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Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
New York Times bestselling author
Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

New York Times bestselling author

"Ibram X. Kendi is a #1 New York Times bestselling and National Book Award-winning author, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. His relentless and passionate research puts into question the notion of a post-racial society and opens readers’ and audiences’ eyes to the reality of racism in America today. Kendi’s lectures are sharp, informative, and hopeful, serving as a strong platform for any institution’s discussions on racism and being antiracist.

Kendi is the author of Stamped from the Begining: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, and The Black Campus Movement, which won the W.E.B. Du Bois Book Prize. He is also the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers, How to Be an Antiracist, and Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, a young adult remix of Stamped from the Beginning, co-authored with Jason Reynolds. He most recently authored the #1 Indie bestseller, Antiracist Baby, available as a board book and picture book for caretakers and little ones. Kendi alongside the award-winning historian Dr. Keisha N. Blain edited the upcoming Four Hundred Souls (February 2021), a choral history of African Americans covering four hundred years in the voices of ninety writers.

Kendi is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News correspondent. Kendi has published numerous essays in periodicals, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, The Huffington Post, and The Root. Kendi has received research fellowships, grants, and visiting appointments from a variety of universities, foundations, professional associations, and libraries, including the American Historical Association, Library of Congress, National Academy of Education, Lyndon B. Johnson Library & Museum, Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, Brown University, Princeton University, Duke University, University of Chicago, and UCLA. He was a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow. He will also become the 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for the Advanced Study at Harvard University. Kendi lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
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Jason Reynolds
New York Times best-selling author
Jason Reynolds

New York Times best-selling author

Dr. Karen Reivich
Director of Resilience and Positive Psychology Training Programs | University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Karen Reivich

Director of Resilience and Positive Psychology Training Programs | University of Pennsylvania

"Karen Reivich is the Director of Resilience and Positive Psychology Training at the Positive Psychology Center of the University of Pennsylvania where she also serves as an instructor for the Master of Applied Positive Psychology Program. She is a leader in the fields of resilience and positive psychology and travels the globe delivering customized workshops and providing consultation to organizations looking to create and maintain resilient and thriving organizations.

Dr. Reivich completed her B.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Reivich’s work focuses on helping educators, organizations, healthcare professionals, the US Army and first responders promote resilience and well-being in themselves and those they serve. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Department of Education.

Dr. Reivich’s scholarly publications have appeared in a variety of academic journals including Psychological Science, Journal of Early Adolescence, School Psychology Quarterly, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, and Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. She is a co-author of the books The Optimistic Child and The Resilience Factor.

Dr. Reivich is the mother of four and dabbles in photography to enhance her well-being.
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Michael Jr.
Comedian, Author, Director
Michael Jr.

Comedian, Author, Director

"Known as one of today’s most gifted comedians, Michael Jr. brings laughter and understanding to audiences all over the world. Michael got his start performing at the legendary Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach: home of Jay Leno and “The Tonight Show.” This outstanding performance led to Michael Jr. performing at the “Just for Laughs” comedy festival in Montreal where he became the first comedian to ever appear live via satellite on “The Tonight Show” which catapulted Michael’s career.

Now, Michael Jr. tours the country using comedy to inspire audiences to activate their purpose and live a life fulfilled. His impactful delivery and versatility has landed him on The Tonight Show, The Late, Late Show, Oprah, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Comedy Central, TedX Talks and a keynote for Fortune 500 companies.

Michael has spent a significant portion of his career making laughter commonplace in uncommon places such as homeless shelters and prisons, in addition to empowering his audiences with an appearance in Sony Pictures' feature film War Room as well as a starring roles in Selfie Dad, and MORE THAN FUNNY.

Michael’s motivating comedy specials, Laughing on Purpose and MORE THAN FUNNY are also available on DVD.

On the home front, Michael is happily married. He and his wife are the proud parents of five beautiful children."

Dr. Carrie Arnold, MCC
The Willow Group & Fielding Graduate University
Dr. Carrie Arnold, MCC

The Willow Group & Fielding Graduate University

"Carrie Arnold, PhD, MCC
In addition to serving as Director of the Evidence Based Coaching Program at Fielding Graduate University, she is the principal coach for The Willow Group. She is author of the book 'Silenced and Sidelined: How women leaders find their voices and break barriers.'

Dr. Arnold trained as a leadership coach at Georgetown University through their Center for Continuing and Professional Education. She is certified by the International Coach Federation (ICF) as a Master Certified Coach (MCC) and a Board Certified Coach (BCC). She holds three degrees from Fielding Graduate University, including a PhD in Human Development. She is also a Fellow with the Institute for Social Innovation and continues post-doc research on voice and silencing."

Luann Barndt, Ed.D., PCC
Axiom Quest
Luann Barndt, Ed.D., PCC

Axiom Quest

"Sensing her greatest fulfillment came from supporting leaders’ growth and development, Luann refired into Leadership Coaching with a vision of guiding explorers to Embody Life More Fully!

Embodying her belief that challenges can be transformed into unexpected opportunities, Luann continuously tests her own learning edge to navigate toward new horizons. Growing through challenges, distinct from bouncing back from them, Luann strengthens her own resilience to guide leaders to successfully navigate through Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity (VUCA) toward the Human Becomings we aspire to be.

Through her personal experience and doctoral research, Luann emphasizes that accessing our embodied wisdom increases capacity to learn quickly and lead masterfully in our VUCA environment.

Guided by her personal pursuit of lifelong learning and developing, Luann guides leaders to achieve breakthrough results through powerful practices leading to new ways of being enabling us to enact what we care most about."

Barbara Beizer
Resilience Lab
Barbara Beizer

Resilience Lab

Presenters, Barbara Beizer, Nancy Reller and Wendy Luke are all co-founders of Resilience Lab and graduates of the Georgetown Executive Certificate in Leadership Coaching program. Having worked in the resilience space for over 5 years with various groups such as nurses, physicians, non-profits, associations and the federal government, over the past year they have gifted resilience workshops to DC-based restaurants, theaters, museums and other businesses as a way to help ease the individual and collective suffering of our current times. They provide workshops, trainings and coaching on resilient leadership.

Tanara Bowie
The Nebo Company
Tanara Bowie

The Nebo Company

"Tanara Bowie is a Vice President, coach and facilitator at The Nebo Company, a coaching and leadership development firm. She frequently facilitates sessions on resilience, emotional intelligence and women’s leadership. Tanara's work is informed by a lifelong interest in issues of race and equality as a journalist; as a political and issues organizer in the areas of public education, housing, environment and fair lending; and as a researcher. While earning her master’s in Experimental Psychology from Cleveland State University, Tanara developed one of the first stress inventories to include racially-stressful situations. She is also a co-author on journal articles for research looking at differences in memory and decision-making based on race, age and other factors.
Tanara has completed programs at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and the Gestalt OSD Center, and brings to her work the associated focus on making contact and raising the awareness of self and others."

Valerie Brown, JD, MA, PCC
Lead Smart Coaching, LLC
Valerie Brown, JD, MA, PCC

Lead Smart Coaching, LLC

Valerie Brown is an international retreat leader, writer, speaker, ICF-accredited leadership coach, Principal of Lead Smart Coaching, LLC, specializing in application and integration of mindfulness and leadership, and faculty member at Georgetown’s Institute for Transformational Leadership. She transformed her high-pressure, twenty-year career as a lawyer-lobbyist to human-scale, equity-centered work with leaders and teams to foster trustworthy and authentic connections.

Brian Emerson, Ph.D.
Andiron
Brian Emerson, Ph.D.

Andiron

Kelly Lewis, PCC, and Brian Emerson, Ph.D., have been using Polarities as a lens in their coaching and client work for several decades and are particularly curious about the roles identity and vulnerability play in helping people effectively navigate paradoxical tensions. Their book, Navigating Polarities, has become a go-to resource for people both new and well versed in using polarities to deal with complexity and lead transformation.

Lorne Epstein
Electric Cow
Lorne Epstein

Electric Cow

Lorne is a world-class facilitator and adult experiential educator whose been leading active learning experiences since 1993. His talent acquisition career allowed him to build companies in the U.S., India, and Brazil by hiring right. He is a graduate student in Organizational Development and Knowledge Management at George Mason University. He has been an HR professional since 1996. His book, You’re Hired! Interview Skills to Get the Job, has been downloaded over a half-million times worldwide. Every week, he hosts The Lorne Epstein Show, where national experts share insights about the workplace. He is SHRM-SCP certified and a Lifetime Charter Member of the Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals. Over 5,300 participants have earned SHRM or HRCI credit through Lorne’s workshops. 4,300 HR Professionals participated and earned credit at HRCI’s Higher Standards: Advancing the Conversation around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion on October 14, 2020.

Beatrice Hansen, MSSW, PCC
Presence-Based Coaching LLC
Beatrice Hansen, MSSW, PCC

Presence-Based Coaching LLC

"Bebe integrates her extensive family business experience with her psychotherapy background to support leaders, groups and organizations in building leadership skills and capacities. She is a leadership coach, consultant and trainer, and has worked with leaders in the private, non-profit and government sectors.

Bebe is the Principal of Presence-Based® Coaching and has taught and developed the curriculum for many years with Doug Silsbee, PCC, the program’s founder. Bebe continues to teach all levels within this cutting edge, ICF approved coach-training program. She also delivers PBC and Presence-Based® Leadership development training in Asheville, NC, around the US and internationally.

Bebe has an ongoing commitment to yoga and meditation practices, and has been a practitioner of the Diamond Approach spiritual path since 2001. She enjoys road trips with her husband, traveling with her two grown daughters and son in law, and is a recent first-time grandmother. She can occasionally be found creating delicious desserts for family and friends."

Sarah Happel, MCC
Spectrum Leadership Solutions
Sarah Happel, MCC

Spectrum Leadership Solutions

"A graduate from Kansas State University, Sarah leads a top leadership consultant and executive coaching organization located in the United States. Formerly an international athlete, Spectrum’s mission is to maximize the team performance and well-being of 100,00 teams by 2025. She works with global organizations driven to improve their communication, productivity, and corporate culture - one powerful conversation at a time.

Sarah is also a George Mason University Faculty for The Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being program."

Denise Hedges, PCC
Denise Hedges
Denise Hedges, PCC

Denise Hedges

"Denise Hedges is a business development coach and speaker coach with over 30 years experience in sales and marketing. She’s sustained a six-figure coaching practice for more than 17 years!

Denise has helped thousands of coaches, consultants, and business owners nationally and internationally, move past any uncertainty or fear they have about sales and marketing, so they can attract more clients and make more money! She specializes in training and coaching business owners to market themselves more effectively using the strategy of speaking.

Denise is a PCC and a member of the Coach University Faculty, training personal and business coaches all over the world.

Check out her website at: DeniseHedges.com"

Kelly Lewis, PCC
Andiron
Kelly Lewis, PCC

Andiron

Kelly Lewis, PCC, and Brian Emerson, Ph.D., have been using Polarities as a lens in their coaching and client work for several decades and are particularly curious about the roles identity and vulnerability play in helping people effectively navigate paradoxical tensions. Their book, Navigating Polarities, has become a go-to resource for people both new and well versed in using polarities to deal with complexity and lead transformation.

Wendy Luke, PCC
Resilience Lab
Wendy Luke, PCC

Resilience Lab

Presenters, Barbara Beizer, Nancy Reller and Wendy Luke are all co-founders of Resilience Lab and graduates of the Georgetown Executive Certificate in Leadership Coaching program. Having worked in the resilience space for over 5 years with various groups such as nurses, physicians, non-profits, associations and the federal government, over the past year they have gifted resilience workshops to DC-based restaurants, theaters, museums and other businesses as a way to help ease the individual and collective suffering of our current times. They provide workshops, trainings and coaching on resilient leadership.

Dr. Josef Martens, CSP
Josef Martens International
Dr. Josef Martens, CSP

Josef Martens International

"Josef Martens, PhD, CSP helps organizations move their innovation efforts from good to great. After completing his PhD in physics at the University of Cambridge, he was awarded several patents in the field of OLEDs (the materials used for high-end TV and phone displays). One of his patents was the first to describe how the displays could be made to show the full color range instead of just one color. The company he and his colleagues founded based on these patents became the first spinoff company from the University of Cambridge to successfully launch an IPO. It was later bought for US$285 million.

Then came a turning point in Josef’s career. This is how he describes it:

As I entered professional life and advanced into leadership positions, I noticed that some colleagues had more influence and accomplished more in their work and relationships – even though they had nowhere near the same level of expertise that I had. I began to realize that I was missing something in my skillset, and I set out to explore what it was.

What I discovered was not about expertise, processes, or putting clever systems in place. Don’t get me wrong – this is all important, but it’s not enough. What I had overlooked were the human elements. By that I mean the personal touch, the soft skills, and my way of being. These are the drivers for impact and influence. This is what turns ideas into innovations and helps anyone be impactful and influential: the Human Elements of Innovation.

Josef uses his expertise to help individuals and organizations power up their quest for new solutions: extraordinary experts gain impact and influence.

For nearly two decades, Josef has conducted programs in over 30 countries across five continents for client organizations such as Merck & Co, Daimler, AstraZeneca, Siemens, 4-H Council, NASA, the Department of Defense, ASQ, PMI, and many more. His fresh, provocative, and insightful content has also awarded him the experience of being a TEDx speaker.

Josef is a Certified Speaking Professional, the highest-earned international designation by the National Speakers Association. Only about 700 speakers worldwide hold this honor for speaking excellence. Josef is also a past president of the DC chapter of the National Speakers Association.

He has two teenage sons who provide him with plenty of opportunities (and reality checks) for innovation at home. In his spare time, he enjoys section hikes on the Appalachian Trail."

Rob McKinnon
McKinnon Leadership Group
Rob McKinnon

McKinnon Leadership Group

"Rob McKinnon writes and speaks on leadership, and has coached CEOs and their executive teams for over 15 years. He is passionate about helping leaders lead well.

Leaders who have worked with Rob report that the insights they gain and personal transformation they are able to make are like no other leadership development program they have ever experienced.

Rob trains other coaches in his “McKinnon Way of Leadership Coaching” methodology. He is Co-Founder of The McKinnon Leadership Group, a boutique coaching firm that caters to CEOs, senior executives and leadership teams. Most recently, Rob is the author of Lead Like You Were Meant To: Make the Switch from Autopilot to Intentional."

MaryAnn McNulty
SuperPowers for Solopreneurs
MaryAnn McNulty

SuperPowers for Solopreneurs

Tina Mertel, MA, PCC
Meaningful Coaching
Tina Mertel, MA, PCC

Meaningful Coaching

Tina Mertel has been within the field of Performance Development for over 20 years, training, presenting, and coaching a wide variety of individuals. She is credentialed as a Professional Certified Coach (with over 2,000 coaching hours) from the International Coach Federation (ICF). She holds an MA in Human Behavior, and BS in Business Administration. Currently she leads a training program for coaches which she co-developed called Relational Presence for Coaches, with a focus on developing coaches to deepen their presence and professional coaching skills. She is the author of the book, ‘Meaningful Coaching’ and has authored several publications in the field of coaching and learning including ‘A Way to Be’ in ICF Coaching World. Tina is certified in several leadership and communication assessments including: Hogan, MBTI, SDI, DISC, Emotional Intelligence360, and the Profilor.

Pam Noda, PCC
Turningpoint
Pam Noda, PCC

Turningpoint

"Pam has been coaching leaders and entrepreneurs for more than 10 years. She brings her extensive coaching expertise to global clients, empowering them to believe in themselves, to stay grounded in their strengths, to connect with their authentic leadership style and to communicate with openness and trust. She specializes in working with clients who are rising to the challenge of leveraging their best personal qualities in building their career, their communication skills, and their relationships in a multicultural environment.

Pam is a specialized trainer in relationship-building skills for teams, talent development for young leaders, and presence and presentation skills for people working in a global corporate environment. She has coached clients of many nationalities across a variety of industries including Consulting, Consumer Electronics, Finance, Insurance, Pharmaceutical, Publishing, and Technology. Her interest in developing individual potential and the potential of partnerships in a multicultural environment is rooted in her experience of having lived and worked in Japan as an American for nearly 40 years.

A graduate of the Coaches Training Institute and CRR Global, Pam is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and an Organization and Relationship Systems Certified Coach (ORSCC). Pam is Vice President of the International Coach Federation (ICF) Japan Chapter and holds an ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential. She is a qualified Action Learning Coach, Executive Presentation Skills trainer, a Lumina Learning Practitioner, and a licensed facilitator of Relational Presence through Speaking Circles International."

Sophie Oberstein
Author × Coach × Consultant × Adjunct
Sophie Oberstein

Author × Coach × Consultant × Adjunct

"Sophie Oberstein is an author, coach, and L&OD consultant. She’s been in the field of learning and organizational development for over 20 years at public and private organizations, including Weight Watchers North America, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, the City of Redwood City, California, and Citibank, N.A.

Oberstein is on the faculty of the NYU School of Professional Studies, Leadership and Human Capital Management Department where she developed and conducts the fundamentals course in the learning design certificate program. She has also taught at Drexel University, Mercer County Community College, and Menlo College.

Her books, Troubleshooting for Trainers, 10 Steps to Successful Coaching, and Beyond Free Coffee & Donuts: Marketing Training and Development are available from ATD Press.
Oberstein is a certified co-active coach and past president of ATD’s Greater Philadelphia chapter."

Bill Pullen, MCC
Institute for Transformational Leadership - Georgetown University
Bill Pullen, MCC

Institute for Transformational Leadership - Georgetown University

Bill Pullen Academic Director for the Institute for Transformational Leadership, Program Director of the Executive Certificate in Leadership Coaching Program and President of BPA Coaching and Consulting. Prior to Georgetown Bill served as Director of Training for the Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance Program at George Mason University. Bill’s work as a coach, consultant, and facilitator focuses on supporting senior leaders, leadership teams, and organization in building leadership capacity and aligning leader behavior with organizational strategy and mission needs. He has worked with front line leaders to C-level executives in the US and around the world including countries such as South Africa, China, Japan, Chile, Israel, Lebanon, India, Slovakia, U.A.E, Columbia, Australia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

Nancy Reller
Resilience Lab
Nancy Reller

Resilience Lab

Presenters, Barbara Beizer, Nancy Reller and Wendy Luke are all co-founders of Resilience Lab and graduates of the Georgetown Executive Certificate in Leadership Coaching program. Having worked in the resilience space for over 5 years with various groups such as nurses, physicians, non-profits, associations and the federal government, over the past year they have gifted resilience workshops to DC-based restaurants, theaters, museums and other businesses as a way to help ease the individual and collective suffering of our current times. They provide workshops, trainings and coaching on resilient leadership.

Dr. Brodie Riordan
Ocular, LLC
Dr. Brodie Riordan

Ocular, LLC

Brodie Riordan, PhD is an industrial psychologist, executive coach, author, and professor who is on a mission to help people like feedback 10% more. In addition to managing her own practice (Ocular, LLC), Brodie is an executive coach with The Boda Group and part-time faculty in the Smith School of business at the University of Maryland and in Georgetown University's HR Masters program. She has authored 2 books on the topic of feedback, most recently "Feedback Fundamentals and Evidence-Based Best Practices." Brodie's past career has included global leadership roles with Procter & Gamble, CEB, and McKinsey & Company. She lives in Washington, DC and is on the National Advocates Council for Back on My Feet, a non-profit that supports individuals experiencing homelessness as their reinvent their lives through running.

Alison Whitmire
Learning in Action
Alison Whitmire

Learning in Action

"Alison Whitmire is the President of Learning in Action, a company committed to healing the divide within and between people. Because we become divided from ourselves and others in ways we don’t know and can’t see, her company provides courses and instruments which bring awareness to the non-conscious, habituated patterns that separate us and create the possibility of healing our dividedness.

Alison is an authority in Emotional and Relational Intelligence, a Professional Certified Coach, a Master EQ Practitioner, a Certified Narrative Coach, a Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher, and is Certified as a 200 RYT Yoga Teacher. Alison is a TEDx speaker and a 3 time TEDx Conference organizer.

Alison spent 8 years running CEO roundtables and has thousands of hours of experience coaching CEO/owners. Earlier, Alison practiced as a CPA with Ernst and Young. She has an MBA from the University of Chicago and holds BBAs in Accounting and Finance."