Gail Lee Gardner is a mompreneur, educational advocate, author, speaker, empowerment coach, business mentor, and humanitarian. She is the Founder of the life-changing organization, I AM Blossoms International and She Was Made. Gardner’s mission in business is to provide avenues to help other women develop their businesses, personas, and lifestyles in such a way it does not conflict, harm, or compete.
Joe Davis started in the hospitality industry in 2006, and from then worked his way up through the ranks to become general manager at Stacked Pickle, where his career in food service was ended due to Covid-19. Unsure where to go next, his former employer – Gary Brackett – brought him on board to help build out his new venture – the Champions’ Academy. Since then, Joe has been working with Gary to build out Champions’ Academy (an online course initiative) and to build out courses. They have also worked together in business consulting to help new entrepreneurs understand the systems they need in place to operate at their peak level.
John Meese is a traditionally-trained economist turned serial entrepreneur. He is the cofounder of Notable Themes, where they sell WordPress themes and plugins designed to help creators build beautiful websites, the CEO of Cowork Columbia, an entrepreneur center he founded in his hometown to support my local business community, and the Dean of Platform University, where he teaches professionals how to build a personal brand business online. Meese has worked closely with multiple clients who have repeatedly hit the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing privately-owned businesses in America.
Jill Salzman is a professional speaker, serial entrepreneur, attorney, author, and host of the Why Are We Shouting? podcast. She is the founder of The Founding Moms, an award-winning platform that helps mom entrepreneurs to build better businesses. Salzman was recently named one of the Top 50 Women to Watch In Tech as well as a Top 100 Champion Small Business Influencer after Forbes’ named The Founding Moms one of the Top 10 Websites For Entrepreneurs.
Vitaliy Katsenelson is a respected value investor. He is the Chief Investment Officer at IMA, an investment management company that provides personalized investment management services to individual and institutional clients through separately managed accounts. Katsenelson was dubbed “The New Benjamin Graham” by Forbes. He often shares his contrarian views on investing in some premier publications such as Barron’s, Financial Times, Forbes, and Christian Science Monitor.
Diana Stobo is an entrepreneur, classically trained chef, nutrition expert, best-selling author, and innovator and leader in the global wellness industry. She is an expert and trusted voice on subjects of digestive health, food as a modality for change, hormone balance, sex, aging well, weight management, wellness travel, and optimal health through helping the body heal itself. Diana is known for her ability to create tools and practices that empower and facilitate transformation, and to help foster freedom and empowerment in people’s lives.
David Dennis is a visionary entrepreneur and inspirational speaker. He currently works as a Principal Program Manager at Microsoft and Co-Founder at Ventana Surfboards & Supplies, an online surf shop and wholesaler. Dennis has a passion for travel photography and shooting street portraits in developing countries and this passion employs him to support causes focused on improving education, ending homelessness and the conservation of our oceans.
Daniel Budzinski is a serial entrepreneur, keynote speaker, and author of the book Purpose. He is the creator of Purpose Prep, a premier social and emotional learning content and solution provider serving K-12 school districts. Budzinski is also the host of The Art of Success Podcast and The Dreamcast Podcast.
Jeffrey Carter is an angel investor and independent trader whose specialty is turning concepts into profit. He is the General Partner at West Loop Ventures, a venture fund focusing on seed and Series A investment. Carter was also the driving force behind HPA, the most active angel network in the Midwest.