Author | Speaker
Candace Cooper is an author, speaker, and professor dedicated to helping others thrive in middle adulthood. Success and failure are inevitable because life is full of change. Events like the discovery of a new passion, the birth of a child, the death of a parent, or the dissolution of a twenty-year marriage can alter the way we view our lives. These highs and lows are not limited to our personal relationships. They extend into our professional space, where we contemplate promotions, new roles and the uncertain world of entrepreneurship.
As a midlife analyst, Candace offers tools for making authentic “power moves” so that you can thrive through all stages of middle adulthood, from the thundering 30s into the soaring 60s. With twenty years of college-level teaching and academic research in midlife transitions, she has dedicated her life to helping adults of all ages thrive.
Candace is a doctoral candidate at Southern Methodist University, researching the intersection between middle adulthood and positive psychology in American memoirs. She hosts a weekly Facebook broadcast entitled, “Afternoon Tea”.
CEO Concierge Financial Group & Concierge Financial Group Agency
Constance is the CEO and Visionary of Concierge Financial Group & Concierge Financial Group Agency. She is a passionate International Speaker, award-winning Insurance Broker, dedicated Financial Wellness Coach, Amazon Best Selling Author and former Small Business Consultant. She has been helping individuals, families and businesses for over 10 years. Licensed in Maryland and Pennsylvania, she has been blessed to have worked some of the top insurance carriers to include Mass Mutual, Transamerica, State Farm, Baltimore Life and Primerica. Constance provides a full Complimentary Financial Analysis that includes spending plan, short & long term savings, credit restoration, debt elimination, insurance protection & retirement supplement strategies. As a Financial Wellness Coach, Constance works with her clients to develop realistic strategies that reflect their current needs and future goals, periodically following up to make sure that they are making positive strides and re-assesses, if things have changed.
Constance is active in her community and is an Awareness Advocate for breast cancer, sexual assault and mental. As a Board Member of Shay Sharpe’s Pink Wishes (SSPW), an Ambassador for Heal A Women to Heal A Nation (HWHN) & About Her Business (AHB), a member of Women in Business International (WBI), an Influencer Member of the International Women’s Association (IWA), she is obviously very passionate about women’s empowerment. Constance is proud to be a Silver Member of the Black Speakers Network (BSN).
In October 2018, Constance presented at Lori Pelzer’s “Girl It’s Your Life Success Tour” in Toronto, Canada. In November 2018, she was interviewed by SwagHer Magazine as a Wednesday Wonder Woman. In the January 2019 issue of Business Men and Women of Color Magazine, Constance’s article on “Financial Growth in Business” was a hit. And in February 2019, she was featured in the Baltimore Community Foundation’s Advisor Newsletter. The Black Business Review honored her as one of the great servant leaders in Baltimore in their 2nd Annual 40 Under 40 Class of 2019 in March. She was also selected for an Author Spotlight in the Spring 2019 Edition of His Favor Magazine. Constance co-authored two anthologies released in May and July 2019 called “Emerge” and “Girl, Get Up & Win”, which earned #1 Best Seller in New Age Mental & Spiritual Healing on Amazon. Courageous Woman Magazine published an article on her in July and VoyageMIA in August 2019.
President and Chief Inspiration Officer of JLynne Consulting Group, LLC.
Jen Croneberger is a widely sought-after 4-time TEDx speaker and compassionate leadership/culture change consultant for corporations, schools, organizations and teams all over the country and is the President and Chief Inspiration Officer of JLynne Consulting Group, LLC.
Most of her last 15 years have been spent instilling confidence and building deeper connections and awareness. Her Master’s Degree is in Sports and Performance Psychology and some of Jen’s clients have included professional athletes as well as organizations that include Nike, Procter & Gamble, Lockheed Martin, The US Department of Defense, The NIH and the USDA. She also holds a certification from the Harvard Business School in sustainable Business Strategy and is a member of the Forbes Coaches Council.
Jen was consulted by MTV’s show “MADE” as a mental skills/fear coach for one of its subjects in the Fall of 2007. She has also been interviewed on six different occasions by Philadelphia’s ABC affiliate, Channel 6 Action News and was selected by the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry as the 2009 Female Business Leader of the Year.
She runs a group coaching program called the Soul Tribe Evolution Project, has a podcast called The Possibility Project, and writes monthly columns for a variety of publications. She published her first book in 2012, called “These Five Words Are Mine.”
Jen was named “Best of 2015, 16, 17 & 18: The #1 Motivational Speaker in the
Philadelphia, PA & Washington, DC Regions” by Thumbtack based on client
LaQuista Erinna, LCSW
Owner, T.H.R.I.V.E. Behavioral Health & Consulting
Dr. LaQuista Erinna is the owner of THRIVE Behavioral Health & Consulting, LLC where she specializes in treating depression, anxiety, and trauma. She holds a Doctorate of Behavioral Health from Arizona State University and a Masters of Social Work from The University of Southern California. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Dr. LaQuista is trained to treat a variety of mental health issues ranging from stress management to post traumatic stress disorder. She primarily and passionately focuses her practice on helping professional women create balance in their lives by overcoming trauma.
Dr. LaQuista is a 21-year Army Veteran and served two tours of duty in Iraq. After returning home, she became increasingly concerned with the many challenges Veterans faced upon reintegration into their civilian lives. Through her unique experiences as a Soldier and military spouse, she naturally connects with and understands military culture. As an engaging speaker, Dr. LaQuista enjoys educating and inspiring others about mental health & wellness, resiliency, women’s empowerment, and the future of military healthcare.
Dr. LaQuista has been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, Insider, PopSugar, Bustle, Romper, The Huffington Post, Thriveworks, Livestrong.com, Authority Magazine, and AVOW Magazine. She has always been passionate about eliminating mental health stigma and giving back to her community.
Founder / CEO Mindset Strategies, LLC
Chantelle Fitzgerald is the Founder of Mindset Strategies, LLC a leadership development consulting firm that helps to train and support leaders in becoming the best version of themselves. Mindset Strategies, provides training and tangible tools that help with increase of attention, focus, productivity, resiliency and more. Chantelle is a certified mindfulness and emotional intelligence trainer through a program called Search Inside Yourself -- a program founded out of Google that blends mindfulness with emotional intelligence and neuroscience.
Chantelle is also a host of an online TV show called Mindset on RVNTV.TV where she interviews industry leaders to learn about challenges they faced and their “Mindset” to push through.
Prior to starting her own company, Chantelle has had a wealth of experience in the private/corporate, non-profit and higher education sectors, which expands over a 15 years. She has lead business development efforts, sales, marketing, that resulted in being recognized as the top sales rep for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, raised over $1M dollars for the American Heart Association, created international study abroad programs in the midwest for EF Education First and more. Throughout her career and across sectors, Chantelle has seen a need for the enhanced skill set of emotional intelligence and mindfulness in the workplace. Thus, Chantelle is thrilled to provide trainings to leaders companies and organizations.
Chantelle holds a Master’s in Nonprofit/NGO Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania and BA in French with Secondary Certification from Muhlenberg College. She serves on the advisory board of PHL Diversity as well as the Equity Project in Kensington. She has served as the board chair for the Young Professionals Network of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, a board member for the International House of Philadelphia, iPraxis and IMPACT Philadelphia. Chantelle also loves to travel internationally, enjoys cooking, reading, meditation and salsa dancing.
Amy Sanor Gavlock, CFP®, CRPC®
Associate Financial Advisor | CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner | Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.
Amy, a Certified Financial Planner and Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, works with a local boutique financial planning firm affiliated with Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Ameriprise is a nationally recognized industry leader and Amy has found a particularly underserved market . . . strong women who want to take control of their finances! She serves all, but likes this niche market where she can lend her expertise to our unique needs by walking us through comprehensive financial planning, which encompasses retirement planning, saving for education, cash and debt management, insurance, and more. She will make sure you have all you the knowledge you need make the best decisions for you and your family.
Partner at Future Point of View
Annette Klososky, Partner at Future Point of View - a boutique technology advisory firm, is a sought-after consultant and executive coach in all facets of organizational culture and leadership development. She is the owner of the Women’s Executive Board, a leading peer advisory groups for executive women and Chair for the Oklahoma Chapter of the Women Presidents' Organization. Her forums include female executive members representing companies with over 40,000 employees and $23 billion in total annual revenues. She was recognized by The Journal Record as a Woman of the Year nominee, has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, and was recently made a contributor on the topic of Artificial Intelligence in the workplace for Forbes Magazine.
Leadership Coach and Consultant | Leveraged Leaders
Camille McKinney is a leadership coach, speaker and business consultant at Leveraged Leaders, where she is hired by professional women who want to advance in their career or business without sacrificing who you are or what's important to you in other areas of your life. She brings her experience in leadership, Emotional Intelligence, performance consulting and training to support leaders in revealing your hidden potential by becoming more of who you are as a leader, both in business and in life.
Before becoming a Consultant and Professional Leadership Coach, Camille worked for over 25 years as a training and performance consulting professional, most recently where she led a team of professional sales training rock stars! Camille’s commitment to demonstrating effective leadership and empowering her team to be their best resulted in Great Place to Work employee engagement scores of 100% two years in a row!
She has a degree in Business Management and has completed Coach U’s Core Essentials and advanced coaching programs. She is a licensed facilitator of Corporate Coach U's Coaching Clinic™, a training program that is delivered as part of a comprehensive, interactive learning experience, Empowering Performance Through Coaching.
Camille is also a certified facilitator for Linkage’s Advancing Women Leaders Academy, a nine-module learning experience, delivered on site, that seeks to equip women with actionable steps and practices to address the barriers that impede their advancement in the workplace.
Camille is active in the local International Coach Federation (ICF) community...in 2018, she joined the ICF Los Angeles board as Secretary, and is currently ICF Los Angeles' 2019 President-Elect.
Camille lives in Ventura County in Southern California with her husband and three rambunctious cats, where you’ll often find her with her nose in a book...usually more than one at a time!
Founder, Kaleidoscope Vibrations, LLC
Yael Rosenstock (she/her pronouns)
Yael is a sexologist, author, speaker, facilitator, and curriculum developer dedicated to creating and nurturing spaces of inclusion, care, and self-exploration. Yael has been engaged in workshop development and facilitation since she joined the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) as a teen peer reproductive rights educator at 15 years old. Since then, she has served as an educator for children ranging from 10 months old to adults in their 70s with different organizations, religious communities, and most recently as part of her company, Kaleidoscope Vibrations, LLC.
Yael has always been interested in understanding the multi-level experiences of individuals with different identities and life stories. Growing up in a trilingual home with a Jewish father, Puertorican Catholic mother, Ecuadorian aunts, and extended queer network offered her the opportunity to experience multiple mini-worlds while figuring out her own place in it all.
Since starting Kaleidoscope Vibrations, LLC, (https://kvibrations.com/) Yael has published her first book, An Introguide to a Sex Positive You: Lessons, Tips and Tales, is completing work on a collaborative body-positive photo-interview series entitled Diverse Bodies Project, and has been publishing work by other authors. She speaks at conferences, universities, and schools as well as hosting adult pleasure and body-positive classes and one-on-one coaching.
Dr. Somdutta Singh
Founder- CEO at Unspun Group
Dr Somdutta is a (PhD) in Economics, Board Member and Advisor Kotler Impact, Former Vice-Chairperson NASSCOM Product Council, Core Committee Member, WEP – NITI Aayog, a serial Indian entrepreneur, angel investor. She has founded several multi million dollar ventures.
She is the Founder of Digital Leadership Institute, Founder of IRA – A Crowd sourced multi million-dollar Fashion Label (amazon and retail), Co- Founder - Amplicell -A health Supplements company & Founder- CEO at Unspun Group, one of India’s first technology-based marketing solutions companies. She is also on the advisory board for BloombergQuint and on advisory board of several start-up businesses.
Dr Somdutta is a Mentor of various initiatives like Google Launchpad, Microsoft and Target Accelerator, and now a Mentor of Change at Atal Innovation Mission (AIM).
Dr Som has been bestowed with several prestigious awards that includes the most recent ‘Impact Entrepreneur Award for social innovation’ in May 2019. The award was presented by IEEE in association with UN Women and Amity University London. She has also won The 2019 Mentor of the Year by the Government of Andhra Pradesh, 2017 Digital Leadership Award for Social Innovation by Times of India, and the 2017 Women Leadership Award by Economic Times.
Apart from all this Dr Somdutta is also an avid speaker and has been a speaker at multiple TEDx talks apart from speaking at forums and events like RISE conference, Economic Times Conclave, London Tech Week, TiE summit US. Apart from this she loves to write opinion pieces and has contributed across various publications like The Economic Times, The Times of India, The Indian Express, Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc42, OpIndia to name a few.
Speaker | Author | Life Coach
Tullio is a dynamic keynote speaker, 3X author, host of DojoLIVE! And the Rant & Grow podcast. Tullio’s main theme is focused on adopting emotional intelligence centered leadership principles. He provides tools on how to create an organization where vulnerability and gratitude lead to more trust, and empowerment. As an expert level certified life coach Tullio is on a mission to empower people to believe in themselves more and plant a seed for leading with freedom instead of controls. He has cracked the code on how to tap into high levels of self-worth in order to be a better leader.
He wants everyone on this planet to be able step into their best self and break free of the mindset prison of “not good enough" rooted in lack of emotional intelligence. Tullio leads strategy for Nearsoft a Warburg Pincus portfolio company owned by Indecomm, and is co-founder of Radical, a social justice movement centered on infusing human dignity in all aspects of life, including the workplace.
Author | Speaker | Advocate
Kristin Smedley is an award-winning non-profit leader, TEDx speaker, and author - ¬ but she never planned on any of that. Kristin did plan to be a great third grade teacher, however her personal path to greatness took an unexpected turn when two of her three children were diagnosed as blind. She had to learn the tools of blindness and build a team of experts that would help her navigate this path that she had not been trained for. Kristin’s two blind sons are now thriving as gifted high school and college students, elected student council officials, baseball championship winners, International Braille competition finalists, and social butterflies.
In 2011, Kristin launched a nonprofit to fund research and resources for children living with the rare eye disease her sons have, CRB1 LCA/RP. In just eight years, the Curing Retinal Blindness Foundation has raised over 1.3 million dollars and achieved a National Rare Eye Disease Awareness Day. That legislation, H.R. #625, was the first in US history to be submitted in Braille and it advocates for better resources for blind and visually impaired Americans.
Kristin partnered with Spark Therapeutics to help achieve the first ever FDA approved gene therapy to treat an inherited retinal disease in the United States. She has done a TEDx Talk in New York City to change perceptions of blindness and she partnered with Comcast media to spread awareness of the inclusive X1 product.
Earlier this year, Kristin published her first book called Thriving Blind: Stories of Real People Succeeding Without Sight. It achieved #1 New Release on Amazon for paperback and kindle. Kristin partnered with TMobile and the National Braille Press to make the book available in Braille.
Kristin recently received one of the highest honors in the rare disease community: The Champion of Hope Award and was named a Trustee of the Association for Clinical Research Professionals
IT Project Manager, Penn State University
Peggy Snyder is a skilled trainer, facilitator, and coach with a passion for helping people increase their understanding of self and others, making workplace interactions more enjoyable and effective. Her key focus is in helping leaders, teams and organizations ignite transformation by enabling all team members to acquire greater self-awareness through understanding behavioral tendencies and emotional intelligence. Peggy specializes in workshop facilitation and coaching utilizing assessment tools such as Everything DiSC®, Emotional Intelligence and Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team.
Nicole Trick Steinbach
Global Career Coach And Change Management Consultant
Nicole Trick Steinbach is a Global Career Coach And Change Management Consultant. She is known for inspiring change through deep connections, brave insights, and radical responsibility. She’s worked in over 25 countries and lived in Europe for over 13 years before the mountains of Colorado called her name. She said goodbye to a snazzy corporate title, Senior Global Director of Change and Communications, in August 2019. She is now nurturing her coaching and consulting business focused on inspiring others to embrace their natural, unique fierceness so that, together, we transform the world.
Melissa A. Walker, Ph.D.
Owner, Training and Development Network
Melissa Walker, Ph.D. is the Director of the TRIO Training Academy within Educational Equity at Penn State University, the Associate Director for Penn State's Talent Search and EOC Programs—programs specifically designed to create equitable pathways for first generation/low-income students, and the owner of Training and Development Network. Prior to joining the university, Melissa spent over 12 years working in the software industry under talent management to enhance organizations' development of diversity, leadership, teamwork, and performance. As a person dedicated to social justice, she has run volunteer training programs for domestic violence centers in CA, as well as volunteer research and training design for the CA Dept. of Corrections.
Melissa has presented on topics such as equity, leadership development, and talent management at national and international conferences such as the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) and the Association for Talent Development (ATD).
Melissa holds a Ph.D. in Workforce Education, a double M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction for Non-Traditional Students/Career & Technical Education (CTE), and a B.A. in English Literature and Culture.
Melissa is the mother to four children, ranging in ages from 17 to 3 years old, so in her spare time, she sleeps.
Speaker | Author | Coach
Jenn speaks, writes, and coaches with joy, asking big questions that lead to big dreams and big ideas, always finding a way of being and doing in the world that is healthy and effective. Usually, that means laughing.
This is what she loves to do: promote connection and flourishing. With more than 20 years of experience in teaching, coaching, and connecting all kinds of people, she has found all her experience and education have led to a lot more learning. Specializing in interpersonal conflict resolution, communication, leadership, and the Enneagram, Jenn loves helping others communicate through difficulty so they are more connected and whole on the other side.
Jenn has graduate certificates in music education, theology, and leadership along with a Master of Arts in communication and culture from Webster University and certification as an Enneagram coach. Jenn lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her husband, Michael, their four kids, and a cat that puts up with them all.
Jasmine C. Williams
Speaker | Motivator | Communications Specialist
After facing unexpected adversity in college, Jasmine Williams found herself at rock-bottom just one week after her 18th birthday. Now, she speaks to women, millennials and business leaders on How to Stop Half-Assin' It.
Jasmine is a Maryland native who has a heart for service and mentoring. She founded the Watkins Mill Alumni Network at her old high school to connect students with alumni and grow their networks as early as possible.
Jasmine also works full-time as a Communications Specialist with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and lives just outside of Washington, D.C.
Speaker | Author | Principal Consultant - Slalom Consulting
Carla Zilka, is a witty speaker, former executive, best-selling author, and Business Advisor to the top CEOs in the world. Her passion and expertise in business operations, human capital management and behavioral science gives her the unique skill of solving problems from different vantage points.
In 2009 she was named "most sought after consultant" in the area of business improvement and is considered a thought leader on culture as a competitive advantage.
Carla has been working with and improving corporate businesses since 1997 and now speaks, consults and teaches at companies who want to improve their culture, increase their profits and gain a competitive advantage using her processes and tools documented in her book, “Business Restructuring: An Action Template for Reducing Cost and Increasing Profit.”
Additionally, Carla's new book, "The Happiness Process", explores the scientific research by UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center on how to increase happiness levels by 40% at work and in life.
Carla’s career began on Wall Street and eventually she ended up at GE as the Vice President of Growth. Now as an Executive Advisor, Carla’s clients include Whirlpool, Phillips, Hertz, Deutsche Bank, ServiceMaster, Terminix, and Private Equity firms including CD&R, Riverside and Hudson Clean Energy Partners.
You may recognize her from CNBC, Bloomberg, The Street, the Wall Street Journal, CFO Conference, Summit Series or other corporate events.
Carla is certified in Change Management, Facilitation, Performance Management and Succession, Project Management, Negotiations, Influencing, Presentations, Keirsey Temperament Sorter and is certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt.
She currently sits on multiple boards including Robert F. Kennedy, Jr Waterkeeper Alliance, where she is the chair of the strategy committee. She acts as an active board member helping the leadership solve business and cultural problems.