Dr. Erica Blank realized after practicing medicine for 18 years that all she had ever been taught in medical school and in residency was how to treat diseases. She had never learned how to keep people healthy. Her patients all had diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol and they may have had a heart attack in the past. She knew it didn't have to be that way. Erika became board-certified in Lifestyle Medicine in 2017 and changed her medical practice into a career she loves.
Natasha McCreesh is a joy bringer, cultural explorer, and humanitarian. She walked away from a 20-year corporate career with no plan other than to only do work that brings her joy. Six years later, her life is more satisfying than she imagined. Collaborating with people of passion and purpose, she coaches and mentors leaders and teams to get the most out of their life and work. She takes groups to Liberia, west Africa, to demonstrate the connection between powerful service and transformational leaders.
Natalie Creeden is a Certified Meditation and Yoga Instructor. She is also a Kundalini and Khalsa Way PreNatal Yoga Teacher and Reiki Master. She teaches in a way that honors tradition and encompasses today’s need for mind, body, and spirit integration by sharing the power of ancient traditions in a modern, accessible and empowering format. Natalie believes meditation, mindfulness and yoga are our greatest tools for reducing stress and living our brightest, happiest, healthiest life.
Robert Glazer realized that, while he loved working with high growth companies and the challenges that came with it, there were a lot of things that weren't attractive to him. So he built a company that worked with those companies, but built his company in a very different way that was more aligned with his kind of vision and values and with the type of flexibility and diversity that he wanted. He is the founder and CEO of Acceleration Partners, a global partner marketing agency, author and speaker.
Micah Knapp, at age 8, saved up $500 and bought his first video camera, making home movies with his brothers. This evolved overtime into a company that produced commercials, music videos, and documentaries, expanding into the Seattle film market. Micah has worked as a Producer and Director on commercials, Indie films, MTV’s “The Real World,” IMAX documentaries, and more. His latest work is his first directorial feature, called “11:11”, currently in post-production.
Sharon Cully is the owner and founder of Simply Processes. With over 15 years of experience working with leading global brands like Coca-Cola, Diageo and GlaxoSmithKline, she has successfully helped companies around the world increase performance and minimize costs, while meeting customer objectives. She has gone from corporate jobs using her Masters in math, to contract work in similar roles, to owning her own business.
Shann Christen is a Beverly Hills-based celebrity stylist with 20+ years of hair care experience. He’s certified in Trichology from CTB, which is Scuola di Comunicazione e Tecnica in Torino, Italy, where he conducted 12 years of trichological research and study. He’s also the developer and creator of the revolutionary BioMethod line of hair care products.
David J. Greer is an entrepreneurial coach, author, and professional speaker. He is the catalyst who gets you to fully live your dreams now. Spend one hour reading his book, “Wind In Your Sails,” attend a one-hour talk with him, or get one hour of 1-to-1 coaching, and you will have three concrete action items that will shift and accelerate your business within 90 days. David, his wife Karalee and their three children, live in Vancouver, Canada.
Major General Tom Mullikin chairs the South Carolina Floodwater Commission. An energy-environmental attorney and a university professor, Tom is a former U.S. Army officer and retired commanding general of the South Carolina State Guard who has spent the last four decades leading expeditions to many of the most remote regions in the world, traversing every continent on earth, climbing mountain ranges of the world’s seven tallest peaks—and logging scuba dives in all the world’s oceans.
Todd Palmer is an executive coach, keynote speaker, renowned thought leader, author, and CEO who is committed to helping business owners tackle their obstacles and clear their path to success. As an entrepreneur and active CEO, Todd knows the struggles business owners face regarding people, cash, strategy & execution. He took his company from being $600,000 in debt, to making the INC 5,000 as one of America’s fastest-growing companies (an astounding 6 times)!
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.
David Hassell is a business columnist, speaker and entrepreneur who believes that when leaders institute practices that support each person in becoming their best self, high performance and uncommon loyalty naturally result. He is co-founder and CEO of 15Five whose team developed industry leading performance management software and he co-created the science-inspired Best-Self Management methodology that helps leaders address hidden factors that stimulate sustainable growth and development.
Jennifer J. L. Jones is an American artist known for her elegant multi-layered glazed abstract paintings inspired by nature. Her work is exhibited and sought after worldwide by private and public collectors. Jones was born in 1971 in Alexandria, Virginia, and received her BFA from the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She works full time as an exhibiting artist going on 21 years. After living in cities growing her career, Jones now resides in Port Royal, S.C.
Victor Stringer is 78-years-old and started playing golf 30 years ago. At one point he had a 3 handicap. When Victor incorporated yoga into his life, this helped him emotionally, mentally and physically on and off the golf course. He is the author of “Yogi on the Green,” a #1 international best-selling book. Customs broker and freight forwarder, he is the owner and president of the global company, VR Camelot, Inc.
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.
Lenka Lutonska, born in Slovakia, moved to the UK at the age of 19 with a dream to ‘change the world.’ From humble beginnings working for McDonald’s, she is now an international business and mindset strategist for women entrepreneurs, an international trainer of NLP, a professional speaker, an author, and a passionate believer in every woman’s right to have the life and business she truly loves.
Robin Cogan, MEd, RN, NCSN is a Nationally Certified School Nurse, currently entering her 20th year as a school nurse in Camden, NJ. She serves on several national boards and is the Legislative Co-Chair for the New Jersey State School Nurses Association. Robin is the honored recipient of multiple awards for her work in school nursing. She serves as faculty in the School Nurse Certificate Program at Rutgers University-Camden School of Nursing, where she teaches the next generation of school nurses.