Sweeney Agency Speakers
Leading Expert on Stress, Spirituality, and the Mind/Body Connection
Dr. Joan Borysenko is a distinguished pioneer in integrative medicine and a world-renowned expert in the mind/body connection. Her work has been foundational in an international health-care revolution that recognizes the role of meaning, and the spiritual dimensions of life, as an integral part of health and healing. Eloquent and inspiring in settings that range from hospitals to hospices, from theaters to conference venues, and from boardrooms to houses of worship, she is a credible bridge between faith and reason. Her brilliance, humor, and authenticity - in combination with the latest research - make her a compelling and inspiring speaker and writer.
After graduating magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College in 1967, Dr. Borysenko earned her doctorate in Medical Sciences from the Harvard Medical School, where she completed post-doctoral training in cancer cell biology. Her first faculty position was at the Tufts University College of Medicine in Boston. But after the death of her father from cancer, she became more interested in the person with the illness than in the disease itself, and returned to Harvard Medical School to complete a second postdoctoral fellowship, this time in the new field of behavioral medicine. Under the tutelage of Herbert Benson, M.D., who first identified the relaxation response and brought meditation into medicine, she was awarded a Medical Foundation Fellowship and completed her third post-doctoral fellowship in psychoneuroimmunology.
In the early 1980’s Dr. Borysenko co-founded a Mind/Body clinic with Dr. Benson and Dr. Ilan Kutz, became licensed as a psychologist, and was appointed instructor in medicine at the Harvard Medical School. Her years of clinical experience and research culminated in the 1987 publication of the New York Times best-seller, Minding the Body, Mending the Mind, which sold over 400,000 copies. The 20th anniversary edition, newly revised, was published in 2007. Author or co-author of 13 other books and numerous audio and video programs, including the Public Television special Inner Peace for Busy People, she is the Founding Partner of Mind/Body Health Sciences, LLC located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Dr. Borysenko’s warmth and credibility - plus her lively sense of humor - create a compelling presence. Her inspirational reflections are featured frequently on Hallmark Channel’s New Morning program, and she also hosts a weekly Internet radio show, Your Soul’s Compass, for Hay House. One of the most popular and sought after speakers in the field of health, healing, and spirituality, her engaging and well researched presentations are perfect both for professionals and for the general public.
Internationally recognized researcher, explorer, and New York Times bestselling author on longevity and National Geographic Fellow.
Dan Buettner is a National Geographic Fellow and multiple New York Times bestselling author. He has discovered, through multiple expeditions with teams of research scientists specializing in population studies, the five places in the world – dubbed Blue Zones – where people live the longest, and are healthiest and happiest. His New York Times Sunday Magazine article about these places, “The Island Where People Forget to Die,” was one of the Times’ most popular, as was his National Geographic cover story on longevity, “The Secrets of Living Longer.” A chord was struck, and thus subsequent books and a company which seeks to share the distilled wisdom of Blue Zones cultures with American cities and corporations were born.
Blue Zones, LLC, puts the world’s best practices of longevity and well-being to work in people’s lives at the community level. Buettner works in partnership with Healthways, municipal governments, and various insurance companies to implement the program in more than 20 cities so far, and has dramatically improved the health of more than 5 million Americans to date. Their strategy focuses on optimizing the local environment – walkability for citizens and kids, availability of healthy food options, social connectivity, pursuit of life purpose, and ongoing coaching and support for creating homes which effortlessly bring forth wellness and happiness.
Writing in Newsweek, Harvard University’s Walter Willet called the results “stunning.” In one project alone, Buettner and his then partner, AARP, applied principles of Blue Zones to Albert Lea, Minnesota, and lowered health care costs by 40%.
His books The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest and Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way have remained bestsellers, along with his new book THE BLUE ZONES SOLUTION: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People, and have appeared on The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, Dr. Oz, NPR, and Oprah.
Voted a top 50 Influencer in Aging by PBS, Dan also holds three Guinness Book of world records in distance cycling (and is possibly the only person to have cycled through the Sahara desert without sunscreen!) and has won an Emmy Award for television production. He resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is particularly proud to be the father of three (nearly) grown children.
Authority on Innovative Ideas to Handle Conflict, Reduce Stress and Motivate Employees.
Christine Cashen has people across the globe raving about her - and her refreshing take on everyday life. For 20 years Christine has shared her expertise in a humorous manner - on such topics as conflict resolution, stress management, and cultivating a healthier, happier more productive workplace. Audiences have related so much to her experiences, struggles, and lessons that listeners have wanted to take her back with them to the office.
Author of the award-winning books THE GOOD STUFF: Quips & Tips on Life, Love, Work and Happiness and It’s YOUR Business: Good Stuff for Your Personal, Professional, and Funny Business. Christine holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication and a master’s degree in Adult Education. In 2016, she was the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Central Michigan University.
Christine is one of the few individuals to meet the rigorous induction criteria of the National Speakers Association, CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, and there’s no question that she deserves that honour; her effortless ability to pull in any audience with her remarkable insights on commonplace situations make her and her messages unforgettable.
Before embarking on her journey as a speaker, she worked as a university admissions officer, corporate trainer, and broadcaster. She is a mother of two, wife of a “hottie engineer,” and caregiver of Murphy, a chocolate lab.
Entertainer and inspirational speaker on embracing change and dealing with stress.
Fun. Uplifting. Humorous. That's how audiences describe John Cassis. With a rare blend of content, humor and entertainment , John knows firsthand how to embrace change, face adversity and meet the daily pressures of life head-on.
John received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Cincinnati. After three years of professional baseball, he earned a Masters of Divinity degree from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston.
John has a diverse background. From 1973 to 1975, he directed a youth counseling center. In 1975, he became a minister of a small church in Colorado, where the congregation grew from 80 to 2,000 in five years. Then in 1980 as Director of Special Projects for World Relief, John accepted the challenge to motivate people across the country to help feed hungry children and their families. As a professional speaker, he encourages people to step into the arena and live their dreams. In keeping with his philosophy, he became a professional golfer in 2002.
He incorporates real life examples into his presentations by sharing his experiences as an athlete, minister, publisher, company founder, pre-game inspirational speaker for the Chicago Bears (1983-95), loving husband and father, and an extremely perceptive human being. His genuine style helps audiences re-energize lives, careers and relationships and see life from a new perspective.
Expert on change strategies, human development, and strategic planning.
Kathy Cleveland Bull is a highly regarded professional speaker, trainer, and consultant. Her company, N~Compass Consulting, helps clients
Navigate the Art and Science of Change. Kathy conducts personal and professional development seminars for Fortune 500 companies, educational institutions, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. She consults on successful change strategies, human performance, and strategic planning. Her recent clients include such diverse organizations as Pfizer, Novartis, Weyerhaeuser, Dow Chemical, Honeywell, Max & Erma's Restaurants, Nationwide Financial, Marzetti's, and more than 45 colleges and universities in the US and Canada.
In September of 2008 Kathy keynoted an international medical conference in Rotterdam, The Netherlands inspiring professionals, caregivers and family members to successfully adapt to the diagnosis of dementia in a loved one. Previously, Kathy had the opportunity to present a 2 day seminar on Change for African business leaders in Nairobi, Kenya, and has appeared with
Dr. Phil and Deepak Chopra at The Power Within Live Event touring cities across North America.
Kathy was one of three professional speakers recommended by Dr. Spencer Johnson to provide training built upon his book Who Moved My Cheese? She has trained more than 85,000 people to successfully manage change in their work and life using the
Prior to forming her own firm in 2001, Kathy was the Director of Training and Organizational Development at The Ohio State University. Kathy has held various leadership positions in student affairs administration, admissions, leadership development, event planning, and residence life at Bowling Green State University, North Carolina State University, and Ohio State.
A Phi Beta Kappa psychology graduate of Bowling Green State University, Kathy has two BGSU Master's degrees, in College Student Development and Guidance and Counseling. She has served her alma mater as a member of the university's Alumni Board of Trustees and chaired the Arts and Sciences Board of Advocates. She received the Outstanding Recent Graduate Award from the BGSU Alumni Association and was honored to deliver the May 2006 Commencement Address at BGSU.
Andy Core is a credentialed, award-winning thought leader on increasing employee engagement, productivity, and wellness motivation. His talent lies in helping hard-working, conscientious adults thrive at work and in their personal lives.
He has a master’s degree in the science of human performance and has spent the past 15 years researching ways to become better equipped to thrive in today’s hectic society. Thus helping organizations build teams that cost less, have better attitudes, and accomplish more.
Author of several books including Change Your Day, Not Your Life, Healthy Motivation, and Master Your Body, Andy has also received numerous awards and recognition on his work. He was also the Co-host of the PBS affiliate television show “Fighting Fat”.
Pandit Dasa is a Mindful Leadership Expert. He has spoken on Mindful Leadership and conducted workshops at Google, JPMorgan Chase, Citi, State Farm, Bank of America, Comcast, Nationwide, Intel, Novartis, The World Bank, UBS, Royal Bank of Canada, UNICEF, Bank of Montreal, TD Ameritrade, Harvard, Columbia University, and many other institutions.
He has also presented at the World Government Summit in Dubai, the national SHRM convention, SHRM Arkansas, Oracle HCM conference, LEAD2017 and the WorkHuman Conferences. At these workshops, Pandit presents the research on Mindfulness and explains the importance of leading by example, appreciation, communicating mindfully and managing one’s emotions. He also engages the audiences in various breathing and focusing exercises that individuals will be able to implement at work and at home. Through these workshops, Pandit helps individuals develop positive leadership qualities, lower stress and anxiety, increase focus and productivity, and boost emotional intelligence.
Pandit has spoken at a TEDx conference and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, PBS, NPR, The New York Times, Psychology Today and writes for The Huffington Post. In his book, Urban Monk, Pandit writes about the turning point in his life that came after his family lost their multimillion-dollar business, which ultimately led him to living as a monk for 15 years in New York City. He uses his training and experiences to help corporate and student audiences manage stress and develop a work-life balance.
Emergency Medicine Physician, New York Times Best-selling Author, and Frequent Medical Expert on TODAY and CNN
Dr. Sampson Davis was raised as the fifth of six children in Newark, one of New Jersey’s poorest cities. As a child Dr. Davis grew-up in cramped living quarters, surrounded by fragmented families, crime, and drugs. Still, he was a good student, able to strike the fragile balance between being smart yet socially acceptable on the streets. It was this combination of skills, Dr. Davis says, that were most critical to his survival.
While attending University High School in Newark, Dr. Davis met Dr. Rameck Hunt and Dr. George Jenkins, two fellow students who together made a promise to become doctors. Dr. Davis and his two childhood friends each successfully fulfilled their pact and today Dr. Davis is a board certified Emergency Medicine Physician.
In February 2013 Dr. Davis released his newest book, Living & Dying in Brick City–An E.R. Doctor Returns Home In addition to discussing Dr. Davis’ riveting experiences as an ER physician, the book also offers preventative guidance as a means of supporting healthier communities.
Dr. Davis has appeared on numerous talk and radio shows including Oprah, Dr. Oz, The Today Show, The View, PBS News Hour, Tavis Smiley and NPR as well as print publications including but not limited to Readers Digest, O Magazine, People, Washington Post, NY Times, USA Today, Vibe and Black Enterprise.
Ms. Winfrey also delivered the highest honor naming Dr. Davis, “One of The Premiere Role Models of the World.”
Dr. Davis was honored in 2000 with the Essence Lifetime Achievement Award and also named one of their forty most inspirational African Americans in the country. He is the youngest physician to receive the National Medical Association’s highest honor, The Scroll of Merit, and was previously honored on the 2009 BET Awards.
Today Dr. Davis spends his time practicing medicine and traveling the country delivering keynote speeches with timely messages. Dr. Davis believes it is important to give education a sense of style and fashion. To glorify and glamorize education is the key. A face must be present, a concrete image that all individuals across America can draw inspiration from. Dr. Davis considers his 3 D’s, Dedication, Determination and Discipline, as the necessary ingredients to success.
Graduating with honors, Dr. Davis received his bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University, his medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the same hospital where he was born, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center.
Today, Dr. Davis is a Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician at St. Michaels Medical Center in Newark NJ. He has been a weekly correspondent on the Tom Joyner Morning Show and a frequent guest on CNN where he focuses on prevalent and life-changing medical topics. Dr. Davis has also co-authored New York Times best-selling books, The Pact, We Beat the Street and The Bond.
In 2000 during his residency, Dr. Davis along with his best friends felt the burning need to give back to communities in need, and together created The Three Doctors Foundation. This non-profit organization offers a series of free public programs focused upon health, education, leadership and mentoring.
Expert on negotiation, communication, leadership skills, and reducing stress in your organization.
When Mimi Donaldson speaks, people listen. And they laugh even if they weren't expecting to. And they learn a lot! But mostly, they never forget the entirely new perspective Mimi gives them. She has a flair for leaving her audiences feeling that they've just unlocked the secrets to a truly authentic and rewarding
communication method. As a speaker Mimi's sharp wit and intelligent
humor get straight to the heart of any matter. She brings audiences to their feet with her
motivating insights on communicating with bosses, coworkers, kids and the opposite sex.
Her new book, Pitch Perfect, is a motivating book designed to improve the quality of how you present yourself. You never know who links to whom, so we need to be ready to “pitch” our products and services anytime. You may find riches in the elevator, in the check-out line, or on the side of a soccer field. As the co-author of the smash hit, Negotiating for Dummies, Mimi has seen her work published in many languages around the globe, making her an internationally sought-after expert in a myriad of aspects of both
business and human interaction. In her book Necessary Roughness: New Rules for the Contact Sport of Life, Mimi Donaldson teaches
women how to watch football. Women are made for this contact sport that mimics life because they have commitment, they're great team players, good leaders and they're in tune with intention which
makes you unstoppable.
Mimi has spoken to many Fortune 500 companies throughout Canada, Europe and Mexico. Some of them include American Express, American Honda, and FedEx. She holds a Masters Degree in Instructional Design from Columbia University and was a staff Human Resources Specialist with Walt Disney Company, Northrop Aircraft, and Rockwell International.
Mimi has been a featured guest on countless radio stations including KABC Radio in Los Angeles and numerous television appearances including Good Day New York. She's been the subject of over 200 articles in newspapers and magazines, having been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, Denver Post, Ladies Home Journal, and Harvard Management Review. Mimi has shared the stage with such notable celebrities as Colin Powell, Elizabeth Dole, Maya Angelou, and Katie Couric.
Executive performance coach and esteemed expert on resiliency, stress, performance, exercise physiology, nutrition and health.
A cursed do-it-yourselfer, Jenny Evans started her business while still a student in college. Not happy with what opportunities were available, she decided to define her job and success on her own terms, and PowerHouse Performance was born. Jenny is obsessed with human performance and has created a career and life designed around maximizing her own potential, and helping others do the same. With a blend of confidence, creativity, stubbornness and some naïveté (which is sometimes key), she has gone headlong into following her passion and purpose. And figured out how to make a living while doing it.
Jenny is a speaker, award-winning author and on-air expert on resiliency, stress, confidence, performance, exercise physiology and nutrition. She is the founder and CEO of PowerHouse Performance and author of the award-winning book The Resiliency rEvolution: Your Stress Solution for Life- 60 Seconds at a Time. She is also the creator of PowerHouse Hit the Deck, the ultimate tool for combating stress and increasing fitness.
Working with thousands of C-suite executives, leaders and employees worldwide, Jenny’s dynamic presentations move audiences to define and achieve success in both business and life...all in the face of the unrelenting demands of being a human in the 21st century. Audiences tap into their personal power and confidence, as well as learn how to increase their capacity for stress and to recover from it more quickly and effectively. Clients improve their performance and productivity, all while enhancing their health.
Jenny’s corporate client list includes Yale School of Management, AT&T, Estée Lauder Companies, Comcast, Nationwide, Ameriprise Financial, Procter & Gamble, Target and many other Fortune 500 companies. She has been quoted on National Public Radio, in Health Magazine, Women’s Health and Redbook, while being showcased on FastCompany.com, Inc.com, Entrepreneur.com, Shape.com and Elle.com.
Further, Jenny has spoken on the TEDx stage, writes as a blogger for The Huffington Post and was NBC KARE 11’s Health & Fitness expert for over four years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis on Psychology from the University of Minnesota, has been an American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor for over 20 years, and is a certified Exercise Nutritionist. In her spare time she is a competitive athlete, races duathlons and is an aerial arts performer…because you never know when you’re going to need a back up plan.
Pioneer in Humor-Based Training, Member of the Speaker Hall of Fame, Comedian and Author
Tim Gard, CSP, CPAE, is a tears-in-your-eyes-laugh-out-loud speaker who teaches people to be more resilient and resourceful, and coaches businesses on how to enhance productivity and employee enthusiasm.
Talented, innovative, and memorable, Tim provides amazing take-home value delivered with his one-of-a-kind presentation style.
As a keynote speaker, he ensures every event starts with a bang and/or concludes with everyone sharing a renewed, positive sense of purpose. Tim is also available as an outstanding emcee facilitating the day's activities or hosting an evening awards banquet.
Tim has achieved the highest honors and recognition in his industry, including:
- CPAE (Council of Peers Award for Excellence): Speaker Hall of Fame Member - an elite recognition shared by fewer than 150 speakers worldwide;
- CSP (Certified Speaking Professional): The highest earned designation of the National Speakers Association; and
- Selected by Meeting Planners Magazine as one of the Best speakers ever seen or heard on the main stage.
Tim's down-to-earth style and real-life humor leaves a lasting impression that audiences will benefit from for years to come. His skillful use of ordinary items in extraordinary ways and extraordinary items in everyday ways make him one of the most popular main stage speakers on the platform today.
Becoming more resilient is not about telling jokes or laughing at everything. Instead of making light of serious issues, Tim shines a light on unseen possibilities for solutions to difficult situations. He demonstrates how to be professional, yet light-hearted throughout all his programs.
Without a doubt, Tim's keynotes consistently deliver on these two promises:
- A hilarious shared experience, and
- Take-home value that improves performance and workplace attitude.
As a business speaker, Tim shows leaders how to enhance productivity and employee enthusiasm using his humor stress diffusion tactics in everyday situations. He facilitates an unforgettable experience that improves the quality of interactions. At the same time, he's instilling an enthusiasm for non-malicious mischief that no one should live without!
For two decades, Tim has provided hilariously entertaining, fast-paced, and informative programs from Texas to Tasmania. His universal message translates to a diverse range of audiences of every size.
An internationally recognized authority on stress reduction and conflict resolution, Tim's easy-to-implement techniques provide audiences with ways to diffuse, deal with, and even avoid intensely stressful encounters. When relating to business leaders, Tim 'walks his talk' as a successful business owner himself for more than 20 years. Before starting his business, he worked in the Sales Industry, as well as State and Federal Government in Human Services, as a fraud investigator and is a navy veteran.
Author of Just Plane Funny and My Policy Manual and co-author of Motivational Leaders and Humor Me, Tim also offers his own line of 'stress buster' tools that are marketed worldwide.
CEO of The Joy Project, Communication & Performance Expert, Author and Huffington Post Columnist
Amanda Gore is a communications and performance expert who believes success in business is always about feelings. The way we feel about a product, organization, customer or person influences how we behave - and informs our decisions about how we spend, or how we conduct business. Facts, targets and figures don’t change behaviours - touching hearts, feelings and stories do.
Amanda is on point, and devoted to presenting the most reputable research available for professionals - salespeople, nurses, teachers - and anyone reaching for excellence in their work. Her material is backed by the latest findings in neuroscience, epigenetics, emotional intelligence, and positive psychology that are proven to reap huge rewards for your business.
Amanda understands that getting down to business isn’t all about targets and optimizing click-throughs. The heart and profit center of every business is about how people think, and consequently, feel about themselves; and how they make others feel. How we feel about a personal or business relationship informs every part of our decision to invest with them. Amanda offers an abundance of use-it-now tools to create deep, lasting relationships at every level - with family, customers, colleagues, and clients. Everyone leaves energized, enthusiastic and re-engaged!
Instead of delivering facts and research, her presentations break down the barriers that separate people in an invigorating, action-packed ride toward self-discovery - and gives them the tools to make real and lasting change – by getting real! For example, how is it that the most successful people and those who are average (or worse!) manage to get their results in exactly the same environment? The difference is mindset - looking honestly at yourself and choosing consciously.
She uses principles from positive psychology, epigenetics, neuroscience and emotional intelligence to deliver profound messages in stories that are funny. This teaches people to re-connect to the energy and emotional layers that really drive performance, innovation, relationships, engagement and creativity in their business and personal life. Business today is about H2H. And it always has been, but we have forgotten it - Human2human!
Amanda makes your audiences happier - and gives them strategies that work on how to stay happier!
Amanda is one of 4 Australians inducted into the USA Speaker Hall of Fame. She works with small and large organizations around the globe, such as Flight Centre, McDonalds, Westpac, AMP, MDRT, CBA, Google, Remax, Disney, Hilton, The Direct Selling and many other associations, hospitals and schools to help them create cultures of joy and engagement and to bring the humanity back into their organizations.
Amanda’s action-packed, but scientifically based performances, offer an abundance of use-it-now tools to handle change and create deep, lasting relationships at every level - with customers, colleagues and family - leaving everyone feeling good about themselves, energized, enthusiastic and re-engaged!
Remember - Joy is the ultimate business fuel.
Renowned Speaker on Human Performance, Life Balance and Wellness. Kellogg School of Management Professor.
Dr. Jack Groppel shows executives how to achieve full engagement in high stress environments in his interactive and content-driven keynotes and seminars. Building on his experience coaching professional athletes, medical professionals, and corporate executives to achieve maximum performance through healthy work/life balance, Jack introduces performance strategies that have been successful for those in high stress environments.
Internationally recognized authority and pioneer in the science of human performance, Dr. Groppel is an Adjunct Professor of Management at the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Author of The Corporate Athlete, Groppel developed the Corporate Athlete concept for his training program while serving as an associate professor of kinesiology and bioengineering at the University of Illinois, helping both business executives and athletes increase performance levels. In 1992, he combined his program with Dr. Jim Loehr to form the Human Performance Institute, formerly LGE Performance Systems, Inc.
A Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine, Dr. Groppel is also a Board certified nutritionist in the American College of Nutrition and a former Research Associate to the U.S. Olympic Training Center. He served for 16 years as the Chairman of the National Sport Science Committee of the United States Tennis Association.
Expert on nutrition and exercise in energy management for increased productivity, engagement and performance.
As an experienced speaker, Heidi has been featured at many national and global conferences, including the Fortune Magazine Most Powerful Women in Business Summit, ESPN Women’s Leadership Summit, and the Million Dollar Round Table. Heidi is CEO and founder of SYNERGY, an integrative neuroscience partnership that provides brain-based training for individuals and organizations. She is also a frequent lecturer at Canyon Ranch Resort and Spa in Tucson, Arizona.
Heidi’s publications include the NY Times bestseller The SHARP Solution: A Brain-Based Approach for Optimal Performance (Wiley, Feb 2013), and the follow-up release Stressaholic: 5 Steps to Transform Your Relationship with Stress (Wiley, Jan 2014). Her latest book, Recharge: Investment Strategies for Your Most Valuable Resource is available now.
Heidi is actively involved with several non-profit organizations such as Challenged Athletes Foundation and The Alzheimer’s Association and is a National Board Member for Blessings in a Backpack. Recently, Heidi created The Beyond Funny Project, a non-profit dedicated to providing resources and education related to the benefits of healthy humor. In 2011, Heidi became a Fellow with the American Institute of Stress, and she currently serves as editor of their quarterly publication, Contentment.
Heidi holds a bachelors degree in communications from Penn State University, where she competed on the Big 10 softball team and received academic All-American honors. She holds a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Rollins College and a Ph.D. degree in holistic nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health. Clients have included Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Cisco, Dell, Intel, Proctor & Gamble, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch, ESPN and Starbucks, as well as professional and amateur athletes. For nearly a decade, Heidi has partnered with Janus Capital to deliver the Energy for Performance and BrainWorks programs, which teach financial advisors how to better manage their personal energy, particularly during periods of stress.
Chris Johnson is the leading authority on small steps to healthy living. As Founder/CEO of On Target Living, Chris is a highly respected expert and accomplished executive, who has spent over 30 years researching and building optimal health and performance programs for individuals and corporations. He is the architect of the Food Target® that shifts from counting calories to concentrating on the nutrient values of foods that guide healthy choices.
Chris likes to say he was 'raised by wolves'. Growing up struggling with terrible skin and chronic health issues, he had no idea how his lifestyle affected his health. The doctors couldn't help him, and despite all the medications they prescribed, his health did not improve. By his mid-20's, deeply frustrated and feeling hopeless, Chris set out to heal himself. On his quest, he learned how food affects the body, the importance of sleep, and why people need to move. These discoveries transformed his life. Conditions which plagued him for years disappeared, and his energy and attitude reached new heights. Amazed at how good he felt, Chris knew he’d found his calling, and needed to share his discoveries.
Today, Chris works with organizations to transform their performance from the inside out. He applies the principles of REST-EAT-MOVE to educate, engage and motivate teams around the world. Chris graduated from Michigan State University with a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology, and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Economics from Western Michigan University. He holds certifications from The American College of Sports Medicine, The National Academy of Sports Medicine and the American Council on Exercise and Certified Natural Health Professional. Chris earned and maintains a reputation of providing groundbreaking lifestyle modification strategies with integrity, humor and passion.
Second City veteran and humorous speaker on change and communication.
Whether on the page or on the stage, Deborah Kimmett is one funny lady. This witty and wise woman has been using humour to open minds and heal hearts for over 30 years. A Second City veteran, a regular performer on CBC radio and television show The Debaters and sought-after
motivator on the speaker circuit, she engages her audiences with stories and killer humour that ignite,
inspire and energize. Clients that ask her back: Microsoft, Corrections, Bell Canada, RBC, Health Canada, IBM, and countless health care organizations.
Deborah is an accomplished author of three books, Reality is Over-Rated, That Which Doesn't Kill You Makes You Funnier and Out Running Crazy. She was nominated twice for the National Magazine Award for Humor. She is a well-known playwright and has been nominated for the Governor General Award for her play Miracle Mother in 1984. Having written 52 episodes of TV, a feature movie about female prison guards, she has also written and produced a compassionate care video called, Walk a Mile in my backless gown. Since Deb's passion is mentoring the creative soul in folks so through her company, Chip off The Old Writers Blocks, she hosts one day creative writing retreats and on line writing boot camps.
Stanford and Harvard Trained Physician-Scientist, Inventor and Entrepreneur
Dr. Daniel Kraft is a Stanford and Harvard trained physician-scientist, inventor and innovator. With over 25 years of experience in clinical practice, biomedical research and healthcare innovation, Dr. Kraft has served as Faculty Chair for Medicine & Neuroscience at Singularity University since SU’s inception, and founded and is chair of Exponential Medicine, a program that explores convergent, rapidly developing technologies and their potential in biomedicine and healthcare. His various TEDTalks have over 1 Million Views. Daniel was named a member of the inaugural class of the Aspen Institute’s Healthcare Innovator Fellows.
Following undergraduate degrees at Brown University and medical school at Stanford, Dr. Kraft was board certified in the Harvard combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency program at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital. He went on to complete Stanford fellowships in hematology/oncology & bone marrow transplantation, and extensive research in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. He has multiple scientific publications (Nature and Science) and medical device, immunology and stem cell related patents through faculty positions with Stanford University School of Medicine, and as clinical faculty for the pediatric bone marrow transplantation service at University of California San Francisco.
Dr. Kraft is a member of the Kaufman Fellows Society (Class 13) and member of the Inaugural (2015) class of the Aspen Institute Health Innovators Fellowship, and is the inventor of the MarrowMiner, an FDA approved device for the minimally invasive harvest of bone marrow, and founded RegenMed Systems, a company developing technologies to enable adult stem cell based regenerative therapies. He serves as an advisor to the X-Prize, Nokia, Qualcomm Life, and a variety of healthcare startups.
Daniel is an avid pilot and has served in the Massachusetts and California Air National Guard as an officer and flight surgeon with an F-16 fighter Squadron. He has conducted research on aerospace medicine published with NASA, and was a finalist for astronaut selection.
InternetMedicine.com named Dr. Kraft one of The Top Ten Internet-Smart Doctors in the World 2013. Daniel Kraft was also recognized as one of the Most Inspiring Leaders in Life Sciences, as determined by the readers of Pharma Voice 100.
Author, psychologist, internationally known speaker. Very entertaining. Speaks on Change, Communication, Motivation and Teamwork.
What would happen if everyone in the organization saw the positives and not the problems in change? This question inspired Dr. Janet Lapp and her team to conduct decades of research enacting these types of changes in the workplace, with amazingly positive results. Janet shares the evidence-based results derived from years of experience in both her books and stage performances. She has a professor's ability to translate complex theory into usable answers, and a humorist's knack for getting ideas across in an entertaining way.
Dr. Janet Lapp is a psychologist, author, and consultant for workplace transformation. She is known for her ability to create optimism, energy and an intense emotional connection. Her unique interactive approach engages the audience in a
change lab, where they first assess their leadership skills, then leave with tools to transform from where they are to where they need to be.
She understands the needs, wishes and language of each client by research, interviews, and visits to facilities such that when she appears on stage she seems to be part of the organization or company.
Both her change management books and her stage programs have created clear, actionable paths for organizations from Ritz-Carlton Hotels to IBM Sales to the government of St. Petersburg, Russia. Clients who book Dr. Janet Lapp for a transformational program/keynote speech experience inspirational and memorable events.
Janet is a Registered Nurse who also holds a PhD in Psychology from McGill University in Montreal. Admitted into the CPAE Speakers Hall of Fame, one year she was rated by Toastmasters as one of the top three speakers worldwide. Creator and host of the Emmy-nominated CBS series Keep Well, she has appeared regularly on INN, ABC, CNN, and NBC. She and her team have helped hundreds of organizations around the world including Allstate, Blue Shield, IBM, Intel, Verizon, AT&T, Unilever, and P&G to design systems to overcome resistance to change and expedite workplace transformation.
A flight instructor, Janet has flown her airplane throughout South America and Africa on medical and rescue missions, and is a long time member of the Flying Doctors of Mercy working in central Mexico. She currently lives in southern California.
International consultant on stress management. Keynotes and workshops that are both hilarious and practical.
Loretta LaRoche is an international
stress management and
humor consultant whose wit, and irreverent humor, has, for over 30 years raised the humor potential in all of us. She is on the Mass General advisory council for anxiety and depression and was recently awarded the National Humor Treasure Award. Loretta writes a weekly newspaper column called, 'Get a Life'. As a speaker, Loretta leaves audiences feeling,
inspired, and with renewed passion for living a juicy life!
Loretta is founder and president of The Humor Potential, Inc., a company offering programs and products for life style management. Her special brand of optimistic psychology has an incontestable positive effect on the health of all that are exposed to her. Organizations worldwide use Loretta's prescription for laughter to manage stress in the workplace and improve morale.
Loretta's energetic meeting openings, trainings and keynotes serve to improve learning skills and put a room in an enthusiastic frame of mind. Clients such as IBM, The New York Times, Fidelity Investments, Microsoft, the U.S. Dept. of Labor, and NASA, just to name a few, have used her material to defeat stress in the workplace. She is also a well-recognized TV personality on PBS and best selling author. She has had six one-woman television specials air on 80 PBS stations across the country. She has been nominated for local and prime time Emmy Awards, has appeared on CNN, ABC and NBC affiliates.
She has authored 7 books, The Joy Journal, Happy Talk, Relax: You May Only Have a Few Minutes Left, Life is Not a Stress Rehearsal and, Life Is Short- Wear Your Party Pants, Squeeze the Day, Kick Up Heels Before You're Too Short to Wear Them and her newest book, Lighten Up was published in the spring of 2009.
Speaker, Author and Business Coach on Happiness, Success, and Self-Empowerment
Kristi Ling brings powerful insight, warmth, and fresh, new ways of perceiving and achieving happiness, self-empowerment, and success to any setting.
With an extensive background in personal and professional development, communications, and business, as well as a compelling personal story of her own journey from struggle and dark times to lasting happiness and dynamic energy, Kristi is a positive, potent force for helping others to create sustainable happiness and live their most empowered lives.
Passionate about sharing her experiences and unique empowerment strategies, Kristi writes, speaks, and works with individuals and groups to offer others insight and tools to create more happiness, wellness, positive energy, and success.
Kristi has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, CNN, Natural Awakenings, The Daily Love and other media. She's a regular blogger for The Huffington Post, and is working on a book that will offer the three most important steps for creating sustainable, lasting happiness. In addition to coaching and speaking, she continues as a highly sought-after brand strategist and marketing expert, having spent over 15 years leading marketing and public relations campaigns for some of the world's most recognizable brands.
Kristi is the creator of several audio workshops and online courses, and is the author of Empower Your Day: How to Create More Happiness, Energy, and Success Through Positive Mornings. Her podcast, Happy, Free, & Wild, is a top-rated podcast in the health category on iTunes.
Author of the best-selling Power of Sleep and speaker on sleep and performance
Dr. James B. Maas is one of the world's most sought-after corporate,
health, association, education and professional athletic team speakers. Dr. Maas' book, Power Sleep, is a New York Times business best-seller and published in 11 languages. His latest venture, Remmy and the Brain Train, is an award-winning children's bedtime story designed to help improve daytime alertness, mood and performance. Sleep for Success, co-authored with Rebecca Robbin, has received wide acclaim. His latest book, Sleep to Win!, is a resource to help athletes of every age improve performance and increase success on the playing field. He appears frequently on national television on programs, such as the TODAY Show, NBC Nightly News, CNN, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, The View, Regis & Kelly, ABC's 20/20 and Oprah.
Dr. Maas has served as Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Professor and past Chairman of Psychology, as well as a professor in the graduate fields of Education and Communication at Cornell University. He is also a professor at the Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar. Dr. Maas received his B.A. from Williams College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell. He holds the world's record for college classroom teaching, having taught more than 65,000 students. Dr. Maas conducts research on sleep and performance, as well as on leadership and critical thinking.
Dr. Maas has held a Fulbright Senior Professorship to Sweden, has been a visiting professor at Stanford University and past-president of the American Psychological Association's Division on Teaching. He received the Clark Award for Distinguished Teaching at Cornell, and is the recipient of the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Teaching Award for being the nation's outstanding educator.
Dr. Maas is also a noted filmmaker who has produced nine national television specials for PBS in this country, for the BBC in England, the CBC in Canada, and for Dutch, Danish and Swedish National Television. His films for such organizations as the National Geographic Society, General Motors, Exxon, Upjohn, Metropolitan Life, the McArthur Foundation and the United States Department of Transportation have won 44 major film festivals.
He has presented highly acclaimed programs for such organizations as IBM, Eastman Kodak, Apple Computers, Campbell's Soups, Pepsi Cola, John Hancock, CitiGroup, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Smith Barney, ING, Merrill Lynch, Million Dollar Roundtable, Young President's Organization (YPO), World Presidents' Organization (WPO), World Business Council (WBC), Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), Ernst & Young, Mutual Life, Maytag, Abbott Labs, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, NBA Orlando Magic, the New York Jets, S.C. Johnson, Simmons Company, Marriott Corporation, Starwood and Wyndham Hotels, Cunard, Crystal and Royal Cruise Lines, MCI/Universal Studios and scores of prep schools, colleges and universities.
First Woman Thunderbird Pilot, Combat Veteran, Fighter Squadron Commander, White House Fellow & Adviser
Col. Nicole Malachowski (USAF, Ret.) defies stereotypes. Yes, she was a jet fighter pilot, but if you think you know her based on that, you’d be wrong. Inspirational as a leader, a combat veteran, the first woman pilot on the Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Squadron, a White House Fellow, and an inductee into the Women in Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame. Nicole brings her experience to the stage and holds audiences spellbound with an easygoing authenticity of someone who’s achieved greatness. She’s been a member and leader of exceptional teams. She has faced overwhelming challenges -- shares the importance of living with change and adversity and coming out on top.
Nicole’s distinguished 21-year Air Force career exceeded her wildest dreams. But the dream came to an end when a devastating tick-borne illness left her unable to speak or walk for ten months. An indomitable spirit, Nicole fought back against overwhelming odds and prevailed. Drawing on stories from her career and personal life, Nicole inspires audiences to rethink the challenges they face every day. She urges them to go beyond resilience and become resurgent. Nicole empowers people with three key beliefs:
- failure and risk is the price of entry for achieving something great
- sometimes you need to yield to overcome, and
- her personal mantra – “nobody wants to lead a scripted life”
While other high school students were practicing for their driver’s license, Nicole was accumulating flight time. She was sixteen years old when she took her first solo flight and from that point on there was no stopping her. While in high school, she joined the Civil Air Patrol and participated in Air Force Junior ROTC. Nicole’s professional story began when she earned her commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1996.
Over her 21-year career, Nicole achieved the rating of Command Pilot with over 2,300 flight hours in six different Air Force aircraft. She was also selected to fly as Thunderbird #3 with the USAF Air Demonstration Squadron -- the first woman to fly on any Department of Defense military jet demonstration team. Colonel Malachowski has served as a mission ready fighter pilot in three operational F-15E fighter squadrons and has flown over 188 combat hours, including her proudest moment as a fighter pilot: leading the first fighter formation to provide security for Iraq’s historic democratic elections in 2005.
On the ground, Nicole was a White House Fellow, class of 2008-2009, where she served on the Presidential Transition Support Team (PTST) while assigned to the U.S. General Services Administration. She has served two high-level staff assignments at the Pentagon -- one in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD P&R) as well as the Secretary of the Air Force Office of International Affairs (SAF/IA). She also served as the Executive Director of the White House’s national ‘Joining Forces’ initiative where she directly advised former First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden on all topics relating to service members, veterans, and military families to include employment, education, mental health, veterans’ homelessness and more. During one of her assignments to Seymour Johnson AFB, NC, Nicole was responsible for resources totaling over $1.1B and the execution of a $119M annual flying hour program.
Nicole earned a Master of Arts, with honors, in National Security Policy from American Military University and a second Master of Arts, with highest distinction, in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. While there, she earned the Admiral Stephen B. Luce Award as the class honor graduate, the first Air Force officer in the history of the Naval War College to do so. Nicole has been recognized with several honors for her consistent contributions to community service.
As Nicole continues to recover from her neurological tick-borne illness, she embraces any opportunity to educate others about her medical journey and gains energy from educating others about this growing epidemic. She is on the Board of Directors at the LivLyme Foundation and is a Patient Advisory Board Member of The Dean Center for Tick Borne Illness. In 2019, Nicole was named to the National Women’s Hall of Fame -- Jane Fonda, Sonia Sotomayor, Gloria Allred, and six other distinguished women were also named this same year.
Colonel Nicole Malachowski (USAF, Ret.) was born in Santa Maria, CA and graduated high school in Las Vegas, NV. She and her husband Paul have twin children; son Garrick and daughter Norah. Paul is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and former F-15E Evaluator Weapons Systems Officer.
Inspirational communication, healthy-living and stress management speaker.
Mary Marcdante helps people experience less stress and more life. Translating the latest research on stress, resilience, positive psychology, emotional/social intelligence, and brain/mindset learning, into practical and powerful lifestyle strategies, Mary's programs inspire people to make healthier choices during challenge and change.
A communication and stress management expert, Mary has spoken to over 500,000 people and given over 1500 speeches, seminars, and workshops around the world to a diverse group of clients including American Bankers Association, Procter & Gamble, Deloitte, Wal-Mart, Sharp Healthcare, International Association of Administrative Professionals, Northwestern Mutual, Hewlett Packard, and the IRS.
She is the author of Living with Enthusiasm, My Mother, My Friend, and Inspiring Words for Inspiring People. She is a contributing author to five best-selling Chicken Soup books, and A Woman's Way To Success in Business. She is also a regular contributor to client publications and a contributing relationship expert on iVillage.com. Her breathtaking nature photography is woven into her programs, balancing energy and reconnecting people to the power and beauty within them and around them.
A welcome radio and talk show guest who welcomes the opportunity to promote your event, Mary has been featured on NBC, ABC, Fox, Oxygen, ABC Radio, Voice of America Worldwide, and in the Wall Street Journal, Glamour, Modern Maturity, The Chicago Tribune, as well as over 200 national, regional, local, and internet radio stations and newspapers across the United States.
Motivating speaker, expert on work/life balance and change, Work for a Living & Still Be Free to Live author.
Eileen McDargh is founder and CEO of the consulting firm, The Resilient Spirit (a division of McDargh Communications). Organizations like Cisco, Novartis, Oracle, and Procter & Gamble hire her firm to teach them ways of building resilient
leadership teams and workplaces. Leadership Excellence magazine, which ranks top thought leaders in management and leadership, named Eileen to its
2012 Leadership 500 list. Following a survey of 22,000 business professionals, the research firm, Global Gurus, named her to its list of the World's Top 30 Leadership Professionals.
Along with her work as an organizational resiliency consultant, Eileen speaks and writes about resiliency. As a platform speaker, she has given thousands of keynotes for organizations and associations in dozens of fields, including aerospace, education, finance, healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, public agencies, real estate, retail, technology, utilities, and women's leadership.
She is a member of the National Speakers Association (and has served on its Board of Directors), was awarded by Speakers Platform a Top 5 Speaker designation in Teamwork / Leadership two years in a row, was elected into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, and was given by her peers the Legend of the Platform Award.
As an author, Eileen has written five books, including The Resilient Spirit: Heart Talk for Surviving in An Upside Down World and Work for a Living and Still be Free to Live! In 2008, the Independent Book Publishers Association awarded her book, Gifts from the Mountain: Simple Truth's for Life's Complexities, a Benjamin Franklin Gold Award. Her latest book, published in 2011, is My Get Up and Go-Got Up and Went. Her articles are found in thousands of publications both on-line and off-line.
Eileen is also a member of the University of Pennsylvania's Sloan Work and Family Researcher Network, an organization of interdisciplinary researchers and scholars studying work-life issues.
Before starting her own consultancy, Eileen was the Director of Communications for a national healthcare company, served as senior manager on a U.S. Navy installation project, and taught school in Nassau County, Florida, where she was elected
Educator of the Year.
Business speaker, occupational therapist, teaches organizations about change and effective leadership.
Michael Melnik is an Occupational Therapist with a Master's degree in Exercise Physiology. For more than twenty years, Michael has delivered his unique, high-energy message to over a quarter of a million participants throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. He also produced and starred in award-winning videos utilized by numerous Fortune 1000 companies.
When an organization is looking to effectively implement change or simply wants to
energize the work environment, Michael's presentations hit the mark. With his simple, practical and time-tested tools, Michael's message promotes positive changes long after your event is over.
Emmy Award-Winning Host of Syndicated Medical Lifestyle Show “The Dr. Nandi Show”, International Speaker on Organizational Health
Partha Nandi M.D., F.A.C.P is the creator and host of the nationally and internationally syndicated medical lifestyle television show, The Dr. Nandi Show, reaching 95 million homes daily. He is the best-selling author of Ask Dr. Nandi: 5 Steps to Becoming Your Own Health Hero for Longevity, Well-Being, and a Joyful Life, and a practicing gastroenterologist. He also reaches millions on social media. In fact, Partha Nandi MD's Facebook page has 1.3 million followers.
Dr. Nandi’s work on building and elevating organizational health has been recognized and embraced by corporate leaders around the world. Dr. Nandi is the Chief Health Editor at WXYZ ABC Detroit, a practicing physician and a renowned international speaker, his appearances include TedX, college commencements, numerous charity functions and premier medical meetings such as Digestive Disease Week. Dr. Nandi has partnered with the Ministry of Health in Jamaica and India, and collaborated with The World Health Organization.
Dr. Nandi delivers passionate and inspiring talks to diverse audiences. He continues to travel to international conferences and symposia, meeting with global health leaders on his quest to improve health care quality, access, and advocacy; to empower the world in his mission, “To Be Your Own Health Hero.”
Born in Calcutta India, Dr. Nandi immigrated to the United States as a child. At the age of 16, he completed his high school education in Columbus, Ohio where he was awarded a full academic scholarship to The Ohio State University and University of Notre Dame. To remain closer to his family, he chose Ohio State. Dr. Nandi graduated summa cum laude (Top 1% of the class), a member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society, with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a minor in classical Greek civilization. Dr. Nandi also served as the Rhodes Scholar representative from Ohio State and was voted the Homecoming King, amongst 55,000 students enrolled at the time. Dr. Nandi then traveled to Detroit, Michigan to obtain his medical degree at Wayne State University. At Wayne State, he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha honor society and graduated in the top 10% of the class. He also completed his internal medicine training at Wayne State University, where he was the intern of the year. He completed his gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Dr. Nandi practices gastroenterology in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. He is the author of several publications in peer-reviewed journals. He is a national speaker, educating physicians on various topics within medicine. He is a patient advocate, emphasizing empathy in patient care and treatment of the entire patient, both body, and mind.
CEO of Flywheel Sports, Former President of Equinox Fitness and Gatorade
Executive, activist and entrepreneur, Sarah Robb O’Hagan is described by the media as everything from “Superwoman undercover” to the “Queen of the Jocks” to the ultimate example of where fierce business woman, mother and fitness fanatic combine. Named among Forbes “Most Powerful Women in Sports” and recognized as one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business” Sarah is an internationally recognized re-inventor of brands, but if you ask Sarah, she’ll say she’s in business to help individuals and teams achieve their potential.
Sarah was born in New Zealand – the first country in the world to give women the vote and home to the first man to climb Mt Everest. The pioneering spirit of her country cultivated Sarah’s drive and imagination for “what’s possible” enabling her to found a movement she currently leads called “Extreme Living” - helping individuals, teams and businesses unlock their potential by discovering their own uniquely exploitable traits. Her book EXTREMEYOU will be published by HarperCollins early next year.
Sarah’s career includes leadership roles at some of the world’s most iconic brands – including Virgin, Nike, Gatorade, and Equinox the world’s premier fitness lifestyle company, where as President she led the transformation of the business from bricks and mortar health club to an “always on” fitness lifestyle partner heavily enabled by technology and proprietary content through the creation and launch of the editorial content platform “Furthermore from Equinox”.
Prior to Equinox Sarah served as Global President of Gatorade where she was widely known for transforming the business from a declining sports drink into a sports performance innovation company serving nutrition solutions to athletes of all levels. As described by Fast Company magazine, Sarah inherited a “flaming mess” when she took over the legendary Sports Drink in 2008, but through a courageous transformation that involved flying in the face of a deeply ingrained PepsiCo culture that had watered down the brand’s true positioning, Sarah and her team took the Gatorade brand back to its roots, and then re-imagined its future for a new audience of young, digitally savvy athletic teens.
Sarah’s career in the sports industry began at Nike where she was a key member of the team that launched the game changing innovation called Nike Plus, in collaboration with Apple. This was the world’s first digital-tracking device for runners that created a global social collaboration platform for fitness enthusiasts and in many ways birthed the fast- growing technology movement now known as the “Quantified Self.”
Sarah started her career in the airline industry as a marketing executive at her country’s national airline, Air New Zealand. In the early 90s she moved to Virgin Atlantic Airways where she became known for her breakthrough marketing campaign in collaboration with the Austin Powers movie where she rebranded the airline “Virgin Shaglantic” for a number of weeks, launched the world’s largest internet “event” for its time, and turned a 747 into a flying showcase of the entire initiative.
Sarah is a passionate advocate for an active lifestyle and believes the lessons learned from sports and fitness can be applied to improve performance in the work place. She has served on Hillary Clinton’s US State Department Council to Empower Women and Girls through Sports, and is a trustee of the Women’s Sports Foundation. She is also an active member of the World Class New Zealand Network, as she remains committed to helping the country’s development, international competitiveness and economic growth.
Throughout her career Sarah has been recognized for her many achievements. Recent honors include being named among Forbes magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in Sports” (2015 and 2009), being designated one of the “Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company (2012), and being named to the top 40 Under 40 lists by the Sports Business Journal (2009, 2011, and 2012), Sports Goods Business (2010), and Crain’s Chicago Business (2010). and Ad Age magazine’s “Women to Watch” (2010). In 2014 Sarah was awarded the Sir Peter Blake Trust Award for outstanding leadership.
Joe Piscatella is one of the world's most respected experts on how to live a healthy lifestyle in the real world. He knows the science of balanced living, but uniquely understands the practical application of such science from his own experience.
Picture this: you are 32 years old with a young family and a successful career. One day while playing tennis, you feel some pressure in your chest. Two days later you are having cardiac bypass surgery for aggressive coronary disease.
That's what happened to Joe. The prognosis was not good. One doctor even predicted that he would not live to age 40. But Joe didn't accept that opinion. His philosophy is You can't change the cards you were dealt, but you can change the way you play them. He concentrated on eating healthier, managing stress, exercising effectively and keeping a positive attitude. And it's worked. Joe recently celebrated the 36th anniversary of that surgery, making him one of the longest-lived survivors of cardiac bypass in the world. He is living proof of the effectiveness of healthy habits.
A high-energyspeaker, Joe is a man with a visionary message and the extraordinary skill to tell it. He uses the art of storytelling, contagious humor and decades of experience to deliver a powerful, practical message that inspires audiences to live healthier lives. Over 2 million people have attended Joe's powerful keynote speeches and breakout sessions steeped in humor, insight and practical how to tools. With his energy, sense of humor and decades of experience, Joe captivates and motivates audiences, inspiring them to take steps toward healthier living. The effectiveness and practicality of Joe's healthy-living advice is recognized nationally. He is a frequent guest on The Today Show, CNN, Good Morning America and Fox News, and is a guest expert on WebMD.
He has hosted three PBS television specials on lifestyle and health, and is in pre-production for a program on the health of children. He has served as the only non-medical member of the National Institutes of Health Expert Panel on Cardiac Rehabilitation, and is member of the Legislative Task Force on Youth Health, charged with improving fitness in children in Washington State.
Joe's work includes Don't Eat Your Heart Out and 12 other best-selling books. His most recent are Positive Mind, Healthy Heart, a book to motivate and inspire health lifestyle habits, The Healthy Heart Cookbook, straight information on healthy diet and Prevent, Halt & Reverse Heart Disease, a cutting-edge book on stress, diet and exercise.
Joe is the Founder and President of the Institute for Fitness & Health. His community and corporate wellness program - 6 Weeks to a Healthier You - is hailed as one of the most effective in the country. In one program, 650 people lost 4,200 pounds. Joe engages audiences with humor, anecdotes, the latest science and a personal perspective that makes them listen and take action.
Change, health, motivation and work-life balance keynote speaker.
Dr. David Posen was a family physician for 17 years before devoting his time exclusively to stress management, lifestyle counseling and psychotherapy in 1985.
As both a keynote speaker and seminar presenter, David has spoken widely to education, government, business and professional groups across North America. His clients have included Warner Bros., University of Michigan, Chevron, Verizon, American Express, Ontario Crown Attorneys Association, University of California, Allstate Insurance, Hydro One, State Farm, Rogers Communications, Pfizer, Kraft, Hilton Hotels, US Foodservice, London Life, Dun & Bradstreet (D & B), Microsoft, University of Florida Athletic Association, BC Association of Broadcasters, Canadian Home Builders Association, McKinsey, Ernst & Young, City of Hamilton, CIBC, IBM, Mohawk College, Ontario Government Centre for Leadership, Citizenship & Immigration Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart and the Million Dollar Round Table. His areas of expertise include Stress Mastery, Work-Life Balance, Workplace Stress and Mastering Change.
David is the best-selling author of four books, Always Change A Losing Game, Staying A Float When The Water Gets Rough, The Little Book Of Stress Relief (translated into seven languages) and Is Work Killing You? which was profiled in USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, The Globe and Mail & Winnipeg Free Press. His fifth book, Authenticity, is due out in January, 2018. His magazine articles have appeared in Canadian Living and Readers Digest as well as several medical journals. He wrote a weekly column on stress and lifestyle management for a year on the popular website www.canoe.ca. David has appeared many times on TV and radio across Canada and has been quoted in many leading U.S. media outlets such as US News & World Report, People, Huffington Post, Men’s Fitness, Women’s Health, Redbook and McCall’s,
Married with two adult children, David lives and works in Oakville, Ontario. In addition to his busy schedule of seeing patients, writing and public speaking, he is an avid reader, musician, baseball and tennis player. He played trombone in the Oakville Symphony Orchestra for nine years and now plays in the Oakville Wind Orchestra.
Inspiring speaker with remarkable story of overcoming adversity. Author of A Stroke of Luck.
In the last 2 years Dr. Howard Rocket has started four new businesses. That is an amazing accomplishment in itself but even more amazing when you realize that a few years ago a stroke nearly killed him. For Dr. Rocket passionately believes that your attitude is everything especially in these challenging times. Howard was a successful dentist-turned-entrepreneur when he suffered a massive stroke on the morning of October 27, 1995. By that evening Howard was a dying man, a blood clot lodged deep in his brain, his body barely responding to medical intervention. There had been warning signs for days prior, but he did not understand their cause, nor the crisis that they foreshadowed.
With valiant medical attention and good fortune Howard survived and made a stunning recovery, but the experience changed his life forever both in body and in attitude. He has since co-authored A Stroke of Luck, his personal story of how recovery from a stroke changed his life and his outlook. A powerful speaker, Dr. Rocket helps people understand that they can overcome any obstacle.