Simon T. Bailey

Simon T. Bailey is a leadership catalyst whose expertise equips emerging leaders with tips, tools, and techniques on how to unleash potential in the world’s most important asset – people. He is the former leader of the world-renowned Disney Institute and founder of the Brilliance Institute, Inc.

Through powerful keynotes and workshops, Simon T. Bailey will challenge how you embrace change, address challenges, and inspire your team to produce results. Understanding how to develop your skills and connections strategically to stand out as a thought leader in your industry will significantly elevate your marketability and win probability

Meetings and Conventions magazine has cited him as “one of the best keynote speakers ever heard or used,” putting him in the same category as Bill Gates, General Colin Powell, and Tony Robbins. Speaker Magazine cited him as one of the top twenty-five “hot speakers” shaping the profession.

Harrison College (Indianapolis, IN) has partnered with him to launch the Simon T. Bailey Emerging Leaders Certificate for individuals, corporations and organizations.

Simon is the author of 7 books including Release Your Brilliance (HarperCollins), which was ranked number 17 of the Top 100 books being read by corporate America, according to 800CEORead.com. His most recent book, The Vuja De Moment! – Shift from Average to Brilliant, is receiving rave reviews.

Simon holds a master’s degree from Faith Christian University and was inducted as an honorary member of the University of Central Florida Golden Key International Honor Society. He is a graduate of the Rollins College Executive Management Certificate Program, one of the top 25 best private graduate business schools in the U.S.A.

TOPICS

Release Your Brilliance: How to Show Up, Be Accountable & Drive Results

Learn how to manage shifting agendas, competing priorities, and internal and external customers. Discover how to be a lifelong learner who pays attention to the tea leaves of change and adapts behavior accordingly to meet deliverables. Take responsibility for your personal brand, personal development, and personal behavior in email, on conference calls, and during video conferences. Learn to effectively communicate and exhibit trust, collaboration, and respect for different opinions.

Customer Experience with a Brilliant Touch

Learn that customer service is more than a department, it’s a mindset. Learn how to create an employee brand. Invigorate your organization to improve employee and customer experiences. Learn how to reenlist heads, hearts, and hands.

Own It! How to Reinvent, Realign & Reignite

Learn the importance of leveraging one’s Individual Development Plan. Take action by using the five core ideas of owning your career and building your personal brand. Create a 90-day action plan and share it with a personal “Board of Directors.” Take action by seeking opportunities to go above and beyond in delivering results.

Releasing Leadership Brilliance: How to Galvanize Your Team & Achieve Significant Results

Learn how to get the best out of the cheetahs and hippos on your team. Learn the difference between Leadershift and Leader “sham.” Become personally responsible for your personal brand and development.

SHIFT: How to Ignite Creativity & Innovation in the “New Normal”

Learn the important difference between déjà vu and “vuja de.” Take action by using the Vuja De creativity tool in your daily business. Inspire your organization to celebrate failure and risk. Discover the seven steps to shifting your business and your life from average to brilliant.

PROGRAMS

CUSTOMER LOVE – REALIGN HEADS, HEARTS AND HANDS TO DRIVE RESULTS

Connections, real connections, result in genuine customer loyalty. Earning the trust and respect of your client or prospective client is no easy task. In today’s information age, the competition for goods and services is even greater and the end consumer not only has more options, but access to vast information about potential offerings.

Building relationships and earning your customer’s love is more important than ever and requires a village. Are your employees fully invested in your thinking and service standards? Building an internal team that is focused on the company’s mission and dedicated to excellence requires leadership that has earned trust and respect.

Upon completion of this course, participants will emerge from this highly interactive session with a plan of action and will be able to:

  • Discover the formula for creating a seamless customer experience.
  • Learn tips, tools, and techniques to create memorable moments for customers.
  • Create an action plan and hold everyone accountable for maintaining the customer-love mindset.

SHIFT YOUR BRILLIANCE – CREATING AN EMPLOYEE BRAND EXPERIENCE

A positive employee experience goes way beyond drinking the Kool-Aid. Even Kool-Aid loses its sweetness over time. Today’s top talent have greater expectations and desire to be part of an inspired team where their personal and professional needs are met.

Your company’s brand and culture have to be front and center. The most basic human need is to feel accepted, to belong.

Upon completion of this course, participants will emerge from this highly interactive session with a plan of action and will be able to:

  • Uncover the methodologies that will allow your employee’s personality, charisma, and brilliance to emerge organically.
  • Embrace corporate storytelling that will motivate, focus, and unleash employees to realize their full potential.
  • Set your company apart from the competition by attracting, growing, and promoting employees who believe and live the brand 24/7.

SHIFT YOUR BRILLIANCE – HARNESS THE POWER OF YOU, INC.

You are the CEO of your brand, and it is as important as the credentials on your resume. You are waiting for your company or organization to do something, and they are waiting for you to take ownership of all that you do.

Whether you hold a leadership position or not, repositioning yourself to revitalize your role within your current team or company is a powerful tool for professional development and rapid career growth. You will learn my strategies for how I went from an individual contributor to a leadership role in less than three years while working at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Upon completion of this course, participants will emerge from this highly interactive session with a plan of action and will be able to:

  • Apply core principles for acquiring the Shift Your Brilliance mindset.
  • Uncover the insight needed to be a high performer.
  • Commit to being a Chief Breakthrough Officer in your department and division.

SHIFT YOUR BRILLIANCE – STOP SELLING AND START CONNECTING

The Gallup Organization states that 70% of human decision-making is emotional and 30% is rational. When buyers emotionally connect with a brand, they buy more, pay a higher margin, and tell others about their experience.

It is imperative for sales professionals to stop selling and start connecting. When they sell, that’s a transaction. However, when they connect, a relationship is created for the life of the brand.

This shift in selling has tremendous upside potential as organizations experience disruptive market forces, a change in client needs, and unseen economic headwinds. Sales professionals who intend to grow market share by acquiring new customers and increasing margins from existing customers must examine their sales edge.

In this session with Simon T. Bailey, former sales director for Disney Institute and founder of Brilliance Institute, will inspire your sales team to do the following:

Shift from selling to live and move to learning how to live to sell by creating a personal brand that attracts new opportunities and establishes credibility in the marketplace.
Shift from telling customers about the features and benefits to asking high-grade questions that unearth other potential opportunities.
Shift from just selling a service to fulfilling the customer’s wants and needs. You will also learn how to set your internal team members up for success by providing a seamless and consistent customer experience.
Shift from selling a product or service to connecting to the client’s problem and re-positioning your product or service as a value add.

Biography

Simon T. Bailey is a leadership imagineer and author whose expertise equips emerging leaders and organizations with tips, tools and techniques on how to unleash their potential. He is the former sales director of the world-renowned Disney Institute and founder of Brilliance Institute, Inc.

Bailey has been cited by Meetings and Conventions magazine as “one of the best keynote speakers ever heard or used,” putting him in the same category as Bill Gates, General Colin Powell, and Tony Robbins. Speaker magazine cited him as one of the top 25 “hot speakers” shaping the profession, and in 2013, Bailey was Meetings Net editors’ pick for favorite speaker of the year.

Bailey’s new book, Shift Your Brilliance – Harness the Power of You, Inc. (Sound Wisdom, May 2014), is a call to action that invites readers to shift their thinking, creating a disruption from the norm that ignites innovation, increasing accountability and profitability in life and business. He’s the author of seven books including Release Your Brilliance: The 4 Steps to Transforming Your Life and Revealing Your Genius to the World (Harper Collins), which was ranked number 17 of the top 100 books being read by corporate America, according to 800CEORead.com.

He is a weekly columnist for American City Business Journal and has been quoted in Entrepreneur magazine. He has spoken in front of worldwide audiences and impacted over a million people working with brands like Verizon, Chevron, McDonald’s, Nationwide, Wells Fargo and Subway.

Bailey holds a master’s degree from Faith Christian University and was inducted as an honorary member of the University of Central Florida Golden Key International Honor Society. He is a graduate of the Rollins College Executive Management Certificate Program, one of the top 25 best private graduate business schools in the U.S.

He lives in Windermere, Florida, with his family. When he is not working, he cheers on the Buffalo Bills and the Orlando Magic, and enjoys eating apple pie and going to the movies!

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Harvey Alston

Harvey Alston Motivates People and Organizations to Be Their Best! Harvey is a highly interactive and spirited presenter who speaks on his personal, proven message of being the best.

EDUCATIONAL MOTIVATOR!

    

Considered one of the most dynamic, “high octane” speakers in America, Harvey Alston has been a full-time speaker since 1989. He has spoken to millions of people throughout the United States who have benefited not only from his knowledge, but also from the wisdom that Alston brings to the finish line.

His unforgettable words of individual responsibility for achievement have improved spirits, spurred growth and changed lives. His powerful, soul-searching presentations uplift audiences to a higher standard and to a level where they strive only for the best. Harvey Alston believes in solitary achievement, shared accomplishment and the dignity of human beings

His powerful presentations on individual responsibility for shared achievement uplift audiences to a higher standard, and to a level where they strive only for the best.

He is a master communicator who believes in solitary achievement, shared accomplishment and the dignity of human beings. His words of individual responsibility for achievement have improved spirits, spurred growth, and changed lives. As an educator Alston has taught English, biology, health, life sciences and math curricula, and over the years, he has received recognition from groups such as the Ohio House of Representatives as one of Ohio’s Finest Citizens; the City of Columbus declared a Harvey Alston Day; and he was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel, among numerous national recognitions and awards.

However, none has more impact than the response from those individuals whose lives have been dramatically changed. Harvey Alston has the courage it takes to remind people that life is only what they make it, that self-respect does not come with the job, but is brought to the job by people who do the best they can do, with whatever work is available to them.

TOPICS:

Educational Motivation
In this program Harvey Alston provides ideas and tools so that students will be able to apply effective strategies and ideas on how to become the best; demonstrate ways to be more effective as leaders; identify school challenges and ways to handle them; develop a specific goal-setting strategy; work more effectively as members of a team; enhance their communication and listening skills; and apply effective strategies and ideas to become trailblazers.

You Are the “BEST!”
Believe in yourself and don’t hesitate to let others know that you are great! Expand your mind and continue to grow for you will always be the star of the show. Strive to achieve excellence in all that you do for God knew what he was doing when he created you. Think before you act, work before you rest, and let the world know that you are the “BEST”.

Getting Down to Business
This program was developed to help both small and large businesses get on focus and develop success guidelines for employees and management.

The Best Team Doesn’t Win Nearly As Often As the Team That Gets Along “BEST”
The areas covered are: Marketing, Attire, Skills, Interest, Visualization, Goal-Setting, Work Ethics

Be the Best
Harvey has taken his personal proven message “Be the Best” to literally millions of people. His unforgettable words of individual responsibility for achievement have improved spirits, spurred growth, changed lives. Alston’s powerful, soul-searching presentation uplifts people to a higher standard – to a level where people strive only for the BEST.

WORKSHOPS

Climbing the Rough Side of the Mountain
This program is a highly interactive and spirited search for solutions, designed to provide a variety of educational experiences through the delivery of subjects on the cutting edge of team leadership. Alston will share practical skills that will enhance quality of life by reshaping lost abilities, heighten expectations, rebuild hope, confidence, self-respect and desire.

Customer Service-S.O.U.L. “Service On Unbelievable Levels”
Learn to develop strategies for the BEST customer service by planning the future of your employees. This seminar will research different delivery styles of successful businesses that have an understanding of what it takes to motivate employees.

Competent Communication
This program will build your communication skills and enhance skills for listening and identifying the obstacles to effective listening. Participants will be involved in adapting to communication within social context and adjusting the physical context of symbolic functional dimensions, as well as develop strategies for public group communication with active knowledge of verbal and nonverbal communication.

Practical Parenting
Alston discusses ways to “Know Your Child’s Interests”, “Using TV Wisely”, “ABCs of Parenting”, “Advice for Living with Pre-Teens”, “Parents Watch Your Language”, and “Discipline, a Preventive Force”.

Class Room Management
The program for student behavior, “How Well Do You Like Yourself” will teach skills for getting parents involved. The seminar content will cover strategies for developing trust, power, and rules for raising what is considered to be a delinquent child.

Code of Conduct
Start with sharing your own “credo” or “code of conduct”. Have you thought about the rules that guide your life? Do you act as a result of your parents, teachers, or friends expectations? Or do you act because you have decided what you think is right? What influences your life choices? In this exercise you will write your own “code of conduct.”

Bullying and Hazing
This program starts by asking the following questions, “What is bullying”? What is the difference between having a little fun and hazing? After discussing the responses and then sharing the answers with the group, attendees will break into smaller groups and role-play situations; afterward groups will have to come up with answers, which will be presented to the whole group.

Integrity
How do you define integrity? What is honesty? Are there varying degrees of honesty? What makes a person dishonest? This workshop explores these questions, discussing the responses and then sharing the answers as a group. After the definition of integrity is discussed participants will break into smaller groups, questions will be passed out and the groups will collaborate on their answers. The results will then be presented to the whole group.

Conflict and Resolution
This session focuses on the ability to impact those around us using some of the skills learned about personal code of conduct. The group will be led through a worksheet which will teach them how to resolve conflicts. Role playing will be used to show some of the daily conflicts that people face in achieving their goals.

Excuses vs. Excellence
The participants will write down actual excuses they have used, and then break into smaller groups. The splinter groups will select a situation or problem and present the solution to the whole group. Each solution must apply to “The Test” of honesty, integrity, and the good of all and one.

 

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Full Biography

Considered one of the most dynamic, “high octane” speakers in America. Harvey Alston has been a full-time speaker since 1989. He has spoken to millions of people throughout the United States who have benefited not only from his knowledge, but also from the wisdom that Harvey Alston brings to the finish line.

Harvey Alston’s unforgettable words of individual responsibility for achievement have improved spirits, spurred growth, and changed lives. His powerful, soul-searching presentations uplift audiences to a higher standard, and to a level where they strive only for the best. Harvey Alston believes in solitary achievement, shared accomplishment and the dignity of human beings.

As one of the most in-demand speakers in America, Harvey Alston’s career has spanned positions from head football coach of Columbus East High School in Ohio in 1968, to assistant director of student financial aid at the university level. As an educator he’s taught English, biology, health, life sciences and math curricula.

Over the years, Harvey Alston has received recognition and awards from such diverse groups and organizations as the Ohio House of Representatives as one of Ohio’s Finest Citizens, the City of Columbus declared a Harvey Alston Day, and he was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel, and has received numerous national recognitions and awards. However, none has more impact than the response from those individuals whose lives have been dramatically changed. People walk away from Harvey Alston’s presentations knowing they have just heard someone who “has been around the track a few times” and one who shares it in a way that people do not forget. He has the courage it takes to remind people that life is only what they make it, that self-respect does not come with the job, but is brought to the job by people who do the best they can do, with whatever work is available to them.

Harvey Alston’s enterprise is called Best Inc., based on his philosophy and the book titled “Be the Best.” He is a member of the National Speakers Association and serves as advisor to many civic boards, panels, and commissions.

Catherine Crier

An Emmy, duPont-Columbia, and Gracie Allen Award-winning journalist, Catherine Crier joined Court TV’s distinguished team of anchors in 1999. She served as Executive Editor, Legal News Specials, in addition to hosting Catherine Crier Live, a fast-paced daily series, covering the day’s “front-page” stories. Crier, a Texas-bred independent with a spirited passion for justice, released her first book, the 2002 New York Times Bestseller, The Case Against Lawyers , an eye-opening and plain-spoken treatise on the law. Prior to her accomplished career in television journalism, Crier presided over the 162nd District Court in Dallas County, TX, as a State District Judge. When she took the bench in 1984, she became the youngest elected state judge in Texas history.

Crier currently manages her production company, Crier Communications, developing television, film and documentary projects. She is involved with many organizations and serves on several boards, including Soldiers For The Truth, dedicated to objective military reporting and assistance to America’s troops; PAX, an organization working to reduce gun violence in America that targets the nation’s children; The NY Law School Committee on Media; and Law and Developments in Literacy, working to expand education for girls in the nation of Pakistan.

TOPICS

You Make a Difference
Empowering the individual in a society that often discourages leadership, creativity and assertiveness.

The Supreme Court and You
A controversial yet enlightening discussion of the Supreme Court, its power and influence, and the role of politics within the nation’s third branch of government, this presentation will reveal the backstage maneuvering, the political strategizing and the extraordinary influence these nine justices have over our every day lives.

Behind the Bench: Big Trials of the 21st Century
Basing her remarks on the many dramatic cases she has covered Catherine Crier will take you behind the scenes in the country’s “big trials” including those of Scott Peterson, Michael Jackson, Robert Blake, Phil Spector, Michael Skakel, David Westerfield and Winona Ryder.

The World is Watching
In this presentation, Catherine Crier examines the extraordinary changes the U.S. has undergone in recent years, and the important role of television and the media in initiating and sustaining these events.

Government and Politics in the 21st Century
As the world changes and border lines blur between countries’ economies and populations, who really governs in the emerging global society? Catherine Crier evaluates the status and future of citizenship and democracy in the new millennium.

Examining Current Events
Catherine Crier takes a timely look at the domestic and international scene within historical context and political analysis to better understand this moment in history and where the future may lead.

Full Biography

An Emmy and DuPont-Columbia Award-winning journalist, and the youngest state judge to ever be elected in Texas, Catherine Crier is now a managing partner in Cajole Entertainment developing television, film and documentary projects.

Crier, a native of Dallas, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and international affairs from the University of Texas and received a Juris Doctor in two and a half years from Southern Methodist University School of Law. She began her career in law in 1978 as an Assistant District Attorney then Felony Chief Prosecutor for the Dallas County District Attorney’s office. From 1982 to 1984, Crier was a civil litigation attorney with Riddle & Brown, handling complex business and corporate matters. In 1984, she was elected to the 162nd District Court in Dallas County, Texas as a State District Judge. During her tenure on the bench, Crier also served as Administrative Judge for the Civil District Courts and worked extensively with the ABA, National Judicial College, and Texas Legislature on legal issues. Shortly after her reelection (unopposed) to a second term on the bench, a chance meeting with a television news executive led to a dramatic career change.

In September, 1989, Crier was hired to co-anchor the premiere evening newscast on CNN. Additionally, she co-anchored Inside Politics, all election coverage, and hosted Crier & Company, a talk show covering news, politics and international issues.

Crier joined ABC News in 1993, where she served as a correspondent and as a regular substitute anchor for Peter Jennings on ABC’s World News Tonight, as well as a substitute host for Ted Koppel’s Nightline. She also worked as a correspondent on 20/20, the network’s primetime news magazine program. Crier was awarded a 1996 Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for her work on the segment “The Predators” which examined nursing home abuses throughout the United States.

In October of ’96, Crier became one of the founding television anchors for the Fox News Channel, with her prime time program, The Crier Report, a live, hour-long nightly show, during which she interviewed the leading newsmakers of the day. Additionally, she co-anchored the evening news, election coverage and Fox Files, a magazine news show aired on the parent network.

Catherine joined Court TV’s distinguished team of anchors in November 1999. She served as Executive Editor, Legal News Specials, in addition to hosting Catherine Crier Live, a fast-paced, live daily series, covering the day’s “front-page” stories, until joining Cajole Entertainment in 2007.

Crier released her first book, the NYTimes bestseller, The Case Against Lawyers in October, 2002. Her second book, A Deadly Game: The Untold Story of the Scott Peterson Investigation became a #1 NYTimes bestseller and was followed by Contempt—How the Right is Wronging American Justice, Final Analysis: The Untold Story of the Susan Polk Murder Case. Her fifth book, Patriot Acts—What Americans Must Do to Save the Republic, was published on November 1, 2011.

Jessica Cox

Jessica is recognized internationally as an inspirational keynote speaker. Born without arms, Jessica Cox could have succumbed to the low expectations that ushered her into this world. In spite of them all, she earned two black belts in Taekwondo, graduated from college, and learned to swim, drive a car, fly an airplane, surf, scuba dive, and live independently using her feet in ways others who take their hands for granted can only imagine. She holds the title of the first person without arms to get a black belt in the American Taekwondo Association and the Guiness World Record for the first pilot to fly with her feet.

However, Jessica’s greatest triumph in life stands far above any physical feat. It is her unrepentant regard for herself as a whole person, her high degree of self-acceptance that gives her freedom and power to insist that society accept her, too, just as she is.

Accolades

  • Guinness World Record: The First Armless Person in the World Ever to Have Obtained a Pilot’s License, 2011
  • AOPA LIVE Pilots Choice Award 2010: Most Watched Female Aviator
  • Filipino Women’s Network: 100 Most Influential Filipino Women in the U.S., 2009
  • Published in Ripley’s Believe It or Not, 2009
  • The Filipino American Journal Award of Excellence, Outstanding Filipino Award, 2008

TOPICS

When Jessica first walks on stage, the audience has no idea that she doesn’t have arms. Carefully hidden underneath a jacket, she has on her prosthetic arms. Minutes into the introduction, she removes them and begins her speech rightfully titled:

Disarming the Impossible! Corporate Keynote:
Turning “Impossible” into “Accomplishment”
What limits people in your group from attaining their highest potential? How can they push limitations aside?
Jessica believes that by combining creativity, persistence, and fearlessness, nothing is impossible. In her presentation, she digs deep into her experiences living armless in a two-handed world. She shows how these three qualities helped her achieve the seemingly impossible.
Jessica’s elements stem from answering such questions as:

  • Are you letting your fears stand in the way of your opportunities?
  • Is it easier to come up with an excuse than a creative solution to a challenge?
  • What handicaps are you-and others-creating that you don’t need?
  • How soon should you give up when confronted with a difficult challenge?

Get Ready to Turn your “I can’t” into “I can!” and “I will!” Youth Keynote: Embracing Differences
Every person on this earth is “different” in one way or another and in one form or another has endured pressure to conform under the threat of rejection and isolation. Students experience the constant pressure to “fit in.” Jessica shares the struggle of masking her difference growing up in a two-handed world but then realizing the importance of being true to who we are as individuals. In order to be a good leader, Jessica believes it is critical to stand up for who it is we are, stand out every opportunity we have, and to stand proud of our differences!

Thinking Outside the Shoe
As a person who has never viewed herself as a victim of her condition, Jessica shares in her speeches humerous stories of struggle and success living in a “two-handed” world.  She provides critical insight on how to best approach a challenge, redefining the concept of innovative thinking.  She helps people reconnect with their own inner strengths and aptitudes.  Jessica believes in combining creativity, desire, persistence and fearlessness; with them, nothing is impossible.  In her presentation, she will dig deep into her excperiences living armless in a two-handed world and share how these four elements helped her achieve the seemingly impossible.

Jessica’s points stem from answering such questions as:

  • Why is it more important to “fit in” than to stand out and be different?
  • Do students act based on what everyone else is doing?
  • Who is responsible for standing up for who we are as individuals?
  • Why are we so worried about what everyone else thinks?

Full Biography

Jessica Cox was born without arms. The doctors do not know why she was born “differently-abed.” But she does. Jessica has made achievements with her feet that most people only dream of. Now she shares her story with people around the world.

Born in 1983 in Sierra Vista, Arizona, Jessica has learned to live her life with her feet. There were many questions at the time about whether Jessica would be able to live a “normal” life. However, Jessica’s father has said he never shed a tear about her birth condition. He had full confidence in her potential. With the support of her parents and family, Jessica became confident in herself as an adult and continued to explore the world with her feet.

As a child, Jessica studied dance in her home town. When the first performance arrived, she asked to be put in the back row. Her dance teacher told her there was no back row. Tentatively she took the stage with the other students and performed her routine. When she finished, the applause from the audience gave her encouragement and the confidence to continue dancing for 14 years.

Jessica’s parents eventually met a Taekwondo instructor named Jim Cunningham. His response when told of her birth condition was that she would be more than physically able and that only her attitude could hold her back. At the age of 14, Jessica earned her first Black Belt in the International Taekwondo Federation.

After graduating from high school, Jessica attended the University of Arizona where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. When talking about her degree, she frequently explains that psychology credits the way people think has a greater impact on their lives than a physical limitation.

During college, Jessica found a club of the American Taekwondo Association and resumed training in the sport. Even though Jessica already had one black belt in a different style, she had to relearn all of the color belt material. The instructors created a curriculum that would be accessible to any future arm less students. Jessica then became the first arm less person to earn a black belt in the ATA.
Jessica’s most famous accomplishment was learning how to fly. It took three states, four airplanes, two flight instructors and a discouraging year to find the right aircraft: a 1946 415C Ercoupe Airplane. She received the Guinness World Record for being the first person certified to fly an airplane with only their feet.

Jessica now works as a motivational speaker. She travels the world sharing her story and encouraging people to be creative and innovative with the mantra “Think outside the shoe.

Mikki Williams

What do the Cree Indians of Canada, bankers in Australia, farmers in Indiana, insurance agents in Singapore, and German fitness professionals all have in common with AT&T, IBM and Lockheed? MIKKI WILLIAMS!

Mikki Williams, CSP, is an international speaker, trainer, consultant, coach, author, radio & TV personality and entrepreneur extraordinaire. She was featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal, named one of the Outstanding Connecticut Women of the Decade by the United Nations, and ABC did a television documentary about her life. She has spoken on every continent (except Antarctica), at President Mandela’s South African home and twice at the White House.

Whether addressing the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table, or sharing the platform with Suze Orman or Tony Robbins, her unique storytelling is transformational, thought-provoking and she holds her audience members accountable to action. A highly sought after speaker, Mikki provides take home messages that improve the quality of people’s lives. Her unique audio visual aids, not Power Point, or computer generated graphics but Play-Doh, PIES cards, customized goal bands, have made her programs more memorable and fun. When people laugh, they relax, they learn more. Mikki believes in the power of humor in all programs whether inspirational or business skills.

SOME OF MIKKI’S MOST POPULAR PROGRAMS

The Whole Life Trilogy addresses the complexities, challenges and joys of life and the rewards offered through a life lived in harmony with one’s values. The Whole Life Trilogy is made up of three distinct programs — each one a unique blend of the Program Topics outlined below. They are offered independently in this suggested sequence:

Part 1: A Balancing Act: Walking the Tightrope of Life
Learn how to achieve your goals in this powerful, life-changing program that deals with potential, inspiration, change and perspective. It addresses life skills, quality of life issues and wholeness as it relates to achieving balance in our lives.

Part 2: We Interrupt this Life to Bring You…
Life is full of interruptions: birth, death, divorce, relocation, new job, health challenges, financial disasters, events that shape our lives and give us opportunities to evaluate, change, grow and find our purpose in life.

Part 3: Running the Human Race: From Success to Significance
There are times in our lives when we wonder if our vision is in sync with our values. When our purpose, our ideals and our results are not in harmony, we are out of balance. Maintaining a perspective, when we are racing to keep up with time, in an era which always seems to be accelerating, is one of life’s greatest challenges.

How to Set Yourself on Fire!
Inspiration! Interaction! Humor! Pathos! This program delivers a universal message of quality of life, change and balance. It has inspired people to make significant changes in their personal and professional lives. Discover your uniqueness and develop your potential to shape your life.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS INCLUDE;

  • You’ve Got Personnel-ity™
  • Speak Loudly and Carry a Big Shtick™
  • The Timing of the Shrewd™
  • Your Net-Work Is Important to Your Net-Worth™
  • Customer Service or Lip Service?™

Full Biography

What do the Cree Indians of Canada, bankers in Australia, farmers in Indiana, insurance agents in Singapore, and German fitness professionals all have in common with AT&T, IBM and Lockheed? MIKKI WILLIAMS!

Mikki Williams, CSP, is an international speaker, trainer, consultant, coach, author, radio & TV personality and entrepreneur extraordinaire.

She was featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal, named one of the Outstanding Connecticut Women of the Decade by the United Nations, and ABC did a television documentary about her life. She has spoken on every continent (except Antarctica), at President Mandela’s South African home and twice at the White House.

Mikki earned her designation as CSP, Certified Speaking Professional, an honor bestowed on less than 500 professional speakers worldwide. She was awarded the National Speakers Association Golden Mike Award, Small Business Advocate of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year and the International Business Person of the Year. She has hosted her own radio and television shows and has made guest appearances worldwide. Whether addressing the prestigious Million Dollar RoundTable, or sharing the platform with Peter Drucker or Tommy LaSorda, she has a dynamic ability to communicate to an audience, delivering practical information in a down-to-earth style.

In addition to Mikki Williams Untld., her speaking and training firm, and Coaching, etc . . . , her coaching and consulting enterprise, she is the Chair of two Chicago CEO think tanks, affiliated with Vistage, the world’s largest CEO organization and a resource speaker for their worldwide network.

Mikki is the unexpected; a unique, one-of-a-kind talent, eclectic, original, refreshing, and smart. An inspirational humorist and business motivator, her many successful careers have given her a wealth of information and experience in sales and marketing, teamwork, communication skills, customer service, creativity, change management, humor in the workplace, wellness and motivation. She wrote a book on customer service and produced several tapes and videos. Her inspirational life story has been optioned for a book and movie. An Enthusiologist™ who went from dance choreographer through nine successful careers to word choreographer, she mixes entertainment and humor with business savvy and knowledge to share insight and inspiration for life changing impact. From the corporate world to the ever-changing world we live in, she is a breath of fresh air: outrageous, fun, stimulating, informative and most of all, real! Carpe Diem!

Geri-Ann Galanti

Geri-Ann Galanti is a medical anthropologist as well as one of the leading experts in the field of cultural diversity. She is currently on the faculty of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where she received an Outstanding Teacher Award. Dr. Galanti has also taught at CSU Los Angeles’ Department of Anthropology and CSU Dominguez Hills’ School of Nursing, where she developed the curriculum for the BSN program’s Cultural Diversity in Healthcare course.

Dr. Galanti is the author of the highly acclaimed book, Caring for Patients from Different Cultures, the 5th edition of which will be out at the end of the year, as well as a highly sought after international speaker with over 25 years of experience lecturing to groups of nurses, doctors and managers.

 

PROGRAMS:

Cultural Competency
Designed to give participants an introduction to the kinds of conflicts and misunderstandings that can result from cultural differences. A variety of ethnic and religious groups are touched upon.

Working in a Culturally Diverse Workforce
Program addresses common problems that arise when employees (eg., physicians, nurses, aides, etc.) of different ethnic backgrounds work together. It is designed to help staff understand the behavior of their African-American, Anglo-American, Asian-American, Latino, and Middle-Eastern co-workers and to help improve working relationships.

Caring for Patients from Different Cultures
Looking at the kinds of cultural differences that can cause conflicts and misunderstandings between health care providers and hospital patients. Program focuses on four major cultural groups: African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Latinos, and Middle-Easterners, and suggests how to provide culturally appropriate care.

Cultural Issues in Oncology
This program is designed for all clinicians who work with cancer patients. Covered topics include cultural reasons why some ethnic groups experience higher rates of some cancers and cultural issues impacting the relaying of a cancer diagnosis. It also examines cultural issues affecting the way chemotherapy is administered and cultural variations in response to pain. Finally, the program suggests culturally sensitive ways to discuss oncology and end-of-life issues.

Conflict Resolution
Focusing on cultural differences that may lead to conflict among among healthcare staff. In the first part, case studies are used for small group active learning. Several tools are presented to repair damaged relationships and avoid future conflicts.

End of Life
An overview is provided of several cultures (including African-American, Asian-American, Latino, and Middle-Eastern) and religions (including Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism) with specific reference to their beliefs and behaviors regarding death and dying. Topics covered include response to pain, folk remedies, attitudes toward death and the dying, afterlife beliefs, attitudes toward life extension, euthanasia, organ donations, and autopsies; funeral and mourning practices, Near-Death-Experiences, and Nearing-Death-Awareness. Also addressed is the question of what to do when the family does not want the patient to be given a fatal diagnosis.

Home Health Care
The program examines the kinds of cultural differences that can cause conflicts and misunderstandings among home health workers, their patients, and their families. The program will focus on four major culture areas and two religious groups: African Americans, Asians, Hispanics, Middle-Easterners, Jews, and Moslems. Other groups can be included upon request. The program emphasizes understanding each group’s values and how they influence peoples’ behavior.

Language & Communication
Conflict and misunderstanding between both staff and patients and among staff often stems from miscommunication. This program examines issues relating to such things as nonverbal behavior, slang, speaking in one’s native language, and the use/misuse of interpreters.

Management
This program examines the kinds of issues that arise when managing a culturally diverse workforce. It is designed to help managers understand and deal with the behavior of their African-American, Anglo-American, Asian-American, Latino, and Middle-Eastern employees.

OTHER PROGRAMS:

  • Mental Health/Illness
  • Nursing Homes Pain
  • Pregnancy, Birth, & Women’s Health
  • Religion and Health Care
  • Traditional Practices

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Full Biography

Dr. Geri-Ann Galanti is a leading expert in the field of cultural diversity in healthcare, with over 25 years of experience lecturing to groups of nurses, doctors, and managers on issues of cultural diversity and competency.
She received her doctorate in Anthropology from UCLA with an emphasis in medical anthropology and has been on the faculty of the School of Nursing at Cal State University, Dominguez Hills and the Anthropology Department at CSU Los Angeles. She is currently teaching in the Doctoring Program at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where she received an Outstanding Teacher Award.

She is the author of numerous articles, as well as the highly acclaimed book, Caring for Patients from Different Cultures, now in its 4th edition. She served for several years as Medicine and Culture section editor for WJM (Western Journal of Medicine).

Dr. Galanti is a frequent speaker at hospitals and conferences. She was one of the major developers and content expert of the curriculum for the CSUDH’s School of Nursing course on Human Diversity. Her work on a cable TV show on Culture and Health has been the recipient of numerous awards, as has the educational video, “Patient Diversity: Beyond the Vital Signs,” based upon her book and on which she acted as consultant.

She has worked on a number of grant projects to develop materials for training health care providers to provide more culturally competent care. The projects have been funded by the National Cancer Institute, the Association of American Medical Colleges, The California Endowment, and the National Human Genome Research Institute. Most recently she served as Cultural Consultant on a grant project with the University of California medical schools to train medical students and residents about issues around end-of-life care and is currently a member of the CME Advisory Committee for the end-of-life and palliative care curriculum.

Alexander Blass

One of today’s most acclaimed social entrepreneurs and innovators, Alexander Blass is a visionary who has improved and inspired countless lives across the globe. He invented and launched person-to-person charitable giving on the Internet, a revolutionary technology adopted in dozens of countries around the world. Blass is most famous for is leaving a high ranking position at a venture capital firm to make a real difference in our world and the lives of other people. After getting tired of seeing countless stories in the news of good people in need, he decided to do something about it.

Blass invented, patented and launched RealityCharity, the world’s first person-to-person giving website and philanthropy community commonly known as the “eBay of Giving.” RealityCharity became an overnight sensation when it appeared around the world in the Associated Press on its launch day and continues to change lives around the globe everyday. It has received over 6 million hits and hosted thousands of fundraisers ranging from wounded veterans, to cancer patients, to disaster victims, supporting fundraisers in 50 countries.

The grand prize winner of the Top Innovator of the Year Award, Alexander is one of the most in-demand and best innovation keynote speakers. He also serves as an invited expert, Master Class presenter, and consultant to various audiences. He has traveled to 50 countries and enjoys inspiring others to succeed by sharing his passion, vision, expertise, and fascinating experiences.

Wharton-educated and an Oxford MBA, he also received the Influential Marylanders Award, recognizing the top 50 people in the State up to the Governor.

Mr. Blass is also the recipient of the Top 40 Under 40 Executives Award as well as the prestigious international WebAward for Outstanding Achievement, and has been honored as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the renowned Wharton School of business.

PROGRAM TOPICS

PRICELESS STRATEGIES FROM AN INNOVATOR:
HOW TO THRIVE IN CHALLENGING TIMES
In a constantly evolving world and today’s challenging economic climate, leadership through innovation, creativity and change management are no longer optional, but essential. Alexander Blass, grand prize winner of the Daily Record’s Top Innovator of the Year Award, reveals his strategies for success and an actionable blueprint. In this captivating and engaging keynote speech delivered to Fortune 500 and Global 1000 audiences worldwide, learn how you can reinvent yourself and your organization to get on the path to innovation today, think about “what’s next” and challenge the status quo in your industry. Discover essential characteristics and strategies of successful leaders, innovators, and innovative organizations. Grasp some of the challenges you must overcome to foster a thriving culture of innovation. Learn how to generate international buzz and excitement for your innovative endeavors with increasingly limited resources.

HOW TO DOMINATE YOUR MARKET AND BEAT THE COMPETITION
Alexander Blass teaches strategic methods for market domination and how to stay ahead of your competition. International case studies and best practices are studied across multiple industries to uncover what has differentiated the companies that have dominated their markets from those that have become defunct. Learn how to create unparalleled excitement and free publicity and media coverage for your products and service. Craft highly valuable, innovative and sophisticated buzz marketing and viral campaigns for your brand’s endeavors, which harness and grow your community of loyal customers and render your competition obsolete.

SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING SECRETS AND WEB 2.0:
HARNESS THE POWER OF COMMUNITY
Over 70% of the global Internet population visits social networking or blogging sites. Companies and organizations are rapidly playing “catch up” to adapt to this user-generated, customer-centric wave of social computing by scrambling to adopt both external and internal social media marketing and Web 2.0 strategies. Learn how to harness the power of your customers and community. Develop a game-winning social media marketing strategy. Beat the competition by employing best practices for success. Learn how to foster deeper relationships with your customers, promote your programs, and leverage your exuberant customer base to evangelize your brand and take it global.

FUNDRAISING 2.0: REVEALING AND RAISING THE INVISIBLE MILLIONS
Blass, credited with “revolutionizing charitable giving,” offers an evocative and eye-opening look into human nature, delving into the psychology of giving as well as the power of social networks and grassroots activism. Blass explores how technological innovation is changing the face of philanthropy, and offers thought-provoking strategies for fundraising success.

Complete Biography

Wharton and Oxford-educated, Alexander Blass is an internationally acclaimed American innovator and entrepreneur. He has traveled to 50 countries and appeared in hundreds of media outlets, including multiple cover stories. He is the grand prize winner of the Daily Record’s Top Innovator of the Year Award, which credited him with “revolutionizing charitable giving” for inventing person-to-person giving technology on the Internet. He presently serves as President of Alexander Blass International, an executive education and training firm based in Baltimore.

Alexander keynotes some of the world’s most prestigious conferences on innovation/creativity, leadership/change, business development & entrepreneurship. Examples include the Abu Dhabi Innovation Forum in the United Arab Emirates, the World Management Forum, the European Conference on Creativity and Innovation in Portugal, the Stars of Business Awards in Dubai, the Kingdom Entrepreneurship Summit in Saudi Arabia, EPIC in New York, HR SUMMIT in Singapore, and IBM INNOVATE in India to an audience of 2,000 people.

Frequently interviewed by the media, Alexander is a highly sought after and inspirational keynote speaker, Master Class presenter, invited expert and consultant. Through his high energy, dynamic and engaging presentation style, he enjoys sharing his expertise, passion, vision and fascinating experiences with top corporate business audiences at Fortune 500 and Global 1000 organizations, as well as associations, non-profits, and students.

Alexander also received the Baltimore Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 Executives Award and the Daily Record’s Influential Marylanders Award. He was honored as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Wharton School of Business.

Previously, Alexander was a venture capitalist, strategy consultant, senior government executive, and software developer, beginning his career at KPMG Consulting. During his tenure as a venture capitalist, one of the fund’s portfolio companies went from a $500,000 fund investment to a nearly $500 million all-cash acquisition by a Fortune 50 corporation. He has worked with leading organizations worldwide on opportunities totaling over $1 billion, as well as serving on boards of various for-profit and non-profit organizations in the U.S. and overseas. Alexander has been an invited expert at the National Science Foundation on a dozen occasions, making investment recommendations on over $100 million of emerging technologies for the U.S. government.

He has appeared in numerous media outlets globally including the Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, Associated Press, BusinessWeek, Globe & Mail, International Herald Tribune, The Independent, The Guardian, Melbourne Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, FOX, Forbes, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, The Sun, Information Week, Internet Evolution, Daily Record, South African Broadcasting Corporation, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Voice of Africa, Khaleej Times, Al Ittihad, Dubai Eye, SME Advisor Middle East, Private Sector Qatar, and many more.

Alexander received an MBA from Oxford University in England. He also holds a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, where he concurrently studied at the Wharton School of Business.

Rita Davenport

Rita Davenport is an internationally recognized expert in the principles of success, time management, goal-setting, creative thinking, and self-esteem and confidence. Her unique background as an entrepreneur, corporate executive, author, speaker, humorist, and broadcaster sets her apart and has made her one of the most beloved and widely admired role models on the speaking circuit. She produced and hosted her own award-winning television shows in Phoenix, Arizona, for 15 years. Read more

Bruckner Chase

On August 24, 2010, at 4:00 AM, surrounded by a community of supporters, Bruckner Chase embarked on a 25-mile marathon swim to connect Santa Cruz to Monterey while also binding those on land with the Monterrey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Those twenty-five miles developed into an epic fourteen-hour journey in which he encountered everything from massive jellyfish to blue whales, fog to white-capped swells. Read more