MIKAELA KINER is an experienced HR / People Operations professional, founder/CEO, and executive coach. In 2015, Mikaela founded Reverb, creating a healthy, inclusive culture in startups and growing companies in the Pacific Northwest. A People Operations professional for nearly twenty years, Mikaela enjoys coaching leaders at all levels and promoting gender equality at work. She's been quoted in Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal and The Muse, and is a member of the Forbes Human Resources Council and Puget Sound Business Journal Leadership Trust. A native Seattleite who grew up on Capitol Hill, Mikaela is married to Henry, a musician, artist, and teacher. Their two children, Simon and Sidonie, are good at challenging the status quo and are a constant source of learning and laughter.
Zeudy Mars is a passionate entrepreneur like you, a mommy of 4, and a certified health coach that is here to teach women entrepreneurs how to fuel their body “the right way”. All so that they can have more energy to make a big impact in the world with their business and passion. She shares what she’s learned from her own experience over the last 10 years and from some of the best teachers in the country while she was earning her Health Coach Certification.
Wendy Pilch is one of the co-founders of Millie & Main, an online subscription wardrobe company offering monthly Looks & Links for busy women.
After their business crumbled due to a long term illness, Joeel and Natalie Rivera decided they never wanted to be in that situation again. So they dedicated themselves to converting their training and speaking programs into online courses that would outlive them and would provide passive income. They reached over 150,000 students from 195 countries in only 3 years and became advocates for the democratization of education. Today they are passionate about teaching anyone with a skill, experience or passion to share (which is everyone) how to monetize their knowledge by teaching what they know and love online.
Malvika Sheth runs Stylebymalvika, and she is a digital fashion content creator and writer. Recently, she was named one of the top five up and coming fashion influencers by Pixlee!
She creates photo content and writes about fashion, beauty, and travel on her website, posts a few times daily on Instagram, and also creates fun, fashion-filled YouTube videos, and vlogs for her audience.
Dr. Trenace Richardson is a nationally sought after keynote speaker and an award-winning educator, author, and CEO. With over 20 years of leadership experience in the public and private sectors, Dr. Richardson is a highly respected leadership researcher and practitioner. She has spoken to audiences across the country, helping businesses, churches, civic organizations, and individuals excel in the areas of personal and leadership development. She has an innate ability to connect with diverse audiences across various disciplines. Dr. Richardson's passion is to help growing organizations and driven individuals understand and practice a theoretical leadership framework that she developed called, Soul Centric Leadership. This inward-focused leadership style has proven to be highly successful in the training of facilitators for her non-profit, REAL Women Inc. and for her clients across the country.
Cheryl Najafi is a NYT best selling author, speaker, and entrepreneur. In 2010 she founded the leading food recipe website, EverydayDishes.com. In 2018 Najafi founded The Cause Collection, a socially responsible online clothing company that supports nonprofits who fight for tolerance, humanitarianism and social justice. As a part of the shopping process, every customer is encouraged to use their purchasing power to advocate for the cause of their choosing. In addition to funds contributed from the customer's purchasing power, The Cause Collection also makes quarterly contributions straight from its working capital to directly support its nonprofit partners. As a company, supporting these causes is rooted in their culture. The mission and actions of The Cause Collection (and its community) show they put their money where their heart is.
Jackie Gutierrez brings experience as an entrepreneur and active volunteer to The Cause Collection. Her career has included founding and leading start-up enterprises, designing go-to-market strategies, e-commerce website design, product design and manufacturing. Becoming CEO of the social enterprise represented the quintessential hybrid of her experience in fashion, digital and serving marginalized communities. Jackie and Cheryl are motivated by challenging the typical business model by using fashion as a fundraising tool and rigorously testing their product design to satisfy a variety of women’s body types.
In her spare time, Jackie is busy raising her 8-year-old daughter and a 10-year-old son with the support of her husband in the desert of Arizona.
Dee Ann Turner spent 33 years at Chick-fil-A and during that time was VP of Talent and VP of Sustainability. CFA’s first female officer. She shaped the culture of CFA and developed talent systems for the selection and retention of Chick-fil-A Corporate staff and Franchisees. She's the author of two best-selling books - It’s My Pleasure and Bet on Talent. Her 3rd book will be released in Spring 2021. She speaks globally to about 50 audiences per year. Dee Ann now leads her own business, Dee Ann Turner, LLC - Communicator, Consultant, Coach.
20+ years experience with core competency in Intimate Apparel. Developed profitable businesses for Iconic brands. Calvin Klein Underwear for Women 1994-2008. Launched Tommy Hilfiger Intimates & Sleepwear 2008/2009 Launched Lucky Brand Intimates & Sleepwear – 2009 / 2010. Yummy by Heather Thomson 2011 - 2016, Founder of BRABAR
As a Business Coach for over seven years, Wendie Kause has helped and inspired hundreds of individuals and businesses to get out of their own way with The Kause Syndicate. She helps them make positive changes that result in increased income, a happier work culture, and improved customer service, all resulting in increased profitability and team satisfaction.
Matt Johnson is a marketer, entrepreneur, podcast expert, and musician. Matt runs a podcast PR & production agency based in San Diego, an international team that helps business coaches and consultants break in and dominate their niche through podcasting.
Matt currently hosts niche business podcasts and recently launched the Podcast Pitch Assistant program to help experts get pitched to podcasts consistently without doing any of the backend work themselves. He is a frequent podcast guest and event speaker to audiences around the US, Canada, and Australia.
MacKenzie Wilson (Mac) and MacKenzie Baker (Kenz) are entrepreneurs, podcasters, authors, and the founders of Delight Ministries, an organization that empowers, educates and provides a community for college women across the United States. Delight Ministries is on a mission to invite college women into a Christ-centered community that fosters vulnerability and transforms lives. Driven by the power of stories to move, inspire, and change, Delight’s curriculum and semester-phased book series merge real accounts on relevant topics with scripture and thoughtful questions to inspire conversation, complemented by an app encouraging further engagement. Today Delight Ministries has supported the launch of chapters on 140 college campuses nationwide and in the United Kingdom and Uganda, enriching the lives of thousands of members with deep friendships forged through open, honest, and vulnerable conversations.
Stefanie Gass helps mompreneurs create passive income businesses that light them up!
Fueled by Jesus, iced coffee, & toddler snuggles, Stef is both an exceptional mama AND an extremely successful entrepreneur.
Stef’s call is empowering women to claim their BEST lives by working less, yet making more.
Stef believes that when we let God's miracles light our path, we will profit from our passions, live proactively, & design a life that fuels our soul.
She believes we can actually have it all.
Pete Mockaitis is an award-winning trainer and coach who helps professionals perform optimally at work. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Forbes, and Inc. Pete has delivered 1-on-1 coaching to over 700 leaders hailing from world-class organizations (such as Google, FedEx, Amazon, Apple, Anheuser-Busch, and the United Nations), 50 countries, and every Ivy League university. He began his career at Bain & Company and currently hosts the How to be Awesome at Your Job podcast. The show has been downloaded over 8,000,000 times and consistently ranks as a top business show in Apple Podcasts.
Jim Stavis was diagnosed with Juvenile Type 1 diabetes when he was 17 years old. At that time, he was told that he would live a shortened life span with health side effects such as kidney and heart disease, blindness, and amputations. He could have become depressed and allow that diagnosis to impair his life ambitions, but instead, he used the diagnosis to motivate him to achieve even greater success. He started a business while in college that became successful called Pace Setter that manufactured automotive aftermarkets products for the new import cars that were flooding into the market. After 15 years, he started another business in steel distribution that is still operating today after 31 years. Unfortunately, as Jim grew older, many of the complications of diabetes that were forecasted to occur did in fact happen. As he approached his 50th birthday, Jim required a triple organ transplant of his heart, kidney, and pancreas in order to survive. The problem was such a transplant combination had never been performed. Jim would be the first. He has a great perspective on what's it like to experience great adversity and to not only survive but thrive.
Laura Briggs is a former inner-city teacher turned entrepreneur, freelance writer, and author. She's also a military wife, domestic violence advocate, and Ph.D. candidate in public administration and policy writing my dissertation. Her first book is in the top ten in the Business Category for the "Author Academy Awards." She's also delivered two TEDx talks on the freelance economy.
Mr. Wasser graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a Masters Degree in Marital & Family Therapy and a certificate in Sports & Fitness Psychology from California State University. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Addictions Professional (CAP), and Certified Hypnotherapist. Mr. Wasser is also a Certified Neuro- Emotional Technique (NET) practitioner, Certified Pre-Marital Counseling Provider for Dade and Broward counties and Florida Qualified Supervisor for Registered MFT and MHC Interns. As a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, he is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and has served as a past Board Member for the Broward Association for Marriage & Family Therapy. Jason is also a Certified Business Finishing School Coach.
Mr. Wasser works with children, couples, individuals and families and is the Founder and Clinical Director of The Family Room Wellness Associates.
Ashley Sumner is the CEO & Co-founder of Quilt. She’s a community builder obsessed with designing unique ways to connect people in a more meaningful way. She started her career as a performer (tap dancing was her favorite), quickly learned about her fascination with connecting people, which led to a career in matchmaking, and ultimately realized that she wanted to build accessible, welcoming communities.
Gianna’s second start-up is Quilt, which formed in the effort to rebuild the feminine connection. She started her first company, One Roof, while living in Melbourne, Australia. She is passionate about connecting in safe spaces, like homes, through simple meaningful experiences, like conversation. She believes anything is possible and that we don't need to follow the current structures that have been built. There is always an opportunity to build something new and more human.
Maki Moussavi is a transformational success coach focused on helping people create lives defined by their desires rather than societal or familial constructs of success. Too many put up with a life spent surviving rather than thriving. Maki’s passion is helping people discover their personal programming and the patterns in which they operate in order to break through to a life where they unapologetically live according to their own expectations, not those of others. She specializes in providing a process around transformation to streamline the path to change. Maki has a Master of Science degree in genetic counseling and counseled patients before embarking on a 12-plus year corporate career prior to becoming a coach.
Her upcoming book, The High Achiever’s Guide: Transform Your Success Mindset and Begin the Quest to Fulfillment will release in October 2019.
Caroline helps everyday people fast track through the stress and confusion of creating an e-commerce business so they can make huge profits and have a business that runs on autopilot while they can live their life without financial stress. The founder of the #1 marketing service for newbie Shopify stores and the host of the Winning With Shopify podcast. She mentors merchants looking for that edge in business.
Holding Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Human Biology and a Doctorate in Chiropractic, Amir A. Rashidian is the founder of the Mid-Atlantic Chiropractic Center. Established in 2006 and serving over 18,000 patient visits annually, the Mid-Atlantic Chiropractic Center focuses on high-tech diagnostics to detect and correct disturbances in the nervous system. The doctors at the Mid-Atlantic Chiropractic Center, promoting drugless health solutions, work with patients to eliminate the causes of disease and not merely the suppression of symptoms.
As a consultant, Dr. Rashidian has worked with 18 chiropractic practices. 16 of which were startup businesses that all reached profitability within the first 3 months of business launch. Dr. Rashidian attributes his success in opening practices to an intensive systematized marketing plan implemented 3 months prior to business launch. He has personally opened two very successful chiropractic practices.
A very active speaker at corporate events, conventions, and churches, he is also frequently interviewed by the local TV, radio, and newspaper. Additionally, Dr. Rashidian serves on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity and is a major financial supporter of their local building projects. Furthermore, Dr. Rashidian also serves as the chairman of the Elder Leadership Team at Grace Community Church. He has won multiple honors and awards including Business Leader of the Year and Philanthropist of the Year.
He is happily married to his wife of 14 years and together they have three sons.
SQuire Rushnell is the New York Times Bestselling author eleven God Winks books. He’s a monthly contributor for the NBC TODAY Show. And last Christmas Hallmark launched the Godwink Movie Series… one of the highest-rated movies in the history of Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Channel.
SQuire is a former ABC Network executive who was a father of Schoolhouse Rock and led Good Morning America to number one.
He and his wife Louise live on Martha’s Vineyard where SQuire is known as “The Godwink Guy.”
Yes, capital Q … SQuire is a popular speaker and the New York Times Bestselling author who introduced the word “Godwink” into the language and dictionaries—“Not a coincidence but an astonishing event or experience from a divine origin.”
SQuire has more than one-and-one-half million books in print and his monthly Godwinks on NBC Today Show has been one of the most-streamed for five seasons.
His eleventh book, Godwink Christmas Stories, along with four others, has been co-authored with his wife Louise DuArt. They are also authors/executive producers for
A Godwink Christmas one of the most viewed films of the year on Hallmark’s Movies and Mysteries Channel.
As a veteran ABC Television Network executive, SQuire led Good Morning America to number one and was a father of the acclaimed Schoolhouse Rock series and the ABC After School Specials. Programs under his direction captured more than 75 Emmy Awards.
SQuire’s Facebook page is a daily Godwink Gathering where over 283,000 fans share their extraordinary stories.
Mark Zablow is Founder and CEO of Cogent Entertainment Marketing, and with over fifteen years of experience on the front lines of entertainment marketing, Mark has ascended as a trusted voice in influencer and experiential marketing today, and saw an immense opportunity for brands to work with celebrities, influencers, and professional athletes in non-traditional ROI driven formats. Cogent’s notoriety as a powerhouse of excellence in the Entertainment Marketing arena is directly associated to the culture Mark has fostered amongst his staff, and their unwillingness to provide clients with nothing but unparalleled service and ROI driven strategy.
In 2006 Mark joined Platinum Rye Entertainment, an Omnicom agency, and led all Lifestyle Marketing. During his tenure at Platinum Rye, Mark negotiated over 1,000 talent contracts totaling over $500 million on behalf of brands such as P&G, AT&T, GM, Chevy, Pepsi, MillerCoors, Corona, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, and DirecTV, amongst many more fortune 500 companies who continue to work with Mark today. In 2011, at the pinnacle of his career at Platinum Rye, Mark left to form Cogent. He knew there were more creative opportunities for brands to work with celebrities, athletes and influencers than simply inking a single multi-million dollar deal. He aimed to innovate marketing by leveraging talent appearances, event activations, social media call outs, and more micro-campaigns to spread the love.
In 2003, Mark got his start at Gerber Group where he learned how to inject brands into the Rande Gerber hospitality portfolio through seamless experiential integration. In 2005, Mark took his experience to Track Entertainment where he led the American Express account, weaving Amex into the blossoming nightlife and hospitality culture, eliciting new Amex cardholders opportunities to join, while retaining existing member through bespoke experiences.
In his spare time, Mark hosts lectures at NYU and Columbia University and heavily invests in mentoring college students with aspirations of working in the highly-coveted Entertainment Marketing world.
Clyde P Riddlesbrood is the founder and owner of the Riddlesbrood Touring Theater Company which was started in 2000. He has personally been in over 5000 shows in his lifetime and as a company, they have performed over 1500 shows. Currently, Riddlesbrood is one of the most successful and vibrant theater companies in the New York, New Jersey area performing more than 150 murder mysteries and dinner theater shows per year at multiple locations. In addition to this, they produce three large Broadway-style shows for “Arts on the MOVE” Performing Arts Program for children and teens.
Manisha Thakor serves as the vice president of financial education at Brighton Jones, one of the nation’s most innovative and rapidly growing wealth management firms. With the firm’s support, she is launching her trueWELLth podcast in March 2019 that will help people shed the flawed equation that wealth = happiness by giving them tools from a wide range of experts on how to redefine success and craft one’s own definition of trueWELLth. Manisha is a Harvard MBA, CFA, CFP, as well as an author/speaker/teacher with extensive national media experience.