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James Clear

Founder, Habits Academy; Best-Selling Author

James Clear is one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation. His New York Times best-selling book, Atomic Habits, has sold over 10 million copies worldwide and has been translated into more than 50 languages and is the number one best-selling book of 2021 on Amazon and number one audiobook on Audible. Known for his ability to distill complex topics into simple behaviors that can be easily applied to daily life and work, Clear’s “3-2-1” email newsletter is sent to more than 1 million subscribers each week. He has presented his teachings to audiences at many Fortune 500 companies, including Microsoft, Facebook, and Google. His work has been featured in Time, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and on CBS This Morning.

Megan Marshman

Speaker; Author; Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church

As an international speaker at churches, conferences and university chapels, Megan Fate Marshman is a leading voice to this generation. She is currently completing her Doctorate of Ministry while serving as a teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church and as Director of Women’s Ministries at Hume Lake Christian Camps. She also shepherds women at her home church, Arbor Road in Long Beach, CA. Megan recently released the Beautiful Word Bible study: John (2022, Harper Collins), authored the book and Bible study Meant for Good (2020, Zondervan), SelfLess (2017, David C Cook), and co-wrote the book 7 Family Ministry Essentials with Dr. Michelle Anthony (2015, David C Cook).

Liz Bohannon

Founder, Sseko Designs; Author

Liz Forkin Bohannon is the founder of Sseko Designs, the author of the bestselling book Beginner's Pluck: Build your Life of Purpose & Impact Now, and host of the Plucking Up podcast. Through her work in the fashion industry, Bohannon seeks to create educational and economic opportunities for women worldwide and infuse radical transparency and equity into the global supply chain. She uses her entrepreneurial journey and learnings as an author, writer, and speaker to inspire and equip leaders across the globe to build lives of purpose, passion, and impact. Bohannon’s story has been featured in dozens of publications, including Vogue, Redbook, Fortune, and O, and appeared on national broadcasts, including ABC's Shark Tank and Good Morning America. Among other notable honors, Bohannon was named a top three Transformation Leader by John Maxwell, Forbes listed her as a top 20 public speaker in the U.S., and Bloomberg Businessweek named her a leading social entrepreneur to watch.

Craig Groeschel

Founder & Senior Pastor, Life.Church; Best-Selling Author

Globally recognized as a leader of leaders, Craig Groeschel is the founder and senior pastor of Life.Church, rated the #1 place to work in 2021 for small and mid-size companies by Glassdoor. Known for their missional approach to leveraging the latest technology, Life.Church is the innovative creator of the YouVersion Bible App—downloaded more than a half a billion times worldwide. In 2020, Life.Church provided free tools to thousands of churches who quickly transitioned to a virtual church experience in the wake of the global health pandemic. Traveling the world on behalf of The Global Leadership Summit, Groeschel advocates for building leaders in every sector of society. He is also the host of the top-ranked Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast. A New York Times best-selling author, his latest book is The Power to Change.

Erwin McManus

Founder, McManus Masterminds and The Art of Communication

Erwin McManus is an award-winning author and artist. His books have sold over one million copies and have been translated into more than a dozen languages. His creative genius has resulted in consulting work with organizations spanning from the NFL to the Pentagon. McManus has spent the last thirty years advising and coaching CEOs, professional athletes, celebrities, billion-dollar companies, universities, and world-leaders, and is passionate about helping people destroy their internal limitations and unlock their personal genius. A native of El Salvador, McManus is also recognized internationally of being the founder and lead pastor of Mosaic, a spiritual movement that has inspired millions across the globe. McManus coaches leaders, entrepreneurs, and communicators worldwide through McManus Mastermind as well as his groundbreaking work on The Seven Frequencies of Communication. His new highly anticipated book, Mind Shift: It Doesn’t Take a Genius to Think Like One, will be released in October 2023.

Dallas Jenkins

Creator, Director, and Co-Writer of The Chosen

At the age of 25, Dallas Jenkins produced the independent feature Hometown Legend, which was distributed by Warner Brothers. In the 20 years since, he has directed and produced over a dozen feature and short films for Universal, Lionsgate, Pureflix, Hallmark Channel, and Amazon. He is now writing, directing, and producing the largest crowd funded media project of all-time, a multi-season series about the life of Jesus entitled The Chosen. A global phenomenon, The Chosen is the largest fan supported entertainment project of all time and has garnered over 500-million-episode views worldwide. It’s available on major streaming services like Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Peacock while all seasons remain free in The Chosen mobile and TV apps. It has also been translated into more than 50 languages and Christmas with The Chosen: The Messengers debuted at No. 1 in the U.S. box office in 2021.

Erin Meyer

Professor, INSEAD; Best-Selling Author

Erin Meyer is the co-author, with Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, of the New York Times best-selling book and FT nominated best business book of 2020: No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention. She is also the author of The Culture Map and a professor at INSEAD. Her work has appeared in Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, and In 2021, Erin was selected for the third time by the Thinkers50 as one of the fifty most influential business thinkers in the world.

Ryan Leak

CEO, The Ryan Leak Grooup; Best-Selling Author

Ryan Leak is an executive coach and best-selling author who’s widely known for two documentaries: The Surprise Wedding and Chasing Failure. He is also the CEO of the Ryan Leak Group, a leadership development firm that has the privilege of working with leaders and teams all over the world, from NBA teams to Fortune 500 companies. Known as a deeply aware coach and connector who can seamlessly operate across the spectrum of a business, Leak helps leaders better understand the potential of their teams by addressing the friction that stands in their way.
He trains 15,000+ entrepreneurial leaders and speaks to over 200,000 people each year as a curator of relevant leadership content and transformational storytelling. Leak teaches that being a great leader is not about having all the answers but asking the right questions. His latest book, Leveling Up: 12 Questions to Elevate Your Personal and Professional Development helps you focus on the leader you’re becoming and think about the goals you want to accomplish.

Michael Jr.

Comedic Thought Leader; Actor; Author

Known as one of today’s most gifted communicators, Michael Jr. brings laughter and encouragement to audiences all over the world. Using comedy and dynamic storytelling, he inspires audiences to discover and activate their purpose. This unique skill set has landed him on stages like The Tonight Show on NBC, TEDx talks, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. His mission to make laughter commonplace in uncommon places means that he also seeks opportunities to share his gift with those in homeless shelters and prisons. He has acted in movies such as War Room, Selfie Dad, Laughing on Purpose, and More Than Funny. He is the author of Funny How Life Works which gives a behind-the-scenes look at his life and career and encourages readers to strategically embrace each life event as a part of a setup, leading to their punchline.

Noddy Sharma

Head of Community and Faith Partnerships World Vision Australia

Noddy grew up in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. His dad was a pilot providing services and transport to isolated communities. After losing his dad to cancer, Noddy moved to Australia. Understandably, Noddy struggled with his identity and place in the world and so his teenage years were troubled.
At eighteen years of age, Noddy pursued a career as a professional golfer and had the privilege of teaching and playing full time for seven years. At twenty-five, after missing the cut by 1 shot for the Australian Open, Noddy lost his sponsorship and had to figure out what’s next. With a deep faith in God, and love for people, Noddy’s next chapter in his working life was as a pastor in a local church setting.
After twelve years in the church, Noddy accepted the position of CEO for a Global Humanitarian and Aid Organisation where he served for seven years. For the past four years, Noddy has worked for World Vision and his heart for connecting local communities here in Australia with the global poor continues to drive him.
Noddy has a heart for people, a passion for leadership, healthy culture and a desire to see people grow and develop their leadership and influence through relationships, in order to make the world a better place.

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