Speakers

Rosie Mercado

Keynote speaker

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Television star Rosie Mercado is capturing hearts and imaginations across the globe with her compelling story, electric persona and breathtaking beauty. She is an expert Life Coach on a powerful new talk show called Face the Truth. Produced by Dr. Phil and Jay McGraw’s Stage 29 Productions, Face the Truth is a traditional talk show that deals with conflict and provides people with a usable takeaway. A proud, bilingual Latina, Rosie is a true crossover star who also guest-hosts and is a correspondent on leading Spanish-language networks, Telemundo and Univision, as well as on the Emmy-award winning Dr. Phil Show and The Doctors. In fall 2020, Rosie’s story will be told to a worldwide audience through the publication of her memoir in both English and Spanish by Harper One and Harper Espanol. The journey of her 240-pound weight loss and life transformation into a prominent voice for women’s empowerment went viral. Rosie sees her calling as advocating for people who are marginalized, transforming societal norms so that all are valued and accepted. Named in April, 2019 by Peopleen Espanolas “Top 25 Most Powerful Latinas,” Rosie is an exciting new star.

Christopher McDonald

Breakout Speaker: Secrets to Becoming a Master Networker!
 

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Christopher McDonald is a Talent Booker, Music Producer, Senior Producer, and Writer. Christopher has booked, produced and written for an array of programming including late-night television, cable news & editorial interviews. Christopher is experienced in both live and taped formats and has over 15 years continuous experience in the fast-paced ever-changing mediums of television and internet. Well versed in networking, Christopher has been called upon to join the launch teams of numerous projects including “Tavis Smiley” (PBS), “The Arsenio Hall Show” (CBS/Tribune), “It’s Not You, It’s Men w/ Tyrese & Rev Run” (OWN) “Impact Theory w/ Tom Bilyeu” (YouTube/Itunes) and the upcoming “Kelly Clarkson Show” (NBC/Universal).  He has worked alongside an illustrious array of top talent from the world of entertainment, sports, business, science and tech.

Christopher grew up a citizen of the world. His father served 35 years active duty in the U.S. Army with his career taking Christopher and his family to Japan, Korea, Germany and various posts around the United States. Christopher holds a bachelor of arts in broadcast journalism from Boston’s prestigious Emerson College, which lead to the beginning of his professional career at CNN.

Baeth Davis

 
Baeth Davis is known as the “Palm Pilot for the Soul of Your Business™,” and “The Intuitive Business Catalyst™.” Baeth is the secret sage to global leaders, including spiritual teachers, healers, artists, engineers, design creatives, celebrities, scientists and entrepreneurs.

Using her intuition, extensive content-creation experience, 21 years in business and expertise in scientific hand analysis and human design, she helps you discover and unleash your life purpose and then design a business around your core purpose so you can profit and serve.

She is a supporter of the Unstoppable Foundation and the Pachamama Alliance and is committed to bringing the Life Purpose Mastery to creative entrepreneurs globally. As featured in Women’s WorldCosmopolitan and the LA Times, as well as heard on NPR, KPFK-Los Angeles, Radio Europe and the BBC 5, Baeth is devoted to helping you unleash your life purpose and uncover the #1 thing that has been holding you back from achieving it.

 

A.J Montgomery

Keynote Speaker: Your Mind is Your Greatest Ally!

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After working with some of the biggest names in entertainment, A.J’s  life took an unexpected turn. Now, as an amputee, A.J never lost sight of what he loves to do. He currently performs in one of the most prestigious shows in the world and is a motivational speaker who travels the world sharing his empowering and unforgettable message. 

 

Jennifer Cassetta

Breakout Speaker: The Art of Badassery- Take Confidence to the Next Level

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Jennifer is a nationally recognized speaker, health coach and self defense expert.  Equipped with her 3rd degree black belt and Master’s degree in Nutrition, she travels the country speaking to audiences on empowerment, wellness and badassery.

Her badass skills were put to the test on September 11th, 2001, when she ran through the ashes in downtown NYC. She spent the next decade training her skills in martial arts, fitness and nutrition and creating programming to help others feel strong, safe and powerful. In 2009, she moved to Los Angeles where her speaking and coaching career continue to flourish.

Jennifer’s been featured on The Today Show, The Doctors, Rachael Ray and more. In 2015, she published her first book, Hear Me Roar: how to defend your mind, body and heart against people who suck, and was a weight loss expert on ABC TV’s reality show called, My Diet is Better Than Yours.

Lewaa Nasserdeen

Panelist

Lewaa Nasserdeen is an award-winning filmmaker whose career spans film, television, and documentary. He is a dynamic storyteller, producer, writer and actor who signed an exclusive, overall deal with Skydance Studios (Mission Impossible: Fallout/Grace and Frankie). Lewaa wrote, starred, and executive produced Berlin, a half-hour dramedy for JAX MEDIA (Emmy nominated Russian Doll) as well as served as a writer/co-producer for the third season of Marvel’s Daredevil for Netflix. Other writing credits the hit ABC comedy series The Goldbergs and The Real O’Neals as well as HBO’s Vinyl. He recently guest-starred on NCIS: New Orleans.  

Tracy Smith, MBA

Panelist

For over 20 years, Tracy Smith has excelled in varied marketing, sales & service roles with Ford Motor Company. She currently manages Ford’s $250M parts sales business to commercial & government fleet accounts, supervising a team of five fleet parts specialists across 13 western states.

Additionally, as a personal stylist, Tracy is passionate about helping individuals enhance how they feel, function, and present their best selves to the world. She applies her talents to what works best for each client based on their personality, taste, and body type. Positively impacting the well-being of others brings an incredible sense of gratitude & professional satisfaction. 

Tracy holds an MBA from Georgia State University and a BS in business with a concentration in fashion, art and design from Winthrop University.

Ash Kumra

Breakout Speaker: How to Deliver a World Class Talk
 
Ash Kumra”s work has been recognized by the White House, Sony Television, Forbes, Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Entrepreneur magazine. His national business radio show has featured Dr. OZ, Dr. Drew and over 500 luminaries. He has spoken internationally on mindfulness, meditation, communications and branding. 
 
His passion for meditation and mindfulness led to Peak Mindful, a performance brand for organizations and individuals. 
 
Prior he help launch business programs all across California with White House/Case Foundation backed Startup America and help create entrepreneur movement YOUNGRY.

Snow Baehr

Breakout Speaker: How to Live a Healthy Life in Today’s World- Here’s What Really Works!

 

Snow Baehr is a Master Trainer, working in the fitness industry since 1983. She began teaching aerobics, eventually introducing classes in powerlifting, bodybuilding, fitness competitions, and bodyweight training. Snow is a highly qualified health expert and certified Personal Trainer, Nutrition Specialist, and Group Exercise Instructor, holding certifications with NASM, ISSA, ACE, AAHFRP, Chek Institute, FMS, and eCornell University. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemistry from Western New Mexico University and a BS in Kinesiology from Colorado State University.
 
Snow’s background is diverse ranging from a national referee for several powerlifting federations; gym owner, program director, presenter, facilitator, speaker, competitor, and coach.  Herw ork has been honored and seen at 24-Hour Fitness, Gold’s Gym, Crunch, UFC, Fitness 19, Summit Fitness, and Maui Academy of Performing Arts.
 
She has trained several Ms. Fitness contestants, pro athletes, and many weekend warriors propelling her to write three cookbooks and advocate for organic whole foods.  – “Health and fitness is a lifestyle, not a quick fix hack.” 

Leanne DiSanto

Panel Host
 

As a Life Strategy and Results Coach, Leanne DiSanto, helps entrepreneurs and business owners release the overwhelm that creates procrastination and self-doubt, so they can become intentionally productive and more profitable. 

Leanne started her coaching career in the fitness industry more than 25 years ago.  She has a Master’s in Exercise Physiology, a Bachelor of Science in Biology and multiple training and life coaching certifications.  Leanne founded Fitness Patrol Private Training Studio in 2001 and trained hundreds of clients through 2008.

Leanne is a speaker, seminar leader and a #1 Amazon bestselling co-author of, “Faces of the New Feminine Leadership; Real Women, Real Conversations, Real Impact.”  She also serves as Vice-President on the Board of the Women’s Journey Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to helping women and at-risk girls build resilience, self-reliance and confidence.

Today she is the Director of Development, OC Chapter President, and a Confidence Coach for Rise Up For You’s head division for men and women.  

Nada Lena- Your Host and the Founder of Rise Up For You

 

Nada Lena is a Leadership Development and Career Confidence Coach, Professor, Motivational Speaker, and Founder of Rise Up For You.

With over 10 years of experience as a college professor in leadership and a former top executive, Nada understands the importance of fusing education, empowerment, and leadership together. She founded Rise Up For You in 2016, an educational and motivational company that provides strategies and solutions to enhance company culture and people development. Through interactive and experiential events, one to one coaching, corporate training, and online programs, Rise Up For You puts special focus on the people, emotional, and social skills needed to be successful personally and professionally. The company has been featured on CBS, Face The Truth with Vivica A. Fox, and Lebanon’s National Prime News Channel, LBC News. 

Most recently Nada had the opportunity to share her expertise at Google’s largest conference of the year Cloud Next ‘19, where she worked with tech industry participants and C-Suite executives on Career Confidence, Leadership, and Career Strategy.  In addition, she has presented and spoken for multiple platforms and conferences such as The California Human Resources Conference, UCLA Extended Learning, and Lead the Way Educators Conference. Nada was awarded the Chief’s Award from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for her work in 2018 and is a two-time finalist for The Emerging Woman-Owned Business Award from Connected Women of Influence. 

Nada believes in order to create change within our communities, companies, and households, we must first create change within ourselves. It’s a collective effort needed from all parties; no company, adult, or young adult can be left behind. The world needs us at our best!

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