Our Speakers

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Abhi Golhar

National Radio Host | Speaker | Entrepreneur

Abhi Golhar is a real estate investor, entrepreneur, 3x nationally syndicated radio show host on the Wall Street Business Radio Network, and media figure, whose experience encompasses print, podcasting, radio, and television appearances.
As a much-sought-after voice in real estate investment and entrepreneurship, Abhi has written for a variety of publications including Forbes, Inc., Huffington Post, and industry-specific magazines like Inman and Think Realty.
With a passion for entrepreneurship and reforming healthcare education, Abhi has grown 4 startups with the most recent being NPHub. This startup launched in Q3 2017 and now serves 1,000+ nurse practitioner students with yearly revenues exceeding $3M+ with no venture, angel, or equity/debt investment. He currently is the principal at Meridian 84 and Blue Apple Labs, an Atlanta business acquisition and investment firm and venture studio, respectively.

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Alexia Vernon

Founder and President, Step into Your Moxie | Keynote Speaker and Author | Women's Leadership and Communication Skills Expert

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Andy Wyatt

Author of Pro Leadership | Founder & Head Coach Andrew Wyatt Leadership LLC

Andy portrays in painstaking honest detail what it takes to handle those stirring moments of success properly, and face the tough decisions all business leaders face, which can often mark the difference between winning and losing.

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Bea Wray

Co-Founder of Millennial Women Network | Leadership Expert | Author | Keynote Speaker

An innovation expert, Bea helps thought leaders share their stories, passions and knowledge as they invent, launch, and promote new products. As the former Chair of the Entrepreneurship Practice Group at Advantage Media Group, ForbesBooks, Bea further leveraged the wisdom and experience of these innovators through branding, visibility, and marketing efforts substantiated by the ForbesBooks brand name.

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Benny Pough

Music Executive | Entrepreneur | Author | CEO of Dverse Media | Real Estate Proprietary

Decades of dedication and determination propelled Benny Pough to the forefront of the music industry and made him one of today’s successful and innovative business leaders. Pough has helped shape the sound and culture of music worldwide, having been instrumental in delivering radio hits for superstar artists. Pough’s legacy continues as a master of promotions and marketing, coupled with an unmatched eye and ear for talent.

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Charisse Lillie

Speaker | Author | Consultant | CEO of CRL Consulting LLC

Charisse shares her insights for the next generation of attorneys, activists, and authors to make an impact in your career and your industry. Her lessons from mentors, advisers, and leadership on corporate and nonprofit boards highlight the role of diversity in tipping the scales towards balance in the legal profession. Lillie provides audiences with the tools to handle the playing field, pitfalls, and pathways to progress.

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Charles D. Smith

NBA Legend | US Olympian | Head of Sports & Entertainment
Mediacom | Fierce Facilitator

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Chinwe Esimai

Forbes Contributor | Award-Winning Lawyer | Speaker | Citi Chief Anti-Bribery Officer

Chinwe Esimai is a Nigerian-born, Harvard-trained lawyer who is passionate about inspiring generations of immigrant women leaders. Along with her mother, three brothers, and sister, she relocated to the United States in 1995, right before college.

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Chitra Nawbatt

Business Builder / Growth Leader / Media Contributor

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Chris Stewart

Parent Activist | Writer | Speaker | CEO of Brightbeam Network

Chris Stewart gained his powerful fighting voice 29 years ago when he had his first child. Because he did not have a good education himself, Chris was determined to give his child a better life than what he had. Today he stands beside millions of families fighting for the same things for their kids.

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Curtis Jenkins

Entrepreneur | Advisor | Author | Keynote Speaker

Curtis Jenkins is the owner of Jenkins & Associates, Inc and specializes in developing strategies with small business owners to grow their companies to 7 & 8 figures with his patented methodology: The Realization Framework Experience(R).
His structured program helps small business owners to:

Articulate a Vision that's understood by all
Organize business operations: People and Cashflow
Create, execute and measure their goals to realize their vision

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Dondré Whitfield

Actor | Speaker | Social Commentator | Restoration Agent | Author

Words possess the power to create a sense of calmness, healing, transformation, and deliverance. When Dondré speaks, his essence releases wisdom, practical strategies, and timeless answers that bring to life relational healing and self-discovery moments among men and women. His message targets a wide array of impactful life and relationship topics related to manhood, leadership, parenting, and spiritual inspiration. He shares from his wealth of life experiences that span across family dynamics, his career, and his inner life. He harnesses the power of these experiences to influence the course of the collective male conscience through his vulnerability and willingness to share.

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Dorinda Walker

Cultural Strategist | Award Winning Marketer | Author | Podcaster | Community Advocate | Change Agent | Content Creator

From drug dealer, multiple suicide attempts, and no self-worth, Dorinda has transformed into an acclaimed author, highly praised businesswoman, coach, and influencer. From chaos and dysfunction to peace and purpose, Dorinda Walker is fast becoming a celebrated writer, empowerment speaker and, advocate for positive change. She’s now on a mission to transform the lives of many who are seeking to live a life of purpose as a certified John Maxwell coach, trainer, and speaker!

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Dr. Argie Allen-Wilson

CEO | Speaker | Executive Coach and Relationship Transformationalist | Author

With over 25 years’ experience as a Mental Health & Relationship Therapist, Dr. Argie Allen Wilson is a renowned national television and radio personality, often appearing as a mental health & relationship expert.

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Dr. Carolyn A. Brent

Award-Winning American Author | Speaker | Radio Host & Broadcast TV Analyst | Caregiver & Eldercare Legislation Advocate

Dr. Carolyn A. Brent is an American author of award-winning best-selling books, a keynote speaker, a National Physique Committee Masters Women's Figure Champion at age 60, and an elder-care legislation advocate. She has 21 publications in 1,125 library holdings worldwide. Her books are in the Library of Congress, the libraries of the University of Oxford, Harvard, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, and numerous other medical centers and universities.

People are living longer, and some are also living sicker.

Dr. Brent is an exclusive Deep Beauty igniter who discusses tapping into your deep beauty, emotionally, physically financially, spiritually, and inner worth by transforming your life through self-care at any age. She is a dynamic speaker who motivates and ignites the Deep Beauty that resonates within your soul to guide you in becoming your own wellness advocate and living your best life.

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Dr. Joe-Joe McManus

Keynote Speaker | Anti-Racism Advisor | Change Maker | Author

Dr. McManus has established himself over more than 25 years as a leader at the intersections of anti-racist education, inclusive excellence, and leadership development. He has held faculty, staff, and executive roles, including Chief Diversity Officer. He has served at an HBCU, an international university, an Ivy League institution, a religion affiliated university, and at the public university system level.

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Dr. Kori Novak

Seasoned Chief Executive Officer | Researcher | Published | Author

Dr. Kori Novak is an accomplished Senior Executive with more than 18 years of success in healthcare and criminal justice. Leveraging extensive experience as a CEO for various organizations Dr. Novak’s broad areas of expertise include elder care, hospice services, healthcare strategy and public affairs.
Dr. Novak attained her Post-Doctoral Fellowship from Stanford University School of Medicine, her Ph.D. from Capella University, her MBA from Pepperdine Graziadio Business School, and her BA from the University of Denver.

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Dr. Pam Sitienei

Co-Founder & CEO at ONAPS Development

With a heart for service, Dr. Pam serves as Founder and Chief Vision Officer for the ONAPS Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic Africa while addressing economic empowerment issues in American communities.

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Dr. Taryn Marie

#1 International Expert on Resilience, Mental Health, Wellbeing, and Leadership

Founder and Chief Resilience Officer of Resilience Leadership Institute

Dr. Taryn Marie is the #1 foremost international expert on leadership and resilience, leadership development, and executive coaching in the face of challenge, complexity, and change. Formerly, she has served as the Head of Executive Development and Talent Strategy at Nike as well as Head of Global Leadership Development at Cigna. She is the Founder and Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) at Resilience Leadership Institute (RLI).

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Dr. William Watson

Author, Twelve Steps for White America: for a United States of America

Dr. William Watson first learned democracy watching his Mississippi parents risk their lives (and his) in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Defying odds set by poverty and alcoholism, Watson earned a social justice focused doctorate from San Francisco State University and completed a Presidential Fellowship for College Excellence with The Aspen Institute’s partnership with Stanford University. After prototyping equity innovations in higher education for over twenty years, he founded Waterbrook, LLC, (williamwatson.org) a USA democracy project that works for peace and prosperity through justice then liberty for all, inspired by MLK's Beloved Community. He is the author of Twelve Steps for White America and three companion workbooks: #12SWA for Individuals & Bookclubs; #12SWA for Higher Education; and #12SWA for Companies & Non-Profits.