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Andrea Samadi,  has spent the past 20 years working with students and social/emotional learning. She works with some top neuroscience researchers in the country and has developed a program to inspire student's voice, well-being, and innovation, using the most current brain research and neuroscience techniques.



Rennu Dhillon, the Founder of Genius Kids Inc. conceptualized and developed over 3,000 educational learning programs 
for children ages 0-2. Her recent development is Win With Words, an online platform focused on developing confidence
and leadership in children ages 2-12.



Wendi McKenna, DPT,  the founder of Move Play Grow. Pediatric Doctor of Physical Therapy, and Success Parenting Coach.



Kiva is a serial entrepreneur, and has been the marketer behind many transformational brands. Passionate about bringing authenticity and integrity to marketing and sales, she’s a sought after mentor, speaker and coach.



Julie Bogart is the popular voice of common sense and compassion in the homeschool community. She's the creator of the innovative writing program called Brave Writer and the popular fast-growing practice called Poetry Teatime. She home educated her five children for 17 years who are now globe-trotting adults. Julie is also the author of the best-selling book The Brave Learner and host of the popular podcast “A Brave Writer’s Life in Brief.” She enjoys running, kayaking, British tea every day, and lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.  



Mark Timm has been a serial entrepreneur and exponential thinking practitioner for nearly two decades. He has started more than a dozen companies, several of which have multiplied and been sold, and has consequently participated in several equity events. At an early age, Mark’s thinking was heavily influenced by the great Zig Ziglar. His relationship with the Ziglar family led to his partnering with them as their Executive Vice President. Mark then leveraged his passion for synergy to lead the creation of the Secret of Closing the Sale Masterclass, a joint effort with Shark Tank original Kevin Harrington and the legacy of Zig Ziglar.

Family has always been an important part of Mark’s story. He and his wife Ann are the proud parents of six teens and young adults. His own experience of dealing with entrepreneurial challenges fueled his passion for helping people balance the demands of family life and business. It caused him to think outside the box when it comes to helping families succeed. His family focus led to his own efforts to help business people win at home like they win at work and to starting Ziglar Family with a focus on empowering families to move from survival to success to significance. He is the founder of the popular Ziglar Family 7-Day Challenge that has featured voices such as Dave Ramsey, Dr. Gary Chapman, Michael and Gail Hyatt, Dr. James Dobson, Super Bowl winning coach Tony Dungy and many more. Mark’s greatest value comes from being a master collaborator who brings people together to accomplish far more than anyone imagined. His strategic vision enables him to see future possibilities and strategically position assets and systems to take full advantage of what’s next.



Dr. Karen Bluth is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Fellow at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, and a certified instructor of Mindful Self-Compassion.

 Dr. Bluth’s research focuses on the roles that self-compassion and mindfulness play in promoting well-being in youth. As such, she is co-creator of the curriculum Making Friends with Yourself: A Mindful Self-Compassion Program for Teens, the teen adaptation of Mindful Self-Compassion for adults, and author of the book “The Self-Compassion Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness and Compassion Skills to Overcome Self-Criticism and Embrace Who You Are” (New Harbinger Publishers).



Kevin Hawkins has worked with adolescents and young people in various contexts for over 30 years - as teacher, school head, and social worker in the UK, Africa, and Europe.  He currently lives in Valencia, Spain and was previously in the Czech Republic where for 10 years he was Middle School Principal at the International School of Prague.  In 2012 he co-founded MindWell, ( which supports educational communities around the world in developing wellbeing through mindfulness and social-emotional learning.  
Kevin is a Senior Trainer for the Mindfulnessin Schools Project (UK) and a facilitator of the evidence-based CARE program (Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Educators).  He has also worked as a coach/mentor to school leaders and was lead consultant to the International Baccalaureate Organisation on SEL and mindfulness. Kevin is a regular speaker, writer and presenter on the topics of wellbeing, leadership, mindfulness and social and emotional learning in education.  His first book, Mindful Teacher, Mindful School:Improving wellbeing in teaching and learning, was published by SAGE in July 2017.  He is currently working on a second book, also for SAGE/Corwin with Amy Burke which will be published in early 2021.



Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride is a medical doctor with two postgraduate degrees: Master of Medical Sciences in Neurology and Master of Medical Sciences in Human Nutrition. After practicing for several years as a Neurologist and three years as a Neurosurgeon she started a family and moved to the UK, where she got her second postgraduate degree in Human Nutrition. Run the Cambridge Nutrition Clinic. She has specialized in using nutritional approach as a treatment, and has become recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in treating children and adults with learning disabilities and other mental disorders, as well as children and adults with digestive and immune disorders. But you are well known for the concept of GAPS and your book Gut And Psychology Syndrome - Natural Treatment for Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Depression and Schizophrenia



Dr. Charlotte Reznick is a foremost authority on how to engage with and develop mindfulness, meditation, and imagination in children, teens, and young adults. She is author of the Los Angeles Times bestselling book, The Power of Your Child's Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success and contributing author of the chapter Imagery as a Therapeutic Tool with Children to Transformative Imagery: Cultivating Imagination for Healing, Change and Growth.  Dr. Reznick is a child educational psychologist, a former UCLA Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology, and was named Imagery International's Person of the Year in 2013 for the global impact of her work with children. Dr. Reznick has a 30 year plus meditation practice and is the creator of Imagery For Kids: Breakthrough for Learning, Creativity, and Empowerment, a mindful, positive coping skills program. In addition to her private practice in Los Angeles, California, she creates therapeutic meditation CDs for children, teens, and parents, blogs for Psychology Today and Huffington Post, is a frequent media consultant, and teaches workshops internationally on the healing power of children’s imagination.



One of the most respected specialists in childhood neurological disorders in the world, Dr. Robert Melillo is a clinician who has spent his career helping children and adults overcome learning disabilities for over 30 years. His areas of expertise include: autism spectrum disorders, PDD/NOS, ADD/ADHD, OCD, Dyslexia, Asperger’s, Tourette’s, bipolar disorder, and other mental, attention, behavioral and learning disorders. He has taught over 10,000 health and education professionals worldwide and he continues to lecture extensively throughout the world. Dr. Melillo currently sees patients of all ages in his NYC practice.



Robyn Robertson has fifteen years’ experience in education, starting as an ESL teacher before joining a private school as admissions and outreach director. Currently, she’s an unschooling mom of 2, podcast host, and school board trustee. Robyn is a strong advocate for natural learning. Growing up in multiple countries before age six, Robyn attended private schools from a young age. After returning to Canada, she completed her primary education in the public system before studying International Management at the University of Lethbridge.
Robyn, her husband and their 2 kids started their worldschooling journey in 2012. During this time, Robyn watched curiosity and excitement for life grow in her family. 2 things stood out to her -- she noticed that less time in school did not equal less learning. In fact, learning seemed to be more meaningful outside of school. She also saw their family’s bond strengthen.  
Her experiences traveling while home-educating had Robyn questioning her past beliefs around parenting, how we learn, and the education system. It also highlighted the need for community. This led Robyn to launch her podcast Honey! I’m Homeschooling the Kids, which is a platform to share ideas, stories and information about the joys and challenges of home education and self-directed learning. The podcast also serves as a place to bring together a collective voice for change in the broader education system.

Podcast can be found on all podcast players

Itunes: Honey! I'm Homeschooling The Kids
Stitcher Instagram | FaceBook



Michael Bready, MA, MAPP, is the founder and director of Youth Mindfulness - a UK-based charity dedicated to developing and delivering transformative mindfulness-based wellbeing programmes for children and young people. Michael has taught mindfulness to thousands of children, teenagers and young adults and has trained hundreds of educators to become mindfulness teachers. He is the author of the internationally renowned Youth Mindfulness Kids Programme and Youth Mindfulness SOMA Programme and led the development and delivery of the first positively evaluated mindfulness programme for young men in prison in Scotland in collaboration with the University of Glasgow. He holds a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Currently, Michael is especially interested in the emergence of new stories - based in science - of what it means to be human and how this transformation of understanding can lead to changes in culture and society.



Eric Mazur is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics and Area Chair of Applied Physics at Harvard University, Member of the Faculty of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Past President of the Optical Society.

Mazur is a prominent physicist known for his contributions in nanophotonics, an internationally recognized educational innovator, and a sought-after speaker. In education he is widely known for his work on Peer Instruction, an interactive teaching method aimed at engaging students in the classroom and beyond. In 2014 Mazur became the inaugural recipient of the Minerva Prize for Advancements in Higher Education. He has received many awards for his work in physics and in education and has founded several successful companies. Mazur has widely published in peer-reviewed journals and holds numerous patents. He has also written extensively on education and is the author of Peer Instruction: A User's Manual (Prentice Hall, 1997), a book that explains how to teach large lecture classes interactively, and of the Principles and Practice of Physics (Pearson, 2015), a book that presents a groundbreaking new approach to teaching introductory calculus-based physics.

Mazur is a leading speaker on optics and on education. His motivational lectures on interactive teaching, educational technology, and assessment have inspired people around the world to change their approach to teaching.



Heidi White, M.A., is a teacher, writer, editor, consultant, and speaker. She is the co-founder of Journey School in Colorado Springs. She has homeschooled for seven years and currently teaches Western Civilization and Rhetoric at Collegium Study Center in Colorado Springs. She is the Managing Editor of FORMA Journal and a contributing writer, speaker, and consultant at the Circe Institute. She is a weekly contributor on fiction, poetry, and Shakespeare on the Close Reads Podcast Network. She serves on the Board of Directors for Foster Together and The Anselm Society as well as sitting on the Academic Advisory Board for the Classical Learning Test. She writes fiction, poetry, and essays, and she speaks about literature, education, and the Christian imagination. She lives in Black Forest, Colorado with her husband and their children.



Dr. Christopher Willard (PsyD) is a psychologist and educational consultant based in Boston specializing in mindfulness.  He has been practicing meditation for 20 years, and has led hundreds of workshops around the world, with invitations to more than two dozen countries. He currently serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and is the president of the Mindfulness in Education Network. He has presented at TEDx conferences and his thoughts have appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post,, and elsewhere. He is the author of Child’s Mind (2010) Growing Up Mindful (2016) Raising Resilience (2017) and eight other books for parents, professionals and children, along with six sets of cards and therapeutic games, available in more than ten languages. He teaches at Harvard Medical School. 

On the personal side, he enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking, reading and writing, and being a father.



Leslee Udwin was voted by the NY Times the No 2 Most Impactful Woman of 2015 (second to Hillary Clinton), and has been awarded the prestigious Swedish Anna Lindh Human Rights Prize (previously won by Madeleine Albright). She has also been named Safe’s Global Hero of 2015, Global Thinker by Foreign Policy, and the GlobalmindED award for Arts and Education in 2019. In 2019 Leslee was awarded the UN Women for Peace Activist Award at the United Nations, the Gandhi Foundation International Peace Award and UN Association USA’s Global Citizen of 2019. 

Leslee found UK-and-US-based Not for Profit global education initiative “Think Equal”, of which she is the CEO. This early years education programme is currently impacting children in 13 countries across 5 continents.



Mary Cay Ricci is a popular keynote speaker, consultant, and author of the New York Times bestselling education book, Mindsets in the Classroom, its companion book, Ready to Use Resources for Mindsets in the Classroom, and Mindsets for Parents (with Meg Lee). Her work focuses on growth and fixed mindset- ways to build resiliency and perseverance  in our children- helping them learn from mistakes and failure through reflective practices. Mary Cay is a former classroom teacher and central office administrator. She has a Masters of Science in Education from Johns Hopkins University where she was an adjunct professor for eight years. She also wrote a book for kids, Nothing You Can't Do! The Secret Power of Growth Mindsets (ages 8-13ish)



Jennifer Dow is a classical teacher, writer, speaker, and consultant. Jennifer has completed the CiRCE Apprenticeship program as a CiRCE certified Classical Teacher and has taught humanities, logic, rhetoric, and the fine arts since 2009. Jennifer is the founder of the Paideia Fellowship, an organization devoted to helping teachers and leaders, at home and school, teach the classical liberal arts. Jennifer’s published works can be seen online at Paideia Fellowship, the CiRCE Institute, Scholé Groups, and Afterthoughts. Jennifer was the co-host of the popular, The Classical Homeschool Podcast and has been featured on Your Morning Basket Podcast with Pam Barnhill and The Commons with Brian Phillips. Currently, Jennifer is writing her first book about the journey of classical learning and teaching, serving as the Director of the Paideia Fellowship, and researching how parents, leaders, and teachers can provide an authentic classical education to all.



Dr. Cio Hernández is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Marriage Family Therapist in California, Texas, and Hawaii. Her consulting and executive coaching business, Reach Your Goal Now, offers destination and corporate retreats, strategic planning, and a culturally humble way to diversity and inclusion in any environment. In her clinical practice, she specializes in psychological evaluations for Immigration, childhood development, adolescent sexual assault, family violence prevention, and offers EMDR Therapy to replace haunting memories with a new outlook on life. Dr. Cio is a member of the Institutional Review Board for the Kaiser Foundation  mental health courses across California. She is the co-founder of theMarin Latino Health Policy Partnership and published Viva Marin: Latino Health Policy, Data, and Action Guide. Dr. Cio is a strong advocate for early childhood education. After serving 9 years for the Marin First 5 Commission, she joined the Contra Costa First 5 Commission. Cio’s work includes significant media experience. She served as a Public Information Officer on the Marin County’s Office of Emergency Services Emergency Management Team. Her skills as spokesperson have been relied upon as well as her community relationships and bilingual ability.



Bonnie Harris, MS Ed, director of Connective Parenting, has been a child behavior and 
parenting specialist for thirty years. Based on her highly acclaimed books, When Your Kids Push Your Buttons and Confident Parents, Remarkable Kids: 8 Principles for Raising Kids You’ll Love to Live, Bonnie offers individual parent counseling, parenting workshops, professional trainings and speaking engagements internationally. The mother of two grown children, she lives in New Hampshire where she founded The Parent Guidance Center, now The River Center. To learn more, visit her website at and follow her at



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