Our 2018 line up really knocked it out of the park!
Kyla Sokoll-Ward challenged us to end our personal judgements of others (judgements being a powerful force of human separation) and allow curiosity about and compassion for others to connect us with our human family.
Monika Lutz introduced us to the idea of “sound writing.” The premise: it doesn’t matter what you say but how you deliver it. She demonstrated how intentional vocalization of a message can elicit emotions and reactions in the audience.
Jaietta Jackson recounted charming stories about her family and reminded us about the importance of recording family histories for future generations before those precious stories become lost to time.
Cassie Clouser opened up and shared a very personal story about her former spouse’s transgender process. In her talk, Cassie explored the connection between our long-held beliefs and our personal choices… and how each bear on our lives.
Josh Allan Dykstra talked about his life’s work of studying our relationship with work. The current model—the one where workers dislike work and leave it emotionally and physically exhausted—does not work. Instead, Josh advocated a new approach centered on an energy based model, where work if fulfilling.
Lindsey Catarino has been looking for committed companionship since her divorce…only to discover that app-based modern dating has killed commitment. She offered useful strategies for finding love between clicks and swipes.
Jonathan Altfeld, a noted expert in genius mapping, explained how one becomes “unconsciously competent” and how others can learn from these special people.
Eric Thompson is a comedian and magician who has taken his show all over the world. He witnessed, first hand, how laughter bridges cultural gaps and helps suffering people heal.
Eric Hodgdon is a model of resilience. After his teenager daughter, Zoi, committed suicide, Eric had to learn to get up and get on with life. His personal story was raw and inspirational.
Dr. Darrell Wallace introduced us all to the wonders of additive manufacturing… otherwise known as 3-D printing. Dr. Wallace argues that this accessible technology democratizes manufacturing and provides wonderful opportunities for all of us to make the personally important things that improve our lives.
Kenneth Clowes spoke of a problem that affects too many of our family members and friends: substance abuse and addiction. Ken did not gain his sobriety easily- he earned it and, in doing so, discovered insights that can benefit us all.
Jan Rutherford personifies grit. At 17, he became an Army Green Beret—one of the most prestigious special forces in our military. Almost no one thought he stood a chance: he stood just 5’ 4.5” and weighted about 114 pounds. But Jan proved everyone wrong and now uses what he learned about perseverance to lead others to personal and business success.
Rex Mann came to the stage with a warning. When he was a boy, his father taught him the special qualities of the American Chestnut tree. And, to his horror, he lived through the complete extinction of this species. Rex now speaks to groups all over the country about the need to preserve America’s natural gifts.
Lawrence Henderson used his military experience to explain that action is more important than thought… always.
Jenilee Taylor recounted how she became an introvert after the death of her beloved grandmother. Later, she used the life lessons her grandmother modeled for her to create the idea of “emotional glitter”… and she’s been spreading it to make the world a friendlier, happier place since.
Jim Donovan is a recording artist who is proficient on both drums and guitar. After a frightening panic attack, he discovered how simple rhythm can help everyone get the sleep their bodies need.
Roshni Di Stefano took the stage to remind the local, Youngstown audience of the many blessings that come with living in the Mahoning Valley.
Candice Michelle, a former wrestling champion in the World Wide Wrestling Federation, energized the crowd with her tales of struggle, taking risk and winning glory.