Jane Frederick, FAIA, is the 96th President of The American Institute of Architects. She is a principal at Frederick + Frederick Architects, which received AIA South Carolina’s 2017 Firm Award and Southern Living magazine’s Best Renovation of 2009. The Beaufort, SC firm specializes in custom residences and has earned over 20 design awards. Jane has served AIA in many roles, at-large director on the national Board of Directors, chair of the AIA Small Firm Round Table, and president of AIA South Carolina.
Melissa Dobbins could do seventh grade math in third grade, but she couldn’t read. She was ridiculed by students and even teachers, who told her in so many ways, “Your best is only ever going to be so-so.” But with advice from her 6th grade teacher, she shifted her attitude from “I can't do it” to “No, I'm going to show you.” And she has continued to show everybody for years, including forming Career.Place, an anonymous candidate evaluation solution that removes bias from the screening process.
Dr. Ann Kulze has distinguished herself as a nutrition and wellness expert. She received her undergraduate degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from Clemson University and her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. She's the Founder and CEO of the wellness education firm Just Wellness LLC and the author of six books, including her bestselling Eat Right for Life series. She's been featured in national media outlets, including the Dr. Oz Show, Oprah, Time Magazine, and others.
Ken Coleman is a number one national bestselling author, career expert, and a nationally syndicated radio host of The Ken Coleman Show. Pulling from his own personal struggles, missed opportunities and career successes, he helps people discover what they were born to do and provides practical steps to make their dream job a reality. His second book, The Proximity Principle: The Proven Strategy That Will Lead to the Career You Love, was released in May 2019.
Caroline Stokes leads an executive search and emotional intelligence coaching company for successful leaders and global technology organizations to move forward together. Her entire approach to executive search, the employer brand, the candidate and employee experience is included in her business book "Elephants Before Unicorns: Emotionally Intelligent HR Strategies To Save Your Company," published by Entrepreneur Press (2019).
Benjamin R. Case is a professional fundraising consultant, who has served in the nonprofit sector for 41 years as an advancement professional, senior manager and leader. He has personally been involved in the successful solicitation of over $1.1 billion in gifts and worked for and been engaged by organizations that have raised $4.8 billion. His fundraising experience includes working with The Metropolitan Opera in New York, Duke University and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, among others.
Alexis Davis Smith is the president and CEO of PRecise Communications, an award-winning marketing communications firm. With more than 20 years of experience and a reputation as a trusted communications strategist, Alexis is a leader in Atlanta’s public relations industry and a national voice for multicultural marketing. She is responsible for creating breakthrough, strategic communications programs for major consumer brands, including Coca-Cola, Toyota and Pfizer. She is a graduate of Florida A&M
Lisa Phillips lost her job and then her home to foreclosure during the recession of 2009. She was left with a $35,000 condo and only enough money to renovate the place doing the work herself. She clearly had reached the bottom. She came upon a strategy of owning inexpensive rental properties for cash flow that was possible, even when a traditional mortgage was not. As her strategy started to show consistent results, she started teaching others about it on her platform, Affordable Real Estate Investments.
Shawn T. Kelly is a licensed, practicing Landscape Architect, Principal of Kelly Design Group, LLC, a design bid firm in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. He opened his firm 25 years ago. He is also a full time faculty member and Distinguished Faculty Associate in the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and is currently the Immediate Past President, having completed his Presidency in 2019.
Kevin Van Eekeren is currently the CEO of Fulcrum Investing, but he started his career training SWAT teams nationwide. Recognizing a gap in the market in 2008, Kevin started Fulcrum Tactical, a realistic tactical training charity available to law enforcement only. When the time was right, he took it for-profit. In 2014 he sold the company to start Fulcrum Investing. The process Fulcrum Investing uses to vet startups is very entrepreneur-focused, with over 50 investments nationwide.career, careers
Keith Freund is a self-taught coder and freelance web developer based in New York City. His work receives over 70 million hits a year and includes projects for Switzerland’s Department of Tourism, American Express, IMG Talent, and Harvard University. He focuses on the WordPress platform, which powers 35% of the web.
Frances Castelli always dreamed of working with children, traveling, being a teacher, an artist and an author, and already she has accomplished all of these–although not in a traditional sense. With 3 children with anaphylactic food allergies, her kitchen became one big science experiment on what she could feed each child. This interview and her book “The Kitchen Alchemist,” share her family’s journey and her book is filled with delicious, allergy-safe recipes perfect for those living with food allergies.
Rob Kosberg is a Wall Street Journal and USA Today Best Selling author and the founder of Best Seller Publishing. Through his trademarked Publish. Promote. Profit. program, Rob helps his clients to create their own professional, best-selling book (guaranteed) and then teaches them how to use that book to grow their income and impact via speaking engagements, free PR and media and cutting-edge lead generation strategies. Rob’s latest book, Publish. Promote. Profit., was the number one business book on Amazon.
Leigh McCloskey is a modern Renaissance man, an artist, author, well-known actor and visual philosopher. His highly creative life has been devoted to exploring the symbolic, archetypal and hidden aspects of the psyche and inner self through his art, scholarship, books and experiences as a professional actor for many years. He wants to inspire people to understand that their creativity is their intimate key for self-discovery and a way of asking questions that cannot be asked with words.
Tami Goldstein is Diplomate certified in Upledger Craniosacral Therapy, an approved continuing education provider, and a Wisconsin licensed massage therapist. In 2004 she opened A Therapeutic Touch by Tami, LLC. She offers services as a therapist, advocate, international speaker and educator of bodywork, specializing in individuals on the autism spectrum and other neurodevelopment disorders. She’s the international award-winning author of “Coming Through the Fog.”
Jennifer Allwood has built her business in phases into what she considers a dream life. It all began with her fascination with HGTV, her love of decorating, and a trip to a Home Show. And yes, from being laid off her job as a software analyst. She is a passionate cheerleader of women, adding biblical truth to the modern day “dream big” mantra. Her no-nonsense approach to doing things you are scared to do and saying yes to God is helping women everywhere build the life and business of their dreams.
Dr. Lara Fielding is a Los Angeles based clinical psychologist and author of "Mastering Adulthood: Go Beyond Adulting to Become and Emotional Grownup." She specializes in teaching science-based mindfulness skills to young adults, who are working through the challenges of the transitioning roles of adulthood. She studied psycho-physiology of stress and emotions at UCLA and Harvard, and received her doctorate at Pepperdine, Graduate School of Education and Psychology.
Laurie Warren, a Master of Science in Nutrition, realized that
if she wanted to help people with their physical problems, she
had to start talking about things like their belief systems, how they
talk to themselves, and how they're managing stress. She is a change agent for empowered well-being in body, mind, and spirit. She works as a corporate consultant, wellness clinician, sought after speaker and is author of the new book, “Wild World, Joyful Heart: Unlock Your Power to Create Health and Joy.”
Hans van der Maarel is a professional cartographer from The Netherlands. He runs his own business, Red Geographics, and is a partner in another company, One Stop Map. Red Geographics focuses on map production for a wide range of international clients as well as reselling and supporting software products for the cartographic market. This also involves developing production workflows for clients and offering consultancy and training courses.
Mort Fertel tells us, “The real riches of life come in two places and in two places only. They come in our relationships, which don't take money, and they come in the way we use our life to contribute to the progression of the world.” He is the creator of Marriage Fitness, a relationship renewal system that's been used by millions of people in marital crisis. People from all over the world schedule private tele-sessions with him by joining the Marriage Fitness tele-bootcamp.
Stephen Kalhorn is a husband, father of three, inventor and a professor of neurosurgery at the Medical University of South Carolina. He deals with conditions that affect the brain, spinal cord and vertebral column including brain and spinal tumors, degenerative conditions and traumatic injuries. He has a particular interest in minimally invasive, complex and adult spinal deformity surgery.
Liz Kislik is a problem-solver. “Every six months I was promoted into a new job because I would do the job before I was promoted to it. I, like nature, abhor a vacuum. There were always other things that needed to be done, so I would just start doing whatever wasn't working right. And then the management would promote me.” She rose to Executive Vice President by age 29 in a telemarketing firm, but she quit that job at 30–without a plan of what she would do next. A few days later, her phone began to ring.
Steven Simenson is the CEO and Managing Partner of Goodrich Pharmacy, Inc., with five community pharmacies in Minnesota. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy. Steve was the 2013-2014 President of the American Pharmacist’s Association and is on the Board of Directors of Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Companies. He is actively advocating for the pursuit of Patient Access to and Coverage for Pharmacist Patient Care Services. Steve is at his best taking care of patients.
Sean Sessel is a voracious learner with a fervent belief in the ability of the individual to better himself or herself. After an epiphany that he derived intrinsic enjoyment from, continual learning and the sharing of knowledge with others, he decided to make a career of it and started the Oculus Institute. Sean developed a unique system called psychohacking and helps individuals escape burnout jobs and craft careers that truly inspire AND pay well.
Benjamin R. Case is a professional fundraising consultant, who has served in the nonprofit sector for 41 years. He has personally been involved in the successful solicitation of over $1.1 billion in gifts and worked for and been engaged by organizations that have raised $4.8 billion. He recently launched an online learning webinar "The Daily Dozen: Habits of Highly Successful Fundraisers." He is the author of 21 Tips for Highly Successful Fundraisers, an international best-seller.