2020 Global TapRooT® Summit Keynote Speakers

We are excited to present our 2020 Global TapRooT® Summit Keynote Speakers:

• Marcus Miller
• Don McMillan
• Jim Wetherbee
• Mark Paradies
• Frank Abagnale


Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 9:00 am

Marcus miller
Will Discipline and Criminalization Stop accidents?

Marcus Miller will discuss the ever-increasing urge to criminalize mistakes. Will this cause improvement or will it just lead to people being uncooperative with incident investigations?





Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 4:00 pm

Don McMillan
Technically Funny

Don McMillan ha a BE in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford. He went to work for AT&T Bell Laboratories where he worked as part of the team that designed the world’s first 32-bit microprocessor. He then moved to the Silicon Valley (San Jose) where he worked at VLSI Technology as a computer chip designer. During his 6 years at VLSI, he designed more than 50 Standard and ASIC Designs many of which are still out there today.

After winning the 16th Annual San Francisco International Stand-Up Comedy Competition in 1991, Don McMillan turned in his chips for a microphone. He went on to be $100,000 Grand Champion on “Star Search” in 1993. He’s had numerous television appearances including “The Tonight Show” on NBC, CNN’s “The Larry King Show”, MTV’s “Half Hour Comedy Hour,” and A&E’s “Evening at the Improv.” Nowadays, you can catch Don headlining comedy clubs from the “Improvisation” to “Catch-A-Rising Star” across the country.  Learn more.

Don will add some levity to our day and help us understand that the world of root cause analysis can be technically funny.



Thursday, March 12, 2020, 9:00 am

Jim Wetherbee
How to Convince Senior Management to Change

Thursday, March 12, 2020, 4:00 pm

With 35 years of experience in high-hazard operational environments, Jim is passionate about helping leaders and operators in dangerous endeavors with critical mission objectives. He is the only astronaut to have commanded five missions in space.

Jim began his career as a Naval Aviator aboard the USS John F Kennedy, flying the A-7 Corsair. In his second tour, he was a test pilot in the F/A-18 Hornet

In 1984, Jim was selected to join NASA in its tenth group of astronauts. Over his twenty-year career, he flew six times on the Space Shuttle. The five-time commander flew two missions to the Russian Space Station, Mir, and two missions to the International Space Station. In 1998, he was appointed as the director, Flight Crew Operations, specifically selected to improve the flight and ground safety in the astronaut corps. 

Bringing his experience from the aerospace industry as a former NASA executive and astronaut, Jim joined the Oil and Gas Industry as a Safety and Operations Auditor for BP, America. As the VP for Operating Leadership, Jim helped to improve operating results consistently over the long-term, by emphasizing effective leadership behaviors to inspire people to perform with operating excellence.

Jim and Mark Paradies will have a conversation about the challenges of improving performance.



Thursday, March 12, 2020, 4:00 pm

Mark Paradies
Lives Saved and Performance Improved

Mark Paradies is co-developer of the TapRooT® System. He has  BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois. He served as an officer in Admiral Rickover’s Nuclear Navy abourd the USS Arkansas and the USS Long Beach. While in the Nuclear Navy, he observed errors that operators and mechanics made even when well-trained and equipped with good procedures. That’s one of the reasons he chose to study advanced human factors technology while obtaining a maters Degree in Nuclear Engineering.

Mark’s consideration of human factors is foundational to TapRooT®. His ability to communicate advanced human performance technology without the usual jargon helps folks such as plant personnel, engineers, and managers find the real root causes of human errors.

With the development of TapRooT®, Mark and TapRooT® co-developer Linda Unger have changed the way the world solves problems through advanced root cause analysis, training, and software, assisting in designing and improving performance improvement programs, and in investigating the root causes of accidents.

Mark will speak about performance improvement success and how it can be achieved.



Friday, March 13, 2020, 10:50 am

Frank Abagnale
Catch Me If You Can, the Real Story

His transformation from one of the world’s most notorious con men to an international cybersecurity expert trusted by the FBI has been mythologized in film and literature – but the takeaways he shares are the real deal.

Frank’s contributions to the world of security are immeasurable. He has become a hero to hundreds of public and private sector organizations for his indispensable counsel and strategic insight on safeguarding information systems and combating cyber-fraud.

With an eye on the latest techniques developed by high-tech criminals to deceive and defraud, Frank leaves audiences with a deep understanding of today’s evolving security landscape, and more importantly, a vision of how to make the world a safer place.

Renowned cybersecurity and fraud prevention expert, bestselling author and subject of “Catch Me If You Can.”

Frank will talk about his life experiences and how they apply to the business world today.

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