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Health & Wellness - Keynote Speakers

Dean Karnazes

An internationally recognized endurance athlete and New York Times bestselling author, Dean Karnazes has pushed his body and mind to inconceivable limits. He has run 350 continuous miles (foregoing sleep for three nights) as well as a run across Death Valley in 120 degree temperatures and a marathon to the South Pole in negative 40 degrees. In 2006, Dean accomplished the (seemingly) impossible by running 50 marathons--one in each US state--in 50 consecutive days. As a speaker, Dean has captivated and inspired audiences all over with his stories of persistence and perseverance. His dynamic, engaging, and rousing presentations focus on going beyond perceived limitations to be the best that you can be. He examines and discusses the essential ingredients necessary for high-achievement and developing the ability to prevail and preserve against staggering odds. In addition to his athletic achievements, Dean is an accomplished businessman who has worked for several Fortune 500 companies and startups and is uniquely able to demonstrate how the lessons learned from athletics can be applied to business. He is also the author of five books, including his most recent release, Run! 26.2 Stories of Blisters and Bliss.

Jay Jacobs

Jay Jacobs lost an amazing 181 pounds in 8 months as a contestant with his daughter, Jennifer, on NBC's hit show, The Biggest Loser. He was the only guy standing in the Final 4 at the Season 11 finale. Since then, Jay has become a health and wellness ambassador. He has appeared on TV and radio programs such as Today, Good Morning America, and Fox & Friends. Plus, he has appeared in Time, The New York Times and Readers Digest. Jay's journey and message inspires individuals to embrace healthier lifestyles. Healthier lifestyles lead to better overall corporate health and greater productivity for organizations. Jay's personal journey motivates others to tackle their own health challenges and live the rest of their lives as the best of their lives! When Jay’s not inspiring others through his speaking engagements, he is an active managing partner of Shurn Group: Wellness Matters, his family-owned, health and wellness branding and marketing firm.

Mark Allen

Since retiring from racing as a professional triathlete in 1996, Mark Allen has become a highly regarded inspirational speaker. The Ironman Triathlon is the most difficult one-day sporting event in the world. Mark’s first six attempts, all losses, were casualties of everything from flat tires to internal bleeding. Yet each defeat served to galvanize his commitment to fulfilling his dream of becoming the Ironman Champion. Finally on his seventh attempt Mark won, beating Dave Scott in triathlon’s greatest race ever. Allen went on to win a total of six Ironman titles in six attempts. Mark completed a 15-year career in the world of elite athletics with a 90% top-three finish record and going undefeated in 20 races over a three year span from 1988-1990. He was named “Triathlete of the Year” six times, and after retiring in 1996 was called “The World’s Fittest Man” by Outside magazine. Mark was recently awarded the highest ranking any speaker ever receives from the Northwestern Financial Network for a keynote address he gave to their advisors. Mark is also an award winning author for the recently released book titled Fit Soul, Fit Body: 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You that he co-authored with Brant Secunda. They received the prestigious Nautilus Book Award in the category of Health, Healing and Energetic Medicine in 2010.

Dan Lier

Known as “America’s Coach” on Home Shopping Network, Dan Lier is a bestselling author, executive coach, business consultant, and former top speaker with Tony Robbins. With two decades of experience and over 3,500 customized presentations under his belt, Dan’s successful track record speaks for itself. He has been featured on The Today Show and Inside Edition and is the author of The 10 Minute Coach. Dan's TV show, Your True Potential, has inspired millions of people to take their life and business to the next level. The relevant content of his presentations, combined with his charismatic delivery, allow Dan to connect and impact audiences from any industry as he provides both inspiration and the tools to “raise the bar.”

Heidi Hanna

Dr. Heidi Hanna is a New York Times best selling author, CEO and founder of Synergy, a consulting company providing brain-based health and performance programs to organizations, and the Executive Director for the American Institute of Stress. As a global speaker she has been featured at the Fortune Magazine’s Most Successful Women in Business Summit, the ESPN Women in Leadership Summit, and the Million Dollar Round Table. Her clients have included Microsoft, GE, Google, Starbucks, Morgan Stanley, Ameriprise, Nationwide and many more. Dr. Hanna's current research explores the connection between stress, brain health and performance. She is passionate about educating and empowering others to transform their relationship with stress in order to bring more energy, attention and intention to the moments that matter most to them. For fun, Heidi is a national board member for Blessings in a Backpack, a volunteer speaker for the Alzheimer’s Association, and recently started a non-profit called Beyond Funny that provides resources related to humor and the brain. She has recently been appointed to a faculty position with the International Brain Health Education Institute and will be teaching a new course on the Applied Neuroscience of Stress and Health in the spring of 2018.

Holly Atkinson

Dr. Holly Atkinson is a popular professional speaker, engaging and entertaining audiences across America on how to achieve maximum health. She is a physician, medical columnist, TV host, author, human rights leader, and experienced CEO. A well-known media personality, she has served as medical correspondent on NBC’s Today show and The CBS Morning News, and currently hosts HealthiNation’s consumer health videos widely viewed on the internet and cable TV, and she is a frequent guest on ABC News Now. Dr. Atkinson is Assistant Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of the Advancing Idealism in Medicine Program at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Public Health at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. In addition, she is a board member and the past president of Physicians for Human Rights, who shared in the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for its work on eradicating landmines. Dr. Atkinson has a MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and a MS degree in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Colgate University with a BS in Biology. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the American Medical Women’s Association.

Joan Brock

Author of 'More Than Meets the Eye', Joan Brock won the hearts of the insurance industry's 'Million Dollar Round Table' and the NBC 'Today Show' audiences with her heart rendering and uplifting story of courage, perseverance and acceptance. Joan draws parallels between her own story and the challenges which face organizations. Her extraordinary life story moves audiences to accept their own personal and professional hardships with Courage and Humor. As Joan puts it, "Life is full of irreversible opportunities, and you have a choice to see them as assets or obstacles." Urging audiences to "play the hand you're dealt," Joan helps organizations see corporate challenges from a new perspective. In June 2003, a Lifetime Original Movie "More Than Meets the Eye: The Joan Brock Story" premiered to much acclaim.

Alice Domar

Dr. Alice Domar is an international expert on stress and the impact of lifestyle habits on mental and physical health. She is an author and medical journalist, executive director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body, assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, practicing psychologist, and professional speaker. After her tours with Oprah Winfrey as part of her Lluminari team of health experts, Dr. Domar became a well sought-after health speaker by her ability to transform the lives of her audiences with her cutting-edge research. As she continues to do research who knows what she will discover and share next!

Kate Adamson

Author and speaker Kate Adamson shares her unique perspective on the relationship between healthy habits and survival from the most acute medical crisis. Kate recovered from a serious stroke, including a period of hospitalization during which she suffered total paralysis, also known as Locked-in Syndrome. Only able to blink her eyes, she managed to communicate messages through a system of blinking the alphabet, which allowed her to set up a rehabilitation program that almost everyone thought would be impossible. Kate used her training, determination, and persistence to do the impossible. Partially paralyzed as a result of her stroke, Kate has developed her own unique capabilities and has discovered and proven that "paralyzed" does not have to mean "powerless." Kate’s experience will fascinate and inform anyone involved with health care. Her incredible pre-morbid level of fitness and health allowed her to survive one-in-a-million odds. She learned how your health can work for you even in the most severe medical crisis.

Dan Buettner

Dan Buettner is an internationally recognized researcher, explorer, New York Times bestselling author and National Geographic Fellow. He founded Blue Zones®, a company that puts the world’s best practices in longevity and well-being to work in people’s lives. As a professional speaker, Buettner reveals his strategies for longevity, wellness, and happiness to his audiences. In 2009 he partnered with AARP and was able to raise their employee’s life expectancy and lower health care by 40%. Buettner inspires people to live a healthier, more fulfilling life by presenting his findings from around the world by implementing his principles, audiences experience change. His latest book, Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way reveal a credible, cross-cultural formula and a practical plan to help us stack the deck for happiness and get more satisfaction out of life.

Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson is America’s Peak Performance Coach with over 30 years’ experience in the health and fitness industry. As the founder and CEO of On Target Living. Chris travels around the world speaking and training people to live a healthier lifestyle “One Step at a Time”! Chris holds a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology, certifications from ACSM, NASM, ACE, CNHP, and is a faculty member of A4M, teaching physicians and health professionals around the world his REST/EAT/MOVE training program. Chris is a change leader in health and fitness--”nobody makes a greater impact in a person’s health than this guy”! His clients include Fortune 500 companies all over the world.

Joe Flower

With nearly 30 years’ experience, Joe Flower has emerged as a premier observer and thought leader on the deep forces changing healthcare in the United States and around the world. As a healthcare speaker, writer, and consultant, he has explored the future of healthcare with clients ranging from the World Health Organization, the Global Business Network, and the U.K. National Health Service, to the majority of state hospital associations in the U.S. as well as many of the provincial associations and ministries in Canada, He has been a consultant on change and the future with the U.S. Department of Defense, Airbus and ArianeSpace, and a number of governments in China. Flower is the author of hundreds of healthcare articles. For over 20 years he was a contributing editor and regular columnist at the Healthcare Forum Journal.

Jack Singer

Dr. Jack Singer is a professional psychologist, author and a Professional Speaker, who has been practicing the specialties of Clinical, Sport, and Industrial/Organizational Psychology for 33 years. He is renowned across the U.S. for his innovative work in stress mastery, bringing joy to the workplace and developing a champion mindset, to enhance success in work, and in life. With the release of his new book,“The Financial Advisor’s ULTIMATE Stress Mastery Guide” his speaking presentation “Developing & Maintaining the Mindset of a Champion” has been focusing on audiences of financial professionals.. Referred to by many of his attendees as the “Patch Adams and Will Rogers of Psychology,” Dr. Jack's amazingly successful interventions have even been featured in USA-TODAY. Dr. Jack Singer "has couch and will travel."

Barbara Fulmer

When organizations need to transform their office into a healthier, more productive workforce they call on Barbara Fulmer. With over 20 years of experience, Barbara is the founder and president of Get Corporate Health, dedicated to helping employers take control and create programs to drive behavioral changes toward a healthier workforce. As a consultant to Nutrisystem, Medifast and HealthyWage and former Global Managing Director of Jenny Craig International’s Corporate Wellness Group, Barbara no only knows her facts but can show you the proof that her help works! Through her insider’s view she masterfully offers solutions to specific problems your workforce is facing. Barbara’s humor and insight revamp any business into a happier and healthier environment.

Mitch Gaylord

Mitch Gaylord first thrilled the world in 1984 when he led the United States Olympic gymnastics team to its gold medal victory. With a strong entrepreneurial spirit, Mitch went on to create Gold Medal Fitness, LLC and the "Melt it OFF! with Mitch" workout program, which has been on-air for the last four years. Through this project, he personally motivated, trained, and inspired over 100 people to achieve their health and fitness goals by teaching them to "Embrace their Greatness." Mitch has been motivating and inspiring audiences worldwide for over 26 years; he speaks to Fortune 500 companies, associations, and students across the country. Mitch's personal mission is to inspire others to greatness through his presentations and products.

Loretta LaRoche

For over 30 years Loretta LaRoche has raised the humor potential in all her audiences as an international stress management and humor consultant. She is the founder and president of The Humor Potential, Inc., a company offering programs and products for life style management and was recently awarded the National Humor Treasure Award. As a business speaker, Loretta shows her audiences how to use humor to reframe a stressful situation by thinking about it in a different way. She enables people to see their lives in a new and happier perspective so that they can deal with stressful situations in a better way. Her wit and entertaining speeches keeps audiences laughing their way to a more optimistic life.

Peter McLaughlin

Peter has developed a toolbox of great ideas both ancient and new to help people and companies move through the maze of 21st century challenges and opportunities. Peter McLaughlin’s mission in life is to help people maximize their productivity and quality of life. A poll conducted among top corporations named Peter McLaughlin, along with Tom Peters and Peter Drucker, as one of the best business speakers in the nation. (Source: Journal of Business Strategy). Peter is author of the book CatchFire: A 7-Step Program to Ignite Energy, Defuse Stress, and PowerBoost Your Performance, and co-author of the book Mentally Tough: The Principles of Winning at Sports Applied to Winning in Business. For twenty years, he has studied the leading research on individual and team performance, and created programs to help businesspeople improve their effectiveness.

Romy Nelson

Romy is a nutritionist, media consultant and author, specializing in corporate consulting. She educates audiences on many health and wellness topics including nutrition, fitness, and the importance of balancing the body, mind and soul to achieve optimal health and wellness. Her book, Be Lean: How to Get the Body You Love and Love the Body You Have, was written to guide readers towards achieving peace with their bodies through positive affirmations, proper nutrition, and natural health. Her experience centers upon professional speaking, as well as the design and implementation of corporate wellness programs. She speaks at professional events, including corporate retreats, workshops and conferences.

Diane Smith

Diane Smith draws from her diverse experiences in journalism, personal health, and as a TV veteran to inspire her audiences to better their lives in a variety of ways. To promote a healthier living, she also takes from her knowledge as co-author of Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction and My Own, which was written with MSNBC Morning Show co-host Mika Brzezinski. Through Diane’s dynamic keynotes, audiences are ignited with motivation to implement her innovative tools to reinvent the way they live.

Steve Rizzo

Steve Rizzo uses laughter to help audiences around the world embrace change, experience happiness and be successful – no matter what the circumstances are! Knowing we all absorb more content through laughter, Steve uses his experience as a headline comedian to engage the audience and capture their attention before delivering strong content. Steve draws from his own personal journey, overcoming the dubious high school honor of “Least Likely to Succeed” to share the stage with Jerry Seinfeld and Ellen DeGeneres as a comedian. Today, Steve is a talented keynote speaker known for his unique gift of combining humor with content. Whether he’s delivering a keynote, being Emcee for a conference, or providing after dinner comedy, audiences leave Steve’s performances with the tools to remove the boundaries that keep them from living the lives they truly desire.

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