Emily Marquis is a Career & Life Coach, Celebrant and Yoga Instructor. She has been coaching clients since 2011 and has a previous background in Human Resources and recruitment. Emily works with each client uniquely by helping them identify their core values and celebrate strengths to use as a compass for their career path. She also helps clients find balance and time management skills with a mindfulness philosophy.
Dan Schawbel is a New York Times bestselling author, Partner and Research Director at Future Workplace, and the Founder of both Millennial Branding and WorkplaceTrends.com. He is the bestselling author of two career books: "Promote Yourself" and "Me 2.0." Dan's third book, “Back to Human: How Great Leaders Create Connection in the Age of Isolation,” was published by Hachette on November 13, 2018. He has been recognized in Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30,” and Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30.”
Forrest Alton has been in the nonprofit sector for more than 15 years. After 10 years in the C-Suite, Forrest stepped down in 2016 to focus his energy on his new enterprise—1000 Feathers. His goal: to help make the nonprofit, social and philanthropic sectors stronger by training and developing leaders, helping organizations think and act more strategically, posing difficult questions organizations are typically afraid to ask and encouraging big, bold courageous conversations.
Stacy L. Pearsall got her start as an Air Force photographer at the age of 17. During her time in service she traveled to over 41 countries, and during three combat tours, she earned the Bronze Star and Air Force Commendation with Valor for combat actions in Iraq. Though disabled and retired from military service, she continues to work worldwide as an independent photographer and founder of the Veterans Portrait Project. Her work has been exhibited at The Pentagon and Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
Dr. Ann Kulze is a best-selling author, physician, and speaker in the areas of nutrition, healthy living and disease prevention. With formal training in both nutrition and medicine, along with extensive "hands-on" experience, Dr. Ann has distinguished herself as a one-of-a-kind "real world" nutrition and wellness expert. She is the Founder and CEO of the wellness education firm, Just Wellness LLC. Dr. Ann is the author of six books including her best-selling Eat Right for Life series (WELCOA).
Scott Anthony Barlow is the founder and CEO of Happen to Your Career. He has been featured on CNBC, Yahoo, Career Builder, Fast Company, Huffington Post and various colleges and universities as an expert on career happiness. He and his team run two of the top career change podcasts on iTunes. He lives with his wife and three kids in Moses Lake, Washington and sometimes Paris or London. He gets excited about careers, coffee, parkour, not necessarily in that order.
Courtney Blair started her business out of necessity. When she was pregnant and desperate for work, she began contacting everyone she knew for work she could do from home. Lo-and-behold her dad had his own online business in the psychology realm, and wanted to be featured on podcasts. Fast forward 3 years, and Zippy Content was born. She now represents almost 100 entrepreneurs, authors, coaches, and consultants from across the globe, and finds them interviews with the coolest podcasters on earth.
Erica Ormsby has been a wellness and business entrepreneur for 18 years and is also an author. She believes it is your responsibility and a great act of service, if you make sure that you align with your truest nature and do something that you love. She has created and sold several successful companies and is the founder and CEO of Erica Ormsby International as well as Soaring Mastermind.
Raana Zia is a corporate finance executive turned spiritual, self-help author. She has spent her career holding executive level leadership roles in large Fortune 500 retail companies. Her realizations and personal experiences compelled her to write the book, "Your Hidden Light: A Personal Guide to Creating Your Desired Life," in order to share with others what she believes is the most direct and efficient path to achieving your desires and living a life of happiness, continued growth, and fulfillment.
Amani Roberts is a Washington DC born and bred creative who has been a DJ since 2008. Amani’s hospitality career has spanned over 25 years. He is the Chief Musical Curator for his company, The Amani Experience, which specializes in providing music for events, creating original music for commercials or videos, team building activities, creating remixes and teaching students of all ages how DJ. Amani also hosts a weekly podcast called “The Amani Experience Podcast.”
Marisa Murray is a Certified Executive Coach, Author and Speaker focused on unlocking executives’ leadership potential to yield superior business results. Her book, “Work Smart: Your Formula for Unprecedented Professional Success” reveals 50 techniques to accelerate your success as a leader while creating more ease and enjoyment in your work-rejecting the notion that working harder is the answer.
Natalie Creeden has been practicing and studying the art of mindfulness, meditation and yoga since 2002. These modalities improved her life so much that she decided to study for over 18 months to share the power of these practices with others. Natalie trained as a Primordial Sound Meditation Instructor with Deepak Chopra at the Chopra Center for Well-Being in Southern California. She is also a certified Kundalini Yoga and Meditation teacher.
Jeff Hall started working at age 7 doing door-to-door candy sales to help support his family. The company he founded in 1995 at age 15—Overflow Café—to help companies grow their websites, is thriving 23 years later. He has supported over 200 successful Kickstarter projects and has helped build 14 orphanages around the world. In his spare time he loves watching Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and having a good cup of tea. You’ll find him working hard, and sometimes goofing around, in Toronto, Canada.
Dr. Chris Kolenda, founder of Strategic Leader Academy, helps non-profits and Small businesses to get the big things right: leadership, culture and strategy. He shares the importance of company leaders knowing themselves and their own natural strengths first, and applying that knowledge to who that leader chooses tp surround him or her in order to achieve success.
Natalia Castillo’s passion for fashion began at Macy’s department store, where she worked for 10 years before leaving to start her own business. Realizing that it was important to control her own destiny, she decided to launch an apparel brand, where she could further pursue her love of fashion, travel and business. In 2009 she created Escapada Living’s first collection of vibrant, effortless apparel. Her mission is to inspire happiness in women of all ages through building a timeless, global lifestyle brand.
In the last 17 years Billy Keels has had the opportunity to work in 86 countries and learn to speak 5 languages fluently. With myriad personal growth experiences he has also developed professionally by leading multi-disciplined teams and managing businesses in the application software sector. Billy has earned his stripes as a true problem-solver, a skill he has carried into his new entrepreneurial life. He is also a long-distance real estate entrepreneur, author, coach, public speaker and mentor.
Jordan Harbinger will tell you the only reason he’s still alive and kicking is because of his ability to talk his way into (and out of) just about any situation. He has always had an affinity for social influence, interpersonal dynamics and social engineering, helping private companies test the security of their communications systems and working with law enforcement agencies before he was old enough to drive. He has spent years abroad in Europe and the developing world and speaks several languages.
Ryan Boyle is a silver medal winner of the 2018 U.S. Paralympics Cycling Team and the author of the book, When the Lights Go Out: A Boy Given a Second Chance. After suffering a traumatic brain injury as a child, and given almost no hope of recovery by his doctors, Ryan woke up after two months in a coma and began his hard battle to recovery. His goal is to become a public speaker one day, in order to help people overcome life’s obstacles.
Terri Mays is an Advanced Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) practitioner, certified Jack Canfield Methodology Success Trainer, and Radical Forgiveness Life Coach. She loves teaching students and educators how raising your emotional tone—mind state—utilizing EFT tapping, allows you to master your fears and experience new freedom and possibilities. She has been a healer and intuitive for over 30 years and is the founder and CEO of the HOPEnUp Foundation.
Dr. Gladys Ato is a former university president and clinical psychologist, speaker, and author of “The Good Goodbye: How to Navigate Change and Loss in Life, Love, and Work.” “A lot of the messages in the world talk about being fearless or just pushing fear to the side. The problem with that is we do not get a chance to understand that fear is actually a great ally for us. Trying to get rid of something that is actually very necessary for our survival will keep us getting frustrated by a pattern of fear."
From surviving cancer to making history by saving a billion dollar industry from ruin, award winning strategist and best-selling author Nicola Grace—the mission mentor—helps entrepreneurs and visionaries clarify and monetize their life’s big mission so they can make a bigger impact, transform the world and build their legacy. Nicola’s intuitive, visionary strategy skills have made her the secret weapon of politicians, business owners, social entrepreneurs and thought leaders around the world.
Dr. Brian Keating is a professor of physics at the Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences in the Department of Physics at the University of California, San Diego. He is an inventor, author and expert in the study of the universe’s oldest light, the cosmic microwave background (CMB), using it to learn about the origin and evolution of the universe after the Big Bang. His book—Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition and the Perils of Science’s Highest Honor.
Andy Molinsky, professor at Brandeis, believes stepping outside your personal and cultural comfort zone is one of the hardest things you have to do. He focuses on helping others understand the challenges and what they can do to be more successful.
Christopher D. Kolenda is an internationally renowned combat leader, strategist, author, and entrepreneur, having spent a career in the military, including being a professor at West Point, before launching his consulting business. As the founder of the Strategic Leaders Academy, he helps nonprofits and small businesses to grow sustainably by working with them to get the big things right—Leadership, culture and strategy. An Chris spent a career in the military before launching his consulting business.
Katherine Frankstone never got that Easy-Bake Oven she wanted when she was 6. Instead, her father taught her to bake in the real thing–and she got a life-long passion instead. After working as a banker, becoming a mother to three sons, cofounding EdVenture Children’s Museum in Columbia, South Carolina, and going back to law school at 40, she decided to turn her passion into a business and Grey Ghost Bakery was born using from-scratch Southern family recipes and are found in over 300 stores in 32 states.