Dr. Hayley R. Adams has over 20 years of experience in wildlife veterinary medicine, conservation, and issues related to One Health in Africa, and has worked with a variety of domestic and wild animals over the years. In 2010, she created a charitable organization, Silent Heroes Foundation, as a way to contribute to conservation in Africa. A veterinarian with a Ph.D. in wildlife epidemiology and virology, she currently teaches conservation medicine and related courses at the University of Florida. She's a Certified Meditation Instructor and is also certified as a Compassion Fatigue Therapist. Her first book, “Conscious Conservation: Less Doing, More Being,” is available now.
Karla Nelson has built several businesses since her early 20s and learned that in business and in life relationships are everything. Now, she’s put it all in a form that's easy to learn and apply. Karla and her team have trained the Who-Do Method to 20-plus of the Fortune 100, and hundreds of mid-market companies and startups. Typically, companies cut 50 to 80 percent off cycle time and produce better results, with happier people.
Nigel Green builds businesses. He was aware at a young age that if he did what he was told, “go get a good job,” he would end up lacking a sense of independence and autonomy, not really having a sense of fulfillment. So, he made his own path. He currently is on the executive team of Relode, an aggressively growing healthcare staffing platform and is the CEO of Find Evergreen, which helps companies create an effective, efficient sales organization.
Dr. Cilla Whatcott is a board certified classical homeopath. Author of “There is a Choice: Homeoprophylaxis,” and co-author of “The Solution: Homeoprophylaxis,” she’s undertaking evidence-based research in the field as executive director of WorldwideChoice.org. She is the producer and director of “Real Immunity,” a film about the intelligence of life and how we can overcome fear and access the resources we need to build real immunity.
Cindra Kamphoff, Ph.D., is a certified mental performance consultant, keynote speaker and author who works with professional athletes, executives and championship teams around the United States. She is the author of “Beyond Grit: 10 Powerful Practices to Gain the High-Performance Edge.” Her work has been featured in Sports Illustrated, the New York Times, ESPN magazine, USA Today and Runner's World. She has run 15 marathons, including the Boston Marathon five times. In 2012, she won the Omaha Marathon.
Tanya Conner-Green was in her mid-20s, already bringing her company more business than any other employee. One day, just before she was to give a big presentation, the CEO called her into his office and told her she had brought in too much business–and was making her senior co-workers look bad. That was the final straw. She has been coaching female entrepreneurs since 2015 and is keenly aware of how important it is for her clients to succeed in their business and not go back to a soul-sucking 9 to 5 job.
Tony Gnau knew his passion for storytelling early on. Journalism school, and probably sports writing, would be his path. Along the way, he learned the importance of life experience in focusing and fine-tuning a passion. A three-time Emmy-winning journalist with a career spanning 20 years, he founded T60 Productions and is its chief storytelling officer. The video production company has won 13 Telly Awards for its work.
Colby B. Jubenville, PhD, is a speaker, professor, business advisor, entrepreneur and author of Me: “How To Sell Who You Are,” “What You Do & Why You Matter to the World,” and “Zebras & Cheetahs: Look Different and Stay Agile to Survive the Business Jungle,”
which teaches how to compete on unique value, resulting in getting paid for the value you deliver you deliver.
Minal Joshi Jaeckli brings her heritage. as the third consecutive generation to be a first-generation immigrant, to her passion for engagement and finding just the right fit. She sees careers—and all of life—from myriad perspectives. She’s the founder and CEO of OpenElevator, a data-driven platform for hiring for engagement to increase profitability and growth for companies and deliver job satisfaction and a sense of contribution for employees.
Tom Rubens was fearless, constantly getting into fights with classmates and always fighting authority. That’s why a job on the Options Exchange in Chicago appealed to him: tons of action, screaming, and jumping. But what he needed was to be his own boss. After over 40 years of owning and operating his own businesses, Tom is keenly aware of challenges small business owners face. His coaching practice, The Accountability Factor, helps them increase revenue, manage relationships and live harmonious lives.
Jeff Sandefer is an entrepreneur and socratic teacher. He started his first company at 16, and his latest venture grew to several billion dollars in assets. The Economist magazine named him one of the world’s top 15 business school professors. Now, he’s a full-time teacher at Acton Academy, a cutting-edge K-12 school whose one-room school house for the 21-century model is spreading across the globe, with over 80 affiliates and over 8,000 applications from parent entrepreneurs who want to launch a school.
Mindy Tatz Chernoff was in her early 30s. Her children were in school all day, and she realized something important was missing in her life. She loved her children dearly, but she needed more. The ache of wanting to make a difference brought her back to her first love. From her horse farm outside Philadelphia, she facilitates workshops, retreats, one-on-one sessions, and the ever-popular horse circles. She has a dual masters in holistic spirituality and spiritual direction.
Brannon Beliso rebelled against his father by intentionally losing 17 martial arts matches in a row. He wanted to pursue his creativity. A hard punch in the face turned him around. Playing the hand life dealt him, he became a champion, first in martials arts, then in creating a life he wanted. He is dedicated to helping people live their best lives by helping them and businesses reach their full potential. He teaches leadership by example, by always being a student and never considering himself a master.
Catherine Rains is an MBTI certification trainer—the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator—and master practitioner, with over 25 years of organizational development experience using the personality tool to support individuals and raise their self-awareness about what comes easy and natural to them. She currently works as a private consultant, certifying individuals on the Myers-Briggs and the Strong Interest Inventory across the U.S., while also pursuing her passion for art, managing a thriving art business.
Suzelle returned to London from Texas at 26. She had turned down a position teaching dance because she thought she was getting old and needed to focus on her own dance career. Little did she know, one day she’d still be dancing at 77 years young Today she is a professional ballet soloist of classical Ballet. Since 2003, she has taught and performed for the Royale Ballet Dance Academy in Dallas, and taught for nine years the advanced children Divertissements for the Moscow Ballet Nutcracker.
Bryan was recruited for a challenging job where he solved problems all day. Suddenly, he had to solve one at home that he could not face. After a few attempts at false bravado and denial, he saw the fear in his little boy’s face. That is when he realized he had a crucial decision to make. Today, he’s a life and executive coach, public speaker, C-level executive, and the best-selling author of “Do A Day” in which he teaches how to overcome challenges and achieve goals.
Pamela Gold founded West Village Parents and tapped her passion for fitness and wellness by founding Fulfill Fitness before returning to the business world to run a behavioral therapy-based food and weight center. She is also the author of Find More Strength: 5 Pillars to Unlock Unlimited Power and Happiness, a guide to developing the inner strength to achieve our greatest outward potential through mind, body and spirit.
Cindra Kamphoff, PhD, is a certified mental performance consultant, keynote speaker and author who works with professional athletes, executives and championship teams around the United States. She is the author of “Beyond Grit: 10 Powerful Practices to Gain the High-Performance Edge.” Her work has been featured in Sports Illustrated, the New York Times, ESPN magazine, USA Today and Runner's World. She has run 15 marathons, including the Boston Marathon five times. In 2012, she won the Omaha Marathon.
Joe Fingerhut knew that connecting with an audience got his juices going. Just as strongly, he knew life is short. The 9-to-5 job was not in his DNA. He craved work that would be fun and exciting, but he did not know what that magic combination would look like. Now, as an author and international speaker, he regularly rocks audiences at leadership events and high schools in America and overseas, sharing lessons from his adventures in travel, language, and stage skills in magic and music.
Kamila Gornia, as a young girl in Poland, was into Japanese comics and art class. When she discovered the internet, she knew she wanted to put her creativity there. Exactly how she would do that, make money, and enjoy her work was the challenge. As founder of the Heart Behind Hustle® brand, she is a business and marketing strategist for coaches and experts who want to increase scalable offers, while having fun. She also is offering coaching and e-courses to grow small businesses’ fans, followers and funds.
Ron Carucci is co-founder and managing partner at Navalent, working with CEOs and executives pursuing transformational change for their organizations. He has a 30-year track record helping some of the world's most influential executives tackle challenges of strategy, organization and leadership. He's is a regular contributor to HBR and Forbes, and has been featured in Fortune, CEO Magazine, BusinessInsider, and many others.
Dr. Jeffrey L. Gurian knew at age 12 he wanted to be a healer, probably a dentist. At the same time, he already loved writing comedy. He asked himself, how could he possibly do both? Who ever heard of a comic dentist? After a successful career as a cosmetic dentist and clinical professor at NYU—doing comedy on the side— he practices spiritual healing and energy work. A nationally known comedy writer, comic, and author, he has written for stars like Rodney Dangerfield, Joan Rivers, and Jerry Lewis.
Christie Garcia had a great career, but she noticed how many of her clients put all their eggs in the career basket. She saw the same tendency in herself and decided to find ways to create a life of balance, both for herself and her clients. As a leadership coach and founder of Mindful Choice Coaching, she helps fast growing companies maximize the impact of their management teams. Her latest project is programs, masterminds and adventure retreats to help men step up their leadership, improve their relationships and live a more successful life.
Chris Butsch is a best-selling author, speaker, consultant, and globally-recognized authority on the Millennial generation. Known for his storytelling ability, high-energy stage presence, and immediately-actionable advice, he helps business leaders understand his generation and maximize the world's most unique generation. “I'm all about arming the generations—Millennials and Baby Boomers—with the tools and the information they need to solve their biggest problems working together.”
John Lee Dumas was succeeding in real estate in southern California, hustling and creating a profitable system. Spending so much time in his car, he quickly got tired of listening to talk radio. That’s when switched on iTunes and discovered the opportunity of a lifetime. He founded and hosted Entrepreneurs On Fire, an award-winning podcast featuring over 2000 interviews, 1.3 million monthly listens and annual revenues of over seven figures. He says he is just getting started on his entrepreneurial journey.