Simon T. Bailey
Simon T. Bailey is a Breakthrough Strategist whose life’s purpose is to teach 1 billion+ people how to be fearless and create their future.
He equips companies with the tools necessary to effect cultural transformation resulting in higher employee engagement and platinum customer service experiences. He challenges individuals to dig deep to find and release their inner brilliance and become Chief Breakthrough Officers – personally and professionally.
With more than 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, including serving as sales director for Disney Institute, Simon knows how to engage and inspire leaders and team members through his keynotes, workshops, books and online courses. He has personally worked with more than 1,700 organizations in 46 countries since launching Simon T. Bailey International more than fifteen years ago.
Simon has been named one of the top 25 people who will help you reach your business and life goals by SUCCESS magazine, joining a list that includes Brené Brown, Tony Robbins and Oprah Winfrey. He is the author of ten books including his most recent release, Be the SPARK: Five Platinum Service Principles for Creating Customers for Life. His Building Business Relationships on Lynda.com on LinkedIn has been viewed by more than 864,000 people. His Goalcast video, released Father’s Day 2018, has over 63 million views worldwide.
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 Honor Society.
When he is not working, Simon spends quality time with his two active teenagers, roots for the Buffalo Bills and serves as a board member for the U.S. Dream Academy, Orlando Health Foundation Board and Florida Virtual Learning School Foundation.
Sheri Salata is Chief Visionary of The Pillar Life, an inspirational lifestyle brand and co-host of the popular podcast, The Sheri + Nancy Show. Sheri’s current venture is the evolution of her twenty- year career with Oprah Winfrey. Her action-packed days as Executive Producer on The Oprah Winfrey Show were chronicled in the acclaimed docuseries Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes. Sheri also served as Co-President of Harpo Studios and OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network. She’s been named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100 and the 2017 Feminist Press Power Award winners.
Sheri’s memoir, The Beautiful No (and other Tales of Trial, Transcendence and Transformation), published by Harper Wave, will be released in June.
Sheri is a proud University of Iowa grad and mama to her English bulldogs, Bella and Kissy. She lives happily ever after in a magical northern California town.
Rachel Hollis is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Girl, Wash Your Face, a tv personality, public speaker, podcast host, CCO of the company she founded, and mother of four. Rachel was named by Inc. Magazine as one of the Top 30 Entrepreneurs under 30 and she is deeply passionate about empowering women in business.
As a speaker, Rachel brings her infectious and inspiring energy to every person she meets. Motivational, inspirational, and always approachable, Rachel’s tell-it-like-it-is attitude is a refreshing approach that allows her to authentically connect with audiences everywhere.
Her company, The Hollis Company is the foremost authority on premium digital content for women. With an online reach in the millions, Rachel has built a true and dedicated community all over the world. Where others strive to cast a wider net that rarely produces tangible results, The Hollis Company has succeeded by digging deeper. Rachel has worked with top brands like Walmart, Disney, JCPenney, Rubbermaid, Sprint, and Keurig just to name a few.
Maggie Nichols joined the Eureka! Ranch in 1999 after graduating from Miami University’s Farmer School of Business. After reading an article about the Ranch during an Entrepreneurship class, she decided that the Eureka! Ranch was the place where she was going to work. Months and dozens of pestering visits later, Founder, Doug Hall, finally acquiesced and Maggie’s been part of the ranch ever since.
She started as an Apprentice Inventor working on innovation projects along side Doug Hall and the team. After a short stint working on internet strategy at a large corporate bank, she moved to Oxford, England where she supported Eureka!‘s European efforts. In 2005, she returned to the US as Vice President of R&D while also, continuing to oversee innovation projects. In those years she helped to pioneer the development of Innovation Engineering.
In 2009 Maggie was named President & Chief Operating Officer - not only leading the team at Eureka! Ranch and the Innovation Engineering Institute, but helping C-Level Executives around the world guide their employees and teams through innovation. She has served as innovation coach and educator to some of the world's largest companies and non-profits including American Express, Humana, March of Dimes, and P&G. In Summer, 2018 Maggie was named CEO & President of Eureka! Ranch.
Maggie is a self reported introvert, but when it comes to Innovation Education and Leadership you’ll find her passion makes her talk fast, furiously and incessantly providing an incredible energy to any event.
Maggie is a Miami University (that is Ohio) graduate who is married to her college sweetheart, Brian. They live in Cincinnati, Ohio with their two kids.
Kindra Hall is an award-‐winning columnist, author, and national champion storyteller. As a former Director of Marketing and VP of Sales, Kindra discovered the most effective method for capturing attention and increasing revenue—great storytelling. Kindra’s work can be seen in a weekly column at Inc.com, and has been featured in SUCCESS Magazine, Entrepreneur.com and behind the scenes in New York Times best selling books. A former board member of the National Storytelling Network, and with a Masters’ Degree in Organizational Communications & Management, Kindra now teaches innovative brands and executives to close more sales, become better leaders and blow up brands with the irresistible power of strategic storytelling.
Jessica O. Matthews
Jessica O. Matthews is the founder and CEO of Uncharted Power, an award-winning energy and data technology company that develops infrastructure solutions for communities, facilities, and Internet of Things. The company was founded by Jessica when she was only 22 years old.
Uncharted Power first began as Uncharted Play, a new kind of social enterprise grounded in play and the happiness of life, that would show the world how play could be a tangible tool for inspiring social innovation.
Jessica was invited by President Barack Obama to the White House to represent small companies for the signing of the America Invents Act in 2012, and currently serves as an Ambassador of Entrepreneurship for Nigeria. In 2016, she raised what is presently the largest Series A ever raised by a black female founder in history, and was selected to ring the NASDAQ opening ceremony bell, representing all Forbes30 Under 30 alumna.
Jessica’s research and career centers around the intersection of disruptive technology, renewable energy, human behavior, and the psychology of self-actualization. A dual citizen of Nigeria & the U.S., Jessica has a degree in Psychology and Economics from Harvard University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and is listed on over 10 patents and patents pending—including her first invention of the SOCCKET, an energy generating soccer ball, at the age of 19.
Her list of accolades includes Fortune’s Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs, Forbes30 Under 30 list, Inc30 Under 30, and Scientist of the Year by Harvard University. She was also recently nominated by TechCrunchfor Founder of the Year. Jessica has appeared on the cover of Forbes and Forbes Africa, as well as featured in Marie Claire, Wired,Inc, TechCrunch, The New York Times, and Fast Company, among others.
Harris Faulkner is a multiple Emmy award-winning newscaster and trailblazer in her field. Faulkner joined Fox News Channel in 2005, where she anchors a daily daytime show Outnumbered Overtime with Harris Faulkner in addition to co-hosting Outnumbered.
Faulkner recently wrote a book, 9 Rules of Engagement: A Military Brat's Guide to Life and Success. In her book, Faulkner shares the lessons she learned growing up in a military family paying homage to the military ideals that shaped her and showing how everyone can benefit from bringing the wisdom of military service into their lives.
Most recently, Faulkner presented an exclusive interview with President Donald Trump in which he discussed his search for the next White House chief of staff and the latest news regarding his push for border security. In addition, Harris participated in FNC's live coverage of the 2018 midterm election. In September 2018, she presented Town Hall America with Harris Faulkner, live in front of an audience to focus on hot-button issues surrounding the nationwide debate on immigration.
Throughout her career, Faulkner has interviewed many notable figures, including Sen. John McCain, Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas, Sen. Rand Paul, White House counsel Kellyanne Conway, renowned musician Gene Simmons, NFL legend Joe Theismann, among others. Faulkner has covered numerous global news events, including the Sandy Hook shooting, the 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions, the 9/11 attacks, Whitney Houston's passing, the 2013 government shutdown, the AIDS crisis in South Africa, and the 2005 disappearance of Natalee Holloway.
Prior to joining Fox News, Faulkner served as a correspondent for WNYW-TV's (FOX 5) A Current Affair, and as a substitute host on The Nancy Grace Show on CNN Headlines News. She began her career as a reporter and anchor for WNCT-TV (CBS 9) in Greenville, NC, before going on to work for Kansas City's WDAF-TV (FOX 4) in 1992. In 2000, Faulkner joined KSTP-TV (ABC 5) in Minneapolis, MN, where she served as an evening anchor; she also hosted The Harris Faulkner Show on FM107 Radio.
Faulkner has received six Emmy Awards for her successful work in broadcast, including the 2004 Emmys for Best Newscaster and Best News Special. Outnumbered was ranked among the top ten Cable News Programs of 2016 by Nielsen. Faulkner also received the National Headliner Award for Best Newscast for her coverage of Sen. Paul Wellstone's fatal plane crash in 2003.
Faulkner is a motivational speaker, writer, and philanthropist. Faulkner, who grew up as a "military brat," is involved with the Green Beret Foundation, which provides medical, transition, and family support for those who have served in the U.S. Army Special Forces, and with the Navy Seal Foundation, which provides immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare community and its families. Faulkner is also active in raising awareness and funds surrounding breast cancer research, working with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Avon Foundation for Women, and the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation. In 1998, Faulkner received the Amelia Earhart Pioneering Lifetime Achievement Award for her humanitarian efforts.
Faulkner graduated from The University of California at Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Mass Communications. She resides in New Jersey with husband Tony Berlin and their two daughters.
Dr. Beth Livingston
Dr. Beth A. Livingston is an Assistant Professor in Management and Organizations at the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business. She received her Ph.D. in 2009 from the University of Florida, and an MBA and two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Kentucky before that. She spent 8 years as a professor at Cornell University prior to moving to the Midwest. Professor Livingston currently teaches undergraduate and graduate-level courses in human resource management. Her research interests lie primarily in gender, discrimination, and work-family, with additional interests in diversity and stereotypes. She has published in numerous distinguished journals including the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, and the Handbook of Organizational Behavior. Her research has also been featured in news outlets like the Washington Post and the New York Times, and she has been interviewed on NPR, the NBC Nightly News, and the Fox News Channel.
Cy Wakeman is a drama researcher, global thought-leader, and New York Times best-selling author who is recognized for cultivating a counter-intuitive, reality-based approach to leadership. Deemed “the secret weapon to restoring sanity to the workplace,” Wakeman has helped companies such as Facebook, Pfizer, Caterpillar, New York Presbyterian, Catholic Health Initiatives, Eli Lilly, Keurig Green Mountain, and Nationwide learn to navigate our rapidly changing world using good mental processes to harness energy wasted in workplace drama and reinvest that effort into achieving profound business results.
Wakeman holds a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speaker’s Association, placing her within the top 3% of speakers. She’s a regular contributor on Forbes.com, Success.com, The Huffington Post, and Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global. In 2018, she was voted both Top 100 Leadership Experts to follow on Twitter and #10 on the Global Guru’s list of Top 30 Leadership Professionals.
Wakeman has published three books, the latest of which is No Ego: How to Cut the Cost of Drama, End Entitlement and Drive Big Results (2017). Cy also hosts her own No Ego podcast, a Facebook Watch show, Life’s Messy, Live Happy, and adds weekly video content on YouTube to address leaders’ biggest challenges in the workplace.
Bobbi Earles - Emcee
Bobbi Earles attended Loras College, graduating in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Studies and American Politics. She was hired right out of college by NBC affiliate KWWL in Waterloo, Iowa working her way up through the ranks of reporter, photographer and producer, eventually anchoring the 5, 6 and 10 o’clock newscasts. Throughout her career she was recognized by local, regional and national news agencies for her work health reporting and breaking news, receiving the National Headliner Award, Parent’s Choice Award, National Association of Broadcasters Award, Women in Communication Award, Associated Press Award and Iowa Broadcast News Association Award.
After 14 years in the broadcast news industry, Ms. Earles returned to the Loras College campus in 2003. She joined the Advancement Division working as a Senior Development Officer raising funds to advance the mission of the college. In 2005, she was promoted to Executive Director of Alumni and Communications helping to build engagement with alumni, friends and community members.
Civic engagement is important to Ms. Earles and since returning to Dubuque she has served as a board of director on a number of non-profits including Opening Doors, American Red Cross of the Tri-States and Two by Two Character Education.
Ms. Earles lives in Asbury with her husband Rich and together they have two daughters.