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Asenath Andrews

Asenath Andrews founded The Catherine Ferguson Academy for Young Women more than 20 years ago as a revolutionary experiment in helping young women with children complete their secondary education and ultimately break the cycle of poverty that often besets one generation to the next. The unique school hosts on-site daycare facilities and features a working urban farm, with curricula connected to the farm as are nutrition and business classes since the school sells its produce at the local farmers market. The school boasts an impressive rate of 90% graduates, particularly impressive considering Principal Andrews does not allow students to graduate without first securing a place in college.

The Academy was profiled in Oprah Magazine in 2008 and on the Rachel Maddow Show of April 22, 2011. It won the Breakthrough High School award in 2004 given by the National Association of Secondary School Principals for outstanding achievement among schools with high poverty rates and CFA was the subject of a 2010 award-winning documentary Grown in Detroit.


Amanda Beard

Amanda Beard made her first Olympic appearance at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games at the age of 14, while a student at Irvine High School in Irvine, California. She won silver medals in the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststrokes, and gold in the medley relay. Her young-teen manner captured the attention of the media, and she was often photographed clutching her teddy bear, even on the medal stand.

After 1996, Amanda won a bronze medal in the 200-meter breaststroke at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Amanda attended the University of Arizona where she captured an individual NCAA National Championship in 2001. In 2003 she became the world champion and world record holder in the 200-meter breaststroke. At the Athens Olympic Games in 2004, Amanda won her first individual gold medal in the 200-meter breaststroke and a silver medal in the 200-meter individual medley.

She is the winner of eight United States National titles - three times in both the 200m breaststroke and the 100m breaststroke, plus twice in the 200m individual medley – and she was ranked first in a world for 200m breaststrokers in 2003.

Author of: In the Water, They Can't See you Cry. In this candid and ultimately uplifting memoir, Olympic medalist Amanda Beard reveals the truth about coming of age in the spotlight, the demons she battled along the way, and the newfound happiness that has proved to be her greatest victory. 


Martha Beck

Psychology Today, USA Today, and NPR have all referred to Martha Beck as “one of the best-known life coaches in America.” She is a columnist for O, the Oprah Magazine, has been a contributing editor for Real Simple, Redbook, and Mademoiselle, and has written for many other national magazines. She appears frequently as an expert on “life design,” on programs such as Good Morning America and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Having earned a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard, Beck taught social science and business at undergraduate and graduate levels, at Harvard and the American Graduate School of International Management. She also conducted research on various aspects of social psychology and business, acted as a consultant for various business and government organizations, and wrote academic articles before becoming a full-time writer and life coach.

Beck’s books include New York Times bestsellers Finding Your Own North Star and Expecting Adam. She published The Four Day Win in 2007 which explores the relationship between creating the right life, eliminating self-sabotaging behavior, and staying physically healthy from the brain outward. Her book, Steering by Starlight: Find Your Right Life No Matter What!, was released in April 2008.

Beck lectures to groups nationwide and conducts seminars for a diverse clientele that includes medical professionals, magazine sales forces, boards of education, and business executives.

Beck has also developed a passion for South Africa, and has adopted The Learning Center at Londolozi– a school that serves the local village people.

“I am incredibly honored that the people of South Africa resonate with my books and articles. As a result, I’ve spoken in many public forums there, from the O Magazine South Africa Fifth Anniversary Celebration, to organizations that support people with disabilities and their families, to corporate audiences. South Africa has become one of my favorite places on earth. Its people, their land, and their spirit have immeasurably blessed me.”      -Martha Beck


Linda Bernardi

With leadership experience spanning more than two decades, Linda Bernardi possesses a unique vision and a fierce commitment to promoting innovative, disruptive ideas and technologies. In her role as “innovation provocateur,” Linda helps organizations break free of their comfort zone, defy conventional wisdom, and shatter outdated paradigms in their quest for market-changing products, services and methods. As the creator of the Bernardi Leadership Institute, she engages with corporations around the globe as a consultant, speaker and coach, training personnel in her passionate, organic leadership theories. An active entrepreneur, technologist, educator, investor and board member, Linda is the founder and CEO of StraTerra Partners, a technology strategy consulting firm that works closely with large enterprises and technology developers to promote innovative, disruptive products, business models and strategies.

In 2001, Linda founded ConnecTerra, Inc., a Cambridge, MA-based software provider connecting RFID technology to large enterprise IT. After selling the company in 2006, she became an avid early-stage technology startup investor in Seattle, Silicon Valley, California, Utah, New York, Europe and India. Her portfolio includes innovative companies in cloud computing, predictive analytics, social enterprise, digital media and more. Linda also holds board, chair and strategic advisory positions in most of her portfolio companies. She also serves on the boards of Illuminate Ventures, the SETI Institute and The Association for Enterprise Information, sits on the council of advisors of Astia, and is an Emeritus board member of the Anita Borg Institute. She earned a Masters degree in applied statistics from UCLA.

Author: ProVoke, released November 2011, discusses the critical importance of global disruption in order to Innovate.


Linda Binns

Linda J Binns, The Energetic Edge Expert, is an expert on life energy. Linda’s unique programs and events  help people change their life experiences by changing their energy, so they can enjoy success and fulfillment. She takes people from stuck to unstoppable.

Linda specializes in helping professionals and business owners identify the root cause of whatever is getting in the way of their success. She then offers simple yet powerful and practical solutions. Whether it’s helping business owners eliminate obstacles to growth, increase employee engagement and improve corporate culture or teaching professionals how to be at their best more of the time both professionally and personally, Linda’s programs re-energize organizations and individuals alike.

Linda’s practical, straight-forward approach appeals to audiences, making her a popular speaker, radio and television show guest. She has been featured in numerous publications and has been interviewed on television and radio all over the world.

A native of England, she has over 16 years of experience working with entrepreneurs and professionals, helping them to maximize success in their business and life.

Linda is the author of 7 books on Energy, including the popular Energy Tips Series which demonstrates how to easily improve your health, increase your income, sell your house and create a supportive home environment by changing your energy.


Joan Brock

Joan Brock is an extraordinary woman, author and speaker. She has transformed adversity into challenge, and frustration into opportunity. Joan's poignant story of the sudden loss of her sight (WHILE working at a school for blind children), then the loss of her young husband to cancer and the journey of going forward positively and productively, will captivate your audience. As a single parent, widow, blind and disabled young woman she simply did not allow herself to be told she couldn't do it. Her personal style, charm, humor and love for life will instill the gift of putting life in its proper perspective, as the audience also enjoys the unfolding of the happy ending. For almost two decades Joan has been encouraging her audiences to choose the path of a positive direction.


Christine Clifford

All of us have read or heard stories about people who turn lemons into lemonade. It isn't often that we get the privilege of meeting such an individual.  

Christine Clifford had definitely cracked the "glass ceiling". At age 40, she was Senior Executive Vice President for The SPAR Group, an international information and merchandising services firm in New York. As the top salesperson in the multi-billion dollar service industry, Christine was responsible for accounts with Kmart, Toys 'R' Us, Procter & Gamble, AT&T, Mattel Toys, and Revlon, among others. 
Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1994, Christine wrote eight award-winning, humorous portrayals of her story in books entitled Not Now…I'm Having A No Hair Day! , Our Family Has Cancer, Too!, Inspiring Breakthrough Secrets to Live Your Dreams, Cancer Has Its Privileges: Stories of Hope & Laughter, and Your Guardian Angel’s Gift. Her two newest books are Laugh ‘Til It Heals: Notes from the World’s Funniest Cancer Mailbox and The Clue Phone’s Ringing… It’s for You! Healing Humor for Women Divorcing.
YOU, Inc. The Art of Selling Yourself was released March, 2007 by Warner Books and was named a “Notable Book of 2007” by the American Booksellers Association. Christine is also featured in the book Masters of Sales.

Eleanor Clift

Formerly NEWSWEEK's White House correspondent, Clift also served as congressional and political correspondent for six years. She was a keymember of the magazine's 1992 election team, following the campaign of Bill Clinton from its start to inauguration day. In June 1992 she was named deputy Washington bureau chief.

As a reporter in NEWSWEEK's Atlanta bureau, Clift covered Jimmy Carter's bid for the presidency. She followed Carter to Washington to become NEWSWEEK's White House correspondent, a position she held until 1985. Clift began her career as a secretary to NEWSWEEK's National Affairs editor in New York. She was one of the first women at the magazine to move from secretary to reporter. Clift left NEWSWEEK briefly in 1985 to serve as White House correspondent for The Los Angeles Times. She returned to NEWSWEEK the following year to cover the Iran-Contra scandal, which tarnished the Ronald Reagan White House.

Clift is a regular panelist on the syndicated talk show, "The McLaughlin Group," and is co-chair of the board of the International Women's Media Foundation.


Cynthia Cooper

Cynthia Cooper is an internationally recognized speaker, best-selling author and consultant. Cynthia was named one of Time Magazine’s Persons of the Year. Time Magazine has been naming its Persons of the Year since 1927. In addition to Cynthia, the designation has been given to seven women including Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, Elizabeth II and Corazon Aquino. She was also featured as one of twentyfive influential working mothers in Working Mother magazine. Cynthia was the first woman to be inducted into the AICPA Hall of Fame and to receive the American Accounting Association’s Accounting Exemplar Award. In addition, Cynthia is a recipient, along with Senator Sarbanes and Representative Oxley, of the Maria & Sidney E. Rolfe Award for contributions to educating the public about economics, business and finance.


Barbara Corcoran

Barbara Corcoran's credentials include straight Ds in high school and college and 20 jobs by the time she turned 23. It was her next job, however, that would make her one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country, when she took a $1000 loan to start The Corcoran Group. She parlayed the loan into a $5 billion real estate business and sold it in 2001 for $66 million.

Corcoran is the real estate contributor for NBC's Today Show, where she comments weekly on trends in the real estate market. She's also an investor/shark on ABC's reality hit Shark Tank. In the first season, Corcoran bought eight young businesses that she's now shepherding to success. Shark Tank returns for Season 3 in September 2011.

Corcoran is also the author of Use What You've Got, an entertaining business book that has become a national bestseller, as well as Nextville, Amazing Places to Live Your Life. Her latest book, Shark Tales, arrived in January 2011 to rave reviews.

As a speaker, Corcoran brings her frontline experience and infectious energy to every group she addresses. Motivational, inspirational, and sometimes outrageous, Corcoran's tell-it-like-it-is attitude is a refreshing approach to success.



Molly Cox

Rarely do you find a combination of original material, solid content and hysterical delivery. Molly's got it all! She is the co author of "Improvise This! How to Think on Your Feet so You Don't Fall on Your Face," and the producer of the award winning film, "Note to Self," an inspirational film for caregivers.  Her perspective and experience on what it takes to inspire people to outstanding results in a range of businesses has distinguished her as a highly sought after speaker.   Her observational humor and improvisation background connect her to her audiences and create an atmosphere of fun! Molly blends her business, education and improvisation background to connect body, mind and spirit to show people how to become more effective professionally and personally and to help people to live a more joyful life. As the caregiver to her mother, who had cancer, and the primary caregiver to her father, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, she lives her message of the importance of being in the moment and paying attention—every day.


Catherine Crier

An Emmy, duPont-Columbia, and Gracie Allen Award-winning journalist and judge Catherine Crier is an accomplished lawyer, judge, professor, journalist and writer. Crier became the youngest elected state judge in Texas history at age thirty and served as a Texas State District Judge for the 162nd District Court in Dallas County. Catherine Crier began her TV career at CNN in 1989, where she co-anchored the programs Inside Politics ‘92 and The World Today. In 1992, ABC News hired her as a correspondent for ABC World News Tonight and the newsmagazine 20/20. After spending three and a half years with ABC News, Fox News Channel hired Catherine Crier to anchor The Crier Report, a live, nightly talk show. In 2000, Crier joined Court TV as host of Crier Today, a daily show concerning legal news, and in 2001, launched a new show, Catherine Crier Live. Catherine Crier Live ran for six years until it was cancelled on April 27, 2007.


Patti Dobrowolski

Patti Dobrowolski (doh-bro-VOL-Ski)  is a nationally acclaimed comic performer, high performance business consultant, speaker and the author of Drawing Solutions: How Visual Goal Setting Will Change Your Life.  As the founder of the firm Up Your Creative Genius, Patti uses visuals and the creative processes to help companies and people around the world accelerate growth and change. Patti has worked with teams and leaders in global Fortune 500 companies and nonprofits, including Starbucks, Microsoft, FedEx and the Gates Foundation.She is known for her high energy, quick wit and commitment to helping people and businesses achieve their goals.



Mimi Donaldson

Mimi enables leaders to build teams that confidently create strategies and solutions, and communicate with trust.

Mimi’s latest book is about success and football:  Necessary Roughness:  New Rules for the Contact Sport of Life.  As a very funny, football female, Mimi uses football as a metaphor for shaking off the bad plays, or roadblocks of challenging times, and leading with perseverance and courage.

For over twenty years, Mimi has captivated audiences from the Fortune 100 to the just plain fortunate.  She's won acclaim for her rousing keynote speeches, compelling workshops, and in-house training programs.  She has shared the keynote platform with Colin Powell, Katie Couric and Maya Angelou.

She holds a Bachelors Degree in Speech and Dramatic Arts from the University of Iowa, and a Masters Degree in Education from Columbia University. For 10 years, she was a staff Human Resources Specialist with Walt Disney Company, Northrop Aircraft, and Rockwell International.

Mimi has been a visiting professor at Harvard University’s Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School of Government.  She was the “pitch coach” on ABC’s American Inventor and coached the contestants to success persuading judges and America.

Mimi Donaldson is co-author of Negotiating for Dummies, published in six languages and sold over 1 million copies worldwide.Her second book in 2006 was Bless Your Stress: It Means You’re Still Alive!


Linda Ellerbee

Linda Ellerbee is an outspoken journalist; award-winning television producer, writer, and anchor; best-selling author; breast cancer survivor; a mother and grandmother; and one of the most sought-after speakers in America.

Ellerbee began her career at CBS, and then moved to NBC News where, after years of covering national politics, she pioneered the late-night news program NBC News Overnight, which she wrote and anchored. Overnight was cited by the duPont Columbia Awards as "the best written and most intelligent news program ever." Ellerbee moved to ABC News in 1986 to anchor and write Our World, a weekly primetime historical series. Her work on Our World won her an Emmy.


Debra Engle

DEBRA LANDWEHR ENGLE knows what it takes to reinvent yourself. At 29, after working full-time in newspaper, magazine and book publishing, she started her own writing/editing business and embarked on a career that has continued to evolve ever since. Now, as an author and co-founder of an international program for women, she helps people develop leadership and customer service skills, trust their inner wisdom, and follow a creative path toward personal and professional transformation. 


Deb is the author of Grace from the Garden: Changing the World One Garden at a Time (Rodale 2003). The book was reviewed in Oprah magazine and chosen as a Working Assets monthly selection. Her essays have appeared in My Mother’s Garden: A Literary Companion (Putnam/Penguin, 2005) and The Art of Living: A Practical Guide to Being Alive (Kairós, 2008), which also includes work by Deepak Chopra, Mikhail Gorbachev, Desmond Tutu, and the Dalai Lama. Hundreds of Deb’s articles and essays have appeared in Better Homes and Gardens, Midwest Living, Country Home, Renovation Style, Veranda, and other national magazines. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Non-Fiction Writing.


Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher, the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, became an icon when she starred as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy. Her star-studded career includes roles in numerous films such as The Blues Brothers and When Harry Met Sally. She is the author of five bestselling novels, Wishful Drinking, Surrender the Pink, Delusions of Grandma, The Best Awful, and Postcards from the Edge, which was made into a hit film starring Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep. Fisher's experience with addiction and mental illness--and her willingness to speak honestly about them--have made her a sought-after speaker and respected advocate.


Zonya Foco

As America’s Nutrition Leader, Zonya Foco is a master of inspiration, motivation and visual humor providing hard-facts information and simple solutions that help everyday people improve health, create balance and maximize energy. She is the only Registered Dietitian (RD) and Certified Health and Fitness Instructor (CHFI) in the country to have earned the prestigious Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation. In addition to hosting the weekly series “Zonya’s Health Bites” and two-hour special “DIET FREE with Zonya” on national public television, she is the author of Lickety-Split Meals and Lickety-Split Diabetic Meals cookbooks, co-author of the DIET FREE novel, Water with Lemon and author of the DIET FREE Video Seminar Lifestyle Program. Zonya has also been a guest presenter for “Oprah & Bob’s Best Life Challenge” and has partnered with Health Alliance Plan (HAP) of Michigan since 2004 to develop and present its award-winning Weight Wise member programs.


Liz Forkin Bohannon

Three months into her first post-college job -- a good one, with the global communications company Fleishman-Hillard -- Liz Forkin dumped her public-relations career in the round file and bought a plane ticket to Uganda.

She couldn't stomach life in the corporate churn, and figured traveling for four-plus months through one of the world's poorest countries might change her for the better.

What Forkin didn't foresee in 2008 was how she would change Uganda.

Today, she and her husband, Ben Bohannon, operate what they call their "not-just-for-profit" enterprise, Sseko Designs, Uganda's largest footwear exporter. It makes unusually versatile, handcrafted sandals sold through about 100 retailers and online globally. Profits pay for academically promising but financially stressed Ugandan women to attend college while boosting that east African country's turbulent economy.

Ultimately, the Bohannons hope Sseko -- pronounced say-ko and derived from the Lugandan word for laughter -- will help end the cycle of poverty prevalent in east Africa, particularly among women, and boost them toward professional careers and leadership roles.

On this side of the world, style setters have taken notice.  

In 2009, when the company was scarcely a year old, design maven Martha Stewart included Sseko sandals in her holiday gift guide. By summer 2011, Redbook, Fitness, Shape and People Style magazines featured the strappy sandals that lace around feet and ankles in endlessly

Add it up and the Bohannons, both 26, were able to evolve beyond selling sandals from the back of their gray Honda Element, move from the Midwest to Portland about nine months ago, and set up Sseko's U.S. headquarters in a spartan, cinder-block office on Southeast Ankeny Street.

"We didn't know anything two years ago -- and now, look!," Forkin Bohannon says, beaming. "What if we can harness consumerism and capitalism ... and make it a force for positive social change? Why wouldn't we?"


Lois Frankel

Dr. Lois Frankel literally wrote the book on coaching people to succeed in businesses large and small around the globe. Her books Nice Girls Don’t Get The Corner Office and Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich are international bestsellers translated into over twenty-five languages worldwide. Stop Sabotaging Your Career, a book based on her experiences as a pioneer in the field of business coaching working with everyone from CEOs to entry-level professionals, is a must-read for both men and women. And See Jane Lead is a virtual road map for any woman who wants to take charge at work. Nice Girls Just Don’t Get It, her latest book co-authored with Carol Frohlinger, was published in April, 2011 by Crown Archetype, a division of Random House.

Sought-after as a public speaker for her witty, warm and practical presentations that simultaneously engage, educate and entertain, Dr. Frankel is among the top names of international speakers. She has appeared on The Today Show, Larry King Live, CNN, and Fox News and been featured in USA Today, People magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. ABC television purchased the rights to Corner Office for a comedy series.


Carol Gardner

It was love at first sight when Carol Gardner met the four-month-old chunky English bulldog who she named Zelda.  Divorced, living on four credit cards and recovering from two broken legs, it may sound like a dramatic movie made for the big screen, but it was Carol Gardner’s life when she started her business, Zelda Wisdom, Inc.

With her background as a creative director in advertising she recognized that “there is a little Zelda in all of us.” Gardner, along with photographer Shane Young, launched the Zelda Wisdom, Inc. greeting card line using photos of her lovable pup, Zelda.  Within six months over a million Zelda greeting cards had been sold.  Eventually Zelda become Hallmark’s number one selling mass greeting card line.  Zelda quickly was recognized as America’s Top Dog with over 200 licensed products including calendars, books, figurines, stuffed animals, apparel, etc.

Zelda is a media magnet as proven by her track record.  On television she has made appearances on Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey  Show, Martha Stewart, The Today Show, CNBC’s Power Lunch, CNN, FOX/The Morning Show, National Geographic, Animal Planet, etc.  In print she has appeared in The Associated Press, Ladies’ Home Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek, The London Sun, Animal Fair, etc.  Zelda’s presence in the social media circle continues through Zelda’s Day to Day Dogmas (emailed to thousands of subscribers daily), Facebook, Twitter,  YouTube, My Space, etc.

With a new ‘little Zelda’ in training, Zelda Wisdom, Inc. is now partnering with the American Humane Association.  Zelda is their ‘spokesdog’ and represents the Zelda/American Humane Association Children’s Hospital Project.  This project trains and certifies rescued dogs to work in children’s hospitals.  The goal is to reduce the fear factor for children through animal assisted therapy and to give rescued dogs a second chance.  The message is to HUG, HOLD and HEAL.


Dr. R. Kay Green

A native of Savannah, GA, Dr. R. Kay Green is a subject matter expert in the field of Marketing, Management, and Business. For over 13 years, Dr. R. Kay Green, has devoted her existence to developing a greater understanding of the Marketing and Management disciplines. With a specialized interest in distance-learning, Dr. R. Kay Green’s mission is to provide quality marketing and management instruction to distance-learning students both domestic and aboard. Her vision is to be the premier distance learning expert, providing extensive experience and knowledge in online Marketing/ Business/ Management instruction and course development. Her professional credentials include an Associates of Arts in Marketing Management, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing, a Master of Business Administration in Marketing and Management, PhD coursework in Leadership and Organizational Change, and a Doctorate of Business Administration in Marketing.


Charmaine Hammond

Who better to lead courageous dialogues and training to inspire resilient teams than Charmaine Hammond?

More than two decades of experience working with teams and in high conflict organizations/situations, she is an expert in helping move beyond conflict through courageous dialogue. Beginning her career as a Correctional Officer, she worked in adult and youth institutions, and later managed young offender facilities before moving to Alberta in 1991. As a Contract Negotiation Specialist for government, she was responsible for contract negotiations and monitoring in the northeast region of Alberta. She was a Chartered Mediator and Conflict Management Specialist for 10 years, mediating disputes, facilitating training and coaching new practitioners. Charmaine has a solid background in leading courageous dialogue and helping teams bounce forward through change, conflict, challenge and adversity. She has been a successful business owner since 1997, owning two businesses in Fort McMurray, Alberta prior to relocating the business to Edmonton, Alberta Canada. Charmaine has a Master’s Degree in Conflict Analysis & Management, a BA in Social Development Studies.

Charmaine's dog book "On Toby's Terms" is an number one best seller!


Karen Howells

Karen Howells is the President and Founder of The Howells Group, Inc., a growing and innovative US-based organizational development consulting practice. The Howells Group helps current and emerging leaders in a variety of businesses learn new skills, see new possibilities and gain broader perspectives through executive coaching, team development and breakthrough strategic counsel.

Karen has worked as an executive coach as well as a leadership, teamwork and organization development specialist for companies large and small around the world for more that 20 years. Karen is also a highly respected and seasoned keynote speaker and meeting facilitator. She creates and leads management and leadership development programs for groups from 5 to 500 and speaks frequently before business and non-profit groups around the nation.


Leigh Anne Jasheway

Leigh Anne is a motivational speaker and stand-up comic who speaks at 40-60 conferences and workshops and performs at more than 30 shows a year. To date, more than one-quarter million people have seen her presentations.  Leigh Anne has a master’s degree in public health, is an expert in stress management, and has been a stand-up comic for fifteen years.


Geri Jewell

Geri Jewell is best known as Cousin Geri on the NBC sitcom, “The Facts of Life”. She was the first person with a disability to have a regular role on a prime time series. She began her career doing stand up comedy at the Comedy Store in 1978. In 1980 she performed at the 2nd Annual Media Access Awards, when she was introduced to Norman Lear by producer, Fern Field.

After her ground breaking role on “Facts” she has appeared on such shows as “The Great Space Coaster”, the Emmy award winning movie “Two of a Kind”, “Sesame Street”, “21 Jump Street”, “Young and the Restless”, “Strong Medicine” and the HBO hit series, “Deadwood.”


Jacki Kane

Jacki Kane wants to be the modern-day Erma Bombeck. An award-winning writer, she has written a memoir called Sass Mouth: Destiny is a Joke, which could easily serve as a primer on how not to raise children. She performs clean, intelligent stand-up comedy regularly with the show she founded called TIME OUT: The mother of all comedy shows. Most recently, she’s working on taking her humor on the road as a professional speaker for women’s expos, corporate events and anyone who will pay her to bring down a room.


Karlynn Keyes

Karlynn Keyes is the President of The Trail of Painted Ponies, one of the premier fine art and collectibles companies in the world, which crafts one of the most beloved collectibles in America. As a leader in her industry, Karlynn has developed The Trail of Painted Ponies from a wildly successful public art project to a multi-million dollar gift and collectible company that has an impressive list of licensees and a passionate international following. This global brand has truly become a great American success story.



Sue Kirby

Sue Kirby is that wise and witty aunt we all wish we had. The harried housewife, the muddled mom, the wacky friend who takes time out from life to celebrate the ordinary.

Sue is best known for her wildly funny and sharply perceptive insights on the hard won victories of everyday living. Do you remember the last time you heard an outlook on life so ingenious you couldn’t help but pass it on to others? Within minutes of hearing Sue, audiences quickly find themselves repeating her trademark phrase, "It doesn’t matter!"

With indomitable humor and a feisty spirit, this sassy mother and professional urges all women to believe in themselves. Sue's brand of wisdom is ageless, speaking to women from all stages of life.

She is the author of Men's Secret Camp - Timeless Traditions and Tribulations of Family Life and Love and has been featured in numerous publications such as Redbook, Brides West, The Oregonian and the Los Angeles Times.


Jensine Larsen

As a young freelance journalist covering indigenous movements and ethnic cleansing in South America and Southeast Asia, Jensine (Yen-See Nah) Larsen had a vision—to use the power of media to unleash the creative human potential of women across the globe. “Through new media we have the power to connect and build a bold global community, to support each other’s dreams, restore our earth, heal society, and care for our children,” Larsen explains.


A few years later, at age 28, Larsen began publishing her flagship project—World Pulse Magazine. Today, with her eye on the future of communications technology in the developing world, Larsen is now building an interactive global media company

designed to connect women worldwide. As a passionate social entrepreneur and leader,

Larsen has organized a dedicated staff and team of professional advisors and volunteers, supporting networks of international women’s organizations, leading journalists from around the world as well as endorsements from international luminaries and visionaries.

She has her finger on the global pulse of women’s and youth voices and is increasingly sought after for inspirational keynotes, current affairs lectures, and radio programs. She is featured on and has appeared on NPR and Air America and presented keynotes at Hewlett Packard, Bioneers, Bennett College, and the Boulder Conference on World Affairs. She is considered one of Portland, Oregon’s up and coming “Young Creatives” according to The Oregonian (2/2/06). Both a visionary and pioneer, Jensine is the first voice of World Pulse—the first of many.


Kathy LeMay

Kathy LeMay is the founder, president, and CEO of Raising Change, which helps organizations raise capital to advance social change agendas and individuals create Generosity Plans to help change the world.

LeMay, who began her global activism in war-torn Yugoslavia where she worked with women survivors of the siege and rape-genocide camps, has been a social change fundraiser for 15 years, raising more than $150 million dollars in the fields of women’s human rights, hunger and poverty relief, and movement-building. In addition she has directed an additional $100 million in philanthropic dollars to organizations working to make a difference. LeMay serves as an adviser and consultant to Fortune 100 companies, universities, international NGOs, and the United Nations. She is a sought-after speaker on strategies for social justice and empowering women to come into their voice.

In the year 2000 LeMay was nominated for a Reebok Human Rights Award for her 15 years of service as a human rights activist. She was named one of Business West Magazine’s “40 Under 40” and, in January 2010, she released her first book, The Generosity Plan, published by Simon & Schuster/Atria and Beyond Words. She is the recent recipient on the 2012 First One Access Award, which honors  prominent public figures for their inspirational roles as the first in their families to get a college degree.

Kathy has appeared on numerous television and radio shows including Oxygen TV and The Oprah Show. She is a contributing columnist to World Pulse Magazine and a member of the Advisory Board at To support her passion for ending violence against women globally, LeMay recently became a member of the One Billion Rising Committee with Eve Ensler and V-Day to work towards a world that is free from violence. 




Mavis Leno

Mavis Nicholson Leno is the Chair of the Feminist Majority Foundation's Campaign to Help Afghan Women and Girls, and has been the United States' most outspoken critic of the Taliban's horrific treatment of women. Leno joined the Board of Directors of the Feminist Majority Foundation in 1997, after playing an active role in the effort to defeat Proposition 209, the anti-affirmative action initiative on the 1996 California ballot.

Leno assumed her role as Chair of the Campaign to Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan in 1997, less than one year after the Taliban's brutal treatment of women began. She testified on gender apartheid in March 1998 before Senator Diane Feinstein of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and has consistently urged the Clinton and Bush Administrations as well as the U.S. involvement in the Feminist Majority's Campaign was also instrumental in defeating the energy company UNOCAL's efforts to construct an oil pipeline across Afghanistan that would have supplied the Taliban with over $100 million and dramatically increased their control in the region.

She is currently a leader in the effort to make the restoration of women's rights a nonnegotiable element of a post-Taliban Afghanistan, and has been at the forefront of insuring that the plight of Afghan women is included in the world's reporting of the war in Afghanistan. Recent television appearances include Larry King Live, Today, CNN with Paula Zahn, Hardball, MSNBC Nightly News and The Tonight Show. Leno has also been featured in articles in Time, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, US Magazine, and People magazine.



Lisa Ling

Lisa Ling is one of America's most respected broadcast journalists, and has been the host of National Geographic Explorer -- the longest running documentary television program on cable television -- since 2006. Over it's incredible 24 year run, National Geographic Explorer has won over 400 awards, including a staggering 52 Emmy Awards and 2 Academy Award nominations. Lisa Ling brings the incredible stories on Explorer to life, acting as the engaging and highly professional face of the program.


Kathy McAfee

Kathy McAfee is America’s Marketing Motivator, a national speaker and executive presentation coach whose mission is to motivate business leaders to effectively use their energy, influence and resources to create positive changes in the world. Her company, Kmc Brand Innovation, LLC, helps motivated executives and ambitious entrepreneurs to become the recognized leaders in their fields by mastering the art of high engagement presentations and more effective networking.

She is the author of the book Networking Ahead for Business: The Best Vehicle to Get More Customers, Make More Friends and Create More Opportunities for Yourself and Others (Kiwi Publishing 2010).


Judith McGee

Judith McGee is a self-made modern-day Renaissance woman—an insightful author, national columnist, dynamic speaker, passionate educator, mentor, and a successful entrapraneuer.  She has been consistently recognized as one of the country's top financial advisors.  She has been an invited guest speaker at the prestigious, Barron's Winner's Circle, and presented at  the Top Women Advisors Summit in 2010 and 2011.  Judith is Co-Founder and Chairwoman of McGee Wealth Management in Portland, OR.


Connie Merritt

With timely and relevant programs, Connie Merritt, RN, BSN, PHN is a compelling storyteller and award-winning author, delivering critical content that is so important, especially during these challenging times.

Connie has a reputation for delivering breakthrough information for tough times to get that spark for life, including timely research gathered from top leaders in medicine, business and brain-response studies. Her programs draw upon her vast experiences as a registered nurse, researcher and business professional.

In her recently released book from McGraw-Hill, TOO BUSY FOR YOUR OWN GOOD, Connie helps people and organizations make vital adjustments in their personal lives and careers to manage the multiple decisions and requests being placed in all areas of life, especially during these "New Economy" times. Busyness, when unmanaged, can destroy our balance in life, our health, relationships, finances, and career. It scrambles our priorities and all too often in the wrong order, leading us into stress and a cluttering of our lives.


Aimee Mullins

Aimee Mullins revels in the continuous exploration of what is possible—both for herself and those whose lives she touches. Aimee has developed her own unique formula for creating the “invented life,” fashioned from her undeniably unique combination of life experiences as an Olympic athlete, ground-breaking high fashion model, a beacon for design tech, dedicated advocate and avant-garde actor. She delights in the sharing what she has learned with those who seek to shatter their own perceived limitations and reinvent themselves. In a warm, engaging and approachable style, Aimee offers insightful, actionable and powerful guidance to corporate and consumer audiences worldwide. Aimee is a born story-teller, Renaissance woman, and an inspirational icon for achieving the “impossible.”


Christiane Northrup

Dr. Northrup is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist. For over 25 years, she maintained a thriving clinical practice – while becoming the sole woman on the male-dominated national stage that has long defined “women’s health” – right or wrong. It’s time to set the record straight once and for all. As Dr. Northrup has long argued, half the population lives in a fluid natural state of change that is loaded with innovation and renewal – and deserves our attention and support. “The conventional medical model sees the female body as flawed and requiring biologic fixes at various life stages. This belief system must be transformed. My personal mission is to inspire women at every life stage - cradle to grave-to understand the innate wisdom of their bodies, minds, and spirits as a pathway to optimal health and happiness. It’s high time that corporations also learned how to tap into the wellspring of information, collaboration, and innovation that stems directly from this feminine wisdom. “ Dr. Northrup speaks from experience. As a longtime clinician, former surgeon, business owner and mother, she’s “walked the talk” and is eager to share her lessons learned so that women everywhere can navigate their lives with greater success and ease.


Lethia Owens

As the CEO of Irresistible Inc., Lethia works with entrepreneurs to help them define, develop and promote their Irresistible brand.  But her lessons about personal branding are not limited to those in business for themselves.  As a keynote speaker and leadership trainer, Lethia speaks to employees and leaders throughout the corporate environment, reminding them that we are each president and CEO of “Me, Inc.” It is up to each individual, as employee or manager, to take responsibility for their own success, recognition, promotion, legacy, reputation, etc.

Lethia actively inspires countless individuals around the world to not only discover and live from their unique gifts, but to use those gifts to build their wealth.  She is ranked #8 among the World’s Top 30 Brand Gurus.

She went from being a high school dropout to graduating among the top of her high school class and received a Presidential Scholarship to attend Albany State University, where she was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science with Honors.  She earned her master’s degree in Managerial Leadership with honors at National Louis University (IL) and her Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation from the American College (PA).

Lethia’s career has led her to direct the brand development, marketing, business development, leadership branding and/or communications strategy for industry-leading organizations such as The Boeing Company, Energizer, Monsanto, Unigroup, IRS, Macrovision, State Farm Insurance Company, Clark Oil, First Data Resources, Union Pacific Technology and Southwestern Bell and Coca Cola.

Lethia is a contributing author to the following publications: Leading the Way to Success (Define, Promote and Live Your Powerful Personal Brand); Yes You Can!; Empowering Transformations for Women; and 7 Points of Impact, is author of the book Strategies to Help You Think, Work & Live Powerfully!  And creator of the Leaving a Leadership Legacy, the Building the Brand Called You!, and The Dare to Be Irresistible: Embrace & Unleash Your Limitless Potential audio programs.

She has been featured in St. Louis Today magazine as well as St. Louis Small Business Journal.

She is certified as a 360 Reach Personal Branding Strategist, certified as a social media strategist and is a contributing faculty member of the Leadership Development Institute.


Barbara Roberts

Barbara Kay Roberts (born December 21, 1936) is an American politician from the state of Oregon. A native of the state, she served as the 34th Governor of Oregon from 1991 to 1995. She is the first and, to date, only woman to be elected to that office. A Democrat, Roberts was also the first woman to serve as majority leader in the Oregon House of Representatives. She also won two terms as Oregon Secretary of State and served in local and county government in Portland. Roberts was married to Oregon State Senator Frank L. Roberts. Since February 2011, she has served on the council of Metro, the regional government in the Portland metropolitan area.


Renee Wall Rongen

When passion, purpose, productivity, people and profitability are the cornerstones of an organization and they want the WOW factor, they hire Reneé Rongen.  Reneé is an award winning humorous and inspirational speaker, author and business consultant.  She is one of the most in-demand and top rated speakers in the U.S. and Canada.  From being a Marketing Strategist for large organizations to Motherhood, Board Trustee to class rooms and everywhere in between - Reneé engages her audience with her “legacy living” philosophy.  Media has dubbed her “The Mother of Motivation and a combination of Lily Tomlin, Oprah and Mother Teresa.   Her messages transcend age, culture and profession.  Renee’s  comedic timing coupled with her acclaimed gift as master story teller make her the perfect fit  for organizations who want to inspire and grow their culture to be the best in the industry.  

In addition to her speaking, Renee is an accomplished author and has written the Christmas Coffee Table Classic; Grandy’s Quilt…A Gift For All Seasons in addition to being a feature author in Chicken Soup for the Soul… Answered Prayers and Bedpan Banter.  Her newest work titled The Spirit of a Woman will be released in the summer of 2012.


Isabella Rossellini

Moving easily from early forays into comedy and television reporting to roles in movies, television, and stage productions and from an illustrious international modeling career (as the face of Lancome for 14 years) and developing her own brand of cosmetics to writing and philanthropy, and after appearing in more than 40 films (Blue Velvet," "Death Becomes Her," "The Saddest Music in the World," "Infamous") and 25 made-for-television movies/series ("Alias," "Discovery Atlas: Italy Revealed," "Iconoclasts," "30 Rock"), Isabella Rossellini turned her eye to film making. Her debut was her mischievous and witty film, "My Dad is 100 Years Old," a pretend dialogue about the essence of film. In it, Ms. Rossellini appears as herself, speaks her father's words, and also brilliantly portrays Fellini, Selznick, Hitchcock, Chaplin, and her own mother, whom she strikingly resembles"


Terry Sand

An improvisational expert, television personality and keynote speaker, Terry Sand can help your company invigorate morale, communicate more effectively and understand the value of fun at work. With over a dozen years of experience speaking to some of the premier companies in the U.S., Terry Sand is widely recognized for her improvisational comedy and team-building programs in business. Terry Sand has a unique ability to drive home her clients' corporate message while entertaining participants with a lively cast of her own characters and voices. Through humor, participants learn how to apply improv skills to improve their communication with team members, colleagues, and clients. The games also serve as a way to demonstrate methods that enhance skills and abilities in customer service, sales, and marketing, and to increase productivity and profitability.

Featured in the PBS documentary The Promise Of Play Terry Sand was the winner of San Francisco's All-Pro Comedy Award in 1984, recipient of the Cabaret Gold Award in 1986, founding member of several successful improv comedy groups, including Femprov, Fishheads, and Red Herrings, and selected by The National Speakers Association to present the first improvisational comedy program at their national convention.

For over twenty years Terry Sand has taught adults how to apply the transformational experience of studying improvisational comedy to boost their productivity and "out of the cubicle thinking." Notable companies including Oracle, Charles Schwab, Panasonic, and AT&T have repeatedly booked Terry Sand so that she could bring her creative approach to improving communication and collaboration skills to their workplaces.

Terry Sand's professional memberships include the Screen Actors' Guild (SAG), American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) and The Lupus Foundation.

When it is time to "get serious about having fun," it's time to invite Terry Sand to transform your work group into a dynamic team. Through her interactive process and entertaining delivery, Terry guarantees that everyone in your organization will benefit from taking time to build community wellness, communication and creativity.

What better way to break the ice at a big meeting or luncheon than through some lighthearted fun? Tailored to your specifications, these keynote speeches demonstrate the power of incorporating interactive, improvisational fun into even the most regimented work environment. Through the use of costumes, character work, and props, HumorTech's Terry Sand will get your message across and entertain your audience in the process.


Terry Savage

Terry Savage is a nationally known expert on personal finance and a regular television commentator on issues related to investing and financial markets. Her weekly personal finance column for the Chicago Sun-Times is distributed nationally by Creators Syndicate. She is also a regular contributor to and the popular investing websites. You can read her commentaries, as well as post questions and comments on her blog at

Terry’s most recent book is The New Savage Number: How Much Money Do Really You Need to Retire? Released in September, 2009 this completely new edition of her previous book is climbing the best-seller lists. The first edition hit the “Top 20” list on Her previous best-seller, The Savage Truth on Money, was named one of the ten best money books of the year by, and was made into an hour-long television special which aired on PBS.

Terry is a frequent guest on radio and television shows including CNN, NBC, and CNBC. She’s appeared several times on Oprah! She’s in demand as a speaker at business meetings across the country.


Cindy Solomon

Cindy Solomon believes great leadership creates great results...
Cindy is passionately committed to helping organizations build long-term, profitable relationships with their customers, their leaders and their employees through keynote presentations, executive coaching, leadership training and strategic design.
Cindy Solomon...
  • Is an internationally recognized speaker, writer, executive coach and consultant in the fields of customer service, customer loyalty, employee engagement and leadership.
  • Is sought after by companies large and small for her humorous, provocative and compelling insights on the current business to tens of thousands of leaders each year.
  • Is the #1 speaker at the largest gathering of Women Executives in California – the Professional BusinessWomen's Conference in San Francisco - for three years running.
  • Brings her talents as a facilitator and panel discussion leader to hundreds of organizations to help them create highly productive, motivational and bottom line focused meetings for their employees and leaders.
  • Has worked with a broad spectrum of clients around the world such as Eli Lilly, Google, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Deer Valley Resort, The Mayo Clinic, State Farm Insurance and the Apollo Group to create the organizations and leaders they need for success.
  • Is a Co-Founder of the Women's Success Forum putting her talents to use not only for her clients, but for over 9,000 leaders around the country with this nationally recognized and highly effective corporate leadership conference.
  • Is known for the witty, motivational and fully customized delivery, which allows every audience to build their knowledge base while building their enthusiasm for productive change, life-long learning and exceptional customer service.
  • Has appeared in articles in PINK Magazine, the NSAA Journal, Customer Service Cultures and the books The Transparency Edge by Barbara and Elizabeth Pagano of Executive Pathways, and The Naked Truth: A Manifesto for Working Women by internationally renowned author Margaret Heffernen.
  • Is publishing her book, "Creating a Culture of Courage" this year!



Susan Stamberg

Nationally renowned broadcast journalist Susan Stamberg is Special Correspondent for National Public Radio. Stamberg is the first woman to anchor a national nightly news program, and has won every major award in broadcasting. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame, and the Radio Hall of Fame.

Stamberg is the author of two books,  "TALK: NPR's Susan Stamberg Considers All Things," published  in 1993. And "Every Night at Five" published in 1982.

In addition to her Hall of Fame inductions, other recognition includes the Armstrong and Dupont Awards, the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Distinguished Broadcaster Award from the American Women in Radio and Television.

Lyn St. James

Lyn St. James' story is not just about being a successful racecar driver. It's a story about goal setting, determination, passion and fully utilizing all her defeats and successes to break into a world no one could have imagined possible: auto racing.

Lyn can share with your marketing team, sales group, management staff, or your entire organization, the determination and positioning she used to break into a world no one could have imagined.


Dara Torres

Dara Torres broke barriers when she competed in her 5th Games and became the oldest swimmer to compete in the Olympics in 2008. Not only did she compete, but she brought home three silver medals – including the infamous heartbreaking 50-meter freestyle race where she missed the Gold by 1/100th of a second. America loved her all the more for her astonishing achievement and her good-natured acceptance of the results.

Aside from her amazing accomplishments in the pool, Dara has talents on dry land as well. She released a memoir, “Age is Just a Number: Achieve Your Dreams At Any Stage In Your Life,” published in April, 2009 and was listed as one of the top 25 best-selling business  books in the month of June. Her second book, “Gold Medal Fitness: A Revolutionary 5-Week Program” was released in May, 2010. Dara also won the ESPY award for “Best Comeback” and was named one of the “Top Female Athletes of the Decade” by Sports Illustrated magazine. Dara is also a mother and role model to her young daughter but to all working mothers. She is the worldwide spokesperson for McDonald’s “Champions of Play” Campaign which encourages a balanced approach to nutrition and activity for children. Dara’s health and fitness goals revolve around three pillars: what she puts in to her body, what she does with her body and how she recovers. These pillars extend into her brand and sponsorship alignments. Currently training for her 6th Olympic Games, Olympian, author, mother, and role model, Dara Torres is many things to many people, but  above all, she is an inspiration.



Mallory Weggemann

2012 Paralympic Gold Medalist Mallory Weggemann had her life changed on January 21, 2008. A routine epidural to help treat back pain left the college freshman paralyzed from the waist down. However, having been a competitive swimmer since the age of seven, she found one thing unchanged - her love for swimming. On April 8, 2008, Mallory returned to the pool, and has been breaking national and world records ever since. However, just days before the 2012 Paralympics, a controversial decision to move Mallory up a class left her competing against less disabled swimmers. Nonetheless, she defied the odds and won Gold in the 50m freestyle, which became one of the signature races during the Games.

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