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Personal Growth - Keynote Speakers

Garrison Wynn

With talents that established him as a Fortune 500 leader and professional stand-up comedian, Garrison Wynn, CSP, fuses comic timing and research to show how anyone can help create a culture of safety. He is authentic – a guy who's been there. Wynn is a chemical plant explosion survivor with a background in industrial instrumentation. For 20 years, he has given keynote presentations to clients such as Exxon, BASF, the National Safety Council, Behavioral Science and Technology (BST), the NFL, and NASA. In his teens, he debuted the world’s first video gaming system with baseball legend Hank Aaron; and as a young man, Wynn spent six years touring comedy clubs with the top names in the business before going on to create industrial products still being sold in 30 countries.

Marilyn Sherman

Marilyn Sherman believes that an inspired, motivated workforce is a more productive workforce. With a practical, motivating message of living life in the front row, delivered with high energy and humor, your audience will walk away feeling like they can accomplish more at their work and in their life. If you want your group to have an attitude shift that results in less conflict, fewer complaints, and more results, then a program by Marilyn Sherman is the way to go! Consider Marilyn for a dynamic opening keynote presentation followed by a high-content workshop on reducing stress and conflict in the workplace, and your people will be ready to take on new challenges with optimism and hope. Marilyn has been motivating corporate audiences for more than 18 years. Her corporate background as a training officer for a major finance company gives her the experience necessary to motivate employees at companies large and small. She is the author of three motivational books and is dedicated to inspiring each and every audience to be more productive with no more excuses!

Heidi Marble

It has been 12 since Heidi was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer. Her original prognosis was 18 months - a death sentence. At 34 years old, mother of a two year old son and wife of a devoted husband, Heidi fought with unflinching determination. The sacrifices were many: loss of both breasts, a full hysterectomy, burns from radiation, hair loss from chemotherapy, coupled with years of hormonal injections/pills. After a few miracles, Heidi crawled back with a heart full of purpose. Her metamorphosis from near death to life is documented in her book, WAITING FOR WINGS, which chronicles Marble’s journey through diagnosis, treatment, survival and healing. It includes poetry she has written as well as personal journal entries, illustrations and photographs. Her second book TAKING FLIGHT explores life after cancer. Additionally, her team has created a unique form of art called the DONATE & CREATE PROJECT. Thousands of pieces of unwanted jewelry, button, buckles, watches and bling have been donated to create life size art pieces. The art is used for auction, display and community projects to raise money for research. Apparel patterned from the art is now available in the form of shirts, men's ties and silk scarves. As Heidi states, "Healing is a gritty, messy and exhausting series of ups and downs, what matters is that we find our own way."

Mike Jaffe

Mike Jaffe is a nationally-recognized speaker, seminar leader, business and personal coach, and author of WAKE UP! Your Life is Calling. Why settle for FINE when so much more is possible? A 9/11 survivor who has transformed his life, Mike Jaffe serves as The Human WakeUp Call™ by using his own brush with tragedy as a message of self-discovery and empowerment. As a result of his own wakeup call, Jaffe radically changed directions in his career, leaving a secure corporate job in Manhattan and reinventing himself as an entrepreneur. He is the founder of the Mike Jaffe Company, whose program helps individuals and organizations unlock their potential and create new possibilities for growth and success. Mike has appeared as a featured expert on CNN, Fox News, New England Cable News and has been published and quoted in the Wall Street Journal, MSN, US News & World Report, Crain’s NY Business, Entrepreneur Magazine Radio and other national and regional media outlets. Mike is ready to benefit your company by providing your executives, managers and teams a powerful, life-changing, success-oriented wakeup call of their own.

Michael Gelb

Michael Gelb is a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, accelerated learning, and innovative leadership. He brings more than 35 years of experience as a professional speaker, seminar leader and organizational consultant to his diverse, international clientele. A former professional juggler who once performed with the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, Michael introduced the idea of teaching juggling as a means to promote accelerated learning and team-building. Michael creatively and effectively provides innovative thinking to personal and organization development. He is also the author of the global best seller How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci and 13 other books on creativity, innovation and leadership. Michael will delight and inspire all audiences with his unique and interactive presentations.

Yossi Ghinsberg

In the midst of the uncharted Amazon, after losing his 3 companions, a young Israeli traveler is tested to the extreme through 21 harrowing days of sheer survival. A riveting storyteller, Yossi Ghinsberg relives his ordeal, sweeping audiences into the depths of the primordial jungle. He draws from his rich life experiences as a daring explorer and visionary entrepreneur, breathing new perspectives into individuals and organizations worldwide. Yossi's presentations ignite the human spirit to overcome challenges and celebrate life. He brings his audiences on a journey far away from their everyday reality and gives them a different perspective on what change really is and how to use it. His insights help everyone see change in a positive way – not as an obstacle to be overcome, but an opportunity to be grasped. Jungle, based on his book, is now a major motion picture starring Daniel Radcliffe.

Alvin Law

Due to a prenatal exposure to the infamous medication Thalidomide, Alvin Law was born with no arms. You may assume that this is your typical motivational speaker who overcame a disability, but if you ask Alvin he’d say he never had to “overcome” anything because he never had arms. Rather, Alvin's insights from living through such a dynamic period in history have made him one of the foremost experts on adaptation, change, and perspective. His customized and enthusiastic presentations bring together humor and stories that are unforgettable. During his keynotes Alvin shows audiences how to put their own obstacles into perspective as he plays the keyboard and drums! Alvin not only provides an experience but changes your view of facing challenges forever.

Ross Shafer

Ross Shafer is a 6-time Emmy award-winning comedian, writer, and TV host. In 1994, Ross began studying the cultural influences that cause some organizations to experience wild success – while others suffer embarrassing failures. Human nature and the human condition have always been fascinating to Ross, and as a result, he specializes in the study of customer urgency and empathy, personal motivation, leadership, and business relevance. Ross is also the author of nine business books, his most recent being Behave Like a Start-Up and Success: It’s On You. Ross is a National Speaker Association Hall of Fame recipient and has spoken at over 2,500 events worldwide. Unconventional and engaging, Ross can educate and motivate employees from all job types and levels.

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.

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.

Matt McFadyen

Record-breaking polar adventurer, sailor, and inspirational speaker Matt McFadyen takes audiences on powerful leadership adventures. After a dangerous and storm-riddled 54-day ocean voyage to Antarctica at age 22, Matt learned the true meaning of perseverance and teamwork. This harrowing experience and the raw power of nature inspired and motivated Matt to further adventures and formed the foundation for his leadership journey. Matt has since become the youngest Australian to ski to the North Pole and even returned on two more occasions as an expedition leader. Using the latest in interactive technology, Matt's presentations engage audiences by asking them to make critical decisions as they vicariously live through his unique and compelling journey. Pushing toward the ends of the earth, Matt led his team--just as he now leads his audience--through the emotional highs and lows and to the extremes of human potential. His presentations inspire audiences to challenge themselves and their teams to think differently and push for success both personally and professionally.

Phil Callaway

Though he has been called “The funniest Canadian alive” Phil Callaway uses his award-winning humor to inspire and motivate worldwide audiences as diverse as corporations, cancer societies, health care workers, churches, and Fortune 500 companies. Known worldwide for his humorous yet perceptive look at life, Phil is the best-selling author of twenty-five inspirational humor books including Laughing Matters, Who Put My Life On Fast Forward? I Used to Have Answers…Now I Have Kids, Making Life Rich Without Any Money, and Family Squeeze. Phil's writings have been translated into languages like Polish, Chinese, Spanish, German, Dutch, Indonesian, and English (one of which he speaks fluently!) Described as “Dave Barry with a message,” Phil is a frequent guest on national radio and television, and partners with Compassion, an international child development agency. For two years his 5-part video series The Big Picture was the number one teaching video on the planet. Lou Pierce, Chair and Divisional Vice President of Million Dollar Round Table’s Top of the Table says, "Phil not only had our audience energized, I was on the verge of calling 911 for a shipment of respirators to combat a severe outbreak of hysterical laughter syndrome. But the true medicine came in the form of gentle tugs on our heartstrings as Phil artfully painted word pictures of joyfully experiencing life."

Lance Secretan

As a speaker, retreat leader, teacher, and coach, Lance Secretan inspires executive teams with new ways of thinking. He is the former CEO of a Fortune 100 company and the author of 15 books about leadership, emphasizing the connection between high performance and the heart, the mind and the soul, and inspiration and leadership. He is pioneering the integration of corporate life and spiritual integrity. Lance's most recent bestselling business book is The Spark, the Flame, and the Torch: Inspire Self. Inspire Others. Inspire the World. In his presentations, Lance blends wisdom, timely and provocative knowledge, and awesome multimedia visual imagery and sound with just the right amount of humor, inspiration, and personal engagement He is a master storyteller who tailors his presentations to meet the needs of his audiences. In every keynote his aim is the same: to change the lives of participants and make the world a better place.

Connie Dieken

For more than 20 years, Connie Dieken dedicated herself to journalism as a television news anchor, reporter and talk show host of ‘The Morning Exchange,’ America's longest running television talk show. The winner of 6 Emmy® awards and 1 Telly® award, this excellence in journalism resulted in her induction into the Radio/Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame. A sought-after spokesperson, Connie is the voice of talking ATM machines in the US and has ‘spoken for’ more than 50 companies. For the last 12 years, she has been highly in-demand as an executive coach and advisor to many leaders who run the world's most recognizable brands. The author/co-author of five books, she is recognized worldwide as an authority on the skills needed to become a person of influence in all forms of leadership and communication. Her bestselling book, Talk Less, Say More: 3 Habits to Influence Others and Make Things Happen, is a fast-paced, no-nonsense guide to teach anyone to be an influential communicator. Packed full with Connie’s knowledge, research and experience from coaching high-powered leaders, this bestseller helps you reach you’re a-game in interpersonal communication, giving you more power to change minds and inspire remarkable results, while talking less.

Charles Gill

Connecticut Superior Court Judge Charles Gill is no Judge Judy! He is an experienced trial judge of 25 years who hears everything from corporate disputes to divorces to murders. Judge Gill is an internationally known public speaker who tackles many subjects—both legal and social—and who is an expert on issues that affect children. He has testified in Congress, spoken in the UN General Assembly, and appeared on major TV shows such as 20/20 and Good Morning America. Judge Gill's presentations have earned praises and awards from two U.S Presidents and dozens of professional and civic organizations. He has delighted audiences in Canada, Europe, and Asia—most recently at a meeting of Chinese Judges. This well-rounded and knowledgeable judge offers his insights and expertise with a highly entertaining and crowd pleasing style. Judge Gill refers to himself as an "informational speaker" rather than a "motivational speaker," but his many audiences believe he is both!

Chad Hymas

When Chad rolls out on stage, your audience will have an immediate respect for his circumstance. His disability and what he is overcoming is a true example of, “set your mind to it and you can accomplish anything.” Through his unique sense of humor and his emotional story, he helps organizations and individuals have a purpose driven approach to leadership and a life that will lead them to prosperity and happiness. Chad is a bestselling author, president of his company, Chad Hymas Communications, Inc., and is a recognized world-class wheelchair athlete. He is also one of the youngest ever to receive the Council of Peers Award for Excellence and be inducted into the National Speaker Hall of Fame. The impression Chad leaves with those who hear him is genuine. They will gain the knowledge of achieving what some say is unachievable. His words are heartfelt, sincere, and honest. Let Chad’s story impact your group to “fly high!”

Regina Barreca

Regina is a professor of English at the University of Connecticut. She is also the author of several highly acclaimed books on feminist humor including "They Used to Call me Snow White, Then I Drifted: Women's strategic use of humor" and her most recent "Too Much of a Good Thing is Wonderful." Regina is also a popular media expert, having appeared on 20/20, 48 Hours, The Today Show and Oprah (several times). Deemed a 'feminist humor maven' by Ms. Magazine, Regina writes a weekly column for the Hartford Courant and had regularly published articles in The NY Times, The Chicago Tribune, Ms. Cosmopolitan and Worth. Regina speaks to groups on a variety of topics that relate to the value importance and roles of humor in everyday life.

Cary Mullen

Former Olympic athlete, World Cup Ski Champion, author, and serial entrepreneur, Cary Mullen’s unique presentation transcends the world of sports and helps organizations succeed at a higher level. Motivating and entertaining, Cary provides a talk that energizes your event and inspires different thinking. His "5 Winning Secrets" leave your team with concrete tools that will move any organization forward and beyond any adversity they may face. In addition to his engaging and energetic delivery, Cary challenges attendees to innovate systems and processes and get new results through “team captain” leadership.

Brian Tracy

Brian Tracy is Chairman and CEO of Brian Tracy International, a company specializing in the training and development of individuals and organizations. Brian's goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. He has consulted for more than 1,000 companies and addressed more than 4,000,000 people in 4,000 talks and seminars throughout the US, Canada and 40 other countries worldwide. He has studied, researched, written and spoken for 30 years in the fields of economics, history, business, philosophy and psychology. Brian is the top selling author of over 45 books that have been translated into dozens of languages. He speaks to corporate and public audiences on the subjects of Personal and Professional Development, including the executives and staff of many of America's largest corporations. His exciting talks and seminars on Leadership, Selling, Self-Esteem, Goals, Strategy, Creativity and Success Psychology bring about immediate changes and long-term results.

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.

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