Luria Petrucci, the video host formerly known as Cali Lewis, is the “Tech Whisperer.” She’s the founder of Geeks Life, a lifestyle video network. Geek = Passion. Geeks Life shows focus on passions, from technology to food to music to FUN! And that’s what Luria has built her career on – having fun with technology and geeky topics, and encouraging the audience to do the same!
She has over 2 million social media followers and has represented companies like Bausch + Lomb, Samsung, Panasonic, and serves as a technology expert for TV channels across the nation. She is also quite fond of bacon.
Joe Sutton began his career at age 15 as a volunteer meteorologist at the National Weather Service. A year later, he joined CNN. Presently, he is a news editor at CNN’s National Content Center where he handles wide-ranging editorial duties, which include managing live field crews and overseeing newsgathering in the United States and Canada. He has shared two Peabody Awards, for CNN’s Gulf Oil Spill coverage and CNN’s Arab Springs coverage in the Middle East and North Africa. Joe is a native of Atlanta. He graduated from Oglethorpe University with a B.A. in Communications and a minor in Political Science.
Tiffany Sunday is a dyslexic entrepreneur, business owner, speaker, and author of You Posted What!? She has been starting businesses and developing new products since junior high school. Tiffany’s passion is entrepreneurship and inspiring individuals to pursue their dreams. Her mission is to encourage fellow dyslexics and teach entrepreneurship to dyslexic students. She speaks frequently at business and educational events, advising organizations and companies on the topics of entrepreneurship, dyslexia, and our digital.
Suzanne Smith has a deep belief that everyone is a changemaker. As a serial social entrepreneur, she strives to harness the powerful force of organizations, including nonprofits, foundations and socially responsible businesses, and individuals, especially students and young entrepreneurs, to maximize the potential of the social sector to create real, scalable impact. In 2009, Suzanne founded Social Impact Architects to reshape the business of social change. She combines her MBA know-how from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business with two decades of experience as a nonprofit innovator to serve as a consultant, advisor and thought partner. She is also an educator and highly sought-after public speaker at conferences nationwide. She authors Social TrendSpotter, one of the sector’s top blogs according to the Huffington Post and has had articles published in Forbes and Upstart.
Crystal Orren’s 22 years in the film industry include roles as a movie reviewer, film festival organizer, and positions in marketing, advertising, and public relations.
She is currently the Emerging Media & Film Exhibition Manager at Well Go USA Entertainment, shaping social media and marketing strategies, corporate communications, theatrical PR, and coordinating festival placements throughout North America.
She has been called the Fanboy Whisperer, and shares her love of film and ideas on bringing the magic of cinema to daily life through her blog, www.MakeMovieMoments.com. She recommends kettle corn, drizzled with melted butter and sprinkled with truffle salt.
Mindy Cheek is Vice President of Marketing Services at Greystone, a privately held company specializing in senior housing. She has over 17 years in sales and marketing experience, primarily in the healthcare industry. Her journey has made her a defender of family despite its structure. She believes every person has value and deserves to know that they matter. Mindy is a former foster parent, adoption advocate, wife, and mother to two sons, Casey (24) and Henry (15 months).
Kim Williams, Change Management Strategist, has 20 years of nonprofit leadership experience. She launched two start-ups and served on the merger committee for Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. Her fascination with the risks and rewards of change inspired the development of her Change Maximization Model. As CEO of Interfaith Housing Coalition, one of Dallas’ longest running transitional housing providers, Kim led the agency from declining outcomes and a deficit to local outcomes leader while raising more than $10 million in the last three years. Kim believes that leaders can change the world if they are willing to change with it.
Michelle Chesney is a 16th generation Texan who lives, eats, and breathes real estate. She is the Principal Broker and Founder of Preston Bend Properties, LLC, a boutique real estate brokerage and consulting firm. She is also the developer and owner of The Richardson Food Truck Park. Michelle is known for her creativity and vision in determining a property’s highest and best use. Most importantly, she is a mother to two very cosmopolitan children that keep her on her toes.
Mary Louise Caire
Mary Louise Caire, MD, has a relentless curiosity to find the root causes of disease. After years of practicing medicine that focused on relieving symptoms, I found a greater joy in exploring the mystery of why symptoms occur. Along the way, I have learned that living a life of health beyond our expectations is possible, and that hope is more powerful than any medicine.
Mindy Audlin is the founder and Spiritual Leader for SpiritualityToday.TV, a non-denominational ministry bringing a contemporary spiritual message to the mainstream.
Brooke Boyarsky is a 2013 Harvard Business School MBA grad, where her class was intently studied by school officials regarding gender roles. A native Texan, she returned to Dallas to work for a large, international consulting firm.
Phyllis Cole is the mother of 7-year-old triplets with 15 years of experience in publishing who currently serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager of CultureMap Dallas.
Catherine Cuellar serves as executive director of the Dallas Arts District, the largest contiguous cultural neighborhood in the United States, which serves as the world headquarters of the Global Cultural District Network.
Tammy Kling works with the homeless and gang members, through a life skills writing workshop designed for restoration of individuals and families.
Eve Mayer is the author of Get it Girl Guide to Online Dating and Sextiquette. She is a divorced Mom, a CEO and a humorist.
Karen McCrocklin is on a mission to celebrate the gift of being gay. She is a filmmaker, radio host, and community activist.
Jeff McKissack is a noted authority in the field of crime prevention with a unique background in both the psychological as well as physical aspects of personal defense.
Jacqueline Moore is a professor of history at Austin College and advocate for general education reform in the American higher education system.
Kimberly Olson opened doors for women as one of the first female pilots in the military. As a retired U.S. Colonel, author and CEO/President of Grace After Fire, an organization for women Veterans, she advocates to influence policy on behalf of thousands of women veterans.
Lamarque Polvado is the executive director of the Connections Project, which is focused on changing the way families are educated about a child’s chronic illness diagnosis, and founder of the tech startup CareStarter focused on improving the delivery of healthcare information.
Tina Slinker was a pioneer in women’s athletics as a member of the first professional women’s basketball league and now serves as Athletic Director at the Hockaday School. After experiencing loss on many levels, she talks about how to live a more powerful life in the face of adversity.
Thelma Wells broke barriers in the motivational/public speaker industry as the first Black woman in the South to organize her own international speaking and consulting company. She has more than 30 years of experience traveling around the globe talking to corporations and organizations, and developing speakers.
Bethany Williams is a personal brand expert, powerhouse speaker, published author, CEO ‘whisperer’, and healthcare IT executive, passionate about helping women find their best path as they strive to climb the corporate ladder.