Virginia Brown, LCSW, is a therapist in private practice serving individuals and families addressing healthy family dynamics. Following the death of her daughter at a self-help retreat in 2009, she founded SEEK SAFELY Inc., a 501©3 charity to educate the public about self-help and promote safe and ethical practices in the self-help industry. As a result of this tragedy that created international coverage, she has been involved in numerous interviews and media productions in the US and UK.
Wade Lightheart, 3-Time Canadian Natural Bodybuilding Champion, is one of the world's premier authorities on Natural Nutrition and Training Methods. Having majored in Sports Science at the University of New Brunswick, he has authored numerous books on health, nutrition and exercise, which have sold in over 80 countries. Wade is sought out by athletes and high-performance- oriented individuals worldwide for his advice on how to optimize their health and fitness levels.
John Mitchell's 12-minutes-a-day technique is recognized today as the "Top Practical Application in the World" of the legendary book “Think & Grow Rich.” "Today the differentiator between the mega-successful and the moderately successful is control of self and focus, says John Mitchell. His technique gives that to you. John currently teaches his 12-minute-a-day technique at the University of Texas at Austin, and to entrepreneurs tired of making 6 figures a year, who want to make over $1 million a year.
Thomas M. Hewlett grew up in Los Angeles reading science fiction, fantasy, and all things paranormal. His plan was always to be a writer, but he strayed from the path and into drugs and alcohol addiction. In 2011 he hit rock bottom and ended up in rehab. He rediscovered the power of writing and started his first novel; “One Death at a Time." Writing saved Thomas’s life and became his way of telling a new story about himself.
Angela Ferrari is an a painter, children's book author/illustrator based in Portland Maine. Her picture book titles include: “Digger’s Daily Routine,” “An Extraordinary Book,” “The Shape Escape,” “What Do You See?” and “Lawrence the Lighthouse.” Most recently Angela has launched “Story Spectacular,” a children’s story podcast. The show features original stories and classic retellings.
Eric B. Horn is the Founder of Eric B. Horn Career & Business Solutions, LLC, which is a career and business development firm that provides coaching, consulting, and training for ambitious professionals to equip them with marketplace savvy to accomplish their goals and dreams. He is a four-time author, speaker, trainer, and business strategist with a unique passion for helping entrepreneurs create a signature product or experience to gain more visibility, influence, and income for their business.
Jay Lucas—accomplished businessman, author, leader and philanthropist—believes in the power of positivity, patriotism, and community engagement. His bestselling book is “American Sunshine: Rays of Hope and Opportunity.” He earned his MBA from Harvard Business School, and his Law degree from Harvard Law School. He is now the Chairman and Managing Partner of The Lucas Group, focusing on the specialized needs of private equity investors and their portfolio companies.
Tamara Celeste is a lawyer, real estate broker and author. She wrote her first book––Buy Homes Not Shoes—A First-Time Homebuyer's Guide for Women to empower women in their quest to purchase real estate, enabling them to build wealth and increase their net worth so that it has a direct, positive financial impact on their lives. Tamara considers herself both mentor and mentee. She believes that you should always give of yourself and at the same time continue to push yourself and never stop learning.
Ana Melikian has a PhD in psychology, is CEO of AMAZE Coaching and is host of the Mindset Zone podcast. “Our mindset is the collection of thoughts and beliefs that shape the way we see the world. It’s like a pair of glasses, if you will, that we see the world through. We are not aware that we are wearing the glasses because we are so used to them, because they have become an integral part of us and importantly how we interpret our day-to-day world.”
Michael Giannulis’ story began in an average family where he had to work for everything he had. As a guy who started his working life stocking shelves at Walmart, he has seen the spectrum. Now Mike grows and scales companies using real-world experience to make this happen. In 2012 he appeared on the ABC television show, Extreme Weight Loss, and lost 255 pound over one year. He has gone from the bottom of the corporate ladder to the top of the mountain and loves helping others do the same.
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.