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.
Jack Gibson knew from an early age that punching time clocks and working for someone else wasn’t enough for him, which is what drove him into building businesses and being his own boss. While still in college, he built his first company that coached clients on effective nutrition and fitness strategies. Today, he dedicates his time to mentoring other entrepreneurs, building his real estate investment portfolio, and helping other investors to build a brighter future through passive real estate income.
Carine Montbertrand is a professional actor, teacher, and audiobook narrator based in New York City. She was born in France but grew up in the US with an American mother and French father . As a theatre actor, she has performed off-Broadway and throughout most of the United States. She's the award winning narrator of more than 80 audiobooks for companies such as Recorded Books, Penguin Random House, and Audible. As a teacher she specializes in physical theatre and mask work, as well as Voice and Speech.
Andrea Adler is referred to as the Metaphysical Marketer. She pioneered holistic marketing in the early 80's and has written award-winning books on marketing, as well as her novel—Pushing Upward. A successful actor for many years, she is a screenwriter, and her novel, “Pushing Upward” is now being pitched as a film. She also works with people to help them dive into their soul's destiny to share their stories via their websites, Tedx Talks, and one-person shows
Laura De La Cruz is a teacher, a dog trainer and judge, and an international best-selling author of over 400 herding and dog training books and journals. Laura has been herding for 15 years and has trained, trialed and/or titled a variety of dogs. She also trains and competes in Trick Dog, Rally/Obedience, Scentwork and Barn Hunt. She is a CGC Evaluator and Trick Dog Evaluator for AKC. She is also a Certified Trick Dog Instructor and Evaluator for Do More With Your Dog, as well as a Stunt Dog Judge.
Jim Harshaw, Jr. is an NCAA Division I All American athlete, former NCAA head coach, internationally recognized TEDx speaker, and personal performance coach. He has impacted thousands of lives across the world by helping clients and audiences increase resilience, maximize potential, and build high performing teams. His clients include CEOs, entrepreneurs, and leaders from global companies as well as current and former athletes from the NFL, UFC, NCAA, and the Olympics.
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.
Adri Kyser is an international wellness expert who has spent the past 15 years helping highly-driven women stop feeling stressed and overwhelmed and start living a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life. She’s helped thousands of women worldwide achieve everything from reduced pain and stress to increased confidence and productivity. She is also a co-author of the book “Overcoming Adversity in Entrepreneurship: We Did It, and So Can You!.”
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 of The Lantern Group, a behavioral design and communication agency, and also co-founder, with Tim Houlihan, of the Behavioral Grooves podcast, where they interview leading business executives from around the world and explore how they apply behavioral science to their work and lives.
D.L. Byron moved to NYC in 1971 at age 18 to pursue a music career, with 200 and some odd dollars in his pocket, a week's worth of clothing, and a guitar. Through hard work, luck and people willing to help him, he made his way from a job in a record store to a song in the top 5 on the charts. He still works daily on his music.
Mark Sloan has published a number of books including the number one international bestseller Red Light Therapy: Miracle Medicine and two monumental works on cancer called The Cancer Industry, and Cancer: The Metabolic Disease. Mark has been researching health for over 15 years and has many unique evidence-based insights to share with the world. He believes the goal of ending all diseases is not only possible, but it's only a matter of time before his message becomes universally known throughout the world.
Andrea Fryrear is the world's leading authority on agile marketing and a co-founder of AgileSherpas. She is co-author of the ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Marketing curriculum, author of “Death of a Marketer,” and an internationally sought-after speaker and trainer. She holds numerous Agile certifications.Nothing makes her happier than seeing a marketing team move from high stress to high performance.
Court Creeden is a business owner, entrepreneur and author. He runs Parent Financial, Connection Coin, and Blue Goat Life. He was recently named one of the "Top 40 under 40 Business Leaders" by the Charlotte Business Journal and has been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, MSN Money, Dow Jones, and countless magazines and blogs. Court is a contributor for “Thrive Global.” When not working he is an avid paddleboarder, surfer, meditator and loves competing in Spartan Races.
Cindy Klement’s mother advised her, "Honey, you haven't got the brains to be a doctor. You need to stay home, get married and have children." It wasn't until she was 53 that she attended college and ultimately got her masters in nutrition.” Cindy has shared her nutrition and herbal medicine expertise with thousands of people for over 40 years. She is a board-certified nutritionist and a certified Master Health Educator, an Adjunct Professor, a long-time health program writer, a speaker, and yes, a mother.
Edray Herber Goins is Professor of Mathematics at
Pomona College. He has taught at both Caltech and Purdue. Professor Goins has published over 20 journal articles in areas such as applied mathematics, graph theory, number theory, and representation theory; and on topics such as Diophantine equations, elliptic curves, and African Americans in mathematics. He has acted as a referee for 20 different journals in mathematics and has given more than 150 invited addresses on his research.
Kevin Lawrence is a strategic advisor and coach to CEOs and executive teams across North America and internationally. “I feel like I'm a child on the playground every day. I love my work. I have unbelievable clients that I get to work with every day and 97% of the time I'm having a great time.” Driven by a relentless passion to help business leaders get what they really want, in business and life, Kevin has coached clients across a wide range of industries during the past 20 years.
Jane Frederick, FAIA, is the 96th President of The American Institute of Architects. She is a principal at Frederick + Frederick Architects, which received AIA South Carolina’s 2017 Firm Award and Southern Living magazine’s Best Renovation of 2009. The Beaufort, SC firm specializes in custom residences and has earned over 20 design awards. Jane has served AIA in many roles, at-large director on the national Board of Directors, chair of the AIA Small Firm Round Table, and president of AIA South Carolina.
Melissa Dobbins could do seventh grade math in third grade, but she couldn’t read. She was ridiculed by students and even teachers, who told her in so many ways, “Your best is only ever going to be so-so.” But with advice from her 6th grade teacher, she shifted her attitude from “I can't do it” to “No, I'm going to show you.” And she has continued to show everybody for years, including forming Career.Place, an anonymous candidate evaluation solution that removes bias from the screening process.
Dr. Ann Kulze has distinguished herself as a nutrition and wellness expert. She received her undergraduate degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition from Clemson University and her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. She's the Founder and CEO of the wellness education firm Just Wellness LLC and the author of six books, including her bestselling Eat Right for Life series. She's been featured in national media outlets, including the Dr. Oz Show, Oprah, Time Magazine, and others.
Ken Coleman is a number one national bestselling author, career expert, and a nationally syndicated radio host of The Ken Coleman Show. Pulling from his own personal struggles, missed opportunities and career successes, he helps people discover what they were born to do and provides practical steps to make their dream job a reality. His second book, The Proximity Principle: The Proven Strategy That Will Lead to the Career You Love, was released in May 2019.
Caroline Stokes leads an executive search and emotional intelligence coaching company for successful leaders and global technology organizations to move forward together. Her entire approach to executive search, the employer brand, the candidate and employee experience is included in her business book "Elephants Before Unicorns: Emotionally Intelligent HR Strategies To Save Your Company," published by Entrepreneur Press (2019).
Benjamin R. Case is a professional fundraising consultant, who has served in the nonprofit sector for 41 years as an advancement professional, senior manager and leader. 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. His fundraising experience includes working with The Metropolitan Opera in New York, Duke University and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, among others.