2020 Summit Speakers
Dr. Tyler Amell is an internationally recognized thought leader on the topic of workplace health and productivity. His energetic and thought-provoking speaking style always contributes to a great conference experience. When he is not speaking at events around the world, he is a trusted advisor to organizations, including insurers, service providers and employers, on strategic and integrated workplace health and productivity. He works in the areas of technology, data analytics, absence and leave management, STD, LTD, occupational rehabilitation, disability management and disability prevention, workers’ compensation, mental health, musculoskeletal health, chronic disease, wellbeing programs, medical assessment and health and safety.
Victoria is the CEO and co-founder of Avidity Wellness Consulting & Events. Along with her partner, she's developed and executed wellness programs for more than a dozen companies (OH Partners, TGen, Bashas', DC Ranch Country Club, UNS), has coached over 5,000 employees and has given over 300 wellness presentations at companies of all sizes. She was awarded Health Coach of the Year by the Wellness Council of Arizona in 2018. As a bilingual Wellness Coach and Consultant, Sports Nutritionist, and Food Freedom speaker, she’s hosted two online interview series with 50 world-renowned health experts on the topics of naturally approaching food allergies and Tourette Syndrome. She curates alternative recipes and writes wellness and lifestyle articles for health-forward online publications, such as Thebeet.com and Sass Magazine.
Ria Dark MS, LSW, SAP, MHFA is the CEO and Founder of 2Rogues Media Group and is the Clinical Director of Comprehensive Benefits Consultants, LLC. She possesses a unique set of experiences from the fields of education, human services, and the public and private sector. Ms. Dark is certified by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board as a licensed provider and a Substance Abuse Professional for the Department of Transportation, as well as a National Provider for Medicaid/Medicare. She holds certifications in Mental Health First Aid and Facilitator of the Active Parenting Curriculum. Ria is a published author and a columnist at the Black Rock Beacon. She is actively sought out as a speaker of Wellness programming for insurance industry, and at National conferences as an expert in soft skills and an EQ Master.
Joyce Odidison is a Thought Leader on Workplace Interpersonal Dynamics and Wellness Competency Mindset Teaching. She is a Conflict Analyst, Coach, and corporate speaker and trainer for 24 years. Joyce helps organizations address interpersonal conflict, stress, diversity, inclusion, and psychological safety at work to promote relational well-being. She is a frequent TV guest expert. Joyce is President & CEO of Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc., Founder and host of the annual Global Workplace Wellness Summit, and What’s Happening at Work podcast. She is Coach Training Director, with her own ICF approve coach training program. Joyce has been featured in the Winnipeg Free Press, Canadian Living, Corporate Wellness Magazine, Thrive Global, Fast Company, and others. Joyce works with government, private businesses, and post secondary institutions of all sizes to create an atmosphere of relational well-being to foster emotional and mental resilience. Joyce is a Certified Training and Development Practitioner, former university and college instructor, author of five books, and promoter of emotional and interpersonal wellness. She is a community leader and mentor developing professionals around the globe.
Gigi Carter provides institutional consulting services to help diverse clients improve the health of their employees, students, and members while helping to save the planet by transitioning to a plant-centered diet. In addition, this published author and recognized industry expert is available to address colleges, organizations, and corporations about
the interconnection between physical, mental, social, and spiritual wellbeing—and how what we eat affects how we perform, which impacts the bottom line.
Yonason Goldson is director of Ethical Imperatives, LLC, teaching professionals how good ethics is good business and the benefits of intellectual diversity. He’s a keynote speaker, TEDx presenter, and community rabbi, as well as a repentant hitchhiker, recovered circumnavigator, former newspaper columnist, and retired high school teacher in St. Louis. He’s authored hundreds of articles and six books applying ancient rabbinic wisdom to the challenges of the moderni, secular world. He and his wife live happily as empty-nesters in St. Louis, Missouri.
Ally Nathaniel is a leadership and productivity consultant who specializes in building emotional resilience. Ally is a best-selling author who sold over 60,000 of her books and the creator of Emotional Business IQ TM. Her BA is in business management and psychology and for many years, she worked as a recruiter for the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) and managed HR and technology teams in high-tech companies. She is also a motivational speaker and mentor. Ally has been featured on Thrive Global, BuzzFeed, Authority Magazine, Examiner.com, Marron Oak and more. Through years of study and practice, Ally has created a process and system to enhance entrepreneurs', employees' and leaders' Emotional Resilience, so they could advance their business or career with ease. She’s available to speak about emotional resilience, leadership, and productivity
Victoria Grainger, MBA, BPE, PTS, HWL, is a passionate advocate for the impact well-being has on performance. She is the founder and CEO Wellness Works Canada, a non-profit association that empowers, educates and supports workplace wellness practitioners and employers in building healthy, high performing work cultures. Victoria has worked in the field of health promotion and population health for 20 years. Most of that time has been spent working with organizations to develop, implement and evaluate comprehensive workplace wellness strategies. In her presentations she shares the profound impact that employee health has on organizational performance and how to easily measure that impact in your workplace. She also shares very practical tips and strategies to simply and effectively build a healthy, high performing work culture.
Snježana “Ana” Billian is a leadership development manager at the global professional services firm EY. She’s also the founder of Great Career Studios, an online career platform for leaders looking to leave a mark and create a career they love. In the past decade, Ana has been leading numerous programs in the area of human resources development, helping executives and high-potential professionals step into more prominent roles. She is the co-author of the #1 Amazon bestseller Inspired By The Passion Test – The #1 Tool For Discovering Your Passion And Purpose and has shared the stage at conferences and workshops with the New York Times best-selling author Janet Attwood. Ana graduated with a degree in Economics and holds numerous certificates in the field of personal and leadership development. Ana is, at heart, a citizen of the world. Born in Bosnia Herzegovina and having lived in Italy and the United States, she now spends her days in Munich, Germany with her husband Thomas and their son Tim. A good conversation over a cup of coffee always makes her day.
Jonathan K. DeYoe has uniquely blended Buddhism and financial planning. For over 20 years he has successfully helped
families create financial order through planning, discipline, and patience. As a practicing Buddhist, he assimilates the teachings
with becoming financially successful. The path is not easy, but it is possible. He is passionate about transferring wealth knowledge between generations so that financial stability continues among family members.
Dr. Maroon is a world-renowned neurosurgeon with extensive experience in neurosurgery. He specializes in minimally invasive surgery to speed recovery for his patients. He is a sports medicine expert and innovator in concussion management, personal fitness and nutrition. He is clinical professor and vice chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery and Heindl Scholar in Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. In addition to being a renowned neurosurgeon, he is a sports medicine expert, health and nutrition expert and Ironman triathlete. Dr. Maroon is regarded as a premiere specialist in the surgical treatment of injuries and diseases of the brain and spine, specializing in minimally invasive procedures. Consistently listed in America’s Best Doctors for the past 20 years, he has an international referral base, including numerous professional athletes and celebrities. Dr. Maroon obtained his medical and neurosurgical training at Indiana University, Georgetown University, Oxford University in England and the University of Vermont. He conducted extensive research into neurotrauma, brain tumors and diseases of the spine, which has led to many innovative techniques for diagnosing and treating these disorders. His research efforts garnered him numerous awards from various national and international neurological societies.
Dr. David Rabin, MD, PhD, is a neuroscientist, board-certified psychiatrist, health tech entrepreneur & inventor who has been studying the impact of chronic stress in humans for more than a decade, particularly non-invasive therapies for treatment-resistant illnesses like PTSD. He is the co-founder & chief innovation officer at Apollo Neuroscience and the co-founder & executive director of The Board of Medicine. In addition to his clinical psychiatry practice, Dr. Rabin is currently conducting research on the epigenetic regulation of trauma responses and recovery to elucidate the mechanism of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and the neurobiology of belief. He received his MD in medicine and PhD in neuroscience from Albany Medical College and specialized in psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He has been married to Kathryn Fantauzzi, CEO and co-founder of Apollo Neuroscience, since 2016. Together they live in Monterey, California.
Fernando Flores is an attorney with the Law Offices of Amy Oppenheimer. He conducts impartial investigations of employment complaints of alleged harassment, discrimination, retaliation, bullying, and other workplace misconduct. Fernando also conducts workplace training and coaching in English and Spanish. Fernando is a certified High-Performance Coach and he has provided extensive training to businesses, law firms, and law schools in the topics of stress management and occupational burnout. Fernando obtained his coaching certification from the ICF-certified Life Coaching Institute. Fernando has over 1500 hours of 1:1 coaching experience and was a trial attorney for over 10 years. He also teaches emotional intelligence to law students both at UC Berkeley Law School and UC Davis Law School.
Michael Levitt, CEO of Breakfast Leadership, works with individuals to reduce stress and burnout, so that they can focus on what matters Most. Michael is a Certified NLP/CBT Therapist and hosts the Breakfast Leadership Podcast, ranked a top 200 podcasts on iTunes, and author of 369 Days: How To Survive A Year of Worst-Case Scenarios. Michael is also recognized as a 2x top 20 Global Thought Leader on Workplace Culture, by Thinkers360, co-author of Pre-Emptive Strike Leadership, a top 10 new release on Amazon.com, and debuted # 1 in Canada on Amazon.ca under Financial Risk Management category. Michael has spent over 3 decades serving Fortune 500 companies, small business organizations and leading large medical organizations. Michael's career has spanned from Government, public accounting, IT management, to healthcare. Michael is certified in Lean, and Advanced Health Care System Planning.