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JP Pawliw-Fry

Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry taught executive education at Kellogg School of Management and now spends his time acting as an advisor to the US Army and Navy, Fortune 500 companies such as IBM, Mercedes Benz and Goldman Sachs and as performance coach to NFL, NBA teams, and Olympic medal winning athletes. He researches and writes on the variables that drive performance and leadership (his firm surveys over 40,000 people a month) and his book, Performing Under Pressure, The Science of Doing Your Best When it Matters Most, became a NY Times bestseller and was named by INC magazine as one the top 10 business books of the year.  Learn More


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Jessica Holmes

Celebrated Comedian, Author and Mental Health Advocate

Jessica Holmes has opened for giants like Seinfeld, Ellen, and Oprah. Combining stand-up, music and improvisation she performed at Just For Laughs and The Second City before starring in her own TV series The Holmes Show. Her hilarious take on life’s challenges as well as her unique knack for skewering celebrities have audiences in stitches. As a host and emcee, Jessica provides a performance filled with great off-the-cuff moments and interactions with the audience. Weaving her comedy in and out, Jessica maintains a great pace throughout the event, never losing sight of the bottom line: it’s your special event, and it deserves to be extraordinary. Learn More

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Chris Hadfield

Astronaut, First Canadian Spaceship Commander

A heavily-decorated astronaut, engineer and test pilot, Colonel Chris Hadfield became a worldwide internet sensation while serving as the first Canadian Commander of the International Space Station. His video of David Bowie’s Space Oddity — seen by hundreds of millions — was called “possibly the most poignant version of the song ever created” by Bowie himself.  Since returning to Earth, Colonel Hadfield has continued inspiring people globally as a top speaker, author of three internationally bestselling books, Masterclass teacher, co-creator and host of the award-winning BBC series Astronauts, and as co-host, with actor Will Smith, of the National Geographic series One Strange Rock.


Jade Simmons 

World-Class Concert Artist & Creator of Transformational MainStage Experiences

How do you get to be named Classical Music's "No.1 Maverick" ? By repeatedly defying expectations, delivering riveting performances and combining passion and innovation at every turn. Called a "musical force of nature", Jade Simmons is easily one of the most exciting and versatile artists on the scene today. Classically trained in piano performance at Northwestern and Rice Universities, Jade has eschewed the traditional recital in favor of taking her audiences on concert adventures that span Rachmaninoff to Rap. Today, she delivers stunning MainStage keynote presentations that potently combine music, virtuoso performance and riveting storytelling to speak into the hearts, minds and goals of a company’s most valuable resource…their people.  As a speaker and presenter, Jade's impact spans a multitude of industries and touches an incredibly varied demographic, from college to corporate. Her experiences blend uncommon inspiration with mind-blowing classical and original genre-bending music, all while driving home an organization's theme. In the last two years alone, financial services companies like Mass Mutual, Voya, Deloitte, RBC and Nationwide; biotech and pharmaceutical giants like Pfizer and Genentech; Innovators like Dow and Raytheon; universities like University of Michigan, University of the Pacific and Grand Canyon University (who brought Jade in for all 6 Fall commencement ceremonies), and important conferences like Simmons International Leadership saw fit to bring Jade in to power up their legions and their leaders.

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Melissa Agnes

Speaker, author, and business consultant Melissa Agnes has helped dozens of global brands and government agencies deal with crises, preventing and managing a wide range of issues before they become catastrophic. Her client list includes financial organizations, technology companies, healthcare organizations, government agencies, cities and municipalities, energy companies, global non-profits, and many others.  Melissa is a sought-after international crisis management keynote speaker. She travels the world speaking to organizations and audiences including NATO, Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Ministries of Foreign Defense, Ministries of Health, as well as a wide range of private and public companies, universities and non-profit organizations. She has had the honor of sharing the stage with members of the Ukraine government and the International Committee of the Red Cross.  A go-to source for the press, Melissa's recent press coverage includes Forbes, WSJ, VIBE Magazine, USA Today and more. Learn More


Risha Grant

Risha Grant is diversity personified. From her race, gender and lifestyle choices, to being a young, small business owner and tackling economic issues, every area of her life intersects diversity. She is also the founder & CEO of Risha Grant LLC, an award-winning diversity consulting and communications firm. Their mission is to utilize diversity communication strategies, tactics and training as a catalyst to create an inclusive culture in every company and community.  As an international speaker, Risha has worked with governors, NBA teams, mayors, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and other business and community leaders to reduce bias and further the understanding of Diversity & Inclusion. Through her interactive keynotes and deep-dive training sessions, Risha teaches and empowers attendees with Diversity & Inclusion tools to increase their bottom line and permission to get rid of their BS.Learn More


Stacey Hanke, CSP

Stacey Hanke is author of the book; Influence Redefined…Be the Leader You Were Meant to Be, Monday to Monday®. She is also co-author of the book; Yes You Can! Everything You Need From A To Z To Influence Others To Take Action. Stacey is founder of Stacey Hanke Inc. She has trained and presented to thousands to rid business leaders of bad body language habits and to choose words wisely in the financial industry to the healthcare industry to government and everyone in between. Her client list is vast from Coca-Cola, FedEx, Kohl’s, United States Army, Navy and Air Force, McDonald’s, Nationwide, US Cellular and General Mills. In addition to her client list, she has been the Emcee for Tedx. She has inspired thousands as a featured guest on media outlets including; The New York Times, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Thrive, SmartMoney magazine, The Economist and Business Week. She is a Certified Speaking Professional—a valuable accreditation earned by less than 10% of speakers worldwide. Learn More


Phill Nosworthy

Phill Nosworthy is an executive advisor, speaker and content creator in the subject areas that make business and life meaningful. His insights into personal mastery, leadership and career acceleration have gained him a cult following among high performers of leading companies the world over. He has worked in more than 50 cities and 30 countries globally and counts Microsoft, ING, Universal Music and the Commonwealth Bank among his long term clients. He is the co-founder and Managing Director of Switch Learning and Development, a transformative professional development agency with a reputation for challenging seasoned and high potential teams to even greater levels of performance. Learn More


Duncan Wardle

Having worked at Disney for 25 years, most recently as Head of Innovation and Creativity, Duncan Wardle now serves as an independent Design Thinking consultant, helping companies embed a culture of innovation and creativity across their organizations. Delivering a series of keynotes, workshops and ideation forums, his unique Design Thinking process helps people capture unlikely connections, leading to both fresh thinking and revolutionary ideas. At Disney he lead the innovation catalyst team, helping teams at Disney Animation, Lucas Films, Marvel, Pixar, Imagineering and Disney Parks to innovate, creating magical new storylines and amazing experiences for consumers around the globe. He is a multiple Ted X speaker and contributor to Fast Company. He teaches Innovation and Creativity workshops at Yale, UNC and UF. He holds the American Citizen Award presented at the White House, an Hons.  Doctorate from Edinburgh University and the Duke of Edinburgh Award, presented by Queen Elizabeth. Learn More


Spencer West

Spencer West: Author, Me to WE Inspirational Speaker and World Change Warrior.  The life of visionary and activist Spencer West has been marked by both obstacles and triumph. After losing both legs from the pelvis down at the age of five, he entered a world that might have easily defeated him. Instead, he tackled challenge after challenge, learning to navigate in a world set against those with disabilities. His many accomplishments and lessons learned along the way, led him to discover the techniques business leaders, professionals, educators and young people can use to redefine possible in their own lives and careers. Whether headlining corporate conferences, mesmerizing audiences in 20,000-seat stadiums, or leading volunteer excursions for youth and adults, Spencer’s words and actions have encouraged millions to stand up, face challenges and embrace change. Everyone leaves with pertinent lessons they can apply to redefine what their possible is.Learn More


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Cheryl Cran

Cheryl Cran is a future of work expert and in demand keynote speaker on change leadership, future of work, work trends and what it takes to successfully create the future of work. She is the author of the Amazon bestseller, “NextMapping - Anticipate, Navigate and Create The Future of Work” (MP Feb 2019). Her clients include Gartner, AT&T, Bell, Fike, ECI Solutions, Silkroad and more. Recent media impressions include, CNBC, Omni TV, Forbes, CEOWorld,,, and more. To find out more about Cheryl’s work check out 


Chris Mathers

Chris Mathers spent most of his life working undercover for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, US Drug Enforcement Administration and the US Customs Service. He is the author of CRIME SCHOOL: Money Laundering. Chris personally infiltrated criminal organizations in North America, the Caribbean, Latin America and Europe. Chris’ controversial style describes the secret underworld of gangsters and terrorists, in a candid, no-punches-pulled style. Chris is a popular media commentator and has appeared on television and radio interviews on CNN, PBS, MSNBC, as well as media outlets in Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia and the Caribbean and Canada.



Wayne Lee

Wayne Lee is a Hall of Fame speaker and an award winning entertainer who has presented to over 5000 audiences all over the globe for the past 20 years. He has appeared on national television shows and radio programs and has presented to clients such as IBM, General Motors and Princess Cruise Lines. Wayne's unparalleled keynotes and shows are designed to take organizations to their full potential. Wayne's unique combination of mental programming tools and comedy hypnosis demonstrations turn average events into transformational experiences for all involved.  


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