Olivier Chateau - Taking a Leap of Faith

Olivier Chateau is the CEO at Health Union, LLC. Health Union integrates the power of human connection and technology and helps unite people in the shared experiences of living with chronic health conditions. Today, the Health Union family of brands includes online health communities such as Migraine.com, MultipleSclerosis.net, Endometriosis.net, and Type2Diabetes.com.

Olivier has over 15 years of pharmaceutical marketing experience and has been acknowledged as an internet-marketing pioneer within the healthcare industry, including a two-time recognition on the PharmaVOICE 100 in 2009 and 2018, and inclusion on the list of 2018’s PM360 ELITE Awards.

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Richard Albrecht - Direction and Values

Richard Albrecht is an entrepreneur and leader focused on building adaptable, customer-driven and employee-focused organizations. Passionate about transforming business in an environment of authenticity, collaboration, and professionalism.

As CEO at Bridge Partners, he is responsible for driving growth and building our world-class consulting organization. Bridge has been named a "fastest growing" business for multiple years, and consistently been rated a "best place to work". And there's much more work to do!

His specialities are: Entrepreneurship, General Management, Marketing Strategy, Sales Strategy, Field and Partner Readiness, Branding, Communications, Business Intelligence, Project Management

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Pete Pallares - A Fathers Upbringing

Pete Pallares is the Founder and CEO of the Center for Social Dynamics. Active in the field of autism and developmental disabilities for over 19 years, Pete has devoted much of his time working in research, diagnosis, and the treatment of autism across different cultures. As CEO, Pete oversees a team of highly qualified professionals develop and implement individualized treatment programs for children and families diagnosed with autism utilizing the principals of applied behavior analysis and the cultural context within their geographical location. Pete has provided intervention programs for a wide range of patients from high-functioning children to very challenging individuals. His specialization includes unpacking and analyzing cultural dynamics within a setting, an environment, or an individual. Pete is an annual presenter and his work in cultural competence has been internationally recognized. Originally from Barcelona, Spain, he spends time in his native country and the Bay Area helping families affected with autism. Pete is currently an active member and presenter for the California Association for Behavioral Analysis (CAI-ABA) and has also been an associate to important autism research studies conducted by the Department of Public Health and Kaiser Permanente.

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Matt Poll - Influence of Children

Matt is an experienced business leader with a passion for innovation. He has recently founded Neos (neos.co.uk), which is an InsureTech business that is focused on delivering smart home protection products and services

Prior to this, he spent fifteen years in the Insurance industry working in the UK and US with AXA and RSA. His most recent corporate role was the Commercial Director for More Than (part of the RSA Group) which is one of the largest retail insurance brands in the UK.

Whilst at More Than he also created and funded an Innovation Lab focused on combining emerging technology trends (including IoT) with more traditional insurance products to create and deliver customer-centric solutions.

Matt also has a strong affinity with social enterprise. He is a mentor for the School of Social Entrepreneurs and is an Advisory Board Member for the charity Seechangefilms (seechangefilms.org).

Living just outside London, Matt is married with three young children and is heavily involved in sport in his spare time.

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Michael Kurland - Giving Back to Move Forward

As an award-winning CEO of a successful facilities management company, Michael Kurland is committed to leading with purpose and giving back to the community.

With more than a decade of sales and marketing experience in the facility management industry, Mr. Kurland launched Branded Group in 2014 and has led the company's year-over-year exponential growth, cultural transformation, and the cultivation of a highly-regarded team of industry experts. His desire for his company to #BeBetter has resulted in deep and long-lasting customer, vendor, and non-profit partner relationships, innovative programs that drive customer satisfaction, and a respected position in the industry.

Mr. Kurland is a well-established author of several thought leadership articles in online publications such as Forbes, Inc., and Thrive Global. His perspectives on leadership, company culture, entrepreneurship, and teamwork are both innovative and informative. He also shares his facilities management expertise in case studies and industry publication articles. Mr. Kurland is a sought-after speaker, sharing his entrepreneurial journey with aspiring small business owners and students.

He is also dedicated to the advancement of the facilities management industry. Serving as Chair of the PRSM Networking committee, he has advanced PRSM’s Los Angeles networking events and strengthened its New York chapter events. His team plays an active role in industry associations including RFMA and IFMA.

As a result of his commitment to his colleagues, industry, and community, Mr. Kurland was named as a semi-finalist for EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year® 2018 Orange County Awards Program. Additionally, Branded Group has received multiple industry and humanitarian awards.

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Goddess Aviva - The Influence of Friendship

Goddess Aviva is a lifestyle and professional Dominatrix based in NYC. She has over 5 years of professional experience in the NYC BDSM scene. Some of her many BDSM interests include power exchange, foot fetish, humiliation, objectification, and corporal punishment. Aviva also mentors aspiring female Dommes, teaches group workshops on beginner BDSM and kink, and trains male submissives in the art of surrender.

Check out what Aviva is up to at: http://www.goddessaviva.com/

Craig Elbert - Influence of Elder Siblings

Craig Elbert is Co-Founder and CEO of Care/of. Since launch, the company has made it easier and more gratifying for hundreds of thousands of customers to build healthy habits. Prior to Care/of, Craig led marketing at the men’s apparel brand Bonobos. He has an MBA from Wharton and a BA in English Literature from Dartmouth College. Currently, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Lauren, and kids, Whit and Bix.

Check out what Craig is up to at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/craig-elbert-6978346/

Judy Zhu - Cautiously Optimistic

Judy Zhu is a global operating tech executive and a long-time advocate for diversity in senior leadership. She is the Founder/CEO of a soon-to-launch venture-backed company called MoneyGirls – a simple direct-to-girl platform for young women to develop financial skills and build wealth, so they become confidently independent.

Judy has spent the last decade years building and leading various technology companies, with multi-disciplinary experience across consumer and enterprise companies. Most recently, she has served as the Chief Operating Officer of The Leadership Consortium, a company co-founded by Professor Frances Frei of Harvard Business School. Previously at Uber Technologies, she led US Business Development in financial services and other strategies initiatives, building multi-

years and multi-hundred million-dollar partnerships with firms such as Visa, American Express and Barclays. Judy also led international expansion at the Alibaba-backed company ShopRunner, where her mandate was to bring retailers like Neiman Marcus to Chinese consumers, via her partnerships with Alibaba and TMall. Judy previously was an early employee at Diapers.com and served in a range of leadership roles launching new business categories, both pre and post the company’s half a billion-dollar acquisition by Amazon.

Judy’s set of expertise spans geographies. She graduated from the University of Victoria(Canada) with international studies via the University of International Business and Economics(Beijing), and has an MBA from Harvard Business School. Her early experiences include foreign diplomatic service at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing, sales leadership at L’Oreal Canada.

She has spoken about the intersection of leadership and gender across industries. She can share her insights into embracing diversity and inclusion as a lever to improve individual and organizational performance. Her perspective is grounded in advising senior executives through The Leadership Consortium as well as direct experiences as a female executive at Uber as it navigated its very public crisis in leadership and culture.

Check out what Judy is up to at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/judyzlinkedin

Lisa Rosenthal - Passion & Persistance

Ms. Lisa Rosenthal is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Mayvin, a dynamic women-owned small business. In less than 4 years, her team doubled the firm’s revenues annually making the Inc 5000 list of fastest growing firms 3 years in a row. She is a seasoned leader and business developer with significant government and commercial experience managing a broad spectrum of tasks, functions, processes, and systems from concept to implementation. Ms. Rosenthal is recognized for strong leadership skills, facilitating organizational change, well as developing strategies for significant business decisions. She is a proven leader that achieves high levels of productivity and efficiency in very diverse and fluid environments. Lisa proudly served on the American University (AU) Alumni Board of Directors and the American Health Education Center Network Board of Directors. She further supports the Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association Small Business and Education Subcommittee, the National Board of Directors for Women in Defense HORIZONS Scholarship, STEM, and Academia Director, the AU Entrepreneurship Council, and sits on the Quality Systems Management, Inc. Advisory Board. She also proudly serves as a judge for the Kogod Case Competition and the George Washington Business Plan Competition. She has a Master’s of Business Administration, International Finance as well as Management of Global Information Technology from The American University. She also has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Environmental Policy from The American University.

Check out what Lisa's up to at: http://mayvin.com/

Tom Gerace - Simple Keys to Success

Tom Gerace is the Founder and CEO of Skyword, the leading content marketing platform and services provider. Prior to founding Skyword, Tom launched Gather.com, a demand-driven news and entertainment property reaching more than 6M people each month. Gerace also founded and served as President of Be Free, a publicly traded online marketing services company. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies, magna cum laude, from Harvard University, and served as a senior business analyst at the Harvard Business School.

Check out what Tom is up to at: https://www.skyword.com/

Rees Vinsen - Friends as Family

Rees Vinsen is the CEO/Founder of Adduco, a customer data platform and COO of SportsCafe, a sports media network. He also consults to select brands across NZ and USA.

From 2012-17 Rees ran Adduco Media, a social agency that delivered entertainment, news and sponsored campaigns to Generation Z audiences. Rees founded the company when he was fifteen, growing and leading his 12-person team to partner with more than 130 brands and Fortune 500's across NZ, Asia and USA.

He also served a Partner in First Cut, a venture investment fund based in Auckland that invested in high-impact kiwi startups such as Sharesies, Halter and Spalk.

Rees is passionate about building winning teams, products that delight and all things social. He currently works between New Zealand and San Jose, California.

Check out what Rees is up to at: https://www.reesvinsen.com/

Jessica Brondo Davidoff - Motherly Love

Jessica Brondo Davidoff is the CEO of STATE Bags, a one-for-one, Brooklyn-born brand whose mission goes beyond selling cool and classic bags. She is also the Founder and CEO of New York City-based Admittedly, an education technology startup that provides free online tools to help students find their ideal colleges, perfect their applications and understand their chances in the process. In 2005, she founded the Edge in College Prep, a test prep, and admissions counseling company.

Check out what Jessica is up to at: https://www.statebags.com/


Bess Chapman - Influence of Early Mentorship

Bess Chapman is the Operating Principal at JetBlue Technology Ventures, based in New York. She works with portfolio companies to create compelling value propositions for JetBlue, source new technology and identify emerging trends.

Prior to joining JTV, Bess worked in Product Development at JetBlue Airways, where she led the content, partnerships and entertainment technology team. In this role, she drove the product and monetization strategy for JetBlue’s high-speed Wi-Fi and seat-back technologies onboard.

Before joining JetBlue, Bess worked at several media organizations, for IBM’s business analytics consulting division and for a boutique media and entertainment consulting firm. Bess received her BA from Georgetown University.

Check out what Bess is up to at:

https://www.jetblueventures.com/people/team/ and https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabeth-bess-chapman-50487120/

Andres Angelani - Against All Odds

As the CEO of Cognizant Softvision, Andres is responsible for both the day-to-day operations and the strategic vision of the firm. He most recently served as CEO of Softvision, prior to its acquisition by Cognizant in November, 2018.

Prior to Softvision, he served as the Chief Solutions Officer at Globant, responsible for the design and development of digital solutions while leading strategic customer engagements globally. His areas of expertise include product development, agile transformation, and gaming. Before becoming Chief Solutions Officer, Andres founded and served as the EVP and GM of Globant’s gaming studio, leading business on the West Coast, as well as VP of Engineering and Director of Global Presales Consulting from the U.K.

Andres has spoken at many leadership, strategy, and tech conferences and co-authored the book The Never-Ending Digital Journey: Creating New Consumer Experiences Through Technology. His most recent book, Transforming While Performing: How To Create A Culture Of Innovation With Partners, will be published in September, 2019.

Originally from Argentina, he speaks English, Spanish and Italian. Andres holds a Bachelors of Science in Business from University of Belgrano in Buenos Aires, and enjoys cross-fit training, skiing with his four kids, running and playing classical piano.

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Matt Fiedler - A Fathers Love of Music

Since 2013, Matt Fiedler has been co-founder and CEO of Vinyl Me, Please, an e-commerce site that, for $29 a month, sends curated records to subscribers, from the vintage The Voice Of Frank Sinatra to the obscure (Watch Out! by 1970s Zimbabwean band Wells Fargo).

Vinyl Me, Please sells $10.4 million worth of records a year and has found itself with a 1,400% 3-year growth rate, landing them at #342 on the Inc. 500’s fastest growing companies in the country.

Just in time for Father’s day, enjoy a wonderful conversation as Matt gives credit and thanks to the man who inspired his love of music.

Ron Carson - Learning From Failure

Ron Carson is Founder and CEO of Carson Group, which serves financial advisors and investors through its businesses including Carson Wealth, Carson Coaching, and Carson Partners. Founded in 1983, Carson Wealth has grown to become one of the largest wealth management firms in the country offering portfolio management and wealth planning services to high net-worth clients. Established in 1993, Carson Coaching has grown to become one of the leading advisor coaching programs in the country empowering advisors to overcome key business challenges through personalized coaching, proven strategies, marketing services, and a passionate community of thousands of advisors. Carson Partners empowers advisors to improve client service, efficiently run their practice, grow their business, and build a legacy through a turnkey integrated partnership. All three organizations are headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska but serve a broad base of advisors and investors across the U.S. and Canada.

Ron first began honing his core principles while working from his dorm room at the University of Nebraska in 1983: a tenacious focus on serving clients’ best interests; a relentless pursuit of excellence across every activity; and a burning desire to learn, grow intellectually, and innovate. These driving principles enabled Carson Group to grow to over $15 billion in assets under advisement, which includes assets under management,* and have led Ron to receive many accolades. He is continually ranked among the top advisors by Barron’s magazine and was one of only two independent advisors inducted into Barron’s inaugural Hall of Fame.* Ron has been named to the Forbes list of America’s Top Wealth Advisors for several years*, included in Investopedia’s list of the Top 100 Financial Advisors (#4), recognized as an InvestmentNews Innovator, and acknowledged as an Inc. 5000 CEO of Carson Group, a two-time participant in the annual list of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies. He also appears regularly on broadcast media for FOXBusiness and Bloomberg as a leading expert advisor and commentator.

Find more about Ron at: https://www.carsonwealth.com/team-members/ron-carson/

Kimberly Snyder - A Mothers Spiritual Guide

Kimberly Snyder is the founder of Solluna and the #FeelGoodMovement, and the multi-time New York Times bestselling author of The Beauty Detox book series and Radical Beauty, co-written with Deepak Chopra. She is also a nutritionist, renowned speaker, meditation teacher, certified yoga instructor, and holistic wellness expert.

An in-demand worldwide speaker, Kimberly also hosts the top-rated Feel Good with Kimberly Snyder podcast which airs on the Podcast One network. The Solluna by Kimberly Snyder organic juice and smoothie bar is located at the iconic Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles.

A certified nutritionist, Kimberly has worked with the entertainment industries’ top celebrities, including Drew Barrymore, Kerry Washington, Reese Witherspoon, and Channing Tatum, among many others. A highly sought-after lifestyle and wellness expert, Kimberly has been featured in media outlets including Ellen, The Today Show, The Dr. Oz Show, The New York Times, Vogue, Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal, Elle, and InStyle. She is a member of the Wellness Council for Well + Good and was named one of the top “results-oriented nutritionists” by Vogue.

Check out what Kimberly is up to at: https://shop.mysolluna.com/

Jeffrey Perlman - Inspiration Through Family

Jeffrey Perlman is the President & Founder of Bright Power. An experienced energy auditor, energy analyst, and solar-energy-system designer, Jeff is as happy in a boiler room or on a rooftop as he is in a corporate boardroom. He has built Bright Power from a single rented desk in a shared office to the substantial enterprise that it is today. Jeff was named to Crain's New York 40 Under 40 Class of 2018.

Check out what Jeffrey is up to at: https://www.brightpower.com/

Conor Delaney - Success and Connection Through Tragedy

Mr. Delaney has built a career as a business and community leader for the last decade by his belief in bringing his "blue-collar work ethic" to his daily duties leading various corporate entities and community organizations. Delaney believes in "servant leadership" which means that he does not expect more of any person on his team than he would expect of himself. He believes in working in and among the departments at Good Life and working side by side with the rest of his leadership team. His transparent nature, positive attitude and creative leadership has led to great success in each of the various Good Life Companies.

"I was taught at an early age that the best business relationships happen when both sides win. This win/win philosophy incorporated with surrounding myself with intelligent 'advisers' to me has been the main ingredient to launching community-impacting businesses in more than 25 states around the country."

Mr. Delaney married his college sweetheart, Liz, in 2008. They have three children, Blake Seraphina, Rhys Brian and Elena Rae.

Check out what Conor is up to at: https://goodlifeco.com/