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Mildred Black, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Mildred Black is a People+Culture Advisor, an expert at the intersection of people and culture. She is an entrepreneur, transformation coach, speaker, lecturer, and storyteller who has addressed audiences nationally and internationally. Her mission is to develop people and remove barriers to human greatness. Through The Being My Best Academy, she coaches leaders, entrepreneurs, and intrapreneurs to transform, thrive, and make an impact in the world around them. Through her consulting practice, People Optimum Consulting, she partners with organizations Fortune 100 companies like Amazon and Mercedes-Benz to improve retention and engagement in the workplace culture by implementing innovative people solutions. Through her People+CultureTM System, she engages leaders and teams in assessing people and the workplace culture to implement strategies that improve outcomes.

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Sheila V

Sheila Vijeyarasa is a High-Performance Coach, helping business leaders to step into their full potential. She works with emerging leaders and senior managers, to clear their limiting beliefs and address common blocks including burnout, perfectionism, and imposter syndrome. After decades of leading and leadership training, she has an enormous tool kit of high-performance habits, confidence hacks and communication tips to deal with challenging staff and difficult conversations. She is a cutting-edge leader in the movement towards courageous and conscious leadership. She holds an MBA (with Distinction) and has held multiple positions as a Finance and Commercial Director. She has trained with The Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership and is a qualified NLP practitioner. Sheila’s internationally bestselling book, Brave: Courageously Live Your Truth has been described as a ‘comprehensive spiritual guidebook’ for the conscious corporate leader. She recently appeared on Channel 9’s documentary series, Big Miracles, where she courageously shared her yearlong IVF journey with the Australian public. Sheila is passionate about teaching Brave Leadership and authentically living it too. She has been featured in the media sharing her insights and strategies for an empowering and courageous successful life from Thrive Global, Sydney Morning Herald, Body + Soul, CEO World Magazine, New Idea, Women’s Agenda, CFO Australia, just to name a few. She has spoken on the main stage at the Mind Body Spirit Festival and appeared on Australian Television. You can work with Sheila at:

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Erin (Pink) Mosley

Erin (Pink) Mosley is the founder and president of Erin Mosley, Inc. (EMI), a sought-after consultancy offering programs to support organizational and career transformations. She personally brings 30+ years of experience as a professional engineer and management consultant along with certifications as an IMGB Innovation Management Green Belt™️ with Innovation360, an EnvisionⓇ ENV SP trainer with the Institute of Sustainable Infrastructure, and a member of the Somatic ExperiencingⓇ Institute. She has served on several non-profit and advisory boards including the Water Environment Federation (WEF) Board of Trustees, the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at Harvard University, and the New England Water Environment Association. EMI's team works with professionals at all levels in private, academic, public-sector, and non-profit organizations. Within the water sector, EMI has consulted and led programs for Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment, the US Water Alliance, WEF, the American Water Works Association (AWWA), and numerous other water organizations and individual leaders. Erin was recognized as a WEF Fellow in 2021. Professionals interested to work with her for personal executive-style coaching can join the Mosley Institute for Leadership. Learn more and connect at

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Jennifer Watson, MPT, I.M.T.,C.

Jennifer Watson, MPT, I.M.T.,C., speaker, healer, and visionary on a mission to help leaders heal and accelerate their deeper purpose of impact through shifting their mental-emotional state and optimizing healthy high-performance leadership. As a former D1 athlete and 2x All-American, Jennifer, founder of Watson World Wide, overcame years of debilitating depression to become an integrative physical therapist, entrepreneur of 6+ figure businesses, a TEDx speaker and now an international speaker & coach. Jennifer’s ultimate goal in life is to be known for the healing she gave, the love she showed and the hope she gave to all that they can truly live their highest potential life. In her spare time she loves to dance, run, play tennis, read and hang-out with her amazing friends and beautiful nieces and nephews.

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Dr. Stacy Feiner

Dr. Stacy Feiner, an accomplished psychologist and high performance coach, champions the aspirations and ambitions of family-businesses with an approach that untangles conflict, strengthens relationships, and achieves optimal results for clients. Dr. Feiner lived in 8 US cities and traveled 9 countries. Trained as a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), she worked in higher education as a psychotherapist, and then in corporate as a performance coach. Dr. Feiner published, Talent Mindset, in 2015 and coauthored, The Sixth Level, in 2023.

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Rachel Wallis Andreasson

Rachel Wallis Andreasson worked for family business for twenty-four years, building infrastructure and family governance systems and became the CEO. She was the first woman to become President of the Missouri State Association and was awarded the Leadership Award while earning her MBA at Washington University. Today, she is a shareholder and Board member of the family business and is the Executive Director of the Reform synagogue and is a proud mother of three.

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Shannon Bumgarner

Shannon Bumgarner is a courageous change maker inspiring leadership transformation within organizations and with women in technical careers. As a seasoned leader with 20+ years of experience, her human centric leadership has cultivated belonging cultures resulting in significant improvements in diversity, employee engagement, and business performance. Shannon is also passionate about mentoring women in largely male-dominated industries with a broader impact on gender equity in STEM and gender wealth equality.

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Bose Akadiri

Bose Akadiri is a Motivational Speaker, Life Coach and founder of Goal and Grind where she partners with high achievers to turn their dreams into their reality using her 5 step Vision and Goals Method(™). In addition to Goal and Grind, she has experience at three Fortune 500 corporations as a Corporate Philanthropy leader. Bose is a Chicago Urban League IMPACT Fellow, Ladies of Virtue Board Member, She Shines Honoree by Girls Inc., 40 under 40 honoree by OKC Biz Magazine, Leadership Oklahoma City alumnae and named by ionOklahoma Magazine as a 30/30 Next Generation of Leaders.

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Stephanie Hajducek

Stephanie Hajducek is a Territory Sales Manager for SAMSON Controls – a market leader in control valves for industrial processes. She has also held positions with other industry leading companies such as Bechtel, ChevronPhillips, Citgo, Steel Dynamics and The Chemours Company. In January 2022 Stephanie started a nonprofit organization called This One’s for the Gals that helps girls with career exploration and workforce development. Focusing their efforts on the construction, energy, and manufacturing industries, TOFTG likes to say that they talk to girls about career pathways that not very many people talk to girls about from STEM to Skilled Trades and everything in between! Stephanie hopes that by sharing her experiences and lessons learned she can help girls step out of their comfort zone and step into a world of endless possibilities in industry!

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Ashley A. Wheeler Huffman

Ashley A. Wheeler Huffman is an Alabama native with a contagious passion for helping individuals and organizations transform their thinking and performance from commonplace to extraordinary. Her focus is maximizing potential through training, coaching, consulting and keynoting around leadership, women’s empowerment, resilience and organizational development topics. Through her keynotes, she shares invaluable insights gained from overcoming challenges and embracing vulnerability, encouraging women to find their voice, embrace their unique strengths and celebrate their victories. Off the stage, Ashley remains deeply committed to community service; her passion for making a positive impact is as evident in her philanthropic efforts.

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Katie Mehnert

The modern architect of the energy workforce, Katie Mehnert is the Founder and CEO of ALLY Energy™ the community accelerating connections, jobs, and skills to drive an equitable energy transition. ALLY Energy is an inaugural member of Greentown Labs Houston, the top climate tech incubator in North America. Ms. Mehnert has held global leadership roles with BP and Shell in safety and environment during periods of financial crisis, spills, divestment, and globalization. Her early career included assignments with Duke Energy, Entergy, and Enron. Her corporate path drove her to entrepreneurship to help energy companies prepare for the looming talent shortage and workforce diversity needs to address energy poverty and climate change.

She was appointed Ambassador to the United States Department of Energy in 2020 during the Trump Administration and has testified before Congress on the clean energy workforce of the future. She was most recently re-appointed by the Biden Administration to the National Petroleum Council.  Ms. Mehnert is a speaker, author, and trusted source in the energy industry. She has been published in Scientific American, Forbes, The Hill, CNBC, and CNN. Her first book, Grow with the Flow, was published in 2020. She co-authored Everyday Superheroes: Women in Energy, a children’s book focused on energy careers. Mrs. Mehnert also has appeared in Hot Money, a documentary produced by Academy Award-winning actor, Jeff Bridges and Retired NATO General Wesley Clark on the financial complexities of climate change and finance, and Dirty Nasty People, a film on the future of the energy workforce.

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Steve Harrison

Steve Harrison is Director of Operator Programs at the Water Environment Federation and is coordinator of Operations Challenge, WEFTEC’s award winning professional skills competition. He has a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management from the University of Maryland, is a Board Certified Environmental Scientist, a Certified Mission Critical Professional, has a NASSCO Pipeline Assessment Certification Program credential, and is a member of Select Society of Sanitary Sludge Shovelers.

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Karen Laos

Karen Laos, Communication Expert and Confidence Cultivator, leverages 25 years in the boardroom and speaking on stages such as Google and NASA to transform missed opportunities into wins. She is fiercely committed to her mission of eradicating self-doubt in 10 million women by giving them practical strategies to ask for what they want in the boardroom and beyond. Karen is the author of Trust Your Own Voice and podcast host of Ignite Your Confidence. She guides corporations and individuals to generate consistent results with her proven formula, The Confidence Cocktail, and she founded the women’s mastermind, The Power House.

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Pattie Grimm

Pattie is an enthusiastic women leader who is dedicating her life to "empowering women and girls to be the best they can be in any endeavor they choose!" She is a senior business leader, author, keynote speaker, trainer, coach, podcast guest, and women's advocate. Pattie has over twenty-five years of experience as a senior woman leader for Fortune 50 companies like Microsoft, Johnson and Johnson, and VMware. She also runs a training and consulting company focused on building great leaders, building rockstar teams, and fast-tracking business results. She's walked a mile in your shoes and shares her "rock star" to "rock bottom" story that almost ended her career and life. Pattie interviewed over 3550 women and men leaders for three years to find her five proven "Success Secrets" of strong, confident, and empowered women leaders.

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Cheryl Merchant

Cheryl Merchant has 40 years of leadership and management experience in manufacturing. She has held leadership positions with industry giants like GM, Mazda, Ford, and Lear Corporation and led teams in the U.S., Mexico, Canada and throughout Europe and Asia. Cheryl spent 19 years as the President and CEO of Hope Global, a manufacturing company with over 2,000 employees and operations in the U.S., Mexico, Czech Republic, China, and Brazil. During that period, Hope Global grew five times in revenue and became a Tier II leader in the Automotive Industry. In 2019, Cheryl joined Taco as President of Taco Family of Companies, North America. In March of 2020, Cheryl was promoted to CEO of Taco Family of Companies Global operations. Since taking the helm, Taco has doubled in revenue, expanded the workforce by 350 team members, acquired a new business unit in England and currently have global operational facility expansions of over 243,000 sq. ft. underway.

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Dr. Kathy K. Overbeke

Dr. Kathy K. Overbeke draws on over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur and a doctorate in management to advise family businesses and coach executives. As the founder of GPS: Generation Planning Strategies, LLC, she works with Fortune 500, middle market, and small businesses. She has published extensively, including academic journals, book chapters, and popular journals such as Psychology Today. She has presented her research internationally and has taught as an adjunct professor.

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Demi Knight Clark

A woman who renounces fearlessness & rather calls it being “unf*ckwithable” in life (women setting boundaries from the field to the boardroom), Demi has done everything from swing a hammer to lead thousands of team members to goals in publicly-traded companies. She helps individuals, employee resource groups, businesses & trade associations throw their own sparks in equity, inclusion, goals & “crucial conversations” to move the needles within groups on ROI. Through curated speaking, Spark Sessions facilitations and/or in person trade shows, she helps these populations dream bigger and accomplish goals beyond their wildest summit.

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Brittany Gentilhomme

Brittany is an assistant superintendent at R.C. Mathews Contractor in Nashville, Tennessee. She is involved in several organizations that focus on issues surrounding the construction industry, like the National Association of Women in Construction, Crew Collaborative and Go Build Tennessee. In 2023 she receive the NAWIC Nashville Rookie of the Year award and a national 2nd place committee award for reaching out to the community during Women in Construction Week. Her mission is to empower the next generation of women in construction. Through her online presence with LinkedIn and Instagram, Brittany connects with many others who share her mission, like the Space to Build and Dirty and Driven podcasts, among others. Follow her story @builderwithabow.

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Meaghan Ziemba

Meaghan Ziemba is an industrial tech writer, brand storyteller, and marketer for industrial manufacturers. She has a B.A. and M.A. in Professional and Technical Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has been writing for manufacturing since 2008. Meaghan also hosts a live video broadcast series called Mavens of Manufacturing. The series focuses on women in the sector. Its mission is to attract younger generations to join manufacturing or engineering career pathways to help close the skills and gender gaps. Meaghan is a proud mother of three. She enjoys cooking, CrossFit, and a great cup of coffee or glass of whiskey.

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Daryl Anne Estill

Daryl is a Project Manager in the commercial MEP construction industry with experience spanning semiconductor, pharmaceutical, offices, CNG stations, and multifamily markets, both in traditional and design-build deliveries. In addition to her direct role, she is integral to strategic planning, training and development, and process improvements. She serves as Chair of TD Women’s ERG and Committee Member & Mentor for the TD Wilmer Hutchins High School mentorship program. As a public speaker, mentor, and industry leader, her advocacy work focuses on Women in Construction/Industry, Equity, Mental Health, and Servant Leadership. She is an Empowering Women in Industry Award Nominee 2022/2023.

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Ikram Guerd

Ikram Guerd is the Managing Director US & VP of Global Marketing of Aspivix, an innovative FemTech aiming to modernize gynecology and reduce pain-bleeding for women undergoing IUD. Ikram leads strategic initiatives for the organization, focusing on advancing Women’s Health practices and removing institutional and societal barriers to painless reproductive health access. Ikram is passionate about Leadership and Women’s Health focuses on closing the gender gap for equitable access to better care for all. From a multicultural background and because representation is key, Ikram believes that by supporting young girls and women from all backgrounds feel empowered through mentorship, education, and awareness. Ikram dedicates time to uplift others worldwide and acts as a board member and a role model for young girls to raise their aspirations and break down gender stereotypes for Inspiring Girls USA. Outside of work, she now lives in Southern California where she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling across the world, and giving back to the community.

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Greg Bretz

Greg Bretz is the Senior Regional Director for Grundfos Commercial Buildings in the Americas Region. In his 21 years with Grundfos he has served in various roles including sales, business development, and product management. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Toledo and an MBA from DePaul University in Chicago. He lives in New Bremen, Ohio with his wife and two daughters who are 14 and 12 years old. He’s passionate about doing hard things with great people and hopes to contribute to a more diverse future in the pump industry.

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Kim Duff Selby

With decades of experience in the Fashion Industry working at GLAMOUR magazine, as the Fashion Director of Saks Fifth Avenue in Palo Alto and owner of her own fashion show production company, Kim Duff Selby knows how to help women increase their self-esteem. She believes that you are never too old. At 64 she launched a podcast, began an acting and modeling career and became a certified yoga instructor. She speaks internationally inspiring women to discover their passion and purpose in mid-life. Having worked with previously incarcerated women, moms, and volunteers, Kim knows how to boost confidence and encourage women to own and share their unique light.

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Dr. Sirisha Kuchimanchi

Dr. Sirisha Kuchimanchi is a TEDx speaker and former Semiconductor Tech Executive from Texas Instruments. She co-chaired the Technology & Manufacturing Women’s ERG, which supported over 500 employees across three continents and 8 countries. Sirisha is a keynote speaker, entrepreneur, podcast host, and investor. She has a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and is an IEEE Senior Member. Sirisha hosts the Podcast “Women, Career & Life”, a top 30% of Spotify podcast. Sirisha is passionate about empowering women to achieve their career and financial goals, and to break barriers in male-dominated fields. She also leans into her technical expertise and is actively engaged in addressing the workforce development gap in the Semiconductor Industry.

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Ashlee V. Davidson

Ashlee Davidson is a dynamic and influential corporate leader who has consistently broken barriers and shattered glass ceilings throughout her career in the aerospace and defense industry. She’s held communications leadership positions at Sikorsky Aircraft, L3Harris, and Lockheed Martin. With her bold style, authentic leadership and passion for positively disrupting corporate America for good, Ashlee leaves an unforgettable mark everywhere she goes. Ashlee is passionate about motivating women and diverse audiences to embrace the power of positive disruption in any workspace. Her goal is to inspire today for major impact tomorrow. Born and raised in Connecticut, Ashlee’s path to success is an inspirational journey of grit, grace, and gratitude. She is a true leader for her generation, not afraid to remain uncomfortable to grow and expand spaces to ensure others can see a path and feel comfortable stepping into their power.

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Kelly Lichtenberger

Kelly Lichtenberger is the Founder of Prospect Like A Girl. Prospect Like A Girl helps companies build and/or restructure Inside Sales Teams. Prospect Like A Girl will assist in all aspects of creating successful revenue producing teams from hiring, training and shadowing teams. Kelly has held roles within successful start-up companies but has founded her own companies as well. With over 25 years of Sales, Marketing, leadership and Inside Sales development experience, she carries a diverse background in building revenue-driven inside sales teams within high-growth, high-tech organizations. As a five-time winner of the AA-ISP Most Influential Sales Professionals, Kelly is a noted expert on how to train, build and grow exceptional teams. Kelly also travels the country speaking with companies in all industries on how to “Build and Maintain Successful Sales Teams”, how to “Make Process your Purpose”, and “Winning with Women in Sales.”

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Carole Mac

Carole Mac is a dynamic motivational speaker who has triumphed in her own life after losing her son TJ. She is an executive producer, sommelier, and author who has produced over 250 television and digital episodes in the sports and food industries. Her bestselling children's book THE GIFT OF THE LADYBUG is used as a bibliotherapy tool by counselors and teachers to help families. It inspired the national "Gift of the Ladybug Day" and raised $100K for children with critical illnesses. She regularly appears on morning shows and has been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, DailyMailTV, and GLAMOUR.

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Cree Pompey

Transformational Speaker/Coach, Lu`Crecha (Cree) Pompey, guides women in mapping their own road towards enhanced self-awareness, providing the tools needed for movement towards living in authenticity with agency. She coaches with the belief that self-empowerment grows through embracing our FEARS. Cree focuses on 5 integral steps for evolution to self-sustained happiness, bringing a perspective rooted in years of clinical service to the homeless. She believes joy in life is founded in relationships with the people around us, but most significantly, ourselves. Cree received her MA in Clinical Psychology: Marriage/Family Therapy at LaSalle University; is founder/CEO of CPRelationship Consulting LLC

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Arthur Zards

Arthur has been a cornerstone of the TEDxNaperville community since 2009, not only hosting but also enriching the platform by coaching hundreds of TED/TEDx speakers who have collectively over 41 million YouTube views. His own TEDx and TED talks, notably at a TED organization workshop, underscore his expertise in delivering captivating narratives. Beyond the TEDx stage, Arthur has leveraged his Experiential-based talks to inspire audiences across various platforms, including non-profit conferences, numerous chambers of commerce, and as the keynote speaker at the prestigious International Nokia Human Factors Engineering conference. His academic contributions as a lecturer at the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University and the Segal School of Design further highlight his commitment to sharing knowledge. Internationally recognized for his Swarm Effect™ keynote, Arthur has influenced countless individuals across dozens of cities worldwide. His role as a keynote speaker for the Gartner Group's Evanta Summit series showcases his impact on senior leadership thinking. Arthur's versatility shines through his live improvisation performances and his creative prowess as the writer and star of his own sketch comedy show, blending humor and insight to engage and enlighten audiences.

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Kim Duff Selby

With decades of experience in the Fashion Industry working at GLAMOUR magazine, as the Fashion Director of Saks Fifth Avenue in Palo Alto and owner of her own fashion show production company, Kim Duff Selby knows how to help women increase their self-esteem. She believes that you are never too old. At 64 she launched a podcast, began an acting and modeling career and became a certified yoga instructor. She speaks internationally inspiring women to discover their passion and purpose in mid-life. Having worked with previously incarcerated women, moms, and volunteers, Kim knows how to boost confidence and encourage women to own and share their unique light.

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Lisa Hammett, CPQC

Lisa Hammett is a dynamic Transformational and TEDx speaker, an international best-selling author, a Certified Positive Intelligence PQ Coach, and a wellness expert, helping leaders and organizations in healthcare create work/life balance to increase productivity, profitability, and wellbeing. She reached burnout, after 26 years in the corporate retail sector. After a transformative health and wellness journey, where she lost 65 pounds, Lisa decided to dedicate her life to helping others achieve their health and wellness objectives. She has empowered thousands of individuals to make sustainable, healthy lifestyle changes.

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Lynne Roe

Lynne works with entrepreneurs and small business owners to develop a strong foundation to lead their business. She guides business owners in developing strategic action plans and sound decision-making that leads to dynamic business growth. She takes business owners from Entrepreneur to CEO of a successful and profitable business. Lynne is the author of “Leadership In Action: Inspiration for Intentional Leadership” a book designed to help leaders of all type improve their leadership skills a little bit every week.

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Colleen Hauk

Colleen Hauk is a sought-after communications expert and keynote speaker. She is the founder and CEO of The Corporate Refinery, a consulting and training firm that works with some of the world’s largest companies to elevate leaders and organizations to reach uncompromised excellence. She is also a bestselling author and multiple-time contributor to Forbes. Today, she uses her 15-year corporate executive experience to unlock the X-factor in top performers to elevate communication and maximize impact.

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Jacinta Devlin

Jacinta Devlin, a renowned Business Coach, and Growth Strategist, has successfully empowered over 50,000 female entrepreneurs from diverse business stages. Jacinta provides clarity and strategic direction through The Business Growth Program enabling clients to optimize profitability and fuel growth. Her innovative coaching techniques have led to remarkable client transformations within as few as six months, topping well into the six figures. Under Jacinta's guidance, entrepreneurs effortlessly shift from uncertainty to action-oriented growth.

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Tarra Stubbins

Introducing Tarra Stubbins: The Ultimate Success Catalyst and Lifestyle Guru - Passionate about hitting Goals! With an impressive resume spanning over two decades, Tarra Stubbins is not your average CEO / Founder. As a certified Lifestyle Manager, Accountability and Time Management Coach, and Celebrity Concierge, she has mastered the art of helping others achieve their goals and soar to RockStar status. Tarra spent a thrilling decade on the road, supporting legendary musicians like The Rolling Stones, Lady Gaga, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and even KISS. Her firsthand knowledge comes from managing the chaotic schedules and lives of these rockstars and many 7-figure CEOS and executives. Through many years of being a sponge in the celebrity world, Tarra has honed her expertise and shaped her into a powerhouse of practical time management strategies. This success dynamo has graced the world's largest conference stages and made waves across the media landscape. Her no-nonsense style and purpose driven approach to time management will revolutionise the way you tackle each day. Say goodbye to multitasking madness and hello to a life filled with meaningful moments.

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Misha Safran

Misha Safran is a Credentialed Professional Life Coach and founder of the Center for Empathy and Emotional Intelligence, LLC (CEEQ). She is an award winning speaker, new author and has earned the CEO NIH Award in recognition of successful DEIA training. Misha creates brave spaces for clients to navigate their discomfort while developing new skills. Professional communities thrive as team members discover, value, and celebrate one another’s successes, and find new enthusiasm for their work together. Misha enjoys helping leaders reset their mindset to empower their voices, resulting in renewed energy, enhanced problem-solving, creativity, and thoughtful communication by centering empathy and emotional intelligence.

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Angilie Kapoor

Angilie Kapoor, a healthcare industry veteran and Conscious Leadership Coach, boasts over 20 years of experience, including management roles. As the founder of Oversight Global, she is committed to tackling the consciousness crisis by empowering leaders. Kapoor is also an entrepreneur, multi-book author, and inspirational speaker, dedicated to unlocking the potential of aspiring leaders in workplaces and beyond.

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Camille McKinney

Camille McKinney is an Executive/Leadership Coach, consultant, and speaker who is passionate about elevating the impact leaders have on people and organizations. She believes that leadership is an ‘inside job;’ great leadership starts within each of us. Before becoming a professional Coach, Camille worked for over 25 years as a learning and performance consulting professional in the banking and healthcare industries, where she also led a team of sales training professionals. She brings her experience in leadership, Emotional Intelligence, performance consulting and training to support leaders in revealing their personal leadership advantage, both in business and in life.

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Stephanie Olson

Stephanie Olson is a speaker, an author, a podcaster, and the CEO of The Set Me Free Project ®. Stephanie obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She also earned a Master of Arts in Strategic Communication from Liberty University. In addition, she possesses an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from TIAU Business School. Before founding The Set Me Free Project ®, Stephanie worked with women in the area of sexual and domestic violence, addiction, and homelessness. She also worked with youth, teaching healthy relationships. After extensive training and research in the study of human trafficking prevention education and social media safety, she co-founded The Set Me Free Project. Stephanie also helps leaders build resilience. Her work on teaching resilience in leadership has inspired people across the United States with topics such as, leadership, trauma, a toxic workplace, mental health, and resilience. As a woman of color and a survivor of domestic and sexual violence, Stephanie brings lived experience, research, and humor to impact lives. She is a sought-after speaker on women, youth, human trafficking, and social media safety while leading The Set Me Free Project ® to help prevent youth and young adults from personally experiencing trafficking.

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Gail Taylor

For over three decades, Gail has shared her expertise on finance and social responsible investing from stages across Canada. Her journey began in business, where she earned her CIMA designation from Wharton University, MBA from Queens University, and completed executive training at Harvard Business School. Parallel to her career, Gail pursued personal growth, mastering goal setting. A passionate advocate for music's transformative power, Gail has published 13 songs, their messages integral to her speaking engagements. Currently, she's crafting her second book, "Curve Balls," weaving personal stories with actionable tools to inspire individuals to design their own paths to success.

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Cate Hollowitsch

Cate Hollowitsch is the Chief Marketing Officer for Nesnah Ventures, a private equity firm. Cate is an energetic, results-driven marketing professional with more than 30 years of experience and a proven track record in all areas of marketing. Cate’s business success earned her a 2024 spot as one of 100 Titans of Industry for the state of Wisconsin. She has a BSBA and an MBA and created the F.E.A.R. Framework™ for Selfless Leadership. She is also the author of Confidence Counts, and Mastering the Game of Office Politics and is an adjunct professor in digital marketing.

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Diane O'Connell

For over 18 years, I've traveled the world focusing on internal business development law and risk management. Beyond my professional role, my passion lies in bringing people together. Utilizing my skills in negotiation, mediation, and law, I've aimed to transform workplace wellbeing benefits to foster cultures of inclusion. I hold leadership positions within the New York State Bar Association and am a Stability Network Leader. I also contribute to the InsideOut Leaderboard and actively engage with the Mindful Business Charter and Wellbeing at Work Global initiatives. My advocacy extends to mental wellbeing, diversity, and inclusion, and I've written extensively on these subjects. My work with organizations globally seeks to heighten awareness of mental wellbeing and belonging. My ultimate goal is to encourage a world where we are all a little kinder to each other.

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Willow Older & Deborah Huber

Willow Older and Deborah Huber are the founders of the Today I Noticed mindfulness practice and authors of Today I Noticed: A Little Book of Mindfulness that Will Change the Way You See the World. They run workshops for clients including Intuit, Visier (Canada), Make-A-Wish Foundation, Donnelley Financial Solutions, and the Auckland University of Technology.

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Wendy Hultmark

As a certified coach and facilitator, Wendy Hultmark is a career detangler and cultivator of high-functioning teams. She helps mid- to senior-level leaders triumph over the energy drains of constant change, conflicting priorities, and heavy workloads. Working with Wendy, leaders deepen their resilience and nurture that quality in their teams, so they can lead with joy, wisdom, and inspiration.

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Amy Tokos

As a Certified Professional Organizer, Productivity Coach and now Work/Life Integrator, Amy has experience in creating customized solutions that are easy to maintain. She helps her clients identify goals, priorities and opportunities. She shares tools to help tackle productivity challenges which includes time management, focus management, streamlining processes, work/life integration and much more. Amy has over 30 years of experience streamlining. Her background includes experience in engineering, lean manufacturing, household management (mother of 4) and small business management. She is currently working out of Kansas City, Missouri. Amy is an industry leader and served as the President of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals in 2021-2023. Amy is Co-Host of Your Real, Your Ideal Podcast. Amy’s organizing and productivity insights have been featured in local and national media including NBC Today, Good Housekeeping, CNN, The New York Times, Wash Post, and more.

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