Sean Sessel is a voracious learner with a fervent belief in the ability of the individual to better themself. 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.
Tony Wall is the founder and president of Noesis, a non-profit that’s dedicated to human education and the elimination of perpetual conflict. Hel spent most of his career in the financial services industry but continually found himself drawn back to the study of humankind. In 2019, he established Noesis and created a series of educational videos to explain his concept of the human injury and how primitive instincts drive today’s human interactions.
Stephen Kalhorn is a husband, father of three, inventor and a professor of neurosurgery at the Medical University of South Carolina. He deals with adult patients 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.
Rhonda Barrymore, founder and president of Help Me Rhonda@, Inc., is a worldwide provider of physical appearance products and services. She has worked locally and globally to make up and style some of the most well-known and prestigious people in the world. Some of her services include beauty and special effects makeup, as well as skincare, hair styling, wardrobe styling, prop styling and her extensive skin care and makeup product line.
Robert Mallon was a successful executive in the restaurant and software industries for 25 years. In 2002, he became a professional speaker and business coach and now has conducted nearly 2,000 full-day seminars and inspired thousands. In 2013, he and business partner created the Rusty Lion Academy to work with businessmen and key leaders, between the ages of 30 and 49, who haven’t yet realized their full potential and who feel as if they’ve lost their freedom to their work lives.
Karen Ballou has been a leader and innovator in the skincare and wellness space her entire career. Most recently, she is the founder and CEO of Immunocologie, an all-natural skincare brand focused on skin health and immune protection as well as co-founder of LB Equity, a growth equity fund investing in emerging brands in beauty, wellness and personal care. She is also a licensed esthetician, has founded and owned day spas around the country and authored curriculum for the American Esthetician Association.
Lily Tang Williams was a law school assistant professor in Fudan University, Shanghai, China who became an American entrepreneur, an educator and a motivational speaker. Born to illiterate working-class parents in China, she grew up in poor living conditions, social chaos and Communist indoctrination. Today, she has her own businesses and relishes the freedom, independence, and prosperity she found in America. She travels in the U.S. to share the story of her American Dream and about horrors of Communism.
Tim Tortora has spent his impressive career in the entertainment industry garnering extensive financial and producing experience before releasing his latest book which guides aspiring filmmakers through the black box that is building a durable network in film and TV production. During his varied career, he’s worn many hats on all kinds of TV programs and major feature films–from PA, through unit production manager, to line producer–all the way to executive in charge of production, and now CFO.
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.