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Wellness - Keynote Speakers

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.

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. Marilyn delivers a dynamic opening keynote presentation followed by a high-content workshop on reducing stress and conflict in the workplace. After hearing her talk, 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 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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Andy Core

Real science, real success, and really fun is what Andy Core brings to his audiences as a motivational speaker. His “research scientist meets standup comic” style gives audiences the proprietary information and inspiration needed to accomplish more at work, live healthy, and still have a life. Andy ignites every audience to be motivated to live a better life by combining stories from his experiences as a successful consultant with his humor. Andy has field tested his concepts working directly with hundreds of top performers within Gillette, Intel, Ernst & Young and Clorox to name a few. Listeners leave with the tools to accomplish more at work, live healthier, while still having time for the things they love. His latest book, Change Your Day, Not Your Life: A Realistic Guide to Sustained Motivation, More Productivity, and the Art of Working Well, was released in March 2014.

Linda Edgecombe

Linda Edgecombe, CSP, s an internationally renowned award-winning humorous speaker, trainer and consultant. She is a best selling author who energizes every room as she leads people to loosen up, lighten the load and laugh. Her audiences are motivated and shown how they can shift their perspectives on life, work and themselves. Change has never been this painless! As a professional, with a degree in Physical Education, Linda brings 20 years of Recreation, Employee Wellness, Lifestyle and Corporate Consulting experience to her programs and her clients. She was a consultant for Participation, promoting healthy living to Canadians and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal as an expert in “Shifting Perspectives”. Inside all the laughter, Linda’s audiences are inspired to find the meaning in what they do and let go of what’s not working. Her message is a welcome as a deep belly laugh and as profound as an honest look in the mirror.

Juliet Funt

Juliet helps overloaded individuals and companies reclaim the time to think and focus during their busy, busy days. Juliet helps attendees learn the pivotal difference between activity and productivity. She teaches them a streamlined method for personal process improvement – leading to more creativity and engagement. Juliet is the CEO of WhiteSpace at Work, a training and consultancy firm that brings companies a measurable method to reclaim simplicity and thoughtfulness. She is passionately committed to helping overloaded professionals change the way they work for the better and her clients include companies like Costco, American Express, Nike and P&G.

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.

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."

Will Miller

Dr. Will Miller’s unique background as a professional stand-up comedian, television personality, psychotherapist, educator, and best-selling author - along with his five graduate degrees - make him one of the most popular and insightful presenters you’ll ever invite to your stage. His presentations are packed with a shrewd understanding of the human psyche supported by delightfully humorous stories that turn critical concepts into applicable ideas that stick. A recognized authority on modern life and culture, Dr. Will’s gift is helping audiences negotiate the staggering changes brought about by media, technology, and the loss of close relationships. Don’t expect another typical “stress management and work/life balance” presentation here. Dr. Will’s expertise backed by decades of research will help your audience rediscover the value of creating meaningful connections and restoring relationships to excel in work and after hours.

Caroline Miller

Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP, is the author of the best-selling book, “Creating Your Best Life,” which is the only mass market book written on the science of goal accomplishment and its intersection with the science of happiness. She is one of the first graduates of the University of Pennsylvania’s Masters in Applied Positive Psychology Program (2006) which makes her one of the very few authentic “happiness experts” in the world with that specific educational training. Ms. Miller is regularly interviewed and quoted in the media all over the world and is considered one of world’s experts on how to set and accomplish goals from an evidence-based perspective, as opposed to a “Law of Attraction” perspective. Ms. Miller is a graduate of Harvard University, and has authored four other books, all of which have sold for almost twenty years and have been translated into multiple languages. Ms. Miller teaches in the Executive Management School of the University of Texas – Dallas, and was the first Positive Psychologist to be on satellite radio with her XM Radio “Positive Tip of the Day” on their channel 155.

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.

Nancy Snyderman

For almost three decades Dr. Nancy Snyderman has combined dual careers as a head and neck cancer surgeon and network television correspondent to become one of the most trusted voices in medical communication. She has traveled the world extensively for ABC News and NBC News, reporting from some of the world’s most troubled areas. Her reporting has garnered the industry’s most distinguished honors including Emmy Awards, DuPont, Edward R Murrow and a Gracie award. She is routinely called upon to explain some of the most complicated scientific breakthroughs to the public via television, radio, and print. Nancy is the leading voice in explaining and educating audiences about complex global and domestic health issues.

Joe Piscatella

Joe Piscatella is one of the country’s most respected experts on how to live a healthy lifestyle in the real world. He knows the science of balanced living, but he also understands the practical application of it from his own experience. When Joe underwent coronary bypass surgery at age 32, one doctor predicted he would not live to age 40. But Joe didn't accept that opinion; he concentrated on eating healthier, managing stress, exercising effectively, and keeping a positive attitude. Now, over 30 years after his surgery, Joe is one of the longest-living survivors of cardiac bypass. He is living proof that with motivation and the right information, living a balanced lifestyle for optimal health and performance is possible. A bestselling author of 12 books, Joe delivers a powerful, practical message that moves audiences to live healthier lives. Over 2 million people have attended his powerful speeches and breakout sessions that are full of humor, insight, and “how to” tools. With his energy, knowledge, and decades of experience, Joe captivates and motivates audiences, inspiring them to take steps toward living their best.

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.

Kathy Smith

Kathy Smith is an internationally recognized fitness and lifestyle expert in the Wellness community. For over 40 years, her unique brand has earned her iconic stature in the home fitness market. Kathy has reached millions of people. She has made national media appearances on “The Today Show,” “CNN,” “Oprah,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and many others. In addition, Ms. Smith is frequently sought out by major corporations, health and medical conglomerates, and prominent universities. Kathy’s brand has reached far beyond individual workouts into a philosophy that has inspired millions of people. With countless life-changing success stories, Smith is committed to helping others live healthfully and in the best shape of their lives. She is seen lecturing and leading workshops around the country, bringing her message of “Inspire the Best in All People” to those around her.

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