Virtual Summit Speakers

Summit Speakers

Conflict Analyst, Wellness Improvement Expert, Speaker, Author, Coach

JOYCE ODIDISON  //  Founder, Global Workplace Wellness Summit & Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc.

Joyce Odidison, MA, PCC, CTDP, President of Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc., is a Conflict Analyst, Leadership Coach, Mediator, Author , who has 22 years experience in Organizational Development. Joyce specializes in Workplace Interpersonal Wellness and Leadership Coaching. She developed an internationally recognized (ICF) coach training certification program that has certified coaches in many leading organizations across the globe. Joyce is founder of the Global Workplace Wellness Summit, the worlds most comprehensive live and virtual summits on workplace wellness. As the author of five books, Joyce brings a depth of knowledge, experience and skills to the subject matter that will expand your thinking and build your skills in the topic areas. Learning with Joyce is often described as fun, lively, interactive, insightful, and engaging.


Joyce uses her signature nine-dimensional Wellness Improvement System® (WIS), a framework that integrates left and right brain, mindset, and relationships, in her work with organizations and teams through difficult changes and conflicts, to improve the work dynamics, and build trusting, resilient relationships that fosters workplace wellness. 

Author, Thought Leader, Psychologist, Coach

KATHRYN McEwen  //  Resilience Expert

Kathryn McEwen is recognized internationally as a thought leader in workplace resilience.  Her passion is in coaching people to thrive in workplaces that are turbulent, complex and pressurised.  She has used her extensive skills and experience as an organisational psychologist, coach, manager and mediator to pioneer development of the Resilience at Work (R@W) Toolkit, a World-first systemic and evidence-based approach to building personal, team and leader resilience at work.  The measures underlying this approach are used extensively, cross-culturally, in workplace resilience research.


Kathryn has authored three books on this topic entitled Building Resilience at Work; Building Your Resilience:  How to Thrive in a Challenging Job and Building Team Resilience.  Based in South Australia, she leads Working With Resilience, a global consortium of researchers and practitioners working to support people in creating sustainable performance at work.

Her work has been recognized by the Australian Psychological Society who awarded the status of ‘Fellow’ for her contribution to psychology. 

International Coach & Speaker

ANITA GHOSAL //  Founder of Liberate Me

Anita creates an environment where the participants feel safe, vulnerable and that creates trust almost immediately. It is a down to earth, real and authentic style where she brings the audience on a journey with her. Anita offers a beautiful ability to elegantly challenge commonly held thoughts or beliefs to create real 'A-ha' moments and the ability for everyone to take ownership.

Anita’s speeches are profound in parts and humorous, emotional, inspirational and motivational in others. "At the heart is creation of real shifts from the inside out – each individual listener feels they are having a personal journey and that lights up my soul."

Clinical Pharmacist and Certified Intrinsic Coach®

DR. ANNA GARRETT  //  Doctor of Pharmacy

Dr. Anna Garrett has been a clinical pharmacist for over 20 years and has worked in a variety of practice settings. While traveling her career path, she discovered that working with women in midlife is her true passion. Dr. Anna believes that suffering menopause is not necessary. 

She offers a variety of services including hormone balancing, weight loss and health coaching designed to help women in perimenopause and menopause through midlife and beyond.


Dr. Anna is a Doctor of Pharmacy and Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist. She is also a Certified Intrinsic Coach®, and has studied through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. In 2011, she had a “leap and the net will appear” moment and started her own business

Employee Benefit Specialist

DENISE O'MALLEY  // You Define Wellness

Denise O’Malley calls herself a “reformed insurance agent." She has 35+ year career in the industry as an agent. In 2015, Denise pursued her passion: establishing a new type of employee benefit program, one that would allow employees of companies to access the care they wanted using a network of alternative, complementary, and holistic health care practitioners.


You Define Wellness launched in 2016 and today has well over 220 wellness locations in four states representing approximately 450 health care providers with a goal of nationwide expansion.  The business model is to offer onsite wellness education classes combined with individual access to the services an employee defines as wellness for themselves.

Denise is the author of “Hey Clients, Where Are You,” a workbook for independent wellness professionals and is currently working on a book tentatively titled, “Happy, Healthy & Thriving Employees: 101 Ways to Increase Employee Participation.”

Labour and Employment Lawyer

RON PIZZO  //  Workplace Conflict Expert

Mr. Pizzo has 30 years of experience resolving difficult workplace conflicts as a labour and employment lawyer. He is a certified mediator and coach (CPCC). He is also certified in the Pro-Social Matrix Communication Process, a cutting edge, evidence-based approach to help people realize sustained behavioural change, become more effective and achieve their goals.

ALEX ZLATIN  //  Author, Management Expert

Strategic management and business leader

As the CEO of dental practice management software company Maxim Software Systems. Alex Zlatin helps struggling dental professionals take control of their practices and reach the next level of success with responsible leadership strategies.
Alex Zlatin is the author of the book “ Responsible Dental Ownership - Balancing Ethics and Business Through Purpose” , a detailed guide providing practical tools and a unique, proven approach to running a successful dental practice. Responsible Dental Ownership reveals how to move past conflict to achieve a symbiosis between patient oral care and operational business excellence, ensuring the well-being of your patients, employees, and business.

COLLEEN H. COLE  //  Award-winning author

Speaker and serial entrepreneur

Colleen H Cole is an award-winning author, speaker and serial entrepreneur having co-founded and built one of Canada’s franchise success stories, PERMA-DRY®.  Her journey of building and running a family owned enterprise through losing her husband and business partner to ALS left Colleen on a life adventure that continues to amaze her today.  She is the author of "Guilt, The Secret War of Successful Women" and "Umoja, A Journey from Success to Significance". As Founder of her newest passion project, A Significant Life™, she leads entrepreneurs and professionals on a transformational process for improvement by using the power of significance to chart a course for living a meaningful and fulfilling life with Passion, Purpose, and Profit.

JAIMI JENSEN  //  Fitness and Wellness Expert

Thought Leader

Jaimi Jansen, a Santa Cruz native, is a business coach, fitness and wellness expert, and motivational speaker. Jaimi's life mission is to promote healing on a global scale and help people achieve their potential by empowering them mentally, physically and spiritually.

After a life-altering bike accident at 18, Jaimi opened Santa Cruz CORE Fitness + Rehab in 2009, as an integrative wellness center focusing on preventative care and functional integrative movement. This type of care was new to the area upon its inception and continues to be an incubator for innovative nonsurgical treatment options.

As Founder, Chief Innovator, and CEO, Jaimi has led her company to now over 70 individuals, 3 locations and growing. She knows firsthand the risk of entrepreneurship, the challenges of being a leader, and the importance of work-life balance.

Dr. Miral Mehta  //  Physician, Writer, Entrepreneur

Social Impact Solutions Entrepreneur

Dr. Miral Mehta is a physician, writer and entrepreneur. She is an active member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta.

Born and raised in Mumbai, India, she was always passionate about helping people and impacting lives. She landed in Canada in 2012. Even after having a thriving clinical practice and two beautiful children, she felt she’s not doing enough and leapt in the direction she found most challenging—information technology. She combined that challenge with her passion for mental health and education. Today, she is building several social impact solutions based on advanced technologies like AI, Blockchain and Interfaces.

Wellness Facilitator & Coach

MARGARET MARSHALL  //  Wellness Facilitator

Born with Cerebral Palsy-Hemeplegia, which is paralysis of one side of the body, Margaret has gone on to pursue her life and career with great difficulties. She has earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education, An Applied Counselling Certificate, and has over 20 years of experience working in the Mental Health Field as a support worker in a few different jobs. Margaret is presently working on achieving a Life Coach Certificate through Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc. and has set her mind to complete her first book about gratitude.


Margaret believes that gratefulness can positively impact one's life. She is continuing her work by sharing how others with Cerebral Palsy or similar disabilities or parents of children with disabilities can overcome the many barriers that is present in living and managing a career and life. Margaret believe that one can attain their goals and live life well despite roadblocks.

Corporate Conflict Mediator

Charmaine Hammond  //  Author, Speaker, Resilience Expert

Charmaine helps teams enhance their skill and ability to resolve conflicts, work better together, and build resilient, productive workplaces. Charmaine has been speaking for over two decades and she has worked with thousands of clients from the municipal government, and gas and energy sector to emergency responders, the health care industry, non-profit organizations and everything in between.


She has provided training on resilience, and compassion fatigue to help organizations and teams create healthy and respectful workplaces. She has also worked with several communities on disaster recovery, rebuilding and resilience projects. Now, she is the Executive Producer of a film about the Fort McMurray wildfires, a film that promotes wellness, mental health and resilience. She is the author of five books (three bestsellers!) including Bounce Forward: Building Inspired & Resilient Teams. She will provide practical tools people can put into practice immediately after the presentation!

Trainer, Author & Coach

PAM TRACEY  //  Killarney Co. Kerry Ireland

Pam Tracey is an Accredited Life and Executive Coach and founder developer of Mind Watchers Program and weekly Club.


Pam is passionate about employee well-being. She has mentored, managed, and supported individuals & teams her whole life. Now, as a practicing business empowerment coach, she is committed to supporting and developing organizations to think about all employees in their wellness training and self-development.


She is intent on delivering the Mind Watchers Program for front line, operational ‘fire-fighter’ employees within organizations, to support their behavioral patterns. She has found from her many years of observation and mentoring that the most loyal, worn out, tired employee often tends to be the lowest paid, most neglected and most unskilled in self-development and behavioral thinking. She is committed and driven to bringing awareness for these employees and highlighting the importance of investing in their growth, confidence and self-awareness, which ultimately creates positive change for themselves and their working environment.

LUKE McEldowney  //  Performance Coach

Wellness Facilitator and Performance Coach

Having worked in college athletics, higher education, mental health, and the military with an education in sport psychology and counseling, Luke is able to understand wellness and performance improvement from a variety of angles. This unique perspective allows him to bring the best from a variety of disciplines to help anyone achieve peak performance and unlock their inner greatness!

Lea Brovedani  //  The Trust Architect

International Speaker, Author, Consultant

Recently honored at Trust Across America 2017 Top Thought Leader in Trust, Lea is the author of two books, "TRUSTED – Secret Lessons from an Inspired Leader" and "Rebuilding Trust" plus countless business articles on the subject. Lea has worked with companies and individuals in North America, Europe, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Africa and soon China, delivering keynotes and workshops on both emotional intelligence and trust.Her first regular job was at the age of 12 delivering the daily paper in her hometown. She learned the lesson that you build trust by delivering what you said you would, ...on time, ...in all kinds of weather and with a big smile. Her kids will tell you that Lea can always be trusted to cry when she is picking them up or driving them to the airport. Her husband would tell you that she can't be trusted with the last piece of chocolate.

 DR. LYNN MIGDAL // Founder, Looking Up

Speaker and Author

Dr. Lynn Migdal is an author and international keynote speaker and workshop leader dedicated to family wellness, holistic neurology, PTSD, Resiliency, Natural Immunity and enlightened grief healing. Her programs “From Grief to Gratitude”, “Breathe for Success” and “The Art of Your Flow”, incorporate the most cutting-edge Natural techniques for grief, loss. abuse, trauma, weight loss, and Strengthening  Natural Immunity.

Having experienced the loss of her husband, two daughters and two homes in an unexpected and catastrophic mudslide in Canada, Dr. Lynn is a professional and personal expert in the management and flow of the great stress of change. She has adopted specific tools to help her clients adapt, overcome and recover, in spite of adversity. She teaches Neurological Recovery and Resiliency techniques that help individuals and businesses to stay strong before, during and after possible disasters.  Her latest book, Breath for Success: Harnessing the Power of Flow will be out in the summer of 2019. She is the founder of Looking Up—a movement and non-profit organization dedicated to children and adults living healthy, peaceful and posture-friendly lives in a high-tech world.  

Sleep Coach, Speaker and Author

BEATRIX A. SCHMIDT //  Founder of the Sleep Deep Method

Beatrix A Schmidt is a sleep coach, author of The Sleep Deep Method, speaker and workshop leader committed to helping individuals overcome insomnia and other sleep problems caused by lifestyle choices. Having struggled with insomnia and burning herself out in her mid twenties, she has spent the last 10 years researching sleep and the wider context of our lifestyles. Her own methodology, The Sleep Deep Method, is built around the understanding that sleep is a skill that can be developed, by anyone and at any time of life. But in order for us to sleep well at night, we need to look much deeper than just how tired we are. Alongside her client and corporate work, Beatrix is a delegate of the World Sleep Day, focusing on raising awareness of the issues surrounding sleep problems.


As a Senior Associate of the Royal Society of Medicine she continues her research, learning and development in the field. With her diverse background in business strategy, private healthcare and alternative therapies, Beatrix successfully advises companies internationally on designing and implementing well-being strategies linked to insomnia and sleep issues in the workplace to increase employee retention rates, reduce absenteeism and sickness.

Certified Wellness Facilitator, Professional Coach, and Lawyer

Shonté Jovan Taylor  //  Author, Speaker, Thought Leader, and Neuroscientist

Shonté Jovan Taylor is a thought Leader who is Igniting Minds around the world through Coaching, Training, & Speaking. Her approach to neuroscience-based concepts simplified to empower people to successfully find their mental stride during their professional and personal journey. With over 15 years of neuroscience training, researching and consulting, Shonté is an expert in training about the brain and mind to optimize human potential. She has contracted with top major industries including the governmental, pharmaceutical, educational, and healthcare industries.

 Employee Retention and Career Coach

JENNIFER HENDERSON //  Founder of Career Allies

Jennifer Henderson spent 15 years in Corporate America becoming an expert at employee retention and engagement. She oversaw operations throughout Colorado and across the Western US with some of her positions including: director of operations, program manager and director of business development.


She is also a certified career coach and enjoys helping leaders engage and develop their teams. With this experience, she founded Career Allies and is committed to ending the penalty of parenthood and supporting organizations who recognize their teams as humans first, employees second.

Certified Wellness Facilitator, Professional Coach, and Lawyer

ALYUSHA MAHARAJ  //  B.A, LL.B., ACC, WISF

She understands the challenges of today’s complex workplace and the critical importance of workplace culture. With over 20 years of experience on high performing teams in global organizations, Alyusha is passionate about creating positive and collaborative working environments where diverse, multi-generational teams are engaged, productive and thrive.

As a Certified Master Wellness Facilitator, she has a keen sense of balance and wellness and how they contribute to an organization’s bottom line. As a workplace wellness facilitator, she works with clients and organizations to develop a fully integrated wellness approach that allows employees to develop resilience and self-mastery, so they can perform at their best. 

Coach and Facilitator

KIM STANDEVEN //  ACC, WISF

Kim brings over 10 years of leadership experience in Aviation combined with her professional coaching certification to support those in organizations and with personal clients to live a balanced, fulfilled and purposeful life. In the past 13 years, Kim has focused on supporting people building their leadership skills through developing mentorship programs and one-on-one coaching with clients all across Canada. Kim holds the ICF credential of Associate Certified Coach (ACC), a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and an HR Management Certificate.  Kim is a strong facilitator who has led certified coach programs, leadership training, and personal development workshops throughout her career.

Kim’s compassionate, open and supportive style creates an environment for her clients to succeed. Kim has experienced much success in supporting her clients to make positive changes in their life and career. Kim is also an instructor at the IWS Coaching institute providing leadership coach training, mentoring and support to new coaches. 

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Do you teach, speak, or train in organizations? Are your responsible for employee wellness? Do you provide evidenced based research, presentations or practice on areas of leadership, compassion fatigue, personal wellness, neuroscience, positive psychology, mental health, or workplace wellness strategies? 


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