Considering a Career that Requires Security Clearance - Get Advice from a Retired Special Agent

March 9, 2016
Hosted by Alise Cortez, PhD

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If you are considering a career that requires obtaining federal security clearance, or you’ve just been curious about what it’s like to work for the Department of Defense, this episode is for you. Did you know there are countless jobs that require a federal, military, or industrial security clearance, or even a simple background investigation, to be hired? Absent concrete knowledge of the process, many people make avoidable mistakes that result in not obtaining the security clearance they need to start their job. In this episode, a special agent with 21 years of experience conducting such investigations shares his wisdom, experience, and tips to get through the process efficiently and effectively, so you can get to work.

Working on Purpose

Working on Purpose

Wednesday at 3 PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Empowerment Channel

WORK. For some, its utter lack of perceived significance hurls them into existential crisis, while for others being on the job allows the highest level of fulfillment and even provides a life purpose. We spend a full third of our lives either preparing for work via school or actually being in the workforce. Why not look for ways to maximize the meaning, positive sentiment, and performance contribution associated with it? This show explores the journey and experiences of how various people navigate their careers toward meaningful work-life integration. Anyone looking for guidance, inspiration, and examples on how to get unstuck at work or move to a higher level of meaning or contribution will enjoy tuning in. We’ll hear from everyday people telling their work-life stories and from other authors who have contributed their understanding to the topic of work, careers, and work-life integration. Working on Purpose airs live Wednesdays at 3 PM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Empowerment.

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Alise Cortez, PhD

Alise Cortez, PhD

Dr. Alise Cortez is a Speaker and Development and Engagement Catalyst based in Dallas, Texas. Having developed her career within the Human Capital industry over the last 16 years, today she is focused on coaching individuals from ages 9 to 90 to celebrate who they are and ultimately navigate toward meaningful work-life integration. She also consults with organizations and conducts workshops to increase employee satisfaction, engagement, performance, and retention.

Alise earned a PhD in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University. Fascinated with how people choose and experience their careers, she focused her dissertation on meaning in work and its relationship to personal identity. Today, she is further developing her “modes of engagement” concept having conducted interview-based research with professionals aged 18 to 80 across multiple industries and is now writing a book about her findings.

Alise is also a college Professor of Psychology and a Gallup-certified Strengths coach. She has lived in Spain and Brazil, traveled extensively across Western Europe, South America, and parts of India, and has some language ability in Spanish and Portuguese. She is also a wife, a mother to a 12-year old daughter, and has served in various community service leadership roles in East Dallas. All these aspects inform Alise’s identity and how she seeks to integrate the work she does within her overall life.

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Dr. Sam Alibrando


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Annette Anderson



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Chef Tara Anderson



Tara Anderson launched Half Pint Palates, a direct delivery service, to give families a solution to the modern dilemma we face: guilt about not having enough time or ability to make flavorful, nourishing food for our children. Tara has worked on numerous events including the Academy Awards, Five Star Sensation benefiting University Hospital in Cleveland, as well as the L.A. Food and Wine Festival. While working for PepsiCo as their Executive Chef for Foodservice, Tara created menu items for its foodservice clients incorporating PepsiCo portfolio products. Tara enjoys gardening, hanging out with her husband, who is also a chef, spending time on her back porch with her daughters Vivian and Trudy, and entertaining close friends. She is an active member of the Lakewood Service League and Les Dames d’Escoffier serving on both the Dallas and National boards, respectively. View Guest page

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Shawn Anderson


Shawn Anderson is a motivational author, unlimited thinker, and lifetime entrepreneur with a history of inspiring others. A six-time author, Shawn’s latest book is “Amicus 101: A Story About the Pursuit of Purpose and Overcoming Life’s Chaos.” He is also the human spark plug behind "Extra Mile Day," a day recognizing the power we have to create positive change when we "go the extra mile." On November 1, 2016, 560 cities made the declaration and recognized local extra-mile heroes. By way of self as an illustration, Shawn has built a million-dollar company, pedaled a bike solo across the United States (twice), walked across three countries, and inspired thousands through his speaking and writing. View Guest page

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Nagappan Andiappan


Nagappan Andiappan is an enthusiastic and dynamic trainer, consultant, author and motivation speaker with 21 years of experience in the field in Malaysia. He is the author of the book, The Negotiating Edge: Strategies to Create a Win-Win Outcome. Prior to founding his own company, Nagappan served as the Group Training Manager for several well-diversified public-listed manufacturing and service companies in Malaysia and was the Director of Studies for a leading IT educational institution in Malaysia. His personal mission is to train, educate, motivate and empower individuals, teams and organizations in achieving excellence. Nagappan obtained his Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Management and Information Technology from the United States and a Master of Business Administration from Charles Sturt University in Australia. He is also a Certified Facilitator for Strengths Deployment Inventory and certified in Neuro-Linguistic Programming. View Guest page

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James Archer

James Archer began forming The ShareLingo Project in 2012 after a great deal of work to learn Spanish. There are many ways to learn grammar and vocabulary, but James felt a strong desire to connect with native Spanish speakers for conversation practice, and also to learn about the many cultures that make up our community. On that basis, he developed the proprietary model and methods that ShareLingo uses today to help people learn and practice Spanish and English. Prior to developing ShareLingo, James has been a Computer Engineer, the General Manager of Australia's largest conference and exhibition company, an art gallery owner, and an inventor holding multiple patents. James has lived in the United States, Australia and Europe, and has traveled extensively throughout Asia and Latin America. James has served on multiple corporate and non-profit boards. He holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University, and an MBA from the University of Rochester. View Guest page

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Mike Bainbridge


As Chief Digital Technologist at Rackspace, Mike Bainbridge enables customers to navigate the complex world of digital technology partners, cloud platforms and industry trends. With an unrivalled enthusiasm, he helps businesses realize their digital potential and become more successful online. With a background in e-commerce architecture he brings a strong focus on customer experience, performance and measurable success criteria. As an advocate of all things digital you might catch Mike speaking at conferences, networking events or executive briefings. Mike has over 18 years of IT strategy experience and runs a technology blog and is active on social media (which is how he and the host connected). View Guest page

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Dr. Cortney Baker

Dr. Cortney Baker is a speech therapist, business owner, entrepreneur, speaker, philanthropist, wife, mother of three, and proud native Texan. She received her doctoral degree at Pepperdine University in Organizational Leadership, where she conducted research on women who had overcome challenges in their careers in healthcare and had achieved incredible success. Cortney has a passion for helping others achieve their greatest potential, specializing in women’s leadership development. She is owner and CEO of KidsCare Therapy, a pediatric home healthcare agency that employs more than 300 people and helps assist over 2000 pediatric patients throughout the state of Texas. Most recently Cortney has opened Baker Management Group, a consulting and executive leadership coaching business in which she can pursue her dream of helping other women grow and develop to their full leadership capacities. In 2014 Cortney was named one of the top three finalists for Texas Business Woman of the Year. View Guest page

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Dr. J. Norman Baldwin


J. Norman Baldwin is professor of political science at the University of Alabama, where he has served as director of Graduate Programs, Undergraduate Programs, and the Master of Public Administration Program. Arguably University of Alabama's most highly honored faculty member of the 21st century, Baldwin is the recipient of the Morris Mayer Award, Buford Peace Award, Other Club Person of the Year Award, Outstanding Commitment to Students Award, Service Project of the Year Award, and the Samuel S. May Award. He is the author of Winning at Following: Secrets to Success in Supporting Roles. View Guest page

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Ken Bangs

Maverick Ken Bangs is a charismatic social entrepreneur and trailblazer and serves as the Founder and President of DFW Painting, LLC. In just over 10 years, Ken has grown his business from a small one-man shop into a thriving multi-million-dollar business. Graduating from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management, Ken has managed to build a company that stands out from that crowd with a reputation that matches Ken’s integrity and passion, ever striving for maximum efficiency while maintaining a customer-centric focus in an industry that is notorious for poor communication and quality control. Rather than rely on direct mail as a method of lead generation, Ken developed a more effective and reliable system that could easily scale as his business grew. Since launching in 2005, DFW Painting has built a marketing database of more than 20,000 customers and a strong social media following. View Guest page

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Robert Benkowski


Robert Benkowski is the CEO of B-Squared Medical Device Solutions and Co-Founder and Managing Director of DesignPlex Biomedical, which designs and manufactures medical devices, medical-grade instruments, software and network interfaces to remotely visualize information in real-time. His career began in aerospace as a mechanical design engineer, eventually bringing him to Johnson Space Center. Through NASA’s relationship with Dr. DeBakey, he later moved to the surgical engineering lab at Baylor College of Medicine working on the NASA blood pump and other medical devices. In addition to designing medical devices, he has built out biologic and medical device facilities and has overseen operations in the US, Switzerland and Curacao. He has a passion for bringing different fields together to find creative solutions and advance medical technologies. View Guest page

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Susan Sokol Blosser


Not one to go quietly into retirement, Susan Sokol Blosser has focused her energies on the local community, founding the Yamhill enrichment Society in 2011. This Society was created to enrich Yamhill County with projects in education and the arts, food, agriculture, and history. Susan holds a Bachelors of Arts from Stanford University, a Masters of Arts in Teaching From Reed College, and an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from the University of Portland, citing her entrepreneurship within the context of environmental and social responsibility. She’s received Lifetime Achievement Awards from Women for WineSense and the Oregon Wine Board and is a Lifetime Trustee of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and Marylhurst University. She and her husband, Russ Rosner, Sokol Blosser’s Winemaker Emeritus, live in a home at the vineyard with three cats, eight chickens, and a Tibetan Terrier. View Guest page

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Milli Brown


Milli Brown is an award-winning author, columnist, and the founder and publisher of Brown Books Publishing Group, a full-service independent publisher committed to producing high quality, award-winning books of all genres. With years of publishing experience at her first publishing house Personal Profiles, Milli Brown formed Brown Books Publishing Group based on one central concept—building successful relationships with authors in order to develop Manhattan quality books for those who wish to retain the rights to their intellectual property. When Milli Brown founded Brown Books Publishing Group she ushered in a New Era in Publishing™, helping authors navigate the often complicated world of publishing and offering expert guidance in manuscript development, creative design, fulfillment, distribution, marketing and public relations. View Guest page

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Sharon Burstein


Sharon Burstein is an award winning author, and one of America’s most respected speakers in motivation, professional development, and leadership image. She has trained and spoken to thousands of people of all ages, students, and adults using her training and leadership methods. The roots of Sharon’s career began in education, where she had the privilege of working at the collegiate level and with elementary students. She worked in executive management with diverse and national corporations and educational institutions before creating her own global companies, Sharon Burstein International - marketing, consulting, public relations, special events and her sportswear company more than 25 years ago. She has developed and produced award-winning television programs and documentaries and has an extensive media background both in front and in back of the cameras. View Guest page

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Craig Carter


Craig Carter is local IT executive with over 20 years of industry experience. He is active in several professional organizations and a board member for a local non-profit focused on serving adults with special needs. One of Craig’s passions is career coaching and helping others achieve their career goals. He has developed a unique approach for assisting others with developing their leadership brand. In his spare time, Craig enjoys playing golf, photography, and fitness. He enjoys traveling and serves in his local church. Craig has 3 boys and has resided in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for over 20 years. To contact Craig for executive/career coaching, write him at craig.alan.carter@gmail.com. View Guest page

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Christine Casady


In her capacity as senior consultant with Booher Consultants, Christine Casady has worked with dozens of organizations for more than two decades, helping them increase their productivity through effective communication. Her consulting, personal coaching, keynote speaking, and training work with Booher clients has been in the areas of personal and executive presence, business and technical writing, basic and advanced presentation skills, and interpersonal skills. Christine brings to the table her enthusiasm for learning about her clients and their specific challenges and goals to improve communication. Whether in coaching, speaking, or training situations, Ms. Casady exudes a positive energy as she motivates and encourages her audience, sharing Booher concepts that will permanently enhance their ability to communicate effectively. She holds a master's degree from Temple University in theater-communications. View Guest page

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Nikki Castillo


Nikki Castillo is the Owner of Uno Mas Glassware and Co-Owner of The Tooth Fairy Glass. A highly adaptable professional, she discovered her talent to decorate glassware quite accidentally some eight years ago when the beautifully painted shot glasses she had purchased for a Cinco de Mayo party were tragically shattered two days prior to the event. In her quest to host the party as advertised, she simply recreated the decorated glasses herself, overnight! The party was a huge success, all the guests loved their freshly painted shot glasses, and Uno Mas Glassware was born. Her venture as the Co-Owner of The Tooth Fairy launched 18 months ago and is still going strong. Nikki is a multi-talented artist whose previous careers include actress and flight attendant. She lives in Tualatin, Oregon with her husband and three young children. View Guest page

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Joy Chudacoff


Joy Chudacoff is the leader for “business lifestyle” design for women. An entrepreneur for over two decades, Joy is said to have “x-ray vision” when it comes to helping successful businesswomen get from where they are, to where they want to be. Before starting her own business consulting practice Smart Women Smart Solutions, Joy owned a highly profitable company in the medical sales and marketing industry, selling that business at a handsome profit. Joy is the recipient of The Platinum Excellence Award and the Founder’s Day Award for actively contributing to her local community. Joy has the distinct honor of being nominated for the Los Angeles Business Journal 2013 Women Making a Difference Award and was selected to become a member of Leadership America to convene on policies and decision making for women. Joy is the author of What’s Next?: The 7 Steps to Discover Your Big Idea and Create a Wildly Successful Business. View Guest page

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Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli


Dr. Arthur P. Ciaramicoli, Ed.D., Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been treating clients for more than 35 years. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Massachusetts Psychological Association. Dr. Ciaramicoli is the co-director of Integrated Success Strategies. In addition to treating patients, Dr. Ciaramicoli has lectured at Harvard Health Services, Boston College Counseling Center, the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore as well as being a consultant to several major corporations in the Boston area. Dr. Ciaramicoli is the author of The Stress Solution: Using Empathy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Reduce Anxiety and Develop Resilience, along with numerous other publications. He is also the founder of The Empathy and Goodness Project on Facebook and Healthy Empathic Achievement on LinkedIn. His website is http://www.balanceyoursuccess.com/. View Guest page

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Dr. Jonathan Clarke

Jonathan Clarke, M.D. is the Founder and CEO of MEND, a health-tech startup that delivers on-demand urgent medical care for the whole family, right to your doorstep. Dr. Clarke is a Dallas resident and Board certified emergency physician. Launched in Dallas in March 2015, MEND offers the convenience of Uber or Lyft meets the personalized service of the old-fashioned doctor house call. Patients can request a same day or next day visit on their free iOS app, by website at www.mendathome.com, or by calling customer service. Dr. Clarke is a 14-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, caring for thousands of wounded service men and women who served wartime tours of duty as a physician in Iraq and Afghanistan. He currently serves as a Flight Surgeon and Deputy Chief of Flight Medicine for the 301st Fighter Wing, U.S. Air Force Reserve, in Fort Worth. View Guest page

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Rick Cochran


The concept for College Choice Today was established in 2008 when Rick Cochran and his wife Lori saw a need for their own children to get it right when it came to finding the right college, a major that they would excel at and connect it with the correct career path. Since then through proven science and today’s technology, College Choice Today has evolved into the premier service that empowers students and parents to make the best decisions based on objective data that is sourced through over 90 search engines. Rick brings over 29 years of executive leadership experience in the areas of education, healthcare, manufacturing, and technology. An entrepreneurial leader with a proven track record for driving financial and operational excellence in challenging business environments and creating consistent stakeholder value, he has demonstrated success in both the public and private sectors building and transforming organizations. View Guest page

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Betti Coffey


Betti Coffey is a successful keynote speaker, trainer and coach located in Dallas, Texas. In a corporate career spanning over 30 years with a Fortune 500 Company, Betti held numerous management, leadership and director positions. She is well respected in several industries for her leadership in high performance sales and customer service initiatives. Her impressive leadership experience includes achievements in corporate reorganization, strategic planning, productivity enhancement, and client relationship growth. Betti has a Master in Business Administration, numerous certifications and directed specialized initiatives for numerous Fortune 100 Companies. Today Betti has encapsulated the needs of most businesses to three all-encompassing areas: culture, change, and communication. Betti helps companies create and sustain momentum and specializes in creating the momentum to energize cultures, embrace change and master the power of communication. View Guest page

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Diane Consolino


Diane Consolino has a rich and diverse background. She started her career in the healthcare industry successfully worked with culturally diverse staff to improve workflow, productivity, and care through process re-engineering and innovative training programs. She managed budgets of $3-7 million and staff of 80-130 people. Diane has been a practitioner and teacher of personal transformation for over twenty years. She has a strong private coaching business. Her clients are smart, success oriented, high achieving professionals and business owners from across the United States. Diane’s business is dedicated to teaching people how to ask for what they want, to overcome obstacles, and achieve targeted results with velocity. Her proven methods and programs provide her clients with the clarity, courage and confidence to meet their goals. Whether Diane is speaking to a large audience, teaching a course or talking over a cup of coffee with one person, the message will resonate. View Guest page

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Dr. Jorge Corona


Jorge Corona M.D. is a board certified ophthalmologist subspecializing in oculoplastic and orbital surgery. He graduated from Universidad La Salle, School of Medicine in Mexico City with honors. After an internship in general surgery at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, he completed his ophthalmology residency at Texas Tech University Health Science Center in Lubbock and his fellowship in oculoplastic and orbital surgery at McGill University in Montreal. Dr. Corona is a clinical assistant professor at Texas Tech University Health Science Center and a volunteer clinical faculty at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He served as an oculoplastic surgeon at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Big Spring, TX before joining Oculoplastic Associates of Texas in 2007. He has volunteered with Helps International in Guatemala since 2011 and has gone on other medical humanitarian trips to Mexico and China. View Guest page

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Gabriella Cortez



Gabriella Cortez is 12 years old and attends an all girls’ middle school in Dallas, Texas. She is the only child of two professionals, one of which is the show’s host who works in the human capital industry and the other who is employed in finance. Without siblings, she has spent the majority of her life around adults and has thus adopted a mature personality and perspective. Her favorite subjects in school are math and technology, which focuses on basic skills like typing and the fundamentals of internet etiquette. Her non academic interests include cooking, piano, and tennis. Having taken the Gallup’s Strengths Explorer assessment for youth aged 10-13 with her mother, her budding strengths are Achiever, Caring, and Responsibility. She has her own cooking blog called Gabi’s Gastronomy on Tumblr and currently aspires to be a chef, though is also interested in leveraging her strong abilities in math as a work focus as well. View Guest page

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Wade Cottingham



Wade Cottingham is the Owner and Teacher at Lakewood Piano Lab, a piano and music studio for private piano lessons, music recording and production, music workshops, and summer day camps. He teaches about 50 private piano lessons every week, all styles of music with students ages 4 to 95. Born in the 1950’s in Dallas, Wade studied Music and English at Austin College. His training includes lessons with Jac Murphy (pianist on Wildfire), courses at Royal Conservatory in London, jazz studies at the University of North Texas, and lessons with Tamir Hendelman (pianist for Barbra Streisand). Wade enjoys a secondary career as pianist for church services, band pianist for singers at restaurants and parties, and solo pianist for parties and events. Wade recently taught an innovative movement course to preschoolers and had a former career as computer programmer for accounting software. View Guest page

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Dalton Craft


Dalton Craft, age 13, is an eighth grader at Ereckson Middle School in Allen, Texas, where he is also the school mascot. He started performing when he was just three years old and was a featured performer at a Frisco Roughriders game. In first grade he took a break from acting and played sports, focusing on lacrosse. It wasn’t until sixth grade when he decided to quit sports and start acting again. He has taken many acting classes; his favorite being stage combat. Dalton performs at his school as well as Fun House Theatre and Film and North Texas Performing Arts. In addition to performing on stage Dalton has starred in two independent films, Elsewhere, TX and Closer Than a Brother. In an effort to alleviate some of his ADHD and anxiety symptoms Dalton participates in equine therapy. He has competed in five horse shows and continues to be at the top of his division at each show. View Guest page

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Kevin Crane


Special Agent Kevin Crane, retired, is the author of the best-selling book, Access Granted, which provides easy to understand guidance on how to quickly and efficiently obtain a federal security clearance even at “Top Secret” level. He has been featured in various news articles, on radio shows, and on TV news to include ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox. His main focus is to help college students prepare for future career opportunities that will either require a security clearance or any career requiring a background investigation to be hired. After graduating from Pennsylvania State University, he began his career as a United States Special Agent with the Defense Investigative Service. During his 21 years of service, Kevin conducted thousands of in-depth investigations for U.S. government security clearances. His experience included interviewing over 10,000 references and subjects of investigation as well as thousands of financial, criminal, employment, educational, and medical records. View Guest page

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Dr. Peter Creticos


Dr. Peter Creticos is founder, President and Executive Director of the Institute for Work & the Economy, a Chicago-based research collaborative specializing in workforce and economic development policies and practice. Since its inception in 2000, the Institute for Work and the Economy has sought to be the source of original thinking on knotty economic and social issues. Dr. Creticos and team are launching the inaugural conference Many Futures of Work: Possibilities or Perils, Oct 5-6, 2017, Chicago. Previously, Dr. Creticos was a Fellow and the Institute for Latino Studies at Notre Dame University. He was also a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Governmental Studies after serving as Regional Vice President for the National Alliance of Business (NAB). Creticos has served in several senior positions on the Illinois State Senate staff, in state and local governments and other non-governmental organizations. View Guest page

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Brandon Cumby

Brandon Cumby is speaker, running coach, consultant, and philanthropist. He is a CPA by trade who spent enough time in sales to not just focus on debits and credits. Brandon is a “recovering accountant” who found a niche as a consultant, a subject matter expert in ERP applications and business productivity software. In the midst of a career transition and divorce, Brandon found passion in running and began training for his first marathon when tragedy struck. He was electrocuted and suffered a near-fatal fall, with injuries that left him fractured and demoralized. It was during healing and recovery that he found his true “north star.” Running dominated his physical recovery and he set his sights on the Dallas Marathon, all while he was still struggling to walk. Realizing that his story of struggle, persistence, and triumph has power to inspire and motivate others, he started his own practice coaching new runners and began delivering motivational speeches. View Guest page

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Aisling Curtin


Aisling Curtin, co-director of ACT Now Purposeful Living and co-creator of 5 Minute Breakouts. She is a leading international psychologist who has written pieces for The Irish Times, The Irish Examiner, Psychology Today, New Harbinger and Hachette. Aisling speaks regularly internationally, including at Harvard, on the topic of breaking out of the comfort zone and the benefits this can have in terms of purposeful leadership, life and business. Her acknowledgement as one of 13 international badass psychologists by New Harbinger is testament to her ability to make complex concepts easy and fun to learn, understand and integrate into business in a sustainable way. She is co-author of Mindfulness and Acceptance for Gender and Sexual Minorities and is a peer-reviewed ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) trainer. She can be contacted via her website www.actnowpl.com. View Guest page

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Kimberly Davis



Kimberly Davis’s life on the stage has taken many forms, forging a circuitous path that has given her more than 25 years of experience in front of groups and audiences of all sizes. Her career includes work as a professional actress; leading cross cultural workshops throughout Japan; designing and leading global Customer Experience Programs across the world; and facilitating employee engagement and leadership development workshops for several Fortune 500 American companies. In March 2009, Kimberly blended her expertise in theatre and leadership development and launched OnStage Leadership. Kimberly serves as external faculty for Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business’ Executive Education, teaching Authentic Influence and Executive Presence programs. She also teaches Authentic Influence and Influence without Power for the Bush Institute’s Women’s Fellowship program, empowering future female leaders in the Middle East. View Guest page

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Brandi Dougherty

Brandi Dougherty is the author of the New York Times best selling picture book The Littlest Pilgrim as well as four other Littlest tales, including The Littlest Elf. She also has written three middle grade novels, a Pixar picture book, and partnered with celebrity chef Giada de Laurentiis to write four books in the Recipe for Adventure series. Brandi lives and writes in Los Angeles. When she's not cooking up new stories, she's spending time with her husband, Joe, their new baby boy, Oslo, and their dog, Jerome. Visit her at www.brandidougherty.com View Guest page

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Gavin Doyle

Gavin Doyle, age 17, is the editor of www.DisneyDose.com, the website that focuses on educating the Disney enthusiast through exclusive interviews, breaking news updates, and photos from Disneyland. The site has received numerous features in outlets including Forbes, the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, and the Los Angeles Times. In 2014 Gavin founded www.MickeyVisit.com, the ultimate online planning resource for Disneyland. This free website helps guests to find the best deals on tickets, hotels, and other excursions. Guests can find information on the best restaurants, souvenirs, and time saving strategies. Now, www.MickeyVisit.com is growing to be one of the most popular Disneyland planning websites on the web. Gavin also hosts the Disney Dose podcast, which features new interviews with Disney Imagineers and others who helped create the magic are shared frequently. His new book, Disneyland Secrets, has just been published and 15 percent of its profits go to Make a Wish Foundation. View Guest page

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Rabbi Malka Drucker

Malka Drucker, born March 14, 1945, is an American rabbi and author living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ordained in 1998 from the Academy for Jewish Religion, a transdenominational seminary, Malka Drucker is also the founding rabbi of HaMakom: The Place for Passionate and Progressive Judaism, in Santa Fe. Malka Drucker is the author of 22 books including the award winning Frida Kahlo, Rescuers: Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust, Grandma's Latkes, and The Family Treasury of Jewish Holidays. Malka Drucker's collaboration with photographer Gay Block, White Fire: A Portrait of Women Spiritual Leaders in America, received the 2005 Southwest PEN award for non-fiction. With her own years of life and wisdom accumulating, Rabbi Drucker is also writing a handbook for sages to help guide what she refers to as this remarkable, challenging, and rich stage of life, which is due out in late 2016. View Guest page

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Dr. Sandy Duhe


Dr. Sandy Duhe, Chair of Corporate Communications and Public Relations at Southern Methodist University (SMU); Gabrielle Bear, junior Communications major at SMU who aspires to use both her creative and analytical talents in a career yet to be determined; Trevor Scott, senior Communications major at SMU who aspires to a social responsibility public relations role in corporate America; Briana Monsalve, senior Communications major at SMU who aspires to a career in public and government affairs in Washington D.C.; Jordan Rhoads, SMU alumna and Senior Associate Consultant at NTT DATA Consulting; Katie Mudd, SMU alumna and Account Executive at TrizCom Public Relations; Mary Anna Billingsley, SMU alumna and Fellow at Hill and Knowlton Strategies; Vashtai Kekich, SMU alumna and Director of Communications and Public Affairs at The Arc of North; Emily Walsh, SMU alumna and Corporate Communications Coordinator at Mary Kay. View Guest page

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Chris Dyer

Chris Dyer founded PeopleG2 in 2001 with a singular goal to make his vision for excellence in human capital due diligence services a reality. A recognized authority on human capital intelligence processes and best practices, he understands the complex challenges inherent to talent management decisions. In that time, his company has been named to the Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing Private Companies; named one of the Fastest Growing Private Companies by the Orange County Business Journal - OCBJ; named one of the Best Places to Work in Orange County by the OCBJ and the Orange County Register; and recognized as one of the top Employment Screening Companies in the nation by HRO Today. Chris also hosts a weekly radio show discussing talent, and is a Speaker and Consultant helping companies improve or define their culture, help Human Resources work and communicate more effectively with C-Level personalities, manage virtual workforces, and improving employee engagement. View Guest page

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Ryan Estis


Ryan Estis has more than 20 years of experience as a top-performing sales professional and leader. Building on his former role chief strategy officer for the McCann Worldgroup advertising agency NAS, he brings a fresh perspective to business events in his work today as a management consultant and keynote speaker. Ryan delivers keynote speeches, courses and online and is known for his innovative ideas on leading change, improving sales effectiveness and preparing for the future of work. Ryan supports the world’s leading brands, including Liberty Mutual, Darden Restaurants, Goodyear, the Dallas Cowboys, Medtronic, ECCO USA and Blue Cross Blue Shield. He is a faculty member for the Institute of Management Studies, a member of the SmartBrief on Workforce Advisory Board, and a certified Human Capital Strategist. Ryan and his team publish original research featuring client case studies to expand the live event experience. He is also the author of a popular blog on business performance. View Guest page

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Edward F. Fischer



Edward F. Fischer is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University. He is also the founder of Mani plus, a program in Guatemala that develops and produces locally sourced complementary foods to fight malnutrition. Dr. Fischer is also a Wellbeing Advisor to the World Health Organization. He has written and edited several books, including Cultural Logics and Global Economies, Broccoli and Desire, and Cash on the Table. His new book, The Good Life: Aspiration, Dignity, and Anthropology of Wellbeing is out from Stanford University Press. View Guest page

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Allicia Frye


Allicia Frye, Chief Executive Officer of Jonathan’s Place, oversees an Emergency Shelter, Girls Residential Treatment Program, Foster/Adopt Program, Transitional Living Program, and the National Safe Place Program. She has brought a results-driven, team building approach based on her previous management skills in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Prior to coming to Jonathan’s Place, Allicia served as the Senior Director of Programs for The Volunteer Center of North Texas. In this position, she managed the Program Services Department, which consisted of The Training Program, Service Works! Program, Membership Program, HandsOn Program, Hands at Work Project Management Program, Pride in Your Neighborhood Program and the Disaster Relief Management Program. Allicia has worked for various for-profit companies such as, Helen of Troy, AT&T Cingular Wireless, and L’Oreal USA, and also worked for the United State Government, in a civil service position, while living oversees in Europe View Guest page

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Dr. Wes Galliher

Dr. Wes Galliher is the Director of Technology and Business Development at MEND. He holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Stanford. Since grad school, he has worked with multiple pharma and biotech companies such as Allergan, MAP Pharmaceuticals, and Campbell Alliance to launch new products, with an emphasis on 3Ms: marketing, metrics, and modeling. He is passionate about bringing innovative healthcare technologies to market to improve patient care. View Guest page

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Dr. Judith Glick-Smith


Judith (“Judy”) L. Glick-Smith, Ph.D., has been a communication, knowledge architecture, and organizational development consultant since 1983. She is the author of Flow-based Leadership: What the Best Firefighters Can Teach You about Leadership and Making the Hard Decisions. Dr. Glick-Smith is the founder of MentorFactor, Inc., which focuses on helping organizations facilitate flow-based work environments. Judy has been studying flow-based decision making and leadership in the fire service since 2007. Her Ph.D. is in Transformative Studies with a concentration in Integral Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She has a Master of Science in Conflict Management from Kennesaw State University. She lives in the Atlanta metro area with her two English Springer Spaniels and near her daughter and two granddaughters. You can reach her at www.mentorfactorinc.com. View Guest page

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Dotty Griffith


Dotty Griffith, the Queen of Texas Cuisine, is an Author and Speaker based in Dallas, Texas. She spent most of her 34-year career with the Dallas Morning News as Food Editor and Restaurant Critic. She's the author of nine cookbooks, most about Texas-style cuisine, and is the Editor of Dean Fearing’s The Mansion on Turtle Creek Cookbook. She hosted a radio show about Texas cuisine, In The Kitchen with Dotty, on KRLD radio Dallas. Dotty has written about Texas cuisine for John Mariani's Virtual Gourmet, the New York Times, Gourmet Magazine, Modern Luxury Magazine Dallas, and Houston Magazine. A native Texan, she shares her lifelong love for and intimate knowledge of Texas cuisines, products, restaurants, and chefs with foodies everywhere in various media including print, on the web, live, and in person. View Guest page

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Jaret Grossman


Jaret Grossman is the Co-Founder of Muscle Prodigy and a sought-after life coach and business consultant. His world class advice is drawn from his early childhood woes and muscular transformation. People from all walks of life including C-level executives, pro athletes, students, and sales managers have come to Jaret looking for a transformation in their life including career empowerment, financial stability, relationship success, emotional mastery, physical health, spiritual connection, mental training, and contribution. He is the author of Cracking the Code – The Hidden Success Behind Success, Leadership, and Leaving a Legacy and enjoys 100,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel talking about Mindset shifts and the right habits to adopt for cultivating success in all endeavors. View Guest page

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Frank Guimaraes


Frank Guimaraes is an established and results oriented senior Information Technology business leader. Brazilian born and raised, he began his career in Brazil leading various manufacturing companies. Now living and working in the United States, Mr. Guimaraes entered the field of Information Technology in 1985 and has developed a distinguished career predicated on a proven ability to develop and implement IT solutions that support business needs and financial objectives. Mr. Guimaraes has Fortune 500 experience in the Supply Chain and Operations with a proven track record of delivering global solutions. He has leadership experience with large cross-functional teams and projects at Agapress, Indumetal, and Cometal Estruturas Metalicas in Brazil, worked at Electronic Data Systems and held leadership positions at Pac-Paper, Digilink Systems Corporation, and Campbell Soup Company in the United States. He enjoys fluency in his native Portuguese, as well as English and Spanish. View Guest page

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Jaime Hansen


Jaime Baim Hansen is a writer, speaker, investor, and thought leader on women and business. With a degree in the mathematical methods of social sciences from Northwestern, she spent her early career with an economics consulting firm in Washington, DC. She made a career switch after earning her MBA at Duke University, and spent the next 10+ years as a business executive in the tech industry working for companies like Yahoo, Fox, and Cornerstone onDemand. Her roles ranged from strategy and operations to business development, but typically centered around building mutually beneficial, strategic partnerships. She is passionate about inspiring and empowering women, evolving the intersection of business and social impact, and always, always new entrepreneurial ideas. Jaime can be reached at jaime@expandtheconvo.com. View Guest page

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Gwen Harris

Gwen Harris is the Senior Bird Keeper at the Oregon Zoo. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Organismal Biology at the University of Kansas - go Jayhawks - and recently finished her Masters of Zoology with Miami University. Gwen has worked with birds and other animals from Kansas to Alaska and now in Oregon. Her studies and travels have taken her scuba diving and bird watching in Peru, Alaska, Mexico, and Borneo. She always makes a point to nerd out at local zoos and aquariums whenever she travels. In her spare time, Gwen bands ducks with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, fundraises for Ducks Unlimited, and walks dogs at the Clackamas County shelter. View Guest page

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Michael Harris, PhD



Michael Harris, PhD is a Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, Master Health Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner, Life Coach, and has practiced and taught hypnosis, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, and coaching for more than 25 years. Michael conducts educational and training seminars, has a private hypnotherapy and coaching practice, and has developed his own unique format of hypnosis. His methods are recognized and used throughout the profession and he has worked with people from a myriad of different lifestyles, from Olympic athletes to golfers, from CEOs to housewives, from returning veterans to children. Dr. Harris is active nationally, and in the local community including private and public speaking on improving communication between the academic and team sports camps. He‚ has been involved in many projects for the benefit of charity. Some of these associations include the Heart Association, Cattle Baron's Ball, Black Tie, and Texas Neurofibromatosis. View Guest page

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Leslie Hassler


Leslie Hassler, owner of Your Biz RULES teaches women business owners how to grow their business to be profitable, sustainable and rewarding. As a business growth coach, Leslie helps smart service-based businesses across industries, avoid the pitfalls and distractions of business to grow into 6 and multiple 6-figure businesses, all without having to sacrifice your personal resources. In her practical and grounded approach, you learn how to zero in on what works, generate results and create a business that is a win for your clients, for yourself and your family. The strategies and techniques that her client’s implement creates 30 to 200 percent growth – easily within the next year. At the end of the day, it’s about creating a business that supports your life, your family. As a mother of two ‘wild and crazy’ boys and wife to her soul mate of 16 years, Leslie understands that creating a healthy profitable business is key to supporting the lifestyle and health of her family. View Guest page

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Betsy Hays


Betsy Hays, APR, Fellow PRSA, is the lead Public Relations Professor for the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism at California State University, Fresno. Betsy is the faculty adviser for the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and Fresno State’s student-run PR firm, TALK. Active in PRSA since 1998, including two terms as president of the Central California Chapter, she is the immediate past chair of the Board of Directors for the North Pacific District. She was named Outstanding Club/Organization Adviser in 2013, Outstanding Adviser in 2010 and selected as one of the Provost’s Promising New Tenure-Track Faculty Members in 2008. She received Fresno State’s “Spirit of Service” Award in 2010 for her work infusing service-learning into her curricula. Betsy was named the Central California Chapter of PRSA’s Public Relations Professional of the Year in 2000 and is the co-author of three books, including "Win & Wow: Public Relations Secrets for Everyday Success." View Guest page

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Judy Hoberman


Judy Hoberman, President of Selling In A Skirt, is an International Speaker, Trainer, Coach and Mentor. She is the host of Selling In a Skirt radio show. Her 30 years in sales has given her both the knowledge and sense of humor about how men and women sell, work and live differently will enlighten you in learning how both genders can support each other’s successes in a more productive way. Her audiences, from 10 to 10,000 are engaged with details wrapped in memorable stories that are easily implemented that same day. In 2016 she was a TEDx speaker talking about pre-judging people, something we all do without even thinking. She is the author of Selling In A Skirt, Famous Isn’t Enough, Pure Wealth and her latest book on Women Who Lead will be released shortly. Judy’s mission: To help her clients live the S.K.I.R.T. philosophy-Standing Out, Keys to Success, Inspiring Others, Results Oriented and Time Management, all while having fun. View Guest page

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Michelle Hollaender


Ms. Hollaender is the Executive Director of HELPS International and a senior management and development professional with over twelve years of experience in the non-profit and fundraising world. She has worked closely with advocates, government agencies, funders, and community-based organizations, working effectively with high net worth individuals, private foundations, major corporations, and international NGOs. A proactive entrepreneur and manager, her passion and leadership have helped raise funding for social programs over the last decade from Northwestern Mutual, Citibank, Bombardier, Dillon Gage, AMN Healthcare and traveled extensively to Guatemala. Having helped build a successful non-profit and campaigns from the ground-up, she is a high-energy, high-return leader whose vision motivates teams to produce outstanding result. Latino Leaders selected Ms. Hollaender among their 2014 “Maestro Award for Leadership.” View Guest page

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Bob Hopkins


Bob Hopkins is a philanthropist, social entrepreneur, educator, and change-maker and is still going strong at age 72. He is a mentor, having helped thousands of young people find their “truth” and their personal purpose. Bob has a knack for bringing together the for-profit industry with the non-profit sector. He has served over 100 nonprofits and Non-Governmental Organizations, helping their mission, vision, and strategic planning processes. Bob created the PAVE program, Philanthropy and Volunteerism in Education, which teaches children ages 7-12 how to serve their community and become a volunteer. Bob has served organizations, trained students and adults in India, China, Nepal, Mexico, South and Central America, and has been publisher and founder of Philanthropy World magazine, that carried stories of volunteerism and volunteers. Bob is currently teaching at the Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey, and spent 7 years prior at the University of Texas Arlington, USA. View Guest page

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Dr. Mary Howard


Dr. Mary Howard is the founder of Reading Connections and an Educational Consultant and Author, known throughout North America as a leading expert in literacy presenting seminars as an independent consultant and for the Bureau of Education and Research in all fifty states and across Canada. Mary has worked with countless educators to create a research-based literacy program. An educator for more than forty years, she combines years of classroom experience as an elementary grade 1-6 special educator, grade K-12 reading tutor, reading specialist and Reading Recovery (TM) teacher with a multitude of experiences as a reading consultant, university reading instructor, professional storyteller, author and nationwide lecturer. Her blend of research and practical application and continued work in schools with teachers and children has led many to describe her as a teachers’ teacher, demonstrating a clear understanding of the realities of the classroom by translating research into practice. View Guest page

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Hunt Institute, with SMU Faculty and Students


The Hunter and Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity. The Hunt Institute is devoted to creating a pipeline of innovations relevant both locally and globally. According to its strategy, the Institute is focused on the following areas: stable agriculture, artisanal support, access to clean water, affordable shelter, energy access and efficiency, and financial innovation. In this episode, we'll hear from talented and passionate faculty and students from Southern Methodist University who are working on this project through the Hunt Institute. Visit smu.edu/HuntInstitute for more information. View Guest page

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Erika Jacobi


Erika Jacobi is the Founder and CEO of LC GLOBAL. Leading people and organizations through transformational change is her passion. She is a dynamic organizational psychology and behavioral specialist, strategic organization developer and international communications facilitator with close to 20 years of experience. Erika has run businesses in the United States and Germany and has conducted projects all over Europe, North America, and the Middle East. She has coached and consulted national and international business leaders, including Fortune 100 leaders. She also enjoys facilitating sustainable change processes in non-profit organizations and colleges. Her work is influenced by her background in intercultural communication, large scale organizational change and global leadership. Erika’s PhD research in Organization Psychology focuses on the role of narratives in organizational change View Guest page

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Dr. Shardha Jogee


Dr. Shardha Jogee is a professor, astronomer, and the chair of the Department of Astronomy at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Physics from the University of Cambridge in England, and Master's and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University. Prior to joining UT Austin, she conducted research at Caltech and the Space Telescope Science Institute, which oversees the scientific operations of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the future James Webb Space Telescope. At UT, Dr. Jogee teaches classes for undergraduate and PhD students, and conducts research to explore how galaxies and their constituent stars, black holes, and dark matter halos grow across cosmic time. In her role as department Chair, she is passionate about advancing the UT Astronomy program on the world stage, and is committed to building and diversifying the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) pipeline. View Guest page

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Bob Jones

For almost half a century, Bob Jones has been a software developer, living in his left brain - his head. About 25 years ago he discovered his right brain - his heart. Since that discovery he has been working to integrate both head and heart into a whole and balanced person. He discovered the Mankind Project, participated in their New Warrior Training Adventure, and continued his path toward deeper self-awareness and authentic integration. The integration has paid off by improving every aspect of his life; as an engineer, a husband, a father, and a human being. His journey through the years has taught him the value of continuously reinventing himself and the importance of deep connection with self and others. As he approaches the end of his 50-year dance with data processing, he finds himself facing his biggest challenge yet: completing his transformation into a mentor and facilitator for men who want to wake up, grow up, and show up by taking full responsibility for their lives. View Guest page

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Karen Kaufman


Karen Kaufman MS, Organizational Dynamics, co-founded the Kaufman Partnership with Donald Kaufman in 1985. Karen is an Executive Coach, Consultant, and Keynote Speaker specializing in Executive Presence using Impression and Relationship Management. Her goal is to create an environment of trust and intimacy so that executives can explore and accelerate their leadership capacity. Karen is a contributing author for six books. Karen is a Founding Member of The Center for Organizational Dynamics at The University of Pennsylvania and a Founding Member of the Psychoanalytic Coaches Association. She is currently Chair Emeritus of the Board of Advisors for the School of Business Administration at Philadelphia University. Karen is the Treasurer on the Executive Board of the Friends of Independence National Historical Park. Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell and the Department of Community and Economic Development selected Karen Kaufman as one of the 50 Best Women in Business for 2003. View Guest page

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Wendy Knutson


Wendy Knutson has over 30 years of accounting experience and received her Certified Public Accounting license in Texas in 2008. A QuickBooks user since the 1990's and a QuickBooks ProAdvisor, Wendy served a two-year term as one of 15 members of Intuit's Accountant & Advisor Customer Council from 2012-2014. This gave her insight into the software and a hand in its development. Wendy started Knutson CPA in Southlake in 2010 with the vision of providing responsive, forward-thinking accounting services. Knutson CPA currently has 8 professionals on its team and serves a variety of small to mid-size businesses, churches and non-profits. The firm has won many awards including the 2015 Firm of the Future Award from Intuit. In 2015, Knutson CPA became a Certified Profit First Professional firm, one of only three in Texas. This designation allows Knutson CPA to guide business owners on the journey to increasing their profits. Wendy and her family live in Keller, Texas. View Guest page

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Dragan Kovacevic


Dragan Kovacevic, age 31, was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. During the war in the territory of former Yugoslavia, he moved to Split, Croatia with his family and continues to live there to date. After graduating from High School Medical School with a title of physiotherapist, he decided to change careers and start working in tourism and now has over ten years of experience in various companies, from travel agencies where he worked for several years to managing restaurants in one of the busiest places on the island of Brac. He has been a part of the travel and hospitality industry in Croatia for over a decade now. He is a true expert in designing the most challenging travel programs for clients eager to discover what Croatia is really about. He enjoys travelling and spends his free time discovering the world and being a tourist, experiences that guide him to help his clients have the very best time while on vacation. View Guest page

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Austin Kremers


J. Austin Kremers, CPA, is the Vice President of Business Operations for driversselect with ten years of professional accounting and operations experience. He earned both a BS and Master’s Degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, and he’s been a licensed CPA in Texas since 2009. Before joining the driversselect tribe, Austin spent several years in public accounting with KPMG and later joined the international law firm of Locke Lord, where he served as controller. He’s currently committed to driving the growth of the driversselect tribe and business by working to infect the world with highly contagious CARE. View Guest page

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Penny Kruger

Penny Kruger, Licensed Social Worker, completed her Masters in Social Work from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has been practicing clinical social work for 20 years at all levels of clinical care. Penny has worked with a variety of special clinical populations, including eating disorders, sexual trauma and sexual compulsivity, domestic violence offender treatment, emotional dysregulation and impulsive behavior patterns, and borderline personality disorder. She was intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy in 2006 when she started the first Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Outpatient Program in Austin, Texas at Seton Behavioral Health. She is currently the Clinical Director of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intensive Outpatient Program, and she has a private practice with DBT Associates of Austin. She currently provides training and supervision for clinicians to learn and adapt dialectical behavior therapy in their current treatment settings. View Guest page

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Dr. Kathleen Kuehnast

Dr. Kathleen Kuehnast is the Senior Gender Advisor at the U.S. Institute of Peace, a thematic program that she has led since 2009. Through the management of both projects and research efforts, the Institute focuses on the gendered impacts of violent conflict and post-conflict transitions on both men and women. In this capacity, Dr. Kuehnast has directed the Women Preventing Extremist Violence pilot project in Kenya and Nigeria, an effort to engage civil society women leaders with local security actors in preventing violent extremism. Overall, her work has been focused on the U.N. Resolution 1325 and the critical role women should play in all aspects of peacebuilding. She has been a part of the vanguard of introducing the concept of Men, Peace and Security as an integrative approach toward engaging men in championing women’s rights. Kuehnast holds a doctorate in socio-cultural anthropology from the University of Minnesota and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. View Guest page

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Marla Lackey


Marla Lackey has been working in Labor and Delivery as a Registered Nurse for the past 25 years at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. After taking care of her dying parents, she was blessed to discover the parallelism between bringing new souls into the world and taking care of the souls leaving this world. She has a passion to offer this insight to bring hope and comfort to others going through the grieving process. Marla is a contributing author to HeartMind Wisdom Inspirational Anthology Volume number 4. Currently, she is working on writing a book and blog titled, Faith and a Tube of Lipstick. In it, she shares thought provoking full circle events, spiritual Aha moments and inspiring lessons learned during her mother's journey with cancer. Marla lives in Spring Branch, Texas with her husband and four children. View Guest page

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David Lee


David Lee is an internationally recognized authority on organizational and managerial practices that optimize employee performance. David is the author of nearly one hundred articles and book chapters on employee and organizational performance that have been published in North America, Europe, India, Australia, and China. In addition to his own work with both high performance and struggling organizations, David Lee draws from a broad range of disciplines, including neuroscience, stress research, accelerated learning, organizational development, paleo-psychology, anthropology, and peak performance technologies. The essence of his approach to work can be captured by two phrases: When you work with—and not against—human nature, you become a People Whisperer…and bring out the best in others” and “Every better business result you desire requires a better conversation—with your team, your customers, or the marketplace. We help you make those conversations work.” View Guest page

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Todd Lemense


Todd Lemense is the author of the bestselling book Lose Your Ego - Gain the World. He has a huge social media presence with over 200,000 followers on Twitter. He is a corporate trainer and motivational speaker doing over 60 training appearances a year. Todd is an expert on ego control and keeping things in proper perspective. He has been a guest on Fox News, ABC, and CNN. His corporate training seminars are called Eliminating Negativity From the Workplace. View Guest page

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Debbi K Levy


Debbi K Levy is the Owner and Yoga Instructor of Transformation Yoga, LLC. She has two yoga certifications, a Crystal Alchemy certification, and is a certified Reiki practitioner. Her certifications include: Usui Reiki Tradition of Natural Healing Levels 1 and 2 in 2016; Crystal Alchemy Level 1 in 2014; Vinyasa Teacher Training – Yoga Karma San Antonio, Texas; RYS – 200 hours in 2013; and Ashtanga Yoga Center – Encinitas, California – 100 hours in 2012. You’ll find her most days of the week teaching a yoga class, on land or water, maybe with dogs, or even hanging from the ceiling teaching anti-gravity yoga, with crystals in her pockets and a smile on her face. For more information, please visit www.transformationyogatexas.com. View Guest page

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Sheila Liberman


Trained as a pharmacist, Sheila Liberman created RPh on the Go USA, Inc. in 1980 and operated it as CEO until 2008. This innovative company pioneered the concept of placing temporary pharmacists in positions around the country and was the largest pharmacist staffing company in the USA when it sold in June 2008. Sheila’s desire to help people in life was demonstrated by her company’s Purpose, Vision and Mission statement Future, Love and Family and a vision to be at the forefront of the service economy while staying true to its mission of total quality. Sheila now uses her healthcare knowledge and desire to help others realize good health and is focused on bridging the gap between western and holistic medicine. She is dedicated to connecting people on the path to wellness by putting them in touch with healers from various modalities, including healers who implement homeopathic and naturopathic practices along with physical therapists and biological dentists and healthy chefs. View Guest page

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Eric Mahler


Eric Mahler is the Founder and CEO of Fulcrum Consulting. Since its founding in 2002, Fulcrum has grown to a national organization with a focus on providing large companies with consulting services in the areas of strategy formulation, operational improvement, workforce management and IT professional services. Mr. Mahler lives in Dallas, Texas and is responsible for managing geographical presence and capabilities for Fulcrum nationally. Mr. Mahler has over 20 years of multinational experience building and managing high performance teams and leading large improvement initiatives as an executive manager and consultant. He has specific experience with Leadership, Strategy Formulation, Business Development, Management of Change and Organizational Improvement. Mr. Mahler has also held board positions within the public, private and government sectors. View Guest page

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Dustin Marshall


Dustin Marshall, running for Dallas Independent School District Trustee in District 2, is heavily involved in the Dallas Fort Worth community and is very passionate about education reform. Dustin serves on the Board of Reading Partners North Texas, the Board of Uplift Education, the Board of Dallas After School, and the Board of Dallas Social Venture Partners. Additionally, Dustin serves on the Education Council of the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors for the Woodrow Wilson High School Foundation, and is a member of Entrepreneurs for North Texas and the Mayor’s Poverty Task Force. Dustin has a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Business Administration from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. Dustin is CEO of Hazel’s Hot Shot, an expedited freight and logistics company in Dallas, TX. Dustin resides in Dallas and is married with four young children. View Guest page

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Dr. Malea Maynard


Dr. Malea Maynard is a Board-Certified Family Medicine physician at the Baylor Occupational and Family Health Center at Texas Instruments in Dallas, Texas. She earned her MD from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas after a successful career in Audiology. Dr. Maynard is married with two children, one dog, one cat, and one bird. She enjoys sailing, music, gardening, reading, and volunteering for causes of importance to her. View Guest page

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Raumond Mayo


Raumond D. Mayo is the VP of Reconditioning Operations at driversselect. He has over 23 years of experience as a management professional in the automotive industry. Throughout his career, he has worked in a variety of management and leadership positions with CarMax, Pep Boy’s, and AutoZone, including lean production management, human resources, project management, and audit compliance. Through industry experience and advanced education in organizational change management, he has driven the growth of a lean management culture with continuous improvements, strategic thinking, and innovation. He has been integral in creating a landscape for building an organizational culture that embraces change, quality and diversity. Raumond has a Master’s degree in Organizational Management and is a proud veteran, having served 8 years in the US Army and also having worked in law enforcement. He counts serving 3 terms as a Dallas County Grand Jury Foreman among his proudest accomplishments. View Guest page

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Ryan McDonald


Ryan McDonald is a financial advisor with a successful track record of helping individuals and business owners reach financial goals. Drawing on 20 years of experience in financial planning, investments, and insurance, Ryan takes a multi-strategy, risk-managed approach to financial and retirement planning. He seeks to bring investments, insurance, education, retirement, estate, and tax planning into one efficient plan designed to minimize gaps that can leave you under-prepared and under-protected. Ryan holds FINRA Series 6, 7, and 24 licenses and is licensed in Texas to advise clients on life and health insurance products. He earned a B.A. in Economics and Finance from the University of Texas at Dallas. Ryan is Treasurer of the Russ Martin Show Listeners Foundation, a nonprofit that supports families of fallen police officers and firefighters. He also serves on the board of directors of the East Texas Arboretum and Botanical Society. View Guest page

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Dr. Jeremy McMillen


Dr. Jeremy McMillen joined Grayson College in July 2012. Dr. McMillen is active in state and national higher education initiatives. He serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for United Way of Grayson County and is a board member of Texoma Workforce Solutions and the Texoma Craft Beverage Alliance. He is Immediate Past Chair of the North Texas Community College Consortium. State involvement includes serving on the Executive Committee for the Texas Association of Community Colleges and on the Technical College Leadership Council and Community and Technical College Formula Advisory Committee. Nationally, Dr. McMillen serves on the Commission on Workforce and Economic Development for the American Association of Community Colleges. Dr. McMillen received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree, both in sociology, from what is now Texas A&M University-Commerce and later returned to earn his doctorate in higher education. View Guest page

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Lauren Midgley


Lauren Midgley, business consultant, author, and powerhouse professional speaker, started her company Courage to Succeed Consulting in 2010, after a 25-year career with two Fortune 500 companies. She is a long-time observer and student of why some people are successful and others are not. Productivity plays a huge part. She has a Master in Business Administration and Marketing degree, is a Toastmaster, and Board Member of the local National Speaker Association. She focuses on the topic of personal productivity and how it impacts lives. She has written three books and has spoken to groups nationally. Her recently released her third book, It’s 6 am and I’m Already Behind – 30 Strategies to Get Caught Up in a Crazy-Busy World, has received rave reviews as being a fresh approach to the productivity topic. Lauren lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and is a single mom with two kids in college. View Guest page

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Mary Miller

By the time Mary Miller was 30 she had met all of her career goals and came face to face with her overachieving, perfectionist, and workaholic self. One decision at a time she began to define and live her version of success. And now, Mary has discovered her passion to help women care enough about themselves to discover and claim their dreams. She is the founder of My Dream Catalyst which equips women to define their own version of success by offering articles, eBooks, and Books including The Birth of a Dream Catalyst: Unlocking the Dream from Within. The book is a fictional allegory about the transformational journey of a successful, yet unfulfilled, professional woman as she discovers the parts of herself that are holding her back. Mary is also a contributing writer for A Better Me Magazine. She is married to her best friend Gerad Miller and resides in Centerville, Ohio with the best dog in the world Thomas. View Guest page

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Mark Mitford

Mark Mitford is a strategic Human Resource leader and global management team advisor, with a servant leader and “pay it forward” philosophy. During his career, Mark has successfully worked in mid sized to Fortune 50 companies such as PepsiCo, Ericsson, Nortel, Telmar, and Safeco. Mark’s strengths include Talent Management, Leadership Development and Retention, Change Management, Employee Engagement, and Succession Planning. His efforts have resulted in aligning human capital strategies with business strategies and objectives, and coaching and developing leaders to be more effective, ultimately driving both top and bottom line financial growth. Mark recently changed his career focus after a successful 20 year Corporate Human Resources career to start his own Human Resources Strategic consulting company, HR Catalyst Consulting. The company targets small to mid-market companies in growth or change and in need of Human Capital leadership on a fractional basis to drive their continued growth and success. View Guest page

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Staff Sergeant Jason Morgan


Staff Sergeant Jason Morgan served in the United States Air Force as a member of an elite unit that provided meteorological and combat support for special operations missions. He has participated in the Military Paralympics (Warrior Games) for Team Air Force and trained for and competed in several long distance races, including the Marine Corp Marathon. Although some days are more difficult than others, he never allows himself to be a victim of his circumstance. In this same spirit, his greatest accomplishment has been raising his three boys as a single father. SSgt. Morgan is the best-selling author of A Dog Called Hope: The Special Operations Wounded Warrior and the Dog Who Saved Him. SSgt Morgan and his dog Rue have spoken all over the US, England and Scotland. He is a national spokesperson for an organization that pairs service animals with wounded veterans and has founded Operation Renewed Strength, a non-profit organization that raises money to benefit disabled veterans. View Guest page

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Heidi Murray

Heidi Murray serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Leadership Women, a 35-year old nonprofit, social enterprise educational corporation headquartered in Dallas, Texas that develops programs and projects to advance and improve the personal, economic and professional status of American women. Leadership Women’s mission is to help women learn more, lead better, and leave a positive legacy. Heidi began her career in Programming at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and then worked with Omni Hotels before joining Leadership Women. She is a Certified Meeting Professional, sits on the Board of the Dallas Black Dance Theater and the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee, as well as serving as the Chair of the Leadership Arts Alumni Association. She is a graduate of Leadership Dallas 2015. Heidi also holds an honors degree in Communications with a minor in Psychology from the University of North Florida. View Guest page

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Stefan Nguyen


Stefan Nguyen is the founder of Next Ignite, Inc., a consultancy specializing in developing corporate innovation cultures. Stefan also serves as Enterprise Information Architect for DIRECTV, where he focuses on the leveraging of information to catalyze innovation. A strong believer in the development of creative mindset and cultures, Stefan organizes and participates in many grassroots innovation programs such as Startup Weekend and hackathons. Stefan authored a digital business model book titled .Wealth, soon to be followed by The Innovator’s Mindset, coming in Spring 2016. Stefan has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University. View Guest page

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Jessie Nolop


Mrs. Nolop is Director of Business and Sales, co-founder and partner of Whispering Dreams. She has created product packaging, acquired accounts and co-wrote What Color is Your Tooth Fairy? Mrs. Nolop has had over 10 years experience in sales and marketing. Her knowledge in sales and accounting will contribute to building The Tooth Fairy Glass into a successful and worldwide product. Prior to Whispering Dreams Mrs. Nolop was a sales representative for Bargreen Ellingson, where she managed accounts, inventory and sales. Mrs. Nolop helped to build a brand new customer base in a territory that was previously not utilized. As a mother of two, Mrs. Nolop continues to use her financial and organizational talents to raise thousands of dollars for local schools every year. She has an active role in procuring money and items needed to make the district successful. Mrs. Nolop has a degree in Accounting from Montana State University. View Guest page

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Kim Olson

Through her trailblazing 25-year military service as an aviation leader, commander and patriot Kimberly Olson, Colonel (retired) United States Air Force has reshaped the perception of women serving their country. As one of the first women to command an operational flying squadron, Kim rose to the rank of Colonel, served in the Pentagon on the Joint Staff, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and the Air Staff and deployed to several combat zones, including Iraq. After her military retirement in 2005, she served as Director of Human Resources for Dallas Independent School District and was elected to the Weatherford Independent School District Board of Trustees in 2007. Kim recently retired as CEO of Grace After Fire, a Texas-based nonprofit dedicated to helping women veterans find employment, access mental and physical health providers, and conduct peer to peer network training. Today, Kim runs a Community Supported Agriculture from her 4K River Ranch in Mineral Wells, Texas. View Guest page

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Kim Olson, Col., United States Air Force (Ret)


Kim Olson, Col., United States Air Force (Ret.), has announced her candidacy for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture. The primary will be held in March of 2018 and the general election in November of 2018. Olson, a farmer, veteran, pilot and champion of education, is influencing the future of sustainable food production through her Community Supported Agriculture at the 4K River Ranch, Mineral Wells, Texas. In working with veterans, nutritious food became the great healer for those struggling with the human heartbreak that is war. Olson has a Natural-Organic Certification from the Texas Organic Research Center and is a Texas Master Gardener, provides naturally grown food, raises bees, and is committed to sustainable eco-agriculture. She grows produce for Texas families, provides training on growing healthy food, and lectures on small scale farming. View Guest page

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Kim Ortiz


Kim Ortiz lives by her motto of "Do what you love, and love what you do". She has over 23 years of corporate experience and a variety of leadership positions but now follows her passion. Kim owns Kim Ortiz Photography, a boutique studio located at the Castle Hills Village Shops specializing in high school seniors, pampered pets, families and business headshots. She has a BBA in Accounting, MBA in Leadership and is also a licensed CPA in Texas. Kim is married with two children, ages 15 and 23 and is a dog lover with five dogs. She is very involved in the community and is on the Board of Directors of the Denton County Fresh Water District 1D in her community of Castle Hills. Kim volunteers her photography services to animal rescue groups so they can get adopted. She recently co-authored a book called "The Success Chronicles" where she shares her definition of success and tips for starting and owning a successful business. She donates the profit from her book to animal rescue groups. View Guest page

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Shivaun Palmer

Shivaun Palmer is the Co-Founder and CEO of Plaid for Women, Inc., an award-winning, digital media company, focused on helping women get connected and be heard. Plaid’s online anti-bullying messaging titled NoMeanGirls has resulted in programming being developed that will be brought into schools and the workplace nationwide. The company website is www.plaidforwomen.com. In 2013, Plaid for Women, Inc. was recognized as a corporate diversity champion by the Texas Diversity Council along with the Neeley School of Business at TCU and Burlington Northern Santa Fe. Palmer was honored as a “Great Woman of Texas—Woman of Influence” by the Fort Worth Business Press and nominated as a Woman to Watch by the Dallas Business Journal. She currently sits on the board of directors for Girls, Inc. of Greater Tarrant County. Other volunteer work includes Big Brothers, Big Sisters; National Alliance on Mental Illness; Court Appointed Special Advocates and the Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation. View Guest page

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Jeremy C. Park


Jeremy C. Park is a corporate executive and philanthropist, author of two books and a weekly newspaper column, a contributor to Forbes, producer and host of television and radio shows and a podcast, and a sought after speaker for transforming organizations and individuals into catalysts for their community. Park is president of cityCURRENT, a privately-funded philanthropic organization comprised of more than 75 businesses, including some of the world’s largest employers. Park is the author of Giving Back with Purpose and Giving for Growth. Since 2010, Park has authored the weekly “Giving Back” column, which is published each Sunday in The Commercial Appeal. He produces and hosts a weekly radio show on iHeartMedia’s News Radio 600 WREC, a monthly television show on PBS’s WKNO-TV, called The SPARK, and an annual televised awards show, called The SPARK Awards. He also hosts the television show “A Conversation With” and the ChangeMakers podcast. View Guest page

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Martha Parker


Martha Parker, M.S., CPE is president of m-erg, a corporate wellness and management firm based in Houston, TX. She technically supports customers by offering ergonomic assistance in design, redesign, and retrofit of new and existing office and industrial workspaces. She also provides ergonomic training through seminars and individual workstation evaluations. Previously, she worked for Neutral Posture, Inc. as an ergonomist and was a founding member of the Neutral Posture Ergonomic Engineering Team (NEET). Prior to that, she worked for ALCOA, Tennessee Operations as the smelting safety engineer and for Texas A and M University as a graduate research assistant. She has an M.S. degree in Safety Engineering with an Ergonomic Specialty from Texas A and M in 1997. She acquired a B.S. in Bioengineering with an Industrial Engineering Specialty from Texas A and M in 1995. She is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and the American Society of Safety Engineers. View Guest page

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Nicole Payseur



Nicole Payseur is a Yoga Diva, Speaker, and Writer who lives in Dallas, Texas. Because transforming from lawyer to yoga teacher has been so personally fulfilling, Nicole encourages her students to pursue their passions, whatever they may be. She holds a 500 hour certification from Yoga Works. Over the past 26 years of practice and research and 11 years of teaching, she has discovered that laughter makes the body limber and humor makes the soul resilient. She blends Iyvengar, Ashtanga, Prana and Anusara into a heady elixir of rigor, play and svadyaya or self knowledge. Lila, the Divine Play, scents the gifts she bestows on her students; consequently, her yoga classes masquerade as play dates with equal doses of joy and athleticism and laughter. She strives to be the most caring, compassionate, doting, indulgent, relentlessly fierce and unbelievably demanding teacher in the universe. View Guest page

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Peter Van Pelt


Peter Van Pelt, age 39, is the Owner and Skipper at WaterWorld Croatia in Split. Originally from the Netherlands, he moved to Croatia to enjoy a more stress-free lifestyle. Prior to entering the tourism business, he spent 9 years in the military and 8 years in music industry. Peter is in charge of the boat trips around the beautiful middle Dalmatian islands. He takes great pride in connecting his international guests to one another during his tours, as he knows that when newcomers enjoy fellow travelers, the tour experience is only the more enriched. View Guest page

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Mark Phillips


Mark Phillips is a life-time serial entrepreneur who has created numerous businesses since age 10. Today he owns WineTasting.org, among several other ventures. After college, he started a company and sold it four years later. Quite unexpectedly, he ventured into the wine business when an evening celebrating this sale included an exceptionally good glass. Soon, he began organizing wine groups and developed his own wine glass. A wine loving executive discovered his approach and invited him to host a television show which aired nationally for six years and became the most-watched wine show ever. Mark is the author of Swallow This, a book illustrating his unique, non-snobby approach to wine. In 2010, Mark had an idea for powdered alcohol, researched the task and came up with a product, and was the first to introduce it in a commercially viable way. Ever the curious inventor and business man, his thirst for creating offerings and uniquely positioning them in the marketplace continue on. View Guest page

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Edo Popken

Descending from three previous generations of women’s clothiers, Edo Popken founded his own luxury men’s clothing collection called Edo Popken Cosmopolitan Successwear in 2004. Based in Zurich with another location in Dallas, Texas, Edo takes pride in appealing to the cosmopolitan world traveler who appreciates quality and unique self-expression through the clothes he wears. Edo studied, taught, and now coaches and consults at LDT Nagold to give back and encourage young entrepreneurs. German-born, Edo also feels called to the French language and countryside. He passes many weekends at his Chateau de Venteuil just outside of Paris, where he lavishes time, energy, and resources to lovingly maintain this property and its adjoining gardens. The chateau represents an important connection to his much revered and departed mother Ursula Popken, is a quiet weekend respite where he finds peace and quiet to recharge his batteries, and houses a cellar of his very own Edo Popken champagne. View Guest page

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Michelle Prince


Michelle Prince is a speaker, author, coach, and trainer who mixes enthusism, passion and humor with motivational stories to inspire others to start “Winning In Life” and to do it NOW! She has gone on to author dozens of additional books and products in the areas of achievement, motivation, productivity and success. She owns her own publishing company and is the founder of the “Book Bound Workshop” which helps soon-to-be authors get their story “out of their head and onto paper.” Her life came full circle when she was asked to become a Ziglar Motivational Speaker representing the values and company that ignited her passion and kick-started her career back in her twenties. Today she is on a mission to show audiences worldwide that they too can stop juggling, overcome procrastination, and get more done in less time in business, leadership and life so they can make a difference in the world. View Guest page

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Shanthi Rajaram


With a 20-year career in Information Technology that included 14 years in healthcare product development consulting, Shanthi Rajaram is now the President and Co-Founder of Amazech Solutions, a software and consulting services company based in the Dallas area. Having founded the company 10 years ago, her creation has enjoyed growth each year and now employs 40 employees. Dallas Business Journal recognized Amazech among the top-listed women-led or women-created firms based on locally-generated revenue in 2015. Shanthi has been featured in WCEO magazine as upcoming Women CEO of the Year in 2015. In 2016, Amazech was named the top 20 fastest growing companies by Silicon India and also the best in Web and Mobile technology by Boardroom elite and Insight Success. Shanthi’s education includes a Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering and an Executive MBA. View Guest page

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Brett Randle


Since 2008, Brett Randle has been at the helm of Soulmans’s Bar-B-Que, the beloved North Texas-based restaurant chain that boasts “low and slow” cooking over hickory as their time-honored tradition. Under Randle’s guidance, Soulman’s has experienced growth into franchising, innovation with e-commerce, operational excellence and has been recognized by ZAGAT, Men’s Journal, Fast Casual and QSR Magazine among many others. After studying business at the University of Mississippi, Randle began his career in restaurant management before studying the culinary arts at the Art Institute of Dallas. His multifaceted experience both in front of the house and in the kitchen, paired with the intuition of a fair and honest leader, has driven Soulman’s trajectory of success in the past decade. View Guest page

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Todd Raphael


Todd Raphael is an outspoken and charismatic commentator on talent and employment topics, found on radio from Boston to Los Angeles and in publications like Time, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Men’s Health, MediaWeek, the NY Post, and several hundred others. At ERE Media, he manages conferences and content for recruiting leaders around the world. View Guest page

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Evan Robb


Mr. Evan Robb is Principal of Johnson-Williams Middle School in Berryville, Virginia. Prior to this, he was an English teacher, department chair, assistant principal and a junior high school principal. Mr. Robb has been recognized as a recipient of the Horace Mann Educator of the Year Award. In 2006, Mr. Robb was selected to serve as a commission member on the N.C.T.E. National Commission for Reading. His first book titled, “The Principal’s Leadership Sourcebook, Practices, Tools, and Strategies for Building a Thriving School Community” was published by Scholastic in the fall of 2007. Mr. Robb speaks across the country on leadership and the effective principal, how to improve literacy in schools, the digital principal, social media, how to involve all staff in goal setting, how to organize effective work teams, and the impact of culture and positivity on work. Evan has a blog, The Robb Review Blog at therobbreviewblog.com and can be followed on Twitter at ERobbPrincipal View Guest page

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Sedailiah Rochelle



Sedailiah Rochelle is a 12 year old, originally from Dallas, Texas, in an all girls middle school in Dallas. She is the youngest child of two. Her favorite subjects in school are reading and social studies. Her non academic interests include, gymnastics or tumbling, soccer, and track. She has known for some time that she wants to be the first African American female President of the United States of America. She enjoys speaking in front of groups and has been in various oratorical competitions where she has had to write her own speeches, memorize, and recite them. She has grown up in a single parent home with just her, her brother and mother. Living this lifestyle made her develop a very mature personality. View Guest page

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Santa Ronny


Santa Ronny is making a list and checking it twice – AND he’s making the rounds of the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex! Represented by B3 Talent Productions, Inc, a full-service Dallas-based entertainment agency providing entertainment for all of Texas and beyond, Santa Ronny often rivets his Christmas attention on visiting disadvantaged and sick children in the metroplex. He has a shaved head and merrily tells the chemo kids he visits in the hospitals that he has the same haircut. He does, however, proudly sport a long white beard that is completely his own and firmly attached to his face, something children often test with a strong tug he happily endures. He is known as the “praying Santa” and has been a Shepherd in his church for the last 12 years. View Guest page

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Dr. Mark Rosenberg

Mark Rosenberg, MD, MPP, is president and chief executive officer of The Task Force for Global Health in Decatur, Georgia. The Task Force mobilizes partnerships to improve health and wellbeing for people around the world. It currently reaches 495 million people in 135 countries with programs focusing on neglected tropical diseases, public health informatics, and field epidemiology. The Task Force is the fourth largest nonprofit organization in the country. Before joining The Task Force, Dr. Rosenberg served for 20 years with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including conducting early work in smallpox eradication, enteric diseases, and HIV. He was instrumental in establishing CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control and became the first permanent director in 1994, serving as director and Assistant Surgeon General. View Guest page

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Dr. Mike Rucker


For many, finding the time and energy needed to successfully maintain our well-being can prove to be a real challenge, especially for those that must capitulate to America’s fast-paced work culture. With only 24 hours in a day there always seems to be something competing for our time. This is especially true in small to mid-size enterprises, where taking time for renewal can come at the cost of neglecting commitments at work. Happily, more and more companies are learning it is in their best interest to provide wellness programs to their employees that help facilitate their access to a healthier lifestyle. In this episode, we talk with workplace wellness expert Dr. Mike Rucker about how companies are using effective workplace wellness strategies, as well as cover the ins and outs of what makes these types of programs successful. View Guest page

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Patricia Ruiz



Dr. Patricia Ruiz is an Army Veteran of 20 years. She recently began blogging at www.paws4amoment.com, created PAR Consulting LLC for her business venture, and is totally passionate about advocating for and puzzling out avenues to create the best eating, shopping, and entertainment experience for the people with disabilities community. She is the proud parent of a daughter with Cerebral Palsy who she beams has taught Mom the greatest lessons in life. View Guest page

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Marty Ruíz



Marty Ruíz, a native Texan of sixty-two years, discovered his talent for motivational speaking and singing in the mid 1970's. Marty's passion for the popular music standards of the 1930's, 40's and 50's has led him to perform professionally at dozens of senior living communities throughout Dallas-Fort Worth. Marty's positive spirit encourages his audiences to participate and engage through clapping, singing along and dancing. As a professional speaker who competed in the 2010 World Championship of public speaking for Toastmasters International, he creates a fun, light hearted and interactive experience that focuses on the audience’s needs. Since 1999, entertaining the senior community has provided him with a meaningful experience that allows him to give something back. Marty believes that our seniors deserve to be seen, acknowledged, and shown that they matter. Recently, he has enjoyed performing at themed events ranging from sock hops, to show tunes, to patriotic tribute programs. View Guest page

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Paola Saibene


Paola Saibene has 21 years of experience in Information Technology Transformation and Business Innovation, having held multiple CIO/ CTO/ CSO/ COO positions in government and in the private sector, including multi-billion dollar enterprises. Recently, Paola has worked as the Chief Technology Officer for the State of Hawaii, encompassing 18 executive branches, 106 attached agencies and 136 boards and commissions. She is also the President and CEO of Y-SAI (a Texas-based company), and the co-founder of Neutrino Peach Labs, an ecosystem-based consulting company. Paola’s additional post-graduate degrees in Psychology and in Literature and Linguistics, along with a Bachelors in Philosophy, are leveraged to communicate powerfully with the entire organization, understanding and addressing the needs of each unit, and rendering supportive engagement from all corners of the enterprise. View Guest page

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Natascha Saunders


Natascha F. Saunders is CEO/Founder of The Youth Career Coach Inc. and has a mission to prepare the next generation of young professionals for success through career and leadership development training. Natascha currently serves as: MBA Faculty at Trinity Washington University, Leadership Faculty at Northeastern University, Consultant at The MBA Exchange, Scholar Interviewer at The Journal of Negro Education, and Senior Fellow at the American Leadership and Policy Foundation. Certified in Career Coaching by PARW/CC, Natascha earned a bachelor's degree from UMASS Amherst, an MBA from Johnson and Wales University, a Master's in Leadership and is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Organizational Leadership and Communication at Northeastern University. Her career writing appears in: The Parents Guide to Starting the Career Conversation with InsideJobs.com, Why Internships Are Good: The Best Education Money Can’t Buy and a Chapter 5 Author of the book Obama and Black Loyalty, Vol. 1. View Guest page

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Dan Schawbel



Dan Schawbel is the Founder of WorkPlaceTrends.com, a research and advisory membership service for forward-thinking HR professionals, as well as the Managing Partner of Millennial Branding, a Gen Y research and consulting firm. Dan is the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Promote Yourself and the number one international bestselling book, Me 2.0, which combined have been translated into 15 languages. He has been featured in over 1,000 media outlets, such as The Today Show on NBC, Street Signs on CNBC, The Nightly Business Report on PBS, The Willis Report on Fox Business, Fox and Friends on Fox News, People Magazine, The Economist and Wired Magazine. He’s spoken at Google, NBC Universal, McGraw-Hill, Oracle, Harvard Business School, MIT, Time Warner, IBM, and CitiGroup. Dan was named to the Inc. Magazine 30 Under 30 List in 2010, the Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 List in 2012, and BusinessWeek cites him as someone entrepreneurs should follow. View Guest page

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Anna Scheller


Anna Scheller is a dynamic speaker, author, and radio show host with a heart to help people create more sales. As an educator for over 20 years, Anna has the skills to provide learning in a fresh and engaging perspective. As a 3rd degree black belt in TaeKwonDo, Anna combines the black belt mindset with sales training to provide engaging and though-provoking instruction. In addition to leading free sales training workshops in the local area, Anna co-hosts Black Belt Selling Podcast with her daughter, Stephanie, as well as hosting her own radio show, Sales Mastery on the Amazing Women of Power radio station. She is also the author of the Amazon best seller, Black Belt Selling—Closing with Confidence. She is an international speaker, having presented at the National Women’s Inspire event in Dublin, Ireland last year. Anna is married to Phillip, her husband of 35 years, and they have 7 children. View Guest page

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Christopher Scott


In 1997, Christopher Scott was wrongfully convicted of capital murder as a result of faulty eyewitness identification. Scott was exonerated in 2009, based on another man’s detailed confession – the first non-DNA case. After his release, Scott founded the House of Renewed Hope, a non-profit organization the goal of which is to investigate other wrongful conviction cases. In 2012, Christopher was named Dallas Morning News “Texan of the Year” for his good work. Scott continues to advocate for reform of the Texas criminal justice system. He is also involved in two movie projects: True Conviction documentary, and a narrative movie based on his life story and the story of House of Renewed Hope. View Guest page

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Christopher Scott

In 1997, Christopher Scott was wrongfully convicted of capital murder as a result of faulty eyewitness identification. Scott was exonerated in 2009, based on another man’s detailed confession – the first non-DNA case. After his release, Scott founded the House of Renewed Hope, a non-profit organization the goal of which is to investigate other wrongful conviction cases. In 2012, Christopher was named Dallas Morning News “Texan of the Year” for his good work. In addition to owning and running a men’s clothing store, Scott continues to advocate for reform of the Texas criminal justice system. He is also involved in two movie projects: True Conviction documentary, and a narrative movie based on his life story and the story of House of Renewed Hope. View Guest page

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Audrey Selden

Audrey Selden of Austin, Texas is the Board President for Leadership Women, a social enterprise that helps women learn more, lead well, and leave positive legacies. She is a public speaker and seasoned facilitator who provides keynote presentations, workshops, and symposiums about equity, leadership, and organizational excellence. She recently retired as a state government executive after more than 20 years in public service. As the Deputy Commissioner for Compliance for the Texas Department of Insurance, Audrey led the agency’s Excellence Program and TDI Symposium Series. She served as the Texas Assistant Secretary of State from 1991 to 1994. Audrey graduated from Harvard Law School in 1986. Her bachelor’s and master’s degrees are from Michigan State University. Audrey received the 2010 YWCA Woman of the Year Award for Racial Justice, the 2001 Austin Ballet Women on Their Toes Award for outstanding volunteer service, and the 1997 Ma Ferguson Award for Excellence in the Public Sector. View Guest page

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Mary Shores


Mary Shores is the founder and CEO of a multi-million dollar business, one of the most unique collection agencies in the country. Recognized as a leader of innovative thought, Mary has spent over a decade teaching businesses and individuals how to inspire others, create new ways of thinking, identify and achieve their goals, and take action to create truly meaningful results. She is the revolutionary founder of the groundbreaking Conscious Communications system, which produces positive results through positive action. Mary travels across the nation giving lectures and teaching courses, and has been featured on local and national radio and television shows, podcasts, and blogs. To learn more, visit Mary Shores’ website at www.maryshores.com or social media. View Guest page

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Nancy Shugart

Nancy Shugart is an award-winning author, professional speaker and trainer, recognized community volunteer, and CEO of Prove Them Wrong. She is a celebrated businesswoman as the recipient of the Blazing Star Award presented by the Women’s Chamber of Commerce of Texas. Prior to beginning her business career, she was a master educator with more than two decades of teaching experience with the Austin Independent School District. She has received five gubernatorial appointments. After going blind at the young age of eight, she was not expected to amount to much due to her blindness. She chose to prove them wrong, which later became the name of her award-winning company. Today Nancy stands before her audiences and challenges them to never accept someone else’s limiting beliefs. But instead - prove them wrong and be the one to make it happen. View Guest page

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Dijana Sinovcic


As the Founder and CEO of Croatia Dream, Dijana Sinovcic is focused on catering to her clients and uncovering the hidden beauties of her country. Born in the most beautiful city in the world Split, Dijana is proud of her country, its traditions and culture. Being a passionate and experienced globetrotter and knowing perfectly what being a tourist means, Croatia Dream was created to offer tourists the best of the best of Croatia! After her college years she spent studying sociology in Germany and Italy, Dijana decided to return to Croatia and combine her academic and everyday knowledge of Croatia in one. She took a little bit of cultural heritage, Mediterranean gastronomy, amazing landscapes, beautiful villas and apartments and the beautiful Adriatic Sea to create Croatia Dream. Over the years, she built a network of some of the best professionals in Croatia to ensure Croatia Dream offers only unique and once-in-a-lifetime experiences to everyone visiting Croatia. View Guest page

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Jacob & Lindsay Sloan



Jacob and Lindsay Sloan first began homebrewing six years ago when the couple finally put to use a kit Lindsay had purchased Jacob as a gift. What began as a curiosity soon became an obsession, and the two found that they loved the recipe development process; collecting ideas, combining flavors, and perfecting aromas in a brew they could call their own. Before long, the home brewery began to overflow out of the spare room and into the kitchen, and that's when the Sloans decided to take the leap and open their nanobrewery and taproom, On Rotation in Dallas, Texas, serving their own beers as well as a selection of constantly rotating favorites from around the world. Now the two continue to brew in addition to holding down their full-time jobs because of the passion they have for brewing and crafting beer. View Guest page

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Derek Smith



Derek Smith literally grew up with the YMCA’s sports programs in North Dallas and then became a Y employee in high school. He began his full time career in the YMCA as a Teen and Family Program Director and has held many positions in the YMCA movement including Director of Operations for the Plano Family YMCA, Executive Director of the Irving Family YMCA, and District Executive Director of the YMCA at White Rock. Currently, Derek serves as Vice President of Operations for the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth where he oversees five YMCA branches. Derek is passionate about serving the community and raises nearly $500,000 annually to directly provide financial assistance to children and families who would otherwise lack access to the YMCA’s programming and services. During his 24-year YMCA career, Derek has inspired countless staff, board members, and volunteers to join in the YMCA’s cause of strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. View Guest page

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Nicole Smith


Nicole Smith is a real estate agent who believes our homes create the chapters in the story of our lives. From couples seeking a fresh start, to families relocating from other parts of the world, to clients whose housing needs have changed, Nicole uses her proven expertise and unmatched market knowledge to turn her clients’ goals and dreams into reality. Renown for her relationship-focused approach, Nicole is certified to handle the most complex home buying and selling scenarios. A 5th generation Texan, Nicole graduated with honors from Texas Wesleyan University with a degree in business, and has prior experience in professional sales training and pharmaceuticals. Nicole has two grown children whom she adores and refers to as her life’s greatest achievement. She enjoys lending her talents and time to a variety of organizations including Toastmasters, Southlake Chamber of Commerce, Children’s Miracle Network, Susan G. Komen, LemonadeDay.org and Southlake’s Art in the Square. View Guest page

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Charmaine Solomon


In her role as a business professional, wife of a corporate executive and mother of a blended family of four children, Charmaine Solomon has a unique and personal understanding of the complexities of personal, professional, and family dynamics. Born and raised in South Africa, she has worked and studied in South Africa, England and the USA. Charmaine is a founding member of My Possibilities, a full-day continuing education program for adults with disabilities in North Texas, and currently serves as Chairman of the Board. Her focus, passion and dedication to My Possibilities is very personal because her son Kyle with special needs was one of the first “Hugely Important People” to attend My Possibilities when the program opened in June 2008. Charmaine holds a Master’s degree in Counseling from Amberton University, is a licensed professional counselor and Registered Play therapist and has worked in her private therapy practice since 2008 specializing in children and family dynamics. View Guest page

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Dr. Shelette Stewart


Dr. K. Shelette Stewart has over 20 years of leadership experience in strategic business planning, marketing, and national account sales with Fortune 500 companies including The Coca-Cola Company and BellSouth Corporation. She is a Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Program Specialist and holds a Doctorate in Business Administration. Shelette currently serves as the Associate Director of Business Development for Executive Education for the esteemed Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business. Shelette is also the principal and founder of Stewart Consulting, LLC, a business consulting and leadership development firm based in Dallas, Texas. Shelette is the author of the award-winning book, Revelations in Business: Connecting Your Business Plan with God’s Purpose and Plan for Your Life, which has been endorsed by many industry leaders including Dan Cathy, president of Chick-fil-A. View Guest page

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John Stoker


John R. Stoker is the President and founder of DialogueWORKS, LC. In this role John has consulted extensively with a number of companies, helping them increase their capacity to enhance effectiveness and improve results. He is experienced in designing strategic change and creating and implementing training curriculum in support of company-wide culture change and improvement initiatives. John has cultivated expertise in the fields of leadership, change management, dialogue, critical thinking, conflict resolution, and emotional intelligence. Some of his clients include Cox Communications, Comcast Cable, Banner Health, Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group, Lockheed Martin, Turner Broadcasting, U.S. Tobacco, Eastman-Kodak, Honeywell, AT&T, OG&E, Alcon Labs, AutoTrader.com, Nebraska Furniture Mart, Connolly Healthcare, American National Bank, and Mutual of Omaha. John is the author of Overcoming Fake Talk: Creating REAL Conversations that Build Relationships, Create Respect, and Get Results. View Guest page

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John Sumser


John Sumser is the Principal Analyst at HRExaminer, a Human Resource technology industry analyst firm and publishing house covering the range of Human Resource technology and helping vendors and practitioners make sense of human resource technology. John is also the CEO of TwoColorHat and is on the board of advisors of PeopleMatter, RolePoint, and Work4. View Guest page

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Doug Swanson


Dr. Doug Swanson is a Professor of Communications at California State University, Fullerton. He earned a doctorate in Higher Education Instruction from Oklahoma State University. He earned Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Communication from Eastern New Mexico University. An Accredited Public Relations Practitioner, since 1990 he has taught a wide spectrum of communications courses at the university level. Previously, he worked for more than 12 years in broadcasting, print journalism, and agency public relations. He is the student learning assessment coordinator for the Cal State Fullerton College of Communications. He is also the supervising faculty member of Cal State Fullerton’s student-run public relations agency, PRactical ADvantage Communications, and the author of two books on public relations education that are coming out this fall. View Guest page

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Hubert Tang


Hubert Tang is a 24-year old wine sales associate at Vino Volo in the San Francisco Airport. He studied Hospitality in school and knew that was the general field in which he belonged. However, it wasn’t until he had the serendipitous opportunity to dine with a friend and culinary arts mentor who expertly paired the wine with the food that he discovered his specific passion of wine. It was that experience a few years ago that completely opened his eyes to the myriad of possibilities the world of wine had to offer. Today, he continues to develop his career at Vino Volo and voraciously studies and experiments with wine and food parings. His dream is to one day own and operate his own wine shop, offer a small but tasty food menu with a beautiful wine selection, and deliver on his mission to make wine more approachable to everyone, novices as well as seasoned consumers. View Guest page

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John Tarnoff


John Tarnoff is a reinvention career coach, speaker and author who helps his fellow baby boomers transition to meaningful and sustainable careers beyond traditional retirement. Fired 39% of the time over his 35-year career as a Los Angeles-based film producer, studio executive and tech entrepreneur, he reinvented himself at age 50, going back to school to earn a counseling M.A. in Spiritual Psychology. This transition to a career focused on training and career development brought him back to entertainment, where he served as Head of Show Development for DreamWorks Animation from 2003-2009, developing culture-changing creative leadership training and college recruiting programs. Since 2010, he co-runs the Los Angeles-based Entertainment Industry Management master’s degree program for Carnegie Mellon University. He is the author of the forthcoming book: "Boomer Reinvention: How to Create Your Dream Career after 50." Learn more about him at http://johntarnoff.com. View Guest page

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Steve Taylor

Steve Taylor is the Regional General Manager for RDO Equipment Co. in the Northwest Agricultural division in the Pacific Northwest. With an emphasis on sales and operations, he oversees five locations including Hermiston, Pendleton, Wasco in Oregon and Pasco and Sunnyside in Washington. Steve has been in the industry for eight years and has more than twenty years of experience in retail and wholesale sales, along with various entrepreneurial initiatives he’s pursued on his own. Steve derives tremendous satisfaction from the rich relationships he enjoys with his team and customers and feels he’s found his true home at RDO Equipment Co., where he finds strong resonance with the company’s values and leadership style. View Guest page

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Shannon Thomas


As the owner and lead therapist of Southlake Christian Counseling, Shannon Thomas’s s greatest desire is that her clients find a place where they can feel comfortable to talk about anything and everything that is going on in their lives. She works with a variety of therapy and life coaching topics and focuses on individual growth and improving interpersonal relationships. Those relationships can be marital, dating, families, friendships, or the workplace. She began working with families in 2000, started in private practice counseling in 2007, and opened Southlake Christian Counseling in 2009. Shannon has a Bachelors degree in Legal Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz and received her Master of Social Work degree from San Jose State University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Supervisor for post-graduate interns working towards their LCSW licensure. She is also a Field Instructor within the Master of Social Work program at Texas Christian University. View Guest page

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Donald Thompson


As CEO of the technology company I-Cubed, Donald Thompson dramatically grew the organization from 16 to 130 employees until it was acquired by the global technology enterprise, KPIT in 2014. Currently, Donald is the CEO for Creative Allies, an integrated marketing firm that focuses on helping celebrity and consumer brands execute marketing campaigns and engage customers. Donald also serves on the Board of Directors for iCiDIGITAL, a spin off business from I-Cubed, where he groomed his successor from technologist to President. With a focus on accelerating North Carolina's next generation of technology companies and entrepreneurs, Donald also is an advisor and investor to several startups and successful firms. . A former college athlete, Donald has stayed involved in sports as franchise owner for the High Country Grizzlies of the National Arena League. Donald is currently authoring his first book, Underestimated: A CEO’s Unlikely Path to Success. Visit donaldthompson.com View Guest page

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Ali Tiegs



After raising her family on a farm and ranch in Idaho, Ali Tiegs received her BA in Education in 1991 and taught elementary grades and English as a Second Language. She was awarded a teaching assistantship in 1997 from the University of Idaho, completed her Master’s in Education in 1998, and became the Fine Arts and Literature Grant Facilitator for a school in central Idaho. In 1999 she completed a second Master’s degree, Education Administrative Specialist, and went on to become a Junior Senior High School principal, a Gifted and Talented Curriculum Specialist, and a consultant for Dore Achievement Centers International. Ali came to Amarillo in 2004 to develop the education program emerging from the newly built Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. She is the executive director of the program Window On a Wider World, a unique collaborative partnership of educators, arts, science and cultural organizations now serving 30 school districts in the Texas panhandle and growing. View Guest page

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Brittany Merrill Underwood


Brittany Merrill Underwood is the CEO of Akola, a non-profit social business designed to empower women in disadvantaged communities through training, employment and holistic care. In 2017, Brittany was named among the World’s Top 10 CEOs in Inc Magazine and listed as one of Town and Country Magazine’s 50 Modern Swans. She was named the ‘Best Person in the World” by Yahoo in 2014 and was honored by clothing manufacturer Levi as one of 50 women around the globe who have changed the political, cultural, and spiritual shape of the future. She was awarded the Emerging Leader Award from SMU in 2013, the Young Leader Award from the Dallas Women’s Foundation in 2014, and was awarded a silver medal from the Business & Interfaith Peace Award given by the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation in Rio. In 2014, she joined the mentoring class for the Laura Bush Women’s Initiative and began teaching a course on Social Innovation at Southern Methodist University as an adjunct professor. View Guest page

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Paige Valdiserri


Paige Valdiserri is an internationally recognized Traumatic Stress and Integrative Healing Consultant. Her corporate work, including programs in the Middle East and Africa, and unique integrative healing approach, has empowered thousands of individuals on the front lines of stress to go from a place of personal fracturing back to wholeness. Paige consults and collaborates with corporate executives, physicians, chiropractors, and integrative holistic practitioners around the country through live video streams, trainings, workshops, teleconferences and podcasts. Whether it is recovering from war zones, natural disasters, sexual violence, medical/chronic illness, intense professional/corporate settings, life-changing personal events, and/or ongoing spiritual growth, clients and organizations have described her as a teacher, a guide, a healer, a spiritual intuitive and a reflection of themselves. Paige is the author of Messages from the Edge: Paigeisms for Transformational Healing. View Guest page

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Estefania "Kuky" Villafuerte


Estefania “Kuky” Villafuerte is the founder of SENORITA, a solidarity project comprised of girls helping other girls succeed, specifically by raising money through the sale of jewelry to fund the education of Peruvian girls living in orphanages. Kuky herself is originally from Peru, educated in the United States, and lends her previous experience creating a successful company offering decadent cupcakes and many years of volunteer experience to her social entrepreneur venture. After volunteering in various social organizations, she found a deep and amazing connection with the Senoritas (teenage girls) and came to the profound personal understanding that a woman with education could make a positive impact on her family and community. Senorita is a project where everyone is welcome to participate. Purchasing jewelry, giving charity donations, or donating your talent are just some forms to contribute. View Guest page

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Kristie Wainwright


Kristie Wainwright is entering into her fifth year teaching full time at Bishop Lynch High School. She started her teaching career in 2011 as a long term substitute teacher in Biology and Chemistry before she began teaching full time at Bishop Lynch. She is currently teaching Freshman Biology, both Honors and Regulars, and the AP Biology course offered o upper classmen. In addition to teaching, Ms. Wainwright also moderates the student clubs The Bishop Lynch Medical Society and Teens Encouraging Literacy Awareness. Ms. Wainwright is a Bishop Lynch graduate, Class of 2006, and received her B.A. in Biology in 2010 from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. View Guest page

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Edward Watson


Edward Watson is a graduate of Oxford University who served 7 years in the Army. After an MBA at The London Business School he worked as a strategic management consultant for Marakon Associates before running businesses in the Computer Games Market. In 2006 he founded InnerDrive, a mental skills company, that initially worked in Premiership football and with Olympic athletes. The majority of InnerDrive’s current work, however, is in education and businesses, coaching students and teachers to realize their potential and to cope effectively with pressure. Mr. Watson is the co-author of Release Your Inner Drive: Everything You Need to Know About How to Get Good at Stuff. View Guest page

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Dr. Jillian Weiss

Dr. Jillian T Weiss has a JD and a PhD in Law, Policy and Society. Currently Professor of Law and Society at Ramapo College of New Jersey, her research area is gender identity and law. Dr. Weiss provides legal representation to transgender employees in cases involving gender identity and gender expression discrimination. She has handled dozens of cases of employment discrimination, having the largest caseload of transgender employment discrimination cases in the country. Her volunteer work includes service as a member of the Board of Directors of Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest US national legal organization whose mission is to safeguard and advance the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and policy work. She is Chair of the annual Transgender Law Symposium and the author of Transgender Workplace Diversity: Policy Tools, Training Issues and Communication Strategies for HR and Legal Professionals. View Guest page

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Eric Welch

Eric Welch is a social entrepreneur, and the Founder and CEO of MPACT Project. Founded in 2014, MPACT Project is a movement comprised of a community of people who care and can pursue their passion to create change by being everyday heroes, making their impact on their own time and in their own way. After a short but meaningful visit to Africa, Eric shared his experience with others who caught the vision to effectively solving social problems through the power of business and empowerment. MPACT Project was founded to create sustainability in villages around the world by empowering purpose-driven people to grow lives of dignity, meaning, and abundance for themselves and friends across the world. View Guest page

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Betsy Westhafer

Betsy Westhafer is the founder of the ActionMasters Network, an online platform that offers mentorship, accountability, progress tracking and support for people who commit to taking action every day toward achieving their entrepreneurial and life goals. Betsy believes that the key to success is a combination of learning and doing, and built the ActionMasters Network as a structured approach to both. Betsy and her husband Paul live in Dayton, Ohio. They have five children, a growing tribe of grandkids and love to spend time on the water at Lake Cumberland. She is also an avid practitioner of The Miracle Morning routine, and loves nothing more than to connect people who seek to find ways of helping each other. Previous to launching the ActionMasters Network, Betsy co-founded CuroLegal, an organization that provides consulting services and back office operational support to law firms around the country. View Guest page

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Kevin Whereler


Kevin Wheeler is a well-known futurist, speaker, author, teacher and consultant in talent acquisition and development. He travels, speaks and works globally in more than 14 countries in Europe, Asia, and South America. Kevin is the Founder and Chairman of the Future of Talent Institute, having founded it out of his belief that organizations need better insight into the various trends that impact talent and their ability to attract and retain the talent they need to remain competitive. He is also Founder and President of Global Learning Resources, Inc. and a Director of the Australasian Talent Conference. After a 25-year career in corporate America, Kevin has firsthand knowledge of the need for better strategies and approaches to finding, developing and retaining people. He is the author of numerous articles on human resource development, career development, recruiting, and on establishing corporate universities. He has served as adjunct faculty at various California universities. View Guest page

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Paul Wiley


As Co-Founder and Chief Executive Optimizer, Paul Wiley is responsible for the strategy and day-to-day operations of Opargo, LLC, the first schedule optimization company to deliver value-based schedule recommendations for healthcare providers at time of booking. His primary goal is to help his fellow Opargonauts add value for their customers. Prior to founding Opargo, Paul was Chief Product & Strategy Officer at GetThere, a Sabre Travel Network brand. He has held a variety of senior leadership roles devoted to product marketing, business strategy, and technology management at United Airlines and Sabre Holdings. When he’s not focused on optimizing time and value for busy clinicians, you’ll find the former competitive tennis player training for an Ironman, staying active at his church, volunteering as a board member of Tri4Him, and hanging out with his wife and kids. Paul is a graduate of The College of Wooster and Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business (MBA). View Guest page

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Brian Williams


With over 20 years of global corporate leadership experience ranging from Silicon Valley startups to Fortune 100 companies in 12 different countries, Brian Williams brings a new perspective to the business of Communications Training. He discovered that ineffective communication skills, and the problems with traditional presentations, resulted in a massive waste of time, money, and productivity. He uses his years of corporate and global experience to bring depth and professional insight to the communication skills he enthusiastically teaches today. Perspectivity has worked with organizations such as Cisco, ATT, the NFL, and a private company that only serves those on Forbes 400 richest people in the world. With his experience from reaching the Toastmasters World Semi-Finals of Public Speaking, Brian developed a Proprietary 6-Step Design and Delivery System to help professionals learn to confidently design and deliver based on the science of the Adult Learning Principles. View Guest page

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Blaine Wright

Having grown up in the family business of horse race training in Washington state, Blaine Wright began grooming race horses at age 14. Upon graduating high school in 1992, he joined his father’s stable and served as his head assistant 1995 to 2000. Blaine left the business from 2000 to 2005 to see what life had to offer outside of racing horses and worked among other things as a journeyman in the heating and air conditioning industry. Realizing he could not ignore his passion for animals, Blaine resumed full-time work in the horse race training field in 2005 and in the fall of 2006 started his own racing stable. He has raced horses up and down the west coast ever since from New Mexico, to Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, and Vancouver, Canada. Blaine currently trains 55-65 horses between Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley, California and Emerald Downs in Auburn, Washington. He employs up to 25 people between these two states and travels back and forth every week. View Guest page

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Sherri Elliott Yeary


Sherri Elliott Yeary is an author, speaker, coach and trainer in the area of Human Resources and Talent Management. Her 20 years of experience in human resource management include workforce planning, company culture, training, assessments, strategic alignment, compensation, and benefit programs. Sherri’s research and perspective on how the four generations can effectively work together is shared in her book Ties to Tattoos: Turning Generational Differences into a Competitive Advantage. Her second book, You Can Have It All, Just Not All At Once, shares the personal stories of lessons learned by top women executives and entrepreneurs across the country. Contributors to the book have shared stories from their hearts about how they climbed the corporate ladder and balanced family obligations while also overcoming challenging obstacles. You Can Have It All, shares the intimate secrets of their successes and setbacks on the road to building and living life to the fullest. View Guest page

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Matt Youngquist


Matt Youngquist is a recognized expert in the field of career coaching, job hunting, and professional employment counseling. After witnessing the intense structural transformation of the job market over the past decade, he founded Career Horizons in Seattle, Washington in 2004 to assist clients in navigating successfully through these unfamiliar and largely uncharted waters. He consults with clients at all levels on how to assess their careers, explore their occupational options, reach their full potential, and master the complex dynamics reshaping today’s employment marketplace. To date, he has delivered hundreds of group career workshops and provided one-on-one coaching to over 7,500 individual job seekers at all levels, ranging from entry-level employees to Fortune 100 executives. A frequent author and speaker, his thoughts on the employment landscape are featured regularly by media sources such as NPR, KING-5 TV, and career advice columns for which he's authored. View Guest page

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Stephanie Zelaya


Inspired by her grandfather Jesus, Stephanie Zelaya began her development in music from a very young age with Dr. Angélica Rose in Guatemala. She earned an Associate’s Degree in Vocal Performance at the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles and Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Entrepreneurship, Summa Cum Laude. She was named "Artist of the Year" by the Societá Dante Alighieri and was nominated as "Best New Edge" in the Rainbows Maya awards. She was chosen as one of 50 youth leaders in Latin America, and recognized in the international women's day as one of the ten entrepreneurs with greater influence in her native country of Guatemala. Most recently, she was invited to participate in TEDx "The START UP of your life", sharing her story and her music, encouraging everyone to follow their dreams. Her first album "It’s a Journey" released in May 2015 launched her on an international tour in channels across the United States and Central America. View Guest page

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