Sonja "Dynamo" Price is a Top Career Strategist, Salary Advisor, Leadership Coach and the author of 2 books, “The Pivot Point System” and “The Infinite Leader.” She has helped many professionals understand how to find meaningful work, earn more money, and to land their dream job with prestigious organizations such as Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Meta, Starbucks, AT&T, Nordstrom, and many other large and small organizations.
Gene Rice’s business career includes working for a Fortune 100 firm–where he was promoted 5 times in 7 years–to co-founding Rice Cohen International, a successful executive search firm. In 2008, Gene and his wife started a nonprofit charity, The Plant a Seed Inspire a Dream Foundation, which has enabled over 800 children from low-income households to pursue their passions. Gene and his daughter, a teacher, have recently co-authored the book “Grad to Grown.”
Dr. Michael “Gabe” Hillegass is a board-certified interventional pain management physician and anesthesiologist. He is medical director of the Chronic Pain Clinic and an associate professor within the College of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, SC. He is dedicated to educating his patients and their loved ones as well as rotating medical students and residents on safe and effective comprehensive pain management strategies.
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.
David Selinger was an early employee at Amazon, working directly under Jeff Bezos. He led the R&D arm of Amazon’s data-mining and personalization team. He co-founded Redfin (now a multi-billion-dollar real estate company) and founded Rich Relevance, a company that offers personalized shopping experiences for large retail brands, including Macy's, Barneys New York, Office Depot and others. He is now inventing the next BIG thing in home security.
Lora DeVore is a writer and catalyst for change for individuals and systems. Her wisdom comes from the field of psychology, transpersonal development and spiritual psychology. Most importantly, it comes from facing the darkest aspects of human experience. She has experienced trauma that once lay secreted in a dark inner world. Lora is a survivor of abuse, sex trafficking, illegal pharmaceutical drug research, and institutional abuse. Lora can show those who've experienced trauma the way through the dark.
Abby Smith is a Professional Soccer Player in the National Women’s Soccer League based in the U.S. She is in her 5th overall season and her third with the Utah Royals FC located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Abby grew up in Dallas, Texas playing for the Dallas Texans Soccer Club. In her youth and into her professional career, Abby has been able to participate in the United States National Team at all levels, including U15-U23 and most recently with the Senior National team.
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.”
Professor Tom Banks grew up in Brooklyn NY and has lived in OR, MA, CA, NJ, GA and Israel. He was determined to be a theoretical physicist since high school and is a founding member of the New High Energy Theory Center at Rutgers, a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He works in particle physics, cosmology, condensed matter physics and the attempt to quantize Einstein's theory of gravity. He's still active in research at the age of 71.
Gary Frey is a connector, “MacGyver,” and confidant for CEOs. He has served as president of four successful companies, including Bizjournals.com, a business news portal which he helped transform from a three-person organization to a $100 million company. He has done two turnarounds and held executive positions in two Fortune 100 companies. Gary currently leads business growth coaching and business development efforts for a regional CPA firm that serves privately held businesses and their owners.
Martha Dunagin Saunders is the sixth president of the University of West Florida. In her 30-plus years in higher education, Dr. Saunders has served in academic and leadership roles at universities in Florida, Georgia, Wisconsin and Mississippi. Her area of academic expertise is in public relations and crisis communication for which she has won numerous awards.
Matthew Stewart is co-founder and CEO of National Service Group (NSG, which operates College Works Painting, Empire Community Construction, Home Genius Exteriors, and SMJJ Investments. Over 28 years, NSG has grown from a small California-based business into an international company. Matt serves on the board of directors for multiple organizations and is past chairman of the global board for the Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO).
Drew Smith is an RIAA-Gold award-winning professional songwriter and country artist based in Nashville, TN. He is the owner of Gray Sound Recording LLC, working as a producer and senior mixing engineer and the creator of “The Before You Record Course” for new artists. Drew’s work has been recorded in many countries by legends like Merle Haggard, Nashville powerhouse Randy Houser, Rob Snyder, Jason Charles Miller, Kevin Denny and Australian-Canadian country singer, Gord Bamford.
Audrey Eger Thompson, MS, is a Certified Leadership Coach with Just Mind Counseling. Her lessons in coaching go back as far as the age of 10 when she was a competitive swimmer and was specifically coached to compete against herself. Today, that simple, yet powerful philosophy is at the core of her coaching practice. Audrey’s goal in coaching is to help you be your best–not in a way that glorifies perfection, but by giving you the tools, insights, and clarity to grow.
Hilde Larsen is the owner and founder of Inspired by Hilde. She is a certified Health and Mindset Coach, an author, and a certified Detox Specialist. She is also an inspirational keynote speaker and has her own YouTube channel. She is the author of three published books: From HELL to Inspired, Know The Truth and Get Healthy, and No More Bull____. She also creates online video programs and has her own membership site Inspired Members. Hilde works with those who are ready to heal their health and life.
As president of Comcast’s West Division for 11 years, Steve White created a culture defined by the philosophy of Working Together to Win Together. Driven by continuous learning, radical responsibility, and an unwavering commitment to excellence, Steve was responsible for all Comcast Cable operations in the Western U.S. Today, Steve applies the same winning philosophy to his new post as president and special counsel to the CEO of Comcast Cable.
Carol Fromhagen is a Wealth Management Advisor and Founding Partner of CLF Financial, LLC in Atlanta, Georgia. She focuses on helping high net worth individuals and retirees manage all aspects of their financial lives. She begins planning-based discussions around a client's financial needs, their short and long-term objectives, their time horizons, and risk tolerance. Recommendations can include investing in stocks and bonds, while also addressing wills, taxes, education funding, and business continuation.
Sarah Wirth has over 20 years of experience in leadership development and executive coaching, as well as a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Sarah joined EcSell Institute in 2011 as VP of Client Service. In 2019 she was promoted to President, and now leads the company in all aspects of its operations. Sarah is co-author of “The Coaching Effect.” She is also a sought-after presenter, sharing her common-sense insights with executives from organizations such as Mercedes Benz and Ritz-Carlton.
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 and Past President of the American Society of Landscape Architects, having completed his Presidency in 2019.
Steve H. Lawton holds a BS and MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University. He holds two US Patents, is an author and TEDx speaker. Steve has been with Dell for 23 years and served in a variety of leadership roles across the company. Steve’s inspirational story about how his attitude literally saved his life from a near fatal skiing accident in 2014 became the acclaimed book “Head First! A Crash Course in Positivity.” Intertwined in the story is the science behind the power of mindset.
Dr. Rachel Wellner was drawn to medicine at a young age, inspired by her father’s work in the medical field. From founding several international medical programs, to providing free breast cancer screenings and services to the underserved and uninsured, she embodies the values of her oath. She is the author of the Doctoroo children’s series, where Doctoroo the Kangaroo and her friends teach children the importance of staying healthy.
Penelope McPhee is an author, journalist and philanthropic executive. She is President Emeritus of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, where she served as president from 2004 until her retirement in 2021. Penny also has had a distinguished career as an author and television producer. One of her books about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was recognized in 1980 as one of the “Best Books of the Decade” by the American Library Association. Her PBS documentaries and performance programs have also won many awards.
“One key reason for the increasingly high rates of worker dissatisfaction and turnover is that individuals typically do not take the time to slow down and reflect on how their careers have a profound impact on their lives. Our priority is to ensure that as many people as possible are able to deploy not only their skills, but the many other dimensions of themselves that have for many decades been proven to directly impact their job performance, collaboration and personal satisfaction.”