2022 Global TapRooT® Summit Keynote Speakers

We are excited to present our 2022 Global TapRooT® Summit Keynote Speakers:

  • Inky Johnson, “You Can’t Be Stopped When Truly Inspired”
  • Ken Futch, “Take Your Best Shot!”
  • Claus Rose, “What Senior Managers Want from Root Cause Analysis”
  • Admiral Joseph Aucoin, “Hearing warnings:  The need for senior leadership to listen and respond to signals that indicate unacceptable risk.”
  • Kirstie Ennis, “Don’t Accept Limitations”

These speakers will help you be motivated to make improvements happen.


Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 10:30 am

INKY JOHNSON, UT Football Hero
You Can’t Be Stopped if You Are Truly Inspired

Inky will inspire you to make improvements happen.

September 9, 2006. It started as a normal college football game in Neyland Stadium. If anything, the event was an afterthought, dropped into the schedule at the last minute.

For Inky Johnson, though, the game changed everything. A routine tackle turned into a life-threatening injury, and nothing has been normal for Inky ever since. Not with a paralyzed right arm. Not with daily pain. Not with constant physical challenges.

His dream had always been to play professional sports. You might think his injury would have destroyed his motivation and crushed his spirit. But that’s only because you don’t know Inky.

Inky looks in the face of defeat and says, “Am I really failing, or is God prevailing?” You’ll see a man gripped by the promise that God has purposes and plans far beyond our own. And you’ll be inspired by his relentless determination, which he loves to impart to others through his dramatic story.

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.

Sportswriter Gentry Estes said:

“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.




Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 4:00 pm

Ken Futch, CSP & cpae
Take Your Best Shot

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.

No wonder Ken is an NSA CPAE Hall of Fame professional speaker, career coach, humorist, and author of “Take Your Best Shot.” With over 30 years of experience motivating and entertaining Fortune 100 Companies, Ken hones his coaching and messages into hilarious, inspiring, razor-sharp, relatable, and resonant works of art. Don’t miss his talk.



Ken Futch

Thursday, May 5, 2022, 9:00 am

Claus Rose, VP, GE Renewable Energy 
What Senior Managers Want from Root Cause Analysis

Claus is Vice President of EHS and Business Continuity Management for GE Renewable Energy. He previously worked for Siemens from 2008 to 2018 in various positions, all in the EHS & Quality area. He also has served 20 years as an officer in the Danish Army, with international postings. He holds a Degree in Management and Business Administration from the Danish Army.

Claus 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.



Claus Rose, VP GE

Thursday, May 5, 2022, 4:00 pm

Joseph Aucoin, Vice Admiral (Retired)
Hearing Warnings: The need for senior leadership to listen and respond to signals that indicate unacceptable risk

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, 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 the ships underway.

Hear the story of what happens when senior managers ask too much from the people on the front lines.



Friday, May 6, 2021, 11:00 am

Kirstie Ennis
don’t accept limitations

U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Kirstie Ennis lost her leg when the CH-53D she was a door gunner on crashed in Afghanistan. Other injuries she suffered in the crash included 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.

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

Kirstie Ennis