Our inaugural event
took place in NYC
March 26, 2019.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Doors open at 9:30 AM; show starts at 10:00 AM
Doors open at 1:30 PM; show starts at 2:00 PM
158 West 72nd Street,
New York City, NY 10023
Our Daring Speakers
A Revolution of Joy
Marc Cordon, MPH, is a positive psychology coach, co-founder of The Joy Revolution, and author of the book Beyond Resilient: The Coach's Guide to Ecstatic Growth. He specializes in transitions, leadership, performance, and well-being, helping people break through to the next level to find greater enjoyment and purpose in their lives. With a focus on misfit entrepreneurs and leaders who march to the beat of their own drum, Marc’s coaching empowers people to claim their own joy as they make a difference for others. Marc served as the Associate Director of Health Promotion and of Multicultural Programs & Services at Emory University where he developed programs and curriculum on social justice, positive psychology, and community engagement. He has received a BS in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and a Masters in Public Health in Policy & Management, as well as coaching accolades from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching.
MARI CARMEN PIZARRO
The Impact of the Self Imposed Glass Ceiling
Mari Carmen Pizarro is the Founder of Whole Leadership Systems, a boutique consulting firm dedicated to developing High Performing Executives and Leaders. She has over 25 years of experience in leadership and human performance and is an expert at integrating emotional intelligence with influence and leadership. A seasoned Keynote and TEDx speaker, Mari Carmen bridges multicultural and diversity gaps with her thought-provoking content. Her bold approach challenges the status quo, captivating audiences all over the world and empowering them to embrace a shift in mindset from busyness, exhaustion, and outdated views to productivity, vibrant health, and the courage to forge an authentic path forward in any circumstance. Dedicated to helping people identify, eradicate, and replace their limiting assumptions with a reality and solution based drive, Mari Carmen inspires and guides her clients and audiences to step into their full potential and lead from their heart, with passion and intention.
DR. KRISTINA HALLETT
Watching a Talk Happen
Dr. Kristina Hallett is a board-certified clinical psychologist, associate professor at Bay Path University, executive coach, speaker, and the author of BE AWESOME! Banish Burnout: Create Motivation from the Inside Out, and Own Best Friend: Eight Steps to Live a Life of Purpose, Passion, and Ease. She specializes in harnessing the positive power of stress, self-compassion, and radical self-care to help people transform their lives and experience true happiness. Leveraging a formula she developed based on real-life experience and neuroscience, Dr. Hallett helps driven professionals and busy high-achievers banish burnout and develop skills to make stress work to their advantage to increase focus, productivity, and well-being in their personal and professional lives. As a catalyst for positive change, Dr. Hallett leads her clients and audiences on a transformative journey, sharing an empowered approach to living through shifts in mindset, perspective, core beliefs, and everyday practices that enhance resilience, leadership, communication, and performance.
The Power of Storytelling
Jason Harris, President and CEO of the award-winning creative agency Mekanism, works closely with brands through a blend of Soul and Science to create shareable and provocative campaigns that engage audiences. Harris’ passion for leveraging the power of storytelling to humanize brands and establish an emotional connection with consumers as people rather than mere transactions has revolutionized the role and impact of modern marketing. Under his leadership, Mekanism was twice named to Ad Age's Best Places to Work list, Agency A-List, Creativity's Creative 50, and Effie’s “Most Effective Independent Agencies.” In 2016, Harris was named #5 on the list of the top 10 most influential social impact leaders, and in 2017, he was honored by the 4A’s as one of the “100 People That Make Advertising Great.” Harris’ innovative methods are currently studied at Harvard Business School through the case study “Mekanism: Engineering Viral Marketing.”
Nydia Han is an Emmy award winning TV news journalist and the creator of the documentary series, #ThisIsAmerica, where she invites us to get to know each other’s unique American stories, check our own biases, and act as positive agents of change and unity in our communities. Nydia earned her B.S. in Journalism with a focus on International Studies from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She has focused her decades-long career in television news on investigative and solutions journalism aimed at protecting consumers and encouraging businesses as well as government agencies to do the right thing. Nydia serves on the community advisory board for the Asian American Women's Coalition in Philadelphia, advocates for lung cancer research, mentors aspiring journalists, and is trying really, really hard to teach her two young kids to speak Korean.
The Influence in a Zip Code
Tracey Wik is an entrepreneur, writer, and talent futurist dedicated to creating workplaces that recognize and elevate the potential of all employees, aligning their talent with organizational objectives to drive individual and corporate success. She takes the passionate stand that all people experience work as self-expression and freedom, and that the role of a visionary leader is to create space and opportunity for individuals to thrive for their own fulfillment as well as the successful execution of strategies towards common organizational goals. Tracey’s core expertise is using a data-driven and big picture approach to transform one’s perspective on what is possible, and to inspire people to break the visible and invisible barriers to fulfillment. When she is not working or making a difference in her community, you’ll find her on a meandering road trip with her husband Seamus, 10-year-old daughter Charlotte, and yellow lab Eevee Maude.
How a Mass Mobilization of Art Can Save Our Planet
Rachit Kansal is a Engineer and Researcher committed to revolutionizing our relationship with the planet through cutting-edge collaboration that sparks real change. Working at a leading non-profit and think tank alongside a team who shares his passion for forging innovative paths forward, Rachit is currently focused on understanding how we can leverage the intersection of technology and economics to accelerate our world towards a clean energy transition. He also believes that technological and economic innovation are only part of the solution; for the transition to clean energy to be as impactful as it can be, it also needs heart—a young, fresh, bold approach that is as daring and passionate as it is smart. With a Master’s Degree in Renewable Energy, Rachit draws on his expertise as well as his experience having lived and worked on four different continents to meet our global problems with a truly global perspective.
Beyond Survival: Resiliency Redefined
Amy C. O’Neill is a Therapist whose 25-year career in mental health has converged with her own personal path to prove time and again that resilience is key to true health of mind and body. Resilience enables us to face tragedy and still take the necessary steps to move forward. It’s vital for our recovery when obstacles spring up in our course. And most importantly, it can be harnessed. Amy gained firsthand experience with resilience and its ability to turn mental and physical focus into achievement through the training she undertook to successfully complete three Ironman Triathlons and run the prestigious Boston Marathon five times. But she learned this lesson on a whole new level when she was thrust into the role of a Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor. Amy’s goal is to inspire others with her keen and personal insight into how we can not only survive challenges, but actually thrive through adversity to create a life we love.
The Practice of Kindness
Rocco Cozza is an entrepreneur, author, motivational speaker, and seasoned business attorney. In a profession not known for it, Rocco takes a unique approach to business and the practice of law by leading with kindness, which has contributed to him being named a two-time Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star. Passionate about spreading the message of kindness as a prerequisite to greatness, Rocco inspires people through his “It’s Work” podcast as well as speaking engagements with a special focus on high school and college students. Daring his audiences to lead with compassion and embrace their full potential, Rocco leverages his background in psychology, expertise in law and coaching, and extensive experience in entrepreneurship to help others close the gap between where they are now and where they want to be. When not helping others, you can find Rocco spending time with his wife Laura, son Gabe, and daughters Ellie and Malina.
Artists Can Save the World
Stephanie Simpson is an Artist, Educator, Consultant, and Coach. Drawing on her background in movement, meditation, and psychology, she guides people to achieve their greatest potential by nurturing the connection between the mind, body, and spirit. With a focus on helping people find their true balance and align with their authentic selves, Stephanie empowers them to live their lives unapologetically and to the fullest. An RYT-200 Hour Certified Yoga Instructor, Stephanie holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Emerson College and an MFA in Dance Performance/Choreography from Smith College. She is currently an MA degree candidate at Columbia University Teachers College in the Clinical Psychology program with an emphasis in Spirituality, Mind, Body and a focus in Organizational Change. Stephanie presents and consults for businesses nationwide, bringing her expertise and passion for helping people thrive to audiences and organizations seeking to realize their fullest potential.
Immigration: A Lack of Access to the American Dream
Theresa Nguyen is a second-generation immigrant and the first child in her family born in the U.S. Raised by refugee parents, giving back and helping others as a way to pay it forward was a normal part of life for Theresa. She has been a nurse for almost 20 years, a success coach, motivational speaker, and co-host of the podcast “The Theresa and Eddie Show,” where she and her co-host husband Eddie interview immigrants and refugees around the country who have made an impact in the community and world. Theresa currently lives in Frisco, Texas with her two sons and husband.
A Talk Happens
Jazz Biancci CAPP, is the founder of Spiraling Into Genius and The Consciousness Project 2020. An Author, International Speaker and Channel, Jazz mentors Emmy Award winning producers, fashion designers, and thought leaders on accessing and interacting with invisible influence for greater global impact. A former ghostwriter for Simon and Schuster, Jazz has been featured on Your Tango, Heart and Soul, Univision, New York Post, and Fox 5. Her speaking engagements include the Fit, Feminine & Fierce Conference, Soul Clarity & Abundance Live, and the upcoming Fearless Women’s Summit in Nova Scotia, Canada. Jazz has been a guest on Be Awesome! with Dr. Kristina Hallett and Kristin Walker, Activate Bold Choices with genetic physicist Robin Joy, Sourcing From The Collective Consciousness, Healthy, Wealthy, Smart, with Dr. Karen Litzy, The Big Talk with Tricia Brouk, and The Golden Mic with Marc Cordon. She hosts and produces three social media panels: Summer Series 2018 & 2019, Healing & Becoming The Divine Masculine, and Conscious Masculinity Part II.
Being a Renegade Widow
Sarah Nannen is a keynote speaker, life coach for widows, and a best-selling author of Grief Unveiled. Her podcast Grief Unveiled was released in 2018.-Sarah Nannen became a military widow and solo mom in 2014 when an aviation accident claimed her husband’s life. Faced with the limitations of widowhood, she sought out non-traditional sources of healing and empowerment for her journey. She is the founder of Hope Personified, helping women frozen in loss break free and thrive in the next season of life. Sarah lives in central Illinois with her fiancé Brad and their four children.
Mike Shereck, PCC, is a leader, coach, and author. He’s also a real guy with over 30 years of experience in construction and manufacturing. He works with leaders and teams to empower them in the ever-changing, challenging, ambiguous and chaotic world of business today. Mike has an unparalleled stand for men and their leadership, and is committed to shifting the narrative around men, leadership, and their impact. He believes it’s possible to honor our authentic masculine self while accepting, honoring, partnering with, and contributing to all others with whom we share this world. Mike is the author of “Berwyn Rules: Leadership Secrets of 26th Street,” and a Harley Davidson enthusiast.
For the Love of Hate
Alexis Fuentes is educated at Seton Hall University, and trained by Tricia Brouk's Art of the Big Talk. She is a spiritual teacher and motivational guide. Alexis combines passion, intellect, and warmth to offer messages of healing and hope from the stage. With her experience as a missionary, a single mom, an expat, a lover and a friend, Alexis weaves together stories that remind us all of our shared brokenness and our shared beauty. Her work is designed to enliven and promote the incredible adventure that is the life of faith. She has spoken at two consecutive Speaker Salons curated by award winning director, Tricia Brouk in New York City. Alexis lives with her four ridiculously awesome children in Morristown, NJ, and loves to make bad day soup for her son.
Terence A. Monahan
The Importance of Neighborhood Policing
Chief of Department Terence A. Monahan is a 36-year veteran of the New York City Police Department. His first assignment in 1982 brought him to the Hunts Point Section of the Bronx as a patrol officer in the 41 Precinct. He went on to serve in a number of precincts and drug enforcement units throughout the Bronx and upper Manhattan before being named Chief of Department. As the highest-ranking uniformed member of the NYPD, Chief Monahan oversees all operational aspects of the Department. Seven of the NYPD’s bureaus—Patrol Services, Detectives, Special Operations, Transit, Housing, Transportation, and Community Affairs—report directly to him. Chief Monahan led the team that developed the NYPD’s Neighborhood Policing philosophy, and he continues to oversee its implementation across the entire city.
Discrimination and Mental Health
Tonya Harris is an Environmental Toxin Expert and the founder of Slightly Greener, an organization that offers simple solutions for reducing toxins, one step at a time. A childhood cancer survivor and mother of three, Tonya’s mission is to help parents learn how household toxins can affect their children’s health, and how even a few small changes can create a positive and healthy impact. In addition to Board Certification and a Master's Degree in Holistic Nutrition, Tonya holds several environmental health certifications. While Tonya reaches out to parents with a down-to-earth approach that makes a less toxic lifestyle realistic and doable, she also shares a special message with children. The author of “Henry the Flying Squirrel" and founder of The Happy Child Project, Tonya believes what makes you different can be your superpower, and shows children that it is possible to look beyond their label or diagnosis and realize their true strengths.
Becoming an Accidental Advocate
Marla Schultz is a headlining Stand-up Comic, Speaker, and Actress. She’s entertained the troops overseas, guest starred in numerous films and television shows, and for close to two years, toured the country opening for comedian Chelsea Handler. Marla’s work takes her to stages in clubs, theaters, and cruise ships around the nation, but one thing she never imagined was that her years as a stand-up comedian and joke writer would provide her with the critical skills needed to communicate with doctors, battle insurance companies, and help keep loved ones alive. Becoming an Accidental Advocate, Marla has proven that laughter really is the best medicine, and uses her engaging sense of humor to connect, entertain, and make a difference. Marla is a regular panelist on Sirius XM Insight’s “Tell Me Everything” with John Fugelsang, and has been featured on Good Day New York, The Doctor Oz Show, Comics Unleashed, TNT, FX, E! Entertainment, MSNBC, WPIX-TV, WCBS-TV, MSNBC, and FNC.
(Not Just) For Profit
George Andriopoulos is the award-winning founder and CEO of Launchpad Five One Six, a management consulting firm providing organizations with tools and resources to innovate and thrive. A creative disruptor and corporate turnaround artist, George inspires change for businesses and individuals stuck in the mindset of defining themselves by their mistakes. As self-proclaimed “Chief Inspiration Officer,” George’s mantra is to turn the weaknesses of who you thought you were into the strengths of who you want to become. He’s taken his unique journey and experience to the stage as a TEDx, keynote, and motivational speaker, delivering talks that spark inspiration and change. George also owns a digital marketing agency, a private think-tank company, and most recently acquired a partnership in startup tech company Concierge 360. A co-founder of the non-profit Shannon’s Fight that provides financial aid to families in medical crisis, George volunteers with the speaker’s bureau at Ronald McDonald House Long Island, and is a coach and director for his local Police Athletic League.
Charreah K. Jackson
Wake Up Calls: Conquer Loneliness and Live Longer
Charreah K. Jackson serves as a certified love and success strategist, award-winning journalist and author of Boss Bride: The Powerful Woman’s Playbook for Love & Success. Her voice has been featured on CNN, The Today Show and TIME. She has graced stages from Amsterdam to South Africa including stops at SXSW and BookCon. Before turning 25 Charreah battled cancer, was downsized from her dream job and discovered she was the other woman. Her setbacks taught her our joy always lives in our hands, which led her to brunch with Oprah Winfrey. Charreah now guides others to own their power and future.
Our Daring Talent
Mia is very grateful to be spreading the message of love and acceptance in Kinky Boots (ensemble/ u/s Lauren). She also enjoyed her wild and irreverent run in Forbidden Broadway: Comes Out Swinging! where she got to lovingly roast her favorite shows and Broadway legends. Mia was interviewed on Good Morning America for her viral YouTube video The Stanley Steemer Variations. She has also been heard in concert with the Portland Symphony Orchestra and the Winston-Salem Symphony singing the songs of Rent, La Boheme, and Moulin Rouge under conductor Robert Moody. Her favorite roles include Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Natalie in Next to Normal, and Maureen in Rent.
Vocalist Candice Corbin, is originally from Stuart, FL. Following her collegiate career at Stetson University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in music and digital arts, she relocated to New York City. Candice's musical versatility has provided her the opportunity to perform in various projects, in venues throughout the city, including Rockwood Music Hall, St. Patrick's Cathedral, New Amsterdam Theatre, 54 Below and Joe's Pub, and she is thrilled to be a part of this wonderfully talented, creative team.
DAN PARDO is a New-York based music director, arranger, and pianist. Broadway: Amazing Grace (Nederlander). Off-Broadway credits at the York, Jerry Orbach, Lucille Lortel, and the Atlantic. Some regional favorites include Fun Home at the Weston Playhouse, Company at Barrington Stage, How to Succeed at the 5th Avenue, and over 25 shows at Goodspeed Musicals.
Based in NYC, Sarah Bierstock is an internationally recognized performer, playwright, and producer.
Film/T.V. credits include Dead of Night (NBC), Boardwalk Empire (HBO), The Walking Dead (AMC), and The Good Wife (CBS). National Tours include Lewis & Clark and Laura Ingalls Wilder. Off-Broadway, Ms. Bierstock has been seen in Chess (Lincoln Center), Jacques Brel Returns (The Triad), and Committed: The Musical (West End Theater).
An avid traveler, Ms. Bierstock has performed in Ireland, Spain, and 48 U.S. states. She has visited 40+ countries—studying the human experience in Cambodia, Singapore, Ireland, France, Israel and more. Some of Sarah's travels culminated in the writing of her most renowned play, Honor Killing.
Proud mother and alumnus of Bard College and NYU's CAP21 at Tisch School of the Arts.
Host and Stand-Up Comic
Award-winning writer, speaker, and brand advisor Terri Trespicio helps individuals and organizations nail their messaging and engage clients, customers, and fans. She’s the creator of Tapped to Speak and the Tapped to Speak LIVE event, and co-founded Lights Camera Expert, LLC with Emmy award-winning TV producer Paula Rizzo. Terri’s TEDx talk has earned 4 million+ views; she’s been named in Hubspot’s “Top 15 female speakers who are killing it,” Creative Boom’s list of the world’s leading creatives, and #1 speaker at Barron’s Top Independent Women Advisors Summit and How Design Live. A former Martha Stewart magazine editor and radio host, Terri’s appeared on Dr. Oz, the Today Show, Early Show, Martha Stewart Show, and Anderson Cooper Show. Her work’s been featured in Oprah, Marie Claire, Jezebel, Prevention, Business Insider, Forbes.com, and Inc.com. Terri lives in Manhattan and performs stand-up comedy at venues across NYC. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Emerson College, and is currently working on a book of essays.