Carl has extensive experience educating young people and their families about mental health issues, as well as advocating for more openness surrounding youth mental health–specifically the challenges and stigma facing youths in recovery. He is one of the founders of the Philadelphia Chapter of Young People in Recovery, a national advocacy organization that attempts to educate the public on the issues faced by young people
“I do not know where to begin: Fantastic! Outstanding! Informative! Enjoyable! We have heard from many speakers over the years and I can say without question you were the most informative and enjoyable,” said a corporate client about one of the leading motivational speakers in America today, Dr. Samuel Betances.
As a biracial, bicultural, and bilingual citizen of the world, Dr. Betances has worked in all fifty states, all six U.S. territories and in various countries including Japan, Korea, Germany and Mexico.
As a young mother, Paula was living the American dream, married to her high school sweetheart and raising two adorable boys, when tragedy struck. Her parents died, her marriage failed, and she began a prolonged battle with agoraphobia. With her boys in their teens and her family near homelessness, Paula took her last $200, reached deep inside her soul and started “The Bag Lady,” a home-based catering company that marked the start of Deen’s professional cooking.
Jonah Edelman wants to make our public schools better. An advocate for public education in America, Jonah is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Stand for Children, a growing and influential political voice for students. He is committed to mobilizing Americans around a common goal of changing the odds for our children.
On the surface, Billy Egan was the ideal high school student. He was an AP student and Varsity athlete who was offered several college scholarships, but he was also addicted to cocaine which eventually led to pills and heroin. As Billy’s substance abuse issues intensified, his life changed dramatically; the downward spiral cost him his education, his friends, his family and eventually his freedom.
John Gizzi has come to be known as “the man who knows everyone in Washington” and, indeed, many of those who hold elected positions and in party leadership roles throughout the United States. With his daily access to the White House as a correspondent, Mr. Gizzi offers readers the inside scoop on what’s going on in the nation’s capital. He is the author of a number of popular Human Events features.
Asma Gull Hasan co-authored book entitled “Mean Girls, Meaner Women: Understanding Why Women Backstab, Betray and Trash Talk Each Other and How to Heal” is currently available. It is a book for girls in their late teens and adult women who are interested in learning more about why females hurt each other. The book talks about meanness as a coping strategy for women, women's difficulty handling angry and competitive feelings and other influences that foster an environment where women are hostile toward one another.
Megyn Kelly serves as the anchor of FOX News Channel’s "The Kelly File" and is based in New York. She joined the network in 2004 as a Washington-based correspondent.
"The Kelly File" focuses on late-breaking stories as well as in-depth investigative reports along with newsmaker interviews. The program also capitalizes on Kelly’s skills as a former litigator and provides a platform to discuss developing angles as events unfold, while also embracing a stronger social media presence.
Katheen Kennedy Townsend has a long history of accomplishment in the public arena, and has worked in the private sector. As the State of Maryland’s first woman Lt. Governor, Ms. Townsend was in charge of a multimillion dollar budget and had oversight of major cabinet departments, including Economic Development and Transportation, State Police, Public Safety and Correction and Juvenile Justice.
Glenn Llopis is the founder of the Center for Hispanic Leadership and the Center for Innovation and Humanity, Glenn is a consultant and author. Glenn speaks frequently on issues concerning the global workplace, helping employees find new purpose, innovation, and maintaining ethical leadership. He combines the work ethic of his immigrant experience with a passion for innovation, entrepreneurial insights applied to the corporate world, and a concern for the human experience in the workplace.
As an internationally recognized leadership expert, John Maxwell speaks throughout the world inspiring hundreds of thousands of leaders. John is a natural born teacher who loves to challenge and motivate audiences with real-life stories, humorous anecdotes, and rock solid principles that he backs up with his live-it-out approach. John has spent the last 40 years inspiring numerous Fortune 500 companies, national trade associations, non-profits, and educational institutions
Michele’s tutor was her childhood. She survived the common ravages of alcoholic parents and later God taught her how to lean on Him to function free from the damages of it.
“We are all damaged in some way. As a child, God met me under the bed where I hid to escape my home-life and now He meets me on stage, as I hang up my former beliefs (garments) on “The Clothesline” for all to see. God is using my stories to usher in courage for attendees in order for them to face their stories.”—Pillar.
Dr. Jo is an ethnically diverse speaker who truly excels in cross-cultural communication. Dr. Jo is the daughter of a migrant worker, a first-generation Hispanic and the only Latina PhD in the National Speakers Association. Born and reared in Texas during the Civil Rights movement, she is the only one of four children to survive childhood.
Starting from nothing, by the time I was 26 I had a net worth of a little over a million dollars. I was making $250,000 a year—that's more than $20,000 a month net taxable income. I was really having fun. But 98% truth is a lie, and that 2% can cause big problems, especially with $4 million in real estate. I had a lot of debt—a lot of short-term debt—and I'm the idiot who signed up for the trip.
Co-Author, Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul
Marci Shimoff is the woman’s face of the biggest self-help book phenomenon in history, Chicken Soup for the Soul. Her six bestselling titles, including Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul and Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul, have met with stunning success, selling more than 13 million copies worldwide in 33 languages. Marci is one of the bestselling female nonfiction authors of all time.
Kelly Walker-Stone is a leading Substance Abuse Counselor and Drug and Alcohol Prevention Speaker. Kelly is a Prescription Drug Abuse Activist who specializes in educating audiences by speaking about Drug and Alcohol Prevention and the prevention of prescription drug abuse.