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Speakers

It's not too late to join the Raising Future Leaders Summit! Check out our amazing speakers. Each of our speakers are eager to give you the tools you need to raise future leaders.

    John C. Maxwell

    Author, Speaker, & Pastor

    John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, speaker, coach, and leader who has sold more than 33 million books. He has been called the #1 leader in business and the world’s most influential leadership expert. His organizations—the John Maxwell Company, the John Maxwell Team, EQUIP, and the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation—have trained millions of leaders from every nation. Visit JohnMaxwell.com for more information.


    Peter Baker

    Chief White House Correspondent

    Peter Baker is the Chief White House Correspondent for

    The New York Times and a political analyst for MSNBC. He has covered four presidents and currently writes about President Donald J. Trump and his administration. He previously covered President Barack Obama for The Times, which he joined in 2008, and Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush for The Washington Post, where he worked for 20 years.


    Shane Benson

    Chick-fil-A, Senior Vice President

    Shane Benson is Senior Vice President, Field Operations – Regions for Chick-fil-A, Inc. In this role, he continues to advance and imagine new ways to support Operators across six regions.  Before stepping into this new role this year, he served as Vice President of Operator Support, Organizational Planning and Project Management and Vice President of the Customer Experience team, where he was responsible for the Hospitality and Service Design, Voice of the Customer, Digital Experience and Voice of the Operator. Shane also led the Field Marketing department for four years serving Operators before becoming Director of Field Operations for the Atlantic Region.

    Diana Graber

    Founder of Cyber Wise

    Diana is founder of CyberWise.org (aka, No Grownup Left Behind!) and CyberCivics.com, two organizations dedicated to improving digital literacy skills and author of "Raising Humans in a Digital World: Helping Kids Build a Healthy Relationship with Technology" (HarperCollins Leadership).

    Katie Kimball

    Founder of Kids Cook Real Food & Kitchen Stewardship

    Katie Kimball is the voice of healthy kids cooking, working to restore the health of our young generation, one kitchen at a time. Along with her 4 children, she created the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse to help other parents teach their kids to cook, build family connection in the kitchen, and supercharge kids’ confidence and creativity. In 2020 the Wall Street Journal recommended Kids Cook Real Food as the best online cooking class for kids.

    Amy Alamar

    Author of the Parenting Project

    Dr. Amy Alamar has worked in the field of education as a teacher, teacher educator, researcher, parent educator, and education reformer for over fifteen years. In late 2014, her first book was published, Parenting for the Genius: Developing Confidence in Your Parenting through Reflective Practice (For the Genius Press). The book is a comprehensive guide to becoming the most thoughtful and confident parent possible, with anecdotes and details relating to the guidance and support of children in specific age ranges throughout their formative years. In 2016, Dr. Alamar was an invited guest of Michelle Obama at the White House for a conversation about kids’ health. Dr. Alamar was the host of Parenting from the Trenches on Yellowbrick.me and is a contributing author to the Disney parenting website, Babble and Psychology Blog, Hey Sigmund.

    Jessica Parnell 

    CEO @Bridgeway Academy

    Author of the series Unlocking Your Child’s Genius and the former editor of Homeword magazine, Jessica has a passion for kids and education. As CEO of Edovate Learing Corp., she enjoys working with a talented and intelligent team to drive innovation in education, provide educational products, training and support, and develop a personalized education model that works. Jessica also has a strong passion for understanding the neuroscience of the brain and holds education credentials including her BS & MA degrees as well as Certifications in Neuroleadership, Learning Disabilities, and Emotional Intelligence. Edovate Learning is the parent company to Bridgeway Academy, Curriculum Express, and Elephango.com.

    Jessica Lynn Russell 

    Speaker, Writer, Podcast

    Tracey Lynn Russell is a story-inspired speaker, award winning writer, and host of the popular podcast The Heart of the Story with Tracey Lynn Russell, a show that inspires women to discover their story, determine their passion and direct their influence. Tracey's passion for powerful stories began with her own story of how God transformed her life through marriage, divorce, and remarriage to her husband Mark, who came to Christ during their separation. Tracey now helps women discover their stories as the creator of The Art of My Story ™ online workshop, a unique and interactive program for women. This workshop offers an immersive experience that teaches women how to communicate their stories with creativity, confidence, and clarity in order to transform lives. To help discover how God can write a powerful story in your life, download her free  Devotions called Save My Marriage Story at Savemymarriagestory.com to encourage your faith and marriage.

    Steven J. Pearlman, Ph.D. 

    The Critical Thinking Initiative

    Steve is the author of America’s Critical Thinking Crisis (Nov. 18, 2020), co-founder of The Critical Thinking Initiative, and the co-host of The Critical Thinking Initiative and Smarterer podcasts. He possesses 30 years of experience in higher education. Even before earning his doctorate, Steve taught composition and critical thinking at a range of institutions, including one of America’s elite colleges. Over the last ten years, Steve was asked to take his expertise out of the classroom for institutiton-wide benefit as the Director of Interdisciplinary Writing and Reasoning at the University of Saint Joseph. In addition to academic consulting work, he also consults with corporations that want to foster thinking-active workspaces where decision making can not only be refined but also evaluated and amplified.

    David Carillo, M.A.

    The Critical Thinking Initiative

    Dave Carillo is the co-founder of The Critical Thinking Initiative, and the co-host of The Critical Thinking Initiative and Smarterer podcasts. He holds an MA in Rhetoric and Composition from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has taught first-year and advanced writing, as well as journalism, creative nonfiction, and business writing at the college level since 1997, and has also worked as a Technical writer, Communications Specialist, and Marketing Manager. Most recently, he administered the Critical Writing and Reasoning Portfolio Program at the University of St. Joseph, in West Hartford, CT where he also lives with his wife and two children.

    Dr. Rob Bell

    Sport Psychology Coach, Author, & Speaker

    Dr. Rob Bell is a sport psychology coach, author, and speaker. He has spoken to the NFL, NSCA, PGA, Marriott, and Walgreen, and has written 7 books on Mental Toughness. His 7th book is PUKE & Rally: It's not about eh setback, its about the come back. Rob is married with 2 children, and you can folllow him on Twitter or Instagram @drrobbell or drrobbell.com

    Amy Carney

    Author of Parenting on Purpose

    AMY CARNEY is the author of Parent on Purpose—A Courageous Approach to Raising Children in a Complicated World. She is a public speaker, content creator, and product maker helping parents raise their children with more joy and purpose. She lives with her husband and five children in Paradise Valley, Arizona. You can learn more about her work at www.AmyCarney.com

    Terence Houlihan, M.S. Ed., CRS

    High School & Higher Education Educator

    Terence Houlihan, M.S. Ed., CRS, has been an educator since 1995, working in high schools and higher education institutions in the NYC metro area. He is currently teaching evening classes for the graduate program in organizational leadership and school counseling at the City University of NY, Lehman College, where he was awarded LUTE Instructor of the Year for 2019. He has been an adjunct instructor at the College of New Rochelle and Westchester Community College. Terence is a licensed school counselor and director of a school-wide counseling program in Westchester County and has written blogposts, articles and textbook chapters for the National Association of School Superintendents, the American School Counselor Association, the National Association of College Admissions Counseling, the Westchester Business Journal and Today's Catholic Teacher. Terence has presented to audiences across the United States and other countries on strengthening relationships and brain-based interventions in the classroom, family room and the boardroom....and he's the parent of an adult who made it through his teen years.

    Matt Beaudreau

    Founder of the Acton Academy Placer

    Matt Beaudreau is the Founder of the Acton Academy Placer campuses in Northern California, Co-Founder of Apogee Academy Mentorship Program, and the host of The Essential 11 Podcast. He is also a highly sought after keynote speaker, having taken the stage to speak to over 250,000 people around the world in the last decade.

    Dr. Katherine Weber

    Canadian Collaborative for Equity in S.T.E.M.

    Dr. Katherine Weber is a curriculum writer and STEM equity consultant with over 20 years of experience. As a certified design and technology teacher, she has a natural gift for integrating real-world problems into meaningful learning opportunities. In the classroom, she nurtured a growth mindset in her students to encourage them to explore and examine interests in S.T.E.M. Her personal experiences inspired her to pursue her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Change so that she could create systemic change for females in S.T.E.M.

    Alicia Schoolman

    Functional Health & Wellness Coach

    Alicia Schoolman helps people of all ages triumph over health and life struggles with simple, positive, and healthy lifestyle changes tailored to each person. She’s a highly passionate Functional Medicine Certified and National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach, an NASM Certified Personal Trainer, and a former gymnastics coach with a degree in Exercise & Sport Science. She’s been helping individuals and families for over 30 years.