Speakers 2023

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Dr. Katie Keller Wood

Education Expert

Dr. Katie Keller Wood grew up in the world of education, and delights in helping people find new ways of thinking about the world. Discovering Montessori education, both as a pedagogy and a philosophy, was pivotal for her, and she is on a mission to bring a Montessori perspective of work to everyone.

Katie has had the great honor of working with hundreds of middle and high school Montessori teachers from all over the world through the training program she runs, called CMStep. She is recognized as a worldwide leader in Montessori programming for adolescents.

She currently serves as an adjunct instructor for both Xavier University and the University of Wisconsin. Katie does her work because she believes that a more peaceful, just, equitable, and sustainable world is possible, and that it takes all of us leading our aligned lives to bring this world forward.


Alicia Lyttle

AI Expert

Alicia Lyttle is an AI enthusiast and digital marketing expert with over 23 years of experience in the industry. She has held positions at esteemed organisations such as The White House and has built a successful career as an entrepreneur and digital marketing specialist.

As a well-respected speaker and trainer, Alicia has travelled internationally sharing her knowledge on leveraging the internet for business success. She is the founder of Pow Social Media, a digital marketing agency, and Monetized Marketing, a training and marketing company. In addition, she is a successful real estate investor.

Alicia has received numerous awards and is a regular contributor to Public Broadcasting Television, hosting a weekly segment called "The Digital JamPreneur" where she teaches entrepreneurs how to build their online empires and how to leverage AI in their business. As a business owner and entrepreneur coach, she is committed to helping others succeed.


Joanna Conti

Addiction Treatment Innovator

A chemical engineer, serial entrepreneur, reformed politician and mother of four, Joanna Conti is on a mission to help dramatically more people recover from addiction. When her teenage daughter started regularly drinking to potentially-lethal levels, Joanna discovered that there was no way for families to know which rehabs were providing effective treatment.

Joanna started a research company that has now monitored 70,000+ patients during addiction treatment and followed up with more than 25,000 patients afterwards. In 2020, Joanna and her daughter founded Conquer Addiction to revolutionize the addiction treatment industry and help families find effective treatment. This work is the culmination of Joanna’s efforts over the last 25 years to make a difference.

Previously, Joanna founded an international nonprofit that helped tens of thousands of orphans in Africa and Asia and ran unsuccessfully for both the U.S. Congress and Anne Arundel County Executive.


Rachel Druckenmiller

Singer-Songwriter and Entrepreneur

Rachel is an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker and song-writer on a mission to unlock, unleash and unmute possibilities and self-expression in people and the organisations they serve through her company, UNMUTED.

Recognized as a Forbes Next1000 Honoree, a 40 Under 40 Game Changer, one of Maryland's Top 100 Women, and the Top Health Promotion Professional in the U.S., Rachel is a thought leader committed to ongoing personal and professional development.

Growing up as a shy, quiet kid, Rachel has become passionate about using her voice as a speaker and singer-songwriter to inspire, uplift, and empower people to seek growth, fulfilment, and transformation in their life and work.  With a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Health Science, Rachel takes both an evidence-based and experience-informed approach to her work.


Jeffery Keilholtz

Broadway Visionary

As a Vice President, executive team member, and Emmy Award-nominee, Jeff is grateful to wear many hats for Broadway Licensing Group, one of the fastest-growing companies in Broadway entertainment.  He is privileged to lead a talented team responsible for business development, sales, and marketing, across five diverse imprints at the center of art and commerce.

Jeff also oversees go-to-market strategy, revenue diversification, content acquisition and distribution, and licensing for the ground-breaking streaming platform, Broadway on Demand.  His essay on Acting, Living Off-Stage: A Technique in Continuity, was published in Stanislavski Studies, a peer-reviewed journal, in 2013.  Jeff has also assisted British sculptor and land artist, Andy Goldsworthy, on various projects.

Jeff was educated at Harvard Business School. His previous corporate experience includes management of global communications, marketing partnerships, and business proposal architecture for a $250MM corporation, whereby he was directly responsible a blue-chip sales portfolio, valued at more than $100MM.


Kaci Brown

Purpose-Driven Entrepreneur

Kaci Brown is a Business Consultant, #1 Amazon Best-Selling Author, Podcast host, Speaker and Co-founder of Freedom To Impact .

Her world turned upside down with her husband’s brain tumor diagnosis in 2012 and subsequent brain surgeries, his battle with cancer, chemo, and radiation. This created a major shift for Kaci and her family to focus on what really matters in life and prioritise every moment together. Kaci uses her unique experience, empathy and background in relationship marketing to help others amplify their mission to serve into a scalable, freedom-based profitable business that creates a ripple effect to pay it forward in BIG ways.

Kaci has incorporated a three day work week in her own business by focusing on her zone of genius, simple systems and tight team to support her, her family and clients. She is passionate about teaching other individuals to do the same!


Karin Hurt

Leadership Development Expert

Karin Hurt helps human-centered leaders find clarity in uncertainty, drive innovation, and achieve breakthrough results. She’s the founder and CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders, an international leadership development firm known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. Karin, and her husband, David Dye, are known for their innovative Leaders Growing Leaders approach, and have grown leaders in every continent (except Antarctica).

Karin is the award-winning author of four books including Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates, and is currently engaged in deep global research on conflict and collaboration with a new book coming out Spring 2024.

A former Verizon Wireless executive, Karin was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of great leadership speakers. Karin and David are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells – building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.



Emma G


TEDx Speaker, Singer/songwriter, Musician, Podcaster, and Youth Empowerment Coach Emma G has been using the power of music to empower, inspire, and motivate audiences worldwide her entire life. Emma G has used the power of music and songwriting, by writing and singing her truth, sharing her experiences, and turning her lessons into blessings.

With features in the Washington Post, Thrive Global Magazine, PBS, Radio New Zealand, and CBC News, the New Zealand-born edutainer has expanded her mission of saving the world one song at a time to incorporate her history as an award-winning youth-worker, launching YES Youth Coaching : a completely new approach to youth work combining Emma G’s history as a teacher, lecturer, YMCA youth worker and – of course – an award-winning musician.