Bestselling Author, Speaker and Life Coach
Thursday October 24 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
Valorie Burton is a bestselling author, speaker, and life coach dedicated to helping people get unstuck and be unstoppable in every area of life. She is the founder of The Coaching and Positive Psychology (CaPP) Institute and has served as a Certified Personal and Executive Coach to hundreds of clients in over 40 states and ten countries.
For more than a decade, Valorie’s books, speaking engagements, and coaching resources have helped people make changes to their lives, be happier, become strong leaders, navigate setbacks, speak with confidence and more. As a speaker, she has inspired audiences for GE, McDonald’s, Goldman Sachs, State Farm, Accenture, General Mills, FDIC, Deloitte, US Army National Guard, NASA, Wells Fargo, BlueCross BlueShield and hundreds of others.
Founder & CEO, 1-800-GOT-JUNK?
Thursday October 24 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM
Brian Scudamore started his business in Vancouver, Canada at the age of 18, and later went on to franchise 1-800-GOT-JUNK? as a way to expand operations. Today, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? has 1,000 trucks on the road throughout some 180 locations in Canada, the United States and Australia.
Scudamore and his company have received wide recognition in the media and business community, making appearances on Dr. Drew's Clutter Cleaners, Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, CNN, ABC Nightline, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Oprah and The View. Additionally, Brian contributes written articles on building a business and entrepreneurism to many national magazines, including a monthly column in PROFIT Magazine.
In 2007, Brian was honored to have been named the International Franchise Association’s Entrepreneur of the Year. Other accolades include Fortune Small Business’ Best Bosses Award, Globe & Mail’s Top 40 under 40, and a three-time winner of a prestigious “Best Company To Work For” award.
Former Head of Mike’s Hard Lemonade & Business Expert
Thursday October 24 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Anat Baron never stands still. An innovative leader, she has transitioned effortlessly from corporate executive to entrepreneur throughout her career. Most recently, she dove head first into the beer industry. While at the helm of Mike's Hard Lemonade, Baron turned around this new company and grew the brand into a $200 million juggernaut within three years. In addition to running the business, she spearheaded the marketing campaigns that helped trigger the national thirst for Mike's.
Prior to mastering the beer business, Baron worked with such brands as Four Seasons Hotels, Holiday Inn, KLM, CBS, and Condé Nast. She is currently the CEO and founder of StashWall, Inc., a technology startup that provides one place for organizing people's information, memories, and belongings.
Founder, The Chip Bell Group
Friday October 25 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
Dr. Chip Bell is the founder of The Chip Bell Group and manages their office near Atlanta. Prior to starting a consulting firm in the ‘80’s, he was Director of Management and Organization Development for NCNB (now the Bank of America). Dr. Bell has served as consultant to such organizations as GE, USAA, IBM, Microsoft, Ritz-Carlton, Accenture, Exxon/Mobil, Deloitte, Marriott, Verizon, Pepsi, Lockheed-Martin, Fidelity, Cadillac and Harley-Davidson.
Dr. Bell is the author of several best-selling books, has appeared live on CNN, ABC, CNBC, Fox Business, NPR, and his work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, USA Today, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, Fast Company and Business Week. His newest book is the international best-selling and award-winning, Wired and Dangerous: How Your Customers Have Changed and What to Do about It.
CEO & Managing Partner, Detroit Venture Partners
Friday October 25 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM
Josh Linkner is the CEO and Managing Partner of Detroit Venture Partners. Together with business partners Earvin “Magic” Johnson and NBA team owner Dan Gilbert, Josh is actively rebuilding urban areas through technology and entrepreneurship. He is the Founder, Chairman and former CEO of ePrize, the largest interactive promotion agency in the world providing digital marketing services for 74 of the top 100 brands.
Josh is a New York Times Bestselling author for his book, Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity, named one of the top ten business books of 2011. Josh has been honored as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and is a President Barack Obama Champion of Change award recipient.
Speaker, Consultant, Author and Philanthropist
Friday October 25 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Marilyn Tam, Ph.D. is a Speaker, Author, Consultant, Board Certified Executive/Corporate/Leadership Coach, and Founder and Executive Director of Us Foundation. She was formerly the CEO of Aveda Corp., President of Reebok Apparel and Retail Group; Vice President of Nike Inc. and also a successful entrepreneur who has developed and built four companies.
Her life is an inspiring example of what can be achieved if one followed their dreams. She grew up as an abused and neglected child in Hong Kong. She left home as a teen to come to America alone. Following her life mission, she achieved international business and humanitarian success. She now helps corporations and people to find and fulfill their purpose, and provide them with the principles and actions steps towards their goals.