Part CEO, part personal development wonk, and part biohacker info geek, Thom King is a self-confessed serial entrepreneur. While his favorite book list contains many success oriented and personal-development classics, the traditional definition of achieving success (e.g. make a lot of money) is not what inspires or motivates King. He follows more of a “you aren’t doing well unless you’re also doing some good” line of thinking. King’s company has been built around the simple principle of “do the right thing.” In 1999, Thom’s personal passion for food and his concern over the explosion of metabolic disease led him to found Steviva Brands, now known as Icon Foods, with a mission to help food manufacturers replace unhealthy sugars in their products with natural options. With 20 years of R&D work, Thom has helped hundreds of manufacturers improve the
quality of their products. In recent years, his passion for food and optimal health have intersected with his embrace of a ketogenic (low carb, high fat) diet.
After successfully building her business over the last twenty-plus years, Marcia Moran thought she had life by the tail. Little did she know what was in store.
Marcia has written over fifty business plans and helped entrepreneurs strategize over how to differentiate their companies in changing environments. After helping other entrepreneurs start their companies, she decided to found her own business consulting practice, Performance Architect, in 2012 and co-founded Positive Business DC that same year.
She suffered a major stroke in 2014. Marcia applied her skills in planning and strategy as she strived to become whole. She never gave up. Over time she learned to walk again, but Marcia struggled with aphasia, a language disorder. She joined Toastmasters International® hoping to regain her speaking abilities. It helped some, but in August 2017 she discovered a technological breakthrough that minimized her speaking disability.
She then pushed beyond her comfort zone to become a Toastmasters International Club Officer in 2017, then Area Director in 2019.
Marcia created Stroke FORWARD because she felt there is a need to share hope to stroke survivors and their caretakers. Learning to become her own health advocate one step a time and exploring holistic methods for healing are keys to her recovery. Marcia speaks and shares her message of hope, inspiration, healing, and a way forward as she goes across the country. She welcomes new opportunities to help individuals affected by major health crises move ahead.
Mike Robbins is the author of We're All In This Together; Bring Your Whole Self to Work; Nothing Changes Until You Do; Be Yourself, Everyone Else Is Already Taken; and Focus on the Good Stuff, which have been translated into 15 languages. A sought-after speaker, consultant, and thought leader, Mike works with a diverse group of clients throughout the world, including Google, Wells Fargo, Microsoft, Gap, and the Oakland A’s. Mike is a regular contributor to Forbes and the host of a weekly podcast called We’re All in This Together. His work has been featured in The Harvard Business Review, The New YorkTimes, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, and The Economist, as well as on NPR and ABC News, among many others.
In a past life, Ann was "The Godmother of Attraction Marketing"...an expert in building and KEEPING a loyal following that buys from you again and again for years!
When she took her skillset online, things just exploded: not only an ultra-successful affiliate marketer, Ann was also the mastermind behind the Renegade System - responsible for creating an untold number of 6, 7, and 8 figure earners.
But even after generating over $20,000,000.00 in online sales, she wasn't done. Ann took her list of 400,000 or so subscribers and created the E-Commerce Business School...the premier e-commerce training platform on the internet.
From training beginners in local retail arbitrage to organizing sourcing trips to China, Ann's marketing mindset served her well in creating a new generation of E-Commerce sellers at any age!
Ann's focus through the E-Commerce Business School is to provide a results-driven entrepreneurial mentoring community.
Joel Berman offers lessons in entrepreneurship, innovation and business from 25+ years of experience with several start-ups to Fortune 500 companies including Microsoft, Amazon.com, Pearson Education, Lenati, Wonder Forge, Ravensburger, Avanti Markets, One Foot Productions and more. By working across diverse industries – publishing, education, online learning, software, technology, e-commerce, unattended retail/vending, food and beverage, entertainment, games and other consumer packaged goods – Berman is able to draw from a range of topics and experiences. Berman joined Avanti Markets, Inc. in 2018 to build a new division and launch Smart N Go, a cutting-edge, smart vending innovation in the on-the-go refreshment space. In early 2019, Berman took on the role of Head of Sales & Customer Success for Avanti Markets, where he leads the sales, business development and account management, and customer service practices for the organization, while continuing to oversee the management of Smart N Go. Berman earned his MBA from the University of Washington Foster School of Business, and his BA from UCLA. Berman also taught Entrepreneurship (Creating a Company) at the Buerk Center of Entrepreneurship for the Foster School of Business (2017-2018).
Dr. Paul White is a psychologist, author, speaker, and consultant who “makes work relationships work”. For the past 20 years, he’s improved numerous businesses, schools, government agencies, and non-profit organizations by helping them:
Opera singer Sara Duchovnay has turned a lifelong obsession with vintage and antique fine jewelry into a multifaceted dual career as a fine jewelry curator and owner of Songbird Sara Jewelry. While performing lead roles with opera companies around the country and traveling alongside her opera singing husband, Sara is able to make personal connections within the jewelry industry and source heirloom fine estate jewelry from all over the world. This unique opportunity allows her to offer her customers some of the most exquisite vintage and antique fine jewelry pieces available today and allows them to bring true operatic glamour and history into their everyday modern lives.
Stacey Blume is an experienced fashion entrepreneur and inventor with a proven track record of developing innovative designs from inception to mass market adoption through licensing. Stacey invented an ingredient brand called ElastaFuse Technology (EFT). EFT re-engineered a classic sweatband to be a functioning piece of elastic in order to capture sweat, prevent chafing, and maximize comfort. This revolutionary elastic is patented in multiple categories including activewear, underwear, and accessory bags. Noble Titan is a consumer-facing brand conceived as a ‘proof of concept’ for EFT. The men's underwear category is currently selling online at Walmart.