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.
Andrea S. Kramer (Andie) and Alton B. Harris (Al) are distinguished attorneys, married to each other, and nationally recognized for their work in helping women advance in their careers. They are the authors of Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work (2016), and It’s Not You, It’s the Workplace: Women’s Conflict at Work at the Bias that Built It (2019). They speak frequently about promoting gender diversity, inclusion, and overcoming stereotypes and biases.
Anton Kraly is the founder of Drop Ship Lifestyle & eCommerce Lifestyle. He focuses on empowering people through eCommerce and better marketing. After 4 years, he has taught over 5,000 students how to build their own drop shipping stores, allowing them to live their ideal lifestyles through eCommerce.
Laura Gassner Otting is a professional motivational keynote speaker and the founder of Limitless Possibility, where she empowers innovators, idealists, and iconoclasts to get “unstuck” in their thinking, push past their limiting beliefs, and achieve extraordinary results. Laura’s new book Limitless is like a high-energy master class and brainstorming session all in one, with actionable tips to transform your vision for your career and do work with purpose.
Blaine Bartlett is CEO and President of Avatar Resources, a global leadership development firm. He has delivered training programs to over a quarter of a million individuals and has authored four books. “Leadership for most people is an objective process. In my experience with those who are particularly successful in the role of a leader, there is far more subjectivity that comes into play. And that's where the notion of ‘the hidden laws of leadership’ start to emerge.”
Kerry Anderson is Chief Family Officer at Whole Life Entrepreneurship. She left her career as a pediatric nurse to be a stay-at-home mom when her husband Adam began spending more time traveling for work. This lifestyle quickly took its toll on their relationship. Kerry and Adam sought counseling. Today they’re on a mission to share what they’ve learned, supporting other entrepreneurial couples as they navigate the chaotic world of marriage and entrepreneurship.
Ralph Sanchez is the author of "The Diabetic Brain in Alzheimer’s Disease," and "The Improved MIND Diet." Inspired by his own risk for dementia, Ralph has spent the last two decades in research on the prime risk factors and related causes of Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia, and the complex, genetic, biochemical and metabolic underpinnings that are linked to these disorders. Ralph’s passion is to share his insights on the Alzheimer’s pandemic that is drawn from his in-depth review of the research.
Pete Leibman is a consultant, speaker, and bestselling author who has been featured on Fox News, CBS Radio, and CNNMoney.com. He's the creator of StrongerHabits.com, and his latest book is an Amazon bestseller: "Work Stronger; Habits for More Energy, Less Stress, and Higher Performance at Work." Pete worked as an executive recruiter at Heidrick & Struggles, one of the world’s premier executive search firms. In his free time, he teaches one of the largest group exercise classes in the Washington, DC area.
Melanie Curtis is the life coach for people who do not like life coaches. She went from investment banking to professional skydiving to life coaching, and learned a lot along the way. She now helps people overcome fear and employ courage while actually making the torture of personal growth fun and funny.
Rocky Rosen, known as The Cigarette Whisperer, is considered by many to be America's foremost expert on getting people free from nicotine. Rocky was a 30 + cigarettes a day smoker for 20 years, and had tried numerous ways to stop smoking. Although he was able to get some time off of cigarettes, eventually the urge to smoke would reappear. Rocky's innovative teaching will quickly show you how to confront and address your urges to smoke, rather than always trying to deny, ignore, fight, or fear your urges.
Susan Peppercorn is a thought leader in career management. She is the author of the best-selling, Ditch Your Inner Critic at Work: Evidence-Based Strategies to Thrive in Your Career, and is a contributor to Harvard Business Review and Fast Company. Her coaching and talks are based on the principles of positive psychology—how the resilient, creative and fulfilling aspects of living can be learned and applied. She is accredited by the International Coaching Federation.
Bea Wray has dazzled audiences for 20 years speaking on entrepreneurship, leadership, and women in business. At 27, she was CEO of a $5M Silicon Valley company, and launched several others. In 2018 she wrote, "What Harvard Taught Me But My Children Made Me Learn," drawing from her six years off on a resort island to focus on raising her three children. She holds an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School and graduated summa cum laude from Emory University. She serves as a founder, mentor, investor, and board member to several companies. She's also served as the executive director of the entrepreneurial non-profit, The Creative Coast, and was the Chair of the Forbes Books Entrepreneurship Practice Group.
Nigel Bennett was shocked at a young age to witness the real impact of oil spills on our natural world. After almost being shot down by FARC guerrillas on the Venezuela-Colombia border and being forced to escape Egypt while working for his father's oil spill contingency planning company, he decided to break away and start Aqua-Guard Spill Response. Aqua-Guard now provides equipment and services that protect water in 104 countries. His new book: "Take That Leap - Risking it all for what really matters."
C.J. McClanahan is a speaker, author and executive coach. A few years after starting his coaching firm, he noticed that no matter how much success his clients achieved, few every seemed to truly enjoy the journey. It didn’t matter if they doubled their income or become CEO–it never seemed to be enough. CJ’s latest book, The Overachiever’s Dilemma, lays out a proven strategy to help overachievers get more satisfaction and joy in their lives while still achieving all their professional goals.
Dr. Ann Kulze is a one-of-a-kind real-world nutrition and wellness expert. With a degree in food science and human nutrition, she earned her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), where she graduated as valedictorian. Founder and CEO of Just Wellness, LLC, she's the author of six books, including her best-selling Eat Right for Life series. Featured on the Dr. Oz Show, Oprah and Time Magazine. She lives the wellness she teaches with her family in Charleston, South Carolina.
James S. Fell, MA, MBA, has bylines in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, the Guardian, TIME Magazine, and many other publications. His blog, BodyForWife.com, has millions of readers and he is the author of two books: “The Holy S**t Moment: How Lasting Change Can Happen in an Instant” (St. Martin’s Press, 2019), and “Lose it Right: A Brutally Honest 3-Stage Program to Help You Get Fit and Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind” (Random House Canada, 2014).
David Burkus is a best-selling author, a sought after speaker, and associate professor of leadership and innovation at Oral Roberts University. His newest book, Friend of a Friend, offers readers a new perspective on how to grow their networks and build key connections—one based on the science of human behavior, not rote networking advice. He shares some of his findings about how to use networking in this interview. He’s delivered keynotes to the leaders of Fortune 500 companies and the future leaders of the United TED talk has been viewed over 1.9 million times.
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.
Jay Resio is the founder and CEO of BackerNation, a digital health and wellness platform developing innovative products and services to empower people with information, tools, and resources to overcome their back pain and spine conditions. Jay started BackerNation due to his own back pain journey. He has herniated his one disc four times, which led to four surgeries with the last being an artificial disc replacement. He feels amazing now and his mission is to help others destroy back pain.
Malcolm and Simone Collins, founders of the Pragmatist Foundation and co-CEOs of Travelmax, a corporate travel management company, authored the bestselling Pragmatist's Guide to Life, a book intended to encourage critical thought and intentional living.
Karen Brown had never run a marathon or ridden a road bike, and was a terrible swimmer. And yet, she had “a big, gargantuan, hairy, scary, outrageous personal dream” to participate in the IRONMAN World Championship at age 44.
Vince Kramer helps you uncover and share your authentic self to live your mission on purpose. He has brought spirituality and science together in a way that opens you to discovering your own path to living the life you are meant to live. He is co-founder of Imagine Miracles and the host of The Miracle U podcast. He developed the Create Model and Your Unique Purpose Formula and uses them to produce breakthrough results in unlocking the hidden parts of you to Discover, Create and Live Your Miracle Life.
Chris Butsch is a best-selling author, speaker, consultant, and globally-recognized authority on the Millennial generation. Known for his storytelling ability, high-energy stage presence, and immediately-actionable advice, he helps business leaders understand his generation and maximize the world's most unique generation. “I'm all about arming the generations—Millennials and Baby Boomers—with the tools and the information they need to solve their biggest problems working together.”
Julie Young was implementing a half-million-dollar technology program in her school, and loving it. Then, her husband got a promotion and transfer. Starting over in a bare-bones country school, she asked for a computer, a decision she never regretted. Today, she is a leading voice for revolutionizing K-12 online education on the global stage. She is deputy vice-president of education outreach and student services for Arizona State University, and the CEO of ASU Prep Digital High School.
Jeff Hall started working at age 7 doing door-to-door candy sales to help support his family. The company he founded in 1995 at age 15—Overflow Café—to help companies grow their websites, is thriving 23 years later. He has supported over 200 successful Kickstarter projects and has helped build 14 orphanages around the world. In his spare time he loves watching Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and having a good cup of tea. You’ll find him working hard, and sometimes goofing around, in Toronto, Canada.