113 Melissa Agnes

Melissa Agnes Crisis Management Keynote Speaker

Melissa experienced a big pivotal moment twelve years into her marriage, when she realized that she was no longer in love with her husband. She knew there was something off, but did not have clarity initially. Melissa used her skills as a crisis readiness strategist to assess her own relationship. She chose to follow her truth and divorced her husband. Melissa feels that she crisis managed her divorce to a place where they are not romantically linked anymore, but still have respect and admiration for each other. She was able to do it with grace, respect and love. Melissa shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
– understand the whys
– know your truth
– find strength in accepting your truth
– we deserve to live our best lives
– don’t shy away from difficulties
– be kind to yourself

Author of Crisis Ready: Building an Invincible Brand in an Uncertain World, Melissa Agnes is a leading authority on crisis preparedness, reputation management, and brand protection. Agnes is a coveted speaker, commentator, and advisor to some of today’s leading organizations faced with the greatest risks.

As a strategic advisor and keynote speaker, Agnes has worked with NATO, Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense, financial firms, technology companies, healthcare organizations, cities and municipalities, law enforcement agencies, global non-profits, and many others, helping them understand risk and build invincible brands that can withstand even the most devastating of events. In 2015, she gave a TEDx talk in Los Angeles where she discussed the secret to successful crisis management in the 21st century.

Agnes is the editor of the Crisis Ready Blog, host of the Invincible Brand Podcast, a contributor to Forbes, and a go-to source for the press, with recent coverage including the Wall Street Journal, VIBE Magazine, USA Today, and many others.

Agnes’s book and Crisis Ready Model continue to be adopted into undergraduate, graduate, and MBA programs around the world, and as a university guest lecturer, Agnes teaches crisis management in university courses around the world, including at NYU and McGill. 

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112 Sally Clark


Sally experienced sexual trauma as a teenager. She repressed it, absorbed it and was ashamed of it. Sally felt as if it was her fault. She started on a journey of healing and began to acknowledge what happened. Initially, Sally felt uncomfortable to tell her story publicly. Then she realized … if she couldn’t tell her story, then what message was that sending to others, such as her daughters. Through supportive communities, Sally published her book and became a survivor of sexual trauma. Today, she creates safe, trusted communities, where she empowers women to experience healing. Sally shares these nuggets of life wisdom:
– never underestimate the power of sisterhood
– find a community of women who have your back
– support one another
– practice self love and self care
– as a mother, seek a community to support you in self care, which is also helpful in protecting your daughters
– we can help unload and release pain that others experience
– evaluate pain in safe setting and release it
– honor your body
– practice deeper listening with yourself and others
– consider joining a red tent, which is a women’s tribal community, where people gather, feel safe and can experience healing

Sally Clark is a director, researcher, author and graduate of the Columbia Journalism School. She directed the award-winning documentary Cowgirls and has worked with acclaimed authors and producers, including Naomi Wolf on her book Misconceptions: Truth, Lies, and the Unexpected on the Journey to Motherhood and with Lili Fournier, producer of the Women of Wisdom and Power series. She is also a survivor of sexual assault and has twenty years of experience helping women with similar issues. Her first book, The Way of the Warrior Mama: The guide to Protecting & Raising Strong Daughters, in available now. Sally lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her family.

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111 Joe Bernstein

Joe was diagnosed, as a young child, with learning disabilities and was overweight. He decided to transform his life. Joe changed his beliefs, thoughts, actions and feelings. He also unwired his anxious nervous system. He lost 160 lbs and walked away from a toxic marriage. Joe heard a calling to share his knowledge of transformation with others. He empowers and coaches others to look at mindset/emotions and partners with them, as they enter journeys of transformation. Joe shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
– anything is possible
– humans are malleable
– we have the capacity to change and transform
– we’re never truly stuck
– understand your choices and emotions
– navigate with mindfulness of choice
– get emotionally healthy
– what we think is possible, we create as possible
– view your setbacks as catalysts for change in your life
– work on your mindset and emotions
– find a community for change
– shift your beliefs

Joe Bernstein is a personal and professional growth coach. He works with Leaders, Entrepreneurs, Creatives, High Performers as well as regular dudes and dudettes to create growth, transformation and change in all areas of life. Joe’s clients enjoy explosive growth in confidence, boldness and understanding their own value which result in large increases in income, going from zero to multiple dates per week, transforming their relationships with food and body and of course much more fulfilling relationships with friends, family and romantic partners.

Joe also spends time volunteering with Mankind Project, Vets Journey Home, Alternatives to Violence, Showing Up for Racial Justice and is a co-founder of Return to Base Foundation, a pro-bono coaching program for return US combat Vets.


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110 Matt Ward


Matt grew up in a single parent household and attended a school for disadvantaged kids, where they taught him about effort. He realized that, if he wanted to live a different life, he’d have to figure things out on his own. Matt grew a business and with perseverance, he maneuvered it through the 2008 economic crisis. He successfully sold the business. Today, Matt speaks and helps business to grow. He shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
– perseverance is the key
– believe in yourself
– use the skills that you already possess
– drop the inner critic and self doubt, as they don’t serve you
– take inventory of the people around you on a regular basis and make adjustments, if needed
– make sure your circle includes people that help to lift you up
– surround yourself with trusted advisors
– don’t quit, keep going
– fear no longer exists, once you take action
– don’t stop just before you get those breakthroughs
– work hard and be patient for the results
– to attract and keep clients, have real conversations with people and care about them

Matt Ward is the founder of Breakthrough Champion…

In 2002 Matt started a website agency, inConcert Web Solutions, which he, in turn, sold in 2018, so that he could focus on helping businesses get more word of mouth referrals! His book “MORE…Word of Mouth Referrals, Lifelong Customers & Raving Fans”, released in September 2018 and was a #1 New Release!

Matt is a professional member of the National Speakers Association and a podcast host of the popular small business podcast Square Peg Round Hole! He’s a 40 Under 40 Recipient and Chamber Small Business Owner of the Year!

Matt believes that the problem with Small Business is Bananas! Not sure what that means? Just ASK!


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109 Tina Gordon

Tina was born into a poor family and became a foster child. There was no structure nor stability in her life and she found she needed to adapt constantly to survive. These experiences enabled her to question who she wanted to be. She wanted to have more control of her life. She chose to have a more positive impact on her life, her family and her community. The tools that got her through the dark moments are God, community and family. She is very thankful and grateful for the kindness and generosity of others. Therefore, today, she gives back abundantly to those in need. She shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
– dig deep and decide who you want to be and take inventory of the tools you have to get you through it
– if life throws you a punch, get right back up
– draw your strength from those positive life moments, such as the kindness and generosity of others
– give to those in need
– strive to be positive impact on your community
– there’s always a way
– take ownership of your life
– drop the victim mindset, as it doesn’t serve you
– take inventory of what’s in your control


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108 Christa Mastrangelo Joyce

Christa Mastrangelo Joyce

When Christa lost her dad as a teenager, she felt a loss of control and battled with an eating disorder. Her body, mind and spirit felt disconnected. Christa discovered yoga, which made her feel alive and taught her to be comfortable with what is. Today, she creates a safe and trusted space through yoga, where she teaches and empower others to feel whole and united, through unconditional love and acceptance. Christa shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
– be comfortable with what is
– find a trusted space, where you come home to yourself
– get to know all of the wonderful richness that is there to be held
– sometimes, we have to hold the hard stuff
– we are strong
– we are here to live with all facets of life
– be present and alive for all of it
– yoga can enable us to churn out the issues from our tissues
– we are so much alike
– if we can see our bodies in new way, then perhaps we can see all of life in a new way
– enjoy the places of stillness and movement
– keep showing up
– with time and patience, the disconnected pieces in our lives, can become united again
– let go of burden
– let go of stories that do not serve you

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107 Jane Wyker

Jane was always there for her spouse and her mom. Her external life was so rich, but internal life was aching and empty. Jane wasn’t content. She knew it was time to look inside herself, to clear up conditions, thoughts and beliefs that were limiting her. Also, Jane began to honor her own desires and giving them priority. She learned to let go and began to focus on what she really wanted.  Jane shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:

– as children, we are dependent on our parents and conditions
– those conditions depend on time and culture, they impact who we become and who are
– sometimes the things that parents impose on us as children are not aligned with our natural state of being
– therefore, we may have work to do to reclaim who we truly are
– everything on the outside comes from our beliefs, beliefs create our feelings, our feelings create our choices, our choices create our action
– to be truly content, you must be authentic and develop an awareness of what’s inside of you, not what’s outside
– meditate, be still, journal, listen to your inner voice and walk, so that you can learn about yourself
– sustained happiness is result of awareness and willingness to listen to what’s happening inside of you,
– listening to yourself guides you
– everyone deserves happiness
– you need to be conscious to be content

In her memoir, Soul Selfish: The Awakening of a Good Girl, Jane Wyker shares the vast experience of her 46-year inner journey. Working in over a dozen disciplines, she had the courage and faith to follow the guidance of many teachers and, ultimately, her own soul. She models a life prioritizing happiness that sources from within. A graduate of Cornell University and former elementary school teacher, Jane was a pioneer in parent education. This led her to her Family Counseling practice that dealt with marriage, parenting, self-development, career and loss. She presented seminars in Fortune 500 companies, raised four children, managed a thriving career and pursued her own spiritual growth. Jane saw that when selfish enough to live from her soul, love and wisdom flow. She believes that is true for all of us.

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