Contributing Authors

Melahni AkeMelahni Ake is the founder of Everyday Leaders, a Certified Mentorship Level John Maxwell Team Leadership Coach, speaker and trainer, WHY Institute Consultant, Author, Leadership Podcast Host, Past Disney-Cast Member, Leader/Daily Devotionals. 

Ake is the Co-Author of Mentoring Moments. In Voices for Leadership, she will be sharing her insight on learning to love the voice inside of you. 

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Chris Allen

With over 20 years of experience in rapidly growing organizations, Chris has developed an ability to build culture and develop leaders. This experience is now helping others through Always About People, his vibrant consulting and coaching practice.

Voices for Leadership will be Allen’s first book. He intends to share “The Most Vital Leadership Ritual.” Illuminating the data to affirm the increasing displeasure of employees with their employers. There is no greater way to meet the desires and needs of people than through a regularly executed one-on-one.

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Ulunda Baker

Ulunda Baker is a Sr. Director in Corporate America and a CEO of a nonprofit organization called, Serve Unity Outreach. She’s been a leader in both business and community for over 15 years. Ulunda resides in Charlotte, NC, with her husband and 3 sons. 

This will be Ulunda’s second publication. Her first work was Under the Order: Anchored In Hope During Uncharted Times. In Voices For Leadership, Mrs. Baker plans to share about the importance of Leaders focusing on self-care and why that’s important to avoid burnout. 

Ulunda also serves as a Board of Directors member for the Community Shelter of Union County, NC, and a Chrisitan School.

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Hayward Bell

Hayward Bell is a corporate leader with decades of experience in Fortune 500 companies, working in and outside the USA. Formally educated in accounting and finance with a MBA, Bell enjoyed careers as a financial executive and Global Chief Diversity Officer.

This will be Mr. Bell’s second book. He first published Leading Diversity – A Sisyphean Task. In Voices for Leadership book, Hayward will share his perspective on why in leadership- diversity, equity and inclusion efforts fail. In addition, the ten areas that leaders must pay attention to in order to improve their odds for successful DEI efforts.

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Eric Bibel

Eric Bibel Eric is a team leader for The Bibel Team at Neo Home Loans. He and his team are striving to reshape the perception of the mortgage process through consumer education and communication. Ranked in the top 1% nationally, they deliver an unmatched experience.  

Although, this book will be Bibel’s first publication, Eric will share about “Building the right team and how to identify strengths in team members and how to build upon those strengths,” in Voices for Leadership. 

Eric has many accomplishments and credits like a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from California State University at San Marcos. His company is the top one-percent of mortgage originators nationally, years 2018, 2019, 2020. Also, recognized as the Top 5 Individual Mortgage Originators, Celebrity Home Loans, 2021. 

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Dr. Nadine Binder

Nadine Binder, PhD, is a German trainer and coach who is passionate about providing clients with proven tools to realize their full leadership potential, actively maintain their well-being, and connect deeply with their true selves and with others. Dr. Nadine Binder has a PhD in Psychology, she’s a Certified trainer in adult education, Trained Co-Active coach, Certified Senior Facilitator of Personal Leadership. Additionally, Binder is a Leadership trainer and coach with 7+ years of experience, and Lecturer in cross-cultural management and intercultural business communication.

Nadine is an accomplished author having been featured in Chapter in “Intercultural Competence in Higher Education” (editors: D. K. Deardorff, L. A. Arasaratnam-Smith, Routledge, 2017); academic papers in different journals (latest publication is “Teaching cultural intelligence for a VUCA world” published in 2021 in European Journal of Cross-Cultural Competence and Management); chapter on online learning design and facilitation currently in press (in German); chapter on experiential learning methodology for transcultural competence development in preparation. Binder plans to share her voice in Voices for Leadership with a chapter on Beyond Culture – Leadership in a Globalized, Complex World. This chapter explores how leaders can move beyond traditional notions of culture to connect and collaborate meaningfully and constructively with others, based on the idea of transculturality. 

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Ann Bowers-Evangelista is a business psychologist, executive coach, and Ironman athlete with a passion for building endurance leadership – the mindset, behaviors, and supports that leaders need to lead effectively for decades!

In Voices for Leadership, Ann will share her voice on Endurance Leadership. A much-needed concept for today’s leaders, as they manage unprecedented levels of stress and burnout. She will present the Endurance Leadership model, along with practical implementation strategies for success. 

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Mikel Bowman

Mikel Bowman is the President of Bowman Legacies, a consultancy that focuses on Leadership Development, Organizational Culture, Image/Brand Consulting, and living the balance of life to grow your business and career. 

In Voices For Leadership, Bowman will be sharing the necessary steps of choice behind being a great leader. This will be Bowman’s second book. 

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Carlos Cody

Carlos Cody is a leader with a mission to help others reach their potential. He accomplishes this through inspiring, motivating, and empowering others through personal development.  Cody has an MBA, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, Project Management Certification, and Change Agent Certification. 

In Voices For Leadership, Cody will share more about Leadership and Personal Growth. This will be Cody’s second publication. His first was Proverbial Success: Leading Yourself Towards Success. 

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Brian Covey

Brian is a VP at LoanDepot, an Author, a Top-Rated Podcast Host, Creative Disruptor and recognized as a top leader. How do you go from pro soccer player to VP of one of the largest mortgage companies in America – more importantly what did he learn. His notable accomplishments and credentials are being on the Forbes Real Estate Council, Fogelman College of Business and Economics, and having successfully recruited, built and leading a mortgage sales team from $250m to $2.5b in <4 yrs.

Covey is a published author of “Conversations with Covey.” In Voices For Leadership, he will be sharing How To Disrupt & Dominate. 

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Jason Cutter

Jason Cutter, CEO of Cutter Consulting Group, is an author, podcaster, consultant/advisory, and trainer – and sees himself as a sales success architect for companies and individuals. His focus is on helping people sell with Authentic Persuasion.

Voices for Leadership will be Mr. Cutter’s second publication, and he plans to write about leadership versus managing, and leading with Authentic Persuasion. His first book is titled “Selling With Authentic Persuasion: Transform from Order Taker to Quota Breaker.”

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Wes Dove

He has studied leadership and communication for over 20 years and applies these learned experiences to every aspect of his life. Wes is a carpenter and press operator who’s now written nearly 100 hours of content for leaders across the country. 

In Voices For Leadership, he will share about Servant Leadership from a perspective of truly serving based on what people need rather than they perceive they need. This involves relationship building and understanding their behavioral style.

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Joe Dutkiewicz

Joe Dutkiewicz with his Crayon Leadership and Flourish Secrets develops more caring, compassionate, and others-lifting leaders. Clients acclaim higher clarity, obstacle-busting, and intentional steps reached faster in transforming their performance. 

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Ty Evans

Tyzer Evans, a husband, father, and Regional VP for an insurance company believes deeply in personal development, helping others, and living a life filled with gratitude. 

In the book, Voices For Leadership, Evans will share more about building a culture of success and provide learned experience of turning a failing sales team around. 

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Brian Gallagher

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Sean GibsonSean Gibson is the President and Founder of Christ Worker Ministries. He is preparing tomorrow’s leaders by helping them become the best workers for today by using Biblical concepts to address the in and out’s of the corporate world.

In Voices for Leadership, Gibson will share more about “Understanding the Ethos of your work life and leadership style.” He will draw from his extensive experience and education. Gibson has a B.S. in Communications from Southeastern University. He is a Certified Life and Career Coach, and a DISC Behavior Certified Trainer. 

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Enrique Acosta Gonzalez

Enrique Acosta Gonzalez is a man of God, husband and father of 6. Gonzalez is the CEO of Triad Leadership Solutions, a 26 year Navy veteran, and a John Maxwell Coach/Trainer/Speaker. He is a servant leader that focuses on getting leaders and leadership back on track.

Voices for Leadership will be Mr. Gonzalez’s first book and he plans to share How To Get Out of SucKcessful Leadership. Gonzalez attributes his successful leadership to being JMT certified, as well as being currently in Masters Program for Organizational leadership. He is CPO certified with Institute for Project Management. 2021 Top Global Thought Leader (People Hum). 

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Glenn Gonzales

Prior to forming Jet It, Glenn provided transportation solutions as the Regional Sales Manager for the Eastern United States for Honda Aircraft Company. In this role, Glenn developed and executed a sales, communication, marketing business plan, and strategy to sell Honda’s first venture into aviation, the $5M+ HondaJet.

Preceding his efforts with Honda Aircraft Company, Glenn performed a sales support role as an International Demonstration Captain for Gulfstream Aerospace Company. Glenn began his career in the USAF as a T-38A Instructor Pilot and his military career culminated as an F-15C Flight Commander and 4-Ship Flight Lead. Glenn also participated as an active member of the US Embassy Kyrgyz Republic Country Team while deployed during OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM.

Mr. Gonzales has MBA from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, and a Masters in Aeronautical Sciences from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He completed his undergraduate studies at the United States Air Force Academy earning a B.S. degree in Behavioral Sciences with a concentration in Human Factors Engineering.

In the community, Gonzales has served as a spokesman for Make a Wish, founded a military community outreach organization, The 71st Fighter Squadron Iron Foundation, and served as Program Coordinator for Special Olympics Area 22 regional competition. He has spoken at countless universities, corporations, primary schools and community organizations sharing his career experiences, and the business of private aviation.

Mr. Gonzales is a Lieutenant Colonel in the USAF Reserves, and is married to his wife of 15 years, the former Tanika Archer. Their two daughters, Kearston and Kendall are classically trained musicians who have performed as a violin and cello duo for numerous private, philanthropic, community, political, and government events throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia.

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Stephanie Hoskins

Stephanie Hoskins is a business owner, wife and mother living in Central Florida. She founded Good Intents Marketing  with the hopes of serving nonprofits that lacked the resources or manpower to leverage data analytics to drive more intentional results for their missions. She is a former NCAA Division I Swimmer for the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she earned her Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts. Since graduating in 2005, she has developed a passion for  Search Engine Optimization and helping nonprofits secure the Google Ads Grant. She has certifications from University of California, Davis in SEO and a Food & Health Certificate from Stanford Medicine.

Voices for Leadership will be Hoskins’s first publication. She intends to share her voice and personal experience surrounding “Reforming Mental Health For Leaders: Overcoming life mistakes, Reigniting your purpose, and Discovering your passion along the way.”

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Gary Kooper

Gary Kooper is a husband, father of four, and a 30 year veteran of a global consumer & industrial manufacturing organization. Kooper is the Founder of Kooper Leadership Academy focusing on high performance coaching, leadership training, and development.

Voices for Leadership, will be Kooper’s first publication. Gary plans to write about The High Performance Leadership Trifecta: Time – Great Equalizer; Focus – Do Simple Better; Effort – Power is in You. Three areas for high performance leadership.

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Kate LakeKate is a former corporate, government, and small business employee who became a small business owner in 2015. Her journey has required faith, determination, and high doses of courage as she serves the local business community in new ways every day.

This will be Kate’s first publication. Here contribution “Own a Business? You ARE a Leader!” Examines how whether you are a solopreneur or have one to 100 employees, you are immediately promoted to a leadership role the moment you start your business.  

Lake has a M.B.A. from Florida Southern College and a B.S./B.A. and A.A.S. from Robert Morris University.

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Gina Lokken

Gina Lokken is a Professional Coach, Speaker, and Trainer specializing in strengths-based leadership & team coaching.

This will be Gina’s first book. In Voices for Leadership, she will share more about “When you know who you are, you get results.” Lokken, shares in order for us to live and lead with excellence (personally and professionally) we must not only have a solid understanding of who we are now, but also of who we are becoming – identity, design & impact.

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Bill MasonBill Mason is an Executive Leadership Coach, ICF ACC. Bill is CEO/Founder of Rocket Fuel Coach, specializing in taking small business teams from Good to Great! Helping leaders reduce conflict, gain awareness, and lead courageously!

In Voices For Leadership, Bill will be sharing his passion for mentoring. Since he has over 30 years of experience mentoring leaders and teams, we cannot wait to learn more about his insight and expertise on this subject. 

Recognition and Credits: CEO/Founder Rocket Fuel Coach, LLC, Executive Coach, WeAlign Coaching, LLC BA, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Certified Professional, Leadership Coach (CPLC), PCCI Associate Certified Coach (ACC), International Coaching Federation (ICF) Birkman’s Professional, Birkman’s International Clifton’s Strengths Champion, PCCI, Dual Engine Rotary Wing Professional Pilot, US Army

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Sheryl MaysSheryl Mays is a Chief Experience Officer, Author, International Speaker and On-Air Personality. The President of Rise and Shine Consulting and Coaching Firm, she provides consulting services and training for individuals, teams and organizations.

Voices for Leadership will be Mays’s second published book, and she plans to share Values Based Leadership: leading with Influence. When a leader continuously seeks improvement through self reflection, he can ask for continuous improvement by empowering others. Her first book can be found here, Silencing the Chatter Monsters: Move Beyond Your Fear. 

Sheryl has a BS in Business Administration, and is a  Certified Jack Canfield Trainer, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Neuro-Linguistic Programmer, Certified Change Management, with over 20 years in leadership. 

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Mark McCatty

Mark McCatty is a highly effective Organizational Development Consultant / Trainer who has extensive experience in operations and team management. Mark has helped numerous organizations meet the challenges of creating high-involvement work environments.

In the book, Voices For Leadership, Mark will share his expertise on training and consulting for leadership and team development. Primarily focusing the chapter on developing and growing teams. Mark is an expert at helping leaders develop effective teams, that accomplish goals, without drama.

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Kelvin McCree

Dr. Kelvin McCree is a globally recognized thought leader, 6 x author, international speaker on change management, mental agility and cultivating an agile workforce. His work is focused on helping teams to thrive in the midst of disruption.

This will be Dr. McCree’s seventh publication, where he intends to share his voice on The Role and Impact of Authentic Leadership. McCree has 6 books penned: The Pivot, Audacious Authenticity, Navigating Defining Moments, Packaged for Greatness, The Chemistry of God’s Anointing, and Pathways to Purpose. 

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Dr. Kim Moore

Dr. Kim Moore is an Executive Director for The John Maxwell Team, DISC Consultant, and certified Youth Facilitator. Dr.Moore is certified to coach, speak and train in the areas of leadership development, professional skills, and personal growth. Dr. Kim Moore is a retired U.S. Army Chemical Corps Officer. Dr. Moore started her second career in education as a science teacher. She has held various leadership positions throughout her 20-year educational career. Kim is passionate about leadership and education, and her philosophy is to lead by example.

This will be Dr. Moore’s first publication. She plans to share her voice on “Leading in Times of Crisis – Leaders face challenges every day.” While most crises
are minor and leaders can respond quickly based on previous experiences, there 
will be times when leaders must step into unknown territory.

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Marques Ogden

Marques Ogden was drafted into the NFL as an offensive lineman but after 5 years of playing in the league, he decided to retire and pursue a career in construction and contracting. At the age 27, Marques founded his own construction company.

In Voices For Leadership, Mr. Ogden will share about leadership. His first publication is “Sleepless Nights, The Success Cycle.” 

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Kelly Owens

Kelly Owens is currently leading a team as a procurement manager in the automotive industry. While having this full time career, she has started her own business doing leadership training and coaching. Mrs. Owens has previous experience in nonprofit work as well.

Voices For Leadership will be Mrs. Owens first publication where she intends to share more about becoming the kind of leader that team members welcome feedback.   

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Jeremy Solomons

Jeremy Solomons a UK-educated, US-naturalized and Rwanda-based independent consultant, coach, facilitator, trainer and writer with a Global South perspective. Jeremy writes two regular columns on “Leading Rwanda” and “Letter from Kigali” for the New Times of Rwanda. Solomons co-wrote a chapter in the 1999 Coaching for Leadership book, edited by Marshall Goldsmith et al.

In the book Voices for Leadership, Jeremy plans to write about “The New Face of Leadership from a Global South Perspective.” He will explore traditional African values – such as Ubuntu, Sawubona and Umuganda – and how they inform a new kind of truly global leadership.

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David Thuku

David Thuku is an executive coach and leadership development facilitator who is passionate about catalysing a positive impact in Africa through ethical and impactful leadership at individual, organisational and community level.

In the Voices for Leadership book, Thuku will share a perspective of leadership through an African lens: adopting stories as an avenue of positively influencing people towards a common objective. This is an avenue borrowed from traditional Africa – adapted for the current times and reality. 

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Dr. Lisa Walker

Dr. Lisa Walker was born and raised in Jamaica from humble beginnings, privileged with opportunities to attend some great schools. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has two adult children. She enjoys gardening, creating feasts, and adventure travels. Dr. Walker has her PhD in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a Certified Executive Coach from Columbia University, a Master Certified Coach from the International Coach Federation, Certified Stakeholder Centered Coach, Certified Team Coach, Collaborative Law Facilitator, and Certified Mediator. 

In Voices for Leadership, Dr. Walker shares Leading Beyond Your Limits: The Art & Science of Driving Results and Caring For Your People. This will be Dr. Walker’s second book. 

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John Whaley

John Whaley, has been assisting leaders for more than 35 years, to grow the business revenue, profits, or ROI. Serving those that seek to avoid the actions that merely expand costs and increase overhead is John’s true calling. He will bring your vision to reality.

In Voices For Leadership, John Whaley will be sharing how to lead the growth of an organization one project at a time. Encouraging leaders to discover the power of leading a smarter organization or business. 

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Whitnie WileyDr. Whitnie Wiley is an award-winning #1 International Bestselling Author, in-demand consultant, coach, speaker, and trainer. She shares wisdom from her and client’s experiences with grace, humility, and humor to drive change in today’s business world.  Wiley has received her Masters from Saint Joseph’s University in Organizational Development and Leadership; her Bachelor’s from University of San Francisco, a Juris Doctorate from Alliant International University at San Francisco Law School. Whitnie is also a Jack Canfield Certified Success Principles Trainer and SkillPath Certified Trainer.  

In the book, Voices for Leadership Wiley will share You, then Them; Them, then you, a concept of while we are all leaders, we don’t necessarily lead well. The way to lead better is to be better, and that means learning and growing. Wiley has authored The Fearless Entrepreneurs: Fear Less, Be More; Invisible No More, Invincible Forever More; 1 Habit For The World’s Greatest Leaders; Women Who Empower; The SmartFem Guide for Entrepreneurs; 1 Habit for Entrepreneurial Success; How To Be Crazy Amazing During Difficult Times; 1 Habit for A Thriving Home Office; 1 Habit for Success: SmartFem Summit Special Edition; TAG Talks Volume 1. 

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Sheba Wilson is a Radio Talk Show and Podcast Host of She Will Lead. Wilson is an Human Resources Director for a luxury hotel group, an Executive Director of the John Maxwell Team, International Speaker, Corporate Trainer, and Leadership Coach. Sheba is a mother to four and widow. 

This will be Sheba’s first book and she plans to contribute her voice on Overcoming Adversity, Birthing Purpose Through Pain, and Leadership Lessons from Loss. 

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