Spring 2024 Speakers

Tom Chibnall

Thomas R. Chibnall is an associate in the St. Louis, Missouri, office of Ogletree Deakins. He represents and counsels clients of all sizes in a variety of employment related matters before both state and federal courts, as well as administrative agencies, including the Missouri Department of Labor, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR), the Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA), and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Tom is experienced in the phases of discovery, trial preparation, and negotiation of settlements. Tom handles matters involving discrimination, retaliation, whistleblowing, and many other employment-related matters.

Tom represents clients in a variety of employment litigation matters, including claims arising under Title VII, disability claims under Title III, and claims arising under state law employment statutes. Tom is an experienced litigator, having conducted several jury and bench trials in federal and state courts. Tom also specializes workplace safety law, as he represents and assists clients in investigations, complains, and appeals addressing environmental and work safety conditions under federal and state Occupational Safety and Health Acts and regulations as well as under the Mine Safety and Health Act. Also experienced in traditional labor matters, Tom has represented clients in labor arbitrations, union organizing campaigns, and has provided union avoidance and traditional labor relations training for clients.

Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Tom was an associate at a national labor and employment firm. During law school, Tom clerked for a Fortune 500 manufacturing company in St. Louis, participating in the Mergers and Acquisitions department, as well as the company’s real estate, environmental and immigration departments. He also served as a judicial extern to the Hon. Gary M. Gaertner, Jr. of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, and as an intern in the Office of the General Counsel of Saint Louis University.

Tammy Ebright

Tammy Ebright is a seasoned Performance Improvement Consultant and the visionary behind Unleash Your Amazing. In 2012, Tammy faced a profound turning point with the loss of her husband, David. This pivotal moment ignited a soul-searching journey that led her to discover a profound purpose — helping others unlock their true potential.

With an impressive track record of 30 years in successful sales, Tammy brings a wealth of experience to the forefront. Her journey is marked not only by professional success but also by a lifetime commitment to problem-solving and resilience. Today, Tammy is at the forefront of pioneering courses that leverage her innovative ideas in communication and relationship building for businesses.

Certified in DISC, Driving Forces, Emotional Quotient, and Acumen, Tammy is a dedicated student at the BG5 Institute. Her passion lies in seamlessly integrating scientific principles to empower individuals to embrace their strengths and comprehend their unique qualities.

Join Tammy as she spearheads transformative sessions, blending decades of expertise with cutting-edge insights. Get ready to embark on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment under Tammy’s guidance, where she not only shares knowledge but also inspires individuals to unleash their amazing potential.

Rex P. Fennessey

Rex P. Fennessey represents the interests of employers in all areas of labor and employment law. Prior to joining McMahon Berger, Mr. Fennessey served for six years as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Missouri, where he defended the interests of the State, its agencies, and its elected and appointed officials in civil rights, employment discrimination, education law, and professional licensing matters.

His current practice includes all facets of employment law, including employment discrimination cases under Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, and the Missouri and Illinois Human Rights Acts. Mr. Fennessey also routinely represents both public and private employers in cases brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and state wage and hour laws; such as the Missouri Minimum Wage Law, the Illinois Minimum Wage Law, and Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act. Mr. Fennessey is recognized in the field of wage and hour litigation and has extensive experience representing employers in complex class action lawsuits.

Mr. Fennessey litigates before administrative agencies, Missouri and Illinois circuit courts, the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern and Western District, the Missouri Supreme Court, both United States District Courts in Missouri, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois, the U.S. District Court for the Southern Division of Texas, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Mr. Fennessey further represents employers in U.S. Department of Labor investigations and audits, and represents management before the National Labor Relations Board in representation matters and unfair labor practice charges.

Mr. Fennessey is a sought-after speaker for companies and organizations on a broad range of employment topics. His many presentations include wage-and-hour compliance, how employers can systematically handle complicated ADA, FMLA and Workers’ Compensation leave issues, garnishments, and other continually developing federal and state labor laws.

Mr. Fennessey is recognized for his experience guiding new and existing non-profit organizations on a broad range of issues, and regularly assists these clients in obtaining 501(c) exemption recognition before the Internal Revenue Service.

Kent Friend

Kent joined Bukaty Companies with 30 years of experience building, running and consulting for companies ranging from small to Fortune 500.

He understands what it takes to design an employee benefits program that is attractive to both employers and employees. With all his talents in the finance and operations world, Kent works diligently to provide solutions across the nation the many services Bukaty Companies can assist companies and executives with — Group Health Insurance, Commercial P&C, HIPAA compliance, COBRA administration and payroll, to mention a few.

By keeping the client’s needs as the driver, Kent implements a strategy that allows his clients to stay focused on what they do best.  His new clients have been averaging over a $1,600 per year savings per employee… and they now have better benefits.

Kent is a seasoned public speaker on multiple topics and is known a ones of the nation’s leading expert on Wellness programs, Contributions Strategies, Strategic Plan Design, Direct Contracting and Cost Containment programs. No one brings more passion to their clients than he does.  Kent and his team deliver a world class benefit / insurance experience -so his clients can stay focused on running their company.

Kent graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia, with a combined degree in Marketing/ Management/ Public Relations.

Licensed in Life & Health / Commercial Property & Casualty 


All companies over 10 employees – Associations, Auto, Banks, Churches, Construction, Distribution, Food Industry, Gaming and Hospitality, Manufacturing, Marine, Medical providers, Public, Schools, Utilities, 501-c3’s.

Danny Goldberg

Danny Goldberg is a serial entrepreneur-turned-keynote speaker.

His journey to the stage began after a life-changing conversation with his business partner months after his mom died.

Motivated by the desire for more meaning, purpose, and happiness in the workplace, Danny left his business behind to pursue a more impactful mission; To make the workplace, “human.”

Today, he works closely with leadership teams, training them to cultivate authentic human connections, build a culture of care, and effectively lead in a multi-generational workforce.

Jason Haglund

Haglund provides behavioral health subject matter expertise, public policy analysis, and system design consultation and is a founding member of Rural Policy Partners. Haglund brings with him over 20 years of experience leading, managing and navigating the behavioral healthcare system in numerous leadership and consultative roles.

Haglund provides candid guidance through challenging policy requirements. In addition, Haglund understands the uniqueness of rural Iowa and as a seasoned public speaker draws upon the lessons he has learned from his own multigenerational family farm. As co-owner of Boone County based Hickory Grove Family Farm, Haglund is the 5th generation to continue the family farming tradition.

Keeping up with the constant evolving pace of science, technology, and management of uncertainty can be overwhelming. Haglund understands first hand juggling all of this is required to own and operate a technology informed, financially viable, sustainable family business. This unique perspective affords Haglund to lead engaging, relatable discussions on topics such as stress management, emotional wellness, public policy, and burnout.

Reggie Harris
  • Mississippi Boy, born and raised, moved to Missouri 12 years ago
  • Graduate and Former Football Player for the MISSISSIPPI STATE Bulldogs #hailstate
  • Former High School Biology, AP Biology Teacher, Football, Baseball, Track, Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Banking Industry for 9 years
  • 7 ABA Certifications
  • Fitness & Yoga Enthusiast, & Fitness Instructor
  • Traveler and Philanthropist
  • FinTech Industry trainer
  • Manager / Coach Retail
  • Entrepreneur
  • Podcaster
  • Social Media Influencer
  • High School and College Referee
  • Reggie is known for his holistic and enthusiastic approach to presenting, facilitating, consulting, and coaching. He has a wide variety of experiences with people and organizations that have shaped and molded his approach.
  • Reggie has been trained in a variety of presentation methods, personality assessments, emotional intelligence, time management, company culture, diversity and inclusion, strength finders and with his background as an educator and thru his life experiences, he has developed a unique approach to solving problems, motivating, consulting and leadership.
Blake Hodits

Blake Hodits is the visionary founder of Aidealist, a consultancy at the forefront of AI innovation, dedicated to harnessing artificial intelligence to empower businesses and communities. With a distinguished background in technology, including leading Salesforce’s largest project in the Asia Pacific region, Blake’s expertise is matched by a profound commitment to ethical AI use and a passion for creating meaningful, connected communities. His approach is fueled by a deep-seated curiosity and a desire to explore the potential of AI as a transformative tool for solving complex challenges. Blake’s personal values of open-mindedness, compassion, and relentless pursuit of knowledge guide his work, making him a sought-after expert in the AI space. Through Aidealist, he aims to demystify AI, fostering a future where technology amplifies human potential and fosters greater understanding across all walks of life.

Elissa Holman

Attorney Elissa Holman is a highly successful and knowledgeable professional with nearly two decades of experience in Employment Law, Contract Law, Litigation, and Human Resources. At Dickinson Law, Elissa’s practice is focused primarily on Employment Law and Civil Litigation. Her unique background helps her leverage her extensive business, HR and legal knowledge for her clients by helping them get in front of issues, in a proactive manner, to avoid costly litigation and headaches in the future.

Before joining the firm, Elissa spent three years as a litigator in Employment Law, Personal Injury, and Defamation Law. She was named a “Rising Star of the Great Plains” for her work by Thomson Reuters in 2021 and 2022.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Elissa climbed the corporate ladder at Bank of America for 16 years where she held various roles as a Senior Vice President in the HR arena. Her predominant focus during her tenure was in leadership development, executive coaching, training and development, and assisting in the direction and execution of HR operational processes and services for more than 200,000 employees across the globe. She has also served as a consultant for Fortune 500 companies focusing on the customer and associate experience.

Steve Hughes

Steve Hughes is a sought-after speaker who helps people look and sound smart when they talk.  He’s the author of Captivate and he has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Businessweek, NPR, and BBC Radio. He’s also the proud creator of “International Face Your Fears Day” celebrated on the second Tuesday in October. Prior to speaking full-time, Steve spent 12 years in advertising and public relations—most recently he was the co-owner of an award-winning 40-person ad agency in St. Louis. Today he works with a select list of blue-chip clients including companies large and small, state associations, and leading nonprofits. When he’s not speaking, Steve can be found performing improv comedy with Comedy Sportz St. Louis, attempting home improvement projects, and training for the 500-mile Camino de Santiago in Spain.

John J. Marino, Jr.

John J. Marino, Jr. represents the interest of management in all facets of Labor & Employment Law. Mr. Marino received his juris doctorate from Saint Louis University School of Law where he earned a Certificate in Labor and Employment Law.

Mr. Marino’s employment practice includes all facets of employment law, including employment discrimination claims under Title VII and the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, the American with Disabilities Act, and the Family and Medical Leave Act. Mr. Marino also represents management before the National Labor Relations Board in charges of unfair labor practices, challenges to elections and post-election conduct. In addition, he advises clients on employment-related matters such as employment contracts and daily human resources issues.

Mr. Marino is very active in the human resource community. He has been on the Board of the St. Louis Chapter of SHRM (HRMA) for the past several years and is currently serving as President of the organization. HRMA has nearly 600 members and provides phenomenal networking and educational opportunities for human resources professionals.
Outside of his professional interests, Mr. Marino is currently serving an appointment with the City of Chesterfield Planning and Zoning Commission. Mr. Marino and his wife are also very active in their communities through volunteer work with various organizations such as St. Patrick Center and St. Louis University High School.

Mr. Marino’s experience prior to joining McMahon Berger includes insurance defense litigation representing corporations in a variety of interests. Mr. Marino has argued both in trial and before the Missouri Appellate Court. He has also served as associate in-house counsel, handling a variety of employment and general business issues.

Billee Elliott McAuliffe

Billee Elliott McAuliffe serves as the Practice Group Leader for the Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice group at Lewis Rice Law Firm. She practices in the Firm’s Corporate Department, with a particular focus on information technology (IT).

As IT is now the conduit upon which all businesses operate, this area of law touches on nearly all aspects of a client’s business. Along with information technology law, Billee has extensive experience throughout corporate law, including technology licensing, cybersecurity and data privacy, mergers and acquisitions, and general business and corporate law. As such, regardless of what type of business utilizes a particular technology, Billee has the background and perspective to understand the needs of that business or business unit and has the experience to interpret the various areas of law implicated by such needs. Utilizing such understanding and experience, Billee addresses the needs of each client and each engagement with a well-rounded, practical, client-centered approach.

In today’s world, data and the equipment and/or software in which that data is held or used are often a business’s largest assets. Frequently, that data and software is held in third-party servers at a location hundreds of miles from a client’s headquarters. Ensuring that such data is adequately protected is a priority for Billee in each transaction. Additionally, the purchase and sale of such data, software, and equipment is a major component of most mergers and acquisitions. For example, transitioning a company’s enterprise resource system and the data contained therein is often the most crucial aspect of any acquisition, for without that system and data, the plant or business cannot operate. Billee is often called upon to consult with both purchasing entities and selling entities about the purchase/sale and transition of data, software, and IT equipment in a variety of merger and acquisition transactions. Having adequate IT representation early in the purchase/sale process is crucial to the success of any such transition. Billee has assisted numerous clients with these transactions and stands ready and willing to assist you with yours.

In addition to her busy law practice, Billee is a mother of triplets and therefore dedicates much of her free time volunteering for organizations primarily related to children and education.

Tom McNeill

After graduating from Southwest Baptist University, with his degree in Business Administration, he entered the world of work.  He held finance and management roles in the healthcare industry.  In these roles he presented to local, regional and national audiences about various healthcare topics.  He has also been involved with board and staff development.  He then moved to the Insurance industry and has run the gambit from sales to agency startup.   Tom assisted numerous organizations with operational analysis and strategic planning guidance.  Currently he takes time to be involved in community organizations; including Camdenton Rotary Club and the Lake West Chamber of Commerce.   While he enjoys many activities on and around the Lake his real passions are to watch his grandchildren’s sporting events and ride his Harley down any open road.

Objectives for this session:  To help you hone your decision-making skills so you will make decisions quicker and with confidence.  Then use this knowledge in the presentation of your proposals to the decision-making team in your organization.

Holly Morrison

Holly Morrison is an associate in the St. Louis office of Ogletree Deakins. She represents management in all aspects of litigation from inception through resolution. In addition to litigation, she provides advice and counseling to employers to avoid work-related legal exposure. Holly obtained her law degree from Saint Louis University and previously served as the Managing Editor for the ABA Journal of Labor and Employment. 

Julie Oeth

Julie previously held the role of Vice President and Head of Human Resources at Cottingham & Butler for seven years before joining the Employee Benefits division. In her role, Julie was responsible for driving the strategic vision for Human Resources and lead the function through double digit headcount growth and navigated challenges through COVID-19.  Julie has served as a member of the Executive Team, Benefits & Retirement Committee, and lead the Human Resources functions of Training, Organizational Design, Payroll, Benefits, Recruiting and Employee Relations.

Julie graduated from University of Northern Iowa. She spent time living in Boston developing her recruiting and HR generalist skills before moving back to Iowa in 2005. She spent over 10 years in Des Moines and has experience working in HR consulting and held roles in corporate procurement as well as HR Leadership in the financial services industry. She now resides in Dubuque, IA with her husband and three children.

Sean Oliveira

Prior to becoming an attorney, Sean Oliveira was an EEOC investigator for 15 years and investigated employment discrimination cases in both New York and St. Louis.  He represents companies in all areas of employment law, specializing in both counseling and representation in all matters of alleged discrimination.  Sean also has extensive experience in training (both virtual and face-to-face) for both attorneys and human resources professionals.

Ben Pasker

During Ben’s 27-year career he has 15+ years of leadership experience and 27+ years of success by leveraging a customer centric mindset to ensure clients see the results they expect. Ben’s background has spanned employee benefits, technology and the pharmaceutical verticals which allows him to leverage his experience across many trades when co-creating solutions for our partners. He has led highly successful, large and complex organizations through various change management, re-organizations and process improvement efforts including the DMAIC Way.

Ben’s role at BecomeMore Group is to help identify where our partners can leverage our Experts to solve complex challenges and Become More!

Jenn Peterson

Jenn Peterson is a Talent Optimization Consultant with the BecomeMore Group focusing on helping companies with their most valued resource – their people. She has over twenty-five years of experience in design, project management, leadership and sales roles that focused on aligning solutions to the needs of her clients.  She leverages her experience and passion for working with organizations and individuals to level-up and be the best they can be through hiring top talent, aligning strategy, and building dream teams.  She is a skilled facilitator and connects with people through shared experiences and stories – helping them along their own journey to becoming more.

Barb Ranck

Barb Ranck holds and an undergraduate degree in education from the University of Northern Iowa and a Master’s degree in adult learning & performance from Drake University. 

Barb’s passion for learning & growth includes a 25+ year career in corporate workplaces, training employees and consulting with leaders, helping those she served become more professional and productive in – and out – of the workplace.

Barb coaches and trains individuals, leaders, and teams, using assessments and activities designed to increase self-awareness, leading to more accountable outcomes.

  • ACC-Coach Certified through ICF
  • iEQ9 Enneagram Certified
Kelli Risse

Kelli Risse is passionate about helping organizations and teams who want strategies and tools to reduce workplace anxiety, stress and overwhelm that will ultimately lead to increased productivity, a healthy culture and improved employee wellbeing. Kelli has been featured on ABC, NBC, FOX and CBS, as well as many other online media outlets. Kelli is the CEO of Rise Up and Live Wellness, a two-time #1 International Best-Selling author and the host of the podcast Winning in Business.

Tammy K. Rogers

Tammy K. Rogers is a Master Facilitator, Storyteller and Author.  She’s been instrumental in eleven business start-ups.  She’s held Vice President titles in both Human Resources and Operations – and has had the opportunity to lead more than 200 employees in remote offices from Boston to Los Angeles and Minneapolis to Atlanta.  Tammy has written five books, designed and developed more than 50 internationally distributed training programs, and worked with best-selling authors like James Autry and Bob Nelson.

Today, Tammy is best known for helping leaders experience “Aha” moments in order to develop new ways of thinking, new attitudes and new behaviors that transfer to the real world.  And throughout Tammy’s 30+ year career, she has partnered with hundreds of companies – both large and small – to help them improve results through the building of people, processes and procedures.

Shelia Schmidt

Sheila Schmidt, CSP, ARM, is a Safety Risk Services Manager with Missouri Employers Mutual.   A UCM graduate, Sheila has worked in insurance exposing her to various occupations: education, construction, healthcare, manufacturing, and everything in between.   Having been in the safety field for over 20 years, Sheila can offer practical insights into injury prevention and risk management. When not at work, Sheila likes to be outside and spend time with her husband, sons, and dog-ter.

Renee Schulte

Ms. Schulte has over two decades of leadership experience in the behavioral healthcare field. Her work in the public and private sectors has given her a unique understanding of the complexities of delivering quality care.

Renee is nationally recognized for her expertise in behavioral health policy, system design, financial analysis, and strategic planning. As a licensed mental health therapist, Renee has worked across an array of the care continuum including psychiatric hospitals, child welfare providers, and therapeutic foster care services.

She began Schulte Consulting, LLC in 2012. As a consultant she has worked with multiple states creating strategic plans, legislation, and best practice guidance in regulation and rules.

Renee has taught at multiple colleges and universities in the psychology department, encouraging the next generation to join in this important work.

Daryl Smith

A recognized executive with 30 years of experience, Daryl Smith has the unique ability to apply progressive organizational and talent management strategies that consistently create value. He has a consistent track record of success in several industries, including manufacturing, sales and distribution, telecommunications, entertainment, and financial services. His early career included fiscal and operational assignments. He attributes these early experiences to helping shape his broad and comprehensive view of organizations. 

With a reputation for creating award-winning workplaces. He is skilled in leading and facilitating organizational effectiveness and cost-saving strategies including organizational design, lean manufacturing, systems thinking and TQM; and in improving employee engagement.

His past career assignments include SVP Global Human Resources at ESPN / ABC Media Networks, VP Human Resources & Training at ARAMARK/Galls, and VP Human Resources & Training at Cox Communications.

Today, Daryl is an award-winning teaching professor at the Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri.  His areas of teaching include various courses in HR/OB. Daryl has received campus and national teaching awards, as well as awards for advising and service.

He has effectively served on over fifty (50) boards, including industry associations and non-profits.  He is passionate about causes relative to education, youth, diversity, people with disabilities and families in crisis.

Daryl holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Missouri in Columbia MO and a Master’s in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis MO.  He has completed executive education programs at Cornell University in Ithaca NY and Stanford University in Palo Alto CA.

Carol Throckmorton

Carol Throckmorton is a communication and relationship management coach with an emphasis on the DISC assessment system.  Certified in DISC, Emotional Intelligence and Motivators, Carol has been involved in public speaking for over 40 years.  She has been training and creating curriculum around the DISC system for over 15 years.

Founder and coach of Next Level Communication, Carol works with corporations and business owners in the areas of employee relations and team culture including conflict management and resolution.  She is also an instructor with the workforce development program through OTC.

Carol and her husband of 45 years, John, met at Bible college and spent 17 years in full time ministry.  She has 2 grown children, a daughter in love and 3 wonderful grandsons.

John Throckmorton

John Throckmorton is a Senior Trainer Consultant with Tomo Drug Testing. He has been with Tomo since December 2000, serving as a collection technician, field manager, breath alcohol and drug collection trainer, operations manager and account executive.  Often referred to as “JT”, John has assisted businesses with the development and implementation of substance misuse testing programs as well as program reviews for compliance with State and Federal regulations. As a Senior Training Consultant, John annually conducts over 100 educational training seminars and webinars. John is a graduate of Baptist Bible College where he met Carol, his wife of 45 years. They have two grown children and three grandchildren. John has been involved in public speaking for over 45 years.

Pete Ungaro

Pete Ungaro is one of the co-founders of Guardian Training Service and proudly served almost 18 years as a Deputy Sheriff with the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office in Iowa City.  While at the Sheriff’s Office, he was certified as a Drug Recognition Expert, Drug Recognition Expert Instructor, Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instructor, Guest Instructor for the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy, Reserve Academy Instructor, Law Enforcement Representative in the Rural Roads Safety Video, and recipient of the Life-Saving Award.  After leaving the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office he was employed by Kirkwood College as the program coordinator and instructor for the Criminal Justice program.  Pete left Kirkwood College to start the Guardian Training Service, a corporation dedicated to providing mental health and resiliency training to employees as a tool to help them thrive in their personal and professional lives. Pete currently holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with an emphasis on Police Psychology, a master’s degree in Criminal Justice with an emphasis on Leadership and Executive Management, and is in the dissertation process of his Ph.D. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Forensic Psychology.  His dissertation and expertise are focused on officer wellness, PTSD, and the impact of repeated traumatic events.

Sandy Waggett

Sandy Waggett is the visionary and dynamic force behind MSW Interactive Designs, a leading digital creation company catering to clients nationwide. As the founder and owner, Sandy has not only built a successful business but has also formed a vibrant team of 15 talented digital creators over the past 25 years.

Before founding MSW Interactive Designs in 1999, Sandy was a Senior Engineer at Lockheed Martin, where she honed her skills in building computer-based training applications for the US Space Command. Holding a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology, Sandy has effortlessly transitioned her extensive technological background to her entrepreneurial journey. As a Certified High-Performance Coach, a Maxwell Certified Leadership Coach, and a certified LX Council moderator, Sandy’s unique combination of expertise makes her a trusted authority in the digital marketing sector.

Specializing in consulting with clients on messaging, branding, web, and marketing strategies, Sandy’s primary mission is to empower businesses to reach their potential. Her vast experience, spanning pre-Google technological advancements to the latest trends, gives her a unique perspective in helping businesses navigate the ever-evolving digital landscape.

In addition to her professional achievements, Sandy is a dedicated community member. She currently serves as a board member of Citizens Against Domestic Violence (CADV) and is the president of T.H.E. Impact Network, an inspiring collective of CEOs and philanthropists dedicated to making a global impact. As Sandy spearheads MSW Interactive Designs towards its 25th anniversary, her commitment to excellence in both her professional and personal life remains stronger than ever.

Jennifer Watson

Jennifer Watson, MPT, I.M.T.,C., is a healer and a dynamic speaker with a gift for intuitive and visionary coaching. She is an expert in integrative wellness, transformational leadership, flow-state performance, and mental-edge + resilience enhancement.

Incorporating her expertise along with her athletic gifts as a former D1-collegiate track athlete and 2x All-American, she has had the honor to share here message on the TEDx stage, NBC, Fox Radio and top Summit & Podcasts. With 20+ years experience in wellness advocacy + business leadership development, she inspires those to unleash their potential and performance, no matter the environment.

She is the CEO of Watson World Wide (WWW) & Jennifer Watson Leadership (JWL) which supports the ambitious executives & business leaders to step out of chaos into creation to live their legacy now. WWW/JWL does this through Mind-Body-Soul Wellness Optimization, Leadership-Genius Trait & Next-Level Speaking Amplification, and Sustainable High-Performance Creation.

Her gift is truly to tap into the leaders “Flow State” in Wellness + Leadership and create their extraordinary business and life with ease & joy.

In addition, Jennifer is the founder of Run Your Race Global whose vision is to create healing, opportunity, and prosperity in every community and country around the world with mission to accelerate influence of the 1% Leaders & Entrepreneurs in their area of impact to achieve ambitious results for good.

EDUCATION: She received her undergraduate degree in kinesiology and a Master of Physical Therapy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During her time at Wisconsin Jennifer was also a member of the University of Wisconsin- Madison track & field team in which she received All-American honors. As she began her work, her interests began to grow outside the athletic arena. She has completed over 2500 hours of continuing education courses & certifications in integrative wellness, manual therapy, energetics, functional orthopedics, and postural restoration with areas of focus & expertise in high performance, gut health, brain health, mental health and a special interest in men & women’s health. She has also completed over 1000 hours of continuing education in leadership development and certified in health + transformational coaching. Watson World Wide & Run Your Race Global has given rise to Jennifer’s great passion of supporting people in their journey to live their EPIC Health, their EPIC Leadership, and their EPIC Legacy that they were destined for…to change the world for good.

Mark Woodward

Mark Woodward is the Senior Safety & Risk Services Trainer at Missouri Employers Mutual. He is responsible for conducting MEM employee and policyholder training, including customized training for associations, safety conferences and business groups.

Throughout his career, Woodward has instructed tens of thousands of Missouri employees through more than 3,000 safety and risk management classes. He has presented on a national scale, including the American Association of State Compensation1 Insurance Funds, National Safety Council’s Congress & Expo, Public Risk Management Association Conference, American Society of Safety Engineers and National Common Ground Alliance.

Woodward is a certified safety consultant through the State of Missouri and a National Safety Council CPR, First Aid and AED trainer, defensive driving instructor and OSHA Outreach Trainer for courses including: OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 in Construction. He is also President of the Missouri Chapter of the Common Ground Alliance.

Woodward has a bachelor’s in Safety Management from the University of Central Missouri and a master’s in Education from William Woods University. He is certified through both the University of Missouri and Association for Talent Development. Woodward is a long-time active volunteer in Missouri fire and ambulance districts as a certified firefighter and emergency medical technician.