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We would like to express our sincere gratitude and our highest appreciation for the following speakers who made our 2017 conference such an amazing and memorable event:

Alana Stewart

Alana Stewart is an actress, host, New York Times best-selling author, and spokesperson. She is also an animal activist and brand ambassador for PRIA Beauty. As an actress, she has appeared in dozens of films and TV shows. Her most recent film, Swiped, will be debuting November 6 , 2018. She hosted the popular talk show The George and Alana Show with ex-husband, George Hamilton. Most recently in Stewarts and Hamiltons on E! network.

Alana has appeared on most major network news and talk shows including CNN,MSNBC, The View, Bill O'Reilly, Barbara Walters, Larry King, Nightline, Wendy Williams, and The Doctors. She has made numerous appearances on The Today Show, eXtra, Entertainment Tonight and Access Hollywood.

In 2007, Alana began working with her dear friend, Farrah Fawcett on Farrah's Story, a documentary of Farrah's courageous battle with cancer which Alana filmed and produced. In 2009, Farrah's Story debuted on NBC to a record-breaking audience and was nominated for an Emmy Award. Alana now serves as President and CEO of The Farrah Fawcett Foundation which funds cancer research and promotes prevention and awareness. The Foundation is currently working with Stand Up Two Cancer and has funded an HPV research team at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. The FFF is also working on an initiative with The American Cancer Society to increase HPV vaccine uptake in the US. Five percent of all the world's cancers are HPV related.

Alana received the prestigious Genii Award from the American Women in Radio and Television for excellence in documentary filmmaking for Farrah's Story, She was also honored by The John Wayne Cancer Institute with the 'True Grit' Humanitarian Award and was honored by The Beckstrand Cancer Foundation for her contribution to the cancer community.

Leslie Gold

Leslie Gold was a top rated, major market on-air media talent, and successful entrepreneur. She now teaches professionals and executives to be more persuasive. In a frank and enlightening presentation, Leslie will share what she has learned to be the pillars of persuasive communication.

Leslie Gold, Harvard Business School 1985, was the CEO of Bishop Manufacturing, a window manufacturing company with 165 employees. After 10 years of a successful stewardship, she sold the company to a Fortune 100 company and turned her attention to talk radio. She became "The Radiochick" and built a compelling brand in the nations #1 market. Within 15 months she went from being a complete unknown to amassing an audience of over 1 million rabid listeners. Leslie was the only woman headlining a morning-drive program in the market, and her show was later expanded to other markets and platforms. In business, Leslie used her persuasion techniques to defeat a union organizing effort, convince a bank to loan her 5M to purchase the company at 26 years old, and negotiate terms previously unheard of in her industry. In her tenure on air, Leslie's listeners erupted in an organic outpouring of outrage at her firing, and their relentlessness forced her employer to reverse their decision. Throughout, she persuaded her devoted listeners to continually engage with her program in grandiose, humorous and very public ways to achieve the highest ratings in New York City.

Dian Griesel

Over 1,000 public & private company executives, boards and individuals have hired Dian Griesel, Ph.D., President of Dian Griesel Int'l., a WOSB, as their perception analyst and strategist. She writes a daily column as the of Founder Silver Disobedience® her blogging platform which has been featured in articles by AARP and Forbes, as well as SxSW. Via Silver Disobedience Inc., Dian consults with management, product & marketing teams who seek to better understand and appropriately target older audiences. Dian is also a model represented by Wilhelmina NY, Icon Division & Aperture Talent. Her executive team co-manages her DGIcomm, which has core expertise in advising FDA, FTC, SEC, DoD and other regulated companies.

A certified clinical hypnotherapist (Union 472), a member of the American Counseling Association and a lifetime member of the International Association of Counselors and Therapists, Dian has developed a keen intuition and understanding of how written, verbal, visual and body language communication trigger opinions, actions and response. She is known for her thoughtful insights; ability to listen closely and impart candid, spot-on advice; as well as her willingness to create connections to her broad, well-established network of friends and business relationships.

As a blogger, Dian's daily posts are read by hundreds of thousands of followers and reach over a million people weekly. She's a best-selling health and business author; a regular broadcast personality and columnist for a variety of publications; as well as a member of the Forbes Agency Council. Her books include ENGAGE: Smart Ideas to Get More Media Coverage, Build Your Influence and Grow Your Business; IPPY award-winning FUNDaMentals: The Corporate Guide to Cultivating Mindshare; Uncapped: A Critically Important Workbook for Officers of Public Companies; as well as the TurboCharged® Peak Performance health book series of books, which she co-wrote with her brother.

Nicole Zuraitis

Grammy® Nominated New York based vocalist and pianist Nicole Zuraitis blends clever songwriting skills, an effervescent presence and unparalleled vocals in a consummate package that has thrilled audiences across Manhattan and across the world.

She is the vocalist for the world famous Birdland Big Band and the Dan Pugach Nonet, the winner of the New York Coffee Music Project Songwriting Competition, ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award recipient and was a finalist in the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition.

Her 2017 Album HIVE MIND won Best Jazz Album in the International Music and Entertainment Awards and she was awarded the Johnny Mercer and People's Choice Award in the American Traditions Competition. Her world music folk band EVA toured internationally alongside folk legends Livingston Taylor, Melanie Safka and Tom Chapin. She has performed with The Omar Hakim Experience as a vocalist at the Iridium Jazz Club, Maz of Snarky Puppy, Don Braden, Rachel Z, Hagar Ben Ari, Dave Stryker, Antonio Sanchez,Cyrille Aimee and Bernard Purdie, Kung Fu and Elise Testone at the New Orleans Jazz Festival.

Nicole is a proud member of the Litchfield Jazz Camp faculty. Her love for jazz education has brought her to songwriting and jazz workshops worldwide, including Berklee College of Music, Williams College, Litchfield Jazz Camp, Australian Embassy, Burnt Hills High School Artist in Residence, Israel Embassy, SAM Academy in Chennai India and Miami Arts Charter School.

Nicole holds residencies in New York City at both the 55 Bar and Birdland Jazz Club. Visit nicoleZmusic.com for more information.

Bevin Mugford

Bevin is Head of Field Development for Peach, a four-year-old lifestyle brand with a mission to help women "elevate their everyday" and thrive personally and professionally. For customers, Peach offers contemporary and comfortable apparel for gym, work and play; for its cadre of social-sales brand representatives across the U.S., an opportunity to start their own fashion business without the financial risk; for female-founded accessory brands, a platform to collaborate and share success.

A former real estate entrepreneur, Bevin is a founding member of the Peach team and the Head of Field Development. In her role at Peach, she recruits, trains and leads a national sales team. A dynamic and engaging public speaker, Bevin activates the Peach mission through presenting powerful personal and professional development workshops on flexing internal strengths. Described as a "zesty badass with a flair for the dramatic", Bevin believes men and women can do anything when they play to their strengths.

Allison Demers, Moderator

This year's moderator will be radio personality Allison Demers. Allison was fresh out of Briarwood College when she got her first job in radio at 1320 AM, WATR. She has had a long successful career in radio and television. Allison worked at KC101 as the news director and was a traffic reporter for several radio stations. She was also the co-host of Crossroads Magazine, a half-hour ‘Good News' Christian television magazine-style program produced by the Archdiocese of Hartford's Office of Radio and Television. She worked full-time for CBS radio on Lite 100.5 WRCH as a part of the morning drive show "Allan, Mike and Allison Morning Show" for 15 years. You can now hear Allison Demers Campagna weekdays and overnights on the Catholic radio station 88.9 FM, WJMJ. Allison has been fortunate to interview an array of interesting people from celebrities like Jon Bon Jovi, to international leaders like the Mayor of Nairobi, Kenya. She has also spoken locally, nationally and internationally including in the Caribbean and the West Indies. Allison is the mother of two girls and has one grandson. She has been married for 27 years.