Creativity and passion are the driving forces in the life of
Alton Bertie. Born in the beautiful British Virgin Islands, he
has taken his musical talents and love of technology and
merged it with a fierce entrepreneurial spirit.
As dreams are very personal, Alton hopes to influence
youths to turn their dreams into careers especially in
the field of music. A graduate of the prestigious Berklee
College of Music and a proud member of the Branson
Centre of Entrepreneurship, the craving to constantly push
the envelope has propelled Alton to the top of the music
world as he works with some of the biggest acts in the
Caribbean and has won several awards internationally.
Dr. Amanda Kemp is a Stanford University graduate and
the creator of the H.E.A.R.T. System for Racial Justice and
Mindful Living. A Master Teacher and artist, Dr. Kemp has
helped over 25,000 people cultivate racial justice and
She has taught at the college level over a decade since
earning her PhD at Northwestern University. Prior to that
she worked with the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the
Hon. Maxine Waters. The Founder of Theatre for
Transformation, Dr. Kemp has shared the stage and/or
worked with Danny Glover, August Wilson, Toni Morrison,
and George Wolfe. She has been featured on PBS and
Her latest book is Say the Wrong Thing: Stories and
Strategies for Racial Justice and Authentic Community.
At age 4, Andrew began studying classical violin (Suzuki
method). He also became passionate about fiddle music
while on a fiddle train tour across Canada and an Alaskan
fiddle cruise, both led by the legendary Scottish fiddler,
After exploring a wide variety of musical styles, Andrew
decided to focus primarily on Appalachian old-time fiddle
style. Andrew continues to win fiddle competitions and
state championships across the country,
In addition to classical and fiddle music, Andrew plays
rock on electric violin. He is able to showcase his rock
ability when he occasionally performs with the Beach
Boys. He has performed on the 2014 world cruise on
Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2. He was
also invited to perform with orchestras at Lincoln Center
and at Carnegie Hall.
Andrew “Drew” Wilson, Esq. is an associate and legislative
specialist in Morris James LLP’s Health Care Industry and
Government Relations Groups in Wilmington, Delaware.
He works directly with the executive and legislative
branches on a range of healthcare issues which affect
the health of Delawareans and the practice of medicine.
Drew was instrumental in the 2015 crafting and passage of
House Bill 69, Delaware’s telemedicine legislation, which
has become a national model. He has spoken on the legislation,
subsequent regulation, and changing landscape
in telemedicine to a variety of audiences from physicians.
Clinicians, legislators, attorneys, and industry experts.
He continues to serve on the steering committee for the
Delaware Telehealth Coalition to foster the proliferation
of telemedicine in the first state.
Bill is an award-winning producer/director and principal
of Allied Pixel, a digital studio that fuses video production
with interactive technologies.
Bill has over 2,000 credits to his name, including documentaries,
corporate films, television commercials, web and
social media content and independent films.
Bill has guided Allied Pixel through numerous technological
waves – from interactive multimedia in the early 90s to
its current groundbreaking efforts to deliver the promise of
Personalized Video – an innovative approach to creating
unique, data-driven videos.
He is also the co-founder and co-managing director of
the MarCom Alliance, a consortium of specialty communications
firms. He is founder and publisher of thePhillyCreativeGuide.
com and founder and managing director of
the Philadelphia Area Production Association.
Colleen O’Grady is changing what’s possible for mother
and teenage daughter relationships around the world
through her Power Your Parenting programs, podcast,
workshops, speaking, and her award winning book, Dial
Down the Drama: Reducing Conflict and Reconnecting
With Your Teenage Daughter---A Guide for Mothers
Everywhere. Colleen has been a licensed marriage and
family therapist for twenty-five years, nineteen of those
she trained and supervised psychiatry and psychology
residents in the child and adolescent department at the
University of Texas Mental Science Institute and on the
adolescent inpatient unit of Harris County Psychiatric
Center. However, Colleen, found that her real expertise
was earned in the trenches while raising her own
Cory is a teacher and researcher who strives to reduce
the harmful effects of energy production and use. He
employs innovative instructional methods such as problem
based learning, flipping the classroom, and teaching
through interactive games in order to prepare the future
energy efficiency workforce. His sustainable energy
research has appeared in Discovery News, The Huffington
Post, Scientific American, and Rolling Stone Magazine.
Cory received his Doctorate in Electrical Engineering in
2011 from the University of Delaware. That same year, he
started at Delaware Technical Community College in the
Energy Management department.
When Cory is not educating or researching, he enjoys
backpacking, yoga, volleyball, and hiking with his family.
For more information on Cory visit www.bit.ly/corybud.
Cyndi O’Meara is a nutritionist, film maker – ‘What’s With
Wheat?’, best-selling author, international speaker and
founder of Changing Habits.
Cyndi graduated with a BSc majoring in Nutrition in 1984,
her special interest was ancestral foods. After graduating,
she became disillusioned by the global ‘standard’ nutritional
guidelines that she paved her own path.
Cyndi started Changing Habits in 1990, from her regular
newspaper column on nutrition. Her ground breaking
book Changing Habits Changing Lives (1998) became
an instant best seller and from there she has grown a successful
organic food company, certified online education
program, a ground breaking documentary and is currently
building a 60-acre organic food bowl which will be used
as an education centre for sustainable farming practices.
Daniel Farber Huang
Documentary photographer, explorer, visualist, gear enthusiast,
breaker and maker of things, number
cruncher, tangential thinker, Other. For the last 20 years,
Daniel Farber Huang has successfully collaborated with
Theresa Menders on documentary photography projects
as a husband and wife team, with a long-term focus on
women’s and children’s issues and poverty. Their collaborative
work is included in the permanent collections of
numerous museums, including the International Center of
Photography, New York Historical Society, Museum of the
City of New York, Museum of Chinese in America, New
York City Fire Museum, and the Library of Congress.
Their photography has been exhibited by the New York
Historical Society, Museum of Chinese in America, and
group shows including the Museum of Modern Art.
Ms. Dinette Rivera is Chief Empowerment Officer and
Founder of Rivera Business Development Group.
Her mission is to inspire the positive behavioral changes
necessary to become self-sufficient and self-reliant. She
helps her clients redesign their lives and businesses, to
enjoy more freedom. Her belief is that your life’s work
should help you live the life you dream of. What she shares
with her clients is a lifetime of education, experience and
knowledge about business and why people only learn
and grow when it matters to them on a personal level.
She enjoys traveling; nature photography and helping
people discover their own value. Her greatest treasure is
her family. How she serves others is through her work with
Dr Clint Rogers
Clint Rogers, Ph.D., is CEO of the organization called
Wisdom of the World - looking for the best things that
exist on the planet and how more people can benefit
As a university researcher and author of upcoming book
“Ancient Secrets of a Master Healer: A Western Skeptic,
An Eastern Master, and Life’s Greatest Lessons”, Clint has
studied intensively for the last 7 years with Master Healer
Dr. Pankaj Naram and the Siddha-Veda healing lineage
of the Himalayas. Clint has documented and captured
their secrets on how anyone can live to more than 100
years with vibrant health, unlimited energy, and peace of
mind - and will demonstrate instant and limitless benefits
for you in following the 6 instruments of Siddha-Veda.
Edward Van Gieson
Dr. Edward Van Gieson is an author, speaker, and founder
of Genius Zone Coaching in addition to his legal practice
as a patent attorney in Silicon Valley. He is currently writing
a book about Einstein’s creative process.
His education includes a law degree and a Ph.D. in
electrical engineering. His first career was as a laser
scientist in Princeton, New Jersey where Einstein spent the
last 22 years of his life. In Princeton, Dr. Van Gieson
walked the same streets Einstein once walked and
wondered what it would have been like to meet Einstein.
Dr. Van Gieson’s passion is finding ways to make the
secrets of Einstein’s creative genius “come alive” for
people trying to unlock their own creative genius.
Glory Crampton is an actress, recording and concert
artist, speaker and Author of the upcoming book “Discover
your Star Power. Take your life from Ordinary to
Extra-Ordinary” Ms. Crampton has sung as soloist to The
Three Tenors’ Jose Carreras at Radio City Music Hall with
The Orchestra of St. Lukes, as soloist for Presidents, Royal
Dignitaries, and is currently singing globally including a
recent tour in South America. she has starred in over 40
Broadway Musical theater productions, including the
recent premiere of Sheldon Harnicks’ “Rothschilds and
Sons”in NYC, (Archived at Lincoln Center & Original Cast
Recording,) She can be heard on14 recordings including
“All The Love I have”The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber
(jay records) and her solo CD “Unusual way” recorded
with The National.
Dr. Gustavo Grodnitzky is a speaker, consultant, psychologist,
and author whose diverse background brings a
unique and multidimensional perspective to his global
clients. After obtaining his Ph.D. in clinical and school
psychology, he completed post-docs in both cognitive
therapy and forensic psychology.
Since the year 2000, Dr. Grodnitzky has focused on engagements
with corporate clients, and he has worked
with Global 1000 companies around the world, as well as
with smaller, often family run, businesses. As a professional
speaker and consultant, he has delivered more than 1,000
presentations on a variety of topics.
When not traveling to see clients or give presentations,
Dr. Grodnitzky lives in the mountains west of Denver,
Colorado with his wife and his Black Lab.
JANINE DRIVER is the CEO of the Body Language Institute,
the NY Times Best-Selling author of YOU SAY MORE THAN
YOU THINK, an international trainer, an award-winning
keynote speaker, and a retired ATF Investigator.
Janine attained rank #1 in the «Inspiration» category in the
World’s Top 30 Body Language Professionals for 2017. In
2015, Janine was named one of the top twenty educational
trendsetters in the meetings industry by Meetings Today
Magazine. Janine is a popular media guest on NBC’s
TODAY, Harry Connick Jr›s show called HARRY, Steve Harvey
Show, CNN Morning Show,and more. She has been quoted
in publications, such as the New York Times, the Washington
Post, and Cosmopolitan.
Janine›s corporate clients include companies such as
Proctor & Gamble, Lockheed Martin, ADP, KRONOS,
Charles Schwab, Prudential, Remax, and YPO.
Jason Treu is an executive coach. He works with
executives and entrepreneurs on leadership and
Through his coaching, his clients have met industry titans
such as Tim Cook, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Peter
Diamandis, Chris Anderson, and many others. He’s also
helped his clients create more than $1 billion dollars in
wealth over the past three years and secure seats on
influential boards such as TEDx and xPrize.
His bestselling book, Social Wealth, the how-to-guide on
building extraordinary business relationships that influence
others, has sold more than 45,000 copies.
He’s been a featured guest on 500+ podcasts, radio and
TV shows. Jason has his law degree and masters in
communications from Syracuse University.
Jennifer is the fourth woman in the US and among only 41
people to achieve the world’s highest wine title, Master
of Wine. She has trained thousands in the wine and spirits
industry and judges in competitions around the world.
Jennifer is an accomplished author and a professor for
The Great Courses, The Teaching Company, and is on
the Board of Directors for La Cité du Vin in Bordeaux,
the global center for wine and culture. Additionally, she
helped develop Wine Ring, a firm using patented, highly
sophisticated machine learning technology to capture
and create wine recommendations using only personal
John Quinlan, a former boom-and-bust CEO from politely
posh Grosse Pointe, Michigan, found salvation in the pit
of himself by going way out of bounds on the other side
of the world. A woman’s joyous tough love helped a lot
as John insisted on improvising his business/consulting skills
with 2,400 rainforest coffee farmers in Papua New Guinea,
and ultimately reaped assassin bullets in return.
Amid all this, John bonded with a great chief, suffered
betrayal, dove deep and beyond, and arrived at why our
biggest strength against limits is – amazingly – vulnerability.
He asserts that vulnerability, ultimately, breaks down
physical borders and erodes inward fortresses.
He can be contacted at johnquinlan@growthstrategiesglobal.
com and 313-704-0059, and followed at @johnequinlan.
He blogs at http://www.taubada.com/blog/
John Legaré Williams
John Legaré Williams is President of The Williams Law Firm,
P.A. (TrustWilliams.com) with a focus on business entity law.
He also is President of Agents and Corporations, Inc. (Inc-
Now.com)[Gigi NOTE: This web address became hyphenated
in the copy and should not be hyphenated.] an
e-commerce incorporation service, serving as Delaware
registered agent for 16,000 entities, including Pinterest. He
is a frequent speaker nationally on the topic of Delaware
LLCs and in particular the Delaware Series LLC. He also
is the inventor of a US patent application for a “System
and Method for Processing and Dynamically Segregating
Business Assets”. Mr. Williams was ap pointed by the ABA
to serve as an advisor to the Drafting Committee of the
Uniform Protected Series Act.
Joia Jefferson Nuri specializes in executive presentation
coaching, media training, and message strategies.
She has written keynote addresses, congressional testimony,
and five TEDx talks. In 2009 and 2013, Joia planned
Presidential Inaugural Galas. Her media work began as a
technician for NBC and CBS where she became the first
African-American woman to serve as Technical Director
of Face the Nation and the CBS Evening News. Later she
produced for BET, NPR affiliates and C-SPAN. In 2012, she
delivered a keynote address before Organization for
Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Austria and
she also testified before a House Subcommittee.
Joia serves as a political analyst on NewsOne Now with
Roland Martin and other news programs.
Marla Blunt-Carter, a social worker and educator, strongly
believes that in order to change the world, we must
influence systems though honest dialogue and compassion.
She has done so herself by working with clients,
communities and prominent elected officials, including
Vice-President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama.
Most recently, Marla served as Senior Strategy Advisor on
the historic campaign of her sister, Congresswoman Lisa
Blunt Rochester, as she became the first woman and first
person of color to represent Delaware in Congress.
Marla’s love of social work was recently rewarded when
she was named “Outstanding Professor of the Year” at
Rutgers University-School of Social Work, where she strives
to make a difference for her students.
Mason was born and has been raised thus far in beautiful
Charlotte, North Carolina. His parents realized that he
had startling gifts very early in his development, and as a
result began homeschooling him when he was six years
old. Now at fifteen years old, he has already completed
two semesters of college through a program for gifted
students. He currently plans to earn finance and economics
degrees from UNC Charlotte and eventually work in the
world of finance.
In most ways Mason is a perfectly normal teenager. He
enjoys playing guitar, spending time with friends, and
designing computers. He built his first gaming computer at
age thirteen and has plans to build an even better one in
the future. He is also a boy scout, an amateur welder, and
a history enthusiast. He believes that while he has been
given many gifts, he owes his “no limits” outlook to the
many supportive family members and mentors in his life.
Melissa M. Root, Ph.D., is the founder and president of Root
Success Solutions LLC. She is also a certified school psychologist
and author of Picture Perfect: Video Self-Modeling for
Behavior Change. Her interest areas focus on improving
quality of life and human performance using proven techniques
such as video self-modeling and guided imagery.
Dr. Root is a former professor of graduate and undergraduate
classes in psychology, special education, and mathematics
and served the State of Connecticut to resolve
disagreements between school districts and families about
the education of children with intellectual disabilities.
Dr. Root is currently engaged in groundbreaking research
with colleagues at the University of Connecticut addressing
stress for women with ovarian cancer. Her study is combined
with the world’s first study of a personalized vaccine
for women with ovarian cancer.
Michael Goergen joined the U.S. Endowment for Forestry
and Communities (Endowment) in September of 2013 to
lead the Public Private Partnership for Advanced Woody
Biomaterials and Nanotechnology or P3Nano. He is committed
to bringing cellulosic nanotechnology from the lab
to commercialization, and is bringing together partners to
accelerate the devel opment of innovative uses of renewable
materials from forests. In addition to nanomaterials,
Michael focuses on creating markets for mass timber
products and advanced wood to energy systems.
Prior to joining the Endowment, Michael was Executive
Vice President and CEO of the Society of American
Forest ers. He has testified before Congress, worked with
the White House, partnered with federal agencies and
submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court.
Michael is co-founder and CEO of RapidSOS, an advanced
emergency tech start-up, commercializing technology to
predict and preempt emergencies before they occur and
ensure that first responders are one touch away globally.
Michael’s personal experiences around 911 challenges led
him to found RapidSOS in 2013. He has extensive xperience
in start-up commercialization, financing, and strategy.
Previously, Michael worked at Braemar Energy Ventures,
a New York-based energy VC firm and assisted nearly 50
companies commercialize their technologies and secure
over $2 billion of capital.
Michael holds an MBA with High Distinction from Harvard
Business School, where he received multiple awards. He has
been featured across national media including Forbes 30
Under 30, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times.
Michele Pollard Patrick
Michele Pollard Patrick is a certified Protocol Officer and
a business etiquette consultant since 1989. Her in-depth
knowledge qualifies her as an expert in the field of business
etiquette and protocol. Michele is the founder of
National Protocol, a multi level training organization based
in Washington, D.C.
Michele is a certified teacher, former corporate trainer for
Xerox Corporation and published author. She coaches
corporate and government executives on the interpersonal
skills that instill confidence and project professionalism.
She has been profiled on network and cable television as
well as featured in national newspapers and magazines.
Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, international
organizations, large law firms and universities have
made use of her services.
Rani St. Pucchi
Rani St. Pucchi is an internationally known, award-winning,
Bridal and Fashion Designer whose expertise has been
recognized in such media outlets as Entertainment Tonight,
Harper’s Bazaar, Town and Country, Bride’s, Cosmopolitan
Bride, Martha Stewart Weddings and The Knot. She is
the #1 Bestselling author of: Your Body, Your Style and The
Renowned for her savvy regarding women’s challenges in
loving and accepting their body Rani is passionate about
guiding women thru cultivating a loving relationship to self
so they may extend that love to others and build longlasting
In her #1 bestselling book, Your Body, Your Style, Rani walks
women thru simple but effective steps on dressing their
body no matter what shape or size they find themselves in.
With 13 years in the fashion industry, Sara A. Crawford-
Jones truly lives by her own quote; “Fashion isn’t just a
career, it’s a lifestyle”. She has used fashion as a platform
to provide awareness to social issues.
In 2004, she created her brand Anara Original. She has
been featured in LA and Philadelphia Fashion Week, and
publications such as Lucky Magazine and Teen Vogue.
Black Celebrity Giving named her a “Change Maker and
In 2016, Sara wrote her first book titled, The Playbook to
Essential Style- Learn, Build and Explore Your Style, which
developed into the Style Conversation multi-city tour.
Sara’s Talk “A Signature Pigment” will be expanding to a
book for a release in October.
Shane Coen has led the innovative landscape architecture
studio Coen + Partners for over twenty years. Based
in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the studio has built a distinguished
body of award winning work as a result of his
leadership, creativity and disciplined design approach.
Grounded in an approach of contextual minimalism,
Coen + Partners collaborates with the world’s leading
and emerging global design talent to create site solutions
that are rooted in place while embracing architectural,
programmatic and ecological goals with innovation
Shane serves the GSA Design Excellence Program on their
National Registry of Peer Professionals and is the Recipient
of the 2015 Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design
Award in Landscape Architecture
Simon Mikhailovich is a contrarian investor and a serial
entrepreneur. He grew up in Leningrad, USSR, and at 19
made it to the US as a stateless refugee with $100.
Simon is a living example of the American dream.
He graduated from the Johns Hopkins University in 1983
and worked in the investment business until co-founding,
in 1998, a successful investment firm that predicted and
profited from the financial crises of 2000 and 2008. In 2014
Simon co-founded Tocqueville Bullion Reserve to take
advantage of the upcoming opportunities in physical
gold and distressed assets.
Simon has been married for over 30 years, lives in NYC,
and has two grown daughters. His hobbies include
competitive sailing, history, art and literature.
Documentary photographer, explorer, math maven,
numbers crusher, big data wrangler, music maker, visual
artisan, Other. For the last 20 years, Theresa Menders
has successfully collaborated with Daniel Farber Huang
on documentary photography projects as a husband
and wife team, with a long-term focus on women’s and
children’s issues and poverty. Their work is included in the
permanent collections of numerous museums and cultural
institutions, including International Center of Photography,
New York Historical Society, Museum of the City of New
York, Museum of Chinese in America, New York City Fire
Museum, and Library of Congress. Their photography has
been exhibited by the New York Historical Society,
Museum of Chinese in America, and group
Tony Jeton Selimi
Tony J. Selimi is a human behavioural and cognition expert
internationally knowns as The See-Through Coach, who
specializes in assisting business owners from all market sectors
and Individuals from all professions to find solutions to their
personal, professional, and business problems so that they
maximise their human potential and achieve excellence in
the eight key areas of life; Spiritual, Mental, Emotional, Physical,
Business, Money, Relationship and Love.
Some of his clients include Celebrities, Entrepreneurs, and
CEO’s of companies such as Microsoft, SAP, Vandercom and
Deutsche Bank. Tony has impacted the lives of nearly 50 million
people with his bestselling books A Path to Wisdom and
#Loneliness, public speaking engagements, seminars, magazine
and TV/Radio appearances including being featured on
Brian Tracy show for ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and their affiliates.
His mission is to inspire one billion people to become purposeful
and disciplined masters of themselves and dedicated and
inspired leaders of others.
“One Love.” Those were the last 2 words of Tyrek Traylor’s
winning presentation at the 2017 Dr. Martin Luther King
Jr. Communication Contest held on January 15th, Dr.
King’s birthday. Prior to the MLK contest, Tyrek’s focus had
been science, not writing poetry and definitely not public
speaking. Thanks to the encouragement he received
from his English teacher, Tyrek stepped outside his comfort
zone and entered the MLK Communication Contest.
For the past 4 years Tyrek has attended Conrad Schools
of Science. He also competed as a member of KUDOS,
an organization which provides youth with opportunities
to help them succeed with their future academic endeavors.
He graduated in June and this fall will continue
his studies at Delaware State University where he will major
in biology, continue writing, and embrace student life.
Valerie Biden Owens
Valerie is among the first woman in the United States to
lead modern US Senate and Presidential campaigns.
She managed all of her brother Joe’s campaigns.
When not campaigning, Valerie focused on teaching
and politics. For 20 years as, Executive Vice President, Joe
Slade White & Co. and more recently, partner, Owens
Patrick Leadership Seminars; trainer, Women’s Campaign
International; Resident Fellow, Harvard’s JFK Institute of
Politics; and Senior Advisor to the United Nations 71st
At Harvard Law School’s International Women’s Day,
2015 Valerie was a keynote speaker, and received the
“Women Inspiring Change” award. She is Vice Chair of
the Biden Foundation and the Biden Institute, University
She and her husband Jack have three children.
Victor Furtado is the youngest of 9 homeschooled kids,
7 of whom are professional musicians. His older siblings
were taught music using the Suzuki method of instruction
which relies heavily on the students listening intensively to
the pieces which they will be mastering. So, while Victor
never had ongoing formal training, he was continually surrounded
by lots of classical, bluegrass, and old time music.
At age 9, he announced that he wanted to learn “that”
instrument, indicating one of the banjos scattered about
the family living room. Within 2 years, he had appeared
on “Woodsongs” radio show, and the following year,
when he was 12, he received an invitation on the Grand
Ole Opry to appear with Mike Snider and his band.
He won numerous adult competitions, including the
prestigious international Freshgrass competition in 2016.