Meet the Tribe

A network of extraordinary people
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The A-Fest tribe is a community of people who share similar values and have grand visions of the kind of impact they want to have on the world.

We curate and attract amazing leaders, thinkers and doers – from Inc. 500 CEOs, best-selling authors and award-winning artists to growth-hacking entrepreneurs, business owners and world-class coaches.

Both speakers and attendees are part of the tribe, equally immersed in the experience to network, connect, bond and share. You’re just as likely to meet the owner of a $50-million-dollar business as you are to meet a young up-and-coming entrepreneurial star. This diversity creates an extraordinary environment that you won’t find at conventional networking conferences.

Below are some of our highlighted tribe members who attended previous A-Fests since 2010.

Health, Fitness & Wellness

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Michael Bernard Beckwith, Founder of Agape International Spiritual Center, Co-founder of the Association for Global New Thought

Michael Bernard Beckwith is the founder and spiritual director of the Agape International Spiritual Center. He is a sought after meditation teacher, speaker, and seminar leader on the Life Visioning Process, which he originated. Three of his most recent books—Life Visioning, Spiritual Liberation, and TranscenDance Expanded are recipients of the prestigious Nautilus Award. He has appeared on the OWN’s Help Desk, Dr. Oz, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, Tavis Smiley, and in his own PBS Special, The Answer Is You. Beckwith was one of the featured teachers in The Secret (2006) movie and best-selling book.

 

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Fabrizio Mancini - Health & Wellness Expert, Bestselling author, & speaker

Dr. Fabrizio Mancini is a recognized expert in Health/Wellness, internationally acclaimed public speaker and bestselling author. Dr. Fab has been featured on Dr. Phil, The Doctors, Fox News, CNN Espanol, Univision and numerous syndicated morning shows, and you can hear him every week on his popular radio show ‘Self-Healing’. Dr. Fab has given testimony to the White House Commission for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and served on the Texas Governor’s Advisory Council for Physical Fitness.

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JJ Virgin - Celebrity Nutrition and Fitness Expert

Celebrity Nutrition and Fitness Expert, JJ Virgin helps clients lose weight fast by breaking free from food intolerances crush their sugar cravings. She is author of 4 New York Times Best-sellers: JJ Virgin’s Sugar Impact Diet Cookbook: 150 Low Sugar Recipes to Help You Lose up to 10 pounds in Just 2 Weeks, The Sugar Impact Diet: Drop 7 Hidden Sugars, Lose up to 10 Pounds, Just 2 Weeks, The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days, and The Virgin Diet Cookbook: 150 Easy and Delicious Recipes to Lose Weight and Feel Better Fast. JJ is also a frequent blogger at Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, and other outlets as well as a popular guest on TV, radio, and in magazines. 

 

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Dave Asprey - Founder of The Bulletproof Executive, Entrepreneur & Investor

Dave Asprey is the Founder of The Bulletproof Executive, Silicon Valley investor and technology entrepreneur who spent two decades and over $300,000 to hack his own biology. Dave lost 100 pounds without counting calories or excessive exercise, used techniques to upgrade his IQ, and lowered his biological age while learning to sleep more efficiently in less time. Dave is the creator of the widely popular Bulletproof Coffee, host of the radio show and #1 health podcast Bulletproof Radio, and author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Bulletproof Diet.

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Marisa Peer - Speaker, Celebrity Therapist, & Best-Selling Author

Marisa Peer is a world renowned speaker, celebrity therapist, and best-selling author with nearly three decades of experience. Named Best British Therapist by Men’s Health magazine and featured in Tatler’s Guide to Britain’s 250 Best Doctors, she uses her experiences treating patients including rock stars, CEOs, elite Olympic athletes, royalty and Oscar winning actors to inform her life-changing speeches and lectures. She has been voted best speaker at numerous conferences including The Mastermind Group London, the Women in Business Superconference, and A-Fest Croatia 2015.

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Lisa Nichols - CEO of Motivating the Masses, Author, & Speaker

Lisa Nichols is a best-selling author, a popular public speaker, a powerful coach, and a charismatic teacher. Her participation in the self-development phenomenon, The Secret, catapulted her popularity across the globe. Lisa has appeared on the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Extra,” “Larry King Live” and on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning show, “Starting Over”. Her transformational workshops have impacted the lives of over 210 thousand teens and over 1 million adults. Her new book “No Matter What!” hit 6 bestsellers lists, including the New York Times, in the first 37 days of being released and has already been sold in 20 foreign languages.

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Sonia Choquette - Intuitive and Spiritual Expert

Sonia Choquette is a world-renowned intuitive and spiritual teacher who specializes in helping others recognize that we are all endowed with a sixth sense that we can count on. A masterful teacher committed to strengthening intuition in our daily lives, she is the best-selling author of ten books and numerous audio editions.

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Lindsay Sukornyk - Leadership Coach, Yoga Trainer, & Writer

Lindsey is a transformational leadership coach, yoga teacher and writer, who has worked with hundreds of leaders over the last 14 years. She has been cited as a coaching expert in various publications, including The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Canadian Business Magazine, Maclean’s Magazine, Chatelaine Magazine, CBC’s “Venture,” the Toronto Sun, Metro Daily, Toronto Business Times, Balance TV, and Canadian Living, W Network’s “The Right Fit”, “Yummy Mummy”, and HGTV’s “Home to Go.”

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Eric Edmeades - Motivational Speaker, Business Mentor, & Enterpreneur

Eric Edmeades is a Canadian businessman and professional speaker. Edmeades is best known for his international motivational speaking philanthropy. In August 2009, Edmeades acquired and became Chairman of Lucasfilm spin-off, Kerner Optical and subsequently founded the Kerner Group. Edmeades’ first successful business venture was The ITR Group, a supplier, integrator and maintainer of mobile computers, wireless networking technology and laser imaging technologies. He sold a majority share in the ITR Group in 2006 and retired from the IT sector.

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Alfred Kendrick - Founder and creator of FIT ARTS, Hollywood-based Personal Trainer

Alfred Kendrick, creator of FIT ARTS and Sex to Impress Workout, he is a Hollywood-based personal trainer who attracts a variety of clients that include celebrities, super-models, performers, and athletes because of his unique workout routines and programs that are specialized to individual body types. Alfred has been featured in over a dozen TV and commercial appearances, along with over 500 live performances worldwide. He has worked with Rihanna, Dancing with the Stars, Red Bull, and more.

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Robin Farmanfarmaian - President at i4j, Author & VP at INVICTA Medical

Robin Farmanfarmaian is an entrepreneur, speaker, and author working in cutting edge technology and medicine, science and IT. A lifelong philanthropist and mentor, she is the Co-Founder and a member of the Board of Directors for the Organ Preservation Alliance, Vice President at INVICTA Medical, and President for Innovation for Jobs Summit. Robin is on the advisory board of many startups and conferences, and mentors female entrepreneurs. Previous work includes being one of the founders of Morfit, the Exponential Medicine conference, and a VP at Singularity University. .

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Robert Richman - Culture Strategist, Co-Founder of Zappos Insights & Author

Robert Richman is the author of the Culture Blueprint a systematic guide to building the high-performance workplace. He was a manager and culture strategist at Zappos.com and co-founded Zappos Insights, an innovative program focused on educating companies on the secrets behind its game-changing employee culture. He took Zappos Insights from an idea to a multimillion dollar business line. Robert has spoken to and consulted for Google, Toyota, Eli Lilly, Whole Foods, Intuit and many other companies.

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Emily Fletcher - Founder of Ziva Meditation

Emily Fletcher is one of the world’s leading experts in Vedic Meditation and the founder of Ziva Meditation offering live courses to all levels of meditators in NYC and LA. She is also the creator of zivaMIND the world’s first online meditation training. Emily recently taught at Google and will be featured on Google Talks with Ariana Huffington and Russell Simmons. She has been invited to be a guest teacher at Summit Series, Relativity Media, The Omega Institute with Jon Gabriel and the Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment with Eckhart Tolle.

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Psalm Isadora - Intimacy Coach, Author, & Yoga Teacher

Psalm Isadora is a yoga teacher, author and speaker, specializing in health and sexuality, based in Los Angeles. Psalm is an internationally known instructor in tantra and yoga, lecturing and teaching workshops across the United States and India. She has taught thousands of workshops internationally and specializes in simplifying the ancient methods of Tantra to help modern men and women have better sex. Psalm’s work has appeared in Playboy and Elephant Journal. Her new video series Venus Code: Unlocking Orgasm for Women & Couples is now available online.

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Mark Hyman - Physician, Speaker, Educator, and Author

Mark Hyman is a practicing family physician, a ten-time #1 New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in his field. He is the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. He is also the founder and medical director of The Ultra Wellness Center, chairman of the board of the Institute for Functional Medicine, a medical editor of The Huffington Post, and was a regular medical contributor on many television shows including CBS This Morning, Today Show, CNN, and The View, Katie and The Dr. Oz Show.

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Anthony Trucks - Entrepreneur, Trainer, Speaker, Former NFL Player

Anthony is an entrepreneur, trainer, speaker and a former NFL player. After a severe injury that prevented him from pursuing his football career, he founded his own company, anthonytrucks.com. Anthony consult entrepreneurs, CEO’s, coaches, and college students. Anthony is very passionate about helping others see their greatest potential. He speaks across the globe to motivate and inspire. He believed there’s no hill too high to climb and he wants everyone to believe in that too.

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Christine Bullock - Fitness and Lifestyle Expert

Christine Bullock is a top trainer & lifestyle coach currently residing in Los Angeles California, where she was voted LA Racked 2013 Hottest Trainer. She believes fitness and nutrition are a guide to living life to the fullest. Christine developed and stared in 10 Minute Solution: Butt Lift DVD and is a contributor to Oxygen Magazine, Women’s Day Magazine, In Touch Magazine, Life & Style, Women’s Day Magazine, Shape.com, Popsugar.com, Fabfitfun.com, SheKnows.com, and many more. She is recognized as a top fitness model representing brands such as P-90X, Insanity, Equinox, Metaball, and Alpha Pro Nutrition, as well as featured in Men’s Health Magazine and on the cover of Sport & Fitness Magazine.

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Danette May - Coach, Nutritionist, Author

Danette May is a fitness model, coach, nutritionist, author and star of several best-selling fitness DVDs. She is the Founder of Mindful Health, a platform used by millions of people around the world. Featured on national TV, (Access Hollywood, CBS-LA,) Danette’s love is sharing simple, effective ways to have the body and life of your dreams! Best selling author of ‘Eat, Drink and Shrink’, ’7 Day Jumpstart’ and ‘Bikini Body Detox’, Danette’s goals are to revolutionize the way woman view their bodies, food and movement so they can live their most empowered lives!

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Janet Bray Attwood - Author, Transformational Leader, Inspirational Speaker

Janet Bray Attwood is a visionary, transformational leader, and a world humanitarian. She is co-author of the New York Times best-seller The Passion Test and Your Hidden Riches - Unleashing the Power of Ritual to Create a Life of Meaning and Purpose. She has trained over 1,200 Passion Test Facilitators in 50 countries, and the Passion Test has been featured on Fox TV, O magazine, Success magazine, and other media around the world. Janet has shared the stage with the Dalai Lama, Dr. Stephen Covey, Richard Branson, Jack Canfield, Tony Hsieh, and many others.

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Juan Pablo Barahona - Director at Yoga Lamat School

Juan Pablo Barahona has been submerged in spirituality, shamanism and healing since the age of 9 when his brother started with epilepsy and he traveled with his family to different healers around the world. This ignited his passion for deepening this sacred arts and led him to certify in different schools of Yoga, Holistic Nutrition, Tantric Philosophy, Energy Medicine, Master Reiki, Sound Healing, Shamanism, Chinese Medicine, Holistic Therapies and Healing Arts. He has been teaching in different countries and festivals for more than 15 years and is the co-director of Lamat, School of Yoga, Healing and Conscious Living.

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Morty Lefkoe - Co-founder of the Lefkoe Institute

Morty Lefkoe is the co-founder of the Lefkoe Institute, whose mission is “To empower people to free themselves from their stress and suffering and create unimagined new possibilities for their lives”. Morty created ‘The Lefkoe Method’, which consists of nine different processes that enable people to permanently eliminate the beliefs and conditionings that are responsible for most of the problems in their lives. Morty is the author of “ Recreate Your Life” and “Live an Unlimited Life”.

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Betty Rocker - Health & Fitness Coach, Author

Bree Argetsinger, AKA THE Betty Rocker, is an innovative leader and healthy lifestyle coach, and advocate on a mission to find the balance between what nourishes people and what makes them happy. She teaches nutrition-based cooking and sustainable fitness via her popular lifestyle blog, and is the creator and author of The Body Fuel System, a guide to natural fat loss that delves into the science of super foods, nutrient balancing and creating a balanced life. Her famous 30-day home fitness challenges have seen over 100,000 participants worldwide and counting!

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Gabrielle Bernstein - Motivational Speaker, Life Coach, Author

Expanding the lexicon for the next generation of spiritual seekers, Gabrielle is a #1 bestselling author of the books “Add More ~ing to Your Life”, “A hip guide to happiness and Spirit Junkie”, “A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles”. Gabrielle is also the founder of the social networking site HerFuture.com for women to inspire, empower and connect. Youtube chose Gabrielle as one of their 16 Youtube Next Video Bloggers, she was named one of Mashable’s 11 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts for Inspiration and she’s featured on the Forbes List of 20 Best Branded Women.

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Gay Hendricks - Writer, Psychologist

Gay Hendricks, Ph.D., has served for more than 35 years as one of the major contributors to the fields of relationship transformation and body mind therapies. Along with his wife, Dr. Kathlyn Hendricks, Gay is the co-author of many bestsellers, including Conscious Loving and Five Wishes. He is the author of 33 books, including The Corporate Mystic, Conscious Living and The Big Leap.

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Kathlyn Hendricks - Author of Conscious Loving, Founders of Hearts In True Harmony

Kathlyn Hendricks, Ph.D., BC-DMT has been a pioneer in the field of body-mind integration for nearly forty years. Her explorations about the catalytic transformational power of the creative arts have been featured in many magazines, journals and books. She received her doctorate in transpersonal psychology in 1982 and has been a Board Certified-Dance/Movement Therapist of the American Dance Therapy Association since 1975.

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Kim Lyons - Athlete, Personal Trainer, Nutritionist

Kim Lyons is an American athlete, personal trainer, nutritionist, and fitness model. Her role as trainer in NBC’s hit show, The Biggest Loser brought Kim’s no-excuse approach to America. Her book Kim Lyon’s Your Body Your Life is rapidly climbing the best-sellers list. Kim has appeared on Access Hollywood, ET, Larry King Live and The Today Show.

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E (Erwin) Benedict Valencia - Team Physical Therapist & Assistant Athletic Trainer for the New York Knicks

E is the Team Physical Therapist & Assistant Athletic Trainer for the New York Knicks. Raised and educated in the Philippines, E is the first Filipino to be on medical staff in both MLB and the NBA. Prior to joining Knicks, E was MLB Rehabilitation Director of the Pittsburgh Pirates for eight seasons. In 2012, E founded a socially responsible global education company called KinetIQ – providing “next step” knowledge in sports medicine, wellness & performance art to institutions around the world with no existing access to it. E is also the Director of Medical and Performance Services for Baseball New Zealand and is consultant to several teams internationally.

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Summer McStravick - Multimedia Broadcaster, Author

Summer McStravick is a multimedia broadcaster on radio and WebTV, the author of nine books and CDs, a successful corporate leader in the world of mind/body/spirit publishing, and the originator of FlowdreamingTM, a technique for empowering ourselves through working with living energies.

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Ronny Turiaf - Professional Basketball Player

Ronny is a professional basketball player who last played for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Turiaf has been a member of the French national basketball team.

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Susan Bratton - Co-founder and CEO of Personal Life Media

Susan Bratton is the co-founder and CEO of Personal Life Media, Inc., a multimedia lifestyle brand providing entertaining and authentic personal content to socially conscious adults. The company provides automated platforms for podcast and information product publishing to serve experts who deliver motivational programs, talk shows, virtual workshops, downloadable training systems and support programs via blogs, web audio, video and ebooks.

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Laura Silva - President of Silva International

Laura Silva is the President of Silva International and daughter of Jose Silva, founder of the original Silva Method of Mind Control, the original program that helps spark the new thought movement in the United States. For 30 years Laura has presented Silva Method programs around the world.

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Luminita Daniela Saviuc - Blogger, Author, Photographer

When nobody’s watching, she pretends to be a moon sprite; transcendent, effervescent, ever curious. Yet her birth certificate says she’s a human born in Romania. Oh well. Luminita Daniela Saviuc – also known as the Purpose Fairy – is an enthusiastic student of art, economics, psychology and spirituality. She is also a writer, blogger, photographer, soul sculptor and a lover of life. She also wrote the most viral personal development article on the internet called 15 Things You Should Give Up to Be Happy :)

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Drew Canole - Nutrition Specialist, Transformation Specialist

Drew has already helped thousands of people become lighter and healthier through proper thoughts, eating and exercise. He’s shared his motivating advice on FitLife.TV, news outlets and in worldwide publications. Now he’s helping others improve their health and change their lives both mentally and physically. When you meet Drew, you’ll immediately feel his contagious enthusiasm and form an instant connection.

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Mike Geary - Creator of The Truth About Six Pack Abs

Mike Geary, the creator of The Truth About Six Pack Abs, is also a contributing author to many popular weight loss and fitness magazines, and is also a frequent radio show guest. Mike’s Truth About Six-Pack Abs, weight loss and abdominal exercise program has 263,237 subscribers, worldwide at the last known count.

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Dean Grafos - Owner at Core40, United States

Dean is a Southern California boy, born and raised in North Hollywood, CA. Dean has always been a fitness enthusiast, from weight training, boxing, to yoga and cycling – he has pretty much tried it all. At the University of California, Santa Barbara, he was on the rowing team, and often rode informally with the Cycling team on their 50-mile plus training sessions. Dean discovered the Lagree Method in 2008, and became instantly addicted. In 2009, Dean began opening studios with his wife, Lisa. Bringing the gift of health to so many people is incredibly satisfying.  

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Cecilia Sardeo - Co-Founder of Mindvalley Italy

Cecilia began her career running a 3 Million+ advertising portfolio for Mindvalley HQ before  founding Mindvalley Italy, the foremost brand for personal development in Italy. Cecilia recently launched Zenward.com, a platform dedicated to yoga as a personal practice and journey for all levels and abilities. 

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Christie Marie Sheldon - Intuitive Life Coach, Author

Christie Marie Sheldon, Author of “Living Love or Above, The Toolkit,” & “Unlimited Abundance Journey” is an Intuitive Life Coach & Facilitator for Life, Love and Celebration. Her Gift is in aligning people with their Ideal Version of Life. For the last decade, from love and relationships, to family and self-esteem, to work, money, and careers, Christie Marie has guided more than 14,000 people to consciously choose their Ideal Life. From reaching out to Top 10 radio shows around the country, to working with world and business leaders, Christie Marie has been featured live as a regular guest on Top 10 radio shows and television.

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Arielle Ford - Radio Host, Relationship Expert, Speaker

Arielle Ford is a leading personality in the personal growth and contemporary spirituality movement. For the past 25 years she has been living, teaching, and promoting consciousness through all forms of media. She is a radio host, relationship expert, speaker, columnist and blogger for the Huffington Post. Arielle is a gifted writer and the author of eight books.

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Tom Cronin - Co-Founder of One Great Find

Tom is the Co-Founder of One Great Find, a company whose mission is to transform as many lives as possible by delivering to the world the technique of Stillness Sessions, transformational courses, retreats, ebooks and apps. Tom represents the model for the full integration of life. Married with 2 children and having spent 25 years in finance as a broker, he successfully merges the worlds of family, finance and spirituality.

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Renee Airya - Professional Intuitive Guide & Coach, Master Healer

Renee Airya is a spiritual inspiration and former fashion model, who has healed herself from 3 near death experiences, including massive brain surgery and facial paralysis. As a Professional Intuitive Guide & Coach for leaders and Master Healer for 15 years, Renee transforms others with her signature “Airya Method of Awakening” sessions. It brings Renee great joy to serve as an “Awaken The Dreamer” facilitator for Pachamama Alliance, founder of “The Energetic Entrepreneur Experience” and author of her soon to be released book, “Sexy Intuition: Turn Yourself On.

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Sean Stephenson - Motivational Speaker, Author

Motivational speaker Sean Stephenson may be three feet tall, but put a microphone in his hand and he becomes a giant. Born with osteogenesis imperfecta, which stunts growth and causes bones to break under minimal pressure, Stephenson has faced several challenges and overcome many obstacles on his path to becoming a successful author, respected psychotherapist, and popular motivational speaker.

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Sonia Ricotti - CEO/President of Lead Out Loud Inc, Bestselling Author

Sonia Ricotti is the #1 bestselling author of “Unsinkable: How to Bounce Back Quickly When Life Knocks You Down” and “The Law of Attraction Plain and Simple: Create the Extraordinary Life that You Deserve”. She is the CEO/President of Lead Out Loud Inc., a leading-edge transformational company helping people around the globe achieve boundless success in all areas of their lives.

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Dr. Steve G. Jones - Hypnotherapist

Dr. Steve G. Jones is one of the most sought after Hypnotherapist in America. Steve caters to a celebrity clientele and has been seen on CBS, CNN, FOX and TruTV. Steve has been practicing hypnotherapy for over 3 decades and has some 80 products on the market.

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Anil Gupta - Motivational Speaker, Intuitive Coach

Anil Gupta is a gifted speaker and coach who helps people struggling with life challenges. His personal coaching and seminars on Awareness, Happiness and Fulfillment provide individuals with the knowledge needed to transform their lives. His seminars, personal coaching, retreats and DVD’s provide individuals with the knowledge needed to transform their lives. Anil’s extraordinary “gift” as an intuitive coach came after experiencing massive personal pains and gains himself. His passion now is to help others. You Become Master of Your Own Life!

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Arielle White - Life and Intimacy Coach

Since 2005 Ariel has been offering tools of transformation and inspiring people to move past fear to find deeper experiences of self-love. Studying traditional healing arts since age 8 starting with Usui Reiki, Ariel has a rich background in energy work and shamanic practices. Now focusing her work on sex education and sexual empowerment for women, Ariel launched www.SoulofSex.com in 2010. Ariel is also deeply involved in non-profit work, currently serving as co-chair on the Stewardship Council of the Pachamama Alliance. Also a volunteer Awakening the Dreamer Symposium facilitator, Ariel has been invited to present at events such as A-Fest.

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James Colquhoun - Founder & CEO of 'Food Matters' Productions

After extensive research and formalizing that knowledge in studying Nutrition through the Global College of Natural Medicine in Santa Cruz, California, James together with Laurentine ten Bosch teamed up to found the concept that is Food Matters. The two set out on an international adventure to uncover the truth behind real food nutrition and it’s impact of our lives and society at large. The medium of film provided James with a platform through which he was inspired to touch millions of people’s lives the world over.

Media and Entertainment

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Bo Eason - Former NFL Player, Speaker, Author, Actor

A former NFL standout, acclaimed Broadway playwright and performer, and Presence/Story Coach to some of the most successful people in the world. His play, Runt of the Litter which is written and performed by Eason, has toured over 50 cities nationally. Runt opened in New York to rave reviews. The New York Times named it “One of the most powerful plays in the last decade.” Soon to be a major motion picture, Bo is adapting Runt for the big screen. He is the co-founder of World's Greatest Speaker Training with Brendon Burchard and a Senior Fellow with CEG Worldwide where he is the co- founder of Perfecting Your Personal Story and Power of Presence.

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Patricia Arquette - Award Winning Actress & Director, Executive Director of GiveLove

An Emmy award winning American actress and director, Patricia is the co-founder and Executive Director of GiveLove, a non-profit organization that is working on community-led sanitation projects to treat and compost waste, improve public health and create jobs around recycling.

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Jonathan Ronzio - Filmmaker, Musician, Writer & Speaker

Ronzio is an entrepreneur, filmmaker, writer, speaker, and musician. For over 10 years, Jonathan has worked alongside his brother growing a nationwide video production business. He’s also directed and starred in an award-winning adventure documentary, managed content marketing and brand journalism at a Boston-based ad agency, launched Old Spice’s Fresh Collection ‘Matterhorn’ deodorant from Switzerland via social media marketing and blogging, and started an adventure travel publication, and a coffee brand.

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Jeff Marx - Composer, Author

Jeff is a composer and lyricist of musicals. He created and wrote all the songs for the hit Broadway musical Avenue Q, which won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Musical. Jeff has also written the book “How To Win A High School Election”.

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Kersti Niglas - Official Photographer for A-Fest

Kersti is our official photographer for A-Fest Greece. Hailing from Estonia, she is partnered with seasoned A-Fest photographer Karen Harms in their company Studio Flashback. Kersti is one of Tallinn's top fashion and glamour photographers.

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Michael Drew - CEO & Founder at Promote a Book

Getting books noticed is in Michael Drew’s blood. Making books the essential reads that everyone needs to buy and talk about is in his genes. With a string of national best sellers (many of them number-one titles) that reads like an all-star team of today’s most popular business writers, Michael loves books. He’s launched more than 70 books onto national best seller lists, and has 1,000 number-one Amazon titles.

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Sammy Taggett - Music producer, DJ, Musician

Sammy Taggett, Is a Denver-based Electronic Dance music producer and touring Dj/Musician known by his professional name SammyT. Sammy has been providing the backbone of music for A-Fest West since 2011. Based out of Denver Colorado, Sammy has played and learned from the absolute best in the world, Kaskade, Ecotek, Tiesto, Calvin Harris, Skrillex, Empire of theSun, Kid Cudi, and countless others. When not on the road SammyT is the Co-Founder of the online academy GlobalDjNow.com. The purpose of the school is to help groom the next generation of Dj's and Producers for a real world experience as a professional entertainer.

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Ben Fink - Photographer and Commercial Director

Ben Fink is a renowned photographer and commercial director, and is the photographer of choice for some of the biggest names in food and lifestyle, such Bobby Flay, Rose Levy Beranbaum, Paula Deen, the Deen Brothers, the Neelys and more. He has also worked with various celebrities who have moved into the food and lifestyle arena such as Eva Longoria, Trisha Yearwood, Ted Allen, and Teresa Giudic. Ben’s photography has graced many New York Times bestsellers, IACP, and James Beard Award winners.

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Stephanie Chai - Founder of The Luxe Nomad

Stephanie Chai is the Founder of The Luxe Nomad. She is a renowned Malaysian model and personality-turned-entrepreneur who is a true steel magnolia. She graduated from a New Zealand university with a degree in finance and international business. While Stephanie was still studying, she was discovered by an agency and since then, she appeared in various international brands such as Nivea, Habib and Diamondfest.

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Karen Harms - Official Photographer for A-Fest

Karen is our official photographer for A-Fest Greece. This will be her 4th A-Fest as a photographer. She is the founder of Studio Flashback, a photography firm in Tallinn.

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David Hinojosa - Entrepreneur, Producer, Musician

David Hinojosa is a visionary, entrepreneur, producer, world-renowned musician, and social and environmental justice advocate. His focus is rooted in world percussion, world fusion and music as an instrument of positive social change. His work has ranged from founding and directing men’s violence prevention initiatives to working with immigrants towards cultural and community exchange. David is driven by world music and its power to transcend barriers of culture, language and ideology. H e co-founded and directs I.D. Music Productions, a business focused on producing world fusion music that can be appreciated by all listeners and bridge a gap across global cultures. Serving on two Boards of Directors for nationally-recognized non-profits, David connects the world of business with pro-active change making in a world that needs healing across all platforms.

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Subodh Maskara - Founder of Cineplay, Actor, Producer, India

Subodh is a former Wall Street investment banker, serial environment entrepreneur, actor and producer, known for Nandita Das and Divya Jagdale's Between the Lines, Traces of Sandalwood and Bombay Talkies. In 2007 he raised US$ 60 million in equity for a recycling business with a vision to build the first company in the world to make high-end sportswear using plastic bottles as raw material; a dream that was realized in 2010. In 2012, he discovered a new passion for acting and went to play the lead actor in a two actor theatre production that went on to one of the most successful and critically acclaimed productions of 2012. 

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Sarah Lian - Actress, Television Personality

Sarah Lian is an actress and television personality currently based in Kuala Lumpur. Her rise as a household name was established in hosting popular television programs for Media Prima’s 8TV, and NTV7 networks. Sarah also hosted ‘Astro Hitz Radar’, the award-winning ‘Shout Awards 2010’, and co-hosted ESPN Star Sport’s ‘myeg Xtra Time’. She has appeared in films such as ‘American Pie Presents: Beta House’, Liew Seng Tat’s short film ‘Halal’, and ‘Jasmine’. In 2008, Sarah won the coveted title as FHM Malaysia’s Sexiest Woman of the Year. Sarah’s face has graced numerous magazines covers including FHM, Men’s Health, Shape, Glam.

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David Block - Musician, Producer

“The Human Experience” is David Block’s principal project as a live electronic composer, multi-instrumentalist, producer. Listeners experience a delicious symphonic blend of prismatic soundscapes and sultry beats. David is constantly pushing the boundaries of live electronic music aims to cross cultural barriers through music. Playing, composing, and conducting his own electronic symphony live on stage, his performances are brimming and layered with human emotion, world exploration, and sacred sounds. David has collaborated with artists all over the world including Ignacio Perez (Buena Vista Social Club), William Close (The Earth Harp), Android Jones, Rising Appalachia, The Grouch and many others.

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Joyce Wong - Celebrity Lifestyle Blogger, Model, DJ, Fashionista

Joyce Wong is a celebrity lifestyle blogger, model, owner e-commerce boutiques, emcee, judge, DJ and Fashionista. She has been featured by The News Straits Times, The Star, The Malay Mail, Health & Living, FACES, Cleo, and Marie Claire, just to name a few. Joyce was named Channel [V] as Malaysia’s Top Female Lifestyle Blogger of 2007. With a background in media, Joyce has written for many lifestyle publications including The Star, Malay Mail, New Man, Faces, Klue, Junk, Tattle, Vida!, Expatriate Lifestyle, The Expat, etc.

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Melissa Risdon - Coach, Speaker, International Radio Host

Melissa is a motivational speaker and intuitive transformational pattern buster. Her show Raving Fan Radio™ has grown to over 150,000 iTune subscribers. Her first book ‘Deception: Lies Women Tell Themselves’ was released 2015. Melissa’s purpose is to guide people in pulling their heart out of the mess. Her mission is to help women transform the way they see themselves.

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Steffani LeFevour - Founder of My Happi Life

Steffani is the founder and CEO of My Happi Life, founder of her own production company, and director of happiness at Lifebook. She most recently co-founded Beyond Abundant to help busy women redefine what abundance looks like for them and help them design and live a more extraordinary and abundant life in all areas.

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Ashraf Sinclair - Actor, Television Personality

Ashraf Sinclair (born 1979) is a Malaysian actor who is well known for his role as Eddy in the movie Gol & Gincu. He was born to a British father and a Malay mother. Sinclair was also known for being a host of Box Office Now that was once aired on ntv7. Aside from the movie Gol & Gincu, he also acted in Gol & Gincu The Series as well as Realiti, which were aired on 8TV. Sinclair is the co-founder of entertainment company SinclairFalak Sdn Bhd.

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Stephen Brooks - Founder of The Punta Mona Center for Regenerative Design

Stephen founded The Punta Mona Center for Regenerative Design and Botanical studies is considered a world leader in tropical, sustainable agriculture and sustainable living techniques. In 2006, Stephen developed La Ecovilla, a 40 lot community and a world model for sustainable living and conscious community, with residents from 24 countries sharing the goal of living an intentional permaculture focused life. Stephen co-founded and co-produces the annual Envision Festival.

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Meghan Pappenheim - Director of the BaliSpirit Group

Meghan is the genius behind the event internationally known as Balispirit Festival. She is certified yoga instructor and true social entrepreneur. The companies and non-for-profits she is created include BaliSpirit and BaliSpirit Festival, The BaliSpirit Yoga Shop, The Yoga Barn, and Kush Ayurvedic Rejuvenation Center; as well as the restaurants Kafe (a health food restaurant) and Kebun (a Bistro inspired by the South of France), and more.

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Amir A. Nasr - Founder of AssertiveU Media Inc., Author, Creator of 10x Story

Amir A. Nasr is the founder of AssertiveU Media Inc. and the creator of 10x Story, a powerful business storytelling framework for clarifying your purpose and accelerating your business growth. He is a critically acclaimed author and citizen journalist whose work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy,The Guardian, WNYC, and many more media outlets in over 12 languages across the globe. Amir has shared the stage with Nobel Peace Laureates, former presidents, and fellow entrepreneurs, and has been noted by WIRED as a "formidable speaker."

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Malek Houlihan - Musician, Storyteller

Malek is a veteran musician and storyteller who has performed over 1,200 times in 9 countries. He began lecturing on stage at seven years old and was one of the first musical acts officially sponsored by Myspace. ‘Neuroscience’ and ‘near death’ pepper the memoirs that weave through his unique live show. He has been featured on Warped Tour, MTV, NPR, Brain World, independent films, and major magazines.

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Kyle Cease - Actor, Comedian, Motivational Speaker

You might remember him as Bogey Lowenstein in the 1999 movie ‘10 Things I Hate About You’ or from the film ‘Not Another Teen Movie’, but these days Kyle is an inspirational speaker, transforming audiences through his unique blend of comedy and motivation. Following his successful Comedy Central Hour Special “Weirder, Blacker, Dimpler” and a #1 ranking on the network’s Standup Showdown in 2009, Kyle began speaking at colleges, universities, summits and Fortune 500 conferences about his use of Comedy to overcome life’s obstacles. Kyle has since become one of the nations most sought after speakers.

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Paul Hoffman - Speaker, Author, Coach and Transformational Songwriter

Paul Hoffman is an internationally known Speaker, Author, Coach and Transformational Songwriter. He is the CEO, Visionary and Chief Inspirational Officer of The Success Creation Institute, Success Songs LLC and Paul Hoffman Music Inc. As a speaker Paul has shared the stage with T. Harv Eker, Jack Canfield, The Dalai Lama, Sir Richard Branson, Mark Victor Hansen, Brendon Burchard, Marci Shimoff and many other well-known luminaries.

Internet & Technology

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Tom Chi - Inventor, Founder at Prototype Thinking LLC, Former head of Experience at Google

Tom Chi has worked in a wide range of roles from astrophysical researcher to Fortune 500 consultant to corporate executive developing new hardware/software products and services. He’s played a significant role in established projects with global reach (Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo Search), and scaled new projects from conception to significance (Yahoo Answers from 0 to 90 million users). Tom has pioneered and practiced a unique approach to rapid prototyping, visioning, and leadership that can jump start innovative new ideas as well as move large organizations at unprecedented speeds. He most recently served as head of product experience at Google X developing technology such as Google Glass and Google's self-driving cars.

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Dr. Clarence Tan - Founder of Bond Wireless

Dr. Clarence Tan is the Founder of Bond Wireless, a Queensland-based award-winning wireless software applications and services company. He is also an ambassador for Singularity University and Adjunct Professor of Griffith University and the recipient of the Queensland government prestigious Entrepreneur in Residence Fellowship for 2010 at Bond University and the Gold Coast Innovation Centre at Griffith University.

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Anousheh Ansari - Serial Entrepreneur, Co-founder of Prodea Systems

Anousheh is a serial entrepreneur and co-founder and chairman of Prodea Systems, a company that will unleash the power of the Internet to all consumers and dramatically alter and simplify consumer’s digital living experience. Prior to founding Prodea Systems, Anousheh served as co-founder, CEO and chairman of Telecom Technologies, Inc. The company successfully merged with Sonus Networks, Inc., in 2000.

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Neil Patel - Co-Founder at Crazy Egg & Hello Bar, Internet Maketer

Neil Patel is the co-founder of 2 Internet companies: Crazy Egg and KISSmetrics. Through his entrepreneurial career he has helped large corporations such as Amazon, AOL, GM, HP and Viacom make more money from the web. By the age of 21 not only was he named one of the top influencers on the web according to the Wall Street Journal, but he was also named one of the top entrepreneurs in the nation by Entrepreneur Magazine. He has also been recognized as a top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by President Obama. Neil has also received Congressional Recognition from the U.S. House of Representatives for his work in the nonprofit sector.

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Khailee Ng - Tech Startup Investor, Founder, Managing Partner 500 Startups

Khailee co-founded group buying site GroupsMore.com. Launched in 3 weeks, grew it to largest player in Malaysia in 3 months, then sold to Groupon. He also co-founded SAYS.com, a social news company in Southeast Asia, and grew it into a fast-growing, profitable business with some of the biggest brands in the world as returning customers. Khailee is also the Chairman of REV Asia.

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Cynde Margritz - Founder of Peak Neurofitness

Cynde, a former NASA scientist, is the founder and CEO of Peak Neurofitness, a neurofeedback practice. For the past 10 years, Peak Neurofitness has researched and brought together the best of brain-based technologies for with the goal of optimizing brain performance for each client. 



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Joel Neoh - Head of Groupon Asia Pacific

Joel Neoh, listed as one of top 10 young entrepreneurs in Asia, is currently the Head of Groupon Asia Pacific leading operations across 12 countries in the region. Joel is also the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Groupon Malaysia. In 2013, Joel was honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. He was also named Ernst & Young Emerging Entrepreneur of The Year 2012.

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Regan Hillyer - Speaker, Coach, Author of Be Your Brand

Regan Hillyer is a serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, mindset coach and author of the bestselling book Be Your Brand. She is the founder of Regan Hillyer International, a company dedicated to providing personal development and business training to men and women who have a big message they want to share with the world. Regan specializes in helping experts uncover their true message and launch powerful personal brands, helping them make a big impact and build a legacy. Regan has trained thousands of people, helping them build multiple six and seven figure businesses location free, using powerful mindset changing tools and cutting edge business development strategies. 

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Chris Urzua Founder & Director at Mindset Skills Academy

Chris is a Coach, a Consultant and a Speaker in sales, persuasion, body language, lead generation and digital marketing. He is also the Founder of Mindset Skills Academy, a human design agency that helps individuals become the best version of themselves. He shares his experience and knowledge across various channels such as online courses, podcasts, conferences and his book ‘Escape Mediocrity, Close All Your Sales and Live an Epic Life”.

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Chris Traub - Chairman & TMT/Investors Practice Lead, Japan

Chris is Chairman and Co-Founder of the SES Group. Based in Taipei and Shanghai, Chris travels regularly throughout the SES Group's offices and worldwide.  He is particularly well known in Asia for his search work in technology and private equity, and participates in many leading global CEO forums annually, including TED, Forbes Global CEO, and the World Economic Forum where SES is a Global Growth Company member. Chris leads the TMT (Technology, Media, and Telecommunications), and Private Equity Practice Groups. He is a published author, as well as a keen adventure athlete, musician, and yoga instructor.

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Hans Nolte - Founding Partner of Zebra Digital Marketing

Hans is a Founding Partner of Zebra Digital Marketing, ranked one of the top 100 digital marketing agencies in Mexico. He has been recognized by the Council for Science, Innovation and Technology Yucatan for his entrepreneurial activity and is considered a thought leader in the hispanic internet marketing space, reaching hundreds of thousands of people with online education programs available on text and video. Today he is an international speaker and trainer on issues of digital marketing, continuously presenting at universities, chambers of commerce, conventional centers and other spaces.

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Kshitij Minglani - Co Founder & CEO at Tribe Learn Inc

Kshitij is the Chief Financial Officer at Mindvalley HQ. Kshitij has held leadership positions in areas such as Corporate Planning, Business Growth Strategy, Mergers and Acquisitions. Has successfully lead teams’, comprising of different nationalities. Kshitij is a serial entrepreneur and his passion for making businesses work to perfection gives him an adrenaline rush.

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Ajit Nawalkha - ‎Co Founder of Mindvalley, CEO at Evercoach

Ajit is co-founder of Blinkwebinars and Evercoach. He is also CEO of Mindvalley Media, the publishing arm of the Mindvalley Group – while he also helps other business as a mentor in the business mastermind, Zentrepreneur. Ajit also sits on the board for companies like Digital Academy India, Omvana and Tribe Learn and Mindvalley Italy. In his free time he likes to work on self development, reiki and his cooking skills. He is extremely passionate about the world of marketing and sales.

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Carl Harvey - Co-founder and host of The Big Life, Entrepreneur

Carl is co-founder and host of The Big Life, a weekly chat show where he interviews the biggest names in personal growth and extracts their best-kept secrets. Carl loves personal growth, has spent over $100k and 8 years studying it, and desires to live every day with total abundance, purpose and unlimited success. Carl also has a taste for the finer things in life (heavily influenced by hiphop culture), such as his never-ending collection of Air Jordans.

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Nicolas Hansen - Consultant, Entrepreneur, & Business Owner

Nicholas is a creative entrepreneur in the technology, music, and fashion industries. A Deloitte alumni, Nicolas launched ‘Nicholas Joseph’ custom clothing in 2004, and has since launched multiple other internet companies. Nicholas actively supports charities such as; Art Institute of Chicago Evening Associates Board, City of Chicago Mayor’s Fashion Council for Academic Leadership in Business, and SoHo House.



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Dane Maxwell - Internet Entrepreneur

After being scammed for $12,000 dollars, broke, humiliated, and forced to live in his parents basement… Dane created multiple 6 figure software products from nothing. He didn’t have the ideas to build, didn’t have any money, and didn’t have any coding experience. Fast forward 7 years and hundreds of entrepreneurs have used his process to start companies from nothing.

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Gary Ng - Social Entrepreneur, Founder & CEO at E-Web Marketing

Gary is a social entrepreneur with a vision of bringing Happiness, Success and Fun (HSF) to everyone and in the process making this world a happier place. Gary is the founder and Chief Empowerment Officer (CEO) of award winning online marketing agency E-Web Marketing, rated as Australia’s Best Place to work 3 years in a row. Recently Gary has founded World Happiness Foundation, a not-for-profit organization aim at uniting visionary leaders to bring awareness to the world that we should focus our everyday life on being happy instead of focusing on consumerism.

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André Chaperon - Internet Marketer, Entrepreneur

André Chaperon is an underground name in the world of affiliate marketing. People who try his products always stay customers for life. Andre is an internet marketing pioneer having made a living online since 2003. He has done so consistently year after year without needing to constantly do launches or release lots of new content. He focused on creating evergreen email marketing funnels, which have continued to deliver results year after year, and allowed him to make the move to Spain for warmer weather. André lives in Marbella, Spain which was one of his dreams that inspired him to be the successful marketer he is today.

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Juan Martitegui - Ironman competitor, Business Strategist and Co-founder of Mindvalley Hispano

Juan Martitegui is an Ironman competitor, business strategist and co-founder of Mindvalley Hispano. Mindvalley’s former COO, Juan now heads up our operations in the Spanish language market. Mindvalley Hispano is now one of the biggest digital Personal Growth publishers in the Hispanic Market with over half a million subscribers and 7 figures in revenue.

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Jason Goldberg - Entrepreneur, Transformational Speaker and Coach

What could an award-winning entrepreneur, a baconatarian (thats a vegetarian who eats bacon), a former rapper (who opened for the Wu-Tang Clan) and previously 332lb man (who has since lost over 130lbs despite the affinity for bacon) possibly have in common? They are all the same guy! Jason Goldberg (JG for short) is a geek, turned entrepreneur, transformational speaker and coach. As the founder of MEometry.com, JG delivers talks and training and has coached thousands of aspiring and inspiring individuals and groups to create the mindset and skill set to take ownership of their reality, become more prosperous, have a bigger impact in the world and fall in love with the lives they lead!

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Patrick Eckstrom - President & CEO of My Social Marketing Network

Patrick is the President & CEO of My Social Marketing Network a San Diego based Marketing Agency that focuses on social media and Internet marketing to help clients increase revenue and brand awareness. Patrick has an extensive background in Social Media Consulting, Keynote and Public Speaking, Sales and Marketing Strategies and is responsible for all operations of MySMN Digital.

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Zahid Rahman Torres - Founder, Business Fights Poverty

For over 20 years, Zahid has been working on strategies to tackle poverty by harnessing the innovative power of the private sector - from international businesses to individual entrepreneurs. In 2008, he created Business Fights Poverty as a platform to connect all the energy and innovation of individuals pioneering new ways of fighting poverty through business. I wanted to help contribute to scaling the creative revolution already underway. Now the world’s largest community of its kind, Business Fights Poverty connects professionals from business, civil society and government working to harness and scale the social impact of business..



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Alex Ortner - He is the Chief Operating Officer of The Tapping Solution

Alex Ortner is one of the most respected internet marketers in the personal development space. He is the Chief Operating Officer of The Tapping Solution, a breakthrough personal development company that he built with his brother Nick and sister Jessica that teaches how to use EFT Tapping, otherwise known as Emotional Freedom Techniques. The Tapping Solution is best known for it’s annual Tapping World Summits, the last of which had over 300,000 people in attendance. As a passionate health advocate Alex also runs Raw for Thirty, an internet based company that teaches of the benefit of eating a diet high in raw and living foods.

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Chris Haddad - Copywriter, Entrepreneur

Chris “Mr. Moneyfingers” Haddad is the copywriter you can’t hire at any price. A few years back, Chris was the “IT” copywriter on the speed dial of every guru and millionaire in the IM and Personal development niches. Then he gave it all up to start his own information business in the “Love and Romance” niche. In 2 short years Chris has grown his business to $3 Million net, has appeared on national television (including “The Rachael Ray” show) and has turned down dozens of clients desperate for his help.

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Cindy Gallop - Founder at MakeLoveNotPorn, Advertising Expert

Cindy Gallop’s background is brand building, marketing and advertising – she started up the US office of ad agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty in New York in 1998 and in 2003 was named Advertising Woman of the Year. She is the founder and CEO of www.IfWeRanTheWorld.com, a web meets world platform designed to turn good intentions into action one microaction at a time, which launched in beta with a demo at TED 2010, and of www.makelovenotporn.com, launched at TED 2009.

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Tera Warner - Founder of The Raw Divas Inc

Tera Warner is the frisky founder of the world’s largest online resource of raw food cleansing and detoxification programs for women (The Raw Divas Inc.). Through her programs and annual WISH Summit: (Women’s International Summit for Health) she invites a community of over 100,000 women around the world to pick up their parsley sprigs, turn up the volume on their ipods and march, dance, sing, jump or fly along path to vibrant living.

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Amish Shah - Internet Entrepreneur

Best described as a savvy new-age internet entrepreneur, Amish is a visionary and a futurist with many of his ideas and concepts being larger than life. Amish is best known for developing automated tools and software as well as his impressive traffic strategies. He is also very popular from his popular “Magic Bullet” courses and seminars as well as his record-setting 6-figure daily affiliate marketing earnings that changed the face of affiliate marketing forever and created a buzz no one will soon forget. Amish sold his company Digispace to Bitzio so that he could move on to bigger things.

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Novalena Betancourt - Bestselling Author, International Speaker

Novalena is a global change agent, best selling author, international speaker, experiential coach, and leadership trainer for business owners developing high-performing teams. Novalena wrote “The Total Female Package”, an inspirational guidebook and audio series to help women live in authentic ownership of their value and self-worth. She co-authored Strategies for Success with Jack Canfield and Marie Diamond of the Secret. Novalena became a partner of Defining Moments Publishing and is a leader at The Social Business School, helping folks fund their dreams through social business.

People in Other Fields

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Don Jose Ruiz - Bestselling Author of The Fifth Agreement

Don Jose Ruiz is the international best-selling author. In 2010, don Jose Ruiz released his first book, "The Fifth Agreement," in partnership with his father, Author of The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz. As a Toltec Master of Transformation & Modern day Shaman, he has dedicated his life to sharing the wisdom of the ancient Toltec through his books, lectures, and journeys to sacred sites around the world. Don Jose's other books include: Ripples of Wisdom, and My Good Friend The Rattlesnake.

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Tom Bilyeu - Co-founder and president of Quest Nutrition

Tom Bilyeu is Co-founder and President of Quest Nutrition, leading the company’s sales and marketing teams, as well as providing the driving force behind the company culture of passion and transformation. Having grown up in a family that struggled with obesity, Bilyeu brings an intense enthusiasm to Quest’s mission to end metabolic disease.  Bilyeu’s vision of doing sales and marketing through storytelling and content is how Quest amassed over 2.7 million social followers and grew to a become a global brand. Quest aims to bring value to people’s lives through content, which as a film buff Bilyeu is personally passionate about. The mindset of Quest is reflected through Inside Quest, a digital show hosted by Bilyeu which dives into the minds of entrepreneurs, artists, athletes, and more to inspire personal growth.

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Nadav Wilf - Advisor at HeroX, Chief Life-stylist
Nadav Wilf considers himself a spiritual entrepreneur. He has built and sold 2 startups in the online advertising space. After his last sale, he realized he wasn't fulfilled which took him on a journey to find his passion, in what he calls a Passion Pivot. He founded Enlightened.org, a platform for businesses to integrate philanthropy into everyday life. After Enlightened ran out of cash, Nadav joined Peter Diamandis, founder of the XPRIZE Foundation, as Chief Possibility Officer and partner in HeroX . HeroX is a spinoff of XPRIZE and the leading platform for incentive challenges. Nadav now focuses on creating a world of abundance through exponential technologies and spiritual practices, so each person can live their passion. He's committed to a world that works for everyone. He lives and speaks around the world sharing this message, encouraging people to fulfill on their passion and live a life they love.
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Jeffrey Perlman - Former CMO at Zumba Fitness

As former global CMO at Zumba Fitness, Jeffrey Perlman was instrumental in growing Zumba from a small direct response company in 2006, to the largest branded fitness program in the world in 2014 - serving 15 million weekly class participants in 186 countries. Widely credited with transforming Zumba into an iconic lifestyle brand, Perlman oversaw Zumba's global marketing initiatives and creative direction, as well as strategy, licensing, product innovation and business development in the entertainment space. Under his watch the company grew to become Inc. Magazine's Company of the Year in 2012 with a valuation of $550 million. Perlman left his active role at Zumba in 2014 to find new ways to create impact. Prior to joining Zumba, Perlman had a brief stint as a commercial film director in Los Angeles. 



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Rajesh Setty - Serial Entrepreneur, Author, Teacher at the Founder Institute

Rajesh “Raj” Setty is a serial entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley. He currently serves as president of WittyParrot. He was instrumental in founding several US and India based technology and publishing companies. Raj has been a member of Band of Angels since 2007 and is an award-winning teacher at the Founder Institute. He has authored 13 books and has published more than 1800 blog posts.

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Dave Logan - Co-founder and Senior Partner of CultureSync

As Co-founder and Senior Partner of CultureSync, Dave’s job is to connect people to members of the CultureSync tribe and then get out of the way. That’s a long way of saying he doesn’t do any actual work, other than consulting, writing, giving keynotes, or hiding from everyone at CultureSync by teaching at the USC Marshall School of Business, where he’s been loitering since 1996. Dave is New York Times #1 author of four books, consultant to three dozen Fortune 500 companies, and PhD in organizational communication from the Annenberg School at USC.

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Gregorio Avanzini - Architect, Meditation Instructor, Community Development Consultant

Gregorio is an architect, life coach, meditation facilitator, community development consultant and an avid volunteer as well as an enthusiastic hugger. As a Fulbright Scholar, he received a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan, where he also assisted in teaching courses to both graduate and undergraduate students. He is currently designing the first two pristine communities in Costa Rica. He has lived, traveled and volunteered in 60 countries, where he has brought his version of Merkaba Activation, the ‘Breath of One’ to over 1500 people, in 10 countries in 17 months.

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Gaby Wiegran - Co-Founder of the Market Research Institute

Gaby Wiegran is one of the founders of the Market Research Institute Vocatus. Before starting her own business she was project manager at Booz Allen Hamilton focusing on electronic commerce. She has consulted to semiconductor and smart card manufacturers, computer retailers, software training centers and online banks in the United States, Europe and Australia. She wrote her Ph.D. on customization and has published numerous books and articles about customization.

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Lynne Twist - Speaker, Consultant, Author, Global Activist

A global activist, fundraiser, speaker, consultant, and author — has dedicated her life to global initiatives that serve the best instincts in all of us. She has raised hundreds of millions of dollars and trained thousands of fundraisers to be more effective in their work. Lynne has spent more than three decades working in positions of leadership with many global initiatives including: ending world hunger, protecting the world’s rainforests, empowering indigenous peoples, improving health, economic, and political conditions for women and children, advancing the scientific understanding of human consciousness, creating a sustainable future.

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Alan La - Founder of Invincible Worldwide, Martial Artist, & Entrepreneur

Alan La is a best-selling author on peak performance, International Sports Karate Association Hall-of-Famed martial artist, inspirational speaker, entrepreneur, Young Australian of the Year finalist, founder of the global holistic lifestyle brand Invincible Worldwide and owner of Australia’s first holistic movement gym, Invincible HQ.

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Stuart Ross - CEO of High Growth, Trainer, Speaker, & Author

Stuart spent over 20 years in the corporate world rising rapidly to become marketing and business development director to the UK's third biggest retailer. In the corporate world Stuart personally implemented new products/services which received prestigious industry awards both in the UK and Japan for effective marketing campaigns. He then decided to follow his passion in helping to realize individuals and companies potential through training and coaching and so set up High Growth, with a focus on rapidly growing businesses. High Growth have worked directly with 1500 companies across the world, and have won numerous awards. 

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Tiffany Persons - Founder and Director of Shine On Sierra Leone

Known for bringing her magnetic personality and sheer joy for living to every experience and individual that she encounters, Tiffany Persons is the founder and director of the non-profit organization Shine on Sierra Leone and the hi-profile commercial casting company Tiffany Company Casting. Currently celebrating Shine on Sierra Leone’s fifth anniversary, Tiffany’s passion and commitment for empowering the communities of Sierra Leone through innovative initiatives and strong cultural partnerships is stronger than ever.

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Matt Riemann - Social entrepreneur in health and future medicine

Matt is a social entrepreneur in the fields of personalized health and future medicine. A heart-centred visionary, Matt is focussed on changing the health trajectory of the human race. He orchestrates a global collaborative vision to revolutionize the concept of health as we know it and facilitate personalized, predictive and preventative health change around the world.

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Chip Conley - CEO of Joie de Vivre Hospitality

The founder and CEO of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, California’s largest boutique hotel company and America’s #2. The company now consists of over 40 award-winning hotels, restaurants and spas across the state. Also the author of PEAK: How Organizations Get Their Mojo from Maslow, Chip is one of the most sought after experts on creating engaged company cultures.

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Akira Iguchi - CEO of We Dream Co.

Akira Iguchi is the best-selling author who has written 7 books and sold 200,000 copies around the world. He is the founder of "Solo Millionaire Academy" which focuses on providing training programs to teach entrepreneurs how to turn passion into million dollar businesses through coaching, speaking, writing and marketing online.



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Elliot Bisnow - Founder & CEO of Summit, Co-Founder of Bisnow Media

Elliott Bisnow is the Founder & CEO of Summit, the Co-Founder & Vice Chairman of Bisnow Media, and a founding board member of the United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council.Elliott founded Summit in 2008, and as CEO oversees its annual gatherings, which Forbes has called “The Davos of Generation Y.” He also helps lead its Action Fund, which made 15 startup investments in the past 24 months, including Warby Parker, Scribd and Uber. Elliott is Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of the Bisnow Media Corporation, the largest publisher of commercial real estate news in North America and one of the largest business event producers in the United States.

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Tyler Mongan - Innovation Strategist, Quantum Medicine Researcher & Co-creator of Mind Lab

Tyler Mongan is an Innovation Strategist, Quantum Medicine Researcher & co-creator of Mind Lab. Tyler has helped launch & grow seven organizations in Hawaii and served as Director of Operations for energy conservation education programs. Tyler is a published Biochemist, with training in Naturopathic and Taoist medicine.

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Roger Hamilton - Speaker, Author, Founder of The XL Group

Roger Hamilton is a world-renowned speaker in wealth creation, best selling author, and founder of The XL Group, the world’s leading network of social entrepreneurs, educators and leaders. Roger and the XL Group are driven by the concept of World Wide Wealth: empowering social enterprise and global change by increasing our collective ability to create and contribute wealth. In the past 12 months, Roger has spoken in front of over 30,000 entrepreneurs and professionals in 15 countries.

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Daniel Marcos - CEO of Gazelles Growth Institute

Daniel is the CEO of Gazelles Growth Institute, the leading online executive education company for C level executives at fast growing firms. He also co-founded Inflection (Gazelles Mexico) a management coaching company that helps managers and entrepreneurs grow their companies faster with less “drama”. In 1999, he created the first financial website focused on the Mexican financial markets, Finanzas Web, which he later sold to Patagon.com; he subsequently assumed the position of CEO of Patagon Mexico.

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Fabienne Fredrickson - Founder of Client Attraction, Author, Speaker

Fabienne is an inspirational mentor to thousands of clients worldwide, an author, international speaker and founder of ClientAttraction.com, ranked repeatedly by Inc. magazine as one of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies. As one of the most influential and highly-acclaimed marketing and success mindset mentors in the world, Fabienne believes in the capacity for each and every person to become the full expression of their purpose here on earth by taking a no-excuses approach to growing within and willingness to “play a bigger game”.

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Yanik Silver - Creator of Maverick Business Adventures®, Speaker, Entrepreneur

Yanik Silver is a serial entrepreneur who has built multiple successful online businesses even though he still considers himself a “techno dunce.” His story and businesses have been featured in dozens of media outlets. He is a highly sought after speaker, addressing groups ranging from the prestigious Wharton Business School to international audiences of over 3,000. Yanik is the creator of Maverick Business Adventures®, which creates unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences exclusively for entrepreneurs and CEOs.

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Kamal Ravikant - Partner at Evolve VC

Kamal Ravikant is Partner at Evolve VC, based out of San Francisco. Kamal has trekked to one of the highest base camps in the Himalayas, meditated with Tibetan monks in the Dalai Lama’s monastery, earned his US Army Infantry patch, walked 550 miles across Spain, lived in Paris, and been the only non-black, non-woman member of the Black Women’s writers’ group… Just to name a few things of the epic things he’s accomplished. Kamal is the author of two books, ‘Love yourself: like your life depends on it’ and ‘Live your truth’ with ‘Love yourself’ making HighExistence.com’s list of 25 Best Books to Read Before You’re 25.

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Sam Cawthorn - Motivational Speaker, Success Coach, Author, Entrepreneur

Sam is a thought leader and expert in resilience and corporate turnarounds. He is the CEO for Empowering Enterprizes a company dedicated to advance humanity bringing happiness, inspiration and empowering people around the world. He is an accomplished author, having written 6 books including an international Best Seller, and a philanthropist, starting a charity working with kids living with a disability in developing worlds. Sam was the 2009 Young Australian of the Year, Australian highest honor.

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Kute Blackson - CEO of Blackson Group, Speaker

For over 20 years, and on 5 continents, Kute Blackson has been inspiring audiences around the world. From the first time he spoke in front of 3000 people at age 8, to speaking in over 300 venues by age 18, to over the last decade helping organizations develop authentic leadership and achieve extraordinary performance. His electrifying presentations, not only offer real world practical ideas and soul stirring wisdom, but also ignite the heart, and inspire courageous action. His mission is simple: To inspire people across the world to access inner freedom, live authentically and fulfill their true life’s purpose.

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Noah St. John - Keynote Speaker, Bestelling Author

Noah St. John is a keynote speaker and best-selling author who is famous for inventing affirmations and helping busy executives and mission-driven entrepreneurs enjoy emotional and financial freedom. His sought-after advice is known as the “secret sauce” in personal and business growth. Noah also appears frequently in the news worldwide, including ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, The Hallmark Channel, National Public Radio, Parade, Woman’s Day, Los Angeles Business Journal, The Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times, Selling Power, Forbes.com, and The Huffington Post.

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Chris Attwood - Co-author of the New York Times bestseller, The Passion Test

Chris Attwood is co-author of the New York Times bestseller, The Passion Test – The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Life Purpose. He is an expert in the field of human consciousness and is also deeply grounded in the practical world of business.Over the past 30 years, Chris has been CEO or senior executive of fifteen companies including a secondary dealer in government securities, a software developer, several magazines, and one of the leading consulting and training companies in the world. He has sold millions of dollars in consulting and training services to companies like Ford Motor Company, Dell Computer, Sprint, Royal Bank of Canada, Mellon Bank and others.

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Mykola Latansky - President of Academy of True Success

President of Academy of True Success is the World’s First Russian-speaking Motivational Speaker and the #1 Russian-speaking Trainer and Success Coach. Based in Ukraine Mykola was able to built a worldwide training, coaching and speaking business like no one before. In less than four years Mykola Latansky achieved the level of success where his training rooms are filled with hundreds and thousands of people at a time and has clients in over 40 countries on four continents.

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Jeffrey Allen - Energy healer, teacher, and author of Duality Energy Training from Mindvalley

Jeffrey Allen is the author of Mindvalley’s popular “Duality” training program. An engineer by trade and energy healer at heart, Jeffrey has helped thousands of professionals combine their intellect and intuition to boost confidence, improve relationships, find meaning and purpose, and manifest the life of their dreams. Based in Tokyo, Japan, Jeffrey is known as “The Healers’ Healer” and is regarded as a global authority on Energy Healing. He has travelled globally — teaching energy work, intuition, and healing on four continents.

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Andrew Hewitt - Founder of GameChangers 500

It outraged Andrew that so many of his talented university friends were lured into careers at lifeless corporations. To help his generation launch meaningful careers, Andrew wrote “The Power of Focus for College Students”, teamed up with Donald Trump, and toured the college speaking circuit. He recently launched the GameChangers 500 that, unlike the Fortune 500, ranks the top purpose-driven organizations. Andrew is on a mission to connect people with “GameChanger DNA” with job opportunities at the top GameChanger organizations.

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Sam Beard - President at Jefferson Awards

Sam has dedicated his working life to public service. Through different national non-profit organizations that he runs, Sam Beard has initiated and then chaired programs for each of the last seven Presidents of the United States – Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush.
He is the president of The Jefferson Awards, a prestigious national recognition system honoring community and public volunteerism in America.

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Shelly Lefkoe - Co-founder and President of the Lefkoe Institute

Shelly Lefkoe is founder of ‘Parenting the Lefkoe Way’ and is a co-founder of the Lefkoe Institute, a San Francisco Bay Area firm. Her personal vision is to transform the way people parent. She believes that if we raise a conscious generation of children, violence will end, people will treat each other with respect and dignity, and life on this planet will be better for everyone.

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Jessica Nazarali - Founder of Jessica Nazarali Coaching

Jessica is a success coach for coaches and specialises in helping female coaches standout and find new clients. She is the creator of Find Your First Paying Coaching Clients and The Next It Girl Coach. In her first year working full time as a coach Jessica made $257,234 from selling high end 1:1 coaching services and working with a limited number of select clients. She is a living example that coaching can be a full-time business and replace the salary from your career. Her advice has been featured in Cleo, Marie Claire, Sunday Style and Madison. Her book Leaping from the Ladder was launched in September 2014. When she’s not coaching, you can find her unfurling her yoga mat, making banana smoothies and googling her next travel destination.

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Michael Ellsberg - Author, Blogger and Public Speaker

Michael Ellsberg is the author of The Education of Millionaires (Penguin, 2011) and The Power of Eye Contact (HarperCollins, 2010). He is a columnist for Forbes, and writes daily about entrepreneurship, love and spirituality to an audience of 24,000 on his.

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Blair Dunkley - Owner, Co President, Founder of Results Now, Executives Coach and Trainer, Master Coach Trainer

After 36 years in the world of Business and Human Development, Blair has been recognized globally as a leader in the study of belief systems and behavioural change. 
His expertise and intriguing tools have been successfully used by clients like the 50 Best Managed and Fast Growing companies to completely transform their internal corporate culture and increase their bottom line. His methods have also been critical to helping many young entrepreneurs create and grow multi-million dollar businesses from scratch while still having fun.

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Claire Zammit - Leadership Expert & Founder of Feminine Power Global Community

Claire is a gifted teacher and expert in the field of transformative learning and leadership. Claire is the co-leader of the Feminine Power Global Community and co-host of the acclaimed Women on the Edge of Evolution teleseries, which has engaged over 100,000 women worldwide. She is the co-author of the forthcoming book, Feminine Power: Awakening to the Creative Force of Life. She is also the co-owner of Evolving Wisdom, a leading global online transformative learning company.

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Srikumar Rao - CEO The Rao Institute, Author of 'Happiness at Work'

Srikumar created a life changing business school course so powerful that it has its own alumni association. He is the author of Happiness at Work and has helped thousands of executives find greater fulfilment in both life and work. His talk on TED.com has been rated among the most inspiring on the site. He is leading the charge to transform the business world so that it is both nourishing to the human spirit and dedicated to a larger social good.

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Seth Quest - Founder at Tribe Office, Co-founder at Factory

Seth is the founder of Tribe Office, a consulting and office furniture firm that focuses on creating space that influences culture. He is also one of the founders of Factory, a startup in San Francisco that works with fortune 500 companies to create massive breakthroughs and tangible outcomes within 48hr immersive sessions. Seth is interested in human potential, accessing flow state, and living an integrated lifestyle. In his spare time he practices parkour, acroyoga, dance, and boxing.