Eldonna Fernandez is a retired Air Force Veteran with 23 years of honorable military service. She is a contracts management, leadership and negotiation expert. Eldonna also works with women in a slum in Kitale, Kenya. She created Baskets and Beads to market their beautiful hand-crafted products. She is author of Think Like A Negotiator and the GoPINK Rules of Engagement, and co-author in eight books.
Blake Brandes loved his dissertation topic—hip-hop and global youth cultures—but was stuck in writing a crucial paper toward earning his Ph.D. His advisor suggested he create a rap album as a last chapter, so he did. A review committee member wrote on his paper that he had never before had the pleasure of reviewing a dissertation that you could dance to. Dr. Brandes is co-founder of the personal development company, Motivational Millennial, and co-host of the Motivational Millennial Podcast. He also runs a hip-hop motivational speaking business in assemblies and workshops to help students “Remix Your Reality.”
Dr. Karen Tedeschi is a healer, chiropractor and teacher. She is the owner of Advanced Wellness of Atlanta, an interdisciplinary healing clinic, which brings together like-minded practitioners. She has studied Reiki, Chiropractic, Applied Kinesiology, Brimhall technique, TBM, Cranial-Sacral Therapy, Nutrition, Blood Work, and Pranic Healing. Karen is dedicated to reducing the pain and suffering in the world and teaching people at all levels about health and healing.
What do highly successful people actually do to succeed? For Erica Duran is an international Business Coach and Lifestyle Mentor for entrepreneurs and influencers on the rise. But she spent the first half of her career in hotel management and was very happy–until she wasn’t. Determined not to put off until retirement what she wanted from life now, she got training in several fields, mixed and matched them, and reinvented herself and her life.
Mickey Batsell is an experienced industry professional, specializing in long-term care, retirement planning and surrounding issues. With over 40 years of professional, and personal family experiences, Mickey has an in-depth understanding of the challenges his clients face. As a protector of people’s independence and dignity, he currently represents industry-leading, financially sound companies and assists families, groups, and associations throughout the United States.
Angelo Poli is a transformation specialist and founder of MetPro, the advanced methodology that analyzes an individual’s specific response to diet and activity, and adjusts based on their personal needs and goals. With a high-profile client list that includes Olympic Athletes, NFL MVPs, physique models, and business leaders, Angelo and his highly-respected team have the ability to strategically redirect each of their clients toward achieving their greatest results.
Captain Maria Yturria is an FBI National Academy graduate. She has been in law enforcement since 2003, before that serving in the U.S. Army. Her assignments have included uniform patrol deputy, investigator, victim services and now Public Information Officer for the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. She serves on the Deputy Advisory Council and as team leader of the Crisis Management Team. She works with Federal, State, and local agencies on illegal immigration, drug prevention and human trafficking.
Tracy Maxfield is a nurse, stop bullying/mental health advocate, and educator. In 2015, she experienced an acute depressive episode due to work place bullying and she plummeted down the rabbit hole. Her book, “Escaping the Rabbit Hole: My Life with Depression,” documents her journey. Her philosophy is to Engage children and teenagers, to Educate them about mental illness/
bullying and to Empower them to develop confidence and skills to continue to move ahead in their own life journey.
Kimberly Falker is the founder of The Falker Group Real Estate company in Safety Harbor, Florida. With a background as a prosecuting attorney in Boston, an elementary school teacher in Florida, and a mother of two, she brings a unique level of professionalism and service to the real estate industry, which she has been actively working in since 2004. Kimberly graduated from Florida State University in Elementary Education and the Cumberland School of Law in Trial Advocacy.