Vicki Abadesco is the founder and director of Soul Shoppe, an organization that teach strategies for social-emotional awareness, conflict resolution, bullying prevention and empathy building to elementary and middle school communities. Every school year Soul Shoppe touches the hearts and minds of close to 100,000 students through interactive workshops and assemblies. vicki! is an author, facilitator, program designer and award-winning creator of compelling workshops & curriculum for adults and youth.
Todd Adams is a coach and advocate for men supporting healthy masculinity, conscious relationships, and prosperous careers. For six years he’s co-hosted Zen Parenting Radio, and he co-founded The Tribe Men’s Group.
Todd is a staff member of The Mankind Project, a staff member for the New Warrior Training Adventure. He’s a Certified Life Coach through the Tony Robbins Life Coaching Program, and a certified instructor for the Institute of Heartmath.
Stacy Allegro helps hospitality and service based brands and individual contributors dominate their markets by establishing fearless and compelling reasons go beyond to create extraordinary guest experiences.
A self-proclaimed service trailblazer, her humorous wit and wisdom combined with timely and relentless research in the fields of branding, connectivity, marketing and human behavior provokes individual and team transformation.
Dr. Sam Alper
Dr. Samuel J. Alper is the founder of Process Human Factors Consulting, LLC. He stated the company based on a desire to help businesses improve their workplace, improve how they get things done, and realize that such improvement is attainable. His approach empowers business people to identify specific actions they can take to meet their goals. An engineer, juggler, and new father, Sam was recently honored when a business colleague referred to him as a “fellow nerd.”
Alan Anderson is a long-time mindfulness practitioner, and teaches to a wide range of students from children to adult; from Harley-Davidson cohort to a tent full of 200 Buddhists. He is the founder Windhorse Retreat Center, Arts & Mindfulness for Academic Progress, and teaches through Arts@Large, Growing Minds and Shambhala International. Prior to this, he was a professional jazz musician for 20 years, and toured and recorded with Paul Cebar, playing your basic New Orleans musical gumbo.
Ann Marie Arvoy
Ann Marie Arvoy is owner of Dragonfly Meditation Studio, Licensed Psychotherapist and Certified Meditation Instructor. Ann Marie learned to meditate in 1994 and discovered the many benefits. In 2000, she completed a Masters of Psychology at Naropa University, Boulder, CO, which blends the practice of Buddhist Psychology with the traditional training. She has been a psychotherapist for 17 years and has been teaching others meditation for over ten years.
Christine Babinec is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor. Her work is rooted in social justice and Chris has devoted her career to working with survivors of trauma and abuse. She employs multiple modalities including: EMDR, Somatic work, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Humanistic, Systems Theory, Solution-Focused, Play therapy, and Mindfulness practices.
Lisa Baker-King is on a mission to connect families, celebrate children and change companies. As the owner of L B K Kreatives and a celebrated author, Lisa is joined by a team of ghost marketers whose primary aim is to help small businesses fantastically flourish. As ghost marketers they are guided by the fundamental belief that business should serve our lives and our lives should not serve our businesses. Lisa’s celebrates mindfulness by honoring her health and fitness and operating by standards set by her faith which says to love above all else.
Richard Balamucki is the founder of Cranbrook Wealth Management, LLC. He was a pioneer in comprehensive financial planning in the ’80s and then in the adoption of fee-based asset management in the ’90s. His firm currently manages approximately $550,000,000 of assets. He believes that the next frontier amounts to an almost a therapeutic relationship with clients that helps them use mindfulness for personal enjoyment, family bonding, helping the wider world, and achieving financial security.
Debbie Bartholomay’s career in teaching teaching English to adolescents wanders from the Philadelphia to the Chicago suburbs to rural Wisconsin where she began the Alternative High School serving juniors and seniors from five different school districts. In addition, Debbie mediates custody/placement disputes for the family court system. “Being able to do work that I love every day, laughing, singing, dancing, solving problems, stirring things up – I am the luckiest person I know!” – Debbie Bartholomay.
Rob Bell is the perfect combination of educational know-how, professional experience and humor. His presentations are high-energy and feature real- life anecdotes, which are as fun as they are meaningful. Drawing on more than 25 years of experience in leadership roles, customer service, and training, Rob makes it simple, clear and FUN to improve customer service and gain leadership skills. He is truly the Bell you “RING FOR SERVICE!”
Alison Berke Morano
Alison Morano has been a political consultant in Florida for more than 10 years. She has worked on campaigns from city council to President, and on a variety of economic and social issues. Alison’s personal advocacy issue focuses on stopping sexual assault on college campuses, and ensuring mutual respect and healthy relationships that start during early education and continue through adulthood.
Mark Black is a Heart-Lung Transplant Recipient turned 4- Time Marathon Runner. A resilience expert, Mark helps people “Thrive in Challenging Times”. Mark has worked with more than 100,000 people and 400 organizations.
Mark doesn’t just teach resilience, he embodies it. At 23, Mark was facing an early death from heart failure. By 26, thanks to a rare heart-lung transplant, he was running marathons. He lives in Moncton, NB with his wife and three children.
Engaging keynote speaker, Matt Booth, is the attitude expert. He is an Award-winning speaker and author. Part of Matt’s life’s mission is to help people live positive. Through his keynote speeches and programs, he entertains and educates audiences with his humor, quick wit, and ability to connect.
Robert Bradford left Wall Street in 1987 to help build a one-person consulting business into a multimillion-dollar nationwide organization. Robert is the author of the Simplified Strategic Planning Manual, the best-selling Simplified Strategic Planning: a No-Nonsense Guide for Busy People Who Want Results Fast as well as three other books. A master trainer, Robert has spent the last fourteen years converting management theory into real-life applications. Most clients engage Robert again and again to learn from his ever-growing experience in strategy that works today.
Susan Bruggeman is owner of A Peaceful Place in the Park where she focuses on helping sexual assault survivors heal. As a Barbara Brennan graduate, she combines her energy healing, transformational life coaching, shamanism, and spiritual work in a heart-centered, authentic way. She facilitates a weekly Sexual Assault support group for a local non-profit in Cincinnati, and runs two meetups, one for women and one for men survivors.
Cathy Cassani Adams
Cathy Cassani Adams, LCSW, CPC is a self-awareness expert and the co-host of Zen Parenting Radio. She’s a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Parent Coach, Certified Elementary School Teacher, Certified Yoga Teacher, and she’s a professor in the Sociology Department at Dominican University. Her most recent book, Living What You Want Your Kids to Learn: The Power of Self-Aware Parenting won a Nautilus Award, National Indie Excellence Award, and an International Book Award.
Michael Clark is an emergency medicine and EMS medicine physician in the Wisconsin. Michael has an interest in health emergency preparedness and care for persons with intellectual disabilities. Dr. Clark serves as a state and regional medical advisor for the health emergency preparedness for Wisconsin. In addition, he is the Medical Director for Special Olympics-Wisconsin, an organization he has been involved with since he was 10 years old. In addition to his medical degree, he has a Master’s in Public Health.
Rick Clemons is the Author of Frankly My Dear I’m Gay, Host of The Coming Out Lounge podcast, certified life coach, TEDx Speaker, world record holder, and a guy who’s helped 1000’s of people in over 50 countries across the globe come out of the closets of their lives to escape their bullshit, explore their fears, and elevate their f*cking self-expression.
Bridget is a New York Times bestselling author, and an entrepreneur with a history of creating successful business. During the recession, Bridget built a multi-million dollar trucking company, yearly tripling revenue while nearly 600 companies in the industry across North America failed. She shares with team leaders, entrepreneurs and CEOs the trade secrets that visionary leaders use to create lasting success. An active social entrepreneur and humanitarian, Bridget is a founder of SHEROESUnited.org. Bridget provides your group with unusual stories from the books she’s written – stunning examples of leadership — what to do, what to be… and what not to be.
Pat Corrigan Culotti, CTI, MTF
Pat Corrigan Culotti, CTI, MTF began her studies of traditional Yang-style Tai Chi and Qigong exercises in 1977 under the tutelage of world-renown instructors. Inspired by their wisdom and the healthful benefits of Tai Chi, Pat started to teach Tai Chi herself in 1981. Pat holds certification as a Master Instructor of Tai Chi Fundamentals®, from Tricia Yu, MA, CTI, allowing her to train and certify others to teach this medically recommended movement system of tai chi.
Yvette Currie is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, starting her private practice CounselingSanDiego.Org, in 2011, after a 3 year stint in Yokosuka Japan – where her therapy dog “Bear” was a smash.
She then teamed up with the Department of Defense in 2014, touring as a Deployed Resiliency Counselor, assisting sailors with locating their robust resilient resources, while deployed, throughout the world. Currently volunteering with Alliance for Hope International (Camp Hope), Yvette also mentors youth affected by DV.
Sue DeCaro is a PCI Certified Parent Coach®, educator, trainer, and social entrepreneur, focused on conscious living and loving. She is a public speaker, writer, trainer and co-founder of Building Connected communities. With a BA in psychology, Sue has presented at events featuring Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Bryant McGill, Neale Donald Walsh, Marianne Williamson, Anita Moorjani, Don Miguel Ruiz, and John O’Sullivan. Having run and operated a multi-million-dollar company serving many fortune 500 companies, Sue’s business knowledge/skills include back office, operations, service and sales.
Sean Douglas is a U.S. Air Force Veteran, a Certified Master Resilience Trainer, professional Inspirational Speaker, and Author, with over 10,000 hours of speaking and training time. He inspires the uninspired, and motivates you to “Live Your Brand” so that you can grow personally and professionally. He teaches Mental, Physical, Social, and Spiritual Resilience Skills that empowers you to withstand, recover, and grow through the adversity, stress, and life’s changing demands. Sean equips people with the tools necessary to live EPIC lives.
Holly Duckworth, LSP, CAE, CMP. A nationally recognized author, speaker and coach for leadership and mindfulness. She works with stressed out leaders to create profits, peace, and presence in uncertain times. Holly is a regular columnist for several publications including MeetingsNet News, and writes regularly on the future of leadership for Science of Mind magazine. She lives in Denver, Colorado.
Dr. Keith Edwards
Over the past 15 years Dr. Keith Edwards has spoken and consulted at more than 150 colleges and universities, presented more than 150 programs at national conference, and written more than 15 articles or book chapters on men’s identity, social justice education, student learning, and leadership. His research, writing, and speaking have received national awards. Keith provides executive and leadership coaching for individuals who are looking to unleash their fullest potential.
Meridith Elliot Powell
Voted one of the Top 15 Business Growth Experts to watch by Currency Fair, Meridith Elliott Powell is an award-winning author, keynote speaker and master certified business strategist. She works with clients to help them decrease stress, increase profits and succeed no matter what this economy does.
Alexandra Folz is an advanced practice nurse, author, and intuitive and has worked in the healing profession for over twenty years. Along with being the member liaison and a team leader for Building Connected Communities, she currently serves the holistic health of others through intuitive readings and counseling. Her book, The Heirloom, is a children’s chapter book for ages 8 and up. This timeless book highlights the power of awareness and tells a mystical tale about an 11 year old girl on an adventure of self-discovery.
Phil Gerbyshak works with salespeople, marketers and leaders to increase their influence, impact and ultimately, their income. Phil believes in the power of social selling and connection. With a unique speaking style—part sales expert, part entertainer—Phil Gerbyshak keeps his audiences awake and engaged while providing actionable steps to bring in more leads, more referrals, and more business.
Ed Gerety is an entrepreneur, author and one of the top professional youth speakers and leadership trainers in the United States. His inspirational and powerful programs have taught over 2 million students in all 50 states and Canada the life skills essential to develop as leaders in school and in life. These skills, which include respect, character, gratitude, leadership, attitude, and making a difference, are outlined in Ed’s book, Combinations: Opening the Door to Student Leadership.
If you look up fun in the dictionary, you won’t see a picture of Laurie Guest, CSP. That would be weird. But if you ask any one of the thousands of people who have been in her audiences, they will use the word “fun” to describe both her style and their experience. Laurie is a certified speaking professional, a designation held by less than 12% of speakers worldwide. She is a published author with her book Wrapped in Stillness: A Personal Retreat Guide.
Dr. Jenn Gunsaullus
Dr. Jenn, sociologist and sexologist, is a frequent speaker about sexual empowerment, healthy relationships, erotic play, and mindful sex. She has presented two TEDx Talks, is a writer on sex and relationships, and a recurring intimacy expert on the morning news. Dr. Jenn has over 1.3 million hits on her In the Den with Dr. Jenn YouTube video series, and is an expert in the new documentary on masturbation, called Sticky: A (Self) Love Story.
Scott Halford is a writer and long-time educator of businesspeople worldwide. He focuses on brain-based behavioral science, emotional intelligence, critical thinking, and influence. In 2014, Scott was inducted into the National Speakers Speaker Hall of Fame. He has been the “Brainy Business” columnist for Entrepreneur.com, and blogs for Huffington Post. Scott is the author of Activate Your Brain (2015) a Wall Street Journal best-selling book, and Be a Shortcut – The Secret Fast-track to Business Success.
Stacey Hanke is author of the book; Influence Redefined…Be the Leader You Were Meant to Be, Monday to Monday®.
Stacey is founder of Stacey Hanke Inc. She has trained and presented to thousands to rid leaders of bad body language habits and to choose words wisely. Her client list includes Coca-Cola, FedEx, Kohl’s, FedEx, Nationwide, US Cellular and General Mills. She has also been the Emcee for Tedx. She has inspired thousands as a on media outlets including; The New York Times, SmartMoney and Business Week.
Ellen is a Graduate of Grand Canyon University with a degree in Exercise Science and Health Education. She’s a Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Movement and Mobility Specialist, Precision Nutrition Level 1, former CrossFit coach and Massage Therapist.
After deploying as a Fitness Specialist on the USS Carl Vinson, she began a private coaching business. She aims to build health by showing how great the body feels and functions when treated properly.
Jason Hewlett is an award-winning Las Vegas Entertainer turned powerful Keynote Speaker in the corporate leadership market. His Facebook post entitled, “ I Saw My Wife at Target Today”, has been seen by more than 100 million people. A recent, and one of the youngest inductees into the Speakers Hall of Fame, his talks address goal setting and the engagement experience, from the perspective of a Promise.
Kerri Isham is a knowledgeable, experienced and passionate sexual health educator, coach and facilitator dedicated to excellence and committed to the empowerment of people of all ages.Her primary goal is to make exploring sexual health fun and meaningful, and to alleviate the shame and embarrassment sometimes associated with this topic. Her three main areas of focus are sexual abuse prevention, puberty education and gender/sexual orientation advocacy.
Maria Janowiak is a forester, writer, and science communicator. At work, she investigates climate change and helps forests adapt to changing conditions. At home, she writes about the health benefits of nature, volunteers with outdoor organizations, and enjoys gardening, exploring, and training for triathlons.
Dr. Paul Jenkins
Dr. Paul Jenkins works with organizations and individuals to establish and maintain habitual patterns of positive perception and focus that increase happiness, engagement, productivity, profit, and ultimate achievement of professional and personal life missions. With two decades of experience as a professional psychologist, Dr. Paul (as he is known to clients and his laughing, learning audiences) lays out the how and the why behind the art and science of being constructive in an often destructive environment. It is like having an owner’s manual for your brain.
As a nationwide speaker, educator and storyteller on Power-Based Violence, Karli Johnson not only “knows her stuff,” she’s lived it. As a survivor of domestic violence, sexual violence, bullying and trauma, Karli’s lived experiences resonate with children, teens and adults about the country. Based out of Chicago, with a focus on children and young adults, Karli uses humor and audience participation to engage crowds with these challenging topics.
Exemplifying the true meaning of success; Entertainer, Singer, Speaker Emmanuel Kelly tops over 200 million views combined on YouTube. Despite a disadvantaged start in life with limb deficiencies, as a result of chemical warfare, Emmanuel dreams of becoming the first differently-abled pop star. Emmanuel has inspired tens-of-thousands hearts across the globe on stages such as the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Mexico, Madrid Spain and most recently on stage with Chris Martin and Coldplay in front of 70,000 people. He inspires both with his singing voice and his voice that speaks quietly the message of responsibility that all of us, regardless of our circumstances can transcend all limitations and… Dream Big.
Adam Koren has been coaching for more than 15 years, and serves his clients as a “financial handholder,” meaning he brings compassion and candor to the sometimes intimidating world of personal finance. He’s grateful he’s gotten to help many people face their fears and create much more ease and freedom in their lives. As a client recently said: “I don’t have to be anxious about my finances anymore!”
Kim & Jason Kotecki
Kim & Jason Kotecki have made it their mission in life to help people break free from Adultitis to build better lives, businesses and teams. They work with organizations and individuals to beat burnout and become more innovative by breaking rules that don’t exist. Kim & Jason homeschool their three weird kids and live in Wisconsin, where they eat way too many cheese curds.
Anna Liotta, MA, CSP is an award-winning speaker, business consultant and author with a deep understanding of how generational demographics and dynamics can affect the landscape of business. The founder of The Generational Institute™ and author of Unlocking Generational CODES Anna leverages her Generationally Savvy Communication Solutions™ programs to help clients develop strategies for optimal communications across generations. Perhaps most importantly, Anna grew up in a household of six generations, giving her an insider’s view into generational communication.
Megan Merchant lives in the tall pines of Prescott, AZ and holds an MFA degree from UNLV. She is the author of two full-length poetry collections: Gravel Ghosts (Glass Lyre Press, 2016 Book of the Year), The Dark’s Humming (2015 Lyrebird Prize, Glass Lyre Press, 2017), four chapbooks, and a children’s book with Philomel Books. She is also a 200 RYT and teaches Mindfulness & Meditation.
Barry Moniak brings insightful experience and profound discovery to his entertaining, interactive presentations. He inspires audiences to embrace a “befriend fear” mindset to build focused, energized, synergistic winning teams.
Known affectionately as the “CEO Whisperer”, Barry gets leaders to not see people as they think they are, but rather as they truly are. He identifies operational strengths and weaknesses and creates a “befriend fear” modus operandi. This is the foundation for an extraordinary, winning, synergistic culture.
If you’re the kind of person who wants to squeeze every ounce out of life, who dives in head first into everything you do, who does not let yourself do anything half way, then you will get along great with Joe Mueller.
Joe a fiercely devoted father of three adult children and one 15 year old. He keeps himself tip top by swimming, biking, and running. Joe has had a very successful engineering career that has taken him to places worldwide.
In 2005, six women made national news when they appeared on a Times Square billboard, dressed only in their underwear. As one of the real women featured in Dove’s Campaign for Real Beauty, Stacy Nadeau emerged as a spokeswoman for healthy body image – appearing on the Today Show, CNN, Ellen, Dr. Phil, Tyra, and Oprah (twice). Since then, Stacy has committed her life to women – she works as a mom, coach, and speaker.
Toni Newman is a five time award winning business owner, Hall of Fame speaker and the founder of The Innovation Advantage, an agency that works with organizations worldwide to develop innovative business strategies that not only differentiate those organizations from their competition but that also significantly increase the number of customers they do business with. Entertaining and knowledgeable, authentic and relevant, Toni brings a powerful mix of proven strategies, extraordinary creativity and real world business insight to her clients.
Tal Peretz is an assistant professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at Auburn University, and the co-author of Some Men: Male Allies and the Movement to End Violence Against Women, with Michael Messner and Max Greenberg. He has engaged in and studied social justice allyship and activism for over a decade, and has been published in academic journals, edited volumes, popular and activist/professional newsletters, and online. He is also a yoga teacher and musician.
Jessica Pettitt, M.Ed., CSP, pulls together her stand up comedy years with 15+ years of diversity trainings in a wide range of organizations to serve groups to move from abstract fears to actionable habits that lead to teams that want to work together. With a sense of belonging and understanding, colleagues take more risks with their ideation, converse precious resources through collaboration, and maintain real connections with clients over time.
Sammy Rangel is a Tedx Speaker, author and most importantly a father. With a Masters in Social Work, he consults with social service providers, schools and law enforcement agencies on reducing violent extremism. He is founder of Formers Anonymous, a self-help program for men and women looking to exit a lifestyle of crime and violence.
Karen Rose is an inspiring speaker & author of Take Good Care of Yourself! Simple Things You Can Do Right Now! Karen’s Sanity Saver tip series is seen on the Daytime Talk show & she’s a guest on many TV & radio shows. Karen’s areas of expertise include wellness, stress-reduction, self esteem, life skills & cultural understanding-working with International Exchange students. Karen has an M.A. in Psychology from Univ. of Santa Monica.
Belinda Rosenblum is a CPA and Wealth Expert who helps you take the worry and fear out of money. She believes life is supposed to be fun, and money is supposed to fund it for you! Belinda left her thriving corporate finance role to found OwnYourMoney.com and lead a movement to change our entire perspective on money – so we release the overwhelm and shame, take control, and learn the needed skills to be confident with money. Belinda is also the creator of the Money Makers Academy and the coauthor of SELF-WORTH TO NET WORTH: 12 Keys to Creating Wealth Inside and Out.
As a health and fitness expert, Jennifer “Jen” Rulon has inspired, coached, and motivated many athletes to complete from their first sprint triathlon to numerous Ironman Triathlons. Jen guides her athletes to learn about themselves BEYOND the physical aspects of doing a triathlon. She is there to educate, motivate, and empower. Jen is an 11x Ironman Triathlete, and has learned “How to Coach Triathletes to Cross the Finish Line with a Smile!” Jen received her Masters Degree in Kinesiology and started her own coaching business, JenRulon.com.
Jill Schiefelbein is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and recovering academic. She taught business communication at Arizona State University for 11 years before venturing into entrepreneurship. Jill’s business, The Dynamic Communicator®, helps organizations increase sales and create consumer advocates. Jill runs the Dynamic Accelerator program, helping solo- and micro-entrepreneurs accelerate business growth. Her next book, Dynamic Communication: 27 Strategies to Grow, Lead, and Manage Your Business is in stores March 2017.
John Sileo lost his business, $300,000 and two years of his life to cyber crime – all losses that lead to his greatest success and fulfillment. Based on these first-hand experiences, John became an award-winning author, keynote speaker and national media personality on cybersecurity and flourishing in the face of failure. His clients include the Pentagon, 60 Minutes, Visa and any organization that values it’s data and people. What drives John at a deeper level are mindful relationships with his highly-spirited daughters, inimitable wife and tribe of close friends.
Sam Silverstein is dedicated to empowering people to live accountable lives, transform the way they do business and create a more accountable world. He helps companies create an organizational culture that prioritizes and inspires accountability.
As a former executive and owner, Sam’s manufacturing and distribution companies sold over $100 million in products and services. Today, Sam writes, speaks and consults with such companies, inspiring and challenging their people to think differently to achieve a better result.
Dr. Alexandra Solomon
Dr. Alexandra Solomon is a licensed clinical psychologist at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University, and the author of Loving Bravely: Twenty Lessons of Self-Discovery to Help You Get the Love You Want (New Harbinger, 2017). In addition to being a couple therapist, Dr. Solomon trains graduate students and teaches the internationally renowned undergraduate course, Building Loving and Lasting Relationships: Marriage 101. Dr. Solomon is a sought-after speaker and media commentator on the topic of love.
Heidi Stevens is a columnist at the Chicago Tribune, where she has worked as a writer and editor since 1998. Her daily column, Balancing Act, tackles parenting, relationships, education policy, body image, gender bias and pop culture and explores the ways in which they intersect with current events. Prior to the Tribune, Stevens worked at The Times in Munster, Ind. She graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1996, where she studied journalism and political science. Stevens lives in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood with her husband and their three children.
Kelly Swanson is an award-winning storyteller, motivational speaker, comedian and author of The Gutsy Girls Pocket Guide to Public Speaking Kindle series and Who Hijacked My Fairy Tale?: How to Hang on to Humor When Life Doesn’t Go The Way You Planned. She’s also the creator of Prides Hollow and the wacky cast of Southern characters who show up when you least expect them.
She delivers funny, motivating programs on how to master the art of connection and engagement through the power of story.
Erin Taylor is a conscious living thought leader, therapist, PCI Certified Parent Coach® and educator, public speaker, author, social entrepreneur and co-founder of Building Connected Communities. She holds a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and is the author of Connection and Kindness: The Key to Changing the World Through Parenting, and her writings have been featured in a Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best-selling book, South Jersey Mom and Natural Awakenings Magazine. Erin was able to take the tragedy of the death of her infant daughter and turn it around, using her hard-earned wisdom to help people from all walks of life step into their power and live their best lives.
Volunteerism and service transform communities and bring purpose to life! For twenty years, Darren Tipton has been challenging people to volunteer. He is the inspiration of the volunteer mobilization resource: “Kathatika” – a call to volunteer action bringing awareness of the infinite impact volunteer service and the co-author of the community-based engagement curriculum of Story to Service. He’s the founder of Project Humanity, a nonprofit focused on empowering women in Africa.
Phil Van Hooser
Phillip Van Hooser helps organizations build profitability by preparing their high potentials and managers to lead. His experience in manufacturing, banking and the boardroom equips emerging leaders to:
- Motivate a multi-generational workforce
- Manage change
- Improve communication
- Build high-performance teams and
- Create a culture of continuous leadership.
A Hall of Fame speaker, Phil’s latest book, Leaders Ought To Know: 11 Ground Rules for Common Sense Leadership, is a must-read for leaders feeling the pressure to perform.
Berni Xiong is The Shin Kicking Life Spark. She owns and runs Brave Bear Media, an intuitive coaching and consulting boutique helping impact-driven individuals speak up, stand out, and change the world. She is a contributing author of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Time to Thrive, and contributing writer at The Huffington Post. When she’s not kicking shins, she is hanging out at her Reiki studio in the Twin Cities or online at bernixiong.com.
Chuck Zastrow, PhD and licensed Clinical Social Worker is an Emeritus Professor in Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He is the recipient of outstanding teacher award in 1987, and of the outstanding researcher award in 1993. He taught at Aurora University (Illinois), and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The author of eleven books including four social work textbooks Chuck has written over fifty articles in professional journals. He is an accreditation site visitor for the Council on Social Work Education to over 50 social work programs.