2020 Speakers



Dan Heath co-wrote four of the most-loved business books of the past decade: Made to Stick, Switch, and Decisive, and their latest book, The Power of Moments, which explores why certain brief experiences can jolt, elevate and change us—and how we can learn to create these extraordinary moments in our life and work. All four were New York Times best-sellers. Together the Heath brothers' books have sold over two million copies worldwide and been translated into 33 languages. 

Dan is a senior fellow at Duke University’s CASE center, which supports entrepreneurs who fight for social good. He is also an entrepreneur himself, having founded Thinkwell, an innovative education company that will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2017. A former case writer for Harvard Business School, Dan was named in 2013 to the Thinkers 50, a ranking of the world’s 50 most influential management thinkers, and also to Fast Company magazine’s list of the Most Creative People in Business. He has delivered keynotes or workshops for teachers, police chiefs, U.S. senators, interior designers, Navy admirals, health care leaders, marketers, ministers, and countless executive teams, across 26 countries on 6 continents. (He’s still waiting for that invitation from Antarctica.) 

Dan has a Master of Business Administration degree from the Harvard Business School, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Plan II Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.



Founder & Group CEO of Karrikins Group, Peter Sheahan is internationally known for his innovative business thinking and thought leadership. With over 120 staff, in 24 cities, across nine countries, Sheahan knows firsthand the challenges of growing a business in the rapidly-changing marketplace.

Peter, and his firm Karrikins Group, have worked with some of the world’s leading brands, including Apple, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Hyundai, IBM, Pfizer, Wells Fargo, and Cardinal Health. He is the author of seven books including business best-sellers Flip, Generation Y, Making it Happen, and Matter.

Peter has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to over 500,000 people in 20 different countries. He has been named one of the 25 Most Influential Speakers in the World by the National Speakers Association and is the youngest person ever to be inducted into their industry Hall of Fame.



The words dynamic and powerhouse are synonymous with Lorean Cairns; the Co-Founder and CEO of Fox and Jane Salon Group, Skin Habit, and Little Lion Salon. Her projects employee over 150 members in three different US states as well as internationally, with her latest location opened in Toronto, Canada. With nearly a decade of entrepreneurial experience Lorean can honestly say that the secret to her success is deeply rooted in establishing a company culture before all else. From the moment you join the Fox and Jane team you quickly understand that to be a “fox” is more than just a job - it's a way of life.

After years of mastering the salon world from behind the chair, Lorean set her eye on the horizon of becoming an industry disrupter. After graduating from the Aveda Institute in Denver, CO.  She took her career to NYC where with time and drive it amplified into the empire it’s become. Lorean's affinity for leadership inspired her latest endeavor of authoring a book, ‘Culture Fox’, sharing her unique vision for culture development. Lorean shares her influence to leaders and business owners in classes and lectures, pushing them to think outside the traditional box of business development. Lorean’s impact in the world of business strategy doesn’t end with the hair industry, there is a message for everyone in leadership.



After graduating from Harvard Business School, Neil Pasricha spent a decade as Director of Leadership at Walmart, the world’s largest company. While there he wrote the 50-million-hit, award-winning blog 1000 Awesome Things and the New York Times bestsellers The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation which have been on international bestseller lists for over 200 weeks and sold over a million copies.

Neil’s research and books on happiness, mindset, and human potential have received attention from Harvard Business Review, The New Yorker, The Sunday Times, CNN, and BBC.

Onstage, his style is an endangered species: an incredibly rare blend of raw, hilarious, and heartwarming. His high-energy, takeaway-laden, application-not-motivation speeches are often voted tops at any conference or event. 



Commonly referred to as “industry royalty,” Vivienne Mackinder is one of the most highly respected international leaders and innovators in the hairdressing profession today. Vivienne is driven by her own mission to continually hone her artistry and creativity, as well as raise the industry’s educational bar to Ivy League standards.

Currently based in the Hamptons, New York, Vivienne grew up in London where she attended the London College of Fashion. Upon graduating she immediately landed a position with Vidal Sassoon, where, she, eventually, rose to Artistic Director. In 1990, she left London for the U.S. as International Creative Director for Trevor Sorbie.

Vivienne is an in demand featured guest artist/educator for premier events world-wide. Her work is consistently published in the international press. As a session stylist, Vivienne has collaborated and designed hair collections for runway fashion collections in New York, Paris and London. Her career as a Master Stylist has been decorated with an enormous amount of success and achievements:

  • Fashion Director for InterCoiffure Canada-America

  • She’s frequently contributed to: runway shows, working as key hairdresser behind the scenes with Vivienne Westwood, VH1 and MTV awards, and showcasing the Oscar-award winning looks of Edith Head during Paris, London and New York fashion weeks

  • Her work has been seen on Lifetime, the Discovery Channel, NBC’s Today Show, MTV, VH1, Entertainment Tonight, and even QVC

  • She’s worked with such celebrities and notables as: Katie Couric, Ricky Martin, Ricky Lake, Boy George, and Princess Cecile Bourbon

  • International ICON Award, Irish Hairdressing Federation

  • Visionary Artist InterCoiffure

  • AIPP Best Commercial Award

  • Last, but not least, she is an astonishing 7 TIME WINNER of the North American Hairdresser Awards for Classic, Avant Garde, Master, and the Life Time Achievement

  • Producer and director of “I’m Not Just a Hairdresser, a documentary film series designed to inspire new and seasoned hairdressers alike. The series includes “Legends,” featuring Vidal Sassoon and other industry greats; “Empires,” a rag to riches story; “Stars Behind the Chair,” all about girl power; and “Discover Your Passion.”

Vivienne now devotes the majority of her time as Co-Founder of HairDesignerTV.com (HDTV) a post-graduate training system enabling the working professional to advance their skills anywhere  with online access. HairdesignerTV is a collection of online videos that support individual hairstylists or entire salon teams pursuing the highest level of professional excellence, Mastery. The Designer Program and Train the Trainer are elite, 5 Star training programs created with Vivienne’s career long expertise at the forefront of their design. Check out her blog for daily inspirations and hair tutorials, www.blog.hairdesignertv.com. 



Called a “Millennial Motivator” by Fortune, Amber Rae is an author, illustrator, entrepreneur, and speaker who encourages emotional wellness and personal growth.

She is the author of the bestselling book, Choose Wonder Over Worry: Move Beyond Fear and Doubt to Unlock Your Full Potential. Blending raw, personal storytelling with visual exercises and actionable aha! moments, Bustle called it, "the one advice book you should read — even if you don't like self-help." Her illustrations turn complex ideas about the human experience into bite-size wisdom, and reach more than 1.2MM people per week on Instagram. Her public art has spread to more than 20 countries, and she has been featured in publications such as

The New York TimesNY Mag, TODAYInc., SELFFast Company, Forbes and Entrepreneur

She speaks frequently about unlocking our true potential, and has collaborated with organizations such as Kate Spade, TED, Ogilvy and WPP. Previously, Amber started a publishing company with Seth Godin and Amazon, and created marketing campaigns for brands like Apple and Dove.

She lives in Brooklyn, NY——and around the world——with her husband, Farhad.


2019 Speakers


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Preston Smiles & Alexi Panos visit site

Personal Development’s power couple, Preston Smiles and Alexi Panos, are world renowned innovators and pioneers in the Emergent Wisdom Movement.

As founders of the groundbreaking Bridge Method (which includes their live workshops, and various online training programs), they have created a movement of transformation that has taken humanity by storm through their unique and passion-filled approach to sharing age old wisdom. 

Using social media as a main source of connection and distribution of their lively educational videos, they’ve built an incredible tribe of loyal fans around the globe who aren’t just inspired by their work, but are EMPOWERED by it.

Together, they’ve recently co-authored the trailblazing book NOW OR NEVER, and their previous books include Love Louder and 50 Ways To Yay!

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Shama Hyder is the CEO of the award-winning agency, Zen Media, and best-selling author of two books, The Zen of Social Media Marketing and Momentum

As a keynote speaker and CEO, she's worked with many leading brands, including AT&T, Capital One, Mary Kay, Dippin' Dots and Chase and has been featured across all major media channels, including MSNBC, Fox Business, Forbes, Inc. and The Wall Street Journal.

Joey Coleman

Joey Coleman visit site

Joey Coleman helps companies keep their customers. An award-winning speaker, he works with organizations around the world ranging from small startups to major brands such as Deloitte, Hyatt Hotels, Zappos, and Whirlpool. His First 100 Days® methodology fuels the remarkable experiences his clients deliver and dramatically improves their profits. His Wall Street Journal #2 best selling book, Never Lose a Customer Again, offers strategies and tactics for turning one-time purchasers into lifelong customers. When not speaking to audiences around the globe, Joey enjoys spending time with his amazing wife and two young sons in the mountains of Colorado.


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Seth Mattison is an internationally renowned expert on workforce trends and generational dynamics. As Founder and Chief Movement Officer of FutureSight Labs, Seth advises many of the world’s leading brand and organizations on the key shifts happening around talent management, change and innovation, leadership, and the future of work. His ideas have been featured in such publications as the Wall Street JournalThe Huffington Post, and The Globe. He was named one of the “Editors' Picks For Favorite Speakers for 2013,” by MeetingsNet and as been called one of the most dynamic young speakers on the circuit today.  

Seth’s presentations bring an entirely unexpected perspective on the future of work, talent, innovation, and the power of relationships. With a passion for helping to create greater understanding and collaboration in today’s workplace, Seth offers participants actionable content that can immediately impact business performance.

 With his finger on the pulse of today’s changing workforce, Seth blends storytelling from his own personal experience working with category leading brands while leveraging cutting edge research to develop fresh perspectives on the key strategic issues most relevant for today’s leaders.

Seth delivers presentations with specific take-away value that will help organizations:

•    Harness the power and perspective of their top talent

•    Tap into the hidden brainpower throughout the entire organization

•    Establish an ongoing system to nurture and harvest the best ideas

•    Learn how to adapt more quickly and proactively to changes in the marketplace

•    Foster a culture of stewardship of careers, capabilities, resources, the environment, and values

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Esther Perel visit site

Belgian psychotherapist Esther Perel is the New York Times bestselling author of The State of Affairs and Mating in Captivity. Her celebrated TED talks have garnered more than 20 million views and she is also the executive producer and host of the popular podcast Where Should We Begin?

Esther is recognized as one of today’s most insightful and original voices on modern relationships. Fluent in nine languages, she helms a therapy practice in New York City and serves as an organizational consultant for Fortune 500 companies around the world. Her international bestseller Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence became a global phenomenon and has been translated into 25 languages.

Ben Greenfield

Ben Greenfield visit site

Ben is an ex-bodybuilder, Ironman triathlete, obstacle course racer, human performance consultant, speaker and author of 13 books, including the New York Times Bestseller Beyond Training. Ben is a Spartan SGX certified coach, has been voted by the NSCA as America’s top Personal Trainer and by Greatist as one of the top 100 Most Influential People In Health And Fitness. He works with individuals from all over the globe for both body and brain performance, and specializes in anti-aging, biohacking, and achieving an ideal combination of performance, health and longevity.

 A frequent contributor to health and wellness publications and a highly sought after speaker, Ben’s understanding of functional exercise, nutrition, and the delicate balance between performance and health has helped thousands of people around the world achieve their goals and improve their quality of life – from high level CEO’s to soccer moms to professional athletes and beyond.

He is the founder and owner of KION, a company that provides everything a human being needs to achieve peak performance, look amazing, defy aging, and live an adventurous, fulfilling, joyful and limitless life.

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Scott Missad visit site

Scott Missad is the President & CEO of Gene Juarez Salons & Spas. As a featured keynote speaker at Intercoiffure, Data Driven Salon and ISBN, Scott has delighted audiences with his real life approach to solving the challenges that salon professional’s face, offering them meaningful advice on creating and maintaining an extraordinary career. He has been in the beauty industry for over 30 years in roles such as Sr. Executive for Maly’s and Beauty Alliance, Sr. Vice President of Sales of Redken, Founder of Strictly Business a nationally acclaimed beauty industry business program, Founder of Sun Bum sunscreen products and is currently a Board Member for Gene Juarez Salons & Spas as well as ISBN.



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Kati Whitledge visit site

Kati Whitledge is the Creator and CEO of the Beyond The Technique podcast, the award-winning marketing tool, Meet Your Stylist, and award-winning Be Inspired Salon, located in Madison, Wisconsin.  Be Inspired Salon is a seven-figure business with over twenty team members. Kati opened her salon in 2010 and has gone through three expansions in eight short years. This year they’ve been awarded Wisconsin Bride Magazine’s best in bridal hair and makeup and named one of Salon Today’s Top200 Salons in North America. If this weren’t enough, Kati was recently named one of Madison’s “40 under 40” professionals. Kati believes she’s just getting started in her career and is eager to move the industry in a positive, progressive direction. Her mission is to equip salon owners and their teams with the most innovative business and marketing strategies.  And though Kati is very passionate about her career, she is most driven to be a follower of Christ, a loving wife, and a stellar mom! 

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Lyn Christian is a visual thinker, a connector-of-dots, the channel who hands you the very words you need when you need to hear them. She challenges her clients to escape mediocrity and be more strong, focused and true. In addition to certifying in Conversational Intelligence®, Lyn holds the Gold Standard in coaching -  M.C.C. designation (Master Certified Coach from the International Coach Federation). Coaching since 1998, she is certified in Marshall Goldsmith’s elite Stakeholder Centered Coaching, is a Franklin Covey Certified Coach and Certified mBIT Coach (Multiple Brain Integration). Lyn is also an author, keynote and TEDx speaker.

Lyn is the former Director of Innovation at Franklin Covey Coaching and former ambassador for the WABC (World Association for Business Coaches). She currently contributes to the WWC (World-Wide Coaching e-zine published out of Amsterdam). She also co-produces the What’s Your Conversational Intelligence® Podcast with Judith E. Glaser.

Lyn’s experience and expertise take her to a diverse population in a variety of industries across the globe. No matter if she’s coaching a small business owner or celebrity, a CEO or a stay-at-home mom, her edgy yet balanced approach is stimulating, creative and inspiring.

Because Lyn has reinvented herself personally and professionally over a dozen times, she excels with reinvention clients.

From the creative class, to start-ups to established executives she welcomes humble and willing clients who need both compassion and courage to support them into the next level.

To learn more read Lyn’s “longer” bio or take her free Be True class on Udemy or visit www.soulsalt.com.

Winn Claybaugh

Winn Claybaugh visit site

Winn Claybaugh is the author of Be Nice (Or Else!), the host of MASTERS Audio Club, and “one of the best motivational speakers in the country,” according to CNN’s Larry King. A national speaker for major corporations, Winn is also the founder, co-owner, and dean of hair care giant Paul Mitchell’s school division. In 2004, Winn became the youngest person ever named to the North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) Hall of Leaders. In 2016 American Salon named Winn one of the five “Industry Leaders Who Helped Revolutionize Education.” Winn was named Humanitarian of the Year by Friendly House in 2013 and he received Thirst Project’s Vision Award in 2015. In 2017 he received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which ranks among the nation’s most renowned awards, and in 2018, The Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST) honored Winn with the Visionary Leader Award. Under his leadership, the 110-plus schools have donated countless volunteer hours and raised more than $19.7 million for multiple charitable organizations. For more information, visit www.winnclaybaugh.com.

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Patrick Thompson visit site

Patrick is the President & CEO of the Nurtur Aveda Institutes, the Aveda Fredric’s Institutes and Nurtur Salons + Spas, located in Cincinnati, Chapel Hill, Columbus, Indianapolis and Los Angeles.  Patrick’s Institutes have been named a winner of the Modern Salon Excellence in Education Awards for 5 consecutive years and his salons + spas have been selected to the Salon Today 200 for 10 consecutive years.

Prior to striking out on his own, Patrick worked for Aveda Corporation for 6 years as Vice President of Salon/Spa Development, Sales and Education, for Fredric’s Corporation, an Aveda Concept Distributor and as an attorney at a Wall Street law firm. Patrick is a third-generation entrepreneur, whose first job was washing used cars in his grandfather’s and father’s Chevrolet dealership. 

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio with 5 children ages 11-18, Patrick enjoys skiing, golf and any outdoor extreme adventure, especially cliff jumping.

Tom Kuhn


Tom Kuhn is the Founder / CEO of Qnity and the 2 to 10 Project. He is a coach to current AND future salon owners, and the guy that gets the call when a top owner needs a trusted advisor. His background includes 6 years as co-owner of a $25M+ multi-location salon company and 15 years as a CPA. He has had ownership and C Level positions (CEO, COO, CFO) in all channels of the salon industry including salons, distribution, manufacturing, consulting and education. He has 35 years experience teaching, advising and coaching creative professionals. Rarely is an advisor able to cover as many bases as Tom. The depth and diversity of his experience, with the street credit of a multi-location salon owner that has bought and sold businesses, makes him uniquely qualified to see all angles that go into successful partnering. Tom is the creator of Qnity and the 2 to 10 ProjectQnity:Coaching, education and business tools specializing in teaching leaders and their teams how to prosper. 2 to 10 Project: $350M, 45 company, groundbreaking benchmarking and networking collaborative of top multi-location salon/spa brands, for salons that have between 2 and 10 locations.Tom is able to help you navigate your way through todays dangers and opportunities. He’s a master at helping others go from ‘knowing to doing’ and for making the complicated simple.