Ron Carucci – Managing Partner of Navalent, HBR and Forbes Contributor, and Author of Rising to Power: The Journey of Exceptional Executives
Ron Carucci is a best-selling author of eight books and a popular contributor at Harvard Business Review and Forbes. He led a ten year study on executive promotion to find out why more than 50% of leaders fail within their first 18 months. Along the way , Ron uncovering the four differentiating capabilities that set successful leaders apart. These findings are highlighted in his ground breaking Amazon #1 book, “Rising To Power,” co-authored with Eric Hansen. These findings are also summarized by Ron in a popular HBR article. Harvard selected that research as one of 2016’s “Ideas that Mattered Most.” Ron is co-founder and managing partner at Navalent, helping CEOs and executives pursuing transformational change. He has a thirty year track record helping start-ups, Fortune 10’s, and turn-arounds to overhaul leadership and culture to re-designing for growth. Ron has worked in more than 25 countries on 4 continents and he has been featured in Fortune, CEO Magazine, BusinessInsider, Business Week, MSNBC, Inc, and Smart Business. You can read more of Ron’s insights at HBR and Forbes, and at the Navalent blog.
Kim Speed – Brand Strategy and Design for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs, Owner of Purple Moon Creative and Author of Branding on a Shoestring: How to Re-Create Your Small Business Identity and Increase Sales Results in 83 Days or Less
Kim Speed is an experienced small business branding expert, author, speaker and workshop facilitator. Kim is the owner of Purple Moon Creative, a brand and marketing boutique where she helps start-ups and small business owners to become visible to their prospects. Her passion is to help business owners find the clients they love to work for and turn them into loyal fans. She teaches them that getting brand clarity and focus will build a strong business and grow profits. From junior designer to creative director, her career helped her clients translate their messages into successful campaigns. Over the course of almost two decades, Kim worked with high profile brands in the financial, food and beverage, retail, telecom, and petroleum industries. She is the recipient of numerous marketing industry awards and she even earned a Guinness World Record for the largest Scratch and Win Lottery Ticket.
Whitney Hansen – Girlboss at Whitney Hansen Coaching
Whitney Hansen is an entrepreneur, bikini competitor, wanderluster, and dance party extraordinaire! She is passionate about trying things out of the norm. She blogs about personal finance education, for millennials, can be found at and her coaching provides practical, easy to follow personal finance advice to millennials. WHCoaching specializes in helping millennials pay off student loans while establishing a solid financial foundation for their future. He coaching brand has a product called “Manage Your Money Like a Boss™,” an eight hour online course teaching millennials how to create an effective budget, pay for college with little-no debt, and create an easy to follow financial management plan. This year, she worked with over 150 individuals and coached others to paying off a combined $100,000 in debt!