Marie C. Wilson is a feminist leader, author and social entrepreneur who has created and led women’s organizations for the past forty years. She is Founder and President Emerita of both The White House Project and the Ms. Foundation for Women. She was co-creator of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day and author of Closing the Leadership Gap: Add Women, Change Everything. Wilson has been profiled extensively in the national media, including in The New York Times Public Lives column and in O Magazine. She has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN and BBC and she has spoken on National Public Radio. Wilson has received four honorary doctorates including a doctor of divinity from the Episcopal Seminary in Boston. In the 2013-2014 academic year, Barnard College’s Athena Center for Leadership Studies announced an inaugural program to recognize distinguished leaders of the public and private sector. Wilson was one of three leaders conferred the title Athena Distinguished Fellow, an exceptional honor.
Ed Gurowitz is a psychologist, author, and pioneer in the field of organizational transformation. As Founding Partner at Gender Leadership Group, his most recent work has been on inclusive leadership. He focuses on engaging men as partners with women leaders to create powerful synergies by leveraging differences rather than merely managing diversity. According to Dr. Gurowitz, the groups’ entire focus is on the business value of creating a full partnership between women and men. ”We are committed to a transformation of the gender perspectives that shape an organization’s engagement with all stakeholder groups: customers and partners, employees, investors and the global community”.
Jennifer Best is a Certified Family Life Educator and youth development educator for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Scott County. She provides training and consultation services for schools and agencies, as well as works directly with families and youth on human development issues. Jennifer has been an adjunct faculty member for Scott Community College for ten years, and at St. Ambrose University for four years. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master’s of Science in Education from Western Illinois University. Her post-graduate certification is in Family Life Coaching from North Carolina State University; along with a certification in Human Development and Family Studies. She is a Board Certified Coach, and a frequent presenter at national, state and local conferences.
Darla Ami is a high energy speaker, author, and lifestyle coach who helps others navigate life’s choices by imparting awareness and hope with a healthy dose of life skills. She offers programs and private coaching on the topics of attitude, life balance, change management, customer service, and speaking skills. Her life strategies and experiences have been featured on CNN.com, MSNBC’s online magazine, Self Employed magazine, The Daily Buzz/Head Drama, iVillage, the Grindstone.com, Reuters.com, and VoiceAmerica and BlogTalk radio in addition to her ‘Full Plate No Fork’ newsletter and book.
Judy Cavallo, M.S. is a Communication Skills Expert and an Executive Speech Coach. She founded NY Speech Solutions in 2004 to transform business professionals into strong, confident and successful speakers. As a licensed speech-language pathologist and certified accent reduction specialist with 20 years of experience, she is uniquely qualified to deliver critical techniques that impact her clients’ communication skills and ultimately, their success in business. Judy’s clients range from small business owners to CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and many individuals who similarly benefited from her services.
Susan Collins is the Executive Director of The Transition Network (TTN). Before joining TTN, Susan founded Collins Consulting Group. She used her expertise in leadership development, sales, marketing, operations and process improvement to teach business owners how to lead their teams to better performance. She worked with clients to clarify the roles and responsibilities of their employees, and trained on effective interview, hiring and management techniques. She also created marketing plans and consulted on effective sales management.
Jennifer Kahnweiler, Ph.D. is hailed as a “champion for introverts.” Her books, The Introverted Leader: Building on Your Quiet Strength and Quiet Influence: The Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference have sold over 60,000 copies and been translated into ten languages. Jennifer has worked with GE, AT&T, NASA, Pfizer, Turner Broadcasting, the CDC and the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam. She is on the faculty of the American Management Association and she is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), granted to only 8% of the National Speaker’s Assoc. and heads up the Global Task Force of the Berrett-Koehler Author’s Co-op.
Jaime Nack, M.S. is the founder and president of Three Squares Inc., a cutting edge sustainability consulting firm specializing in developing comprehensive sustainability plans for corporate entities, government agencies and academic institutions. Jaime has a master’s degree in public policy/international trade and is responsible for producing many of the nation’s largest environmental conferences. In 2013, Nack launched One Drop Interactive – a cloud-based employee engagement platform maximizing sustainability management and cost savings.
Glenda Clare, Ph.D. is a Behavioral Health Management Consultant. Her education and work experience are in the fields of public health and behavioral health. Human performance improvement is the focus of her work with interdisciplinary organizational leaders. She has worked with culturally diverse staff and client populations. Dr. Clare is also the host of the “We All Got ISSUES” radio talk show.
Janet Salem, LMHC, CEAP, BCC is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Certified Employee Assistance Professional, and Board Certified Coach who has worked in the field of behavioral health and management for thirty years. Janet is passionate about assisting leaders to achieve personal and professional growth. Her work as a Certified Employee Assistance Professional has provided opportunities to work with individuals and organizations confronting workplace and organizational changes and to guide them to develop strategies to achieve successful outcomes.
Randy Block, M.S. is an Executive Coach and Speaker who draws upon his long experience in the executive search, employment, and HR fields. Randy specializes in helping Boomers, as well as all levels of professionals focus on issues of career transition, changing careers, choosing a career direction and corporate positioning, finding opportunities for self-employment, freelancing, and consulting. A graduate in business from Cornell University, he holds certificates from the Career Planning and Adult Development Network, Career Coach Academy, and the Retirement Coach Institute.