Rick Thompson

Rick Thompson is an advocate of cannabis, a journalist, and an organizer of the Michigan Cannabis Business Development Conferences. He is the Owner of Michigan Cannabis Business Development Group, the most recognizable name in cannabis business conferences and seminars. Rick was named Citizen Activist of the Year 2015 by national media source and was a Crystal Trichome Award winner as Journalist of the Year 2016.

Mikaela Hunt

Mikaela Hunt is a brand journalist and owner of Mikaela Media. She is also the Chief Communications Officer at the Ohio Department of Commerce and host of the program What Matters on iHeart Radio and the podcast CBuzz. Mikaela works with companies to write and produce videos and create and manage your stories on social media channels.

Lydia Denworth

Lydia Denworth is an author, journalist, and speaker. She is a science journalist who investigates everything from Alzheimer’s to zebrafish and is a contributing editor for Scientific American, writes the Brain Waves blog for Psychology Today. Lydia is the author of FRIENDSHIP: The Evolution, Biology and Extraordinary Power of Life’s Fundamental, which was named as must-read nonfiction by the Next Big Idea Club ( curated by Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant, Susan Cain, and Dan Pink)

Kathy Kristof

Kathy Kristof AKA “Queen of Everything” is the editor, founder, and CEO of SideHusl.com, the web’s best resource for money-making opportunities in the gig economy. She is an award-winning journalist who has written for the Los Angeles Times, CBS News, Kiplinger, Inc., Forbes, and dozens of other publications. Kathy is also the author of three books, including Investing 101 (Bloomberg).

Florence Williams

Florence Williams is a journalist, author, and podcast host. She is a contributing editor at Outside Magazine and a freelance writer for the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, The New York Review of Books, Slate, Mother Jones, and numerous other publications. Williams is also the writer and host of two Gracie-Award-winning Audible Original series, Breasts Unbound and The Three-Day Effect, as well as Outside Magazine’s Double-X Factor podcast.

Carey Gillam

Carey Gillam is a longtime investigative journalist, author, speaker, and environmental researcher. She is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists – Freedom of Information Task Force and the North American Agricultural Journalists. Gillam’s book Whitewash – The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer and the Corruption of Science, and her ongoing reporting and writing, has led her to become recognized as an international expert on corporate control of agriculture and the health and environmental impacts of a pesticide-dependent food system.

Pauleanna Reid

Pauleanna Reid is a celebrity ghostwriter and journalist. She helps high-profile leaders and doers turn their personal stories into powerful brand assets. Reid is a purpose-driven leader who is passionate about helping people see beyond the limits of their circumstances. She currently works as a Senior Contributor at Forbes, where she creates expert content related to the value of mentorship, the power of the leap-frog theory, and how to become the millennial woman world-class performers want to mentor.

Ginni Saraswati

Ginni Saraswati is a podcast producer & content creation specialist, an award-winning journalist, and communications and public relations specialist. She is the founder and CEO at Ginni Media, a podcast & content production company specializing in podcast strategy, production, and creation for entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 companies. Saraswati was nominated as Broadcaster & Presenter of The Year in the 2017 LGBTI Awards and was an award finalist in the Australian Podcast Awards in Comedy & Entertainment.