Meet The Speakers
Learn more about the experts that will be leading sessions during this week.
get your notebooks ready!
Demetria Bridges is a voice actor specializing in vocal narration of commercials, eLearning modules, telephone recordings and audiobooks. For ten years, Demetria has worked with companies like WGBH, The LA Times, Biogen, Idec, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals to help grow their customer base and employee learning through authentic interactions. Demetria also works with individuals privately, teaching them skills she’s honed in the acting world on how to be impactful through sound and presence in front of audiences or the camera by honoring and embracing their Blueprint Sound.
Mo Chanmugham, Esq., CPCC is an executive career and leadership coach and the founder of MGC Coaching. He helps ambitious professionals create the clarity and confidence they need to create more fulfilling careers.
There are strategies that help you stress less, play more, and get inspired results, no matter where you stand now. Once you master them, you will be happier, more alive, and more engaged.
Christine Duvivier, knows that within each of us lie untapped reservoirs of potential. Discovering the strategies and power of unleashing our genius has been the defining journey of her life.
As a pioneer in Leading Positive Change, Christine mentors leaders, teams and families around the world to their best promotions, profits, relationships, and happiness. She guides us to uncover talents squelched in school and work, build resilience, and use our gifts to lead and live beyond limits.
Jen is the producer of the EY Better Innovation podcast. This show features interviews with innovation thought leaders across all industries. It explores stories of how innovation is reshaping and transforming business in a digital world. Topics covered in this series include business model innovation, emerging trends, advanced technologies, and fostering an innovation culture inside organizations. Better Innovation is hosted by Jeff Saviano, EY Global Tax Innovation Leader. Better Innovation has listeners in over 112 countries and is listed as one of the top innovation/leadership podcasts on iTunes. Jen is a former Washington, D.C. business journalist and uses her skills to create thought leadership, events and social media within Tax Innovation at EY. She lives on the South Shore of Massachusetts with her husband and two cats Harmony and Melody. She is also an amateur bee keeper.
Life and Business Coach Rob Kanzer, grew up in Weston and lives in both Lowell and York, Maine. He comes to us today in his 38th year of teaching people The Power of Compassionate Listening and Clear Communication.
Founder of The Cambridge Coaching Collaborative, Rob’s clients include Fortune 1000 leadership teams, non-profits, families, couples and individuals. Rob’s sweetheart of 12 years is the Artist from Billerica, Colleen Sgroi. They are blessed to have between them five wonderful children and six grandchildren.
Neil has a BA and MA in Clinical Psychology. In a long and distinguished career as a trainer to businesses he has helped many people improve their productivity and personal effectiveness. He is an actor, award winning storyteller and expert memory trainer. His names training has been presented to over a thousand people in the last six years.
Linda Ugelow is a presentation and confidence coach who helps new and seasoned professionals overcome the fear of public speaking while communicating effortlessly and effectively across different media.
As a performer of 35 years and with a master’s degree in expressive therapies and movement studies, she’s been helping people get comfortable in their own skin for decades.
Linda is also the producer and host of the TV show Women Inspired and has been featured in Money Magazine, Nylon Magazine, Inspired Coach Magazine, mindbodygreen, Positively Positive, and Thrive Global as well as on numerous podcasts. She makes occasional appearances at storytelling slams, has presented at the European Positive Psychology conference in Angers, France and was host/emcee at the TEDx Debrecen University in Hungary.
Cleonie is the Owner & Founder of Inspired Outcome, a Productivity & Organizing business that teach individuals and groups how to organize their time, space, & ideas so that they are free to pursue what is most important, joyful, and inspiring to them.
Her passion for helping people improve their overall quality of life manifested into 25+ years of experience working with programs that address the health, educational, employment, and housing needs of individuals, families, and communities. Cleonie provides one-on-one work with individual clients, workshops for community groups, and facilitate mastermind groups.
Amma Marfo is a thoughtful yet incurably silly independent higher education professional, writer, and editor based in Boston, MA. Her first book, THE I’S HAVE IT: Reflections on Introversion in Student Affairs, was released in January 2014; her second, LIGHT IT UP, was released in October 2015.
Amma is a dynamic and sought-after speaker on topics such as leadership, creativity, group dynamics, and learning and optimizing the temperament of your organization.
Mark is the host of a Top 100 podcast called Humans 2.0. His show features an innovative and talented guest in every episode available on YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, Google, Stitcher Radio, and iHeart Radio. On the show, Mark converses with Billionaire's, New York Times Bestselling authors and world-class human beings like Seth Godin, Ed Mylett, and many others to educate for change in their own lives and upgrade to the Human version 2.0 that is inside all of us.
Author and Market Me Too (www.MarketMeToo.net) Founder and CEO, Kathleen E.R. Murphy is known for radiating enthusiasm, her positive energy, entrepreneurial approach and highly creative problem solving ability. Ms. Murphy has been a highly sought after mentor in the exclusive United States Women Unlimited Executive Mentor Program. In 2018, she became a Certified Gallup Strengths Coach, and a published book author. She has been published in Advancing Women, AskTheExpert, Boston Voyager, Fast Company, The Huffington Post, i4Business, Money, Readers Digest, Recruiter, The Economist and Thrive Global. Since 2018, Ms. Murphy has also been a featured guest on a number of popular business television and radio shows, and credits her family lineage of inventors and entrepreneurs for shaping her career path. In April of 2018, Ms. Murphy released and published her first business book called Wisdom Whisperer. Her second and third books will be published in the fall of 2019 and 2020.
David is a visionary, innovator and strategic advisor to businesses. He is a two-time entrepreneur and is currently Founder & Principal of Ethos Consulting LLC. Prior to Ethos Consulting David has been an Executive for technology and financial service companies ranging in size from VC start-up with less than 10 employees to multinationals with over 40,000 employees.
Leora Viega Rifkin is both an intrapreneur and an entrepreneur, and a connector. She is the Founder and CEO of Canary Rising and Co-Founder and Chief of Possibility of BREAD (Boston’s Racial & Economic Dialogue). You can find her writing and speaking passionately about her life's work, "Defining a Positive Citizenship; Wellbeing for Emancipation." She currently serves at the Career Coach for the IT and BioMed Workforce Development program at Just A Start in Cambridge. All of her roles connect to her life’s purpose, which is to elevate people’s love and connection for themselves, others and society. Leora believes in play, possibility, vulnerability, connectivity, gratitude, compassion, creativity and people.
Jackie Riso is a Life & Accountability coach helping people through their life journey to be their best selves. Glass Half Full aims to help others conquer their mindset, get out of their own way, and achieve their goals. You can find Jackie speaking, running her Accountability Club, and building a supportive and empowering community by leading workshops and events. To join the Glass Half Full community: www.jackieriso.com
Scott Stolze is a Career Coach and the Founder/Innovator of Create Your Great -- How To Create Your Dream Career. Scott's mission is to help thousands of people take ownership of their career and create fulfillment in the work they do. Having worked 18 years in corporate and three years in non-profit, Scott leverages his experience and passion for leadership to help others get clarity on their purpose and create the career and life of their dreams. Prior to founding Create Your Great in 2017, Scott spent over five years in management roles with CVS Health, a Fortune 10 company. Scott also worked in Program and Client Management with two technology companies in the 2000s before spending a year in New Orleans doing volunteer work on recovery efforts related to Hurricane Katrina, after which he founded the non-profit organization, Furnishing For Hope.
Stephanie Troy, LICSW is a Mind-Body Therapist & Trainer and the owner of Your Whole Healing which provides individual counseling and wellness presentations to help people Strive to Thrive. She combines her over 16 years experience as a therapist with certifications in both health coaching and yoga to provide a unique blend of traditional therapy and coaching. Stephanie writes for her own blog and has been a contributor to the Huffington Post and Elephant Journal.
Kristin Van Bsum
Kristin is founder & CEO of Project Alianza, a woman-led social enterprise that provides education for children living on remote coffee farms in Latin America. She is a TEDx and keynote speaker, Fulbright Scholar and MassChallenge winner. Prior to founding Project Alianza, she spent most her time (including weekends and holidays) writing policy briefs and congressional reports at The RAND Corporation, a global policy think tank. She grew up in Indiana (where she didn’t really fit in), studied in New York City (where she worked hard and partied harder), vagabonded around Spain (as an English teacher to learn Spanish), lived in Mexico (to assist families at the border), and founded her company in the middle-of-nowhere Nicaragua. Having traveled to over 40 countries, she landed back in Boston in 2018 because it’s walkable, sporty, innovative, inspiring, and most importantly, it feels like home. Learn more: www.projectalianza.org
Dr. Nancy Zare, founder of Rapport Builderz, is a Psychologist and Sales Strategist who helps people acquire and conduct business without using traditional sales techniques. A retired professor, Nancy is skilled in simplifying complex information and creating an interactive, upbeat atmosphere. Whether in a work situation or personal encounter, everyone benefits from learning new approaches for building rapport, communicating effectively, and becoming a master of sales.