Abby Havermann is a transformation junkie, authenticity enthusiast, and life-long seeker of truth and social justice. Her longing to discuss elephants in living rooms led to a career in psychotherapy, where she created a shame-evaporating space for people to hear their otherwise bullied intuitions.
Now a dynamic coach, speaker, writer, and trainer dedicated to facilitating sustainable change, Abby combines her neuroscience study, teaching people how to re-wire their brains, adapt, and transcend prior limitations.
Abby weaves warmth, wit, and vulnerability into her work with individuals and organizations. She’s a best-selling contributor to The Beauty of Authenticity, featured in Letters to Me, a contributor to Kiplinger magazine, and is currently working on her memoir, House of Cards.
Songwriter & Storyteller
Darcy Nelson is a Denver based vocalist and songwriter who shares heart centered stories and melodies about love, longing, loss, and shadow side. Channeling a blend of sweetness and sass, her vocals are rich and lilting and her truth-telling acoustic style has been influenced by folk, country, jazz, indie-pop, and spoken word.
Nelson left her home state in 2018 on a soul quest for a fresh start in sunny Colorado. The freedom and anonymity of a new setting allowed her to find and share her voice as an artist and troubadour.
Her debut single released on all streaming platforms in July 2022 followed by a soundtrack single for the short film, Outlawz, shot in her hometown, Tacoma, WA.
Nelson continues to hone her craft and develop a multi-genre sound while working as an independent musician and self employed marketing consultant. Her debut album will be released pending funding.
Donna Lynne has had a 47 year career in public service and not for profit healthcare organizations. She has served as the Lieutenant Governor and Chief Operating Officer for the State of Colorado, focusing on accountability, transparency and performance measurement. Her healthcare roles include CEO of Denver Health, COO of Columbia University Medical Center and Executive Vice President of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan. Her passion for public service and health care comes from a belief that everyone deserves access to essential services. Her Tedx talk looks back on certain defining moments in her life, her career choices and a call to action for each of us in the post-pandemic world. Donna finds the following quote to be the most inspiring “The purpose of human life is to serve and to show compassion and the will to help others"
Critical Illness Survivor + Critical Illness Psychologist
Dr. Brittany Clayborne has the mind of a doctor and the heart of a patient. Her life journey is a testament to the tenacity of intent.
She is a stage four cancer survivor and heart transplant recipient who earned her master’s degree during a 9-month hospital stay as she waited to receive a donor heart. Later, she earned a Doctorate of Psychology while undergoing aggressive cancer treatments.
Dr. Brittany is an International Bestselling Author and creator of The Maverick Evolution© and THRIVE Therapy©. She is Chair of the Patient Committee for the Heart Failure Society of America and a fierce advocate -- and educator -- for organ donation. But the most important role Dr. Brittany plays is that of Micah’s mom. Together, they support the emotional and psychological health of kids and adults through their non-profits, Brittany Speaks and Micah Gives.
You can connect with her on social media @drbrittanyspeaks.
Equity, Inclusion & Diversity Expert
Dr. Dwinita Mosby Tyler is the Chief Catalyst and Founder of The Equity Project, LLC – a consulting firm supporting organizations and communities in building diversity, equity and inclusion strategies. She is the former Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Inclusion Officer for Children’s Hospital Colorado – the first African American woman to hold that position in the organizations 100+ year history. She is also the former Executive Director of the Office of Human Resources for the City and County of Denver – the first African American woman to hold that position in the 65+ year history of the agency. Dr. Mosby Tyler, a consultant accredited by the Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence and recipient of the Cornell University Diversity & Inclusion certification, is nationally recognized for her equity work with non-profit, community, government, and corporate organizations.
Pediatric Oncologist, Author, Speaker, and Fierce National Advocate for Cultural Change in Healthcare
Dr. Tammie Chang is a pediatric oncologist, author, speaker, leadership coach, and fierce national advocate for cultural change in healthcare. She is the Co-Founder of Pink Coat, MD, the Co-Founder of ELEVATE, the American Medical Women's Association’s Leadership Development Program for Women Physicians, and the Medical Director of Provider Wellness for MultiCare Health System.
She is the author of Boundaries for Women Physicians, the co-author of How to Thrive as a Woman Physician, and the creator and host of the LeadHER Podcast for Women Physicians.
She has received numerous awards: Women We Admire’s Top 50 Women Leaders of Washington for 2022, the 2022 American Stevie Business Awards Gold Maverick of the Year and Woman of the Year, and Health 2.0’s 2022 Outstanding Healthcare Leadership Award.
Dr. Chang received her M.D. degree from Brown University and completed her training at the University of Massachusetts and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Youth activist & award-winning public speaker
Eva, a senior in high school, has been a public speaker since the 4th grade. She recently ranked 11th in the nation for public speaking with the Future Business Leaders of America. She loves public speaking because of the platform it gives her for inspiring others. In her talks and in her daily life, she challenges others to look at things from a fresh perspective and to question the status quo. Eva is especially passionate about amplifying the voices of women and youth. She hosts a podcast called Venom, in which she interviews women in power positions with the goal of inspiring young women to break through barriers. In her TED talk, she will be speaking about why we should teach kids and teens to use social media as a helpful resource instead of allowing it to be a destructive force.
Activist & Founder, Crazy Good Life Project
I’ve faced bipolar 2 Disorder all my life. The more career stress I felt, the more vulnerable I became, and the older and less resilient I was, the less I was able to cope.
When my own highs became too high and my own lows too low, I knew I couldn’t get control of my life by myself. My marriage was rocky, my family estranged. I began to have suicidal thoughts. That’s when I knew I needed help. I went to a therapist and was diagnosed with Bipolar 2 Disorder. I took control of my life by going to therapy, taking my meds and my doctor prescribed, to my surprise, a Psychiatric Service Dog, I just needed to find the dog.
Gracie came into my life. We saved each other.
This is why I founded The Crazy Good Life Project. At crazygoodlife.com, we encourage real conversations around all issues related to mental health, including meds, therapy and role of PSDs. CrazyGoodLife.com For More Information.
Founder, The Growth Circle + Public Speaker
"Karla Merrell is a Panamanian immigrant on a mission to elevate the pursuit of community and growth for women. She is the founder of The Growth Circle, an online community that offers accountability, support, and guidance for women 40+ looking to reach beyond motivation for consistency and fulfillment in all areas of their lives. She leads The Growth Circle running group, an 8- week training program that helps women celebrate their bodies, challenge their minds, and build confidence through completion of a 5K race.
A former attorney, Karla traded the security of the role for the adventure of entrepreneurship in founding her event and strategy logistics company. She has dedicated 10+ years to helping female speakers, coaches, and thought leaders create platforms for their messages, connect with the right audiences, and scale beyond the stage.
As a speaker and community leader, Karla aspires to inspire women around the world to embrace curiosity as the path to their personal growth."
Brand Experience Strategist
Keo Frazier’s career and focus of her life’s work is to enhance the human experience, be a brand expert and strategic marketer; all for the betterment of our communities. She is an executive leader with proven success in marketing, communications, strategic leadership, brand engagement and public affairs. Ms. Frazier is an entrepreneur at heart and has founded and owned seven companies. She is currently the founder of New Thinkers and the Director of Communications and Public Affairs at Denver Housing Authority.
Ms. Frazier has earned several awards, including being named Denver Business Journal’s Top 40 under 40, Outstanding Women in Business, and the Most Powerful Women in Colorado.
Ms. Frazier is civically-minded and has served on nearly 20 nonprofit boards. She is an alumnus of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation Leadership Denver, Legacy Denver, Colorado Experience, Downtown Denver Leadership Program, and the President’s Council for Cornell Women, among others.
Community Builder & Mental Health Professional
Lauren Ross is a clinical social worker and leader in the field of school mental health. With over 22 years of experience in public education and clinical settings, Lauren is passionate about creating spaces of belonging, support and resilience for youth and families. Lauren currently works at Cherry Creek School District where she serves as a leader of the mental health team. In 2019, she trained under Brené Brown to become a Certified Dare to Lead Facilitator; she has brought this training to the public education and nonprofit sectors to build courageous leadership skills with the amazing humans doing hard and important work. In 2022 she shared the story of Project Village on the stage of TEDxCherryCreek, encouraging all of us to show up in social media space with greater courage, compassion, connection and community. She lives in Denver, Colorado, with her amazing musical husband David, as well as their two children (Jade and Maya) and their schnoodle (Oreo).
Physician, Mom, Life Coach, Rare disease advocate
Dr. Maggie Kang is the Founder and CEO of MaggieKangMD LLC, a life coaching program she created to help moms of kids with chronic needs.
For three years, Dr. Kang helped her nine-year-old daughter regain her strength after she was diagnosed with a rare disease called neuromyelitis optica (NMO). The ordeal motivated Dr. Kang to shift her focus from radiology to mental well-being. Now a certified Life Coach, Dr. Kang dedicates her time to supporting families in the rare disease community.
A tireless advocate for her daughter and for patients living with NMO and rare diseases, Dr. Kang is an ambassador to the Sumaira Foundation and works with the Guthy-Jackson Charitable Foundation to increase awareness of rare diseases and to champion rare disease legislation and research.
Dr. Kang received her BA from Cornell University and her MD from the Medical College of Virginia. She completed her medical internship and diagnostic radiology training at Yale New Haven Hospital.
Former Executive turned Speaker & Coach
Reagan Cannon is a dynamic speaker and coach with over 20 years of experience at Amazon and AT&T who empowers career focused women to become high-impact executives.
Data Engineer + Founder
Sarah Adewumi is a Science Communicator and woman in Technology at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), who as a former pageant queen, strives to show young girls and women that they can be multifaceted in STEM.
Adewumi is also the founder of ‘Next Gen in STEM’, whose goal is to empower and promote the education of the next generation of leaders in the STEM industry. Sarah connects with leadership-focused organizations all over the globe and utilizes her platform to empower youth to spread their wings, shatter glass ceilings, and pursue their calling, while promoting diversity and inclusion in STEM.
With a passion for both science and style, Sarah emphasizes that femininity and intelligence are not mutually exclusive. She encourages young girls to follow their dreams and strive to become leaders in any industry they may be in.
Founder | Author | Speaker
Stacy Taubman has a proven track record of inspiring ideas and action in others. Not just identifying problems - anyone can do that - but developing strategic, impactful solutions and achieving measurable success is where Stacy shines. During her time as CEO of three successful startups, Stacy was recognized by NBC News, USA Today, Good Morning America, Bloomberg, and ELLE Magazine as a leader in the multi-billion-dollar coworking industry, and received countless awards for her innovation and leadership.
A highly sought-after speaker and moderator, Stacy captivates audiences large and small through authentic, vulnerable, and insightful discussions. Among her most memorable engagements were moderating repeated discussions with Sarah Friar, CEO of Nextdoor; as well as fashion designer and business mogul Nicole Miller.
An immigrant from Nigeria, Tinuke Fawole is a Criminal Law and Child Welfare Law Attorney and passionately advocates for her clients in the Criminal Justice System. She is also a former State Prosecutor. Tinuke is a Parenting Thought Leader and an expert in helping parents navigate the challenges of immigrant parenting.
Tinuke is the host of the YouTube channel, Optimum Families and is an International Speaker and Relationship Coach. She is the author of The Immigration Gap and Master of My Destiny. Tinuke travels all over the world, speaking and giving workshops and seminars for various organizations, companies and conferences and the impact of her expertise is measurable.
Tinuke has been happily married to her college sweetheart, Alaba for 37 years and they are blessed with four happy and well-adjusted children, two amazing sons in law and adorable grandchildren.
Tinuke loves traveling and spending time with her family. She lives in Snellville, Georgia with her husband.