Authors for Voices For Leadership, Vol. 2

Chip Baker

Chip Baker is a fourth-generation educator. He has been a teacher/coach for over twenty-four years. He is a multiple-time best-selling Author, YouTuber/Podcaster, Transformational Speaker, and Life Coach.  Chip Baker is the creator of the YouTube channel/podcast “Chip Baker – The Success Chronicles” where he interviews people from all walks of life and shares their stories for positive inspiration and motivation.  Live. Learn. Serve. Inspire. Go get it! 

Baker is a published author of many books:  Growing Through Your Go Through, Effective Conversation to Ignite Relationships, Suited For Success Vol. 2, The Formula Chart for Life, The Impact of Influence R.O.C.K., Solid The Impact of Influence Vol. 2, Kids Book- Stay On The Right P.A.T.H., The Impact of Influence Vol. 3, The Impact of Influence Vol. 4, Black Men Love, The Impact of Influence Vol. 5, Concrete Connections, and The Impact of Influence Vol. 6.

Baker has a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology/Special Education and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership.

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Ryan Batchelor

Military pilot and acquisition expert with multiple leadership roles leading joint military/civilian organizations over the last 10 years. Married with 9 kids and living in St Louis, Missouri area.

Batchelor holds the following degrees &/or credentials: Civil Engineering Bachelors and Aerospace Engineering Masters Completed NAVAIR Leadership Development Program Certified facilitator for Working Genius (Patrick Lencioni) Trained facilitator for Change Your World (John Maxwell) Acquisition certificates in Program Management, Engineering, and Production, Quality, and Manufacturing.

Ela Bijlani

Ela Bijlani is an experienced Executive Coach with an extensive background in business and leadership.

She holds a B.A in Accounting from Florida Atlantic University. She is also a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant.

Her experience spans most industries, including technology, accounting, finance, legal, healthcare, manufacturing, and others. She enjoys partnering with executives at all levels of management in developing leadership and business strategies and adding value to them.

With nearly 20 years of experience across a broad range of financial and corporate functions working in senior positions, Ela understands strategy, operations, and functional roles.

Her coaching and training powerfully combine her business acumen, expertise, empathy, and clarity. She holds a certification in DISC behavior style methodology (Maxwell DISC) designed to improve communication, expand relationships, and create a common understanding in organizations. She is also certified in Emotional Intelligence assessment EQi 2.0 and EQ 360, helping managers to develop their emotional intelligence in order to improve performance.

Ela has participated in several leadership initiatives, including teaching values-based leadership to educational, government, and other organizations in Panama to develop stronger values and social change.

Ela holds an Associate Certified Coach designation through the International Coaching Federation.

She is a certified graduate of the Professional Coaching Program at the University of Miami (PCC level) and a Maxwell Certified Coach, Trainer & Speaker.


International Coaching Federation Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
Maxwell Certified Leadership Coach, Trainer, Speaker
Certified Professional Coach (University of Miami- PCC level)
Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coach
Maxwell DISC consultant
Emotional Intelligence EQi 2.0 & EQ360
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)
Member of International Coach Federation
Member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. (AICPA)

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Chipo Chikomo Author Voices For Leadership Volume 2Chipo Chikomo is a leading social entrepreneur whose vision is to revolutionize the feminine hygiene industry in Zimbabwe. She is the CEO of Earth’s Child Co. a for profit business which manufactures washable pads and distributes menstrual cups. She is also the founder of Nhanga Trust a social enterprise which ensures schoolgirls in rural areas and female prison inmates have access to menstrual products.

She has excellent skills in creating strategic partnerships. Her partnerships include Days for Girls International USA, Saalt Menstrual Cup Co, Real Relief Denmark, SHE Pads USA, Lena Cups USA and Zimbabwe Prison Services. Her clientele include the Australian Embassy, Nandos among many others. In 2013 she received a full scholarship in Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship by kanthari Institute in India. Kanthari Institute was founded by world renowned Sabriye Tenberken who is a 2005 Noble Peace Prize Nominee.

In 2015 she was the only female amongst five USADF grant competition winners in Zimbabwe. Chipo was part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship 2016 a flagship program by President Barak Obama. She participated in the Business and Entrepreneurship track at the University of Iowa in USA. Chipo holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Psychology and Sociology from Africa University; she was featured in the 25th Silver Jubilee Anniversary Newsletter 2017 (Special Edition). In 2018 she was one of the Green Innovation Youth winners in Zimbabwe and went on to win the Best Eco-innovation in Zimbabwe 2019 by the Environmental Management Agency of Zimbabwe. She was profiled in the inaugural Founding Book of 100 young women under 40yrs in Zimbabwe in 2021. She was the only woman to win the Value Creation Challenge by Old Mutual in 2021 she did her final pitch while nine months pregnant and a couple of hours before giving birth to a bouncing baby boy. She is currently part of the inaugural Next She Exporter Program by Zimtrade.

Chikomo has the following degrees &/or credentials: Asia Pacific Institute of Coaching Online (2014 to date) Certified Business Coaching Training Online Green Innovation Bootcamp (2018) Entrepreneurship Training University of Iowa | Iowa City, Iowa, USA (June-July 2016) Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Business and Entrepreneurship Track Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp – US Embassy (March 2015 –August 2015) Social Entrepreneurship Kanthari institute, Trivandrum, India (December 2013) Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship Training Africa University | Mutare, Zimbabwe (May 2005) Bachelor of Social Sciences / Psychology and Sociology, Next She Exporter –Zimtrade (current), Gumiguru Achievers Award (Jul, 2022), Founding book of 100 young women in Zimbabwe under 40 years (Sept, 2021), Value Creation Challenge Old Mutual Sept, (2021), Best Eco-innovation Zimbabwe –Environmental Management Agency of Zimbabwe (Dec 2019), Green Innovation Zimbabwe Youth Winner (UNICEF, SNV, The Swedish Embassy) (2018), Elegant Grind-Young Women Re-Imagining the Future Speaker Award (Sept, 2017), Africa University Special Edition 25th Anniversary Featured Alumni (Apr. 2017), United States African Development Foundation (USADF) Grant Award (Aug. 2015), Braille without Borders Switzerland Foundation Grant Award (Dec. 2013),  Kanthari India Leadership Training Scholarship (May, 2013)


Nicky Cuesta Voices for Leadership Volume 2 AuthorNicky Cuesta got her first big break back in 2006 with no experience in healthcare and immediately got to work on building her foundation from day one. What sets Nicky apart is her patience to really dive deep with her community to identify and create simple systems to create their success. Nicky did it for herself in less than 2 years because of the mind shift.

Cuesta has the following degrees &/or credentials: Professional Life Coach Certification, Life Purpose Coach Certification, Goal Success Life Coach Certification, Happiness Life Coach Certification,  Confidence Life Coach Certification, Master Life Coach Certification, Associates in Health Information Technology. Previously published works: Building A Leadership Mindset and 13 Mindsets to Give Yourself “Permission to Succeed”

Jason Cutter

Jason Cutter, CEO of Cutter Consulting Group, is a mindset and scalability expert focused on developing Authentic Persuaders®. Even though his bachelor’s degree is in Marine Biology, he knows what it takes to be successful in sales and build profitable teams. His books, podcasts, training workshops and speaking are focused on helping sales professionals close more deals, make more money, and produce scalable results.

Cutter has an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University, a BA Marine Biology – UC Santa Cruz. He’s eSpeakers Certified Virtual Presenter and a National Speakers Association Member.

Jason’s published works, Selling With Authentic Persuasion: Transform from Order Taker to Quota Breaker. Reasons NOT To Focus On The Sales Experience.

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Joe Author Voices For Leadership Volume 2

Joe Dutkiewicz is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Crayon Leadership LLC, strategizing with and developing mid-tier and senior level business professionals and their teams to better communicate within a unified leadership values culture. Joe held positions from customer-facing through senior levels in financial service and non-profit organizations over 30 years, leading and developing teams to think in new ways and to become “level four” leaders effectively developing other leaders. Joe has been personally certified and mentored by John C. Maxwell, the number one leadership statesman in the world and is a Mentorship level member of the Maxwell Leadership Team certified to speak, coach and teach in the Maxwell Methods framework. Joe is on the teaching faculty for the Empowerment Mentoring framework, helping people learn the skills and techniques necessary to live empowered fulfilled lives. Joe has been approved as a Customer Driven Leadership Model Implementer. As an Implementer Joe works with people across the organization to instill winning entrepreneurial, customer-data-driven, servant leadership principles aligned with the organization’s vision and values. Joe was selected in 2013 to join John C. Maxwell and 150 of Joe’s peer Mentorship Team Leadership Coaches in a Country Cultural Transformation event in Guatemala, where more than 15,000 Guatemalan leaders learned good leadership skills and values and were trained as “La Transformación Está En Mí” small table facilitators going on to influence over 200,000 leaders through their own tables of transformation. Joe continues his cultural transformational work by leading and facilitating Maxwell Leadership Foundation “Change Your World” (CYW) Values and Action Tables helping people around the world learn the values to change their world and then go on to become facilitators to lead their own public and private tables. Joe was recognized as a 2021 CYW Champions Nominee for his leadership in the transformation program. Among Joe’s published content, Joe is a Founding Contributing Author in the book series, Voices For Leadership, and returning in 2023 in Vol II. 

Dutkiewicz’s credentials include: Bachelor of Arts in Pre-Law: Majors in Humanity, Philosophy, and Political Science, Michigan State University Master of Business Administration with Specialty in Financial Administration, Grand Valley State University Prosci Change Management Certification Program John Maxwell Team Certified Coach, Teacher and Speaker Empowerment Mentoring Teaching Faculty Change Your World Tables Facilitator. 

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Jacklyn Griffin

Dr. Jacklyn Griffin has over 17 years in nursing and over 9 years as a nurse practitioner. She is currently the director of clinical operations of a multicampus ambulatory cancer center. Dr. Griffin oversees value-based care initiatives to improve efficiency and maximize the quality of patient care. The shift from fee-for-service to value-based models ensures the patient is the center of the healthcare mission. Healthcare delivery is evolving and we are witnessing a change that will require dynamic leaders who can embrace such change. What sets Dr. Griffin apart from other leaders in her profession is the ability to say that she has sat in the seat as a patient, daughter, and mother. It is through grief and joy that she has a unique perspective that has shaped who she is as a person, provider, and most importantly a nurse.

Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Vanderbilt University, Master of Science in Nursing from Madonna University, Bachelor of Science with a major in nursing from Western Michigan University, Board Certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Practice Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse

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Daniel Hammond

Daniel is a U.S. Army/Army Reserve combat veteran, paratrooper, and expert interrogation instructor and course developer. He is also an expert in two Cyber Security disciplines, Cyber Threat Intelligence and Cyber Exercises. He spent over 5 years living in Honduras, working as a General Manager of a top-tier Physical Security company with over 400 employees, coordinating imports/experts in the textile industry, and as a Open Water SCUBA Instructor. He owns/leads four companies. Customer Driven Leadership LLC which creates self-evolving organizations through a servant leadership entrepreneurial problem-solving operating system. Ethereal Rodent Cyber Consulting is a company that delivers best-in-class cyber exercises to Senior and Executive Leadership teams (fire drills for networks). HP Teams LLC helps assess organizations for High-Performing Teamwork and their assessments help leadership get the right help in the right areas from professional trainers and coaches based on the results of the assessment (it also tracks the effectiveness of the training). Cyber Exercise Association is a non-profit focused on Cyber Security education. Daniel is a member of the Maxwell Leadership Certified Program and has delivered country transformation with John Maxwell and the team in the Dominican Republic. Daniel also has a strong network in Central America, especially with the Episcopal Bishops of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Daniel has served on and led the board at his church and was a leader of a large capital campaign. He has also helped raise $235k to build a nursing school and clinic in Central Honduras. Daniel has worked with Cabinet/Minister-level officials in four countries in four completely different job roles.

Hammond has published the following books: Customer Driven Leadership Legacy Edition, Customer Driven Leadership Implementation Guidebook, Success Secrets of Disruptors. His credentials include Maxwell Leadership (Mentorship), Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP), Combat Veteran Expert Army Instructor (also Small Group Instructor), PADI Open Water SCUBA Instructor (OWSI), Strategic Coach 10x Ambition Member. 

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. Stephanie returns as a contributing author to Voices for Leadership Volume II. 

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Michael Kanaby

Update to the existing BIO:

Michael has over 30 years of leadership experience, from being a combat arms squad leader in the United States Army to leading a $1.5 Billion division of a publicly traded company. Through these experiences, he has learned the key to overcoming failures and gaining success as a leader is to build teams that value honesty, have empathy for each other, and communicate effectively. Michael now shares these experiences as a Managing Partner for Profitability Works Inc., helping construction companies to re-align culture, re-engineer execution, and improve results.

Experienced and engaging facilitator for training programs, workshops, and speaking engagements; Michael also holds a BA in Organizational Development, a Masters in Business Administration, a Graduate Certificate in Project Management, and completed the Executive Education Program at the Wharton School of Business. Michael is also a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (CLSBB) and a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Kanaby has received the following education and credentials: Bachelor of Arts Organizational Development, Masters Business Administration, Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (CLSBB), Project Management Professional (PMP), Graduate Certificate in Project Management, Executive Education Program Wharton School of Business.


Velma Knowles

Velma Knowles is the President of Leaders Pathway, a bestselling author, leadership expert, certified Gallup Strengths Coach, and host of her own video/podcast show, “Your Leadership Chat.”

Knowles is the Author of “The Valuable Leader: 7 Steps to Greater Growth Value and Influence”

Knowles has her Master in Business Administration (MBA). She is a Wharton School of Business, Graduate and Dale Carnegie Graduate. Also she is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach, Appreciation At Work Certified Facilitator, DISC, EQ and Conflict Management Certified Facilitator, a Maxwell Leadership Certified Team Member, and Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)

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Gary Kooper

Gary brings with him 33 years in the Industrial and Consumer packaging industry leading multiple world class business functions and teams for one of the largest packaging companies in the world. Throughout his tenure, Gary and his teams were able to bring about world-class operational improvements as well as meet the needs of the most demanding consumer and industrial packaging organizations in the world. His relentless focus on details and the pursuit of excellence would earn him Director roles leading some of the most talented manufacturing leaders in the industry. Gary’s various roles provided him the opportunity to travel the globe, spending time in over 150 factories, training, developing, and building his teams. His experiences range from leadership development, coaching, key-note speaker, and team building.

This will be Kooper’s second book with his first being a Volume I contributor. 

Todd Kuckkahn

Todd Kuckkahn is on a mission to revolutionize company culture and leadership by adding more value to others than he receives through his faith. His primary means of doing this is through his 5-Step Mindshift Road Map.

This will be Kuckkahn’s first publication. Todd has the following credentials: Bachelors of Science-Education Masters of Science-Education DISC certified DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion) certified Maxwell Leadership certified speaker, coach, trainer, teacher. 

Robert King Levy IIIRobert Levy has been an entrepreneur and leader in his chosen fields from early on in his childhood. From Selling lemonade and art door to door. As an adult Robert has experience in, Coaching and training swimming athletes and leading sales teams. During his Early adulthood Robert developed a renowned swimming program in southwest Houston of over 300 members and 20 staff. Roberts influence and training helped athletes qualify for collegiate level teams and Olympic trials.

His love of coaching , mentoring and training has transpired into insurance services Elite Benefits Group and a charitable foundation The Holiday Soiree. The Holiday Soiree brings the arts, armed forces , celebrities and community together to celebrate love, life and giving back to Children’s charities. Roberts Employee Benefits Firm lite benefits Group, built from ground up Serves Texas and Florida. He and his team teach employers how to enhance benefits and create cost savings strategies , to attract and retain quality talent and to be they can be the best for their employees. Robert believe his success not only comes from perseverance and dedication to his mission but showing up to be the light and act with grace no matter the situation.

This will be Levy’s first publication. 

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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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Dennis OdishoDennis Odisho is a compassionate, forward thinking leader with 25 years worth of hands-on and operational experience in the construction industry.

His credentials include: Education Purdue University, Bachelor’s Degree Licenses, Certifications, and Software Programs CTQP Asphalt Paving Level I Florida D.O.T.) Certification CTQP Asphalt Paving Level II (Florida D.O.T.) Certification Florida Storm Water and Erosion Control (Florida D.O.T.) Certification Troxler Radiation (Florida D.O.T.) Certification Advanced Maintenance of Traffic (Florida D.O.T.) Certification Pelco Video Security Institute CM 9700 Advanced Installation Certification Honeywell Alpha Technology Enterprise Installation Certification Verint SmartSight Digital Installation Certification Microsoft Excel Certification Microsoft Access Certification Microsoft Word Certification Microsoft Project 2013 Certification Hazard Communication Certification NCS Defensive Driving Certification OSHA 30 Hour Safety Certification Wal-Mart Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan Compliance Certification Wal-Mart Superintendent and Project Manager Construction Training American Red Cross CPR-AED/First Aid Bloodborne Pathogen Training Textura Pay Application Software Bluebeam Software BIM 360 Field Software Procore Construction Management Software Viewpoint Accounting Software Organizations AdventHealth West Florida Foundation Board of Directors Lakeland Regional Health Foundation Board of Directors Everglades University Tampa Program Advisory Committee for Construction Management 2022 Commencement Address Speaker Everglades University Tampa Healthcare Experience BayCare Winter Haven Hospital BayCare Winter Haven Women’s Hospital BayCare St. Joseph’s Main Hospital BayCare St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital BayCare Morton Plant Hospital BayCare Mease Countryside Hospital BayCare Mease Dunedin Hospital BayCare St. Joseph’s North Hospital BayCare St. Joseph’s South Hospital BayCare Bartow Hospital BayCare Systems Office AdventHealth Zephyrhills Hospital AdventHealth Tampa Hospital AdventHealth Zephyrhills Hospital AdventHealth Dade City Hospital AdventHealth North Pinellas Hospital Moffitt Cancer Center Orlando Health Lakeland Regional Health Florida Heart Associates Philips Healthcare Project lists include MRI, X-Ray, Psych Holding, Linear Accelerator, USP Pharmacy Upgrade, OR, Hybrid OR, Infusion Pharmacy, Fuel Tank Replacement, Generator Replacement, Backfill, Lobby, Valve Clinic, GME, Behavioral Health, Hurricane Hardening, Cystography, Dietary, Women’s Emergency Services, Weapons Screening, Data Rooms, Cath Lab to Med Surge Wing Renovation, Lab, and more. 

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David Ousley

Raised by a single-mother, David O. learned to lead and serve at an early age. After 18 years with the #1 insurancecompany in Florida, earning two Masters’ degrees and the CPCU designation, David launched his LeadershipDevelopment company. 

Ousley published Diligent Derek in September 2022. His credentials include:

MA in Christian Ministries, MBA in Business, and currently pursuing my PhD in Organizational Leadership. I also have my CPCU which is the highest level achievement in the insurance industry. 

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Yvette Owens Voices for Leadership Volume II authorYvette is the founder of DestinySpeak Inc. She is a speaker, coach, author, and change leader building strong, healthy cultures that are inclusive of simultaneously developing the individual and organization. Teams broaden their perspectives for growth, team cohesiveness, and joint accountability. Yvette enables her clients to move beyond their current conditions and live their purpose. “Company Culture with Yvette C. Owens” is a weekly podcast where she explores the behaviors that define an organization beyond its products or services. 

Owens has the following degrees &/or credentials: Certified Change Management Professional (CCMP); Master Storyteller; Accelerated Implementation Management (AIM) Trainer; SAFe Agile Practitioner; Certified Predictive Index Partner; Commercial Underwriter focus National Accounts; M.S. Degree in Marketing. Yvette is the author of “Conquering Corporate Enemies: Mind. Personalities. Situations.” and “No Bosses Allowed, Lead To Serve & Transform.” 

Tiana PageAs a seasoned educator with 20 years of experience, Tiana has shared her classroom with students ranging from elementary, middle and high school age, as well as college level, and professionals in various industries. While she has had the pleasure of teaching over 15 different subjects and specialties, she currently focuses on assisting students in multiple countries, as they pursue a dual diploma from their country and the United States. She has been a leader in education through facilitating workshops for students and educators to promote growth in learning and growth of self. Tiana understands the need for connecting to others by connecting to ourselves and that beauty and value for inspiring relationships begins at the heart.

Page is currently writing a book and this will be her first contribution to Voices For Leadership. She has the following credentials: Bachelors of Science Criminology – The University of Tennessee Education Degree (Specialization K-8 all subjects, 9-12 Literature/Writing, Gifted, Social Sciences). 

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I am a pastor and the owner of Game Time Leadership Solutions where I inspire and equip people to know and live by inner agreements that will help them be catalyst change agents and leaders for the real and lasting purpose they were made to fulfill.

This will be Brook’s first book. Reinoehl has the following credentials: John Maxwell Certified Coach, Trainer, & Speaker Maxwell Method of DISC Consultant and Trainer Toastmaster 

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Octoryia Robinson is the Founder and CEO of Dream That Big Publishing, the author of Unraveled Potential, and the host of the podcast 7-Figure Authorpreneur. She serves as a consultant, success coach, philanthropist, motivational speaker, and nurturer of dreams. Octoryia is fully committed to helping people start up or start over, by realizing their worthiness and following their dreams. Octoryia’s goal is to help those who follow her to live, build, and value themselves both personally and professionally.

This will be Octoryia’s third publication. In 2019, she penned “Unraveled Potential”, in 2018, and “Unraveled From Fear: Transitioning Silent Quitters Into Finishers!” in 2019. 

Robinson’s credentials include 16+ combined years of business management/analysis at an executive level Six Sigma Green Belt certification in process improvement Independent Certified Coach, Teacher, and Speaker. Associate degree in Business Administration Bachelor’s degree in Marketing Master’s degree in Christian Leadership Licensed and ordained minister Various business, training, and coaching certificates.  

Vijayalakshmi S

Vijayalakshmi is an award-winning Master Coach & Mentor (MCC – ICF, MP – EMCC), with a background in Consulting, Human Resources & Law. With 3250+ hours of experience across Executive, Leadership Wellness & Conflict Coaching, she is also a Systemic & Team Coach and amongst the first in the world to earn ICF-ACTC.

she was the first recipient of the ICF India Coaching Excellence Guru Award (2022); and was ‘highly commended’ in EMCC Global Coaching Awards (2021). She served as President ICF Chennai Charter Chapter (2020-22), and Chaired the landmark ICF India Conclave (2021). She is also the Founding Volunteer Leader of CoachesForYou, an impactful probono coaching initiative that came into existence in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

She is a globally recognized speaker and speak / write on the topics of Leadership & Coaching. What sets me apart is my hands-on & lived experiences with Leadership especially in the Coaching eco-system as a respected Coach-leader.

Vijayalakshmi has contributed Chapters in published books: Reflections on Coaching – An anthology, Creative Reflective Practice, Discoveries with Coaching. 

Her Accomplishments

• Master Certified Coach (MCC) – International Coaching Federation
• EIA at Master Practitioner (MP) level – European Mentoring & Coaching Council
• Advanced Certification in Team Coaching (ACTC) – International Coaching Federation
• Harrison Assessments – Employee Development, Debriefing & Coaching
• Chair – ICF India Conclave 2021 – Coaching For Growth ITOS
• Special recognition – “Highly Commended”, EMCC Global Coaching Awards 2021
• India Specialist Mediator – Singapore International Mediation Center
• “101 Top Coaching Leaders” – Coaching Leadership Awards, World HRD Congress 2019
• SFG 1 – Strong First ; GFM L 1 – Ground Force Method
• Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations – Xavier Labour
Relations Institute, Jamshedpur, India
• B.A. LLB (Hons) – National Law School of India University, Bangalore, India


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Ana Sasmiresan is the Area Vice President with Randstad in South Florida, Founder of Transformation Through Conversations and a Live2Lead Host. Ana is the Creator of the Personal and Leadership Growth Box. She is a Certified Speaker, Trainer, Coach and Corporate Facilitator with Maxwell Leadership. She is a Behavioral Analysis Consultant using the Maxwell DISC tool and an Affiliate Facilitator with Remarkable! Ana is the Vice Chair of Services with the South Florida Manufacturers Association, and she is passionate about helping US manufacturers achieve business excellence to continue to invent and produce the products that improve our lives. Ana’s mission is to help people sync their dreams to actions via employment, training, coaching, mentorship and volunteering. Ana’s leadership journey of nearly 20 years compounded experiences and lessons that can add value to other leaders and teams. She believes in and practices a people-centric leadership approach grounded in deep values and focused on employee happiness and fulfillment. Ana has a passion for serving, and she contributes to organizations that help women, children, animals and business. She is an avid cook and an all-around happy and positive person. 

We’re thrilled to say this will be Sasmiresan’s first publication. 

Sean Schrader

Throughout my life, I’ve been very fortunate to be afforded different opportunities which I believe has given me a very strong understanding of how to make an impact in government, especially at a local level. Beginning in high school, I had the opportunity to serve in multiple leadership roles with the City of Clearwater, FL including the Charter Review Committee, and with the City of Largo, FL on the Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee. At the University of South Florida, I’ve been fortunate to continue my involvement by serving as the Campus Governor on the St. Petersburg Campus where I oversaw various initiatives relating to students, and served as their direct representative. Additionally, for the last year, I had the pleasure to serve as the District Office Manager for now-former United States Congressman Charlie Crist where I helped to oversee daily office activities. Although anyone can have these types of experiences, I believe what sets me apart is my strong knowledge base while still being in college, and how I’ve leveraged that in attempts to get my fellow youth peers more engaged in their communities and civic advocacy in general.


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Viren ShahViren Shah is a visionary leader and a catalyst for transformation focused on value creation for organizations and adding value to people. With 20+ years of experience in the technology industry, he has a proven track record of driving growth and innovation through the use of emerging technologies globally for top Fortune organizations such as Walmart. As a passionate advocate for delivering value to people, he is committed to leveraging technology to improve the quality of life for individuals and communities. In his current role as Chief Digital Officer, Viren leads the digital transformation efforts of GE Appliances, working closely with cross-functional teams to develop and implement cutting-edge digital strategies. Viren holds a Bachelors in Engineering and a MBA and is recognized as a thought leader in the digital space. He is passionate about mentoring the next generation of digital leaders, and regularly speaks at industry events to share insights and best practices.

This will be Shah’s first published book. 

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Brian Smith, PhD, is a seasoned management consultant with over 27 years of experience helping CEOs, entrepreneurs, managers, and employees worldwide. With a deep understanding of organizational dynamics and a passion for helping others succeed, Brian is known for his ability to inspire positive change and drive meaningful results. Over the course of his career, Brian has worked with companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500s in industries including technology, construction, and manufacturing. He is also a sought-after keynote speaker and has been featured in publications such as Fast Company and Inc. Together with his daughter, Mary Griffin, he has authored two bestselling books, Individual Influence; Find the I in Team (July 2021) and Positive Influence; Be the I in Team (April 2023), which shares how to find and be our best selves with everyone we influence.

Smith has published the following books: Individual Influence; Find the I in Team Positive Influence; Be the I in Team. He also have these credentials: BS Accounting, MS Information Management Systems, MS Occupational Safety, PhD Organizational, Psychology, Six Sigma Master Blackbelt.

Kevin SmithTop 10 Strengths: Responsibility | Arranger | Learner | Belief | Strategic | Achiever | Futuristic | Individualization | Relator | Self-Assurance Diverse Career Experiences… Education (K-12) – Teacher, Building Administrator, District Leader University – Adjunct and Assistant Professor Electronics Manufacturing – Multiple Roles – Vice President, General Manager, Order Fulfillment Manager, Engineering Manager, Production Supervisor Small Business Owner Licensed Athletic Official for 40 years Athletic Coach – Baseball, Basketball

Smith has the following published books: Doctorate Dissertation: A Diverse Approach To Effective Leadership Masters Thesis: The Effects of Student Choice on Writing Effectiveness. 

Credentials: • Doctorate in Education • Masters of Education (Building Supervision) • Bachelors of Science Degree  Business Administration • State of Indiana  Professional Educators License  Building Level Administrator License  Superintendent’s License • John Maxwell Certified Team Coach and Speaker • Gallup Strengths Certified Coach • DISC Certified Trainer and Consultant (Maxwell Leadership) • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People • Principle Centered Leadership • 4 Roles of Disciplined Execution • First Things First • Creative Problem Solving • Project/Program Management • Performance Feedback • Diversity • Empowerment • Six Sigma • Lean Manufacturing • Demand Flow Technology • Change Management 


Colin C. ThompsonColin C. Thompson is a professional speaker, founder, and CEO of Oligye Enterprises (Shanghai) a minority-owned company focused on business consulting, coaching, and training. In addition to being certificated by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), Colin is also a Certified Positive Intelligence Coach (CPQC). As a result of his consulting, training, and coaching services, individuals, teams, and organizations have developed and enhanced work and leadership skills essential for success in both personal and professional environments. By combining decades of hands-on corporate experience and the latest coaching techniques with powerful speaking delivery techniques, Colin’s clients are able to reach new levels of success when dealing with today’s most compelling personal and organizational issues. Colin graduated from Howard University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Computer Based Information Systems and in 2006 with a double concentration MBA in Supply Chain Management and E-Business Technologies.

This will be Thompson’s first book. His credentials include: Certified Scrum Master (CSM) – Scrum Alliance Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt – IBM Certified Life Coach (CLC) – International Coaching Federation Certified Positive Intelligence Coach Certified NFT Expert – Blockchain Council Certified Blockchain Consultant – IBM/Blockchain Council Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) Project Management Professional (PMP) Bachelor of Business Administration: Information System, Howard University Master of Business Administration: E-Business and Supply Chain Mgmt. 

Shawn WelshShawn Welsh is the Emergency Response Project Manager for the Haskell Company’s Business Resiliency Service. With a passion for helping others, Shawn is dedicated to helping organizations recover from disaster on their worst day. He is also a retired U.S. Army veteran with over twenty years of experience as an intelligence professional and senior leader. Shawn is the Founder and Co-Host of the VET S.O.S. Podcast, an educational podcast focused on providing a lifeline to veterans, transitioning military members, and military spouses through the sharing of information and resources about veteran support organizations and key personnel in the veteran support community who are helping our community succeed. Shawn holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of West Florida, master’s degree in administrative leadership from the University of Oklahoma, and a master’s degree in homeland security from Penn State University. Shawn is a member of Maxwell Leadership Team and is a certified resiliency trainer. Shawn lives in Jacksonville, Florida with his wife of 22 years and their two children.

Welsh has the following credentials: Bachelor’s Degree – Public Relations – University of West Florida Master’s Degree – Administrative Leadership – University of Oklahoma Maxwell Leadership Team Certified Resilience-Building Leadership Professional – Trainer. This will be Welsh’s first publication. 

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AC Wiley Voices for Leadership Volume II AuthorAC is a Leadership Coach, motivational speaker, marital arts instructor, and the author of “The Lobster’s Guide to Herding Penguins.” A retired Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army and PhD, AC and his family have experienced leadership and built relationships all over the world, lived some great stories, and brought back a unique perspective to seemingly everyday experiences. Dr. Wiley is the Executive Vice President for Team Events with Kite and Key Solutions. A tested leader, keen observer, and systems thinker, he works with up-and-coming leaders to find breakthroughs with people, processes, and perspective.

Dr. Wiley is a Retired Lieutenant Colonel, US Army Ph.D. Business Management, Leadership specialization (Capella University) MA of Organizational Leadership, Brandman University Inducted member of Delta Mu Delta 8th Degree Black Belt, IKCA Kenpo (Certified Instructor/Certified Video Instructor) Inductee, World Karate Union Hall of Fame (Class of 2018) Maxwell Leadership Certified Coach, Speaker, and Trainer Six Sigma Green Belt.

Dr. Wiley’s published book “The Lobster’s Guide to Herding Penguins: A Practical Guide to Gaining Perspective and Living the Stories Worth Telling.”




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