Marlaine Cover, MPA – “Going, Going, Green”
Marlaine is the Creator of The Life Skills Report Card, Best Selling Author, Certified Green Coach, and Founder of the international consciousness movement Parenting 2.0. Passionate nurturing a more dynamic and compassionate Life Skills educational process for all persons, she is particularly inspired supporting young parents in accessing information essential for providing the safest possible environment for their growing children.
Tshaka Armstrong – “Cool, Calm, Connected”
Tshaka Armstrong is Co-Founder and CEO of Digital Shepherds, a non-profit organization that teaches parents, children and educators digital literacy skills essential for success in the twenty-first century. A reviewer on technology and diversity in media for Rotten Tomatoes and FOX11 in Los Angeles on foxla.com, Tshaka is also a board member of one of Los Angeles’ most innovative children’s technology organizations, L.A. Makerspace.
Curtis Gilbert – “Hire Yourself”
Curtis is a partner coach for Hire Yourself, Entrepreneurship 101 on Parenting 2.0; Facilitator for the Non-Profit STEM educational outreach 5Saturdays program, and founder of Sunsesis, a program designed to provide young people with personal self-understanding and teach critical 21st century life skills. When he’s not working on making a difference in young people’s lives, he is delivering projects for Fortune 500 companies as part of a career that spans 20 years in the IT industry.
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Kevin Henry – “The Diversity CommUnity”
Kevin has over 30 years of media experience, producing educational programs related to culture, diversity, and red-hot social issues. As Diversity Coordinator for the City of Bellevue, WA from 1994-2015, Kevin regularly coordinated and facilitated community forums and workplace trainings focusing on community engagement, cultural competence, and race and social justice issues. In addition, he wrote for numerous publications and hosted radio programs devoted to exploring issues related to diversity, while providing a platform for voices often ignored by the mainstream media. He currently lives on Oahu.
Shimi Kang MD – “Rules to Tools”
Shimi is the author of the Self-Motivated Kid and the #1 bestselling parenting book, The Dolphin Parent: A Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy, and Self-Motivated Kids. Current Medical Director for Child and Youth Mental Health for Vancouver community and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, she is the recipient of the Diamond Jubilee Medal and YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for her years of outstanding community service in health and wellness. She is also the proud mother of three amazing and exhausting children!
Jacqui Letran NP – “Got Teens?”
Jacqui is a Teen Confidence Expert, Nurse Practitioner, Award-Winning Author and Speaker with over 16 years experience in Adolescent Health. Jacqui’s book, “I would, but my DAMN MIND won’t let me! a teen’s guide to controlling their thoughts and feelings” earned the 2016 Literary Classics’ Lumen Award for best non-ficition book for young adults. Her passion is to help teens be comfortable in their own skin so they can go after what they want with confidence and courage. Jacqui lives in Asheville, NC with her husband, 3 cats, and a dog.
Starla Lewis – “The Diversity CommUnity”
Starla Lewis’ is an expert in the arena of Women and Ethnic Studies and CEO of C.E.L.L. consultancy firm. A two-time recipient of the “Bob Marley Peace” award, seven-time recipient of the Mesa College “Teacher of the Year” and one of KPBS’ Local Heroes, Starla is passionate empowering all persons with the skills essential for expressing themselves – and respecting one another – as brilliant, powerful, limitless, love.
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Sherlyn Pang Luedtke – “Getting to Done”
Sherlyn is a Best Selling Author and the Founder of PresentParentTraining.com. Her core focus is replacing stress and punishments with play and planning to create empowered families. Her book, The Mommy Advantage: How Having Kids Can Make You Happier, Healthier and Wealthier, reveals how to use personal development techniques to transform the challenges of parenthood into growth and fulfillment.
Julia Neiman, MSW – “Hire Yourself”
Julia is a best selling author, youth entrepreneurship coach, and creator of the Monetize Your Passion Blueprint program. Through more than 20 years working with disenfranchised teens, Julia experienced firsthand the life altering turn arounds achieved when teens are supported in monetizing their passions. Today she is passionate sharing these steps to entrepreneurial success with all persons.
Dr. Tiffanie Noonan – “Got Teens?”
Tiffanie is a Pediatrician, certified Parenting Coach, and founder of EPIC Parenting. As an advocate for empowering children with a strong sense of self-worth, internal motivation, and empathy, Dr. Noonan speaks and writes extensively to share her message as well as serve as Board Secretary for Parenting 2.0’s educational non-profit, The Global Presence. She lives in Charleston, SC with her husband and 2 sons.
Dr. Joanne Orlando – “Cool, Calm, Connected”
Joanne is Australia’s most well-known child-technology expert. She provides solutions on how to guide children to use technology to help them to learn, to build positive relationships, and to ensure technology is a positive part of their lives. A regular TV and radio presenter, she advises to industry (Apple, Google), education systems, and works with families. Joanne conducts her own research with children and families to make sure her information is always up to date and that her solutions work!
Shannon Ryan of The Heavy Purse – “Common Cent$”
Shannon is a Certified Financial Planner, Founder of The Heavy Purse, and popular speaker on the topic of financial literacy for families and children. Her strategies to success have been featured in the New York Times, US New and World Report, Business Insider, Money Magazine, American Profile, Good Morning America, CNBC, and numerous radio and podcast interviews.
Lionel Shipman – “Common Cent$”
Lionel is a Financial and Life Empowerment Consultant with over 20 years experience in banking and financial services. Owner of Shipman Consulting, he specializes in helping individuals of every age improve their financial literacy skills. Lionel also presents regularly for conferences, schools, panel discussions, assemblies, and other Life Skills related events.
Donna Volpitta, Ed.D. – “Rules to Tools”
Donna co-author of the book “The Resilience Formula: A Guide to proactive– Not Reactive-Parenting” and creator of the Resilient Mindset Model, and co-creator of the Nametags Education Program. She holds Board positions for One Revolution Foundation (www.one-revolution.org) and Kids Helping Kids (www.kidshelpingkidsct.org), both of which develop resilience in youth. She is an expert contributor for Understood.org and presents at workshops throughout the country.
Mitzi Weinman – “Getting to Done”
Mitzi is Founder of TimeFinder and author of It’s About Time! Transforming Chaos into Calm, A to Z. As a coach, workshop leader, professional speaker, she provides practical approaches to personal productivity – reducing the stress of procrastination and overwhelm. She has a bachelor’s degree from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and lives in Needham, MA with her husband, son and dog.
Michelle Winters – “Going, Going, Green”
Michelle Winters is an Eco-Maternity Consultant who assists parents in identifying and removing toxins in their environment. Founder also of SleepWell Sleep Solutions, and a Pediatric Sleep Consultant, she is the mother of two children and enjoys living on her mini-farm in Virginia with dogs, chickens, goats, and more.