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Personal Growth - Keynote Speakers

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.

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.

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.

Gail Alofsin

As a sales & marketing executive, university professor, humanitarian, and founder of Authentic Measurable Performance (AMP!), Gail “walks the walk” when it comes to work life balance! From her earliest memories, her parents would counsel Gail and her three siblings to “LIVE every heartbeat” and create a life where you CAN do it all! With over two decades of real life experience in the industries of sales, marketing, hospitality, and project management, Gail is passionately committed to helping organizations build long term, profitable relationships with their customers and employees through leadership, customer service, time management, and communication skills. Her educational content and proven methods for success are shared through keynotes, workshops, and seminars. Gail’s presentation style is energetic, warm and educational, offering unique perspectives focused on both personal and professional success!

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.

Daymond John

Daymond John has evolved from a man who sold his own hand made hats to his neighborhood friends into a well-known fashion designer and one of the most sought after branding experts and motivational speakers in the country. Daymond shares his knowledge and vast experiences as author, creator of FUBU clothing, and cast member of ABC’s entrepreneurial business show, Shark Tank, with his audiences to inspire and motivate them to overcome their challenges. Daymond tells his stories with the desire to transform people’s lives and help them succeed and reach their goals either personally or as an organization.

John Amatt

For over 30 years, John Amatt has climbed to the peaks of such famous mountains as Mount Everest, the Troll Wall and Mount Muztagata. None of this would have been possible if it wasn't for the hard work and dedication John has showed. His mission is to encourage people to push beyond their self-imposed limitations, to be more personally accountable for their own actions, and to embrace effective teamwork by valuing the contribution of others. In his latest book, "Straight to the Top and Beyond", he uses the metaphor of adventure to develop a nine step approach for scaling the heights in today’s unpredictable and rapidly-changing global business environments. An educator by training, John established One Step Beyond WorldWide in 1984 and he has since delivered more than 1,500 keynote presentations and seminars to total audiences of over 750,000 people in 35 countries around the world. Some of his presentations include; No Mountain Too High: Challenging Change with the Adventure Attitude, Straight To The Top and Beyond: Nine Keys to Meeting Challenges of Changing Times, and Climbing Your Own Everest. John has been described by International Celebrity Management (Australia) as “The world’s best adventure speaker."

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!

Terry Bowden

Known for his outstanding ability to build champion college football programs, Terry Bowden shares with his audiences the leadership lessons he has learned through his exceptional career as a football coach. Over his career he has compiled a career record of over 150 wins as a head coach. He has turned four losing football programs into winners, and continued a winning tradition at a fifth. This past season, Coach Bowden led the Akron Zips from being one of the weakest programs to being a Bowl Game winner. Terry also has 10 years of experience as a college football broadcaster for ABC, ESPN, Westwood One, as well as writing for Yahoo! Sports. Terry shares his knowledge and insights into building a winning team or organization through motivation, leadership and teamwork. Using a balanced mix of his unique humor, relatable and entertaining stories, Terry leaves his audiences with real world skills to implement in their own businesses, careers, and lives.

Chris Bashinelli

Chris “Bash” Bashinelli gave up an acting career to exchange with the world. As Host of Bridge the Gap on PBS and the National Geographic Channel, Bash takes us on an introspective adventure- walking in the shoes of people halfway around the world and encouraging us to think differently about our lives. Bash has spoken around the world, from the United Nations General Assembly Hall, to Fortune 500 Companies, to entrepreneur organizations in Saudi Arabia. He is the youngest male ever to singlehandedly moderate the UN International Day of Peace. He is also a contributing writer for Huffington Post, Lonely Planet, Delta Sky and the Daily News Zimbabwe. Bash’s keynotes embody themes of service, productivity and cultural understanding. He helps audiences better realize their potential to become Global Citizens- productive members of their organization, their family, and ultimately- the world!

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.

Shawn Achor

Recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that Happiness fuels success. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work. Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage, teaches organizational leaders how to increase happiness and meaning for their employees. Shawn spent over a decade at Harvard University where he won over a dozen teaching awards. He then went on to be founder of Good Think Inc. which allows him to share his research. Shawn speaks to his audiences on how to create a positive transformation that can have a rippling effect on an organization’s culture. He explains how we can reprogram our brains to become more positive, helping us achieve the extraordinary in work, in our lives, and in our organization's bottom lines. Shawn has spoken to many types of audiences that have all benefited from listening to his research on organizational achievement and happiness.

Walter Bond

Walter Bond is called “Mr. Accountability” because as a leadership and motivational speaker he forces each of his listeners to learn to be responsible for whatever situation they are in. Through his programs, workshops, and books he teaches that personal accountability, confidence, and success are possible for all who desire it. Walter will captivate your audience through his unique and memorable personal stories, teaching them the lessons learned from his experience in selling, as an entrepreneur, and being an NBA team player. He helps his audience see how they can transform challenges into opportunities, obstacles into testimonies, and that success is a matter of personal choice. In 2013, Walter became the host on the Food Network's Giving You the Business – a new reality show featuring exceptional employees who vie for the chance to win their own food franchise.

Michael Broome

Michael Broome is one of our nation's most inspiring, original and comedic speakers. His audiences rolls with laughter & applauses with inspiration, at this man who does more than entertain & educate; he touches people's lives. More than a speaker, Broome is also the founder and president of the Broyhill Leadership Conference, where over 28,000 participants throughout North America have attended. These weeklong conferences help teach the principles of success, a truly life changing experience for all that attend. He chose a career in professional speaking because he has a sincere passion to inspire people to maximize their potential, serve others, enhance their sense of gratitude, and achieve a life balance. Michael believes that "success is when we have some of the things that money can buy and lot of the things that money can’t buy." As a speaker, his topics include: A Humorous Look at Personal, Professional and Family Success; You’ll See It When You Believe It, Be a People Power Person!; and Killing Stress Before It Kills You.

Simon T. Bailey

Are you ready to shift your thinking? Are you ready to improve your life? Then get ready to experience Simon T. Bailey. He has helped more than 1 million people find their brilliance, shift their thinking, and produce sustainable results. According to The Speakers Experts, Simon is one of America’s Top 10 most booked corporate and association speakers. Simon has authored seven books including Release Your Brilliance and Shift Your Brilliance: Harness the Power of You Inc. He is the former leader of the world-renowned Disney Institute and founder of Brilliance Institute, Inc. He connects with any audience on many levels with a relevant message that resonates beyond the stage. Simon brings a fresh voice that challenges and teaches organizations to overcome obstacles that can lead them to higher levels of engagement, retention, and productivity.

Paul Assaiante

Coach Paul Assaiante knows how to motivate teams for success. As the current coach of the Men’s Squash team at Trinity College and the former Men’s Tennis team coach, Paul has motivated top athletes from around the world. He is known for his unique achievement as the “winningest coach in college sports history”, winner of 16 NCAA Championships titles, and 22-year dedication as squash coach. Paul’s core belief is the need to embrace fear in order to remove obstacles blocking success. He shares his experience and lessons on building teams of champions in his book, Run to the Roar: Coaching to Overcome Fear. Paul brings together the best players from around the world and demonstrates how teammates from diverse cultures, religions, and ethnicities can unite as a winning team year after year. He uses his experiences to help leaders in any field embrace collaboration, cultural diversity, and leadership models that encourage employees to give everything they have- every day, and build winning teams.

Les Brown

As a renowned professional speaker, author and television personality, Les Brown has risen to national prominence by delivering a high energy message which tells people how to shake off mediocrity and live up to their greatness. It is a message Les Brown has learned from his own life and one he is helping others apply to their lives. Les Brown's passion to learn and his hunger to realize greatness in himself and others, ultimately helped him to achieve greatness. He rose from a hip-talkin morning DJ to broadcast manager; from community activist to community leader; from political commentator to three-term legislator; and from a banquet and nightclub emcee to premier keynote speaker. In 1989, Les Brown was the recipient of the National Speakers Association's highest honor: The Council of Peers Award of Excellence (CPAE). In addition, he was selected one of the World's Top Five Speakers for 1992 by Toastmasters International and was a recipient of the Golden Gavel Award. Les Brown is one of the nation's leading authorities in understanding and stimulating human potential. Utilizing powerful delivery and newly emerging insights, Les' customized presentation will teach, inspire, and channel your audience to new levels of achievement.

Jim Abbott

Famed baseball pitcher Jim Abbott uses his past experience of battling the odds to be an inspirational motivational speaker. Born with only one hand, Jim had to adapt to his own style of baseball in order to play. With his determination he was able to exceed by winning the Sullivan Award in 1987; was the pitcher for the Gold Medal Olympic Team in 1988; and threw a 4-0 no-hitter for the New York Yankees versus Cleveland in 1993. Through his stories and anecdotes Jim motivates people with his ADAPT acronym to relate to every type of audience. Jim inspires people to overcome adversity and limitations so they can reach their dreams.

Bill Bartmann

America loves a “rags to riches” - an “underdog” – an “against all odds come-back”, a “survivor”! Homeless at age 14, a member of a street gang and a high-school dropout – he took control of his life by taking the GED exam and putting himself through college and law school. In 1998, tragedy struck when Bill's former business partner committed fraud and sent the company into bankruptcy. This experience would have embittered most people, but not them. Bill and Kathy now travel the country, sharing their stories of how they created their successes and how they dealt with their challenges. It is their life's goal to do for “failure” what Betty Ford did for alcoholism and Susan Komen did for breast cancer. Bill Bartmann understands success and failure. He made corporate history by creating companies that transformed him from poverty to millionaire - to bankruptcy - to billionaire - to bankruptcy - to indicted - to acquitted - to the top again.

Bertice Berry

As a sociologist, an award-winning entertainer, comedienne, and lecturer with 20 years of experience, Dr. Bertice Berry has touched the hearts and minds of people from all walks of life. Dr. Berry was the host and co-executive producer of her own nationally syndicated talk show, "The Bertice Berry Show," and hosted "USA Live," a four-hour live interview and entertainment show on the USA Cable Network.
She's been featured on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," and "BET Live". She is also the author of her best-selling inspirational memoir; I'm On My Way, But Your Foot Is on My Head. Each organization she speaks to is given a tailor-made speech designed to address the specific needs of their group. She takes a humorous approach to serious subjects that have her audiences laughing and thinking at the same time. Topics include: Redefining Diversity, Change & Transformation, Finding Your Purpose, Wellness, Self Esteem and Gender Issues.

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