Jay Block’s credentials include not knowing what he wanted to be when he grew up and being fired by his best friend at age 39. Soon after this humiliating event, he began working harder on himself than anything else. And it was this single transformation that would forever change his life and his career. Today, Jay is recognized as America’s #1 motivational career and rapid employment expert. He is a best-selling McGraw-Hill author of 12 titles, including 5 Steps to Rapid Employment, and has helped tens of thousands of people achieve workplace success and fulfillment over the past 26 years.
Sheriff Leon Lott, Richland County, leads one of the largest sheriff’s departments in the Southeastern U.S., and is one of the regularly featured law-enforcement agencies on A&E’s television series LIVE PD. In 2010, Lott traveled to Iraq at the invitation of the Iraqi government to help that country establish its first-ever female police academy. Under Lott’s leadership, RCSD was the first law enforcement agency in the nation to establish a pre-PTSD conditioning program for deputies.
Kaia Alexander is an award-winning author and filmmaker. Her novel, WRITTEN IN THE ASHES, is the untold story about the burning of the Great Library of Alexandria, Egypt, and the life of Hypatia, the world’s first female mathematician/philosopher. Kaia’s new documentary feature film CHALICE: WOMEN LEADERS RISE, explores how and why women were written out of history, how this has influenced the treatment of women globally, and the exciting rise of women leaders today.
Tommy Baker helps dreamers, visionaries, and entrepreneurs bring those dreams to life and create a life they can't wait to wake up for. He’s the author of UnResolution: How to Ditch Resolutions Forever, Live Life by Design, and Achieve Your Dreams; The One Percent Rule; and The Leap of Your Life: How to Redefine Risk, Quit Waiting For 'Someday,' and Live Boldly. Tommy believes living up to your potential is what we're here for. His podcast spreads the message of his Resist Average Academy.
Tom Shepansky is one of the three Founders of Rethink, a creative agency in Canada. Rethink has just celebrated its 20th anniversary and was named Agency of the Year. Tom is transitioning to a governance role with the company, allowing the business to remain independent. He’s also active in the community on two non-profit boards. Tom loves cycling, hiking, skiing and has recently taken up bass guitar. He plays in a band called “Never Too Late.” Tom lives with his wife Roxanne on the North Shore of Vancouver.
Carey Gillam is a veteran investigative journalist with more than 25 years of experience covering corporate news, including 17 years as a senior correspondent for Reuters international news service. She is the author of “Whitewash—The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer and the Corruption of Science,” an expose of corporate corruption in agriculture. The book won the coveted Rachel Carson Book Award. Gillam works now as Research Director for the non-profit U.S. Right to Know.
Kirk Deis has been featured on Forbes and podcasts and radio shows throughout the United States. He is CEO and founder of two companies, Treehouse 51, a digital agency based in Newport Beach, California, and The Bug Squasher, a universal web app that helps you diagnose website issues. Driven by an early passion to write screenplays, he found his own creative niche and brought together creative people he met along the way.
Dr. Erica Blank graduated from medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx in 1996. She then completed a residency in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. She moved to New Hampshire in 2012 where she worked at Exeter Hospital and developed an interest in Lifestyle Medicine. She realized that all of her training in medicine up to that point was about treating disease and she never learned how to promote health. Erika became board-certified in Lifestyle Medicine in 2017.
Robin Gordon is a Certified Public Accountant and a Personal Financial Specialist whose passion is educating and empowering her clients in all things financial. She helps people achieve financial goals by working with them to minimize taxes, protect and grow assets, and transfer wealth responsibly. She has an Amazon best seller book: “Living the Best Life You Can with the Money You Have, Create a Financial Plan that Works for You.” Robin was born in San Francisco and now lives in Richmond, Virginia.
Scott Reib is known as America’s Legal Coach. He’s a Zig Ziglar Legacy Certified Trainer, and he has over 20-years of experience as an attorney. For the last two decades, Scott has been helping business owners, entrepreneurs, coaches, and service providers “shatterproof” their businesses and succeed in the professional world. Scott believes that seeking legal advice doesn’t have to be intimidating or expensive if we treat lawyers like primary care doctors instead of ER doctors..
Dr. Carolyn Jerdan has been in the educational field for over 20 years serving as a teacher, counselor and school administrator. She has worked in private and public schools, ranging from preschool to adults. She is presently the School Counselor at the Atlanta Classical Academy. As a school counselor she works with students K-12 and helps with academic, social and emotional issues. Carolyn also works with the College Counselor and guides high school students through the college application process.
Cédric Bollag is an aspiring venture capitalist. He just graduated with his Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance at the prestigious University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. The motivation for starting GlobalTechBox.com came from a deep passion for Startups & Venture Capital. Cédric is frequently invited as a keynote speaker related to topics around Startups and Venture Capital.
Lisa Broderick is an accomplished senior executive whose career has been defined by how communication impacts society and changes behavior. From her early days at Apple Computer to helping launch some of the first e-commerce companies on the Internet, Lisa has been at the forefront of using communication to transform people and social behavior. Today, Lisa works on socially impactful initiatives like Police2Peace. Lisa earned a BA in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from Duke University.
Judge Anne Elizabeth Barnes won election in 1998 to the Georgia Court of Appeals and took office January 1, 1999. She was re-elected without opposition to a second term in 2004. In 2010, she was elected to a third term by getting more votes than any other candidate in the state of Georgia. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia in 1983, and her Master of Laws in the Judicial Process from the University of Virginia in 2004.
Kirk Mote believes "as human beings we are here to find our purpose and be as productive as we can using our talents and gifts. In my view, too many individuals choose comfort over change and settle for far less than they are capable of." Several years ago while attending a presentation about the Holocaust, Kirk saw an older gentleman get up from his chair, shuffle to the door and suddenly collapse, like he was having a heart attack. Kirk’s training in CPR saved a life that day and changed his forever.
Cameron Cegala is co-founder of AdKaddy, a mobile app that helps you manage all the brands you love by giving you a new email address and platform to use for all your consumer needs. AdKaddy creates a personalized and hyper-organized inbox for you, where you can direct email communications from your favorite brands. Prior to AdKaddy, Cameron spent her corporate career working in sales and client management at Procter & Gamble and two smaller CPG companies.
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.
Ryan Cote is the Director of Digital Services and Partner at Ballantine, a third-generation family-owned direct mail and digital marketing company based out of Fairfield, NJ. With Ballantine since 2003, a family-owned business started in 1966 by his great-uncle, Ryan now manages the growing digital marketing division.
Diana Wu David is the author of “Future Proof: Reinventing Work in the Age of Acceleration,” a book about how to adopt more agile mindsets and practices to prepare yourself for success in a fast-changing world. Diana is an adjunct professor of leadership at Columbia Business School's EMBA Global Asia and for the Financial Times Non-Executive Director Diploma for independent board directors. Her company, Sarana Labs, helps companies and senior leaders build competitive, future-forward organizations.
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 large cities growing her career, Jones now resides in Port Royal, S.C.
Thane Marcus Ringler is a former pro golfer turned speaker, author, coach, and entrepreneur living in Los Angeles, California. After competing for nearly four years as a professional, he transitioned out of the world of golf into his current endeavorsThane's mission is to help others live and work better. He is passionate about speaking to the journey from the journey, and is striving to empower this generation to take ownership of their lives and never settle for less than they are capable of.
Tracy Timm is a career strategy expert. She has dedicated her career to helping people come to LIFE at work. Tracy and her team work with high-potential professionals through her proven career clarity program, The Nth Degree®, She also advises businesses on how to attract, engage, and retain top talent. Tracy leverages her psychology degree from Yale and time spent traveling the world to provide effective career solutions for companies and employees alike.
Dr. Jeanette Kern is a nationally recognized expert in the fields of cosmetic and restorative dentistry. In 2018 Dr. Kern sold her successful dental practice in Monterey, CA. She created the Profitable Dental Academy. Armed with over 40 years in the dental industry experienced as a dental hygienist, associate dentist and as a practice owner, she shares her knowledge by consulting with other dentists as a Dental Success Coach. She is very happy and honored to continue being an active dental professional.
Matthew J. Louis is one of the nation’s leading experts in career transition for veterans and public service professionals. He coaches individuals on their transition efforts and advises employers on hiring programs designed to successfully assimilate these valuable talent pools. He is the author of the forthcoming HarperCollins book “Mission Transition: a practical guide for veterans in transition and their employers.”
Marina Barayeva is an international photographer, speaker and a host of the popular podcast: Marketing for Creatives. She is a known authority in helping entrepreneurs become influencers in their niche. Marina is a TEDx speaker, has presented to audiences in Asia and North America, and has been featured in such media as ArtPeople, CCTV, China Radio International, and others.