forecaster
ITR Economics
General Session Speaker
Economic Panel Discussion

Few young economists present their insights with the authority, accuracy, and humor that Connor Lokar brings to the stage. From the intimate executive retreat to the standing-room-only keynote, he delivers with charm and candor, rousing and enlightening all who attend his talks.

As a millennial, Connor brings a new perspective to the world of economics, delivering ITR’s industry-leading accuracy to current C-suite executives while forging connections with the next generation of business leaders.

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