Speaking to the executive teams of 50+ state-based think tanks at the 2017 SPN Annual Meeting.

I speak regularly on professional development and education.

If you are interested in attending any of the following events, please contact me directly.

If you are interested in having me speak to your group, send an inquiry to zslayback [at] gmail [dot] com.

Keynote Topics:

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Better, Faster, Smarter: How to Build the Next Big Startup

How to Change the World Without Even Trying

Sales and Scales: Why You’re Going to Fail and How to Succeed

Career Topics

How to Get Ahead When You Have Nothing to Offer

The End of Jobs: Why Everybody Will Be an Entrepreneur

I Welcome Our New Robot Overlords: How to Thrive in the World of Automation

How to Get Ahead as a Young Person Today


Homeschool, Unschool, and Deschool: Putting Education Back in Your Hands

The End of School: Taking Control of Your Education

The Collapse of the Ivory Tower: How America’s Colleges Betrayed Their Students

Education Without The State

Social Change

How to Change the World Without Really Trying

How a Radical Fringe Changes the World

Taking Over the World for Fun and Profit: Lessons from Hidden Changemakers



October 10, 2015  — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania // Philadelphia SFL Regional Conference

October 24, 2015 — Columbus, Ohio // Ohio SFL Regional Conference // Recap Here

November 7, 2015 — Fort Myers, Florida // Florida Gulf Coast SFL Regional Conference

November 19, 2015 — Tallahassee, Florida // Florida State University Panel on The Future of School

2016 Speaking Dates

February 8, 2016 — Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania // Carnegie Mellon University, The Collapse of the Ivory Tower

February 23, 2016 — Moon, Pennsylvania // Robert Morris University, The End of Jobs: Why Everyone Will Need to be an Entrepreneur

February 29, 2016 — Grove City, Pennsylvania // Grove City College, Sales & Internet Entrepreneurship Classes Guest Lectures

March 1, 2016 — Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania // University of Pittsburgh, How to Create a Free Market in an Unfree Market

March 2, 2016 — Phoenix, Arizona // Arizona State University, Hitting the Ground Running: How to Create Real Value With a Language Education

March 24, 2016– Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania // Duquesne University, How Entrepreneurs Change The World

June 12, 2016 — Lakeland, Florida // Southern Florida College, Building the Future as a Young Person 

July 6, 2016 — Seven Springs, PA // PA Masonic Youth Foundation/Annual DeMolay Convention

July 20, 2016 — San Francisco, California // d10e

July 22-23, 2016 — Austin, Texas // Praxis Weekend

July 29-30, 2016 — Mexico City, Mexico // Teach For All

September 15, 2016 — Florida Gulf Coast University // James Madison Institute

September 16, 2016 — Fort Lauderdale, FL // James Madison Institute

September 17, 2016 — Orlando, FL // James Madison Institute

September 29, 2016 — University of Florida, Gainesville, FL // James Madison Institute

November 1, 2, 2016 — Fayetteville, TN

November 5, 2016 — University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA // Students For Liberty Regional Conference RESCHEDULED TO NOVEMBER 19

November 12, 2016 — University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI // Students For Liberty Regional Conference, “Compulsory School as the Fifth Column”

November 16, 2016 — Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, PA

November 29, 2016 — Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL // James Madison Institute Campus Event


I am currently not accepting invitations to do speaking engagements through Q2 2017. I am spending the time to focus on new work and skill development.

March 13, 2017 – San Francisco, CA // Sales Roundtable

August 28, 2017 – San Antonio, TX // State Policy Network Annual Meeting

September 29, 2017 – Ann Arbor, MI // Talk on social change at the University of Michigan Cancelled

October, 2017 – Pittsburgh, PA // Invite Only

November 16, 2017 – Fort Myers, FL // Talk on Education Without the State at Florida Gulf Coast University

November 30, 2017 – Jackson, MS // Talk to the administrators of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools

December 1, 2017 – Jackson, MS // Talk to the teachers of the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools

December, 2017 – West Palm Beach, FL // TBA


January 27, 2018 – Pittsburgh, PA // Going Deep Summit

February – March, 2018 – Pittsburgh, PA // University Tour

March-April, 2018 – Florida, USA // University Tour