CEO, Alma Coffee
Retired President & CEO of Blair Corporation, a +$426 million direct marketer of apparel and home goods, Al Lopez was born in a small Honduran village and migrated to the USA in 1977, settling in Chicago.
After the U.S. Army and a stint as a factory laborer, Mr. Lopez enrolled in the University of Illinois at Chicago and graduated with honors in accounting in 1988. Since that time, his professional career has spanned a wide range of corporate experience, both in the U.S. and abroad. While continuing his professional career, Mr. Lopez, a firm believer in the opportunities afforded by education, has attended a wide range of academic institutions, graduating in 1999 with an MBA from Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management.
Bryce is an eighth grader from Woodstock, Georgia. He is a leader for his local chapters of National Junior Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America. He also works passionately with special needs students on a daily basis in his school and at select local events. For the 2019-2020 school year, Bryce was selected by Scholastic to join their ranks as a member of the Scholastic Kids Press, where he is one of 50 global kid reporters aged 10-14 who will report on news and stories for Scholastic. Kids Press articles are published online by Scholastic and in select classroom magazines. Prior to this, Bryce had written articles that were published quarterly for a magazine in his community. He was also the county level and overall winner of the 2018 North Georgia Water Planning District’s Annual Water Essay Contest.
I’m a 52 year old single Mom of 3, an entrepreneur and eternal optimist. On July 26th, 2017, I lost my only son Hudson, to suicide. On July 26, 2019, his 2 year angelversary, I set out in a 32 foot RV on a 35 day, 30 state Kindness Tour. This trip was to honor my son by doing 22 acts of kindness a day, in honor of his 22nd birthday that he was spending in Heaven. When Hudson was a high school student, he won a speech competition with a speech titled Fall Forward. This has since become his legacy and has been the catalyst for my speaking engagements and everything surrounding his story. I have inspired thousands of students and parents alike because of Hudson’s loss and I hope to continue to help others to know their worth because of Hudson.
The Joyful Vegan
A recognized expert and thought leader on the culinary, social, ethical, and practical aspects of living compassionately and healthfully, Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is a speaker, cultural commentator, podcaster, and award-winning author of seven books, including the bestselling The Joy of Vegan Baking, The Vegan Table, Color Me Vegan, Vegan’s Daily Companion, On Being Vegan, The 30-Day Vegan Challenge, and her newest book, The Joyful Vegan: Everything You Need to Stay Vegan in a World That Wants You to Keep Eating Meat, Dairy, and Eggs.
She is an acclaimed speaker and beloved host of the inspiring podcast, “Food for Thought,” which has been voted Favorite Podcast by VegNews magazine readers several years in a row. She launched a spin-off podcast called Animalogy in 2017. Along with fellow advocates, she recently formed a political action committee called East Bay Animal PAC to work with government officials on animal issues in the San Francisco Bay Area.
I'm 70 years old and believe sharing my hard found wisdom will benefit others. I had great parents and great family. We lived in an area that was called God's Country. I was an all district Tackle on my HS football team.
I married my high school sweetheart , Annie, in 1971. She worked, I went to Pharmacy School and worked part-time. I became a Pharmacist in 1975 and she became a stay at home Mom. Our son Danny was born 9/27/76. Lil Danny was a blond haired blue eyed beautiful boy. He brought us much joy. Our daughter Kristi came along in 1980 and completed what many called the Griswald family.
On 4/14/1999 our life changed. Our son was murdered while trying to buy drugs. Our story was told in in the Netflix docuseries "The Pharmacist". Now we are trying to build a nationwide movement to end the Opioid and Addiction Pandemic that has killed nearly a million since since my son died. I call our Mission "The Tunnel of Hope", as we hope to bring light to this dark National Tragedy.
Darryll Stinson is a former Division I athlete, dynamic motivational speaker and Founder of Second Chance Athletes. He’s been featured on FOX, ABC, NCAA, TEDx and some of the top podcasts in the United States. After going from suicidal to successful, Darryll uses his experience to help athletes and entrepreneurs shed their past stories, and create a massive impact that aligns with their highest purpose. Darryll is the author of the Amazon best-selling book Who Am I After Sports? An Athletes Roadmap to Discover New Purpose and Live Fulfilled. When he is not working, Darryll enjoys spending time with his wife and three beautiful daughters.
Board Certified OBGYN
Dr. Shapiro is a Board Certified OBGYN who has practiced medicine for over 3 decades. She has passed the Lifestyle Medicine Boards earning her DipABLM and FACOG certifications. She has been studying Plant-Based Nutrition for 8 years and is a Certified Health Coach and a Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator. Her passion is using nutrition and lifestyle medicine to prevent, treat and reverse chronic disease.
Dr. Massey is a world-renowned neuropharmacologist, pharmacogeneticist, life sciences professional, inventor and entrepreneur. Dr. Massey received his Ph.D. in Pharmacology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and subsequently an investigator at the Pritzker School of Medicine’s Drug Abuse Research Center at The University of Chicago. He has held leadership positions at Merck, Astra Merck, Quintiles, Scirex, Astra Zeneca, Scientific Commercialization, Litmus Molecular Design, SureGene, and GeneAlign and played a leadership role in placing 28 new drugs into human testing and 8 new drugs onto the market. While Dr. Massey was a professorship in Psychopharmacology at Vanderbilt University and a Visiting Scholar in Psychiatry at Northwestern University', he conducted research into the genetics, biological basis and pharmacological treatment of schizophrenia and serious mental illness. He is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Advanced Therapeutic Applications LLC.
Charles H. Kellstadt Professor of Business in the Goizueta Business School at Emory University
Jagdish N. Sheth, Ph.D. is globally known for his scholarly contributions in consumer behavior, relationship marketing, competitive strategy, and geopolitical analysis. Prof. Sheth has over 50 years of combined experience in teaching and research at the University of Southern California, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Columbia University, MIT, and Emory University. He is a recipient of the 2020 Padma Bhushan Award for literature and education, one of the highest civilian awards given by the Government of India.
He has authored or coauthored over 300 papers and several books. He is Founder and Chairman of India, China, and America (ICA) Institute as well as the Founder and Chairman of the Academy of Indian Marketing (AIM) which supports research and scholarship among Indian scholars in marketing and management. Professor Sheth and his wife, Madhu Sheth, have established the Sheth Family Foundation to support numerous charities in India and in the United States.
Jeanne Schumacher has has a doctorate in science and education and has taught for over 35 years. She is committed to inspiring people to change their health destiny through a non-toxic whole-foods, plant-based lifestyle. She is passionate about making a difference in the lives of others by teaching them practical ways to improve their health. She believes that food is our best medicine and helps us get our bodies back to a state of health. Schumacher is e a motivational speaker and educator on whole-foods, plant-based living as well as living without toxins. Her transformation to a healthier lifestyle began with a trip to the emergency room with a 105-degree fever, deadly high blood pressure and an unknown infection. Luckily, the physician who attended her was not only trained in medicine but also in nutrition and he would change her health destiny and her life. Schumacher has successfully earned her Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate through eCornell Center for Nutritional Studies.
Veterinarian and Animal Rescue
Dr. Michael Good, grew up in Mishawaka, Indiana, as one of six children. As a high school sophomore, he decided to direct his passion for animals into his career and become a veterinarian. Dr. Good attended Purdue University and entered the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine as a “Two-Year Wonder,” after completing his sophomore year in college. Dr. Good graduated veterinary school in 1978 and became a practice owner one year later.
Dr. Good is interested in all aspects of medicine and surgery pertaining to dogs and cats. His 40+ years of experience, and his efforts to continuously educate himself on the advances in veterinary medicine, have made him one of the most respected veterinarians in the Southeast. Dr. Good has won numerous awards, including the 1990 Cobb County Veterinarian of the Year, the 1991 Greater Atlanta Veterinarian of the Year, and the 1999 Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association Veterinarian of the Year.
Joe M. Turner
"Over the last twenty years, Joe M. Turner has shared his magic and mentalism with millions of people in theatres, on television, on cruise ships, at trade shows, and as a keynote speaker at conferences both in the United States and internationally. A former manager in a Big 6 consulting firm, Joe combines his corporate acumen and theatrical talents to help organizations create amazing experiences for their own audiences.
Joe served as the 2015-2016 International President of the International Brotherhood of Magicians, the largest association in magic with roughly 10,000 members across 88 countries. He has written reviews of magic instructional materials for Genii Magazine since 2001, influencing a generation of magicians with his opinions on good magic and good teaching. He has won several magic awards that you’ve never heard of, but he’s proud of them all the same.
Joe has a B.S. (Summa Cum Laude) in Physics & Chemistry Education from Mississippi State University. He is a member of the National Speakers Association, Mensa, the London Magic Circle, and the Academy of Magical Arts. He and his wife Rosemary have a daughter, Hayley, and a son, Preston. When not engaged in magic, speaking, or family activities, Joe is likely to be at a piano exploring his love of early 20th century standards and showtunes."
Massage Therapist + Author
Julie Donnelly graduated from the Swedish Institute of Allied Health in New York & was licensed as a massage therapist in 1989. She immediately began specializing in chronic pain & sports injuries in both professional & non-professional athletes. When she was unable to find anyone to help her with her own injuries, Julie began developing the Julstro self-treatments. This grew to a specialty she uses to help her clients stop pain even during a race, or whenever pain struck.
She has taught the Julstro Method of Osteopathic Muscular Therapy to physical therapists at the Cleveland Clinic and massage therapists around the USA. She has taught Julstro self-treatments to dancers at Juilliard School of Performing Arts, and to hundreds of athletes & non-athletes.
Julie is the author of 7 books, including Treat Yourself to Pain-Free Living, The 15 Minute Back Pain Solution, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You, The Pain-Free Athlete & The Secret to Your Best Golf Game EVER!
Motivation Speaker & Musician
"Australian born Karen is an international speaker, songwriter and concert artist whose voice is in over a billion GPS and smartphone devices worldwide. Through her songs, performances and speaking presentations, she entertains and inspires people to recalculate their way to their dream destination in life. Karen's show “Mackay to Manhattan” - A Musical Memoir is ideal for groups who want to take their people on a part concert, part motivational journey that leaves them elevated with powerful insights about their own lives. Karen’s timeless melodic songs, powerful vocals and message “It Is Never Too Late To Recalculate” leaves everyone energized and engaged with their potential."
Leonid & Roman Vorobyev
Leonid Vorobyev, founder of the hit band Leonid & Friends and his son, Roman Vorobyev, the band’s manager. Leonid & Friends music has reverse engineered great bands like Chicago, The Beatles, Earth, Wind & Fire, and more. In this interview, Leonid shares lessons that he learned about persistence, music, and pursuing one's passion - at any age. Learn from these two Russian ambassadors of peace who are uniting people with music.
End of Life Expert
When families experience great love, the potential for loss exists. A serial entrepreneur (from UPS Store franchise owner to gift basket retailer, day trader, youth and family director and, most recently, shooting instructor and co-owner of a luxury shooting experience in Jackson Hole), Lynn has woven her passions for end-of-life care throughout her professional pursuits.
As a former nurse, and end-of-life care nurse caregiver for now over 22 years, the importance of communication about our final stages of life hit home when Lynn’s daughter was diagnosed – and died – from lung cancer at age 25. Like the unexpected insights of loved ones and adored patients who had passed before, her daughter’s final gifts were priceless and have spurred Lynn to educate and advocate regarding the importance of end-of-life care and communication as a gift for the patient and for those who love them.
Technology & social media
Hall of Fame keynote speaker Terry Brock is a globally connected leading authority who works with organizations that want to leverage technology and social media for more customer engagement, productivity, and increased profitability. Terry is the former Dean of ACE Hardware’s Global Solutions Academy, the former chief enterprise blogger for Skype and former editor-in-chief for AT&T’s Networking Exchange blog (over 100 authors). He is known for presenting in a fun, engaging style that delights audiences as they learn practical ways to create compelling content which attracts customers and clients.
Terry is the former Dean of ACE Hardware’s Global Solutions Academy, the former chief enterprise blogger for Skype and former editor-in-chief for AT&T’s Networking Exchange blog (over 100 authors). He is known for presenting in a fun, engaging style that delights audiences as they learn practical ways to create compelling content which attracts customers and clients.
Conscious Leadership Advisor
One of Silicon Valley’s most renowned business advisors and coaches, Tom Eddington works with some of the most influential CEOs and non-profit leaders, advising them on organization development, effectiveness, change, growth, and conscious leadership.