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Personal Growth - Keynote Speakers

Andrew McCarthy

Andrew speaks about his personal journey and how travel and self-reflection changed his life. Aside from his successful acting and directing careers, he is now a successful writer and editor at large for National Geographic Traveler. He discusses fear of the unknown, taking the time to enjoy the precious moments in life, pushing yourself to try new things, and looking at the world with new eyes. Best known for his acting career and starring roles in St. Elmo's Fire, Pretty in Pink, Mannequin, and Weekend at Bernie's, he has a successful Broadway career and is currently a highly regarded director. Current projects include hit series' Orange is the New Black, Turn, and The Blacklist. He returned to acting in ABC's 2016 hit, The Family. His debut novel for young readers, Just Fly Away will be published in March 2017.

Faye Mandell

Faye Mandell has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Boston College. She travels extensively leading workshops throughout the country. She is a life coach who works with business, personal and sports related issues to stay present to direct experience and fully participate in the moment. She is the author of 2 books; The GPS to Self-Powerment and her newest book The Children’s Book for Parents. Her clients include several Fortune 500 companies. She has three children and lives in Boca Raton, Florida.

Liz Wiseman

Liz Wiseman teaches leadership to executives around the world. She is the President of the Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm in Silicon Valley, California, and author of Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, a Wall Street Journal bestseller. Liz describes Multipliers as leaders who use their intelligence to amplify the smarts and capabilities of the people around them. She has conducted significant research in the field of leadership and collective intelligence and writes for Harvard Business Review and a variety of other business and leadership journals. A former executive at Oracle Corporation, she worked 17 years as Vice President of Oracle University and as the global leader for Human Resource Development. In her highly engaging talk, Liz Wiseman shares the research behind Multipliers and illustrates the positive and profitable effect these Multipliers have on organizations – how they get more done with fewer resources, develop and attract talent, and cultivate new ideas and energy to drive organizational change and innovation. She introduces the five disciplines that distinguish Multipliers from Diminishers and provides practice tips for leading like a Multiplier.

Scarlett Lewis

Founder of The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation and author of Nurturing Healing Love, Scarlett’s story is one of love and survival. It’s about how to face the impossible, find courage when you think you have none, and how to choose love instead of anger, fear, or hatred. Inspired by a simple message her son wrote on their kitchen chalkboard the day he died, Scarlett has embarked on a journey of forgiveness and a mission to change thoughts of anger into love. Her book “Nurturing Healing Love” chronicles her journey of choosing love and how it is changing her life - and how it could change our world. Scarlett is the recipient of the International Forgiveness Award, the Live Your Legacy Award and the Common Ground Award for her advocacy work for peace and forgiveness. The foundation was created in honor of Jesse and has created programs to promote social and emotional education, share the importance of compassion in action, and how to carry the message to our children and out into our communities.

David Romanelli

As a bestselling author with 20 years of experience and research on what it means to be truly happy, Dave Romanelli shares immediately accessible tools on how to turn up the volume on your level of joy and be more present at work and at home. His new book, Happy is the New Healthy, launched in paperback in January 2017 and has twice reached #1 on Amazon’s Healthy Living Bestseller List. The book was inspired by Dave’s friendship with a 111 year-old lady whose secrets to health and happiness were: Sex, Vodka, and Spicy Food! That emphasis on “joie de vivre,” resilience, and enjoying life each and every day best describe Dave’s message and approach to work and life.

Jon Petz

Jon Petz, CSP, is an engagement expert who crafts a keynote filled with energy, entertainment & inspiration to open or close your event with a massive memorability factor. Drawing on his diverse experience as a corporate executive, top-selling author and comedy magician, Jon delivers one-of-a-kind presentations on topics such as personal impact and innovative empowerment, customer experience and rekindling passion for who you are and what you do. Jon is the author of Boring Meetings Suck, and Significance . . . In Simple Moments, which have been highlighted by the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNBC, ABC News, Success Magazine and many more. Bore No More with the engagement and energy that is uniquely and unequivocally Jon Petz.

Jillian B. Murphy

Jillian is a dynamic keynote speaker who has been featured at numerous conferences and client events around the world. Jillian is Director of Client Services at The Syncretics Group and has worked with senior executives in a broad range of organizations, including Wal-Mart, AIG, Nationwide, and HT Media. Her programs use adventure stories as the foundation, and include dramatic videos and photographs, as well as Ten Critical Strategies for Success. They include vivid examples of the strategies in action, as well as discussions around how to apply the strategies in today’s demanding business environment.

Heather Abbott

Heather Abbott is the model of strength and resilience. The Boston Marathon bombing survivor, lost her left leg as a result of shrapnel to her foot. Just four months following the bombing, she was living independently and returned to her job. Within the first year following her amputation, she returned to the activities she loves, including paddle boarding, running and wearing high heels. Heather shares her story with audiences across the country and inspires others with her contagious optimism and thoughtful reflection on her journey. She has become certified as a Peer Counselor by the American Amputee Coalition and is helping other amputees adjust to their “new normal,” as an example of hope and determination. In addition, she is founder of the newly formed Heather Abbott Foundation, which provides prosthetic devices to limb loss victims of trauma.

Elizabeth Smart

The abduction of Elizabeth was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time. Through this traumatic experience Elizabeth has become an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs and National legislation. Elizabeth’s example is a daily demonstration that there really is life after a tragic event. Her humor combined with her ability to reach the audience on an emotional level ensures that her message of hope reaches all. Elizabeth’s abduction and recovery continues to motivate parents, law enforcement and leaders worldwide to focus on children’s safety. She emphasizes vigilance by "every day" people and the belief that hope always exist to find every missing child.

Joan Lunden

Joan Lunden truly exemplifies today’s modern working woman. An award-winning journalist, bestselling author, motivational speaker, successful entrepreneur, one of America’s most recognized and trusted television personalities, this mom of seven continues to do it all. As host of Good Morning America for nearly two decades, Lunden brought insight to top issues for millions of Americans each day. The longest running host ever on early morning television, Lunden reported from 26 countries, covered 4 presidents and 5 Olympics and kept Americans up to date on how to care for their homes, their families and themselves. Lunden has served as national spokesperson for various organizations such as The American Heart Association, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, The American Lung Association, The American Red Cross, The American Academy of Pediatrics, and The Colon Cancer Alliance. She speaks regularly around the country about health & wellness, parenting, success & balance in life, and more.

Ronan Tynan

Ronan Tynan is truly a modern day “Renaissance Man.” Faced with numerous challenges throughout his well documented life, he has persevered with enormous passion and determination. He attributes his success to his faith and the knowledge that the Man Above guides him through every door he opens. Introduced to international audiences as a member of the Irish Tenors, Tynan quickly became known for his unique voice and irresistible appeal. Ronan is one of the most sought after motivational speakers in the U.S., presenting nearly 50 speeches annually for major international corporations.

Robert Herjavec

Anyone can succeed, as long as they’re willing to take chances, take control of their future and stay true to their vision. Dynamic IT entrepreneur and Founder & CEO of Herjavec Group, Robert Herjavec, reveals the secrets and sales tips that took him from waiting tables to growing his nascent technology company into a world-class conglomerate. He shares life principles that are as valuable in the living room as they are in the boardroom. When he isn’t busy growing multimillion dollar companies or writing a Top 10 Bestseller (such as “Driven” or “The Will to Win”), Robert is a leading Shark on ABC’s hit Shark Tank. He compares running a business to racing cars, and believes that “You have to stay laser-focused when driving a car over 200 miles an hour, and the same approach is required when growing a business in today’s world of rapidly changing technology.” He is the clear image of a focused, successful and dynamic entrepreneur.

Leeza Gibbons

Recognizability, Relatability and Reputation... that and more is what you get with Leeza’s as she uplifts, empowers and motivates audiences and viewers to get more out of life and business. Emmy Award winner Leeza Gibbons is one of the most well‐known pop‐culture icons on the air. In addition to her impressive background in the field of entertainment and news media, Leeza is an instrumental advocate for healthcare, wellness, and caregiving. She is also a wife, mother, businesswoman, EMMY award winner and a New York Times bestselling author. In 2013, Leeza published Take 2, a personal growth guide designed to help people recreate themselves and hit the reset button on their lives. Leeza’s uplifting personality shines through in this New York Times Best Seller.

Natalie Stavas

On April 15, 2013, Dr. Natalie Stavas approached the finish line of her fifth Boston marathon. Just blocks away, she heard explosions and ran towards them. Arriving at the scene she went to work administering CPR, applying tourniquets and triaging the wounded. Dr. Natalie Stavas is a physician at Boston Children’s Hospital and she specializes in work with teenage mothers, improving the health of vulnerable children and decreasing youth violence. After the bombings, Dr. Stavas increased her efforts in preventing childhood violence and is described as a healer, educator and Boston community leader. She received the 2012 Change Maker award from The Boston Foundation and in early 2014, she helped partner Prescription for the Outdoors with Boston Medical Center's pediatric team. This advocacy goes beyond borders- traveling to Haiti throughout the year Dr. Stavas provides medical care to children and helps strengthen the fragile medical infrastructure.

Joe W. Jordan

As one of the most recognized names in the industry, Joe Jordan passionately believes that financial services is the noblest profession in the world. His message inspires financial services experts to become modern-day heroes, motivating financial experts to reaffirm their purpose. Joe believes that by providing independence, dignity, and a legacy for clients, financial services professionals in turn will live a life of personal enrichment and fulfillment. By inspiring financial services experts to have courage in the face of rejection, he will rekindle the commitment and passion lost through day-to-day frustrations. Bring Joe in today and his message of significance will enable your financial services professionals to have a sense of purpose in the value they deliver to clients.

Donna Orender

Donna Orender, CEO of Orender Unlimited is a recognized business leader, trailblazer, game changer and executive. Throughout her career, she has navigated unchartered waters, forged new and innovative paths and solutions to create growth and innovation, while building teams and belief systems around success. Donna utilizes her expansive experience in guiding both established and new companies to create positive and inclusive cultures and leverage successful growth and brand strategies across a myriad of industries. Donna served 6 years as the President of the WNBA and spent 17 years working on the PGA Tour, leading the negotiating team that changed how the PGA golf tour was packaged and sold for television. She was responsible for developing strategic direction across all business lines including direct oversight of brand management, advertising, and digital strategy. Through storytelling and experiences gained from years as an innovative executive in the highly visible and charged world of sports, Donna taps into the desire in all of us to make a difference in our worlds.

Steven Ford

Steve Ford enlightens his audiences with the unique perspective of what happens inside the White House as the son of the President. A teenager when his father assumed the reins of presidency from Richard Nixon, Steve faced many challenges through that time period: Secret Service agents following him around, two assassination attempts on his father, and his mother’s fight with alcoholism and breast cancer. During Steve's non-political presentation, you will learn the tools of his success in and outside Washington, DC that focus on character, integrity, and strong family bonds. With never-before-seen photos and videos, audiences get a taste of history with a powerful message that will forever stay with them.

Joy Hoover

Joy Hoover is Founder and President of The Cupcake Girls, a Las Vegas-based national nonprofit organization that provides nonjudgmental and confidential support to those in all realms of the adult entertainment industry, including sex workers and those affected by sex trafficking through respect, resources and relationships. With over eight years of nonprofit leadership experience, and demonstrated expertise in developing innovative solutions to drive and navigate change, Joy has been featured in TEDxWomen, The LA Times, Huffington Post, Fox News, and The Leadership Journal.
Combining her early career in fashion and hair with her passion for helping people, Joy believes it’s imperative to wake up every morning and show up with bravery, tenacity, and humility. Her fight to assist marginalized communities has drastically changed not only the lives of the thousands of clients she has empowered in their own pursuits, but her life, too, and those of the audiences who have listened to her story. Joy is on a mission to inspire others to journey through their own stories with authenticity and hope, overcome fear, fulfill their passions, achieve their goals, and uncover their purpose.

Mel Robbins

Mel Robbins is an award-winning CNN contributor, syndicated radio host, former legal prosecutor, technology CEO, and America’s Life Coach. Her TEDx Talk on “How to Stop Screwing Yourself Over” has over 3 million views, and her book on the brain productivity, “Stop Saying You’re Fine”, is a business bestseller that has been translated into four languages. Mel delivers custom motivational experiences that engage audiences with soul-stirring videos, interactive leadership exercises, peer-to- peer coaching, surprising research, actionable advice, hilarious stories and moving tributes. She knows how to stir passion, inspire action and genuinely move people with her presentations.

Mark Schulman

Having performed for over a billion people, Mark incorporates unique and valuable content with blazing multimedia and drum performances to empower, inspire and elevate audiences to an evolved mindset and new level of peak performance. With Mark’s extremely high-energy speaking style, business relevant content, drumming and interactive activities, attendees get to express their own rhythms, fortify individual strengths and enhance emotional connections with their colleagues and families. What makes Mark different is that his presentation has the excitement of a rock show with the transformational aspects of a cutting-edge keynote. Think Tony Robbins meets Bono meets Ringo with live drumming, interactive performances, compelling and emotional stories of his intimate experiences with P!NK, Billy Idol, Foreigner, Cher and other world-class artists. Mark’s presentations inspire audiences to take immediate action toward increased performance.


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