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How to get through tough times: MDRT Past President series

Jack B. Turner, CLU, ChFC 5.0

Thrive despite difficulties. Advice on how to conquer adversity, from 1983 MDRT President Jack Turner.

Bring the beat: MDRT bands

Kathryn Furtaw Keuneke, CAE 0.0

For more than 40 years, MDRT musicians have added fun and harmony to the Annual Meeting.

Q&A: Adrian P. Baker, Dip PFS

Adrian P. Baker, Dip PFS 5.0

Baker on tips for new advisors, his interests outside the business and more.

Why we give

Fiona Odumosu-Watkins 0.0

Since its founding in 1959, the MDRT Foundation has relied on the generosity of MDRT members who donate to support its global grant programs. This collective generosity has had a powerful impact, with more than $28 million in grant funding awarded to more than 1,700 MDRT member-endorsed charities worldwide. MDRT membership has a diverse demographic and geographic makeup, yet its members share a common bond of compassion and the belief that giving back to people in need is the not only the right way, but the MDRT way.

Create a living legacy

Thomas E. Fowler, CLU, LUTCF 0.0

Since 1959, the MDRT Foundation has awarded $28 million in life-changing grants to more than 1,700 small and large charitable organizations worldwide. When you make a gift to the Foundation, you become part of the MDRT legacy of giving back to those in need. Your donations to the Foundation support the needs of many. The Foundation helps connect us as members and allows us to fulfill our own charitable passions.

Choose to grow

Caroline A. Banks, APFS 0.0

Banks says change is inevitable but growth remains an option.

How to be business brilliant

Lewis Schiff 0.0

When the going gets tough, what do “the tough” (self-made individuals) do different from the rest? To answer this, author and entrepreneur Schiff surveyed 800 household decision makers — 50 percent representing high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth households. Through this research, Schiff discovered the building blocks to a behavior pattern that he called “business brilliance.” Take advantage of the roadmap he developed from this research that reveals the most successful techniques for risk management, team building and decision-making.

The only limits are those of vision

Alan Chambers, MBE 0.0

Facing temperatures well below zero and pulling a load of 100 kilograms, polar explorer Chambers and his team walked more than 1,000 kilometers across the frozen sea, from Canada to the North Pole, to deliver a project deemed impossible. Against all the odds, they succeeded after years of planning and training subsequently returning a further 11 times. Join him as he discusses the power of self-belief and a mindset that proves “the old way isn’t the only way” to succeed. His inspirational story has powerful messages people can take in to their work place, their lives and every aspect of the future.


Plug in

James Douglas Pittman, CLU, CFP 0.0

MDRT Executive Committee Nominee James Pittman shares his experience spanning four decades in the profession.



Mark J. Hanna, CLU, ChFC 0.0

MDRT Executive Committee Nominee Hanna shares with members what validated his decision to join the financial services profession and what he will bring to the leadership of MDRT.


Dream big

Emmanuel Kelly 0.0

Singer-songwriter Emmanuel Kelly inspires members with his life story and commitment to succeed, and finishes his presentation with an original song.

Successfully navigating change

Ariane de Bonvoisin 0.0

Change is the word of the year and the decade. It is one of the most important business skills right now. It is a competitive advantage. Those who successfully navigate change will thrive. Come away from this session with a better understanding of the barriers to change and strategies for changing past behavior patterns and achieving the life changes you desire.


How to have 100 healthy birthdays

David Meinz, MS, RD 0.0

Meinz explains how people manage to live to 100 years old and gives tips from how members can maximize their own lives.


Time for action

Troy Hazard 0.0

Hazard relates how losing his company $1 million ultimately shaped the values he holds today. He encourages members to acknowledge the real problems in their lives and come up with real solutions.


Setting standards

Derek Mills 5.0

Derek Mills began qualifying for MDRT and Top of the Table — and working less — when he set standards instead of goals.


Great meeting and great mentors

Yolie Aleman-Rodriguez and Logan Naidu, ACII, CFP 0.0

Hear about benefits of mentoring for both parties, niche marketing, being an aspirant, value of MDRT and the mentoring program.