March 22, 2022 | Mark Paradies

Can’t Miss This!

2022 Global TapRooT® Summit Keynote Speakers – May 2-6 – Knoxville, TN

Every year we had a great team of speakers – both Keynote Speakers and Best Practice Session Speakers – at the Global TapRooT® Summit.

Years ago I realized I get to pick the Summit Keynote Speakers so why not pick people I really want to hear from. And that’s what I do…

Who Did I Pick This Year?

U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant (Retired) Kirstie Ennis

The closing Keynote Speaker is Kirstie Innis. While serving in Afghanistan, the CH-53D she was on crashed resulting in losing her leg as well as suffering a torn rotator cuff and labrum, injured cervical discs of her spine, a shattered jaw, severe facial lacerations, traumatic brain injury, and posttraumatic stress disorder.

She was forced into medical retirement from the Marine Corps but wasn’t done helping people. She decided to help raise funds for nonprofits and founded the Kirstie Ennis Foundation.

As part of Kirstie’s fundraising efforts, she has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, Carstensz, Iliza Norte, Elbrus, Aconcagua, Cotopaxi, and the South Summit of Everest. In addition, she has attempted to climb the peak of Everest and Denali. Also, she walked 1000 miles to support the charity Walking with the Wounded.

Kirstie Ennis

Here is Kirstie talking about climbing Acouncagua, the tallest mountain outside the Himalayas…

As you can imagine, Kirstie doesn’t accept limitations and she will inspire you to overcome and achieve!

Inky Johnson

Inky Johnson

Our opening speaker is UT football hero Inky Johnson.  If you have heard Inky speak, you know how inspiring he is. And I know you will want to hear him again.  If you haven’t heard Inky speak, you need to hear him in person. Ed Mylett calls Inky one of the five best speakers to listen to in the USA.

Inky Johnson

What did sportswriter Gentry Estes have to say about Inky?

“For all the right reasons, Inky Johnson is truly the most remarkable
and inspirational athlete that I’ve ever covered –
and continue to keep up with to this day.”

Truly, it would be worth coming to the Summit just to hear Inky’s talk. You need to REGISTER for the Summit right now to make sure you don’t miss it.

Vice Admiral (Retired) Joseph Aucoin

Admiral Aucoin is a Top Gun trained US Navy veteran who has flown more than 150 combat missions in support of joint operations in Iraq, Kuwait, Bosnia, and Kosovo. He accumulated over 4,700 flight hours and more than 1,300 carrier-arrested landings. His personal awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross with “V” (for valor) and the Bronze Star.

Admiral Aucoin was Commander of the 7th Fleet when the collisions between commercials ships and the USS Fitzgerald and the USS John S. McCain occurred. Although he had warned his superiors about understaffing, maintenance issues, and training issues, the 7th Fleet operations tempo continued to soar to accomplish missions assigned from Washington.

Admiral Aucoin had warned those above him about the risks of asking too much from too few. He personally rejected missions just to be overruled and ordered to get ships underway.

As closing Keynote Speaker on Day 2 of the Summit, you can hear his story and learn lessons about what happens when senior managers ask too much from the people on the front lines.

Claus Rose

Claus Rose is Vice President of EHS and Business Continuity Management for GE Renewable Energy.

Claus Rose, VP GE

Claus is the opening Keynote Speaker on Day 2 of the Summit and will provide practical insight about what senior managers want (or at least should want) from root cause analysis. Take these lessons back to your company to discuss with your company’s senior management.

Ken Futch

Ken Futch

Ken Futch is a great storyteller and you’ve never heard a story quite like the one that he tells. As he explains, he now has much more empathy for people who make stupid mistakes. Ken is the closing speaker on Day 1 at the Global TapRooT® Summit and will leave you laughing and learning. Don’t miss his talk.

Register Now to Hear From These Outstanding Speakers

Attend the 2022 Global TapRooT® Summit and hear from this dream team lineup. You will be educated, motivated, and inspired.

Register by CLICKING HERE.

MORE! … The Best Practice Breakout Sessions

There are eight best practice tracks to choose from at the Summit. They are:

  • Human Performance
  • Safety & Risk
  • Compliance
  • Investigations & Root Cause Analysis
  • Quality, Operational Excellence, & Asset Reliability
  • Executive Leadership
  • Soft Skills
  • Certified Instructor Recertification

CLICK HERE for the schedule for the eight Best Practice Tracks. You can pick sessions from any track to attend so review the schedule and make your own custom track.

STILL MORE! … The Pre-Summit Courses


The Summit starts with your choice of one of eight Pre-Summit Courses being held on May 2-3. The courses (some in-person, some virtual, and some both) to choose from are:

Virtual Only

In-Person Only


Click on the course title link above for more information about each course.

And when you attend a Pre-Summit Course and the Summit, you save $200 off the combined course and Summit fee (attend both for only $2,320).

In-Person Summit or Virtual?

We had planned to have a regular face-to-face Summit this year. But we’ve had several people from continents outside North America tell us that their company still won’t allow travel because of COVID. And they begged us to let them attend virtually. Therefore, we decided that we will have a face-to-face Summit with a virtual option for those that face travel restrictions.

Last year we had about 50% of the participants in person and 50% virtual. This year we hope to have 80% or more of the participants in person and 20% or less virtually. We hope you will help us make this happen by registering for the in-person option.

Choosing in-person or virtual attendance is easy when you register for the Summit.

The picture above shows the first registration page. Just click the “in person” or the “virtual” checkbox and you’ve made your choice.

CLICK HERE to start the registration process.

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