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SPEAKERS AND PANELISTS

Don McGrath, Ph.D. is an award-winning author and speaker, having written 50 Athletes Over 50, Vertical Mind: Psychological Approaches for Optimal Rock Climbing, and The Climb: A Leadership Fable About Navigating Challenging Change. He led high-performance engineering teams in Fortune 500 companies for nearly 30 years, and is also an accomplished rock climber, having scaled thousands of climbs around the world. He now combines his passions for rock climbing and achieving high-performance to help individuals and teams claim their own summits in their lives and their businesses.

As Co-Founder of Speakers Pathway Coalition, Don will take the stage a number of times sharing his knowledge on how to move people to action through speaking and how to publish a best-selling book.

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Jim Grant is a retired Master Sergeant who served 3 years on Active Duty and served a tour of duty in Vietnam (1969-1970). He served an additional 28 years in the National Guard and Reserves for a total of 31 years of service in the US Army. Jim was a Certified Instructor teaching a multitude of soldiers over his last 12-years in the Army. In addition, during this time in the reserves he owned a manufacturing business for over 20 years serving many Fortune 500 companies.

Jim is the emcee for the event and will share what he learned about making a successful transition back to civilian life. He will also share his experience with what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.

A survivor of cancer, Tamara Hunter, is determined to see that no one faces cancer alone. Now the Executive Director and Co-founder of a nonprofit that supports this mission named Chemo Buddies for Life. A 501(c)3, Chemo Buddies for Life is working to end isolation during diagnosis, treatment, recovery and the “new normal” life. This program, “The Buddies Network” believes in “Healing Through Connections.” Tamara has also created the Service Heroes Show and Program that is celebrating service through Facebook Lives. “365 Days of Awesome; Celebrate Success Through Service” highlights and honors a Service Heroes or Service Concept daily. It is Tamara’s goal to create a service driven movement that encourages us all to find our Service Hero inside.

In her talk titled, “”We’re Tough as Nails, Until We’re Not”, Tamara will share how when facing life’s challenges, it helps to have a “tool box.” With a few simple strategies, you can fuel your passion, building a future for yourself, your family, possibly your community and beyond.

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Bill Heinrich is a “High Level” Business Coach that specializes in personal transformation. With over 45 years experience as a business owner with a focus on personal transformation for the past 25 years. For the past 8 years he has taught clients from around the world how to live their true Life purpose. Bill’s entire focus with clients is on their “Inner Game” because this is the vein of gold that allows you to gain clarity, develop authentic responsibility and gain a clear path to your individual life purpose.

In his talk “The Energetic Path to Success”, Bill will explain how to tap into the most powerful resources available to you in life. When you have clarity about how to access the path to your personal power, your life improves for the better, immediately! Bill will also be doing demonstrations to show you exactly how to improve your life, your results and live your true life purpose.

Dr Jackson, “Sony” is both an army brat and our resident online marketing and strategy planner. Growing up on army bases all over the world, gave her a firm understanding of how very important communication with others, recognizing and celebrating differences as well as commonalities is. With a Bachelor’s degree in Art Studio, an MBA, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, she started her career as a Grants Writer, Lobbyist and Business Professor at a community college in Florida.

Dr. Jackson will ​be sharing, “Shifting Focus: The Paradox of Niches”​.​ This focuses on the counterintuitive impact of speaking to one person at a time, even with a large audience.

Angel Marie Monachelli is the Founder of the Shine On! Movement™. An award winning national best-selling author of SHINE ON!, a highly sought-after speaker, empowerment coach, and Reiki Master. She teaches others how to energize their life, have more joy and reduce stress for higher self confidence. Angel Marie lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with Shine, her awesome Australian Cattle Dog. In her spare time, she enjoys entertaining friends, travel, movies and play time with Shine.

In her talk titled “Change your Mindset, Energize your Life!”, Angel will share how to boost your energy with simple and practical exercises she will teach you.

Dr. Cruz graduated from college in 1988 with a B.S. in Medical Technology. Prior to Medical School, she taught English for one year in Bangkok Thailand. In 1989, Dr. Cruz began her formal career in medicine by attending Loma Linda University School of Medicine in California. During medical school, Dr. Cruz was part of a student / staff physician team, which provided relief work to the natives along the Amazon River. She graduated from medical school in 1993 and then went on to do her Internal Medicine Internship under the auspices of the U.S. Navy at the Naval Hospital, Oakland, California.

In her talk “Digest This”, Dr. Cruz will share a path to improved digestive health.

Monique Johnson is a social media strategy leader & personal branding expert (with an emphasis on using video) with 8+ years experience working in-house for major tech and digital media. She has been featured on Small Business Trends, Animoto, Social Media Marketing World, and more. Currently, she leads strategy at her social media & video marketing agency (LIVE Video Lab) for major brands (B2B and B2C) and Fortune 500 C-level executives.

In her talk titled, “How To Get Paid to Speak Using Video On Social Media Even If Nobody Is Following You…”, Monique will share how to create social videos that are entertaining even if think you are boring or deathly afraid of the Camera and will get you booked on stage.

Dr. E. Jaye Johnson describes himself as a “serial entrepreneur.” He has been an entrepreneur since the age of 6, having launched, developed and grown and consulted businesses in the real estate, personal development, media, and tech sectors. Jaye has perfected the marriage of business and art and uses this to create businesses that are out of the box and massive disrupters. As a trainer of NLP, Mental Emotional Release and Hypnosis, Jaye developed the Personal Evolution Protocol designed to hack human potential and create exponential breakthrough personal development results. Jaye has a Doctorate of Business Administration specializing in Entrepreneurship, an MBA specializing in Marketing. He also has a Masters in Fine Art Photography and Cinematic Arts. Dr. E. Jaye Johnson is passionate about and committed to being a “beneficial presence on the planet.”

Preston M. is a marketing consultant with over 15 years of experience in the corporate, startup and entrepreneurial-based digital web and online marketing world. By combining his love of cutting-edge technology, innovation and experience in business, Preston’s passion for mobile marketing and training is the driving force for his company.

Preston is the president of Java Logix a full-service mobile marketing company specializing in mobile app design, web design, social media marketing, search engine optimization and branding. NEW! Social WiFi Hotspot.

Preston has also coached and mentored a number of aspiring entrepreneurs and rising stars.

Versed in multiple industries, Koji has a keen sense of “bringing your story to life”. With 6 years of videography under his belt, Koji provides the tools needed to help businesses, corporations, speakers, musicians, and entrepreneurs bring their stories to the forefront of the masses. These tools help create digital assets which are extremely useful and highly demanded regardless of industry.

Koji will be giving a talk he has titled, “The Truth About Video”, where he will share his story on his passion for video production and how it has created opportunities to become a speaker along with why and how you can get started on a similar path today.

Barbara Toberg, RN, BSN worked as a registered nurse for over thirty-five years helping people achieve the health they desired, and after retiring two years ago started on her journey as an author and speaker. When Barbara was a teenager, she heard an intriguing story about her great-grandfather and why he spent five years incarcerated in California’s Folsom Prison. The family never spoke about this, so there were many unanswered questions and misunderstandings. Because of this, researching generational trauma and generational healthy living has become a passion for her.

In her talk titled “What We Don’t Know Can Hurt Us”, Barbara will share how the negative and even crippling consequences of untold stories of one’s life if kept secret or go unshared.

Greg Palka, is a 1986 graduate of the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Math Sciences. He holds a Master of Administration Degree from Central Michigan University with a concentration in organizational behavior and leadership. He commissioned into the Field Artillery, was an Army Operations Research & System Analyst (ORSA) and Space Operations Officer. He served in a variety of command & leadership positions in both peace and combat throughout 21 years of Army service. His decorations include, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, and numerous other awards and citations. After retirement from the Army, Greg opened his own Wealth Management Firm in Colorado Springs, Colorado where he focused on preservation and generational wealth planning. Greg was a nationally recognized speaker within the financial service industry because of his expertise in helping Colorado’s retirees protect their life savings, increase their retirement income and pay less tax. Greg now teaches and inspires people to live a better and longer life through Nutrigenomic Science and helps people create small businesses to provide a more abundant lifestyle and secure retirement.

In his talk titled, “From Colonel to Coach: Living Life after Active Duty Service” – Greg describes his journey from the darkness of PTSD and Divorce, to New Life, New Belonging, and New Hope through BIOHACKING and the Coalition of Entrepreneurs.

Charles Weber, DO is a board certified psychiatrist practicing from the Family Care Center (FCC) in Colorado Springs. He is exploring telemedicine options, especially for those remote Veterans. His primary focuses are assisting the DoD family members and Veterans, and increasing the psychiatric health for all of Colorado Springs. Dr. Weber enlisted as an infantryman in Jan 1989, then retiring from the US Army in Nov 2016. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1995, and Touro University College of Osteopathic Medical School in 2002. As a leader, Dr. Weber has presented at many conferences nationally and internationally, as well as done significant forensic work. He also is the president of the non-profit Colorado Veterans Health and Wellness Agency (CVHWA).
 
 

Nancy Darst is a performer, speaker, educator and author. Through her experiences in sports, gymnastics, trampoline, figure skating, flying trapeze and the amazing art of magic, Nancy has developed an informative and magical program that motivates and inspires others.

Through her life, Nancy has had amazing achievements but also faced many adversities where she learned to overcome them with her perseverance, determination, patience, and faith. She never gave up, and she learned to cope when the odds were not in her favor.

In her talk titled “Soaring to New Heights” Nancy will share how to get through setbacks and transitions. Nancy guides others through areas such as goal-setting, letting go, moving on, overcoming fears, and making things happen in one’s life.

Coach Sherry Winn is an in-demand motivational speaker, a leading success coach and seminar trainer, a two-time Olympian, a national championship basketball coach, and an Amazon Best Seller. She has written five books including, “Unleash the Winner within You: A Success Game Plan for Business, Leadership and Life.” Thousands, from small business owners to athletic coaches to corporate executives, have enjoyed Coach Winn’s powerful interactive and humorous WINNING presentations. Audiences rave about Coach Winn’s ability to enthusiastically deliver messages woven into humorous stories which are applicable for individuals within all levels of organizations. A passionate, sought-after author, speaker and business consultant, Coach Winn is characterized by friends, colleagues and clients as one of the most benevolent, perceptive and influential individuals in the business today.

In her talk “Unleash the Olympian Within You”, Sherry will share how while not every person dreams of being in the Olympian Games, but most people dream of living the life of a champion. Whatever your goals are, you must have an Olympian attitude to achieve them. If you’ve ever allowed fear to stop you from achieving your goals, then you are not alone. Most people bury their dreams in the graveyard of fears. Coach Winn shares with you how to unleash the attitude needed to be the champion you were born to be.

Dr. Jeffrey Benton went to school and received his doctorate in Biology at California State University Northridge

Received his doctorate in Chiropractic from Southern California University of Health Sciences

Is a licensed Chiropractic Physician (DC)

Has shared the stage with Bill Walsh and Greg Reid

He was featured on CBS nightly news

Is a Certified Traditional Naturopath (CTN)

He Developed the Emotional Trauma Release Technique and the Author of The Ultimate Guide to Releasing PTSD and other Traumas

Anthony Padilla is a world class Motivator, Entrepreneur, and Coach.

His mission in life is to inspire everyone he crosses paths with. Anthony comes from a troubled and difficult background and he will share more of this story with you, and how it allows him to connect with others who may struggle and make a difference in their lives.

In his talk titled, “A New Beginning”, Anthony will share about a transformational story he took, which took him from a very dark place to living a free and fulfilled life.

Veterans have experienced trauma or severe life stressors for their tour of duty. It is common for their lives to unravel.  Dr. Pinkney’s passion developed from Dr. Carl Jung’s writing, is healing people who have been through a traumatic/stressful experience. His work on the integration of Expressive Arts, Tai Chi Chuan, and Nutritional Neuroscience to address psychophysiology behavioral presentations is groundbreaking in building better brain body balance.

James has 28 years enlisted and commissioned service in the U.S. Army; 15 years with background in addiction, correctional psychology, marriage family therapy, mediation, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, Post Cardiac Surgical PTSD, and Physiological Restoration.

Dr. Post has taken her 30+ years of business design, system engineering, and information architecture and combined it into her role as a Certified Social Media Strategist and a Social Media Systems Engineer™. Dr. Post offers teaching, training, coaching, consulting, and speaking on subjects as diverse as social media, leadership, generations in the workplace, and technology in education. Dr. Post is Founder/CEO of The Post Institute: Center for Life-Long Learning. She is an award-winning Teacher, Leader, Speaker, and a Fellow of the Beta Phi Scholarly Society at Exeter College, University of Oxford, England.

In her talk titled “Finding and Using Your Authentic Voice for Social Media Success”, Michelle will share how to find and use your authentic V.O.I.C.E. (Value – Original – Influence – Change – Engage) for social media success.

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