2023 AIR Forum Cleveland, Ohio May 28 – June 2, 2023

Keynote Speakers

Please note: All times are listed in U.S. Eastern Time Zone. 

Opening Keynote

Kwame Christian, Esq., M.A. 

CEO | 2x Bestselling Author | #1 Negotiation Podcast | Lawyer 

Kwame Christian is a best-selling author, business lawyer and CEO of the American Negotiation Institute (ANI). Following the viral success of his TedxDayton talk, Kwame released his best-seller Finding Confidence in Conflict: How to Negotiate Anything and Live Your Best Life in 2018. He’s also a regular contributor for Forbes and the host of the number one negotiation podcast in the world, Negotiate Anything, which currently has over 5 million downloads worldwide. Under Kwame’s leadership, ANI has coached and trained several Fortune 500 companies on applying the fundamentals of negotiation to corporate success. 

Kwame was the recipient of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs Young Alumni Achievement Award in 2020 and the Moritz College of Law Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award 2021. He is the only person in the history of The Ohio State University to win alumni awards in consecutive years from the law school and the masters of public affairs program. That said, Kwame’s proudest achievement is his family. He’s married to Dr. Whitney Christian, and they have two lovely sons, Kai and Dominic. 

Wednesday, May 31 

  • 7:45 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.  Breakfast Buffet and seating 
  • 8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  Program and opening keynote 

Join new colleagues and old friends for the official opening session of the 2023 AIR Forum. Our opening keynote will feature innovative ideas to carry through the week.

Kwame Christian

Closing Keynote and Awards

Speakers to be announced soon!

Friday, June 2

  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  Brunch seating and plated meal service
  • 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Awards presentation and closing keynote panel

Join colleagues for inspiring takeaways as we close out this year‘s conference—we'll hear inspirational stories of achievement as we recognize our 2023 award winners and gain practical insights to take home from our closing keynote panel (to be announced).