Sravan Ankaraju’s twenty-five years in the field of data science and innovation provided him with a robust understanding of the intersections between technology and the economy. In 2015, Sravan co-founded Divergence Academy, where is he responsible for the vision and business development for industry-focused technology education. Divergence Academy offers immersive programs in data science, cybersecurity, and cloud computing.
Scott Novis is the founder of Bravous, a company that helps businesses with remote teams increase retention by hosting video workshops that improve culture and team-health. Scott comes from an eclectic background of professional influences: he has two engineering degrees, spent decades as a video game executive, and worked as a Disney executive before leaving to found GameTruck, the leading national franchise company best known for its video game birthday parties.
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.
Donna Serdula pioneered the concept of LinkedIn profile optimization, realizing that the LinkedIn profile was so much more than just an online resume. In 2009, she walked away from her successful sales career and founded Vision Board Media and LinkedIn-Makeover.com. Donna and her team of over 40 writers have helped thousands of executives, entrepreneurs, and business leaders worldwide create professionally branded LinkedIn profiles.
Elizabeth Bachman is the go-to person for advanced level training in Speaking, Presentation Skills, Sales, and Leadership. With a lifetime spent perfecting the art of presenting, she helps high-level clients master a message that brings the Funding they need, the Allies they want, and the Recognition they deserve. A sought-after speaker and strategist in Silicon Valley, nationally and internationally, Elizabeth works with leaders and influencers who need to become concise and compelling presenters.
Aundrea DeMille is the author of “Is It Racism? How to Heal the Human Divide.” She's an International Keynote Speaker, Trainer, and Podcast Host of The Wake Up Stories. She is a business owner with years of study in diversity and inclusion and a degree in community health and human services. She has been appointed to serve on Project Gateway: Equity and Opportunity Commission for Utah.
Kurt Nelson is a recognized leader in human motivation and behavior change. For 20 years, he has worked with global companies to apply behavioral science principles to drive change in their organizations. He is founder and president of The Lantern Group, a behavioral design and communication agency. All his work focuses on understanding ways to positively influence how people behave.
Becca Ribbing is the author of The Clarity Journal and has been a coach for over a decade. She's on a mission to help people break out of the cycles of uncertainty and struggle that hold them back. Although she has both men and women as clients, in particular she helps women going back and forth with the seemingly endless question of what to do next—so they can finally figure out what they truly want and create the clarity and momentum they crave.
Dr. Shirag Shemmassian is the Founder of Shemmassian Academic Consulting and one of the world's foremost experts on medical school admissions. For nearly 20 years, he and his team have helped thousands of students get into medical school and top colleges using his systematic and proprietary approach. His admissions expertise has been featured in various media outlets and he has been invited to speak at Yale, Stanford and other prestigious institutions about various aspects of the admissions process.
Sam Sorbo is an accomplished actress, author, radio host, and international model. Her acting career spans films such as Bonfire of the Vanities and television with recurring roles in such shows as Chicago Hope and Andromeda. And now, having taken on home schooling her three children, she also spends her energy inspiring parents to home educate their children by way of her writing, acting and speaking. Her books include They’re YOUR Kids: An Inspirational Journey from Self-Doubter to Home School Advocate.
Dawn Cook Causey is an ICF certified professional executive coach with six certifications in emotional intelligence. Her mission in life is to raise the bar on emotional intelligence in leaders around the world. She likes to say she is in the polishing business, helping leaders and teams shine their brightest by making the best choices every moment of every day. Her personal motto is, it’s your choice, so make it count.
Jeremy Brown began his entrepreneurial journey as a single dad at age 19 because of his motivation to spend as much time with his son as possible. As his business development and sales expertise grew, he decided to write his first book in order to establish authority, generate leads, and increase his credibility. The result? Jeremy found his calling: empowering leaders to share their stories.
Phil Taub, since joining Nixon Peabody more than 27 years ago, has been advising investors, middle-market private companies, large public companies, entrepreneurs, and C-level executives in many different kinds of corporate transactions all over the world. He was born in Southern Africa and finished his secondary education in the United States. His love of family, travel, outdoor adventure, and community permeates everything he does.
Barbara Turley is an investor, entrepreneur and Founder & CEO of The Virtual Hub—a business she started by accident that exploded in the space of 12 months to become one of the leading companies that recruits, trains and manages virtual assistants for businesses who need to free up time and energy so they can go to the next level. Barbara is also Mum to her gorgeous daughter Ruby, wife to her best friend Eti and an adventure lover with a passion for horses, skiing, tennis and time out in nature.
Edna Keep is a real estate entrepreneur and real estate investment advisor, coach and trainer. With $60 million in real estate assets built since 2007, primarily with “Other People’s Money,” she feels like she is exactly where she is meant to be: coaching and training people in all the skills that she has acquired throughout her life.
David Towner is an American entrepreneur, comedian, writer and filmmaker. Prior to pursuing his business and entertainment ventures, he served as a US Army Paratrooper with missions in Somalia, Haiti and Cuba. Towner is most known for his feature film, Our Scripted Life, which was downloaded half a million times in the first three months. David is also the Creator and Head Writer for the graphic novel series, “Aztec Warrior God,” which has gained millions of fans around the world.
John Donegan, in the spring of 1978, received the news that he had sufficient credits to graduate from the university of Florida with a BA in history. While many would be thrilled to graduate in three years, he was terrified. The job market was wretched, and inflation was rampant. Due to some sage advice from a trusted professor, John applied to the college of education for their one-year teacher certification program. Today, John continues to enjoy a career as a social studies teacher.
Marc Miller’s career journey includes multiple jobs over 22 years at IBM, several thriving tech startups, a stint as a high school math teacher, and a gig raising funds. Often repeating the same mistakes taught him his most crucial lesson: Most people don’t really know what makes them happy at their core, what fulfills them. Marc’s latest endeavor “Career Pivot” uses his extensive experience to help others—especially Baby Boomers and GenXers—find careers they can grow into for the decades ahead.
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.
Gay Thomas Wilson launched two successful international careers as a trained method actor, model and cover girl and then as a trained method actor. Motivated by her sister’s diagnosis of schizophrenia, she has been an advocate for changing the stigma of mental health. Gay’s journey has given her the skill set to become a coach and mentor to business professionals, entrepreneurs and creative talent.
Dr. April Kapu is president of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners®. She is a certified acute care nurse practitioner who holds both a master’s and doctoral degree in nursing from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She has served as associate chief nursing officer for advance practice nursing at Vanderbilt and has established innovative, high-quality health care services and resources, and provided professional practice support for more than 1,400 advanced practice nurses.
Erik Seversen has forged a path filled with extreme adventure and success, ranging from hitchhiking from London to central Africa, living with a remote Amazon tribe, to building and selling businesses. His new book, “Ordinary to Extraordinary,” reveals his personal search for meaning, highlighting how anyone can create a life of purpose and success. Erik’s focus is on business development and English language training. He believes helping others is the best way to create success and fulfillment in life.
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.
Chris Hull is the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Otus, a Chicago-based edtech company. After 13 years as an educator, Chris wanted to minimize the chaos of disconnected edtech tools for K-12 administrators, educators, students, and their families. Otus is one system to teach, grade, analyze, and plan. With Otus, school leaders can focus on student learning, not technology.
Susan Miner is the founder of Beauty From the Inside Out. As a supermodel, Susan graced the covers of Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Self, Bazaar, and more! Some of her beauty campaigns were L'Oreal, Maybelline, Revlon, and Nivea. She followed this up by becoming a Professor of Psychology and a therapist. Her company now combines both of her careers as a model and a therapist. Collaboration with other models is a fun part of her work as she lends her face and intelligence to projects.