Curating Connections Author Perspectives

Author Perspectives 
Gain a deeper understanding and perspective on important leadership topics by engaging in a face-to-face conversation with a book author.

Package Includes:

  • Your choice of a book topic from our list of authors
  • A 90-minute program which is held at your location
  • A facilitated face-to-face conversation with your team and the author about the topic
  • 10 participants hand-selected by you from your organization to attend the program
  • A book for each participant

Call us today to learn more and to schedule your Author Perspectives program for your team.

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Meet the Authors

Lori Bachman


Lori Bachman

The MentorShift Group is Lori Bachman’s creation. Lori’s experience ranges from senior executive coaching to building high impact product teams, with clients across the nation. She is a highly effective speaker, trainer and communicator.

Lori’s passion is mentoring and for good reason. During both her corporate career as an aerospace finance executive and as a business owner herself, she has seen companies flounder in mentoring programs that often have a short shelf life, fall to the wayside as “last year’s initiative,”and then the same formerly involved individuals give up and walk away because mentoring seems too hard or awkward. Those employees don’t just walk away from a mentoring program; they often head straight for the door.

Her years as a financial executive and corporate leader have given her a keen eye and vital insight that, for businesses, there is an essential equation for success:

Effective Mentoring = Engaged Employees = Higher Productivity = Less Attrition = Increased ROI and Stronger Bottom Line

For this reason, she has dedicated herself to teaching a forthright way to pass on skills between any mentoring pair or team that not only benefits the organization’s goals, but also equips each individual to mentor others.

Lori earned a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Denver and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Wheaton College (IL).

Prior to launching The MentorShift Group in 2011, Lori led teams in multi-billion dollar merger and acquisitions projects. In that role, she enjoyed “helping everyone play together well on the playground” as she navigated the waters of combining oftentimes rival companies to create shareholder value.

She grew and matured in her leadership in the aerospace world, and enjoyed years of working with and learning from real “rocket scientists”, gifted engineers and astronauts who had been to the moon and back. Literally.

Since launching the MentorShift Group in 2011, she has had the opportunity to work with clients across a range of industries: Banking, Wealth Management, Telecom, Aerospace, Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology.

Lori lives with her family in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. With two teenagers still at home, there is never a dull moment. You might find her relaxing by hiking with the family in the nearby Rockies, tinkling the ivories on her piano, or playing a delightedly wicked game of Words with Friends.

Lori Bachman created The MentorShift Group to equip mentors and mentees with a practical and powerful mentoring system. The system is designed to equip those who use it to, not only flourish in their own mentoring relationships, but to be able to transfer its success to others as well.

How to Find a Great Mentor for YOU:
Without Awkward, Aimless, and Arbitrary Searching

Mentor Shift:
A Four-Step Process to Improve Leadership Development,
Engagement and Knowledge Transfer

MentorShift at Work:
A Four-Step Process to Improve Leadership Development, Engagement and Knowledge Transfer

Morag Barrett



Morag Barrett

SkyeTeam is the brainchild of Morag Barrett (nee McLeod). Morag’s experience ranges from senior executive coaching to developing high impact teams across Europe, America and Asia. She is a highly effective speaker, trainer and executive coach.

Morag draws from a deep and unique operational skill set. Her corporate career started in retail banking with Royal Bank of Scotland Group in the UK. With 15 years experience in the finance industry, Morag understands the challenges of running a business as well as the complexities of leading and managing the people that are part of that business.

Prior to launching Skye in 2007, Morag was responsible for global leadership and executive development in a US Telecoms company. Since launching SkyeTeam she has had the opportunity to work with clients in a range of industries including: Healthcare, Telecoms, Mining, Manufacturing, Engineering, and Technology.

Morag earned a Master of Human Resource Management and received the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation. She is also a recognized business coach for the Corporate Coach University and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in the UK.

Morag’s a contributor to, and the American Management Association. She’s also been featured in, business insider,, Association for Training and Development, Society for Human Resources and among others.

The Power of Winning Relationships

The Future-Proof of Workplace:
Six Strategies to Accelerate Talent Development, Reshape
Your Culture, and Succeed with Purpose

Debra Benton


Debra Benton

For over thirty years, my passion has been to help managers and executives take ownership of their career potential. My skill is to give you endless new thinking that challenges your assumptions and explores new behavior outside of your comfort zone. Together we take your leadership style to the next levels — all to create a better future for you and your organization.

I’ve been honored to work with some of the best and brightest from GE, Microsoft, Pepsi, Novartis, Time-Warner, NASA, American Express, Dell, Kraft Foods, Citicorp, Deloitte, Kellogg’s, McDonalds and UAL — to name a few of my client companies.

My ten business books have been published in a dozen different languages, and I’ve been fortunate to work in eighteen countries and with many more cultural backgrounds.

My expertise has brought front-page coverage in the publications like Wall Street Journal and USA Today, and made me a welcome guest on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, and CBS where I was interviewed by Diane Sawyer.

Condé Nast Portfolio magazine wrote, “Debra Benton is one of the top five coaches to have on speed dial.” ranked me in the top ten coaches in the world and as the number one female coach in 2013.

My time is divided between advising individuals as their professional mentor and executive coach; speaking to large and small groups; and researching to distill patterns of personal leadership that will enable you to lead the next generation of teams.

My work outside of my company is to teach leadership in Colorado State University’s MBA Global Social & Sustainable Enterprise program and serve as an adjunct professor at UNC’s Monfort School of Business.

On the personal side, I’m the proud daughter, sister, and wife of a veteran. Happily married to retired ranch manager and cowboy, Rodney Sweeney and reside in the foothills of Northern Colorado in a small ranching community.

The Leadership
Mind Switch: Rethinking How We
Lead in the New World of Work

The CEO Difference:
How to Climb, Crawl, and Leap Your Way to the Next Level of Your Career

The Virtual Executive:
How to Act Like a CEO Online and Offline

CEO Material:
How to Be a Leader in Any Organization

Executive Charisma:
Six Steps to Mastering
the Art of Leadership

How to Act Like a CEO:
10 Rules for Getting to the Top and Staying There

Secrets of a CEO Coach:
Your Personal Training Guide to Thinking
Like a Leader and Acting like a CEO

How to Think Like a CEO:
10 Rules for Getting to the Top and Staying There

Bud Bilanich


Bud Bilanich

Bud Bilanich, the Common Sense Guy, is an executive coach, motivational speaker, bestselling author and influential blogger. Audiences leave his dynamic, hard hitting presentations armed with new ideas and ready to put them to use in their daily work. He has spoken to audiences all over North America, in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. His client list reads like a Who’s Who of the Fortune 500.

Bud’s advice has been featured on CBS, ABC, NBC and CNN and in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, Fortune, Success Magazine and Self Improvement Magazine. He is a member of the USA Today Small Business Advisory Panel and of the editorial board of PM 360, a magazine for marketing professionals in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. He posts to his blog (www. several days a week.

Dr. Bilanich is Harvard educated but has a no nonsense approach to his work that goes back to his roots in the steel country of Western PA. His ideas on success are a result of over 40 years of business experience, 25 years as an entrepreneur and the application of common sense.

He is the author of 19 books on business, leadership and career success, and a contributor to six others. His best known books are 4 Secrets of High Performing Organizations, Using Values to Turn Vision Into Reality, Common Sense Ideas for Building a Dream Team, Climbing the Corporate Ladder and Straight Talk for Success.

His clients include Pfizer, Merck, Glaxo SmithKline, Johnson and Johnson, Abbot Laboratories, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Lonza Biologics, Zoetis, PepsiCo, AT&T, Chase Manhattan Bank, Citigroup, General Motors, UBS, AXA Advisors, Cabot Corporation, The Aetna, PECO Energy, Olin Corporation, Minerals Technologies, The Boys and Girls Clubs of America and a number of small and family owned businesses.

Dr. Bilanich received an EdD (Doctor of Education) with a concentration in Adult Education and Organization Behavior and Intervention from Harvard University; an MA in Organizational and Interpersonal Communication from the University of Colorado and a BS in Human Development from Penn State.

Bud is a cancer survivor and lives in Denver Colorado with his wife Cathy. He is a retired rugby player, an avid cyclist and a Denver Bronco fan. He enjoys independent film, live theatre and crime fiction.

Climbing the Corporate Ladder: Based on Seven Simple, but Powerful Common Sense Ideas

Speaking of Success:
World Class Experts Share Their Secrets

42 Rules to Jumpstart
Your Professional Success:
A Common Sense Guide to Career Success

Success Tweets: 200 Bits of Common Sense Career Advice for Administrative Professionals, Speakers, and Information Marketers in 140 Characters or Less

101 Great Ways to Enhance Your Career: Find Passion and Relaunch Your Career

The Art and Science of Success: Proven Strategies from Today’s Leading Experts

Karen Brown


Karen Brown

Karen Brown is an unconscious mind expert in the field of achievement and human behavior, world-class ultra-endurance athlete, successful (former) corporate executive, professionally certified executive coach, keynote presenter and best-selling author. Karen’s presentations on critical topics in today’s business environment utilize the powerful mechanism of the unconscious mind, where all learning, behavior and change happens. After many years of coaching leaders, Karen discovered that the unconscious mind is the scientific key to elevated levels of success, with greater velocity and ease and founded her company, Velocity Leadership Consulting to bring this difference-making model and tools of success to all leaders. Audiences are thrilled with the ah-ha insights provided, along with tools that “stick,” bringing profound, lasting results.

Karen has been quoted as a subject expert in USA Weekly, Max Sports & Fitness, Fierce CEO and Austec Business Transitions. Podcasts: Champions Series, The Quiet Warrior; ROI, The Entrepreneur Way, C-Suite Network. Karen is also a featured keynote presenter in globally recognized, A-Speaker’s Bureau.

Karen earned Master Practitioner certification in Neuro Linguistic Programming and Mental and Emotional Release from the Association for Integrative Psychology. Is a certified Personal and Executive Coach through the International Coaching Federation and Coaching & Positive Psychology Institute. Earned a B.S. in Applied Management from National American University and has over 20,000 coaching hours with leaders and executives.

Karen realized her own potential and discovered the keys to achieving greater success in her personal and professional life when she achieved a 28-year dream of competing in the toughest race in the world, the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, as an amateur, non-triathlete at age 46. She parlayed this experience to the business world and now helps CEOs, executives and managers connect with and realize their own goals, with greater velocity and ease.

She has two published works, the most recent, Unlimiting Your Beliefs, 7 Keys to Greater Success in Your Personal and Professional Life. Garnering critical acclaim, the book has been Rated Amazon #1 Hot New Release and received a Five-star review from Brian Tracy, the most successful business author in the world.

Karen enjoys continuous learning of the latest scientific findings that unlock elevated performance in leadership and human performance.

She lives in Littleton and finds happiness and personal expansion in training and competing on the international stage of ultra-endurance athletics.

Unlimiting Your Beliefs:
7 Keys to Greater Success in Your Personal and Professional Life

Chelley Canales


Chelley Canales

Chelley is a contributor to the bestseller, When I Rise, I Thrive: Healing Trauma Through Shared Stories of Personal Transformation

Description: Your challenging experiences may have tried to keep you down, lock you up, and throw away the key—but you are designed to thrive! In this book, our authors fearlessly share 70 personal stories of transformation which prove that all breakdowns are breakthroughs. Their healing examples will help you rise above your limitations and encourage you to believe that anything is possible.

What You Will Find in This Book:

  • Topics include depression, divorce, grief, spiritual awakening, trauma, fear, and releasing self-doubt.
  • Personal development questions for enrichment.
  • Blank journal pages for your transformative insights.
  • Author biographies list with contact information to support you on your journey.

When I Rise, I Thrive:
Healing Trauma Through Shared
Stories of Personal Transformation

Amy Collettee


Amy Collette

Amy Collette is a best-selling author and award-winning speaker. Her upbeat book, The Gratitude Connection, features inspirational stories and practical exercises to retrain your brain for happiness and success.

Our crazy lives are jam-packed with “busy” and the stress and worry that we think are just part of the package. Studies by Positive Psychology expert Shawn Achor and others show a direct correlation between happiness and success.

The number one barrier to happiness is: stress. Every relationship in your life is affected by how you handle stress; as a calm person who can listen and empathize or as a stress puppy who is focused on what’s driving you crazy.

Every company culture is judged on employee happiness, which determines hiring, retention, productivity, and long-term growth. What if you and your team could take a few minutes, breathe, and release that stress and worry? Now imagine relaxing enough to actually feel happy…

What would a change like that mean for you, your team, and your business success? Learn how to make a powerfully positive shift happen quickly. Amy leads your group through the practices from her book so you can start the transformation now and build on that foundation in just a few minutes a day.

Amy found the secret to building a lasting foundation of happiness when she needed it most and has since built a thriving business. In her interactive workshops, she shares how she found a way to transform her constant anxiety by embracing the positive power of gratitude. And how you can, too.

She since built a thriving business. In her interactive workshops, she shares how she found a way to transform her constant anxiety by embracing the positive power of gratitude. And how you can, too.

Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that
lights a fire of joy in your soul.   – Amy Collette


The Gratitude Connection:
Embrace the Positive Power of Thanks

Kim Curtis


Kim Curtis, EPCFP, CLU, ChFC, A, MSFS

Kim Curtis has worked with Governor’s of States, TV Personalities and even Cage-Fighting Superstars in the UFC. Her TV appearances include NBC, FOX, ABC, CW and profiled in the Journal of Practical Estate Planning, MarketWatch Retirement Weekly, and the Wall Street Journal.

Kim is one of the most highly credentialed financial advisors in the United States and her wealth management firm is ranked Top 10 in the State of Colorado by AdvisoryHQ.

She is a best-selling author of an award-winning book, Money Secrets: Keys to Smart Investing, which pulls back the curtain on the financial services industry to reveal why smart people make bad investment decisions.

Companies and institutions like Johnson & Johnson, Oracle, KPMG, West Point and Harvard, have benefited from her no-nonsense, straight-forward approach to money and life.

Her Speaker Topics are Informative, High Content and Fun.

Money Secrets: Keys to Smart Investing –
Get Solid, Realistic and Action-Oriented
Guidance from a Top Wealth Management Advisor

Tricia Downing


Tricia Downing

At thirty-one, Tricia Downing was in the best shape of her life. In the summer of 2000, Tricia, an avid cyclist, drove across the country for what amounted to eighteen races in twenty-three days. She returned from her adventure to a fresh start: a new job awaited her, and determined to make the next summer the year she would make her mark on the world of cycling, she began a rigorous training strategy.

But on September 17, 2000, Tricia Downing’s life took a detour. While training on a her bicycle one sunny Colorado afternoon, Tricia collides with a car that turns directly in her path, and instantly becomes paralyzed from the chest down. As a competitive road and track cyclist and lifelong athlete, losing the use of her legs is devastating on all accounts. As she re-learns to do everything from sitting straight up to navigating through her house in a wheelchair to returning to work and operating a handcycle, her grueling recovery takes her to the very core of her athletic mettle. This inner strength helps her to not only learn how to live life as a paraplegic–a label that takes time to grow accustomed to–but to have the courage to return to the competitive sport she loves and almost lost. Determined to live life on her terms, Tricia turns her misfortune into opportunity, and is now a wheelchair racer, competing regularly in triathlons around the globe. Cycle of Hope chronicles Tricia’s journey from the first terrifying moments of impact with the car through rehab and her emergence as a world-class athlete.

Cycle of Hope:
The Journey from Paralysis to Possibility

Debra Fine


Debra Fine

Bestselling author, keynote speaker and communication expert Debra Fine began her career as an engineer, an occupation that allowed her to maintain her natural shyness and avoid situations that required social and personal interactions. Fine is the author of the bestselling book The Fine Art of Small Talk: How to Start a Conversation, Keep It Going, Build Networking Skills—and Leave a Positive Impression (Hachette), and the second in the Fine Art series, The Fine Art of the Big Talk: How to Win Clients, Deliver Great Presentations, and Solve Conflicts at Work (Hachette), both translated and published in 20+ countries around the world. Her newest title is Beyond Texting: The Fine Art of Face-To-Face Communication for Teenagers. Fine is a 20+ year member of the National Speakers Association presenting her programs to hundreds of audiences around the world that include Cisco Systems, Google, University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business, Texas Association of School Boards, Credit Suisse, Spectra Energy, General Electric, COMERICA Banks, Alaska Forum on the Environment, Johns Manville, and Proctor and Gamble. Her recent media appearances include The Today Show, The Early Show, NPR Morning Edition, Fox Business News and CNN. Fine is a regular contributor to Huffington Post as well as

The Fine Art of Small Talk
How to Start a Conversation, Keep It Going, Build Networking Skills – and Leave a Positive Impression!

The Big Talk
How to Win Clients, Deliver Great Presentations, and Solve Conflicts at Work

Beyond Texting
The Fine Art of Face-to-Face Communication for Teenagers

Holly Green


Holly Green

Holly guides leaders and their organizations in achieving greater success by teaching you to leverage your brain and the brains of others.

Learn to apply the science of thinking at work.

  • Create clarity on what winning looks like and execute with excellence
  • Master how to think differently and be truly innovative
  • Engage your entire organization in accomplishing even more
  • Increase the skills and competencies required to thrive in today’s hyper paced world

An experienced business leader and behavioral scientist, Holly has a rare combination of extensive academic training and in-the-trenches experience working in and leading organizations.  She is the former president of The Ken Blanchard Company, and co-founder of LumMed, a biotech firm.  She has worked in senior leadership roles with global giants including The Coca Cola Company, Dell Computer, and Bass Hotels and Resorts.

As a consultant, Holly is frequently hired by companies and associations to help them compete more effectively in today’s uncertain markets.  She has helped hundreds of companies around the globe make new neural connections, change perspective, challenge assumptions and focus on the target.

In addition to her consulting work, Holly delivers highly acclaimed keynote presentations and workshops to tradeshow conventions, industry gatherings, and business meetings.  A polished and engaging speaker, she has headlined hundreds of gatherings around the world.  She has received three Speaker-of-the-Year awards from the world’s largest CEO membership group.

Featured on numerous TV and radio shows including NBC, ABC, Fox News, and NPR, Holly is a frequently quoted expert and has been in USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily, The Los Angeles Times, BusinessWeek and the Wall Street Journal among others. She was a regular contributor to Forbes for years and is a highlighted expert on numerous leadership, strategic planning, and innovation blogs.  

Holly holds a Bachelor’s degree in behavioral sciences and a Master of Science degree in organization development from American University in Washington, D.C.  Her postgraduate studies are in neurophysiology.  She is an adjunct professor at Webster University, teaching courses in the graduate program. She is the founder of the Management Development Institute offered at San Diego State University.

Holly’s top selling book, More Than a Minute: How to be an Effective Leader & Manager in Today’s Changing World (printed in nine languages and distributed globally) goes beyond the theory of leading and managing by providing practical, action-oriented information. Holly has contributed to several other best-selling books including Shift Happens.  Her newest book, Using Your Brain to Win, has received international acclaim.

Holly is a board member of several companies and serves on the Workforce & Chief Learning Officer Business Intelligence Boards.  She also provides strategic advice and guidance to numerous 501(c)3 organizations.

Using Your Brain to Win in Today’s Hyper-Paced World:
How to Use Your Brain to Become a More Effective Leader

More Than a Minute:
How to Be an Effective Leader and Manager in Today’s Changing World.

Kami Guildner


Kami Guildner

Life, Visibility and Success Coach/Speaker/Author, Kami Guildner is a woods-walker. A sky-gazer. A horse-lover. Raised on the wide open plains of Colorado against the majestic Rocky Mountains, wilderness fueled her soul from an early age. With a young enchanted mind, she gained an early understanding that the natural world brings clarity, provides space to dream, and opens our eyes to views of worlds unseen before us.

Her early dreams journeyed her into a wildly successful 20 year executive career. Yet, deep in her heart, she was hearing a calling for something more. Whispers. An Inner knowing. Her reconnection to this inner knowing that nature provided opened up her own world of transition – from executive to entrepreneur.
Today, Kami helps executives, entrepreneurs and truth-seekers around the world “Live Out Loud” into a passionate and meaningful life. Leading them to connect to their inner gifts, discover new meaning and new paths, her clients step into intentional action fueled with vitality and courage.

In addition, Kami founded Extraordinary Women Connect™ – a series of intimate events for wildly successful women connecting in meaning, purpose and shared support and Extraordinary Women Radio™ – a podcast featuring wildly successful women living out loud in voice, vitality and vigor.
Kami is an inspiring speaker who moves audiences to new places and new action. She is also the Best Selling author of Firedancer: Your Spiral Journey to a Life of Passion and Purpose and Pony Pondering Inspiration Cards.

Kami sits on the Board of Trustees for the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, supporting their efforts to create a future where Colorado women and girls of every background and identity prosper.
Kami brings her many years of leadership, marketing, strategic planning and business growth expertise to her clients. She holds a BS from the University of Colorado at Denver in International Business and Marketing and is trained in Appreciative Inquiry change management methodology, holding a certificate in the Practice of Positive Change. Kami is also a certified Equine Guided Coach. Follow Kami on her Kami Guildner Coaching Facebook page or on Twitter at @KamiGuildner.

Firedancer: Your Spiral Journey
to a Life of Passion and Purpose

Lori Hanson


Lori Hanson

Lori Hanson is a Keynote Speaker, Performance Coach, and Author and is on a MISSION: to help business women breakthrough barriers, experience amazing transformation and turn their dreams into realities. An Alpha with Gratitude, she is passionate about self-development and it will inspire and motivate you whether you hear her keynote speech, attend one of her events, or Revitalize YourSELF Retreats. She spent thirty years climbing the ladder in Corporate America, in technology sales, and although she enjoyed financial success and loyal clients, it was never enough. She left to pursue her passion as a motivational speaker.

Lori is a nationally recognized leader who speaks for women’s conferences, corporations, wellness events and retreats. Her love for animals and commitment to a healthy mindset and holistic nutrition bring a unique flavor to what she delivers. She shares stories with an open and honest heart that will quickly connect with your audience. She tackles the “guilt trip” topics and makes it easier to laugh at life and feel more gratitude.

A Performance Coach for female executives and business owners, she founded Learn2Balance and inspires women through her transformational Performance Coaching programs, Mastermind and women’s retreats. Much more than a life or business coach, Lori integrates holistic nutrition, healthy mindset and The Canfield Success Principles to build the foundation for success. Clients learn to unclutter their lives, improve their voice and GET what they want.

The author of five books including Stress Survival Kit for the Alpha Female, and a media favorite, Lori has appeared on radio and television programs internationally and has been featured in Essence, New Living Magazine, Wellness Women 40 and Beyond and monthly newspaper columns to bring awareness to the risks of overloaded living. She offers strategies to live a MAGNIFICENT life.

Stress Survival Kit for the Alpha Female:
Succeed and Lead Your Pack with Confidence, Compassion, Gratitude, Balance, and Health

The Change:
Insights into Self-Empowerment: 20 Co-Authors Share Inspiration for Self-Development

Stress Survival Kit for College Students:
Easy Ways to Reduce Stress, Improve Your GPA, Sleep Better, Have More Energy, Better Relationships, Enjoy College, and Position Yourself for Success in Life

Dr. Tammy Heflebower


Dr. Tammy Heflebower

Dr. Heflebower is widely published. She is an award-winning author and coauthor of over a dozen books and articles specializing in organizational and educational leadership and teambuilding. Tammy also specializes in powerful presentation and facilitation techniques; she is the go-to trainer of trainers for a renowned research organization and an educational speaking and publishing company.

Dr. Heflebower holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hastings College where she was honored as Outstanding Young Alumna and her team was inducted into the athletic hall of fame. She has a Master of Arts from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and her educational administrative endorsement and doctorate from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Presenting Perfected:
Feedback, Tips & Troubleshooting

Presenting Perfected:
Dynamic Delivery

Presenting Perfected:
Planning & Preparing Your Message

Zach Mercurio



Zach Mercurio

Zach Mercurio is widely recognized as one of the leading voices on the role of purpose in building thriving organizations. As a consultant, researcher, and speaker, he has helped leaders in nearly every industry around the world understand how purpose unites diverse stakeholders, unleashes human potential and drives performance. Zach is the author of the best-selling book, The Invisible Leader: Transform Your Life, Work, and Organization with the Power of Authentic Purpose and the founder and author of His work has been featured internationally with media outlets such as ForbesBooks, Inc, The Huffington Post Business, Thrive Global, Acuity Magazine, and he is a regular guest on a wide range of leadership and organizational development podcasts. He is a researcher and Adjunct Faculty at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he teaches courses on purposeful leadership and organizational development as he completes his Ph.D. in Organizational Learning, Performance and Change.

The Invisible Leader:
Transform Your Life, Work, and Organization
with the Power of Authentic Purpose

Audrey Nelson


Audrey Nelson

Dr. Audrey Nelson is an internationally recognized trainer, keynote speaker, author and consultant who helps organizations increase their productivity and profitability through winning communication strategies. She holds a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication. She conducted post-doctoral work at Warnborough College in Oxford, England, in gender communication. Dr. Nelson’s professional background includes teaching in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado, Boulder, San Diego State and Southwestern College. For 30 years, she has trained and consulted for a wide variety of government and Fortune 50 companies in 49 states and 4 continents. Her clients have included Xcel Energy, Price Waterhouse Coopers, The American Board of Trial Attorneys , AT&T, Honeywell, HewlettPackard, IBM, Upjohn Pharmaceuticals, Pentax, Lockheed Martin, Johnson & Johnson, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of State. The State Department sent Audrey to South Korea to represent the US Embassy as a consultant on issues confronting Korean women in the workplace. Dr. Nelson was the co-founder and served as president of the Organization for Research on Women and Communication and she is the gender communication blogger for Psychology Today. Audrey is a published author.

You Don’t Say: Navigating Nonverbal Communication Between the Sexes (Prentice Hall, 2004) was published in six languages. She co-authored Code Switching: How to Talk so Men Will Listen (Penguin-Alpha Books, 2009) and The Gender Communication Handbook: Conquering Conversational Collisions Between Men and Women (Pfeiffer 2012).

The Gender Communication Handbook:
Conquering Conversational Collisions Between Men and Women

Code Switching
How to Talk so Men will Listen

You Don’t Say
Navigating Nonverbal Communication Between the Sexes

Tara Powers



Tara Powers

As a 20-year talent development professional, Tara Powers is an international best-selling author, award winning leadership expert, sought after speaker and crusader against boring, ineffective employee engagement initiatives and leadership training. She’s worked with over 200 companies and more than 15,000 leaders building programs and launching initiatives that deliver high touch and high impact for her clients. Tara has her M.S. in Organizational Leadership, a coaching certificate from ATD and a Certified Training Manager. She’s a Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Authorized Facilitator and Everything DISC Solutions Provider.

Her fresh approach, combined with a heavy dose of humor, will leave your attendees wanting more. Whether you’re looking for a keynote or a full-day workshop, Tara will teach and share her expertise in a simple, experiential and entertaining way. Tara views leadership as a gift, she thinks that teams rock and she “geeks out” over assessment tools. Her commitment to every one of her clients is to serve as a catalyst for change, to be a business partner that takes your team collaboration, employee engagement and leadership capability to the next level and deliver the kind of results that makes you want to do the happy dance.

For 4 years, Tara’s Leadership Programs have earned the prestigious recognition as a Top 10 Leadership 500 Award winner by alongside big names such as Korn Ferry, Level (3), Hilton, Honda, MIT and DDI. Tara is also a judge for the coveted Brandon Hall Excellence Awards which recognizes the best organizations globally that have successfully deployed programs, strategies, modalities, processes, systems, and tools that have achieved measurable results.

In July 2018, Tara published Virtual Team for Dummies with Wiley and was recognized in Colorado Business Magazine as a Woman to Watch. Tara also speaks nationally on vital topics such as the importance of women in leadership, simple secrets to creating healthy organizations and how to build cohesive and committed teams.

Virtual Teams for dummies:
Set Your Virtual Team on a Path to Success

Success University for Women in Business: Take Back Control, Succeed in Business and Life

Nancy Sharp


Nancy Sharp

Nancy Sharp is a motivational speaker and expert on change through resilience and Bold Living. She is the award-winning author of the memoir Both Sides Now: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Bold Living and the children’s book Because the Sky is Everywhere. Nancy is passionate about helping individuals and organizations move beyond adversity, disappointment, and loss of all kinds toward growth and positive change. With her warm and genuine presentation style, Nancy empowers through far-reaching wisdom and insights, humor, and exercises that yield transformative results in business and life.

Nancy holds a MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College and coaches many professionals on their own book projects. It’s this passion for the written and spoken word combined with her own impactful life story plus two decades in the communications industry and as a CEO speechwriter that distinguish Nancy from the crowd.

Nancy knows from her own experiences, and those of bold visionaries she admires, that: change is possible no matter the circumstances; boldness is a choice; and real success requires courage, resilience, and the ability to think and lead with wide perspective.

Nancy speaks on the theme of Bold Living in the areas of change, resilience, life balance, and personal and professional leadership. Some of her clients include The New York Life Insurance Company, Lincoln Financial, New York 92nd Street Y, Centura Health, University of Denver, American Academy of Psychotherapists, and the Livestrong Foundation.

Nancy blogs regularly for The Huffington Post and and has also been published in The New York Times and many other national media.

Her first book, Both Sides Now: A True Story of Love, Loss, and Bold Living received eight literary honors including Books For A Better Life and the Colorado Book Award. Based on Nancy’s own story, Both Sides Now offers hard-won wisdom for anyone looking to rise strong after life hands you the unthinkable.

Her newest book, Because the Sky is Everywhere, helps children and families accept that even though someone close to them dies, the love they feel can be everlasting. Directly inspired by Nancy’s twins, Because the Sky is Everywhere is a valuable resource for educators, professionals, and groups who support grieving children and families.

Both Sides Now:
A True Story of Love, Loss and Bold Living

Because the Sky is Everywhere:
For Children Dealing with Death and Loss

Amy Simpkins


Amy Simpkins

Amy Simpkins has an engineer’s brain and a poet’s heart. Her life’s work has been centered around the integration of seemingly unrelated things and the subsequent solution of wickedly hard problems.

Ms. Simpkins is a speaker, author, and thought leader in innovation. She facilitates massive leaps forward, helping individuals and organizations with big ideas make connections they’ve been missing. She believes that innovation is for everyone and holds the key to both personal fulfillment and lasting global change. She has been helping innovators implement their ideas since 2013 and is the author of Spiral: A Catalyst for Innovation and Expansion.

Ms. Simpkins is also CEO of the renewable energy startup muGrid Analytics. muGrid solves problems at the edge of energy technology and economics using math and modeling, and is dedicated to creating a sustainable energy future for the planet, one project at a time. As a young, female executive in the tech world, she puts her theories about disruptive innovation and bringing your whole self to work into practice every single day.

Previously, Ms. Simpkins designed, integrated, and operated spacecraft at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. During her 10-year tenure as an aspiring Spacecraft Systems Architect, she worked on diverse programs such as Juno, Stardust-NExT, Orion, and Space Radar, as well as spent time in dynamic idea incubation groups for new and exciting aerospace innovation.

Ms. Simpkins holds an SB in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MS in Astronautical Engineering from the University of Southern California. She is a messy chef, a world traveler, a taekwondo orange belt, a red tent facilitator, a homeschooling mom of three, and a tough cookie in the Colorado backcountry.

A Catalyst for Innovation and Expansion

Matthew Taylor


Matthew Taylor

MATTHEW TAYLOR award-winning author, professional actor, storyteller and speaker has been educating and entertaining audiences throughout the United States and internationally for the last twenty-five years.

Matthew masterfully curates stories and the art of storytelling for individuals and teams. He formed Persuasion through Narrative in 2010 to galvanize people’s leadership and communication skills through a clear understanding and utilization of the irresistible power of story.

Goat Lips delivers a thought-provoking romp through a lapsed Englishman’s life, who—after a quarter century of living in the United States—realized he’d neglected to renew his subscription to England. Matthew’s relentless wit and insight is front and center as we bounce between England and the United States, experiencing one hilarious, and sometimes poignant, tale after another—from escaping the clutches of the law to the pain and joy of parenthood, discovering the dangers of real ale and the agony of not being heard, whilst savoring a fiery dessert, the glamour of show business, the awkwardness of nakedness, and the utter wrongness of a Jesus piñata! His ability to question the assumptions of everyday life with a wry grin, tender touch, and a twinkle in his kind eyes makes Matthew’s tales endlessly entertaining. You’ll want to read them more than once and even share them aloud with others in your best English accent.

Goat Lips:
Tales of a Lapsed Englishman

Caroline Turner


Caroline Turner

Caroline Turner is an effective workshop facilitator, speaker and consultant. Through her company, DifferenceWORKS, LLC., she helps leaders achieve better business results by creating inclusive work environments. Caroline is the author of Difference Works: Improving Retention, Productivity and Profitability through Inclusion.

Caroline is the former senior vice president, general counsel of Coors Brewing Company. She headed the company’s legal, public affairs and corporate secretarial functions. She was a partner in the law firm Holme Roberts & Owen, Denver, Colorado, and served as clerk to Judge McWilliams of the 10th Judicial Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Caroline serves and has served in leadership roles in several organizations and initiatives, including the Women’sVision Foundation, Warren Village, the Women’s Forum of Colorado, the University of Denver College of Law, The Mentoring Company, Mile Hi Church, Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame, and the Greater Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Caroline has received numerous recognitions, including Corporate Woman of the Year from the Women’sVision Foundation; Outstanding Alumni from the University of Denver College of Law; a Woman of Distinction from the Colorado Girl Scouts; and the John Meadows Spirit of Diversity Award from Coors. She has a B.A. from Agnes Scott College, an M.A. from Indiana University and a J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law.

Difference Works –
Improving Retention, Productivity, and
Profitability through Inclusion

Kathleen Quinn Votaw


Kathleen Quinn Votaw

CEO and Founder – TalenTrust
After nearly two decades in the industry, Kathleen Quinn Votaw determined that traditional staffing/recruiting models weren’t working, especially for rapidly growing companies. She vowed to disrupt the status quo by revolutionizing how companies find, keep, and grow great people. Her company, TalenTrust, achieved 300% revenue growth over the past three years and was named to the Inc. 5000 list for high-growth companies in 2015 and 2016. Most recently, she was named to the 2019 Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Business by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce.  Kathleen is also the author of Solve the People Puzzle, How High Growth Companies Attract & Retain Top Talent. She writes a published monthly column and speaks frequently. She has won numerous honors and awards and served on several boards. Kathleen is a long-time Vistage member and attributes much of her personal and professional success to her involvement with Vistage. 

Difference Works –
Improving Retention, Productivity, and
Profitability through Inclusion

Sandra Ford Walston


Sandra Ford Walston

Global speaker Sandra Ford Walston, known as The Courage Expert is a human potential consultant who studies courage.

Sandra is an international speaker and author of three books, corporate trainer and behavioral coach. Featured on the speaker circuit as witty, provocative, concrete and insightful, she has sparked positive change in the lives of thousands of leaders each year. Sandra facilitates individuals and groups to discover the power and inspiration of their everyday courage along with topics that include the power of linguistics, colliding approaches to time management and communication, and feminine courageous leadership actions.

Sandra has presented to some of the most respected public and private businesses and organizations in the world, such as IBM, Caterpillar, Inc., Institute of Internal Auditors, Hensel Phelps, Wide Open West, Agrium, Inc., Virginia Commonwealth University, Xanterra Parks & Resorts®, Procter and Gamble, Hitachi Consulting, US Bank, Healthcare Association of New York State, Institute of Management Accountants, Greenstone FCS, Colorado Rural Health Center, Hensel Phelps, Auburn University, Alliance for Professional Women, and Delta Kappa Gamma International Society.

The internationally published author of bestseller COURAGE The Heart and Spirit of Every Woman/Reclaiming the Forgotten Virtue, the book was also honored for the “Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic.” Sandra’s follow-up book to COURAGE is The COURAGE Difference at Work: A Unique Success Guide for Women, is directed at any woman, regardless of title or credentials, who wishes to grow professionally by introducing courage actions into her work. Her third non-gender book, FACE IT! 12 Courageous Actions that Bring Success at Work and Beyond confirms that what holds you back on the job is the same as what hinders achievement—the reluctance to face and live a courageous life.

Sandra is published in magazines such as Chief Learning Officer, Training & Development, Vertical Distinct (Malaysia), Real Simple, Maria Shiver Blog, and Strategic Finance.

She is also a certified coach and certified to administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and the Enneagram.

Sandra enjoys golf, skiing, yoga, travel, cooking, meditation, and being a certified Eleventh Hour hospice volunteer.

COURAGE – The Heart and Spirit of Every Woman/Reclaiming the Forgotten Virtue

Face It! 12 Courageous Actions that Bring Success at Work and Beyond

The Courage Difference
at Work: A Unique Success Guide for Women

Heather Younger, J.D., CCXP


Heather Younger, J.D., CCXP

Heather Younger gets it. As a best-selling author, international speaker, podcast host, facilitator and coach, she has earned her reputation as “The Employee Whisperer”. Her experiences as a CEO, entrepreneur, manager, attorney, writer, coach, listener, speaker, collaborator and mother all lend themselves to a laser-focused clarity into what makes employees of organizations and companies – large and small – tick.

Heather has facilitated more than 350 workshops, reaching +1,000 employers and their employees. Her motivation and philosophy has reached more than 10,000 attendees at her speaking engagements on large and small stages. Companies have charted their future course based on her leading more than 100 focus groups. In addition, she has helped companies see double-digit employee engagement score increases through implementation of her laws and philosophies. She has driven results in a multitude of industries, including banking, oil & gas, construction, energy, and federal and local government.

Heather brings a tenacious and humorous outlook to issues plaguing the workforces of today. Her book “The 7 Intuitive Laws of Employee Loyalty” hit Forbes Must-Read list and is a go-to source for HR professionals seeking insight into their organization’s’ dynamics.

Heather’s writing can also be found on her blog at, as well as articles in the Huffington Post, Thrive Global, American Express Open Forum, Tandem Seven, I Want It Now, and more. Coupled with her leadership podcast, weekly videos and employer newsletters, Heather stays connected to organizations long after she leaves the stage or conference room.

When all the emails are returned and the mic is turned off, Heather acts as co-manager of her busy household in Aurora, Colorado with her husband, where they oversee their four children.

The Intuitive Laws of Employee Loyalty