Our next event
takes place in NYC
on March 24, 2020
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
158 West 72nd Street,
New York City, NY 10023
$125 half-day ticket
$225 full day ticket
$675 VIP ticket: Preferred Seating + Tech Rehearsal + Introductions
$975 VIP Ticket + Tech Rehearsal + Cocktail Party + Lunch
Act 1 Morning
Turn Stage Fright into Stage Might
If a psychiatrist and a cute librarian had a love-child it would be Carol Lempert. Carol leverages the stagecraft honed in her early career as an actress and playwright to help leaders increase their executive presence. A sought-after Leadership Development expert quoted in Forbes, Reader’s Digest, and The New York Times, Carol empowers her clients to tell better stories, improve their personal brand, and manage stage fright. Her ability to translate presence-amplifying skills from Broadway to the boardroom has landed her clients ranging from Google and JPMorgan to Harvard Executive Ed. (Yes, THAT Harvard. Her Mom is too proud.)
The Buddha Smile / How To Quit Suffering Now
Coach and consultant Ben Gioia (“joya”) believes that success and positive impact can go hand-in-hand. Ben is the creator of the Influence With A Heart™ Method, used by 30,000+ people worldwide. He speaks about and teaches people how to quit suffering, which he likes to call ‘The Buddha Smile’. Ben is a two-time best-selling author who’s helped a Fortune 100 shift culture, trained leaders at Stanford, and created an empathy video game with MIT. He leads retreats around the world and helps people turn their big ideas into best-selling books that supercharge impact while celebrating authenticity.
The Unique Role of Humanity in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
Marisa Zalabak believes that instead of surrendering our humanity to artificial intelligence, we can find nurturing ways to adapt and thrive together. As an educational psychologist, social-emotional intelligence expert, creative learning specialist, and performing artist, Marisa believes people are still our greatest resource. She works as a leadership coach developing understanding of people systems and providing workshops in organizational culture and workplace wellness. Marisa’s fascination with the unique role of humanity and our relationship to artificial intelligence is also informed by her experience as a mother, searching for the best of what lies ahead of us all as humans.
Ameena Y. Majid
Compensation, Culture and Human Rights: Connecting Profit and Purpose
By combining her experience with executive compensation and passion for human rights, Ameena Y. Majid helps clients adapt to evolving societal and investor expectations on their businesses. Blending legal, practical, and human perspectives, Ameena uses her expertise as a business attorney to educate on the changing legal landscape of addressing human rights and translating it to policy and practice. Ameena has a deep belief that harmony exists when profits and purpose are aligned. Ameena is a director with Stop the Traffik USA, a nonprofit affiliate of Stop the Traffik, an international NGO dedicated to using technology to disrupt human trafficking.
A Hypocrite’s Guide To Normalizing Our Differences
Dave Thompson is an educator and innovator with an insatiable desire to see the world continue to evolve to be more inclusive of people labeled ‘different.’ An advocate supporting neurodivergent people for 10+ years, he brings unique insight into just how valuable yet undervalued, deserving and yet underserved the neurodivergent community is. A neurodiverse individual himself, Dave is the Director of Workforce Development for a leading non-profit autism employer where he helps provide supported job opportunities to people with Autism. His podcast, Sounds Like Autism, celebrates people’s differences and promotes a more inclusive world for all different kinds of minds.
Put Yourself First Mama And All Tides Will Rise
Who in their right mind would work 98 of the 112 waking hours each week without overtime? Working moms do that every single week, and Whitnee Hawthorne is on a mission to see that they are valued and supported for it. A professional speaker, author, and Fortune 500 executive, Whitnee is a Mama to one with another on the way. She’s an expert in time management and productivity, and has been called a self-care guru. Whitnee founded The Savvy Working Mom as a platform to help working moms thrive in every arena so they can create a vibrant, joyful life.
2019 Returning Speaker Spotlight
Joy can be dangerous. Marc Cordon, MPH gets this. A positive psychology coach and co-founder of The Joy Revolution™ Marc coaches misfit entrepreneurs and leaders who march to the beat of their own drum to claim their joy as they make a difference for others. He’s appeared on national television and radio and delivered two TEDx talks on positive psychology. The author of Beyond Resilient: The Coach’s Guide to Ecstatic Growth, Marc served as Associate Director of Health Promotion and Multicultural Programs & Services at Emory University where he developed programs on social justice, positive psychology, and community engagement.
2019 Returning Speaker Spotlight
Motivational guide and spiritual teacher Alexis Fuentes combines passion, intellect, and warmth to offer messages of healing and hope from the stage. With her experience as a missionary, single mom, expat, lover and friend, Alexis weaves together stories that enliven the incredible adventure that is the life of faith, and reminds us of our shared brokenness and shared beauty. Educated at Seton Hall University, Alexis has spoken at two consecutive Speaker Salons curated by award-winning director Tricia Brouk in NYC. Alexis lives with her four ridiculously awesome children in Morristown, NJ, and loves making bad day soup for her son.
Dr. Kristina Hallett
2019 Returning Speaker Spotlight
Board-certified clinical psychologist. Associate professor at Bay Path University. Executive coach. TEDx speaker. Author. Podcast host. And overturner of misconceptions. Dr. Kristina Hallett offers a fresh look at our commonly held beliefs about well-being, serving as a catalyst for change by inviting shifts in mindset, perspective, and everyday practices. Dr. Hallett’s innovative approach incorporates research and practicality to help professionals make stress work to their advantage. She spends her time travelling throughout the US and abroad to speak on harnessing the positive power of stress, self-compassion and radical self-care (and finding cool shoes and boots wherever she goes).
We are Talking Ourselves OUT of Happiness!
“Are you ON something!??” TV Host and MC Louise Monger’s natural exuberance has prompted this question more than once. She’s here to say that happiness is a beautiful state that we shouldn’t subconsciously talk ourselves out of! Born in London, Louise moved to Chicago in 2011. A successful entrepreneur, business owner, and life-long lover of the Arts, she’s worked in TV and on stage from an early age, and her portfolio includes an eclectic mix of roles. Louise holds a certificate from Yale University on the Science of Well-Being, and as a motivational speaker she inspires others to embrace happiness.
Women, Aging and Visibility
Former Vice President of JP Morgan Chase, Kate MacKinnon also ran her own management technology company before answering her call to help women re-discover their inner desires, manifest the life of their dreams, and ultimately step into their power and greatness. With a focus on being and staying visible throughout a lifetime, Kate is passionate about overturning the myths and misconceptions about women, aging, and visibility. In her work as a certified Feng Shui Practitioner, Kate combines the eastern practice of Feng Shui with a western aesthetic to create spaces of elegance and beauty that also transform lives.
Leading on the Lake: Building the Confidence of Young Girls at Summer Camp
Emma Cullen found out she was weird when she was 8 years old at summer camp. It was there she developed her sense of self and purpose. As a camp counselor herself now, Emma is able to help foster environments for other young girls to grow. The confidence and independence that Emma found at camp gave her the courage to follow her dream of being an actor. A creative spirit always looking for ways to express her individuality and unique gifts, Emma is currently studying Performing Arts at Savannah College of Art and Design, and is still weird today.
Act 2 Afternoon
The Importance of Being Heard
Some of the greatest things to ever happen…won’t. Zach Messler wants to change that. See, Zach had a 20-year career in technology product marketing, teaching non-technical sales pros to explain complex software to executive buyers. As attention spans and buying behaviors evolved before his eyes, Zach learned first-hand about the importance of being heard…and how to achieve it. A messaging and positioning advisor with a knack for what to say and how to say it, Zach believes some of the greatest things to never happen, should. And it’s the power of messaging that makes all the difference.
Lobsterbird Sophia Remolde
Co-creating a New Earth Through Energetic Transmissions
What’s in a name? If you’re Lobsterbird, a lot. Lobsterbird is a hybrid mythical creature who assists awakening beings to embody their fullest human potential. Lobsterbird Sophia Remolde carries out this mission by guiding spiritual creatives on pilgrimage to level up their businesses, heal their lives, and fulfill their soul calling. Sophia is an energy healer and wormhole coach empowering the realization of dreams at warp speed. A co-creator of compassionate social action projects, performative experiences that uplevel consciousness awareness, and media platforms amplifying the presence of changemakers, she helps visionaries unleash their soul sovereignty and change the world.
The Cure for Loving a Narcissist
After 17 years of being married to a narcissist, Lindsey Ellison is here to tell us we can get out of emotionally abusive relationships. A relationship coach and founder of Start Over Coaching, Inc., Lindsey specializes in helping people navigate divorce or break up. She’s the author of the best selling book, MAGIC Words: How to Get What You Want from a Narcissist and articles for publications such as Psychology Today, Mind Body Green, and Huffington Post. Fun fact! Her work is even referenced in Wikipedia’s definition of “gaslighting.” Lindsey resides in Annapolis, MD with her husband and two sons.
The Original Gangster of Integrity
Antesa Jensen is an emotional intelligence expert who loves to shift paradigms through pitch perfect truth-telling. She is masterful in the art of weaving potent and precise energetic transmission through eloquent spoken word and captivating moments of silence in ways that dismantle the intellect and pierce straight to the heart of things, instantly unlocking hidden potential and the kind of resonance in connection we all crave. Antesa specializes in facilitating fundamental transformation — as well as cultivating these innate human skills in others — through keynote speeches, EQ workshops, expedition-style intensives through her company Adventure Awake, and 1:1 coaching.
LeRon L. Barton
The Talk: What Black Parents Tell Their Children for Survival
LeRon L. Barton is an author, writer, and speaker who talks about race in America. He has written two books and has had numerous essays published about racism, mass incarceration, politics, and dating. LeRon has given talks about race, living with a stutter, overcoming struggles, and the power of telling your story, and provides diversity consulting to companies. LeRon believes that in order to fight racism in America, we have to be honest about it. He insists that we talk about bigotry, learn how it impacts the world we live in, and call it out when we experience it.
Redefining How Women See Motherhood
Susan Eckstein is an empowerment coach and speaker who knows a little something about doing hard things: she’s performed the most difficult flute concertos, completed three Ironmans, left the corporate world to teach spin, and is now talking openly about her decision to become a non-custodial mother. Susan specializes in helping moms step into their badassery so they can define motherhood for themselves and show up more powerfully for their children. Susan has coached hundreds of people to successfully achieve their once impossible goals, and is passionate about empowering non-custodial parents to create their own unique relationships with their kids.
Biting Eve’s Apple
Alexandra Stockwell is a Physician turned Relationship and Intimacy Expert who believes the key to passion, fulfillment, and intimacy isn’t compromise–it’s being unwilling to compromise. A wife of 24 years and mother of four, Alexandra guides men and women towards the freedom to be themselves, because it’s when we feel loved for who we are that our relationships become juicy, nourishing, and deeply satisfying. Through Conscious Partnerships, Alexandra helps couples infuse pleasure and purpose into all aspects of life—from the daily grind of running a household, to clear and intimate communication, to ecstatic experiences in the bedroom!
Dr. Elizabeth M. Celi
It Takes Guts for Co-Operation to Outshine Competition
Einstein, Tesla and Jung walk into a bar. Dr. Elizabeth Celi, men’s mental health psychologist, media commentator and filmmaker, overhears Jung counselling these scientists. They feel misunderstood. Tired of their equations and inventions being all people see in them. Exhausted from competing. They just want to share their cooperative genius, and Jung shows them how. Dr. Celi vows to bring Jung’s groundbreaking psychology into the 21st century to promote a world where the genius of our unique competitive edge and soul-level strengths lead to collaboration instead of competition. Inspired by cooperation, the light bulb goes off for Einstein and Tesla.
Immersion Yields Collaborative Empathy
A busy open-air market in Kathmandu. A ballpark in Kansas City. A mud-brick home in Kasungu. Lucas Turner’s travels have immersed him in the life and culture of 37 countries, many of which he visited to help build primary schools within impoverished communities through his work with buildOn. They’ve also shown him firsthand the transformative power of solidarity and empathy. A proud LGBTQ+ advocate even in the most unlikely of places, Lucas has found that authentic immersion and connection can be the catalyst for understanding our unique intersectionalities, without necessarily having to agree with each other.
Writing Earth’s Next Chapter
Helping people do good for the planet and their communities while doing well in their institutions and businesses may be a tall order in our current climate challenge, but that’s what motivates Dr. Anne Waple. As a climate scientist for 25 years – in government, nonprofits, and now private practice – Anne believes passionately that when we just focus on problems, we don’t actually solve them. Driving positive, big, lasting global change starts when we ask questions about the world we want and believe we can have fun making it happen. That’s how we can all co-author Earth’s Next Chapter!