Bernadette’s first career was over 16 years as Corporate IT Executive with large multinational corporations, including L’Oréal - one of the largest Cosmetic companies in the world, and 3 years with BNP and Paris Indosuez Banks. Bernadette's IT career took her from France to Hong Kong, and then on to Japan. Bernadette decided to put her career on hold to raise her family and took an 8-year career break to be a stay-at-home Mom. As she puts it, she was the “Chief Home Officer”! She then moved to Canada and, eventually, to her current home in California
Creative Strategist at Instagram and Facebook
“Brittany aims to amplify the beauty in everything, which is evident in her professional life as a Creative Strategist on the beauty vertical,
as a budding digital creator doing beauty tutorials on Instagram, and as a D&I advocate for small businesses, students and young professionals.
During her 9-5 as a creative at a large tech company, she works with beauty clients like Estée Lauder and L’Oreal, using her art direction and design skills to develop people-first ideas and strategic solutions.
Prior to tech, Brittany worked at various advertising agencies such as Wieden+Kennedy, and was named one of the Most Promising Multicultural Students by the American Advertising Federation. She was recently honored as Ms. ADCOLOR 2019 because of
her contributions to the the organization.
David Gerber is a partner, speaker, and coach with Novus Global, an executive coaching firm that works with Fortune 500 companies, professional athletes, and high-profile business leaders to develop lives, transform teams, and elevate companies to go beyond high performance. With over a decade of leadership development experience, David is passionate about helping people come alive and creating extraordinary results.
Committed to building and strengthening communities, David is a long-term volunteer with Defy Ventures, an organization that works with people in prisons and transforms the lives of business leaders and people with criminal histories through their collaboration along the entrepreneurial journey. With Defy, David emcees and facilitates sessions and coaches inmates on business plans. Locally he serves in leadership with the Rotary Club of Oakland.
Founder and CEO of PLOTT
David Xing is the founder and CEO of PLOTT, an award winning Extended Reality company that has won 9 innovation awards at CES, including 2 Best of category (Smart Home and AR / VR.)
David and Plott’s platform aim to close the loop between the virtual and the real world by weaving together a user’s ability to imagine and to create. Closing the loop between digital visualization and real world actualization.
David started out in analytics of a buy side fund that focused on “why and what’s next.” After he studied for his MBA at Cambridge, he was involved in a project with entities of the European Space Agency and fell in love with using data and innovation to solve age old problems.
Dr. Cynthia Barnett
Dr. Cynthia Barnett is a nationally recognized author, speaker, and coach. Her “refirement message” has been featured in US News and World Report, local newspapers, and TV shows. She was recently featured in The Wall Street Journal and in TIME magazine in its lead article about women in mid-life who have reinvented themselves. She is the recipient of the inaugural AARP Purpose Prize, which recognizes people over the age of fifty who have “used their wisdom and experience to revitalize their lives and make the world a better place.” She is a leading authority on how to “refire and reinvent, making dreams come true.”
Cynthia is currently living a refired life, paying it forward through her nonprofit program for girls, Amazing Girls Science, to help them ignite a spark for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math).
Dr. David Neuman
Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
David T. Neuman, MD is owner and clinical director of NY Sportscare, located in New York City, NY. He attended Cornell University and completed medical school at the State University of New York, Health Science Center at Brooklyn. David successfully completed a four-year orthopedic surgery residency and one-year Fellowship at Temple University, where he received specialty training in sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery.
David specialized in general arthroscopic surgery with a sports medicine philosophy. His practice philosophy includes utilizing physical therapy and home exercises to help an injured joint recover to a functional state. His primary goal as an orthopedic surgeon is to help people diminish pain and increase the function of a damaged joint. David believes that health and fitness are an important part of everyday life.
Dr. Melina Roberts
Naturopathic Doctor, Author of Building a Healthy Child and Founder/Clinic Director of Advanced Naturopathic Medical Centre in Calgary
Dr. Melina Roberts is a Naturopathic Doctor, Author of Building a Healthy Child and Founder/Clinic Director of Advanced Naturopathic Medical Centre in Calgary, Canada. She is recognized as one of the top Biological Medicine practitioners in North America. Dr. Roberts is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and a graduate of the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. She did a 2 year post-graduate study in Biological Medicine with Parcelsus Clinic in Switzerland.
“Think Big” Idea Summary
Imagine a world where we can change the health of our nation, just by the way we feed our babies. When we introduce the correct foods to our children right from the beginning of their lives, we build a healthy child from the ground up. This prevents childhood illnesses and future major diseases, giving our children the best lives possible and our future generation vibrant, thriving health.
Chief Wealth Architect
Garrett B. Gunderson tackles a topic (business growth, success, and prosperity)
that is critically important, yet normally neglected by most business owners
(mostly due to the painfully boring presenters in this field).
As the Founder of an Inc. 500 firm and author of multiple WSJ bestselling books
and hit the NY Times with Killing Sacred Cows.
A regular on ABC’s Good Money, he has also been interviewed by Neil Cavuto
on Fox, was kicked off CNBC, has been featured in over a thousand radio
interviews, been a guest on hundreds of podcasts and is also a paid contributor
He has spoken at MIT, multiple times.
If you want to transform your thoughts into profits, keep way more of what you
make, keep and grow your money without sacrifice or delay...
Garrett is your guy.
Cultural & Partnership Strategist Co-Founder CURLFEST and Strand x Strand
Believing that confidence in action results in impact, Gia Lowe co-founded CURLFEST, the first and fastest growing natural beauty festival with 45,000 guests annually, alongside Curly Girl Collective, an award-winning Activation Agency & community of a quarter of a million women, whose mission is to celebrate women of color & transform beauty culture. Simultaneously, she co-founded STRAND BY STRAND, an eco-all-natural headlice treatment product & service company.
As a thought leader and speaker, Gia lends her voice to broadening representation & equality for black women and empowering intra & entrepreneurs with tools to design the life, business, and relationships that support their success.
Named one of Essence Magazine's 50 Founders to Watch, Gia's work has been featured and celebrated in publications such as ABC News, Forbes, The Huffington Post, and The New York Times.
Founder, The Creative Collective NYC and Communications Director, Bravo/NBCUNIVERSAL
Imani is the founder of CultureCon The Creative Collective NYC, a community and creative agency dedicated to facilitating brave spaces for multicultural creatives. Born in Imani’s one-bedroom apartment as a means to foster meaningful connection, TheCCnyc has since parlayed into the fastest growing community devoted to creatives of color in NYC who are looking to cultivate relationships that go beyond the business card.
marquee event is CultureCon, the fastest-growing conference dedicated to creatives of color. Past speakers include Tracee Ellis Ross, Will Smith, Regina King, Lena Waithe, Spike Lee, John Legend, Nick Cannon and more. CultureCon is the first of it's kind ideas conference that caters to all aspects of creative and young professional life.
Laurel Steinberg, PhD
Clinical Sexologist and Relationship Therapist
Dr. Laurel Steinberg specializes in treating anxiety, sex, relationship issues, and psychogenic pain. She earned degrees at Johns Hopkins University, NYU and the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists and completed her clinical training at Columbia University. Laurel's professional experiences have also included being an adjunct professor of psychology at Columbia University and being a faculty member and professor of sexology at the American Academy of Clinical Sexologists, where she teaches Clinical Treatments of Male Sexual Dysfunctions. She enjoys regularly contributing to popular media articles and has dedicated her life to helping people enjoy harmonious relationships both with themselves and those they love.
Michele Thornton Ghee
Entertainment Executive (WME, IMG Sports, UFC), Honorary Doctorate, Author, Speaker, People Champion
Having managed over a billion dollars in revenue for some of the
biggest media companies in the world, Michele Thornton Ghee
currently serves as the EVP of Business Development
for 160over90, part of the Endeavor network which includes
talent agency WME, fashion and sports pioneer IMG, UFC, among
others. Michele and her team leverage long standing knowledge,
relationships and experience in coporate America to help clients
have an authentic conversation with their consumers by
immersing their brand in the midst of cultural conversations.
Ghee has authored three books: Stratechic: Life and Career Winning Strategies for Women,
Stratechic 2.0: Her Plan, Her Power, Her Purpose and Success On Your Terms.
Head of Partnerships at iFundWomen
Olivia Owens is the Head of Partnerships at iFundWomen, the platform for female entrepreneurs to raise capital through crowdfunding, grants, coaching, and the connections needed to launch and grow successful businesses. Olivia was a founding team member of iFundWomen, which launched in 2016 and continues to help women raise millions of dollars in capital. Her leadership brokered critical partnerships to help scale the business, including GirlBoss, The Riveter, and Systane. In addition, she supported the creation of iFundWomen’s proprietary coaching program and helped build-out one of the nation’s largest connected communities of women business owners through the platform. Olivia previously held positions at Under Armour in People & Culture and received her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland.
Chief Energy Officer at Coach Shanita, Inc
Shanita Liu, MPA, CPC is a first-generation Indo-Caribbean American born and raised in Queens, New York. As a certified professional coach, workshop facilitator, reiki practitioner, and CEO of Coach Shanita Inc., Shanita teaches people how to say bye to burnout. Her approach includes showing people how to tune into their hearts and reconnect to their courage, power, and strength so that they can stop sacrificing themselves and start leading healthier and happier lives.
Serial Entrepreneur and Co-founder of Change Catalyst
Wayne Sutton is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Change Catalyst and its Tech Inclusion programs. Change Catalyst builds inclusive tech ecosystems through strategic advising, startup programs and resources, and a series of events around the globe. Sutton’s experience includes years of establishing partnerships with large brands to early-stage startups. As a leading voice in diversity and inclusion in tech, Sutton shares his thoughts on solutions and culture in various media outlets where he has been featured in TechCrunch, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. In addition to mentoring and advising early-stage startups, Sutton’s life goal is to educate entrepreneurs who are passionate about using technology to change the world.